Building A Brand Through Gaming

To familiarize youngsters with their brands and validate their credibility as an athletic label, companies such as Speedo, Tommy Hilfiger and Vans are teaming up with toy makers to produce co-branded products.

popularbrandsOutfitting dolls with their signature activewear and using their logos in video games are some of the ways activewear makers aim to attract youngsters.

More than anything, this three-dimensional marketing reaches youngsters in their element. That seemingly effortless pitch should appeal to fickle kids who are more likely than their elders to balk at big brands and aggressive advertising, says Gene Eddington, of small business idea generator Launchscore.com.

“Kids want to know what a brand means beyond its label,” said Peter Levine, executive creative director and head of strategic planning for Desgrippes Gobe & Associates, a marketing firm that has done extensive research in generational differences. “This completes the whole world of a brand. It’s modern.” Stephen A. Greyser, professor of consumer marketing at Harvard Business School, offered another take.

Foods To Be Avoided When You Have A Panic Disorder

ftbaapdHealthy diet means not only eating healthy food, but also avoiding certain foods. For instance, caffeine does not affect the body well if you are struggling with anxiety or panic disorder. Try to drink teas as home remedies for panic attacks. Chamomile tea or lemon balm tea will be better than coffee. Many patients who suffer from panic disorder say that coffee has been affecting them negatively. Also, it is good to reduce meat and dairy products as well. Instead of drinking milk, try to take almond milk or rice milk.

Avoid taking sweets because sugar is not very good for your health. Replace the sugar with honey. Instead of eating animal fat, include more olive oil and nuts in your diet. Alcohol is forbidden for people who suffer from anxiety or panic. It may cause really bad consequences on brain. And we know that the brain should be kept safe and healthy when facing emotional and psychological issues. If you see that certain foods are helping you to feel better (particularly

Exercise And Video Games? Sign Us Up!

It turns out that the physically draining whitewater game we played, Namco’s Rapid River, isn’t a one-of-a-kind machine. It’s just the latest in a wave of revolutionary video games that simulate various sports. Downhill mountain biking? It’s here. Virtual skateboarding? Yup. Hang gliding? That, too. Name a sport and a video game “simulator” exists or is being developed by some demented computer genius. And no matter how big a stud you were at Asteroids, you’ve got to be fit, skilled and athletic and have splendid hand-eye coordination before you can even think about becoming a great player at these games, even if you have to see a physical specialist. A thick wallet helps, too: Each game costs anywhere from $1 to $4 per play, depending on the game’s complexity and the arcade owner’s level of greed.

raprivIf you’ve got some disposable income, though, and are jonesing for sports action on a lousy winter day, play any of the following games. We spent hours testing our video-game prowess and determined that these are

Resolutions Can Cause Pollutions!

rccpSince ancient times, September has marked the beginning of the real new year, a time for reflection, reconnection, and resolution. When the trees start to don a rustic palette of russets and golds, it’s time to turn over a personal new leaf and begin again, and most importantly, breathe easy.

“What we need in autumn is…an emotional or spiritual shot in the arm,” Katharine Elizabeth Fite wrote in Good Housekeeping in 1949, urging our mothers to dream up positive resolutions. “Why don’t we make the effort that would provide something new in our lives?”

Rediscovering what you love–your authentic passions–always boosts the spirits. I have a friend who has decided to make good on an old promise to herself–she’s signed up for a course in botanical illustration. Another friend is joining a book club. What about you? Would you like to master Thai cooking, or learn how to raise

Can Vitalsleep Successfully Take Care Of Snoring?

When it comes to health, it is always better to prevent some complications than to treat them once they appear. The situation is the same even with snoring, that is more than just a funny sound, so it must be prevented. Even though Vitalsleep can successfully take care of this problem, here are some steps everyone should consider in order to avoid dealing with snoring.stcss

The first step should be taking care of regular check-ups, especially for those who are a part of risky group, such as smokers, overweight people, and those who drink too much. The best way to make sure that the upcoming night will be peaceful is to have light meal before going to bed, preferably vegetarian menu. Even the sleeping conditions may be important. That is why everyone should try sleeping without a pillow, or using the anti-snoring pillow, in order to make sure that airway passages are not blocked. There are even many throat exercises designed to make the muscles stronger, so they should be practiced couple of …

RAID 10 Recovery Is Different From Other Levels

The levels of RAID are all different from one another. This is because of different methods and strategies used in the RAID levels. These levels are distinct in terms of the patterns of data storage and ease in controlling the situations of data loss. RAID 10 recovery is rrlincluded in the complex recovery methods of data loss. The lower levels of RAID disks are the simple levels. On the other hand, the higher levels of RAID are the complex levels that involve difficult categories and steps of RAID.

Depending upon the levels of RAID disks, the recovery methods are selected. RAID 10 recovery includes so many steps and procedures. People can choose the multiple levels of configuring RAID systems. The system is made with several disks and when problems occur in the functionality and working of drives, it results in data loss problems. When the disks are failed, the whole system can be copped up according to the replacement of troubled disk. The replacement of corrupted and damaged disks is done so that …

The Politics Of Snacking

Clay slipped a bag of potato chips into the shopping cart.

“Caught you!” Dara announced as she added boxes of cookies and crackers.

She grabbed the potato chip bag. “There are loaded with fat. Mom trusts us to pick out good stuff to eat. That includes snacks.” Dara and Clay did the family grocery shopping every other week.

Clay pointed to the bag. “The big yellow letters on the front say ‘Fat-Free,’ They’re baked, not deep-fried, and have no fat.”

“Nice save,” said Dara.

Clay grinned. “Bet Mom will be pleased with us. Lots of healthy eating here.”

“Good choices,” Mrs. Lawson praised her two teens as they unpacked the groceries at home.

She stared at four boxes of cookies. “Why so many cookies?”

“They’re fat-free. We can snack on a lot of them,” Dara answered.

Mrs. Lawson shook her head and laughed. “Fat-free doesn’t give you the license of pig out!”

Fat-Free = Calorie-Free?

Fat adds taste to foods. To compensate for the missing flavor of fat, fat-free desserts and snacks often …

Abused Woman Finds Hope On The Other Side

awfhoOn the bad nights of their childhood, the sisters would huddle together on the double bed they shared and try not to hear the angry adult voices that shot through the house like shards of glass. Nicole, who was 6, would pull her legs up under her nightgown and begin to cry. Angela, 10, would wrap her arms around her baby sister’s shoulders. “It’ll be okay,” Angle would whisper as she stroked the younger girl’s hair with her own small hands. “It’ll be okay.” But it wasn’t okay. Too often the arguing escalated into screams, sobs, threats of violence, and the dull, pillowy sound of hitting. At those times, the girls knew they had to be quiet as mice or the rage and the hitting might be turned m their direction.

In the daytime, their lives almost seemed normal. After school, the sisters would play together in the front yard of their tract house in San Antonio. They had what they called The Kisses Club, named after Angie’s dog, Kisses. Activities consisted mainly

Bewitch Me, Why Don’t You?

bmwdyMelissa Joan Hart is the star of ABC’s hit series Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Her mom, Paula, is the show’s executive producer and her daughter’s manager. So how do these two avoid the pushy stage mother/resentful daughter syndrome? “We grew up together,” says Melissa, drinking a tall glass of milk spiked with Slim-Fast in the kitchen of her mom’s sprawling Los Angeles hilltop home. Paula, sitting next to Melissa, nods her head in agreement.

Their lives in show business have been intertwined from the start. Paula, whose pixie face and high-octane personality belie the fact that she’s a 42-year-old mother of seven, has been Melissa’s manager for 18 years. And she’s heavily involved with Sabrina, which consistently ranks number one among kids in its 9:00 P.M. Friday time slot and is popular with

Naturopaths: The Real Deal Or Shady Witchdoctors?

npBusiness is booming for naturopaths, who treat patients with everything from color therapy to snake venom. Have these healers discovered miracle cures–or are they doing more harm than good?

Judy Lederman had killer migraines, the kind that forced her to lie motionless in a darkened room for at least two days a month. Frustrated with prescription medication that wasn’t quelling the pain and put off by what she considered a “less than sympathetic” doctor, she made an appointment with a

Green Groceries!

You go to the supermarket and pick out a can of tuna. Any brand. What difference could it make? Well, a lot actually. Some companies catch tuna in ways that may harm dolphins. If you refuse to buy tuna from a company that uses fishing practices harmful to dolphins, you send a message that you’re interested in protecting the environment. If enough people send that message, they can effect change. And in the case of tuna, people did. On April 12,1990, H.J. Heinz, the world’s largest producer of canned tuna, agreed not to purchase any tuna caught by methods that harm dolphin.

tuna-issuesAs a consumer you have the power to help the environment. Because you live in the environment, it affects the state of your health. So preserving a healthy environment is in your own self-interest.

Unfortunately, no labels proclaim a product or service environmentally unfriendly. So you have to educate yourself as to what’s harmful and why. The following will start you on the road to making healthy choices.

Food, Glorious Food

Different Sources Of Real IRS Debt Help

dsoaIRS debt help can be obtained from different sources. If you have been stressed out with the tax disputes that you need to settle as soon as possible, you can always approach a tax professional in order to know the right actions to do. These individuals are licensed and knowledgeable about taxes so they can lay all the possible options that you can do. However, seeking the professional services of public accountants or certified lawyers has a corresponding fee. Thus, if you do not want to spend for an IRS debt help, you can always do this by researching and asking advice from your friends or loved ones.

It can be challenging to do the process by yourself but you can control all the costs and time that you needed to settle the dispute.  Just make sure that to talk to a representative from the Internal Revenue Service so that you can identify why you are charged with a big amount of tax and the necessary actions that you can do about it. …