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Chocolate Box

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Gold Gold "Seasons Greetings" Chocolate Box - Van H - 250g

17 luxury handmade European style gourmet chocolates. These Belgium chocolates have exquisite smooth soft centres, some containing a hint of liqueur.Presented in a gold box foiled with small red dots, with the lid inscribed "Seasons Greetings" in red foil.No need to VISIT NEW ZEALAND for NEW ZEALAND CHOCOLATE as we deliver NZ GIFTS to the world.
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Flax - Canvas Photo Print

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Flax - Canvas Photo Print Flax - Canvas Photo Print

Canvas Photo Print stretch mounted on a block.More than 60 varieties of flax grow in New Zealand. The long, green leaves of the plant strong white fibre. The Maori used the fibre to make warm clothing and the European settlers used the fibre to make rope. The Maori used flax for medicine and often traded it with Europeans. Flax oil was used to heal wounds.
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Science Discovers More Than Milk Just Doin' the Body Good

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You've heard that "Milk Does The Body Good."

Now studies show that it has even a more significant effect on the human immune system than anyone ever hoped for. It's the pre-milk (called Colostrum) that is nature's gift to the immune system. For newborns, it is nature's first food and supplies nutrients and regulates immune system growth and repair. Studies have found that children and adults are also experiencing amazing results. We know that if the body has a strong immune system, it has the ability to protect itself and fight off disease and infection. For years farmers have been using colostrum, from cows, to treat sick farm animals, so it's no surprise that colostrum has created great interest as a dietary supplement for humans.

The fact is that colostrum (derived from cows) contains components, which bring the human immune system into balance. This means that it can cause an underactive immune system to improve or help to tone down an overactive immune response. So taking colostrum as a supplement can significantly improve many health conditions, especially for elderly, high stress or undernourished individuals.

In hundreds of scientific studies, using colostrum, they found amazing health benefits for virtually all aspects of health and it has been proven to help fight Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, Fatigue, Crohns, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Lupus, MS and Periodontal Disease.

"Colostrum may well be the best practical protection available against autoimmune disease, cancer, and other incurable conditions. It is completely natural, free of side effects, and an excellent alternative to hundreds of drugs", Zoltan Rona, M.D., author of Childhood Illness and the Allergy Connection.

‘Prime Colostrum' is far more superior than the average colostrum. The earlier the product is gathered the more potent, balanced, and abundant of immune factors it is. This colostrum is collected within the first 6 hours of a birth from cattle that are raised without exposure to antibiotics, pesticides and hormones. It contains non-specific proteins, cytokines, immunoglobulins, some hormones, enzymes, lipids, vitamins and minerals. Immunoglobulins alone contain high levels of antibodies that fight against a wide range of bacteria and viruses.

Since we have thousands of receptors in our mouth, they prepare the body for what is coming and notify the immune system that support is on the way. That is why capsules and liquids are ineffective because the digestive process will destroy most of the components. The scientific studies that have proven the greatest benefit are achieved with oral delivery of high quality colostrum. A type of cold pressed lozenge performs well because, as you suck on it the receptors can do their job of preparation and the body gets maximum benefit from its nutrients. This fact is supported in many scientific publications including "Colostrum, natures gift to the immune system" by Beth M. Ley, Ph.D.

In summary, with today's ever-increasing health challenges and the rise of over 80 autoimmune diseases, 'Prime Colostrum' may hold the keys to optimizing the health in thousands of people. Because of this great discovery, we can improve our health significantly by strengthening and balancing our immune system, allowing us the opportunity to live longer healthier lives.

Be Good to Your Brain…eat Blueberries

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It seems that blueberries are everywhere. No matter where you look, the good news about blueberries just seems to keep coming out! At times, all of the information about blueberries can seem to be overwhelming. However, if you remember only one thing about this tiny, blue superfruit, it is blueberries are nature’s brain food.

A soon to be published study conducted by the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the South West of England indicates blueberries have a positive effect on reversing memory loss. According to the soon-to-be studies published study, phytochemical-rich foods, including blueberries can have a very positive effect on age-related memory function. The study suggests that blueberries can be effective in reversing memory loss.

During the 12-week research period, the researchers supplemented regular daily diets with blueberries. The positive effects of the improved spatial working memory was witnessed in as little as 3 weeks and continued throughout the remaining of the study.

Blueberries are a major source of antioxidants including flavanols and Anthocyanins. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (52:4026-4037, 2004)

A serving of wild blueberries contains more antioxidants than the majority of other fruits. In addition, this antioxidant packed blue fruit, is packed with vital antioxidants which fight the effects of aging on the brain.
Although the modern science has yet to discover the secret behind why the unique makeup of the naturally occurring antioxidants supports brain function; Mother Nature has provided us with a small glance.

The antioxidants hidden within the blueberry cross into the brain after dietary intake. It seems they enhance neuronal connections, stimulate neuronal regeneration and help with cellular communications. The research was able to show of antioxidants induce memory improvements by the activation of proteins in a specific part of the brain that helps learning and memory.

Where to Find Blueberries

Blueberries are available in a variety of different forms. Fresh blueberries offer a great way to get the natural antioxidant benefits of the blueberry. However, fresh blueberries are very seasonal and are not always available in your local store. However, here are a few suggestions to get the natural benefits of the blueberry:

• Fresh Blueberries: When in season, you can get fresh blueberries straight from a farm market or the produce section of your local store.

• Frozen blueberries: To get your hands on frozen blueberries visit the refrigeration section of your local grocery store. Enjoy a few thawed blueberries in your pancakes or muffins.

• Dried Blueberries: One source for dried blueberries is Traverse Bay Farms They will ship dried blueberries directly to your home or office. The company also offers free shipping on 4 lb quantities of dried blueberries.

In fact, research conducted by researcher Charles M. Mainland, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at North Carolina State University, has shown dried blueberries actually pack an even bigger antioxidant punch than fresh blueberries. According to this research, the dried blueberry has four times more antioxidant content than fresh blueberries.

• Blueberry Extract (Super Fruit Supplements): One source for blueberry capsules is from Fruit Advantage The company even offers free shipping on blueberry capsules. These dietary supplements are made from whole blueberries and deliver highly concentrated amounts of the fruit in an easy-to-swallow capsule without the sugar.

So if you are searching for a natural way to improve your memory, this little blue fruit is packed full of antioxidants and has a impressive history of clinical research and offers great taste.

How to Change Smoking Habits

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It’s easy to quit smoking if you try. Here is the last batch of quitting tips courtesy of the National Cancer Institute.

Find new habits:

Change your habits to make smoking difficult, impossible, or unnecessary. For example, it's hard to smoke when you're swimming, jogging, or playing tennis or handball.

When your desire for a cigarette is intense, wash your hands or the dishes, or try new recipes.

Do things that require you to use your hands. Try crossword puzzles, needlework, gardening, or household chores. Go bike riding; take the dog for a walk; give yourself a manicure; write letters.

Enjoy having a clean-mouth taste and maintain it by brushing your teeth frequently and using a mouthwash.

Pay attention to your appearance. Look and feel sharp.

Try to find time for the activities that are the most meaningful, satisfying, and important to you.

When you get the crazies:

Keep oral substitutes handy - try carrots, pickles, sunflower seeds, apples, celery, raisins, or sugarless gum instead of a cigarette.

Take 10 deep breaths and hold the last one while lighting a match. Exhale slowly and blow out the match. Pretend it's a cigarette and crush it out in an ashtray.

Take a shower or bath if possible.

Learn to relax quickly and deeply. Make yourself limp, visualize a soothing, pleasing situation, and get away from it all for a moment. Concentrate on that peaceful image and nothing else.

Never allow yourself to think that "one won't hurt" - it will.

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The History of Tea

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The Origin of Tea Legend

The tea story begins in China around 5,000 years ago. Legend has it that the emperor Shen Nung was a scientist and lover of the arts. One of his proclamations required that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution. One day while visiting in the countryside of his far-reaching realm, he and the court stopped to rest. In accordance with his law, the servants began to boil water for the court to drink. Dried leaves from a bush fell into the boiling water, and a brown liquid was infused into the water. As a scientist, the emperor became intrigued by the liquid, drank some, and found it very appetizing. The bush happened to be a tea plant and this is how tea was created.

The Chinese

After the creation of tea, consumption spread throughout the Chinese culture. In 800 A.D. Lu Yu wrote the first book on tea, the Ch'a Ching. Utilizing his vast memory of observed events and places, he classified the differing methods of tea cultivation and preparation in ancient China. His work was so explicit and complete that it projected him into near sainthood within his own lifetime. Supported by the emperor himself, his work clearly showed the Zen Buddhist philosophy to which he was exposed as a child. It was this form of tea service that Zen Buddhist missionaries would later introduce to imperial Japan.

The Japanese

The first tea seeds were brought to Japan by the Buddhist priest Yeisei, who had seen the value of tea in China in enhancing religious mediation. As a result, he is known as the "Father of Tea" in Japan. Because of this partnership, tea in Japan has always been associated with Zen Buddhism.

Tea was heightened to an art form resulting in the creation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Cha-no-yu. Irish-Greek journalist and historian Lafcadio Hearn described this ceremony: "The Tea ceremony requires years of training and practice to graduate in art...yet the whole of this art, as to its detail, signifies no more than the making and serving of a cup of tea. The supremely important matter is that the act be performed in the most perfect, most polite, most graceful, most charming manner possible".

As more people became involved in the excitement surrounding tea, the purity of the original Zen concept was lost. The tea ceremony became corrupted, excessive and very elaborate. Three great Zen priests restored tea to its original place in Japanese society: Ikkyu, a prince who became a priest and was successful in guiding the nobles away from their corruption of the tea ceremony, Murata Shuko, the student of Ikkyu and very influential in reintroducing the Tea ceremony into Japanese society and Sen-no Rikkyu, a priest who set the rigid standards for the ceremony, largely used intact today.

All About The Best Can Openers

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A can opener is a handy tool to open up any cans but in today's scenario it is not that easy to choose from the wide verity of openers available in the market. The basic purpose of this tool is to open up the cans with ease but the new age devices not only complies with its basic duty but also performs many other tasks like knife sharpener, tool holder etc. Thus it is proving to be more and more like an integral part in the kitchen.

But do you know that when the can was discovered in the early 1810 it used to be made up of such hard material that it used to be hammered to take out the contents, leaving absolutely no requirement of a standard can opener.

That is the reason of the first opener to be discovered after almost 50 years of the discovery of can. Strange but true, the first can opener came into picture only after the lids started to be made up of soft material so that it was possible to rip it off using an opener and that happened 50 year later.

Since that time these devices have undergone many changes to minimize human effort and to make the whole process easy to operate and hygienic. Many designs today are very handy and more hygienic to use. The models today are available in mainly two types viz. manual and electronic or automatic. Many manual openers have changed in a slow process and many of them haven't changed at all like the classic p-38 opener.

The p-38 for example is the simplest design of an opener and plays many roles as a handy pocket tool. Designed for the army use this tool was supposed to perform many tasks without a problem.

But the electronic or automatic openers have evolved fast. The purpose of an automatic opener is to reduce human effort and the electronic versions are successful in doing so. They easily rip through the lid of almost any size of the can without you assisting in the process.

While choosing an opener one has to review it on many important aspects. First is to decide whether it should be manual or automatic. The manual models are not dependent on electricity and can be carried to camp sites as well.

Second aspect is the space it will acquire on the kitchen table. The best of them are the one which can be stored in a lesser space. Third aspect is the quality of its blade; a good opener comes with a sturdy which easily rips through the lids without leaving jagged edges which can be dangerous while handling the can.

If the opener is an automatic one another important factor is its motor, a powerful motor insures smooth working of the opener. The most important factor while choosing this device is hygiene. Ensure that the one you are planning to buy comes with a magnetic lid lifter or lid pliers.

It is important as the magnetic lid lifter holds the lids while the blade cuts it apart and prevents it from falling into the food inside the can. This reduces the risk of food contamination and proves to be more hygienic. Also it should be easy to wipe clean along with the blades. This helps maintain the cleanliness.

The Effects of Divorce on Children

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The effects of divorce on children could be massive, but this could be helped. The most common causes for divorce are family problems, physical or emotional abuse, extramarital affairs, work stress and vices. Below are types of divorces you might want to familiarize with:

· Legal divorce – is the lawful end of your marriage where you are allowed to remarry.
· Economic divorce – involves the splitting of assets i.e.: money and property.
· Co-parental divorce – is a type of divorce where both parents agree to support their child even though they no longer have spousal support for each other.

Common effects of divorce on children are psychological problems, poor intellectual development and affected parent-child relationships.

Psychological Effects:

The psychological effects of divorce on children can affect children as young as 6 years of age. Young children can develop anxiety disorders where they experience overwhelming fear of being abandoned. Their feelings of isolation and sadness can also manifest through other problems such as eating disorders.

Poor Intellectual Development:

Children of divorced parents usually display insecurity, neediness, irritability and a constant craving for attention. These types of behavior consequently lead to aggressiveness towards peers, resulting in poor relationships with others. A child's cognitive skills can also become poor. His or her overall academic performance suffers, thus leading to low self-worth and depression later in life.

Affected Parent-Child Relationships:

Oftentimes children will blame themselves for what happened between their parents. They also start to question their moral values and become either rebellious or overly obedient at any point in time.

The effects of divorce on children and teens could be negative or positive depending on the child's coping strategies. Teens often engage in extravagant, promiscuous activities and form no concept of an ideal parent. They themselves are distressed about their future career, marriage and kids. But some do take this as a learning experience and attempt to make better decisions in the future.

Here are common concerns experienced by children of divorced parents:

· Financial worries – Children are especially worried about their future career and finances if they feel that their parents divorced because of money problems.
· Marital concerns – Children usually view failed relationships as somehow having an association with their parents' failed relationship. Because of this, they tend to question marriage a lot in fear of mirroring their parents' divorce.
· Role or status anxiety – Children can also try to play the role of either parent in attempts to "mend" their parents' problems. This is considered to be unhealthy especially in adolescents.

How to Relieve the Negative Effects of Divorce on Children:

Allow your child to speak openly to friends, family members or counselors regarding the divorce in the family. Most children react towards divorce by spending more time outside their home. This can have a good effect, but it can also put them in a vulnerable position where less discipline can lead to drug or alcohol abuse. You should therefore still draw some boundaries and continue building a relationship with your child.

Income Earning on the Internet is Quit Easy

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There has never been a better time for the smart internet entrepreneur to make money online Earning income online is sometimes like shooting fish in a barrel and anyone can take hold of one of the many business opportunities offered ? whether they have a lot of business experience or next to none ? and build a successful residual income business with little or no financial investment.

There has never been a better time for the smart internet entrepreneur to make money online. Earning income online is sometimes like shooting fish in a barrel and anyone can take hold of one of the many business opportunities offered ? whether they have a lot of business experience or next to none ? and build a successful residual income business with little or no financial investment.

Owning a business with residual income is offers a huge advantage over one- time only businesses. While for -one time only businesses your profit ends with each sale, with residual income businesses you continue to profit from each sale long after the sale has been made. This is because each sale triggers a series of other profit generating activities with the result that the marketer continues to benefit from a sale long after it was made. Infect the earnings from such sales can continue to accrue even after the business is closed down. The result is that a single sale is worth much more than the initial value.

The most successful internet marketing entrepreneurs have discovered the power of residual income and will not market products that do not offer this benefit. If you desire to earn residual income you’ll be happy to know that using the Internet to do this is surprisingly simple. For instance, if you already owned an online business, all you need to do is joining some of the available affiliate programs that market products with residual income. This is an excellent way to create a separate income stream that requires little or no work from you and boosts the business you are already running. Becoming an affiliate is usually free and all you have to do is place a merchant’s link onto your website.

As visitors or customers click on your website link they are taken to the merchant and when they make a purchase, you get paid. As you become more successful, you will become qualified to be paid not just for sales made through your link but also for a program that will pay you for sending visitors to the merchant’s website, whether they make a purchase or not.

If you are just starting your internet business, success requires a little patience. This is because getting traffic to your site takes some time and does not happen instantly,inspite of claims of instant success by some people. Infect anyone who promises to give you instant internet success has lied to you. True success comes only by spending time, energy and sometimes money to promote your site and optimize it for search engine listings.

It has been found that the best way to consistently make money online is to generate several residual income streams. Little streams eventually become overflowing rivers and a what looks like modest income source when combined with other revenue sources can prove to become a decent online income.

It is better to join reputable affiliate programs and build long term relationships with them rather to hop from merchant to merchant in the hope of quick gain. Residual income works best with consistency, and short term affiliation produces short term income which is very limiting.

When you first start earning money online, consider reinvesting part of it in your business and increasing your share of the daily visitors to the internet. You can do this by adding more products to your website and joining more affiliate programs. Remember, with the huge potential of the internet there’s almost no limit to strength of your web presence and the revenue you can accrue from online residual income.

10 reasons why product reviews make sense

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A product review can save you a significant amount of time and save you making a very bad purchasing decision.

The top 10 reasons why product reviews make sense are;

1. You get to find out what others think of a product before you buy.
2. You get to find out its pros
3. You also get to find out its cons, warts and all
4. You can streamline your search as people often suggest alternative products
5. You get unbiased information from purchasers as opposed to manufacturers
6. Product reviews can save you a lot of time
7. Product reviews ensure you make the best purchasing decision
8. Product reviews can help with price comparisons as they often link to price comparison site
9. You can gain a lot more information on a product through others
10. And most of all if you have reviewed a product, you get a feel good factor that you are helping other.

Product reviews can be integrated into shopping directories or just installed as a standalone package into websites. You can find a wealth of information on hundreds of products

Product review do not need to be positive, in fact if you are unhappy with the product you are reviewing, clearly state what the problem is, the limitations of the product and why this causes you a problem. This will ensure that anyone else who reads your review can understand your reasons and decide if they are applicable to them.

It is the honestly factor in product reviews that makes them so beneficial to the buying public. If you have bought a product and you can’t fault it, then give it a glowing report and detail why. A balanced view is always good and then the purchaser can weigh up all of the different views and reviews.

You need to be cautious when looking at the review sites though, check that the product review site allows user submissions as you can then be sure that it is an unbiased review as opposed to a merchant sponsored review.

If the review site links through to a shopping comparison site, all the better as that shows the product review site is not linked directly to a specific merchant.

Sharing your experience with other consumers and making it available to the public is the key to ensuring vendors to provide you value for money.