Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Home Improvements: When Should You Call in the Experts?

If you are looking for ways to improve your home, it can be very satisfying to make some changes and repairs. It can be nice to do a lot of these things yourself. Quite often it is cheaper, and you get things just as you want them. Sometimes, though, there are instances when it is better to call in the experts. Here are some tips and advice for knowing what you could do yourself and when you should get a professional.
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Pest Control
There comes a point in your life that you might get some bugs, rodents or other pests, trying to make a home in your home. Some pests are easier to get rid of than others. If you have rodents that have chosen to move in, it is a little easier to get rid of yourself. You could look up how to get rid of rats and mice and set some traps. Keeping a clean home is a good way to stop them from coming back too. If for instance, though, you have a wasps nest in your roof or loft area, it is much safer to call in a professional. They have all of the right equipment to keep the area safe and keep anyone else from getting hurt.

Electrical Improvements

If you have moved into a home that needs to be rewired, it is a must to call in a professional. There are a few reasons why, when it comes to electronics. First of all, there are legal requirements when it comes to electrics and plug sockets. A professional will know what these are, to make sure that your home complies. There is also a safety aspect when it comes to electrics. So if you don’t know what to do with electrics; call in an expert.
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Roof Repairs

A lot of the time, having a professional do the job means that they have all of the right equipment for the job. If you needed to repair something on the roof, you would need long, sturdy ladders. In some cases, it might even require scaffolding. So quite often it will be cheaper to hire a professional, as they will have this type of thing already. If you don’t have the right equipment, don’t attempt it. You could hurt yourself and do a lot of damage. So don’t even risk it!

The bottom line is, if there is the chance of getting injured, then you should call in someone else to do the job. If someone does the task day in and day out, they will be better to deal with it and will reduce the risk of getting injured. If there are smaller jobs around the home, then give them a go yourself. Quite often smaller repairs, like filling holes in the wall, or replastering small areas, are easy to do yourself. They are low risk, and there isn’t a big disaster if it goes slightly wrong. Just get some advice or look online for tutorials, if you aren’t sure what to do.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Caring for Your Parents

If you are forced to divide your time between caring for your children and caring for your elderly parent, you know how hard it is. This is especially true for single mothers. There is no shame in admitting that there is not enough time for you to take care of all of your parent’s needs and still care for your children and yourself. The key to getting help with your loved one is knowing where to look and what to ask for.

Keep a daily planner with details of appointments and commitment. Don’t allow anyone to coerce you into overscheduling. Time is a valuable resource, and it is also a limited resource. You should also keep a financial ledger detailing the expenses you cover for your parent. When you run out of time or money, your planner or ledger will tell you exactly what you need to ask for from other family members.

You may be overlooking sources of help. Assigning even a few small tasks to others will ease the burden on you. For example, ask a child to read to Grandma for a half hour while you prepare dinner, or ask your sister to pick up your father’s prescriptions on her way home from work. When you get the opportunity to delegate bigger jobs, take advantage of it.

Utilize Resources
Find out what resources your community offers for elderly or disabled adults. Community centers, free meal delivery, and no-cost medical transportation programs can make your life much easier. Don’t ignore other resources, such as cleaning services, paid companions, and special transportation designed for seniors. Finally, make use of special equipment and furnishings. Lift chairs, scooters, adjustable beds, walk-in showers, and ramps allow seniors to be more independent. New innovations are constantly being developed. For example, Acorn Stairlifts New York, NY even has a stair lift that will safely climb spiral or other oddly configured stairs.

Take Care of Yourself Too
With all of your duties and responsibilities, it’s very easy to forget to take care of yourself. It’s important to remember, however, that if your health declines you could end up unable to care for anyone at all. Take a few moments each day to take a hot bath, work in your garden, meditate, or read a good book. Try to arrange for a few hours each week to spend doing something you enjoy.

Caring for children and parents at the same time is a difficult task, especially without a partner’s to help. That doesn’t mean you have to let your family commitments grind you down. Determine that you are going to create your own support system and then follow through on your plan.

Disclamer: Guest post, all ideas and information is not mine.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

5 Ways To Turn Online Traffic Into Local Sales

Despite the dominance of online shopping, consumers are still very much reliant on stores. That doesn’t mean one is better than the other - far from it! Rather, you should be using both of them in tandem, as complements to each other.

Businesses that focus on the online space without neglecting retail are becoming the most successful. This is because not every consumer is ready to abandon the high street yet - are all senior really shopping on Amazon?

No, they aren’t, and millions of customers still want to visit you in person. So give them a reason to! Here are five easy ways to convert online traffic into local sales.

1. Advertise an ‘in-store only’ special offer

Customers love special offers and discounts - whether online, or indeed, local. By placing these offers front and center on all your online pages you’re enticing people in the simplest, most effective way.

And as an added bonus, you may even receive extra sales that are tied to that offer. The offer gets them into the store, but while they’re browsing your stock, they may pick up something else they like too.

2. Optimize your SEO strategy for your product

Don’t focus too much on the name of your business. That’s not what most people will search for. Instead, optimize your SEO strategy to target a specific product. That way, when people search for ‘selfie sticks’ they’ll be hit with local stores that sell selfie sticks.

There are several ways to go about this. Make sure you include these keywords in your site’s meta description, image tags and titles/headers. Social media pages are ranked by search engines too, so make use of that keyword space. Outsourced SEO services could help you here if you’re struggling, so carefully assess how effective your strategy is.
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3. Provide directions and opening times

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve not visited a store because I can’t find out what time it opens. What if I get there and it’s shut? It would be annoying, and even though it’s not directly the business’s fault, it would reflect badly on them.

So, at all costs, provide plenty of information! Include directions by train, bus, car and legs. Inform people about the parking situation and even tell them about local toilets. Whack these details on your site, social media and any Google business listings that are related to you.

4. Build a virtual tour

A virtual tour acts as a full-3D, free-to-access digital tour of your business. By outsourcing the creation of one of these, people can look around your store from the comfort of their couch. And, if they like what they see, it can build a desire to visit in person.

5. Offer something the online space can’t

This could literally be a thousand things, so pick a couple. Stores that are just that - stores - aren’t giving the customer reason to turn off the laptop and come on down. The most successful stores have cafes, seating areas, vending machines and even kids play areas. Use the space to your advantage!

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Saturdate With My Son

I and the little big boy had our mother and son bonding. It was unplanned but I feel like I need to make it up to him. As a mother I know what will make him happy and that is watching a nice movie of his choice.

Few weeks ago, the little big boy made me promised that we are going to watch The Legend of Tarzan after he saw the movie trailer in television. Since, I have been going out alone I more feel that I owe him a movie date. Well, not literally alone because I am always with my cousin.
Imagine from IMDB site
Movie Synopsis: Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

So Saturday came, I told the little big boy that we going to the city. He knows that we are going to watch a movie. But before we left home I told him that I need to run few errands before we proceed to our date date. :-D Gladly he didn't complain. When we are about to buy the ticket around 1:30 pm we were told the we cannot go inside because there are no seats available. With that, we need to wait for two hours. So we bought our tickets and opt to have have our grocery picked, first.
While on queue to go inside the movie house
Us inside the movie house
His point of view when he saw the last photo is that we both have an oily face. I guess I agree with him. Hahahaha!

How To Train A Horse?

Horse training programs have different effects on horses. Various forms of horse training regimen are designed to have specific outcomes. However, one of the most common goals of horse training programs is to make the horse a great riding companion. Horse training is meant to make the horse either submissive or tame.

Human Training
This is one of the most important components of horse training. It involves spending as much time as possible with a new horse and grooming it regularly to help the horse get used to its environment and human contact. This training helps to make the horse comfortable around people and its surroundings. Imprint training is another well-known horse training method that involves making contact immediately after the birth of a foal.

Ground Training
This form of training continues for the duration of the horse's life. A horse is taught to respect its owner and how to walk on the lead without refusing or pulling back. Halter and showmanship represent the quality of ground training an animal receives. Riders showcase the horse’s showmanship abilities while halters train the horse to conform to certain behaviors.

Basic Training
Basic training occurs after human and ground training. Training the horse to accept a rider is the most important part of this training. The training enables the horse to understand the bit, trot, walk, and lope commands. It learns to control its gait and yield when commanded. This training helps the horse to understand slowing down, halting, speeding up commands.

English Discipline Training
This is an endurance training method that also conditions the horse to understand show jumping and dressage commands. A trainer may choose to train the horse in more than one category. This training may last a whole year.

Western Discipline Training
It has various sub-categories as well. In the span of a year, the rider can train the horse various riding techniques including pole bending, team penning, roping, trail riding, western pleasure, cutting, and ranching.

Safety Considerations Always use safety equipment when working with a horse. If the horse is agitated, ask for help. It is important to know that horse training should be handed by an expert to avoid harm to others or even spectators. Nutrition is an important part of horse training. Therefore, stock up on supplements such as cetyl m for horses. In addition, ensure you have medical supplies and access to a horse doctor.

Disclamer: Guest post, all ideas and information is not mine.