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Properly Install a Car Seat Without Going Crazy

 

Parents feel a tremendous obligation and responsibility to keep their children safe at all times. One of the most dangerous places for children, and where damaging events can occur beyond a parent’s control is in the car while on the road. If your child is still in the age group that should be riding in a car seat, ensuring that your car seat is properly installed is of critical importance.

The team at Cars.com recently released a comprehensive guide to car seat installation and safety. You can read more about car seat installation for your particular make and model on the site’s blog at www.cars.com/articles/2013/09/how-carscom-conducts-car-seat-checks/. For general car seat safety, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind when choosing the proper seat and installing it in your vehicle.

Car seat laws vary from one state to the next. The general rule of thumb for them, though, is that car seats must be used until age four and booster seats should be used until a child weighs 80 pounds or more. Rear facing car seats are the safest and parents should consider keeping their children in the seats for as long as it’s possible and plausible depending on the child’s height.

When installing rear facing car seats, first refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific installation instructions. You should attach the car seat base to the back seat of your car with the seat belt. The belt should be tightened so that the base does not move more than an inch in any direction. Rear facing seats that use a base typically snap into place. This auditory cue will let you know that the seat is properly attached to the base. The angle of recline is also important too to ensure that your young child’s airway is open.

Forward-facing car seats are attached differently and should always utilize a harness to buckle your child into the seat. These seats are placed with their back against your back seat. The seat probably features an anchoring mechanism that must be attached to the actual seat of your car. These anchors keep the car seat in place and secure. The harness should be tightened so that it is snug and offering adequate protection for your child.

Installing a car seat doesn’t have to drive you crazy with worry. You can follow the instructions provided in your owner’s manual to ensure proper installation. You can also read through the resources offered at Cars.com. As a final test, you can also drive down to your local police station and have an officer check your seat for proper installation and performance.

Brilliant Smartphone Learning App

 

Whether you are looking to learn more about a subject for professional gain, or are interested in something that you might want to know more about for fun, it can be beneficial to have at hand a way of learning that makes things easier and more enjoyable. In recent years, developments in digital technology have brought us many fine benefits; everything is closer to hand – we can talk to far-flung friends online, do our shopping remotely, play games and keep in contact, and with thousands of apps and other online features, it is also great to know that we can learn online, and that includes a great deal of different subjects.

What is even more impressive is that learning can be done via a number of different devices; you may prefer to use a laptop in an office or at home – or even a PC – or you could be one of the many thousands of people who like to carry a tablet for convenience. However, the most popular form of accessing the internet – and this applies to learning too – is the smartphone. Using the small device in your pocket or purse, you can access a great resource called The Great Courses, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

What is The Great Courses?

Consider how powerful your iPhone or Android smartphone is these days, and you’ll realise that it carries the computing power that you need to learn via an online learning app. The Great Courses is a handy iPhone learning app that will provide you with access to all the information you need to further your knowledge of a wide variety of subjects, and in your own time and at your own pace. It is used by many thousands of satisfied people who want to learn more to either further their careers, or simply to enjoy learning about subjects they are interested in.

If you are not an iPhone owner do not worry, for The Great Courses is also available as an Android learning app so you can use it on your Samsung, HTC or other device. It’s a fantastic resource that is both easy to use and surprisingly effective, and with many satisfied users so far, it is one of the very best learning apps that you will find available on the internet today. Not only can you learn about academic subjects, but there are also some fun courses in day to day subjects that you might enjoy.

Using The Great Courses

If this sounds like a learning opportunity that would suit you – remember, you can learn at your own pace and leisure – then we recommend you check out TheGreatCourse.com where you will find information on the latest subjects and courses that are currently available.

With courses available in everything from maths to literature, through economics, philosophy, food and wine and a range of professional subjects, The Great Courses is the place to go to further your knowledge, and remember, you can learn anywhere you may be as long as you have a connection!

Check out the Latest Pond Pumps and Filters

There has long been a trend for ornamental garden ponds, with fish and plants and perhaps a fountain or other water feature, and they look great in even the smallest of gardens. The sound of running water is considered soothing by many, but even if you don’t want that part of the feature, you should still consider a pond. The fact is that a pond will most likely attract wildlife that would be attracted to a natural pond. This is not only limited to frogs, but also to dragonflies and other beautiful insects that lay their eggs in the water.

You can, of course, also buy fish for your pond from your local aquatics centre, and these can be a surprisingly beautiful addition, along with lilies and other aquatic plants that will help to keep your pond suitable for wildlife. There are many accessories that you need when you set up a pond – and certain considerations you need to make if you are to get it right – so let’s have a closer look at how to go about planning and installing a pond, and why you need a pond pump and filter if you are to get the most out of it.

Designing a Pond

Ponds are so popular nowadays that you can buy pre-formed pond liners, made from fibreglass mouldings, in a range of shapes and sizes. These are excellent – especially for smaller ponds – but we recommend you consider building your own using readily available plastic pond liner material, and simply digging a hole to the depth and shape required. The first thing you need to consider, then, is the size and location of your pond, which will be determined by how much available space you have.

Next, you need to think about the accessories you need, and one that is absolutely essential is a pond pump and filter combination. In nature, ponds are often fed by a moving stream, and this movement keeps the water fully aerated and healthy for the wildlife that chooses to live there. Your pond will not have this natural movement or aeration, so you need to create it with a pump and filter that not only keeps the water moving, but also cleans it and keeps it free of damaging algae and bacteria that will deter wildlife.

Choosing a Pump

You can find plenty of information and excellent pond pump reviews online, and it is worth reading all the information you can in order to make sure you have a full understanding of the one that is best for you. For a start, you need one that will be sufficiently powerful to handle the capacity of water in your pond, so make sure you understand how big your pond actually is!

Once you have chosen a pump and filter set up, you will find it very simple to install and use, and also will discover that maintenance is minimal, so sit back and enjoy your creation, and watch it change with the seasons!

3 Reasons You Must Visit Savannah, Georgia

 

If you are looking for the quintessential Southern escape, look no further than Savannah, Georgia. One of the original colonies, Savannah is full of history, culture, and charming people. A trip to Savannah evokes a sense of magic – visitors can easily step into the past while ambling through the scenic squares while simultaneously experiencing the festive nightlife scene.

Savannah is home to several bouquet hotels, designer bed and breakfasts, as well as unique camping spots. Visitors will spend their days outside of their rooms by walking through the downtown and visiting the beach. But, no matter where you stay, you will come to find Savannah is hot and humid almost all year. Make sure your car and RV air conditioners are in top condition.

When you travel to Savannah, plan to fall in love with a town full of ghosts, cobblestone paths, and the best Southern cuisine in the states.

  1. The History

Savannah is brimming with history. Tourists need to look no further than downtown Savannah where the original colony’s squares still make up the city’s landscape. James Oglethorpe founded Savannah in 1733, and the city’s history tours proudly show guests his statue. While on a history tour, tourists will also learn that, because of its beauty, Savannah was spared from fire during the Civil War.

But, Savannah’s history does not stop there. Savannah is known as one of the most haunted cities in the United States as well as a former pirate hideout. Ghost tours abound in this city where tourists may get a glimpse of something otherworldly.

Not into history or ghosts? Savannah is also known as a film hotspot. Several popular films, including Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, were filmed here. Tours take visitors to filming locations.

  1. The Nightlife

After touring Savannah’s intriguing historical past, tourists will be quite impressed with the exciting nightlife the town has to offer. Throughout downtown Savannah, a number of bars and clubs line the streets. Since Savannah is such a walkable city, it is common for people to walk from one nightlife area to another in the same evening.

River Street is known as a popular area for late night adventures. River Street is still lined with the original cobblestones and follows the Savannah River. Not only is it scenic, it is lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. Another popular spot in downtown is City Market, which is home to a variety of unique bars and restaurants.

  1. The Food

Savannah is home to some of the best Southern food you will ever eat. Tourists should plan on filling up on sweet tea, pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, and biscuits – just to name a few. Popular tourist spot, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, serves up all the traditional Southern favorites. The food is delicious, and your waistband may show it.

There are many reasons Savannah is named one of the best cities in the United States – one trip there and you will agree.

Taking Payments on the Move

 

Once upon a time, taking payments meant keying the figures into a till, and putting the money in. These days, there are many more ways of taking payments, and point of sale systems can be surprisingly sophisticated. It’s no surprise, then, that the cell phone plays a part in the latest methods of payment receipt. Are you already taking credit and debit card payments? If the answer is no, you need to have a good look at your service, for consumers expect to be able to pay by card these days, and it may be that you lose business if you do not have that ability.

The fact remains that most people carry at least one card with them, and it has also been proven that they are likely to spend more if they shop by card. Thus, you can’t afford not to take payment by card! If you are already accepting card payments you still need to consider the situation, as the technology has come a long way in a very short time, hence your current system may not be the best you could use. Then there’s the need to take payments when on the move – perhaps you are a tradesman who works on site at addresses as requested – so how do you make that happen?

You Need SmartSwipe

The very latest solution is SmartSwipe, which is a cell phone credit card reader that is surprisingly versatile. It comes in the form of a small device that attaches to your phone or tablet, and which instantly turns it into a card payment station for use wherever you might need to take payments. It has been devised and is supplied by Merchant Account Solutions, a leading name in quality POS solutions and credit card payment systems, and it is a very impressive solution that could be useful for anyone.

For example, it could be used for payment in restaurants or anywhere else that does face to face business, and it could also be useful in the retail trade. Merchant Account Solutions also has a range of other POS solutions, credit card readers and software packages, so is well placed to help you improve the overall efficiency of your business in many areas.

Friendly and Professional Service

With many satisfied customers in a wide range of areas of business, Merchant Account Solutions is known for a friendly and professional service and for providing the very latest equipment and systems. They will be more than happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have about SmartSwipe and other systems, so contact them at MerchantAccountSolutions.com, and one of the team will be on hand to help with all the advice they need.

The credit card payment device is a major step forward for a wide variety of users, and represents one of the most convenient methods of payment, so don’t get left behind, get in touch now and get yourself on the road to greater efficiency.

When Turning Into A Green Monster Would Be Helpful

Bruce Banner was cursed with having two personalities after he saved a teenager from being killed by a gamma bomb, taking all of the force and radiation from the bomb.  The results of this accident as I am sure most of you will be aware is that when angered Banner would turn into a giant green monster, known as the Hulk.  It is actually a desperately a sad tale about a man who through his own scientific experimentation infects himself and turns himself into a Jekyll and Hyde type character.

The sad parts aside, I have often wondered about how different situations would turn out in life if I could turn into a giant, green She-Hulk type monster.  For example, when someone stole my parking space or parked in a family parking space without any kids in their car, I can imagine that they would change their mind and reverse out of the space if I transformed into the green monster before their eyes!  It may also teach them to be less greedy and selfish, as they don’t know who they are going to cross paths with.

Apart from confrontations and scaring idiot drivers, there would be other great advantages that would come from turning into a big monster.  As well as his super human strength, Hulk is also able to run very fast and jump very far.  This would be handy in the same way that the ability to fly that characters such as Superman and Wonder Woman have as it would mean I could get to where I needed to go in just a few giant leaps!

I also personally like the idea of being able to turn into the She-Hulk, because my husband’s favourite female character from Marvel comics has always been She-Hulk.  There is something about green skin, muscles and my long red hair that seems to tick all the right boxes for him.  So, I don’t actually think it would be a problem for our relationship.

I would also be able to use the strength and agility to do the more masculine-based DIY jobs in and outside of the house.  However, it may take some time control my strength enough so that I can use it with a certain level of finesse or I might end up initially trying to retile the roof but end up causing more damage to it in the process.

With that last point in mind, I think it is worth considering the obvious downsides.  For instance, if I got annoyed and upset over a very small and insignificant matter, I may not be able to control how I react to it.  This might mean that I overreact and go on a bashing spree around the house or neighbourhood causing untold amounts of damage and injury!  That would be a really bad way for a Wednesday afternoon to turn out!

What Would Life Be Like If I Was Superman or Wonder Woman?

The title of this blog is definitely something I have considered at many times in my life since I first picked up a DC comic featuring either of these amazing superheroes.  I don’t think you can actually read through a comic, be sucked into the characters’ lives and not think about what you would do if you had their super powers.  Superman and Wonder Woman have very similar powers it has to be said – they are like the male and female versions of the ultimate superhero in terms of strength and ability at least.

The Power Of Flight

Come on now readers, who out there has not ever wanted to be able to soar through the sky like a bird or plane?  Even people who are not particularly fond of comic books and superheroes would still admit to having had dreams about flying.  As well as being able to get where you wanted to without having to navigate through the busy inner city traffic or being forced to take long bus or train journeys; you could simply spring into the air and take yourself the most direct and therefore quickest route – across the sky.

I would definitely make good use of flying.  I would be able to go and see my mum who lives in Bristol for starters.  I could fly down every day if I wanted to for a bit of lunch and a cuppa and still have enough time to fly back home and pick up the kids from school.  I could fly to the top of Mount Snowden, the Grand Canyon, Ayers Rock, Mount Everest or even Mount Fiji whenever I needed a break from day to day life and needed to clear my head by taking in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of somewhere more exotic than Edinburgh.

Superhuman Strength

Apart from flying I think it’s fair to say that the one power that Wonder Woman and Superman possess that most of us would like is super human strength, is it not?  I mean, seriously what mother and wife wouldn’t like to have the power to lift all the shopping out of the car at once rather than having to go back and forth repeatedly from the house to the car or being able to easily lift furniture so that you can clean underneath it?

X-Ray Vision

This I have to say is a personal favourite and very handy as a suspicious, but loving, wife and mother.  I would be able to put this to good use by checking my sons bags in case they were trying to sneak their DS’s to school or to check my husband’s car to make sure he wasn’t planning on taking his golf clubs with him for a sly mid-afternoon break from work on the local course with his mates!  There are obviously other reasons why x-ray vision would be a cracking power, but I am not that sort of girl!

 

Would Being More Like Batman Be Helpful?

batmanObviously you can’t talk about comic books and superheroes regardless of whether you are talking about Marvel or DC without mentioning the one and only Dark Knight – Batman!  Now, understandably I can imagine that there as many people who wouldn’t like to be just like one of the darker characters in comic book history as those who would.  Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy does have a rather tragic past, losing both his parents when he was a young kid and thus being raised by his family’s butler.

However, there is a lot that I can’t help but love about Batman.  The world is a desperately bad place and although often the police do their job properly and bad things happen, more often than not the police and other services are underfunded which means they can’t do their job properly.  Now, I am not suggesting that we all don rubber/latex outfits and take to the streets at night with a range of high tech and ultra-cool gadgets and kick criminal scum’s butt, but you have to admit that it would get things done quicker!

Batman, although classed alongside superheroes like Flash, Wonder Woman and of course Superman, does not actually have any super powers.  He was not attacked by a radioactive bug; is not an alien from another galaxy and does not have super human abilities.  However, what he does have is scientific knowledge, expert detective skills, physical ability and agility and lots of money.  Money which he uses to design and build a stunning array of vehicles, tools and weapons that help to clean up the City of Gotham!

Can you imagine anything better than turning up to Aldi in the Batmobile?  It would kind of put to shame that snobby couple who turn up in their Range Rover!  In terms of crime fighting can you imagine not getting a kick out of chasing down a suspect who was on the run after robbing a bank and having to use your trusty grapple gun to scale tall buildings in the chase?  Once you got close enough you could use one of the famous batarangs to take the bad guy out so that you could hand him over the police when they arrived on the scene.

The thing is, even if I didn’t ever use any of those gizmos and gadgets I would love to wear Batman’s utility belt.  I don’t care what kind of looks I would get on the school run or when going to lunch with my girlie friends!  That nice utility belt would go well with my nice denim skirt, blouse and my converse trainers!

My Husband – The Real Superhero In My Life

dadAlthough comic books have always featured heavily in my life, I still see them as largely a bit of escapism.  Even when this escapism influences my real life, I don’t feel like a live in a fantasy world.  However, as I grew up comic books definitely shaped the vision I had of what the perfect man for me should be.  The characters I read about and identified the most strongly with were the ones who were strong, confident, and proactive, while being gentle, soft and kind when it counted.

It has only been in the last few years that I have realised how truly big an impact the male superheroes I read about affected the type of man I was attracted to and eventually fell in love with.  Obviously female characters such as Kitty Pryde, Jean Grey, Tank Girl and Wonder Woman influenced me in terms of who I wanted to be, the male characters had a similar impact.

I was always attracted to Wolverine because he seemed to understand what it meant to be a protector, while Professor Xavier from the X-Men was wise, intelligent and understanding.  I definitely saw bits and pieces of both these characters in my hubby when I first met him, even if it was purely on a subconscious level.  He was warm, kind, but wasn’t shy to stand up for what he believed and I always felt completely safe when we were out on a date.

Superman was another male character that I really admired and respected because of his strong moral code and sense of justice.  My husband has always shared those traits and never acts or says things that contradict his principles.  The same could be said for Captain America and Batman who also have strong ethical and moral codes and who are both very loyal.  It didn’t take many dates for us to realise how strong our connection was becoming and I knew, just had that feeling inside that he was the one.  He was the one that was going to look after me, support me, take care of me, but also respect me and let me be my own woman.

My husband can be at times arrogant, in a humorous sort of way.  It is as endearing as it is irritating.  He does realise that it is completely outrageous to act like that and in a way I think he does it just to play up to how he is “perceived”.  This arrogance I do realise now is much like that same charming arrogance that Tony Stark/Iron Man has that although it is annoying, you can’t help but like the guy!  Unless you are going up against him that is!

I think my husband will blush when he reads this post and will also probably complain that I didn’t compare him to Thor!  I will just tell him honestly that he is not a god, does not have as muscular a body as Thor, does not have a powerful hammer and is not blonde!