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Skyrocket power bills: how to reduce the cost.

As the temperatures skyrocket, power bills seem to do the same, but you can stop them!

Cutting your electric bills doesn’t have to mean buying a bunch of gadgets — or sitting alone in the dark.

I live with sunny weather all year round, so air conditioning usage accounts for most of my bill. If you live in a colder part of the country, however, heat can cause you cost more. Either way, you can use the thermostat more efficiently with simple tricks.

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  1. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – some  recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re home. Use a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature.While this may sound entirely too hot for the summer months, you may be surprised to find that it is just low enough to keep you cool. Many opt for a temperature of 72 degrees, or even lower in some cases. It is your choice, but the lower you go, the more you are going to pay on your electric bill. Getting a programmable thermostat can also help you set the temperature higher when you’re gone during the day at work and cooler when you’re home at night.
  2. Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation.Before the summer, get your AC inspected to make sure your system is leak-free and operating as efficiently as possible. Clean air filters, some units require monthly cleaning.
  3. Keep the blinds and windows closed during the day and open at night. This is a no-cost way to keep your home a little cooler.If you spend of the your day outside of the house, see your thermostat to automatically shit off the AC when you’re away. To keep the sun from heating your rooms, close the blinds when you’re not home.
  4. Window, ceiling and whole-house fans are also low-cost ways to stay comfortable.overhead fans getthermostat-banner air circulating which helps delay turning on the air conditioning, especially if you can also leave windows open on cool summer evenings.
  5. Minimize indoor heat: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It’s best to avoid the use of major appliances between 2 and 8 p.m.
  6. Set your water heater to 120ºF.
  7. Wash clothes in cold water and clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
  8. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.Turn off lights when you are not using rooms, try to rely on natural light more often.
  9. Eliminate, or deactivate, extra freezers or refrigerators if you can, especially if they spend the summer outdoors or in a garage.Keep the refrigerator doors closed whenever possible. Also, avoid placing hot items in the fridge – let them cool to room temperature first.Heat up the food, not the house. A microwave is much more efficient (and quicker!) at heating things up than an oven, especially if you’re trying to stay cool with air conditioning.
  10. If you have a pool: consider slowly reducing pool filtration time by 30 minute increments daily. Keep on reducing the time as long as the water appears clean. You may find you only need to run your pool filter six hours a day. Install a timer to control the length of time that the pool pump cycles on.

Hope you have a great summer and find ways to save in the heat!

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Yoga Challenge

Have you ever challenged yourself to start something new and commit to it? Yoga is something that I have wanted to master for quite some time. Although I have taken some classes,  still am a beginner attempting to find balance and strength in the practice. For the month of August, I decided to do a Yoga Challenge. I joined a Yoga class several weeks ago but I’ve struggled to go every week. This time, my challenge will be to do it every single day. Let’s see how long this will last. It might be easy to people who are comfortable working out everyday, but for me, I’m not much of a person who remembers to work out everyday with a busy schedule. I do use my work and school as an excuse not to exercise. At some point, you need to decide if you want to continue to slouch or start being healthy and achieve your goals. Being active can help benefit you on the long run. It’s better to start somewhere and work yourself up to different steps.

Doing this challenge will be my guide to getting back on track with a daily practice. Doing at least 30 minutes whether it’s in a class or at home can help increase strength, flexibility, and balance quickly and simply. Engagining my entire body and mind will help create a fresh outtake on working out and not strain my lower back. If don’t have much experience with yoga like myself, start with a easy practice that is sage and will have a proper alignment.  I suggest to at least take one or two classes with an instructor. They can help you position the body the correct way, once you get the technique, you can do it at home with a video or app.

Whether it’s yoga or walking or doing a squat challenge, get yourself out there and work on getting healthy and discipline your body. It’s easy to make excuses and fall of the wagon, but have the courage to continue on and even if you miss a day, it’s ok, just keep pushing forward. Go at your own pace and be able to feel great after working your body and seeing that you are taking the right steps to being healthy.

I start my yoga challenge today, I have my workout close and gear ready for it. I will be taking a class the majority of the time and doing some with an app I found recently at home. Take the step to move forward, you never know what new adventures you will open yourself up to. Take the challenge!

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Women who Rock: J.K.Rowling

J.K. Rowling is one of the most fascinating stories that took the world by storm came from a great writer, born on July 31st, 1965 J.K. Rowling is the woman behind the Harry Potter franchise becoming one of the best-selling authors today.

 

Harry potter books The craze and fan frenzy for Harry Potter series had multiplied manifold so much so that she withdrew the fourth book of the series from contention to give the other books a fair chance.

 

After the epic success of the Harry Potter series, she took a hiatus from the world of writing only to return to the book stands in 2012 with ‘The Casual Vacancy’ aimed at adults. A dark comedy about local election in small English town of Pagford, the book received mixed reviews but nevertheless sold about 1 million copies in its first three weeks of release.

Today, the Harry Potter franchise is worth an estimated $15 billion. A global brand, it has created world records in literary circles and continues to be the most loved fiction tale. For her outstanding contribution to the literary world, she has been conferred with the prestigious Legion d’honneur by French government and Order of the British Empire. She is the proud recipient of the National Book Awards, British Book Awards, Hugo Award, British Book of the Year award, Locus Award, Bram Stoker award, Hans Christian Anderson Literature award and many more. Furthermore, she has been offered honorary degrees from various universities and colleges.

 

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Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials to Face the Heat is something we should all consider during the summertime .There is not better time then to spend it outside enjoying the day. You can take small trips such as a weekend getaway to a day at the beach. While you are out exploring the world it’s good to keep in mind some essential beauty tricks that will keep your hair and skin feeling refreshed, look vibrant and ensures coverage from the sun.

Fall in love with caring for yourself.

Body.

Mind.

Spirit.

Summer products to consider

Sunscreen – it’s best defense against wrinkles, sun spots and sun damage. It ensures coverage for every inch of skin . Hot and humid conditions may sometimes feel heavy. Try out a mouse such as Super Good Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50, is ideal for your body combining the hydration benefits of a lotion with the weightlessness of a pray. Sunscreen is your best mate through summer. Always check your SPF and apply it at least 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. If you decide to wear makeup, give the sunscreen some time to settle before applying any other products.

Long-wearing eyeliner – Gel eyeliner are the best. It glides perfectly, stays on all day and easy to apply.

Be good to your body its the only place you have to live. (1)
Summer Beauty Essential

Tinted moisturizer – it helps add a wash of even glow without feeling too heavy on the skin

Lip Balm with SPF: with heat and sun exposure, a lot of irritation can cause painful, chapped and dry lips. Make a point to carry a lip balm around and every time you’re thinking of applying lipstick , try and put it over your lip balm to give your lips some protection.

Waterproof mascara – a face just isn’t done without mascara. I helps create fullness and gives definition

Hot nails – create classic looks in the summer with a perfect red nail, which looks great with sunkissed skin. Summer is the time for flip-flops, chappals, peep-toes, string sandals, and all kinds of fun and open footwear. So this is the perfect time to give your toes some colour. While you have kept your feet wrapped up in socks and shoes in the winters, this is the time to get them ‘out’ and give them a bright pop of colour.

Light scent – be reminded of the summer breeze and the perfect mix of sweet and sexy. Trade your full-strength perfume for a body spray. Get a light scent and is not too overpowering, also it should last long as the humidity tends to dry them out.

Shades– switch your frames to a spunky look that will help polarize the chic style in you.

Frizz free hair – keep humidity from ruining a good hair day with products that add body but won’t weigh down strands such as lightweight wave sprays, root-lifting powder. Try to give your hair volume and smoothness at the same time. Soften dry strands and tame flyaways with a non greasy, silicone-free oil. Keep your frizz and dryness under control by using hair sprays and hair products that will keep those locks under control and make them look good too.

Find the right products that work with your beauty routine. Keep yourself refresh and vibrant with some essential products. Before heading out the door, glam up and keep your skin feeling smooth and clean.

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What to wear for an interview

WHAT TO WEAR FOR AN INTERVIEW

 

So now you have your resume and portfolio prepared, and you’ve done your research on your potential employer. Next stop: what should I wear?

Interview 2Appearance is a key factor. I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to making sure you wear casual formal attire for an interview. It makes you look serious about the position and prepared for the job ahead. Once you are in the interview, they will see your character and can see what a great person you are. You don’t want to wait until the last minute, scrambling to get ready for the interview. Regardless of the type of job, a first impression should be a great one. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a pantsuit; dress accordingly in business attire. Don’t go in your pajamas, obviously, but if you are applying for a position in a more casual environment, such as store or restaurant, it’s still important to be neat, tidy and well-groomed. Present yourself as a positive image to the employer. When wearing makeup and accessories, don’t go for flashy. Make it more reserved; you’re not going clubbing. This shows how seriously you are taking the opportunity and shows your level of respect for the interviewer. Startups tend to be a lax atmosphere and dress code, so if you show up for a job interview in a suit and tie or conservative dress, you may give off the impression you are too uptight for the laid-back culture. Another example is a creative agency, where the traditional interview outfit may come across as unoriginal or boring. You can usually get away with adding something extra to show your originality and personality. Of course, there are still organizations where employees are expected to wear suits every day, such as law offices or finance industry firms. This is where researching the company you are applying for comes in handy. You want to make sure that you are able to be a part of the team and help them and yourself grow.

I tend to confuse the attire for interviews at times. It’s been a while since I’ve done one, but some details that I use to help me decipher office dress codes are:

Business professional: In a business professional atmosphere, suits are common and the basis of daily wear. Women might wear a skirt or pantsuit with heels.

Business casual: Don’t worry about having to wear a  suit when interviewing at a business casual company. You might consider wearing a conservative dress, a blouse (or sweater) with a skirt, or dress pants and dress shoes or boots.

Casual: When interviewing at a casual office, it’s still important to look polished and professional. That doesn’t mean you should go all the way with jeans and flip flop before getting hired. You might want to wear a collared shirt with pants or a pencil skirt or work dress.  

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Interview appearance

The interviewer is going to notice everything about you, including your interview attire, hairstyle, and makeup. With your skills, experience, and capability, you will ultimately win the job, but how you present yourself can impact the hiring manager’s impression of you. Your appearance is the reflection of your level of professionalism.

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Interview Tips

 

Interview Tips that can help you get ready.

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Interviews makes people anxious, no matter how many times they have faced it earlier. There is not doubt that you need to be attentive for an interview. Here are some tips that will point you to the right direction. Do your homework, there is no reason, you should be nervous or jittery about it. You are the right candidate and your work will show them how great of a person you will be for the position. Talk about what you have done to prepare yourself to be the best candidate for the position. Use examples to back it up during the interview. Then ask if they like more details. Give them a background of your work and experience.  You must show them they are doing a great investment in bringing you into the team.  Any job interviews you have form an entry level to the board of directors can be nervous, anxious affairs and one of the key factors in determining if your interview will ultimately be successful is how prepared you are.  Your interview is a two-way street. The interviewer wants to find out about you, but it also is your chance to find out about the company and what your role will be. Be interested and enthusiastic but not pushy and rude. Stay relaxed and listen carefully. Above all BE YOURSELF!!

 

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Interview Tricks

Interviewing for a new job can be a bit intimidating. After all, it’s not something that you do every day. Most people who interview for a job are either recent grads that are looking to get their first real work experience, or they’re already experienced workers who have been with the same company for a long time and are ready to move on to something new. Here are some helpful tips to help you make a better impression and get you into the door to your new career.

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Preparing for the interview

Prepare your portfolio and resume ahead of time and practice using it so that you know where everything is located

Do your research on the company and the position that you’re interviewing for

Practice your answers but don’t make the sound rehearsed just focus on hitting the main points

Dress professionally and make sure you are well groomed

Bring any materials you may need including a business card, resume, and portfolio

Bring a notebook and a pen or pencil so that you can take notes or jot down questions

Be on time and allow for extra travel time in case you get lost or run into traffic

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Make a good first impression with a nice, firm handshake

Be friendly, polite, and remember to smile

Display confidence through body language, don’t slouch in your chair or look down when you’re speaking

Speak loudly and enunciate when giving your answers

Always try to frame your answers in a way so that they relate to the job and why you’re the best candidate for it

Be honest- it’s better to turn down a job you’re not a good match for than to try to fake it until you make it

Prepare yourself for curveball questions you didn’t train for- take time to answer them

Ask for some time to think if you need a second to formulate your thoughts

If you are unsure of what the interviewer is asking you, politely request a more detailed explanation.

After the interview

Thank the interviewer for their time

Give the interviewer samples of your work if you have copies for them to keep (also called takeaways)

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Why cover when you can just embrace sleeveless styles for the season?

Your defenses descend around you when you bring your wall down. Your vulnerability becomes invigorating and beautiful once you have the chance to make small changes.  My self-consciousness about my arms is one of those vulnerabilities that I wish to break. I tend to hide my arms under cardigans and avoid shirts or dresses that require my arms to be exposed. Sleeveless dressing was a no, no for me for quite sometime. 

I’ve always had big arms. I have been consumed by the one-type-of-beauty and image-based society where body fat is seen as a negative thing. I was able to get out of that trap when I had to endure the summer heat in Savannah. It became so hot and humid that my fear went out the window. I didn’t care if my flabby arms would be exposed; I would rather have that than be sweaty and smelly.

“Accept yourself as you were designed “

-Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

I found myself more comfortable after several attempts. I was able to feel free and unafraid. I’m sure there will be some people who are not too friendly and would like to say negative things, but it’s not in me to care. When you take the power of fear away, you feel more confident. Baring your arms can be a little thing, but it helps build small steps to be less fearful. Accept that you are not perfect, and your flaws can be traits that you can improve through time. Now I embrace the sleeveless styles and feel comfortable. 

Bringing in the springtime with this no-sleeve dress that I found at TJ Maxx.

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Maxing it out in style : Finding the perfect Maxi skirt for the Spring

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Maxi Skirt ,how can you choose the right one? There are several maxi skirt styles to choose from. You have the chance to explore the pattern and color for the Spring.
I don’t really have a good feel for maxi skirt. How will they suit me? I genuinely have no idea where to start. I need to know what to look for and where to look. I’m 5’4”, and although I’m not that short, it’s still a struggle to find a nice Maxi dress or maxi skirt for my height. I was lucky to find this black and white striped maxi dress through Instagram. I was able to purchase it through Divno Je’ by Crystalia. One thing I like about this skirt is how flowy it is; I was able to go high-waisted with the look and it fit my height. Although I’m a girl that loves flats and sandals, I figured I need to try wearing something like wedges to help the length.

Here are some pointers on what to do when searching for the right look in a maxi dress or skirt.

Get It Tailored // While this seems like the first obvious answer, I always stray from having to get anything tailored. For me, it always seems like such a hassle. Plus, alterations can be pricey. You need to find a good tailor that will work with you, not just on this, but any future outfits.

Wear Heels Or Wedges // If you’re short, I highly suggest wearing heels or wedges whenever you wear a maxi skirt. Wearing them gives you extra height,which also helps elongate the appearance of the dress. This makes it easier for you to find skirts that complement your style. If I can, I try wearing wedges when I plan on shopping for maxi skirts to help see if the look will fit.

Wear Your Shoes Shopping // Try wearing wedges that are the height of the shoes you are planning to wear with the outfit when you are searching for the right maxi skirt/dress. Wearing your shoes shopping makes the entire process easier and you don’t waste time or money buying the wrong item.

Go High-Waisted // Most maxi skirts and maxi dresses are high-waisted, but some aren’t. In fact, the first maxi skirt I ever bought was one that sat on my hips. This was a very long time ago and was definitely a huge mistake on my part. By going high-waisted, the maxi skirt will naturally complement your figure and give you a more stunning silhouette than if your skirt rides on your hips. Going high-waisted also helps give the slight illusion that you’re taller. I would also consider adding a belt to the look to help accentuate your waist.

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Choose A Maxi With print // Flowy is the way to go with a maxi skirt if you’re a shortie. Any kind of material that is stiff and has no life to it can be very dangerous for petite figures, as it can make your shape seem like something it’s actually not. Skirts with printed fabric help make an illusion and give life to your style.

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Women who Inspire: Susan B. Anthony

  One of the many women who have inspired me through my journey of opening a business is Susan B. Anthony. In 1869 she founded the National Woman’s suffrage Association along with a friend, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Susan devoted most of her time to the Abolitionist cause and became and agent for the American Anti-Slavery …