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Study Finds Healbe GoBe2 to Offer a High Level of Accuracy in Calorie Intake

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I have been learning more and more about my GoBe2 and have had a lot of questions about how it works. Here is a little more information on it. Here is my tracking from yesterday (1/4/19) and I would say this is pretty spot on. I will continue to track through my fitness pal and compare with GoBe2.

The Foods for Health Institute at the University of California Davis completed a validation study of a health monitoring smartband, the Healbe GoBe2. A 14-day study was conducted on 27 adult volunteers ages 18-40 years, 11 men and 16 women. The results of the study confirm the accuracy of the Healbe GoBe2 in automatic tracking of digested calories.

Calorie counting accuracy was assessed by comparing a data from the manually recorded intake of volunteers and the data from the GoBe2. Study meals were prepared in a UC Davis commercial kitchen by trained food service personnel following a stringent HACCP protocol. A research team analyzed the calorie content of each individual menu item, weighed, recorded, portioned, served the food and recorded plate-waste for all study volunteers at each meal served in the dining facility.

To determine how well the device and its algorithms estimated the actual diet of volunteers, the correlation between recorded intake and data from the GoBe2 was examined. Data were transformed into 3-day rolling averages and the GoBe2 accuracy was 87%. Over the two week period, the GoBe2 showed an accuracy of 90% in measuring calorie intake.
Sara Schaefer, Ph.D., Associate Director of Technology and Education at the Foods for Health Institute, led the study and is excited about the potential to learn more about people’s unique diets and metabolism using non-invasive technologies. She is creating a laboratory for studying the measurable processes of metabolism and plans to use the GoBe smart band in further research.

By creating a wearable device like the GoBe2, Healbe aims to provide non-invasive, easy to use, and highly accurate tool to help people everywhere improve health, reach their weight loss goals and subsequently reduce the likelihood of obesity-related diseases.
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How to Clean a Pool Cartridge Filter System?

I am going to cover a comprehensive DIY method of cleaning a pool cartridge filter. Because you know if you have a cartridge system in your pool, you will need to clean it from time to time.

What is a Pool Cartridge Filter?

            There are many ways to clean a pool cartridge. So, do check on this review for more information. But firstly, what is a pool cartridge filter? Usual pools have a sand filter. But you can also have a filter set up near the pumps to make sure contaminations don’t enter your pool.

            So, you will be required to change that filter from time to time. That way you can ensure your water is free of contamination entirely. Check on here to get full information about different types of pool cleaners.

Why Use a Pool Cartridge Filter?

            Because simply it is easier to clean. Usual pools with sand filters need you to backwash them a couple of times a month. The frequency depends on how often you sue the pool. But, a cartridge filter ensures that you clean it four times a year. Then again, that too also depends where you live and how heavily your pool is used.

            Moreover, when you invest in a sand filter, you have to spend much higher on your energy costs. How? Firstly, a sand filter increases your system pressure and pump pressure. With a cartridge filter, you are saving on energy costs significantly.

            A sand filter can be very volatile on your pool pump. Meaning, you would be spending much more on pool maintenance should your pool pump go kaput. But, with a cartridge filter, your pool pump won’t be seeing much friction.

            And, if you have an above ground pool, then a sand filter would not work for you anyway. Having a cartridge filter would be ideal for you then. Also, the number of backwashes you would have to do for your sand filter, your water balance would be thrown off.

            San filters give you 10-20 microns as it lowers the ability of your pool. But, your cartridge filter will have a good 20-40 microns. So, if your pool is more than 1.5 HP, I would suggest you use a cartridge filter for your pool.

How to Clean a Pool Cartridge Filter?      
            Now that you will be cleaning the cartridge filter fewer times than a sand filter. But, the process needs you to follow a few steps.

            · Shut off the system, the pump and the power line to be on the safe side.

            ·Turn the air valve located on top of your filter to get out all the air out of it.

            ·Different cartridge filter has different clamps. So, make sure you take them off before you start.

            · Once you are done with that, remove the top of the filter and expose the dirt inside.

            · Now you need to take off all the stuff inside the filter. But, while doing that remember where they were placed. So, you can out them back again.

            · Check for all damages if any. If there are damages or tears, you need to replace the filter altogether.

            · Use a degreaser, coat all the elements well. You can decide what needs to be soaked overnight. But, they need to be cleaned thoroughly.

            · Rinse gently with a hose while you wash all elements.

            · Now, that you have cleaned all the elements. Wait to dry them out.

            · Then place all of the elements accurately when you were dismantling them in the first place.

            · While your filter is divided apart, you need to check the O-Ring. If you see any damage, you need to replace that too before setting your filter up again.

            · If your O-Ring is damage free, consider applying a silicon liquid on it.

            · Now, you put the filter back on tightening up all the elements, so they remain in place.

            · Now, that you have put the filter back on, keep all air valves open to release any excess air inside.

            · If your PSI pressure is low; then you will have to resettle all the elements again as it may be because you put them back on inaccurately. So, check the system pressure lastly.

            So, here was my steps in how to clean a pool cartridge filter system. Do check out this review and leave your comments below, if you have any other DIY methods in cleaning your pool filter.

How to Remove Pet Hair From Shag Carpet

Owning a furry pet and a shag carpet is a combination that guarantees a headache when it comes to cleaning. Pet hairs are easily trapped within the fibers of a shag carpet, yet it is impossible to prevent your pets from shedding their hairs. This means that you need to focus on vacuuming your carpets frequently and be creative about reducing the amount of pet fur that gets into contact with your carpet. While you may clean your home with a broom, getting cleaning equipment that has been designed for cleaning homes with pets will save you a great deal when it comes to time and effort. These are some of the best ways to remove pet hairs from your shag carpet, and they have been proven to work.

– Using a Lint Roller
            The same way a lint roller gets rid of lint from suits and outfits is the same way it can remove pet hairs from carpets. You will need to purchase along lint roller and roll it over your carpet so that the pet hairs can stick on it. Alternatively, you can attach it to a long handle and use it like you would when painting a high ceiling using a roller paint brush. If you cannot access a lint roller easily, then you can pick up a roller paint brush and wrap an adhesive such as cello tape, duct tape or masking tape on the roller with the sticky part exposed. You will then roll this over your carpet, getting any pet hairs to stick onto the adhesive. Once the stick part gets filled up with dirt, you can peel it off to expose a fresh sticky layer. This method only gets rid of pet hairs that are on the surface of your carpet; thus it’s best to use it as the first step to cleaning carpets ridden with pet hairs.

– Rubber Gloves
            Going with the science of static electricity, we can use rubber to remove hairs from shag carpets. It is advisable to get rubber gloves with a textured surface, preferably one with small rubber nubs. To remove pet hairs on the surface of the carpet, wear the rubber gloves and sweep your hands across the surface of the carpet along the direction of its fibers. However, if you want to get rid of hairs more rooted within the fibers, then you must run your fingers through the carpet fibers so that the hairs can stick onto the gloves. Homeowners that have used this method before swearing to the tip that is lightly spraying a solution of 3 parts water and one part fabric softener onto the carpet before sweeping with your gloved hands does help a great deal when it comes to cleaning pet hair. The pet hairs will collect themselves into small balls that you can pick up and dispose of. The fabric softener also makes your carpets to smell fresher. In case you encounter stains, you can use a sponge with detergent to get rid of them.

– Rubber Brooms

            Rubber brooms also use static electricity to capture hairs within its rubber bristles. You can purchase these brooms from various stores. To remove pet hairs from your shag carpet, you will sweep the rug along its fibers just like you would with a regular broom. The advantage of using a rubber broom is that it goes deep inside the carpet fibers, capturing all the hairs from the carpet. You can get a rubber broom with or without a handle, but the latter is easier to use.

– Using a Carpet Rake or Hair Brush
            Most of us only know of a rake being used in cleaning the lawn or farm. Yes, carpet rakes also exist. Their teeth can either be made of durable but smooth plastic or metal, and these go deeper into your carpet fibers getting rid of any pet hairs. To clean your carpet using a carpet rake, you will need to sweep it along the carpet’s fibers to prevent them from tangling with pet hairs, while keeping the fibers well arranged. You can purchase a carpet rake from most stores, but you can use a hairbrush as an alternative. The difference between these two is that a carpet rake has a long handle that makes it easier to clean large spaces without straining as compared to a hairbrush that forces you to bend or squat to clean your carpets.

– Invest in a Pet Vacuum Cleaner
            Having a vacuum cleaner is excellent but having one explicitly designed for a pet gives you a higher level of cleanliness, especially if it has carpet cleaning capabilities. You have to ensure that the pet vacuum has powerful suction and a reliable filtration system. It should have a brushroll that has been designed never to tangle when vacuuming even long pet hairs from carpets. If your floors have a lot of pet hairs, then it helps to use the methods discussed above, and then go over with your vacuum cleaner. You can then vacuum your shag carpet back and forth until you are satisfied that all the pet hairs have been removed. There are different types of pet vacuums available in the market, and whether you want a full-sized, stick, handheld or robotic vacuum, you will have a wide array to choose from. The most significant advantage of using a pet vacuum cleaner is that your carpet will not be destroyed and the fibers will stay in perfect shape. A pet vacuum with carpet cleaning capabilities is undoubtedly the most effective, fastest and easiest method to remove pet hairs from your shag carpet.

How to Prevent Buildup of Pet Hairs on Your Shag Carpet
            To keep your shag carpet clean without having to send your furry friend away, you have to follow these measures. Brush the pet hair frequently to get rid of loose hairs that will otherwise end up shedding off onto the carpet. You need to designate specific sleeping and living areas for your pets and limit their access to other parts of the home, especially areas with high-pile carpeting, as these would be the toughest to remove pet hairs from. You must also vacuum and clean the carpets frequently to avoid accumulation of these pet hairs especially in hard to reach areas like under furniture and in corners and edges. Practicing these tips will ensure not only a cleaner home but also a peaceful existence between the homeowner and their pet.

Holiday 2018: Glider Gloves

Glider Gloves are the best touch screen compatible gloves for men, women and children. Touchscreen gloves, also known as texting gloves, capacitive gloves or even iPhone gloves, are gloves that allow you to interact with a screen with your gloves on so your hands stay warm. Glider Gloves are designed for winter use, keeping your hands protected and toasty with an amazing ability to still type and swipe your phone like normal. 

Glider Gloves smartphone gloves are rated #1 in the market so beware of mass-produced typing gloves that are a dime a dozen and the price tags associated with brand name specialty gloves. Don’t compromise with an inferior performing glove that won’t keep your hands warm or look as fashionable as Glider Gloves. The company’s only focus is to ensure their touch screen gloves are fully functional, warm and innovative!

You can purchase them on Amazon!

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Snow Much Fun by Precious Moments

Precious Moments has the cutest winter line called Snow Much Fun. It features one adorable snowman that is perfect for your Holiday decorating to cute winter decor that will be a cute addition all winter long.

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The Snow Much Fun line has a smiling snowman with sweet Precious Moments eyes while a friendly cardinal perches happily on the brim of his charming top hat. Someone you cherish is sure to adore these whimsical pieces. All of the Snow Much Fun line will make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone with an affinity for snowmen or who treasures Precious Moments. All items are carefully crafted with glazed ceramic and expertly hand painted and are Dishwasher safe.

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Cute Holiday Movie: Holly Star

Sloan returns home for the holidays and gets caught up in a mysterious treasure hunt with her paintball-obsessed best friend, her tango-dancing grandmother and her childhood sweetheart.

Holly Star is a super cute Holiday movie sure to capture your heart. Sloan is a puppeteer who comes home for Christmas. She has a dream about “Holy Star” and with the help of her funny Best Friend and her childhood friend they go on a fun treasure hunt. 

Throughout the movie you see the fun Puppets that Sloan created and why she went into being a puppeteer in the first place.  She helps her childhood friend Andy at his Christmas Tree lot and basically the rest is history. 

This is the cutest new movie for the Holidays and if you love romantic Holiday movies then Holly Star is for you! 

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Fun Activities for Parent-Child Bonding

Spending quality time with your child as they grow up is essential for development and well-being. Children need their parents’ attention and approval, and it’s vital to provide them with both. When the kids reach their adulthood and have their own family, their childhood memories will guide them as they raise their own children.

To bond with your child, you should go beyond eating dinner together, helping them do their homework, and doing chores. Spend time together, and nurture your relationship with them by doing these fun bonding activities.

Reading Books

Every parent has probably heard about the Mozart effect, which says that listening to classical music while the mother is pregnant makes the baby smarter, but science has proven that the effect is myth.

Classical music (or music in general) has positive effects on children. However, if you want to let your kid exercise their brains, stimulate their imagination, and develop their understanding of the world, you should read with them regularly.

Exposing children to reading, especially at a young age, has many known benefits, including helping enhance their language skills, critical thinking, thirst for knowledge, and concentration, among others. With the right stories, reading can be an incredibly enjoyable activity you can do with your child.

You add extra fun by using pictures, doing voices, adding sound effects, and acting out exciting scenes. Or you spend a pleasant afternoon in the library with your kids. You can get them their own library card, explore the area, and let them attend storytelling activities.

Doing Arts and Crafts

You don’t leave your home or spend a lot to do arts and crafts with your kid. There isn’t a lot of preparation as well. All you need are your all-time favorite craft supplies and yourselves, and you’re all set!

You can find a ton of arts and crafts resources on the internet to try out with your kid. Or you can get creative and use whatever you have in the house to make something unique. Your output doesn’t have to be museum-worthy. What’s important is that you and your kid have fun in the process.

Singing Songs

Bonding with your kid doesn’t have to be anything fancy or planned. You can just break out in a song (preferably something they know) when you’re stuck in traffic or during a road trip and have your own version of a carpool karaoke.

Or you can play fill in the missing lyrics while you’re waiting for your turn in the drive-through or dropping them off to school. The most mundane things, like doing chores, can be fun too when they’re accompanied by joyful music and dancing.

Baking and Cooking

Like arts and crafts, making food is a fun and productive activity to do with your child. Most kids, if not all, love delicious treats and snacks, and they’ll love it even more if they’re given the chance to create their favorite edibles.

That said, spend a morning or afternoon making pancakes, pizza, cookies, cupcakes, and  a ton of kid-friendly recipes with your child. don’t let your young child handle dangerous kitchen tools, like sharp and scalding objects, though. After making food, you can then enjoy the fruit of your hard work and have more quality time together.

Playing with Your Pet

Spend quality time with your kid while bonding with your other baby, your pet, that is. You can take your child to the park and walk the dog and play fetch. Or you can stay at home and have an exciting game of hide and seek. Training and bathing your pet can also be fun activities you can do with your kid.

Don’t miss the great opportunity to teach your child about animals and encourage them to treat other living things with respect and kindness.

Taking Nature Walks

Spending time in nature is simultaneously relaxing and exciting. Everything in nature soothes your person—the trees,chirping birds, and fresh air. The thought of finding wondrous sights and discovering something new along the way also builds your excitement. And you can share the relaxation and excitement with your child.

Taking a nature walk with your kid helps them get quality exercise that’s good for the body and the mind. Together, you can get away from the distractions of digital media and immerse yourselves in nature sights, sounds, and smells.

Nature hiking is a great opportunity to expose your young kid to wildlife, as well as teach them the principle of leaving no trace. Just make sure to prepare well for your hiking adventure to avoid accidents or dangerous situations.

Going to the Movies

Quality time with your kid doesn’t have to be elaborate. Sometimes, you can simply go out to the closest cinema, buy some popcorn and soda, and enjoy a good movie. If you love watching films, even better because you can share your taste in films with them (as long as the movies are appropriate for their age, of course).

Or you do a movie night at home if you want to save money and be extra comfortable. You and your kid can build a blanket fort in the living room, make some popcorn, and find a good movie to watch on Netflix. For reference, here are 50 great kids’ movies you can watch with your child.

Go on a Picnic

If you’ve been cooped up at home for too long, having an outdoor picnic can be a nice change of pace.Eating delicious food is more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by nature. Pack a checkered mat and some snacks and drinks and head to the nearest nature park in the area.

But you don’t have to go somewhere far to have a nice outdoor picnic. You can also set up a table or mat in your backyard and have a nice little picnic with just you and your kid. You can have a tea party, sing songs, read stories, or simply bask under the sun after eating.

Making Holiday Greeting Cards

With the holidays just around the corner, card making is the perfect parent-child bonding activity to do this season. Stay in this weekend, get cozy with a warm cup of cocoa and a comfy blanket, and spread out your art supplies on the living room floor or kitchen table.

Holiday greeting cards are relatively easy and cheap to make. And you’ll only need the basic school supplies, like colorful A7 cardstock, scissors, glue, crayons, markers, and stickers. You and your child can make as many as you want to give to all your loved ones and try out all sorts of holiday designs for fun.

Final Takeaway

You have to spend as much time as you can with your kids while they’re still young and living with you, because you may  not get the chance anymore when they grow up. They will take their childhood memories with them as they become adults, so give your kids lots of good memories so they have a lot of the happiness to share with children when the time comes.

You don’t have to plan elaborate activities or spend thousands of dollars to spend quality time with your kids. Even the most mundane activities can turn into a memorable parent-child bonding activity when you add fun to them. 

Stay Warm This Winter with ergoPouch

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ergoPouch products offer great functionality and versatility with swaddles that can easily transition to a sleeping bag and sleep suits that convert from bags to suits with legs for easy use from bassinet to stroller.

The Winter Onesie is an evolution of the Layers range, made with thick organic cotton filling, making it a warmer, more snug sleep option. The suit is designed to be worn on its own without the need of a Sleeping Bag or Sleep Suit Bag and is specially designed for kids aged one to five years.

The on-trend, luxuriously soft and completely functional new Winter Onesie is made from a skin-friendly organic cotton jersey outer layer and 100% breathable cotton filling. With the fold over cuffs and mitts and 2.5 Tog rated for warmth, the suit can replace sleeping bags (mitts are available in sizing up to 2 years). The suit is ideal for toddlers transitioning into a big bed, when they tend to move around in their sleep and kick off bedding, the suit will keep them warm all night long.

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Recently Moved to a New Area? 5 Things to Get in Order That You Might Not Have Thought Of

Moving can be stressful at the best of times, but it’s even more stressful if you’re moving to a new area as well as a new home. Most people have their mind preoccupied with things like unpacking boxes and setting up electronics before they actually start to realize that there’s a lot more that needs to be done. Thankfully, this quick checklist should point you in the right direction, so you know these five things you need to sort out that you might not have previously been aware of.

  1. Finding new schools

If you’ve got kids, you’ll know how important this step is. It’s probably something you should have looked at before you even made the move. Getting enrolled in a new school can take time, so make sure you leave enough space before the term starts. Finding a school can be difficult, but you might want to check online exam results and other school ratings for your area.

Try visiting a few potential schools before committing to one so you and your kids can get a feel for which one they prefer. This can also stand you in good stead when you apply, especially if the school is hard to get into. Having already met you, it could put you ahead of other potential students who didn’t make regular visits and ask lots of questions.

  1.  Finding a new dentist

Another important step is finding a high-quality dentist. Make sure you’ve done a lot of research, asked people you know in the area, and also visited a few potential practices.

There’s a big difference between a good dentist and a great one, so make sure you take careful consideration over which one to go for. You might not want to leave your old dentist, but it’s useful to have one close enough that it’s still convenient. Especially if you’re looking for Emergency Dentists USA, you need to find the right one that’s close enough to your new home.

  1. Joining a new library

This one might be slightly more straightforward than finding a school, but it could still be an important step for you. Find either the closest or best-stocked library for your needs and make sure you’re signed up before you urgently need to use one.

  1. Meeting the neighbors

This is one hugely important step when moving to a new area. Getting involved with your neighbors could help make your move much less stressful. Go and knock on a few doors and introduce yourself. Maybe even invite a few people round for drinks and nibbles. Getting on well with your neighbors can have a massive impact on your quality of life, and you never know where they’ll be able to help. They could even help answer some questions regarding some other issues on this list.

  1. Getting involved in the community

As well as getting to know the people on your street, you might want to launch yourself a bit more into the community by joining clubs and societies. Again, this can help your new house feel like a real home much more quickly.

Time For Me: 5 Ways To Reclaim Some Mom Time Each Day

When you have kids, me-time can seem like a wonderful, yet distant and impossible dream. After all, most of your waking hours are spent taking care of the kids’ needs, and boy, do they need things, like all the time! However, to be a happy and healthy momma, it is crucial to schedule in some regular me-time. Otherwise, it can really affect your ability to take the best care of your family, not to mention your own mental wellbeing and happiness. That is why I have come up with the suggestions for a little daily mom time below. Keep reading to find out more.


Meditation is known to have all sort of excellent health benefits such as reduced stress and anxiety, and even greatest spirituality. It’s also usually an activity that needs to be done alone and in silence, which provides you with the perfect excuse to have a little mommy me-time where you can insist on not being disturbed.


We all know about the fantastic advantages of exercising regularly including weight maintenance, and improved mental health. However, what if your exercise time was also a great way of doing your own things each and every day too?


One of the main complaints that moms have is that they don’t get to engage in adult conversation or complex problems while they are looking after the kids. In fact, it can seem like an endless stream of running noses to wipes, and kids cartoons blaring out in the background. Luckily, doing some studying at home can really help with this and provide that intellectual challenge that you crave.

You can even take a course like this online mba program and fit it around your other responsibilities as well. Then not only will you get some much needed mental stimulation, but in as little as 18 months you could have a high-level qualification that could improve your resume too!

Bath time

Bathrooms aren’t sacred alone space for moms. In fact, mommas are used to having their whole broods banging on the door or even coming in while they are trying to take a rest break.

However, once your other half has come home and can take care of the little ones for a bit, why not treat yourself to a relaxing bubble bath? It’s perfect me time, and you can even lock the door and put on some relaxing music as well, just to make it extra special!


Lastly, if you don’t have the time or energy to do any of the activities above, but you are still searching for a short respite from the demands of family life, why not pick up a favorite book?

After all, a great story can transport us to another place and can provide the perfect opportunity to squeeze in some much needed me time, while the kids are napping or playing.

Stress Relief For The Hard Working Mom: The Most Popular Ways to Spend Your “Mommy Me-Time”

The labor that comes with motherhood is no small burden to bear. It’s an admirable thing to be able to love and serve ceaselessly with the fervor of a devout sentinel. Yet, we, mothers are only human. Much like a muscle that’s constantly strained, people, too, become tired and if they’re pushed beyond their limits, they break.

Modern mothers aren’t just full-time homemakers. No, these unsung heroes now work jobs too. And the stresses they go through are not to be overlooked. With this added workload, it’s easy to assume that modern mothers are more likely to experience burnout than mothers of the previous generations.

Which is why it’s paramount to know how exactly one should spend time to rest and recuperate. Fortunately, there are a multitude of ways to choose from. These are some of the most popular options:

Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Therapy
Stress will eventually manifest itself in physical pain if left to develop. One can, therefore, surmise that it works both ways. Mental and Physical health go hand in hand and two of the most popular ways to ease your mind through physical remedies is through massage therapy, which helps improve blood circulation and facilitates muscle relaxation and chiropractic treatment, which helps improve and maintain range of motion as well as correct any spinal misalignments.
It is, however, important to note that the degree to which massage and chiropractic therapy alleviate your stress depend highly upon the skill of your massage therapist or chiropractor.

Meditation and Yoga
Who knew that by simply regulating your breathing, you’d already be able to find calm in a storm? Meditation and yoga may both have spiritual roots, but their physical effects cannot be denied. Yoga, in particular, helps maintain flexibility and it also helps with the development of muscle control.

Hot Bubble Bath
There is a certain comfort found in warmth and exotic aromas. A hot, aromatic bubble bath is another great way to escape the stresses of the daily grind. The aroma and the sensation from the oils and bubbles are bound to help ease your psyche. Treat yourself, girlfriend.

Retail therapy, they like to call it. Being able to buy what you want when you want it sends a strong message to yourself that you’re a capable woman and it makes your job seem less of a chore and more of a reward system. Owning something new can bring a little bit of spice in your life. It could be a new pair of shoes, a new dress, or a new bag. Or, if you really want, you can get yourself all three.

There’s nothing on this list that’s more simple, yet so effective as sitting on your favorite chair with a cup of your favorite drink of choice and taking a trip to a different world, a different time via a good book. There’s just a unique sense of serenity in getting lost in a story and imagining a different world.

Birth Without Fear by January Harshe

An inclusive, non-judgmental, and empowering guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum life–by the founder of the Birth Without Fear online community–that offers straightforward guidance on all the options and issues that matter most to mothers (and their partners) when preparing for a baby.

I was about seven months pregnant with Mikey when I ran into Birth Without Fear January Harshe’s Instagram account. She too was expecting her last baby and I instantly fell in love with her candid moments and her realness about pregnancy, upcoming birth, delivery and basically a safe place to visit, to laugh and yes even cry.

When she delivered her last baby she started (ok maybe she didn’t start it buts she definitely made it more known) the Fourth Trimester Movement, and boy it helped me once I too had delivered baby number four!

Now our babies are turning four and I have always looked to Birth Without Fear as a place to send my expecting friends. So to hear that January Harshe had written a book BIRTH WITHOUT FEAR: The Judgement-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum  I was so excited!

Members of the Birth Without Fear community on social media (me!!!) are familiar with the conversation shifting regularly to postpartum, and Birth Without Fear is no different. The focus of so many pregnancy and birth books is on, well, pregnancy and birth. But what about after the birth? You have the entire rest of your life to live, only now with a new baby!

This is where Birth Without Fear comes in. With chapters on breastfeeding, self love, self care, mental health, and sex and intimacy, no stone is left unturned for those of you wondering “what next?” after the baby has arrived.

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How Drones Could Improve Your Home Life

You might think that drones are just for either fun or big businesses and commercial applications, but that’s not really the case these days. In many ways, drones could help improve your quality of life in and around the home. In this article, we’re going to look a bit more into this subject so you can find a potential use for a high-tech drone for your everyday life.

The drone industry has grown massively in recent years, and that means there are more drones for different things than ever before. This trend looks set to continue, and you could soon find drones looking after many household tasks. For now, things are just getting started, but let’s have a look at how drones could improve your home life over the next couple of years.

Better delivery options

Whether you like getting pizzas delivered or want to order something from Amazon, a drone could help. The simple reality is that drones are both cheaper and quicker than traditional delivery alternatives.

While Amazon is running trials on drone delivery, some other businesses have already started using them for regular deliveries. There are some issues when it comes to safety and making sure the drones travel across areas that won’t harm someone if they malfunction.

Hiring a delivery driver is expensive. Not only do you have to pay their hourly rate, but you’ve also got to pay for vehicle maintenance and fuel. With a drone, you can get all of this done at a fraction of the cost, and whilst avoiding heavy traffic and road delays. That means it’s quicker and cheaper. Not only that, but the drones can actually help the picking process in the warehouse before the delivery is sent out, making things even more efficient.

Local security drones could help improve neighborhood safety

While surveillance aircraft have been around for a while, these are normally expensive and only really intended for major crimes or security issues. Since surveillance drones are much cheaper, they can be used on a smaller, more local level, like making sure your neighborhood is safe at all times.

Traffic drones could provide you with more accurate data

If you’re planning your route to work or some other trip, a traffic drone can provide you with more relevant and up-to-date information when compared to costly traffic helicopters.

Ambulance drones could help save lives

Ambulance drones have recently been used in The Netherlands. While they can’t do everything, they can deliver medicine or equipment, or provide help to other medical professionals. They can also relay video back to an expert, so advice can be given to the patient before a medical professional arrives.

Drones can help plan extensions and other building work

If you want to improve your property, construction companies have now started using drones to make things easier. They’re great for analyzing a site and providing relevant information to both builders and architects, so you can get the extension you want.

There are more and more affordable drones these days for all sorts of uses, both in and around the home.

Holiday 2018: Aceable Driver’s ED for Your Soon to be Driver

Aceable is a brand new way to experience drivers ed – fully online, mobile, and engaging. We want you to learn this stuff so you can be a safe driver. From state-approved teen and adult drivers ed to state-specific study guides, we have a course that fits your needs. Whether you’re on your mobile phone, iPad, or computer, your progress is saved across every device, so you can adjust the course to fit your busy schedule. Getting your learner’s permit or driver’s license shouldn’t be boring and it’s Aceable’s mission to to make make that process as enjoyable as possible.


Aceable makes the perfect gift this Holiday season for your soon to be driving teen! There is 7 easy steps for Texas Teens to complete to get their License!

Once you have your packet and you have set up your Aceable account, parents have a intro video to watch and Aceable is easy to follow! We are just starting our Aceable journey so be sure to check back as my daughter works through the Drivers ED Course.



Aceable offers both teen and adult courses.

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