Home Security Tips

Do you have a security system for your home? Many people think of burglar alarms as a security system, but they are only one component of security. A complete system requires a number of components. Following these tips will help you develop a more comprehensive security plan for your home.

Remove Temptation:

While we are all proud of our homes, it is important to remember to keep the contents of your home private. Retail stores know the best way to lure walk-in traffic to their stores is to prominently display their merchandise in the windows. Do not tempt would-be intruders. Keep curtains and blinds drawn in the evening and whenever you are out of the house, burglar is more likely to break into your home if he is certain there is something he wants inside.

It may seem obvious, but keep all doors locked 24/7. What could be more tempting than leaving an open door (or window) to your valuables? You should also avoid leaving things in your yard that could be used to gain entry to your home. Items like ladders, that could be used to reach an open window or large rocks and loose bricks, that could be heaved through a window, need to be removed.

But Not Too Private:

We all value our privacy, and while this almost seems like a contradiction to the first point, it is important that your house be visible from the street. Fences, tall hedge rows, and secluded entry ways may give homeowners a sense of privacy and even security. However, they actually provide criminals with cover in order to do their business without being noticed by neighbours and passers-by.

Planting large shrubs and trees near windows and doors can also provide desirable cover for intruders, this should be avoided.

Many intruders prefer to act under the cover of darkness. You can avoid this by ensuring that your property, particularly near entry-points, is well lit. In these energy conscious times, motion sensor activate lights are a good option. Ensure that they are place in such a way that they will pick-up motion from all points in your yard, light up entry points, and are out of reach (so that lights cannot be broken or removed).

Make Entry Points Difficult to Attain:

Take a look at your doors and windows. Are they easily reached? Are they hidden from view? Ensure that benches, sheds, trees, playscapes and other lawn décor are not providing a ladder for intruders to reach windows.

Consider planting thorny bushes, such as roses, in front of windows that are easy to reach from ground level.

Noise

There is a reason for burglar alarms being so loud:No intruder wants to be announced!

Create a little noise in your yard and an intruder may not bother getting to the point of triggering your alarm. Consider hanging wind-chimes near entrances and a sturdy bell on gates. Loose decorative stone or gravel near ground floor and basement window could create enough noise to be a deterrent as well as creating a less secure footing for one trying climb into a window.

Barriers and Deterrents

Knowing that your home has a burglar alarm will deter break-and-enter. However, many criminals know that if nobody is home they can trip the alarm and still get a lot of work done before police will arrive.

To stop these brazen intruders, you need to create security barriers to your entry points: doors and windows. Conventional (and valuable) security barriers include: Window locks and deadbolt locks on doors as well as burglar bars on basement windows. It is important to ensure that bars meet with your local fire and building codes.

Newer to the marketplace are fold-away security gates that do the same job as burglar bars but tuck away when you do not need them for a more aesthetically pleasing look and feel. These are particularly valuable for patio doors which are notorious weak-points in terms of security.

Security window films act like invisible bars for your windows. These polyester films go on much like window tint, but through bonding actually make glass nearly impossible to penetrate. An intruder can smash away at the glass without breaking through, and in the process make so much noise that they are sure to attract attention. Window security films should be considered for vulnerable doors with windows and sidelights. It is quite common for a thief to smash out these small windows, then reach in and unlock the door.

Many break-and-enters occur by breaking down the front or side door. Consider installing a door protection sleeve and plate system that will make it much harder to kick-in your exterior doors. These are virtually unnoticeable, but very effective, increasing door strength by up to ten times.

Consult a Professional

If in doubt, contact your local police department or security service provider. Many will offer free resources or consultation services.

A thief’s greatest weapons are seclusion and ease and speed of access, variables that are actually in your hands. Remove cover and create barriers with locks, window security films, burglar bars and security gates and you will make your home a far less tempting target for break-and-enter.

How to Make Your House Look Bigger From the Street

As an Architect, in designing new homes for clients, they first come to me with standard tastes you would see on any house in any neighborhood. What I try to do is to expand their architectural vocabulary and be bold in what they’re trying to do, without spending a lot more money. Part of that is to make their house look bigger from the street and live bigger inside. You can get a lot of “wow” factor if you try some simple things in your home design.

1. Make your house longer, not square. Most people want to make their houses more square in design, in the preconceived notion of saving costs. While this may be overall true, it also makes your house very small looking (and boring). For a 2500 square foot house instead of designing it 50 foot by 50 foot, make your house longer like 75 foot long by 33 wide. You’d be surprised how much more elegant and more expensive it looks for not that much more money. It also gives you a bonus of giving windows into almost every room in your home, giving light and visual space to them.

2. Use the Split level home concept. The split level home was more prevalent in the 1960’s than it is today, but it has a lot of advantages if you modernize it. The Split Level pulls the basement out of the ground. In most of the northern part of the country (I’m from Indiana), you need at least a 30″ or deeper footing to get below the local frost line. Well, let that be the staring point of your basement (or as I like to call it, the Lower Level). That means the Lower Level is 2 feet below grade, which means you can have full size windows. The Lower Level foundation wall is 30″ tall, the rest of the wall height can be wood instead of concrete (whether 8′ or 9′ tall) which saves costs. If you use 8′ tall lower level (to reduce costs) there is a design I like to use to eliminate bulkheads for HVAC;…incorporate the ducts in a floor truss system. I love to use 16” high floor trusses, 24″ on center, and keeping the trusses in the same orientation throughout the house. It gives plenty of space for the HVAC ducts in the floor truss system, and no bulkheads, meaning less cost since you have flat ceilings and no extra framing for those bulkheads. If you need space for the HVAC to “step over” each other, do that in the mechanical room.

3. With the split level home, The 2nd Floor (or the “Main Level” as I like to call it) it anywhere from 7 to 9 feet above grade, not only giving it a commanding view of the property all around, it also looks like a 2 story building, for a 1 story price. You can leave windows open at night because the window sills are 10 feet above grade. You have a lot of visual privacy because people on the street don’t have a direct view into the house. When you sit down they can’t see you, even if you have lots of windows. On the Main Level I love to use vaulted roof trusses on the Main Level to give more visual height in the rooms.

4. Use wide overhangs. Wide overhangs were more prevalent during the Prairie Style period This may seem strange, but wide overhangs (like 4′ wide) make you house look bigger both inside and outside. As I stated above, I love vaulted roof trusses. I start with an 8′ tall wall (rather than 9′). With a 4 foot overhang and vaulted roof trusses, the wall height on the inside is now 10′ (8′ wall, 2′ in the roof truss), with the ceiling peak at 15′. This is because the roof started “going up” further away from the exterior wall. I’m getting 10 to 15 foot ceilings for an 8 foot tall wall price. The wide overhangs also help in summer, by shielding the windows in shade, keeping direct sunlight outside.

5. Incorporate decks and screen porches into the design. Don’t make decks and screen porches an afterthought, but incorporate them into the design, that is, put brick or siding on them, put a roof over them, and make the openings look like windows, but don’t put in the glass. And consider putting them on the front of the house, not the rear. I designed a house for my parents which was 1300 square feet on the Main Level, but added the screen porch on the front of the house. The house was 72 feet long in the front (24′ screen porch, 16′ Great Room, 8′ Entry, 24′ Garage) and it looks huge. (if you want to see it, go to my Web Site (Web address down below), Home Page, near the middle of the page, “Click Here for More House Photos”, and it’s the 1st photo. The screen porch is to the left) The Screen Porch interior is finished in moisture resistant drywall, so interior feels like any other room in the house, (it also has vaulted ceilings) but it’s not heated or cooled. It is the most lived in space of the home. Having the screen porch or deck on the front of the home gives you more community with your neighbors, while it can give you more privacy. On my home, the deck has a solid wall from grade to 42″ above the deck floor. This gives visual privacy when sitting down, but when I stand up, I can converse with then neighbors (42″ is also leaning height for your elbows). As a bonus, with the split level home, the space below the deck (since it has siding and the floor 7′ above grade) and the roof above the deck, I have an 18 wide 28 foot long shed below the deck for lawn mowers, bikes, tools, which I don’t have to keep in the garage.

6. Downplay the garage. There’s nothing visually pleasing about a garage. The most important rooms of the home (Great Room, Dining Room, maybe the Screen Porch) should have the most visual presence on your home. Having a monster 24 foot by 36 foot garage sticking out the front of you house is not good looking. Set it back from the front of the home, and if you can, put toward the rear of the house. Use a side entry on the garage doors if you can. And put lots of normal windows like the rest of the house. Try to make it look like any other room from the street. By down playing the garage and making look like another room on your home, it’ll make your house seem bigger when it really isn’t. If you’re one of the homeowners who eventually turn their garage into living space, having the garage look like a normal room from the outside makes it easy for this conversions. Just remove the garage doors and install window sizes like the rest of your home.

7. Use lots of repetitive windows. By using the same window size over and over in a long pattern, it’ll make the house seem longer. And these don’t need to be operable windows. Fixed windows are less expensive the operable windows.

Japanese Lights And The Zen Garden

One home style that pretty captures most of today’s modern architecture is Japanese home style. Minimalist in orientation with simple angles and less clutter, it has raved up many American homes. Today, more and more homes feature Zen gardens signifying the peace and serenity of some of the most peaceful settlements in Japan.

One significant add on to the celebrated Japanese home is the presence of the legendary Koi garden and of course, the infamous Koi itself. Common element in a Japanese garden is the presence of water, which brings abundance and symbolizes eternity and life. Also, present in a Japanese garden are rocks arranged in different styles and formations. They resemble strength and longevity. Another elemental entity in the garden is the lantern which provides the dramatic lighting during the night. It entails the presence of guidance of divinity over the “little paradise.” Paramount to the beauty and grace of the garden is the presence of the bridge with cobbled stones. It adds so much drama and meaning to the whole ensemble as well as it defines the innate characteristic of a human being as a necessary bridge that connects all life forms.

The king of the pond is the Koi, which lazily wiggles its way through crystal clear water. Its presence is imminent and means the balance of life forms in the garden which should resemble the eternal joy, peace and natural balance of paradise.

Quite closely, the garden resembles the real mountainous gardens of China where Buddhism and Taoism flourished. They are expressions of a spiritual connection between the goodness of nature and man.

Today, gardens are evident in most affluent homes in America and many other countries around the world. The Japanese have successfully spread their culture and has influenced even the farthest places like Argentina. One of the greatest and most beautiful Japanese gardens outside of Japan is the one located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They resemble water and plant relationship beyond reckoning.

Most homes start up with just a bit of the whole thing. Apartments in New York that desire to have a sizeable Zen Garden start out with a young bonsai coupled with an electronically pumped small fountain, add a suitable lighting fixture to that and voila, you have an improvised and miniature Japanese garden. Just as long as the elements are there, plus the perfect lighting within the room, the total ambience may just be like that of the ones by the mountainside. In other words, today, lighting plays a pivotal role in modern day architecture in creating an ambience of any kind- even the riveting Zen garden.

3 Ways to Unclutter Your Life Faster

Let’s face it, life is full of options and we can easily drown in the various choices that we are presented with. As we get busy to keep up with the fast changing scenes of everyday life, we often find ourselves bombarded with different kinds of clutter that snatch away our freedom to maximize our productivity.

As we move through life, we start to realize the negative effects of clutter in our lives. This is also the point when the mess has already piled up so high that we can’t even begin to imagine how to start cleaning up and get organized.

Clutter manifests itself in many different forms. It may be:

  • A pile of unused clothes that you wanted to get rid of
  • Left over meals from a couple of nights ago
  • Heaps of paper you were eyeing to throw away for a long time
  • Or simply your inability to say no to things you cannot handle anymore.

Whatever type of mess it may be, it is important to be aware of the negative effects they have on your personal life.

Keep it Simple and Organized

Simplicity is the best way to declutter your life. Keep only those things which are important and necessary. No need to mindlessly acquire things you won’t be using anyway or storing items that have no relevance to your life.

When you learn to let go of the things you do not need, you prevent piles of unnecessary items to evade your space. Doing this makes it possible for you to make room for valuable things that can contribute to your success.

Lean to Prioritize

Sometimes we can’t help it. We have to take care of different responsibilities in our personal and professional lives. In your hectic schedule it is essential to always remember to prioritize. Don’t do not do those things that you can forego for the moment.

You can’t possibly take care of everything at the same time. So in order to spare yourself the stress of having too much on our plates, you must learn to set up your schedules. Identify what meetings and events should be prioritized. Identify what’s important and what’s urgent. From that you will be able to plan better how you can utilize what limited time you have.

Make it a Habit to Clean

We can declutter our lives b regularly cleaning our surroundings. One great stressor is being in a place that is very untidy and is really messy. It reduces your ability to think clearly and to work productively. A positive environment is a very important aspect that greatly affects your effectiveness in doing your tasks.

Getting rid of clutter is actually a very simple thing to do if you have enough discipline to value your precious space and time. Take the initiative to clean up that mess and enable yourself to reap wonderful rewards. It will truly enhance your quality of life.

Importance Of Refrigerator Repair Services

A refrigerator is an essential and useful appliance in every home, hospital, restaurant, hotel and office. It has multiple uses and should run continuously, night and day, to keep things inside it fresh and cold. It is important that the refrigerator gets regular maintenance to make sure that it remains functional for a long time.

Since a refrigerator remains functional 24/7, it can break down or become dysfunctional at some point of time. It might break down either due to a part being faulty or lack of proper maintenance. Breaking down of a refrigerator can cause a lot of discomfort. It needs to be repaired as soon as possible, or food and other things may rot. In such a situation, it is important to hire one of the professional refrigerator repair services for fixing the problem. A professional will make sure that the refrigerator is repaired properly and the same problem does not occur again. Hiring a professional refrigerator repair service becomes important as the refrigerator preserves the food products for a long period. If it gets out of order, you will be devoid of enjoying fresh and cold food products.

Gone are the days when refrigerator used to be considered a luxury. It has now become a necessity in every household, regardless of the financial status. Also, it is an essential appliance in commercial establishments. The importance of refrigerator in a person’s daily life cannot be denied. Therefore, timely maintenance and repair of this appliance by professional company providing refrigeration repair services becomes very essential.

What to Look for in a Refrigerator Repair Service?

  • Considering the importance of a refrigerator in our daily lives, it is important that the refrigerator repair services are available even after normal business hours. This is to make sure that if the refrigerator breaks down at odd hours, it can be attended well on time.
  • Repairing a refrigerator requires technical knowledge and expertise. The service you hire should have professionals who are adequately qualified and experienced. They should have the knowledge of repairing refrigerators of all major brands and models.
  • The professional attending the refrigerator should have all the essential tools and equipment to allow him to complete the repair work then and there. The technician should be well-equipped and capable of finishing the repair work within the premises of the client.
  • The technicians of the repair company should only use genuine spare parts.

Select a refrigerator repair service that makes sure that your refrigerator works properly and efficiently and offers maximum customer satisfaction.

Issues Associated With Ownership of Credit Cards and How to Tackle Them

For some, a credit card is the most excellent spending vehicle ever created for man. It not only gives convenience in paying goods, but rewards as well. As good as this may sound, this plastic is also a reason why people get into debt. Many cardholders face different issues once they get close to a credit card – starting from the time they signed up to the time they ended up in a huge financial obligation.

Knowing how to handle your card is the right approach to using the plastic to your advantage. Knowing the different issues associated with ownership of credit cards is essential as well. Being aware helps you tackle card-related problems in the future.

Here are different issues that you may have faced, or will probably be facing, as soon as you apply for a card:

Getting Turned Down

You have not missed any payment and you are fully aware that you have good credit rating. Still, you get denied for a card. One way to solve this issue is to know the exact reason why you have been rejected. Perhaps, it is because you did not fill out the application correctly or you do not meet the income requirement. You can also check your credit report. There are cases where your score is the reason why you have been declined. There may be errors in your credit file.

Card application rejection does not affect your score. However, if you apply for too many cards at the same time, this will decrease your rating.

Credit Card Fraud

If you have lost your card, you should report the incident immediately. If not, someone could gain access to it and charge purchases on it. Sadly, fraud does not only happen this way. There are times when even if you still have the card, someone else could be using it as well. To avoid this, do the following:

  • Don’t give out your card’s PIN.
  • Don’t let anyone else know about your Social Security Number.
  • Shred all financial documents that you don’t need.
  • Keep your card in sight whenever you pay for anything.
  • Only transact with trusted websites.

You can check if you are a victim of fraud by looking at your credit report. It contains all the accounts open under your name and all the debts you have.

Can’t Pay Bills

You may already know that paying your balances in full on time is the best thing that you can do. However, if you are barely making ends meet and you have no room for full card payments, make the effort to repay at least your minimum payment. Be warned, however, that even though this will not harm your score, your balance can rack up interest. Whether or not you have high interest rates, making it a habit not to repay your balances will lead you to debt.

Chasing Rewards

Most people get attracted to the rewards scheme, making them spend more than what they can pay for. Rewards are great, but only if you can pay off your card in full. A card that comes with rewards often has high interest fees. So, if you choose to carry a balance, your rewards would become insignificant.

A card holder should bear three qualities to take full advantage of his plastic: responsible, disciplined, and in control. With such traits, you can have the power to outsmart the issues associated with ownership of credit cards.

How to Plan Your Backend Product

Publishing a book is an excellent idea to establish yourself as a reliable source in your field. However, the question remains – should writing and publishing a book, be done first before you build an info product? In my opinion, I would not say it should be done before you build an info product. All the products that you produce like your ebooks, self-published books, information products etc. Are all lead generators to get your visitors to your back end product. So, the most important thing to planning your online empire is to think about exactly what your back end product is going to be. Are you going to offer a coaching program? Sometimes that is your backend. Maybe you'll have a home study course or whatever. You need to think about your backend first and then work your way backwards. Most online marketers fail to tell you to think about your backend first and then work your way back in your planning process.

This is how you do it. You create your book to sell your other programs and to create the info product you plan on selling on your website. So basically you think with the end result in mind. So you say, "Okay, I want to create a seminar or I want to create a home study course." If the home study course is going to sell for $ 1,000 what you want to do is think about your lead in to this $ 1,000 product. What is it? Well, perhaps you need a mini-home study course that sells for $ 500. So, anyone that buys the mini-home study course would pretty much be able to opt in to the next level.

But before that, you'll also need to think about how you're going to get people to the mini-home study course. Well, you're going to probably have to sell them a book. You need to have your visitor know who you are so that you can upsell them into purchasing the mini-home study course. And you need to remember, the purpose of mini-home study course is going to sell them into your high-level home study course. If you do it that way, that's a better way to build your business.

However, in my honest opinion, one of the best ways to really give you a lot of leverage and credibility in the marketplace is to have a book. If you come out of the barriers and establish yourself as a big-ticket person, then you're going to make a lot more money. Basically, you're going to gain a lot more respect and people are going to appreciate your information and everything else that you have to offer. And if you create a book, that's going to lead people to your big ticket item. This will make you become even more well-established and respected in the marketplace. Now, do not hold me to that. I know it could work the opposite way. But here's the thing: realize that all your book really is – is a lead generator.

Beauty Benefits of Hair Styling Tools

The hair styling industry of today is hoarded with a fabulous collection of products for enhancing the style and beauty of hair that includes hair straighteners, curling irons, hair dryers, hair relaxers, hairsetters and many more to mention. The most important benefit of which they are all highly preferred is that all these devices gives the opportunity for styling and enhancing the beauty of your hair while sitting at the comfort of your home. You do not know when you will need to rush for an urgent party call. If you have a stylish styling kit with you such as a hair straightener, hair dryer and hair relaxers with you at home, you can easily do the task. You can tame your frizzy, dry hair within a few seconds to look amazing for any occasion called urgently. These amazing products therefore keep you always beautiful and confident whenever you need to. You need not have to stop yourself from a family get together with the fear of embarrassing bad hair condition. You can convert your unattractive hair into sleek and straight locks or come out with those stunning sexy curls to get a new changeover. Thus, if there would be a worthy investment to make on quality hair styling products, but remember about the quality of these devices as they can also harm your hair.

The largest part of using a hair styling product is making the wrong choice or using poor quality devices. People who love and value their hair should always give priority to choosing the best styling products that do not harm their hair in any way. Choosing the right tool is only possible if you make some reliable research on the topic to find out the latest features and technologies being introduced in the industry. When it comes to choosing a hot styling product, you should be careful with it as you have to consider your particular hair type when choosing a product. You should make sure that the product is right for your hair and can do the job without harming your hair. Only then you can come up with brilliant results with it.

Discover The History Of Aquaponics: Who Invented Aquaponics? You Decide

In this article we are going to look at the history of aquaponics. There is a lot of debate when it comes to the history of aquaponics.

People argue whether the Chinese were the first people to really use aquaponics or if it was the Aztecs. These two camps will never agree.

However; will you allow me to give you a short history of aquaponics and let you decide for yourself who were the inventors of aquaponics?

With your permission then I will continue…

The Ancient Chinese And Aquaponics

The Chinese had a system in use in the 6th century. They reared ducks in cages. These cages had partial open floors. These opening were above ponds of finfish.

The “waste” from the ducks would feed the finfish. These cunning Chinese farmers also reared catfish in another pond which the water from the finfish drained. So any excess waste would be supplied to the catfish.

If there was any “leftover food” it went to the paddy fields to help the rice grow. This was a system in harmony where nothing went to waste.

Aquaponics And The Aztecs

The Aztec when it came to “aquaponics” called their system “chinampas”. In the Aztec system they grew a variety of crops including maize, squash and other plants on rafts in water which were used to rear fish too.

The Aztecs were using their systems from the 1400’s onwards.

So who do you favor? Myself I go for the Chinese for a truer “aquaponics system”. However as I say the debate is fierce.

How Did We Get From The Chinese and The Aztec To Modern Aquaponics Systems?

Let us start in 1969 shall we? Meet John and Nancy Todd who along with William McLarney founded the New Alchemy Institute.

They worked on building a “proto-ark” which was to be self-sufficient, powered by solar and would allow a family to survive year-round using holistic methods.

An Aquaponics History: The 1980’s

We move on to Mark McMurty and Professor Doug Sanders who created the first “closed loop” aquaponics system.

In their system “poop” from the fish tank was used to “trickle irrigate” cucumber and tomatoes which were grown in sand beds. These sand beds were also bio-filters used to clean the water for the fish.

An Aquaponics History: The 1990’s

Next we have to learn about Tom and Paula Sperano. These pioneers revised McMurty and Sanders methods to create their “bionic concept.”

The Sperano’s grew vegetables and herbs in a flow and ebb system using gravel grow beds irrigated by nutrient rich water supplied by a 2200 liter tank being used to raise Tilapia.

The Sperano’s were the first people to use gravel grow beds that worked properly in aquaponics. Their system was seen as so effective it’s now been replicated throughout the world.

Most people who have a backyard aquaponics garden will have probably based their system on the “bionic concept” the Sperano’s first introduced. So that’s how we get to modern aquaponics we know and love today.

From the ancient Chinese of the 6th century to being able to have a backyard aquaponics system right in your own backyard so you can grow fresh produce all year round.

Aquaponics History A Conclusions

As you can see aquaponics goes way back in history and been used by civilizations successfully.

I haven’t mentioned aquaculture in South East Asia or the Egyptian who used water and fish to grow plants.

How to Get Custom Bobbleheads

Bobbleheads have remained quite a favorite among children as well as adults. Children love them for they look cute whereas adults are more concerned with the person the bobblehead resembles. Major political and sports figures have their own bobbleheads which are quite popular in the market. The recent presidential campaign saw bobbleheads of Barrack Obama and his opponent John McCain flood the market. Not only that, bobbleheads of Michelle Obama and the two Obama daughters were also popular among people.

Sports Bobbleheads

Bobbleheads are not a new thing and have been present in the market for quite a while. Even then, their popularity seems to be on the rise. Other than bobbleheads of politicians, bobbleheads of basketball and baseball players are quite a hit in the market. Over the times, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth and other major sport players like Andre Agassi, Tiger Woods have been immortalized in the form of bobbleheads.

Even though collecting them is fun and quite a passionate hobby for some, there is always that desire to have a personalized bobblehead depicting a person. You ma have wanted to have a bobblehead of your own. Well, that is now a possibility as you can order a customized bobblehead of yours without ever leaving the comfort of your home.

Get Bobbleheads Online

There are many websites who have loads of bobbleheads which are fully customizable. All you need to do is to visit these websites and chose a particular body to start with. You can choose from bodies depicting a doctor, golfer, footballer, poker player, motorcyclist and a dentist among hundreds of other options. After that you will need to upload a personal photo or the photo of a person whom you want the bobblehead to represent. Everything from the hair texture to the skin color to the color of the eyes in customizable. These custom bobbleheads will be an exact representation of the concerned person.

The Payment Process

After the uploading phase, you need to go through the payment process. Payments can be made through credit cards or online bank transfer. Some sites also have the added option of PayPal and other similar websites. The payment process is generally a breeze and after the order is confirmed, you will get the order within a stipulated time at your doorstep.

The cost of these custom bobbleheads can vary according to the time you set for the delivery date. In case you are in a rush and want the order within 3-4 days, you will have to pay more than if you agreed to a timeframe of 2-3 weeks. These bobbleheads start from around $15 up to a maximum of $170. The price, as previously stated varies only due to the timeframe given.

Important Advice

Before confirming an order from a website, it is always advisable to go through the testimonials provided. You can also take a look at the photo galleries where people are photographed along with their bobblehead. It is advisable to go through different websites and check out the prices mentioned. This way, you will be able to get your hands on the best available deals.

Sales Guidelines on Business Meetings

General guidelines on meetings

Using humor to get you started – or even give you a head-start 🙂 Business is serious but that does not mean you can not find something to laugh about together. Carefully consider your humor as it needs to be positive and not derogatory in any way, which is easier said than done.

There is also a fine distinction about when to compliment a prospect or to negative compliment a prospect. A negative compliment is designed to be positive while being negative at the same time. For example "I see your company has a nice building with lots of glass, it makes for a large carbon footprint." Then stop and wait for the reaction. Even if it is a negative response, like "That's not the case at all", then you are in a conversation of discovery about how they created a building like this and fixed the carbon footprint. Starting a conversation with a business relevance enables you to remain on target to then introduce your solution while avoiding small talk.

The basic rule is if you find the prospect is a nice person and does not have any barrier up to you then compliments are fine. The thing you will find is that parties on an equal footing do not see the other parties special abilities as anything but normal. For example if two millionaires are talking and one says I have a million dollars cash in the bank the other would say "So?". Whereas a less confident person may compliment them on having that much money in the bank. The better the prospect and the more in demand they are more you have to use negative compliments to them around your specific solution to create an opportunity to win the business.

Always go into a business meeting relaxed, with good humor, without a care in the world. You can do this by using a money generation technique. Essentially if you have no money or no sales then you can still have a positive attitude, by imagining how rich and powerful you will be in the future, as you know what you are doing and doing what you know will lead to success. Always be prepared and visualize the meeting and any problems you may have to face prior to the event. Have the answers ready in be prepared to be flexible and go with the flow as any meeting to be a meeting of the minds needs to be driven by both parties in the meeting.

Being confident:

  • Puts a person at ease and lowers their guard
  • By taking the meeting seriously but in a relaxed way, you do not come across as desperate and hard up where you have to succeed. You are creating an opportunity for your prospect to take up and build their success as well.
  • By evoking a positive emotional response from your prospect as soon as you can you build a build a future scenario on the response that gives them a success as well if they work with you!
  • Ensure you are introducing yourself and your company as a point of differentiation. This comes from knowing the best features of your competitors solutions and improving on them. It means being better and more specific about meaningful details than your competition.
  • Entertain your prospect with meaningful stories about your offerings, the company and yourself, convey success, humor and confidence always positively and avoid "the good old days". Use negative compliments to make them respond to you. Stop the conversation to see if they reinitiate it.
  • Look for positive indicators to close the meeting and move onto the next step. These indicators could be verbal, body language or facial. You are not there to waste each others time so when you get the indicators take the opportunity and go to the next step. Observe carefully and do not waste it when it comes.
  • Close to the next level or if you do not get the indicators then take the hint and do business elsewhere.

Meet the Sportsman 6×6 Big Boss 570 EPS

Who and what is the Big Boss? Well, this exciting off-road vehicle resembling an extra-long quad-bike-with- trailer, is the latest ATV to come on to the market. Big Boss is designed and made by the manufacturing company of Polaris Industries Inc. This powerful quad-bike with a closed trailer attached to the back of it is the 2017 Sportsman 6×6 Big Boss 570 EPS all-terrain vehicle. It’s versatile enough for you to take on any demanding job in off-road conditions and also the ideal vehicle for anyone wishing to work in and experience the most remote and uneven terrains.

When wanting to spend time away from the usual city and suburban environments, and acquiring some land for escape into a forested or rocky region, you will need a vehicle that is tough enough and reliable to confront and overcome the challenges posed by nature. The Big Boss as it’s respectfully referred to, is the perfect vehicle for hauling tools and other gear necessary for working well in the toughest of outback conditions. It also offers the resiliency for exploration trips in terrain where most other vehicles cannot access. With Big Boss, the traction and payload are excellent and the versatile dump-box section large enough for packing any bulky items securely for a rough off-road experience to just “rumble on.”

The Big Boss is a suitable vehicle for carrying two people, created by an extended chassis and with a raised seat, provides visibility for the passenger and safety with grips for hands and supporting rests for the feet. The 362 kg covered dump-box with integrated dividers has the advantage of two divided sections, located behind the passenger seat. In addition, there are stake pockets that increase the height for carrying any extra gear.

The advantages of a vehicle like the Big Boss are reflected in its economic fuel efficiency and its capabilities in conquering highly challenging terrains. Driver security and comfort is catered for with well-designed seating, with the level floorboard of the vehicle providing a natural position for easy operation and fatigue prevention.

The Big Boss advantages

Big Boss comes with the latest easy to use variable electronic power steering that automatically adjusts to existing conditions, making the vehicle control responsive and efficient, even at relatively high speeds. This is a particular advantage when negotiating tight trails or using the vehicle on rugged job sites. Complete with a proven and tested all-wheel independent suspension. This enhanced with the best rear suspension travel related to this type of vehicle, namely 20.83cm front, and 24.93cm rear, with a ground clearance of 29.21cm.

The advantages provided by a 4 and 6-Wheel Drive option, utilized by the simple motion of flipping a switch. The same applies for the fast-engaging and high-performance wheel drive system, immediately available when added traction is needed. The braking system operates in conjunction with the exclusive Polaris engine. It offers an active descent controlled braking system, for best possible control and an even deceleration during a descent.

The extraordinary flexibility of the 570 EPS enables custom-design for large hunting expeditions, and jobs in the remotest and most difficult of conditions throughout the year. Added support is given with more than thirty manufacturers additional accessories.

The Simplified Dressing Guide for Plus-Size Women

The craze around the slender figure is frustrating. Plus-size women often have a tough time shopping for their cloths because the options are limited. Thanks to a few amazing brands, clothing options for plus size women are getting better by the day. If you are on the plus side, your aim is to feel comfortable and stylish in every outfit, and for that, you need a few essential fashion tips. In this post, we will talk about styling plus-size clothing and things you must have in your wardrobe.

Don’t Go For Baggy Clothes:

Most full figure women end up choosing the wrong outfits and dresses because they are trying to hide their flaws. You need your size – Nothing more, nothing less! As mentioned, you will find many brands that design exclusive women plus size clothing with a broad range of choices. For good offers, check online for reputable retailers. Most e-commerce sites offer easy exchange and returns, and that ensures that you can try different sizes before you find the right fit.

Follow the Basic Rules:

First and foremost, opt for colors that compliment your body type. Most women consider black as the only choice to look lean, which is a huge mistake. There is absolutely no reason to shy away from colorful, summer dresses and mixed stripes. However, you will have to choose the wisely. For example, when it comes to stripes, vertical and leaner lines would look much better on plus-size women than broad stripes. Also, make sure to include a few V-neck tops and dresses in your closet. V-neck designs elongate your figure in the right ways.

Choose the Right Undergarments:

The right kind of lingerie is necessary for the right look, and this is more pertinent for women with those extra pounds. Don’t wear lingerie that’s too tight or loose for your size. With the right bra, your body will look more appropriate, irrespective of what you wear. If you are thinking of shapewear, choose something that allows the body to breathe. Instead of choosing those extremely tight shapers, you can go for tummy-tucking panties that work better for dresses and skirts and are more comfortable.

Deciding Between Hemlines:

Plus-size women may have to make a choice between hemline lengths. If you have extra fat around the belly area, avoid dresses and tops that highlight the mid-section. Peplum tops, for example, don’t flatter women with a large waist. Longer tops may seem to be a better choice because such designs create an illusion of height. Of course, you don’t have to disregard any idea or trend, but make sure to keep options for every occasion. When you shop online, check for both formal and semi-formal outfits and don’t miss on buying the right pair of shoes.

With a little extra attention to detail, styling your body for the perfect beach outing would be as easy as dressing for a party. Just be open to new ideas and keep a check on the tips listed.

Impatience – The Ascension Seekers' Way To Getting Rid Of It

Do you ever feel impatience coming up as you meditate and work on achieving your own positive internal growth?

Perhaps this feeling of 'impatience' is an all too familiar feeling to you, or could it not be aware of? If you take the approach of 'sucking less everyday' when it comes to your practice, then you might not only be familiar with impatience, but better yet choose for it not to block your practice and Spiritual goals.

The world that we live in is growing more and more impatient. Everything in the external world around us happens so much faster than it used to. As a result people get frustrated more easily when things such as technology does not work fast enough.

Our focus on technology has encouraged us as a species to expect to be gratified as soon as possible. This expectation has cultured the belief that we are in fact entitled to having our needs met quickly and with as little effort as possible!

Many of us when needing to wait for something, use distraction as a way to avoid being with own thoughts and feelings – this logically shows us that 'impatience' is simply 'aversion to the present moment'.

When it comes to tending to our internal reality – impatience is detrimental to positive growth. As mentioned above – impatience in its purest form is strong aversion to the experience of 'NOW' and I would even call it an expression of 'hating' the present moment.

Giving into impatience demands can be the difference between giving up on something you really want rather than sticking to it. It can be the difference between cultivating and solidifying bad habits rather than releasing them.

Impatience communicates itself to each of us differently.

Some of us will experience it as a feeling of frustration – possibly labeling ourselves as someone that simply just can not meditate.

It may look like jumping from one tool or technique to another … like a "Jack of all trades and Master of None." … which in reality often become 'Jack of no trades and Master of none either'!

For those of us in this situation, the attachment to impatience has become so inflexible that they can not settle on one practice and see it through to Intermediate or levels of Mastery … even though deep down they want to.

People attached to impatience may claim to be more evolved than they actually are. These people can feel ashamed of being a beginner and their impatience not to feel this shame hammers them to choose delusion instead.

Another manifestation of impatience can be seen when a Spiritually minded person believes that they are dependent on others for their awareness to be awakened. Their own awakening can not be attained if their own awareness is dependent on the mere re-telling from external sources.

However the narrative of impatience arises within your thoughts, know that if given worth [worth that impatience does not deserve], it will turn from a mole hill into a mountain.

A motto that impatience despises is – "Your practice is both the journey and the destination."

Impatience does not have the structural integrity to end, such as when you are not seeing results, are adverse to learning, or when you simply just do not feel like training.

The feeling of impatience can be subtle at first, but once witnessed for what it is, it becomes much easier to recognize it. Learn to soften your awareness enabling you to move through this limited and extremely impermanent chemical reaction within the body!

You then need only to conscious choose which path you want to walk.

If you choose to actively dissolve impatience then you may need to make that choice over and over again until it becomes ingrained habit. The more solid impatience feels to you the longer you have been busy tethering yourself to it!

The more aversion, distraction, fear, resistance, frustration, irritation [all aspects of impatience] = the more inertia you have given it.

So have patience when dissolving it!

If you have not been doing exercise for 20 years and are out of shape do you think that a few trips to the gym is going to make you toned, trim and terrific! No way!

You have to earn it! You have to stick at it..this is you actively building your spiritual foundations!

Thanks for reading and if you have made it to this point sometimes your impatience is not as controlling of you as you first thought!

Bye for now!

Illura

Heidegger – Language is the House of Being

Language is the house of Being. In its home man dwells. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this home.” – Martin Heidegger, German philosopher, Letter on Humanism, 1947.

The philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset once said that man had no nature, only history. While I respect this opinion, I think that man’s real human nature is language. Just as the lesser god Prometheus handed fire to man, a major God handed a major boon to mankind: language.

After years of pondering whatever Martin Heidegger meant by “Language is the House of Being,” it finally dawned on me (as I watched catatrophic news on TV) that Heidegger meant language is not only a construct, a shelter, an edifice, an abode, but the soul of humanity–container of infinity.

Through language we search heaven and earth; through language we accept or reject God; through language we accept or reject the absolutes that guide the human race.

And yes, it is only through language that we experience aesthetic bliss–and love. Although bliss and love are more akin to the emotional life, the viscera, the central nervous system, the body can only partially express bliss and love. Language is indispensable, or if not, then try to tell that to painters, poets, and writers.

Take Trollope (in History of Pendennis):”It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all.” And Trollope went on to fill library shelves with language and love.

We think and we feel by using words. Though words are more adept and adequate to thinking than to feeling, we still recognize that even our deepest emotions must be converted into words to express what we feel. When we immerse ourselves in a good book we feel with and for the characters: with Don Quijote and Sancho we experience the real meaning of friendship; with Anna Karenina and Aschenbach we feel the exquisite pangs of deeply tormented souls; with Remedios The Beauty we ascend to heaven.

Can we build science without language? Isn’t language the vessel of patterns, axioms, equations, paradigms, and formulas? Is wisdom achievable without language?

Even the most recalcitrant nihilist or atheist needs language to refute the existence of God; the same God that gave him the gift of language.

When humans master a language, they are never homeless. Even when their houses burn–as we watched the flames destroy thousands of houses in San Diego, California–their spirit, their humanity survives in the House of Being–Infinity.