My back and arm pain forced me to set myself up with fully adjustable keyboard and monitor mounts so I can type sitting or standing. I'm a full-time writer, so I need to be out of pain to work. This has been a lifesaver for me and my family. The tricky part was finding the right mouse solution.
For my muscular pain, I've used dozens of massage tools on my trigger points. I review my three favorite electric massage gadgets that I've found to be focused enough for myofascial release.
Logic and math problems using sand timers for early elementary school kids, ages 6-9. These hands-on reasoning questions are fun and educational. They start easy, but get more challenging as you go.
For his hemochromatosis-friendly diet, we made a list of cold breakfast cereals that did not have added iron fortification and were also naturally low in iron, which granola, alas, being oats, is not.
Here is how I removed a tough layer of grass and weed from my yard and converted the muddy clay soil underneath into a nice, fluffy garden plot for planting. I did this without power any power tools; just my own labor, and sturdy equipment.
I made elk skin and buffalo leather moccasins. My stitching is sloppy, but they're so comfortable. As my feet have improved from plantar fasciitis I'm wearing minimalist shoes and it's doing me good.
I have prediabetes with multiple food allergies and sensitivities and am on a low-carb diet. This is what I do to manage my blood glucose and reduce my risk of diabetic complications.
This smooth cranberry jelly is just like the sauce you buy in cans, only better. No other recipe I've seen yields the perfect firm texture that you can slice. It's wonderful for Thanksgiving or any time of the year.
This recipe for white or yellow cake without eggs uses dairy ingredients. It is scrumptiously rich and ideal for celebrations with guests who can't eat eggs.
After my curiosity was sparked, I investigated to find out what a bungaloft is and, beyond the basic definition, its uses and features.
Her Kindle frame developed a hairline crack from the clamp on the case. She found a new cover with leather sleeves that doesn't have the "frame-cracking" bug.
Learn what one parent thinks of Bebe Gloton, the so-called Breast Milk Doll. Take a poll and give your opinion.
My review of the Strassburg Sock, with the pros and cons. I'm petite with a large calf, and I and wanted to see if this device could help my plantar fasciitis.
How I settled on a poseable Spider-Man action figure as an artist's model and reference instead of the usual wooden manikin.
Find unique gifts for grandmother - not boring doilies, but real things she'll love. These ideas work for Grandparents Day, a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary, or any special occasion.
I really like the MIU flexible cutting boards, because they help prevent cross-contamination with my child's food allergens. In my review, I talk of other advantages, too.
Gift suggestions for a grandfather compiled by a granddaughter who knows. Grandpa will love these presents for Grandparents Day, a birthday, retirement, get well, or holidays.
Eligible homeowners can get low income homeowner assistance such as loans, government grants, and counseling help through Federal and local sources. The Making Home Affordable Program is only one you may qualify for.
Embroidered Christmas stockings can lend a personal, traditional feel to a Christmas celebration. See a wide selection of classic and cute embroidered and personalized stockings for hanging on Christmas Eve.
Here are good (and cheap) ideas for Christmas gifts for a mother in law, from a daughter-in-law who's been there, done that.
Top Christmas gift ideas for all kinds of men: those who have everything, young guys, older men, male coworkers, a husband. These are affordable presents that won't seem cheap.
Here are weird and bizarre ideas for presents for a guy friend, male coworker, dad, husband...perfect for the unusual man who likes funny, creative, or uncommon items.
The best anti-fatigue kitchen mats to cushion and support sore, aching feet. Padded foam and gel kitchen floor mats for chefs, and anyone who stands all day looking for a comfortable therapeutic mat to ease the strain of standing for long periods of time.
Unusual, awesome suggestions for gifts for male coworkers for Christmas, Hanukkah, National Bosses Day, or a birthday, retirement, or other special occasion.
Funny baby bodysuits for infant boys and girls that are not, I repeat not, Onesies, a trademark registered by Gerber Childrenswear. But they have humorous sayings and they snap up and babies wear 'em.
An easy gold investment guide for beginners, explaining the different ways of investing in physical and paper gold. Defined are ETFs, bullion, gold futures and options, mines, mutual funds, gold accounts, accumulation plans and more.
The best inserts for plantar fasciitis replace the flat insoles in running shoes, casual footwear and dress shoes. Orthotics and special insoles help reduce heel pain by providing arch support, contributing to foot stability.
Funny, silly, witty gag gifts for women turning 50. Comics, joke gifts, cheap presents, and humorous 50th birthday ideas to help a female leaving her forties laugh instead of cry.
I think modern sci-fi lags behind classic science fiction in quality—speculative fiction from the Golden Age is the best. Here's my list of the 10 best science fiction short stories ever.
Find unusual, traditional, or funny Christmas gifts for grandparents. Grandma and Grandpa will like these ideas for presents, and they're affordable, too, without being cheap.
Find housewarming gift ideas for a young couple moving into a new home. The present must satisfy both parties, so either give them one gift good for both or split up the gift into his and hers.
Men turning the big four-oh appreciate gifts beyond the usual "over-the-hill" offerings. These great gadgets, gag gifts, and other items are appropriate for a male coworker, family member, or friend.
Buy a traditional Hanukkah menorah, or a modern or electric light. Wide selection of Jewish menorahs for ceremonial use during Chanukah, the Festival of Lights.
Vintage Japanese glass beads marketed as millefiori are some of the most beautiful beads ever and surrounded by mystery. The Japanese are known for their well-made seed beads, but these are something else.
Dentures sound great at first, but it's not all smooth sailing. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of getting false teeth.
Buy Thai Karen Hill Tribe silver pendants - ornate flower, butterfly, leaf pendant designs and more. Nature-inspired fine silver pendant designs for jewelry making are handcrafted by skilled artisans in Thailand.
List of products without hydrogenated oils, plus substitutes for partially hydrogenated shortening and cooking oils. Learn what "zero trans fat" really means.
Truly unusual Christmas gifts for coworkers, female and male. These are the best cheap work Christmas gift ideas I could find and they're appropriate for the office.
Learn the types of termite treatment available and why you should not DIY. From drywood termite infestations to subterranean termite control, you'll find what to look for in a pest extermination service.
Traditional Japanese shikibuton mattresses are not Western futons. Here, you'll find their pros and cons, plus care tips of "shiki futon" sleeping cushions as minimalist bedding. Find twin, full, and queen size shikibutons.
Find the best thank you gifts a new homeowner can give to a realtor at closing. Show a real estate agent your appreciation for helping you close the deal on your new home.
A wide selection of top groomsmen gifts, from cheap to expensive and traditional to unusual. Learn a bit about the groomsmen traditions, too.
Find the best realtor closing gifts for clients. Real estate agents give quality thank you presents to increase the chances of future referrals.
Wide selection of housewarming gift baskets perfect for friends, relatives and real estate agents to give to welcome a couple, family or single man or woman into a new home or as realtor closing gifts.
Unique housewarming suggestions for a woman. Single or married women will love these pampering gift baskets, art accents and other home themed housewarming presents.
List of Birkenstock styles suitable for nurses & medical professionals who stand all day. Shoes with arch support can help prevent foot pain in women and men standing constantly on hard floors for hours on end.
Don't add to all the clutter! Pick a housewarming gift that helps, not hurts, the new living space. Make it usable, functional, and with a small footprint.
A plantar fasciitis sock is designed to help heal an injured plantar fascia. Socks like the Strassburg Sock are made to help with heel pain.
Yes, I am human and have been showered with employee gifts. This is how you, the boss, show us you are not an impersonal corporation.
This page is different from my others on PF - it's basically a condensation of highlights of shoe models. Much more detail can be found in the earlier articles.
Learn about the different types of dentures, including complete and partial removable denture fixtures, overdentures, implant-retained dentures, and mini-dental implants.
Men and women with plantar fasciitis need comfortable slippers for indoors with arch support. Find the best slippers for sufferers of plantar fasciitis designed to minimize heel pain and promote healing.
My review of Joyva vanilla halvah, and my futile experiences with trying to make homemade halvah from a recipe. And why I love halvah so very much.
My buyer's guide with specifications to Radius toothbrush models: Original, Intelligent, Source, Scuba, Kidz, Totz and Pure Baby, plus left handed models. See my review of Radius Kidz toothbrush.
A personal review of All-Clad cookware: I bought mine several years ago, including a 2 quart saucepan with lid, a frying pan, and a Dutch oven.
Creative and unique names for your little fuzzball (suitable for both female and male cats).
LED Lenser buyer's guide with comparison of flashlights and torches by Coast. The best, brightest and most powerful tactical lights, including the new MT7, M7R and the X21.
My list of the top thong sandals with arch support for heel pain, plus tips for wearing flip flops so they are less likely to reinjure or aggravate a torn plantar fascia or heel spurs.
10 home remedies for migraine headaches that have either helped me get rid of my migraines or that I have researched. Some are as simple as resting the right way instead of the wrong way.
Plus size scrubs can look dowdy, coming in boring styles and colors. See some cute plus size nursing and medical uniforms in size 3x, 4x and 5x, shaped to flatter women in trendy colors and fashionable prints and solid designs.
Running shoes can hurt, or help, people who excessively supinate. Here's a list of what to look for, what to avoid, and models popular with sufferers of underpronation or high arches.
A finish carpenter provides a guide and tutorial for laying out floor tile on concrete floors in the bathroom or kitchen. Tile installation instructions plus how to mix mortar, how to grout, and how to seal grout and floor tile.
Joke and gag gifts for men turning 50 range from funny books to over-the-hill birthday presents. These humorous gift ideas will make him laugh at his 50th milestone party.
Chinese peasant paintings come from the Huxian region or Jinshan, China. These folk art watercolors are done by local artists depicting festivals, harvests, farm animals, working life, travel and celebrations. The two styles differ distinctly and are each remarkably appealing, conveying a vibrant...
Great birthday gift ideas to honor a man turning 70. It can be hard to find presents for men who reach 70 years of age. These suggestions will help him celebrate his new decade in style.
90th birthday gift ideas for women are tricky when the lady has definite tastes. See great suggestions for gifts for a woman who's reached the age of ninety and knows exactly what she wants...and doesn't want.
Perfect 40th birthday gift ideas for women - the short list. Not the usual mugs and toasters or - gasp - crystal figurines.
Find a list of foundations suitable for acne prone skin to help prevent breakouts and irritation, plus tips on how to apply foundation to prevent flare-ups.
The health care reform bill affects the doughnut hole in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan in 2010. Learn what will change for seniors falling into the coverage gap and when.
Step-by-step instructions on how to calculate the gold price per pennyweight so you can figure out the value of the gold you want to sell or buy.
High efficiency wood burning stoves help solve long-standing problems with wood stoves and fireplaces. This guide explains catalytic and advanced combustion wood stoves and fireplace inserts.
When you sell scrap gold to refiners or online buyers, don't get taken in by a scam. Get better value for dental gold or jewelry by taking the time to do research and comparison shop.
Find wild Alaskan salmon - it's worth the trouble.
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Guide to high efficiency dual flush toilets with specs and review summaries. Buying & installation tips, rebate program links.
A CNC wood router can do amazing things, and it's now affordable. This may mean the end of hobby woodworking and carpentry as we know it.
Learn a surprisingly quick fix for constipation as well as dietary, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations for long-term improvement.
My suggestions for the best Hanukkah book gifts for children.
Fresh suggestions for throwing a woman a 60th birthday party with funny gag gifts, music, games, and retro decorations. The day she turns 60 year old, get your mom, wife, grandmother, friend or colleague to laugh--instead of cry--at reaching her milestone.
Buy gourmet kosher Hanukkah gift baskets for coworkers or family for the holidays. Ideas include low-carb, healthy & gluten-free treats for the holidays.
Although Diana Wynne Jones is gone, her books will continue to delight young adults. Ideal for fans of Harry Potter looking for similar fantasy stories to J.K. Rowling's...and they're even better.
Guide to pink laptops from infant to grade school. Find specs and the most popular toy and real laptop models. Learning laptops teach kids how to use laptop computers and more.
Moritz chocolate ice cubes are a wonderful nostalgic candy. My memories are not just of good taste, but all about my father.
My list of the best underrated comedy films, including farces, feel-good movies, spoofs, satires, and a mockumentary. By a lover of comedies, old and new.
I used Clearly Natural unscented bar soap after I ran out of another type of soap. I'm allergic to fragrances. Read my review of the soap, which I bought in bulk.
Make a gourmet Christmas hamper for the holidays for your family, friends or colleagues. It's easy and costs less than buying it.
List of foods without gluten and products to avoid on a gluten-free diet, plus safe prepackaged food allowed on a gluten intolerance or allergy. Also baking tips & substitutions for wheat-containing ingredients.
Find truly creative ideas for unusual birthday gifts for a woman turning 60. Some are inexpensive, others are substantial, but one of these gift ideas is sure to be perfect for the woman you know.
Make this delicious, sweet and crunchy gluten-free granola at home.
Learn how to realistically care for elderly or infirm parents, given budgetary and lifestyle constraints.
Find tips for keeping your kids safe from injury in the kitchen as they learn about food preparation.
Sample resume objectives statements, plus 12 tips on how to write an effective statement of objectives for a strong CV. My Work Desk Edit Account Resource...
Regifting is the new green way to give presents at Christmas. Is it tacky? Sometimes. Learn the rules for how to regift those "white elephant" gifts you've gotten before but that are just taking up space in your drawers and cabinets.
20 ideas for cheap Christmas gifts you can make or buy in 2010 to make holiday giving on a low budget easy.
Pregnant and curious? Learn how to use Doppler to calculate your fetus's heart rate.
I became an "expert" in fetal monitoring when I was in the hospital for six weeks on sporadic and sometimes continual fetal monitoring. Learn about the different types of fetal heartbeat tests that detect how well your baby is doing.
The accuracy of digital home blood pressure monitors varies not just from brand to brand, but from machine to machine. Learn the most highly rated and most accurate blood pressure machines on the market today.
Giving your boss a gift can feel awkward when you don't know the proper etiquette. Is it appropriate to give your boss an expensive gift? Learn the unofficial rules and find great boss gifts, both cheap and expensive.
My grandfather loved the useful presents I gave him when he turned 80. Make an elderly man's 80th birthday feel like the milestone it is with these nostalgic and meaningful gift suggestions.
Can't sleep? Lack of a good night's sleep can disrupt your sleep schedule and your life. Learn how to decrease the stress and help you fall asleep those nights when you're so tired you could cry but anxiety keeps you awake.
What better holiday gift can you give than cash to someone who needs it? The problem is, giving Christmas money is awkward. Here are money gifting ideas that help you avoid bad etiquette while making a present of cash.
Learn about the strange history of turquoise from the Bisbee, Arizona turquoise mine, find beads and pendants, and get ideas for jewelry designs with this gorgeous blue turquoise.
Learn the dos and don'ts of convention booths, plus display ideas for trade show exhibit displays, from corporate conventions to entertainment trade shows.
For this bracelet making project, I used Arizona turquoise rectangle beads and sterling silver beads handcrafted in Bali, Indonesia. The sterling silver and vivid blue of the Sleeping Beauty turquoise create a gorgeous contrast, making this a startlingly simple bracelet design with lots of eye...
For people with contact allergies, hypoallergenic metals may be the answer to the problem of wedding rings that won't trigger an allergic response.
When I spilled guck on my old keyboard, I painstakingly cleaned it with water and rubbing alcohol by removing the keys.
I had plantar fasciitis and learned how to get rid of it. Here are non-surgical treatment options, with tips for successfully treating this painful athletic injury.
Maybe tummy fat is here to stay. Here's some advice, based on my personal experience.
Learn the general way that solar cell phone chargers work and how to operate one.
Having tried to use the latest version of KompoZer with Ubuntu, I've found it isn't stable and crashes every time. Here is the solution I learned that fixes the problem and allows me to use KompoZer with Ubuntu 8.10.
If it were as easy as trashing all your files, you could wipe a computer clean in a few minutes. Alas, that won't guarantee your hard drive is truly erased. Learn how to permanently delete every file on the disk.
You don't need lots of expensive jewelry making tools for wire wrapping, just some basic supplies, such as a few professional quality jewelry pliers. Learn what you need to get started...and what you don't (though people might tell you differently).
Here are tips for how to painlessly communicate with your spouse, child, parent, or anyone and get heard WITHOUT having yet another fight.
Here are tips for safely moving your car to another country either for a permanent or temporary move.
The unsung hero of the office supply cabinet, the humble bubble mailer has numerous advantages. Though not yet universally recyclable, bubble envelopes are eco-friendly in their fashion and make mailing merchandise easy and quick.
Quick instructions for using a rug pad underneath area rugs to prevent slippage and accidents.
Walking is fun and easy. But is it good for high blood pressure? Learn what the research says.
Avoid the pitfalls of bad survey design when you create customer service feedback surveys and questionnaires. Learn the best practices for soliciting feedback from your customers and clients.
Gold scrap recovery has been going on for thousands of years. Electronics contain precious metals like gold and platinum that you can reclaim, donate and sell as gold scrap to refiners for recycling.
Apple cider vinegar is professed to have health benefits, among them as a weight loss diet aid and energy booster. Are these claims warranted? Do capsules have the same effect? Or is the apple cider vinegar craze a scam?
Breastfeeding is great, but it's not all joy. Sore nipples and painful breasts can occur in mothers who nurse their babies. Learn the common problems and treatments.
When employees are not bad enough to fire, but bad enough to hinder the effectiveness of your working environment, what do you do? As a supervisor in a large department for several years, I learned several strategies for dealing with difficult employees.
Basic healthy muffin recipes for sweet or savory muffins. Plus tips on making moist, delicious muffins with whole grain flours and healthful ingredients.
Learn the most common food sources of iron for pregnant women as well as foods to eat (or avoid) and some cautions to keep in mind.
Learn migraine headache natural remedies and alternative therapy treatments. I get disabling migraine headaches as well as less severe ones, and here is what I've learned about naturally dealing with the horrible headache pain.
Home pregnancy tests are a quick and convenient way to learn whether or not you're pregnant—but how reliable are they? Learn how home pregnancy tests work and what the results actually mean.
From a person who used to dread public speaking and is now quite comfortable with it come these tips for getting over fears and making a professional presentation.
Is gold really a safe investment? Learn the pros and cons of physical gold investing, gold ETFs, buying gold mine shares, and other types of gold investing.
A quick summary of what is involved in getting a divorce in Florida using no legalese, just basic, easy-to-understand language.
List of supplies to have on hand in a disaster survival kit in case of an emergency and tips to help you prepare for the worst possible scenario.
An ERP program is a funny thing. ERP stands for enterprise resource planning and is essentially a software system that is everything to an organization--accounting, human resources, inventory management, manufacturing, order tracking...it runs it all.
Learn the causes of and treatments for hand warts, also called common warts. Learn how to keep them from spreading.
Ringtones and ringback tones are not the same thing, I've learned. Grab a cuppa coffee and learn what they are and aren't.
High cholesterol levels put you at risk for heart disease. But is cholesterol really bad? Learn what cholesterol is, what it does, why it's critical for your health, and where things can go wrong...
Here are foods to avoid if you're Type II diabetic. Written by a person with pre-diabetes who has been on high carb, moderate carb, and low-carb diets.
I own 12 pairs of Birkenstocks. They last forever, they're comfortable, and I think they look great. Since I'm always on a budget, I rarely pay full price for Birks. Here are my tips for finding Birkenstock shoes on sale or at a discount.
Learn about butcher block materials, care, and buying options in this guide to the many forms of this versatile, modular form of counter space.
Learn how to figure out the maximum price buyers of scrap gold will pay per gram or ounce when you sell your old jewelry or dental work. Note that the real market value of your gold depends on many factors.
Learn the best position to put a newborn and babies up to one year old to sleep. Reduce the risk of SIDs, sudden infant death syndrome with
It's a messy but necessary subject - getting rid of diarrhea. One of these natural remedies may be the answer, but always check with your doctor.
Should you breastfeed longer than one year? Two years? The pros and cons of extended breastfeeding are outlined here to help you make this important decision.
The man who's turning 50 already has everything he needs...not. Here are interesting 50th birthday gift ideas for men, suggestions to make his fiftieth birthday his best ever.
Here are possible signs of a food allergy to cow's milk protein or soy in babies. We were always worried our baby had an allergy to infant formula, so I learned the symptoms - skin rash, breathing difficulties, etc.
Learn how to choose eco-friendly household furnishings and interiors. Furniture made of sustainable materials can help keep your consumer habits friendly to the environment.
The best shoes for plantar fasciitis offer good arch support and motion control for your foot. I've compiled recommendations that can help with heel pain as well as a torn or inflamed plantar fascia.
It's a hot issue - some might say piping hot. Where is the best pizza in the world? I think here...
If you're wondering whether to file suit against a health care provider for medical malpractice, here are some tips to consider: Do you have a strong case? Is this truly a case of medical malpractice or negligence?
We own a parrot. If you're thinking of getting a parrot, think twice. They're awesome, but more than most people bargain for.
Coconut oil is reputed to have numerous health benefits, including healthy weight loss, the lowering of blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and help for thyroid abnormalities. Whether or not these claims...
Volcanic ash from erupting volcanoes such as Mount Redoubt, Mt. St. Helens or the Icelandic glacier volcano is an environmental danger as well as a safety and health hazard. Learn measures to take to protect yourself.
Learn the basics of hydroponic gardening before you start one. The rewards of growing a hydroponics garden include greater yield and flexibility of location.
The benefits of breastfeeding are legend, but what is breastfeeding really like? According to Chris Telden, it's not all serenity and bliss. With humor and blunt honesty, a nursing mother reveals the truth about what it feels like to breastfeed and whether she thinks it's all worth it in the end...
Are we indeed in the Greatest Depression? Just because it's not called a depression by the economists or the media doesn't mean it's not one. As happened after the stock market crash of 1929, defining an economic depression often comes after the fact, with the advantage of hindsight. Look for...
Fascinated by the Hawaiian language? You're not alone. Hawaiian is an old Polynesian language that's sadly nearly extinct. Yet there are places it's still spoken, and in the case of one Hawaiian island, spoken almost exclusively. These tips will help you translate English to Hawaiian when the...
Follow your baby's development and growth during the first trimester of pregnancy using this timeline of fetal development, organized by week groups. Some of the most critical stages of development happen before you even know you're pregnant. In easy-to-understand language, you'll learn the...
An herbal poultice I make from supermarket ingredients treats my seasonal allergies naturally. While seeking a homemade treatment for my sinus pain I stumbled on a way to treat my ragweed allergies.
Effective communication can be frustrating if you're divorced and have kids. Here are tips for how to communicate with your ex without causing emotional harm to your kids.