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The Ultimate E-Cigarettes Buying Guide for 2016

E-cigarettes are a popular tool for smokers wanting to quit and have helped many to leave cigarettes behind. Unfortunately, the vast number of e-cigarettes on the market can make choosing one a confusing and time-consuming task. It is therefore important to educate yourself on the different types of vaping devices. When choosing an e-cigarette, three things should be considered when making your decision: your budget, the amount of experience you have with vaping products and the size of the device.

The Different Types of Vaping devices

Basic E-Cigarettes
The most widely known e-cigarettes are those sold in convenience stores and that are designed to look and feel like tobacco cigarettes. These compact devices (sometimes called “cigalikes”) rely on smaller batteries. They are often disposable and serve as an introduction to the world of vaping for many people. These devices tend to be relatively inexpensive but come with a couple of major downsides. One of those is due to their smaller batteries. Smaller batteries have reduced capacity. Lower capacity means that the battery will have a shorter life, which can be frustrating for heavy users. Disposable devices also cannot be refilled and in some cases, cannot be recharged.

Advanced Vaping Devices
Users who are dissatisfied with the smaller cigalikes often upgrade to advanced devices and those can be grouped into two categories: regulated and unregulated. Both of these categories are recommended only for experienced vapers. Advanced vaping devices typically come with larger batteries in the form of one or more 18650 cells, or lipo packs.

• Unregulated
These devices have been popular for a long time and exist in two form factors: tube devices that typically use one battery and box devices (“box mods”) that allow multiple batteries to be used in a parallel or serial configuration. They are cost effective and allow the user to take advantage of the power that larger batteries can provide. More power means thicker, more flavorful vapor and a stronger nicotine hit. Multiple batteries in parallel can provide longer vaping time without the need to recharge. The downsides of unregulated mods include the fact that they have no safety features in the event of short circuits or overheating and that the user has no control over the power provided by the batteries.

• Regulated
Regulated devices provide users with a range of safety features including short circuit and overheating protection. They also allow users to increase or decrease wattage and thus alter the flavor and density of the vapor. Recently, temperature controlled devices have become popular with many regulated devices allowing users to set their preferred temperature. Regulated devices are typically more expensive than unregulated devices.

The atomizer is the part of the e-cigarette that actually produces the vapor. There is a wide variety when it comes to these as well. They range from the cartridges typically seen on cigalikes to tank systems and dripping atomizers used on advanced devices. Factors that should be considered when choosing an atomizer include the resistance of the heating coil and the e-liquid capacity. Atomizer resistances range from below 1 ohm (recommended for experienced users only) to 1.5 ohms or above. Coil selection is especially important when using unregulated devices as a low-resistance coil could place too great a load on the battery potentially causing it to fail. In some cases, battery failure can result in harm to the user.


How to Pair the Perfect Wine With Your Event

There is a very special occasion on the horizon, and you want to celebrate it with the perfect choice in select wines. Wine pairing has never come easy to you, but you are willing to learn all of the ins and outs of this industry. Some factors you may want to consider when making these decisions include the:

Type of Event
The type of wines you select may depend on the type of function that is being held. If it is an anniversary or retirement, an assortment of reds, whites, and champagne may be in order. A barbecue or picnic may require a light chardonnay and a pinot noir. A Mexican buffet would definitely call for a special sangria. A cocktail party would not be complete without bubbling prosecco passed in elegant flutes.

The menu would also be a determining factor of which wines to serve. If it is a sit-down dinner, a light sauvignon blanc with the appetizer and salad would be a perfect start. The guests could then be offered a chardonnay or cabernet paired with their main entree’. Dessert wines or champagne would help finish off the incredible meal on a high note. An assortment of ports and cigars could be offered later in the evening.

Number of Guests
The number of guests attending may be a deciding factor also, especially if you are working with a budget. Watch for wine specials so you can get the very best deal for the money you have. Speak with a local wine representative, and inquire as to the best wines to purchase at the very best price.

Type of Guests
Determine the tastes and preferences of the majority of your guests. Some may be more sophisticated drinkers than others. It may be that you need to offer both cocktails and a wine bar. Or some of your guests may prefer a combination of beer and wine. Take a step back, and analyze what would work best with the crowd you have attending the event, and make your choices from there.

Time of Year
If this is a summer function, light pinot grigios and sauvignon blancs will be the perfect choices. In the fall and winter, the heavier merlots and cabs seem to take the lead in party favorites.

Wine pairing does not have to be intimidating or challenging. Stay abreast of all the changes in the wine world by attending wine tastings, wine dinners, and reading current wine magazines and books. Ask questions about the vintages you are being served while at parties or in restaurants. It is amazing how much you can learn about this subject in just a short time. Realize though, wine trends change rapidly, and you need to stay abreast of all the newest and latest in vintages if you are to be ready to plan events and parties in the future.

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Five Tips to Consider When Seeking A Car Loan

It’s not just about the cost of the vehicle when you’re buying a car. That’s a big part of it, of course, but just as important is getting a good deal on your car loan.

The important thing to remember is to do your homework. Combining your own research with these following tips can help you negotiate the most favorable loan.

1. Shop Your Loan Separately

Begin the loan application process even before you choose the exact car and begin negotiating the best price. This means shopping loans with credit unions, banks and online lenders. In many cases, online banks have had the best loan rates, while smaller banks can also be very competitive. Meanwhile, credit unions tend to come in even lower than many banks.

2. Check Your Credit Reports

Make sure to get a credit report from the three major credit reporting agencies – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. Because you don’t know which report the lender will use, you’ll want to give yourself time to clean up any mistakes on all three reports. It also doesn’t hurt to check your credit scores – through sites such as CreditKarma, to give yourself an idea where you stand. The good news is, with an auto loan you usually have a little more leeway with your credit score.

3. Choose a Shorter Loan

As the price of cars has gone up, car loans have gotten longer – with financing for as long as eight or nine years. The longer the loan, the lower the monthly payment, but it will also drive up your total cost in the long run. Why? Because the longer loans tend to have higher interest rates. Experts say to limit your loan to two years if possible, because that’s the optimal time to pay off a loan. Your monthly payments will be more, but you’ll get out of debt faster.

4. Rejection Isn’t a Bad Thing

Don’t despair if you’re rejected for a car loan. That rejection means that the lender didn’t think you could pay back your car loan – which in the long run may save you from getting into more debt that you can handle. This allows you to reassess your budget and determine what you can truly afford over the life of the loan, not just monthly. You may decide to buy a less expensive car, or save money for a larger down payment.

5. Limit Your Loan Shopping

While it pays to be thorough and shop around, it may be in your best interest to limit your shopping for a shorter period, like two weeks. Remember, every time you apply for a loan, whether it’s accepted or rejected, your credit score goes down. Why two weeks? Because if you submit all of your applications in a two-week period, they count as only one inquiry.



Five Inspiring Ways a T-Shirt Can Help Your Charity

1. Design Contest

Begin spreading the word about your charity by launching a
logo or t-shirt design contest. Your message will be out into the public before the first t-shirt is even printed.

Many local papers have a place where charities can put in an ad at no charge. Call art schools, high schools and art centers. Offer publicity to the artist who wins the t-shirt logo contest. Offer a prize of dinner for two at a good restaurant. Find a restaurant owner who also wants some publicity. He donates the prize dinners and you do the press releases.

2. Use the New T-Shirts to Spread the Message About Your Cause

When people wear your t-shirts out into the community, there will be a heighted awareness of your mission. The logo should be simple, attractive and easily recognizable over time. If there are words with your logo, strive to make them a memorable slogan. If it’s catchy or funny, owning one of your t-shirts will be very popular.

3. T-Shirts are Wonderful Fundraising Items

T-shirts have long been a fundraising staple. Determine if your t-shirts will be in one background color with a contrasting logo color or in a wide variety of colors. Sometimes the mission itself will help make that determination. If your charity caters to women, then pinks, yellow and pastels will be your best sellers. If your charity also helps men, then blacks, browns, maroon and navy are the popular colors with them. Be sure that the logo will appeal to the widest number of people who will buy your t-shirts to support your cause.

Online companies, such as the
Pay It Forward Foundation, are experts in making t-shirts that promote worthy causes. They offer regular neck t-shirts for men and v-neck t-shirts for women.

4. Use Your T-Shirts as Gifts and Prizes

People love to get free stuff. T-shirts are often given as gifts or prizes. Increase the buzz about your charity when people who have donated time or money to your charity are seen wearing your logo. This is an inexpensive way for you charity’s brand and cause to go viral.

5. Use T-Shirts to Promote Your Brand

Encourage staff and organization members to wear their t-shirts whenever participating in the charity’s function. It gives the public a sense of solidarity and support for your cause. Also encourage them to sell the shirts to raise much-needed money for the cause.

T-shirts also helps to brand your charity. The more often people see your t-shirt and logo, the more they will come to recognize your organization. Credibility will build as people become accustomed to seeing your logoed t-shirts in various places.

Consider the New York Times t-shirts. This company has an apparel line or t-shirts, ball caps and sweatshirts. Your charity may decide to do the same thing.

Take a picture of a famous person wearing your t-shirt, put the picture on facebook and let the world tap into your cause.


Family-Centered vs. Regular Home Plans: How They Differ

When building a home, the layout is the most crucial piece of the puzzle. Builders and planners must take into account the natural resources like light, the plot the home is located on, and how to protect it from the elements, but they must also take into consideration what the family needs. One trend gaining in popularity with homeowners and developers is to scrap traditional home layouts with formal single purpose rooms, and to create a family centered home plan. This takes into account the specific needs of a family to make a home that is uniquely tailored to their needs and values while giving them room to grow.

One hallmark of a family centered home plan is versatility and accommodation of multi-generational living. With more families recognizing the economic and social value of living with extended family, the need for more open and larger space becomes essential. Planners must take into account the ages and accessibility needs of the home dwellers to design spaces that all can enjoy.

Traditional or regular home plans built in a different era do not always allow for handicap accessibility or open spaces to accommodate large groups. They often utilize a tighter layout and reserve precious square footage for single use formal rooms like parlors, living rooms or dining rooms which do not often see day to day usage. Traditional or regular home layouts are worth still considering, especially when preserving historical properties, if the homeowners are living in a traditional nuclear family, or if they want delineated spaces. Regular plans have a definite traditional aesthetic appeal and offer more options for variety in decorating possibilities as well as soundproofing options.

Family centered rooms are multi-purpose open spaces designed for all occasions and are designed in open-floor plan style to make use of the space to allow for big groups like birthday parties, as well as intimate breakfasts and family game nights.
Family centered design first began in the mid twentieth century, social changes were afoot and gender and family roles were being radically redefined, which impacted how the home was designed.  The history on mid century home building revolution and how it got started in one state .

Twenty first century family-centered design focuses on practicality and durability of the materials used, with a minimalist twist. For an idea of how homeowners develop their design choices while incorporating multi generational living quarters, that showcases the aesthetic. The article quotes the homeowners and explores their building material and design choices in detail.

Many families are now drifting away from living alone and into living in blended family situations, homes so having a space planned to accommodate everyone living there- from babies and young children to seniors and pets – is vastly important when designing layout.


Ideas for Fun Wedding Entertainment

Weddings are undeniably fun, but some couples like to take their wedding entertainment to the next level. These nine ideas will ensure you have a wedding that no one will ever forget.

1. Take a Walk Down Memory Lane

Create a gallery of photos – a visual memory lane. Hang pictures of the bride and groom, along with their friends and family. This will serve as a great conversation starter among guests.

2. Offer Dance Lessons

Hire a professional dance company to give dance lessons to your guests. Ask them to come up with a group dance that they can teach everyone at once. Or, ask them to teach guests an ethnic dance that plays homage to your background.

3. Offer Party Games

Just like at a bridal shower or baby shower, you can have cute games at your wedding. In front of each place setting, put a bridal Mad Libs or a crossword puzzle. Consider having your wedding stationery double as a game. For example, you can have a word search printed on the back of the dinner menus or an, “Advice for the Couple” card on the back of drink coasters. 4. Make Like a Kid

Who doesn’t love kids’ games? Make your wedding extra fun by renting video games, a popcorn machine, air hockey and a ping pong table.

5. Hire the Right DJ

Your DJ can make or break your wedding. To make sure you’re hiring one with the right energy for your crowd, check them out in action. Your reception venue will let you peek in while the DJ is hosting another wedding.

6. Hire a Food Truck

Add to the spread at your wedding by hiring a food truck for an hour or so. Ask for an ice cream truck, taco truck or crepe truck to make their way to your reception venue at a certain time.

7. Setup a Make-Your-Own Cocktail Bar

If the bride and groom are foodies, having a DIY drink bar will be fun for everyone. Let everyone make their own martini, Bloody Mary or margarita. You can also have beer taps setup so people can sample different brews.

8. Play College Party Games

As the wedding’s winding down, gather your buddies and play a game of Flip Cup or Beer Pong. So long as you have one long table, a couple of ping pong balls and a lot of red cups, you’ll have everything you need. After all, you already sprung for the open bar, so you know you’ll have plenty of beer!

9. Send Everyone on a Scavenger Hunt

Give your guests a checklist of items to find. In between noshing on delicious food and mingling with each other, they’ll be keeping their eyes peeled for your items. To encourage some healthy competition, offer a prize to the first one who finds or collects everything.


6 Moving Hacks You Need to Know

Anyone who has moved is aware of the amount of work and preparation that is involved when relocating to a new area. From packing up all of your personal belongings to transporting everything safely, it can be a difficult process that is time-consuming. For those who want to enjoy a smoother process, there are a few moving hacks to take advantage of.

1. Load the Mattress in the Truck Last

After packing all of the boxes and furniture into the moving truck, make it a point to load the mattress in last in an upright position before closing the door. It can also be laid on the top of all of the boxes without taking up too much room. This helps to add extra packing in the truck to prevent anything from breaking or shifting as it’s being transported. It also allows you to have something to sleep on if you’re traveling overnight to your destination.

2. Slide Clothes Into Garbage Bags

Instead of spending extra time removing each garment off of the hanger and packing it in boxes, you can keep the clothes on the hangers and group them together. Slide a garbage bag over 10 different garments for and easy way of rehanging them when you arrive at your new home.

3. Use the Same Size of Boxes

You may begin to collect different cardboard boxes when preparing to move or are prone to purchase different ones at the store throughout the month, but it’s important to use the same sizes of boxes when packing your belongings, according to This will make them easier to stack them when loading each one into the moving truck. Boxes that are all uniform and fit securely in the truck are less likely to fall or move around when they’re transported.

4. Use Colored Masking Tape for Each Room

One of the main challenges that comes with moving is determining which room each box should be placed in once arriving at the new property. Organize the packing process by using different colors of masking tape for each room, which will make it easier for everyone to find what they need more efficiently, according to

5. Wrap Your Dishes in Clothes

Kill two birds with one stone by wrapping your dishes and glassware in clothes or linens that you already plan to pack. This can save money on bubble wrap and will prevent having to use more boxes to pack all of your personal belongings.

6. Pack Heavy Items in Rolling Suitcases

It can be difficult to lift heavy items and boxes when you’re in the middle of the moving process, making it important to pack heavy boots, books, and weights in rolling suitcases that are easy to transport. This will make it easy to roll the suitcase out of the home instead of carrying it when loading it up in a car or moving truck, according to


5 Innovative Skin Care Techniques that the Pros Learn

Everyone is chasing youthful, glowing skin, but it seems difficult to catch. There is a lot of conflicting information out there that can make choosing the right skincare routine difficult. This list contains five innovative skincare techniques dermatologists learn that are so good they use them in their own routines.

1. Sun Protection

While this isn’t exactly groundbreaking or innovative, it is, without question, the most important skincare technique the pros learn. The first and last thing any dermatologist will tell you is to protect your skin from sun damage.

Reapplying sunscreen every few hours can be tedious, though, so the Mayo Clinic offers a few alternatives to stay protected. An especially innovative sun protection technique is to introduce a powdered sunscreen for touch-up applications. The lightweight coverage won’t mess up any other makeup or products on your face.

2. Facial Mists

Facial mists can do everything from moisturizing parched skin to soothing angry red patches. This innovative skincare trick is a quick and simple way to give your skin a little more glow throughout the day. They are designed to deliver an ultra-fine spritz of product for better absorption and to help prevent makeup from running.

Facial mists can be purchased or created at home, according to many dermatologists. Ones formulated with spring water or mineral water will deliver extra goodness to your skin, while those created at home allow you to customize the ingredients according to your skin’s needs.

3. Retinol Creams

Retinol is a proven anti-aging powerhouse that also offers long-term benefits of increased cell turnover. Dermatologists love these products so much that they regularly incorporate them into their own routines. even notes that Oprah and her most trusted doctor friends keep them on hand for their own routines.

The secret to this technique is to apply it at night alongside a good collagen cream, because these products work best as a pair.

4. Bedside Baskets

Pros know that sticking to a routine is critical for maintaining youthful skin, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. The most creative technique for sticking to your routine is doing it in bed. Keep a basket or container on your nightstand with your most crucial products, that way no matter how tired you are, your skincare is within reach.

Another helpful hint from the pros is to keep a pack of gentle baby wipes and cleansing water in the basket for the nights you don’t want to stand at the sink at all.

5. Exercise

Innovative and health-conscious dermatologists alike all agree that various forms of exercise are the best skincare technique they ever learned.

To improve circulation and get a lasting glow, one professional recommends yoga. To keep the rest of your body as youthful as your face, another doctor recommends strength training to maintain muscle tone and combat sagging. Another trick to combat sagging is low-impact exercise like cycling.

These five innovative skincare secrets from the pros will help you finally catch that elusive, young, healthy glow again.


3D Projects: Which 3D Product is Right for You?

When it comes to starting a 3-D project, you can save a lot of time and money by choosing the right product from the beginning. To start with, there are quite a few free programs and programming libraries to use whether you’re creating a 3-D film, game or commercial or printing 3-D objects with a computer. It doesn’t take long to learn what you need to know about the 3-D products on the market, and you can get started right away by reading this list.


Blender is a free, open-source 3-D modeling program that allows you to create any type of virtual world you can imagine. It can be used to make still images as well as animations, and you can take advantage of the internal physics engine for game development. If you plan to create mesh models for your 3-D printer, Blender allows you to import and export files for your printing application, so you can easily edit your mesh before sending it to your printer.

You can basically think of Blender as a free alternative to professional programs like Maya and 3-D Studio Max. It has a comprehensive feature set that is expanded every time a new release is deployed. If you’re a game developer, you can import your game world and characters to the Blender viewport and use the powerful editing tools to change anything you need to edit in your file. It’s also easy to export the finished product to an external game development framework such as Unity3D or Unreal.


Unity is another free product that makes 3-D programming a lot easier. You can use it for free if you want to make games for desktop computers, but if you plan to use it for mobile games or other platforms, you’ll need to buy a license. With this visual development framework, you can actually see your game world as you develop the software code, saving a significant amount of time and easily offsetting the cost of a license. Other similar frameworks include CryEngine, Unreal and UDK.

DIY 3-D Printing Kits

You can save hundreds or possibly thousands by building your own 3-D printer from the pieces in a kit. These printers usually come with open-source software that’s compatible with programs like Blender and Z-Brush, but it’s important to read reviews about a product before spending your money. Some printers produce better results than others, and some printers are more convenient to use than others. Features to pay attention to include the type of plastic a printer uses and how difficult it is to replace the filament. Some printers can be improved with a simple modification.

As computing power becomes cheaper and software becomes more powerful, 3-D programs and printers will become more common and user-friendly. The learning curve is fairly steep when it comes to 3-D modeling and programming, but anyone can do it with a little determination. If you have an interest in sculpting or game development, take a look at some of the great products available for free.

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3 Ways to Teach the Importance of Recycling to Children

Modern society has created a world based on convenience, which has increased the amount of waste that is created from paper, plastic, and other material. Waste is becoming an issue that’s hard to ignore, with large garbage patches floating in the Pacific Oceans, and animals being harmed by trash. This is why it’s important to teach children about environmental friendly practices, such as recycling, so that the future generations can have respect for the planet, and help reverse the trend of waste. Here are three ways to teach children the importance of recycling.

Educate them.

This is the most important thing you can do to teach the importance of recycling to children. If they don’t know what is going on, then they will be less likely to care or take action. Teach them about the planet and it’s inhabitants, about ecosystems and plant life, and how waste and pollution can destroy these things. Take them to public parks or other areas where there is litter, and explain how this can make animals sick if they eat them, or hurt if they get caught in plastic or other waste.

Teach them about recycling, and how it works. Take a trip to a recycling factory and let them see the process. Show them examples of things that are made from recycled material. You can also take them to a dump or landfill, where they will see firsthand how much stuff people waste and throw away, which just accumulates into giant piles. It may be unflattering to the senses, but could be an effective way to get the point across.

Make it fun.

Since educating them on this subject can be serious and somewhat sobering, you can keep it light by showing them creative ways to recycle. Do some research and find fun ways to use trash for arts, crafts, and building things. Some examples of this are using egg cartons for planting seeds or for organizational trays, paper towel and toilet paper rolls for creating binoculars or instruments, and empty jars for snow globes or other projects. Show them that with a little imagination, recycling can be fun and easy.

Be a role model.

It’s hard to try to instill values in a small child if you are not practicing what you preach. So be a recycling role model for everyone. Instead of throwing out things after a few uses, learn to up-cycle old clothing, or donate to charity. Use your electronics for a few years before replacing, instead of rushing out to grab the latest model. Set up recycle bins in your home with labels for paper, plastic, and cans, and follow through with dividing up trash so that you reduce waste in your home. Make it part of the family’s routine, so your children will see that it’s important to you. This will make them more eager to understand and join you in recycling and helping preserve the planet.

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