Your Smartphone Can Simplify Your Life–If You Use It Properly

Smartphones are incredibly versatile devices that are capable of enriching our lives and helping us stay connected. Unfortunately, the way they invade our lives as been met with a lot of negativity with some critics even argue that they’re taking over our lives and, thanks to social media, making us more stressed than ever.

But that’s simply not true.

One argument is that people tend to interact less in person now that we have smartphones, but if anything, people are more prone to interact with each other thanks to the internet, especially if they previously lacked confidence or had no real social connections in their daily lives. But to go an extra step further; did you know that smartphones are now capable of completely simplifying your life and getting rid of a lot of clutter, stress and frustration?

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Use your phone to help keep your life schedule

Your phone is a convenient little organizer that can help you keep things in order, take notes and also schedule things with notifications. There are pre-installed apps that can help you do this on both iOS and Android devices. For example, you have Apple Calendar and Google Calendar on your phone which can also be edited and accessed on laptops and desktops.

Notifications can also be attached to sound clips and music which can be played to alert you when something is coming up soon. There are also third-party notifications that can add extra features such as smart reminders or even use text-to-voice reminders.

A quick break to have some fun

For many people, smartphones have become the ultimate portable gaming device. With both the iOS and Android app stores, you can download thousands of fun games for free or even pay a small price to play premium titles such as slots online or fully-fledged ports of existing PC and console games. These games are great for having a bit of fun on a commute or when you’re waiting for someone, and they’re even a good choice to replace existing consoles if you don’t have time to play full games anymore.

Fun also doesn’t need to be limited to video games. Fun can also be reading or watching your favourite shows which can be another way to clear up the clutter in your home. You can purchase digital versions of all of your books or even subscribe to a service to get unlimited access to thousands of books to read, and there are also options for audiobooks and subscription TV on your phone. This means you never have to buy a physical copy of a show anymore and they’re conveniently organised and stored in your phone, able to be transferred to any new device you buy in the future.

Shopping made convenient with your phone

Ever needed a last-minute purchase from the store? Perhaps you’ve forgotten the milk or maybe you need to buy a lot of drinks but don’t see yourself carrying everything.

Thanks to the myriad of shopping services available, it’s incredibly easy to just make a purchase on your phone and have it delivered to you within 24 hours. There’s nothing quite as convenient as shopping from the comfort of your phone and it can simplify your life greatly while also giving you more time to spend on other things.

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5 Crimes You Need To Safeguard Yourself Against

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Is crime really on the increase in the United States? Some people, especially those who work in the media, would certainly have you think that it is. Some people also believe that now there are many new crimes that take place online, these are also pushing the number up too.

The jury is still out as to whether the crime rate is actually on the rise, but one thing that might be interesting to note is that the five most common crimes over the past few years are still those that have been quite common for the past decade or more. Here are five common crimes that we all need to safeguard ourselves against. 

Burglary

Lots of homeowners go to many different lengths to secure their home. Thankfully, there is no shortage of security methods right now. You might want to install a burglar alarm so that you are always notified whenever an intruder tries to get in. Some homeowners also equip their home with CCTV as well. It’s worth taking a look on some home blogs to see the various ways other people have secured their home. 

Car Theft

There are a lot of car-related crimes carried out these days and many people end up hiring a defense attorney to help them get out of DUI and car theft charges. You might be surprised to learn that there are more car theft crimes carried out than DUIs, generally speaking. Just like securing your home, there are also different ways to keep your car safe. If you don’t have a garage to store it in, then it is really worth investing in a car alarm.

Cybercrimes

As mentioned above, cybercrimes are quite widespread these days, so much so that they are one of the five most reported crimes these days. As long as you use very strong passwords for each of your online accounts, then you should be fairly safe. It’s also a good idea to use the latest anti-virus software and firewalls to ensure that no viruses try to infiltrate your network.

Fraud

Fraud is still a very common crime as well, and a lot of it is being fueled by online scams. As long as you are always aware and use common sense, you should find that it is simple enough to stay away from fraudsters. If you are ever in any doubt about a strange email that you receive from your bank, it is best to phone them and query it before you do respond to it or click on any links. 

Assault

Sadly, assault is still a very common crime. The best way to not be targeted is to stay discreet and keep your purse and phone away in pockets or a bag at all times. Also, use your common sense and don’t walk alone at night through a dangerous area or neighborhood.

Crime is always going to be a problem unfortunately but, as you can see from the points above, there are various ways you can protect yourself from it.

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5 Guaranteed Mood Lifters for Dreary, Down Days

Aren’t those days the worst? Your alarm blares out annoyingly, the rain pours down and you open the fridge to find the milk carton is empty. Everyone experiences dreary, down days that seem unavoidable, but there are ways to turn your bad day into a positive one. When you’re caught in a negative spiral it is important to find activities that are guaranteed to trigger happier emotions inside your body. If you find yourself in these situations regularly, then consider some of the following mood lifters right now.

1.Music

Listening to some upbeat and quirky tunes can work wonders when you’re trying to lift your spirits. Expand the type of music you listen to and try out new genres here https://stockmusic.net/blog/western-movie-music/. You will be surprised at the type of songs that spark inspiration and happiness inside of you. Try to take on projects that might require music too, such as home movie making or video editing; this will help to refocus your mind and give you an instant lift in positive endorphins.

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2. Talking

When you’re having a bad day, the last thing you want to do is talk about the embarrassing reason why you’re feeling down. However, if you can talk to someone who is neutral and understanding, you will feel a whole lot better. Call up a close friend or go out for coffee with a colleague and you will feel like a weight as been lifted.

3. Moving

Exercise releases a rush of endorphins that can instantly make you feel better when you’re having a terrible day. Even though you might want to spend the day on the sofa eating cookies and watching romantic comedies, you might find it more beneficial to head to a dance class or go for a run!

4. Cooking

The methodical and therapeutic process of cooking should never be underestimated. Even if you aren’t the greatest chef in the world, you will probably end up with some delicious dishes in the end. Use some online recipes to start of simply and then branch out to more complicated foods when your confidence has grown. A couple of hours on your own in the kitchen will give you the time and space you need when you’re having one of those days.

5. Laughing

The benefits of laughter are undeniable, so why not go out of your way to have a giggle? Watch a funny film, rewatch your favourite comedy series or call up your most hilarious friend. Forcing yourself to laugh might sound crazy, but it will be an instant mood booster.

Some of these ideas might seem pretty obvious from afar, but have you ever given them a try? The next time you wake up with negative energy, you should try a handful of the activities mentioned above. Don’t allow a bad morning to spiral into a terrible day; uplift your mood using tried and tested techniques that work for you!

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Top Tips to Make a Retirement House a Home

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Whether you’re thinking about purchasing your own retirement property, or you’re helping a family member settle into theirs, it’s an exciting time. A retirement property is somewhere to spend the golden years of life relaxing, enjoying the company of friends, and making the most of your free time. It’s no wonder people put a lot of thought into making it a special haven. But just like any time you move house, it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider to help you make your retirement house a home. 

Decoration 

If you’re downsizing, you’ve probably had a big clear out and decluttered your home in preparation for the move. A lot of what you’ve chosen to keep will likely have sentimental value, whether it’s books, ornaments, or heirlooms. Why not add beautiful glass cases, or shelves built into alcoves, to display your treasures? Nothing makes a house feel more like home. You’ll also most likely be busy painting and choosing soft furnishings. Many people want light, soft shades for their walls and curtains since they have a timeless quality. These colors will also help to make your space lighter and brighter. 

The furniture 

If you’re picking out new furniture for your home, you don’t need to throw style out of the window! Classics like leather sofas and solid oak dressers will always be an excellent investment. But sometimes when you’re buying for retirement, you need to consider some other factors too. You might prefer higher backed chairs that provide more support, or reclining armchairs for additional comfort. As people get older, they tend to prefer more solid cushions, to prevent them from sinking into the sofa. Firmer seats are much better for your posture, especially if you experience back pain. Crown Furniture has some good options, and if you particular back problems you could seek the advice of your physical therapist. Be sure to choose furniture that radiates comfort and style. With all the options available, you shouldn’t have to compromise. 

Mobility 

We all know that aging can mean decreased mobility. It might not be a problem now, but as you get older, you may find it harder to take the stairs, or you may have visitors that do. If you’re yet to buy a property, look out for one’s with a broad and straight enough staircase that would make it easiest to fit a stairlift. Outside of your home, you can add a mobility ramp or a grab rail. But they don’t have to be unsightly. You can paint the railings and ramp to complement your door or even install a zig-zagging slope instead of stairs, made to match the walls and surroundings. 

Another consideration is mobility in the bathroom. Many people find it hard to get in and out of the bathtub as they age. Luckily, there are many options for stylish and useful walk-in showers and even walk-in baths! You could also convert the bathroom to a wetroom, with elegant tiles and a luxurious sunflower showerhead. 

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Tips and Tricks to Free Up Your Finances

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Are you looking for ways to cut your spending without feeling the pinch? Sometimes, it can seem impossible to scrape more out of your budget, but there are some pain-free strategies that might surprise you. Read on for tips and tricks to make those dollars go further.

Cut Out Cable

Cable TV is pretty expensive these days, so why not give it the ax? Thanks to technology, there are better options for your viewing pleasure. For example, a Roku streaming stick allows you to stream oodles of entertainment, with access to over half a million movies and TV shows. What’s more, most channels offer apps that include live TV, viewable either with a streaming device or online.

Rethink Tanking Up

Whether it’s the daily commute or a cross-country road trip, gasoline is a must-have. You might think there is simply no way to cut your spending on fuel without giving up something. However, if you join a major gas or grocery chain’s rewards program, you can save money every time you fill your gas tank. Check out what’s available at the stations you frequent, and if you opt for a credit card program, make it a point to pay cards off so interest doesn’t eat up your savings.

Similarly, consider gift card programs. For example, Walmart offers a discount on gas purchased with a prepaid gift card. It’s a great way to ensure you don’t end up with a pile of interest if that’s something you struggle with.

Great Getaways

Vacationing, weekends away, and day trips with the fam can add up pretty quickly. If you’re looking for opportunities to stretch your dollars and still have fun, why not head to a state park? Most state parks are either free or have minimal charges, and if you make a habit of going, you can usually purchase a pass to save the entry fee. The funds collected often go right back into the parks, and to top it all off, you some bonus perks from spending time in the great outdoors. As the American Heart Association explains, nature appears to offer some key health benefits, like lowering stress and anxiety, so you can double dip on the good feels.

Chic and Sensible

Clothing can eat up your income pretty quickly, especially if you enjoy keeping up with the latest trends. Thankfully, the used clothing market is a great way to keep you looking sharp without the high price tag of shopping new. So, consider hitting up your local thrift stores or shopping online through auction sites or web-based boutiques. For everything from workout clothes to PJs to date nights, you can outfit yourself and the family. After all, much of the excitement of shopping is the thrill of the hunt, so while it might be a bit more challenging to find what you want, that’s half the fun. There are bargains to be had — and dollars to be stretched!

Showstopping Savings

Date nights, matinees with the kids, or just catching the latest hot flick is less expensive than it used to be, at least if you play your cards right. Thanks to movie theater subscription opportunities, you can watch the big screen more affordably than you could in the past. Think about which cinemas are your favorites and explore your options, as each subscription service is different. It’s just the ticket to catching more films and spending less.

When it’s time to pinch pennies, there are some clever ways to make the most of your money. Rethink your routine spending habits, and search out opportunities to make things more affordable. You can have all the fun you normally do, and it’ll feel even better knowing you aren’t going broke doing it!

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Easy Steps To Improve Your Home’s Security

Being able to ensure that you, your family and your belongings are completely safe and secure inside your home should be one of your main priorities. You must take steps to minimize the chances of someone, or something, being able to break in and potentially cause harm to the residents and contents of your home, as wherever you live there’s a possibility that criminals and wild animals may be lurking nearby. Luckily, there are a few easy ways that you can improve your homes security in next to no time, that can help you sleep soundly at night having the utmost confidence that you won’t be disturbed. 

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Install An Alarm System

One of the best ways to protect your home is by installing an alarm system that can detect an intruder and alert you, and sometimes even the emergency services, immediately. Depending on the level of security you require, an alarm can help to cover the outside of your house as well as certain areas inside such as the ground floor once you go upstairs to sleep at night. The very moment that the motion, light or sound detection is tripped, a loud noise of some kind will sound. This will alert you to the situation, and also help to scare off who or whatever decided to gain access to your property. It can also help to alert your neighbors to contact the police if they can hear your alarm sounding continuously. Though the alarms physical container may act as a deterrent to some hopeful robbers, it can also signify that you have something (possibly very valuable and expensive) to protect, so be careful. 

Secure Windows & Doors

Invest some money in door and window replacement can boost the security of your house dramatically. Replacing any old and worn out windows for some reinforced double glazing will provide you with an extra thick layer of defense. Ensure that the locks to your windows are strong and sturdy, and assess the ease of opening them without a key or from the outside to identify any weaknesses. For external doors, avoid any kind of glass panelling that could be shattered or smashed easily. Its best to opt for a thick door that contains a spy hole, as well as a deadlock. A chain and limiter will help to keep you even more safe, as they allow you to speak with anyone who calls whilst making it close to impossible for them to gain entry. If you ever lose even one key to your home, be sure to get the locks changed as soon as possible. The small amount of money you will have to spend will be worth it to ensure the safety of your family. 

Get Some CCTV

Security cameras, though sometimes a costly investment, come with a whole host of benefits. Firstly just the existence of a camera, whether working or not, will be the perfect warning to anyone trying to gain unlawful access to your home and work well in putting them off their original plans. Being able to review and monitor the perimeter of your property without having to step foot outside will allow you to identify any risks before they become real problems and help to give you more time to prepare yourself and act accordingly. Some CCTV systems even link through to your smartphone or other electronic device, so you can check your house when you are away for even greater peace of mind. 

Fencing 

If you want to have maximum levels of security and your home is detached (stands alone), it might be worthwhile to consider purchasing fencing to surround your property or land. Fences can come in many different forms, ranging from railing with pointed tips that are unscalable, to strong and tall brick walls that make your house inaccessible from the outside. It’s completely up to you how far you would like to go, but just ensure that you have the right planning permission if you would like to build something. 

Trying to figure out what to do after your home broken into is really tough, and preventing the event from occurring in the first place is much easier. By following the easy steps above you should be able to increase the overall security of your house dramatically and feel much more relaxed knowing that you and your family are safe and sound. Don’t wait around for the worst to happen before you take the right amount measures to protect your property. 

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Simple Eco- Friendly Tips For The Home

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We all want to do our part of the planet, and making sure that is it healthy and thriving is something which is important for many of us. This year in particular we need to take a stand and do what we can do be more eco-friendly because the world is changing at a rapid rate. Every little thing helps and there are so many ways that we can make a positive impact on the world and on our ecosystem. Today let’s take a look at some things you can do at home which will keep the planet happy

Plant a tree 

Trees are more important than you might think, and when it comes to keeping the planet happy it is more important than ever to plant trees and this is something which everyone can do which will make a huge impact on the planet. Trees produce oxygen and clear the carbon dioxide out of the air which has a hugely positive effect on our atmosphere. It is important to plant a tree this week and you will be helping the planet in a huge way. 

Use a rainwater tank 

A water tank from https://www.clarktanks.com.au/ in the garden can be a great way to save your water bill and also to be more eco friendly. The act of pumping water through the home costs energy and energy is what can affect the environment, and this is why you should always try to use natural resources instead. You can place a tank in the garden and use this to fill your watering can and make sure your plants stay healthy without using the hose.

Take shorter showers 

Another way to save water and also save on heating is to take a shorter shower. Showering is always amazing and it is more than tempting to take 20 minutes in the shower every single day. But if you can reduce your shower time by 5 minutes, this will make an impact over the months in a positive way. 

Turn off the lights 

Switching the lights on and off all through the year is something which can be annoying and it will also use a lot of electricity. Unless it is dark in your chosen room you shouldn’t need to turn on the lights at all, and it is always important to switch off the lights when you are finished in a room. 

Go motion sensing 

If you think you might forget to turn off the lights, a great choice would be to use a motion sensing light instead. Motion sensing lights can be used inside and outside the house to allow you to have extra security and also save some real money. 

Wrap up 

Instead of turning on the heating every time the house is a little bit chilly, it is a great idea to invest in things such as a blanket for the sofa or some extra layers for yourself. Avoid the heating if you can for money and energy.

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