How Often Should I Have My Car Detailed?
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 30, 2015
You always want your car to look its best. Keeping it free from salt or other chemicals can prevent rust that will eat away at the car’s framework. Keeping your tires free from grime and slush can keep your rims looking shiny and your car looking new for months or years after you buy it. However, the question on most car owner’s minds is how often they should detail their vehicles.
What Is Detailing?
Detailing is the process of making sure every inch of your vehicle is clean, shiny and looks like new. This may mean cleaning the rims and tires with a brush and specialized soap or foam or wiping down the exterior to get rid of dirt and salt. On the inside, you may decide to vacuum the carpet and remove any odors from the air. You would also wipe down the dashboard and any non-carpeted features on the inside to make them look and smell as if you just bought the car.
When Does Detailing Make Sense?
Detailing is most often done when you are about to sell the car to a private party. While you may also want to detail prior to trading it in to a dealer, the fact is that the dealer is going to value your car the same regardless of how it looks. You detail prior to selling to a private party because you want that person to see the car in pristine condition, which may justify your asking price. Detailing may also be worthwhile if you notice that there are strange smells coming from the car or if there are noticeable stains that you just can’t stand anymore.
How Often Should You Have Your Car Detailed?
There is no set time frame in which you should have your car detailed. In other words, you don’t need to clean the interior every 3,000 miles or scrub down the rims every six months. Instead, you can perform any necessary detailing based on personal preferences. Even if you don’t fully detail the car on a regular basis, it is important to wash it, vacuum the interior and take care of minor dents and scratches as they occur.
Getting your car detailed can make it look great and feel better to drive in. If you have kids or pets, you can rest assured that there will be stains and odors that accumulate over time. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to look for a car wash or auto body shop that offers detailing for a reasonable price.
True or False? Five Myths About Title Loans
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 29, 2015
There are many title loan myths out there that can be debunked with ease. This loan process works for many people. It has helped a lot of people get money that they need right away when they had no other options to turn to.
You Need Good Credit to Get Approved
This is a myth because title loan companies will not even check your credit score in most cases. The loan that you will get will be based on the value of your vehicle and not based on your past history. Many people with fair or bad credit have been approved for title loans.
You Have to Wait for Your Money
This is not true because title loan companies understand you are going to them for fast money. This is actually one of the biggest benefits to going to a title loan company. You will not have to wait days to see if you are approved for this type of loan. Instead, you can get a fast answer on the same day.
You Will Lose Your Vehicle
This is not true at all unless you fail to repay the loan. The title loan company wants you to keep your vehicle. As long as you make your payments on time, your car will stay in your possession and you will be the owner of it.
You Have to Have a Brand New Car to be Approved
This is another myth. The title loan you receive is based on the market value of your vehicle and not on how old it is. Your vehicle will be briefly looked at, and you will receive a loan offer based on the condition and value of the vehicle. You do not have to have a new model. Older model vehicles will work just as well.
There Will be Hidden Fees
This is not true either as long as you are dealing with a professional and trustworthy company. You should be shown exactly how much you are going to have to pay back before you sign any paper work. Title loans should not have any hidden fees. You should know all of the information that you need about repaying your loan upfront.
Once you understand the myths about getting a title loan, you can learn the truth about getting one. This type of loan helps many people to be able to afford what they need in an emergency situation, and a reputable company will make sure that you know all of the loan details before you agree to anything.
Five Ways to Plan the Perfect Luxury Yacht Tour
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 28, 2015
One: Contact a Professional Travel Agency
One of the first things that you should do before going on a luxury yacht tour is to contact professional travel agencies to get the best deal. An agent can talk to you about certain types of amenities that you want for extra comfort such as a deluxe size cabin with a regular bed instead of bunk beds. You might want to travel to multiple ports to visit local historical sites or walk along beautiful beaches rather than spend the entire trip on the yacht.
Two: Where Do You Want to Travel?
Perhaps you want to fly to Alaska in the summer to get onboard a yacht that travels along the coastline to photograph wildlife such as seals, polar bears or elk. This type of tour might include going further out to sea to see whales or visit islands where there are penguins. Alternatively, you might want to go to Florida to get onboard a yacht that travels offshore to permit fishing. It is also possible for you to relax on a yacht while sunbathing on the deck instead of trying to do anything else.
Three: Check the Crew’s Training
Before getting on the yacht, verify that the crew has the proper training by checking the state’s licensing regulations. It is especially important to understand the boat captain’s reputation in case an emergency situation such as a major rainstorm occurs while at sea. You need to know if the yacht has emergency supplies, including extra drinking water, life jackets and working radio equipment to contact someone for assistance if a disaster occurs.
Four: Understand What to Pack for Your Tour
You should learn what to bring along for your yacht tour because there are no stores to shop at onboard. While the weather may be sunny and warm when you leave for the tour, the temperature can drop rapidly while on the water. The sleeping quarters on a yacht are not as big as a cruise ship, so you cannot bring along a large assortment of suitcases. Make sure to bring along sunscreen, sunglasses and heavier clothing for breezy days on the yacht’s deck.
Five: Learn About Boat Safety before Going on the Tour
If you have never been on a yacht before, then you need to learn a few rules to remain safe. Unless you are a strong and experienced swimmer, you might want to wear a life jacket at all times to avoid drowning if you fall overboard. It is a good idea to review first aid procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation or how to cope with a broken bone in case an injury occurs during the tour.
Five Items You Must Add to Your Winter Wardrobe
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 27, 2015
Winter Wardrobe Essential One: Heavy Sweater
A heavy sweater is an essential wardrobe item for both men and women in order to remain warm during cold temperatures. There are a variety of sweaters available, including pullovers, turtlenecks and cardigans. One of the most versatile sweaters is a V-neck because it is possible to layer shirts and T-shirts underneath this garment. By choosing a basic color such as black or red, it is easy to wear a heavy sweater with other garments in a winter wardrobe.
Winter Wardrobe Essential Two: Corduroy Slacks
Nothing is warmer and more classic than a pair of corduroy slacks for wintertime activities. Corduroy fabric is tightly woven and thicker than many other materials, helping to create a pair of slacks that someone can wear outside while attending a football game or building a snowman. The same slacks are also appropriate for casual holiday parties and many work environments. In most cases, slacks made of corduroy are easy to wash and dry, so that someone can have a clean and fresh garment at anytime.
Winter Wardrobe Essential Three: Long-Sleeved Shirt
A long-sleeved shirt is an important garment to have for winter, and it is easy to layer this item with a cardigan or V-necked sweater. Choose a neutral color such as white or off-white that looks suitable for any occasion. For anyone in an extremely cold climate, choosing a shirt made of a heavyweight fabric is important. A lighter weight shirt is a good idea for warmer climates. In most cases, a traditional shirt with a button placket is most suitable, but ladies may want to choose a shirt with a bow at the neck instead.
Winter Wardrobe Essential Four: Winter Boots
In the winter, everyone needs a high-quality pair of winter boots to cope with snowy and icy weather. There are boots with high or low shafts that are made of vinyl, leather or suede. Choosing a pair of boots that is easy to walk in on slippery sidewalks and streets is essential. There are boots in trendy or classic styles in an assortment of colors such as brown, black or tan. Winter boots are an investment, and it is wise to select a pair that will last for many years.
Winter Wardrobe Essential Five: A Winter Coat
A heavy winter coat is a necessity for winter in order to stay warm in cold temperatures and snowstorms. Winter coats are made of wool, cotton or polyester, and many of these garments are also made of quilted fabric that is filled with down. For extra warmth, select a coat with a thick lining and hood, or choose one that has a removable liner for slightly warmer days.
Bloody Disaster: 3 Tricks to removing Stains from Clothing
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 26, 2015
There is nothing more frustrating than having a child come home with their brand-new outfit full of stains or having coffee spilled on a blouse at work. While stains can be frustrating, it is possible to remove them without sacrificing the clothing or too much time. The next time a spill disaster occurs, try one of these three tricks to get the stain out.
Boiling Water, Vinegar and Toothpaste
The vibrant colors of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries make look great in a salad, but the same colors on clothing can mean a disastrous stain. Boiling water, vinegar and toothpaste can be used to remove a variety of food stains, including stains from berry spills.
To try this technique, immediately take the soiled garment and stretch it tightly over a bowl. Pour boiling water all over the stain and into the bowl below the fabric. This will remove much of the stain. Next, pour white vinegar in a separate bowl. Place the garment into the vinegar and let it sit for one hour. Ring out the excess vinegar and inspect the clothing; if a stain still remains, apply whitening toothpaste to the area and rub until it has disappeared.
Boiling Water and Lemons
Over time, white clothing can become stained with sweat, dirt and oils. These everyday stains may not show up on colored garments but can ruin a white shirt. To naturally remove stains and brighten whites, boiling water and lemons can be used.
Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil on the stove. Add three sliced lemons to the water as it simmers. Once it comes to a boil, turn off the heat and gently place the clothing into the water. Let sit for an hour and then launder as usual. Spreading them out to dry in the sunlight will whiten any stained areas even further.
Stains that contain proteins, such as blood and vomit, can be extremely difficult to remove. Proteins react to chemicals and bind to one another when exposed to heat, making them hard to remove from clothing using typical methods.
Hydrogen peroxide is effective against protein stains. Remove any excess materials from the stain by blotting with a white cloth or scraping it with a butter knife. Rinse the fabric under cool water and lay it on top of the counter. Pour three percent hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and let it sit for one minute. Rinse the fabric thoroughly and repeat until the stain is completely gone. For protein stains that have dried, mix one teaspoon of the hydrogen peroxide with cream of tartar until a paste has formed. Rub it on gently with a toothbrush, let sit for one minute and rinse.
No matter the stain, experts say that the sooner it is treated, the better chance it has of coming out forever. The next time red punch is spilled, don’t stress about the stain. With these three techniques, clothing will be cleaned and look brand-new once again.
5 Common Misconceptions Society has about Scientology
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 25, 2015
Every religion has their own share of doubters and naysayers who oppose contemporary religious movements. However, Scientology is not a cult, but a unique American religious organization. Below introduces five of the most common misperceptions that people have about Scientology.
Scientology is Just a Cult
Many religions experience a rocky beginning. Christianity was considered to be a cult by Roman authorities, Protestants and Catholic extremists considered the other to be a cult and fought bloody wars during the late middle ages. Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventist have all experienced harsh treatment from the public and the media. However, all religions share basic virtues and ideas that form their conceptual understanding of the universe. Scientology is no different from other churches and also has a belief in the ultimate truth and reality.
Scientologists are Non-Denominational
Scientology is frequently described as being non-denominational and thus excluding certain sects. However, Scientology is actually identical to most major Asian religions, such as Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism and Hinduism. All of these Asian religions are very diverse, but they openly embrace and integrate with other religions. In similar fashion, Scientology members can actually simultaneously belong to other sects. However, many sects of Islam, Judaism and Christianity have strict membership rules that forbid affiliation with different religious groups.
Scientologists Worship Bizarre Aliens
L. Ron Hubbard began his career as a prolific science fiction writer. Therefore, many outsiders confuse Hubbard’s creative works with the core teachings of Scientology. Like most religions, Scientologists believe people are spiritual beings and that intelligent life exists throughout the universe. However, certain critics claim that Scientologists worship aliens that live inside people. Coincidently, Jesus claimed that the kingdom of heaven existed in the hearts of men.
Scientologists are Abusive
There have been notable media stories about horrifying stories that recount abusive and controlling treatment of members within Scientology branches. However, many religions have different beliefs when it comes to sacrifice and spiritual cleansing. For example, Jehovah’s Witnesses will not allow blood transfusions based on their understanding of Old Testament teachings. Mormon members famously pay their own way to serve two-year missions all around the world. The month of Ramadan in Islamic countries is strictly enforced as believers prioritize humanitarian donations over eating.
Scientology is Rigid and Dogmatic
Scientology does have specific rules and guidelines for how their members should behave. However, all religions have their own unique dogmatic rules. For example, Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, had a revelation known as the Word of Wisdom which is still in practice today. It forbids the consumption of coffee, alcohol and tobacco products. On the other hand, Jehovah’s Witnesses are firm pacifists that famously refused to fight in World War II. However, they made significant contributions to humanitarian aid in Europe.
Overall, many people still believe that Scientology is a cult because they limited exposure and understanding of the core teachings.
Fencing Feng Shui: 3 Fencing Trends for 2016
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 24, 2015
Fences are not simply structures that separate property lines. They provide a background for landscaping and a setting for outdoor activities. Fencing enjoys trends like other design elements. Today’s homeowners want their fencing to provide a distinctive look to their properties so that they can better enjoy outdoor relaxing, dining and entertaining in an attractive environment. Here are some fencing designs that help to create a conducive atmosphere for these activities:
In the past, fencing was commonly placed in vertical slats or panels that could be either separated or overlapped to provide privacy and security. However, current trends are moving toward horizontal slats that create a more restful feeling in yard areas. Horizontal lines draw the human eye along the length of the fence instead of up and down, which provides a sense of spaciousness and movement.
Fencing set in staggered heights is becoming a popular trend because it adds more interest instead of straight lines at the top. Staggered fencing can follow the natural contours of a property, which gives yard areas a more fluid feeling. In rural areas or those where wildlife intrusion is a problem, the staggered panels should be at least 8 feet high to keep out deer and other animals that can easily leap lower sections when they smell tasty vegetation on the other side. In addition, fencing should also be set into the ground to avoid animals that are prone to burrowing under fences to reach food.
In recent years, home fence designs have favored using natural materials chosen to fit in well with the surrounding environment. A new idea that provides an enhanced outdoor experience is the look of charred wood. The darker background allows highlighting of the colors and textures of interesting landscape plants and can also emphasize yard décor. The use of charred wood in design, a Japanese art called “Shou Sugi Ban,” provides rich, deep colors in charcoal, gunmetal and chocolate that won’t peel like paint or fade like stain. The technique requires more than just burning to create the subtle color, and surfaces must be properly finished to provide long-lasting intensity. The process is expensive, but the end product is a unique look that gives outdoor areas a simple, yet refined elegance.
These designs can help to give your property a fresh and modern look that sets the stage for all your outdoor pleasures. See how new fencing can give your property a whole new look and feel.
5 Party Ideas for your Artistic Child’s Birthday
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 24, 2015
Your little artist is having a birthday and you want their day to be just as creative as they are. Birthday in a Box has a kit that you can purchase, or you can do it yourself. Here are five ideas for your child’s next birthday party:
One of the best things about a birthday party is the cake. So why not let your child, and everyone else’s, show their artistic ability by decorating their own cupcake. Make the cupcakes yourself at home or order plain cupcakes from a local bakery. Grab a couple cans of icing and some fun sprinkles at the grocery store and place them in bowls around a table, so they are in easy arm reach for the kids. Make sure to include spoons with icing. The kids will love digging into a cupcake that they just created themselves.
Grab Bag/Favor Bag Decorating
Kids love getting favor bags at the end of a party, so letting them decorate their own bag only adds to their excitement. All you need is some basic paper bags (even brown lunch bags will work!), stickers, and crayons. Make sure each kid puts their name on their bag for easy identification later. When they are all done, collect them and stuff them with your chosen goodies.
Paint a Picture
Set up a paint station for one of their activities. If you have access to a set of easels, that is great. If not, just cover a couple of table with either newspapers or a disposable table cloth. Give each child a large piece of paper or a blank canvas and let them get their creativity on. Let the kids get really creative by setting up a brushless paint station.
Need an activity that doesn’t involve paint? Try sculpting. Give each kid a container of Play-Doh as their sculpting clay. Call out a birthday item (candle, cupcake, balloon, etc.) and give the kids a set amount of time to try and sculpt them out of the Play-Doh. Allow them to show them off and then have the smash them to get ready for the next sculpture. They can take the Play-Doh home as their favor, as an added bonus!
Your child is an artist, so let them show off their skills by creating some of the decorations. Let them make the signs that will lead to the party, or if they can’t write yet, let them decorate them. Have them make pictures that will hang around the party. They will love getting to show off their abilities to all of the guests.
Why Long Term Financial Adjustments Win
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 23, 2015
Budgeting and financial planning are two areas where many people struggle, and you may be looking for effective strategies to improve your financial situation. Some people will make short-term plans to reduce expenses or to make investments, but long-term financial adjustments are often a better option. With greater examination of why long-term adjustments are beneficial, you may be able to create new plans for your budget and investments that will help you to achieve your goals.
Cutting Expenses From Your Budget
Many who decide to take steps to improve their financial situation will do their best to cut expenses from their budget, but some changes are only short-term in nature. For example, you may decide to start using coupons at the grocery store or to take a brown bag lunch to work every day rather than eat out. These are ways to save money, but they require your regular effort in order to achieve savings. When you make long-term adjustments to your budget, you can enjoy having lower expenses each month without taking regular steps to do so. For example, you could refinance your car loan to set up a lower monthly payment. Generally, the long-term adjustments may also yield greater results than the short-term adjustments you may make.
Regular Savings and Investment Plans
Some will make savings and investments on a manual basis. For example, you may transfer money into your savings account when you have extra funds available to do so, or you may purchase investments without regularity. Inevitably, however, many people will not have the money available in their budget each month to save an ideal amount. Setting up an automated savings and investment plan and incorporating that into your budget will help to ensure that you always have funds available for this purpose. It also will eliminate the need to remember to save money each month, and the savings and investments will occur regularly regardless of how busy you are on any given month. If you are struggling to increase savings and investment account balances through your own efforts, making long-term adjustments can help you to achieve better results.
There are numerous steps that you can take to improve your financial situation. Some short-term adjustments may be necessary from time to time, but it is important to incorporate adjustments that make it easier for you to achieve your goals. You can begin by creating a plan that outlines your mid-range and long-term financial objectives that you want to meet. Then, you can make financial adjustments to your expenses, savings and investments so that you set yourself on a path to achieve success with your goals.
Business Solutions: Manage Better Time with Wall Clocks
Posted by Betty Abernathy on November 22, 2015
Time is among the most critical elements of a workday, and everything from efficiency to productivity and promptness will be based on it. As a manager or business owner, you may be focused on ways to better manage time yourself as well as to encourage your employees to do the same throughout the day. Many will go to great lengths to improve their own efforts and their employees in this area, but one of the best steps you can take may be far easier than you may think. Investing in a wall clock for your business can enhance your efforts and help you to achieve the results you desire.
The Ability to Quickly Tell Time
There are numerous strategies and techniques that you can research and implement in order to improve time management, efficiency and productivity, but these may be difficult to incorporate into your daily business activities if you cannot quickly and easily determine what time it is. In many work environments, there are numerous clocks and watches that you will be able to see, but they may not be easy to easy or noticeable. A large wall clock may be strategically placed so that you can glance up and determine the time when you are on the phone, walking to a meeting, working at the computer or performing other activities. This will ensure that you are always aware of what time it is regardless of what you are doing or where you are located in the room.
A Noticeable Feature
Even when you have a clock on your laptop or desktop PC, a readout on your smartphone or a watch on your wrist, the unfortunate reality is that you may not notice these features. You will not be able to determine what time it is if you do not look at the clock. Some wall clocks are several feet in length and may be a foot or more tall. They also may have large, easy-to-read numerals that can catch your eye. When you are selecting a wall clock to purchase and to hang on the wall in your office, look for a noticeable feature that will catch your eye even when you are not actively trying to tell what time it is.
Productivity, efficiency and overall time management are important to your business activities, but in order to improve time management, you will need to have access to a clock that is both noticeable and easy to read. There are numerous clocks that are available for you to hang on the wall in your office, but you may consider finding a clock that has a large display and features that are easy for you and others to ready.