1.Heat the stripe with a hair dryer.
2.Peel the stripe slowly, pulling it off at a 90-degree angle while heating the next section. Do not overheat the paint, or it will be more likely to chip.
3.Use a plastic putty knife if you don't have long fingernails, but be careful not to scratch the paint.
4.Put some multipurpose cleaner and lubricant, such as WD-40, on a scrubbing pad (the type with a net covering) and rub off the leftover adhesive.
5.If the stripes are old, they may not peel off easily, even with heat. Soak them with WD-40 for 15 minutes and then try scraping.
6.Wash the car thoroughly with mild soap.
7.Wax and enjoy!
Tips: If you aren't having much success with the hair dryer, you might want to try a heat gun. Just be careful not to hold it on one spot for too long.
Warnings: Never use a metal scraper or anything abrasive on your car's finish.
1.Begin with regular meditation. Stand with your feet parallel, at about shoulders' width apart. Relax your entire body and calm your mind.
2.Inhale and exhale deeply, breathing from your diaphragm. Imagine fatigue and tension escaping as you exhale, and fresh air and energy entering your body as you inhale.
3.Concentrate on the rhythm of your body. Sense the blood flow, your breathing and so on until you can feel the body's natural rhythm.
4.Bring up your spirit or awareness to the top of your head (crown point) by imagining a string pulling you up. The "lift" of this erect posture will keep your spine aligned while letting your body relax.
5.Push your breathing lower until you reach an area about 3 inches below the navel and 2 inches inward (the tan t'ien, known as the center of your chi). This means your breathing is centered in your diaphragm. Your focus on the tan t'ien keeps your weight going downward, moving with gravity instead of fighting against it.
6.Meditate every day. After several weeks or months, you'll begin to sense the rhythm of your internal energy without the assistance of deep breathing. At first you may experience chi as intense tingling or electric energy. In time this feeling will fade into a natural energy flow.
7.Begin to practice the tai chi form in a meditative manner. Allow your chi to flow with your mind and body, keeping your posture erect while keeping your center of gravity focused at the tan t'ien. Your movements will begin to flow with little or no effort.
Tips: Cultivation of chi and development of meditative movement require time and repeated practice, and vary by individual.
Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity.
1.Know that preschoolers enjoy toys that involve role-playing, imagination and learning opportunities.
2.Consider the wide range of preschool toys available from Fisher-Price.
3.Understand that children will enjoy the Rescue Heroes toys - action figures that represent real people doing good in the world, and Power Wheels toys - ride-on toys that go up to 5 mph.
4.Note that the Fisher-Price Workshop and tools are excellent for kids who enjoy "fixing" things while Great Adventures toys encourage creative play with the fantasy castle or forest sets and action figures.
5.Realize that both boys and girls will enjoy the line of Make Believe Electronics - a Pocket Camera ($8 that shows slides and has a pretend flash; Real Life Camcorder ($12); Kid Karaoke ($20); Starlit Stage ($40) for your little performer; Kid Tough Tape Recorder ($30); and the Shadows 'n' Sounds Flashlight ($13).
6.Recognize that ViewMasters and Magna Doodle toys are also excellent for boys and girls. ViewMasters let the child view a slide show. Magna Doodles encourage creativity and coordination.
7.Check out the Fisher-Price kitchens.
8.Make sure to consider some of the games available from Fisher-Price. This Little Piggy Went to Market, Rollover Rover, I'm a Little Teapot, Go Fish, and Barnyard Bingo are all priced under $10 and encourage color identification and coordination.
9.Remember that kids love outdoor toys. The Crazy Daisy sprinkler is lots of fun, as are the Splash Sports Bat and Ball, Paddleball and Scoopball sets. None costs over $10.
1..Look at the Little Pro Basketball and Football toys for children who love sports. These are action figure sets priced around $7.
1..Be certain that no matter what Fisher-Price toys you select, your preschooler will get many hours of enjoyment out of them.
1..Choose a Fisher-Price preschool toy from the shopping list below, online or at a local toy store.
Be sure that any child using the Power Wheels toys wears a helmet.
1.Include variations of Christian-Protestant traditions in your ceremony - traditional for most Hawaiian weddings. Plan for the ceremony to include a combination of English and Hawaiian.
2.Select a white holoku (Hawaiian wedding dress) for the bride to wear.
3.Choose a white shirt and pants with a colored sash for the groom's wedding attire.
4.Order maile leis (garlands made out of fragrant green leaves) for both of you to wear. The lei symbolizes "aloha" and how ancient Hawaiians communicated with nature.
5.Request that the bride's lei be woven with pikake (white jasmine) and the groom's made from ilima (a flower with very thin yellow-orange petals).
6.Provide leis for the mothers of the bride and groom to wear. Triple strands of pikake are a good choice.
7.Follow an early Hawaiian tradition by having someone blow into a conch shell three times at the start of the ceremony to signify the Lord's divine presence.
8.Incorporate ethnic customs that reflect the rich mix of cultures in Hawaii. Look to Filipino, Chinese and Japanese cultures for ideas. For instance, you might incorporate the Chinese tradition of setting off fireworks to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to the marriage.
9.Plan a money dance (called a Pandango), which is a Filipino custom used at most Hawaiian weddings. During the bride and groom's first dance, money is taped together and wrapped around the bride and groom. The dance continues until all the guests have a chance to contribute to wish the couple good luck.
1..Fold 1,001 origami (tsurus) cranes out of metallic paper prior to the wedding. The crane lives for 1,000 years and represents good luck, good fortune, longevity, happiness, fidelity and peace.
1..Order a Hawaiian wedding cake made of wheat flour. The wheat, known as the "staff of life," symbolizes the start of your new relationship together.
1..Cut the first slice of the cake together to show your commitment to share whatever path lies ahead. Then feed each other a small piece as a way to show that you will love, honor and respect one another.
It is considered poor taste to mash cake into your partner's face during a Hawaiian wedding.
Have the 1,001 cranes professionally mounted and framed so that you can display them at your wedding reception for guests to admire.
1.Hollow out an egg. See Related Hows for directions.
2.Enlarge the hole on one end of the egg by carefully breaking the shell away with your fingernail. The opening should be about the size of a dime.
3.Fill the hollow eggshell with confetti.
4.Pour white glue into a small plastic container.
5.Thin the glue slightly with water to a consistency that spreads easily with a paintbrush.
6.Cut or tear colored tissue paper into 1/2-inch to 1-inch squares.
7.Brush the thinned glue over the surface of the egg.
8.Press one tissue paper square over the hole at the end of the egg so that the confetti doesn't fall out.
9.Press tissue paper squares into the glue, covering the surface of the egg.
1..Allow the glue to dry.
1..Break the eggs over your party guests' heads. Olé!
Make Easter cascarones by filling the eggs with mini jelly beans or small Easter candies.
You can fill these eggs with all kinds of treats for special occasions - colored bead necklaces for Mardi Gras, fortunes for the new year, candy corn for Halloween.
Make fancy confetti eggs by gluing glitter, bits of curling ribbon, or sequins to the outside of the eggshell.
Save your empty egg cartons for storing confetti eggs.
Warnings: Unless you have a powerful vacuum cleaner, it is best to break cascarones outside.
1.Choose your site. A regulation croquet court consists of a flat, even field of short grass 84 feet wide and 105 feet long.
2.Use a mallet to drive a stake into the exact center of the court.
3.Place a wicket 21 feet from the south end of the court so that its center is 21 feet from the west end of the court (see Tips).
4.Set another wicket 21 feet from the south end of the court so that its center is 21 feet from the east end of the court.
5.Place two more wickets 21 feet from the north end of the court and 21 feet from either side as described above.
6.Set a fifth wicket 21 feet south of the stake so that its center is 42 feet from the west end of the court.
7.Place a sixth wicket 21 feet north of the stake so that its center is 42 feet from the west end of the court.
8.Attach all four ball clips to the top of the first wicket (in the southwest corner).
The directions north, south, east and west don't necessarily refer to geographic directions. The southwest corner of the croquet court is defined as the corner where the first wicket and starting area are located. The other directions follow from this definition.
Orient the court north to south if possible to avoid having the sun in your eyes while playing.
All wickets are oriented east to west according to the directional conventions described above.
For beginning play or play in long grass, a smaller court (40-by-50-foot) is recommended. To set up: follow the directions above, except replace "21" with "10" and "42" with "20" in steps 3 through 7. Steps:
1.Find a flat, level, rectangular surface 6 feet wide and at least 46 feet long.
2.Mark off two spots, 40 feet apart. These will be the locations of the stakes.
3.Dig a rectangular pit around each stake spot; make each pit 43 to 72 inches long, 31 to 36 inches wide and 4 to 8 inches deep.
4.Fill the pit with a filler substance, such as clay, sawdust or sand. When filled, the pit should be level with the rest of the court.
5.Drive the stakes into the centers of their respective pits until they extend 14 or 15 inches above the pit surface.
6.Lean the stakes toward each other, if you wish, but no more than 3 inches.
7.Mark off foul lines in front of each stake. Foul lines for adult males are 3 feet in front of each stake, measured in the direction of the opposite stake.
8.Mark foul lines for female, junior and elderly players 13 feet in front of each stake. (Note: When drawn, foul lines will be between the two stakes.)
Tips: Orient outdoor courts north-south to avoid having the sun in your eyes while pitching.
1.Separate one side of your tire from the rim.
2.Take out the deflated tube.
3.Curse yourself for not bringing a patch kit or pump and vow to never forget them again.
4.Start stuffing grass into your tire, molding it around the circumference.
5.Stuff in more grass than you thought could possibly fit into a tire.
6.Spread the grass evenly along the tire, so there are no bare spots between the tire and the rim.
7.Use a tire lever or your hands to fit the tire back onto the rim.
8.Bike slowly back to the trail. Your ride will be bumpy due to the grass, so take it slow to avoid dinging your rim.
Tips: Make sure you get all the grass out of your tire before inserting a new tube.
1.Allow a white, uncooked egg to reach room temperature.
2.Wipe the egg down with a solution of 1/2 c. water and 1 tsp. vinegar.
3.Dab the egg dry with a tissue.
4.Draw your design on the egg lightly with a pencil.
5.Hold the head of a "kistka" - a copper stylus - over a candle flame for a half-minute or so.
6.Use the heated kistka to scoop up a bit of beeswax.
7.Melt the wax in the kistka over the candle.
8.Draw the melted beeswax over the pencil design for the first color.
9.Put the egg into the lightest color dye for around 15 minutes.
1..Use a tablespoon to fish the egg out of the dye.
1..Dab, don't wipe, the egg dry.
1..Continue waxing and dyeing from lightest to darkest color dyes.
1..Hold the dried egg under a hair dryer to heat the wax. Wipe it off with a tissue when the wax looks wet.
1..Let the egg dry on a stand made from three finishing nails poked up through a piece of cardboard.
The egg can be emptied once the dyeing is complete. Blow the egg out or use a syringe to suck the insides out.
Be sure the egg is flawless before you begin. Cracks and bumps will be very apparent when you begin dyeing.
Use a teaspoon of vinegar in the dye to make the colors bolder.
Use a wide rubber band wrapped around the egg to help draw a straight line when penciling on the design.
Boiled eggs spoil. Use only raw eggs. Steps:
1.Cover the work area with newspapers or butcher paper.
2.Cut card stock to the desired size and shape for cards and fold in half.
3.Provide a variety of valentine-making materials including markers, doilies, stickers, glitter, sequins, tissue and construction paper, and scraps of gift wrap.
4.Help your child plan how she'll arrange items on the card.
5.Allow your child to be creative and do it her way. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and doing her own thing is a good self-esteem builder for a child.
6.Provide glue sticks for gluing paper and doilies to the card.
7.Use white glue to add sequins and glitter. See "How to Embellish Your Valentines With Glitter" for suggestions.
8.Help your child write a valentine message on the inside of the card after the glue is completely dry.
Take your child with you when you go shopping for supplies. She'll have fun helping select stickers and other items.
Doilies stick together, so separate them carefully using your thumbnail.
You can use a glue stick to glue glitter to a card. Just sprinkle glitter on a thick coat of glue, then press it down with a scrap of paper towel.
Some young children can cut out their own hearts if you fold and mark the pattern on construction paper for them. See "How to Make Cutout Hearts" for tips.
If your child is too young to write her name, try one of these "signatures": Trace around her hand, or put lipstick on her lips and let her kiss the inside of the card.
Warnings: Scissors can be dangerous. Get special kids' scissors for young children, or just do the cutting yourself.
1.Combine 2 c. flour, 1/4 c. sugar and 1/2 tsp. baking powder.
2.Add 1/2 c. butter or shortening.
3.Mix until crumbly.
4.Drop in two eggs - include the shells.
5.Knead 1/2 c. wild birdseed into the dough.
6.Cover with a wet dish towel and refrigerate for 4 hours.
7.Sprinkle flour on a rolling pin and rolling mat.
8.Roll out the cookie dough to about 1/4-inch thick.
9.Use a coffee mug or large drinking glass to cut circles in the dough.
1..Press a drinking straw into the center of each cookie, making a small hole. This is where you'll tie twine through to hang the cookies.
1..Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 325 degrees F for 10 to 13 minutes. The cookies are done when they're hard.
1..Cut a 3-foot piece of twine.
1..Tie a knot at one end and string a cookie onto it. Above that, tie another knot and string another cookie onto it.
1..Continue until you have a string of cookies.
1.Assess the relationship. Who is making the plans? Is it both of you or just one of you? Are the decisions truly mutual?
2.How interested are you? You probably don’t know each other very well yet, but are you beginning to feel comfortable with this person? Can you talk about some of your thoughts and feelings?
3.Does he or she seem interested in you?
4.Think about your shared interests. Do you have any of the same hobbies? Do you enjoy the same kinds of weekend activities?
5.Take note of your differences. Some can be a problem, while others may add interest. Do you have fun listening to his fishing stories, even though you’d never go yourself? That’s a good sign. Are you put off by her vocal political opinions? Better forgo the third date.
6.Do your conversations keep getting more interesting? Or are you already running out of things to talk about?
7.Do you talk on the phone apart from setting up dates?
8.Have you seen any signs of psychological gamesmanship? If so, don’t continue this unless you really enjoy the abuse.
9.Were you thanked on the first two dates? Regardless of who paid, it’s nice to know that someone appreciated spending time with you.
1..How comfortable would you be meeting his or her parents? That may tell you a lot about how well you’re clicking.
If you decide to go on a third date, make sure to take it slow. Even though all the signs are looking positive, you need time to get to know each other better before getting serious.
If you decide against a third date, be firm and respectful in letting the other person know. Treat him or her the way you would like to be treated in this situation.