1.Determine the size of moving truck or trailer that you need, based on the number of rooms to be moved. General guidelines indicate a 24-foot truck for moving eight rooms, a 20-foot truck for five rooms, a 15-foot truck for three rooms, and a cargo van or trailer for a small load of household goods.
2.Contact rental companies about driver requirements, including minimum age, driving records and special licenses.
3.Check your auto insurance policy to see if coverage is provided for truck and van rentals.
4.Obtain rental prices on the truck size that you need for the move by completing online information forms or calling rental companies in your local area. Check on availability of trucks during your scheduled move dates.
5.If you're planning to rent a trailer, check the dealer's requirements for towing. Arrange for a trailer hitch to be installed on your car, if necessary.
6.Reserve a rental truck for the dates of your move.
7.Ask the rental dealer for special instructions for operating a rental truck and review them.
Tips: Rental companies do not usually require a special driver's license to operate a rental truck for personal use, but many require that drivers be at least age 25.
Many auto insurance policies do not cover truck or van rentals. Additional insurance may be necessary for protection during your move.
1.Assess your child's readiness for toilet training. If your child is not ready to use the toilet, your toddler will experience fear and confusion when you try to push him or her to "go." Ease into toilet training after your child shows the maturity for it by first introducing the potty, establishing a sit-down routine and gradually working up to the big events.
2.Observe your child's bowel activity. When your child is ready to start training, you will notice a harder consistency in his or her stool, and your toddler will have a bowel movement at approximately the same time every day. When you notice your child getting into position for a bowel movement, say things like, "Would you like to try using the toilet? Mommy and Daddy sit on the potty to do a poop." Let your child know that you know what is going on.
3.Be patient. If you try to force your child to use the toilet, your child will hold his or her bowel movement for as long as possible. If you try several times to coerce your toddler into the bathroom to no avail, allow your child to wear a diaper to have a bowel movement. Don't force your child to hold it.
4.Feed your toddler a high-fiber diet. Keep things moving in your child's system by offering plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, as well as whole grain breads and cereals. Stay away from binding foods like bananas, cow's milk and sweets.
5.Keep your child full of fluids. Offer your toddler lots of water and real fruit juices to drink.
6.Add some natural herbs to your child's diet. There are several natural remedies available to help digestion move along if your child has already become constipated. Try adding half a teaspoon of ground psyllium seed to your toddler's juice in the morning.
Consult a health food expert to find our which herbs are best for your child.
Reassess your potty-training techniques, and even take a diaper break for a few weeks to get your child regular again.
Play potty games to interest your toddler in the bathroom.
If you feel comfortable enough, share your toilet successes with your toddler.
Warnings: Seek professional advice before giving your child any nonprescribed medicines or herbs, if your child is experiencing extreme constipation, discomfort or has bloody stools.
Bride and Bridesmaids
1.Select a plain white gown for the bride.
2.Trim the bride's dress with tartan ribbons. Tartan is a pattern commonly referred to as plaid. The ribbons are made of lightweight worsted fabric.
3.Look for embroidered touches that will make the dress stand out, such as a Celtic knot, which represents the eternity of love and nature.
4.Drape a tartan shawl around the bride's shoulders or use a tartan sash at her waist.
5.Select bridemaid's dresses of lightweight wool with full tartan skirts and velvet bodices for cooler weather.
6.Opt for lightweight dresses trimmed with tartan for a summer wedding.
Include tartan ribbons in all of the bouquets.
Use tartan to decorate the pew ends and the cake table.
Understand that each tartan is unique has its own thread count. A pattern is not officially a tartan unless you can fold it diagonally so that the colors match up exactly.
Groom and Groomsmen
7.Plan for the groom and groomsmen to wear traditional Highland outfits, which include kilts, jackets and hose.
8.Buy or rent kilts. Remember that each clan has its own tartan, or plaid design. Distinguish the groom from the groomsmen by securing a piece of tartan on the shoulder of his jacket with a large brooch.
9.Include coats and vests for all of the men.
1..Give all of the men sporrans, which are simple leather pouches that hang around the waist. Select a formal one with a chain for the special occasion.
1..Tuck a Skean Dhu ("black dagger" in Gaelic) into the top of the men's kilt hose. This custom comes from a time when Highlanders wore their weapons openly when they accepted an invitation to someone's house, thereby showing they had nothing to hide.
1..Suggest that the men wear ghillies, which are standard Highland footwear.
1..Give the men the option of wearing a kilt belt. This should be worn over the kilt instead of through the belt loops.
Keep in mind that the wedding party's attire doesn't have to match the groom's.
Do a search online for vendors who have the items you need for your wedding.
Consider hiring a piper for your ceremony. Some clothing stores can help you arrange for this service.
Parents of the Bride and Groom
1..Expect the fathers of the bride and groom to wear kilt outfits.
1..Suggest they select semi-dress, which includes either a black jacket or a colored tweed jacket. This is called an argyll outfit.
1..Ask the mothers to wear silk or lightweight tartan dresses with plain collars or plain bodices.
1..Order the mothers corsages that have a piece of tartan attached.
Tips: The colorful tartans will be a nice contrast with the bride's simple white dress.
1.Plan with your driver that he or she will gradually "hit it" over a two- to three-second period after your head dunks down underwater.
2.Position yourself in a normal starting position, with your knees up against your chest and the tips of your trick skis pointing up out of the water as your driver idles the boat forward in gear.
3.Turn 180 degrees in the water as the ski rope tightens and begins to pull you through the water.
4.Hold the handle against the back of your thighs.
5.Take a deep breath and dive your head down into the water, rolling your body forward to bring the backs of your trick skis out of the water. At this point your driver should begin to gradually "hit it" the way a normal skier is pulled up, only slightly slower.
6.Keep your body rigid and your knees against your chest.
7.Lift your head up and hold the rope against the small of your back as the boat pulls you out of the water.
8.Stay low in your vertical crouch and lean slightly away from the boat to keep the backs (in front) of your skis from catching in the water.
Learn to ski backward before you attempt a backward start.
You can backwards start on normal water skis, but for learning purposes use trick skis.
Warnings: Always wear a life jacket when water-skiing.
Overall Warnings: Water-skiing is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity.
1.Select the proper equipment. Options include a frontpack or backpack carrier or an all-terrain stroller.
2.Try out the equipment with the child in it prior to the hike.
3.Go a shorter distance for the first time. Often, parents enthusiastically take a baby off into the beautiful outdoors only to have the child protest at midpoint.
4.Hike on a well-defined trail, using a map. If hiking somewhere remote, try to check in with a ranger or park official prior to the hike.
5.Keep to the trail.
6.Hike with another adult. Besides safety in numbers, an extra set of adult arms may come in handy with the baby.
7.Take plenty of water for you and a bottle or finger food for the baby. Make frequent stops to drink.
8.Bring whatever items help baby fall asleep if hiking around naptime.
9.Consider tucking a first-aid kit - along with sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat - into a pocket of your child carrier or in a basket under the stroller.
1..Dress in layers and anticipate shedding these layers on the hike.
1..Wear appropriate hiking shoes that have already been broken in.
Tips: Hiking is a great opportunity to show your appreciation of nature to your child. Point at trees and flowers and say their names. Pretty soon, baby will be pointing and pronouncing the words.
If hiking alone with a baby, always tell someone what trail you are on and what time you are heading out. You may want to tuck a cellular phone in the backpack in case of emergency.
Do not apply sunscreen on babies less than six months old. Steps:
1.Plan frequent stops for nursing, feeding or diaper changing. Babies can get cramped and uncomfortable when they are in car seats for long periods of time.
2.Bring toys that you can attach to the car seat. Pacifier clips work well, even if your baby doesn’t use a pacifier.
3.Try to travel during times when your baby is likely to be asleep. You can even travel at night, as long as the driver is well-rested and alert.
4.Pack some restful music—perhaps some soothing children’s music—to help keep everyone calm even during fussy times.
5.Try to travel during the cooler parts of the day, and protect your child from heat and glare by bringing an adjustable sunshade that you can move to different windows as the sun moves.
6.Pack lots of plastic bags to hold dirty diapers, used baby wipes, soiled clothes or garbage.
7.Bring an insulated cooler if you’re bottle-feeding, or take along canned, prepared single servings of formula to use while you’re on the road.
Tips: Keep an eye on your baby as you drive with a small adjustable mirror clipped on to your rear-view mirror.
Warnings: Never take your baby out of his car seat in a moving vehicle.
1.Avoid surfing new breaks alone, especially if it is a popular break.
2.Realize that localism is a result of overcrowding. Therefore, the more crowded a break is, the more tension there is likely to be in the water. Because locals feel at home at the break and feel invaded by unfamiliar faces, they sometimes react in a negative manner to newcomers.
3.Realize also that surfing is a traveling sport, and nobody is meant to surf only those waves closest to home. You have just as much right to surf a wave at someone else's local break as that person has to surf the waves near your house.
4.Practice surf etiquette in the lineup. (See "How to Paddle Into the Surfing Lineup.")
5.Watch the other surfers. If only a few people seem to be taking most of the waves, those people are most likely locals, familiar with the wave.
6.Mark the surfers who seem like troublemakers and egomaniacs. These surfers usually make a lot of noise, bitching about the crowd or pouting about their wave. They usually talk loud to other locals to let nonlocals know how "in" they are.
7.Give these arrogant surfers a little extra space. Don't drop in on their wave or paddle around them for the peak. Wait for them to take a wave, and then move to the peak position.
8.Be respectful, and concentrate on your surfing.
9.Remain calm if someone tries to come at you with irrational anger. Apologize if you did something wrong, but don't be a coward. Explain that you are only interested in surfing.
1..Take your next wave in, and call it a day if the vibe in the water begins to feel overly hostile.
Remember that you also add to the vibe in the water. Smile, and be friendly to unfamiliar faces. Be a host of your local surf break, not a hex.
However unfortunate it is that big egos must pollute the surf breaks, the last thing you should ever do is fuel the fire. Be calm in the water.
Never play into someone wanting to go to shore to fight. If someone tries to attack you in the water, paddle away and toward other surfers.
Avoid fights before they begin. Realize when a situation is becoming hostile, and get away from it. There are no police in the water.
1.Determine a color and style that are right for your sailor. Recent years have seen an increase in options for the "look" of functional sailing gear.
2.Check construction quality. Look for things such as double-stitched seams and satin-lined sleeves.
3.Look at water resistance and breathability. Allowing body moisture to escape is as important as keeping water outside.
4.Inspect the lining. A good jacket will be completely lined with a material such as bunting.
5.Inspect the collar. The collar should zip all the way to the top.
6.Make sure all the pockets zip close.
1.Turn your shoulders and hips parallel to the side wall.
2.Bend your knees and waist slightly.
3.Keep your shoulders level with each other.
4.Backswing your racquet hand.
5.Cock your wrist.
6.Point your non-racquet hand at the back wall.
7.Swing the racquet.
8.Shift your weight from your back foot to your front foot as you swing.
9.Make contact when the ball is even with your front knee.
You can increase the power of your shot by snapping your wrist more at the end of the swing.
Aim for the front wall as close to the floor as you're comfortable with.
When the ball makes a hollow sound hitting the front wall, you've hit a nice shot.
Warnings: Always wear goggles when you're playing racquetball. If your mom ever admonished you, saying "Be careful, you'll poke your eye out," she's actually right this time.
Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that could impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
1.Withdraw money from an IRA to which you contributed in 1999. You can do this until April 17, 2000 without penalty.
2.Withdraw IRA money equal to the year's qualified medical expenses minus 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. This is the amount that would equal your medical deduction on Schedule A.
3.Withdraw without penalty IRA money equal to college tuition, fees, books and supplies paid during the year.
4.Withdraw up to $10,000 without penalty to purchase a home if neither you nor your spouse has owned a house in the past two years.
5.Withdraw IRA money equal to health insurance premiums paid while you were unemployed.
You don't have to itemize deductions and use Schedule A to use the medical expenses exception. Use the same rules as someone who itemizes to find out how much you can withdraw without penalty.
The college-expenses exception can be used for any qualified educational expenses after high school. The expenses can be for you, your spouse, children or dependents.
The lifetime limit for the home-purchase exception is $10,000.
The penalty for early withdrawal is 10 percent unless you qualify for an exception.
IRA withdrawals made without penalty are still taxable in the same way they would be taxed if withdrawn after age 59 1/2. The exception to this is the earnings of a Roth IRA used for home purchase.
Education IRAs can only be withdrawn for qualified educational expenses.
1.Step slowly, very slowly - about one step per minute.
2.Keep all of your body movement slow and fluid; avoid abrupt or shaky movements.
3.Keep your body low and compressed.
4.Lift your knees high to maintain balance as you take each slow step.
5.Set your foot down on the outside ball of your foot, keeping your weight entirely on the other foot.
6.Roll your forward foot to the inside ball of the foot.
7.Lower your heel and then, slowly, transfer your weight from your back foot to your front foot.
8.Keep the animal directly in the center of your vision at all times. Freeze all motion any time the animal looks in your direction, and until it looks away.
9.Squint your eyes and avoid showing your teeth when you are 10 feet or less from an animal. The whiteness alerts animals.
1..Move very, very slowly.
If you feel a twig or a leaf when lowering your foot, lift your foot and place it down elsewhere. This is the reason for not transferring your weight until the foot is set safely down.
Going barefoot or wearing moccasin-type footwear is best for stalking.
Watch a cat stalk its prey for a perfect example of how to stalk.
Warnings: Never touch an animal in the wild, no matter how close you get to it. You may startle it and get bitten, kicked or attacked.