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5 Tips to Make Your Car Last Forever

Auto April 13, 2017


5 Tips to Make Your Car Last Forever

Posted by:  Simon Lawrenc

This week we’ve got 5 tips on how to make your car last forever
This is a great way to change the way you handle your vehicles, or even learn some new techniques on how to better your vehicle care.
Read below to check out these great tips!

5. Maintain Regularly Scheduled Checkups-carcheckup

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle for the long haul it’s always important to keep up to date with your required car checkups. These are essential to improving the longevity in your automobile and should be treated as a priority when looking to preserve the life of your car.

4. Buy fuel from gas stations you know and trust-shellgasstation


Sometimes it’s the unexpected You may run the risk of harming your gas tank and engine by getting gas from an unknown gasoline company. It’s also been proven that putting premium gasoline in your car instead of regular further help your engine run stronger. Some of the top tier gasoline companies include Shell, Exxon, Mobil, Chevron and many more which you can find here: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/12/which-gas-stations-sell-the-best-quality-gasoline.html .

3. Fuel Injector Fluid-

Not only is it important to use high quality gasoline, but it is also important to make sure that gasoline does not begin to glob up in the engine, this will cause further issues in how smoothly your engine is running. It is important to inset fuel injector fluid every 6,000 miles on a full tank of gas. Two great and trusted brands are STP and Lucas.

2. Keep A Clean Car-Clean-Your-Car-Step-17


No one wants to have a dirty car, not only is it unappealing it is also bad for the well-being of your vehicle. It is always smart to wax your car following a wash to keep the paint in tip top shape to avoid fading and even rusting. Interior upkeep is also vital, tasks such as vacuuming help keep the interior in the best shape possible.

1. Use a Trusted Mechanic–

If you want your car to run with the best it needs to be serviced by the best. It is advised to only use trusted mechanics with a good reputation, or if you know friends who have used that mechanic in the past with great results. If you use a mechanic who does less reliable work just because their price may be a little bit lower it can end up costing you a considerable amount of expensive work needed down the road.


Article Source:  http://providenceautogroup.com/5-tips-to-make-your-car-last-forever/

Posted by:   Simon Lawrence , General Manager/Owner

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The Muscle Cars of the 2017 New York Auto Show

Auto April 13, 2017


But the stupidly-powerful Demon is hardly the only muscle car at the New York Auto Show. Chevy, Ford, and Dodge all brought the creme de la creme of their rear-wheel-drive lineups—or, in the case of Dodge, the cream, the milk, and every other dairy byproduct you can think of. And on top of Detroit’s Big Three, quite a few of the other automotive industry companies aiming to capture the public eye at the show brought their own muscle machines to add some panache to their displays.

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So we at The Drive decided we would take it upon ourselves to catalog all the muscle cars we could find hanging around the 2017 New York Auto Show. Partly so that you don’t have to trek to NYC yourself and navigate the convention center to see for yourself…and partly because we just couldn’t help ourselves.


The centerpiece of the Ford display was a cherry-red GT supercar, but the Blue Oval couldn’t come to NYC without a couple of Mustangs—especially considering the car debuted here back in 1964.






Chevy’s NYIAS booth was surprisingly short on muscle cars, but what it lacked in quantity, it made up for in quality—with the new Camaro ZL1 1LE proudly on display, and an SS convertible backing it up.





Right across from the Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE, however, the Dodge booth was packed with more Chargers and Challengers than you could shake a stick at. Not surprisingly, though, the Demon was the center of attention.










 The rest of the muscle cars

The aftermarket companies and other organizations—including some custom car clubs—brought a wider variety of muscle cars. Some were new, others classic; some were gorgeous, while others…well, you can make up your own mind.

















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Date:     APRIL 13, 2017

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The Top 10 Health Benefits of Royal Jelly

Health & Beauty April 3, 2017

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The Top 10 Health Benefits of Royal Jelly

by Angela Ysseldyk, CNP
source: www.bee-pollen-buzz.com

The health benefits of Royal Jelly are extensive and universities around the world are now studying this magical compound more and more frequently in an attempt to further understand it.

I’m a believer – I’ve been taking Royal Jelly for years and there is no doubt in my mind that royal jelly has enhanced many aspects of my health.

The health benefits of royal jelly sometimes seem too good to be true.  There are simply so many health conditions that this natural compound can help with.

There is no question that it helps me as an overall vitality tonic as well as aiding to balance my hormones.  The ultimate test to determine whether a supplement is ‘right’ for me is when I go off it.

How do I feel? Did I feel better when taking the supplement?

When performing this test on RJ, I noticed a drop in energy and general sense of well being. I found I slept better when taking it and recovered faster from my workouts as well. And my skin just didn’t seem as healthy – it didn’t glow!

So back on Royal Jelly I went.

Growing up on a bee farm with a mother who was passionate about nutrition and supplements, I’ve had the opportunity to take many different supplements.  And Royal Jelly will never leave my medicine cabinet.

That being said, I was doing a quick search on PubMed the other day to see how many scientific studies have been done on royal jelly and the sheer volume of research was staggering.

Clearly, the brightest scientific minds in the world see ‘something’ with this substance as there are now studies on Royal Jelly showing its effects on countless different conditions.

So here are the Top 10 Health Benefits of Royal Jelly that are both supported by science but also by my experience using it in the real world.

10. Antioxidant Power

Antioxidants are all the rage today and for good reason. When your cells oxidize, YOU oxidize and that leads to greater instances of cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions.

We’ve all seen a peeled apple turn brown within minutes – well, that is literally what happens to your cells over your lifetime. But scientists have discovered certain foods have massive amounts of antioxidants that slow and even stop this process.

Royal Jelly just so happens to be one of these foods. As reported in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry in 2008, Royal Jelly contains very high amounts of several antioxidants .

And what the scientists learned was that RJ had higher amounts of these antioxidants when the Royal Jelly was fresher. So when buying RJ, ensure that you are buying fresh, frozen product to maximize the vitality of the product.

9. Immune Modulator

Because Royal Jelly is being indicated to have immuno-modulatory potential for humans, a group of scientists at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan undertook a study to determine whether RJ could alter the development of systemic autoimmunity in mice.

Autoimmunity is a state in which the body’s immune system attacks itself. Disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis and many allergies are autoimmune disorders.

These mice were genetically predisposed to get Lupus, a serious auto immune disorder.

During the study, the scientists found that the mice getting the RJ supplement saw a significant delay in getting Lupus and once they did get it, lived significantly longer than the mice that didn’t get the supplement.

And while humans aren’t mice, this study certainly supports the many testimonials of people who have reported using Royal Jelly to boost or balance their immune systems that I’ve encountered.

8. Brain Function Enhancement

Our customers and client often tell us how they experience a mild euphoria or feeling of clarity upon taking our high quality, fresh royal jelly.

Now a study out of Gifu Pharmaceutical University in Japan has shed some light on why this happens.

Scientists fed rats a toxic compound designed to kill brain cells and then gave them Royal Jelly. They found that not only did the RJ protect the brain, but it also stimulated cognitive function and repair to the brain.

When I first read this study, these results made tremendous sense to me. I had always felt that I was more alert and ‘awake’ when taking RJ. But I’d usually just shrug it off as perhaps a placebo effect or just a good sleep that night! Now I know that the RJ was enhancing my brain and it wasn’t just ‘all in my head.’

7. Liver Protection

To be honest, I was not aware that Royal Jelly had liver protective abilities until I read this study. And don’t ever underestimate the importance of keeping your liver healthy – everything you ingest goes through it to be filtered. So your liver is ultra important to your overall health.

Believe me – I’ve met many people with toxic or impaired livers and it is a very challenging health situation which can often lead to liver cancer. Simply drinking tap water today will expose your liver to over 200 toxic compounds alone. This makes the protective effects of Royal Jelly even more important.

Scientists at University of Erciyes in Turkey fed royal jelly to mice that had been given a liver toxin. They found that the administration of royal jelly as a liver protective agent for only 7 days exhibited a marked protective effect on liver tissue from the liver toxin.

6. Inflammation

A tremendous amount of research is now showing that chronic inflammation is one of the root causes of heart disease and other degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers disease, arthritis and even some cancers.

A group of scientists at Hayashibara Biochemical Laboratories in Japan decided to test the anti-inflammatory activity of Royal Jelly. They tested for pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-1. High levels of these compounds indicate high levels of inflammation.

The scientists found that the administration of Royal Jelly suppressed these pro-inflammatory compounds and concluded that RJ has anti-inflammatory actions.

So, if you have a history of heart disease or Alzheimer’s disease in your family or better yet, you’ve had your IL-6 levels tested by your doctor and they are elevated, Royal Jelly is likely an excellent supplement for you.

5. Skin Healing

Scientists at the Department of Pharmacology, Nihon University in Japan set out to discover whether or not Royal Jelly can augment wound healing.

They fed rats various amounts of RJ daily and found that it showed anti-inflammatory activity by decreasing exudation and collagen formation. RJ also shortened the healing period of skin lesions, enough so that the scientists stated that RJ is able to augment wound healing.

This comes as no surprise to those of us who have used royal jelly for skin health over the years. Royal Jelly contains specific nutrients and vitamins that support skin renewal such as flavonoids, nucleic acid, decanoic acid, enzymes, and hormones.

It also contains numerous vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, acetyl-choline and zinc, all of which are excellent for the skin. Studies indicate that the acids found in Royal Jelly contribute to its collagen production and promotion.

Take three 500 mg capsules daily or one quarter teaspoon of fresh royal jelly powder per day to optimize your skin health.

4. Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control

Earlier studies have shown that royal jelly has insulin-like activity. However, there have so far been no clinical trials to support these findings. So, a group of German doctors at the Justus-Liebig University Hospital in Germany had twenty volunteers undergo the standardized oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and afterwards a second OGTT after ingestion of 20 g of royal jelly.

The doctors found that after 2 hours, the serum sugar levels of the 20 volunteers were much lower after taking the 20 g of Royal Jelly than when they didn’t take it.

So, if you have any type of blood sugar issue, try supplementing with RJ. (if you are on insulin or Glucagon, make sure you monitor your levels carefully – RJ will reduce your sugars)

I am prone to blood sugar crashes. After reading this study, I’ve religously taken my Royal Jelly daily and my blood sugar crashed have disappeared.

3. Osteoporosis & Bone Loss

A group of Japanese scientists hypothesized that Royal Jelly may have beneficial effects on osteoporosis.

After conducting a study on both rats and in a test tube, the doctors found that RJ may prevent osteoporosis by enhancing intestinal calcium absorption, making it an effective preventative aid for osteoporosis.

It makes a lot of sense to supplement with Royal Jelly along with your calcium and vitamin D if you are suffering from osteoporosis or have a history of it in your family. According to this study, RJ will enhance your body’s ability to absorb the calcium and in turn deposit it in your bone structure.

2. Breast Cancer

A group of scientists at Kyushu University in Japan looked at the protective effect of Royal Jelly on breast cancer cells.

In the study, the scientists found an anti-environmental estrogen effect of royal jelly. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an environmental estrogen found in many plastics that stimulates the proliferation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells.

The study found that Royal jelly inhibited the growth promoting effect of BPA on breast cancer MCF-7 cells, even though it did not affect the proliferation of cells in the absence of BPA.

We are all exposed to dozens of cancer causing environmental estrogens every day now through our drinking water, our cosmetics, plastics and our food. You may be wise to protect yourself from these cancers with a daily dose of fresh royal jelly.

1. Cholesterol Control

A group of researchers in Japan decided to examine the effects of Royal Jelly on blood cholesterol levels in 15 volunteers.

They gave half the volunteers 6 grams of Royal Jelly per day for 4 weeks. Those taking the RJ saw their total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) decreased significantly compared with those who didn’t get the RJ. HDL (the good cholesterol) levels didn’t change in either group, nor did triglyceride levels.

So, it appears that Royal Jelly lowers bad cholesterol and total cholesterol while not harming good cholesterol levels. Amazing!

If your doctor is telling you to get your cholesterol levels down, perhaps Royal Jelly is a safer, natural option for you.


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The Health and Beauty Benefits of Green Vegetables

Health & Beauty April 3, 2017

April 1, 2017

The Health and Beauty Benefits of Green Vegetables

The other day, my mother asked if we should have waffles for breakfast, and my response shocked even me: “What if we had a salad?” In the weeks since Allure asked me to write about leafy greens, I’ve changed. Once a kale agnostic, I’m now a Devout Kale Orthodox. The kind of person who eats spinach for breakfast and offers unsolicited advice to strangers in line at the salad bar: “You know, romaine is actually healthier than arugula.” (I know, spoiler alert. Just sit tight for a minute.)

All the Good They’re Doing

The more I learned about leafy greens, the more of them I ate, and the more I ate, the more I wanted to eat. “It’s a virtuous cycle,” says Dean Ornish, the president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. “You feel so much better so quickly that it becomes positive reinforcement.” While I can’t say I felt physical changes immediately, the psychological benefits were instantaneous. Nothing makes you feel more superior than pulling out a Tupperware container of collard greens in front of your colleagues. I may have become a zealot, but as cults go, the cult of greens isn’t a bad one to be in. (Although maybe every cult member feels this brand of righteousness?)

It seems like every week there’s a new study telling us that a food we thought was healthy is, in fact, the sole reason for the decline of civilization. But think about the Leafies. There’s a reason you’ve never read a disparaging word about them. Research has shown, over and over again, that there’s practically no anatomical system that doesn’t benefit from more kale, more spinach, more watercress. They lower the risk of heart attack and stroke; they’re linked to lower blood pressure; they keep the digestive tract healthy; they help you see better; they’re protective against many types of cancer; and they even play a role in combating mental decline.

Here’s a gross oversimplification: They have pretty much every nutrient our bodies need, with the exception of protein and fat. But when I suggested to registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot that I might go on an all-green diet, she quickly set me straight: “An average woman would have to eat 50 cups of kale per day to get adequate calories.” OK, so you shouldn’t eat only greens, but they actually are a good source of one kind of fat: omega-3, which is associated with alleviating everything from mood disorders to eczema. Fish is usually the go-to for this essential fatty acid, but omega-3s originally come from greens. Fish get them from eating algae, which, as everyone knows, are the salad of the sea!

One place where greens have been shown to be more beneficial than other vegetables or fruits is in the brain. Scientists are beginning to seriously examine the effects of diet on brain function. What they’re finding is great news for anyone who thought cognitive decline was due to unlucky genes. When Martha Clare Morris, a nutritional epidemiologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, tracked the eating habits and brain health of almost 1,000 adults over five years, she found that those who ate one to two servings of green leafy vegetables per day had the mental abilities of someone 11 years younger than those who didn’t eat greens. “Of all of the different types of vegetables, green leafy appear to be most related to protection against cognitive decline,” says Morris.

So what is it about greens that make them so good for you? It probably has something to do with the tough life of a leaf. Think of the leaf as the engine of the plant: It’s where photosynthesis, the process of turning light into fuel for the plant, occurs. Photosynthesis creates something called reactive oxygen species, which are turbocharged free radicals that wreak havoc in cells. To combat this molecular chaos, leaves produce tons of antioxidants. “Antioxidants put the brakes on those free radicals and keep those electrons from bombarding everything in the plants’ cells,” says Auriel A. Willette, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University. Antioxidants do the exact same thing in our bodies and have been linked to all kinds of health benefits, including protection against cancer and heart disease.

Some of the most well studied are carotenoids, which our bodies convert to vitamin A. The amount of carotenoids correlates to the amount of chlorophyll. So the more chlorophyll you have, the more carotenoids there are. This is why you always hear that the darker green the vegetable, the more nutritious it is — specifically, it’s richer in carotenoids. Among other benefits, carotenoids have been found to accumulate in the eyes and prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. While kale may have the best PR team in the flora kingdom, according to a 2014 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s not even close to the healthiest green. In fact, it’s less nutrient-dense than romaine lettuce. Are you done screaming into the void?

The researchers looked at how much of 17 different nutrients, including vitamins B, C, and K, were in a bunch of “powerhouse” foods. Then they ranked the foods in terms of nutrient density. The big winner was watercress, which has an average of 100 percent of the daily value of each nutrient per 100 grams. Spinach came in fifth with about 86 percent, and poor kale was way down on the list with 49 percent. According to all the experts I spoke to, this doesn’t mean we should shun kale — the study didn’t measure nutrients like carotenoids and flavonoids, in which kale is particularly high. But we should cover our bases by eating a variety of greens, since they’re basically all good for you. Even lowly iceberg lettuce was ranked above almost every fruit on the list. The extreme complexity of food and how it affects our bodies is why it’s hard to get a simple answer on whether greens should be eaten cooked or raw. While cooking at low heat can break down cell walls and make nutrients easier for the body to absorb, many nutrients, especially water-soluble ones, like vitamin C, are lost during cooking. “There’s no simple rule,” says Morris. “I recommend that people try both.”

Juices vs. Smoothies

Tempting as it is to occasionally drink our meals, experts recommend against drinking your greens. There are three basic problems with green juice: First, many of the nutrients in leafy greens, including vitamins A, D, E, and K and carotenoids, are fat-soluble, meaning they are absorbed much more efficiently if consumed with fat, which green juice usually doesn’t contain. Second, the fiber is filtered out, so you’re going to feel hungry again before you finish the bottle. Third, many contain fruit juice, which ramps up the sugar content significantly. “They might contain 30 to 45 grams of carbohydrates,” says Zuckerbrot. “That’s like taking two pieces of Wonder Bread and pouring green juice on top.” These juices will often advertise that they do not have added sugar, but of course, pineapple or apple juice has plenty of sugar on its own. If you must have your greens liquefied, doctors recommend smoothies way over juices. “I would rather have the whole vegetable blended as opposed to having a juice that is filtered,” says Eric Rimm, a professor at Harvard’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health. “Not only are you losing much of the fiber, but probably also some of the micronutrients and other compounds.”

Green Supplements

This idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is also why green supplements are not recommended. “There have been several clinical trials testing supplements where they found that even if you grind up watercress or kale, supplements have either not that much of an effect or no effect at all,” says Willette. In fact, green-food supplements might even be bad for you. While lutein, a type of carotenoid, has been shown to slow the thickening of arteries, taking carotenoids in supplement form not only doesn’t reduce heart disease but in some cases increases heart-related complications.

To bastardize Michael Pollan: Eat greens, all kinds, cooked and raw. And since you’re being so virtuous, make it easy. I hate to cook and I love kale, so I eat a lot of kale salads. I also buy my greens prewashed and chopped. Yes, it’s more expensive, but for me it’s the difference between eating them and letting them wilt in the crisper drawer. The important thing is to get greens into your body by any means necessary, because most likely we are only beginning to understand how good they are for us. Says Ornish: “Study after study shows that when people eat a plant-based diet, they feel better — fast.”

Face Plants

We know that what you eat affects how you look. Studies have shown that diets that are high in antioxidants and low in sugar and fat are associated with fewer wrinkles, less sun-induced skin damage, and even reduced acne. But what about bypassing the whole eating part and rubbing kale right on your face? That’s exactly what companies like Bobbi Brown, Pacifica, and Youth to the People are hoping you’ll do with their new leafy-green-infused serums, moisturizers, masks, and cleansers. The companies claim that antioxidants found in kale, spinach, and Brussels sprouts will make your skin taut, glow-y, and generally youthful. The bottom line from dermatologists: “Vitamin C and vitamin E have been used in skin care forever. Whether the nutrients come from kale or something else, they have the same effect,” says Elizabeth Hale, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. What could potentially set these products apart is that they incorporate the whole food instead of just using individual antioxidants synthesized in a lab. “It’s just like when you eat a whole vegetable. You may be getting more nutrients than we even know about,” says Mona Gohara, a dermatologist at the Yale School of Medicine.

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More on healthy ingredients:

  1. 18 Superfoods for Glowing Skin, According to Dermatologists
  2. Skinny & Fat: 11 Diet Foods That Make You Fat
  3. The Superfood Skin-Care Trend Is Real


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Camera Settings for Concert Photography Beginners

Camera & Photo April 3, 2017

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Camera Settings for Concert Photography Beginners

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Books: New and Noteworthy

Books April 2, 2017


Books: New and Noteworthy

1. Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin (Harper, non-fiction, on sale April 4)

What it’s about: The actor and SNL Trump impersonator writes a memoir that covers his childhood, marriages and the ups and downs of his (currently very hot) career.

The buzz: The publisher promises “fierce frankness” from Baldwin, who also wrote A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce.

2. The Lost Order by Steve Berry (Minotaur, fiction, on sale April 4)

What it’s about: Cotton Malone is on a modern-day hunt for billions in Confederate gold being hidden by a clandestine organization.

The buzz: The last book in the series, The 14th Colony, hit No. 7 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.

3. Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott (Riverhead, non-fiction, on sale April 4)

What it’s about: The author of many books on spirituality writes about the importance of mercy.

The buzz: It’s an Indie Next pick of independent booksellers. “Lamott writes with such refreshing honesty,” says Kristin Beverly of Half Price Books in Dallas.

4. Arnie: The Life of Arnold Palmer by Tom Callahan (Harper, non-fiction, on sale April 4)

What it’s about: A biography of the legendary golfer, who died last year at age 87.

The buzz: A “joyful, definitive biography,” says Publishers Weekly.

5. My Mother’s Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and the Meaning of Life by Peter Gethers (Henry Holt, non-fiction, on sale April 4)

What it’s about: Gethers (The Cat Who Went to Paris) learns to cook for his elderly mother, cookbook author Judy Gethers, after she has a stroke.

The buzz: “An exuberant and entertaining memoir,” says Kirkus Reviews.

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How to recycle old appliances (with little to no effort)

Appliances April 2, 2017


How to recycle old appliances (with little to no effort)



Don’t let those old clunkers go to waste. There are a bunch of ways to give them new life with very little effort.Parts from old appliances can be used to fix new ones.

Landfills take up space, add to the greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and they smell awful. Plus, they will only get bigger if your old refrigerator, oven or washer get sent there when you upgrade to a new one. Thankfully, you can recycle these big appliances instead, and all it takes is a phone call or two.

The easiest way to recycle your old appliance is by buying your new one from a store that offers recycling services. Best Buy, for example, has a program that picks up the old appliance when the new one is delivered for a small fee.

If shopping at major appliance chains isn’t your thing, or you’re not buying a new appliance, go small. Many small appliance companies also offer this service, even if you don’t buy a new appliance from them. I’ve found that small appliance repair shops are the best places to call. Since picking up an old unit is a great way to get free parts for repairing newer units, and it builds a rapport with the community, many shops are more than happy to help if you ask. Some also advertise pickup services in the local newspaper or phonebook, so keep an eye out there, too.

Some utility providers also offer recycling programs. They pickup your old unit and some even put a credit on your account just for doing this.
A few companies that participate in recycling programs are Consumers Energy, Focus on Energy (a partnership with several different Wisconsin utility companies), DTE Energy and Idaho Power. The EPA has a list of providers that offer recycling services here.

If you don’t want to hunt for a program near you, nonprofits like Earth911 and Call 2 Recycle have nifty search tools that can make finding one quick and easy.

Source:  CNET


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Arts & Crafts April 2, 2017


by Heidi


One of the #1 things that people often say to me is, “I would love to make creative projects with my kids, but I’m just not crafty. I don’t even know where to start!” My reply is always, “Trust me…you do NOT need to consider yourself ‘crafty’ to start getting creative with your children!”  There are hundreds upon hundreds of craft projects that you can make with your children that require NO special skills or tools and that take less than half an hour of your time. In fact, most of these 45 quick and easy kids craft project ideas that I’ve rounded up here take less than FIFTEEN minutes to make!

A recent study by Dr. Richard Rende revealed that creative interaction between parents and young children engaging in activities like arts and crafts not only provides immediate and lasting cognitive benefits, but also creates a unique bonding experience, which creates lifelong memories. Taking time to be creative with your children is a topic that I am incredibly passionate about. I know firsthand the benefits that children reap when they are exposed to arts and crafts activities, and in an age where arts are in a decline in the school systems, it is even more important than ever for parents to take the initiative to introduce art activities to their children.

Other key findings of Dr. Rende’s study showed that:

• Arts and crafts engage multiple brain areas simultaneously and
improve bilateral coordination between the left and right sides of
the brain, leading to immediate and future cognitive development.
• Activities like arts and crafts accelerate the development of muscles
in the hands and fingers, improving fine motor skills that are
essential for school success in the earliest formal years.
• Face-to-face interaction in the early years is critical for optimal
social development.
• Arts and crafts promote rich social interactions that help develop
language skills and social cognitive abilities like understanding
• Creative activities are a great way to bond with children and create
lasting memories.

Nearly 90% of the parents surveyed for the study said that they would like to spend more time creating arts and crafts with their children, but they didn’t know where to start or how to carve out the time needed. With this list of quick and simple crafts, I’m hoping that I can show you that there is always time to bond and spend creative time together. It’s SO simple!

46 quick and easy kids crafts that are perfect for beginners:

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How To Stop Your Dog Pulling On The Lead

Pets April 2, 2017


Taking your furry friend out for a leisurely stroll can turn into a tug-of-war if your companion has no leash manners.

We’ve all seen those wonderful well-behaved dogs that walk next to their owners. However, behind that comfortable, care free walk is an owner who has put in some time into training them properly. All it takes is some short training sessions and consistency. With the following guide and 5-10 minutes of training each day, you will soon be enjoying a more relaxing and pleasant walk with your canine companion.


Pulling on the lead is not only uncomfortable for you, but also for your dog. While your arm is getting pulled from its socket, your dog’s neck is suffering. And while harnesses are slightly better, they do allow your dog to pull with their entire body weight. In the absence of a sled to ride on, harnesses do not help you get back in control of your destination.


Choke chains are very traumatic to the neck, so please avoid them. If you do want a ‘cheat’, invest in a halter-style lead such as the Gentle Leader® or Halti®, that fits around the muzzle and back of the head. As the lead is attached underneath the chin, your dog will soon work out that he needs to walk next to you in order to walk in a straight line.

Halti Style Collar

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Try to combine leash-walking with some off-leash time so your dog has some time to enjoy sniffing and going at his own pace. He then knows that when he is on the lead it is time to behave. If your dog doesn’t reliably come on command, find some off-leash dog parks in your area to enjoy.


  • Ensure you have somewhere to train where your dog is not distracted, you can even start in the house or backyard.
  • Keep training sessions short, so that neither of you get frustrated. Training for 5-10 minutes a day is perfect.
  • Find some treats your dog really likes that you can easily carry with you. Train him when he is a little hungry.


  1. Ask your dog to sit next to your left leg, with his shoulder in line with you.
  1. Hold a treat in your hand to get your dogs attention.
  1. Step off with your left leg, while saying ‘heel’.
  1. As soon as he takes off ahead turn around and start walking in the opposite direction.
  1. As soon as your dog catches up and reaches the correct position next to your left leg say ‘heel’ and get his attention with a treat.
  1. Repeat the turn-around each time your dog surges ahead and correct him by saying ‘heel’.
  1. Initially reward him each time he is in the heel position and walking by your side, it also teaches him to look to you for direct ion. As he progresses, get him to walk for a longer period beside you before he gets the treat.
  1. Enjoy your walk and continue intermittently rewarding your dog for paying attention and walking with you. Once the behaviour is established rewards can be in the form of treats, play or just simply a ‘good boy’ when he is doing the right thing.

Check out this great video from the team at RSPCA NSW. It provides a very practical demonstration of the steps and techniques we have outlined above.


  • Keep training sessions short, 5-10 minutes is perfect.
  • Initially train somewhere with few distractions.
  • Use rewards not punishment, and initially reward the correct behaviour immediately with a treat.
  • Remember to enjoy yourself and celebrate the progress you are both making by combining leash-training with some off-leash time.



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The Electron Wheel Turns Any Bike into an Electric Bike

bicycles March 28, 2017

Electron wheel, bicycle, electric

The Electron Wheel Turns Any Bike into an Electric Bike

By: Joey Haar – Oct 17, 2016
References: electronwheel & producthunt

Electric bikes are sustainable modes of transportation that are simply easier to ride than their non-electric counterparts, and the Electron Wheel is an easy way for e-bike converts to join in without having to ditch their old electricity-free rides. The Electron Wheel attaches to any bicycle and instantly turns it into an electric bicycle.The Electron Wheel contains an electric motor that changes bicycles into front-wheel drive vehicles. With the device, riders can use pedal assist to ride smoothly for up to 30 miles, without having to worry about breaking a sweat on their commute. Installation is also simple with the Electron Wheel — most consumers should be able to set it up in 30 seconds or less.The wheel also connects to an app that offers various tracking features like distance traveled, speed monitoring, assist levels and route mapping.

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