Finding the Perfect Family Car

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When I became a mom, I knew there were going to be major changes in my life.  For one, I had to sacrifice watching Friends reruns for episodes of Peppa Pig.  Aside from that, my criteria for buying a car have also changed.  Now I have to think about what my kids need when I go around looking for a new car.  And on top of learning basic car maintenance skills, I realised I have to also master how to manage a messy car.

If you happen to be on the hunt for the perfect family car, here are some things to consider:

Safety. It goes without saying that when you have kids, the foremost thing you think about is their safety.  Make sure child safety seats fit. Added features to consider are rear view cameras and blind spot monitoring.

Size.  You only need simple mathematics to figure out that with children coming into the picture, you do need a car bigger than your college sedan. If you have a baby, see how the stroller fits in the car.  If you have soccer-playing kids, check how you can fit in their extra sports bags.  Will you be bringing bicycles in the car for weekend out-of-town trips?

Needs.  With your daily commute to and from work and the kids’ school, will you find yourself stuck in traffic for long periods? Then it might be helpful to choose a car with DVD screens in the back, to help entertain the kids.  Multiple sockets or USB ports will come in handy when your gadgets run out of power.

Budget.  With so much to spend for on other important things such as your kids’ tuition or your next family vacation, make sure that you set a budget for your intended car purchase- and stick to it!

Last but not the least, get a car that you know you’ll enjoy driving. Try to reconcile your family’s needs with your car preference. After all, you did work hard for it.

Stay Warm When Hunting By Layering Your Clothing

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Layering your clothing is a smart way to combat the cold weather, and when you are out hunting, it is essential that you feel comfortable. There’s more to layering than meets the eye and it isn’t simply a question of wearing one item on top of another until you look like a Michelin Man, rather it needs to be coordinated in such a way that you are warm and dry at all times. There are three main layers of hunting attire, which are as follows:

 

  1. The Base Layer – The base layer should be reasonably tight and fit to your skin, and its role is to absorb sweat, something that cannot be avoided during the exertions of a hunt. It is important that the base layer can breathe, and you have a choice of lightweight, medium or heavyweight, depending on the temperatures you will encounter. Obviously, the heavyweight base layer will restrict your movements a little, but in sub-zero temperatures, it is essential to have a thick base layer. If you would like to browse a fine selection of hunting apparel, check out https://www.gboutfitters.co.uk/, who stock a wide range of quality hunting garments, and with a secure online payment, the clothing will be on its way to your door. Synthetics are popular for the base layer, and some hunters prefer the feel of merino wool, which is very soft on the skin, but whatever you choose, it must allow the body to breathe.

 

  1. The Mid Layer – This layer works in conjunction with the base level, helping to remove moisture, keeping you dry. Polyester and nylon are great materials for the mid layer, while others prefer the soft and natural feel of merino wool, and this layer should be very flexible and allow you to swivel and twist without hindrance. In the summer, you might not need an outer layer, and if that is still too warm, you can easily remove it to leave only the base layer which is more than enough if the weather is agreeable. If you would like to know more about merino wool, there is an informative piece that explains why it is such a popular clothing choice.

 

  1. The Outer Layer – This is basically your first line of defence against the elements, so the outer layer must be waterproof, and it should be rugged enough to withstand branches and twigs, as you move around in the undergrowth. The outer layer should be easy to remove, as you will often encounter a range of weather conditions, and once the rain has stopped, this layer might be superfluous.

 

There are other things to take into consideration, such as the terrain and indeed the length of the hunt. It is advisable to have a light zip up bag that can be used to store the outer layer if things warm up, and with the unpredictable British climate, this is often the case. Comfort and flexibility are the two main focuses when thinking about hunting clothing, and if you are new to hunting, browse some of the established online hunting apparel retailers, where you can buy the very best quality items at affordable prices.

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained During School Break

When it comes time for your children’s school vacations it can seem like they want to do little more than sit on the couch all day and play video games and watch movies. And while it’s important for them to take advantage of some well deserved rest and downtime, it’s equally important to keep their brains active.

 

Below are some great ideas to keep your youngster entertained while also keeping their brain active.

 

Beach Reading

Just because you know the beach for swimming and sunbathing doesn’t mean that you are limited to these activities. Pack a picnic basket full of delicious lunch items, snacks, and drinks, and make your way to the beach for a day full of swimming and reading!

 

While it may not seem like they will enjoy it, once your children become tired from all the swimming and running around they will be ready for some sit-down entertainment. If possible, read aloud to them or even better, buy a copy of the same book they are reading and read along with them, chapter-for-chapter. As you progress, make small best on what you think will happen by the end of the next chapter and then the book, with the loser having to do the dishes that night.

 

Arts and Crafts Day

If you have never had a day when you did nothing but splash paint all over a canvas and perhaps each other or drawing the outdoors on large sheets of butcher’s paper with markers then this is the tip for you!

 

Grab a range of art supplies from your local craft store, a proflowers coupon from Groupon Coupons to order some fresh flowers, a scrapbook, and let your kids run wild! Encourage them to dry out the flowers or press them in the pages of their scrapbooks and use them as the centerpieces for their artwork. Once they are finished, have them research the type of flower they used and write a short piece on the back of the paper about the flower and where it is from. This will help to improve their language and sentence structure skills while enjoying art.

 

Visit a Museum

Is your memory of visiting a museum a large, dark, and dusty space with nothing of real interest to see? If it is then it is time for you to visit a museum. Not content to allow the internet to take all of their patrons, museums embraced technology and now offer a range of interactive installations which children can use to learn about science and history.

 

If you aren’t sure which museums would be best your children, speak with your local tourist bureau to get their advice. Often times they will also be able to put you in touch with discount tickets to help save you money on family entertainment budget!

 

When it comes to keeping your kids entertained while also learning, it can often be quite a challenge. However, the above three ideas are great ways for you to do just that!

How to Teach Your Kids About the Importance of Education

A lot of us, when we think back to being in school, don’t necessarily miss it! It can, therefore, be easy to relate to our kids when they say that school is boring, or that they don’t see the point in certain things they are taught there (like trigonometry – which let’s face it, unless you are planning to work in physics or engineering, is unlikely to be knowledge that you’ll ever have to draw upon after you finish studying it at school!).

Of course, as adults, we do know that education is important, and we want our kids to understand that too. However, this isn’t something that is always that easy to grasp when you are actually a kid, and the people you look up to are more likely to be athletes and pop stars than those with advanced degrees!

Here are some of the things to think about when talking to your kids about why education is important.

Communication and Participation

Kids today are growing up in a world where literacy is more important than ever before, thanks to the internet and mobile devices. To be functional in that world and get the most out of life, you need to be good at reading and writing. Imagine not having the confidence to say what you want in a message in today’s society – you just can’t replace written communication with a phone call or face to face contact. Teaching kids that studying hard when it comes to language will make them able to have more fun with their friends, find out about the things that interest them the most online, and make everything generally easier for them, might be more relatable to them than telling them they need to have good writing skills because it will help them in a future career they can’t yet picture.

Preparing For Bigger Decisions

Teaching kids that at school, they should try and learn about all of the topics put in front of them because it will help them know what really interests them, can help them with bigger decisions later on, such as which college courses to take. Explain to them that even if their dream career is something they don’t see as traditionally academic, such as art or music, every study path, even in these fields, will require them to be good at learning in terms of researching, absorbing knowledge, and questioning things. You can even show them the requirements for varied career study paths, for example, at bestrespiratorytherapyprograms.com to give them an idea of just how much things like math and literacy are important for most paths.

Learning Independently

As well as the education they can get at school, it can also help to teach kids that they have access to so much information that it can be a good use of their time to learn on their own about the things that actually inspire them. Almost everyone can find something they are passionate about and like watching videos about or reading about, so if your child loves dinosaurs, space, cars, fashion or anything else, encouraging them to learn about it can help them find their own love of learning more easily.

Getting kids fired up about education isn’t always easy, but by thinking of things that are relatable to their lives now, as well as in the future, you can show them just how powerful being well educated can be.

 

5 Real Creatures That Make Great Campfire Horror Stories

While the typical idea of a campfire horror story usually entails some sort of murderer in either alien or human form, very few go further than that, which is a shame. Earth is home to a plethora of terrifying critters that will scare the thermal socks off any kid when told near a campfire on a chilly night.

All you have to do is understand what makes the creature scary, from its lethal venom to its eyes that look right into your soul, then use a bit of imagination and twist those facts into a truly terrifying story. Your kids will think you’ve braved the deepest oceans and darkest dungeons to find these creatures and be able to fully describe them. Even when the truth is that you just read this article. But we’ll keep that between us.

So without further ado, here are five real creatures currently lurking among us that make for some great campfire horror stories.

Mata Mata Turtle

While the idea of an actual walking turtle the size of a human capable of using ninja skills to fend off attackers is quite terrifying, it isn’t real. The Mata Mata, however, is very real and very, very ugly. This abomination is native to South America and essentially looks like a giant spiked lizard that has outgrown its shell.

Now you’d be thinking, if the purpose of the shell is to protect the turtle, why is this one barely fitting inside of it? Well, look at it. Nobody is going to attack this thing – it’s going to attack them.

Coconut Crab

Don’t let its playful name fool you. This awful looking beast is not only huge, but its strong enough to crush a human skull with its pincers and it lives up to 60 years. Imagine a spider, but with a hard shell and a 38-inch length from leg to leg. Don’t forget the giant pincers.

If you’re interested in reading more about the Coconut Crab, Midday Daily News has a piece detailing all the facts.

Tailless Whip Scorpion

The Tailless Whip Scorpion, or Amblypygi, takes the worst qualities of a bug, spider and scorpion and puts them together to create a truly ugly little monster. It can shove prey into its mouth using its hands and has a whole array of other legs and feelers, making it look more like some sort of anorexic land urchin. Not the type of thing you’d want to touch.

Deep Sea Holothurian

Commonly known as “Cthulhu Larva,” this blob of yuck has no face and feeds on the ocean floor. The species is surprisingly resilient and has lived for a long time. This is likely due to the fact that no creature would want to lay its teeth into it based on looks alone.

Deep Sea Hatchetfish

Remember that line about the creature with eyes that look into your soul? Well, this is it. Due to its preference for darkness, it has two disgusting black and gray spheres attached to the side of its head that were once eyes. Pair that with a ghoulish droopy mouth and you have some proper nightmare fuel.

The world is full of strange creatures and critters and these are just the tip of the iceberg!

3 Things You Should Consider when Picking a Family Dog

Choosing a family dog is a choice that you’ll have to live with for years to come. You hopefully want to make the new dog an integral part of the family and nobody buys a dog with the intention of giving it away because he was incompatible. This is why there are many factors that need to be considered before you bring one home. Here are some of the main things you should think about when buying a family dog.

Why do You Want a Dog?

The first thing you have to consider is why you want the dog in the first place. Are you simply looking for a dog your children will be able to play with, or do you want a dog with a purpose, such as a watchdog for instance? Do you need him to be able to follow you when you go jogging or cycling in the morning, or do you want an “accessory” dog like Paris Hilton and the like? All these questions will narrow down which type of breed you should be looking for – and which ones to avoid.

How Much Space Do You Have?

This is also a major factor to consider when buying any dog. Some dogs need more space than others and some work better as homebodies. Some breeds need to be active and won’t be happy if you don’t have a big yard they’ll be able to play in. Others may become depressed and restless if kept inside all the time and might develop behavioral issues. All these factors are central when choosing the right dog for you.

Which Breed Works the Best for You?

Now that you’ve narrowed down these two issues, you can start thinking about dog breeds. Different breeds have developed differently over the years and have acquired different attributes, depending on their environment.

If you’re looking for a watchdog, for instance, then you might go with something like a Bullmastiff or a Doberman Pinscher. However, these may be intimidating for some people, especially if you have small children. If that is the case, then you could look at smaller watchdogs instead. Some of the best small watchdogs include miniature Schnauzers, the Silky Terrier and Klein German Spitzs. All of these smaller watchdogs are very good with children and also work well in indoor settings.

If you’re looking for a jogging partner, then you could consider going for something like a Labrador Retriever. Not only are they very active and love the great outdoors, they’re also great with kids, making them one of the best family dogs you can find. Labs have strong but lean frames that allow them to follow you wherever, whether it’s on skate, foot, or bike. Not only that, but they’re also very obedient and loyal, making them perfect adventure companions as well.

Conclusion

Adding a dog to your family can be great, but it also comes with a set of responsibilities. Choosing the right dog is the first step to ensuring that the integration goes as smoothly as possible.

 

 

 

Coffee Mugs Make Nice Gifts

Customized coffee mugs are appreciated by their recipients, especially when they are personalized with the person’s name or monogram. Most people are coffee drinkers, and having a special mug will bring you, the gift giver, to mind with every indulgent and relaxing sip and make a lasting impression on those you care for. A personalized gift indicates thoughtfulness and shows that you took time for planning. It stands out from the crowd and is unique.

Ceramic coffee mugs come in a range of colors, styles, and ounces and can be used for anything from a “spot of tea” or a single espresso shot up to a double latte or a giant drip coffee. The handle provides an easy way to support and lift the mug and protects your hand from burning on the sides of a mug due to the hot liquid.

These mugs and other gift items aren’t just for Christmas. They are fun for birthdays, graduations, as a “thank you” to a person or a special customer, congratulations for something like a promotion, get well wishes, or any type of occasion.

Some examples of the mug designs are a fashion car, a woman sitting on top of a set of luggage, many with decorative and colorful high heel shoes, different destination fashion cities including tropical ones, fancy hats, clothing, beautiful evening gowns, purses, cowgirl boots and hat, sports, and more.

Christmas ones feature a snow scene, several with different snowmen, a sleigh, several with reindeer, Christmas stockings, Santas, ornaments, gingerbread man, wreath, and many others with very distinctive designs.

Hoalt Design boasts of being from deep in the heart of Texas but with a desire to serve customers throughout the United States. Although they specialize in a large variety of Christmas items, their new blog will publish regular posts that will give you year-round ideas and helpful information for all your gift giving to family, friends, customers, and co-workers with an easy and convenient, easy “click.”

Their selection of outstanding and trendy one-of-a-kind items that add a custom touch include latte and other mugs, custom pillow covers from flowers to ones for kids and other categories, fashion art notes, Texas Christmas cards, notepads, thank you notes, cell phone cases, and more. Future plans will feature t-shirts and wall art. Contact them with any questions or for more details.

Understanding Marketing Techniques For Rehab Facilities

Understanding Marketing Techniques for Rehab Facilities

Google has recently started to come down hard on rehab facilities that create advertisements that contain images or language targeting the desperation felt among drug addicts, alcoholics and their families. In fact, many of the ads that Google removed during the purge contained false promises, guarantees and in some cases, outright lies designed to scare individuals into selecting the advertised facility over its competitors. Whether looking for inpatient alcohol rehab in Altoona or a program targeted at opioid users in Seattle, potential clients and their families deserve to be on the receiving end of quality marketing and truthful advertising in their search for recovery options.

Sending the Right Message

While marketing to those who are struggling with addiction seems deplorable to those who do not work in the field, the fact remains that businesses cannot succeed without some sort of advertising. However, unlike marketing and advertising for other types of companies, those attempting to reach drug and alcohol abusers are not simply out to sell their product; handled appropriately, marketing for rehab centers is the best way to respond to the increasing need for such facilities without cornering the addict on his or her behavior.

Reaching the Intended Audience

Like most other businesses, the majority of the marketing for drug and alcohol rehab programs is found on the internet. While some companies feel like search engine optimization is a dying concept, connecting with people through the medium that they use most often is still incredibly valuable. Because 75 percent of web users never browse beyond the first page of Google results, it is vital to ensure that a program’s advertising is optimized to directly target those who are looking for exactly what the rehab facility is offering.

Content, Keywords and Back Links

One of the best ways to reach those who need the resources that a rehab program provides is to offer website content that is relevant to the addict’s substance abuse issues. For example, a focused blog that addresses the health concerns, addictive behaviors or potential for recovery is an excellent way gain more website traffic and more business.

Of course, the blog in question will need to be carefully crafted to ensure that it is keyword-rich; the best rehab program in the world will go largely undiscovered if the website does not contain search terms the average internet user will enter when looking for information on addiction or rehab.

Another vitally important part of reaching the proper audience with useful information that could result in more business is the process of creating back links. Providing quality content that real addicts, alcoholics or their families can use is one of the best ways to ensure that the facility’s blog receives the attention that it deserves. Every time another company, news outlet or individual cites the original website, a back link is created; in essence, back linking is not only a great means of avoiding plagiarism, it is a fantastic way to gain organic website traffic.

Growing a Website Takes Time

While any webmaster can create a large volume of new content and place it on a website in a relatively short period of time, gaining the traffic needed to generate new business leads tends to take awhile. However, by using a series of effective keywords and providing content that could eventually become back linked to the site, rehab facilities will slowly improve their search engine ranking; as ranking increases, the likelihood of reaching those who need drug or alcohol-related treatment also grows.

Building a Community

A solid website is created around useful, interesting content that contains the type of keywords that an intended audience actually uses. However, those websites, and thereby the rehab facilities that they are promoting, can continuously keep their readers close at hand by creating a community. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube often come together cohesively to build a strong community of users who visited the original website for one reason or another. The more followers that businesses have on the various social media sites, the more likely they are to gain new business from their online marketing efforts.

Making Professionalism Count

Regardless of how a rehab facility chooses to conduct its web-based marketing, remaining professional and empathetic will go a long way toward reaching an audience of addicts or frightened family members. While drug rehab marketing is a sensitive area, proceeding with professionalism may generate excellent results for both the facility and those men and woman who they are serving.

Harmless Pranks You Can Do to Your Non-Geeky Friends

It’s almost the end of the year, yet the news cycle doesn’t seem to slow down. Bitcoin surged past the $12,000 ceiling, the US announced its plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem, and the Emir’s busy schedules bring us more news on a daily basis. It is probably a good idea to take a break from all of that, don’t you agree?

Pranks and tricks are among the best ways to have fun with friends. Some pranks are harmless and purely fun; these are the pranks you want to try to unwind. Here are the best, harmless pranks you can do to your non-geeky friends.

VNC Remote Control

Most computers can be controlled remotely out of the box. The remote-control feature is designed to enable remote support and other services, particularly to help those who are non-technical in solving their computer problems. There are also third-party solutions for controlling PCs remotely, with VNC being one of the best – and free – alternative to use.

You can install VNC on your friends’ computer quietly. The next time they come around to use the PC, you can activate remote control and start pranking them. Try not to laugh as you see the face of your confused friends when they see the mouse pointer moves on its own.

Use Net Send

Sticking with Windows/PC-based pranks, there is another built-in command that is useful for pranking. That command is Net Send. The command, as you would’ve already guessed, is there to enable sending messages to other computers in the same network. You only need to know the recipient’s computer name or IP address to send a message.

For the prank to work, change the name of your computer first. Change it to something like “Ministry of Interior” or “Microsoft”, and then send a message to scare your friend. You need to type “net send [computer name or IP address] [message]” into your Command window and hit Enter to send the message.

Prank Calls

Do you know that there are websites that let you prank-call your friends in a few clicks? White Summary published a great list of prank dialer websites you can use to prank-call your friends easily. Using any of these websites, you can schedule a prank call with your own message.

These websites use text-to-speech to convert your message into speech. Keep in mind that not all of the voices are natural, so you might want to take that into account when setting the prank call. I’d go with something like a wake-up call or a notification from the credit card company.

IOS Dictionary Shortcuts

The last prank on our list involves swapping some words in the iOS Dictionary shortcuts. Swap a frequently used word with something absurd or funny; try to avoid getting too obscene if you can. The next time your friend types that word, iOS Dictionary will automatically replace the word. This can get very funny, very quickly.

These are all simple pranks to try. The year-end office party is just around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to put these pranks to good use.

What Not to Gift for Any Occasion

What Not to gift for any Occasion

 

Shopping for a gift can be a headache and may even reduce the spirit of the perfect holiday. Moreover, thinking of the right gift for a loved one can be a delicate task as the wrong present can lead to offending the receiver. To avoid such mishaps, and not spoil the mood of the holiday, you may want to avoid giving the following gifts.

  • Underwear

Although these can be a great gift for your beloved, presenting these to anyone else may only mortify you as well as the receiver. So, do not create an awkward situation by gifting one of these.

  • Pets

Anyone who looks forward to adopting a pet decides about it in the long run, and not instantaneously, as a pet is a living object that requires feeding, caring, etc. In addition, presenting a pet to someone who is not ready to have one will only annoy him/her. So, avoid it.

  • Clothes

Presenting someone with clothes is not a good idea as most people have their own choice of choosing a clothing and buying something for them from your own choice may not necessarily be a preferable option for the receiver as well. Moreover, there could be issues with a wrong size as well.

  • DVDs

While this may have been a great option to gift in the past, the current technology is more about streaming and downloading media. Therefore, your gifted DVD may not even be of much use to the person. It may only end up in an empty space in his/her room.

  • Money

Gifting money to kids may excite them, but presenting cash to a grown up may not be a good idea as it may look tacky. Instead of money, you can choose a gift card for them as a lovable present.

  • Household items

While regular household items may seem like a good choice for gifting, all may not warmly welcome them. Moreover, presenting someone with such items may make them think that they are not able to take proper care of their house on their own.

  • A gym membership

No matter how good your intentions are while gifting one of these, this could result in a negative implication in the mind of the receiver. Moreover, it may make them feel that you are criticizing their physique and want them to work out and get in shape or something.

  • Expensive gifts

This may seem a little too generous and may make the other person feel miserable if they are not at an equal financial level as you. So, avoid such a gift.

Gifting is an activity that requires one to be extra careful as to not hurt the emotions of the person. A better suggestion would be to gift something that you made on your own with your DIY experience. Such a gift will be more admired by the receiver without a doubt. You can find some tips and tricks on the online platform for coming up with cool ideas to do so.