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Columbia Gorge. Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site and blog! Here I’ll be talking about all kinds of things, many based on my own experiences.

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Why Treating Your Meals As Special Occasions Can Improve Your Life

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It’s probably fair to say that everyone enjoys a nice meal that was put together with care, attention, and a degree of skill that makes it really stand out.

Restaurants are partly driven by the social aspect, partly by the fact that they allow us to relax and let go of our own responsibilities a bit, and partly by the fact that good restaurant chefs can create delicious meals.

But whether you are investigating a broccoli casserole recipe by Yellow Bliss Road, or are trying to recreate your grandmother’s spaghetti Bolognese, there are benefits to treating your meals as special occasions that can improve your life, beyond the question of tasty treats.

Here are a few reasons why treating your meals as special occasions can improve your life.

Because it can significantly enhance your ability to savour the moment and experience a sense of gratitude and positivity

When you treat each meal as a special occasion – something to prepare with care, set aside time for, and enjoy mindfully – you open yourself up to the experience of the meal in a way that is a lot more positive, and allows you to savour it.

From this, your sense of gratitude for the meal – and for life in general – is almost sure to be significantly greater.

Everyday life is full of all sorts of small blessings that are overlooked because we are simply too busy and distracted.

Treating each meal as a special occasion is a way of escaping from this trap.

Because cooking can be a keystone habit that creates a cascade of positive change in your life

When it comes to creating new habits to restructure and improve your life, looking for effective “keystone habits” to implement can be a very powerful step to take.

In short, a “keystone habit” is a habit that has a more or less automatic “cascade effect” on other habits in your life, and can therefore have a disproportionate impact – either good or bad.

When it comes to positive keystone habits, taking up home cooking with a high degree of appreciation for the art of it can be the first step in moving your life into a more harmonious direction, automatically.

Because it can reduce stress and add a sense of rhythm to your everyday life

To reduce the stress that often arises in everyday life, having regular routines and rituals that can help to create a sense of harmony and balance can be very powerful.

At the same time, taking some time out of your day to really “celebrate” your meals – and to prepare and enjoy some delicious food – can also have a significant stress-reducing effect.
You owe it to yourself to add some of these feel-good, stress-busting moments to your everyday life.

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#BrainPower: 8 Supplements for Focus and Energy

#BrainPower: 8 Supplements for Focus and Energy

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How Supplements Boost Energy 

Balancing life should be as simple as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy (in-moderation) diet, exercising regularly, and relaxing. In a perfect world, this is easy to accomplish but it isn’t always that simple. Life has plenty of demands, often ones that we can’t control. It is extremely common to feel burnt out from your everyday routine, especially when you feel as if you can’t maintain your energy. 

Fortunately, you don’t have to pretend to be a superhuman. There are natural supplements that can boost your energy, memory, and focus. More individuals are turning to “brain-boosting” supplements called nootropics, paired with standard healthy lifestyle choices.

What are Nootropics?

Nootropics are natural supplements or drugs that increase brain performance specifically in energy, memory, and concentration. The use of some of these supplements are still relatively recent but there are enhanced studies that have proven the benefits of nootropics when it comes to mental performance and improvements in overall brain health. 

The term might be unfamiliar but nootropics are naturally everywhere. They are widely accessible in dietary supplements to help harness brain power directly. There are plenty of options when it comes to consuming nootropic supplements, whether it is capsules, oils, powders or foods. 

Read on to learn more about supplements for focus and energy.

 8 Supplements for Focus and Energy 

 B12

Vitamin B12 helps transform the foods you eat into energy that your cells can use. It is found naturally in animal proteins, like meat, fish, and dairy products. Some people are already B12 deficient which can depend on your location and the type of diet you have (vegans and vegetarians may be at risk due to decreased animal consumption). B12 supplements can help maintain adequate levels and boost overall energy. Furthermore, some IV therapy options can include B complex vitamins in their drip services. Although B12 is a great natural nutrient, there is no evidence that suggests B12 can boost energy in people who already have adequate levels.  

Caffeine 

The most widely used nootropic, caffeine, works by blocking the adenosine receptor in the brain, which causes you to feel less tired. It is naturally found in coffee, cocoa beans, tea, and kola nuts. It is artificially added to sodas, energy drinks, and medications. A moderate intake of caffeine is recommended as it can increase alertness and attention over time. Although caffeine is a simple way to combat fatigue, it is easy to overdo it. Taking caffeine in pill supplements or consuming more than 4 cups of coffee a day can be toxic. Make sure you are taking the right amount to avoid negative side effects. 

Curcumin 

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry a yellow color and is found in most Indian cuisine. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Additionally, it has been proven to help with memory and focus. In a study conducted by UCLA, participants who took curcumin experienced significant improvements in their memory and attention abilities compared to those who took a placebo. Unfortunately, curcumin only makes up about 3% of turmeric and is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. Due to this fact, dietary supplements of curcumin are widely available.

Fish oils 

The fatty acids from fish oils are linked to many health benefits, including improved heart and brain health. DHA and EPA are two types of omega-3 fatty acids that can be found in fish oil. DHA helps to maintain brain function, as it accounts for 90% of the omega-3 fat found in your brain cells. On the other hand, EPA has anti-inflammatory effects that help protect the brain from damage and aging. Both are associated with improved mental processes, memory, and concentration. EPA may also be linked to improved mood in those with depression. 

Ginkgo biloba 

Ginkgo biloba is a herbal supplement from the Ginkgo biloba tree. This herbal supplement is claimed to improve brain functions like focus and memory. The Ginkgo supplement can help increase blood flow to the brain, which can help increase overall brain metabolism. Gingko biloba can be found in capsule, powder or oil supplement form. 

Ginseng 

Asian ginseng is one of the most popular herbal supplements in the world. This herb comes from the Ginseng plant. Ginseng has been found to help reduce stress, improve brain function and increase antioxidant support. It is popularly used in tea but can be consumed in the form of powder, capsule, or oil. Ginseng can also be consumed as a root added to food. 

L-theanine 

L-theanine is an amino acid that can be found in black and green tea. A study found that consuming L-theanine can help increase both mental focus and creativity. Green tea contains L-theanine and caffeine, in-fact, this amino acid is observed to enhance the mental effects of caffeine while counteracting caffeine jitteriness.

NAD+

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+, is a newer nootropic supplement. NAD+ helps turn nutrients into energy as a key player in metabolism and works as a helper molecule for proteins that regulate other cellular functions. In other words, NAD+ has optimal aging effects that are related to longevity, brain function regulation, and age-associated diseases. Our natural NAD+ levels begin to decrease over time, and many human diseases are associated with changes in NAD+ levels. NAD+ supplements are available predominantly online. You can also request an NAD+ IV therapy drip session.

 Consult Professional Guidance

Maintaining your motivation doesn’t have to be hard. The best maintainable lifestyle changes, as well as, supplements for focus and energy can help. Due to this fact, the use of certain nootropic supplements without any professional guidance may be unhealthy. Every supplement has side effects that differ between individuals. If you have any pre-existing health conditions, or are unsure about your current health situation, please reach out to a healthcare provider for more information on how these supplements may affect you. Although many of these supplements are readily accessible online and in-stores, we recommend you consult with a doctor before use.

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How COVID-19 Might Change Teaching Forever

Over the past year, every major institution and industry in our lives has had to go through changes. Teaching and education are far from an exception, they are perhaps the sectors that have changed the most. However, as lockdowns begin to ramp down and the world starts to open up again, what are some of the changes to teaching that might be sticking around?

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Is remote learning going to stick around?

The first big consideration is, of course, where the class is going to be doing all of its learning. A lot of people, teachers, parents, and kids alike, might be eager for classes to return to the classroom. However, they have discovered some benefits of long-distance which might lead to the rise of more remote learning platforms. Such platforms could be useful for extra or remedial lessons that don’t fit within the bounds of the normal teaching day, for instance. These platforms are also getting adopted much more widely in the world of further education.

The reliance on technology in the classroom

Aside from the fact that remote learning has become a more viable long-term solution for many, technology is likely to play a much greater role regardless of where lessons are being held in the future. Look at some of the organizations that bundle chromebooks and classroom teaching software for K-12 for instances of how this can be done. Making use of features like screen monitoring, screen sharing, push websites and more can help teachers interact much more freely with the learning experience of their students to make sure that they’re on the right track.

A greater focus on self-study

Homework has always been a tool of self-study or has at least been proposed as such. However, lately, students have had to learn to study more independently. While this might seem like a way of simply passing the buck from teachers, it also teaches a skill that will become invaluable in college. For that reason, schools may be focusing on helping students learn how to study more independently in the later years going forward.

The dangers of education disruption

For a lot of students, efforts to educate them over the past year have been fraught with difficulty, to the point that there is a serious concern that they may have issues with further education if the imbalance isn’t addressed. The after-effects of natural disasters on education have been measured, and find that children who have such experiences can have hindered results for the rest of their educational life, which can go on to affect their attainment both in school and in life outside of school. As such, there will be significant considerations of how the following years in school change to help kids catch up after the pandemic.

How much education will change in the coming years in response to COVID-19 has yet to be seen. There is a good chance that things will return to how they used to be, more or less, but that could be missing out on the opportunity to improve the sector, something that teachers and decision-makers in schools will have to consider.

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Hobby Ideas Perfect For Introverts

While some people love to be the centre of attention, the fact is that not everyone loves having the spotlight on them, and this can make finding suitable hobbies a little tricky at times. When you’re an introvert, finding a hobby that’s a good fit for you and your interests, as well as being something that you can do on your own or with just a couple of others can be tricky. 

The good news is that when it comes to finding the ideal hobby for your introverted personality, there are actually lots of hobby ideas that could be perfect for you. It’s just a case of taking the time to think carefully about what options are available to you, as well as which options would be the best fit for you. 

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In need of a few hobby ideas and inspiration for finding the best hobbies to suit your personality? Below is a guide to some hobby ideas that are perfect for introverted people – read on for everything that you need to know. 

Remote controlled devices 

Whether you’re someone who finds drones fascinating or you are someone who has a keen interest in racing or flying, then a hobby using remote controlled devices, such as sky rover knightforce helicopter, could be ideal. This kind of activity is ideal for anyone who likes to spend time alone or as part of a small group as you’re able to do it solo or with a couple of friends, making it an ideal hobby for introverts. There are also community groups on Facebook for this kind of hobby, that you could opt to join to connect with other like-minded people who enjoy the same hobby. 

Arts and crafts 

If you’re someone who enjoys being creative, then you might find that you enjoy doing arts and crafts as an activity. The great thing about doing arts and crafts is the fact that there are so many arts and crafts to choose from, from drawing and painting to mixed media crafts. Plus, there are lots of online workshops and tutorials that you can opt to take part in too, to help you hone and improve your skills. 

Gaming 

If you’re someone who enjoys gaming, perhaps you could consider making gaming more of a hobby that you do regularly, either as part of a gaming community or on a solo basis. Gaming can be a great way to meet new people and can act as an interesting and insightful hobby to have, especially as there are always new games being released, so there’s lots to choose from. 

There you have it, a guide to some of the ideal hobbies that are perfect for introverts.

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5 Things You’ll Need To Check After Flooding

5 Things You’ll Need To Check After Flooding


The United States has a history of dramatic flooding. Natural disasters are often the underlying cause behind the changes in our American landscapes. Hurricanes and storms can work together to trigger flash flooding in some of the most vulnerable states. If you live in the Midwest and Southeast of the US, you may be familiar with the risks of changing water levels. Louisiana, Oklahoma, Florida, and Tennessee are some of the most exposed states. Floods are responsible for around $6 billion in damage every year. Therefore, if your home has been through flooding, you want to take rapid actions to reclaim your peace of mind. 

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#1. Emergency water removal 

The top priority to avoid lasting flood damage is to proceed to safe and quick water removal. Whether your basement has been flooded by heavy rain or you’re dealing with a burst water pipe, you need to reach out to a professional team to help you get rid of the water. Indeed, effective water removal requires not only specialist tools and equipment but also complete water management. The last thing you want is to throw the water out of one window to have it come back through another way! That’s where expert teams make a huge difference. 

#2. The crawl space

Sometimes, you don’t see the signs of flooding. Perhaps, the house feels damp or musty, but you can’t identify where the water hides. Did you know that many homeowners encounter expensive repair costs because they didn’t realize their house was flooded? This can happen when water stays in areas you don’t get to check frequently, such as the crawl space underneath your home or the unused basement. Typically, stagnant water can affect the temperature in your home, so you can use this to locate the hidden flood! 

#3. Your insulation

There was a lot of water, but thankfully it’s all gone rapidly. Here’s a question for you: Where did the water go? Stagnant water doesn’t evaporate mysteriously. If a significant puddle has disappeared, you want to check into your structural elements. Some insulation systems can absorb water, which means that they retain the moisture inside your walls. This will gradually affect the temperature inside the house, rendering the insulation ineffective. Additionally, the humidity can also lead to structural damage as it is slowly released over time. 

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#4. Structural damage

As mentioned, structural damage tends to occur when the foundation or walls are severed affected. In essence, it means your home structure is compromised. Even if the water goes away, you want to make sure you’ve got a team of experts to check your property structure and solidity. Typically signs of a compromised structure can be cracks along the exterior walls or the ceiling and sinking of the foundation. 

#5. The cause of the flooding

Flooding can happen for a variety of reasons. Hurricane, heavy rains, and storms are some of the most frequently quotes explanations for sudden flooding. However, a poor plumbing system, compact soil, and porous structure can also lead to water inside your home. Ideally, you want to understand the cause and determine whether you can prevent future flooding from happening. 

Nobody wants to deal with home flooding. However, more often than not, floods are not as devastating as they sound. If you act quickly and surround yourself with trustworthy specialists, you can protect your home from dramatic damages. 

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Three Commercial Services That Every Public Park Needs

The public spaces in communities are important because these are the avenues where people can bond with each other, meet new people, and discuss what can benefit their community. Parks and playgrounds also serve as recreational spaces where people can exercise or breathe in the fresh air.

Fortunately, most communities have their own public parks that can be accessible to everyone in the neighborhood. These places are perfect for children who want to play with others their age, for adolescents to spend time with their friends, or for adults with a strong urge to be in the presence of nature.

That’s why public spaces should be well-maintained to assure the members of the community that they won’t be harmed by using the facilities inside the parks. However, since such spaces are always open to the public, the maintenance, cleanliness, and safety of the utilities are questionable.

It’s a good thing that there are services created specifically to cater to this need. These businesses offer their products and services for a reasonable price, which can then be taken out of the community budget. To give you an idea, here are three commercial services that every public park needs:

Public Restroom Providers

It can be impossible to ignore the calls of nature when they come, especially when you’re out in the public. Unfortunately, clean and maintained restrooms aren’t always available when you need them. In addition to that, it’s even more difficult to find functional restrooms in parks or playgrounds.

This leaves people to struggle to answernature’s call in secluded areas in the park or rush to the nearest establishment to relieve themselves. However, if there were public restrooms in the area that people can use when they need to, then they wouldn’t have to cut their engagements short.

There are plenty of public toilet manufacturers that sell prefabricated structures for a reasonable price. These toilets are durable, functional, and easy to use, which means that they can be beneficial to all the members of the community who frequently spend time in the parks.

Outdoor Furniture Suppliers

A park is not a park just because it has a lot of open space. People in the community go to the park to relieve their stress, soak in the sun, breathe in the fresh air, and bond with their neighbors. These activities can be difficult to do when there are no dedicated areas for them to relax.

Good parks or playgrounds will at least have benches and tables where people can sit. Relaxing in the park can be uncomfortable if there are no functional chairs or benches, just like it would be impossible to play in a playground that has no equipment like swings, slides, or monkey bars.

For public spaces to cater to the needs of the community, they would have to be equipped to carry out their purpose. This means that the leaders of the community must work with outdoor furniture suppliers who can provide durable structures that people can use in their parks.

Park Maintenance Services

Grasses, trees, and bushes can quickly become messy when left untended. Moreover, weeds tend to grow anywhere the opportunity presents itself, and if no one stops them, these weeds can take over the entire expanse of the parks. An unruly park will be no place for children to be left unattended while playing.

Despite nature’s ability to take care of itself, letting nature take its course is simply not practical in a public park because people of all ages go there, and therefore, can be exposed to the dangers of an unmaintained space. Public parks need to be properly maintained to remain functional.

It’s the job of the community leaders to make sure that their parks are maintained by professionals. This can include hiring landscapers to mow the grass, plant flowers, and trim the bushes. Another important personnel is a janitor that can ensure the cleanliness and safety of the public restrooms or other structures.

In some cases, these employees are overseen by a maintenance supervisor that assigns tasks and manages the schedules regarding the needs of the park. They are also in charge of hiring and training park maintenance employees while keeping the community leaders updated.

Public spaces like parks and playgrounds are vital to the growth of the community. Even if these places aren’t profitable, they can be very beneficial to the health and development of the members of the community. As such, the parks need to well-maintained and prepared to cater to the needs of kids, teenagers, adults, and the elderly at any given time.

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3 Tips For Motorcyclists This Summer

3 Tips For Motorcyclists This Summer

Now that the nicer weather is arriving, you might be tempted to go out on your motorcycle a lot more. Perhaps you kept it in storage over the winter, and now you want to dust it down and take it out for a spin. Or maybe you only used it when you had to for necessary journeys, and with the sun shining, you like the idea of enjoying the ride rather than having to do it. Whatever the reason, if you’re intending to start using your bike more, here are some useful tips to stay safe and comfortable this summer. 

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Pay Attention To The Road 

Of course, as a motorcyclist, you’re always going to be watching the road; it’s part of your everyday routine. However, most of the time, this alertness will revolve around other road users and not necessarily around the road itself. 

The problem is that, over the winter, many potholes and other hazards could have appeared that weren’t there last summer and that you hadn’t noticed. These can be dangerous, and potholes are especially problematic for motorcyclists. Therefore, when you start going out on your bike in the summer, pay attention to the road itself, and watch out for any potholes or similar issues that could cause damage to your motorcycle or result in an accident. 

Get A New Wardrobe 

Maybe now is the time to smarten up your riding wardrobe and look for some new items to add to it. It’s so important to be safe and comfortable when riding your motorcycle, and the clothes you choose will ensure that this can happen. If the clothes you were wearing last year no longer fit or you found they weren’t that comfortable once you wore them, shop around for something new before you start riding your bike more regularly. 

There are some fantastic styles available that will suit your personality and tastes and still conform to all the safety standards you need to abide by. Just looking at urban motorcycle clothing for women will give you a great idea of what’s out there. Start your search early so you’re fully fitted out when the time comes to ride. 

Know How To Ride With Passengers 

Not everyone will like the idea of riding on a motorcycle, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never be asked to give someone a lift either because they need to get somewhere or just for fun. In the summer, with the warm wind blowing and the open roads ahead, it can be tempting for non-cyclists to want to try the bike out and see how it feels. Because of this, it’s crucial you know how to ride with a passenger on the back of your bike. If you’ve never had passengers before, you’ll need to think about the difference it can make; your balance may need to be adjusted, and you’ll have to be aware of them as you drive along. 

It’s also a good idea to have a spare helmet just in case it is needed. In this way, you can ensure any passenger you have with you is kept safe, and you won’t have to worry about them and can concentrate on driving instead. 

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5 Things You Need to Know When Building a New Home

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Do you wish to live in your own house? Building a new house is an exciting experience. However, it can be overwhelming. Although builders are experienced in their job, you need to participate in every aspect of the home building process to make sure you end up with your dream home.

You need to make significant decisions regarding the house’s structure and designs since building a new home is not a passive exercise. Failure to make these decisions may force your builder to make them for you. Therefore, your needs and preferences may not be considered.

Additionally, failure to make significant decisions can also alter your budget. The following are some factors you should consider when building a new home.

Know your Budget

Before you begin building a new home, you need to know your budget. This will help you determine whether you can afford your desired home. Most house plans provide a cost-to-build tool, giving you an accurate estimation of the construction cost based on the area you prefer to build.

These numbers include tax benefits, construction costs, down payment funds, and other related costs. Instead of building another house in another area, you can opt for a Knock Down Rebuild (KDR) from a reputable builder.

Check your Builder’s reputation 

Although there are many builders available, they defer in terms of competency and experience. Therefore, you must research and determine the most reputable builders. You can search for their information online, or you can also get referrals from friends and family members. Work quality and punctuality should be your primary focus.

Build the Home with Resale in Mind

Regardless of how you love the home under construction, you may have to sell it in the future. Therefore, it is essential to be mindful of its resale value. Avoid adding a lot of upgrades that may overprice the home for the neighbourhood.

You should also avoid adding excessive extraordinary designs or features. The features you choose to install should also be appealing to others.

Think Green

Ensure you research features and designs that maximise your home’s energy efficiency. Your builder and architect should ensure that your windows are south–facing for you to maximise the amount of sunshine.

You should also ensure that the laundry, bathrooms, and garages are located on your home’s south side to maximise heat loss. It would help if you took your time to choose the best HVAC systems and energy-efficient appliances.

Remember to Make the Punch List

A punch list is a list created after finishing the construction process. It entails what should be repaired or what still needs to be done on the new construction. Your contractor or builder can help you create this list. It would help if you also took note when you visit the building. This can help you to detect some errors or what you think should be improved.

Conclusion

Possessing a home is a significant achievement in a person’s life. Although the building process is a fun activity, it requires the owner to participate in every aspect of the construction process. This ensures that their needs and preferences are considered.

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Simple Ways to Earn Extra Money in 2021

Simple Ways to Earn Extra Money in 2021

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The coronavirus pandemic has left many people facing debt and finding ways to reduce expenses. However, as 2021 progresses, people are becoming more hopeful as vaccinations are being rolled out, and restrictions are easing. These developments make it the best time to start making some extra cash to recover financially. Earning some additional income could help you meet your financial goals, such as paying off debt, saving for your college education, or even going for that delayed vacation. If you’re wondering how to start, here are some ways you can earn extra cash this year.

  1. Swagbucks

Imagine if you can get paid for the very things you enjoy doing every day, such as watching videos online, surfing the internet, shopping, or finding special deals. Swagbucks gives you this opportunity by offering you points for engaging in these activities. There’s no limit on how much you can make, and the rewards are redeemable for a gift card from retailers like Amazon, eBay, and others. Other similar platforms offer these perks as well. 

  1. Food delivery

The food delivery business has become more popular. Many people across the country are signing up for it since it offers an excellent way to make extra money per your schedule. Contrary to popular belief, not all restaurants and catering facilities have their drivers. Instead, most of them outsource since it’s considerably cheaper than employing drivers who would have to wait until there’s an order. Fortunately, many online food ordering and delivery platforms notify you when there’s an order so you can decide whether you’re available to pick it up or not. 

  1. Sell your unwanted gadgets

Instead of leaving your tablets, smartphone, game console, or computers sitting idle somewhere in your closet or drawer, you can easily trade those unwanted items for cash, even if they’re damaged. There are several websites and local stores to sell your things, and you can earn instant money or store credit without dealing with any shipping stress.

  1. Take legit online surveys

If you constantly find yourself scrolling through the internet, then this is for you, as some companies would pay for your opinion. Signing up to take paid surveys is a great way to earn an extra income while working from home. Although it doesn’t yield significant cash instantly, it can help take care of some petty expenses and leave you extra money for more essential undertakings. Since several online paid surveys aren’t so good, you may want to research well to avoid wasting time on any fruitless venture. You can also while away the time in between surveys by trying your hand on a variety of online slots games – Lady Luck may well be on your side.

  1. Tutoring

Assuming you have a particular skill, let’s say, using a specific painting software, playing an instrument, or explaining arithmetic, you can earn some cash sharing your strengths with other people. Doing this can make you between $10 to $70 every hour teaching college students or kids. You can either sign up for an online tutoring website or advertise your services on campus, school, and community boards. 

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Commercial Landscaping: Make It Work for You

A successful business will have a well-maintained lawn. A scruffy lawn or poorly maintained shrubs and trees makes it seem as though your business does not make enough money to afford to landscape. Landscaping can help set the tone for the kind of interactions you want people to have with your staff when entering your building.

Flawless and attractive landscaping can put people at ease and allow them to feel confident in your services before they even reach the lobby. It also allows people to focus on what your business can do for them rather than distract them with why you allow your commercial building to look run down and unkempt.

Commercial landscaping can be aesthetic and serve many purposes. A vertical wall garden can help show that your business is serious about its Eco-conscious ideals in an aesthetically stunning manner. A water feature is a great way to create calmness and relaxation in people as they pass by on the way to the front doors. Clear signage surrounded by colorful shrubs and bushes can catch passersby’s eye and help draw them into your premises.

Create a Welcoming Entrance

Ensure that no matter how many bushes or plants are on the lawn, that the entrance to the building is clearly visible. Consider leaving that side as clear as possible and framing the entrance in moderately sized plants in pots.

This will help draw attention to it and give customers an easier time identifying it and making their way towards it. Line the walkways with small shrubbery and recessed lighting for the evening.

Showcase Your Signage

Your signage is a draw and can help to attract people’s attention to your building. If someone is specifically looking for your premises, the signage will ease this matter for them and earn their gratitude.

Many businesses use roadside signs, but few arrange for it to be aesthetically pleasing. Arrange for attractive landscaping features to help it be highlighted in an eye-catching way. Glaring lights contribute to visibility but will not hold the gaze the same way as a pretty flower border or an attractive rock garden.

Match the Lawn to Your Brand Color

Every brand has a color scheme for its logo, which can help create a unique and attractive effect on your lawn. Match your brand logo colors with your flower beds and shrubbery to make an aesthetically interesting appearance.

If the colors are simple enough, you could even recreate the company logo on the lawn with shrubbery and flowering bushes. Soil and light conditions will affect this, and the season is a big factor as well. So regular maintenance will be important to ensure that this attractive lawn feature looks good at all times.

Restful or Decorative

You need to decide early on if you want your lawn to be simply decorative or if you will allow clients to enjoy them from within. Providing benches and a delightful sandy walkway can be an attractive feature which makes the premises look inviting.

But if your business does not require walk-in customers, it is best to plan for a purely decorative lawn that serves only as an aesthetically eye-catching background for your signage.

Pay Attention to the Architecture

The architecture of the building can help to narrow down the landscaping choices. The style and contours of your building can go a long way towards helping to send the right message when in combination with your landscaping choices.

A wide entranceway with pillars calls for a sweeping lawn with well-kept bushes on the borders and a trailing vine on the pillars. Cacti and rock gardens would complement Bungalow-style red-brick buildings.

Matching the landscaping to your building’s architecture helps it stand out positively and combines to show it off in its best light. Mismatching lawns to the building can create a sense of discord in the viewer and make people too uncomfortable to approach the building.

Find ways to add attractive covered walkways from the parking lot to your building entrance. Provide a wide driveway into the building and clear signage directing people to the lobby or the parking lots. Heavy shrubbery can obscure important signage, so make sure that the plants are cut back in areas that need high visibility.

Walkways with rows of plants are delightful, but they must not go above shoulder height as this is a safety feature. Plants can also cause shadows, especially with a covered walkway, so provide adequate outdoor lighting.

Separate, covered walkways with proper lighting and clearly indicated parking lots can help prevent accidents that can leave a company liable for damages. Thus, it becomes important to clearly indicate the level to which you will allow clients to interact with your gardens. Thus, if someone does disobey the many clear signs, you or your business cannot be held responsible.

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