Posts By Sandra Langel

High tech hiking gear

Whether you like to rough it on the occasional weekend or for weeks at a time, there is no rule that says you cannot take a few conveniences into the woods with you in order to ease your mind and body. Therefore, the next time you pack for your prime spot in nature, be sure to bring these outdoor gadgets along. This hiking equipment will help to kick your trek up a notch and keep you so comfortable that you might never come back.

  • Bring your own shower – No more stinky campers at your campsite. Now you can bring along a shower head that is foot pump powered and supplies warm water without having to boil the water ahead of time. Instead, you can let the sun warm it for you.
  • Protect your electronics – Whether the area you are going to has cell service or not, you will want to ensure that nothing happens to your phone. Therefore, you need to get a case that is specially designed for the great outdoors. One of the best pieces of hiking gear that you can purchase is a case that not only shelters your iPhone from falls, it also has an integrated battery that doubles its life and even allows you to add juice with a solar charger on the back panel. Moreover, it also enables you to take underwater pictures.
  • Not sure your phone will work – There are gadgets designed to assist you when you enter an area that does not have cell service. Not only can you send for help when you need it, you can also send check-in messages with your location and get back on track if you get lost. Many also enable you to keep track of your progress, as well.
  • Caffeine fix on the go – Between cups that grind and brew and handheld mechanisms that brew espresso with the ease of using a bicycle pump, you can be sure that you will get your Joe, no matter how you like it. Just be sure to purify the water, prior to use or use bottled water.
  • Speaking of water filtration, when not ensuring it is safe for coffee, be sure include a water filter straw as part of your outdoor gear. This gadget makes it so that you can bend over and drink out of a freshwater stream without a second thought as there are several filters inside the straw which cleanse the water before it gets to your mouth. This could definitely be a handy gadget to have with you if you are heading out on a long hike as it might save you from carrying a lot of water. It is also a good idea for emergencies as long as you can find a river or the like, you at least should be able to have drinking water until you are found.


Being “one with nature” no longer means being uncomfortable and unhappy. Instead, you can “rough it” with all of the comforts of home.


How to choose the right area rug

Tile and wood floors are great, but an area rug can really tie the room together. In addition, it can also provide cushion, comfort, and warmth. While it is best to start with the rug and furnish the room around it, that is not always an option. However, if you do your research and take the correct steps, you can find the right flooring for every room in your home.

The rug that you choose, be it a traditional, modern, or handmade rug, should be the focal point in the room. It also needs to be the right size so that it does not make the room seem smaller than it truly is. A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that is two feet shorter than the smallest wall in the room. Therefore, if you are placing the rug in the living room, the front legs of the furniture should cover it. If you are placing the rug in the bedroom, it should be the first thing your feet feel when they hit the ground in the morning. When it comes to dining rooms, rugs should extend at least 18 inches beyond the edge of the table. This will make it so that it accommodates the dining chairs.

Another thing to take into consideration when shopping for rugs is your budget. It is a good idea to buy the best rug you can afford. If you need help figuring this out, use the cost of the other furniture in the room as a guideline. That means the rug you choose for your living room should cost as much, or slightly more than, the sofa. It is important to set your price limit before you begin shopping so that you do not fall in love with something you cannot afford. If possible, add another 10 percent to your budget, so you have some flexibility in your price range.

Do not forget to take into account your lifestyle when choosing a rug. If you have children, pets, or do a ton of entertaining, then it is best to find a rug that can withstand a multitude of sins. This includes everything from spilled drinks to muddy paws and everything in between. High-pile or shag rugs really do not fit this lifestyle. However, choosing a flat-weave or extremely low-pile rug helps to reduce the look of wear and is more practical when it comes to vacuuming and spot cleaning.

Regardless of whether you choose a modern or traditional rug, it is important to schedule regular professional cleanings. This will enable you to keep your rug looking newer longer. It will also keep dust and other allergens at bay. Rugs, like wall-to-wall carpeting, can harbor a lot of crud if not properly cleaned. Whether you have children and pets or not, it is not uncommon to find everything from carpet beetles to carpet mites which makes sitting on the floor or walking barefoot really unappealing.


Know when to go from virtual office to executive office suite

Working from home is a perk that more and more people are enjoying. You save money on both fuel expenses and vehicle maintenance costs, as well as the other expenses that come with renting office space. However, not all businesses can be run from your home and those that can often grow to a point that you eventually need to look into upgrading from a virtual office to an executive office suite.

By definition, a virtual office is typically a business that offers a receptionist, office services, and a conference room to those companies that do not have their own locations. These businesses pay a fee to use the phone and mailing address and also have the ability to meet with customers in the conference room in order to present a professional appearance. They enable workers to stay at home and manage their businesses and therefore become more productive by avoiding the hassle of commuting while more successfully juggling the demands of work and home life successfully.

There are several factors that can cause a company to move from a virtual office to that of an executive office suite. They include:

  • Interruptions – It was not that long ago that a little girl was made famous because barged into her father’s home office while he was being interviewed live on the news. If your little ones, the TV, or other issues in your home have caused your productivity to wane, then it is probably time to look for a new place to work. It is best to do so before you miss deadlines, alienate clients, and/or your relationship with your family begins to suffer.
  • Loneliness – While there are plenty of people who work better alone, there are just as many, if not more, that need to be surrounded by people in order to stay motivated. These people thrive in an atmosphere that cannot be recreated at home no matter how loud the music is or how many errands you run. If you are more productive surrounded by people, then you may want to look into coworking space as an intermediate step between a virtual office and an executive office suite.
  • Growth – Nothing says it is time to find new digs more than hiring an employee or more than one that needs to come to your home to work. This is especially true if you have children or other family members at home during the day, you have valuables you worry about getting broken or stolen, or if you need employees to work in the office while you spend time out of the office. Therefore, if your business has grown to this point, then you need to move it out of your home.

The best way to decide when to move is to consider the needs of your company in order for it to continue to be successful. It is important to look at your business’ future growth, your bottom line, and your professionalism when determining the best place to work. Good luck.

What is bridge money?

Bridge money is a type of short-term loan that is used until a person or company is able to secure permanent financing or remove an existing obligation. Both corporations and individuals use bridge loans as lenders can customize each loan to fit the situation and this type of financing allows the borrower to meet current obligations by providing an immediate cash flow. These types of loans are generally short term in nature and usually only last about a year. They also usually come with relatively high-interest rates and need to be backed by some form of collateral which can be real estate or inventory.

One reason why people use this type of hard money is to buy another home before selling an existing residence. It enables home buyers to find the down payment for the new home and make your offer more attractive to a seller. However, most lenders will only offer these types of loans to borrowers with excellent credit ratings and low debt-to-income ratios. The bridge loan is usually secured with the buyer’s existing home.

The difference between bridge money and a traditional mortgage is that bridge loans typically have a faster application, approval and funding process than that of traditional loans. However, in exchange for this convenience, these loans usually have short terms, high-interest rates, and large origination fees. Generally, borrowers accept these terms because they need quick, convenient access to the funds being provided. Additionally, they are willing to pay higher interest rates because they know the loan is short term and intend to pay it off with lower interest, long-term financing in less than a year. Moreover, most bridge loans do not have prepayment penalties.

With this type of loan, many lenders do not have set guidelines for FICO minimums nor do they have debt-to-income ratios. Instead, funding is guided by a more make sense underwriting approach that requires guidelines obtained from the long-term financing obtained for the new home. If the borrower has a mortgage on the original home, it will be paid off with the hard money loan and then its payment will be added to the new mortgage for the new home.

There are, however, some caveats to this. For example, if the new home mortgage is a conforming loan, then lenders tend to have more leeway to accept a higher debt-to-income ratio and are able to run the mortgage loan through an automated underwriting program. However, if the new home mortgage is a jumbo loan, most lenders will restrict the home buyer to a 50 percent debt-to-income ratio.

Additionally, while you do not have to pay back bridge money for the first four months, interest does accrue during this time period. Moreover, there are fees that must be paid in order to secure the loan. They include administration, appraisal, escrow, title, notary, recording and courier. These can add up to over $3000. In addition, there is also a loan origination fee which is based on the amount of the loan.


Reasons to wear glasses

According to Global Eyesight Now, approximately six out of every 10 people in the developed world wear glasses, contact lenses, or have had corrective eye surgery. People wear glasses for a variety of reasons. In order to determine whether or not glasses are needed, one part of the eye exam includes reading a special chart.

The chart that is used to test how well you can see was first developed in 1863. It is designed to determine if you have 20/20 vision, which means that at a distance of 20 feet, you can read the line labeled 20 on the chart.  If so, your vision is normal. However, if you can only see the top line clearly, then you have 20/200 vision. This means that you have to be 20 feet from the chart in order to see what most people can see at 200 feet. That being said, if your vision is 20/200 or less with the use of the best eyeglass lens to correct your eyesight, then you are considered legally blind.

Some reasons for which glasses or lenses are prescribed include:

  • Myopia – Also known as near-sightedness, which means you can clearly see objects that are close, but need glasses to clearly see objects that are far away.
  • Hyperopia – Also known as far-sightedness, which is normal in children and does not require them to wear glasses.  However, if it is severe, your child’s eyes may have to work harder than normal to focus on close objects and can lead to myopia
  • Accommodative Esotropia – This is excessive hyperopia which causes one’s eyes to cross. Wearing glasses can help to control this.
  • Astigmatism – When the front part of the eye, known as the cornea, is oval-shaped rather than round, this causes blurred vision which can be corrected with glasses.
  • Anisometropia – This occurs when your two eyes are different and it causes poor vision in one eye.  Glasses help by individually correcting for this difference.

If you do not suffer from any of these medical conditions, you can also wear glasses for fashion, eye protection, and convenience.  Since there are so many styles, colors, and shapes, eyeglasses make a great accessory for any outfit. In addition, they are fashionable and help to enhance your facial features.

Moreover, in today’s digital society it is important to properly protect your eyesight in order to ensure that it lasts. Wearing glasses not only protects your vision from digital screens, they also help to keep dirt and dust from getting into your eyes, as well, and if you wear them outside, eyeglasses can also help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Finally, unlike contact lenses, glasses are easy to put on and take off. In addition, eyeglasses do not require additional cleaning and do not need to be replaced as often as contact lenses.

If you are suffering from eye problems, or if it has been more than a year or two since your last visit to the eye doctor, it is recommended that you make an appointment.

Pros and Cons of gutters made with gutter machines

Have you ever gotten up on a ladder and begun to clean out the muck, gunk, and leaves from your gutters and then start to think about whether or not your home really needs gutters.  After all, if you did not have them, you would have your afternoon free and you would not be gagging as you unearth the variety of animals that have made your gutters home since the last time you were up there.

The reason your house needs gutters made with a gutter machine is to remove water before it can damage your home.  Gutters, particularly seamless gutters, prevent water from destroying the material from which your house is made including stone, brick, and siding.  Moreover, if rainwater is not siphoned away from the house it can build up and ruin the basement, crawlspace and/or foundation of your home.  Additionally, water that is not directed away from your home can get into the walls and cause damage there, as well.  Finally, water that is not properly directed away from your house can cause the landscaping around your home to be washed away and homes without gutters can contribute to erosion and contamination of wetlands.


There are two cons to having gutters.  The first one is that someone has to clean them out.  Even though this is only done once or twice a year, it is not a fun job and is certainly not for the faint of heart. It is also not for those that cringe at the sight of insects and/or small creatures.  The second problem with gutters is that they can be somewhat ugly.


Thankfully, there are solutions to these two issues and help make owning gutters a bit easier.  The first thing a homeowner can do is purchase is a screen, barrier or other device to keep debris out of the gutters.  These are available at most home improvement stores and/or can be installed by the roofing contractor of your choice.


Second, homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to what the gutters on their home look like.  There are a variety of colors and materials to choose from.  In addition, there are also seamless gutter machines that allow roofers to make gutters on site instead of having to solder pieces together.  These choices help to make gutters more aesthetically pleasing.


Another improvement that has been made in gutters is gutter art which allows roofing contractors to emboss a design into the gutter as it is being made.  The homeowner chooses a design that is then embossed with the use of an additional piece that is added to the gutter machine.  With just a little time and effort, your roofer can attach it and personalize your gutters and make them prettier.  It can also make the gutters look like the crown molding you have inside your home.  Finally, by having a design embossed into the gutters, homeowners tend to become the talk of the town because everyone will want to know how it was done.

Hardwood or Laminate

 If you are looking to replace the floors in your home, two of the most popular choices are hardwood and laminate. While they are often compared to each other, there are vast differences between the two types of flooring. There are a number of factors that you need to take into consideration when deciding to install hardwood flooring or laminate.

If the old adage is true that you get what you pay for, then one would believe that it is better to lay hardwood, than install laminate flooring. This is because hardwood floors are typically more expensive than their laminate cousin. However, due to the technology that goes into making laminate, it is generally more forgiving than hardwood and usually makes more sense, unless you live in an older home without much foot traffic.

In addition, it takes a lot more work to keep hardwood flooring clean and if you do not do the upkeep, you will not have it for that long. Also, because hardwood naturally swells and shrinks with changes in humidity and moisture content it is not ideal for bathrooms or mudrooms.

However, if you are insistent on having a floor that looks like real wood, then you may be better off with real wood. This is because, when you go for the natural look, laminate floors can become just as, if not more, expensive than hardwood. Plus, wood is a renewable resource and is considered a “green” product. Additionally, it is much easier to repair hardwood as it can just be sanded and refurbished. When it comes to laminate, you may have to replace the entire floor or risk having an area that does not look the same as the rest.

While both repel stains well, hardwood is more likely to react to intense sunlight and it also tends to be sensitive to high-heeled shoes, pets, kids, and furniture. All of these things can lead to dents and scrapes the wood. While some may call it rustic, others seem to think it looks tired and in need of refurbishment or replacement.

Speaking of replacement, if you tend to redecorate often, then you may be more inclined to go laminate, as it is easier to remove and can be made to look like different types of wood and stone. However, if you go hardwood, then you can keep the flooring and simply replace the mats and runners throughout your home.

Another thing to take into consideration when looking at new flooring is the decor that will be placed in the same rooms. This includes any custom blinds or window shades, as well as the furniture that will be in the room and what the room will be used for. Blinds and shades can help reduce the sun damage if there is no UV coating on the wood floor and you have to determine how much wear and tear the floor will endure in order to decide between hardwood and laminate.  It is best to be realistic or you will end up unhappy.

How to practice non violent communication

Nonviolent Communication or NVC is a four step method used for clear, empathic discussion. NVC is designed to find a way for everyone involved to get what really matters to them without the use of guilt, humiliation, shame, blame, coercion, or threats. Many schools use it as part of their anti-bullying programs because it is useful for resolving conflicts, connecting with others, and living in a way that is conscious, present, and attuned to the genuine, living needs of oneself and others.

First and foremost, this type of discussion begins with an observation without judgment. Therefore, one must learn to say, “I see the laundry has not been finished,” instead of, “You did nothing all day.” Seeing the laundry still in the machine is a fact, accusing the person who had not completed it of doing nothing all day is a judgment.

The next step is for the observer to either explain why the observation bothers them or to guess as to why he or she saw what was seen. For example, “I see that you are punching the pillow. Are you angry?” or you could say, “The lion is trying to get out of his cage. I’m scared.”

This step is difficult because you need to learn how to name emotions without moral judgment so that you can connect in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. The idea is to perform this step with the aim of accurately identifying the feeling that you or the other person is having in that moment. There should not be any shame for their feelings or otherwise trying to prevent them from feeling as they do. Remember, feelings are sometimes hard to put into words.

The belief is that when needs are met, happy, pleasant feelings result and when they are not met, unpleasant feelings are created. By tuning into the feeling, you can find the underlying need and by stating the need, both parties have clarity about what is alive in both of them at that moment.

Bear in mind that needs have a special meaning when it comes to nonviolent communication. They are common to everyone and not tied to any particular circumstance or strategy for fulfilling them. Therefore, wanting to go somewhere specific with someone is not a need. Neither is the desire to spend time with him or her. In both cases, the need is companionship and can be fulfilled going other places with other people.

Finally, ask clearly and specifically for what you want right now. Do not try to hint or state only what you do not want. For it truly to be a request, and not a demand, you must allow the other person to say no and/or propose an alternative. You must take responsibility for getting your own needs met, and let the other person take responsibility for theirs.

When using this as a school anti-bullying program, the facility must realize that it will take time to implement as everyone involved must practice and become used to solving issues using these steps.

Industrial and traditional Ethernet switches

Ethernet is the standard for wired networking and, along with Wi-Fi, is the most common type of connection computers use in a local area network or LAN especially for general purpose office networks. It began as a single cable that made it possible for multiple devices to be connected to one network. Ethernet has a simple and effective design. With high-speed options and a variety of media types to choose from Ethernet is efficient and flexible. Today, an Ethernet network can be expanded as needed.


Ethernet switches involve the use of a port looks like a regular phone jack, but are a little bit wider. These ports can be used to connect one computer to another, to connect your printer and computer, or they can be used as an external DSL or cable modem. It is a fast and cost-effective way to transmit data.

Commercial Ethernet Switches

There are two distinct types of Ethernet switches, traditional and industrial. Traditional or commercial Ethernet switches come in three different varieties. They are unmanaged, managed, and smart. An unmanaged switch comes ready to use right out of the box. There is no installation or configuration needed. A smart switch comes with some manageability that is able to be done without an IT professional. A managed switch is one that can be configured based on each companies needs. It is the most expensive and requires professional installation.

Industrial Ethernet Switches

In addition, industrial Ethernet switches are also available. They allow manufacturers to improve plant efficiency while keeping operational costs low. This is due, in part, to the fact that it has better bandwidth, as well as both advanced connectivity and reliability than standard Ethernet. In addition, industrial Ethernet switches are designed to operate in plant floor environments as the specifications allow for extreme temperature, shock, and vibration that commercial switches cannot handle.

Difference between Commercial and Industrial Ethernet switches

If a website does not load correctly or you get an error message on your computer screen, you can simply hit the refresh button. In a factory or manufacturing plant, a small problem could turn into a major disaster and the company cannot wait for someone to notice the problem. In other words, there is no refresh button to fix it. However, when a business uses networking switches, the switch can sense an error and automatically stop a process. This prevents wasted time, product, and money.

Additionally, industrial internet allows for specific manufacturing data to not only be correctly sent and received, but also sent and received on-time. That is when the data is needed to perform a specific operation. For example, a cereal box filling plant using this technology is able to send filling data over the network to ensure the boxes are filled correctly. When a box is full, a “stop filling” command is sent over the network.

Another reason why companies are adopting industrial Ethernet is because it is possible to build a network of devices that can continue to communicate even if a cable is broken or unplugged, or if one of the network switches fails. This is important both for reliability and safety.





Types of dentists

When you go to see your general dentist, he or she may recommend that you see a specialist. If that is the case, then you better ask which one because there is a myriad of them to choose from.  The four most common types of specialty dentists are orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and pediatric dentists. You could also be sent to an oral pathologist or a Prosthodontist.

A doctor that focuses on straightening teeth, correcting bites and ensuring that teeth sit where they should within the jaws is known as an orthodontist. Those in this profession provide treatments including braces and mouth guards and may sometimes involve the surgical repositioning of teeth. This type of treatment tends to start in childhood. However, adults may seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

Periodontists are specialized dentists that diagnose and treat gum diseases. Your dental office may refer you to a periodontal office if you suffer from bleeding gums, are in need of a deep root cleanings or are not in the habit if visiting the dentist regularly. Periodontists also do dental implants and have techniques that help to regenerate bone and tissue that is lost to disease.

Those that have damage, injury, decay, infection, or inflammation on the inside of a tooth are referred to an endodontist. Based on the level of damage, those in the field of endodontics might perform root canals, inlays or onlays, or surgery in order to try and save your tooth, the goal of anyone who has experienced trauma or injury to the mouth.

While children can be seen by a general or family dentist, many parents choose to have their kids seen by a pediatric dentist. Those in this profession see patients from toddler age into the teenage years and ensure that a child’s teeth are developing correctly.  A pediatric dentist may be the first to notice when a child needs orthodontic treatment. These specialty dentists are also charged with educating both parents and patients about the prevention of dental disease and good dental hygiene.

An oral pathologist is an oral health care provider whose main focus is the study of the causes of diseases that alter or affect the oral structures of the teeth, lips, cheeks, and jaws, as well as parts of the face and neck. In order to do so, these doctors examine and provide a diagnosis of the biopsy, tissue, or lesion sent to them by other oral health care providers.

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the repair and/or the replacement of missing teeth.  Those in this profession do so on a much larger scale than that of a general dentist. You may be sent to one if you need artificial teeth, also known as dentures, gold or crowns ceramic or caps, to replace any missing or extracted teeth. The prosthodontist can also replace teeth by using dental implants. Moreover, there are specially trained prosthodontists who work with patients that have head and neck deformities. Those that do this work replace missing parts of the face and jaws with artificial ones.

Ideas for covering your windows with blinds, shades, or shutters

Windows are the prime focus of most rooms. Therefore, whether you select blinds, shades, or shutters, they should be both functional and decorative.  There are at least a million different ways you can dress up your windows.  You can match the furnishings in the room or make a bold statement and find something that is different, but complementary.

Blinds, shades, and shutters allow you to choose what you want.  Simply tell the salesperson selling the Hunter Douglas blinds what you are thinking and he or she can help you pull it off.


Be sure to know your budget and stick to it.  Window coverings of any type can be expensive. Therefore, it is best to do your homework before you go into the store so that you have an idea and a price line.


Once you have a budget in place, determine your decorating style.  You do not have to match the décor of your home exactly. However, you do not want to clash, either. If the rest of your home is chic, keep your window coverings that way.  The same is true if you like modern, classic, or casual and comfortable.  Unless you are going to change all of your furnishings, do not use a different style on your windows.


The next thing you need to decide on is how much elbow grease you are willing to put in.  Only you can decide what you are willing to do when it comes to maintaining your home. While blinds need to be dusted weekly, drapes have to be taken down and professionally cleaned before they are rehung.


The type of room you are outfitting with new window coverings, as well as where it is in the house determines the amount of light you want to come in and the amount of privacy you need.   You will need room darkening shades if your child’s room is on the sunny side of the house and he or she still naps.  However, you can let the sun into your kitchen.


If you have small children, then you need to be aware that some blinds may not be safe for them.  If you choose to install them in your home, be sure to either cut the strings so that they do not become choking hazards, purchase a kit, or ask the manufacturer to send you a retrofitting kit so that your child does not become entwined and hurt.  You can also buy blinds that do not have cords.


Finally, to truly get the look you are going for, you can double up on the window coverings. For example, you can put shades or blinds on the inside of the window and then cover them up with drapes or curtains.  Even just adding a valance gives a room a new look.


Regardless of what you choose, know that it is an investment and you will have to live with it.  Therefore, you should not rush into any purchase.  Be sure that it is what you want before installation is complete.

Differences between residential and commercial property management software

Whether you own an apartment building or an office building, keeping it up and full of tenants can be time consuming and stressful. Often, people that own real estate that they do not personally live or work in, hire an outside property management company to do this for them. The best property managers use property management software to make their jobs and their lives easier.

There are a number of differences between residential and commercial properties and therefore there will be differences in the software that is used for property management purposes. Obviously, residential properties are those where people live and commercial properties are used for business and to (according to “make a profit.”


However, under that definition, there is a fine line. As the owner, or for the owner, if you are the property manager, you are making money off of the property that you rent out. Therefore, apartment buildings and condos can be classified as commercial properties because you are using them to make a profit.


One of the biggest differences between the two types of property is the tax rate. Commercial properties are taxed at a much higher rate than residential properties are taxed. This is done to make it easier for people to be able to afford homes. Therefore, having the right commercial property management software is essential so that the IRS does not come knocking on the door wondering where its money is.


The right online property management software can help you set the proper tax rate as commercial property tax rates are based on a formula that includes the total income generating capacity of the property at its “highest and best” possible use. In English, that is the most money that can possibly be produced in the building. That number is taken into consideration along with its relation to the actual income that is being derived from the property at the time of the assessment. Again, for those that do not speak tax code, that is how much profit the building actually makes.


To further complicate things, these numbers are generally set or believed to be set quite high. Landlords and property managers alike feel as their property is over assessed at values that are much higher than they should be. They believe that this is done in order to have them pay more in property taxes than they believe they should have to.


In addition to taxes, negotiating commercial leases is much more complicated and difficult than negotiating leases with individuals in a rental property. Again, property management software, like the one available through Unit Assist can help you with both of these and any other issues that arise, regardless of property type.


Call them, try it out, and find out just how much easier your life can be with the right program to help you with the everyday tasks that come with owning and/or running a property. A 30-day free trial is available along with tech support that will remain free for as long as you use the software.

Advantages of using a virtual office

The office as a specific location where people get together to work is not for everyone and thanks to technology, it does not have to be. In fact, telecommuting and virtual offices have come into vogue. While most people still take homage in the traditional office settings, there is a growing population that believes that as long as the goal is achieved, it does not matter where you get it done.

If you are interested in becoming part of the virtual office workforce, here are some excellent arguments either to convince your boss or to go rogue.


  • Decrease your carbon footprint. Less commuting means less pollution.
  • Better efficiency. Less commuting means more time working.
  • More family time. Less commuting means more time with family.
  • Happier employees. Less stress from commuting and more time with family leads to more content workers. More content workers are less likely to leave. They are also less likely to call in sick.
  • Saves on rent. With fewer employees in the traditional office, you can scale down the size of the office even while hiring more people. The cost of virtual office space, as well as executive suites, is considerably less that a regular office. So, even if you open several satellite offices, money will be saved.
  • Better class of employees. People that can handle working in a remote location are more dedicated and better at time management. They know how to handle work independently and are better able to meet deadlines.
  • Larger pool of potential employees. Without having to worry about a long commute, you are now able to handle those with disabilities. In addition, you do not have to worry about hiring people from out of town and having them move. Now, they do not have to.


However, you need to be aware that a virtual office is not all sunshine and rainbows. If you are not in a physical office, you are less likely to be promoted. In addition, you decrease the amount of socialization you are privy to and can get lonely, especially if you are at home and not in an executive suite with others. Teamwork goes out the window and there is also an increased chance that there will be miscommunication between you and your coworkers.


Having to rely on technology can also be a problem. Your computer, phone or the internet could go down or it could be hacked. Computer viruses are common and this set up is not for everyone. You need to weigh the pros and the cons before deciding if this is the direction you want to go in.


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Why purchase a butane extractor over a CO2 extractor

There are currently several different extraction methods being used in the cannabis industry. Two of the most popular are the CO2 extractor and the BHO extractor. The two create vastly different products and the choice between them is usually a personal preference along with the costs related to them.

What most people know as “dabs,” “wax,” or BHO, marijuana concentrates, are made with a butane extractor. This process is popular because butane is an inexpensive solvent. The safest type of butane extraction system is one that is known as closed-loop. The butane gas is trapped, recycled and reused in a controlled, sealed environment.


The best way to explain how this machine works is to watch a barista at Starbucks make your drink. They are similar. When you use a coffee or espresso machine, the water passes through the ground coffee beans. By doing so, it strips them of their oils which contain the caffeine, flavor, and aroma which is then filtered into a highly concentrated solution.


When you use a closed loop butane extractor, the extractor places the cannabis in a column that has a filtration screen at the end. This is much like a coffee filter in the example above. Like the water in the coffee machine, the butane passes through the marijuana and strips the plant material of its cannabinoids and terpenes.


The resulting product from using a butane extractor is dependent upon the quality of the plant material that is used. This is due to the fact that butane will also pull mold, mildew, and even naturally-occurring plant waxes into the concentrate. Some of it can be toxic when vaporized.


BHO also has some residual amount of butane left in it because it does not completely evaporate. However, you are more likely to blow up or burn your house down from carelessness than you are to die from the trace amounts of butane in your concentrate. Furthermore, the THC content in these concentrates can reach up to 80%. This makes BHO is a popular remedy for chronic pain and other incurable symptoms.


CO2 extractors are much more expensive than closed loop butane extractors and are therefore less popular. Furthermore, they are not available for consumer use. They must be used with a chemist on hand in a special environment specifically set up for this extraction method. Those that use CO2 extractors are required to work with closed systems in specially-designed, vented rooms.


However, when they are used, the result is an amber colored liquid that can be used in a vapor pen or added to an edible. Many users state that it is less flavorful and is less enjoyable to use than the concentrates that result from a BHO extractor.


Regardless of which type of extractor you use, be sure to read the directions and get instructions so that injuries and accidents are kept to a minimum. Be sure to follow the laws of your jurisdiction, as well.

Difference between PR and advertising

Simply put, advertising is media that is paid for while public relations media is earned. This means that when it comes to PR, you have to convince reporters and/or editors to write a positive story about your client.  It then appears in the editorial section of the magazine, newspaper, TV station or website, while advertising appears in the “paid media” section.  Therefore, the story generated through PR has more credibility because it was independently verified by a trusted third party, rather than purchased.


With advertising, you tell people how great you are.  With publicity, others sing your praises.  Furthermore, while advertising reflects senior management’s view on what a consumer or business-to-business buyer should think is important, PR, on the other hand, depends on understanding the who, what, when, where, why and how of engaging in the discussion.  Those that work in public relations often excel in storytelling and present a perceived problem along with their client’s unique solution (the product or service they provide).


Another huge difference between the two methods is the price.  Advertising can be expensive when you figure the cost of the space or time along with the creative designs and production costs.  In addition, most advertisements need to be repeated several times before the consumer is influenced.


However, with advertising you have full control, while with PR, you have no control over how the media presents your information, or if they decide to use it at all.  The media is not obligated to cover your event or publish your press release just because you sent it to them.  Furthermore, an ad can run for as long as you are willing to pay.  You can only submit a press release once and the exposure, if any, is only circulated once. The same press release will not run three or four times in the same magazine, newspaper, or blog.


Most people know that when they are reading an advertisement, a product or service is trying to be sold to them.  However, when someone reads a third-party article written about your product or views coverage of your event on TV, they see something not paid for and, therefore, view it differently than they do paid advertising.


Advertising executives show their creativity by creating ads for their clients.  Those that work at a PR firm searching for new news to release to the media and being able to generate buzz.  One way to do this in advertising is to gear the advertising toward your target audience.  On the other hand, PR execs must have a hook and an angle that gets editors to use the information you send them for an article or to cover your event.


When it comes to writing styles, advertising uses buzz words to motivate people to buy or use your product or service.  When it comes to public relations, writing should be done strictly in a no-nonsense news format.  Any blatant commercial messages in will cause your information to be disregarded by the media.


Medical Marijuana Delivery Service Jobs

More and more states are legalizing pot, at least for medical use for various chronic conditions.  This, in turn, has led to the creation of new jobs in new categories.  Therefore, if you live in a state where cannabis is legal and you are looking for a career change, you may want to look into becoming a part of a weed delivery service. If you like to cook or have a degree from a cooking school, you may want to look into becoming an edible creator.  Not everyone smokes or vapes.  Many people choose to consume their products in foods.  This is especially true when it comes to children who suffer from chronic illnesses and cannot smoke or vape.  This career is competitive, so it is best if you are able to come up with a new food or a new way to infuse the pot into a food.  Before long, customers will be eating out of your hand, literally. Another lucrative job in the marijuana delivery business is the concentrate processor.  Concentrates such as oils, dabs, waxes, and shatter are becoming more and more popular.  This is because they are stronger than traditional dry herbs that are smoked.  This position generally requires a background in chemistry and can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. Along those same lines, any businesses dealing with marijuana, including delivery services needs a trimmer.  This person is in charge of cultivating the cannabis plants, trimming them and ensuring that customers get the most for their money.  This job can be tedious at times, but is incredibly rewarding. Of course, a medical marijuana delivery service is going to need delivery people.  Generally, the only things needed for this position are a clean license, a reliable mode of transportation, and an ability to get along with others. Like any other business, a cannabis delivery company is going to need people to work in the office.  This includes those that specialize in accounting, marketing, and secretarial positions as well as those involved in checking that all of the customers have identification, prescriptions, and have gotten permission from the state to legally purchase marijuana for medical use. These businesses may, depending upon location, need someone who is knowledgeable in state law and regulation so that the company remains legal.  Furthermore, the company is going to need someone who specializes in information technology because most of the transactions will take place over the web.  Even if they do not, the company should have a customer database and a database of suppliers.  In addition, like other businesses both in and out of the cannabis industry, the accounting and other business including product management will be handled via computer. If you like growing things or have a background in botany, you can get a job as either a pot farmer or a seed harvester.  Obviously, the pot farmer grows the product.  The seed harvester, on the other hand, is a bit more specialized and can help with the legal aspects of selling marijuana.

Social media and dental SEO

Dental SEO or search engine optimization is the ability to improve your placement in the results that are returned when someone uses a site like Yahoo or Google to find a dentist.  There are a variety of ways to do so, including the use of the social media sites Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in order to get people to your website.  In addition to getting more clicks on your website, likes and shares can also help to boost your rating on the various search engines.


Search engine optimization is important because studies have shown that most people do not get past the first three links that are returned.  If they do go past those few results, they do not get past the first page.  If you want more patients, you need to improve your standings on the various search engines.

Therefore, it is important for your posts to be relevant and interesting so that your friends and followers are more likely to like them and share them with others.  Both of those actions can increase the number of friends and followers you have as well as increase the traffic to your website.  The more friends and followers you have the more people there are to like and share your posts.  Hence, your dentist SEO will improve.


Since one of the best ways to ensure that your posts create interest is to include a picture or video you should link your Facebook and Instagram accounts.  This will allow you to post on both sites at once and include the all important picture.  It will also give more of a spotlight to your clients as many of your pictures will be of them, as long as you get permission.


Another way you can focus on your patients while on social media is to hold a contest.  This will ensure that they share it with others.  Who, in turn, you hope will share it with even more people.  However, do not go broke purchasing a prize.


When you are not focusing on your patients’ new beautiful smiles, another way to boost dental SEO is to post tips for maintaining a healthy mouth and jokes about dentists, just to name a few.  You can also post links to your blog, which should be a part of your web page.


The one thing that you do not want to overdue is full-on promotion posts.  After all, you do not want to be the commercial; you want to be the show, the main event.  If you must post a promotion post, be creative about it so that it is interesting and eye-catching.


Finally, you can post to Instagram three times a day and to both Twitter and Facebook up to three times a week.  Any more than that and you will be seen as annoying.  Any less and you will be seen as inconsistent.  Either way, you will either lose some of your current followers or lose potential followers who could have turned into patients.

Accessories for your dab rig

You have been using your vapor rig for quite some time and you know it was a great investment.  You have noticed that some of your buddies have some great accessories that make the experience better in a variety of ways.  There are many options to choose from and you are not sure which ones to invest in because they are all good in their own way.


If you have issues cleaning your dab rig because you are hesitant to shake it with alcohol and salt then you need a silicone cleaning cap.  This small piece prevents spilling and covers both ends of the rig.  Therefore, it will not be dropped and broken.

When it comes to the more thorough cleaning that should be done when you are done using the rig, you should use 420 cleaner.  It is the best thing to use when it comes to dealing with reclaim.


Another good idea in vapor rig accessories is an extra dabber.  This is because it never hurts to have an extra dabber, especially if you have already lost one or two.  Without a dabber, you could end up burning your fingers and that is an instant buzz kill.

You could also invest in a banger.  They come made of the same materials as your rig and consists of a joint that is connected to a small tube that leads to a cup-shaped attachment. The banger is attached to the rig near the cup that is then heated to an optimal temperature. Put the concentrate in the cup and inhale the vapor through the tube that connects the cup to the joint. Bangers are built for optimal airflow and can provide for a tastier dab.  Time and practice will allow you to become more astute at using a banger which may seem awkward, at first.


For both your every day dabber, as well as for any extras you may have, it pays to purchase a cover to put on it.  Buying a cover to put on the end of your dab rig prevents it from becoming disgusting as dabs tend to attract hair, dirt, dust, and anything else that was in your pocket with it.  No one wants to smoke lint.


If you are worried that your vapor rig may suffer or be broken due to mishandling, then you may want an oil-slick pad.  This pad not only protects your rig, it also gives you a place to put your product while you enjoy and partake.


Whether you buy one of these things or all of these things, you are going to need a way to keep it all together.  A great way to do that is through the use of a dab station.  Many come with an attached anti-lock dome that has a separate joint.  This makes it so that it does not get stuck as it is reattached.  It also has a place for jars and a separate nail storage area so that it does not need to be left in the rig.