Company Sells $650 ‘Thought Box’, Gets Shredded By Internet
Feb11

Company Sells $650 ‘Thought Box’, Gets Shredded By Internet

This week is a special edition of a series we like to call what won’t humans buy? The answer is there is nothing we won’t buy. There’s always someone out there looking for something to burn cash on. That’s why sites like This Is Why I’m Broke exist. We’ll buy anything and the internet has everything. Men and women are near equally guilty of embezzlement, with women tipping the stealing scale at 51%, but some products cause us to wonder at what point the sale of a “product” becomes robbery. In our internet perusal, we came across some pretty robbery-worthy products for purchase, but there was one thing that really got our attention. It’s called Thought Box. Briefly at a loss for words, we’ll use the product description the website provides. “Alone at last! The Thought Box is an original and curious piece of furniture that promotes mental efficiency in the user. Simply lift up the seat by the handle, thus freeing the unit, then sit on the stool and place the box on your head,” the description reads. A stool and a black box to put over your head. You know, to sit and think undisturbed. Cotton is a lightweight fabric that’s breathable and easy to wash, making it a pretty simple yet universally useful material. If you weren’t convinced by the Thought Box’s concept that it has the versatility of a staple like cotton, perhaps the make and included accessories can sway your opinion. “It is intended as a personal space in which to simply think. Comes complete with earplugs and 5 interchangeable (and washable) colored filters – chose a filter to suit your mood,” the Thought Box boasts. Ah, yes, the five washable filters of varying colors totally sold us. Let’s add it to our cart. Wait. It costs about $650 without shipping fees. They even note that the item is a limited edition with only 10 in stock. Perhaps there’s a reason it hasn’t sold out. Tough to tell definitively. It’s important to repair screens with holes to keep mosquitoes and other pests out and all we can think of this product as being is an incredibly expensive mosquito net for camping. For that price, it should certainly have more than one use. Collect your thoughts, keep out bugs. Plenty of people love hiking and camping to collect their thoughts, but what do we know? Predictably, Twitter got ahold of this and had an absolute riot with it. One person wondered if they’d also sell a jar to hold the thoughts collected from using the Thought Box. Another said it was a decent reflection space for people to think about the dumb purchase they’d just made. Finally, another succinctly pointed out the...

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10 Easy Fixes and No-Sew Hacks to Help Clothes Live Longer
Feb08

10 Easy Fixes and No-Sew Hacks to Help Clothes Live Longer

Many of us love the feeling of a great outfit. We all know that one shirt that makes us feel instantly professional, or those pants that make us feel a foot taller. Damaging or staining such a beloved item can feel like losing a friend— devastating. And, since the average American spends a whopping $1,800 on clothing a year, ruining too many pieces of clothing can be surprisingly expensive. If you’ve recently ruined a favorite garment, or if you’re looking to save money on your wardrobe, read on. Here are 10 clever repair tricks to help your clothes live a bit longer. Save a button with clear nail polish. Just a dab will prevent the thread from unraveling until you have time to sew it properly. No shoe polish? Try moisturizer. The oils in the moisturizer will give materials like leather and faux leather fresh shine and suppleness. Deodorize smelly gym sneakers by sprinkling a bit of baking soda in them after each use. Baking soda mixed with lemon juice also makes a great scrub for eliminating pit stains. Do your stockings have a run? Stop the split temporarily with clear nail polish. Spritzing the thin fabric with hair spray can also help prevent tears before they start. If your sweater has started pilling, try using a razor. The blade can shave away unsightly tufts of fraying fabric in a flash. Many swear by baby wipes as a method of removing deodorant stains. Simply rub the white spots until they disappear! Try using shaving cream to lift makeup and foundation stains off of a hemline. Blot the stained area with the cream, then toss in the wash. Baking soda really is a miracle ingredient. Use a toothbrush and a paste made of baking soda and water to whiten grimy sneakers. Nothing wrecks your day like stepping your favorite shoes in a wad of gum. To pull the stuff out of your tread, press ice against the area for 20 minutes. The gum should harden enough to be removed with ease. With so many ways to wreck an outfit, looking your best can be a chore. Try any of these smart tips to help your clothes last a little longer. With these clever hacks, no rip, stain, or loose thread will ruin your day...

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Living In An Accessory Dwelling Unit: Important Aspects to Consider
Feb08

Living In An Accessory Dwelling Unit: Important Aspects to Consider

In the United States, secondary suites are technically referred to as accessory dwelling units or ADUs. These ADUs are legally built within or on the same lot as an existing home or apartment. These living spaces provide complete independent living facilities including kitchens, bathrooms, and private entryways. There are, however, certain legal requirements that property owners need to be aware of when it comes to secondary living spaces. In order to qualify as a finished living space, a basement must meet legal egress requirements for safe escape or easy entry of rescue teams during emergencies. Many home fire deaths occur when residents are attempting to get to the interior exits, but toxic smoke and extremely heats can lead to disorientation during these emergency situations. Legal egress requirements include having windows that adhere to International Residential Code (IRC) criteria, emergency exiting plans, and fire escapes. Places to safely exit are fundamental for accessory units and each home or apartment needs a minimum of two points of egress. In addition to basement and ADU egress requirements and emergency safety, there are a few additional aspects that property owners need to focus on when it comes to accessory living, including: Electrical systems — Since the electrical service needs to be controlled by each resident, it’s important to have a quality and efficient system within the home or apartment. Each unit will need an electrical panel, and all circuits must be fed from their own panels. Additionally, electrical services should not be mixed in order to easily measure how much electricity each unit consumes. Internal Energy Conservation Code compliance — All construction projects above a minimal scope — and an accessory unit exceeds the description of minimal scope — must comply with the regulations set by the International Energy Conservation Code. This code sets rules for windows and doors, insulation, heating and cooling, fresh air intake, and many other requirements. Plumbing system — Each dwelling unit must have its own means to heat water and distribution. Plus, the unit must have a control valve in order to avoid serious plumbing emergencies. Waste lines cane shared, however, since basement accessory units are separated from the main dwelling, enabling the main waste pipes to be...

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Combating Chronic Pain By Swimming Laps
Feb07

Combating Chronic Pain By Swimming Laps

Worldwide, over 1.5 billion people suffer from chronic pain. Unfortunately, this kind of pain can be so excruciating, even performing simple daily tasks can be challenging. People who experience intense and consistent pain are constantly looking for ways to fight back and lessen the discomfort. Talking to a medical expert should be the first step, but simply getting in the pool can actually help a lot when it comes to pain management. Swimming is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States. Not only is swimming great for athletic competition, it’s great for relaxing and dealing with intense chronic pain. According to Dynamic Health, swimming is one of the best ways to stay active and heavy. Swimming laps in a pool is a low impact exercise that increases cardiovascular health while reducing stress on muscles and joints. Patients living with chronic leg, back, next, and other types of pain, as well as arthritis, can benefit tremendously from swimming. The motion of swimming uses many muscles throughout the entire body and increases both lung capacity and heart rate similar to running. Running, however, isn’t great for chronic pain sufferers and doesn’t minimize the impact on joints like swimming does. Here are some great tips for exercising in the pool in order to combat your chronic pain: Avoid shear forces — Too much shear force is bad for dealing with pain. To avoid this kind of force, consider using a mask and snorkel to eliminate the need to arch your lower back while lifting your head up for air. Also, work alongside an athletic trainer to perfect your swim stroke. Focus on spine-friendly strokes — The position and movement of certain strokes will affect your spine in various ways. Avoid the butterfly and break stroke because these add stress to your facet joints and can lead to problems and worsening pain. Swimming is great for managing chronic pain — but there are plenty of other remedies that work, as well. Here are some additional ways to help alleviate your chronic pain: Practice deep breathing and meditation. Reduce stress in your life. Cut back on alcohol and tobacco. Monitor and track your pain levels every day. Don’t let chronic pain control your life. And remember to talk to your doctor before committing to a major lifestyle change or wholistic...

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Digital Marketing Expert Predictions for 2019: 5 Key Takeaways
Jan31

Digital Marketing Expert Predictions for 2019: 5 Key Takeaways

Every day, the landscape of online marketing seems to shift. As the first month of 2019 draws to a close, digital marketing experts make forecasts about where the industry’s variable winds will next blow. While some urge companies to embrace new innovations, others caution that abandoning fundamentals could be a huge mistake. We’ve gathered the advice of 11 experts to help you and your website thrive in 2019. Here are a few major takeaways: Diversify Your SEO Skills Search engine optimization has always been a multistep process. Most businesses use a plethora of strategies to help their website rank. However, Nick Stone, founder of Charlottesville SEO Web Development, says that as Google increases the number of ranking factors under consideration, SEO resellers need more tools in their toolbox to achieve results:   “Achieving and maintaining top rankings for high-traffic keywords requires the expertise to impact an increasing number of ranking factors as Google decreases the weight of individual signals. Achieving results requires a multidisciplinary approach. In this evolving arena, SEO resellers can provide an essential gap-filling role for small agencies and independent consultants.”   John Locke of Locke Down Design makes a similar observation, explaining that at every level, companies throughout the digital marketing industry are transforming and expanding their toolsets and platform preferences:   “At the lower end of the market, I see more people implementing DIY SEO. Existing SEO software in tools can help people get part of the way to their goals. In the midmarket, I see people putting less effort into Facebook and Pinterest than in previous years, and more effort into Instagram and YouTube. More midsize businesses are exploring ongoing relationships with SEO companies.”   While small and mid-size businesses might be seeking both individual SEO growth and growth with outside companies, even high-end, large corporations need partnerships with SEO companies. By offering a wide variety of services, an SEO company can appeal to bigger business that need extra help here and there.   “At the high-end of the market, we are seeing companies look at SEO, social, and other digital marketing as mature channels in their overall marketing strategy,” Locke says.  “Large companies usually have in-house development and marketing teams, but are partnering up with specialty agencies that have expertise in skills they lack in-house.”   Overall, Locke believes that companies of all sizes need the help of outside agencies with in-depth knowledge. He says that  “across all markets, specialized SEO insight is valuable. Many sites were hit by the Google updates in August, September, and October 2018. Companies that are focused on improving content, UX, and brand awareness will do well in...

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