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10 Catchy Topics to Cover on Your Lifestyle Blog

March 7, 2018 - By 
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It’s not always easy to think of topics to write about. But with a little thought and help, you can overcome writer’s block on your lifestyle blog.

It’s always best to keep a list of ideas for future posts. The longer your list, the less likely you’ll be to run out of blog topics. And lifestyle blogs have the advantage of being broad enough that you can choose from a wide variety of topics.

If you need some more ideas to add to your lists, we’ve got them for you. Here are ten topics to jumpstart your creativity and get you writing more popular lifestyle blog posts.

1. What You’ve Learned from Other Bloggers

Your blog doesn’t exist in a vacuum. You’ve probably benefited from reading other people’s blogs. It can be a good idea to show your appreciation to fellow bloggers.

Show how grateful you are to those other bloggers by mentioning them and what you’ve learned from them. Maybe it was one post on their blog that gave you inspiration. Or perhaps you interacted with a blogger on social media and got some great advice.

Readers love to know how you get inspired. They also want to know that you’re not self-centered and that you care about others.

2. Write About Your Fitness Routine

Not everyone has a set fitness routine. But most people wish they did. And readers like to hear about other people’s healthy habits.

If you have a special quirk to your workouts or use an app, you should share it with your readers. They might want to give it a try too.

This is also a great idea for a post if you happen to be trying a trendy workout routine. You can discuss how it feels and whether it works.

More importantly, if you have just started a fitness routine, you can write multiple posts. You can continue to write about your progress. Readers want to know how you’re doing.

3. Dieting Without Trying

Maybe you’re one of the fortunate people who doesn’t need to diet. And maybe you maintain a healthy diet without having to think about it as healthy.

Of course, when you write about this sort of diet plan, be sure to show your readers how easy it is for them to do the same. Otherwise, they will just get jealous.

4. A Weekly Meal Plan

Do you plan your meals in advance? If you do, you’ve got a great lifestyle blog topic.

Readers love to learn about planning meals ahead. Most people don’t think about what they’re cooking until the last minute and could use the advice.

You can also use this opportunity to discuss how to preserve those meals for the week. If you make all your dinners at once, you may write about properly freezing those meals to eat later on.

5. Online-to-Offline Networking

Plenty of bloggers write about how they’ve increased their following on [insert platform]. And most of those posts have grown stale. Look at how you can update that topic.

Have you met with people who were previously just social media connections? If you did, you can write about it.

Not everyone meets with social media contacts. But it can be a life-changing experience. And sometimes those meetings can grow into lasting friendships.

6. Write a Book Review

If you want to be a better writer, you should read more. The same goes for bloggers.

While you’re finding great books to read, you can write a review. There’s no need to just focus on the books you’ve enjoyed reading. People will want to hear the positive and negative reviews.

If you have a specific theme to your lifestyle blog, you can review books that fit that niche. And publishers might take notice and offer you new books to review in the future.

7. Review Your Favorite Products

Much like those book reviews, you can review products that you use or find interesting, like portable solar panels.

If your lifestyle blog focuses on cooking and food, then you can review kitchen products. Readers are always looking to buy or replace kitchen appliances, so it’s your opportunity to tell them about your blender, crock pot, or new pan.

These posts serve a dual purpose, as you can include affiliate links to the products for your readers.

8. Participate in an Activity

Are you up for a challenge? Then write about it!

Whether you’re participating in a fun bike ride or entering a marathon, it’s an opportunity to tell the world. People enjoy reading about activities and contests because it gives them ideas of things to do.

You can sometimes turn these into multiple posts. If you’re training for a marathon, you can write about the training and your result after the race.

9. Discuss Local News

You may not think that your local news is all that interesting, but other people might think otherwise.

Readers like to hear about smaller news stories from other places. Most of these stories don’t make national news, but they can be relatable to your readers.

It’s rare that most U.S. readers will see news about lake of the Ozarks, but they may be interested in learning more about the area.

10. Respond to Op-ed Columns

You have an opinion and you should use it. You just need to read the news every day and see what other people are writing about it. It’s easy enough to find a variety of opinions online.

Sometimes you’ll come across an opinion piece that is so out-of-touch with your life that you’ll feel the need to respond. Take the opportunity to write your opinion on the subject.

Your lifestyle blog doesn’t have to only be about your life. It can be about society, and that would require you to discuss society as it relates to your life.

Kickstart Your Lifestyle Blog Today

With a few fresh ideas, your lifestyle blog will thrive. Just be sure to keep all the ideas in a safe place so you check them out when you need inspiration.

There are always more ideas out there. Jot down any ideas you have throughout the day and you’ll have an endless supply for your blog.

You can also check out our blog if you need some help finding apps to improve your writing.


13 Downloadable Labels to Make Your Handmade Gift Jars Extra Special

March 5, 2018 - By 
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Mason jars have been around forever. Ok, maybe not forever, just since 1858. But still, a long time.

It’s interesting how a product that was first produced over 150 years ago, is now one of the hottest trends in do-it-yourself gift giving. Mason jars are now used for drinking glasses at parties, centerpieces for weddings, and of course, personal gifts.

In fact, in 2015 enough Mason jars were sold that if you laid them end-to-end, they would encircle the entire globe.

Just so you know, your handmade gift jars are right on trend.

Do you want to add that personal touch to your handmade gift jars? Check out these 13 downloadable labels that’ll make your presents extra special.

Downloadable Labels for Jams and Jellies

Do you have a special jam recipe that you love to share? Please do! There is nothing better than some homemade jam on a warm piece of toast.

Here are some of the best labels for your sweet spreads.

1. Spread Love

This one has got to be my favorite. I mean, who doesn’t want to spread the love? And what better way to share the love than by sharing a jar of homemade jam or jelly?

In my book, homemade jam will always mean true love.

2. Homemade With Love

These adorable labels are ready to go in 5 different flavors including, cherry, rhubarb, strawberry, blueberry, and apricot. So no matter what your specialty is, you’re covered.

I also love the idea of covering the lid with a vintage-inspired floral fabric for a more homemade look.

3. Vintage Vibe

Want more of a vintage look? These labels look like vintage sketches straight from the gardener’s notebook. I mean, I’m tempted to frame them for my kitchen.

They even leave a little space for the date so you know exactly when the jams were made.

4. Is Jam not your Jam?

Not a fan of jam? Maybe marmalade is more your jam. Is so, then check out these marmalade downloadable labels. They come in lemon-yellow, lime-green, and orange-orange. (Orange-orange? Uh . . . you know what I mean.)

5. Simple and Classic

Want beautiful, clean labels? Then these are for you. They are simple, pretty, and would be the perfect touch for any sort of party favor.

They come in peach, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry.

Sweet Treat Downloadable Labels

Who doesn’t love dessert? What about dessert delivered in a Mason jar? That, right there is the best neighbor gift invented. Here are some adorable dessert labels to go with your yummy dessert jar.

6. Santa’s Cookies

I mean, they might be called Santa’s cookies, but that just means they have all the good stuff in them. We’re talking rolled oats, chocolate chips, and M&Ms. These cookies should be made year round.

I’m sure the big guy won’t care if you make a batch or two throughout the year. You know, just for practice.

7. Toffee Blondie Bars

Have a great blondie bar recipe? Here is the tag you need to go along with your delicious dessert. It even has directions so the bars come out perfectly even when you’re not there.

Because we all know giving up control in the kitchen is not easy to do.

8. Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

This is perfect gift jar for when the weather turns colder and everyone goes crazy over all things pumpkin flavored. So why not just jump on the pumpkin band-wagon?

Give your friends a jar of this and they will thank you when their kitchens smell like pumpkin spice.

Spa Treatment in a Jar

Mason jars can be used for so much than just food. These downloadable labels are for the special gifts that allow for some relaxation. Which, let’s be honest, is what we all really want.

9. Lavender Mint Bath Salts

Life, in general, is stressful. Everyone runs around like they are just too busy. But this little jar offers the reminder that it’s OK to sit and slow down once in a while.

What else could you possibly want after a long day? Here is the perfect label for this perfect little gift of fragrant bath salts.

10. Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs are easy and affordable to make. If you are looking for a gift for all your girlfriends, this is the one to do.

Maybe you are planning a wedding and trying to keep things low key. If so, this would be great for all the ladies in the wedding party.

Need a quick reminder on how to make it? All you need is 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup coconut oil. Easy enough to remember, right?

And if you want to add some fragrance, just add your favorite essential oil. I personally like peppermint, lavender, or lemon. Not all together of course.

Make the look complete with these sugar scrub downloadable labels that come in a variety of colors.

11. Pamper Yourself

Here’s an idea that anyone would love, fill a large jar with all your favorite products:

  • Chapstick
  • Face masks
  • Fingernail polish
  • Hand lotion
  • Chocolate — don’t forget the chocolate

Then print out this cute label and you’ve got yourself the ultimate gift jar.

We all deserved to be pampered a little.

12. Love in a Bottle

This is the perfect label for any of your gift jars. It is simple and cute. If you had to pick only one of these labels to use, this one would get my vote.

It is versatile, simple, and would go with any of your homemade gift jars.

And it’s a picture of a jar, for your homemade gift jar. What’s not to love?

13. More to Choose

This link will take you to 10, yes ten, different designs of labels. They all differ in size, style, and color so if you haven’t seen anything you like yet, this is for you.

In this case, We really did save the best for last this time.

Get Crafting

Handmade gift jars really are a labor of love. There are few things more meaningful than giving those you love something homemade.

Whether it’s your grandmother’s famous jam recipe or your favorite sugar scrub, these downloadable labels are sure to give your thoughtful gift the finishing touch.

Need some more ideas? Check out our blog to get any helpful tips and advice you may need.


How to Make Life More Exciting: 10 Activities You’ve Got to Try

March 3, 2018 - By 

Are you bored of the 9-5 grind? Day in day out life seems to be one mundane cycle.

Recent surveys show that up to 90% of Americans report feeling bored at some point in an average day.

To add excitement to your life you could do a variety of things, from getting a makeover to going to a rock concert! There are many things you can do to shake up your daily routine.

But if you’re looking for something a bit wilder…a bit more adventurous…a bit dangerous…we know exactly what you can do!

Keep reading to find out how to make life more exciting with these ten adrenalin-filled activities!

1. The World Is Your Oyster

Wanderlust is a feeling that we all seem to get when we swipe through our Instagram feed. Most people add world travel to their bucket list.

From snorkeling the Barrier reef in Bora Bora to exploring the Rainbow Mountains of China, from searching for the Northern Lights in Norway to hiking Machu Pichu in Peru, there are so many breathtaking places to visit.

Millennials especially are taking the opportunity to take a break from their mundane day to day life to travel the world for work, to volunteer, or just for the experience.

2. Chasing Waterfalls

Powerful waterfalls around the globe create the most stunningly natural sites you will ever see. But waterfalls can also be part of a fun-filled adventure…

The worlds largest waterfall is Victoria Falls in Africa. The magnificent falls feature a natural rock pool, conveniently named “Devils Pool”. If you visit between September and December you can have a “swim” at the top of the waterfall in this natural rock pool. When the water level is just right, the rocks will form a barrier between you and the edge. A thrilling, yet nerve-racking experience!

Whitewater rafting is also an amazing experience. You can take part in this energetic sport in many places around the world from Arizona to Chile. You’ll never forget the intense rides down those twisting wild rivers!

3. Walk on Water

If you really want to know how to make life more exciting, let me introduce the Jet Pack. This Iron Man style activity will bring out the superhero in you…or supervillain depending on your state of mind!

Jetpacks are bursting onto the scene with there ability to make you feel like you are flying and walking on water. With technology advancing rapidly, this rocket pack device uses jets of gas to propel you through the air.

Move aside, Superman!

4. The Skies the Limit

Of course, we can’t forget about skydiving!

Skydiving is going from height to height, literally, you can now leap out at 20,000 feet! Now that is high. You can also fall up to speeds of 120mph, you’ve probably not reached that speed in your car!

At that altitude, temperatures are super cold, maybe even -25 degrees (plus wind chill). This is definitely not an activity for the faint-hearted.

Skydiving isn’t the only activity that’s dominating the skies, paragliding is still a breathtaking, yet scary thing to do. Paragliding is especially popular in such places as Switzerland and New Zealand for the jaw-dropping views.

Once you’ve got over that initial jump, you can enjoy the incredible views as you glide through the air like a bird!

5. Solve the Clues

Escape rooms have become all the rage the past few years. If you’ve ever thought of yourself as a bit of a Sherlock Holmes, then look no further.

What’s it all about? An escape room is an interactive puzzle game, where you are confined to a locked room and have to search for clues and solve puzzles to escape! You won’t be alone, groups work together to solve the clues. It really is like a life-sized board game.

It might not have the same kind of adrenalin as a skydive, but it will certainly get your heart pumping when the time is running out and you still haven’t found the key!

If you want to learn more, check out these unique interactive escape rooms based in Seattle.

6. The Cage of Death

Okay, we’ve all seen the movies where this goes terribly wrong…but cage diving is actually a really popular activity. If you feel ready to face “The Cage of Death” what can you hope to see?

Cape Town offers many cage diving excursions with, you guessed it, Sharks! But no, sharks probably won’t be chewing the bars off the cage trying to bite off your arm, they’ll be swimming around in their natural habitat while you watch them. So maybe it’s not that petrifying after all?

If sharks teeth weren’t doing it for you, what about a crocodile’s toothy grin? In Australia, you can go face to face with Australia’s largest saltwater crocodiles!

These toothy marine creatures swimming around you will definitely give you that adrenaline boost you were looking for!

7. Scream If You Want to Go Faster

Yes, the ultimate adrenaline junky will always find themselves at theme parks. Nearly every country boasts its exhilarating rides, but for the ultimate thrill, check out these rollercoasters that will give you the combined feeling of fear and ecstasy that you’re looking for!

Fuji-Q Island, in Japan, has the worlds steepest roller coaster. But it’s not just steep, it’s also extremely fast going from 0 to 62 miles per hour in two seconds flat! The ride also includes corkscrews, banana rolls, and 180 degree turns.

If that’s not fast enough for you check out the coaster at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. This is, of course, the fastest roller coaster in the World traveling up to 149mph!

At these heights and speeds, you’ll not even have time to scream!

8. The Big Splash

If roller coasters aren’t your thing, how about water slides? Insane drops, loops, shoots and more will leave you reaching the bottom not knowing which way is up and which way is down.

Hold onto your swimsuit, at Disney’s Blizzard Beach in Florida, there is a water slide that shoots its riders down a 60 mph free fall drop!

The Aqualoop water slide in Slovenia actually features a 360-degree loop as well as being one of the fastest water slides in the world.

And the worlds tallest water slide in Kansas drops you down 168 feet, shoots you back up and drops you again! Definitely not your standard water slide!

9. Take a Hike

So, how to make life more exciting? What about hiking?

There are some super dangerous hiking trails. Certainly not for those who suffer from a fear of heights!

The aptly labeled “most dangerous trail in the world” is on Mt. Huashan in China. The mountain features steep staircases, vertical ascents and boards bolted onto the edges of cliffs. This hike will no doubt be a test of your endurance…and bravery!

Another hike famous for its fear-arousing elements is the “Kings Little Pathway” in Malaga, Spain. The path is a 1,200-meter long walkway with several gaps and incomplete sections. Because of this gappy route, many tourists have to do it with harnesses and climbing gear.

10. Dare to Jump

Of course, bungee jumping makes the list! It’s one of the most popular adrenalin junky activities after all.

You can take the plunge day or night in several locations around the world. From bridges to cliffs to buildings, that free falling feeling might just be the kick you need.

Macau tower in China is home to the highest bungee jump in the world. At 764 feet you’ll definitely have something to boast to your friends about!

How to Make Life More Exciting? — Question Answered!

Yes, as you can see, this world offers a lot of super cool, yet thrilling things to do.

How to make life more exciting? Resolve not to let your life slip away and give up on your bucket list. Step out of the 9-5 and just go do something! You’ll not regret it.

For more handy lifestyle tips and hacks, check out our blog.


7 Ways Hair Growth Treatment Benefits You

March 1, 2018 - By 
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For those lucky enough to have all their hair, perhaps it’s an easy thing to take for granted. The benefits of having luscious locks are not always obvious. Most of us start out with a full head of hair as kids.

As we age, we slowly start to notice the significance of having hair. As it becomes apparent that having hair is important, people start to consider the adverse effects not having hair can cause.

Hair is a symbol of health and vitality. It screams “youthful”. People who are balding are immediately viewed as older than those with plentiful hair, even if they are much younger.

The good news is that hair growth treatment has become a viable option with many new procedures on the rise. Here are a few ways hair treatments can benefit your life:


Confidence isn’t just about your hair. However, a full head of hair can certainly help you feel better about yourself.

Having hair growth treatment performed on your scalp can help you feel good about the way you look again.

Feeling great about your appearance is one of the first major factors in meeting the world with a smile and some charisma. This is especially important for professionals in any given field.

Professionals need to feel confident but also be perceived as confident.

Confidence yields successful business relationships that can boost sales and bring in more clients. And remember, how others treat or view you is just as important about how you view or treat yourself.

Psychological Rewards

Hair growth treatment like Capillus can do wonders for the mental health of a man or a woman.

People who suffer from baldness can actually start to go through depression. This can spiral downwards for some sufferers as they become hard on themselves because of the way they look.

With depression comes low self-esteem, which can lead to self-abuse. Something as simple as hair loss can turn to alcoholism or other ventures that offer someone relief from their constant self-torture.

Having your hair restored can keep your mind healthy as you feel good about who you are and how you look. You can keep the self-abuse tactics far away as you comb through your full head of hair every day.

No More Social Embarrassment with Hair Growth Treatment

Some people suffering from hair loss start declining invitations to be socials, get drinks, or go to dinner. They become so embarrassed by their hair that they become introverts who scurry to their work offices and then back home at night.

While there is nothing to be ashamed about in having a bald head, some people find themselves incapable of getting past it. They succumb to feeling less than or not attractive, and will not put themselves in situations where they can be seen by many.

With hair growth treatment, you can completely get rid of any social anxiety because of your hair. You can grace the happy hour bars and say hello to anyone you find attractive because you aren’t embarrassed about how you look

This can also improve your romantic life.

Improved Romance

With greater confidence, a sound mind, and no social inhibitions, your love life is bound to improve. Let hair growth treatment give you the levels of confidence that you need to approach the cutie in need a drink.

An improved romantic life will lead to a happier life in general.

As humans, we crave companionship. If you don’t think that losing your hair will have an effect on your love life and potential companionship possibilities, think again.

It’s not necessarily about your hair, but it’s about how you feel about yourself that will make the impact on your social life. By eliminating the things that make you feel less than, you’re going to attract more people to you with your good energy and confidence.

Good Bye to Emasculation

Many men say that hair loss makes them feel emasculated. They feel as if they have failed in some way by losing their hair.

You can kiss these inhibitions goodbye with hair growth treatment. You can feel like the man you felt like in your twenties when your head was full of hair. Get ready to go after the woman of your dreams!

Improved Aesthetic

The truth is, most people just look better with a full head of hair unless they’re after Mr. Clean’s look. With a full head of hair, you will look more attractive, and be found more attractive by other people.

Your overall aesthetic will be improved, which can boost your business and romantic prospects. There’s nothing like looking in the mirror on a daily basis and feeling fantastic about the overall product that is you.

By knowing you look better, you will take more risks in the workplace, socially, and in new ventures.

Promotion Worthy

Your work relationships are bound to improve as you feel better about yourself. This can eventually lead to a much-wanted promotion because you’ve gained your work charisma back.

With hair growth treatment, you will have stopped the extra focus on worry about what is lacking, and focus that energy on making an impression or starting a new project.

You can walk into your boss’s office with your new proposal feeling the best you can. People take note of those with straightforward confidence.

You can only know your worth if you feel good about yourself. Know you’re worthy of more, and take your career to new levels.

Go Big or Go Bald

Hair transplants are one of the best cosmetic procedures you can have done. The treatments will also reap major benefits. From an improved overall look to a much better social life, it’s time to make the change.

Go after what you want in life, starting with a full head of hair.

Though it might take a few months to see the end result, be patient and know that it is on its way. There is no price for restoring your confidence or fixing your love life.

When you’re ready to present the world with the best version of you, find all the resources you need here!


10 Reasons You Should Have a Skincare Routine

March 1, 2018 - By 
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Are you struggling to maintain a regular skincare routine?

Your skin is an important part of who you are. Its health can affect how you feel about your appearance, how you physically feel, and more.

Even with this knowledge, it can be tough to commit to a skincare regime. This is especially the case if you lack the time or the money to pursue thorough care.

Nonetheless, there are many reasons why a skincare routine is critical to your well-being.

Read on to learn more about why you should be investing in your skin on the daily!

1. Extend Your Skin’s Longevity

A skincare routine isn’t just about your skin in the moment. Taking care of your skin now can ensure its health for years down the road.

Your skin basically replaces itself every day, shedding dead cells regularly. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t help it along in this process.

Cleaning away daily dead cells paves the way for more robust skin cells. Accumulated dead cells on your face and body can lead to a buildup of grease, dirt, and more.

This can lead to acne, rashes, and even disease.

By caring for your skin everyday, you give healthy skin cells a chance to shine. Regular practice can mean decades of future health and shine.

2. Save Money

A lot of people assume that a regular skincare routine is too expensive. They think it requires expensive creams, yearly trips to the dermatologist, and more.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

For one thing, it’s possible to establish a skincare regime using cost-effective products. A lot of leading drugstore brands like Neutrogena, for example, offer affordable products of all kinds to customers.

For another, regular care of your skin keeps its perfect health intact. Prioritizing your skin’s health means saving money on future visits to the dermatologist or expensive preventative products.

3. Encourage Healthy Habits in General

Establishing a routine when it comes to your skin’s health can give you the mindset you need to build healthy habits in other areas of your life.

Once you get in the habit of nurturing your skin on the daily, you’ll feel inspired to tackle other areas of your health.

These may include healthy eating goals, exercise routines, or mindfulness practices. If you’re having trouble building healthy habits, start with a skincare routine.

4. Boost Your Skin’s Glow

If you’re craving that healthy glow all the time, start up a skincare routine.

Most skincare routines incorporate mindful application of moisturizers, cleansers, and creams. They prioritize keeping your skin clean, healthy, and nourished.

Over time, consistent application of these products can visually transform your appearance. You’ll marvel at your skin’s smoothness and health.

5. Reduce Chances of Skin Cancer

Skincare routines aren’t just about washing your face every morning. They also involve being mindful of UV rays and other situations that can lead to skin cancer.

Caring for your skin regularly will reduce your chances of getting skin cancer or other skin diseases. You’ll clean your skin’s pores regularly to prevent buildup of harmful substances.

What’s more, you’ll be using adequate sun protection and dermatologist-approved substances to prevent skin disease in the future.

6. Have Fun

Routines don’t have to be boring. They can be thrilling, too!

Have fun with your daily skincare ritual by choosing new skincare products or creams. Maybe you splurge and invest in a delicious lotion, or treat your legs to an oil immersion.

Having a morning skincare routine can give you motivation to start the day, especially if it brings a smile to your face!

7. Finally Tackle That Acne

Are you tired of gazing into a mirror and seeing all of those angry red dots? Acne doesn’t have to get the best of you.

A regular skincare routine can be your answer. Skincare regimes ensure that you clear away dead skin cells and clear out existing pores.

The right moisturizers can cure dry or flaky skin, and certain cleansers can get rid of that acne oil for good. Enjoy perpetually clear skin when you start up your care ritual.

Learn more about other acne solutions here.

8. Feel Good Inside and Out

Our skin is always noticeable, to ourselves and others. When you feel good about your skin’s health and appearance, you’ll also feel good.

This confidence boost can be valuable, particularly if you struggle with self-esteem.

It’s also essential if you’re looking for a cost-effective and simple way to transform your appearance for the better.

9. Eliminate Trips to the Dermatologist

If you hate going to the dermatologist, worry no more. A regular skincare regime can keep you from going back for more skin tests and prescriptions.

A dermatologist can definitely help you craft the care routine that’s ideal for you and your skin type.

But once you put that routine in motion, you’ll be maximizing your skin’s health on the daily. You’ll eliminate the need to return to your dermatologist for preventative care in the future.

10. Start and End Your Day Properly

Having evening and morning care rituals can give your day the bookends it needs. In this sense, caring for your skin is a lot like making your bed or reading before you fall asleep.

These rituals can help you reduce stress in the long run and give you a sense of positive control. They can even help you have a more optimistic outlook on what the day holds.

Establish a routine for your skin so that you can begin and end every day properly.

Start Your Skincare Routine

Your skin is an integral part of your physical and emotional health. It’s important to care for it daily for a variety of reasons.

A regular skincare routine can ensure glowing, healthy skin for years to come. It can save you money in the long run, give you a confidence boost, and prevent diseases and skin issues down the road.

At the end of the day, a routine can help you take full charge of your health, and feel beautiful while doing so.

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10 Best Sites To Go Furniture Shopping Online

March 1, 2018 - By 
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When it comes to redecorating your home, finding the perfect pieces makes all the difference.

Whether you’re an interior design expert or not, you know that the right furniture and a few great details can complete a space.

But before you rush out to your local furniture store, think twice. Even if you visit a dozen stores, you’ll likely only see a small selection of the same pieces again and again. You’ll only get to see a few colors, patterns, and styles that may or may not match your space.

Furniture shopping online offers a great solution. You can browse countless pieces in every color and pattern imaginable. But finding the right online furniture makes all the difference.

If you’re ready to find the perfect pieces for your home, check out these 10 awesome websites.

1. Modern Digs Furniture

With so many websites online offering furniture, it can be tough to find quality pieces. can help.

Modern Digs offers a variety of modern pieces for every room in your home and office. Browse desks and chairs, sofas and end tables, and more. You can choose from simple, minimalist styles or colorful items to match your unique style.

2. Wayfair

Wayfair is another great one-stop-shop for furniture shopping online. From sofas and sideboards to mattresses and wall decor, they have everything you need to furnish your space.

Another benefit of Wayfair is how easy they make it to find what you need. They offer a variety of room inspirations and ideas to help you choose the perfect pieces for your style and space.

Wayfair offers furniture and decor in a range of prices to fit any budget. They also offer free shipping on orders over $49.

3. Design Within Reach

If you’re in the market for high-end designer furniture, a visit to Design Within Reach’s website is a must.

With iconic pieces and styles in every type of furniture imaginable, Design Within Reach has beautiful items for every room in your home.

4. west elm

Furniture shopping online doesn’t necessarily mean giving up your favorite designer furniture. Plenty of designers have great websites where you can shop for your favorite pieces and styles from anywhere.

West Elm is one such designer. Browse their website to enjoy a massive selection of their world-renowned, classic pieces. Their website is also a great spot for finding sales and deals on their pieces that you wouldn’t find in a store.

5. fawn & forest

When you’re juggling kids and trying to redecorate your home, visiting a furniture store is likely the last thing you want to do. Hiring a sitter can be a hassle. But trying to bring along your little ones to a store packed full of things they’ll want to climb on can end in disaster.

Furniture shopping online is a simple alternative. You can browse a range of children’s furniture to find the perfect pieces for your little angels’ bedrooms and playrooms, right from the comfort of your home.

Fawn & Forest is a great spot to shop for all of your kids’ furniture needs. From cribs and bassinets to kid beds, they have everything your kids will need as they grow, all in cute, class styles and colors.

You won’t have to worry about anything too cutesy or themed here. Fawn & Forest offers only stylish pieces that will match your child’s room now and in the future.

6. Barn Light Electric Company

Furniture shopping online doesn’t have to end with buying sofas and desks. Complete your look with a stunning light fixture from Barn Light Electric Company.

Don’t let the name fool you though. Barn Light offers far more than just farmhouse chic pieces. They have a range of modern and minimalist pieces as well.

Barn Light also offers furniture like desks, beds, sofas, and more.

7. Thrive Furniture

If you’re looking for a great selection of modern furniture, Thrive Furniture is the place for you.

They offer mid-century modern pieces with a minimalist flair.

One of their most popular products is their sofas. They’re available in 20 fabrics and four kinds of leather. If you can’t find one that you love, they also offer custom design services to help you create the perfect piece for your space.

8. APT2B

Decorating an apartment or other small space can be a challenge, especially when furniture shopping online. Even with measurements, it can be tough to visualize whether a full-size sofa will fit in your living space, let alone fit through your front door.

APT2B is the solution. They offer a variety of furniture and decor designed to fit into tight spaces.

Their pieces come with a higher price tag than some online furniture stores, but they always have a big selection of outlet items for a sale price.

9. hayneedle

If you aren’t sure what type of furniture you’re searching for, its time to visit Hayneedle. With over 1 million items, there’s something for every space and style.

Narrow your search field by choosing the room you’re decorating, the styles you prefer, or the item you want. They also have plenty of decor items, pet supplies, and more.

10. Urban Outfitters

If you know anything about Urban Outfitters, you might be surprised to see it on this list. But believe it or not, this hip clothing store also has a line their own line of furniture.

Like their clothing, the furniture line features plenty of modern, trendy pieces. But you might be surprised to find plenty of classic items as well, like leather sofas, minimalist headboards, and simple chairs.

Furniture Shopping Online Made Easy

Shopping for furniture online is a great way to find the perfect pieces for every room in your home. You can shop endless amounts of styles, colors, patterns, and more, making it easy to find items for any space.

But with so many websites offering furniture, narrowing your search can seem overwhelming. Use this guide to narrow your search and find high-quality pieces for any budget.

Furniture is far from the only thing you should be shopping for online. If you want to score a great deal on clothing, check out this article to learn about why you should shop online for your next outfit.


Resale Roadblocks: 5 Reasons to Not to Buy a Timeshare

February 28, 2018 - By 
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With the average timeshare price running about $20,000 a year, it can be a major investment for most families. If you don’t have the time to enjoy your timeshare, it could seem like a waste of money. This is what has gotten a lot of people interested in timeshare resale in recent years.

The demographic for timeshares is mostly people over 50 years old. With fewer people able to take vacations and more people renting than in the last 50 years, instability has driven younger people to vacation in different ways. Timeshares aren’t quite as attractive as they used to be.

While these changes to the overall economic ecosystem could make prices drop and investments seem like a better idea, you still need to read the fine print. Without a careful eye on the contract you sign, you could get screwed. Here are 5 timeshare resale roadblocks to make you reconsider investing.

1. Value Drops Fast

If you were considering buying a stock or a bond that you knew could be in freefall, you’d think twice. You might know that new cars lose massive amounts of resale value as soon they’re driven off the lot. For some timeshares, the same is true.

The investment returns on timeshare resale just aren’t as steady as other investments. Often a timeshare’s value will drop by as much as half by the time the owner is ready to sell.

The second-hand market, unfortunately, isn’t as large as many people selling timeshares might want you to believe it is. That makes a timeshare investment a pretty dependable way to lose money.

If the value of your investments can’t hold up for years to come, ideally growing, it’s best to avoid them altogether.

2. They’re Not Liquid

It’s really hard to turn any real estate asset into cold hard cash. The number of people trying to sell their timeshares has never been higher. Unfortunately, the people looking to buy are in the absolute minority.

If you offer a bargain price to a potential buyer, you might make your sale a little quicker, but you could lose out big time. Otherwise, you can hold out for awhile in hopes that the market bounces back.

Unfortunately, some major shifts in the overall economic landscape make it seem unlikely that the market will skyrocket anytime soon. While you’re waiting to sell your timeshare, you could be paying all of the fees, taxes, and mortgage costs associated with the property.

This could drive you into a bad position, where you need to take out additional loans from places like Aconsumercredit. You might not have the budget for this and be rolling the dice. Hopefully, someone scoops up your property soon.

3. Broker Scams Abound

With the huge number of people trying to sell timeshares right now, it’s a timeshare resale boon for a certain type of broker. They can be seen trying to prey on unassuming timeshare owners who are frustrated by the state of the market.

They will approach sellers and pose as a broker. After sellers have been positioned on the market for months or even years trying to get rid of a property, these “brokers” guarantee a deal in a few days.

This will, of course, excite the seller and get them to pony up a nominal fee. This fee is promised to be returned once the sale occurs. The problem is, this sale rarely occurs.

The “broker” disappears with the money, never to be heard from ever again.

4. Rental Isn’t Happening

Because you’re the owner of the property, you’re entitled to making attempts to rent out your timeshare as long as you’re paying for it. This works for a few people but raises more issues for others.

Finding a renter can be a massive challenge. There are so many options for renting timeshares since there are so many that are currently up for sale. Your rental income, even when you’re completely booked, may never pay for your annual costs.

With all of the additional maintenance, cleaning, and set up, it makes the whole process not seem worthwhile. You might even find rental restrictions in your lease.

And then there’s the vetting process. You don’t want to rent out to people who might ruin your space. You could be paying thousands out of pocket, basically ending up with a net loss because of carelessness from your renter.

Not everyone wants to be a landlord and not everyone has the wherewithal to fight against problem tenants. Unless that courses through your veins, a rental might not be for you.

5. Opportunity Costs Are High

In a buyer’s market, as it is right now, timeshares aren’t a very strong investment. In a lot of cases, you might lose money on your investment, meaning that just letting your money sit in a bank account might have worked out better.

A timeshare is a real estate investment and there are expectations placed on any kind of real estate investor. Even though it’s lower stakes than buying a house or a commercial property, you will have to perform maintenance and tend to it. If it doesn’t accrue wealth over time, you should consider another kind of investment.

Owning a home is how most American families build any wealth at all. If you’re renting but investing in a timeshare, you might want to consider owning a hope in a place you love rather than investing in a timeshare.

Timeshare Resale Is a Bear Market

As things change for a generation of people who don’t see the value of timeshares, more people are vacationing through apps like Airbnb. That leaves timeshare properties up for grabs and then turns into a lower value for them. Unless you want to devote a lot of time to timeshare resale, you should reconsider investing.

If you’re looking for more tips on investing in real estate, check out our list of must-have real estate apps.


What You Need to Know Before You Hire a Defense Attorney

February 28, 2018 - By 
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When you need to hire a defence lawyer, you really need one. This is not like looking for someone to mow your lawn.

This person is literally about to hold your future in their hands. So you need to ensure they’re smart, hardworking and experienced.

That said, you also need to make sure there’s a good fit, chemistry-wise, if you’re going to have a good working relationship.

Here is what you need to know about a lawyer before you sign your future over to them.

Their Style

You’re going to need to be completely comfortable in how this attorney defends you. You may want a bulldog-type, who’s aggressive and has a real kick-butt style in the courtroom. A fighter, who you’re glad is on your side.

Or, you may want someone with a calmer demeanor, who gives off a feeling of intellect. You may feel more comfortable with this style, as the lawyer calmly makes the intellectual case for your innocence.

There’s no wrong answer here. You’re allowed to be picky when you hire a defence lawyer. You’re allowed to hire or pass on someone if you just don’t feel comfortable with their style.

Their Fees

Nobody likes surprise fees. You need to have a frank conversation about their fees and their payment structure before you sign on to work with them.

This can take place before you even meet them in person. For example, a law firm like Criminal Solicitor Sydney will let you get a quote over the phone before meeting.

You don’t need to pass on an attorney because they cost too much. It’s hard to limit your spending with your future on the line. But you should definitely know what you’re getting into. Again, no surprises.

Their History

One of the biggest factors you need to consider when you hire a defence lawyer is how much confidence you have in their abilities. And one thing that can really put your mind at ease is knowing that they have a history of winning cases.

They also need a proven history of winning cases just like yours. They should be able to go into specifics about how many cases they have won and lost. How many of those cases were settled and how many went to trial? And why?

Don’t be afraid to ask for references from their previous clients. It would be very helpful for you to call the people they have represented in the past, and hear glowing reviews from real people.

Their Online Footprint

Testimonials on a lawyer’s website are great. 76% of people surveyed said they start their lawyer search online. These testimonials can really help you shortlist your candidates when looking online.

Of course, you will want to do some research off of their site as well. Take a look at online reviews as well, on sites like Google, Facebook, or Yelp. 83% of lawyer-seekers said they read online reviews in making their decision.

Don’t let one or two bad reviews turn you off of a potential lawyer. Whether you’re trying to find a dentist or trying to hire a defence lawyer, you’re bound to read some bad reviews from “haters.” And that’s fine.

But if all of the online reviews say the same thing (maybe about a lack of personal service, or surprise fees), this could be a sign you don’t want to work with them.

Their Specialty

Ask them where they specialize. This, again, requires a specific answer. Be very wary if they’re vague or unspecific.

Also beware of lawyers who claim to be good at everything. Being good at everything usually means you’re not great at any single thing.

So, if they claim to be experts in drunk driving charges, they should have fought a number of these cases and won.

Their Plan

This is another area where you don’t have time for vanity or empty promises.

Ask them how they plan to defend you, and expect a complete answer. Again, be wary if they don’t dive into the specifics.

You may assume they’re being secretive because they don’t want you to take their plan and bring it to someone else (or even try it yourself), but that’s no excuse. Your future is way more important than their secret plan.

This is their first real opportunity to build your confidence in them. You deserve the peace-of-mind in feeling that your lawyer has you covered with a rock-solid strategy that has worked in the past.

Their Staff

This is another area where you don’t want to see any surprises. Will they be handling your case personally, or will this person be handing you off to someone else on staff?

If someone else will handle you, why? Is it because this new party has a unique specialty, and can better serve your needs? Or is this attorney just too busy to handle your case personally?

If you have any questions along the way, who should you contact? Who will be the main point of contact once they trial starts?

Also, do they have any specialists they can bring on to help your case? Maybe your defence would benefit from the advice of a retired police officer, or even a private investigator.

This should come up when they’re going over your plan. If they have access to these specialists, knowing this can really help you feel better about your case.

And of course, you need to know if their added expertise is going to be an added cost.

We Can Help You Do More Than Hire a Defence Lawyer

We like to help people make the best buying decisions they can by helping them know what to look for.

We also provide a number of downloadable ebooks on a wide range of topics. You can click here to see what we have to offer.


What Do You Need to Know Before Buying a Wall Painting Online?

February 27, 2018 - By 
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So, you’re in the market for a new wall painting.

Maybe you’ve already browsed through local galleries and nothing caught your eye. Or maybe you don’t want to wait for the next art fair to come to town.

Either way, you have another option. Like other types of shopping, you can purchase your next wall painting online.

If the thought seems overwhelming, don’t worry. In this post, we’ll reveal three important questions to ask yourself to help you pick the perfect wall painting online.

1. Do You Love It?

It may sound silly, but it’s the first and most important question you need to ask.

After all, you’ll be looking at that painting every single day. If the quality is good enough, you may even pass it down to your kids or grandkids.

Forget about the current decor trends for a moment and take a nice long look at it. Does it speak to your soul? How do you feel when you study it?

Remember, art is subjective. What calls to one person may not affect another. Find a painting that speaks to you personally, and you’ll never regret your purchase.

2. What Space Are You Trying to Fill?

Of course, no matter how much you love a painting, you need to have the right space in your home to hang it.

Before you start shopping, measure the area where you intend to hang the painting. Get an idea of the size you want, along with a range of sizes that will work for the wall space.

You also need to consider existing decor and the purpose of the room. A muted, reflective painting might be perfect for your bedroom, but it could make you yawn if you hang it in your home office.

Similarly, a bold, standout painting makes a great conversation piece for your living or dining room. But it may feel totally out of place in a more relaxing space, such as your bedroom or bathroom.

Not sure where to begin your search? Sites like Ikonick offer a wide variety of wall paintings to choose from.

3. Who Is the Artist?

You shouldn’t buy a wall painting online (or anywhere else) based on how popular an artist is. It doesn’t matter if their paintings sell for millions–if you don’t like it, you won’t be happy with it.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to do some background work on an artist you admire. Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • Does the artist have a selling history?
  • What materials do they use for their work?
  • What type of art training did they receive, and where?
  • How do they determine their prices?
  • How many hours did they spend on the piece you’re considering?
  • Is there a story behind the painting?

While you shouldn’t base your decision solely on the answers, it will give you a better idea of the piece you’re buying.

That way, you ensure you’re getting a high-value piece you love at a fair price for both you and the artist.

Ready to Buy Your Wall Painting Online?

Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to start shopping for your next wall painting.

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5 Signs You or a Loved One Needs Heroin Rehab

February 27, 2018 - By 
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In the United States, approximately 44,000 people die each year from drug overdose. A rising number of people are turning to heroin and other opioids after becoming addicted to prescription pain medications. And the cost to our country from the use of illicit drugs is a whopping $193 billion annually.

There is help, however. Find out if you or one of your loved ones needs heroin rehab, and take action today.

1. Your Health is Deteriorating

Drugs like heroin can wreak havoc on the human body. Abscesses, infections, liver problems, heart disease, kidney issues, and chronic pain conditions can all result from longterm heroin use.

Those who inject heroin or other drugs are also at risk for contracting HIV if they share needles or use dirty needles. Additionally, heavy drug users don’t typically take care of their bodies by eating well, exercising regularly, or getting regular physical checkups.

If you have health problems caused or exacerbated by your drug use, it’s time to get help before those problems get any worse.

2. Drugs Are Your Everything

As the saying goes, no child ever says they want to grow up to be a junkie. Some people are able to use drugs occasionally and recreationally, and still lead a successful life with a career, hobbies, and meaningful relationships. Others, however, soon find that their entire world revolves around scoring and doing drugs.

Have you reached a point where nothing else seems to matter besides getting your heroin fix? Have you lost interest in your usual activities, shunned friends and family who don’t use, or lost a job because of heroin? Reach out — help is available and a drug rehab in New Jersey can provide that help.

3. Your Tolerance Has Increased

Remember the first time you used heroin? You likely didn’t need much to feel the drug’s effects. Now, it’s likely that you need several times that amount to even feel “normal,” let alone achieve a pleasurable high.

Acquiring the necessary amount of heroin to feel the way you want to can be expensive, difficult, and dangerous. And an increased tolerance is one surefire sign that you should consider heroin rehab.

4. You Get in Trouble with the Law

If you are addicted to heroin and you haven’t yet been arrested, consider yourself lucky — but know that your luck is going to run out one of these days. When an individual’s drug use begins to take over their life, they often go to great (and illegal) measures to get money for buying more heroin.

Those measures may include prostitution, theft, burglary, or fraud. All of these — as well as the buying and possession of heroin itself — are illegal and can result in serious consequences, including incarceration.

5. Quitting on Your Own Hasn’t Worked

Chances are you’ve tried to cut back on your drug use or even stop altogether. Going cold turkey can work — but not often, and not for very long. By the time physical and physiological addiction has kicked in, it can be difficult and even dangerous for a user to stop using drugs suddenly.

A heroin rehab center will offer professional help not only to address the psychological challenges of overcoming addiction but also to monitor your physical health while your body undergoes this transformation.

There is No Shame in Going to Heroin Rehab

Heroin addiction is a disease, and going to rehab isn’t a shameful act; it’s the treatment you need for your disease.

Contact a rehabilitation center and take the first step toward regaining your life!


The Benefits of Using Portable Solar Panels

February 27, 2018 - By 
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When you flip the light switch in your home, are you wondering what’s powering the light?

Most electric utilities today are powered by natural gas. However, alternative energy sources like solar are gaining momentum. For off-grid applications in particular, portable solar panels are becoming very popular.

Why Makes Solar Power a Good Option?

Unlike other sources of power, solar energy is a clean and renewable energy source.

The fossil fuels powering our cars and homes produce certain emissions when they burn. They also require significant time and labor to locate, drill for, refine, and transport the resulting fuel. It’s a dirty, dangerous job.

In addition, oil and natural gas, which are both fossil fuels, are considered non-renewable. This is because they can’t be reproduced within our lifetime.

For this reason, alternative energy sources are becoming more popular. In particular, renewable sources that can be harvested without limit are gaining traction. Solar power is one of these energy sources. As long as the sun is shining, we have the ability to harvest its energy.

Solar Panels Powering Homes

Many people who want to lower their energy bills while being kind to the environment are investing in solar panels. These panels can be mounted on a building’s rooftop to harvest solar power.

These home solar panels do have limitations, however. If a home’s roof is blocked by other houses, hills, or anything else, it can prevent the panels from receiving sunlight.

Even if there’s nothing blocking the home’s exposure now, new buildings may pop up later on. This could impact the efficiency of your panels.

For these reasons, portable solar panels are often a better choice.

The Rise of Portable Solar Panels

As solar technology becomes more mainstream, portable solar panels are gaining popularity.

Already, consumers have been able to purchase solar power chargers for electronic devices. Rather than plug your mobile phone into an outlet or computer, you can use a power bank charged by portable solar panels.

These power banks are easy to transport and can be charged by placing in direct sunlight. As long as you charge it ahead of a trip, you won’t have to worry about finding an available outlet.

Portable solar panels are increasingly being used for larger jobs, too. Golf carts around the country have already been outfitted with solar panels. Now they can scoot around golf courses, country clubs, and university campuses without needing to refuel with gas.

Choosing the Right Solar Panel

Because solar panels have so many uses, it’s important to consider these functions when choosing solar panels.

Think about what devices you’ll need solar power to charge. Do you know the exact voltage you’ll need? This is an important detail to be aware of. You should also think about where you’ll be using the panels and what other functions you need.

Solar blankets, for example, can also cover your windshield to act as a shade, preventing your car from getting too hot in the sun.

You also want to make sure you’re getting a good value. While new technology can be expensive, look for brands and products that offer what you need for a fair price.

You might be wondering, “Is the Adventure Kings Portable Solar panel range the BEST VALUE panels on the market?” That’s up to you to decide, but it does provide a wide range of benefits without adding on unnecessary costs.

Wrapping Up

When it comes to renewable energy, portable solar panels are on the rise, and for good reason. To learn more about this technology before you make the switch, be sure to check out some of our resources. Happy researching!


The 7 Best Writing Apps to Download in 2018

February 26, 2018 - By 
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Whether you’re trying to recreate the Great American Novel, want to weave short stories, or just want to tell others about your life experience, writing has never been more accessible.

Thanks to the Internet and smartphones, it’s easier than ever for writers to get their content in front of the right eyes.

However, a quick Google search of ‘writing apps’ shows there are thousands upon thousands of apps to choose from.

What’s worth your time and what’s worth avoiding at all costs?

Read on for a list of the seven best writing apps you can download in 2018!

1) Grammarly

Even the most well-versed, experienced writer tends to make a few typos every now and again. And if you’re not the world’s best editor, it’s sometimes hard to spot hidden errors or mechanical issues.

This where Grammarly comes in.

Grammarly is a free plug-in that keeps your writing accurate and clear across your entire web browser or phone. Mistakes are highlighted in red, a la Microsoft Word, so they’re easier to spot.

For a small fee, you can also subscribe to Grammarly Premium, which boasts impressive features like templates for emails and business writing. It has a plagiarism detector. too

If you’re looking for the bare minimum, however, Grammarly’s basic service is more than sufficient.

2) Hemingway Editor

Hemingway is the perfect companion app to Grammarly. Where Grammarly focuses on typos and syntactical errors, Hemingway focuses on clarity and brevity.

Like Grammarly, Hemingway is a free web service, though you can download a desktop app for a small price.

If you’re someone who struggles with run-on sentences or wants to see how readable your writing tends to be, this is a great option.

The trick to Hemingway’s success comes from its simple, color-coded system.

The app uses blue for adverbs, green for passive writing, purple for complex phrases, yellow for hard to read sentences, and red for sentences that may be too complex for readers.

3) WordPress

If you’re looking for information on how to start a blog, you’ll probably hear a lot of WordPress recommendations. And a little research shows why.

As it turns out, nearly a quarter of the world’s websites are hosted or created by WordPress. More impressively, an estimated 500 WordPress sites are created each and every day.

Downloading the free WordPress app lets you take complete control of your blog or site wherever you are.

The desktop app is remarkably close to the browser app. The mobile app is sleek, fast, and intuitive.

Those starting a blog who don’t know a thing about coding would do quite well to check out WordPress.

4) Celtx

This is one of the best writing apps on the market for aspiring screenwriters. For the unfamiliar, think of Celtx as a free alternative to Final Draft, which regularly costs $250.

While Final Draft may be the industry standard, Celtx is a great alternative. It features formatting assistance, movable scene cards, and even generates a title page automatically.

Pretty cool, right?

Believe it or not, it gets cooler. Within the last few years, Celtx has branched out into other forms of writing.

Now, academic writers, business writers, and even game developers can try Celtx. Whatever type of writer you are, you owe it to yourself to give Celtx a download. Your writing will look professional and it’s a free download.

5) Google Docs

Of course, there’s always a chance that you’re just looking for something basic. Something to help you get started on a writing project and help you save money in the process.

Google has you covered.

Google Docs is one of the most popular word processors on the market. Unlike Microsoft Word, it’s free.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to take Google Docs for a spin, there are tons of other reasons.

Cloud storage, for instance, is a big draw. Your document will save automatically after every single change. Want to begin writing on your laptop and then pick things up on your phone? No problem!

There’s also the benefit of collaboration. You can invite people to collaborate on your project by sending an e-mail invite. Users are even color-coded so you can see who changed what.

6) Ulysses

Be honest: how many times have you sat down to write only to find yourself distracted moments later?

Admittedly, it happens to most of us more than we’d care to admit.

That’s why apps like Ulysses are such a help. Ulysses is as bare bones and no-frills as it gets — and that’s a good thing.

It’s an app designed to keep you focused on taking up your entire screen. Now you can focus on what really matters, your writing, without worrying about distractions.

7) The AP Stylebook

Finally, the AP Stylebook is absolutely essential to professional journalists or those looking to learn about AP rules and standards.

Published annually by the Associated Press, the AP Stylebook is a comprehensive list of phrasing, spelling, and even syntax.

It’s also a whole lot to keep up with, especially since it changes rapidly.

For instance, did you know that according to the AP guide, “app” is perfectly acceptable upon the first reference instead of “application”?

Having that information handy can keep your writing cohesive and clear. Instead of lugging around a book with you at all times, why not download the app?

You can even subscribe to the AP Stylebook Online which features regular updates, so you’ll never have to worry about making a mistake again.

Which of These Writing Apps Will You Download?

So there you have it, seven of the best (mostly free) writing apps that you can download today.

Each of these apps offers at least a little something for every type of writer, so be sure to check out each one to see which works best for you.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check in with the Pligg blog to learn about other downloads to make your life easier!


Should You Invest In a Timeshare?

February 26, 2018 - By 
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What if you had the perfect home away from home waiting for you?

That’s the promise for those who invest in a timeshare. However, many wonder if it’s really worth it and what all goes into the process of investing.

Keep reading to discover more about how this works and what the pros and cons are!

Who Should Invest in a Timeshare?

Before diving into the pros and cons, it’s important to discover who would best benefit from owning a timeshare. Not every person or couple will get the same amount of use from it.

First of all, you must be happy regularly vacationing in the same place. If you like to go somewhere different every year, a timeshare is a bad idea.

Second, you should definitely have extra disposable income. In most cases, you literally own a timeshare and will be paying for it for many, many years unless you can sell it.

Finally, those with large families get the most benefit. This is because the timeshare can be shared and passed down so different family members can use it over the years.

Keep reading to discover more about the pros and cons of timeshares!

Pro: Predictability

Everyone knows that booking a hotel or condo for a vacation can be stressful. You never know what place will have availability, and there’s always a chance a new place ends up disappointing you.

Meanwhile, the biggest strength of a timeshare is the predictability. Every year, you know exactly what you are getting and exactly when it is available.

This lets you adjust your schedule around your vacation while also ensuring you have no unpleasant surprises. And this peace of mind is as good as starting your vacation early!

Con: Long-Term Commitment

The obvious downside of a timeshare is that it’s a long-term commitment. The typical minimum for a timeshare is ten years, and some go as high as fifty years.

This means you must be comfortable committing to paying extra for this timeshare for decades (unless you are willing and able to sell it). And you must be happy to vacation in the same area year after year.

Many people are very happy to make such a commitment, especially if they do an annual vacation to the same spot. However, those who don’t want their vacations or wallets locked down may want to stay away!

Pro: Good Deals Are Available

Good news for those looking at timeshares is that many deals are available. It’s possible to buy a timeshare off of someone and get a much better deal than they paid.

And people are trying to sell their timeshares at locations all around the world. It’s basically a buyer’s market for those who are interested, and there’s never been a better time to get a great deal.

Getting a good deal translates to thousands of dollars of savings over the years versus traditional vacation costs!

Con: Needs to Be Researched

One of the biggest drawbacks of a timeshare is that there is a lot of fraud and scam within this industry. If you’re not careful, you pay what you think is an upfront fee and then never see the scammers again.

You can avoid scammers by making sure you thoroughly research both the timeshare and the seller. And you don’t have to investigate all by yourself, either.

At My Timeshare Attorney, they specialize in helping you find trustworthy timeshares. Whether it’s investigating something you found or finding something for you, they’ve got you covered!

Pro: More Space and Comfort

Another nice advantage when you invest in a timeshare is that you get extra space and comfort. This makes for a much better experience than simply grabbing a hotel.

An example of this is that many hotel rooms do not include a kitchen area while many timeshares do. This gives you added convenience and also helps you save money on meals when you travel.

And many timeshares have multiple rooms in them while many hotels do not. This helps you keep your vacation party together while still giving everyone the privacy they may want.

Overall, a timeshare is simply a more comfortable place to stay than a hotel.

Con: Lower Resell Value

Earlier, we mentioned the advantage of a crowded timeshare market. This is what allows you to invest in a timeshare at a lower price than you may have thought.

However, the crowded market will work against you eventually. Many timeshare owners eventually try to sell their timeshare.

It’s almost impossible for you to sell your timeshare for the amount that you paid into it. This is because the crowded market makes it difficult for your own listing to stand out.

Make sure you go into your timeshare investment with your eyes open. Your investment will actually depreciate in value rather than growing!

Should You Go For It?

This brings us back to the big question. Is it worth trying to invest in a timeshare?

The answer, of course, is “it depends.” Your specific level of income and vacation needs informs whether this is a good choice or not.

If you are on a tighter income from month to month, a timeshare is likely not worth the extra expense. And if you like spontaneous vacations to new locations, the fixed timeshare location is not good for your needs.

However, those who enjoy annual vacations to the same location have very little to lose with a timeshare. They may save money versus booking hotels every year. And the bigger your family, the more you’ll get out of a timeshare.

The Bottom Line

If you’re reading this, then you have an interest in exploring the world. Traveling the globe and experiencing new things is what makes you happiest.

Here at Pligg, we’ve got you covered. We have a blog full of advice for travelers like yourself while offering eBooks and other media that let you learn more about the world around you.

To see how we can make your life better, come check out our tips to travel the world on a budget today!


4 Benefits of Cheap Online Clothing Stores

February 23, 2018 - By 
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If you’ve spent any time online lately, you’ve probably seen ads for low price online shopping sites. Your first inclination is probably to question the quality of the apparel.

As more brick and mortar shops are closing, retailers are looking to design new online clothing business models. This move decreases their overhead significantly, which allows them to pass savings on to the consumer.

So you get the same apparel you would at the mall, but at a cheaper cost. You can even find great deals on designer clothing.

Continue reading for reasons why you should give online shopping a try.

1. It’s Perfect For Your Budget

Low Price online shopping sites offer great value for those on a tight budget.

Maybe you are a college student with champagne taste on a beer budget. Perhaps you recently landed a new job and needed a new wardrobe. Shopping for clothes online can get you more bang for your buck.

Plus, you’ll have access to styles you make not find at the mall.

Best of all, online retailers offer sales and clearance items just like stores you already frequent. Now you can save even more on ridiculously priced items.

2. Low Price Online Shopping Sites Deliver to Your Door

Shopping online has its perks. Like many of us, you probably have a long to-do list. With online shopping, you can shop from the comfort of your home.

Packages are delivered to your door and often within days. You will also have the option of overnight delivery on some sites.

If you are not in a rush, some sites offer the added incentive of free shipping on standard delivery.

3. It’s a Shopaholics Dream

Are you that girl who never wants to wear the same outfit twice? With low-cost online clothing stores, you can buy as much and as often as you like without breaking the bank.

Everyone will wonder if you hit the lotto as you post selfies on social media showing off your new outfits.

Once you are done with your outfits you can donate them to a charity without the guilt of having spent too much on an outfit.

4. Easy Returns and Payment Options

Online retailers are vying for your business. They may offer incentives that local shops do not. Because you are ordering online most will offer flexible return policies that include free shipping.

Another fun feature is vergelijk gemakkelijk kleding winkels, which allows you to receive your online order, try it on, and if you are satisfied, you pay for what you want to keep. Items you do not want, you simply return.

Now you can’t beat a deal like that. It’s like going to a local shop and trying on several outfits to choose the perfect one.

Are You Ready to Give Low Price Online Shopping a Try?

Now that you know the benefits of online shopping, are you ready to start surfing the net for great deals?

Maybe you are already hip to the benefits of online shopping and want to become a retailer. Check-out our blog on How to Start Your Online Boutique Today.


Lost Passport? Here’s What to Do

February 23, 2018 - By 
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Imagine that you are visiting another country, for either business or pleasure. You’ve enjoyed your stay, but now you’re looking forward to getting back home.

As you are packing your suitcase and preparing for your return flight, you make a frightening discovery.

Suddenly, you realize that you have lost your passport.

Travelers across the globe experience this unfortunate predicament each year.

In 2012, according to The New York Times, the State Department reported 253,037 lost passports.

While, in 2008, a British news site reported that over half a million UK tourists had either lost their passport or had it stolen while traveling.

One thing’s for sure. If you lose your passport while traveling overseas, it can cause major problems.

Are you planning a trip that requires a passport?

Before you go, find out how to replace your passport in case of emergency!

How to Replace a Lost Passport When Traveling Abroad

It’s a situation that most of us hope we never encounter. Unfortunately, however, when traveling the world there’s no guarantee that it won’t happen to you.

Would you know how to replace a lost passport, should the need arise?

Navigating the passport renewal process might seem stressful enough. But, when attempting the process as a foreign tourist, the stakes tend to be even higher.

1. Don’t Panic

As scary as it may be, if you lose your passport, don’t panic.

Easier said than done, right?

Even so, panicking will only make your problem seem worse.

Try to remember that hundreds of thousands of travelers experience the same thing that you are dealing with now, every year. Although you may feel alone, there are countless others who share your struggle.

As the saying goes: This too shall pass.

2. Act Immediately

Because the process can not be completed instantly, you will likely have to endure a waiting period before you receive your new passport.

The longer you must wait, the riskier your situation becomes.

Also, as with any transaction, there is the possibility that you could encounter a delay, prolonging your wait.

The best way to solve your problem as quickly as possible is to begin your application for a new passport right away. Procrastinating or avoiding the issue could cost you time and money in the long-run.

If your departing flight is fast approaching, then you need to inquire about possibly rescheduling it. Consider using a flight tracking and booking app, which makes it easy to keep tabs on upcoming flights and arrange yours right from your phone.

3. Report Your Passport as Lost

First, you should report your lost passport to the closest consular or Embassy. You will need to provide them with important information, such as whether the passport may be stolen, when you are planning to leave the country, and answer additional questions they may ask.

If you have been the victim of a crime, you will need to contact the police and fill out a police report.

Once you report your lost passport, no one else should be able to use it.

4. Have Your Photo Taken

You will need a new passport photo for your replacement.

Many places offer passport photograph services. You should be able to find the nearest one by performing a search or asking a local.

It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your passport photo tucked away in your suitcase or another safe place, just in case this should ever happen to you. That way you will already have this taken care of and can save time.

5. Fill Out Necessary Forms

When you have a lost passport, you must fill out two forms. One is the application for a new passport. And the other is a statement verifying that you have lost your passport.

These forms are required when requesting a replacement.

However, if you are using an online service, they may provide the forms and offer assistance in completing them.

6. Choose a Fast and Reliable Passport Provider

Anyone who has applied for a new passport on the government’s website knows that the process most often requires patience. After submitting a passport application, it can take up to four to six weeks to arrive.

If you are visiting the embassy to apply, you will need to bring all of the required documents and forms with you to apply for your replacement

When you are visiting another country, waiting four to six weeks might seem like a lifetime. However, this is the standard process that you are likely to encounter when you use government services typically suggested by an embassy.

If you are interested in expedited services, then you might prefer an alternate service provider.

Fortunately, there’s a faster way to have your lost passport replaced than the government site.

You’ll probably be eager to find the provider who offers the quickest turnaround. Just make sure that you choose a credible source, or you could end up facing more problems.

When you choose to apply using Passport Renewal, you may be able to receive your passport in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Plus, their easy-to-use wizard feature will help you fill out the forms that are required and organize your information so that it’s ready to go.

Always Bring Along Your Passport Guide

When you are traveling, make sure that you pack your passport guide. A passport guide will make sure that you have all of the information you might need if you lose your passport during your trip.

Your passport guide will help you know which steps to take and offers specific information for international travelers.

Don’t have a current passport guide?

Download the Citizenship and Passport Guide today to be prepared for your next trip!


How to Choose the Right Foot Cream

February 21, 2018 - By 
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Your feet are the unsung heroes of your body. It’s likely that you take them for granted — that is, until they start aching, or until it’s suddenly sandal season and you realize how badly you’ve been neglecting them all winter!

Treating your feet to a soothing rubdown with a nourishing foot cream is one great way to say “thank you” to your barkin’ dogs! Find out how to choose the right cream for your feet with our guide.

Choosing a Foot Cream for Healthy Feet

If your feet are generally in good shape, you might not need a heavy-duty cream. Shea butter is an ingredient in many moisturizers, and it’s especially beneficial to the feet. Shea butter is more easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, making it a good everyday choice.

Apply your shea butter cream after getting out of the shower to help trap moisture.

Cream for Stinky Feet

Let’s face it, your feet can produce some pretty foul odors, especially if you are an athlete or someone who stands or moves all day on the job. It’s the bacteria that thrive on your feet that are to blame for bad smells.

One way to combat this problem is to choose a foot cream with tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil. Both of these ingredients have antibacterial and antifungal properties, so they help keep your feet odor-free.

Creams to Help Cracked Heels

If you don’t take care of your feet, they can develop cracks, calluses, and roughness. Those who suffer from extremely dry, cracked feet should consult Foot Cream Reviews to discover some options for alleviating the problem.

It may also take some experimentation to figure out which cream is the most effective at eradicating your cracked heels. However, it’s important to take care of this condition, as it can eventually lead to painful infections if not addressed.

A good place to start is with a cream that contains urea. This substance can relieve not only dryness but also itchiness. Urea also helps soften calluses and is an excellent choice for people with psoriasis or dermatitis.

Cream for Diabetic Feet

Diabetes can take a toll on your feet and can lead to debilitating nerve pain. Anyone who experiences diabetic neuropathy understands how excruciating — and exasperating — this condition can be.

There are products available that can help, however. Seek out creams that contain capsaicin, menthol, or arnica. These ingredients can fight nerve pain, and leave your feet feeling good.

Tips for Foot Care

No matter what type of cream you choose for your feet, be careful after applying it. Some creams can make your feet slick, which can result in slips and falls. Let your feet rest for a few minutes so that the cream can penetrate your skin, or don a pair of socks just after applying the cream.

Another great tip to help those with extremely dry feet is to apply the cream at bedtime and then put on a pair of 100% cotton socks. This will help the cream absorb into your skin as you sleep, and your feet will feel softer in the morning!

Want More Health and Wellness Information?

Now that you understand how to choose the right foot cream for your feet, you may want to research other health and wellness topics. Bookmark our blog and check back regularly for insightful, informative articles on all kinds of subjects!


9 Motivational Movies for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

February 21, 2018 - By 
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It’s true for weight loss, budgeting, and entrepreneurship alike: motivation can be your greatest tool or your worst downfall.

Just about everyone dreams of not having a boss to answer to. But many entrepreneurs find that when they first cut the boss loose, holding themselves accountable is a big challenge.

When it comes to motivating yourself, it’s all about finding out what works for you. If you’re a movie buff, it could just be a matter of finding inspirational movies to fire you up.

To make your next session of couch time worthwhile, check out these motivational movies for entrepreneurs:

1. The Pursuit of Happyness

Every entrepreneur hits roadblocks. But The Pursuit of Happyness shows one entrepreneur’s journey as he struggled through homelessness parenthood to make a life for his family.

Released in 2006 and starring Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the true story of Chris Gardner. As an unsuccessful salesman, Gardner exemplifies the drive to do whatever it takes in his fight to become a stockbroker, eventually founding his own wildly successful firm.

2. Jerry Maguire

You may think of it as a ’90s classic, but Jerry Maguire is much more.

This film was inspired by a true story (a fairly common theme you’ll notice in these motivational movies for entrepreneurs). The real Jerry Maguire, like his Tom Cruise likeness, made his living as a sports agent.

The true focus of Jerry Maguire (and why it’s on this list) is the focus on persistence and innovation. After being fired from his agency, the title character strikes out on his own as a free agent, holding his own against fierce competitors.

As you watch this movie, use it for inspiration to stop making excuses and make it happen.

3. Weed the People

We might be jumping the gun on this one as it hasn’t released yet, but with March 2018 almost here, it’s worth a mention.

Created by legendary filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, this documentary explores the use of medical marijuana. Specifically, the film is centered around using cannabis oil for kids with cancer.

Weed the People documents a small part of the battle for educating the world about cannabis oil. CBD companies like CBD Oil Angels work toward educating the public and lawmakers alike about the medical benefits. For entrepreneurs, this documentary highlights the challenges of being in a new and controversial industry.

4. Catch Me If You Can

This movie is yet another – surprise! – true story. Frank Abegnale, Jr. is a famous forger and conman who found success in just about everything he tried.

Clearly, we’re not advocating illegal business practices or theft. Still, Catch Me if You Can is among our motivational movies for entrepreneurs because it shows how much one person can accomplish while being underestimated at every turn.

5. The Aviator

Sticking with our Leonardo di Caprio theme, The Aviator tells the story of the legendary Howard Hughes.

Throughout the movie, Hughes overcomes a mountain of hurdles, from the US Senate to his own obsessive-compulsive disorder. With such a well-known successful figure, making a movie like this let Martin Scorsese show the hidden battles we don’t see.

The next time you’re feeling like luck alone is the key to success, pop in The Aviator for a refresher.

6. The Social Network

Whether they’re writing an ebook or building a company, many young entrepreneurs think their age is a burden.

While it’s true that not everyone will take young people seriously, The Social Network shows that this doesn’t have to stop you. Sure, Mark Zuckerberg isn’t portrayed in the greatest light, but this movie shows the world-changing power a young entrepreneur can have.

7. Office Space

Office Space is arguably one of the most relatable stories for entrepreneurs – the miserable 9-5 job, the fantasy of leaving the awful boss in the lurch while making millions. And who hasn’t dreamed of beating the life out of an uncooperative printer?

On a more serious note, sometimes the most motivational movies for entrepreneurs are the ones that remind us why we want to be our own bosses. The next time you’re questioning your choice, watch Office Space for a reminder about fluorescently lit misery.

8. The Godfather

Is there a single list of “top movies” for any purpose that doesn’t include The Godfather?

Yes, the business they’re running is illegal, but the Corleone family are masters of their trade. They’re an example of the need for originality and ingenuity in facing off against your competitors.

The emphasis on family is another important theme throughout the movie, and it shows entrepreneurs the importance of balancing business with life.

9. Wall Street

It’s clearly not a how-to guide, but Wall Street is among our motivational movies for entrepreneurs nonetheless. The inspiration in this movie comes from watching someone reach that dream of success.

With entrepreneurship (as with many goals), sometimes we just need to remind ourselves why we want to reach out goal. Imagine having the dramatic success of Bud Fox without the legal stress of insider trading. That’s the dream you’re working toward.

Watch Motivational Movies for Entrepreneurs, and Do More

People will tell you all the time that motivation is the first step toward success. But it’s much more than that.

Sure, you need to be inspired to start your journey. But enthusiasm fades and you need to be in constant search of ways to keep yourself motivated along the way. So in a way, it’s part of step 1, step 2, step 475, and everything in between.

As you start or continue to build your career as an entrepreneur, start keeping notes to motivate yourself. Have a folder of inspirational bookmarks on your browser. Use Pinterest or good old-fashioned binders to keep motivational tips.

Remember, it’s all about finding what works and knowing how to inspire yourself. For more tips for a successful business and a successful life, explore our blog.


3 Tips for Making Your Dentist Website SEO Friendly

February 21, 2018 - By 
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You probably already understand how important your dental practice’s website is from an advertising standpoint.

But did you know that your site also needs to be SEO friendly? It’s true. Your site needs more than a beautiful design to bring in thousands of visitors.

Today’s user relies on search engines more than ever, so it’s in your best interest to follow basic SEO rules and regulations. Should you choose to ignore Google’s latest updates, you may find that your site doesn’t appear in a search engine at all.

Follow these three tips to make sure your site looks great and stays SEO friendly.

1) Simplify Your Site’s Design

A pretty website simply isn’t enough to draw in users. If you’re experiencing a higher than usual bounce rate, it may be time to rethink your design.

Generally speaking, the simpler your site’s design, the better.

Make sure that your text is large enough and easy to read that customers of any age won’t have any trouble reading your copy.

You’ll also need to ensure that your menu design isn’t cluttered. Aside from looking good from a design standpoint, Google penalizes businesses with empty or redundant pages. For a great example of a solid, simple menu design, click here!

Finally, make sure that patients can access your website on any device, including smartphones and tablets. The web generates more mobile traffic than desktop traffic, so take advantage of today’s technology.

2) Incorporate Reviews

When it comes to choosing a dental practice, patients tend to rely on the opinions of other visitors

You can take advantage of the recent review trend by incorporating reviews into your site.

You can dedicate an entire page to reviews and testimonials or add plug-in software to link your website to your My Business, Facebook, or Yelp pages.

3) Focus on Content

Thus far, we’ve talked a lot about design principles and how they can make your site SEO friendly.

But one of the best ways to boost your SEO ranking comes from your site’s content. Creating a blog and creating original, engaging content is a fantastic way to boost a site’s ranking.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. How does one go about creating great content in the first place?

Always create with your patients in mind. Think of some common questions or topics you discuss with your patients and write about them.

You’ll also want to incorporate strong, competitive keywords. This may require the assistance of some outside help, but if you’d rather do it yourself, Google Adwords has a great keyword planner.

Finally, publish at least a few articles a week and maintain consistency. Try and avoid long periods of time without new content by scheduling your content in a content calendar.

Final Thoughts on Creating an SEO Friendly Dental Site

Maintaining an SEO friendly site is going to take a bit of work. But marry these three tips with research on the most recent algorithm changes and your dental site will rank higher in no time.

Be sure to check out Pligg for more great content including marketing tips and downloads.


How to Build A Mobile App For Fitness

February 21, 2018 - By 
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The mobile app marketing is one of the largest markets in all of tech, generating billions of dollars each year.

Of course, part of a successful app creation strategy requires you and your team to focus on a popular market.

And perhaps no market is quite as in-demand as the fitness industry. Thanks to wearable tech like the Fitbit, people love combining their love of technology with their desire for a healthier lifestyle.

Creating a mobile app for fitness is a great idea, but how can you create an app that has both staying power and popularity?

Read on for a brief list of tips to help you create a great mobile app for fitness.

Determine Your Market

The first step to creating a revolutionary fitness app is to determine your app’s intended audience. There are millions of apps downloaded on digital marketplaces each day. It can be easy to get lost in the shuffle.

Therefore, the more targeted your fitness app, the better.

What kind of audience are you looking to attract? Casual fitness lovers? Yoga experts? New runners?

The fitness world itself is quite splintered, but this is to your advantage.

Your app doesn’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel, it just needs to serve your audience well. Find your audience, then create your app with them in mind.

Focus on Your User Interface

The core of an app’s staying power comes from functionality and usability. Customers will typically forgive a lackluster app as long as it looks nice and is easy to navigate around.

So how can you create a great, user-friendly UI?

First, make sure your app isn’t too cluttered. If it’s too busy, it may overwhelm your user. Try and keep things simple and concise.

Next, include easy to find search and help functions. It’s likely that someone, somewhere will encounter a problem. Give them the resources needed to find what they’re looking for or let them get in touch with the dev team if a problem is new.

Beat Strong Fitness & Nutrition is a great example of a simple, easy to use design. Everything you need to know about the business is presented front and center for the user, including information about the company and contact info.

Break Your App

Before we continue, no, we don’t literally mean break and delete your app.

In this instance, breaking is a synonym for stress-testing the app before releasing it to the public.

When you think your app is perfect, enlist the help of some family and friends. Let them mess around with the app and get feedback.

Encourage them to test every button and interact with your app in every way possible.

Believe it or not, finding bugs is a good thing. It lets you know what kinks still need to be ironed out before release. Just allow enough time to fix any errors you or your testers find.

Change The World With Your Mobile App For Fitness

Creating a great fitness app is going to take plenty of time and effort. Remember to test for bugs, create a simple UI, and always design with your audience in mind.

For more great information on app creation, marketing, and digital downloads, be sure to check out Pligg!


2018 Plastic Surgery Trends

February 21, 2018 - By 
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With Americans now spending $16 billion a year on plastic surgery, there is a broad range of procedures people are able to get. From minimally invasive lip injections that can be done during a lunch break to complex restructuring, technology remakes the field every year.

If you’re thinking about getting work done, you need to know about the latest plastic surgery trends.

Every year, developments in plastic surgery make once artificially looking procedures look incredibly natural. If you’ve shied away for years because of the stigmas associated with these procedures, fear no more. The latest trends have broken down all of those barriers.

Here are just a few of the 2018 plastic surgery trends you should consider for a natural look.

Lip Service

If you’re interested in getting fuller lips, you don’t have to go all the way from zero to Angelina Jolie overnight. The variety of injections you can order allow for results that fit every style.

The FDA has approved some new types of injections.

Health experts are excited about Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm. Each of these comes with its own side effects and regiments. Ask your specialist what’s right for you.

These injections can give you the larger and fuller lips that you’ve always wanted.

Another way to improve the look of your lips is through a lip lift.

This procedure changes the appearance of your lips through reshaping. This modification is meant to accentuate the space between your upper lip and your nose. It also helps draw attention to your lips and makes them look fuller.

Laser Bra Lift

Breasts are one of the most common areas that plastic surgeons take care of. Lots of people are interested in breast enhancement or reduction.

Reductions allow for a reshaping that can actually prevent back and muscle issues later in life.

For enhancements, clinical experts will suggest shaping and lifts that will turn a smaller breast into a larger one with minimal invasiveness.

To minimize discomfort, the surgeon will manipulate existing tissue without the use of a knife.

Breasts can be made fuller and perkier by getting the internal tissue to act as if you were wearing a bra. It’s a fascinating alternative to surgery, and one of the 2018 plastic surgery trends that’s sure to win some converts.

Chin Implants

If you’re unhappy with the overall structure of your jawline, you’re not alone. Chin implants have been gaining popularity for several years.

A chin implant can be inserted via a discrete incision. The solid silicone implant is then inserted under the skin. A variety of chin materials are available to suit the patient’s needs.

Chin implants fell out of style for a few years, but it’s one of the 2018 plastic surgery trends that’s returning. From celebrities to models, everyone loves this procedure.

Combined with the right work done by a teeth whitening dentist in Springfield, MO, you could reinvent your whole look without pain or discomfort.

Improved Botox

Botox has been an extremely popular type of cosmetic surgery for decades. Since it’s a simple shot that you can drive yourself home after, it has become an appealing alternative to facelifts.

The purpose of Botox is to soften the wrinkles that appear around different corners of the face. It can even be used to prevent wrinkles from appearing in the first place. This type of “preventative botox” is starting to gain traction from people in their 30s.

Supposedly, the formula for botox is changing soon. This is one of the 2018 plastic surgery trends that’s here to stay.

The new formula could change the botox game entirely, reducing recovery time and making it more accessible to a wider audience.

Deep Plane Facelift

For people who are aging, the appearance of jowls and wattles can be depressing. Even those who lived with a strongly defined jaw for most of their lives can begin to see sagging over the years.

The newest technology allows for the procedure to end up with results that look natural without costing an arm and a leg.

If something like sagging weighs heavily on your mind, this could be a welcome respite from that. Ask your surgeon about it. This could be exactly what you need for fresh, youthful look.

Eye Fillings

Eye fillers are becoming one of the 2018 plastic surgery trends to watch out for. While fillers have long been associated with lip enhancement, they can be used in other places too.

These subjects are usually injected in the areas that are prone to wrinkles and fine lines. When used right, they can take years off of your face. If you suffer from sun damage, this procedure can be especially appealing.

Eye fillers will make your eyes appear brighter and less sunken. If you wake up in the morning looking anything but rested, you might want to consider an eye filler. It’s fast and convenient.

Volume tends to leave the face as you age. While you can drink all of the water and follow all of the beauty tips you want, you can’t stand in the way of time. The only exception is if you’re using eye fillers to make your eyes look young and fresh.

Discover the 2018 Plastic Surgery Trends

While this isn’t a comprehensive list, there is certainly enough to draw your interest. Plastic surgery is becoming more and more advanced, offering fantastic results with little or no pain. Anyone can reap the benefits.

Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 50s, the latest procedures can give you the look you’re after. Plus, you’ll feel more confident, which will reflect positively on your career and personal life.

If you’re ready to try out some of these hot plastic surgery trends, check out our eBook to make sure you’re ready for your next surgery!


5 Training Tips for Student Pilots

February 20, 2018 - By 
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Student pilots enter the industry with dreams of soaring.

They’re quickly met with an overwhelming study routine. 8 out of 10 students will drop out before completing their flight training.

It makes sense why the demand is so high. There’s zero room for error.

In this post, we’re sharing five helpful tips to power through the tough training regiment. Use them to make training effective and memorable, whether you’re flying for a career or just for fun.

1. Use Online Training to Get Ahead

Pilot training programs use set regiments to educate. This means learning in stages so each concept is built on the previous.

But what if you wanted to double down on the education and/or get ahead? An online flight training guide let students explore topics at their pace.

A student’s excitement for a subject tends to improve retention. This access to information is readily available online through blogs, courses, and videos.

2. Find a Mentor

The teacher/student relationship is professional. Teachers will educate and help when they can but their work is a business.

A mentor, on the other hand, will share tips freely because it’s their passion. They know the challenge student pilots go through.

A mentor with decades of experience will reveal tons of info you won’t learn from books. These mentors will also keep you motivated when the program gets tough.

#3: Get a Briefing

Get into the routine of asking for the following:

Weather will play a crucial role whether you’ll take flight. Don’t risk flying if you’re feeling intimidated by the weather. There’s always another day.

Likewise, mark notices to prevent the unexpected like restrictions or closures. Check a flight tracker app to get an idea of who’s up in the skies. Then, make your best judgment if you decide to join them.

#4: Do FAA and PRA Practice Tests

There are several companies offering practice FAA and PRA tests for student pilots. Most use sample questions not found in updated versions.

But these tests will provide a great idea of what you’d expect with the real thing. They’ll also help with:

  • Learning weak points
  • Gaining expert feedback
  • Improving your charting

You can take these at your leisure and as many times as you want.

#5: Practice the “Old School” Stuff

What happens if your electronics go dark while in the air? Are you prepared to fly without your trusty electronic GPS? It can happen.

Practice these crucial navigation skills:

  • Using a compass
  • Reading topography
  • Geospecific lingo
  • Triangulation

It’s like learning outdoor survival, except you’re in the air. Your knowledge may prove valuable–even life-saving–for yourself or another pilot having trouble.

Stick With It, Student Pilots!

Becoming a pilot has been your dream. The tough, often nerve-wracking, training? It’s putting a hamper to reaching goals.

But stick with it! Use the tips provided in this article to get an edge on your education. Find a mentor from those willing to share. Practice whenever you can.

Do so and you’ll join the ranks of many, incredible aviators before you.

Want to learn more? Check out our latest posts on all things flying and aviation.


How to Start Your Online Boutique Today

February 20, 2018 - By 
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More than half of Americans choose online shopping over typical brick-and-mortar stores these days.

When was the last time you walked into a department store instead of ordering something from the Internet?

As more people decide to shop online, the market continues to expand and make room for more possibilities. Now it’s the best time for you to explore this market and start a lucrative business.

Ready to give it a try? Learn how to start your online boutique today!

1. Choose Your Products

The digital world makes it easier for businesses of all calibers to develop an online store.

The eCommerce business you craft from scratch can be the modern approach you need to have in 2018.

For instance, creating sales for your t-shirt business, such as what websites like Yizzam are doing, will boost your current brick-and-mortar revenues.

Having an online presence comes down to the types of products you sell too.

Consider what you want to offer online. A variety of products will entice more people to continue shopping on a regular basis.

Will these be specialty products that are separate from your brick-and-mortar stores, or will you choose to combine the two aspects of your business?

Start your online boutique once you determine the products you wish to sell to your customer base.

2. Research Market Demand

Before investing time and energy – not to mention money – into an online boutique that will provide you with a great turnaround, consider the market demand of your niche.

Who is your competition? Are you selling bathing suits in the South Florida area? In this case, you’re competing against major brands.

Use Google Trends to determine what your prospects are looking for. Check to see what types of products they have been searching for lately. This will help you figure out if it’s a smart idea to start your online boutique today.

3. Design Matters

Work with a graphic designer to create a layout that will draw in new customers.

Looks matter when it comes to the process you undergo to start your online boutique today.

Hire help if you’re not able to code your own website on your own.

A professional web designer will add SEO-friendly features on your site, such as a header and sidebar with search navigation. Plus, you can work together to create the perfect online brand image.

The images on your site should be high-quality, no matter what products you decide to sell. Consider booking models to wear your outfits and put them in a positive light.

Videos are just as effective as pictures for online promotion. If you afford, hire a videographer to work with. Ask him to shoot your products in a 360-degree fashion.

Once you have beautiful products to sell to the masses, let the design layout to do the selling for you.

Magento is a popular choice for the best customizable themes. Plus, it’s easy to install, so you can start your online boutique today.

4. Choose a Domain Name

One of the best things you can do to keep your boutique as professional as possible is to purchase a unique domain name. You want your customers to find your boutique with little effort on their part. A strong domain name helps.

Solidify your presence online with a “.com” ending to your site.

Google bots love websites that use the “.com” extension, so this can boost your rankings in search results. Higher rankings equal more customers and sales.

A domain name and a hosting provider, such as GoDaddy, are two things you must invest in before launching your online boutique. These don’t cost much yet they’re essential to building up your site from scratch.

5. Work with Influencers

More and more brands are working with online influencers to expand their reach.

If you choose to start your online boutique today, you’ll need to create a system of referrals.

Working with young people who are famous online will establish an audience for your new website. It’s a great way to gain visibility and increase brand awareness.

Reach out to influencers who have hundreds of thousands of followers. Work together to build a mutually beneficial relationship.

You can provide influencers with freebies and discounts on your products in exchange for Instagram posts or brand mentions in their upcoming fashion videos.

Don’t miss out on reaching potential customers in this modern approach to advertising your small business.

6. Promote Your Online Boutique on Social Media

Social media is another important topic to discuss when you launch an online boutique.

You need to have a few basic online platforms in place as soon as you start your business. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and even Snapchat are all an excellent choice.

Many popular businesses have built their online presence through the power of social sharing. Once you market your online boutique using these platforms, you’ll watch your revenues soar.

Get all of your friends and family to share the hard work you completed online. Even your grandma can promote your business by sharing your website on her Facebook page.

Think about your visibility online. Social media marketing can make or break new business ventures. Thus, you should prioritize it.

Advertising on Facebook is another way to reach a larger audience. You can also place ads on Instagram or Twitter to increase exposure to the right people too.

Use whatever method you can afford to show off your newly created boutique. Get your brand out there so the whole world can see it.

Start Your Online Boutique Today

We hope this article will help you create a plan for launching your own online business today.

Make sure to check out our other articles on all things related to computers and the Internet. This will give you a better understanding of online marketing.

Enter the market with confidence and take your business seriously. Engage with potential clients, promote your brand, and turn your online boutique into a hit!


6 New Fitness Apps to Keep Track of Your Daily Home Workout in 2018

February 16, 2018 - By 
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Not all of us can find the time to get in a quick workout every day.

In fact, less than 5% of adults engage in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

With new technology every day, sometimes you need a great fitness app to make that daily home workout routine happen.

Read on for 6 of the hottest fitness apps you can use to make exercise happen at home:

Use Aaptiv For Your Daily Home Workout

Ever wish you had your own personal trainer? We do! Think of this app as your personal trainer for your daily home workout. It’s an audio app so it gives the experience of a trainer in your ears during your workout.

The app has certified trainers that run classes for you! Choose classes that range from strength training to meditation. Every workout has a playlist with popular artists so you won’t have to worry about making your own.

The Playbook App

Think of Playbook as a huge meet up of trainers and your favorite social media influencers! In this app, you can watch their workouts and get inspired every week by these people.

They each have their own channels and publish videos of their daily workout routines. Playbook only keeps their 10 newest videos. To make sure you’re getting their recent progress.

Find videos that focus the body that range from full-body exercises or just arm strength. Get tips on nutrition and wellness too!

Keep Track With MyFitness Pal

This app is actually made with Under Armour. It’s really great to help you keep track of what you’re eating. It has features that allow you to count your calories and input your meals. This will help you keep up with your diets.

It even lets you scan bar codes to help you look at the nutrition of what you’re eating. In this app, you can set goals for your calorie intake and also log exercises. With this and healthy food delivery, you’d be unstoppable!

The best part is that this app is free! If you want an upgrade or other features you can upgrade to premium by paying as well.

Official 7 Minute Workout

This app was made by an actual exercise physiologist and is extremely science based. It offers 72 exercises and 22 extra workouts that can be arranged into over 1,000 combinations.

It also has a feature called Smart Workout. This helps analyze your motivation and fitness levels and recommends which workouts will be best for you.

The workouts include video instruction, music playlists, and a timer to help make sure you keep on track.

Run With Couch to 5k App

Couch to 5k is a great app for beginning runners. It offers an 8-week plan to help you build your strength. The plan only has you running 3x a week!

The plan also lets you keep track of how many calories you burn and how fast you’re running. The app also syncs up with other apps on your phone like Apple Health Kit and Google Fit.

These workouts range from 30-40 minutes and you can even do them with a running coach in your ear!

Check Out Keelo

Are you someone who’s all about high-intensity workouts? Keelo is just the app for you.

Check out their HD videos to get inspiration for your next daily home workout. Keelo also helps you keep track of what body areas you’ve worked on.

Track calories burned and achieve personal high scores on exercises. Then try to beat your own scores. There’s also a coach available in the app for your fitness questions.

You can even sync the app with your Apple watch.

More Great Health Apps

Working out isn’t always the most fun thing to do. But with these apps, exercising might become your new favorite thing!

For more great apps to help with health, check our article: Top 10 Health And Wellness Lifestyle Apps.


7 Tips To Travel the World on a Budget

February 16, 2018 - By 
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Last year, 29.6 million Americans traveled overseas.

That should come as no surprise. Traveling abroad to new places is one of the best ways to educate yourself about different cultures.

Of course, not every trip needs to be educational. Business, family visits, and relaxing getaways are all reasons someone might travel abroad.

For those of us with a serious travel bug, we’re always trying to figure out where we’re going next and how we’ll have the money to do all the things on our bucket list.

The great news is there are plenty of resources online for people who want to travel on the cheap to experience the world. Here are some of the top tips we love to travel the world on a budget.

Seek Out Cheap Locations

One of the easiest ways to travel the world on a budget is to go to cheap destinations. These places have a relatively low cost of living so you can find food and accommodations for not much money.

Some of our favorite cheap destinations are Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Travel these places now and save up for the more expensive locations when you’re older. You can read more about financial planning for travel here.

Work on the Road

If you’re taking a sabbatical and want to travel indefinitely, working while you travel is a great way to do it.

Some people take their remote home business with them when they travel. All they need is a laptop and internet connection.

Others prefer to find work when they get there. There are plenty of websites like Work Away and HelpX that can help you find work and volunteer opportunities to keep you busy. Teaching English abroad is another popular option.

Travel Light

Only take the bare essentials with you when you travel internationally.

Reason one is that it’s a pain to lug a giant suitcase with you all over the world. Reason two is that it’s cheaper – many airlines, especially budget ones – will charge you to bring a large suitcase on board.

Go Slow

Traveling quickly between destinations seems ideal especially if you’re on a schedule. However, the fastest modes of transportation – air and train – are the most expensive.

Instead of booking the high-speed train, opt for the slower, sleeper trains or even a bus.

Travel Off-Peak

Every place that attracts tourists has a high and a low season. For example, the Caribbean is more expensive in winter and early spring but back to regular prices in the summer.

Traveling during off-peak times can save you a tremendous amount of your travel and accommodation prices.

Get Free Flights

Signing up for a travel perks credit card won’t instantly get you a free flight, but it can help you get one eventually.

Most travel cards have deals where you get 30,000 to 50,000 miles after you spend a certain amount. For some travelers, that’s a round trip ticket right there.

Find Free Walking Tours

Free walking tours are fairly popular in the U.S. and Europe. You can find tons of information about free things to do in most major cities.

Most free tours tell you where and when to show up on certain days. Just remember to have a small tip ready for your tour guide after the tour.

Now You Can Travel the World on a Budget

When you travel the world on a budget, you find it’s challenging but so rewarding. When you can stretch your dollar more, you’ll get to see and do more.

There are plenty of other tips and apps that can help you plan your travel. Check out these travel tools you can download before you leave.

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