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Thursday, August 6, 2020

How to Protect Yourself When Using Public Transportation

With business and services entering stage 3 in parts of Ontario, many people need to use public transportation to get to work, and access services. With the virus causing COVID-19 still circulating in the community, it is vital to protect yourself as much as possible. Here are some tips to help you navigate using public transportation safely.

Follow Social Distancing
Ontario Public Health advises that individuals keep 2 metres apart to avoid the spread of COVID-19. The virus spreads through close contact with someone who has the virus - usually being coughed on or sneezed at or being within 2 metres of an infected person for 10 to 15 minutes or longer in an enclosed low ventilated space.

If possible, keep as much distance as possible between yourself and others when walking through stations and on the bus or subway. As more people go back to work, public transit routes will become more crowded and busy making social distancing more difficult.

Change Your Commute Time
If possible, think about changing your commute time to avoid rush hours and busy times of the day. You are more likely to have more space on buses and subways at off-peak times, making it easier to social distance.

Wear A Mask

If it is not possible to social distance on public transit, wearing a mask can help prevent the spread. Remember that the mask is not there to protect you, but to protect you from spreading the virus to others if you are unknowingly contagious and for this reason masks can be very effective in helping control the spread of the virus.

Wash Your Hands After Travelling
Experts believe that COVID can also be spread by touching surfaces with the virus and is more likely to be on high touch surface areas such as handles, or bars used for balance on the bus or subway. For this reason, you should avoid touching your face when out in public and wash your hands with soap and warm water as soon as possible after travelling.

If you don’t have access to soap and water to wash your hands, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good alternative until you can find a place to wash your hands.

You should also be aware of touching other high touch areas such as washrooms and door handles. Public Transit Companies have improved their cleaning protocols, but you cannot be sure that each surface has been disinfected. A cleaning service, such as Parkinson Coach Bus Washroom Service Toronto can thoroughly deep clean buses each day to keep passengers safe.

Consider alternate Forms of Travel
If riding on a crowded city bus or subway is not your idea of fun, consider other ways of getting to work such as bike riding or walking. Bike riding and walking gets you outdoors and away from crowds making commuting less of a risk for catching COVID-19 and you get some exercise. A number of municipalities have also opened up more bike lanes in the last year to provide safer options for commuters.

Stay Home if You Are Sick
Finally, stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19. You should not be travelling on public transit if you feel unwell as you could put people at risk. Stopping the spread is important and if you are feeling unsure if you have COVID-19, get tested.

Momtrepreneurs: Remember These 4 Things To Keep Yourself Sane!

Hey Momma. Look at you. You’re doing it all! You’re running your own business while also being there for your family. You’re a Mom and an Entrepreneur… a Momtrepreneur if you will. You’re one of a growing number of women who choose to eschew the traditional career path after having kids and instead carve out a niche for yourself in the business world. After all, motherhood changes the way you think. In fact, it changes your whole brain chemistry. It empowers you. It reminds you what you’re capable of, and it makes all the anxieties and hang ups that used to paralyze you seem trivial compared to the demands of parenthood.

Moms have the innate skills that are perfect for running a business. They’re patient, resourceful, outstanding communicators and beacons of love, hope and reassurance. But, of course, that’s not to say that the life of a momtrepreneur is simple. There are times when you may be stressed, exhausted and as though you’re on a fast track to burning out. You may feel in constant danger of succumbing to exhaustion. You may feel like your best is never good enough in business or domestic life.

But remember these important things to keep yourself sane...

You can’t fit everything into one day… so don’t try
Managing your time is one of the steepest parts of the learning curve when running your own business. Many a well-meaning Momtrepreneur has exhausted herself because she’s tried to take on too much too fast. You can’t fit everything into one day… so don’t try. Compartmentalize your time and be realistic about what you can achieve. Establish set working hours and make sure you stick to them. Otherwise you set a dangerous precedent for yourself. One that will see you burn yourself out. If you struggle with time management, there are lots of apps that can help.

Believe in your brand and customers will respond to you
Your brand is more than just your logo, your slogan or the color scheme on your website. It’s the values and ideals upon which your business is built. It’s what people say about you when you’re not in the room. And you need to have a clear idea what your brand is and what you want it to mean to your customers. Use this as your guiding light and your brand will resonate with your target audience.

Never take complaints personally
We all make mistakes when running a business. They’re an essential part of the learning curve. But as you learn and grow you’ll come to realize that you can’t please all of your customers all of the time. Customers may complain, and they may do it in public spaces like social media platforms. Never take complaints personally. They’re not directed at you. See them as what they are, an opportunity to show the customer (and anyone else who’s watching) that you value feedback from your customers and are committed to giving them the highest standard of service.

Make time for you
Being a momtrepreneur means that you’ll spend most of your day elbow deep in Attends diapers, invoices or boxes of product. You may feel that every waking moment is occupied by either the needs of your family and the needs of your business. Which is why it’s important to make time for you, even if it’s just a long soak in the tub of a half hour spent with a good book.

Charge what you’re worth
Finally, in your zeal to make an impression on your target audience, you may want to enter the market with low promotional prices… but make sure that customers know that these are promotional prices. Charging less than you’re worth will inevitably mean that your business starts off on the back foot.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Mistakes You Should Avoid When Starting an Online Business

Stating an online business is a great way to make a living on your own terms, but running an online business can be tough. There is so much competition out there that it can be difficult to make your own voice be heard and do enough to convince customers to buy from you rather than the competition. That’s why if you’re thinking of starting an online business, there are a few common mistakes you should avoid…

Not having a solid plan
If you want your online business to be a success, you really do need to have a solid plan of attack., You need to do your homework to ensure that your idea has legs and you need to create a step-by-step guide that will get you to where you want to be. This doesn’t have to be a long 15-page document, but it should include your goals, a cost analysis and a list of actions you will need to take to build your business up. You may be operating online but business is still business and you need to be prepared if you want yours to be a success.

Copying the competition
A huge mistake that many movie entrepreneurs make when setting up a business online is to focus too much on what the competition is doing and try to emulate them. Although it is useful to see what your competitors are doing in terms of pricing, marketing, design, etc., the worst thing you could possibly do is rip them off. Why? Because they are already established - no one is going to choose your brand new business over their existing one if you are offering the exact same thing - what would be the point? No, you need to create your own brand identity if you want to take your share of the market, So, although you can use your competitors’ stuff as a springboard, you should ultimately create a business that is uniquely you.

Not tracking ads
When you’re just starting out in online business, it makes sense to use ads to bring in the customers - you can use content marketing and other tools alongside, but until you gain momentum, dedicated ads are ideal. When you’re using ads to promote your business, you need to know how well their performing, which is why you should always use a high-quality ad tracker to get the lie of the land. Failing to do this could mean that you end up spending a lot of time and money on a lot of ads that simply aren’t effective when it comes to targeting your desired audience. That’s the last thing you want to happen, so be sure to track every metric possible.

Neglecting the legal side
A lot of people think that because it’s on the internet, they can do anything they want with their online business. This is most definitely not the case. There are various legal requirements that online businesses must follow depending o the country and region in which they operate. For example, in the US you must declare any and all affiliate links you post on your website and a failure to do so could see you in hot water. It is so important, if you want to avoid getting sued or even potentially imprisoned, that you find out what your legal requirements are and follow them to the letter.

Ignoring negative feedback
The internet makes it so easy for customers to give feedback on a whole host of issues and they do this with gusto. As a business owner, you need to not only accept this fact but be willing to act on it in the right way. So many online businesses have ruined their reputation by arguing with poor reviews or ignoring hem completely when they could be using them to make their company better.

Arguing on the internet is never a good look for a business and it’s fsr better to be polite and look for a fair resolution, as well as changing your practices where a real issue is identified. Of course, if you really do feel a review was unfair, you can politely and factually set the record straight, but ultimately, it pays to be seen as dealing with perceived problems kindly, fairly and fast.

Failing to produce quality content
These days online businesses are also content creators. Of you want to convince as many people as possible to buy your products and services, you need to regularly produce high-quality content whether that be in the form of a blog, social media posts, videos or all three. If you fail to do so, chances are your business simply won’t take off.

Of course, it’s not enough to just produce any old content and expect it to do the job - the content you create needs to be informative, engaging, useful, and endlessly shareable. If you can’t achieve that yourself, hiring a freelance writer could be one of the best moves you ever make, On the internet, content is king and you need to remember that if you want your business to succeed.

Creating a clunky website
Customers shop online for the convenience. If your website is clunky, hard to navigate and makes it difficult for your customers to actually make a purchase, chances are they won’t bother and they’ll look elsewhere for what they need. That’s why, as a minimum, you need to ensure that your website is clean, clear, easy to navigate and simple to make a payment on. It should also be optimized for all devices and regularly updated with all of the latest information. Again, if you can’t achieve that alone, there are plenty of freelance web designers out there who could do it for you.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you should be able to get off to a good start with your online business, and although there are never any guarantees, you should stand a much better chance of still being on business a year from now than someone who gets all these things wrong.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Acqua di Gioia Perfume Review

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Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I would like to talk to you today, about a perfume I've enjoyed wearing all Summer. It's called Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani. It's one of several perfumes in the Acqua di Gioia Collection. The other perfumes are called Ocean di Gioia, Sky di Gioia, Air di Gioia, Sun di Gioia and Light di Gioia. What a collection, huh!?! I've been wearing Acqua di Gioia every single day, so it's safe to say I absolutely love it and enjoy wearing it. HaHaHa The scent is described as citrus aquatic, which to me is extremely accurate. It has an amazing fruity scent, along with a crisp air ... walk-along a sandy beach ... fresh water scent. It's clean, light, airy, sexy, seductive and pleasant. I spray it on my neck, decollete, wrists, and pretty much all over. Spray it atop your lotion, to make the scent "stick". It's a trick my aunt taught me. I love the scent of this perfume and what's great is there's nothing offensive about it. The top note for Acqua di Gioia is jasmine. The middle note is lemon. The base note is cedar. It's a beautiful combination. My older readers know, I'm very persnickety about perfumes! When I was younger, I ran into women that wore loud and obnoxious perfumes. Oh boy! Those experiences turned me against wearing perfume for years. This perfume comes in three sizes. It has really great reviews. My boyfriend gifted me this bottle. He really picked a winner. Buying perfume can be really tricky. There are so many factors to consider. One really takes a risk, when selecting it as a gift for another person. Sometimes a scent doesn't work with that person's chemistry, etc. I've always avoided giving it as a gift. However, I don't see how this perfume could offend anyone (unless someone has severe allergies). It's that pleasant. I've always been a fan of Giorgio Armani the fashion designer. He's such a class act. When I use to pick my favorites from the runway, he always made my list. So, I'm not surprised how much I love this perfume. If you're looking for something fresh, clean and fruity ... don't hesitate purchasing this perfume. You will thank me :) Oh, yes you will!

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Acqua di Gioia is Supersweet


The Catch Seafood Restaurant

Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! Let me tell you how The Catch Seafood Restaurant caught my eye. I had just finished writing a review on Carmo: A Tropical Cafe & Bar, when I went to Yelp to verify some information. A number of restaurants that begin with the letter C were listed and The Catch Seafood Restaurant was one of them. When I looked at their profile picture, I said wow their seafood looks really good. So I clicked on their profile and literally every dish (that people posted on Yelp) looked absolutely delicious. From that point, I knew I had to pay them a visit.

The Catch Seafood Restaurant is family and locally owned. It's nestled between a few other stores off of Cleary Avenue in Metairie, Louisiana. What's great about this restaurant's location is that it sits back, so there is some privacy. It's truly a hidden gem and seafood treasure trove. I love the warm feeling you receive when you enter the restaurant. We were immediately acknowledged. They followed all covid-19 requirements. You could only sit at tables that had flowers on them (social distancing) and you had to wear a mask. The staff followed the same protocol. I loved the messages on display throughout the restaurant. There was a sign that said, relax ... refresh ... renew. There was another sign that said, live ... love ... lake. Various anchors, seashells, pelicans (the state bird of Louisiana) and such were scattered throughout the restaurant. As you exit, there was a catch ya later sign. It all fit in with the type of restaurant it is, which is seafood. You truly feel at home when you're there. Its very comfy & cozy! Now, let me tell you about the food!

I'll start with the menu! There are so many delicious things to choose from under each category: Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Poboys & Sandwiches, Fried Platters, Entrees, Sides, Wines, Beverages, Bottled Beer, Canned Sodas and Dessert. It was really hard to choose. You will want everything. Instead of stuffing yourself, plan on visiting this restaurant more than once. You will be back. Also, it's listed on Uber Eats! I've already listed it as one of my favorites.

For an appetizer, my boyfriend and I ordered their Seafood Gumbo. Just as the description states, it has a dark roux, shrimp, jumbo lump crab meat, crawfish tails and a scoop of rice. You can choose your "heat" (how spicy) from none to really spicy. I chose none, because I'm not a big spice girl (no pun intended - loved the Spice Girls). You can also add extra seafood (another helping), for which I did with my bowl. You guys, their seafood gumbo is so good. The seafood was super fresh, the roux was delicious and with the extra seafood ... it's a meal. I was so full after eating mine, I didn't know where (my stomach) I was going to put the entree I ordered. Compliments to the chef! I love your gumbo!

For my entree, I ordered their Seafood Pasta Nantua and a caesar salad. The pasta contains jumbo crab meat, shrimp, crawfish tails, and angel hair pasta in a rich creamy sauce. It was heavenly! Again the seafood was fresh and the pasta & sauce was flavorful. The difference between this pasta and other seafood pastas I've had at other restaurants is I found this to be so hearty. You're usually given more pasta than seafood. You're often "fishing" for a shrimp or crawfish! Not here! With every bite there's seafood, which makes it even more delicious. I could only eat a couple of bites. I ended up taking the majority home with me. Let me tell you how much pasta I had left. My mom had two servings and so did I. If there's one thing about The Catch Seafood Restaurant, they give you generous portions of food.

My boyfriend ordered their Blacked Redfish Filet. It's a blackened filet topped with a creamy lemon butter sauce. It came with a side salad and side of his choice (onion strings). The picture below shows HALF of the fish for which he ate. It was longer! The fish was so meaty and tasty. He ended up taking half home with him. He enjoyed it. I placed an order to-go for my mom. I was so impressed with their gumbo, that I ordered a bowl for her. I also got her a Shrimp Po Boy sandwich. I forgot to take a picture, but it was so delicious! A Po Boy sandwich is really good when both the bread and the seafood is good. The bread they used truly tasted like homemade and the shrimp was perfectly seasoned.

I can't speak highly enough of The Catch Seafood Restaurant. Stop in for some really good food. Bring a friend. Bring your family. Don't be in a rush. Don't have other appointments. They take time and really prepare your food well. Enjoy and savor each bite. I'll definitely be stopping in again and like I mentioned above, I have favorited them on UberEats.

Keep up the great work The Catch!


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