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Rome's Top 10 : Vatican City (part 1)
The Vatican is the world’s smallest nation, covering just 50 ha (120 acres), and is a theocracy of just over 550 citizens, headed by the Pope, but its sightseeing complex is beyond compare.
San Francisco's Top 10 : Cable Cars
Wire rope manufacturer Andrew Hallidie’s cable car system dates from August 2, 1873, when he tested his prototype based on mining cars. It was an immediate success and spawned imitators in more than a dozen cities worldwide.
San Francisco's Top 10 : Golden Gate Bridge
As with most of the world’s wonders, many said that the Golden Gate Bridge could never be built – the span was too wide, the ocean too powerful and deep, and the cost too great.
Flavors and Ingredients - Tastes: Bitter, Salty, Sour, Sweet, Umami, Others (part 4)
Virginia Utermohlen is an associate professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University, where she studies individual differences in taste and smell sensitivity and how those differences relate to our personality and ability to perform.
Flavors and Ingredients - Tastes: Bitter, Salty, Sour, Sweet, Umami, Others (part 3)
Most dishes involve a combination of ingredients that contain at least two different primary tastes, because the combination brings balance and adds depth and complexity. Whether the dish is a French classic or a simple item of produce, the taste will be simple (“one note”) unless it’s paired with at least one other.
Flavors and Ingredients - Tastes: Bitter, Salty, Sour, Sweet, Umami, Others (part 2)
Umami (a Japanese word that roughly translates to “savory”) generates a meaty, broth-like, lip-smacking sensation typically triggered by some amino acids and nucleotides (glutamate is the poster child; inosinate, guanylate, and aspartate are also not uncommon).
Flavors and Ingredients - Tastes: Bitter, Salty, Sour, Sweet, Umami, Others (part 1)
Bitter is the only taste that takes some learning to like. Some primitive part of our brain seems to reject bitter tastes by default, probably because many toxic plants taste bitter.
London's Top 10 : British Museum (part 2) - British Museum Collections
A magnificent glass-roofed addition encloses the heart of the British Museum. Opened in December 2000, the Great Court was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster.
London's Top 10 : British Museum (part 1)
The world’s oldest museum has no fewer than 6 million items spanning 1.8 million years of world civilization. The collection was started with the bequest of a physician and antiquarian, Sir Hans Sloane, in 1753.
Madrid's Top 10 : Palacio Real (part 2) - Art Treasures in the Palacio Real
The priceless “Palace Quartet” (two violins, a viola and violoncello) was made in the 18th century by the world-famous luthier, Antonio Stradivari.
Madrid's Top 10 : Palacio Real (part 1)
Madrid’s fabulous Royal Palace, inspired by Bernini’s designs for the Louvre in Paris, is one of Europe’s outstanding architectural monuments. More than half of the state apartments are open to the public, each sumptuously decorated with silk wall hangings, frescoes and gilded stucco, and crammed with priceless objects d’art.
18-36 Months: Eating with the Family - Meals without Tears (part 3) - Funny-face Hamburgers & Maple-oat Clusters
Your own yummy burgers will be better than any fast food, and you and your children can have lots of fun decorating the burgers with silly faces. Or, serve the burgers more traditionally in buns.
18-36 Months: Eating with the Family - Meals without Tears (part 2) - Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce is so versatile and I always keep a stash of it in my freezer to use with pasta, chicken, fish, or on pizzas. Since this is puréed, no one will ever know that vegetables are hidden in it.
18-36 Months: Eating with the Family - Meals without Tears (part 1)
As your toddler begins to exert her authority in all areas of her life, she will soon catch on to the idea that food is an emotive issue, and that she’ll get a good reaction if she refuses some foods, and demands others.
18-36 Months: Eating with the Family - Milk and Other Drinks
Your growing toddler no longer needs to rely on his “baby” milk for the nutrients that his varied diet now offers, but he may still enjoy the comfort of regular feeds. Breastfeeding can continue for as long as you feel comfortable. Full weaning can be a slow process, and it’s best to go at your child’s pace.
School Starters Out into the World : She Will Not Eat Her Greens Food issues tackled
A healthy diet will contain more foods from the first two groups, a smaller number from the next two groups, and occasional foods from the last group.
School Starters Out into the World : My Child’s a Genius! The perils of pushy parenting
All children need free time. If your child is over-scheduled with organized activities, homework, and practice, she’ll miss out on what many see as the work of childhood—play. She’ll also have fewer opportunities to occupy herself, a key skill she’ll need as she gets older.
Coming clean
I like living in a tidy house and I always keep my house. I especially like a plate of berry apples on the light yellow table, the smell of the dry bed sheets on clothes line, and a clean scrub tub.
New York Top 10 : Fifth Avenue
In the late 1800s, it was lined with mansions belonging to prominent families, but as retailers moved north in the 1900s, society fled uptown. One of the former mansions that remains is the Cartier building, reputedly acquired from banker Morton F. Plant in 1917 in exchange for a string of pearls.
New York Top 10 : Empire State Building
More than 120 million visitors, including the rock group Kiss and Queen Elizabeth II, have gazed down on the city from the Observatory since it opened in 1931.
Paris Top 10 : Musée du Louvre (part 2) - Louvre Collections
Leonardo da Vinci A Renaissance man extraordinaire, Leonardo was not only an artist but a sculptor, engineer, architect and scientist. His many achievements included the study of anatomy and aerodynamics.
Paris Top 10 : Musée du Louvre (part 1)
Try out Le Café Marly in the Richelieu Wing or the food court in Carrousel du Louvre. For a special option make a reservation at the Grand Louvre restaurant below the pyramid.
3–4 Years : What Toddlers Want and Need - A sense of identity & Development of self-esteem
Your toddler will still be having tantrums and testing limits, but with her newfound understanding of what’s right and what’s not, she will be eager to do things correctly in order to win your approval.
Flavors and Ingredients : Smell & Taste (part 3) - DIY Lego Ice Cream Maker
Don’t have an ice cream maker, but have a pile of Lego bricks? Make your own ice cream maker! Ice cream is made from a base (traditionally, milk or cream with flavorings added) that’s agitated as it freezes. Stirring the base as it sets prevents the ice crystals that form from solidifying into one large ice cube.
Flavors and Ingredients : Smell & Taste (part 2) - Smell
While the sensation of taste is limited to a few basic (and important) sensations, smell is a cornucopia of data. We’re wired to detect somewhere around 1,000 distinct compounds and are able to discern somewhere over 10,000 odors.
Flavors and Ingredients : Smell & Taste (part 1) - Taste
Our tongues act as chemical detectors: receptor cells of the taste buds directly interact with chemicals and ions broken down by our saliva from food. Once triggered, the receptor cells send corresponding messages to our brains, which assemble the collective set of signals and compile the data into a taste and its relative strength.
18-36 Months: Eating with the Family - What you can Expect
Your child will now be a confident eater, and will be able to manage almost everything she’s offered, although she will probably start to exert her authority and have very specific likes and dislikes!
12-18 Months: Toddlers on the Move - Special Diets for Toddlers
Whether your toddler is allergic or has a specific diet for lifestyle or religious reasons, it is perfectly possible to present healthy, balanced meals. As long as you know where the potential nutritional shortfalls may be, you’ll have the knowledge you need to substitute from a cornucopia of goodies.
School Starters Out into the World : Learning Difficulties Helping them through (part 2) - Autistic spectrum disorders A complex condition
An autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disability that affects the way your child understands the world and how he relates to others. ASD is an umbrella term that includes autism, high functioning autism, and Asperger’s syndrome.
School Starters Out into the World : Learning Difficulties Helping them through (part 1) - The earlier the better Getting extra support
Around five percent of children are thought to have dyspraxia, which is sometimes known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD). It affects movement, planning, and coordination, which can lead to difficulties with language, perception, and thought. Dyspraxia can make learning more difficult.
School Starters Out into the World : The Birds and the Bees When to address sex
The difference between generations in handling sexual development can be wide; it is now more clearly understood that curiosity about the body is a normal stage of development, and old anxieties and taboos have been relaxed.
3–4 Years : Playing and Learning (part 2)
Toddlers of 3–4 years old will have a limited ability to understand, remember, and stick to rules. Games with only one or two simple rules such as Tag or Red Rover are a good place to start.
3–4 Years : Playing and Learning (part 1)
The age of 3–4 is the time when imaginary friends may typically become a part of your child’s life. They may sometimes be an indicator of a child feeling anxious and seeking comfort, but this is by no means always the case.
3–4 Years : Your Toddler’s Brain
During this year children may start to show a preference for gender-related toys and have more interest in friends of the same sex. They may start to judge each other: “boys, yuk” or “girls, silly,” and do some personal exploring.
Fine-tuning Your Family's Schedule and Planner System : Troubleshooting Your New System
Family dynamics change over time as children grow into young adults. A planner that worked for several years may simply have outlived its usefulness. Assess your family's current situation and select a new planner system that's a good match now.
Fine-tuning Your Family's Schedule and Planner System : Creating a Schedule Everyone Enjoys
Family members who need more time to themselves will enjoy tasks they can work at by themselves, even if others benefit from the results. You can apply this knowledge to your family schedule in some creative ways.
Initializing the Kitchen : Kitchen Organization (part 3) - Kitchen Pruning
Keeping your countertops and cupboards junk-free is just as important as having enough storage space for all of your kitchen accoutrements. By pruning out unused or uncommonly used items, you’ll find it easier to locate the everyday items.
Initializing the Kitchen : Kitchen Organization (part 2) - Uniform Storage Containers & Counter Layout
Should you have the luxury of designing your own kitchen, there is one rule that can make a profound difference: design your space so that you have three distinct countertop or work surfaces, each of which has at least 4 feet / 1.2 meters of usable space.
Initializing the Kitchen : Kitchen Organization (part 1) - Retrieval & Functional Grouping
A kitchen that has been thoughtfully organized greatly helps in the process of preparing a meal. You will have a more relaxed time cooking if you are able to quickly find what you are looking for and have confidence that you have the right tool for the task at hand.
12-18 Months: Toddlers on the Move - Your Toddler’s Health (part 1)
If your child is reluctant to drink what’s offered, try offering popsicles made from fresh fruit juices such as pressed papaya, apple, or mango. If she turns her nose up at the oral rehydration solution—try freezing it as a popsicle too. Sucking on ice cubes may also help.
12-18 Months: Toddlers on the Move - Your Toddler’s Health (part 1)
What your little one eats will impact his health, and it’s important to provide him with meals that give him energy, promote his growth and development, and keep his moods and his immune system on an even keel.
12-18 Months: Toddlers on the Move - A Sweet Tooth?
Some little ones seem to be born with a sweet tooth, no matter how scrupulously savory their weaning menu has been! Sweets and treats do have a place in your toddler’s healthy, balanced diet, but it’s important to get the balance right.
Supporting Your Teenagers : Finding the Right College
If you have a highschooler who is interested in pursuing higher education, then finding the right college is a major decision that requires a lot of time and is deserving of some special attention when it comes to organizing your family's schedule.
Supporting Your Teenagers : Building Serious Time-Management Skills
Some teenagers will have a natural talent for organizing and scheduling and won't need much help. Other teens will need to be guided step-by-step.
Sniffle-Busting Soup
It's no old wives' tale; chicken soup really can help beat colds and flu symptoms. But rather than open a tin, make a bowl of our ultimate bug banisher at home
3–4 Years : Your Toddler’s Development
At this age, lying can be seen as a sign of her developing reasoning ability; she is testing out her ideas about reality and fantasy and this is not a cause for concern.
3–4 Years : Your Independent Child
The emphasis is moving away from “me, me, me” and he will begin to understand the feelings and needs of others, especially yours
Quebec’s Winter Wonderland
Bonhomme is more than a mere mascot. He’s part of fabric of winter in Quebec and its spirit. His big smiley face inspires people to come out and play. I spend the greater part of winter burrowed in, waiting for it to all go away.
Clean By The Clock
Always attack a room from top to bottom and right to left until you've gone full circle, says Debra Johnson, training manager of merry maids.
School Starters Out into the World : Starting School The next big step (part 2) - Physical challenges Coping with disability
If your child has a physical disability such as cerebral palsy (a condition that affects movement, posture, and coordination), or a hearing or visual impairment, starting school will bring additional challenges.
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