Ways to Honour a Deceased Family Member

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As the famous line goes, “No man is an island.” We all have people we hold close to our hearts – people we trust implicitly; people who know our deepest, darkest secrets; people who know us from our young age; and people who love every fibre of our being. They may be our parents, relatives, friends, or even casual acquaintances. It’s always a sad time when someone dear to us passes away as it seems they take a part of us with their passing.

We can always honour their memories and show others how they lived their lives in various ways. It could be as simple as a random act of kindness or as grand as having their name or likeness tattooed on your body or naming a grant or building after them. Regardless of how you want to honour your deceased family member, what’s important is that their memories will continue to live on through you.

Here are a few ways to honour a dearly departed family member.

Cremation diamond

Consider wearing your loved ones for the rest of your life by making their ashes into diamonds. You can ask for assistance from an experienced funeral services company like carrollandcarrollfunerals.co.uk that can guide you about the process. Your beloved’s ashes will undergo several procedures that will turn them into laboratory-grown diamonds that you can set on any piece of jewellery. You’ll always have them by your side if you so choose.

Donate to a cause dear to them

One way to honour the deceased is by donating a sum to one of their favourite charities or organisations that support a particular advocacy close to their hearts. If the donation is a sizable sum, perhaps you could arrange for an annual endowment in the deceased’s name so they’ll be remembered constantly.

Keep their things as mementoes

You can also keep some of their things as mementoes so you won’t easily forget them. Perhaps turn some of their shirts into pillow cases or throw rugs or a quilt. Spritz their favourite perfume on them, so you can remember how they smelled. Sentimentality will be a great way to remember your loved ones. Remember, they’ll always be on your mind if something will remind you of them.

Hang pictures and memorialise them online

Another alternative way to honour your loved ones is to hang their pictures around the house so you’ll get reminded of their presence. You can also scan and upload their old photos to albums online so you can browse them at your convenience. They’ll always be close by, although they’re no longer around.

Have their names or likeness tattooed

If you want to be a tad extreme, why not tattoo their name or likeness on your body? Select your favourite picture of them and have an experienced tattoo artist immortalise them in ink. They’ll be with you everywhere you go, and you’ll certainly remember them.

Takeaway

Honouring your beloved deceased family members is a worthwhile endeavour. You can do several things to remember how they lived their lives and how they influenced you.

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THE HERD THAT CANCELLED DEPP

On September 22, 2021, Johnny Depp went on record as ‘a victim of cancel culture’ – a social epidemic and virus so infectious that no celebrity eminence may be immune to its virulence. Its transmission promulgates lepers out of icons formerly merited pedestals, casting them from the heights of social adulation and respective media platforms, to stigmatized bubbles of guilt and shame: JK Rowling, Shawn Dawson, Ellen DeGeneres…Johnny Depp. Depp went on to comment, ahead of receiving the honorary Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival: “It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgement based on what essentially amounts to polluted air.”

What surfaces when we put a microscope to the disease? For the last six weeks, one courtroom in a North Virginian courthouse has garnered more investigation, inspection, and cross-examination than a penicillin Petri dish of a Fleming laboratory. All while jurors, lawyers and the public have laboured to discern the pathogenic bacteria from the salubrious as the microcosm of Depp and Heard’s previous lives, misdemeanours, testimonies, and characters have been subjected to veritable scrutiny. Numerous accounts are probed by lawyers – morally unyielding pipettes – their mouths dispensing beads of venom that have gone on to fuel acrimonious external observation and public judgement – a more insidious poison proliferates outside the walls of the court. 

In 2018, following a Washington Post op-ed, a herd of deferential followers blindly united to mount Amber Heard upon an inviolable podium that would amplify the tenuous cries of a ‘self-proclaimed’ survivor from an unassailable summit. Four years on and those crusaders, the fanatics that sought to erect her venerable pedestal – are tearing it down with their own hands. A predicament that echoes Depp’s fall from grace with a mocking familiarity that reverberates with ironic justice, as public scrutiny renders Heard, officially, canceled. The verdict already cast: the jury, judge, and courtroom – redundant components of a superfluous trial, when its audience comprise the solely valid arbiters. Depp never needed a win, hell, he never needed the fifty million dollars, he needed to be uncancelled. And we don’t rescind cancelation through revoke or repeal of defamation. No, the public appetite is insatiable and demands to be fed…we cancel someone else. Heard was sentenced before she had the opportunity to open her mouth. And perhaps this is justice. She’s hardly exemplified the paradigm of innocence so voraciously broadcasted – the face of domestic violence. And yet was it not you, I, the rest of the world who, of our own volition, chose to uncritically endorse that misnomer in the first place?

Op-ed: ‘An opinion piece, written by a person with a unique perspective on the subject.’ An opinion. This was her opinion, her truth, written to inveigle the reader of her prevailing righteousness, but still, nothing beyond an opinion. As in, this was an article uncorroborated by enquiry, tangible facts, empirical data, investigation, scrutiny…evidence. Yet public condemnation was cast against Depp in merciless alacrity. Heard was the catalyst, we threw the stones. There have been numerous testimonies now that expose Heard’s predisposition to violence, to cruelty, verbal, vitriolic rage, the unremitting diatribes hurled at respective partners and employees, the narcissistic impulses…sufficient material to accumulate a plethora of ‘opinion pieces.’ So how did her true character evade us all for so long? We read an excerpt, an op-ed, and sanctioned it gospel truth. Depp and his distinguished career – crucified in an instant, we failed to question or interrogate the legitimacy of any of it…until ultimately the whole thing landed up in court. A product of our own blind acceptance, and our insatiable appetites for schadenfreude. Cancel culture. Do accounts such as these have to reach globally publicised trials before being subjected to veracity? And I know what you’re going to say: WE SHOULD BELIEVE ALL WOMEN WHO CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO ABUSE! Well, should we?…We should listen to all women (and men), sure, we should take all accounts seriously and treat them with empathy, but believe? If we by default validate the victim, we instinctively denounce the accused. Belief…conviction… synonymous, and they generally go hand in hand with retribution – and we have a justice system in place for that.

Where Heard’s defence have resorted to some of the most outlandish, ridiculous even, sources, calling tabloids ‘The Sun,’ and ‘The Daily Mail’ out at the stand, Depp’s lawyers have rebutted with a ‘are you seriously going there’ side-glance. Way to undermine your own credibility, guys, because these sources have none. And that’s totally valid, we’re supposed to take stories that litter tabloids with a pinch of salt…they’re not peer reviewed, they’re hearsay, or “Heardsay,” let’s say. Still, this sensationalised propagation of Heard’s fabricated bruises, Moss’ tumble down-the-stairs, the salacious bedroom specifics, Depp’s volatile relationship history…all this tabloid trash has accumulated a gravity of intrigue. A substantial amount of this unsubstantiated drivel has found itself at the forefront of the trial…and that’s ultimately because the public gobbled it up with a greed and sightlessness that rendered Depp cancelled in the first place. We invested in this tabloid debris; we attributed it the credibility that steeped Depp in lawsuits for years, Heard was just the facilitator. We’ve seen an influx of articles now that rail against the misogynistic implications of vilifying Heard, instead of criticizing the onslaught of this online cruelty, they fixate on the imminent threat of interminable misogyny afflicting our society and deterring other victims from coming forward. They decry ‘misogyny’ all whilst alluding to Heard’s prevailing innocence on the mere basis of her gender…feminism advocates for equality though, not female hegemony – that’s misandry.  We are rarely exposed to balanced perspectives – if it’s not polarising, it ain’t getting a platform. Surely a feminist perspective would support Depp to an extent…not on account of the abuse that has been testified to, but on account of the evidence provided exposing Heard’s shrewd malice in defaming Depp, through what appears to be a calculated exploitation of the upsurge of the ‘me too’ movement. It feels as though we have lost sight of the fact that this is a defamation case though, not an abuse case, and Depp is not responsible for the hateful and pejorative commentary, we are.

Our societal perception of abuse is extremely binary, with minimal negotiation between oppressed and oppressor, it’s a reductionist approach that negates what system’s theories and numerous social-science studies have elicited for decades; that duality exists in all of us to an extent. And that dichotomy is exhibited throughout this trial. Fanaticism does not yield balance though. It’s clear that both Depp and Heard engaged in destructive, cruel, and toxic behaviour, Depp himself does not deny this. Yet here we are again, drowning in a public cry, but one now that rallies blindly for Depp’s exoneration, and he can do no wrong, as far as the public are concerned. Heard has driven him to drugs, hindered his sobriety and plagued his mind with jealousy, while some of the commentary has descended to the realms of the ridiculous in its claims – she is responsible for his profanities, his weight gain, his ageing, his thinning hair, his eyelashes have lost their volume and his ears have grown – a Darwinian defence against the perpetual threat of glass bottles hurled at his skull, no doubt. The woman literally cannot blink an eyelid without being subject to public scorn. Is Amber Heard not a victim in her own way, of mental illness, at least? Her behaviour undeniably congruent with cluster B personality types, so we’ve heard. We’ve witnessed testimony to her lack of impulse regulation, emotional instability, her inexorable struggles with dysfunctional relationships and addiction. Mental illness is only sympathised with when it’s socially palatable. Public opinion consigns its compassion to mental illness cases that conform to neat packages of vulnerability, hosts that are unpolemical and do nothing to infringe on the security and well-being of the majority. We have no humility for a blemished character. And yet, mental illnesses typically manifest themselves in ugly, socially repugnant ways…that’s usually what warrants a diagnosis in the first place – poor and socially non-conforming behavioural choices. But the virtue signalling won’t cease; the indefatigable ambush of moral slurs we wake up to everyday employed by brands, corporations, and public figures, conceptualised to lure us all into a collective sense of awareness surrounding the sanctity of mental health. And the general consensus pertains to this idea that we’re all suffering, to some extent. If we’re all saddled with mental health issues though, what are the implications for people suffering from BPD, bipolar, anorexia, schizophrenia, ASPD…PTSD? They’re put into the same boxes, the same waitlists and afforded the same degrees of tolerance and compassion as everyone else…divergent perspectives and feelings remain invalidated, and deviant behaviour ostracised.

The culmination of my DV trial landed my ex in prison: GBH, ABH, rape, and wounding. Those are concrete, legitimate terms, speculation does not enter the equation, this is what he was charged with and prosecuted for, it just is what it is. There was an additional charge, to which he was found not guilty, so I exclude it from mention. If his name or an allusion to was mentioned in a published article, I would be expected to substantiate those claims with proof. Throughout this trial, we have been barraged with commentary plagued with – ‘look what Heard’s done to ACTUAL survivors of domestic abuse!’ – I don’t know if she has done all that much to me, personally, to be perfectly candid. I didn’t really take much stead in her whole spiel in the first place…perhaps the reason for all this vehemence is that so many of us did. The comments on the other hand, the ones where we deride her fragile state of mental health, memes of her getting slapped, the general ridicule propounded against her displays of emotion, yeah those are pretty cutting, perhaps triggering even. I know of other survivors who similarly look upon accounts of victimhood with an invariable skepticism when they are void of tangible evidence. They find it acutely uncomfortable to read or hear accounts that are elusive as to what actually went on…this term ‘abuse’ – holds an amorphous ubiquity that is contentious – because what do you mean, when you say ‘abuse’, it’s vague, what are you referring to? – Malicious communications, verbal…assault – common, actual? Aggravated, grievous, battery, false imprisonment, wounding? – An official terminology for this stuff, that varies by jurisdiction, exists, and if you’re not even loosely exercising it, what moral authority do we have to arbitrate? A perpetrator of common assault does not receive as punitive a sentence as a person found guilty of grievous bodily harm. I was listening to a podcast recently on the topic of workplace violence and survivorship, the hosts were mollifying an actor who claimed to have been abused on set, the whole account was extremely obscure, but referred to a ‘truly horrific incident, a violation of the worst kind.’ The language being used seriously insinuated that a rape or some kind of sexual assault had occurred. The victim later went on to claim that ‘there were witnesses who heard what he said too’ – I mean, why do this? Why broadcast ‘abuse’ and not substantiate it with anything, no context was given, the listener just expected to take everything said at face value. It’s not fun for rape survivors to listen to accounts of survivorship that align verbal abuse with ‘a violation of the worst kind.’ When someone resonates with the term ‘survivor’ it’s not for me to refute or invalidate that, but it’s frustrating to have public attitude blindly endorse it. What do accounts of survivorship, when they vary so significantly in the severity of abuse inflicted, do for other survivors?

Has Heard made it harder for DV victims to come forward? Has she taken the ‘me too’ movement back…by decades? Personally conflicted on that one – it feels too much a sentiment wielded for the justification of the diatribes and hostility spurned at her. We read and champion enough editorials written by champagne socialists who release excerpts that bleed in victimhood…and hypocrisy, while they carouse and run around in their playgrounds of fast cars and luxury. And that’s not to suggest a celebrity status is any more capable than the rest of us plebs in evading abuse, perhaps it just feels more wounding somehow. To read the accounts of these paradigms of aesthetic beauty, altruists, do-gooders, and immaculate perfection, imploring for change and for justice from the cavernous realms of their sanctimonious, golden-lined lungs. So as a survivor, I never appreciated her article in the first place. She never epitomised the pillar of model survivorship for me. Socially, we pander to it all though, we provide the platforms…but only to the ‘righteous,’ and it’s ironic, because I’m not reckless or brave enough to actually supply examples (MANY come to mind)…someone might actually read this one day, and cancel my ass. My survival heroes have been the women I’ve encountered on tenuous recovery paths, usually amidst poverty, although that shouldn’t be a prerequisite. But they are women who’ve wrestled with their own demons in the aftermath of the clutches and wrath of shame and PTSD. A PTSD that drove them to abuse substances, commit inordinate and inexcusable mistakes, socially marginalise them and ostracise them from their loved ones as result of their own poor choices. Abuse is cyclic, PTSD has repercussions, hurt people – hurt people, and all too often the victims become the perpetrators. And they are my heroes, my heroines, because in spite of all the humiliation, the human error, the hurt committed unto others in the wake of their PTSD, they acknowledged their mistakes, their wrong-doings and they strove to change and to redeem. I’m not interested in entertaining articles penned by picture perfect archetypes of survivors, who claim to be entirely faultless in the face of the wake and wrath of PTSD. Victims of DV are not homogenous, but surviving violence and abuse carries its own implications, most of us didn’t wake up from our horror stories brimming with boundless love and care for humankind. For a lot of us, our self-esteem was down the pan, we disregarded our health, our hygiene, our skin broke out, our hair was ravaged, we were distrusting and confrontational, we didn’t smile demurely at passersby, we weren’t warm, approachable, or endearing. I never wanted to see this perfectly-put -together woman – no misdemeanours, flawless conduct, unblemished character parading on the cover of magazines as the ‘face of domestic violence.’ When you’ve worked so hard just to be able to trust people, to look people in the eye, to smile at people, to eat food, to sleep, to exercise, to nourish your body, to forgive yourself for the hurt inflicted upon others, to redeem for it, to address a lack of impulse control and emotional regulation, to love others and allow them to love you back, to be kind…that “bar” of survivorship makes you feel like a failure. Because it’s women like Heard who get the badge, the survivor badge. This is how the public want to perceive victimhood. And that’s not Heard’s fault…it’s a product of our society’s binary-bounded mentality. We don’t have to start denying self-confirmed survivors of their marque, we don’t have to deride or debase their choice of lexicon. But we can still choose how we interpret it. We can choose to discern between the accounts and the language put before us, to not jump to conclusions, we can choose to challenge our pre-determined biases or indulge them. To rush to unite in cancelling mass hysteria, or to…what’s the antithesis? – By default, if we don’t cancel, we endorse?…Our social positionality has become so binary, and we are culpable of that – it’s our responsibility to recalibrate, to confront the parameters of our own ‘herd fragility.’  We don’t have to conflate unquestioned, unchallenged compassion of domestic violence, survivorship and mental illness with understanding of it. Heard’s words only take the ‘me too’ movement backwards if you, if we allow her too.

Heard threw Depp to the wolves, knowing they would take the bait. A cancelled Depp, a then vilified, ‘had-been’, maligned underdog, unleashes his bark and the pack turn. We turn on the hand that fed us the succulent kernels of celebrity moral turpitude, we bite at Heard’s heels, ravenous for blood, easy prey for she is muzzled now, and her words hold no meat. She is ousted, finished, cancelled. And perhaps that’s the way it should be. Just providing we come to accept – we’re the predators, the wolves…or perhaps, more aptly, sheep.

A Brief History of the Western Belt Buckle

Western attire is characterized by several easily recognizable accessories. There is, of course, the classic cowboy hat and boots. No western outfit is complete without those. Rugged jeans and shirts with snaps and perhaps a bolo tie are also standard. One of the most noticeable accessories is the oversize belt buckle that the wearer displays with pride. In fact, they are often given as prizes to rodeo event winners. How did these extra-large buckles become so popular?

Roots in the Military

There is a large assortment of western belt buckles in vogue. Most are metal but there are other materials such as a bronco leather buckle. The trend started during the Civil War. Members of the cavalry wore large, shiny buckles as a standard part of their uniforms. This practice was adopted from European military tradition. The buckles were a great symbol of the pride they had in their service and their cavalry units. After the war, when rodeos became popular, veterans wore their buckles while competing and often had new buckles made in a similar style but depicting western themes.

Influenced by Hollywood

Cowboys and rodeo became part of show business with traveling shows such as the one run by Buffalo Bill Cody. In the 20th Century, the film industry began and westerns were a popular genre right from the start. Early silent stars like Tom Mix were fitted with large, ornate, silver belt buckles. This continued as other western stars such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers become icons. The flashy buckle became firmly associated with cowboy attire. Rodeo stars were quick to adopt the trend and what prize could be better for the best ropers and riders than a big shiny buckle.

Oversized belt buckles are now firmly established as an essential part of western wear. The bigger and shinier the better. It’s like a trophy always on display for a rodeo star.

Does Depression Lead to Dry Eyes?

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that affects millions of people in the United States alone. While it is considered a multifactorial disease with various etymologies, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is the cause of most dry eye cases diagnosed in the clinical setting.

Dry eye syndrome’s other identified risk factors include aging, gender, genetics, stress, smoking, anxiety, and depression. Among all these causative factors, depression has received widespread attention as the condition influencing the interventions and success rate of an individualized treatment plan. Let’s look at the causes and effects of depression on individuals diagnosed with dry eye syndrome.

Dry eyes can affect your mood

The chronic pressure on the eyelids due to absent or reduced oil production can alter a person’s mood. Though one may feel acclimated to having dry eyes, it can lead to depressed individuals suffering from acute depression attacks. Therefore, the best treatment for dry eye conditions entails a holistic approach that includes addressing the mood changes arising from dealing with the condition. 

Impending vision loss may result in acute depressive attacks 

Dry eye syndrome typically starts with minor signs and symptoms and vision loss when left untreated. The blockage of the Meibomian glands, infection, or low sebum production can often lead to permanent corneal, conjunctival, and eyelid damage. These complications predispose an individual to suffer from permanent vision loss sooner or later. Without proper management and treatment, depressed individuals often feel hopeless and fall deeper into depression instead of finding a treatment option that can help them manage their condition effectively. 

Necessary lifestyle changes

Dry eye syndrome is often diagnosed in its last stages as most individuals are asymptomatic during the early stages of the illness. Apart from eye dryness, there are many other associated symptoms, including itchiness in one or both eyes, eyelid inflammation, irritation, swollen eyelids, and the sensation of having a foreign object in your eye. Dry eye symptoms may be overwhelming for those who suffer from chronic depression. As a result, individuals who fail to perform their routines with the utmost proficiency are more likely to suffer from frequent anxiety attacks. 

Reduced social interactions

Individuals with dry eye syndrome experience blurry vision that can be a safety hazard when walking or driving vehicles. To avoid accidents or exacerbation of symptoms, they choose to isolate themselves instead. In some cases, people undergoing treatment refrain from social interactions until all unwanted signs and symptoms disappear. 

Effective management of dry eye syndrome and depression is key

Many dry eye syndrome patients suffering from depression must receive a comprehensive treatment plan to resolve both conditions. Apart from receiving the right set of management interventions to alleviate the signs and symptoms of dry eye syndrome, patients are encouraged to seek the expertise of therapists to treat mood swings and depressive episodes.

Final thoughts

While dry eye syndrome is a non-terminal illness, individuals must be treated promptly to prevent the disease from becoming serious. The impending threat of vision loss can negatively impact one’s state of mind; hence, proper psychological evaluation and treatment must also be implemented to ensure a positive and speedy recovery.

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What Does Delta 8 Contain?

Delta 8 does not contain contaminants or toxic chemicals. They are pure, non-GMO, and made from organic hemp. They taste great, too. If you’re curious about Delta 8, read on.  You can also check out different websites to see where some of these products are sold. Click here to visit the official website of Deltamunchies.

Are Delta 8 gummies edible?

What makes Delta-8 gummies so special? The cannabinoid Delta-8 is responsible for the unique effects these gummies have. Ingesting this cannabinoid produces a relaxing high, which can significantly affect an individual’s mood. Delta 8 gummies can help a person achieve complete relaxation, while the THC content of this edible will jeopardize the individual differently. While Delta-8 gummies are known to have a relaxing effect on the body, their results depend on how frequently they are consumed, their age, and the amount of THC they have absorbed. Whether you are looking for a relaxing high or just want to clear your mind from work, Delta 8 gummies can help you achieve your goals.

To be sure your gummies contain the correct amount of Delta-8, look for brands that have third-party lab testing performed. This is the only way to ensure the purity of your final product. Make sure the company you purchase your Delta 8 gummies from conducts third-party lab tests and conducts its own. To avoid buying from unreliable sources, you can also check the labels of your favorite Delta 8 brands. Generally, Delta-8 gummies have a purity level of up to 96%.

For those who want to consume their CBD gummies, Exhale offers delta-8 gummies that contain no THC. These gummies are produced from hemp grown in the United States and come in three flavors: blue raspberry, peach, and watermelon. These gummies are also available as subscriptions.

How long does it take to kick in?

When you start using Delta 8, you may be curious how long it takes to get the desired effect. Many companies have a variety of dosage options. The best way to find out how much Delta 8 is to take is to do a little bit at a time. You should start by taking half of the recommended serving size and slowly work your way up to the recommended dose. You may experience a short-lived lack of energy or a feeling of tiredness, but these effects should wear off as the supplement works.

The effects of Delta-8 depend on how often you vape. If you vape every day, it will take approximately five days to clear your system. It may take up to 10 days for THC metabolites to be eliminated from your system. As you may have guessed, Delta-8 THC will show up in a drug test if you are still in your system. As long as you take your medication according to instructions, the effects of Delta-8 THC will wear off after around a week.

The effects of delta 8 THC take about 45 minutes to three hours to full effect. The time to start feeling the results may differ for everyone, so you should consult your physician. While you should consume edibles at least 60 minutes before taking a cigarette, it can take up to three hours to experience the drug’s full effects. While this is longer than the duration of a vape session, it’s worth remembering that Delta 8 THC tinctures take about 60 minutes to absorb into your system and are fully effective.

Side effects Delta 8 Gummies

If you’re thinking about trying Delta-8 gummies, you need to know what they can do to your body. This cannabis supplement can cause a temporary dry mouth and eyes, but these are relatively mild side effects. The dry mouth is not a sign of dehydration but rather the effects of the compound on the salivary glands. A dry mouth can lead to red eyes and discomfort, but moisturizing eye drops can remedy dry vision.

Delta 8 gummies are a popular form of cannabis. They contain spirulina, an active ingredient that boosts white blood cells and other healthy functions. In addition, they interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which regulates homeostasis. These gummies also contain the chemical delta-8 THC, which has many positive effects on the body. However, some users have reported that the drug may cause anxiety, nausea, and vomiting.

Delta 8 can cause users to feel groggy or out of it. While the effects are less pronounced than THC, delta 8 can result in a feeling of grogginess or a strong desire to sleep. These side effects occur when people take too much of the drug. If you are concerned about the impact, be sure to microdose. Those side effects will be mild and temporary.

Use of Coupons Help You to Save Money and Get Better Discount

If you’re interested in buying sports apparel online, you’ve come to the right place. This online store features a list of popular brands and models and offers quick, easy comparison shopping. Choose your size, color, and other details to find the perfect sportswear for you. Delivery is also free within India. You can purchase your sports apparel with confidence. Here are some tips on how to buy the right type of sports gear for your style.

Using Coupons Can Save You A Lot Of Money:

They help you buy more expensive items at a lower price. You can also use them to purchase rival brand products. It will be great if you can get a few of them and accumulate them. You can also create a savings account to save money for emergencies. However, it will be important for you to understand the rules for couponing. Here are some of the benefits of using coupons.

Using the Nike promo code is an easy way to track your savings. By comparing prices with and without coupons, you can see which products are more affordable. Sometimes, you may be able to save a lot of money when you use a coupon. This way, you can save more money on your next purchase. Moreover, you can track how much you save every time you use a coupon. You can even compare prices with different discounts.

Easily Used by Customers:

Another benefit of using coupons is that they can be easily used by customers. You can use them to try out new things that you normally wouldn’t try. You can even get a freebie, which is no less than a gift. This way, you’ll be able to try out something that you never thought possible for yourself. This way, you’ll be rewarded with an opportunity to enjoy something for free. You’ll be happy you did.

Another advantage of using coupons is that they can help your business gain more awareness. The consumer is likely to remember a coupon with your company name and address, which will increase your sales. People will also be more likely to visit your store or website. By providing the names and addresses of the businesses, you can save a lot of money on marketing. In addition to saving money, coupons are good for those who are just starting their business or don’t have a street presence.

Using coupons can also help you save money on everyday items. Most of the time, these items are already on sale, so you can get them at a lower price. So, you can also get a better sense of accomplishment by using coupons. And, you’ll be helping your community at the same time. And it’s worth it to try using these tips to save money. It will be a great benefit for you.

Reduce Your Bill:

Using coupons is a great way to save money. They can help you reduce your grocery bill by as much as 50%. You can use these savings to save on bigger items, like clothes or furniture. It is also possible to find a good coupon for a product that you regularly use. This way, you can be sure to save money on the products you need the most. This is a good way to make more money on the things that you already buy.

Essential Factors to Consider While Relocating Your Business

Entrepreneurs should give business relocation keen attention because it is not easy to do. It would be best if you considered some critical factors to ensure that you make the right decision for the success of your business.

Some of the essential factors include:

Customers

Customers determine the success of every business. So, when you are relocating your business to another location, you need to be sure that you will get enough new customers or that your current customers will still easily access the new area.

With large numbers of customers buying your products, you can be sure of making profits that can help you expand your business. Experts say it would be better to move closer to your customers than move away from them.

Moving closer to your clients makes it convenient to access your products. As a result, your sales volume will increase as you make good profits.

Location

The location you choose will determine the success of your business. Therefore, you need to ask yourself the following crucial questions before you move:

  • Is the new area safe for your business?
  • Will you get sufficient customers for your goods and services?
  • Does the new location have good infrastructure to support your business?
  • Will you find enough workforce in the area?

If the answer is ‘yes,’ you can relocate your company to the new area.

Taxes 

Different states or countries charge different amounts of taxes, which will significantly impact your business. If the tax rate is higher, you will likely make lower or no profits. So, you need to get a location with low tax rates to help you lower costs as you maximize profits.

Relocation Cost

While moving to a new location, check the cost of living so that you don’t end up having more expenses than savings. For instance, if the cost of living is high, you will pay more for rent and workforce than if the cost is lower.

What are the Basics of Dressing?

How you dress tells a lot about your character, making it essential to consider the outfits you decide to share with the world. You must understand the basics of dressing and what you can and cannot wear, among other essential tips, when considering your outfit. Local research shows employees who dress better than their employers have a better chance at rising through the ranks and replacing their supervisors. Here are fashion aspects you need to know to dress ideally according to the theme and essence of your planned activities.

Basics of Dressing

Avoid Playing the Part

Your outfit needs to reflect your personality and not give away what you do. Only specific professions require their workforce to have a particular dress code; it may be color-specific or company-assigned uniforms. Other organizations with the freedom to wear clothing allow you to experiment in various designs and express yourself according to how you want to be perceived.

Avoid Cloning

It is not an offense to copy an outfit you find attractive from your colleague, but it would be best to avoid overdoing it. You can observe the styles, colors, patterns, and prints that others wear and make an effort to be unique each day. Psychologists also recommend switching to tie, shirt, and suit combinations frequently to ensure those close to you do not typecast your appearance. If there is anyone you should try cloning, it is the boss; they will take it as an effort to try and look like them.

Quality Over Quantity

Quality over quantity is another fundamental aspect of dressing. Try to keep your outfit as simple as possible by including quality and genuine pieces to increase the chances of your dress standing out. Pick clothes that fit right, are well made, and look as good as new; you will feel shabby with oversized options, while tight ones are restrictive. You will find that quantity-focused outfits are mobile and can move with you quickly while their counterparts are bulky; Lulalu delivers quality bras for every woman.

Other Dressing Tips You May Need

  • It would help if you always closed the middle button on a jacket and never closed the lower one. You can button or unbutton the upper one depending on your current mood and how you want others to perceive you.
  • Do not unbutton more than two buttons when wearing a blouse or shirt.
  • If you have a tie on, ensure it reaches and crosses your waist just a little bit. Wearing a tie will depend on if you have a jacket or not; a tie is unnecessary without a coat.
  • Ladies should settle for either cleavage or a mini skirt when picking out their office outfits. Pairing the two dressing aspects will leave you looking too vulgar and less professional.
  • Ensure you have a belt on if you tuck in your shirt. Also, ensure your belt and shoes match colors for a professional appeal.

Understanding the basics of dressing is the first step to unlocking flawless outfits for work. Every individual needs to know the information shared in this article to maintain a consistent and professional dress code. Do not be afraid to accessorize; ensure you do not overdo.

How to Increase Your Fleet Efficiency

The way in which your fleet operates will directly impact your company’s ongoing profitability, reputation, and sustainability. If you want your company vehicles to play an active role in the ongoing growth of your organization, it’s highly recommended that you go above and beyond to improve their overall efficiency levels.

Advice on how to increase your fleet efficiency can be found in the article below.

Equip yourself with the right tools

If you’re to stand a chance at providing a fleet service that is truly befitting of today, it’s highly recommended that you equip yourself with a whole host of modern tech tools.

Crucially in this instance, you should seriously consider investing in driver assist technology. This tech solution will actively scan the road ahead for potential dangers. The cutting-edge algorithm will examine the oncoming scene, its overall goal being to detect other vehicles, lane changes, and pedestrians before they manifest into safety hazards. With this extra set of eyes at their disposal, your drivers will be far more likely to operate your company vehicles in an alert, astute, and ultimately efficient fashion. To find the very latest and best deals on driver-assist technology, be sure to check out iLink.

Be incredibly fuel-efficient

Your vehicles aren’t going to play a major role in your company’s ongoing growth if they are constantly breaking down. To ensure that you aren’t blighted by fleet downtime, going above and beyond to improve your fuel efficiency is advised.

There are a number of things that you can do to enhance the efficiency of your refueling operation, one of which is to plan periodic fuel stops. As soon as you know what routes your drivers are going to be taking, you should take some time to unearth fuel stations along the way. This will help to keep your vehicles on a timely course as they travel across the country, and it will also help to fend off potential wear-and-tear issues in the fuel filter.

Remain in contact with your drivers at all times

Retaining a clear, coherent, and concise flow of communication with your drivers is very much advised. By remaining in contact with your driving workforce, you will have the capacity to keep them engaged, alert, and efficient over a sustained period of time. What’s more, you will also have the ability to warn them of any traffic delays that may be awaiting them ahead.

To ensure that your drivers are capable of safely taking your calls while they’re out there on the open road, you should consider providing them with robust in-vehicle smartphone holders.

If you’re serious about taking your business from strength to strength over the course of the coming year, improving the overall efficiency of your fleet operation should be one of your top priorities. When you decide to take on this all-important challenge, be sure to remember all of the advice and guidance listed above. Do that, and you’ll be sure to build a productive driving workforce in no time.

How to Choose the Best CBG Products?

While millions of people are already huge fans of the benefits of CBD, when in search to improve their wellbeing, another cannabinoid that is perhaps not as well known yet, but that can present you with the same equal health benefits is CBG. CBG or cannabigerol might share a few similarities with CBD, still, there are a few differences between them. However, just like CBD, CBG products have the potential to change your life. If you are interested in knowing how here, you will know more about CBG.

Why Should You Consider CBG Products? 

Every living organism that has a spinal column possesses an endocannabinoid system, which is a biological system that manages most of your body’s functions. Cannabinoids interact with the receptors located in different parts of the human body that control different processes. When you consume CBG, this will impact your health by promoting those receptors to work faster and release more cannabinoids naturally, which will result in an improvement of many health issues. 

How to Choose the Best CBG Products? 

Finding good CBG products can be difficult, as it can be challenging to find more than CBD. And because neither CBG nor CBD are regulated by the FDA, it might be a little harder to find high-quality CBG products. Fortunately, established businesses such as Raw Botanics offer trusted CBG products, which include: 

Taking CBG orally can be one of the best ways to grasp the benefits of CBG. Plus, it can also be the longest-lasting way to absorb CBG.

Firearm Fashion: Concealed Carry Clothing

If you’re a gun enthusiast, you may enjoy the ease and convenience of clothing specifically designed for concealed carry. Concealed carry clothing eliminates the need for an extra accessory because it has built-in holsters that adhere to the legal guidelines of most states. There are many styles to choose from depending on your personal needs.

Shorts

Concealed carry shorts come in several varieties for men and women. There are tight-fitting spandex shorts that can be worn under other clothing or as biking-style athletic wear. The elastic gun belt sewn into the waistband fits most sizes and models of handguns, making them versatile as well as practical. There are also tactical cargo shorts with holsters sewn into either the outside or the inside.

Jackets

Jackets, coats, sportscoats, and vests designed for concealed carry have a holster sewn into the inside chest area. The gun rests in a similar position to that of a shoulder holster. Additional internal pockets provide a safe place for your phone, keys, wallet, and extra magazines. Be careful not to leave this jacket on the back of a chair somewhere, though.

Purses

Most concealed carry licensing instructors strongly advise against off-person carry, though most recognize that it’s unavoidable at times. Women especially often have difficulty with on-person carry when wearing certain outfits. This is why there are hundreds of purses and other bags with built-in holsters designed for concealing a handgun.

Athletic Tank Tops

Athletic tank tops, undershirts, and sports bras have snug elastic holsters sewn into the side under the arm. Lifting your shirt to draw may be a bit cumbersome, but this carry method is still safe and secure and much less restrictive of your body movements than a belly band that holds the gun in a similar position.

Boots

Boots with built-in holsters are easier to manage than an ankle holster and come in tactical, fashion, and cowboy styles, so you’re sure to find a pair to fit your taste and your gun. Be aware, though, that any leg or ankle holster is best suited for smaller, light-weight handgun models.

Jeans

Of course, no collection is complete without a classic pair of jeans. Some styles have holsters in the waistband while others have cargo pockets with similar functionality to a thigh holster.

Whatever your style of fashion expression or firearm carry, be sure you are familiar with the specific laws in your state regarding firearms, holsters, and concealed carry.

Reasons To Try Mediation Divorce

Divorce may have unanimously been branded as a messy affair, but it does not have to be. While it marks the end of a chapter, it also marks a new beginning that needs to be handled with care. Mediation divorce can help with this, allowing you and your partner to get a smooth transition and an amicable agreement. Luckily, this is just one of the reasons to consider settling for mediation.

Your Children Will Be Your First Priority

While numerous court battles are bent on picking a winner, mediation divorce focuses on doing what is best for the children. The mediator will help the conflicting parties reach an agreement that favors the couple and the children in question. This can often mean educating you and your partner on sensitive ways to settle your dispute to ensure you reach neutral agreements. While court trials often call children to appear in court proceedings, therefore, exposing them to the ongoing conflict, mediation empowers you to settle any custody disputes on your terms.

You Get One on One Attention

Mediation comes with the benefit of personal attention, helping your mediator focus solely on your case without any distractions. Mediators will work hand in hand with the parties and families involved in this process, allowing them to develop a close connection. Due to this, they get detailed information about each party, opening up room for proper evaluation. Your mediator can then help you explore feasible options enabling you to reach a cordial agreement suitable for everyone involved.

It Is Less Stressful

Mediation focuses on problem-solving between the parties involved, prioritizing neutrality rather than fuelling any hate favoring one party. This allows you to address issues put forth by both parties to ensure you achieve a satisfactory agreement. Your mediator will often raise points to help both parties, allowing you to view your disagreement from your partner’s perspective. This opens up room for compromise, with the result being a less stressful and adversarial process.

It Is Cheaper

Since mediation utilizes an out-of-court process, it eliminates the costly fees associated with legal representation. It also comes in handy in avoiding the lengthy back and forth trials that often come with tedious paperwork, all of which comes at a fee. By choosing mediation, you and your partner will only need to pay for the services of your mediator.

Takes Less Time

On average, the mediation process will often take just a few weeks, allowing you to get back to your life without any significant setbacks. This contrasts with court trials that may take years, with back and forth trials likely to drain your finances.

Creates Post-Divorce Stability

Post-divorce life matters and your divorce process will often set the tone of how well your children and family relate with your partner. If you are looking for stability post-divorce, mediation divorce ensures that you get a smooth transition into the next phase of your life. Due to its reliance, mediation helps you maintain an open and friendly line of communication with your spouse.

If you also need to resolve any future conflict, mediation is a suitable go-to for settling further disputes. Your mediator can also help you modify your divorce agreement when any changes in your life come up and help you clarify matters that need to be reviewed. Since they are already familiar with your agreement, post-divorce conflict can be handled in a matter of days, saving you time and additional expenses.

Mediation is one of the most overlooked ways to handle a divorce, with the above-listed reasons acting as proof that amicable agreements are possible for any underlying disputes.

Alu Chaat (Potato tangy snack)

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I had a few days off work this week so it was great to have a relaxing weekend and pretend that I was on holiday. My husband and I were chatting about the foods we used to make when we went on foreign holidays during the days when the Indian ingredients and spices weren’t available in certain countries. One of our favourite meals involved spicing up boiled potatoes to make a chaat. We used to pack a lot of Indian spices and bottles of sauces such as sweet and sour chili sauce or tamarind sauce when we went on holiday. By adding a concoction of these spices and sauces to the boiled potatoes we always managed to make up an exciting snack. We made the chaat this weekend to relive our holiday meals.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 6-8 medium new potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 1 tbls. tamarind sauce
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin and coriander powder
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • handful of chopped coriander
  • handful of sev mamra (You can get ready packs of Bombay mix or Gujarati mix  in most supermarkets)
  • some nuts such as almonds, peanuts etc. (optional)

Method:

1. Wash and boil the potatoes with the skin on.

2. Once boiled, peel the potatoes and chop them into small cubes.

3. Heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds get dark, add the chopped potatoes and toss them lightly. Add the salt. chili powder, cumin and coriander powder, sugar, lemon juice, tamarind sauce and chopped coriander and allow this to cook until the potatoes look nice and crispy.

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4. Remove the potatoes into 2 serving bowls. Chop the onion finely and sprinkle it on the potatoes. Top this with sev mamra, nuts and finely chopped green chilies to give it a bit of crunch and heat. You can add more tamarind sauce to the alu chaat if you like your potatoes to be a bit tangy.

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Do you have any favourite holiday snacks you love making?

Blackberry Jam

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This summer, I have tried to make jam out of the favourite summer fruits. The recipe for all is very similar. Most recipes tend to suggest using sugar the same weight as the fruit but I always try and reduce the amount of sugar used as the summer fruits are also sweet. This jam took 12 minutes to make in the microwave.

Ingredients:

  • 350 gms blackberries
  • 200 gms granulated sugar (I found the jam very sweet so would suggest reducing the sugar to 150gms for next time)
  • 2 tbls fresh lemon juice

Method

1. Wash the blackberries and chop then into two or three small pieces.

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2.  Add the sugar and cook uncovered at high in the microwave (900 watts) for 5 minutes and stir.

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3. Cook again for 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice and cook for a further two minutes. Allow the jam to cool and transfer to a sterilised bottle.

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Really simple recipe which gives such an incredible taste.

Rosecoco (borlotti) beans curry

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Rosecoco Beans (also called borlotti beans) are normally found in their dried form.  Their deep pink colour skin is flecked with beige and brown spots. They need to be soaked overnight and cooked until soft. Once cooked, they look very similar to peanuts.  Cooking them in a pressure cooker saves time.  If you are in a hurry, you can get these pre boiled in cans in some supermarkets.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups of boiled Rosecoco (or borlotti) beans (note that this is the cooked/boiled amount.  you will need only one cup which when soaked will double).
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes/canned tomato or passata (I used a mixture of fresh tomatoes and passata)
  • 2 tsbls oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 small sticks of cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbls jaggery
  • 1-2 fresh green chillies
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  •  small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 tbls lemon juice
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic

Method:

1.  Once the rosecoco beans have boiled in plenty of water- drain and  rinse out the water as it will be discoloured.  Allow them to cool.

 

2.  Heat the oil and add in the mustard, cinnamon and cloves.  As soon as they stop popping, add the tomatoes.  If you are using fresh tomatoes, make sure that you remove the outer skin.  To do this, make a slit in the tomatoes and cook them for a couple of minutes in boiling water.  This will loosen the skin. Immerse the cooked tomatoes in cold water and peel off the skin.  Then chop the tomatoes into small pieces. Once they are added to the oil, stir them and cook until soft. Now add all the spices – salt, turmeric, chili powder, jaggery, lemon juice, half the coriander, ginger, garlic and green chillies.  Add half a cup of water.

3.  Once it is simmering, add the boiled rosecoco beans and stir. If your gravy feels too thick you can add some water.  If the gravy feels too watery, you can add blend a teaspoon of chick pea flour (besan) with the gravy in a cup and add it to the curry.  This will thicken the gravy.

4.  Garnish the curry with coriander or fresh green chillies.  Serve this hot with any rice.  We cooked saffron rice. rosecoco

 

How do you cook your Rosecoco or borlotti  beans? Do share your recipes.

Want to pull off a jumpsuit? Look great with these four tips!

Jumpsuits are a great way to stand out from the crowd while looking confident. However, many women avoid wearing them because they (mistakenly) believe they don’t have the right body type. With jumpsuits coming in many colors and styles, there is something perfect for women of all shapes and sizes. It’s just a matter of choosing the right style and accessories. Here are a few tips to get you started. 

Tip #1: Choose a solid color 

While patterns can be fun, not everyone feels comfortable wearing them from head to toe. On the contrary, dark, solid colors suit almost everyone. Whether you are looking for regular, plus-sized, or petite jumpsuits, it’s hard to go wrong with black or navy blue. 

Tip #2: Pair with a short jacket

Winter is coming, and the wrong jacket can throw off your whole look. For a flattering outfit that lengthens your legs while shortening your torso, pair your jumpsuit with a cropped blazer or cardigan.  

Tip #3: Accessorize! 

The right accessories can help you showcase your waist and legs – and even make you look taller! In her blog, fashion writer Gabrielle Aruda shows off how simple accessories can make a huge difference. Women looking for style inspiration can try the following:

  • Long necklaces
  • Waist-syncing belt
  • Pointed heels
  • Crossbody bags

Tip #4: Be Confident!

No matter how you choose to style your jumpsuit, the most important thing is that you feel confident at the end of the night. Even if you don’t fall in love with them, jumpsuits are still a fun alternative to dresses and suits and great for sparking creativity! 

What to Know About Legal Weed in Maine

Whether you are a new Maine resident, a long-time Mainer who is just getting into cannabis, or someone just exploring New England on vacation, it’s good to learn about Maine’s cannabis laws. Maine is one of a handful of states that allows both medical and recreational use of marijuana. Take a quick look through our explainer to find out what you need to know about legal weed in Maine.

Does Maine have medical cannabis?

Yes. Maine has been a medical marijuana state since 1999. Ballot Question 2, also known as the Maine Medical Marijuana for Specific Illnesses, passed that year to give people with serious health conditions access. The 2009 Maine Medical Marijuana Act expanded access and also decriminalized possession of up to 2.5 ounces of flower.

There are no qualifying conditions for getting medical cannabis in Maine. If you and your physician agree that you need it, you can get a card.

Maine also has reciprocal agreements with other medical cannabis states. This means that if you have a medical cannabis card in your home state, you can purchase weed in Maine for medical purposes.

What about adult use?

In 2016, Maine voters passed An Act to Legalize Marijuana, which allows adults 21 or older to possess, consume, and cultivate cannabis for personal use. Under the law, residents and visitors can purchase marijuana in licensed dispensaries. As with any regulated substance, there are a few caveats to be aware of:

  • you have to be 21 or over to buy or possess marijuana in the state.
  • consumption, whether it’s edibles, flower, or vapes, is not legal in public. This includes resorts, music venues, restaurants, and public places like sidewalks and parks.
  • you can be charged with an OUI if you consume marijuana then get behind the wheel.
  • you cannot cross state lines with cannabis.
  • you cannot bring it into federal property like a national park. These are under federal jurisdiction.
  • Maine has possession limits. Recreational users can have up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 5 grams of concentrate.

As long as you are aware of the limitations, you can relax and enjoy adult use marijuana in the state of Maine.

Where can I buy cannabis in Maine?

While it is legal to grow up to three mature and 12 immature cannabis plants in Maine, there are restrictions on where it can be legally bought and sold. People can and are prosecuted for black market trade of cannabis. To stay on the right side of the law (and to know what you’re getting) purchase cannabis only from licensed dispensaries in Maine

What to know before you go.

You will need a photo ID that confirms that you are over the age of 21 to enter an adult use dispensary in Maine. You can use ID from any state, as long as it is legal and up to date.

Before you visit a Maine dispensary, double check to see that dispensary’s policies. Some are cash only, others accept debit and credit cards.

The rules are pretty accommodating. Take a bit of time to acquaint yourself, then enjoy what the state has to offer.

7 Tips for Saving on Shipping Costs

Is your business ready for the holiday shopping season? To make sure you are prepared for the busying season, you’ll need to organize shipping.

Why Shipping Is An Important Consideration in 2021

2021’s Christmas period is going to look a lot different to both 2020 and 2019’s seasons. While 2019 felt fairly normal, 2020 was the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, and 2021 is set to be very busy with a lot of COVID-19 restrictions still in place across the world.

While the impact will be most strongly felt in North America, it will also affect Europe and Asia.

A lot of freight shipping routes will be disrupted, which impacts your ability to get stock into your warehouse. This year more than any before, you need to plan ahead on how you are going to get all your stock out of your warehouses and into people’s Christmas lists on time.

Below are some tips on how to save on shipping costs.

Shop Around For Less Expensive Shipping Services

If you have a website, do not hesitate to check the websites of competitors who may provide less expensive shipping rates than those offered by your current shipping carrier.

You can compare freight shipping rates, freight shipping quotes, and delivery dates to see which website allows you to ship your item faster and still save money.

Do Your Research

It’s important to know the different freight shipping carriers, including their rates and timetables, so you can be strategic in choosing which carrier is best for you and your business.

Get a Quote for Shipping

The best way to determine which shipping carrier is best for your particular needs is to obtain a quote from a number of carriers for one shipping rate. Then you can compare the cost of various carriers before selecting which company has the lowest rate.

Be sure that each shipping carrier understands your business and your product so they will be able to provide you with the most competitive shipping rates.

Know What You’re Shipping

Knowing the weight of what you’re sending, as well as its dimensions, will help determine the cheapest way to ship it based on those criteria rather than other factors like shape or content.

If you do not know the weight and dimensions, be sure to measure them carefully to avoid paying shipping fees that are much higher than what was quoted.

Send Storage Boxes with Your Products

If you are sending out fragile or easily damaged products, consider sending the products in sturdy storage boxes rather than packaging products individually.

Boxes will provide extra protection for your fragile items. A small box may be cheaper to ship than an item packaged individually, especially if your merchandise is lightweight.

Avoid Oversized and Overweight Shipping

Shipping items that are oversized or overweight will cost you significantly more to ship. You can save money by using oversize boxes that still fit within the weight limits of the shipping carrier.

Use Reusable Packaging

Using reusable packagings like bubble mailers or boxes will reduce the need for new materials and cut down on shipping costs by making sure that it stays within its weight limit through reusability.

Crispy Puris

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I have recently started teaching at an evening class one evening a week.  At the start of  my cookery classes we have a short quiz  where I introduce either a new spice or a new dish to the class.   For my first ever cookery class I took a sample of my home made farsi pooris for everyone to try and guess the ingredients in the puri.  I wanted to make them realise that by using just a few everyday ingredients one could produce  a tasty snack. Everyone loved the farsi pooris and said that they had never eaten anything like them before. Farsi puris have been a snack in my home for ever so I was surprised that they had never tasted them.  Everyone wanted to learn how to make them so we made them last week.  You can see everyone’s attempt here.  One thing I learned from this class is to make sure that your recipe ingredients and methods are very specific and one should not assume that everyone knows a spice or a cooking method.  E.g my ingredients asked for half a teaspoon of cumin and the whole class brought cumin powder!!  Thankfully, I had plenty of cumin seeds to share with my class.    This made me realise  that something that I thought everyone would know was wrong.  I have now changed my recipe to mention cumin seeds.

Ingredients to make 25 puris depending on the size:

  • 200 gms Plain white flour
  • 70 gram salted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 litre any cooking oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Method:

1.    Sieve the flour.

2.    Warm the butter for a couple of minutes -until it looks runny -almost like oil.

3.    Make a dip in the flour and pour in the butter.

4.    Sprinkle on the coarse black pepper and salt.

5.    Roast the cumin seeds slightly on a griddle.  Once you get the lovely cumin aroma, transfer the cumin on to a work top.  Using a rolling pin, roll over the cumin.  This will release the lovely cumin flavours and your puris will have the lovely flavour when you add this mixture to the dough. Continue rolling over the cumin seeds until some of the cumin is crushed a bit.

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6. Add the ground cumin seeds to the flour.

7. Using warm water bind the dough. Add the water with caution as you may not need the full cup. The dough should not be too loose as this will make it very difficult to roll out the puris.

8. Now divide the dough into approximately 25 small balls and make them into flattened balls.

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9. Roll out the Farsi puri (not too thin) and prick them either with a fork or a knife. Save the puris on a plate or tray.

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10. Deep fry the puris in sunflower oil . When you put the puris in oil, wait for them to float up and then keep turning them gently until they are a light golden colour.

11. Remove the Farsi puri onto a kitchen paper. Once the Farsi puris cool, they can be stored in a biscuit tin.
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Vegetarian pancakes/omelette

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Savoury Pancakes or Gujarati Pudlas made with vegetables and chickpea flour are made from Chickpea flour, vegetables, spice and herbs and look like a pancake, uttapam or a spanish omelette. Savoury Pancakes or Gujarati Pudlas made with vegetables and chickpea flour dish is very popular in most Gujarati homes. It’s one of those quick dishes you can make and enjoy when you are in a hurry. Simple Pudlas can be cooked with minimum ingredients but I like to add some vegetables to mine to make the meal a bit more filling and it’s one way of getting the children to eat their vegetables.

 Ingredients

• 2 cups Chick pea flour
• 2 tbls plain flour
• 1 small potato or sweet potato
• 1 onion
• Small carrot
• 1-2 fresh green chillies 1 tsp salt
• 1 tsp coriander and cumin powder (often called dhana jeeru)
• handful of fresh coriander
• half a cup sunflower oil for frying
• pinch of soda bicarbonate

Method:

1. Sieve the chick pea flour and plain flour on a mixing bowl.

2. Add the grated sweet potatoes, onions, grated carrots, chillies, coriander and the dry spices (including soda bicarbonate) to the flour. Take one cup of warm water and mix to form a batter which should be runny similar to what an egg omelette mixture would look like. You may need to add more water if the mixture looks thick.
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3. Grease a non stick frying pan and spread the mixture on the frying pan. Allow it cook until it turns golden brown on one side and cook the second side. Try and use minimum amount of oil.

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4. Serve hot with Bombay aloo and coconut chutney.

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Cheesie vegetables and pasta with bechamel sauce in yorkshire pudding

IMG_7316Today’s recipe for the cheesy vegetable bake came about by chatting to my younger son who had eaten something similar at a friends place.  The dish turned out to be so delicious that I almost forgot to take pictures of it after we  served it.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups mixed vegetables (I used carrots, peppers, peas, green beans and sweetcorn)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 cloves of grated/blended garlic
  • 1 cup of mini bow tie  pasta
  • 1 tbls oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cups grated cheese ( you will need some to add to the sauce and some to add to the vegetables as a topping.
  • 2  giant  frozen yorkshire pudding 
  • 2-3 tsps of oregano

For the bechamel  sauce

    • 3 cups of milk
    • 1 tbls butter
    • 2 tbls plain white flour
    • dash of nutmeg powder

Method:

1. Heat the oil and add the cumin seeds.  Once the seeds go dark, add the frozen vegetables and add the salt, pepper and garlic.  Stir fry and allow these to cook until they get soft.

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2. Boil the mini bow tie pasta in lots of water and once soft, drain out the water using  a sieve and keep aside.

3.  Add the mini pasta to the vegetables and mix.  Allow to cool whilst you make the bechamel sauce (white sauce)

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4. To make the sauce-  Heat the butter and once it melts, add the white flour to form a roux. Allow this to cook until you get a lovely fragrance and it looks like it’s starting to bubble.  Add the milk to it slowly to avoid lumps.  Keep stirring until it gets to a lovely thickness.  Add a couple of scoops of the grated cheese to it and the dash of nutmeg.   Pour the sauce over the vegetables and season it with extra pepper and oregano.

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5. Transfer the mixture to the giant yorkshire puddings.  (These are sold in most supermarkets but please note that the ready made ones have eggs in them) and top it with cheese and some pepper and oregano. 

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6.  Transfer the  giant Yorkshire pudding into a medium oven (180 degrees C or 350 degrees F or Gas mark 4 for 10-15 minutes. 

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7.  Serve this hot when ready.  As mentioned, I forgot to take a good picture of the dish being served.  For those of you who like their food spicy, you can green chilies to the vegetables or have it with a hot chili sauce or chutney.

 

Things to Know About Hand-Tied Hair Extensions

Human hair extensions have been popular for centuries. In the past, they were used as a protective hairstyle or to correct a hair loss issue. Now, human hair extensions have become a fashion accessory worn for special occasions or everyday life. But with the rise in popularity comes a flood of misinformation. There are many misconceptions about what you should and shouldn’t do with your hair extensions, so here are some things to know about hand-tied hair extensions to clear any confusion.

What Are Hand-Tied Hair Extensions?

Hair extensions are extensions created from human hair threaded onto individual braids, twists, or twists with natural braids or buns. Once you’ve created the perfect look, you take the clip that holds the extension to the hair strand.

Each type of human hair extension varies slightly in terms of texture, so a word of caution is knowing your limitations when looking at this type of product. Some hair extensions are super fine, while others are coarser. The hair you put on your head can also differ in thickness depending on which products you use, so a word of caution also applies to the type of human hair you use.

How Long Will Hand-Tied Extensions Last?

Almost all hair extensions will last up to three months if you use an effective styling technique to keep them in place. For example, you can use hair pins or a hair clip to hold a few inches of hair on top of your head. When you’re done with your favorite hairstyle, loosen your hair and detangle the strands by brushing them out and letting them sit for a few minutes.

You can go through multiple hairstyles in that period. In addition, consider the width and quality of the individual strands of human hair you are using for your extensions. The thicker the hair, the longer the hair will last, so look for human hair that is several inches long or more. Avoid using acrylic or synthetic hair in larger plastic boxes that cost more and have a shorter life span.

Cost of Hand-Tied Extensions

Many extension sellers offer a variety of styles and sizes. Typically, the average cost is $1000, including purchasing the extension and the three to five hours of installation. Often, the higher price tag is because of the time and effort that goes into the product. The extra cost can go toward tying the hair, cutting the hair, and making the product.

However, the only actual difference between hand-tied and regular synthetic hair extensions is the material and quality. The type of hair used to make the extensions does not make a difference, as the only actual difference is the time and quality that goes into the hair.

Will Hand-Tied Extensions Damage Your Hair?

Hand-tied extensions are tied to your hair with yarn. They look like braids but are more flexible. The only thing that will damage your natural hair is pulling or tugging at the strands, so that’s the only contact you should have with them. Although these braids are braided and not wound, you should still brush your hair to remove any stray yarn after each use.

What’s the Difference Between Hand-Tied and Wound Hair Extensions?

There’s a difference between normal hair extensions, called “wound,” and “hand-tied” hair extensions. The hand ties are manufactured from human hair, although the person who wears them will re-use them in the future. The latter are made from human hair but are bound with special elastic, ribbons, and string, which give them a more natural appearance.

Conclusion

It isn’t easy to get the desired look from your hair extensions. However, with the help of a qualified hairstylist and the right tools, you can achieve a professional-looking hairstyle. The hand-tied hair extensions Denver-based can apply to all haircuts, such as short, medium, or long cuts. The stylist will also use clips, bands, or other tools to secure the extension on your head until it is firmly attached. Once this process is complete, your new haircut or style will be complete!

Kidney Beans and sweetcorn curry

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Kidney beans and sweetcorn curry is one of my favourite curries .  This curry is very popular with East African Asians who often serve it at events such as weddings.

Ingredients

  • 240 grams of Red Kidney beans (I used a can with the water drained)
  • 100 grams of sweetcorn (I used frozen)
  • 200 grams of passata
  • salt to taste
  •  ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp dhana jeeru (mixture of powdered coriander and cumin)
  • 1 tbls lemon juice
  • ½ tbls brown sugar (optional)
  • small bunch of fresh coriander
  • 2 green chilies sliced in the middle
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (minced using a garlic press)

Method:

1.  Drain the water from the can of kidney beans, wash and rinse well.  Transfer this to a saucepan and mix in the sweetcorn.  Add water to cover the mixture and give it one boil and drain the water.

2. In a mixing bowl, mix the passata, garlic, salt, turmeric, dhana jeeru, brown sugar, lemon juice, green chillies and half the coriander. (adding the fresh coriander during cooking helps to infuse the lovely coriander small).

3.  In a saucepan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds to the oil.  Once the mustard seeds start popping, add in the passata with all the spices and cook for 3-4 minutes.

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4. Add the drained kidney beans and sweet corn to the passata mixture.

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5.  Allow this to cook for 5-6 minutes and it’s ready to be served hot with any Indian bread such as naan, parathas or rotis.

6.  To make it creamy you add Greek style yogurt or cream to the curry just before serving the curry.

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What do you like your Kidney beans and sweetcorn curry with?

How You Can Save Money as a Small Business

When running a small business, the tiniest margins matter. Having a positive balance sheet compared to a negative one can be the difference between a successful business and an unsuccessful one. As a result, making sure that you do whatever it takes in order to save as much money as possible is crucial. Whether you are an office manager or the CEO of a company, this article has been created to recommend a few key ways that you can put policies in place to save money as a small business. Read on now to learn all about it.

 

Identify Your Biggest Expenses

Before you are able to bring costs down, it helps to identify exactly what those costs are. By having a proper audit of the different costs that might be causing your business financial hardship, you will be able to put policies into place that will help you to save more money over the long run. In this case, it might be worth bringing in an external consultant to help you with this specific business transformation.

Consolidate Printing Costs

If you are spending too much money on printing documents, then it might make sense to consolidate printing costs by making use of a third-party company. Therefore, instead of having to balance all the individual costs that come with printing on-site, you can make savings of up to 30% by having it consolidated all with a third-party company. Take a look now for affordable managed print services in your area.

 

Consider Remote Work

If you don’t need to print a lot of items on-site, or you don’t need face-to-face conversations, you might find that you don’t actually need an office at all. One way to cut down on office costs might be to simply abolish the office at all and to pivot to remote work, something that has arisen in the coronavirus era and has been found to be an unprecedented success. Productivity doesn’t necessarily go down in this case either, making it a win-win situation. 

 

Embrace a Four-Day Work Week

If you want to save up to a fifth of your outgoing costs, it might be worth experimenting with a four-day work week. Some studies have shown that despite the fact that people work one day less a week, they can remain just as productive. Therefore, it could be a great idea to have an audit as to whether or not this type of innovation could work for your business and save you money in the process.

 

Outsource Key Parts of Your Business

Outsourcing might be a dirty word for some, but in the business world, it can be an amazing way to cut costs. Simply put, it costs more money to hire people to work in-house than to hire outsourced workers who you only call upon as and when you need them. Have a look to see which parts of your business can be outsourced without sacrificing quality.

If you want to save money in your business, it can be tricky to know where to start. However, the above suggestions are the best way to get started. You don’t have to do them all at once, but you should find that they start to make a difference.

The Essential Facts About Lettering Tattoos

A tattoo is a form of personal expression. For many people, this expression takes the form of an image or illustration, but for others, the best way to pay tribute or make a statement is with words. Lettering tattoos have a long tradition that is steeped in history and meaning. 

What is the Best Lettering for Tattoos 

Choosing the best lettering for a tattoo isn’t only about picking a tattoo font that is easy to read. Style plays a major role. Rather than concentrating on font, it is best to start with the style of tattoo you want. Once you know what style you want, your tattoo artist can work with you to find a font that is an exact fit.

What Style of Script is Right for You?

There are innumerable styles of tattoo fonts and scripts available, but the majority fall into the following 3 major types.

Cursive Tattoos

Usually minimalist in style, thin cursive handwritten tattoos are a popular current trend. This is evidenced by the many Hollywood stars sporting this new look in ink. 

A tattoo is a personal statement, and nothing is more individual than a person’s handwriting. The cursive fonts available are endless. Commemorating your mission statement with custom handwriting can result in an epic tribute or truly inspirational piece.

Old-English, Gothic, or Blackletter Style Tattoos

These are some of the most celebrated types of fonts and are the base for what many people imagine when they think of lettered tattoos. These bold tattoos make the most impact if used for shorter one or two-word tattoos and allow for lots of design details, flourishes, and artistic license.

The main difference between Gothic lettering and Old-English is the origin. Gothic lettering has its roots in Mainland Europe. The reference to black letter is mostly because both of these styles are traditionally done in solid black lettering. Although it is traditional to do this type of lettering in black, modern variations allow for anything from negative space letters, to colored letters, to light flowing calligraphy.

American Traditional Style or Old School

The American traditional style is clean and straightforward. The letters may have some serifs, or, if they are done in a block style, the bottom half is often shaded. For an example of this style, you would look at early sailor or circus tattoos that were the start of the tattoo movement in North America.

How Long Do Lettering Tattoos Take

The three factors that influence how long your tattoo will take are size, color, and complexity. A small cursive tattoo will not take long; however, a large detailed gothic tattoo may take many hours and multiple sessions.

Also, to be taken into account is the time that your artist needs to design, create a stencil, and set up. Once a design is decided on, your tattoo artist will most likely be able to give you an estimate of how long your tattoo will take based on their past experience.

What Part of the Body is Most Popular for Script Tattoos

The next consideration is where you want the tattoo placed and what size and position it should be in. Your tattoo artist will help you to determine the optimal placement for your tattoo and may have suggestions that have not occurred to you.

Popular locations for lettering tattoos include:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Forearm
  • Wrist
  • Stomach
  • Neck
  • Leg
  • Biceps

Lettering Tattoos Over Time

It is normal for tattoos to fade over time due to your body’s natural healing process. Lettering tattoos are no different. If a tattoo has lots of small details, these may blend over time, this can happen anywhere between a few months to a few years later. There is no set rate, and it can depend on several factors such as which body part is tattooed. To mitigate this, it is important to start with an experienced tattoo artist who uses quality ink and to follow aftercare instructions carefully.

Going to Rehab is Crucial to Long-tern Recovery

Many people have repeatedly tried and failed to rehabilitate themselves from drug and alcohol addiction. Experts state that addressing the underlying causes for the addiction in conjunction with the addiction treatment is essential.

Addiction is a long-term illness characterized by phases of relapse and recovery. To return to recovery, a recommitment to abstinence in new ways will be required if use is initiated or continues.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMSHA, people try various techniques to stop using every day, with self-help groups and outpatient therapy being the most popular. Based on your unique needs and history with addiction and recovery, these may not be as intense as you require.

If you’ve had lousy luck stopping on your own or with low-level treatment in the past, you might require rehab right now. Rehab can provide the necessary safety, structure, medical care, treatment, and stability to help people overcome their addiction.

Addiction Help Can Be Found

There are various advantages to obtaining drug addiction treatment in an inpatient drug rehab facility. Drug abuse rehab Alabama programs (https://impactrecoverycenter.net/), according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can include a variety of services, including:

  • Substance use disorder screening and diagnosis
  • Co-occurring mental health problems screening and diagnosis (dual diagnosis)
  • Testing for drugs and alcohol.
  • Medication administration
  • Substance abuse and mental health education topics need to be addressed
  • Treatment for substance abuse and mental illness
  • Discharge planning and aftercare services are included in transitional services.
  • Case management is used to link people to available resources

The degrees and types of therapy provided by different rehab institutions will vary. Some addiction treatment centers, for example, will focus exclusively on persons with dual diagnosis disorders; therefore, if you have a mental health illness, you should consider enrolling in one of these programs.

Treatment Costs

Different programs will have various expenses connected with them. Outpatient treatment is typically less expensive than inpatient treatment, though this varies according to program details such as duration, location, and luxuries provided.

Outpatient treatment costs 100 dollars to a few hundred dollars every session, but inpatient treatment costs between 200 and 900 each day. 

While this may appear to be a significant difference, keep in mind that inpatient treatment typically offers a higher degree of medical and psychological assistance, as well as round-the-clock support, sober living for the duration of treatment, and all meals throughout the program.

In terms of medical care, rehabilitation (rehab) institutions give a degree of drug misuse therapy between inpatient hospitalization and outpatient treatment.

Structured Drug and Alcohol Rehab Program

Enrolling in a structured drug rehab program is a crucial first step for many people trying to recover from substance abuse. Many addicts, on the other hand, refuse to go to rehab and instead want to do it on their own. Many people, especially if their substance misuse has progressed to a certain degree, find it extremely difficult to break free from addiction without help.

The Bottom Line

The more you keep falling back into the habit due to failed unprofessional rehabilitation efforts, the more complex the recovery process becomes. Many people have tried and failed multiple times to recover from drug and alcohol addiction. According to experts, the underlying reasons for addiction must be addressed in tandem with the addiction.