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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

How To Supercharge & Turbocharge GM LS-Series Engines

How To Supercharge & Turbocharge GM LS-Series Engines by Barry Kluczyk

About The Book:
GM LS-series engines are some of the most powerful, versatile, and popular V-8 engines ever produced. They deliver exceptional torque and abundant horsepower, are in ample supply, and have a massive range of aftermarket parts available. Some of the LS engines produce about 1 horsepower per cubic inch in stock for - that’s serious performance. One of the most common ways to produce even more horsepower is through forced air induction - supercharging or turbocharging. Right-sized superchargers and turbochargers and relatively easy tuning have grown to make supercharging or turbocharging an LS-powered vehicle a comparatively simple, yet highly effective method of generating a dramatic increase in power. In the revised edition of How To Supercharge & Turbocharge GM LS-Series Engines, supercharger and turbocharger design and operation are covered in detail, so the reader has a solid understanding of each system and can select the best system for his or her budget, engine, and application. The attributes of Roots-type and centrifugal-type superchargers as well as turbochargers are extensively discussed to establish a solid base of knowledge. Benefits and drawbacks of each system as well as the impact of systems on the vehicle are explained. Also covered in detail are the installation challenges, necessary tools, and the time required to do the job. Once the system has been installed, the book covers tuning, maintenance, and how to avoid detonation so the engine stays healthy. Cathedral, square, and D-shaped port design heads are explained in terms of performance, as well as strength and reliability of the rotating assembly, block, and other components. Finally, Kluczyk explains how to adjust the electronic management system to accommodate a supercharger or turbocharger. How To Supercharge and Turbocharge GM LS-Series Engines is the only book on the market specifically dedicated to forced air induction for LS-series engines. It provides exceptional guidance on the wide range of systems and kits available for arguably the most popular modern V-8 on the market today.

About The Author:
Barry Kluczyk graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism, with the intent of writing about cars for a living. His first professional job was as managing editor at Musclecar Review magazine. He then moved on to McMullen-Yee Publishing (soon to be Primedia) and worked on several magazines. He moved back to Michigan in 1996 to work as a writer and editor of several auto manufacturer customer publications. He is currently employed as a new vehicle product writer at a Detroit-area public relations firm.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, August 19, 2019

GrandBox Subscription Box

It was April Kelly's calling to help seniors that attracted her to GrandBox, and in May of this year, she became its proud new owner. GrandBox is a subscription box company that brings joy to seniors across the United States by surprising them with a package of assorted goodies. It is an excellent way for children and grandchildren to show their love for their parents and grandparents by sending them goodies monthly or on special occasions. The box contains five full-size items that seniors will love, including snacks, and is customized with family photos and a personalized note. As an avid entrepreneur, April became interested in owning a company like GrandBox when she started a volunteer group at her church to support residents at a nursing home in Nebraska. The group paired volunteers with the residents of the nursing home to spend time with them and participate in activities. April also moderated Bingo for the residents and treated them to candy and baked goods as winning rewards. She saw how happy the seniors were about the experience and thought, "wow, wouldn't they love to receive other goodies on a regular basis from loved ones?" April discovered GrandBox as part of her research to start a subscription box business for seniors. She approached the owners of the company about a potential purchase.
“GrandBox had established a strong product and brand. I saw tremendous potential for growth. The timing was perfect for all parties and now I am the proud owner of GrandBox,” she explained. As the new owner, April is excited about growing and diversifying the products that seniors receive in their boxes. She also plans to increase her presence on social media as she wants more people to discover the joy GrandBox can bring to the seniors in their lives. A happy customer had this to say, "My mom loves her GrandBox and was on the verge of tears, it meant so much to her. GrandBox impacts people's lives, no matter how far apart you are."

Check it all out at GrandBox on Facebook, as well as GrandBox on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

All Natural #BackToSchool2019 Germ Fighter

With back to school often comes germs and colds, but now there's a new way to fight germs without any harmful chemicals. Truce is an eco-friendly line of cleaning products all made using simple and natural ingredients, like borax, essential oils, baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and aloe vera. And unlike many others in the space, they clearly outline every single ingredient on their label because they have nothing to hide.
Truce offers a wide variety of products to cover all your germ-fighting and cleaning needs, from all-purpose cleaner, hand sanitizer, soaps, and more. The refill solutions help reduce waste as well!

Check it all out at Truce on Facebook, as well as Truce on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Get Good Gut Health With Prebiotin Prebiotics

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but as Labor Day approaches, we all have to start looking toward the end of the summer season. However, as a final last hurrah to the warmth and sun, travel plans often reach their peak around the 3-day weekend. But with traveling, comes stress, little sleep, strange schedules, and sometimes unusual cuisine. All of these factors can have major impacts on gut health and the digestive system. The last thing anyone wants is for an upset stomach to ruin their long weekend away.
With the daily use of Prebiotin Prebiotic Fiber, jet setters can maintain a healthy and balanced gut, with the easy convenience of Prebiotin’s stick packs. Prebiotin is a prebiotic fiber supplement that feeds the good bacteria in the gut and can work to prevent gut related issues like IBS, irregularity, and many others. The travel-friendly stick packs are very portable and can easily be thrown into suitcases or bags to make the journey with you, whether by land, air, or sea.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, August 16, 2019

David: Savakerrva, Volume 1

David: Savakerrva, Volume 1 by Lawrence Brown

About The Book:
They came from the void, the path between stars, and they brought their Machines. They came for a secret as old as life, and to get it, they would burn every world in their path. They invaded a planet far off, a world of legends and wars and Great Ice Clans. But against the Machines, the Clans had no chance. Barely escaping, the King of the Clans found Earth. Then - like other men in strange, new worlds, he also found a woman. And the Son of the King was born. The son would save the far world, or so an old Promise foretold. But the boy grew up alone, and ignorant of his past, his only world was East Detroit. Then one night behind an old iron door, the boy heard the truth...and rejected every word. He believed in little, maybe nothing at all, and certainly not in a world far off or a Promise foretold. And then they came to Detroit. A new Science Fiction series of epic adventure and apocalyptic threats, David: Savakerrva tells the story of a boy from Detroit...who may not be just a boy from Detroit.

About The Author:
Lawrence Brown is USAF veteran from the Midwest.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Colgate Launches New Kids Line With Ryan’s World

Colgate is excited to announce a new partnership with top YouTube star, Ryan of Ryan’s World and pocket.watch, to release a new kids oral care regimen. The new product line is designed by Ryan in conjunction with Colgate. “We are so thrilled to be welcoming Ryan into the Colgate family this year. His ability to make such a strong connection with kids his age is inspiring,” said Bill Van de Graaf, Vice President, Marketing for North America at Colgate-Palmolive. “Our hope is that Ryan and his new line will encourage kids to get excited about their brushing routine. We want to bring the excitement of playtime to Kids Oral Care through products created by Ryan – a friend they trust!” In fact, Ryan’s World recently released a new video on Ryan Toys Review featuring Ryan’s visit to Colgate-Palmolive’s Technology Facility in New Jersey. The video highlights Ryan learning how each of his oral care products is made and how he helped to design his own product line – everything from the flavors, packaging, and colors were hand-selected by Ryan to create this fun new product line for kids.

 
“We are so proud to be collaborating with Colgate to help get kids excited about their oral care and continue to fulfill our mission of bringing kids and families more of what they love,” said Kerry Tucker, Chief Marketing Officer, pocket.watch. “Not only does the new line help kids fight cavities and keep their teeth strong, fans of Ryan’s World are going to love the unique details Ryan put into each of the products.” The new Colgate Ryan’s World Kids Oral Care Regimen features a Powered Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Mouthwash with additional products launching later this year.

Details for each are as follows:
Colgate Ryan's World Powered Toothbrush: Make great cleaning fun with extra soft bristles that gently sweep away plague. For children three years of age and older.
Colgate Ryan's World Toothpaste: Clinically proven cavity and enamel protection. Available in Ryan’s Bubble Fruit flavor. For children two years and older.
Colgate Ryan's World Mouthwash: Cleans whole mouth by sweeping away particles that brushing may have missed. Available in Ryan’s Bubble Fruit flavor. For children six years of age and older.

Check it all out at Colgate on Facebook, as well as Colgate on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How To Stop Your Eczema In Its Tracks

Eczema can affect people of every age, causing itchy patches of dry, cracking skin. Battling with eczema can often feel daunting, but it is possible to experience relief from this relatively common skin condition. While there are cases that may require prescription treatment, it is possible for most people to get it under control by making a few simple changes in their life. If you or your child suffers from eczema, here are three ways to help keep it at bay.

Change Your Skin Care Routine

People with eczema are incredibly sensitive to additives and fragrances, so it's best to switch to all hypoallergenic skin care products. Bathe regularly, but keep it quick and avoid hot showers and baths, as they can make the condition worse. Be sure to moisturize generously every day, especially immediately after a shower or bath.

Switch Laundry Detergents

One of the worst culprits in causing eczema flareups is laundry detergent. Switch to a brand that's completely free of fragrances and dyes and stop using fabric softener altogether. For help with stains, choose a product that's intended to be safe for sensitive skin, or create your own stain remover with baking soda, fragrance free dish soap and peroxide.

Treat Flareups Quickly and Thoroughly

When an eczema flareup occurs, the patches of dry skin can crack and bleed, causing extreme irritation and discomfort. Keep the skin clean and apply a hydrocortisone cream to the affected area frequently until it has completely healed. If it takes more than a week to heal with regular treatment and attention, a stronger prescription version may be needed. Take note of what was done or handled before a flareup to help avoid it again in the future.
While eczema is relatively common and usually completely harmless, it is still a good idea to see your doctor first to obtain a proper diagnosis. But by changing a few habits, you may find that this condition is very easy to live with.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

HempFusion

HempFusion is leading the Hemp Revival and creating a new category with the introduction of hemp-based nutritional supplements. We got to try some great products from HempFusion that I am now in love with and use every day.

HempFusion Sleep - Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD features PharmaGABA, a more natural form of the amino acid GABA. Clinical studies have demonstrated that it can play an important role in reducing occasional stress and promoting relaxation, which may promote restful sleep. HempFusion uses a unique Hemp One-Pass Extraction process to deliver an oil with CBD + a wider array of cannabinoids. They infuse even more plant-based omegas and terpenes via Hemp Oil, Black Pepper, and Clove Oil to enhance the Entourage Effect via the Whole Food Hemp Complex. With 1000% more terpenes than other leading brands, the Whole Food Hemp Complex + GABA = maximum sleep support.
HempFusion Stress - Full Spectrum Hemp Extract CBD features a scientifically studied and patented form of Ashwagandha, which has been demonstrated to possess potent stress and mood supporting properties.

Check it all out at HempFusion on Facebook, as well as HempFusion on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sparkling Ice Mystery Flavor Revealed!!!!


After months of speculation, Sparkling Ice is excited to reveal the flavor of its limited-edition Mystery Flavor - MANGO GUAVA! Sparkling Ice officially announced that the tropical flavor over 403.2K people have submitted guesses for as part of the #WhatTheFlavorSweeps contest. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a 7-day Caribbean Cruise from Holland America, with over 500 additional winners receiving fun tropical prizes perfect for summer.

The Mystery Flavor will be available for a limited time at local grocery stores while supplies last.

Check it all out at Sparkling Ice on Facebook, as well as Sparkling Ice on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

A Dog's Journer Now On Digital, Coming To BluRay 8/20

Picking up where A Dog’s Purpose left off, A Dog’s Journey, now available on Digital, as well as on BluRay, DVD, and On Demand on August 20th, 2019, continues the tale of lovable farm dog Bailey, as he finds a new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond, and learns that some friendships transcend lifetimes. A hit with audiences, who rated it an “A” CinemaScore, the movie is “a must-see for any dog lover” (Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer) and the perfect choice for family viewing, teaching universal lessons about the values of friendship and devotion. “Pawsitively” uplifting from start to finish, A Dog’s Journey features over 30 minutes of bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, a hilarious gag reel, and featurettes with the cast and a behind the scenes look at the memorable animal performances.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his former “boy” now grown to manhood, Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ (Kathryn Prescott). Everything is great on the farm until CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away and chase her own fulfillment in the big city. Ethan asks Bailey to watch over CJ wherever she goes and thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship, and devotion as he, CJ, and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs. Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso, A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone, and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, August 5, 2019

#HallmarkBTSSavings Giveaway

Win a $1000 back to school shopping spree! 
 Monday, July 29th at 12:00 AM PT to Friday, August 16th at 11:59 PM PT. One (1) winner will receive a $1000 shopping spree from Savings.com. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Back to School category page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winner will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (8/19) via the email address they used to enter. 
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

How Home Warranties Can Save You Thousands of Dollars - And Different Options To Look At

People hear a lot over their lifetimes about how they can save money. Some of these tips work, while some can, in fact, leave you out of pocket, with homeowners spending on average nearly $5,000 in repairs in the last year. When it comes to your home, it’s best not to take any shortcuts. Instead, consider long-term investments like a home warranty. Not only can a great home warranty keep your home happy and stress-free, but it can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. To find out how you can do this, here’s exactly how a home warranty saves people money, as well as the different kinds of options to suit you.

How home warranties can save you money:

Work with a budget
When countless repairs and replacements in your home add up, it’s almost impossible to stick to a budget. This means costs can quickly spiral out of control, often leaving you with more to stress about. With home warranties, your costs are covered with a simple monthly or yearly set rate, making budgeting more than easy.

The best part is that home warranties can be personalized to suit the kind of cover you want. This means you can work with as large or as small a commitment as you need. Bear in mind that the cheaper your home warranty is, the less it is likely to cover. Though you might be wary of upfront costs, you’ll quickly see how your set rate can pay you back in just a few, simple call outs.
No more repair costs
Homes are often more stressful after a sale has gone through. For many families, even minor cosmetic damage or scrapes can cost a lot when there’s a lot of them. With home warranties, repair costs are automatically factored into your set rate.

Though the warranty won’t cover intentional damage to appliances or your home, average wear and tear or faulty items will be covered. It will also save you the hassle of having to fix some of the damage yourself, avoiding mistakes and devaluations to your home value.
Replacements might be covered
It’s true that not all home warranties cover replacements, but there is a huge spectrum of warranties that include full replacement costs within their rate. Before you jump into what seems like a good rate, make sure you read the small print to see whether that includes replacements.

If so, this is a sure-fire way of saving lots of money. For example, most home warranties cost between $300-600 a year, not including the service fee. With the cost of replacing a hot water heater being around $550, your warranty pays for itself within one instance.
Your options
There isn’t a one size fits all when it comes to home warranties. You can protect your home with a warranty and cut costs, but only if it’s the right kind. With various options out there, it’s best to get the lowdown on what they are:

Systems and Appliance home warranties
When people talk about home warranties, this is typically the type of home warranty they are referring to. As one of the most commonly purchased, it covers homeowners for repairs, breakdowns, or faults after the sale period of a home has ended. Typically, it is new homeowners that benefit from this warranty the most. It is also known as a Home Service Agreement.

There are some variations on it which cover current homeowners looking to save money. It is not to be confused with an Appliance Warranty, which covers an individual appliance for repairs or replacement upon purchase.
Homeowners Insurance
Homeowners often have a hard time defining between a home warranty and homeowner’s insurance. Though similar, they will cover you for different costs- even within the same incident.

One of the most commonly used examples is if your washing machine breaks down. Your home warranty will cover the repair or replacement of the machine, whereas homeowner’s insurance covers you for any water or electrical damage that occurs during the breakdown.

Remember that homeowner’s insurance regularly requires you to pay excess if the cost of repairing the damage exceeds that which the insurance covers you for.
Structural Home Warranty
A structural home warranty is always needed when someone is in the process of building their home. This may be obtained by the builder, or the homeowner. In any case, it covers a homeowner for any defects or damages from workmanship for the first few years after the building has been completed.

In the small chance your new home experiences major structural problems, many structural home warranties cover you for the first ten years after the build is completed.
Remodeler’s Home Warranty
If you’re considering remodeling your home, there’s a home warranty that also covers you here. Though similar to the Structural Home Warranty, it only covers the building of a new part of your existing home.

This cover is usually only for structural change, covering any damage that happens to the new part of your home, or damage that this new remodel does to your current structure. For any new appliances in this part of your home, homeowners are often recommended to update their Systems and Appliances home warranties. 
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, July 26, 2019

It's A Case Of #TheMissingMoney

The Missing Money by Okeoma Moronu Schreiner
About The Book:
A beautifully illustrated children's book about an imaginative little boy's first encounter with the banking system! The Missing Money follows Kai on his adventure to deposit his newly earned money. While on his journey a seemingly scary ATM monster "eats" all of his money! Kai struggles to understand where his money has gone and just before attempting to break his money out, his mother sits him down to explain this confusing turn of events and helps put his mind at ease. Get your copy now and your kids will enjoy the colorful illustrations in this wonderful story while learning the basics of money.

About The Author:
Okeoma Moronu Schreiner is a mother of two, a personal finance nerd, and a corporate finance attorney. She loves helping parents and children grow interest in their money!

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

#BTSwithOfficeDepot #BackToSchool2019

Win a $50 Office Depot & Office Max Gift Card! 
Monday, July 22nd at 12:00 AM PT to Friday, August 2nd at 11:59 PM PT. Ten (10) winners will receive a $50 gift card from Office Depot &Office Max. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Office Depot & Office Max page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (8/5) via the email address they used to enter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Conquer The Laundry Mountain This Summer & #BackToSchool2019

Get those Summer stains out! And get help this upcoming School Year!
Dryel uses a patented process to clean your dry clean only and special care clothes. The heat of your dryer activates the cleaning solution in the Dryer Activated cleaning cloth to release a steam that removes body soils and odors from the clothes. The Fabric Protection Bag maintains the optimal balance of cleaning agents and heat, allowing the steam to work thoroughly through the clothes, and then slowly vents the vapors out of the bag and dryer. Dryel Booster Spray includes extra cleaning agents to remove stains, and add freshness to heavily soiled areas prior to putting the garments through the in-dryer system.
The original form of Biz! Add Biz Powder to every load to boost the cleaning power of your detergent and eliminate tough stains. Pre-Soak: Dissolve 1/2 cup Biz in a gallon of warm water and soak garments 1-4 hours. Pre-Treat: Wet the stained area, make a paste with Biz Powder and warm water. Spread paste over the stain, let sit up to 30 minutes, then wash as usual.

Check it all out at Biz Stain Fighter on Facebook, as well as Biz Stain Fighter on Twitter. And Dryel on Facebook, as well as Dryel on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Gift Ideas For Your Blind Loved Ones

Searching for a good gift for the blind or visually impaired can be very rewarding if you know where to look. These options barely scratch the surface of the rich variety of blind-friendly items available, but they are a good place to start.

Cards

A greeting card is a staple addition to any gift, whether it be money or something more substantial. There is no reason that anyone should have to miss out just because they can't see. Fortunately, there are braille birthday cards on the market, providing a joyful way to solve the problem. You can customize the message and there are plenty of stock options to choose from. Raised designs with braille captions do away with the need for interpretation. Stock up, these are good for any occasion.

Jewelry

Jewelry is a classic and beloved gift item, no matter who you are giving it to. It is not necessary, but there are tailored jewelry options for the blind that include braille designs and messages. This modification will add a touch of thoughtfulness to your present. Whether it be a necklace, bracelet, key-chain or ring, there is a style for everybody.

Candy

This suggestion is not as straightforward as buying a box of chocolates. Appealing to someone's sense of taste is a no-brainer. However, there is such a thing as braille chocolate and candy molds, and they can make your celebration very special. You can go ahead and make chocolates with a braille message to bring to the party, or you can give the molds as gifts themselves. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! It can be a delightful surprise to find braille where you do not expect it.

Braille is an easy way to let your blind friends and family know that you care. It is easy to find on almost any product. Go the extra mile and pick a gift that has a real wow factor.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

#OnThisDay In 2011

I was looking back at some old posts, and it is sort of fun to do that! It was 2011, and I was talking about A Touch Of Sun (do they still sell that?), some book recommendations, yummy Garden of Eatin' snacks, and a ProBar discount that was especially for my readers. I think I like this looking back on old posts thing! Hee hee.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Tips For Choosing The Right Daycare

Choosing the right daycare for your child can seem daunting. You are trusting other people to take the best care possible of your little one, so it is of the utmost importance that you find somewhere that you are comfortable with. It can be challenging to know what questions to ask and what to look for during your search, so here are a few things to get you started. 

Cleanliness

You should be able to see if a daycare is clean during your tour. Most places require everyone to put on shoe covers to enter the infant room so that they do not track in dirt. You can also ask how often they clean the toys and what they do if a student drops his pacifier. You can expect there to be a normal amount of mess while toddlers are playing, but the daycare should overall be safe and clean. 

Student to Teacher Ratio

You will likely find that there is a state law regarding student teacher ratio of child care centers near me Tampa FL depending on the age of the children in the classroom. Most daycares stick to the state requirement; however, you may find some places that actually prefer a smaller student to teacher ratio. This means that your child is likely to get more personal attention from the teacher, so be sure to ask what the care center's number is. 

Curriculum

Most places implement a daily curriculum even in the infant's room. They typically have this posted somewhere for you to see, and some places will give you the curriculum for the month to look at. Ask each location you visit what a typical day would look like for your child. 

Start looking early so that you have time to visit a few places and do your research. This is a big decision, so do not rush into anything. Ask lots of questions, but remember to follow your gut instinct as well. 

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Caught In The Middle – Caring For Adults

In 2015, 13.5% of Americans provided care for an elderly relative, many of them doing so while also caring for one or more children. This makes them part of the sandwich generation, and the burdens can be tremendous. If you find yourself in this position, there are actions you can take to lighten your load.

Get Help

Solicit other family members to visit, freeing you up for a few hours at a time. Cutting down on errands can make the weeks less chaotic, so where possible outsource mundane time-consuming tasks. Order groceries and household goods online for delivery or quick pick up.  Have a restaurant delivery service like DoorDash help you put dinner on the table after a hectic day. Send the laundry out and bring a house cleaner in. Many public transit systems offer special services for the disabled and elderly, handy for occasional rides to doctor and dentist appointments.

Become a Care Giver

You are primarily a daughter and think of them as Mom and Dad, but you may want to consider establishing an official caregiver-client relationship. Contacting an organization that specializes in adult foster care service Massachusetts can have several advantages. Most importantly, it gives you access to support from professional care managers and registered nurses. Knowing you have resources and a team behind you can help you feel more confident and less alone in your situation. Additionally, once you become a recognized caregiver, you are entitled to a stipend that is not taxed, money that can come in handy in multiple ways. 

Take Breaks

Most jobs come with break time built in; this should be no different. If you are regularly caring for others’ needs, your mental health requires you to take care of your own as well. Short daily and weekly breaks must be built in to your routine, perhaps in the form of yoga classes or Saturday lunches with friends. Occasional vacations and weekend getaways are essential to keep you refreshed and energized. Remember, to properly take care of your loved ones you must take care of yourself.

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