Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Preparing Your Business For The Holidays

How to Prepare Your Business for the Holidays

For anyone trying to manage a business during the holiday season, it can be a chaotic time period, to say the least. Of course, it doesn't have to be. There are plenty of simple and effective steps that business owners can take to ensure that their holiday season is as smooth as possible, regardless of what type of business they run. In order to help you through this process, this guide will highlight a few of the simpler tips that virtually anyone can do to see an almost immediate improvement in their business.

Keep It Safe

For people who have businesses in areas that typically see a considerable amount of snowfall during the holiday season, rock salt can be an important resource. You don't want people to slip or fall unnecessarily, so it's important to take care of any ice before it develops into a real problem. Bulk rock salt suppliers like Rock Salt USA can deliver rock salt shipments ahead of time, and are typically able to supply businesses in a quick manner.

Plan Ahead of Time

If you're thinking of taking your own holiday during the season, then you should prepare for it ahead of time. Don't wait until the last second to start making preparations. While it's easy to put someone else in charge and focus on your affairs, it's also worth considering how this might impact existing clients. If they're not aware that you're leaving the office for a few days, then it might create other issues that spiral out of control. Before you go on a vacation, reach out to your clients and let them know that you won't be available. By doing this, you allow them to then make their own preparations so that no one is left confused. 

Keep to a Schedule

With technology as advanced as it is today, it's never been easier to automatically maintain an advertising campaign while away from the office. Simply set up your social media accounts and other digital marketing efforts to appear at a scheduled time and you won't have to worry about it while you're away. 

There are plenty of things to consider in order to get your business fully prepared for the holiday season, but these tips should give you a suitable platform to build your own efforts off of. When preparing your business for your departure, make sure you put it in the hands of someone you really trust. After all, no one wants to come back from their vacation to find everything in complete disarray.

Fun Ideas For The Family in New England!

Fun Ideas in New England for the Whole Family

Finding new events for the whole family to enjoy can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be. For those in the New England area, there are plenty of unique events for families to do and unique places for families to visit. With that in mind, here's an outline of some of the best places to visit in the New England area for the holiday season. 

Non-Professional Sports

Instead of spending a considerable amount of money to see a professional sports team, why not show a little support to the amateurs in a league? In fact, if you're someone that's interested in a sport like hockey, maybe you should consider signing up for a league yourself. For those interested, there are plenty of fun activities that don't relate directly back to professional sports, such as the adult ice hockey tournaments Walboro MA is famous for. Families that are interested in making a day of it should look into hockey organizations like the NESHL for more details.

Historic Landmarks

In places that are filled with history, like Boston, taking the family on a journey through history can be a great way to mix fun with education. Going on a trip through the Freedom Trail, for instance, can be a fantastic opportunity to help the family learn more about the country's roots, and see how far it has come since its humble beginnings. The beauty of these types of trips is that they also serve as a great workout routine, as you're going on both a physical journey as well as a mental one.

Try Local Delicacies

With the holidays approaching, it's actually the perfect time to visit New England. This around the time period that New England starts producing its famous maple sugar in "sugarhouses." Since sugarhouses are typically situated near skiing resorts, it's a great opportunity to combine the two and have a little fun for the whole family. 

New England is filled with plenty of opportunities for the entire family to have some fun. The only real challenge is to manage your time wisely so that you can enjoy as much of it as possible. Of course, you also shouldn't be afraid to take your family's interests into account and spend more time on one specific area than another. If your family is having fun, then that's all that matters.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Protect Car Club Components

How to Protect Car Club Components 

A golf cart is an investment, so you must protect it by using a proper storage cover. Without this accessory, any club car body parts that you buy will lose their cosmetic appeal. A golf cart cover protects vital components because it prevents:


Sun damage
Moisture damage
Scratches


UV Rays are Harmful

Over time, the surfaces on a golf cart will appear dull if sunlight constantly shines on certain spots. The surfaces fade because the heat from the sun typically cooks the paint. In severe cases, the paint on a golf cart will peel if the UV rays are very intense. By placing a cover over your cart, you’ll protect the exterior from the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays.

Moisture Causes Rusting 

If your community gets a lot of rainy weather, a cover can be quite helpful. You won’t need a cover if rain only impacts your area occasionally because reduced moisture can’t harm a golf cart. 

When rust builds up on a cart, the paint that’s applied along the exterior surfaces will slowly damage. If you can’t store your vehicle in a garage during a rainstorm, a golf cart cover is the best alternative option.

A Cover Prevents Scratches

In a typical yard, most golf carts are harmed when tree branches drop and scratch the paint. Pets also ruin the finish on carts in residential environments by generating scratches with their sharp claws. Covers that are designed for sports vehicles are thick and rugged, so pointy objects can’t puncture the material. 

Theft is a Huge Concern

Besides cosmetic damage, other steps must be taken in order to prevent theft. For example, if you invested an electric golf cart, consider buying an aftermarket ignition system because factory-install components are more susceptible to theft. The problem is that factory ignitions use generic keys, which are often used by many other golf cart owners. If you’d like extra protection, considering buying a:


Keypad lock
Pedal lock
Secured garage


In order to keep a golf cart in great condition, you must cover it after each use. If you’re concerned about theft, you can protect your investment by implementing strategic security procedures.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Coupon For the Home with Groupon! #Groupon #ad

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

Recently I shared some information about Groupon on here. One of the biggest things we use Groupon for is our traveling expenses. Restaurants, lodging, attractions, etc.  However, did you know Groupon also has coupons and deals for a wealth of items, not just stores and restaurants? For example, if you're doing some shopping for Christmas or birthdays for anyone in your family, Groupon Goods is the perfect way to save money! Or, if you need anything for your home, you can probably find deals on Groupon.

This is something I will be checking out; I've always used Groupon for the travel and occasionally local restaurants and such, but I recently learned about the Groupon Goods section. We've been doing a lot of work around the house lately, moving bedrooms around, painting, redecorating, and getting some new furniture. This is the perfect time for us to check out what deals we can get through Groupon! Bedding, towels, kitchen tools, decor, and even furniture is available on Groupon Goods.


While doing all the redecorating we've opted for some of the retro and/or rustic look, partially due to the fact that our entire family is kind of the "old soul" type. For example, each family member is looking for or already has a record player in their room. Yes, we have a ton of old Gospel music records, and they get played constantly. Now, record players are fairly easy to find at certain department stores, but I fell in love with this retro record player Groupon has for under $50.00, 65% off of regular price! This would be perfect for our living room/family room.


Household items aren't the only thing you can find on Groupon Goods though, you can get apparel, gift ideas, electronics, sporting goods, jewelry, auto, and even grocery! Whether you're in the market for an addition to your wardrobe, a gift for a family member or friend, or some new outdoor equipment, Groupon Goods will help you save money! And be sure to follow Groupon on Twitter to stay up-to-date on any special deals and news.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Couponing With Groupon!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Who here likes to save money? Just about everybody, right? I mean, who wants to spend more money than they need to on anything, be it groceries, clothing, household items, or hotels? I remember growing up when clipping coupons from the Sunday paper was the way to do it. Anyone else remember those days? You could find so many great coupons for groceries!


Now we're in the digital age, and everything - including couponing - has gone digital. My personal favorite way to coupon now is Groupon coupons. These coupons aren't just limited to grocery stores, you can find coupons for just about any category of store. They even have coupons for restaurants, my personal favorite being when they have coupons for Starbucks gift cards, which usually happens a few times a year.


One of the things I enjoy most about Groupon is that you can search for coupons in specific areas. We travel a lot, so it's nice to be able to check out the area restaurant or tourist attraction coupons in advance. For example, next week we are going to Pigeon Forge, TN. When I searched Groupon for Pigeon Forge area coupons, I got over 30 results. Some of these coupons are for 50% off! You can get two $12.00 gift cards for a local diner for only $12.00. Which means you can eat twice for the price of one meal, or two people eat for the price of one! There are coupons for local photography services, go-karts, zip-lining, the zoo, golf outings, and area attractions. Groupon will be saving our family quite a bit of money on this vacation!


Of course, restaurants and travel are not the only thing Groupon can save you money on. As I mentioned already, there are coupons for a large number of stores and products. Need a new laptop? Check out Groupon, they probably have some deals. In the market for sunglasses, boots, a frying pan, or a new luggage set? You can find coupons for all those and more on Groupon. Another one of our favorites is Snapfish; it's where we get all our photo books and prints after a family vacation. And you guessed it, Groupon has Snapfish coupons with deals like 40% off, free shipping, 67% percent off a photo book, etc. You can seriously save money on anything and everything at Groupon! You can even like the Groupon Facebook page to stay up to date on all the savings.

Monday, August 22, 2016

How To Whiten Sensitive Teeth with #SmileBrilliant


If you have sensitive teeth or gums, you may find it hard to find a whitening system that doesn't irritate. I am one of those people with super-sensitive teeth, and because of that I have avoided most teeth whitening kits. I've tried a few here and there over the past few years, but only found one that didn't cause any sensitivity in my teeth or gums. Many kits or systems I tried I could use once (often leaving the gel or strips on for only half the suggested time), but if I tried a second application, couldn't stand the sensitivity it caused. A couple years ago I tried a unique home-whitening system from a company called Smile Brilliant, and to date it is the only system that really does whiten my teeth, but doesn't cause any sensitivity!




Smile Brilliant is a home whitening system that allows you to actually get a custom-fitted tray designed specifically for your teeth. The kit comes with desensitizing gel and whitening gel, and this combination is perfect for people like me! Simply use the desensitizing gel in your trays for 10-15 minutes, and this prevents and alleviates any sensitivity. I only need to use it once a day during my whitening process, but you can actually use it more frequently if needed. For example, you could use it both before and after whitening, or even a couple different times throughout the day. I haven't found this necessary however; just the one use a day does the trick for me.



This is by far the best home teeth whitening system I have found for people with sensitive teeth. You can also find out more information about what causes sensitive teeth. I highly recommend it for anyone who's had a bad experience with home whitening, or is nervous about trying it out. You will love the results, and love the fact that your teeth and gums don't feel any pain or sensitivity! Smile Brilliant is also running a giveaway, so be sure to enter for a chance to win
a Smile Brilliant Home Whitening kit! Or if you'd like to purchase the system, enter the code hopes cafe at checkout for 5% off!

 
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Caring For A Refinished Tub

Caring For A Refinished Tub

Whether you hire a tub refinishing Atlanta company to give your tub a make over or you do the work on your own, there are a few tips that you want to keep in mind to get the best results possible. A refinished tub is one that sparkles and looks like it did when the tub was first placed in the bathroom. It can give new life to the room instead of creating a dull look. 

Refinishing the tub is a less expensive option that replacing the tub in most cases unless there are cracks in the tub or the plumbing just isn't compatible any longer. When the job is done in the proper manner, it can last for up to 20 years, longer if you take care of the material that the tub is made of and if the tub isn't used on a regular basis. An example would be if the bathroom is a guest room that isn't used every day. As long as there are very few chips or scratches, the average cost for refinishing a tub is usually less than $500. 

After the tub has been refinished, there are a few cleaners that can be used to maintain the appearance. The tub might be a little slippery at first, so it's important to use caution when getting in and out of the tub, especially if children or elderly family members are in the bathroom. Refinishing the tub will remove small chips in the paint or other material that the tub is covered with. This is a benefit for the safety of those who use the tub as it can prevent scratches on the skin. When you're cleaning the tub, avoid using bleach because it can seep into the pores of the tub, causing small cracks and chips to develop. It will also etch away the porcelain on the tub. Bleach will strip the glaze away from the tub, which is what causes the dull appearance. Once the tub is refinished, the brilliance of the polish will return. Another tip to keep in mind is not to leave shampoo bottles in the corner of the tub. This will stain the corners over time, making this area of the tub harder to refinish.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer Celebration With Tatcha Skincare!



A couple years ago I featured a very unique Japanese skincare company on here called Tatcha. I absolutely love their products, so when I learned about a special summer celebration they have going on right now I knew I had to share! If you've never tried Tatcha products before this is your chance to get started, and if you're already a Tatcha fan - like me - here's a great way to get a free bonus gift with your normal order!



Simply follow this link to Tatcha and choose your summer set. If you spend over $150 you will receive a bonus Gold Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm, exclusive travel pouch, and a travel-size item of your choice! If you spend over $250, then you will receive the lip balm, travel pouch, and a trio of travel-side products! What are you waiting for? Get shopping and have a beautiful summer with Tatcha!!