There’s something about messages in a bottle that make them very sentimental, sacred, and mysterious at the same time. This may not appeal to everybody but to people who do not mind going a little sentimental from time to time, making messages in a bottle makes a good pastime. These messages are the written evidence of people’s feelings and sentiments that they choose not to tell anyone.
If you want to make your own messages in a bottle, here is a step-by-step guide to help you.
Get a bottle. You can use either plastic or glass. But if you want something more realistic, pick a wine or beer bottle.
Clean and wash the bottle thoroughly. Pour a mixture of warm water and dish soap into your bottle. Cover it with a cork or with your hand. Shake the bottle up and down for a few minutes. Then, start rolling a towel into a rod then stick it in. When done, position it upside down so that all excess liquid can pour out.
Make your message. People have different reasons for making messages in a bottle. Whatever your purpose is, avoid revealing something too personal. Instead of putting your entire address, put your PO Box number instead. This will prevent you from being tracked down by the stranger who gets the bottle. For security purposes, avoid disclosing contact information. Instead, you can write down things that you love to do, things that you hate the most, your dreams, your frustrations, etc. When you’re done, roll up your paper tightly before putting it inside the bottle. You can use a tape or a rubber band
Put the bottle inside a plastic bag. This will keep the bottle from getting wet. Some even choose to layer it with plastic. To make things easier, simply find a clear plastic. Ensure that your paper is safe and not wet.
Let your bottle float. Before finally letting it float on the sea, drop it in the bath tub for testing. Ensure that the cover or the cork is tightly closed.
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You and your baby have spent the past few months settled in a routine of breast or bottle feeding, or maybe a mixture of the two.
You both probably feel quite comfortable with this now, but there comes a time in every baby’s life when she is ready to take her first few mouthfuls of solid food.
This is a big landmark in her development and one about which most parents are proud and apprehensive in equal measure.
Many questions arise about what, when and how to feed the baby from this point on.
The first question is when.
With regards to solids, as with everything else, each baby is unique and the exact timing of the first solid meal varies greatly.
The WHO recommends that babies should be started on their first solids from about 6 months of age, but that may be too early or too late in some cases.
Beware of introducing them before 5 months of age because her digestive system is still undeveloped and it could increase the likelihood of her suffering from allergies.
Signs that indicate your child is ready to start eating
An interest in solid food she sees you and other people eating.
The ability to sit up, either on her own or supported, and to hold up her own head.
Loosing the Extrusion Reflex; in order to be able to keep food in the mouth and swallow it, she must stop pushing it out of her mouth with her tongue.
Starting to develop chewing ability and the ability to control food in her mouth as well as swallow. This is an indication that her digestive system is also becoming ready for solids. She may begin teething at around the same time.
Increased appetite; she may still seem hungry after feeding.
General guidelines for the introduction of solid foods:
Introduce new foods gradually, only one per day
Introduce new foods early in the day so that you can see any bad reactions
Introduce new foods only one or two at a time, which makes it easier to identify the cause of any allergies or reactions. Signs can include diarrhea, a rash, bloated tummy or gas.
Give small amounts, but give as much as baby will eat
Expect certain meals to be eaten and others rejected
Be prepared to introduce new foods take up to 10 times before they are accepted
Feed solids and follow the meal with usual breast milk or formula
Introduce raisins and other small items after she can pick them up herself as by then she should be able to eat them without choking
Keep salt levels to a minimum (see below)
Don’t provide too many sweet foods
Never add solids such as cereals to her bottle, this may cause her to choke
Use a soft edged rubber spoon, being careful not to injure her gums
Look for signs that she is full, such as becoming bored and interested in other things, refusing to open her mouth
How much to offer
Offer as much food as your baby will eat, starting with only a teaspoonful at first and gradually increasing the portions.
Babies that have been exclusively breastfed are used to controlling their nutritional intake and are less likely to over feed than bottle-fed babies.
Begin feeding once a day at any time that is convenient for you
Offer 2 meals a day from about 7 or 8 months and 3 meals a day from about 9 months
Gradually increase the amount and thicken the consistency
Until one year of age, breast milk or formula still forms the main bulk of her nutrition.
Breast milk or formula must continue until at least one year old.
Cow’s milk can be drunk after that. This should be full fat milk until 2 years old.
Fruit and vegetable purees; such as banana, sweet potato, apple, pumpkin, broccoli and carrot; baby rice, oatmeal, bread and rice crackers are excellent first foods
At the beginning they should be very mushy as the baby can only squash them with her tongue before swallowing.
Gradually introduce more fruits and vegetables, bread and other carbohydrates, as well as proteins such as tofu, cheese, egg, fish and finally meat.
Foods to Avoid
Egg white is more likely to provoke allergies than egg yolk, so it is best to wait until a year old before using egg whites or whole eggs.
Oranges and other citrus fruit can cause diarrhea and nappy rash in some babies, especially girls.
Try to avoid processed food where possible.
Honey should be avoided for the first year as it may contain spores that can cause the Infant Botulism
Shellfish, peanuts and peanut butter can be likely to cause allergies if given before one year old
Cow’s milk should not be given before one year old
It is recommended that the salt intake of babies and young children should be kept to a minimum. The British Food Standards Agency has issued salt intake targets for children:
• 0-6 months, less than 1 gram/day
• 7-12 months, 1 gram/day
• 1-3 years, 2 grams/day
• 4-6 years, 3 grams/day
• 7-10 years, 5 grams/day
• 11-14 years, 6 grams/day
If feeding your child or baby the same food as you are to adults, remove her portion before adding salt and other seasonings.
Prepare fruit and vegetable purees, soft rice and other dishes in quantities larger than you need and freeze them.
Ice cube trays are useful for freezing small amounts that can be individually defrosted for single meals.
If you use ready prepared baby food from a jar, put some in a separate dish and heat it.
If you put the baby’s spoon directly into the jar you will have to throw away any uneaten food.
Expect to see changes in your baby’s poo as you introduce solids. They will change in colour, odor and consistency. If she becomes constipated or gassy, try changing to different fruits and vegetables.
Many people advocate ‘Baby-Led Weaning’, which is a system of giving babies food that they can eat by themselves, rather than spoon feeding.
Foods that are cut into easily graspable shapes, such as bread strips and softly cooked carrot sticks and broccoli florets are presented to the baby so that she can suck and chew on them herself.
The idea is that the baby will eat only what she is ready for and able to eat and will, at the same time, learn about foods in their natural forms rather than having everything pureed. It can also help parents to identify any foods that she won’t eat, because foods are presented individually rather than mixed up together.
At the beginning, many babies find it difficult to take in a significant amount of nutrition by this method, but as they are still drinking breast milk or formula, this is not a problem.
What equipment do I need?
Soft plastic spoon
Cloth for wiping up spills
High chair or low chair
Where and when should I feed my baby?
Habits established early on are hard to break so it is best to start as you mean to continue.
Feed your baby in her chair (high or otherwise) and not in front of the television or while she is running around the room.
As far as possible eat together as a family so that she can see and learn correct eating habits by watching everyone else.
Do not make meals into a battleground, if she doesn’t want to eat a certain food or a great deal, don’t push it.
Don’t over feed her. Look for signs that she is full.
Keep her diet well balanced with a mixture of vegetables, carbohydrate and protein.
Avoid fast food for as long as possible and minimise sweet foods
Minimise salt and use fat in moderation
Don’t use food as a bribe or reward
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Using a homemade tube turkey call I made out of a pill bottle, rubber band, and a rubber glove. Pretty neat way to make a turkey call. It works also and can reproduce every call a wild turkey can make. This one I just made could use a little tuning but would work just the way it sounds. You can also make these using a film container, small plastic spice jars, etc. Like I say this one could use a little bit of tuning which you just tighten the rubber glove or loosen it over the opening. But as is sounds pretty decent and would work. Video Rating: 0 / 5
Pickles are a delicacy that is made all around the world. Some people make it with fruits whereas some people use vegetables. Whatever the ingredients may be, it is a famous recipe and liked by all. For making pickles various equipments are required which includes one of the most important one, which is a pickle jar.
Pickle jars and bottles were introduced in the year 1860 and since then have undergone a lot of changes. Earlier the jars had different base shape. Also gothic style jars and bottles were more popular. Glass was popular during that period too. Different colored glasses were used in the manufacturing of pickle jars. Even today the antique pickle jars are available in antique stores, internet biddings and auctions. They can be purchased as collectibles or for storing pickles.
Pickle jars are used to store the pickles. The fruit or the vegetable that is to be pickled is cooked. It is placed in the pickle jars and the brine mixture is poured on it. This is the procedure which is followed while making pickles. These jars are then stored in a cool, dry and dark place for about a month. Later the pickle can be eaten from these jars. The pickle jar is one of the most important utensils that are used in the process of pickling.
About half liter or 1 liter jars are used in storing pickle generally. They make a great container for pickling. The material used for making pickle jars also differs. The most common material used in making jars is glass. Glass jars have wide mouths and hence the processes of filling and emptying the jar contents are easy. Also the contents of the jars can be viewed without any difficulty. These glass jars have plastic or metal band lids which are very to open and close. Also they are air tight which helps in preserving the pickle for a longer time. These lids are easy to clean and hence prevent any possible contamination.
Plastic jars are also available for the same purpose. However they are not as popular as the glass ones. These jars may cause the pickle to smell just like the plastic. Also, disfiguration or cracks or contents getting spilled are the common problems with these jars. Hence, the plastic pickle jars are not widely used.
Metal jars or bottles must never be used for storing pickles. A reaction might be caused between the pickle and the metal. It may cause spoiling of the pickle which renders it useless. For the fermenting and brining method of pickle making, enamel wares, plastic containers and glass jars may be used. But metal and enamel ware should not be used in case of other methods as they may prove to be dangerous.
Pickle jars are very important as the life and the goodness of the pickle depends upon the jars. Glass jars with plastic lids are the best candidates. Hence, while making pickles, careful selection of the jars is a must.
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