How To Handle An Unplanned Pregnancy

Pregnancy has a funny way of showing up right when its least expected. Unplanned pregnancies can cause a lot of stress, worry, fear, and uncertainty for both mother and father. It doesnt necessarily mean that the pregnancy is not welcomed, but rather that the parents are unprepared and not ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a child.

If you are suffering from worry and stress due to an unplanned pregnancy, here are some tips that may help to put you at ease.

First of all, find someone who you can communicate with honestly, without fear of judgement. Speak with a family member or friend who you trust to be supportive. If there is no one you feel you can turn to, perhaps you could find a counselor to speak with.

Realize that you cant keep your pregnancy a secret forever. The sooner things are out in the open, the better. You may find that you get a variety of reactions, some good and some bad. Some people sour at the thought of unplanned pregnancy, particularly if you are young and unmarried. There is nothing you can do to change their views. Simply be honest and open with them, and if they insult or degrade you, cut them out. You dont have time to deal with unsupportive people at this trying period in your life.

Dont let yourself get depressed or lethargic. If you are feeling intense negative emotions, seek out the help of a medical professional immediately. Your health, as well as your babys, could be at risk.

Make sure that the father is informed immediately this involves him just as much as it involves you. The two of you need to mutually discuss your options and decide what course your relationship will take. Unfortunately, some men are unwilling to be held responsible for a baby and will bail out at the first sign of trouble. This happens to millions of women every year.

Remember that even though this is a difficult time in your life, you are not alone. Millions of people deal with unplanned pregnancies and single parenthood, and most get through the experience without too many scars.

Reusable Bags – Bags For Life

Many people think that getting a biodegradable bags is a silly idea when they can just get a free plastic bag. And even though we are culturally starting to become more aware of our actions the unfortunate truth of the matter is that a plastic bag does kill and has killed many creatures of the wild. It has been reported that 500,000,000,000, yes five hundred billion, plastic bags are used each year, which roughly equates to 1 million bags used every sixty seconds. So why should you get yourself a bag for life?

Well the most obvious reason to choose to use a bag for life is that in the long run it works out cheaper, statistics show that each person uses around 302 bags a year. Furthermore, most UK/US shops are now charging for the use of plastic bags. This may not seem like a lot at the moment but the government is attempting to make legislation to increase the amount to double.

A second reason to use biodegradable bags is for the durability it gives. The biodegradable bags have been manufactured in a way that allows for a high weight to be carried with the maximum amount of durability. What this basically means is that a bag for life is more durable than a plastic one, meaning that it is less likely to break on you or to split at the bottom pouring your goods onto the floor.

A third reason, although maybe not as persuasive as the previous ones is that it does actually make a good fashion accessory item. With the recent push for the sale and use of reusable bags. Many people have chosen to build companies that aim to manufacture fair products based on renewable materials that people will want to carry. So now you can buy fairly fashionable biodegradable bags that can be both nice looking and make a statement. One of my favourite bags said: “Get a haircut, you look ridiculous – no offence”.

The statistics of bag use (as first mentioned) may not seem like anything to change your life about, but due to this amount of plastic bag production an average of 100,000 recorded animal deaths have been noted. This means that for every 5million bags used one animal dies, the time to change the way we think is now. The longer we wait the more animals will die and the less likely it will be that our future children will see some of the animals we were once blessed to. So do your part now and buy a bag for life.

Jeffrey Macdonald loves writing on different ways of keeping your environment clean. Now a day’s using Environment Friendly Bags or Eco Friendly Bags is the sensible thing to do.

The Art of Filling Recycle Bags

As the era of plastic sacks is quickly ending the need to properly fill recycle bags is becoming more relevant. In the past, courtesy clerks have been known to lightly fill plastic bags with between three and four items. Not only is this method wasteful in terms of space, it also leads to an alarming use in plastic bags. By properly filling recycle bags, however, the amount of plastic bag use among consumers is likely to decline.

Most consumers who utilize reusable bags own between three and six of them. These shoppers are finding they must re-school courtesy clerks in the art of filling their recycle bags. For example, a clerk is most likely to place a couple of two-liter bottles into a single bag when recycle bags can typically hold at least four bottles. Additionally, larger items such as a gallon of milk do not require a bag at all. In order to avoid using the plastic bags, the reusable bags must be packed properly.

In all, there are three general principles when it comes to packing recycle bags.

Heavy Items First

Because heavy items have been known to squish other grocery items, it is best to place them in the bottom of the recycle bags first. When doing so, however, be sure not to place too many heavy items in any one bag. Otherwise, the bag will be too heavy to carry.

Keep Like Items Together

When packing the recycle bags, it is still important to keep like items together. For example, frozen items, dry goods and meat products typically call for separate bags. It is also important to separately bag cleaning items and to keep meat and produce apart when bagging.

Stand Up Boxes

Boxes of cereal and other dry goods should be stood on end in the reusable bag. This method optimizes space making more room for other items. Also, keep in mind that some boxed items are large enough they may not need a bag.

By keeping these principles in mind, you can best utilize your recycle bags. And while it may take time to learn this more frugal approach to bagging, the end result is less plastic bags use and that is something we can all be proud of.

Rooting For A Reptile Romance At Singapore Zoo

Keepers relocate female false gharial to meet potential mate

It took the strength of more than 10 keepers at the Singapore Zoo to move a 3 metre long false gharial from her Bornean Marsh home early this month.

The 160kg reptile that has resided in the Zoo for the past 10 years was relocated to another exhibit because she was being bullied by a larger female. To keep the two females apart, keepers decided to move her to the Treetops Trail exhibit which is home to a 5m long, 600kg male. They hope the two massive crocodilians will take a liking to each other, and start breeding.

By introducing these potential mates, we hope to diversify the gene pool and increase our numbers. Not much is known about the biology of this species in the wild. Currently, the estimated wild population is fewer than 2,500 individuals, so captive breeding could play a vital role in the recovery of this species said Mr Subash Chandran, Curator, Singapore Zoo. Currently, Singapore Zoo houses 11 false gharials.

The false gharial or tomistoma, is a unique crocodilian that shares features with both the Indian gharial and other crocodile species, including the saltwater crocodile. These reptiles have slightly thicker snouts compared to the Indian gharial, whose thin snout helps it catch fish underwater. Unlike the Indian gharial which feeds exclusively on fish, the false gharial also preys on small mammals such as monkeys and fruit bats. The false gharial is one of the largest crocodile species, reaching lengths of 5-6 metres and it also produces the largest eggs of any crocodile species.

Throughout zoos around the world, there has been little success with the captive breeding of false gharials. Following efforts to breed this species at the Singapore Zoo in recent years, mating of these unique crocodiles and egg laying by the females has been observed. However, the Zoo has yet to successfully hatch a baby false gharial.

The false gharial has a low population density and is classified as an endangered species. Once widely distributed in Indonesia, Malaysia and possibly Thailand, this species has declined throughout its range. Small remnant populations remain in Java and Peninsular Malaysia and there are low densities of the species in Sarawak, Sumatra and Kalimantan. The false gharial is now extinct in Thailand.

While the main threat to this species is habitat destruction, intensive hunting in some areas has also contributed to its decline. Other threats come from fishing practices, with false gharials either becoming tangled in fishing nets or losing their food source to local fisherman.

Bowmanville Zoo – Promoting Awareness And Understanding

Bowmanville is the largest community in Clarington, in the Durham region of Ontario, Canada. The community itself has a population of around 32,000 people, and has been noted in the past for its role as a Prisoner of War camp for Germans captured in Africa during World War Two. Today, one of the most interesting spots in Bowmanville is the citys zoo, the largest privately owned zoo to be found anywhere in Canada.

The History of the Bowmanville Zoo

The Bowmanville Zoo is located on what was originally public park land, which included a pool, a petting zoo, tennis courts and a few cottages. The Connell family, who ran the petting zoo, purchased the plot of land in the 1950s. The family renamed the park the Bowmanville Zoo in 1964, and sold the entire package in 1988, when it under went yet another name change and became the Bowmanville Zoological Park.

Under the new owners, the zoo received accreditation from the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums in1993. In addition to other awards and achievements, the zoo received the Thomas Baines award for outstanding excellence and achievements. The park is committed to its role as a voice for conservational education and the promotion of viable captive populations of endangered animals, and has undertaken a role as educator in this regard. Among other things, the zoo puts on many orientation programs each year teaching children and adults alike about the importance of animals within their ecosystems and ways in which we can care for our environment.

Other roles of the zoo

The Bowmanville Zoo has been noted internationally for supplying Hollywood with some of the worlds finest animal actors. Among these are the lions from The Ghost and the Darkness, the panther from Amazon, and Maggie the Macaque, a TSN sports forecaster during the National Hockey League Playoffs.

Not only is the Bowmanville Zoo committed to promoting an awareness and understanding of the natural world; it often brings that natural world to the community itself. The elephants that make the zoo their home, sometimes take strolls through the community or appear at season opening football games, while the zoo makes them available for rides almost all year long.

All in all, the Bowmanville Zoo represents a truly unique way for a menagerie to bring environmental education to people.

The Giant Stuffed Monkey and the Threat to the Monkey Population

The giant stuffed monkey is an all around terrific plush toy for a wide group of ages. For young children, it’s a fun first-time soft toy that can be played with and/or ‘substituted’ for a pillow and slept on, and for older children, it’s a great addition to a stuffed animal collection. The giant stuffed monkey, is, of course, a loyal companion and friend as well, no matter its owner’s age.

In threatened forests around the world in which monkeys make their home, it turns out that monkeys are much more sensitive to damaged habitat than what had previously been thought. Dr. Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York and Director of Conservation at Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, along with several colleagues from other universities, conducted a study in 2010 of monkeys living in the Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania. Their findings suggested that external factors in forests, such as human activity, had a major impact on overall monkey populations living in forests as big 25 square miles. In addition, it was discovered that the monkeys’ health was also affected.

Per Dr. Marshall, “this study suggests that while small forest fragments need protecting we should intervene at an earlier stage to protect larger forest areas that are under threat.- Seven species of monkey that lived in an area covering some 6, 213 square miles, were part of the research. Dr. Marshall goes on to say that the end results were reason enough to help communities living in the area learn a different way of doing things so as to help with the forest species. Local communities could make a point of planting the kind of habitat that would form a corridor between parts of forests that have become fragmented.

Floppy chimps, tall chimps, and/ or chimp families, are all types of giant stuffed monkeys that are available for you from which to choose. If gorillas are more your thing, be sure and go with a giant stuffed monkey that is a gorilla – there is a noticeable difference amongst the species. Whichever one you decide on, you can be sure that both it and you will be quite pleased that you did.

Angeline Hope is a collector of giant stuffed monkey animals. You can view a selection of giant stuffed monkey animals at MyBigPlush.

Playground Safety Violations What Every Parent Should Know

Each year in California, more than 1,000 children suffer injuries at playgrounds. In some cases, the childs parents choose to file a lawsuit against the owner or operator of the facility for negligence, either as a result of improperly erecting or maintaining the equipment and surrounding area. This recently occurred in Orange County, where a 4-year-old girl fell from a play set and suffered serious injury, including fractures to her arm, explains a local lawyer. An investigation of the play set and grounds around it by a certified playground safety inspector revealed several safety violations.

The safety violations involved the height of the play set, the surface materials placed underneath it, and the signage posted around the playground. The play set was much higher than California and federal safety standards allow: it was 87 inches high instead of 60 inches. Compounding the risk of injury was the fact that the wrong type of sand was placed under the play set: instead of fine sand, which absorbs impacts well, quartz sand was used. This type of sand does not compact easily, over time adopting the consistency of concrete. Not only was the child playing on a structure that was too high, the impact of her fall was more severe because the surface underneath her was extremely hard. Lastly, there were no signs indicating the age appropriateness of the equipment.

To parents without a comprehensive knowledge of the laws regulating the measurements, materials, and other features of playgrounds, these violations would not have been immediately apparenta disturbing fact when one considers that annually playground injuries send more than 200,000 children to hospital emergency rooms.
Unfortunately, out of ignorance or unscrupulousness, the owners and operators of playgrounds do not always keep them up to code. Consequently, parents must educate themselves on the risks children face at playgrounds.

Given that falls are the leading cause of playground injury, parents should pay attention to the height of equipment and the surface materials used underneath. Wood chips work well to cushion falls and are among the most commonly used material; however, they must be laid at least 9 inches deep to effectively prevent injuries. Fine sand, pea gravel, rubber tiles, and mats are among other materials that are safe to use as surfaces under playground equipment. Parents should never allow their children to play above concrete, blacktop, packed earth, or grass.

As the accident that recently occurred in Orange County illustrates, there can be many safety hazards at playgrounds that an untrained eye would never catch, explains a local lawyer. Just as parents take precautions like using child safety seats, they should stay informed about playground safety to prevent their children from suffering injuries.

Overview of Auckland Zoo

Are you planning to have a New Zealand Gap Year or a New Zealand Travel with your family? Then ask you travel insurance provider to include Auckland Zoo in its coverage. It is the most popular Zoological Garden in the city of Auckland,

New Zealand. It is located at the neighborhood of Western Springs Park. You can also locate it from Auckland’s central business district because it is near that. In the year 1922, this place opened. And within 8 -10 years’ time there were considerable collection of animals in this. And thus, there was formation of Zoological Society. This zoo plays a vital role in conservation of animal life. It also contributes in education as well as research on the topics of animal life. The history of this zoo dates back to the year 1912 when a businessman Boyd proposed to purchase a land part for displaying his private collection of 6 lions, 1 tiger, 1 panther and 1 hyena. This proposal was made to Onehunga Borough Council.

Then in the year 1922, there was opening ceremony of this zoo. The opening was done by Mayor James Gunson. In the earlier times, the funding was not enough for the zoo. But soon, the staff thought of making the environment pleasant and they did this by adding lots of trees in the environment. With this, they thought that the beauty of the zoo will be more attractive and pleasing.

Then soon after this, funds started entering into the zoo. Then in the year 1923 money was spent for accommodating polar bears, bison etc. Also, funds were used for making elephant house, bandstands, tiger area and many more. And then soon zoo started developing and expanding rapidly.

Due to the largest animal collection this zoo is considered as one of the progressive zoos in the world. Auckland Zoo has earned good reputation over the years. It has won many awards for nurturing the environment. This place is such that everyone will love it. This place is also available for private functions. Some of the most popular events held at Auckland Zoo are safari nights and music 2010. The entry fees are quite nominal. There are so many other facilities also given by the zoo including wheelchairs, umbrella, mobility scooter, push chairs etc.

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Promotional Bags

Marketing ones services or product offering in today’s economy can be quite challenging. It seems as if everyone, regardless of their niche, is cutting back and has to make sure that the items that they use for marketing are affordable and powerful too. One great item that really fit the bill is a promotional bag. Promotional bags are either plastic or cloth bags that not only have a powerful marketing message but they say what needs to be said in a clever way. Clients love them because of their functionality whereas Marketers love them because of their effectiveness. If you are considering using promotional bags as a marketing tool, please keep these things in mind:

1. Include your entire message on the promotional bag. Your marketing message should include all pertinent information including your sites URL, tag line, company phone number, company name, and even your business operating hours. By including as much information as you can, clients who carry the promotional bags and prospects that see them, will be able to easily contact you as well.

2. Use a readable font. Since you want your message seen, you should include a readable font that is visually appealing. The font should be easy on the eyes but easy to be seen. In addition, you should choose a size that is easy to see from a distance.

3. Give them out. If you use promotional bags then you absolutely must use them. You must give them out to all of your clients and prospects. Don’t hold back. The more people that see your promotional bags, the more likelihood that they will actually use them and take action. therefore, do your best to get your message out there.

4. Include incentives. One final piece of advice is to include incentives within the bags. These can include coupons off your services, promotional calendars, etc. By adding these extra bonus items within the promotional bags, you can double the chance that they will get seen and used.

In conclusion, promotional bags are an affordable but effective way to get your message out there. Just remember to include your entire message, use a readable font, and give them out with a special offer. By doing this, you will take advantage of these marketing methods and see a high return for your meager investment. Good luck.

Ways To Use Bean Bag

Bean bags are comfortable, relaxing and fun to sit on. As you position your body on a bean bag, it begins to take the shape of your body. This offers you customized and comfortable seating that you can enjoy in many different rooms. The best part is that they come in a variety of colors so you can match it with your wall color, accessories and other items. Many people come to a bean bag and are not sure how to make it functional. Below you will find 5 creative ways to use bean bags for seating.

Lounge: Many of us have a room dedicated to lounge around with friends and have a few snacks. Seating options for lounges can be difficult to find and can be quite expensive. Bean bags offer unique and creative ways to create a lounge area in a room. You can coordinate the colors to match with the room. You can choose one color or have a color scheme going on. You can also get a low coffee table to place appetizers and drinks while lounging around with friends.

Game Rooms: Children and adults are always sitting on uncomfortable chairs while playing video games. Some even resort to the ground. A bean bag is a fun way to liven up a game room and offer seating for kids and adults. Sitting for a few hours to play can be hard on the back, but a bean bag is a comfortable option.

Nursery: One of the most unique ways to use bean bags for seating is to place them in nurseries. Mothers can feed their babies on bean bags in a comfortable and relaxing way. They also add some excitement and creativity in a nursery room. Children can grow up and use the bean bags themselves. Moms can read books to their children as well. Bean bags are also great support chairs for pregnant women as they offer a lot of cushion and conform to the body.

Dorm Rooms: Dorms rooms are small and can be dull. With bean bags, students can add some spark to their compact rooms where they can hang out with friends and talk. They also offer a great way to add color to the room. Bean bags can also be used in student apartments as alternative seating options.

Outdoor Seating: Today, you can find bean bags designed for the outdoors. These bean bags are colorful and ultra original. You can create an energetic and unique space in the backyard with bean bags. You can always change the arrangement depending on the event. They also make great poolside seats with bright summer colors.

The benefit of bean bags is that you can get creative with them. They are not only comfortable, but they are also versatile. You can use bean bags for seating in almost any room and in any arrangement. If you want to get creative with chairs, bean bags are the way to go.