Children Related Damage Ruining Your Ride? 3 Steps to Make Your Car Look Good As New
Jun30

Children Related Damage Ruining Your Ride? 3 Steps to Make Your Car Look Good As New

Whether you drive the standard mommy minivan or you are riding in an old-school convertible, your car is going to be a big part of your day to day life. That’s why the cleanliness of your car is so important. Unfortunately, as most parents know, the second you introduce a kid into the car, any hopes of keeping it clean and stain free go out the finger-print covered window. Make no mistake, children are often a blessing and a joy, but that tiny fraction of time when they are not, they are a whirlwind of mess and destruction like something out of an L. Frank Baum novel. While most messes are easy enough to clean, sometimes stains and tears do happen. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with the damage to your car forever. If you are looking to give your car some new life, here are three steps you can take to improve the interior on a budget. Step 1: DIY Seats Repair Professionally replaced seats can cost as much as $200 dollars, and often times cheap seat covers can look ill-fitting or simply out of place with the rest of your car. For almost nothing, you can purchase an upholstery needle and high strength thread so that you can easily mend the tear in most fabrics. Or you can opt for patching. Step 2: Steam the Carpets Believe it or not, you can purchase car carpets tailor-made to fit any car no matter the make, model, and year as far back as the mid-1940s. However, if you’d rather not replace your carpets entirely, most stains can be lifted with a good steam cleaning. Even most deeply set in stains can be lifted this way. Step 3: Cover the Cracks In older cars, the sun can and often will cause cracks in your dashboard. Unfortunately, there is no way to fix these problems outright, but there is a clever way around the problem. Find some suede or other fabric that matches with the rest of the car’s interior and cut out a piece that can effectively cover the dashboard. Affix it with velcro or a liquid adhesive and your problem is suddenly a charming design feature. Your car is a haven, a safe and happy ferry for you and your beloved children. But for the frugal mom, it can seem like you are helpless against the wear and tear your children inflict on your car. Hopefully, these three tips can help make your car look good as...

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Grapes Are Good For Your Teeth, Researchers Say

Grapes are being revered as the newest treatment against tooth decay. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry has found that grape seed extract can toughen dentin, the tissue in the tooth beneath its hard external enamel. Scientists believe that this discovery could prevent tooth decay and tooth loss as the grape seed extract is said to strengthen the tooth from the inside out. This is also good news for patients with fillings, as the grape seed extract can increase the longevity of composite resin fillings. These specific fillings are the most popular choice in the world of dentistry, as they are made to be the same color of the tooth to look more natural. However, they can be quite expensive, and many patients opt out of choosing this method simply due to the cost. But, by using this method, the grape seed extract will be able to bond with materials used to make fillings in order to make them stronger. Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, a dental professor at the University of Chicago explains to the Daily Mail how exactly this process works. “When fillings fail, decay forms around it and the seal is lost. We want to reinforce the interface, which will make the resin bond better to the dentin. The interface can be changed through the use of new natural materials.” Experts believe that this discovery can be exceptionally beneficial concerning the alarming rate of tooth decay and poor dental hygiene in the United States. More and more Americans are suffering from lack of proper dental hygiene, especially children. In fact, more than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they enter kindergarten. How the grape seed extract works is simple — when someone consumes foods and drinks high in sugar, the bacteria in plaque produce harmful acid that breaks down the enamel of the tooth. This is how cavities are formed, making the tooth’s dentin vulnerable, leading to the need for fillings. The grape seed extract will be able to help this damaged dentin repair itself while also binding to the resins used in fillings and making the tooth stronger all together. While there are no reports on how grape seed extract will be applied to the tooth, the researchers are hopeful that this discovery will change the world of cavity treatment in...

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Louisville Marriott To Receive Grand Renovations Totaling $30 Million
Jun29

Louisville Marriott To Receive Grand Renovations Totaling $30 Million

Working on large scale construction requires a lot of safety measures, especially when the building in question is several hundred feet tall. In general, it is required to have fall protection 10 feet above a lower level to protect workers. So when working on something like a hotel undergoing a total renovation, it’s extremely important to have some protection. Which is what exactly what’s happening in Louisville, KY, where the Marriott Hotel is set to undergo renovations totaling a massive $30 million. The hotel is only 12 years old, yet this is the second renovation it will have undergone in that time period. According to the hotel managers and owners, the plan is to add new food and beverage concepts, new guest rooms, a ballroom, and several meeting spaces by the end of the project. David Greene, Louisville Marriott Downtown General Manager, told bizjournals.com that, “Every inch of the hotel will be reimagined.” The work is planned to be completed by August 2018, and the hotel to open in time with the completion of the $209 million renovations and expansions of the Kentucky International Convention Center. The company hopes that the expansions on the Marriott will allow it to compete with the 30-story Omni Louisville Hotel, which is slated to open by spring of next year. Greene told a small crowd at a Friday morning news conference that the renovations would come in chunks, starting with the ballroom. There will also be more technology added for meetings, banquets, and conferences, specifically in the ballroom itself. Some of the renovations include replacing their two restaurants, the Champions Sports Bar and Grille and the Blu Italian Grille, by the end of the year. Greene said most of the ingredients at the new locations will be sourced from “local farms and companies.” “The sports bar concept is played out. We want something more contemporary and comfortable.” Greene reported to bizjournals.com. The new guestrooms and the current ones will receive a lot of updates, including replacing tubs with more modern, walk-in showers and spacious barn-style doors added to the bathrooms. Greene also stated that hardwood finishes will be replacing carpeting in the rooms and that the internet bandwidth in the rooms will also be increased. The Marriott will remain open during the renovations, with two to three floors closed at a time at least until the grand...

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Indiana Christian Private School At Center Of Private School Debate
Jun28

Indiana Christian Private School At Center Of Private School Debate

There are 33,619 private schools in the United States, which serve nearly 5.4 million students. But all of these students and their families could be impacted by decisions in the White House over the next few months concerning private school vouchers. The Trump Administration, particularly Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is seeking to institute a Federal School Choice program, and they are looking to Indiana for guidance. The state has the largest and most aggressive voucher program in the country. Now, supporters hope that DeVos can learn from both the successes of the Indiana program and its failures. An editorial published this June in Fort Wayne’s News-Sentinel reads: “The largest pitfall looming has to do with a private school’s continued ability to operate under its own philosophical tenets and its duty to adopt the norms and values of the public sector from which it accepts money. How much can it change and still be true to its mission? How much must it change as a condition of accepting public funding?” Specifically, the newspaper cites the case of Lighthouse Christian Academy in Bloomington, Indiana, which has come under fire for their policies on their ability to potentially discriminate based on sexual orientation. The school was founded in the early 1990s by parents that wanted to get an affordable, Christian education for their children. The school’s officials say they’ve never turned anyone away based on sexual orientation, but that they should have that right because of the core Christian tenants of the school. Following biblical rules, the school brochure states that the Bible does not allow “any form of sexual immorality,” and that if a student’s home life violates biblical rule, the school can deny them admission or expel them. Brian Bailey, an attorney serving as the school’s spokesman, said that the government cannot regulate the actions of a private institute. “Parents are free to choose which school best comports with their religious convictions. For a real choice and thus real liberty to exist, the government may not impose its own orthodoxy and homogenize all schools to conform to politically correct attitudes and ideologies.” Former Lighthouse student Mary Wegener states that some of her classmates were gay and treated with love and care, but also encouraged to “flee from these sins.” She agreed with the sentiment expressed by Bailey. “If they (Lighthouse) are going to be a Christian school, they can’t conform to everything else, because then that would be a private school that knocked out the Christian name,” Wegener told the News-Sentinel. As the Trump Administration considers expanding the voucher program to the national level, it’s all but certain that similar...

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Weddings Are Growing In Expense – Here’s The Break Down
Jun26

Weddings Are Growing In Expense – Here’s The Break Down

For those young couples out there, or even older ones that found love again, a wedding might be on the table, at least until the bill comes due. Weddings are getting more and more expensive as time moves forward, with some estimates stating that they cost almost double what they did 10 years ago. According to a newly released 10-year comparison study done by wedding planning site WeddingWire, these large spendings can be attributed to more lavish and extravagant weddings being planned, though the guest list size and the income of the couples have stayed almost the same. The study revealed that 10 years ago couples spent $16,000 on a wedding with an average of 110 guests; today that number has climbed to $28,000 with an average of 124 guests. Catering generally makes up a large part of that bill, and according to statistics, nearly 20% to 25% of the average catering bill will be dedicated to alcohol. Research collected for the study from nearly 15,000 couples who married in either 2016 or 10 years prior shows more is being asked of guests as well. Ten years ago, only 8% of couples and their wedding parties left their home state, now nearly 34% do so. According to those surveyed, couples tend to feel the same pressure to have the “perfect” wedding day as they did 10 years ago (64% compared to 63% 10 years ago), but now nearly 40% feel pressured by the media around them to have the “perfect” wedding. Social media sites are likely to blame as they allow the pictures to be shared widely. WeddingWire Trend Expert Anne Chertoff said that the pressures of social media sites are a large driving force behind the growing spending, as technology has become so much more prevalent. “Websites like WeddingWire, Insta feeds, Pinterest, there are so many images bombarding brides and grooms,” Chertoff said. However, she notes that despite the fact that weddings are getting more and more expensive and extravagant, some traditions remain the same no matter what. “Every wedding for a hundred years or more has had the same elements, [the bride] is probably going to wear a dress, most likely white, they are going to cut a cake … those traditional elements are not going...

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