Country Decorating Ideas

Fresh country style is a natural fit for to?day’s busy lifestyles. It’s casual and comforting, just what we long for at the end of the day. Yet, at the same time, it’s savvy and sophisticated. After all, we’ve been around and it shows. The allure of other times and other places …? Well, that’s just a bonus.
You will find fresh country style easy to spot. It’s clean without that cutting-edge chill, chic without being fashion-obsessed, and warmhearted without being banal. It’s in tune with nature

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, but unlike the country style of decades back, “nature” doesn’t mean dried strawflowers and mauve ducks or bunnies.
Instead, it’s likely to mean a few dramatic sunflowers or a bountiful bouquet of old-fashioned roses, and a hand-carved frog or heron, infused with the artisan’s personality. Intelligent, organic, and sometimes a bit off-beat, fresh country is definitely right for the times.
Today’s fresh country style is kid-friendly, but, at the same time, it reminds you that you have an interest in art history. It’s a quilt used for architectural impact as well as for cuddling, wood plank floors chosen for texture as well as comfort for the stand-up cook, and a cedar-lined hope chest that stashes board games as easily as it once did wedding linens.
Country furnishings vary, but they have this in common: They’re never around just to impress the neighbors or fill up space.
Fresh country style means fewer things to dust and dry-clean, fuss with or have fall over, but they’re better pieces, carefully chosen to meet our needs, both physical and emotional.
Originally, country homes were furnished with whatever was practical and at hand

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. If you’re looking at a bureau from your grandmother’s house, a table from your parents’ first apartment, and a pair of flea market side chairs you bought years ago, you will realize things haven’t changed all that much.
If a piece still works, there’s a tendency to hang onto it. What is different is that today we have the luxury of combining practicality with choices influenced by an educated eye and personal flair. Where you’ve been tells part of your story, but so does the way you mix up heirlooms and hand-me-downs with your own favorite finds, new or old.
This article will show you several variations of fresh country style, and explain how to incorporate the right furnishings, textures, and accessories to create the fresh country look of your dreams. First, we’ll give an overview of the types of fresh country style in the next section of this article.

The Calories in Hot Chocolate in a Vending Machine

Many different companies provide instant hot cocoa mix for automatic vending machines. Some companies prepare a high density of hot chocolate powder, enabling the vending machine operator to use less cocoa per cup.
The total calories in vending machine hot chocolate typically ranges from about 90 calories to 120 calories per every 6 to 8 fl. oz. serving. Vending machines typically dispense between 24 and 28 g of cocoa powder mix per serving.
The total fat in vending machine hot chocolate ranges from about 1.5 g to about 3.5 g per serving. About half of this fat is saturated fat. A cup of vending machine hot chocolate does not provide a significant source of saturated fat

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, only about 10 percent of your total recommended daily limit.
The total carbohydrates in a typical cup of vending machine hot chocolate ranges between 18 g and 24 g. Most of this comes from refined sugar.

Test Your Knowledge: The Worst Cars of the 20th Century

These are some of the worst cars of the 20th century. You don’t want to drive them; you probably don’t even want to know anything about them. They’re terrible. And yet

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! We’re going to ask you 20 questions about them. It’s probably more noble if you get a bunch of these questions wrong. It’s like knowing a lot about teen pop sensations of the 1980s or being able to quote every line from “Manos: The Hands of Fate

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.” You don’t want to be that person. But if you do want to be that person, take the quiz. And if you don’t want to be that person — here’s hoping you fail as miserably as these cars did.

1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV

Appearance was marked by a long hood, upright radiator capped by the Jaguar mascot, large freestanding headlamps, flowing separate front fenders, and a narrow, close-coupled body. An archaic — even by the late ’40s — leaf-spring/live-axle suspension was used both front and rear.?
High-quality interior furnishings included a traditional British wood dash with large, plainly marked dials. Top speed for the 1.5 Litre was about 70 mph; the 3.5 Litre could reach a bit over 90 mph. Most Mark IVs were built with right-hand drive for the British market as Jaguar’s export drive didn’t begin in earnest until a few years later. Pluses of the 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV:
Minuses of the 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV:
Production of the 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV:
Specifications of the 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV: Length, inches: 173.0 (1.5), 186.0 (2.5/3

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.5) Wheelbase, inches: 112.5 (1.5), 120.0 (2.5/3.5) Weight, pounds: 2,970 (1.5), 3

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,585 (2.5), 3,670 (3.5) Price, new: N/A Engines for the 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV:

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1955-1956 Chrysler New Yorker Hardtop & Convertible

Minuses of the 1955-1956 Chrysler New Yorker Hardtop & Convertible:
Production of the 1955-1956 Chrysler New Yorker Hardtop & Convertible:
Specifications of the 1955-1956 Chrysler New Yorker Hardtop & Convertible: Length, inches: 218

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.6 (1955), 220.4 (1956) Wheelbase, inches: 126.0 Weight, pounds: 4,125-4

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,360 Price, new: $3,652-4,243 Engines for the 1955-1956 Chrysler New Yorker Hardtop & Convertible:

Promotional Strategies for a Yoga Business

Owning a yoga business is an exciting and rewarding career, but it brings with it the marketing challenges faced by many small-business owners. In hard economic times, yoga may be considered a “luxury” that gets cut out of consumers’ budgets. A successful yoga studio will rely on word of mouth and alignment with the local community to build a loyal group of students.
If you’re a brand-new yoga teacher, opening your own studio right away may not be the smartest solution, even if you can afford it. Try teaching classes at a fitness center or established studio first to help you build a rapport with students and establish name recognition. Once you become well-known in your yoga community, students may follow you to your own studio. An article in “Yoga Journal” recommends new teachers begin by teaching courses aimed at beginners to help build confidence and gain loyal followers.
Rather than trying to make students come to you, find a way to come to them. Contact local workplaces and offer in-house yoga classes on employees’ lunch breaks

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. If you own a studio, you can use this opportunity to hand out brochures or fliers for your business and mention your early-morning, evening or weekend classes. If your corporate students enjoy your classes at work, they just might start showing up to the studio as well.
Another article in “Yoga Journal” presents the case study of a yoga studio located near a college campus. The studio sent out postcards to students marketing yoga as a hangover cure and a way to “balance the bad stuff” of college life, like eating pizza and partying. Keep your local community in mind when promoting your yoga business. If there’s a large elderly population, for example, offer “Yoga for Seniors” classes. In a large, hectic city? Advertize your services as a way to find balance in a stressful urban environment.
Class packages at a discounted rate and lower rates for seniors and students are one way to get cost-conscious students into your studio. Pay attention to numbers; if one time slot or type of class is more popular than others, make that the target of your marketing. Occasionally offer specials such as “bring a friend for free” to encourage students to tell their friends about your classes.

1959-1964 Daimler SP250

The 1959-1964 Daimler SP250 sports car could be likened to a dog walking on its hind legs — it was not done well, but most people were very surprised to have seen it done at all.
Since the Daimler marque is largely unknown or misunderstood in the USA, a word of explanation might be in order. Beginning in the 1890s

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, the German Daimler company authorized production of its vehicles under license in other countries, and that is how the British Daimler automobile came to be.

However, by the early 1900s all links with Germany had been severed, and in 1910 Daimler merged with BSA (of motorcycle fame). Daimler cars were, and still are, built in Conventry.

For many years, Daimler turned out mainly middle-class cars, along with a limited number of upper-class luxury limousines. The latter enjoyed British Royal patronage for more than 50 years. Then, in the 1950s, the product line went through a traumatic period.
Chairman Sir Bernard Docker, aided and abetted by his flamboyant wife, Lady Norah, not only introduced a series of over-decorated show cars but began to take Daimler down-market in the quest for volume sales.
The 2.2-liter Conquest and Conquest Century series were partially successful, but the 1.6-liter Lanchester Sprite of 1956 (Lanchester had been a Daimler-owned marque since 1931) was canceled at the last minute after all the tooling had been completed.
As a result, Sir Bernard and Lady Norah were ousted in 1956. Jack Sangster became chairman in his place, and Edward Turner of BSA joined the management team to strengthen design and engineering efforts

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In 1957-1958, Turner set about developing two new V-8 engines while his engineers began drafting new cars to accept them. In one of the most amazing policy changes ever adopted by such an old, established firm, Daimler had elected to enter the sports car market.

The decision amazed most everyone, because Daimler had never before built sports cars and had no experience marketing them either. It was a big change, much like the introduction of the daring 1953 Chevrolet Corvette into the staid Chevrolet passenger car line.
The corporate reasoning, however, was easy to analyze — British sports cars were selling well all over the world, especially in the U.S. The ¡°Big Three¡± consisted of the MGA, Austin-Healey 100 Six, and Triumph TR3A. Clearly, management thought, here was an opportunity to be exploited.
With no sports car experience to fall back on, Daimler engineers looked to existing sports cars for inspiration. Since the TR3A was also built in Coventry, they started out by copying many of its features, as one look at the SP250¡¯s chassis, mechanical layouts, and front suspension will confirm.
Although the new car was due to go on sale in the autumn of 1959, Daimler rushed ahead and exhibited a pre-production car at the New York Auto Show in April, where Chrysler executives were astounded to see that it carried the model name ¡°Dart.¡±
It was quickly pointed out that Chrysler had rights to the name via the 1957 Ghia-built Dodge Dart ¡°dream car¡± and that Dart would be used that fall on 1960-model Dodge production cars.
Daimler had to back down; henceforth, the sports car was known by its project code — SP250 — where SP stood for SPorts car, and 250 meant that it used a 2.5-liter engine.
Go to the next section for details on the design of the 1959-1964 Daimler SP250.
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10 Spectacular Places to Camp in the Summer

Even for those who are long past the summer vacations of that marked the end of the school year, the season’s warmer temperatures and longer days still invoke late nights and precious time to disconnect from everyday life. Whether you’re an experienced outdoor adventurer or a novice naturalist, summer is the perfect time to head outdoors for a camping trip.
Most campgrounds offer different levels of luxury and accommodations; regardless of the site you choose

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, though, you’ll be paying for far fewer amenities than you’d find at a hotel. For example, while a mid-range New York hotel could cost hundreds of dollars a night, you can spend a week at a campground in the Catskills for less than $200 [source: Brookside Campground]

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Novice campers might want to choose a campsite that offers running water and flush toilets. Recreational vehicles, or RVs, also offer the comfort of beds and enclosed shelter. Many campgrounds have sites reserved for vehicles, but always check ahead to be sure that you and your home on wheels will have a place to park for the night.
More experienced campers might prefer a campground with fewer amenities. For the truly adventurous, many sites permit backcountry camping, or camping in undeveloped and sometimes even untraveled areas. Clearly, you won’t find hot running water here; instead, backcountry campers — often backpackers who camp in different spots throughout a long trek — abide by strict guidelines designed to preserve the sanctity of the surrounding area [source: Schowalter-Hay].
Even at the highest level of outdoor luxury, you’ll be responsible for bringing everything you need with you for the great outdoors. Here’s a quick checklist:
Getting excited? Read on to start learning about the spectacular camping sites where you could spend your summer.

What to Do if Kids Need Braces & You Can’t Afford Them

Most children do not have naturally straight teeth, and braces can help to correct crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not cover braces, and so many families cannot afford this expensive orthodontic treatment. Consider your options before you rule out the possibility of braces for your children.
On average, a full braces treatment costs between $1,800 and $6

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,500, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Braces treatment can take over a year to complete, and often requires many long appointments. The estimated cost of braces for your child might come as a shock.
Before you rule out braces as a luxury treatment, consider the significance of orthodontic treatment. Braces can correct moderately to severely crooked teeth, as well as underbites and overbites. Straight teeth can promote better self-confidence, and they also hold up better in the long term, according to Kids Health. Furthermore, severe overbites or underbites left uncorrected can cause jaw pain. Proper orthodontic treatment can prevent your child from experiencing mouth pain or discomfort in later life.
Consult your insurance company to find out whether it will cover braces, and how much help it will provide. If your insurance company cannot help you afford braces, consider waiting until your cash flow situation improves. The structure of treatment and the benefits of braces remain the same for children of any age, so you can afford to wait a few years before beginning your child¡¯s orthodontic treatment. If you do not think you will be able to afford braces at all in the near future, consider alternatives.
Apply for the Smiles Change Lives program. This program provides reduced-cost braces treatments to children between the ages of 11 and 18 in the United States. Elligible candidates must demonstrate financial need as well as well-cared for teeth that require a single phase orthodontic treatment. The program provides orthodontic treatment for $500 or less to all accepted applicants.
Dental schools often offer reduced cost braces treatments in order to train new orthodontists. Consult your dentist for information about nearby dental schools, and then inquire about reduced cost treatment at those schools. Experienced orthodontists supervise all orthodontists-in-training during treatment. Braces treatment might take longer at dental schools, warns Kids Health.

Will all vehicles eventually be all electric?

For gearheads, the news is dire: Young people aren’t buying cars, they’re buying smart phones. Detroit is bankrupt. Electric cars are creeping into the market share one silent percentage point at a time. You better keep that vintage Chevy El Camino with the big-block engine hidden under a tarp in the garage before the flame job police attempt to pry it from your cold, dead fingers, right? I mean, they already killed the Humvee. What’s next? Twelve-cylinder Lamborghinis? These are sad days.
But are they really? If history is any lesson (and it is), we’re probably headed back to the good ol’ days of the automobile. In the early 1900s vehicular propulsion was a free-for-all, with gasoline-, electric- and steam-powered cars all vying to be the most popular. Gasoline-powered cars went farther and faster; electric-powered cars were clean and touted as being safe for lady drivers; and steam cars, well, they had a readily available fuel source. In the big metropolises like New York City and Boston, the market was split roughly into thirds, depending on what people fancied and how they elected to use their newfangled automobile.
The same will likely be true in the near-ish future. The truth is, no one is going to take your El Camino away from you — but even you have to admit that it’s a gas hog. Collectors and automobile enthusiasts will likely stop commuting in their gas-powered toys and use them on weekends instead. After all, no one wants to pay more for fuel just to commute back and forth to work than they make in a day. People will probably take stock of their vehicle usage and then buy and drive accordingly

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. A lot of people will realize their range anxiety is nothing more than a phantom — though not a Rolls-Royce Phantom, despite a recent experiment to electrify that luxury beast. So yeah, there’ll definitely be more all-electric cars on the streets — but not every car

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. At least, not until we get our nuclear-powered flying cars. Then all bets are off.