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Groovy Movies: Crawl Edition

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Groovy Movies: Crawl Edition

Howdy! This past week, I took one of my clients to see a new creature horror movie called Crawl. Normally, I am not big on the flicks with giant animals terrorizing people, but this one was highly entertaining, super suspenseful, short and sweet, and the actors weren’t half bad, either. Take a look at the trailer and then read on to find out my rating for this new release:

^^^ And, as always, I have no rights to this video.

Long story short, a hella hurricane is happening in Florida and when swim star, Hayley, has heard nothing from her dad, she ventures to their old home to investigate. He is nowhere to be found inside of the house but the family dog, Sugar, leads her to the crawl space beneath, which she begrudgingly goes into.

After some searching in the claustrophobic bottom layer of the house, Hayley finds her dad severely injured with an alligator bite to the shoulder and leg compliments of the one that entered the premises through a flooded drain pipe. And, to make matters worse, there’s not one but two of them. And, to make matters worse AGAIN, the crawl space is beginning to fill with water thanks to the major hurricane happening. So, their options are to drown or figure a way out despite the massive gators making home there…

And save the dog, of course.

Like I said earlier, these types of movies are normally not my cup of tea. But, I thought that Crawl was an absolute HOOT. It was a really fun watch and the suspense was nonstop thanks to a combination of things like the close quarters of the crawl space, the flood waters steadily rising, and oh yeah – the big ass alligators. I also liked how this movie was relatively short at an hour and a half because it moved quickly and made the anticipation of the flood waters rising feel even more desperate.

Hayley and her dad were also both very likeable and I found myself rooting for them and their safety the entire movie. So, whenever a setback would happen or a plan didn’t work, it definitely felt like a major blow. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie and I would give it a seven out of ten. It was a great summer flick to see in theaters and I would for sure recommend it!

Who else has seen Crawl? What were your thoughts on it? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Areas Of Your Life You Can Always Work On Improving

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Areas Of Your Life You Can Always Work On Improving

If you are keen to try and live the very best life you can, there are many things that you might want to consider in order to make sure that you do just that. In essence, you need to think about improving a number of areas of your life all at once, or at least in order, so that you can know that you are doing everything in your power to make that success much more likely. You can start with some of the following:

Your Career:

For many people, their career is just about the most important thing in their life. Chances are, it is the part of your life that you put the most effort into and spend the most time on, so you want to know that you are doing it right. Most of us would like to be at a higher stage in our careers at all times, as that is the nature of it. And while this is a noble thing to try and aim for, you can be sure that there is also much to be gained from trying to enjoy where you are presently, and how far you have already come, as well as trying to advance further. Finding the balance between these two things is likely to be difficult, but it’s something that you should try for if you want to be as happy with your career as you can be.

If you want to advance your career, then there are a number of ways in which you can do so. You will always find that it is beneficial to go back to school and get some higher education. Being more educated will mean that you are more qualified for higher roles and promotions, and that you can get the job you want – if it is something that requires a specific qualification first. One of the most important decisions here is what course to take, which depends on what you are hoping to do. It might be that you are thinking of getting into nursing, in which case a nursing degree from Regis College could be the way to go. Or you might want to become a business manager, and feel that you could benefit from a degree in business management. Whatever you do, make sure that you get an appropriate qualification, and that you trust the institution you are getting it from.

Doing that will ensure that you improve your career in the long run and ultimately earn more money, but it will also mean that you gain more knowledge, which is also a huge benefit in your life. There are other ways to boost your career too, and you might want to think about asking for a raise if you are want to improve the financial side of things. That can be frightening to many people, but it is the kind of thing that you are going to have to do if you want to get the results. Of course, you will find it a lot easier to ask for a raise if you have a great deal of personal confidence – something else that you might want to work on in your life.

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Confidence:

Most of us probably feel that we could do with a little more confidence in our lives. If you want to try and boost your own confidence levels, there are many ways in which you can do so. Sometimes the only big difference you need to make is a basic change of your mentality. It might be that you assume that you are not a confident person, and that you just can’t be more confident. But the fact is that it is not fixed, and any of us can build as much confidence as we like over a period of time if we want to.

In general, the one basic way that you boost your confidence is by stepping outside of your comfort zone. This process of constantly living at your edge is something that will make an enormous difference over time, and you should find that you are able to see some great improvements in your confidence by living this way. You can also think about trying other short-term solutions for when you just need to feel more confident in the moment. For instance, you could try a power pose: this is where you stand with legs at hip width, arms on your hips, head up, and smile. It is proven that doing this for merely a few minutes can make you feel much more confident, and the people around you will notice too.

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Relationships:

Just as confidence building is all about working on the relationship with yourself, so too you will find that it is a good idea to be working on your relationships with other people. The better and happier your relationships with other people are, the more likely it is that you will lead a happy and contented life, and that you will have many great times ahead of you. So what can you do to ensure that you are working on your relationships in a way that will make a positive impact?

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Life is all about going with the flow and working to climb the ladder in all aspects of your life. Use the tips above to help get you going in a more positive direction!

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Four Tips For Planning A Safe And Comfortable Event

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Four Tips For Planning A Safe And Comfortable Event

Pulling off a successful event, whether it is the big game, the hottest musical act, or trendiest trade show requires incredible attention to detail and a lot of logistical planning. However, of all the components that are required to achieve success, few are more important than preparing for the safety and comfort of all who are in attendance.

If you have been tasked with arranging the next performance, conference, or retreat for your company, let these four event planning tips help you along the way. From selecting reliable emergency equipment for east coast to making sure there are enough restrooms available, this guide is sure to make your job a bit easier:

1. Select the Right Venue

You may not have a lot of choice in the venue your event will be held at, but endeavor to find a facility that is designed for the number of attendees that you expect. To ensure the comfort of the guests, there should be ample room for seating, networking, and dining.

2. Properly Accommodate Needs

To keep people happy and attentive requires meeting their basic needs. If your venue does not have enough restrooms, shelter, or necessary lodging, you will need to supply them. Instead of managing a disgruntled crowd, look to mobile units instead for an easy solution to an age-old problem.

3. Train Your Staff

Though safety has always been a priority when large groups of people are gathered together, it is on everyone’s mind in this day and age. Taking the time to properly train all staff to handle emergencies and unexpected disturbances is key to establishing a secure environment.

4. Communicate Roles and Responsibilities

Every team needs a proper chain of command, and your event staff is no exception. Well before the big day, be clear about the roles and responsibilities of all participants and clarify how they should efficiently and effectively communicate with one another.

Follow the tips above for a smooth day on your big event!

Pricing Your Products The Right Way

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Pricing Your Products The Right Way

Much has been said about gaining the trust of your customers. You need to have great branding efforts and your marketing materials should be engaging enough to draw them in. However, building trust goes beyond all of these. You need to show that your brand is genuinely caring – that you will always provide them with products and services whenever they need them. You shall act as a friendly advisor. On top of these promises, you have to be fair. Fairness is among the values that establishes the foundation of customer relationships. One way of exemplifying fairness is through pricing the products the right way.

Many business people, though they are genuinely caring, often make the mistake of putting up a high price tag. Your goal is to earn profit, but that does not mean that you will not be transparent with your dealings. You just don’t give prices without any basis. There are a lot of factors that come into play. Here are some of them:

Gauge the market:

The market shall always be your compass when determining the prices of your product. Just look at your competitors. They may be offering the same products and services, and you have to know how much they are charging. By simply looking at this factor will allow you to play the game with your ear. If you charge too much, your customers will go to your competitors. When your prices are too low, there will be risk of overwhelming demands, which in turn may compromise the quality of your offerings. Find the middle ground and take it from there. You can use various price monitoring tools in this case for guidance.

Consider your costs:

Sometimes, you will need to look at your own resources and production to gauge how much you are going to charge. You need to have a breakeven and even get your ROI. Otherwise, you will experience loss, which is not a good thing. Take into account other factors besides product development and manufacturing and include overheads, such as rent, staff salary, and marketing in your list.

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Talk to your customers:

Before you release or launch a new product, you have to talk to your customers first. Find out if they are willing to spend their money for the product or service you are releasing. You can conduct a survey or a focus group discussion to make this prospect easy.

Look at the economy:

You will also have to look at what the economy does to various industries. The effects of macroeconomic activities trickle down to businesses. They affect the prices of raw materials and manufacturing services. The price of your products should depend on the costs you incur at a specific economic phase.

The price is right, that should be the guiding principle you follow when deciding on the price tags of your product. When you price the products right, you are showing your commitment to being transparent and building trust. Pricing the products the right way should not be difficult, as there will always be methods and tools that will help you.

Workplace Safety: Injuries And Prevention

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Workplace Safety: Injuries And Prevention

Workplace safety should be an utmost priority for all businesses and operations, as it can significantly affect a company or organization’s most essential asset, its workforce, and can subsequently stifle productivity and have financial consequences. According to the National Safety Council, one worker is injured every seven seconds at work, about 4.6 million workers are injured on the job per year, and a total of 104 million production days are lost due to workplace injuries.

To make your workplace safer, it’s not enough to comply with health and safety regulations; one must be wary of the common workplace injuries to take the necessary steps to prevent them. So let’s take a look at these injuries and the preventive measures you can take to help your workforce avoid them:

Slips, Trips, and Falls:

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), slips, trips, and falls constitute 25.8% of all work-related injuries. Despite these being quite common, preventing these types of injuries is quite easy and straightforward. Good housekeeping can address the issues of slipping and tripping; your workplace should minimize any clutter on the floor to avoid tripping over them and any spills should be immediately cleaned up. To avoid falls, elevated platforms should have railings and ladders should be installed or placed on solid, even surfaces.

Contact with Objects and Equipment:

The next most common (26%) workplace injury is contact with objects, machinery, and equipment. There are numerous ways for one to be injured by workplace equipment: one’s limbs or clothing can be caught up in gears and moving parts, an employee can be struck by heavy equipment, or collapsing structures or packages could fall on anyone below it. As such, it’s important for one to properly stack and store objects, ensuring that the heavier objects are stored at the base. Workers should be extra careful and wary of moving equipment and objects to avoid getting struck or get caught by moving components. And everyone in the workplace and those operating machinery should wear proper protective gear and equipment.

Overexertion:

Overexertion, according to the NSC, ranks as the most common workplace injury (33.54%). Overexertion happens through repetitive motion or poor posture when lifting or lowering heavy objects. Hence, your employees should be duly trained on how to properly lift and transport heavy objects and also allow your workforce to take short breaks in between heavy labor. Alternatively, your business or company can provide your workforce with equipment or vehicles such as hand trucks and forklifts to make lifting and transporting easier and significantly reduce the risk of overexertion.

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Other Common Injuries:

The other common injuries that end up forcing your workers to require a few days off from work are sprains and tears (from heavy physical activities), neck and back soreness (from sitting too long or from poor posture), and cuts, lacerations, and punctures (from contact with sharp objects in the workplace). These injuries can easily be avoided as well by proper posture, correct handling of equipment, and being mindful of one’s surroundings.

Workplace injuries are common, and even with all of the preventive measures, safety equipment, and trainings, there’s always the risk of accidents and injuries no matter how small. It’s important for your company or business to have either on-site health professionals, first aid kits and staff that are trained in first aid in case of accidents, or at least orthopedics or occupational medicine physicians on call in case of any accidents in your workplace.

Basic Traffic Boosting Strategies For Startups

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Basic Traffic Boosting Strategies For Startups

In the past, we’ve talked about merging traditional marketing with digital technology to boost your business’ online presence. While SEO is one of the most effective ways to get people to your site, it’s not the only way. In fact, there are other ways of boosting organic traffic, you just have to know what to do! Here, we list some basic Traffic Boosting strategies that aren’t too difficult to pull off:

Long-Tail Keywords:

With almost 50% of search engine queries coming from voice search, Google is starting to shift its focus towards long-tail keywords. Simply put, long-tail keywords are more like key phrases: they contain more words than traditional keywords and are usually much more specific.

For example, instead of typing down “best BBQ Texas”, users will more likely use their voice search and ask, in plain English, “What’s the best BBQ restaurant in Texas”. Because of advances in voice-recognition software over the past couple of years, Google and other search engines will be prioritizing the use of full sentences rather than chunky keywords.

This is good news for everybody: online companies will have to write more organic sounding content (which is always better than contrived pieces), and search engines are able to provide more accurate, more localized results (and even improve their Machine Learning algorithms in the process!).

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Internal Links:

Basically, internal links are when you create content that has links to a different webpage within your webpage. Why is this important? Well, it all boils down to two things: bounce rate and page rank.

Bounce rate refers to the percentage of website visitors who navigate away from the website they’re visiting. A high bounce rate is bad news; it means your website is boring, it doesn’t add value to your readers, or it’s confusing, among other things. A low bounce rate, on the other hand, is good news: it means your website is interesting, easy to use, adds value, and a lot of other things that people will want to stay for.

Page rank is pretty self-explanatory: it’s the rank your website occupies in the search results of Google. The higher the rank, the higher the chances of your website garnering traffic, the higher your chances of converting leads. There are dozens of data signals Google uses to determine page rank, and one of them is, you guessed it, bounce rate.

So what do they have to do with internal links? Well, internal links drastically reduces your bounce rate, especially if the links you provide go to a page in your site that offers even more information (or value) to your visitors. This creates a positive feedback loop that reduces your bounce rate and increases the time people spend on your website which, in turn, gets you higher up the page ranks which, in turn again, drives traffic to your website.

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Involving the Community:

Now that you have your internal links and keywords sorted out, it’s time to start reaching out to your community. Social media management is an important aspect of traffic-driving and, if done right, can mean a drastic uptick in website visits.

Managing a social media community is all about engagement, transparency, and prompt addressing of issues. This means talking to your customers through social media, whether it’s by commenting on their posts, replying to tags, or through instant messenger. For the latter, bots exist to address the most common concerns, but it’s always good to be on hand for any questions that you might not have programmed your chatbots to answer.

But, don’t limit yourself to social media! Find out which online forums your community hangs out in and start cultivating a positive image of yourself by posting value-adding content that isn’t spammy or kitschy. Just stick to forum guidelines and you should be okay.

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Build Those Links:

Speaking of community, it’s a good idea to start link building. Basically, link building is getting an external website (usually blogs) to host your content on their site with a hyperlink that can direct visitors back to your website. Simple, right? Well, yes and no.

Link building is a very effective way of driving traffic, if you do it properly. What is proper link building? It’s creating great, organic content that other website owners will have no problem hosting. What’s important is that this happens naturally, with no exchange of any kind of resources, whether monetary, favors, or even the website owner’s links. This is because Google hates it when you try to manipulate your page ranks in a non-organic way.

But not to worry: there are plenty of legitimate link building service providers who can help you build your links in a natural way for maximum traffic driving.

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Boost your traffic with the tips above and watch your website begin to blossom!

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Crystal Collection

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Crystal Collection

Hi! When moving into my new apartment, my family and the families of the clients that I work with were so generous in the different ways that they helped. From moving furniture, helping me select apartment necessities, and words of encouragement, my move was definitely a group effort. And, some donations of goods that were no longer needed to the Lil Red Foundation certainly helped, too!

While a client’s family was cleaning through their garage, they offered me all of the crystal glassware that I will ever need. From wine glasses to mugs and drinking cups as well as the gorgeous pieces below, I think that I am all set! Check it out:

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I love my job so much because I have become extremely close with quite a few of the families that I work with. And, being considered part of the family as opposed to the provider for their son or daughter with special needs is an honor that I don’t take lightly. Because of this family mindset that has formed thanks to the over year and a half that I have been working with some of them, an eagerness to help out from my families was displayed.

Of course, their services were something that I would never ask for but were insisted upon me and that kindness meant so much. I am so in love with all of the pieces in my crystal collection but, mainly, am enamored with the huge punch bowl with hanging glasses! I am so excited to create some type of tasty sangria to fill it with and serve at my next get together. The bowl set feels vintage and oh so chic and I am really looking forward to using it.

And, the set of four chunky crystal pieces are beautiful, too. And, once I get the lovely pair of curio cabinets that one of my client’s families was going to tote off to the Goodwill, I will be displaying them on one of the shelves. Can’t wait!

Do you have a crystal or China collection? How do you store or display your glassware? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah