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“Are We There Yet?” Tips For Making Road

“Are We There Yet?” Tips For Making Road Trips Kid-Friendly

3363262014_5fa5e911b4While driving isn’t the fastest way to reach your vacation destination, it is fairly economical, self-paced, and a great chance to bond with your family. Here are some tips to keep everyone in the car sane and happy on your next road trip with the family.

Leave earlier than you think you should. This is especially important if you have time-sensitive plans on your vacation agenda, such as tickets to a show or ball game. Having a bit of wiggle room in your schedule allows for more frequent stops to use the bathroom or grab a snack, and it ensures that minor setbacks, like a flat tire, don’t ruin your plans.

Keep your kids comfortable. A car seat that is cozy enough to drive around town may feel lumpy or cramped after several hours in the car. Add covers to the straps of car seats or seat belts to prevent them from rubbing your kids’ necks, and offer them small travel pillows and their favorite blankets for in-car naps. Make sure that you stop every couple of hours to allow your children to stretch their legs; many interstate rest stops have playgrounds or open, grassy areas where they could toss a ball.

Provide plenty of options for entertainment. Handheld games, DVDs, MP3 players, e-readers and other gadgets can keep your kids occupied for hours on long drives. If you prefer a more “unplugged” approach, bring along several card games, books, word puzzles, and other small, quiet activities. It’s a good idea to provide each child with one new activity for each hour or two they spend in the car to stave off boredom.

9026493426_b326f575fbBring along a cooler and snack bag. Cut-up fruit and veggies, sandwiches, trail mix, snack mix, crackers, pretzels, string cheese and flavored water are healthy snacks or quick meals that travel well. Offer your kids something to eat every couple of hours to prevent cranky melt-downs brought on by low blood sugar.…

Choosing Their Way: The Opportunity In P...

Choosing Their Way: The Opportunity In Personalized Products

logosmallSellers of everything from t-shirts to bags, and jigsaw puzzles to consumer packaged goods are discovering the value of letting clients produce their own special products. Retailers use Big Data to present an individualized set of products to their consumers– it’s been a driving force behind Amazon’s success. Now brand names are taking customization a huge step forward into mass personalization. They are discovering that they can raise customer commitment and engagement– and utilize their consumer base as an engine of advocacy to potential purchasers.

Item modification assists brands boost sales by themselves sites or acquire share on a seller’s site. Pepperidge Farm consumers now create Goldfish crackers, and Jawbone consumers configure their own Jambox speakers. Expedition enables cyclists to build a bike from the ground up. And Brooks Brothers permits men to develop their own fits.

A survey of more than 1,000 online shoppers discovered that while less than 10 % have attempted personalization options, 25 % to 30 % have an interest in doing so. While it is tough to assess the total potential of personalization, if 25 % of online sales of shoes were tailored, that would relate to a market of $2 billion each year.

Beyond the pure size of the opportunity, our survey revealed that those consumers who had customized a product online engaged more with the business. They saw its web site more regularly, stayed on the page longer and were even more loyal to the brand name. have had success in offering a personalized photo puzzle services where customers can choose their own image to be made into a Jigsaw Puzzle. “People today are looking for something fun to do with all those images they take with their digital camera or mobile phone. We are meeting that demand turning folks personal photos into fun Jigsaw Puzzles.” said a representative from the company.

Equally, modification helps companies differentiate their items from those of their competitors at a time when the Internet is quickly making it easier for clients to compare the prices of products with basic functions.…

The Science Behind The Hovercraft

The Science Behind The Hovercraft

Hovercraft has actually been around considering that the 1950’s however it still does not appear to get the acknowledgment that some people would like to see behind it. In the world of science hovercraft is incredibly exciting and holds plenty of capacity for a variety of uses. It could be utilized in the future more for transportation as it can reduce pollution and it can reduce the amount of natural resources that we deplete for fuel in different kinds of automobiles used for transport.

The aspects of hovercraft cover numerous various areas of science. All of these elements come together in order for efficient ideas relating to hovercraft to be established.

Checking out the elements of hovercraft as it refers to the area of science can be an efficient method to do a science reasonable job. There is enough details to supply and many people will discover it extremely interesting. There are also different kinds of hovercraft toys that you can utilize as models to describe what you are discussing and to provide your task the credibility that it will require.

There are plenty of places online where you can get ideas and info for such a science project on the topic of hovercraft. It will likely be a refreshing modification from what there generally is as science jobs.

Even though hovercraft has actually been proven to be efficient in toys and even in ships run by the military, there is too much not yet understood about it. Even though numerous science analysts would like to continue exploring it, the cash merely isn’t there.

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7 Basic Tips For Improving Your Money Ma...

7 Basic Tips For Improving Your Money Management Skills

2750890246_c4eb32e3e7Managing your personal finances wisely is a critical life skill. Strangely enough, it’s one for which a lot of people are under-educated and basically poorly prepared. Take heart, though! It’s never too late to learn a few things about your personal finances. Here are some money management basics that you can use to add stability to your finances and keep them growing.

1. Budget!

Budgeting is the core skill of money management. It’s also something that the modern world discourages; electronic banking and other time-saving measures make it easy to lose track of exactly where your money comes from and where it goes. Fight against the temptation to be lazy and set a budget for your regular spending!

2. Stifle Impulses.

The impulse purchase is the mortal enemy of a good budget. If you don’t rein in your impulse buying, you’ll find it hard or even impossible to get on top of your personal finances. Don’t be swayed by sales and special offers that tempt you to spend money you can’t really afford to spare.

3. Set Goals.

Everything you do to keep your finances in order will be a little easier if you have one overarching goal. This can be virtually anything, from saving up for a new house to paying off all of your credit card debt. Just make sure that you have a smart long-term goal in mind to give you financial decisions focus and consistency.

4. Plan for Contingencies.

It is, of course, impossible to expect the unexpected. You simply can’t know what emergency expenses will pop up in the future. You can be pretty sure that there will be unplanned expenses, though. Have a financial contingency plan. Setting aside money for emergencies will make it easier to bear these burdens when they do fall on you.

5. Eliminate Debt.

As mentioned above, eliminating debt makes an excellent long-term financial goal. Carrying excessive amounts of debt is never a good idea for individuals; it severely limits your financial options and makes it much harder to maintain control.…

A Bright Future with Green Energy

A Bright Future with Green Energy

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Are You Prepared for Solar Power in your...

Are You Prepared for Solar Power in your Home?

733190813_c53d9b14e1The great thing about solar power is that there is no end to the supply (as long as the sun doesn’t become a red giant and consume Mercury and Venus). As long as it stays in its current state, it will continue to send free power our way. A lot of people are taking advantage of this by putting solar panels on their roofs to bring in this cost-free energy. This is by no means a minor task, though; here are some things to consider before beginning.

Consider how much sun your home receives every day. Check with your state or county government’s energy department; there will be a representative who can answer questions about the benefits of solar power in your area, as these offices often distribute rebates and tax credits to homeowners who install a variety of green devices on their homes, ranging from energy-efficient appliances to geothermal heating systems to solar panels. This person can advise you as to whether you have enough sun to merit an installation of panels.

This is where a contractor can help you. Call a licensed, bonded solar panel installation contractor to come out to your house and suggest a system size. Then, call two more companies; having three opinions will give you a good idea of what you really need. Once you have figured out the size that you want, be sure to follow up with all of the references of that contractor, to ensure that you will get the quality of work that you need.

Currently, the life span of a solar panel array varies between 10 and 30 years, depending on the quality of panels that you have bought. It is important to remember that it will take several years for even the most inexpensive array to pay for itself, in the form of utility savings, and so the durability of your array should be something that you include in your calculations about whether or not to have the panels installed.…