Friday, April 20, 2018

Preserving Your Travel Memories Forever

Travel is a hobby unlike any other. While it can teach you a lot of things about yourself and the world, it’s not built to imbue you with a new skill. Nor is it something you use to create physical objects that have their own value and independent existence. Unless you put the effort in, the “results” of the time you spend abroad can float off and be forgotten. That’s why it’s important we preserve those travel memories ourselves. Here are a few ways of doing just that.


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Take a Picture
It’s one of the easiest and the most popular ways of making sure you remember exactly what happens abroad. Exciting events, gorgeous vistas, and even the little everyday scenes that strike you as poignant make for perfect travel pics. Take a look at some of the photos on this blog to get an idea of the kind of pictures you can take. If you really want to remember every detail of the image you capture, you may want to invest in something a little more sophisticated than a smartphone camera. Try to make sure it doesn’t get too burdensome though. You don’t want to be someone who misses the experience because they’re stuck trying to get the perfect shot of it.

Write it Down
For some people, taking a photo of an event or a scene can be the perfect way to stir up the memories of how it felt to be there. For others, however, it lacks something that can really transport them back. It lacks their own voice and their own ideas of what that moment means to them.   Https://penzu.com shows how you can start a travel journal that lets you put your voice to those memories. In time, you might even want to start a blog of your travel experiences. Writing them down helps you revisit those memories, exactly how you remember them. It also prompts you to think a little more deeply about your travel experiences which can help you further grow from them.

Put those Memories Together
Images and words alone might not be enough to really encapsulate what you feel about a trip, however. If that’s the case, then start putting everything together in one place to create your ultimate collection of memories. Travel scrapbooking is becoming a real trend. People will put together photos, tickets, write down their thoughts, press flowers, collect seashells and much more. When it’s all bound together in a single scrapbook, it can really bring those memories to live and give you the full experience of revisiting that location.


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Start a Souvenir Collection
Some people prefer to have a little more order to their memories, of course. Scrapbooks can be a little chaotic and you might not want to spend too much of the trip preserving memories on the spot as opposed to actually creating those memories. A great way to save time is to choose a single item. Make that your go-to souvenir and collect it from as many countries as possible. Coins are a common one. You can make them have even more value by looking for collectible ones. You can try to find them in the country itself, but you will have even better results using sites like https://www.lpm.hk/. Then you have something with value all its own worth displaying as well as those ties to your fond memories of travel.

Make a Visual Map
Sometimes, looking back on the places you have been also give a certain sense of accomplishment. If you’re marking the items off a bucket list one by one, why not put it on display? Get a chalkboard on the wall where you can cross of those destinations. Items like https://www.scratchmap.org/ are becoming a lot more popular, too. They’re displayed on the wall just like any other map. However, every time you visit a destination, you can scratch it off on the map, revealing a flash of color. Not only is it a way of looking back on where you have been but it’s almost guaranteed to inspired you to visit more places if only so you can scratch them off the map, too.

Take a Memory Home
It’s not just personal memories that you want to bring back with you, either. You might have picked up a taste for the culture that you are just aching to get back to. For instance, if you hear any music you grow particularly fond of overseas, endeavor to learn the name of the song and the artist. You can start populating an international Spotify playlist that helps you instantly get back to the moment. If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, then you can also look at international cooking courses to help you create authentic meals that help you bring your new favorite tastes back with you. Even if you’re not able to 100% mirror the tastes you experience abroad, you can make them a part of your own life.

Make some friends along the way
It’s not just the destinations that make travel so memorable, it’s the people you meet, as well. There are all kinds of apps for meeting other travelers, whether you’re on your own or with a group. If you make friends abroad, why not exchange email addresses or contact details for apps like Skype? You never know, you may be able to meet in future again. If nothing else, then you have found someone else to share travel experiences with, no matter how far away you are. Don’t underestimate the ability to make lifelong friends on your trips across the world.

Without taking the time to preserve memories or commemorate our trips, it’s rather easy for those experiences and the feelings associated to slip away with time. While that won’t change the fact you’ve traveled or the ways it has helped you grow, it can feel like you’ve lost something valuable along the way. Hopefully, the tips above stop that from happening.

Great Idea for State and County Parks



Hey neighbors!!

I just have to share this with you.  One of my daughters and I LOVE photography.  She does a lot of photography for Southern Gospel groups and the goes out with me doing nature photography.  Since spring is finally peeking it's head out, we decided to go to a couple of parks a few hours away and spend the day taking pictures.  The end of last year we discovered these two parks in Iowa, that both have special bird feeding areas set up, but the best part is, they have small buildings, blinds, where you can go in and sit and watch the birds.  One of them even has binoculars, a dry erase board to post sightings, and posters about the types of birds you are likely to see.




The blinds at the first park we visited, F W Kent,  have small windows with hinged covers, so you can open different ones for different views.  There are seats to sit in, so you can get comfortable and watch.  The windows are at different heights, so you can also stand and look out.  They have placed several different feeders out to attract many types of birds.  There was actually a raccoon at the one feeding area when we arrived.  This blind is also easier to access, as it is at the end of a parking lot and has a sidewalk right up to the building.




The second park blind, Macbride Nature Recreation Area,  is a little rougher in condition, then the first.  It has long benches placed in front of a permanently open long narrow window.  The actual feeding area though is a little better.  They have plenty of brush for the birds and other little animals to hide in.  They also have feeders out that squirrels and chipmunks can utilize.  This blind is a little harder to access, as you can not drive back to the location.  You must walk back on a gravel road, and then cut across a grassy (and at this time muddy) area to reach the blind.  Definitely not designed for anyone with disabilities.




I really wish more parks would do something like this.  We spent over an hour at the first one taking pictures.  It was so peaceful and quiet.  I am sharing a few of my photos here that have my photography watermark on them.  I hope you enjoy them.




Do any parks in your area have anything like this?  Leave a comment telling me what your parks have.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Guide to Assist in Choosing the Right Dog for Your Home

If you are ready to get out there and get a new pet for the family then you will find out quickly what an exciting experience this can be.  You will also learn how great it can be to really welcome a new fur ball to the family home.  The problem is that choosing the right dog can be a difficult process, and this is especially the case if you don’t know what you are looking for.  If you’re ready to get started, then you can find out everything you need to know below.

Your Current Lifestyle
When you choose your dog you need to think about the lifestyle that you have now.  Think about it, what adjustments need to be done?  What sacrifices are you willing to make?  All of this will really help you to know which type of dog is right for you.  If you have kids then you will need to make sure that you take into account any allergies.  If you do have a slight allergy to dog fur then it is a good idea for you to try and get a dog that is low-shedding or even dogs who have been specifically bred as being hypoallergenic.  You will also have to find a dog or puppy that will co-exist with your other pets.  The next thing that you need to do is make sure that you can commit to the responsibility of being a dog owner.  If you want to find out more then take a look below.




Size
You may already have an idea of the dog that you want.  Some people like to have a little dog that they can carry around with them and others may have their heart set on a big dog that is larger than a small child.  If you haven’t set your sights on either of these then it may be a good idea for you to consider what  size dog will fit in best with your family.  It’s also worth noting that smaller dogs can be much more active and some have a tendency to bark a lot.  Larger dogs of course need more room and usually need more exercise than a small dog.

Obedience
All dogs need some kind of obedience training.  If you choose a smaller dog then they can develop a tough-dog kind of attitude as this will help them to compensate for their smaller size.  You need to be prepared for this. Very large dogs need to be trained not to jump up on people.  Larger dogs can sometimes become aggressive if not trained properly when they are younger.  All dogs need proper exposure to people and situations to be able to go places with you.

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Activity Level
Some dogs have a higher energy level when compared to others.  Not all dogs need the same amount of exercise as a result, but don’t go thinking that if you get a chihuahua that it won’t have much energy.  Every single dog out there needs their fair share of exercise. This is regardless of the breed that you have, so if you can’t commit to two casual walks a day then you may not be suited to owning a dog.  If you want an example of a calm dog that has a lower level of energy then a check around to find a calmer breed.  If you want something that you can play frisbee with at the park then consider opting for a Border Collie or Aussie.  If you want something in-between then consider going for Yellow Lab puppies from Puppy Joy.

Energy
If your dog is barking constantly or if they are digging up the yard all the time then there is a high chance that they have excess energy.  If a dog is acting out then they could be bored so you may need to give them some extra activity.  You may need to take them out for an extra walk in the day or you may want to try and play with them more.  Consider toys that also entertain, like the ones where they have to work for the reward.  This will help to keep them under control and it will also help them to feel more at ease as well.  Remember that when you choose a dog, you will have to commit time to them and you may also have to tend to any special needs that they have as well. if you are not able to do this then you may want to think about getting another type of pet.

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Physical Maintenance
Your dog’s appearance really does have a lot to do with the amount of maintenance they require.  All dogs require some kind of basic grooming but some dogs will need much more depending on the coat that they have.  Of course, if you get a dog that has a longer coat then they will need brushing a lot more and you will also have to make sure that you shampoo their fur as well. If you have a dog with a shorter coat then they can shed an incredible amount and this can cause you problems in that way. Fortunately, there are plenty of grooming tools available for you to choose from to help handle each of these situations.  As far as physical care goes, make sure you have a good vet that you can trust nearby for shots, deworming an such.  You do not want to have a medical emergency and have to start searching for a vet.

Floppy Ears and Drooling!
Dogs that have floppy ears have a tendency to get ear infections.  They also require much more frequent ear cleanings as well.  If you don’t like drool then make sure that you get a dog that is not big on drooling or you might start to get irritated with your new found friend.  In other words avoid Mastiffs, Saint Bernards and more.  If you do want one of these dogs then make sure that you cover your face when they decide to shake.  You’ll be thankful for it later!

So choosing a dog is a very personal experience, and when you have found one that is right for your needs, you can be sure to welcome them as a great addition to your family.  Be sure to do your research before bringing a new dog home.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Welcoming a Cat into Your Family



Cats are amazing pets that can bring joy to your entire family. They are appealing as a pet due to the minimum care they require. They basically groom themselves, and they can be left home alone for short periods of time as long as plenty of food and water is on hand, but you should still carefully consider the responsibility before inviting a feline into your home.

Food and Water - Feeding your feline may sound simple, but there are a few considerations. If your cat tends to over eat, you will need to closely monitor his food and be willing to offer several small meals each day. Other possibilities include a sensitive stomach which will require more expensive pet food. You also need to keep their food out of reach from other pets.

Medical Care - All pets need routine car from a profession veterinarian. Before you take in a new kitten you need to be committed to spending the time and money necessary to keep your feline healthy. You can take them to a typical veterinarian office for routine shots and exams or you can look for a cat friendly clinic like Feline Medical Clinic in Vancouver, WA.



Personalities - Seriously think about a cat’s personality. Although each feline has an individual style, you need to be aware that most cats have behaviors that not all humans enjoy. Cats are naturally night owls. Be prepared for plenty of playtime in the middle of the night. They also tend to scratch. This means your drapes, carpet, and furniture are at risk. Scratching posts or de-clawing may help. If you have carefully considered all the aspects of having a cat as a pet and still want to make that new little kitten a part of your family, he will provide you with love and friendship for many years to come. As long as you take good care of him, he will bring you plenty of joy.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring Into Bonuses With Swagbucks!



All throughout April you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned several Amazon Gift Cards to purchase gifts with for the family, as well as a PayPal deposits.  It's GREAT!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

$50 Amazon Shoe Credit Giveaway!

Sponsored By: Shoe Adviser

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

This April, ShoeAdviser.com is running this giveaway that appeals to all Moms, Dads and Kids!
The prize is, any pair of shoes for yourself or your kid from Amazon up to $50! Choose from any design, brand or style you wish. Into walking, crossfit, running, dancing or just need some new heels for the weekend, ShoeAdviser has you covered! One pair of shoes up to the value of $50. 

Winner Will Receive:

Any pair of shoes they want! Up to a $50.00 Shoe Credit To Amazon

Open To US & Canada entries and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 4/1 9:00 AM EST through 4/22 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Spring Fun!! Giveaway!!



Hey neighbors!!

Happy Spring!!  My husband has offered to do a giveaway for a $10 GC.  The winner can choose Culvers, McDonalds, Taco Bell, or Wendy's.  We are celebrating nicer weather here!! SO help us celebrate by entering this giveaway!

Use it for yourself, give it to a family member or friend.  You decide!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Five Ways To Make A Dramatic Change To Your Home


There are certain times of the year that we like to make changes to our home, it might be the new year, just before the winter months, or more popular at this time of year when the season is changing to Spring. A lot of people like the idea of making some change to their home, and they search for some of the ways they can do it. So I thought I would share with you five of the more popular ways that you can make a dramatic change to your home. I hope it gives you some inspiration to make some changes.

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Remodel some of the rooms in your home
One of the first things many people consider would be the remodeling of their home, or more specifically certain rooms in their home. Two rooms in particular can add real value to your home when making changes, these would be the kitchen and the bathroom. However, in this situation it would always be advisable to consider getting the help of a remodeling contractor to keep things working smoothly. You may also want to take on some of aspects of the change yourself which can help to keep costs down. This would certainly make a big difference to your home. Try painting the walls a different color, oftentimes this is enough of a change.  You can also add a tile backsplash behind your sink.  Perhaps just adding a border to the wall will brighten the room up.  You might also want to consider adding changing the color theme of your appliances, kitchen tools, etc.



Change the color of the walls
You don’t need to make such a big change for your home to appear to have something dramatic happen to it, this can be achieved simply by changing the color of the walls. The room color can actually really change the way a room looks and feels, and it can be one of the cheapest ways to make such a difference to the room itself. You could try a new seasonal color, or simply go all out and change things around. While you are at it, incorporate the color in other ways through furniture and accessory choices.  Painting walls is often something you can do yourself, rather than having to hire someone.

Declutter and minimize your living spaces
Clutter can mount up and can make a room feel messy and untidy, even if it isn’t. So a great way to make a dynamic change is to consider decluttering your living spaces. Sell unwanted things online, recycle or reuse certain items, or simply donate to a thrift shop or charity. The difference it could make might surprise you.  Also add storage, so you can at least have a place to put those items that seem to cause the clutter.



A spring cleaning could make all the difference
One of the simplest ways to make a room feel different is to give it a thorough cleaning. It can be the ideal way and most cost effective change you can make and all it takes is a small investment in cleaning products and big investment of your time and effort. However, it could make the world of difference to your living space. Start in one room of your home and slowly work your way through the rest of your home.  Have a basket to put things in that do not belong in that room, and put them all where they belong when you are finished.  That way you do not spend your day running from room to room.

Changing the use of a room
Finally, changing the use of a room can make a big dramatic change to your home because you are changing the way you use it. A dining room doesn’t have to be that, it could be a kids playroom or office. A living room could be transformed into a dining area. A spare bedroom can be used for other things like working or a relaxing family room. Just make your home work for you.

I hope these tips help you make some dramatic changes to your home.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spin-a-Bone by Bullibone



Hey neighbors!!

This is one of the chew toys that really gets our toy Aussies going.  It is the Spin-a-Bone by Bullibone.  It is super tough, so even our toughest chewers can play with this toy for quite awhile before destroying it in any way. It is made of a super, tough, nylon.

The dogs love to chase it across the floor. It is designed to spin and it slides quite easily on tile and linoleum.  As your dog chews on this toy, small bristle like pieces will start to appear, and these will help to clean his teeth.  As with any item given to your dog, be sure to watch and make sure they are not biting off larger pieces.  This could be harmful to your pet.


The Spin-a-Bone is bacon flavored.  Real bacon flavor throughout the entire toy.  This of course makes the chew toy more appealing, even though I have one that would chew it anyway.

Bobbie and our newest little guy love to chase the spinner all over the room.  We do have to rescue it occasionally as it goes flying under furniture.  Which of course randomly happens here!  These chew toys are sort of like fidget spinners for dogs!

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IVS Quick Bath Wipes



Hi neighbors!

I know today seems pleasant here, but we have been having some really rough, rainy, weather.  Along with that cold, has been some snow.  Snow and rain mean wet, sometimes dirty dogs running in and out of your home.  IVS Quick Bath Wipes help with that situation.  They are perfect for a quick cleanup when a full bath is not necessary or convenient.

How many times has one of your dogs come running in with wet or muddy paws and everyone starts yelling, down or off?  It happens at our home regularly.  So, a quick and easy solution is to keep the Quick Bath Wipes right by the door.  That way when a pup with muddy paws runs in, just grab one of the wipes and clean him/her up before they make it further than the door.  We have one pup, who thinks it is his job to run in and leap on the couch.  Fortunately it is vinyl, and will wipe clean, but it is much nicer to catch him before he leaps for the couch.


These Quick Wipes are also perfect for a litter of pups.  We have a litter of 5 right now, and they have a tendency to play in their food and water.  Having a pack of the IVS Wipes handy, makes a cleanup much easier, than having to bathe 5 puppies several times a week.  I can easily wipe their face and paws for a quick cleanup.  The Small Dog pack, comes with 10 wipes.  they are pretty thick, so they are not going to shred and tear on you.



The wipes have vitamins A and E, along with Aloe, which helps your dogs skin and coat.  They do not contain alcohol, which has a tendency to leave the skin and coat dry feeling and sometimes itchy. sick Bath Wipes also help with doggy odor.

IVS Quick Bath Wipes come in other sizes too.  You can order them online, or find them in some of your local stores.  You will find a list on their website.

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Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Cleo Madison Makes an Appearance in Key West!

Hey, Neighbors!


Today I want to tell you about a modest clothing company called Cleo Madison-  they contacted me regarding featuring a product on At the Fence, and I jumped at the chance.  Their motto is "Modest and stylish clothing at affordable prices", and they definitely deliver.  Before choosing an item I browsed their website and was pleasantly surprised at the variety of styles available.  All dresses have sleeves, higher necklines, and are at least knee length (many longer as well), and guess what?  Some even have pockets!  I'll never understand why designers think women shouldn't have pockets too.  Haha.  After debating several, I went with the Floral Veronica dress. 


The dress is very comfortable and lightweight, which was perfect for wandering FL.  It's almost a t-shirt material and has a little stretch to it.  I love that it can easily be dressed up or down!  I tend to wear mainly neutrals (a lot of black) and very basic/simple (my family says boooring) outfits.  Honestly I wasn't quite sure if I'd actually wear the dress, and thought I might end up passing it to my little sis.  It looked really cute, just wasn't my usual style.  But I decided to add my own touch and give it a go, and I am glad I did!  


I saved this for the gospel cruise we go on and wore it on one of the days in port- Key West.  Now you'll see what I mean by, "add my own touch".  I decided to go for a sort of Audrey Hepburn-ish style, and paired the dress with leggings, ballet flats, and a skinny belt... hair pulled up in a bun (it was so hot!), small dangle earrings, and a pair of oversized sunglasses helped to complete the look!




Put it all together, and I loved the outcome.  It was completely modest, stylish, comfortable to wear while wandering the island, and as promised, their prices are quite affordable.  They are a company that I would definitely recommend to others.  Be sure to visit the Cleo Madison website, browse around, and then place an order for yourself!  You will not be disappointed with your purchase.  You can also "Like" their Facebook page to stay updated on restocks, new arrivals, etc.  

Burt's Bees Natural Makeup For Natural Beauty #MyBurtsBees


If you've ever wondered exactly what chemicals are in the makeup you're using, or just how safe or natural your favorite beauty product is, you are not alone. Recently I saw a commercial for a Burt's Bees makeup product called Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup, and it intrigued me. I am familiar with the Burt's Bees brand, and use a lot of their skin care, lip balm, etc but had never even realized they also did makeup until seeing that commercial! Of course, I was thrilled when they agreed to send me a couple of their makeup products for review. I enlisted my sister's help in choosing the right shade because quite simply, I'm terrible with things like that. She was able to determine which shade would best match my skin, and I must say, she did a great job. I was leaning towards a shade lighter but when the products arrived, I realized she was right-I'm glad I followed her advice!


I received the Goodness Glows Liquid Makeup and the Mattifying Powder Foundation. These come in many shades, so anyone and everyone can enjoy the natural beauty that Burt's Bees offers. The liquid makeup is super easy to apply. It comes in a small pump bottle, and I quickly learned that a little bit goes a long way. I only need a couple dabs to cover my face. The first thing I noticed when applying the makeup was the smell. Instead of chemicals and a plastic-y scent, this definitely has a mild plant-based smell to it. Not too noticeable or overpowering at all, just something I noticed that quickly disappears. That scent would be because it really is made with ingredients like beeswax, raspberry seed oil, shea butter, and bamboo powder. No parabens, synthetic fragrances, or silicones.


I also noticed this makeup doesn't dry my skin the way some others do. It's naturally moisturizing, and while I have pretty dry skin (especially noticeable during the cold weather), this goes on smoothly and actually helps hydrate my skin! Now, my next thought was would this makeup last? No matter how natural and hydrating it is, if the makeup doesn't last for the better part of the day, I wasn't going to be all that thrilled about it. Well, after several "test runs" wearing it, I can tell you that it is a long-lasting makeup. I usually don't wear makeup during the day (as a transcriptionist I work from home) but I have used this on Sundays for church, and a couple times for a special event where I'm out and about most of the day. I put it on in the morning before leaving, and when I came home late at night, it still looked great!


The Burt's Bees mattifying powder foundation is another incredible natural makeup product. This is also made with bamboo, which actually helps blur imperfections and give you a smooth complexion. I love that it's non-drying for my skin, but it does absorb oil to help remove shine. This comes in a small honeycomb-shaped compact with an applicator in a little compartment underneath. Perfect size to drop in your purse for touch-ups if needed throughout the day.


I have to say, after experiencing the natural beauty Burt's Bees provides, I'm not sure I'll ever go back to the makeup brand I had used previously! I'm pretty picky about what I put on my face. In fact, for the longest time I wouldn't wear makeup at all simply because I didn't like how heavy it felt on my face. These Burt's Bees products are very lightweight, hydrate my skin without being too heavy or greasy, and I honestly forget that I'm even wearing it. I'll be checking to see if the rest of the Burt's Bees makeup line is available in-store near us, or if needed, I can order online. I'm excited to try the rest of the products out!
Pre-makeup

Post-makeup (Burt's Bees liquid makeup, mattifying powder, a dab of blush, and lipstick).

Burt's Bees carries a pretty full line of makeup besides these two products I reviewed, including blush, lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, etc. You can shop online, or check the store locator to see where you can purchase in-store!

Talkspace: Therapy Made Easy

Our interactions with one another have been completely reformulated with the use of smart phones. The persistent connection that people have to the world could possibly be making individuals very unhappy. A study has been conducted in South Korea suggesting that over 10 percent of teenagers are likely to suffer from depression due to the usage of the internet. This has resulted in services such as Talkspace, which allows individuals to seek out help from mental health professionals online.

Rather than traveling to a therapist's office, one may simply use their smart phone to seek help. Talkspace offers alternatives such as Skype video and phone calls to a texting platform. Talkspace has recently signed a deal with Magellan Health. Magellan Health clients are expected to be able to access psychotherapy, which will be provided through Talkspace, through their individual assistance program. This means Talkspace could be a part of individual healthcare plans.

Talkspace likes to point out all the benefits of their platform such as the financial benefits. One may spend hundreds of dollars on therapist appointments whereas individuals may spend less time and money doing so online through the Talkspace platform. Talkspace offers a number of different plans for individuals. The cheapest plan starts out at $32 a week, and allows individuals to talk to a therapist once per day via text message. The second plan is available for $39 a week, and offers two visits a day with a therapist via text message. Lastly, the third plan is offered at $49 a week, and this plan allows two check-ins with an additional half-hour live video chat with a therapist once per month. 

Scott Christnelly, a licensed social worker and psychotherapist of Talkspace, believes that this platform has become very beneficial. Scott stated that it is important for experts to learn how to communicate with geniality and empathy through written word. Talkspace is constantly changing and revising its approach to better suit all of it's clients. 

Talkspace allows individuals to communicate with professional mental health therapists online. The platform offers video and phone calls as well as a text-based chat. The platform offers reasonable prices and benefits for Talkspace customers. 


Talkspace is in the process with pairing up with Mangella Health which will allow individuals to have Talkspace included as part of their health care policy. Talkspace has the option for an individual to remain completely anonymous throughout their sessions.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Making It Last: The Power Of Repair Over Replacement



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If you have any older relatives in your family, you’ve probably heard the idea that people used to make things last longer, and that today’s society is obsessed with throwing things away. Today with items often being incredibly cheap and easy to access, it can seem more sensible to replace a lot of the items around your home when they have issues. In reality, though, this is often a big waste, and it wouldn’t take much to bring your place up to standard again. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the biggest parts of your home, along with the tools you can use to repair them when they start to have issues.

First, though, it’s a good idea to understand why you would want to do this. There are two main reasons here, with the first being cost. In most cases, repairing something will be a fraction of the price associated with buying a new one entirely. This makes it a no brainer to anyone trying to save a little bit of money, especially in areas where these items could be very pricey. Along with money, replacing items before they need a replacement could also be damaging to the environment. Why add to the garbage heap, if you could get your product to last a little longer.

Furniture: Over the years, furniture will slowly lose the strength and support it once had. As screws come loose, glue gets old, and pieces start to break, the items you have around your home will feel like they need to be replaced. In reality, though, repairs can often do the trick when you’re trying to figure out what to do with items like this in your home. With some research, it should be easy to find companies offering furniture repair services, and this is exactly the sort of support you need.  Sometimes replacing a couple screws or springs will be all that is needed.  Perhaps recovering an older chair or couch will fix the problem.  So before you toss it out, check and see what can be done to repair it first.

Gas/Plumbing: Pipes, boilers, and all of the other pieces which come with your plumbing and gas systems will all need to be worked on over time. It could take 10 years for an issue like this to come up, often making it feel like a replacement is the best course of action. Of course, though, if you’re able to keep something like your boiler going for even a couple more years, it will be worth it. Thanks to the amount they are used, these pieces are always doomed to fail eventually. This makes it important to get everything you can out of them while there is still time.  It is definitely easier to repair or replace a pipe or maybe a heating element.

Wiring: Likewise, the electronics throughout your home could also have issues if they aren’t looked after. For example, fuses will often go when too much power is pushed through them. Having the power go out will seem dramatic, even though the fix for this will often be a simple flick of a switch. To make sure that you are handling electricity correctly, it’s always worth having professional help, as this will help to save you from both the results of mistakes and the risk involved with working with power.  Check your power cords on a regular basis for any issues.  Oftentimes you can have a cord replaced, rather than purchase a whole new product.

Appliances: Since the advent of electricity and digital technology, humanity has been rapidly working towards creating appliances for almost all of life’s little jobs. Whether you want to wash some clothing or make some fruit juice, there will always be an electronic device to help you out with it. When these items break, though, a lot of people ignore the help of companies like AppliancePro repair. Always think repair before replace.  Buying a new cooker or washing machine will always cost a small fortune in both time and money, making it important to keep them going for as long as you can.

Entertainment: Finally, as the last items to consider, things like your phone, laptop, TV, and other entertainment devices are some of the easiest to replace. When a phone screen breaks, for example, it can feel like the entire phone is useless. Of course replacing the glass on a device like this will hardly be a challenge, and there are loads of companies out there which can do this for you. A lot of people completely ignore this option.  By repairing, you can save some money to put away for the day you do have to replace an item.

Further Improvements - Service: This sort of work doesn’t have to stop with getting repairs when something breaks down. Instead,  take the time to start looking for issues before they form, giving yourself the chance to take action and make a difference before the cost starts to climb. The sort of support you can get with this will vary from place to place. Some companies offer repair warranties when you originally purchase an item.  To find the best professionals to give your items a service or maintenance check, it will be worth doing some research, using reviews and other resources to guide you.

You won’t be able to make all of the devices and tools in your home last forever. The nature of electronics means that they will eventually break down at some point, and the same can be said for older mechanical devices, too. Try repair first and if it can't be repaired, perhaps some one could use it for parts.  

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, you will find it easier to think twice before going on the hunt for something new. With almost everything in life, there are ways to fix the broken without having to replace them. While this may seem like an old way to live, it can often make life much cheaper, while also helping to save the planet. These are things which everyone should care about, even if they can afford to buy new items all the time, as it will impact them nonetheless.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring - How To Make Your New Yard Yours



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If you've just moved into your new home, this is a very exciting time as it's the beginning of a very big chapter with many more to come. Once you've finally finished unpacking and you're getting used to your surroundings, you can start making the new place yours. And while focusing all your attention on the interior design, a lot of people often forget about the outdoors - the yard. A yard needs just as much love, if not more, because the more you leave it, the more it will change and grow and end up a chaotic mess of greenery, so it's important that you maintain it properly, as well as making it your very own safe haven.

Here's how.


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Remove the weeds.
This is as boring as it sounds, but that doesn't make it any less essential. Weeds multiply and multiply until your garden is full of them, and they end up making everything look a cluttered mess. While there are many different chemicals to kill them, these can also damage any other greenery you have around them - plus they always come back eventually. So it's better to use more natural remedies that don't cause any harm to what else you have growing. The best option you have are your hands, so stick some gloves on, and make sure you pull the weeds up from the roots. Carry on until they've all been removed. The more regular you do this, the harder they will find it to grow back, so it really is worth getting on top of it all.


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Plant some life.
If you have a rather bare yard that looks lonely and cold, then you should consider planting some life into the place, as it is a garden after all. If you're feeling elegant, then Italian cypress trees are a wonderful addition as they bring a feel of class to an area, and these are great whether you have a huge garden or a little one because they grow up rather than out. So they still leave you with plenty of room to add in more things. You also don't want to forget about color too, as this can totally change the look of everything. If you want to follow your theme, then white flowers are a classic touch. While red brings a sense of romance and passion, and multi colours shows off your playful side.


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Add some lighting.
Just because you're outside doesn't mean that you don't need lights. They can really add a mood to the whole environment, and this works so well in the evenings, so imagine when you host summer parties when the weather gets warmer. Fairy lights are a lovely glow that you can put anywhere, be it around a tree, scattered around your decking, or hung down from the roof. You can even make your own lanterns to hang from branches which adds a magical feel, even more so because you've made it yourself. There are also solar lights that you can stick down the sides of your yard that charge up from the sun during the day, and then shine through the night.

Hopefully a couple of these ideas will help you with your own yard!

Monday, March 12, 2018

5 Simple Tips for Moving into a New Home

Moving into new spaces and changing your current living situation is a stressful time. A lot can go wrong if you don’t organize yourself well. From your furniture to your smaller, more personal belongings, taking everything to your new home is a methodological process not many have aced. For the less organized, the moving process can take several weeks and instead of being a delightful process, can be a nightmare.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid the stress and seamlessly move into your new place:

1. Keep an Inventory

It is easy to lose things when the entire house is littered with cartons and suitcases. Those who have moved houses know how that feels. It is an especially nerve wracking moment when you need something specific and have a stack of cartons to go through just to find it. By the time you do, it’s not even worth it anymore. This is why keeping an inventory is really important.


Download inventory management apps, get a notebook or a lined sticky note to paste on cartons, or take pictures of the cartons' and suitcases' contents before taping them shut and you won’t find yourself wanting to scream in frustration every time you can’t find something during or immediately after moving.

2. Get a Bulletproof Contract

It is so easy to get scammed in real estate. Horror stories on the Internet show accounts of people having paid the entire sum only to find that the lease hasn’t been made in their names or the real estate agent was not legit. Make sure you get a detailed contract and get a lawyer to go over it. Make site visits. If you are moving into an apartment building, talk to the superintendent. If you are moving into a house, talk to the neighbors to ensure that you are not falling for a scam.

3. Store Your Belongings Safely

According to experts at Austin storage units, this is especially ideal for moving out of state, but even in-state, it’s a great idea. Pack away your belongings in a self storage unit and make moving a phased and organized process rather than a haphazard and overwhelming one. You can get storage spaces easily in almost every state and the rent is ridiculously low. This is an amazing option if you are moving from a larger space to a smaller one because even if you cannot move all your things into your new home, you can still hold on to them instead of having to sell.

4. Hire a Moving Company

Saving money on the U-Haul and other moving companies by moving your belongings to your new home in your own car sounds great until you have to go through it. Just ask yourself what is better. Renting a moving truck and taking all your belongings to your new home in one or two trips or making several trips yourself to take all your valuables from one place to the other? Come to think of it, the personal trips can amount to almost the same amount of money being spent on gas as the moving company fee but a lot more effort and hassle.


5. Take a Little Breather

Don’t immediately throw yourself into the grueling process of unpacking the minute you move into your new home. Take a break. A day out, or a spa day, or maybe a night or two in a good hotel or bread and breakfast with 24-hour room service? Take this time to Google DIY home d├ęcor ideas and browse through interior design blogs to make your new house a beautiful place.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tear Drop Banner Flags - Distinctive Marketing Displays


What Makes Teardrop Banner Flags Different?

Teardrop banner flags are marketing showstoppers, perfect for promoting businesses, products, exhibition booths, special sales, and all sorts of events—tournaments, concerts, and food festivals.

The teardrop shape makes these banners stick out in a crowd, attracting potential customers whether on the street or in places with high-volume traffic such as trade shows and shopping malls. Their distinctive arch also allows them to be fully open 100% of the time and prevents them from fluttering or moving around.
Teardrop Banner Flags Deliver Branded Messages

Teardrop banner flags can be purchased in various sizes and designed to deliver a branded message, complete with a logo, a small amount of text and specific Pantone colors. You can even print on both sides of teardrop banner flags, so your message can be seen from 2 directions. Typically, this saves costs as it reduces the number of banners required.
How to Display Teardrop Banner Flags

Teardrop banner flags are put together quickly and easily with (1) a banner, (2) a flagpole to hold the banner, and (3) a stake or base to keep the flagpole in place. Whether you use a stake or a specific type of base, will depend on the location and surface—grass, dirt, sidewalk or flooring.

The Ground Stake works well on grass or dirt. Check for sprinkler pipes or other possible obstructions, then simply hammer the ground stake deep into the grass or dirt.

The Cross-Base is built with a heavy-duty X-stand which makes it suitable for indoor venues—convention centers or stadiums—or outside on the sidewalk or any asphalt surface. Additional weights such as sand-bags should be placed at the base to ensure stability.

The Square Steel Plate Base is barely noticeable as it sits completely flat on the floor, making it simple to hide by sliding it under a table, drawer or tent. Use this type of plate indoors or outside.

The Car Wheel Base enables car dealers to promote their businesses. By setting the base under a wheel, the teardrop banner flag can be placed next to a car for high visibility.


How to Care for Teardrop Banner Flags

With proper care, teardrop banner flags that are used periodically could last 4+ years. Those displayed outdoors for 8+ hours will fade faster and may need to be replaced every 9 to 12 months. In fact, the banner flags tend to fade more quickly in states such as California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona where heat and dry weather affect them. Additionally, take precautions such as removing the teardrop banner flags during high winds to prevent the flagpole from snapping.
Tear Drop Banner Flags are Lightweight and Portable

Teardrop banner flags are lightweight and easy to handle. Often, you can purchase kits with multiple flagpoles that telescope together and, along with the banner flag and base, fit comfortably into a carry-bag. Given their attention-grabbing shape and ease-of-use, these banner flags are ideal for promoting your event or taking your trade show on the road.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Find a Hobby That Refreshes You



Finding a hobby that makes you feel refreshed and relaxed can go a long way in helping you to get rid of some of the stress in your life and to take time for yourself. This is going to benefit you in your professional life, in your family life, and in many other ways. Depending on the hobby you choose, it is likely going to help you to feel like you have accomplished something as well.

How do you determine the right hobby for you? If you have spent much of your life trying to earn money to take care of your family or doing all of the things that were necessary for you to care for your family in the home and raise your children, you may have never had time to pursue a hobby because you never had any free time. It may be challenging for you to decide on a hobby that is right for you. If you are throwing around ideas for a new hobby, take time to research different things online. Ask individuals about the hobbies they have and get the details about what their hobby involves and how it makes them feel to work on these certain things.

Many have found that building and repairing boats using replacement marine parts is a great way to de-stress and enjoy a little bit of relaxation. They can work on their boat in their garage and then take it out on the weekends or at other times. In addition to the fun that comes from working on the boat and the sense of accomplishment that a person will receive, they have also found that it is a great way to enjoy recreation with friends and family. They can take their kids out fishing or sailing. While a person does have to invest some money in the beginning and they have to use money to maintain the boat, they usually find that this is not a hobby that is overly expensive.


A hobby should make you feel refreshed and relaxed. If you do some research and try a couple of new things, you may find just the right hobby for you.