Friday, May 29, 2020

Here I go again with my addiction with soap operas staring my favorite Asian superstar, Jerry Yan! I have actually watched this series four times and would love to have some free time to watch it all over again. Yes, it is that good!

My Best Ex-Boyfriend is a  Chinese TV series of 42 episodes, released in 2015. Before I go on discussing drool-worthy scenes in this series, let me start off by introducing you to the superb cast.



My Best Ex Boyfriend is a series that will make you want to binge watch till the end. Every episode has its twists and turns and plays with your emotions. Honestly, there were episodes which made me want to jump into the story!

Plot Summary:

Li Tang and Fu Fang Si were sweethearts in university. Cheng Xiang Nan was Fu Fang Si's classmate and no matter how hard she tried, she could not beat Fu Fang Si's talent in design. Her anger and envy took roots when they were still students.

After graduation, Li Tang and Fu Fang Si started a small fashion studio, called Fancy. Li Tang's father was not in favor of this and he disliked Fang Si because she declined an offer to work overseas, which in turn made Li Tang to decide to stay by her side and work on this small business instead of going abroad to work on the family business.

A year after starting the business, Li Tang sold the business which made Fang Si really upset that it made her decide to break up with him. 

Cheng Xiang Nan broke up with her boyfriend Yin Hao Ran because of her ambitions of fame and fortune once she gets her foot into the modeling industry. She said she will never get out of poverty if she continues her relationship with Hao Ran. This was also upon the prodding of her mother who wanted her daughter to become rich, whatever it takes. 

Fast forward to six years - Fu Fang Si has built a career on own, maintaining the same label, Fancy. She was invited by Yin Hao Ran to join a fashion show to present her creations. Cheng Xiang Nan is now a super-model in the industry and the top asset for Don Juan, a fashion company owned by Li Tang. Fang Si and Xiang Nan's paths cross again and the hatred flares up, especially when Xiang Nan ripped Fang Si's dress into pieces. 

Fang Si gets rave reviews from the show, secures a contract from Qiao Rui Si to market her designs. Suddenly, Li Tang appears. Fang Si and Li Tang's eyes meet, but would only cause Fang Si so much pain because Li Tang proposed marriage to Xiang Nan right there and then, shifting the media's attention from Fang Si to Li Tang and Xiang Nan.

Conflict after conflict arises, which would really make you want to watch the next episode and the episode after that. The series will show some dirty tactics of a well respected businessman, eliminating any small company that poses a threat. There is greed, lust for money and fame, misunderstanding, and the relationship between a father and his son. The series also highlights the determination and courage of Fang Si to get her label to be known. The relationship of lovers and ex-lovers are worth watching. It makes you really wonder who will end up with who.

I would really want to discuss more about the plot, but I would rather stop here, so that you will watch the series yourself. I promise you, it will be worth your time. 

My Favorite Dialogues:


Hao Ran: Are you waiting for Li Tang or just commemorating your past?

Fang Si: Actually, there isn't much to commemorate. Six years ago today, I texted him to end our relationship. Six years later, today, the pin he gave me is now broken.

Hao Ran: Fang Si, let bygones be bygones! How many six years does a person have? Fang Si, please put an end to what happened in the past today. Today, Cui Can went public. There is nothing you should feel sorry for about him! The broken pin is a sign from God that you should live for yourself!

Fang Si: For him, today is the end. For me, I will try again tomorrow.

Hao Ran: What?

Fang Si: As soon as sent that text, I regretted it. I sent him another text later, to tell him to wait for me here on the second day. I waited for him the whole day. My mom was with me too. But he suddenly disappeared, just like this time, and never showed up again. After losing the store, he kept waiting for me downstairs at my home. I didn't want to see him. I didn't give him the chance to explain, either. But when I actually sent that short text, I found myself in greater pain. I only lasted for four hours, and then I surrendered. I didn't want to leave him. 

Hao Ran: Fang Si, can you get a grip on yourself? He isn't worth it!


Fang Si: Its not about whether its worth it, or not! It's not about being willing, or not! I know he is selfish, childish and sometimes unreasonable! Actually, I'm not that strong either! I'm a coward! I haven't been able to admit that I can't leave him!



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Li Tang: My dear Fu Fang Si and schoolmate! Do you know how furious you made me sometimes? I really hated you! I didn't want to see you again in my lifetime! Do you know how hard it was to handle you and get along with you? 

But I love you very much. So, will you marry me? 

I know that in the past, I was very childish and immature. I didn't do a lot of things well, and made you sad. I was a hateful person. I want to use the rest of my life -- I will definitely use my life to work hard and be very serious, not to be a childish person, and protect and love you. So give me this chance and marry me, alright? 

Let me put this ring on you. Will you be with this childish guy for the rest of your life? 


Fang Si: I will.

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Xiang Nan: I heard Fang Si opened a new studio and that you helped her out a lot. I also heard you're setting up a press conference for her.

Li Tang: This is a private matter between me and Fang Si. Shouldn't it be none of your business?

Xiang Nan: You're right. You don't have Tang Huang, but you have Li Corporation. Boss Li is really wealthy. I wonder if your father found out you spent so much money on it what would he think?

Li Tang: My dad is now very supportive of my relationship with Fang Si. He already approved our marriage so the wedding should happen soon. Because we're working together, I should invite you, but because I fear you'll wreck the ceremony, I decided not to. Li Corporation and NSH's collaboration is about to hit the market soon. Hence, I think we should focus on our business.

Xiang Nan: Li Tang, don't act like you're calm. I ruined your father and I ruined you. You have lost Tang Huang. Fu Fang Si's many years of efforts have also gone to waste! You should hate me and hope that I will go down the eighteen stairs of hell.

Li Tang: Hate you? You are insignificant to me now. Boss Cheng, you still don't understand the current situation? Its only business between us now. Other than that, you are insignificant to me. 

My Review:

Jerry Yan once again plays the role of a rich kid - impulsive, childish, but with a soft spot in his heart for the people he truly cares for. His acting is commendable. He really gets into the character he portrays. I'm not saying this because I am a big fan of his. Jerry is a really good actor. In his role as Li Tang, he was able to pull off an image of a young entrepreneur who is charming, playful and cool, squashing the stereotype of a boss who is straight faced and wears a suit to work every day. As for his outfits in the series, some were quirky looking, although I accept it as such, because his business is in the fashion industry. 

This is the first soap opera where I got to watch Maggie Jiang. Such a pretty lady and likewise a great actress. Her facial expressions are perfect in every scene. Like Jerry, she really got into the character of Fu Fang Si. During some scenes when I could feel the hurt she suffered, I just really wanted to "get into the series" and give her a hug to comfort her. Maggie was the perfect choice for the role - charming, naive, but headstrong in her will to achieve her dreams. 

I was doubtful of Yin Hao Ran from the very start of the series. Ron Ng portrayed the typical "wolf in sheep's clothing." He did things that put Fang Si's career in trouble. He is a cunning businessman and would do anything for profit. It was only towards the end of the series that he made amends to his mistakes. 

Cheng Xiang Nan (Viola Mi) is the baddest villainess ever! I really wanted to pull her hair and drag her out of the series. Seriously! And all those evil things she did for money! She epitomizes that saying, "Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned." There really must be people like this in real life, and I hope I don't get to meet them! 

This series is all about lost love, misunderstanding, deceit, chasing dreams, filial piety, and rekindling a love that was never supposed to have been lost in the first place. It also gives viewers an insight of the problems that business executives face in dealing with market competition - sometimes up to the point that relationships are tainted, trust is lost, and love is set aside. 

I highly recommend you watch this series. I am positive that after you've watched it, you will believe that true love is worth the wait.

Click here to watch My Best Ex-Boyfriend with English subtitles. Here's a teaser too!


As a dog owner, nothing is more frightening than the idea of your little friend developing health issues. While we all want our pets to be safe and healthy, there are some medical issues that we cannot protect them from and they will appear no matter what we do to stop it. One of those issues is hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD), otherwise known as bone inflammation, and as you can see here, it usually affects larger breeds.

When some of those medical issues arise, it is our responsibility to ease our pup’s symptoms, help them overcome the problem and lead a better-quality life. The owners are the ones who need to take proper care of the animal and simply ignoring the symptoms is the worst thing you could do. If you suspect that your pup might be suffering from this condition, then read on to find out what it actually is and how it can be treated.

What Is Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) And What Causes It?

This is a medical condition that affects the bones of large breed puppies. It is usually developed between the second and the seventh week of their lives and it is closely connected to their fast growth. While this is a condition that is usually simply outgrown by canines, there are instances in which it could lead to permanent damage and deformed legs.

The most common symptoms of this condition include pain and swelling in the joints, loss of appetite, and lameness, as well as fever and diarrhea. While you might not be able to do much about it until the pup grows and beats the disease on its own, you definitely want to ease its symptoms and help it any way you can. There is a new, popular way of treating this, but we will get to that later.

If you want to jump to the new treatment plan immediately, here you go: https://petcbdcommunity.com/cbd-for-dogs-hypertrophic-osteodystrophy/ 

The cause of this medical condition is still not perfectly clear. While some experts think it has to do with a lack of vitamin C, others believe that it might be the dog’s response to vaccination. This lack of evidence makes it almost impossible to think in advance and prevent the development of HOD. All you can do is treat it if it occurs.

If you believe to have noticed some of these symptoms in your little pet, the best thing you can do is take it to the vet. A professional will know how to diagnose the pup properly, as well as tell you what you should do about it. Once again, the worst thing you can do is simply ignore the problem and wait for it to disappear. I suppose you wouldn’t be able to watch your pup suffer like that.


How Is It Treated?

Now we have come to the treatment part. This condition is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medication and there seems to be a perfect product on the market ready to help your little puppy with the symptoms of HOD. I am talking about a compound called Cannabidiol (CBD) and the products derived from it.

Cannabidiol is a compound extracted from the hemp plant, which comes from the family of cannabis. Although the plant is related to cannabis, neither hemp, nor CBD products are psychoactive or toxic for your animal. In other words, the products are perfectly safe for animal consumption and they have proved to be highly effective in the treatment of hypertrophic osteodystrophy and similar conditions. 

The reason CBD is so great in the process of treating HOD is because it has anti-inflammatory properties and it is a perfect pain management tool. As we have already established, when your pup develops HOD, it will feel a lot of pain, swelling, and inflammation in its joints. Those are all the symptoms that can be successfully eased with the help of CBD.

While you might not be able to get rid of this condition immediately, CBD is your best shot at helping your dog by relieving its symptoms and consequently improving its quality of life. I know you definitely want what’s best for your doggie and in this case, the best you can do is ease the pain and inflammation. CBD can help you do that.

How Homeopathic Medicine Can Help You

Your health is important, and the reality is that for many, traditional forms of medicine don't always offer the support they need to feel their absolute best. If you find yourself looking for new ways to improve your health naturally, homeopathy, or homeopathic remedies Burien WA, could be a good option for you. 

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What Is Homeopathic Medicine?

Homeopathic medicine is a medical treatment system based on the theory that the body knows how to heal itself. It often involves a variety of natural cures, using substances like plants, herbs, vitamins and minerals. It also emphasizes working with your body in a holistic way. When aiding you, homeopathic practitioners will often take your habits, like your eating habits, sleeping habits, and habits relating to physical activity into account when assessing how to improve your health. 

What Are the Benefits?

There can be many benefits to using homeopathic medicine, especially for those looking for more natural, gentle ways to help them with their ailments. One of the benefits of this kind of medicine is that it tends to work with your body in a natural way and can, therefore, have fewer side effects or less dramatic side effects than other kinds of treatment. Additionally, homeopathic medicine can be used for both chronic ailments as well as acute ones, and many supplements designed to help you with one health concern can often help boost your health in other, unexpected ways. However, it should be kept in mind that there aren't any guarantees that this kind of medicine can cure you, so it can still be a good idea to check with your regular health care provider if you have a health concern. 

A Final Word

Health is important, and for some, traditional methods of health care don't always help you to feel your best. If you find yourself curious about ways to heal that are more natural, homeopathic medicine could be right for you. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

An Introduction to Water Systems

It might sound obvious, but according to Merriam-Webster a water system is a system of supplying water. If your city’s waste-water treatment plant is the first thing that comes to mind, that’s a great example. However, there are several other types of water systems that vary significantly in size and scope and it's a good idea to know what they are.

Public Water Systems

Researchers estimate that there are approximately 150,000 public water systems in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has determined three different types of public systems. A Community Water System provides a year-round water supply to the same population. A Non-Transient Non-Community Water System supplies water to at least 25 people for at least six months out of the year. Transient Non-Community Water Systems supply water to places where people only occupy briefly, such as campgrounds and gas stations

Residential Irrigation

Your home’s irrigation is an example of a small system, but it’s an important one, nonetheless. Without it, your yard and plants might not survive. Also, if one of your lines starts to leak and you don’t notice it, you could waste thousands of gallons of water in minutes. You might want to familiarize yourself with some water system repair products, just so you can have them on hand.

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Drinking Fountains

Drinking water that’s supplied to the public is highly regulated and needs to be regularly tested and maintained by certified professionals. This includes everything from the water that comes through your faucets to the drinking fountains in parks. The next time you’re on a long hike and you come across an outdoor fountain in the wilderness, you might want to think about what was entailed in getting that water out there.    

Water is an easy thing to take for granted, but a lot of work is entailed in creating systems to ensure everyone has access to it. 

3 Care Options for Senior Loved Ones

As people age, it can be difficult for family members to determine what level of care is needed for their senior loved ones. It can be especially complicated to balance the preferences and needs of the senior with the lifestyle and demands of the family member’s lives. When in this situation, it is important that family members understand that there are multiple alternatives options to consider.

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1. Living With a Loved One

Some families are able to accommodate their senior loved ones into their own home and provide all the care they need. While all family relationships and situations are unique, many seniors enjoy being surrounded by people they know and love. However, some seniors with unique medical conditions or dementia may require more assistance than their family members can provide.  

2. Living Alone With Assistance

For seniors who wish to remain in their current place of residence, it is sometimes an option to have a nurse or caretaker visit the senior’s home as necessary. The level of care provided can often be customized to the individual’s needs. Assisted living facilities, such as adult foster care fall river, are another unique option for seniors that allow them to live in their own apartment-like room while getting help with only the tasks they cannot complete on their own.

3. Receiving 24/7 Care at a Facility  

For people with complex medical issues or advanced dementia, a skilled nursing facility, dementia care facility, or a similar type of living complex that offers around-the-clock care is sometimes the best alternative. There are also some transitional care residences that can alter the level of care provided depending on the individual’s needs, ultimately offering 24/7 care when necessary.
Knowing what options are available allows family members and seniors to develop a plan that best fits their unique situation. It is important to always consider the health and mental stability of the aging individual and to place value on both party’s preferences when deciding.

 

Monday, May 25, 2020

So what have you been up to during this quarantine period? For me, I went back to my first love - photography.

I dreamed of becoming a photo journalist. I was dead set on taking up Journalism after I graduated from high school, but my parents had other plans for me.

However, my love for photo journalism has never waned. I still walk around looking for the extraordinary in ordinary things. With the current crisis, it has given me more time to appreciate the beauty around me.

Sharing with you some of my personal photos I have saved in my external hard drive. Hope you enjoy viewing them.

Flower photos: 











When there are flowers, of course, there will be animals that will be attracted to them. Here are some of my photos of butterflies, a caterpillar, a snail and a grasshopper. Sadly, the butterflies in the photos are not well. They must have been hurt or something because they could not take flight. Still beautiful even in their unfortunate state.









That's all for now. This is such a good way for me to keep the symptoms of depression in check. 

Oh, just to let you know, all these photos were taken using a smartphone.

Do you think it is time for me to invest in a real camera? I think so too, and I already have been saving up for my very first DSLR. Hopefully I will have enough to buy it as a Christmas gift for myself.

Stay happy and stay safe!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Caring For Someone With A Chronic Condition

Chronic conditions are hugely important things which affect not just the person suffering with them, but everyone around them as well. This can often especially be the case when someone is diagnosed with something very suddenly out of the blue, but even when it is from birth it is likely that it can affect one’s life profoundly too. If you are living with someone, or otherwise close to someone, who has a chronic condition, you probably want to know what you can do to help them. As it happens, there are many things you can do in caring for a person who has a chronic condition, and we are going to take a look at some of them now. Bear these things in mind if you want to ensure you are helping them out as well as possible.

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Understand The Condition

The most important thing that you can do is to understand everything there is to understand about the condition itself first and foremost. By getting to grips with everything you can about the condition, you are going to be in a much better position when it comes to helping that person, rather than being in the dark. There are many things you can do in order to learn more about their condition, whether you look for information in trusted books and medical journals or whether you simply speak to the medical professionals. If you seek information online, be sure to take great care in ensuring that it is a reputable and trustworthy source, otherwise you might struggle to know whether the information you are getting is any good at all.

All in all, if you make a point of understanding the condition more, you are going to feel more capable of helping your loved one - and they are going to likely appreciate that you have taken the time to learn all of that information.

Be There For Them

The best thing to do in a day to day sense is just to be there for them however you might be able to. That means that you are by their side when you need them, so they know that you are there and they subsequently feel supported. That doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to put literally everything on hold, nor are they necessarily going to ask for that. But showing that you are there for them is going to mean that they feel so much more supported, and in many ways it is the most important thing that you can do for them. As long as you are there for them and generally supportive, that is absolutely going to be the best you can do.

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Help Them Make Healthcare Decisions

With many chronic conditions, there are going to be a huge range of decisions which the person needs to make. Knowing that they have someone with them who can help them to make those decisions will make it a lot easier, and should mean that they are going to be more likely to make an informed and sensible decision along the way. If you are particularly close to them and they want you to help them out in the future in this way too, then they might even think about asking you to be their power of attorney for healthcare and medical decisions. This is a big responsibility to have, and you are going to have to think carefully about whether or not it is something that you want to engage in. As well as the huge decisions you will likely have to make in the future, you have to bear in mind that there are many risks of being a power of attorney, and it’s a decision that only you can really make. So be sure to take it seriously and treat it carefully, and you should find that you can do what is right.

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Ask Questions

It is generally best not to just assume that you know how the sufferer is feeling or what is going through their heads, and that you instead simply ask them where necessary. The more questions you ask them, the more you are going to work out what is going on for them. That will inform the help that you provide them, and it will help you to do the right thing for them at all times. You will also find that it’s a great way to show how much you care, and they are probably going to appreciate it for that reason too. Ask as many questions as you can to really get to the bottom of their experience at all times.

Taking Care Of Yourself

A big mistake that a lot of carers make is that they forget that they are also important. If you want to ensure that you are going to be able to help the person long into the future, and if you want to stay sane and happy yourself, then you need to make sure that you are caring for yourself as much as you are caring for them. If you forget to care for yourself, you can find that it quickly leads to a lot of resentment towards the person you are caring for, and that means that you are then more likely to start turning away from them, so it’s really no good for anyone to let this happen. Taking care of yourself means that you give yourself a break from time to time, that you say how you feel about what is going on, and you don’t completely give yourself up in service to the other person. If you can remember that and still show them a lot of care, you have done it right, but it is a hard balance to get right.

As you can see, there is a lot to think about when you are caring for someone with a chronic condition. As long as you have thought about these things, you should find that you can do it much better.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Guide to Caring for Your Bearded Dragon


The bearded dragon affectionately referred to as “beardie”, is a reptile and one of the many lizard species. Its name is so-called because just like dragons, it has spiny reptilian scales and a beard of spikes that puffs up under its throat based on its mood. This beard also turns black for different reasons but especially when it is stressed. It is considered one of the best lizard species and among the easiest to care for, therefore, it is usually kept as a pet and in zoos.

Beardies are omnivores and can be found in bushes and tree branches and they like to stay on rocks and trees, basking in the sun. They are mostly native to Australia and can also be found in deserts, eucalyptus woodlands, and shrublands. Their average lifespan is 4 – 10 years and a fully grown one can reach up to 18 to 22 inches, weighing between 10 to 18 ounces. They range in color from red to yellow, white or brown

Beardies are mostly gentle, alert, inquisitive, hardy, and tame. They also exhibit behaviors like waving of their arms as a sign of submission, especially by females. Also, when alarmed or anxious, their spiny beards get extended and can turn black. Many owners of bearded dragons like to watch them for fun while they feed or as they chase crickets. You can check out this article to learn more.

How to Care for Your Beardie


Provide it with a Home

As an owner of a bearded dragon, there is a need to care for it if you want it to live well and live long. You need to set up a home, called a terrarium, for it with a screened lid and a source of heating as they are from warm and dry habitats. To make sure it is comfortable, you should line the bottom of the terrarium with calcium sand or a reptile carpet especially if it is a young one. At least once a week, clean up its wastes and provide a clean and fresh living. You should also add a few branches and rocks for climbing and hiding.

Heating

Beardies are ectotherms which means that they need both hot and cool environments. As a result of this, endeavor to put thermometers at the different ends to measure the temperature. Also, a hygrometer to measure humidity. Its humidity should be between 20 to 30%. The heat source should be over the beardie’s basking spot; the warmest area of the terrarium at around 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit while the cooler end should be about 38 to 29 degrees Fahrenheit. Note that the basking light should be turned off at night. Remember that they are active in the day and sleep at night. To view your pet at night, you may need to use a night specific source of light so as not to disturb it.

You can learn more about how to properly light your pet’s space here: https://reptile.guide/bearded-dragon-lighting-guide/.

Feeding

Being omnivores, they eat both plants and insects. A bearded dragon should be fed at least 2 to 3 times daily. You can feed it vegetables such as carrots, leafy greens, and insects like mealworms, wax worms, and crickets. You can also feed it with fruits like apples, melons, and bananas. There are also pet stores that sell bearded dragon foods, you can get some of that for it. Also, make sure to always provide it with water and clean its feeding plates and bowls regularly.

Keeping Your Beardie Healthy

As much as possible, when you newly acquire your pet, try not to hold it for up to three or four days as it needs a chance to get used to its new home. If you keep handling it, it can fall sick. If you notice any symptoms of sickness, you need to take it to the vet. Some signs that your pet is sick include:

Not eating and drinking water.
Hiding more than is usual.
Shedding and discoloration of its scale.
Discharges from its mouths, eyes, and nose.
Watery and runny droppings that have continued for more than two days.
Swollen joints.

Taking care of this creature requires some knowledge. Thankfully you can find several resources online that will provide you with sufficient bearded dragon guidance. Take advantage of these.

Where Can You Get a Beardie?

If you are interested, you can purchase a bearded dragon from reptile expos, pet stores, and breeder websites. Captive-bred specimens are healthier and easily adapt than those caught in the wild, so it is recommended to get those.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Four Home Maintenance Tasks To Do This Summer

There are plenty of things you can get up to over the summer when it comes to your home. It’s the time of year where many households will focus on things that need to get done around the home in order to keep up with the look and feel of the place. Here are four home maintenance tasks to do this summer to keep you occupied.

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Improve Your Water Pressure

Not all homes have great water pressure, and it can make a real difference when you come to improve it. The right water pressure can turn the average shower into one that you won’t want to get out of in the mornings or evenings. It all depends on what system you have and what’s available to help give it that extra boost it needs to perform better. One way to improve the maintenance of your water pressure is by purchasing a water pressure booster like this Grundfos SCALA2. It’s something that can help bring a bit more power to your water pressure and provide more of a satisfying pressure for things you’d need water for in daily household life.


Do Any Paint Touch-Ups

With paint touch-ups, it can be a good idea to get these done over the summer because that way you can air out the rooms that have been painted without freezing to death. It’s always a good idea to go around your home and to do any painting jobs that might need doing because there may come a point where you want to redecorate and perhaps incorporate some new items of furniture or artwork and having clean walls can definitely make this more appealing.


Get Your Boiler Checked 

Your boiler supplies the hot water to your home, and there’s nothing worse than this falling apart or breaking down during the warmer months. With that in mind, it’s definitely worth getting your boiler checked annually and to do this over the summer when the boiler isn’t going to be in use. Keeping an eye on your boiler is something that’s worth doing because these are definitely not something that’s cheap to replace. The more you can do to keep it maintained, the longer it’s likely to last as a result. It’s also worth following any maintenance tips that are recommended to ensure you’re not overworking it at any point.


Wash Your Windows

Windows and doors are a good place to focus on over the summer because again, you can spend a long period of time outside without having to wear a thermal coat, at and scarf to keep you warm. Washing your windows down is definitely an activity that you’d want to do during the summer, and it can be a great way to help keep the windows clean and presentable. There’s nothing worse than dirty windows and frames, especially as they provide details to the property from a passerby point of view.

These four home maintenance tips should definitely keep you busy for the summer and be sure to add to the list where necessary!



Safely Tossing Bulky, Unwanted Appliances, Cars and More

We have definitely all been there - there’s some non-working appliance, electronic item or even something larger, like a car or pool, that’s just been collecting dust, rust or mold in our homes and yards for months or even years. And why? It isn’t because we enjoy those expensive home ornaments taking up space and making us look like Fred Sanford’s younger cousin. It’s because we don’t know what to do with them! 

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So many of us have no idea how to dispose of non-working items like this properly. We know we won’t want to just throw them away, because they’ll be tossed in a landfill and that’s terrible for the environment. But how do we dispose of them? 

Below are a few ideas of disposing of appliances and other items safely and responsibly. 

Appliances

So you’ve got a washer or dryer that finally bit the dust, sitting there turning into a rust heap in your basement. Or your dishwasher is camping out in the garage, an expensive pile of non-working metal. You don’t want to just throw them away but you aren’t sure if they can be recycled, either. So what to do? 

For certain appliances, you may be able to strip them for parts which you can then sell, donate or give away. Wiring may be valuable, so check with your local recycling center. They may be willing to pay you for some of the parts and wires. 

When all else fails, you can call a commercial junk hauler to take away your unwanted items. This takes away all the hassle of having to find a way to get rid of the items yourself and they will recycle them and dispose of them safely for you. 

Electronics

Pretty much all of us have a junk drawer with at least two non-working cell phones that we have no idea what to do with. They’re so expensive, you don’t want to just give them away, but you can’t ever use them again. 

Luckily, there are a number of companies that buy used cell phones. You can even find the kiosks in the foyer of your favorite retail store, or if that isn’t your bag, pop online to review a few of the companies that do this. It’s usually as simple as filling out a form, snapping a picture or two and the company will send you a mailer and a label, then pay you for your phone(s)! These companies will pay good money for smart phones especially, as they recycle, repair and repurpose them. 

This same practice can work for other electronics, too, such as TVs, video game consoles, and more. Why let something sit around collecting dust, or throw it away where it won’t ever break down in a landfill, when you can sell it for some quick cash? 

Cars

There’s nothing worse than having a broken down car sitting in your yard, driving down your property value and turning into a rust heap. 

If you find yourself with a car that you can’t sell, isn’t worth anything for parts, and you have no idea how to get rid of it, luckily there are options for you. You could call a salvage yard, and while they will come tow your vehicle and give you cash for it, beware that they often don’t pay very much. 

Another option is to contact a reputable company like Sell the Car USA, who buys junked, wrecked, damaged and non-running cars for reasonable fees. You can sell your car to them, get it towed off your property and never have to worry about it again! These companies usually pay you before they even take your car off the property, ensuring that you’re paid fairly and quickly. You can start a quote and fill out a little information to find out if your car is a good candidate for this service!

And there you have it. In most cases, whether you’re looking at an electronic item, appliance or something larger like a vehicle, you can find a reputable company who will take it off your hands. You might even make some money for it! 

Scratching Your Travel Itch During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a lot of changes to our lives, including how we socialize, shop, and work. It’s pushed us indoors, to the point where even a trip to a local restaurant seems like an exciting day trip. Bigger travel trips that will take us further afield will have to put on pause for the time being, which is pretty heartbreaking for people who already had a trip planned. Still, though you may be unable to explore new lands right now, there are ways you can experience the wonder of travel right from your own home. We take a look at some of the best ways to do this below.
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Virtual Tours

OK, taking a virtual trip might not be as fun as visiting in person, but it’s better than nothing! There are many ways you can explore the world from the comfort of your sofa. You could load up a place on Google Maps and dive into street view, for example. It won’t be as good as the real thing, but it will give you a sense of what the destination is like. Some of the world’s best museums have their collections online too, allowing you to virtually visit the attractions you’re currently unable to visit in person.

Foods of the World

One of the joys of traveling to a new destination is having a chance to enjoy all the delicious recipes that come from that region. If you can’t get there to taste it first-hand, then why not look at making the meals yourself? It’s a great way to bring a dose of international culture into your life. This carnitas tacos recipe is delicious and straightforward to make, and will make you feel like you’ve just touched down in Mexican -- especially if you’re playing Mexican music and sipping a Corona beer while you’re making it. You don’t always need to travel when you have your stomach to travel for you!

Learn a Language 

If you’ve always liked the disorienting sensation of not fully understanding what’s going on around you when you travel, then why not throw yourself into learning a language? You’ve got all this time that you have to spend at home; you may as well make the most of it! In the early stages, you’ll be completely confused by the language, just like you are when you’re traveling. Slowly but surely, however, you’ll find that the language is beginning to sink in. And who knows -- by the time the lockdown is lifted, you might just be able to speak the local language the next time you take a trip!

Planning a Trip

And talking about taking a trip: now could be the time to get planning. The pandemic won’t last forever! By dreaming up some travel plans now, you’ll be ensuring that you’re raring to go when it’s finally possible. Much of the fun of taking a trip happens during the planning stage anyway. You’ll find that it really can be enjoyable! 

No matter what the criminal allegation or charge might be, the prospect of being placed under arrest is a daunting one for anybody. Nevertheless, the justice system operates in a generally consistent manner and much of the same advice can apply to anyone in this situation. Before getting sidetracked by the stress and pressure of an impending trial, try to stay calm. Focusing on the points outlined below can be a source of great relief and comfort.

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Understand Your Options

There are often several different possibilities on the table for a suspect upon being locked up. Though these will possibly include a plea deal and robust defense plan, those are hardly the only choices a person in this situation will need to make. For starters, it is important to get out of jail as soon as possible if such release is allowed by the court. Look for a trusted and reputable source for bail bonds near me Cleveland OH, or a similar service in whichever jurisdiction is appropriate for the case.

Understand Your Choices

At that point, it is smart to begin searching for a qualified legal team or an attorney with direct experience in the area of law most closely aligned with the likely charges. Start the search online, but supplement it with advice from trusted friends and family to get the best idea of which firms are available.

Understand Your Next Steps


Although experts will be handling the legal arguments, every defendant should be invested in his or her own case as much as possible. This means understanding what the future will hold and how each of the possible scenarios could play out.
While few among us would volunteer to go through an arrest, such scenes play out in communities around the world every day. If that describes you or someone you know, keep the guidelines above in mind.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Most Effective Garden Upgrades

There is no doubting the fact that we love spending time in our gardens when the sun is shining. Whether it’s getting a pull-out for the children and letting them have a splash around, or drinking a cocktail in the sunshine on one of our days off, but there are some things we can do to improve our garden, and they don’t need to necessarily be grand designs either. Our gardens are unique to us, and we should choose what we love. But there are plenty of opportunities to build a wonderful outdoor space for you and your family and here are some of the most effective ideas.

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Lawn
We love to sit on a lush green lawn, and Big League Lawns can help you with that, but there are some things you can do to ensure that your lawn is healthy and looking its best. Having somewhere to put your garden furniture and dip your toes in the green blades of the grass, is relaxing and comforting for S during the summer. Been able to get a large blanket out and place it on the lawn to have a picnic on, and enjoying time looking at your window at a wonderful landscape In front of you, is something that will entertain and comfort for years to come. A high-quality lawn cut regularly can be very therapeutic. It is also very aesthetically pleasing and something we consider to be essential for a high-quality garden.

Flowers
It sounds obvious that gardens need flowers to help them look better, but there are some unique ways that people are coming up with, that really set off a garden and its features. It’s easy to plant seeds, so creating raised beds, window boxes, or even pieces of art with specific flowers growing in specific areas, can really make a huge difference. Having fun with your floral displays, whether they are meant to look a little like a wild woodland, or a pruned and preened oasis, the birds and bees, and your visitors alike Will appreciate your efforts.

Trees
If you are lucky enough to have space to plant some trees in your garden, then thinking it through thoroughly is important, but you can have plenty of preparing trees where ever you are in the world, and some beautiful blossom to see at different times of the year. Not only that but trees can help you gain some privacy, and some shade in certain areas of your garden, and depending on what you are looking for they don’t necessarily need a lot of work once they have matured. Trees are an investment, and you will appreciate the effort that goes into them when you have a beauty Of a tree to sit under during the summer months.

So if you have some great ideas for your garden, then write them down, create a plan, and get the right people working on your vision as soon as possible. You will thank yourself when the Sun is shining and you are sat with a cocktail in hand.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

7 Ways To Protect Yourself Right Now

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It’s safe to say that we’re all living through strange times right now. We’re all having to adapt our lives and change our habits and it can be really hard to deal with. But, at the same time, it’s happening. And there’s not a lot that we can do about it other than work with it and try and make the most of it. Sure, there are also going to be negatives that we have to deal with too. It can be incredibly stressful and you may be experiencing a wealth of worries. But that’s not all. You may be dealing with money troubles or struggling to manage day care for your kids. And while there will always be a range of worries that go with the current situation, here can be positives too.

As with anything in life, you always have the option to focus more on the good things than the bad. It can be hard, but it’s something that can make you feel so much better when you do. After all, you’re spending more time at home and around the people that you love, and it’s a good idea to try and make the most of that. But at the same time, you will want to ensure that you are protected too. Let’s take a look at how you can do that.

1. Block It Out

To begin with, as much as you might want to stay up to date with the latest information, you should also try to block out as much noise as you can. Sure, take in all of the official information, but try to distance yourself from the news or social media conversations around the pandemic, especially if they are making you anxious.

2. Cut Back

Next, you’re going to want to take a look at your financial situation. One of the most important ways to protect yourself right now is for you to make sure that your money is manageable. It can help for you to cut back your monthly expenses here so that you aren’t paying out too much. Any way that you can reduce your costs and spend as little as possible will allow you to have a cushion in case anything happens to your income.

3. Save More

Now, you may find that you do actually have some spare money to put into savings. And, because we’re living and working through such strange times, it’s nice to be able to have some money in savings. Even if you use it soon, it’s very reassuring.

4. Be Careful

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that your home is protected. And that means that you’ll want to be a lot more careful about your house and property. Sure, you may be in all of the time now, but you may be targeted when you do go out of the house. So maybe look to hire a certified residential locksmith to keep the house safe. It’s also a great idea to make sure that you don’t lose your keys because you need to be in your house more than ever now.

5. Be Vigilant

And it’s important to be careful online as well as in real life. Sadly, you may notice that there’s a lot more online scams at the moment. So you’ll want to be vigilant. And not only that, but make sure that your online security is still good.

6. Go Slow

But that’s not all. You’re also going to want to make sure that you’re protecting your health here. And yes, that does involve wearing a mask or gloves and washing your hands when you’re in public, but it also means slowing down. Don’t feel pressure to be on the go. Don’t push yourself to do too much because it’s an exhausting time right now. So it’s okay to slow down in life and just enjoy the time right now for what it is.

7. Be Kind To Yourself

Finally, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re able to just be a lot kinder to yourself. It’s easy for you to beat yourself up and feel like you’re not doing so well, or to feel like a guilty parent, or worry about what’s happening with life. But this isn’t going to be the best thing for yourself. Instead, you will need to make sure that you are a lot kinder to yourself. Take it easy and just enjoy this time, because soon enough, life will be back in full swing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

We like to think that our homes are clean and hygienic environments, protecting us against the ravages of the natural world. But when you peel back the layers a little, you discover something shocking: they’re not as safe as you might imagine. There are all kinds of hidden toxins in your home, and they could be wrecking your health. 

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of these, giving you a heads-up. 

Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon monoxide is a very different chemical to the mostly harmless carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide is dangerous because it preferentially attaches to the hemoglobin molecules in your blood. It sticks to them, preventing them from taking up the oxygen you need to supply your cells with energy. 

Worse still, carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas; you usually have no idea whether you’re breathing it in or not. 

So what does any of this have to do with your home? It turns out that carbon monoxide is a byproduct of many appliances in your property. Sources include heating systems, coal, oil or gas devices, and your water heater. Even regular, open fireplaces can be a source of excessive CO. 

The solution is to get a carbon dioxide monitor - a bit like a smoke alarm. It’ll tell you whether your home's levels are safe, or whether you need to make radical changes to your current setup. 

Salmonella, E. coli, And Other Germs

Salmonella and E. coli are two types of bacteria that live naturally in most of our homes. In general, there is no way to get rid of them completely. The best you can do is keep their numbers down and foster the growth of the harmless subspecies in both groups. Failing to do so can lead to vomiting, UTIs, and serious lower bowel infections. 

The best strategy is to keep meat and animal products out of your home completely. Even using the most clinical approaches, it is almost impossible to eliminate these bacteria entirely. 

If you check here, you’ll also see that some microbes can enter your home through the water supply. Therefore, it is a good idea to use a water filter to capture bacteria before they do any harm. 

Lead Toxicity

Lead has been pretty much outlawed for the last forty years. But some homes still contain the heavy metal, despite the regulatory changes. The most common sources of lead in the house are lead paints (many of which are now flaking off walls) and lead pipes. 

If you’re worried about lead poisoning in your home, you can get a lead testing kit. This device will tell you whether levels of lead are in the safe range or whether you have a problem. 

If you’re over the safe threshold, you should hire a certified lead removal company. These professionals are able to strip lead from your home without contamination of surfaces, floors, or anything else. Do not attempt a DIY removal as this could make the risk of toxicity worse.