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Life, Death and Carmen’s Avena

When I was small there were a few things that made breakfast worth getting up for. First, was my mother Carmen’s oversized Aunt Jemima pancakes; these were so big that when rolled-up, they could be used for batting practice. Second, was Carmen’s Puerto Rican oatmeal (Avena), with Modified tapioca starch; it was like eating hot ice cream.

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Carmen’s Avena Recipe

3 cups Quaker Oats

Half a cup of sugar replacement

1 teaspoon salt

¼ rice scratch

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups of milk

1 cup of water

In a medium sauce pan, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Then place on stovetop on medium/low heat, stirring constantly. Stir until Avena thickens to a smooth and creamy consistency. Top with cinnamon powder and eat hot.

Those were the good memories and I will share many with you as a blogger. There were other memories I have of growing up in Newark and Elizabeth. Memories of Christmas in the Dayton St. Projects, summers in North Newark, being physically attacked in elementary and middle school by gangs. Hearing teachers assure students they would go nowhere in life.

I think back to the Dayton St. Projects and wonder how anyone could have made it out alive. A walk to the Dayton St. School only three blocks away was like an excursion through a wasteland, without protection from the elements. Between home and school anything could happen and sometimes did. The tall dark red brick buildings cast a shadow upon the earth that followed you everywhere; they frustrated the sun’s attempt to shine light upon the concrete floor. The eighth floor where we lived overlooked the Evergreen Cemetery – a huge expanse of death and finality. No matter where you looked, one could find a “dead end.”

As a Boricua whose family subsisted on welfare and government benefits, Dayton St. was a place people wanted to live in. It was subsidized housing and really the only thing our family could afford. “Los Proyectos” – as the Boricuas called them – were prime real estate. Many of us adapted to the environment and learned survival skills that we use to this day.

We learned that survival and promotion – like in the work world – sometimes depends on who you know. My family knew Carlos my first cousin and everyone on Dayton St. knew Carlos – the drug dealer and eventual user. He loved his family and people knew that, but most importantly respected that. He would do anything for his family but eventually could not do anything for himself. He died of AIDS from sharing needles for his heroin addiction.

We learned that parents can hold together a family regardless of where you live or who your neighbors are. They can also teach you to be tough in an unforgiving neighborhood. Lesson number one: If you get hit you hit back! Lesson number two: See lesson number one. There were constant struggles between African-Americans and Puerto Ricans and neither wanted to seem …


Interwoven Online Marketing Strategies

Building a successful business that is unmatched & profit-oriented takes time and consistent efforts in the right direction. Of course, determination, passion and pro-activeness are also the key important aspects to consider. In today’s, changing market place and transforming trends, real businesses need to adopt several inspiring & innovative advertising and marketing solutions for that ultimate edge. For instant benefits, businesses need to evolve as per the changing market demands. seo geebung is also one of the most innovative and creative tools to improve marketing efforts strategically. It is completely business-based and helps companies to move ahead in their competition.

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Why SEO?

Most businesses adopt the dynamic undercurrents of SEO for real business value. It helps in improving customer relations and brings them closer to the company. Online business marketers tactically define their online objectives and schedule their activities according to the business needs to minimize risks and bring consistency.

They significantly optimize the web pages as per the competition and make changes at the same time for better website performance. They also make websites friendlier and easier to navigate. This will automatically bring more customers to the website. Online marketers design the website as per the competition so that more and more customers feel comfortable and make purchasing decisions without any hassle. This will dramatically improve sales, impact business growth as well as profit margins.

SEO comprise

For that ultimate benefit, online marketers and SEO professionals carry out website analysis, competitive analysis, keywords analysis; Meta tags creation (title and description) for all web pages, links optimization, and image optimization. All these factors help a business website to rank high on the search engines. These are the basic factors of SEO and are truly beneficial for a website. It simply helps a website to deter competition and improve its brand name.

Mix strategies

Businesses looking for online presence, adopt search engine optimization strategies. SEO strategies help to increase search engine rankings for the business related keywords that eventually improves brand reputation. The main objective of SEO is to make a website error-free and user-friendly. It also includes content writing, website designing and complete optimization.

For more significance, businesses go for interwoven strategies such as paid inclusions, paid submission, banner advertising, PPC, contextual advertising and social media marketing. These are highly advantageous to get high rankings, ensuring smoother website traffic. In fact, it is also possible to advertise websites locally or internationally through holistic SEO efforts.

Business owners can easily target their audiences and draw their strategies accordingly. Most of the businesses prefer local marketing for local dominance and brand building. It is true that successful websites implement SEO and SEM game plans to transform their market image and enhance visibility.


Home Garage Car Lifts

We all know that car shops and professional mechanics have top of the line car lifting equipment. Along with this knowledge comes the fact that we cannot have these large devices in our own garages, due to their size and cost. So, what are the choices for the home gear head who needs to lift a car, and where can you get the equipment needed to lift your own car?

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The Proper Car Lifting Equipment

There are several different methods that can be used to lift or elevate your car enough so that you can work on its undercarriage. The prices for these different types of car lifting tools and equipment vary depending on quality, name brand, and weight capacity.

Ramps for Lifting

The first type we’ll speak of are ramps. Car ramps can be used to elevate the front end or back end of a vehicle. One ramp goes to each tire and they lift the car about 6″ to 18″ off the ground. They are reliable supports because the tires rest on them, making a slip or accident almost impossible.

Longer and more sturdy car ramps can be used for motorcycles and ATV’s, and even full sized cars can be lifted up and onto flat beds where they can be transported without burning gas or adding mileage. The price for most car ramps range from $30 a set to $300 a set, depending on the size and strength you need.

Jacks and Stands

Car jacks and stands come in many different types and sizes for the home garage. The rolling floor jack is one of the most popular lifting tools in most home workshops. Most of the roll under typed of jack will lift cars that are 2-4 tons, depending on the rating of the jack. The advantage of using a stand as well as the jack is that once the car is lifted high enough, a car stand can be slid in place and cranked up to support the vehicle. This is excellent for rotating tires, or changing your car’s fluids.

Where to get Home Car Lift

Most of the available car ramps, stands, or jacks, are available at countless big box stores, such as WalMart’s Car Center, and especially at your local hardware store. The prices for ramps can be around the same price for a 2 ton jack; about $30-$40 USD. They’re not expensive, they’re effective, and you can keep them in small spaces in your shed or garage.…


Basic Carpet Cleaning and Maintaining Its Looks

Having new carpet installed is an exciting event because it transforms a room’s look and vibe. Once installed the challenge is then about how to maintain the new carpet’s appearance through carpet cleaning and proper usage. With all the “know how” we have in this day and age there have been quite a number of improvements to modern day carpets. Carpeting now is more stain resistant. Although not completely impervious to stains, one now has a very good chance of a carpet not staining if the liquids are removed quickly. Also there are now numerous products in the market that specialize in Carpet Cleaning Brisbane and stain removal.

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One of the most important steps in your to do list when it comes to carpet maintenance is vacuuming your carpet regularly. One should not wait till the carpet is dingy before vacuum cleaning it, set a regular routine like one or twice a week. A vacuum with a beater bar/brush is preferable as it is able to remove embedded dirt better. Dirt and grime when embedded rubs against the carpet fibers and causes premature wear and tear on the fibers. This is the reason why some experts advise daily carpet cleaning if possible.

Aside from regular cleaning one must also put into place a strategy for wear prevention to keep carpeting looking its best. People often create a walking route around a room depending on the furniture. This wears certain parts of the carpet more than others. Sooner or later the uneveness will become obvious making the carpet look more worn. The best thing to do is to change the position of the furniture every so often. This will then create different routes and the carpeting will wear out more evenly and last longer. Another good maintenance technique is to use an outdoor and indoor mat. The outdoor mat will be able to prevent most dirt and grit from entering the house and the inner mat will be able to absorb moisture from getting to your carpeting. Also if possible get the family into the habit of taking their shoes off when they enter the house and putting on house slippers as outdoor shoes may tear at the carpet pile.…