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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.

Things such as, how I moved from one state to another and what I did to make it more successful, what I’ve gotten from the different jobs I’ve tried, what I’ve learned about selling items at flea markets, and tips about using some of the features on computers, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other things as well.

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Not Always The Rosiest Of Surroundings! Looking After Your Family When Moving To A New Area

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Moving your family to a new area is one of the biggest shake-ups that will ever happen to you all as a unit. Whatever the reason, settling into a new place that you don’t really know is rare, but it does happen. For example, maybe you are moving to a different area because of work or it’s to take advantage of the cheaper properties. But, moving to a new area as a family can result in varying shocks to the system. So how best can you look after your family when you move to a new area, and find ways to ensure that you haven’t moved to this new place with a lot of regret and fear of what lies ahead?

Get To Know The Neighbors

They are your lifeline when it comes to integrating yourself into a new community. It can be difficult when you have no idea about who is trustworthy, especially if you move to an area that is not particularly community oriented. But it doesn’t hurt to knock on the door of the people next door and introduce yourself. The best thing for you to do at this stage is to be as open and friendly as possible, there is no point in being a shrinking violet because you and your family need to find ways to get involved.

Keep Your Guard Up (But Only To Begin With)

When we are finding our feet, we’ve got to do our best to hit the ground running, but there can be a little bit of the unknown. And if you’re not sure about the area you live in, you can easily make some security upgrades to your home just in case it’s a community that had a few break-ins recently. You can find out more information from the neighbors of course, but keeping your guard up at this point can feel a little disheartening. But, this is only while you find your feet. It’s important to get the lay of the land, and this is why you need to speak to people. It can take a few months to feel comfortable somewhere, and finding out from the local community is a simple way to get the relevant information. In the meantime, protecting your home isn’t just necessary, it’s common sense! And if you are doing your best to get out there and head to as many social functions as possible, you need to know that your home is secure, so you may as well take this opportunity to invest in a security system. Numerous providers, like LifeShield supply smart security systems. A lot of the modern devices give you the opportunity to see what your security camera sees through your phone so you can see what’s going on in real time, especially while you’re out pursuing your hobbies.

Being Sociable

Meeting new people is one of the more difficult things for any member of the family when you go to a new place. This is why it’s important to follow your hobbies. Whether it’s you, or the children, taking the opportunity to find out what art classes, gym sessions, or Warhammer games are out there, getting involved in these sociable activities gives everyone in the family the opportunity to extend the olive branch. It’s always very intimidating to make new friends because you’ve got to find out what you have in common with these people. And if you make a lot of effort to find out that you’ve got nothing in common with them, it can feel like a waste. To be sociable, you are far better off pursuing your hobbies. The things that interest you and that you want to keep up will easily lend itself to meeting like-minded people. And the more you go, the more opportunities there will be to be sociable. To begin with, there is no point trying to make a new best friend, even though you might feel on your own. But give it time.

Getting The Entire Family Involved With The New Start

If you have children of varying ages, the excitement might not be palpable with everyone. At this point, where you’re all feeling out on a limb, this is the prime opportunity to work together as a family to find out what everyone wants. Not just in terms of making an impact in the new place, but also what people want out of the home. For example, this can give you all the opportunity to work together and renovate the place. This way, everybody has the chance to put their own stamp on the place. And while it can feel isolating, at this point, it’s essential for every single one of you to work at keeping in contact with friends and family members in your old hometown. The children might gravitate towards this anyway. But what is important of this point is to ensure that you’re all working together so that every person in the family feels that they are finding their feet in the new place, because if one of you is happy and the rest aren’t, this isn’t particularly fair. This can be the perfect chance to solidify your family relationship even more.

A new home in a new location is all about a new start. And this isn’t always what everyone wants. After all, your children might hold it against you, as you’ll be uprooting them from everything they know. And you can do your best to show them why this is the best thing that’s ever happened to them, but you’ve got to give them the time to find out for themselves. In the meantime, it’s about making them feel as comfortable as possible. This isn’t an easy thing but it’s a way for you to make it not seem so much of a shock. And while it might be the best thing that happens to you all, it’s at this point that you have to stick together. Be open to new opportunities, but when you are in a new environment, the family unit can provide ample protection while everyone finds their way.

 

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Things You Must Do To Make Your Home Stand The Test of Time

You don’t want to have to redecorate your home with the changing of every season – so what can you do to make sure your home stands the test of time? Every now and again it’s nice to switch things up with a new accessory or by introducing a new color, but doing this all the time will mean spending an absolute fortune and take a lot of free time. Below, we’ll talk about what you should do to make sure your home stands the test of time. Enjoy:

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Keep Things Simple And High Quality

If you want your home to stand the test of time, you need to have quality over quantity in your head. A timeless design is never cluttered or OTT. Try to keep your own design as straightforward as you can, with just one, a max of two focal points in the room.

Make Sure It’s Functional

A timeless home is one you should be able to live in comfortably, and this means that it absolutely has to be functional. It doesn’t matter if it looks beautiful if your family can’t actually live in it. You need to make sure that the lay out is ideal – you shouldn’t be bumping into things as you make your way around the house. It should also be safe, so look into things like security systems and next-generation metal roofing to ensure it’s safe from intruders and the elements.

Ensure Your Home Is Balanced with The Environment

Everything should be proportion if you want to create a timeless home that you should be happy in for the foreseeable future. For example, if the majority of homes on your street are Victorian in style, you may regret making your ultra-modern in a few years.

Choose A Classic Color Scheme

A classic color scheme means using colors like beige, brown, black, white, and grey – but don’t be afraid to add in a pop of color here and there to make it fun and interesting!

Have A Single Focal Point

Having a single focal point in a room will always make it look more professionally put together. Your focal point could be a piece of furniture, the view outside, or even a piece of art. This can depend entirely on the room and how you live in it, so consider this carefully.

Include Indoor Plants

Indoor plants should be used in abundance. They bring happiness and wellbeing to all who see them, and they can also offer real health benefits, such as clearing the air. You can even use fake plants if you don’t want to have to create a maintenance schedule. Greenery never goes out of style!

Go For The Right Kind Of Lighting

Know when to use certain types of lighting. Bright lighting is great for areas you’ll be cooking and working, but not in places like the bedroom when you want to be sleeping and relaxing. White light and yellow light can both be useful in different rooms and different situations!

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4 Things You Should Avoid If You Want To Stay Safe On The Road

Assuming you want to stay as safe as possible on the road – and who doesn’t, right? There are a few things you really need to avoid. Letting your focus lapse for just a second or two can literally be cataclysmic, so you want to do everything you can to stop this from happening. Below you’ll find 4 things you should avoid if you want to stay safe on the road. Take a look:

  1. Getting Road Rage

You might think that you can’t help getting angry on the road, but road rage can actually be extremely dangerous. Staying calm at all times is a must if you want to improve the way that you drive. When you get angry on the road, you can lose focus, not look where you should be, and take your hands off the road. In the USA, road rage is the leading cause of accidents.

You should avoid driving if you’re already upset, and don’t leave journeys until the last minute so you end up stressed out. Don’t get out of the car to confront other drivers, either. Other drivers might get road rage, and you’ll likely be faced with a situation like this at some point. However, your main aim at this point should be to get out of their way. Don’t play games and irritate them further if they are honking while trying to get past you, for example.

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  1. Neglecting Your Vehicle

Car maintenance can be costly and time-consuming, but you’ll spend even more time and money fixing it up if you don’t get into the habit. The main things to check are:

– Oil

– Water

– Electrics

– Tires

Set yourself a schedule that you follow monthly so you know when you need to check what. Keeping your car in great condition is the best way to reduce your risk of having an accident and having to contact a car accident lawyer to help you sort things out.

  1. Driving In Extreme Weather Conditions

Driving in extreme weather conditions should be avoided, but if you have to drive, you’ll need to take extra precautions. Stopping distances increase significantly, your visibility is reduced, and you might not feel as confident on the road. Be very mindful when getting into the car during heavy rain, snow, or ice. Take extra car, drive at a slower pace, and increase the space between you and other cars on the road. Make sure you’re alert and vigilant at all times.

  1. Having Your Phone Somewhere You Can See It

Even if you’re not directly using your phone, having it somewhere you can see it can mean getting distracted by notifications and taking your attention off the road. Even talking on a hands-free device can be distracting while you should be focused on the road. Wait until you are safely parked before picking up your phone at all. If you use your phone as a sat nav, make sure it’s all set up properly before you set off so you don’t have to touch it. You can still get in big trouble for this if you’re caught, and it’s still dangerous.

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Want To Speed Up Your Savings?

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Saving up for things can take a long time – but what if you don’t have that time? Most people resort to loans in these instance, but this doesn’t always have to be the solution. Here are a few tricks that could help you to save up money faster and meet your savings goals.

Choose the right account

Putting your money in a high interest savings account will allow you to accumulate funds more quickly without contributing more money. There are some savers out there that offer as much as 5% interest. Believe it or not, there are even checking accounts that collect interest and pay rewards allowing you to earn more money in your main account – you can check out this site for the best banks for checking accounts. Online banks tend to be able to offer more interest as they have less overheads than brick and mortar banks.

Make temporary cutbacks

By cutting your expenses, you’ll have more money to throw at your savings. These cutbacks only have to be temporary until you meet your savings goal – the bigger the cutback, the quicker you’ll save money. Some people go to the extreme of downsizing their property or doing without a car for a few months. Other less extreme options could include budgeting your food shop, eating out less often, watching your energy usage and cutting back on unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking.

Sell your clutter

Everyone has unused possessions in their home that could be sold for cash. The money gained from selling these items could go towards your savings. Consider old clothing, old books and reminders of past interests that you’re no longer into. You may be able to find a local second-hand store to sell these items or you could consider selling them online where you may be able to make more money.

Throw surprise earnings at your savings

Occasionally, we all earn money that we weren’t expecting. This could be money in a birthday card, a tax rebate, prize money for a competition or even money you just so happened to find on the floor. Rather than spending this money, invest this money into your savings so that you can reach your savings goal sooner – it’s money that you never planned to have, so you won’t miss it by putting it into your savings.

Collect spare change in a jar

You can also save up money outside of a bank account – you could use a piggy bank or a jar for collecting any spare change in your wallet. Some people manage to save up for vacations and Christmas presents simply by saving up coins and dollar notes. Make sure that the jar is sealed so that it can’t be dipped into unless you physically smash it open.  

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Taking Responsibility for Poor Decision Making on the Roads

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We all make mistakes from time to time. But making a small mistake on the roads can have drastic and even fatal consequences. So, it’s extremely important that you take responsibility for yourself and for others’ well being by always making the right decision before getting behind the wheel and by taking constant steps to improve upon yourself as a driver. Here are a few areas to focus on.

Poor Driving

There are various things that people can do which renders them a poor driver. Maybe you have been away from the wheel for a while. You might take to the road without glasses when you need a slight prescription. You may decide to drive when you are tired or have a weakened immune system. Each of these decisions can have potentially drastic negative effects for you and other road users. But there are steps that you can take to improve your driving. If you feel a little rusty, consider a few accompanied drives with a driving instructor. Always leave a pair of glasses in your car and never take to the wheel without them. Have a rest before long journeys. Take public transport if you feel unwell.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence is illegal for good reason. Drink and drugs are substances which significantly inhibit your behaviour and your decision-making abilities. By driving while under the influence you put yourselves and others at risk. If you are charged with DUI, you will need to seek legal help. A representative will survey your case and determine what is the best course of action for you to follow. If you face prison time, community service, or fines, you need to comply with these. Once time has been served or you have paid your fine, you can put the incident in the past and learn from it. You should also sincerely consider undertaking some sort of therapy or counseling that will help to prevent you from making this poor decision in the future.

Ignoring Issues With Your Vehicle

Many of us ignore seemingly minor issues with our vehicle. We will turn a blind eye to warning lights on our dash and convince ourselves that we will rectify problems later. But you need to tackle issues with your vehicle head on. Book in with a garage as soon as you notice a problem. Driving a vehicle that has problems can prove extremely dangerous, so you need to take on the responsibility of having it repaired as soon as possible!

These are just a few areas to focus on for now. What’s most important is that you always take responsibility for your own actions when taking to the roads!

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Could Your Side Hustle Be Serious?

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When you hear the word side-hustle, it doesn’t always sound that serious. It can sound like something you do when you want to try and kill your boredom, or as a budding entrepreneur. But it really doesn’t have to be boxed into either category. It can simply be defined as a passion that you’re pursuing. Or something that you’re working on to make extra money. Or, even, a career path that you’re building in your own time, with a hope that you’re going to be able to take things full-time in the future. And if you know that you have a huge passion for something that you’re doing in life, this could be exactly what you need right now. And yes, it could totally be serious. Here’s how.

Committing The Time

First of all, you need to make sure that you’re actually committing the time. Because if you’re not able to allocate any time in your day for your side hustle, it’s never going to get serious. And this is mainly because it may not even grow at all. So first of all, if you are committing the time to make this grow, then yes, things are definitely getting serious.

Getting A Return

And if you know that you’re starting to make money from this, it’s always a good sign. Sure, that return does then often mean that you’re going to put it back into the business. Because you may need to get more accurate manufacturing cost estimating and quoting or manufacture yourself, more staff, or just buy more stock. But the sign of making that money in the first place shows that this is getting serious.

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Building A Customer Base

When your customer base is starting to grow, and your customers love what you do, then you can also say that this is really starting to get serious. So you may be at the stage where you want to start allocating more time, effort, and attention to actually making something of this.

Getting Notoriety

From here, you may find that you’re starting to get traction with what you’re doing. Customers are loving what you’re doing, you’re making it into the media, and you’re really starting to take off. The more that your name and the businesses name is mentioned, the better. Because when you start to get noticed, it often means that your sales and media are going to skyrocket. So yes, this can be incredibly serious.

Being Able To Do It Full Time

And then, you may find that you’re at the stage where you realize that, yes, you can absolutely look to take this full-time. But it can be a tough climb until that point. Because you’re going to be working super hard in any free time that you have, and you’re going to be working hard at work. And something has to give. But when you’re making money and business is going well, you’ll be at the tipping point where you can walk away from your day job and do this full-time.

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3 Mishaps To Avoid For A Happy Healthy Holiday

As we stifle a turkey and stuffing flavored burp and hit the treadmill to make up for our over-indulgence this Thanksgiving, and nurse the bumps and bruises we’ve picked up in the unfettered and lamentably violent rugby scrum that is the Black Friday sales, it’s only natural for our thoughts to turn to Christmas. While the festive time is the most wonderful time of the year for many, it still has its seasonal woes and a unique set of risks that we must all sidestep in order to be as happy and healthy as possible over the holidays. As any boy scout knows, the trick to a happy and uneventful holiday season is to be prepared. As such, here we’ll look at some commonly encountered seasonal mishaps and the measures you can put in place to avoid them…

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Don’t see in the new year with a DUI

Christmas is a time traditionally associated with festive indulgence. While for many of us this means throwing the diet books out of the window for a few weeks and enjoying the food that they love as often as they like, unfortunately many of us will be drinking too much this season. It goes without saying that a festive attitude to alcohol and driving home do not mix. Although the kind of criminal defense detailed in the Alpert Schreyer website can protect you from harsh sentencing, these experienced attorneys will be the first to agree that prevention is the best cure. Be sure to abstain if you know that you will be driving or participate in a designated driver scheme with your friends and colleagues.  

Over indulgence needn’t be unhealthy at Christmas

We have gotten into the habit of expecting a little weight gain over the holiday season. While we should absolutely enjoy the food we eat over Christmas this is not to say that we must resign ourselves to an unhealthy Christmas dinner. There are many ways in which we can cut the caloric cost of the food we love without compromising on flavor.

The traditional fare of a stuffed turkey and mountains of veggies is pretty healthy, while non-meat eaters can find a plethora of healthy vegan Christmas recipes. When we limit our intake of saturated fats, sugar and other refined carbohydrates as well as moderating our alcohol intake, we needn’t feel the guilt for our festive binge all the way through March!

Unsafe driving

Most of us will likely be spending a great deal of time on the road over the holidays and so we must ensure that both we and our vehicles are fit for purpose on the road. Take your vehicle into your local shop for a winter inspection and possibly some new winter tires. Make sure that you plan rest breaks when travelling; 15 minutes for every 2 hours at the wheel is recommended. Drink plenty of water to ensure that you’re alert and responsive and try to eschew coffee as it can cause your energy levels to spike and dip erratically throughout your journey.

Be smart and stay safe this holiday season, dear reader!

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