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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Weighted Blankets Reduce Anxiety. But Why?

Humanity is on a journey of discovery - nowhere more so than in the recesses of the mind. It is what goes on here that matters most to our lives. And yet, surprisingly little is known about how the brain actually works, and why we sometimes feel the way that we do.

To tackle this problem, researchers have taken all sorts of tacks - some of them a little weirder than others. Perhaps the most surprising recent discovery is that weighted blankets appear to reduce the signs of anxiety and help people get a better night's sleep.

How Weighted Blankets Address Anxiety

A weighted blanket is simply a regular blanket, but with the addition of extra material that intentionally makes it heavier. Practitioners have known for a long time that the extra weight seems to offer children therapeutic benefits, but they didn't have a great deal of science to back up their intuitions.

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Now researchers have confirmed that weighted blankets really do make people feel better. Participants in experiments report how they feel more relaxed and content when blankets apply comfortable pressure to their bodies.

Okay, that's interesting. But why does it happen? How can a blanket deal with something as intractable as anxiety? 

Researchers don't have definitive theories on that matter. However, it could be to do with the fact that people associated pressure with receiving hugs or physical touch - two things that often help to relieve feelings of worry.

Another theory states that the positive effects come directly from deep touch receptors in the body. When we feel the embrace of another person, it activates particular receptors that send unique signals to the brain, signaling comfort. Blankets mimic this effect.

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Weighted Blankets Aren't The Only Strange Thing That Reduces Anxiety

Weighted blankets, however, aren't unique in their ability to suppress feelings of anxiety. Researchers have found other unexpected things that may have a similar effect.

For instance, mindfulness can change the brain's structure in ways that make anxiety less of a problem in somebody's life. Similarly, telehealth appointments with professionals can help guide patients through their most difficult times, recasting their feelings in a more manageable form.

Fermented foods are another option. Things like miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, and tempeh all contain probiotics that can change the structure of bacteria in the gut, altering mood in profound and decisive ways. Researchers think that this leads to lower social anxiety.

Please be aware that introducing a lot of probiotics in a short space of time can lead to radically uncontrollable flatulence. Where possible, introduce them slowly. If you introduce them quickly, you may be unable to stop farting, and that could make your social anxiety even more challenging.

Finally, you can reduce anxiety through dietary means. People who eat whole foods high in omega 3, like linseed, experience less brain inflammation and generally feel healthier and less sluggish. DHA and EPA in algae oil appear to be particularly useful in this regard. Within a few weeks, you could be feeling much better.

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Making the Perfect Summer Garden

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Another summer is nearing an end but do not fret. You can start planning for summer 2021 right now by redesigning your garden and giving it a whole new lease on life!

One way this can be achieved is by adding new flowers. You may wish to have several flower beds added to your garden. It is best to have the tallest flowers of such beds at the back and the shortest flowers in the first row. As an alternative, you could have potted plants fitted throughout your garden such as on the decking and next to the walls. Having flowers and potted plants added to a garden can revitalize its appearance by giving it a more colourful aesthetic.

On a similar subject, if you have a strong interest in gardening and growing plants or vegetables, you might like to construct raised beds. A raised garden bed can come in various different forms ranging from a raised ground bed to a containerized raised bed. Raised garden beds are a great way to hone your gardening skills and establish a new hobby to enjoy.

When it comes to water features, examples include but are not limited to water blades, fountains, drilled rocks, streams, rills and ponds. One thing worth noting is that water features can attract wildlife which may not be suitable if you have created a raised garden bed. It’s important to consider how each possible installation works with each other! Water features can be a fantastic addition to any garden. They provide aesthetic value and the sounds of running water can also create a tranquil environment where other outdoor sounds are for the most part, drowned out.

If your garden looks too bland or lacks any social focal points for summer use, perhaps you’d like to have a patio installed. Alternatively, you may be interested in a decking installation. Both have their own pros and cons. If you wish to choose one or the other, you should take on board factors such as the cost of laying a new patio and the durability of a decking based on your preferred material (e.g. softwood, hardwood, composite or PVC).

If you have children, you might like to have a swing set, slides or playhouse added. With a mixture of elements from water features to a patio for the adults to children play equipment you can create the perfect summer garden for the whole family!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Jackson Square: New Orleans

Not Sponsored: After you finish eating beignets and drinking a cup of cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde, walk diagonally across the street to Jackson Square (also here). Jackson Square (formerly known as the Place d'Armes - public executions took place here - I wrote about the 1811 German Coast Uprising) is a National Historical Landmark (It was designated as such in 1960) located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Its where the Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803 (acquisition of the territory of Louisiana by the United States from France). Before that it was a trading area (it sits facing the Mississippi River). It was designed by architect and landscape architect Louis H. Pilie. His inspiration was the Place des Vosges in Paris, France. Its a two and a half acre park with benches, lamp posts, two canons and marble statues. Its four corners (directions) are described just like the seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

French Quarter Tour

Cafe Du Monde | Jackson Square | St Louis Cathedral

The Cabildo | The Presbytre
 

A major focal point of Jackson Square is a statue of Andrew Jackson (erected in 1856). The sculpture (by sculptor Clark Mills) is actually a recasting of a Washington DC statue. Andrew Jackson was an American soldier (General in The United States Army - known for winning the Battle of New Orleans) and was also the seventh President of The United States of America. Jackson was a slave owner (The Hermitage Plantation in Tennessee here). He also signed the Indian Removal Act (which forcibly relocated Native American Tribes). The relocation caused widespread death and disease among the Indians. He is known for paying off the entire national debt. He's been featured on a number of bank notes, currently the $20 bill. I encourage you to read his life story on Wikipedia and come to your own opinion about him. Although a gorgeous and commanding statue, I'm not in agreement with many of his life's decisions.

 
In 2018, New Orleans celebrated its Tricentennial (300th Anniversary). Below is a sign (statue) along the Mississippi River commemorating the event. There were a number of events celebrating the anniversary. Here's a website that talks about the history of New Orleans and offers some valuable information. 


I would also like to mention the Pontalba Apartment Buildings (not pictured) that are on the sides of Jackson Square. They're absolutely gorgeous! Made of brick, they were built in the late 1840s by Baroness Micaela Almonester Pontalba and at the time cost $300,000 to build. There's an upper and lower (shop owners) Pontalba building. Both were declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
 
Surrounding (just behind the statue of Andrew Jackson) Jackson Square are three buildings: St. Louis Cathedral, The Cabildo on the left (Louisiana State Museum) and The Presbytyre on the right (Louisiana State Museum). I visited them on the same day as well. Lets begin with St. Louis Cathedral.


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Cafe du Monde: French Quarter

Not Sponsored: If you would ask anyone from New Orleans what you must eat while visiting New Orleans, 99.9% would tell you ... BEIGNETS! They might also suggest that you have beignets at Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter. When I was a little girl, that was pretty much the only place you could get beignets (and it was such a treat). Its history is very interesting! You can read about it in depth here. The original stand was established in 1862. It's owned by the Fernandez Family. Hubert Fernandez purchased it from Fred Koeniger in May 1942 and its been in the family ever since. Cafe du Monde use to be open 24 hours 7 days a week (but now check for covid-19 operating times). They have many locations. They only close for Christmas or if a hurricane comes a little too close ;) I've shown you Cafe du Monde in Metairie. Also, Cafe du Monde in City Park. Today, I would like to show you a glimpse of the one in the French Quarter. I say a glimpse, because this was a surprise day trip for me. I didn't take many pictures. I just sat taking in everything around me (all the sights & sounds). I noticed how some things were the same and how many things had changed. Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter is the same. Beautiful round marble tables. Green canopy. Same delicious beignet and cafe au lait offerings (I'm not a coffee drinker, so I always get chocolate milk). There were outside musicians playing. There was a mix of locals and visitors. People social distanced and wore masks. What surrounds Cafe du Monde has expanded and modernized. To help you out with this, I've included a map of the French Market. There are so many shops in this area. There are boutique style shops for arts & crafts, children, clothing, confections, jewelry, souvenirs, sports and even tours. I need to visit these shops. Another thing I love are the artists in this area. Their work is so beautiful. That's why I chose to add some artists to this post. Artists are so gifted. They know how to capture a moment. Make things even more beautiful. I love art. Especially food art :) Well you guys, the beignets were really good and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. This was the start of my day. Stick with me, because I'm going to take you on a little field trip to the French Quarter. We made a number of stops. All so interesting. Next stop? Jackson Square. 

French Quarter Tour

Cafe Du Monde | Jackson Square | St Louis Cathedral

The Cabildo | The Presbytre

Image Source: Coffee and Powdered Beignets Art Print by Luke Pickard at FineArtAmerica

 


Image Source: Late at Cafe Du Monde Art Print by Diane Millsap at FineArtAmerica
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tips To Promoting A Healthy Lifestyle For Your Kids

When children are young, caregivers and parents are responsible for providing them with an environment that helps them to learn how to maintain a lifestyle that is good for their health.

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Some of the ways you can help your child include the following:

  • Be a positive role model, lead by example with healthy eating and exercise habits.
  • Provide them with a calm and reassuring atmosphere with a regular snack and mealtimes
  • Have appropriate limits with screen time entertainment such as tablets, video games, and television.
  • Try to involve the whole family in fun physical activities.
  • Help your children to develop and maintain a positive body image.
  • Avoid restrictive diets and extra exercise regimens.

When it comes to fitness and nutrition, the role of the parents is the same regardless of how many children they have. A healthy weight for children is about much more than just the numbers too. It’s also about healthy behaviors, such as enjoying activities and eating a variety of foods.

Diets Aren’t The Answer When It Comes To Children 

Diets can do much more harm than good when it comes to children. Research actually, suggests that kids who diet end up weighing more than those who have never dieted, they also have lower self-esteem and are at more risk of eating disorders. Never put your child on a diet, especially with the help of your doctor, counselor, or nutritionist to help. Have a look at some Kurbo reviews for an idea behind councilors.

Some of the simple ways you can help include:

  • Be Active By Playing Together- Kids need to have at least 60 mins of daily exercise. So play with them every day. Not to mention the fact that its fun for them and you. Why not plan a trip to the park, a cycle, or a walk?
  • Make Meal Time Special - Eating more meals together can help to make all the difference with your family’s health, finances, and happiness.
  • Eat Breakfast- Go further than just cereal and milk and try a few different things that involve some cooking. It’s great to encourage children to cook in the morning and understand that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day.
  • Don’t Use Food As A Reward Or Forbid Any Foods - Forbidding foods will only make the desire for that food stringer. Instead of saying no to their favorite food, just limit the portions. When rewarding them male sure you use stickers or going and doing an activity instead of food.
  • Dine Out Responsibly - When children are younger you tend to choose their food when you dine, start a good habit by choosing something that is nutritious such as grilled chicken, carrots, and dip or fruit.
  • Remove Games From Bedrooms- Having games consoles and televisions in the children’s rooms can lead to distractions and poor sleeping habits. Lack of sleep can lead to future problems with weight.

This is just a short guide and should help you to get on the right track to promoting a healthy lifestyle for your kids. Is there anything that you to help this? Please share some ideas in the comments below.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Gift Savey Is the Best Site for Gift Ideas

Picture this: You have an avalanche of deadlines to conquer, so you forgot to get a gift for your mom’s upcoming birthday. And before you realize, her birthday is tomorrow! Uh-oh, can you still beat the clock to shop for a great gift? Wait . . . have you even thought about what to give as a gift?

More often than not, gift-giving becomes troublesome if you don’t know what gifts to give. Or if you’re trying to squeeze in gift-hunting to your busy schedule. Sadly, when you’re too rushed on buying gifts, either you spend a lot more or you choose the wrong item. Ouch. 

Remember, gift-giving is not supposed to be stressful. It’s a meaningful journey to convey your well-wishes to someone you cherish the most.

We know how you feel, and we’re here to make sure you don’t go down that road. Don’t worry, there’s a great resource to help make your gift-giving experience easier to do.

The discovery of Gift Savey is a gift in itself wrapped with the sincerity of content for all the gift ideas they have collected for any occasion. Browsing their sections and categories isn’t a hassle, too!

Here’s to stress-free gift-giving days ahead! It only takes a gentle nudge in the brain to start working. And if you’re wondering why we say the GiftSavey.com is a great resource, check out the top reasons below. 

1. Wide Range of Choices. The site helps you think of the best gift you can give on any occasion. Gift Savey believes in the thought that gifts are something personal and unique; a memorable item that comes from your most sincere hope that it will make the recipient happy. That is why the site serves as your guide when you run out of ideas for your 9th wedding anniversary, or when you’re not really sure what your girlfriend wants to receive on her birthday. Whatever it is you are looking for in a perfect gift, it’s somewhere in their sections. 

2. Freedom of Choice. Instead of pushing their ideas to you, the site also gives room for your ideas to be shared with other people—because that’s how it should be. It doesn’t bombard you with items to buy when you’re reading, unless you need it. There’s another special place for that at our site.
 
3. Partner in Your Journey. Do you know why finding the right gift can be difficult? because you want it to be perfect. And Gift Savey understands that, so it gives you advice like a friend. The website gives you a second opinion and even offers you equally great options that you may haven’t thought of before. Interesting, right?
 
4. Gives How-Tos. The site teaches you how to find the best gift—it doesn’t only shower you with gifts ideas. It gives savvy tips and tricks on how to go out there and find the perfect gift. Whether it’s handmade, or from a specific store, the tips on the site can help you confidently decide what to do.
 
5. A Hand in Gift Wrapping. At times, you already have a gift in mind, but somehow you know something is missing. Perhaps it has something to do with the wrapping portion? Not to worry since GiftSavey.com also has a section that talks about gift-wrapping how-tos.
 
6. Helps You Prepare for Gift-Giving. Finding the right gift requires effort, and effort requires time. Now, to make the activity worthwhile, the site also gives helpful tips to prepare for special occasions. Their advice can help you arrange your schedule, so there’s no room for panic when you’re fully prepared especially during gift-giving season.
 
7. Easy to Navigate for A Good Read. On Valentine’s Day, Christmas Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, even everybody’s day, we always have promising ideas that are worth your attention. No wasted time here because the interface is easy to follow for a smooth, good read.
 
8. Updated on Trends. GiftSavey.com features updated and current gift ideas! Ever thought of giving your special someone with an online business? A blog, perhaps? Or if you want to give a plant that grows instead of a bouquet that wilts over time, the site’s got your back with the latest ideas!
 
9. Helps You Save Money. Great presents don’t have to be expensive. That is why the site also has suggested items for heart-melting gifts without you worrying about the price.
 
10. Ideas Outside the Box. The site helps you think outside the gift box, like exploring apps to help your child study or giving your girlfriend a fashion blog. It’s time to explore new territories!

These trying times may hit us pretty hard, but it shouldn’t be the reason to cancel special occasions. The truth is, it should be the reason for us to show our love and care by giving memorable presents—occasion or no occasion.

By choosing the right gift, you can be the reason for someone’s happiness. Now, let’s go find that perfect gift. 

For more reasons to love gift-giving, visit GiftSavey.com.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

Sweet-Bittersweet-NotSweet
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



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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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