Even Better than a Weed Eater for Christmas!

So I've spent the better part of last week in bed with a cold. Which is not good. What is good is that I got to spend some time with a few books that I've really been meaning to get to for months.

Although I had a few novels ready to go, I found myself flicking through a gardening book that I got last Christmas. It was a gift from my mother who, tired of hinting to me time and time again that I really needed to tidy up the front yard, finally took a different approach and gifted me a book.

It's called Front Yard Gardens: Growing More Than Grass and is written by Liz Primeau. When I opened the gift I wasn't sure if it was a joke, or a genuine gift from the heart.  I'm still not sure, but I have to say I really love the book!

My attempts at keeping order in the front yard have, to this point, consisted on wandering around with a weed eater, taking out anything that was above a certain level or didn't look like grass. The motor, which was always a bit feeble and spluttery, gave out at the end of last summer, leaving me to contemplate actual weeding. The real hands and knees, get dirty sort of weeding.  Of course I didn't go there – after all, what on earth is RoundUp for?!

Anyway, this book has totally changed my way of looking at my ugly patch of dirt and weeds. In Front Yard Gardens, Liz gives concrete examples, and plenty of them.  She illustrates how front lawns (and even some more along the lines of my own that can't honestly be called that) can be transformed into beautiful gardens that insects and butterflies flock to.

Liz Primeau talks about childhood memories from the fifties that revolve around neighbors' well-tended lush green lawns. I think this has been my problem too – feeling as though I had to create just this, and then giving up before I even started as the idea just didn't excite me!  

Primeau challenges this almost universally held belief that areas in front of the house should be mainly lawn, and a well tended one at that, with an optional border of flowers and/or shrubs. For a bit of variety, and central garden bed is acceptable. Realizing that it didn't have to be like this was a such a relief. I'd been approaching it all wrong!

While there's a fine line between a natural garden and a wild meadow, Primeau seems to be able to deliver the former while keeping the good components of the latter. She talks about creating space that is pleasing to the eye, attractive to flying creatures and as low or high maintenance as you want to make it.

Front garden

Anyway, I'm full of inspiration and energy for transforming my front 'lawn' into an amazing front garden. I have ideas and scribbled diagrams, a long list of flowers and shrubs and and even longer list of gardening tools.

While I'm confident that even I can pull this off, if the whole project does fall in a heap, I'll resuming my old approach and be on the lookout for a new way of taming my front yard.  A more powerful weed eater!

Excellent decorating books to help you to revamp your home

When it comes to decorating your home – take some advice from the experts. These books are a fab way to inspire and help you get the look you’ve seen in the glossy magazines.


Kitchen And Bathroom Faucets: Choosing One That Works And Looks Great [Kindle Edition] by Michael Cimicata

Don’t underestimate the power of attention to detail – choosing the right bathroom and kitchen faucets could be the making or breaking of your design. Michael Cimiata offers great advice on various brands, styles, models, and types to consider, when remodeling either of these two important areas of your home. Great advice for faucet finishing touches!


Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy by Deborah Needleman

The team at Domino magazine have done a fantastic job of passing on the know-how to creating a stunning room design. You’ll learn how to approach every room in the house – including the home office and kids’ rooms. The photography throughout is stunning – really helping to inspire and visualize each room’s the final look.


Fresh Paint: Fun & Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home (The Fresh Paint Series) by Glenwood Sherry

‘Fresh Paint’ focuses exclusively on the painting aspect of decorating – with images of the room from a wide-angle perspective, rather than a close-up swatch – this is very helpful. The paint effects and colors throughout the book are fresh, vibrant, and wouldn’t look out of place in any family home, modern apartment, or even a minimal designer loft.


Use What You Have Decorating by Lauri Ward

Excellent book for anyone on a budget, Lauri Ward advises taking advantage of all the great stuff you already have – transforming it using color, different layout, and by adding some reasonably priced materials and items. She’s a great advocate to developing your own personal and unique style – after all it’s you who’s going to have to live with the end result!


Decorate: 1,000 Professional Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home by Holly Becker

Lots of interesting and fresh ideas to kick start your creativity and get you well on your way to a breathtaking, yet very personal look for your home. Author, Holly Becker, highlights a superb range of styles such as, modern, earthy, bohemian, minimal, second-hand, floral, and urban.


The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate and Live Well by Deborah Needleman

‘The Perfectly Imperfect Home’ is about creating a comfortable and relaxed home, yet at the same time being super stylish. Deborah Needham reveals how to certain well-chosen and placed items, can make all the difference to the feel of your home.

There are lots of wonderful how-tos and styling tips to help you create a look that appears effortless, beautiful, and inviting.


Pad: The Guide to Ultra-Living by Matt Maranian

If your looking for something a bit more hip and trendy – Matt Maranian provides the low-down on how to create a style that’s packed with your own style and flare. All the projects contained in the book are affordable and cover all aspects of the design process including, mirrors, lighting, plants, and paint effects and finishes.

Pad even goes beyond designing to offer lifestyle and entertaining advice – there’s even some theme ideas and recipes for that party to launch your re-styled home.


Second Home: Find Your Place in the Fun by Better Homes

This one’s definitely for the wish-list – how to find and decorate your ‘second’ home or weekend getaway. The photos alone make this book worth having – just awesome and truly beautiful. And even though having another home may be pie-in-the-sky at the moment – all the decorating and design tips can equally be applied to your current abode.

5 Best e-Book Reader Apps for Android

E-book readers are available for people who enjoy downloading and reading novels, works of fiction or non-fiction material. Individuals can purchase an e-book reader in order to read an electronic book. They can also download an e-book reader app for their android devices. Consumers with an Android tablet or smartphone can download an e-book reader app for their device that will allow them to read their favourite materials from different e-book distributors.

Kindle App

Kindle is one of the biggest e-book sellers on the market. This organization has its own line of Kindle e-Readers and it is also supported by Amazon. Kindle also has its own downloadable app that people can use to add to their own tablets for reading Kindle publications. Once a person downloads the app they can read free e-book, sample books, borrow books from the library and sample e-book before they buy. They can even customize their reading by altering the size of the font, their screen for brightness, changing background colour and adjusting the orientation of the material. The Kindle app is available for free in the Android market.

Google Play Books

The Google Play Book app allows Android device owners to read materials that are available from this e-book distributor. Once the app is downloaded users will have access to offline materials, elegant 3D page turns and they can write down notes for the material that they are reading. The app allows users to highlight text, bookmark pages and to sync reading material across their phones, tablets and computers. Users can alter their reading modes by changing their reading mode and they can upload EPUB or PDF files to their collection. This app also has a text-to-speech feature that allows readers to listen to some materials as opposed to just hearing them. Users can also rent or purchase textbooks with this app. The Google Play Book app is free.

Nook

Nook is another highly rated e-book publisher that offers over 1 million titles. They provide users with samples and free e-book and they allow people to have access to magazines and newspapers. This app features an app dictionary that allows users to look up words inside of a particular title. Users can also add notes, read in different modes such as portrait or landscape. They can also change and alter the background of their material and read materials over their own photos or a pre-selected background. The Nook app even features an up close panel mode for comic books so that people can read each individual panel of the comic. Users can can purchase this app free from the Nook store, or download it as an APK file and manually install from http://www.apkfreedownload.org/

Aldiko Book Reader

The Aldiko Book Reader was created by Aldiko Limited and its an e-book reader app that serves millions of people from around the world. Readers can view EPUB, PDF formats as well as Adobe DRM encrypted eBooks. The app allows users to make adjustments for size, font types and background colours, alignment, line spacing and brightness. Users can even read in areas with dim light because of the night-time reading mode. Users can even use a global-text feature to search for books from different parts of the world. Aldiko Book Reader is free for use from Kobo.

Kobo

Kobo is an e-book reader that is free from Android and it allows users to read in a variety of different languages. Users can create a social experience with Reading Life when they can track how long it takes for them to read a book and even earn awards with other users. Facebook integration is also available from this app for a social experience. Text and background pics can be edited and people can even use Kobo to share ideas to figure out what others are reading with Kobo Pulse. The app allows content such as newspapers articles, comics and magazines and users can add titles from their email, from the internet or their DropBox account.

How I Became Happier In Just a Week

Happy

Those of you following along with my blog will be happy to hear that I actually passed my nursing examination (no that’s not why I became happier within a week)! The amount of studying I put into the exam ended up being overkill, but I’d always rather be over-prepared than under-prepared.

The most excited part of passing the exam was that I was able to start reading a new book which I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, “Authentic Happiness,” written by Martin E.P. Seligman. Now I actually have a huge lists of books that I want to read saved on my GoodReads account, but this one was actually referred to me by one of my college professors  about a year ago and I loved the concept of it.  Continue reading

Best Nursing Book To Study

Nurse

It’s been a while since my last post, and that’s because for the past few weeks I have only been been reading one book, “The Fundamentals of Nursing” by Patricia A. Potter. Now this isn’t the type of book that I generally review, but I have been known to talk about books that I read for educational purposes (or really any material that I read for any purpose!).

I’m actually currently studying to take one of my nursing exams, and have been doing as much last minute cramming as possible. This is a book that I actually have from one of my early days in schooling, but it’s always been very helpful to me to review as I prepare for tests. Much like the “For Dummies” books, it explains things in a very easy to understand way. The author assumes that her audience is a bunch of amateurs who know very little about the subject matter. Continue reading

Robinson Crusoe: A Quest For Adventure

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I recently had the chance and re-read one of my favorite books from childhood, Robinson Crusoe that I had forgotten was saved on my Kindle Fire. This novel was written by  Daniel Defoe in 1719 and has remained as one of the great story lines throughout the past few centuries. The plot focuses on an adventurer named Robinson Crusoe who ventures far from home against the wishes of his parents to forge his own destiny and travel the sea.  A  series of events eventually leave him stranded on a tropical deserted island where he must struggle to survive. By overcoming his despair and becoming industrious, Robinson is able to survive and eventually prosper on the island.

There is a good deal more to the storyline and I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but it’s sufficient to say that there is a lot of action in the book. While this a story that generally seems to appeal more to young boys and not females (like myself), I can’t help but feel a longing for adventures every time I read it. The theme of seeking out adventure and not just conforming to the career and lifestyle chosen by one’s parents seems to strike a chord with the younger generation. Probably for this reason it’s a theme that is echoed time and time again in young adult literature. Continue reading

Making Extra Money from Blogging

Maybe you have been blogging for a long time, and wonder if there is a way to turn your hobby into a source of income. Or perhaps you’re looking to earn extra cash working from home. Regardless of your motivation, it is possible to earn money through blogging. Blogging probably won’t be a cash cow for you, but here are some tips to maximize your chances of earning income from your blog. So hopefully you won’t have to sell your grandma’s jewelry for cash.

First, consider your competition. One study counted more than 180 million blogs in America. The vast majority of these bloggers are not becoming wealthy in the process. Chances are, you are not the first to blog about your chosen topic. You will need to work to create quality content and promote your blog to readers and advertisers if you want to stand out among the competition.

Don’t expect to earn money from your blog overnight. If you are between jobs or having financial trouble, don’t put all of your energy into blogging. Instead, search for jobs that can provide more immediate and stable income while you develop your blog platform. Freelancing can be a great way to get a quick influx of cash so that you can pay your bills. Sites such as eLance and oDesk are good places to start looking for work. Even Fiverr can be a good place because it is quick and easy to sign up for and start earning money.

Look for ways to build traffic to your blog. Follow blogs with similar themes and topics, and comment regularly on other posts. Try finding a popular blog that accepts guest posts, and write an article there. Or, invite a popular blog author to write a guest piece on your site. Either way, having a link to your blog from a high-traffic site will help increase your readership.

Make sure you are posting regular, quality content on your blog. Choose a topic that you know well, and write about things that will provide value to your readers. You want your readers to follow your blog and visit it regularly, which they will be less likely to do if your postings are sporadic or filled with errors.

Most bloggers who earn money are doing so by selling advertising space on their blog through ad networks. There are a variety of companies to work with for this, the most popular being Google AdSense and Amazon Associates. It is fairly easy to set up advertising on your site, but you will need readers to start earning money. Most ads pay bloggers at a set cost per thousand readers. Today, the rate is usually $2 to $3 per ad per thousand views.

If you have very high readership on your blog, you may do well by selling advertising space. Remember, however, that there are also costs. You will have to pay a commission on the ads, as well as fees for internet hosting, and taxes on any income you earn.

Finally, remember that blogging can be challenging. Even though you will have the freedom to set your own hours and work from home, maintaining your blog will be time-consuming. You will also need to consider the time you will spend reading other blogs, commenting, and asserting your presence within the blogging community. If you are committed to creating a top-quality blog, you may start to see results.

Tips on Writing a Successful Blog About Home Remedies

Not everyone has the time or the money to go to the doctor. Plenty of people are also nervous about making medical appointments. There are plenty of minor ailments that can be addressed through home remedies. No one needs to visit a general practitioner for cold sores: home remedies for cold sores will work just fine. Naturally, plenty of people surf the Web looking for possible home remedies for all kinds of conditions.

Plenty of people are suspicious of modern medicine in general, particularly for conditions that are not life-threatening. Other people simply recognize that almost all chemically-based medications have side-effects that range from mild to severe, and that home remedies can be a reasonable alternative. More broadly, some people simply want a quick solution that is right at hand and that they can create at home in a few minutes with supplies that they already own. It’s no wonder that home remedy blogs can have such a broad appeal among people from all walks of life.

Creating a Great Home Remedy Blog

One of the most important characteristics of a good home remedy blog is readability. Many people that consult home remedy blogs in the first place are looking for something that they can absorb quickly and efficiently. Home remedy blogs are a time-saving option for a lot of people, and it’s important for home remedy bloggers to use that fact to their advantage. Know Your Remedy is an example of a site that is very easy to read and understand.

Bloggers need to think the way their audience members will think. Their audience members will search for home remedies according to the condition, first and foremost, and then they will probably search according to the nature of the home remedy itself. Organizing the blog using that system will help people navigate the website that much faster. However, there are plenty of navigation systems on a blog that will make for easy reading. Bloggers should try to set up their own and then test them. The important thing is not to make it random. Even using alphabetical order can help.

The use of internal links can keep people on a blog for longer. One home remedy page can link to another home remedy page on a similar subject. For example, when talking about cold sores or fever blisters, there may be one page for each but both page link back to the homepage. Visit this page to get an idea on how it should look like. Visitors can get more information and absorb all the relevant material that much quicker.

Importance of Good Content

Home remedy bloggers should obviously talk about the steps involved in creating a given home remedy for a given condition. Many visitors are going to want the relevant step-by-step guide. It’s also helpful if they spend some time talking about the theory behind a particular home remedy. For instance, baking soda has plenty of home remedy applications. Bloggers could spend a little time talking about the chemistry involved and why baking soda is useful for teeth whitening, as well as useful for skincare.

Bloggers that are able to provide instructions as well as explanations will seem that much more informed to potential visitors. Home remedy bloggers need to project a certain degree of authority, but they also need to seem down-to-earth and accessible. It’s a balance that many talented people can strike.

Best Place to Read a Novel is on a Comfortable Mattress

Reading a book, especially a novel, is an immersive experience that literally takes the reader to a whole different dimension where they can live another life full of its own quirks and details. As an avid novel reader, I will be the first to admit that the surroundings play a crucial role in the level of immersion one can reach while reading a book.

 
Tips for great reading
 
Here are some tips to make your novel reading experience a thoroughly enjoyable and captivating experience:

  • Get comfortable.

It is quite possible to read a book while travelling in a bus or an airplane – but it is nowhere near as enjoyable as reading the same book while casually resting on your bed with its comfortable mattress, plenty of pillows and, most importantly, lack of small bumps that make it so difficult to focus on the sentences. Besides this, reading on hard furniture such as a chair or a bench is also an unpleasant experience that takes away much of the immersion factor.

  • Let there be light.

It is quite impossible to read in a continuous and trouble free manner in dim light. Of course, some of the most hardcore novel fans will attempt to painstakingly pursue their hobby even when there is little light available – it will be a far from ideal experience filled with squinting and misreading words. This is the reason why your favorite reading corner needs to be adequately lit so that you can go through your novel effortlessly and contiguously.

The choice of lighting – natural or artificial – is entirely dependent on the individual’s personal taste. If you’re someone who doesn’t like the cold glares cast by fluorescent overhead lamps, you can go for warmer diffused lighting sources and, in the daytime, nothing beats a shaft of sunlight entering through a window and illuminating the room.

  • Keep the noise down.

External noise is one of the biggest impediments in tasks that require concentration and reading a novel is definitely such a task. Think of it this way – you are totally absorbed in a fantasy novel where the author is painting a picturesque view of a valley and it feels like you’re almost there, walking beside the characters – and suddenly, you are uncourteously brought back to the real world by loud music from your neighbors. This will be a most frustrating experience for a fan of novels and it is made worse by the fact that once the sound interrupts you once, there is no way you will be able to get back to your book. It is, therefore, advisable to pick a secluded corner of your house, preferably with thick walls and as little interference as possible for pursuing your reading hobby. You won’t be bothering anyone and no one will be bothering you.

 
Last words
 
It is my own experience, as a dedicated novel reader, that the best way to enjoy your hobby is to have a separate room in your house where you can read at leisure times. I got a quality, affordable mattress, after reading about some good ones at http://www.mysleepresource.com/what-best-mattress-money/, to go in my private reading room.

Book Review: Credit Repair Kit for Dummies

I made some mistakes when I was younger and as a result of this my credit is not good to say the least.

I was searching the internet for some advice and came across the book Credit Repair Kit for Dummies.

I decided to give it a try. I have used books in the Dummies series before and have been happy with the results. This book showed me how I could lower my monthly bills and still keep on top of my credit.

I also found ways to get some of my past mistakes off my credit and how to rebuild my credit history.

Why Read This Book


This book will teach you several different things. There are many reasons as to why having good credit is important. This book has taught me

• How to fix credit problems or how to build a credit history
• Recover from foreclosure and improve credit score
• Get lower interest rates on loans and qualify for special promotions
• Be eligible for promotions to new consumers to save money.

How to Repair Credit


Since my credit was already damaged I really purchased this book to find out how to fix it without having to file for bankruptcy. I was able to use some of the step to work with my collectors instead of against them.

For my student loans I was able to work with the collection company to find a payment that I was actually able to afford. This is one of the first steps that I used to start to rebuild my credit.

I was even able to find out steps that I could do to bring myself up to day on my mortgage payment. I no longer had to face the threat of foreclosure for payments that were late.

Understanding Credit Score


Like many people I did not understand how credit score reporting worked. This book taught me about credit and the different scores ranges. I learned a lot about understanding my credit report.

I knew I needed credit to make purchases without the money down first but I had no idea how significantly score affects my life.

Credit Report Kit for Dummies has taught me:
• How my credit report really worked and what companies are learning from this report
• How to clean up my credit report and remove bad marks
• How to get my credit score into the next range
• Where I can find professional help free of charge
• Ways to restart my credit information and history
• How to use credit to my benefit.

It is not Too Late for Good Credit


Like many people I thought it was too late to have good credit. I had made some mistakes in the past but they no longer have to affect my future.

Even though I had gotten into some financial trouble Credit Repair Kit for Dummies is helping me to get out of it. I learn some mistakes that I have been making that were hurting me.

This book helped me develop a budget so I can pay my bills. I am even able to put a couple of dollars aside each month. I was able to work with my creditors. I now have payment plans that I can afford.

While I was read this book I also did some online research and found that www.badcredituk.net was a great resource of information as well.

I was even able to start rebuilding my credit score so I can have credit in the future. I learned what to do and what not to do with credit cards. I was able to get back on the right track and avoid getting into worse financial trouble.

The Best Book Written On How To become A Paralegal

What an excellent new novel I have read for all aspiring paralegals! Need a fresh outlook on the profession of becoming a paralegal but do not understand the best place to begin? Relax! Paralegal Career For Dummies is the practical, hands on guide – from getting and becoming certified to acquiring your dream paralegal job. Inside, you’ll be presented with all the tools you have to succeed, including a CD packaged with forms, sample memos, letters, and more!

I’m blown away by the advice within this publication combined with the accompanying CD. This publication includes everything except a paralegal certification (but if you are interested in how to get a paralegal certificate make sure you visit this site). It is unique, comprehensive and a must have for anyone desiring to pursue a paralegal profession. I successfully finished a paralegal program 1 year ago along with a specialization in civil litigation and this novel is refreshing everything I’ve learned and more.

Prior to my purchase, my knowledge was quite small. My justification for purchasing this novel was to develop an in-depth comprehension into the paralegal profession. Happily, I discovered everything I was searching for and more. This book taught me the advantages and disadvantages of the profession. It gave the warning signals to me to look out for when entering the industry.

Ultimately, it helped me discover which course to pursue further…. law school or paralegal studies? The novel talks about wages; provided a realistic comparison when it comes to cost of attendance of courses; and the number of practical skills that may be acquired.

Additionally, I found it intriguing that the creators of The Center for Legal Studies, educators of paralegal classes, wrote this novel in many of the junior colleges of this country’s. (The same class, as it were, that my buddy will take in the forthcoming months.) I am relatively sure that the two have some interrelated components that may prove useful, while I do not understand how great it’ll be as training for the class.

Towards the end of my certification program, I got this book as an on-line paralegal pupil at the Washington Online Learning Institute (WOLI). It would have been useful for me if I had read this book well before I enrolled. For anyone looking to complete a class in paralegal training, I’d definitely add this book to the mix of knowledge. In addition to that make sure you take a look at this excellent guide with details on how to become a paralegal.

It is the first “for Dummies” book I have bought and I must say it’s very good for all paralegal pupils including paralegal graduate students. This publication is an excellent refresher! As soon as I bought the book I managed to recap writing and legal research classes I had finished a couple sessions in the past.

Where it really saved me – I was looking for information about company law and ethics for paralegals and this book helped tremendously to comprehend the fundamentals of both topics! I am going to refer back to the it as a reference. Overall, this book really does cover everything there is to understand about the paralegal profession.

Could It Really Be Dangerous? Why I Called For Hazwoper Assistance

Hi to all my followers. Sorry my blog has been delayed, but something happened in the bookshop I frequent nearly every day that I would never have imagined. Two weeks ago they took delivery of a case of books from overseas. I watched the girl unload the box and thinking nothing of it, the worker opened the box as she would with any delivery. But as soon as she lifted the lid I knew something was wrong. The thick white layer of dust looked innocuous enough to the untrained eye, and before I could stop her she had blown on the dust sending the white particles dancing through the air. I immediately thought Anthrax! I grabbed her hand and led us and the other workers outside, making sure the door was shut behind us. Then I phoned for help.

When I was a hospital worker I undertook the 40 hour HAZWOPER training (you can read about it here). This is a comprehensive program that aims to protect workers who work at Hazardous Materials Operations, such as chemical sites or work where there is a danger of contamination coming in from outside. Hospitals fall into the latter bracket. They must consider every eventuality. The hazardous wastes in the community they serve, and how those wastes will impact their work The worst case scenario has to be prepared for. For example hospital staff may have to perform decontamination before addressing medical issues. This means that a high level of training is needed and HAZWOPER training probably contains the most demanding training requirements of any safety, health, or environmental regulation.

Why, you might ask yourselves, with all my training did I not deal with the incident? Well part of the training is knowing when you can deal with a threat and when you must get in expert help. If the dust had been contained in the box I would have resealed it and called for help to remove it. However, as the unidentified dust had been released into the air it is considered uncontrolled and I knew we needed to seal the shop and get the experts in.

The emergency response arrived promptly. Professional and courteous as I knew they would be. The people that do this job are wonderful. Putting other people’s safety before their own. Even though they knew we had been exposed to what we had to presume was hazardous materials, they did not try to keep their distance from us, their concern for our welfare uppermost in their minds.

They then had to tackle the actual material in the bookshop. The shop had to be closed for a while as the team diligently worked through the whole shop. Both the worker and myself were declared fit and well and I was given a commendation for my quick thinking. But the only reason for my quick thinking was the expert HAZWOPER training I had been given.

That is why this blog today, instead of being my usual book blog, is dedicated to the men and women who dedicate themselves to being HAZWOPER emergency responders.

Good Books to Bring on Road Trips to Pass the Time

Road trips are fun and exciting mini vacations that people take in their cars but they can also get a bit boring. One way that people can overcome boredom while on a road trip is by bringing books to read.

Here is a list of the following books that are good reads for people who take road trips.

Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways

Author Jamie Jensen wrote this book that describes various parts of the United States. She points out some of the best places for travelers to visit while they travel throughout the U.S. The best thing about this book is that Jensen recommends locations all over the country instead of just a specific region.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This book was written by Hunter S. Thompson who tells the story of Raoul Duke and his attorney as they take a road trip to Las Vegas. The book was published in 1971 but still remains one of the best books in American history. This story accurately reflects the culture and mindset that people had during the 70′s. Drug use, political activism, social commentary and murder are other elements that help to make this book unforgettable. Definitely a must have for anyone who likes to read on road trips.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert Pirsig’s famous novel is another cultural literature icon that has been around since the 70′s. This book is about Pirsig’s 17-day journey from Minnesota to North Carolina with his son. Not only does he describe the safety behind wearing the right headgear, but in addition, what makes this so appealing is that it tackles some philosophical discussions that were relevant and meaningful during the 70′s. Readers will be entertained for hours on end with this novel. If you are thinking about jumping on your cruiser after reading this, make sure you check out this site to get prepared.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America

John Steinack wrote this novel in 1962 and it details his journey across America with his dying son. Steinback wanted to his son to see the nation before he was about to die from a heart condition. This book also describes life in America during the 1960′s. Many people consider it to be another American literature classic.

On the Road

On the Road by Jack Kerouacby is considered one of the best books written in American history. This book is about a group of friends that take a road trip during the 1950s and these characters reflect the Beat and counter-culture movements that were popular during the time. The characters in this novel visit every part of the country to discover the different attitudes, ideologies and mentalities that existed during the time. This book is so good that it might make people forget they are taking a road trip.

Other books such as Blue Highways: A Journey into American, The Lost Continent and Mississippi Solo are also highly recommended good reads for road trips. People can even download these books for their tablets and eBook readers if they do not want to carry paper or hard back copies.

Book review: ‘Water Can Undermine Your Health’ (Paperback) by Dr. Norman W. Walker

‘Water can undermine your health’ by Dr. Norman W. Walker
 
I’ve been a little health conscious lately, and when I get into a health conscious mood, I tend to eat loads of fruits and veggies, and drink lots of fresh, clean water. As I was gulping down a big cold glass of cold, clean (or so I thought) tap water, I started to wonder “what am I really putting into my body?”
 
We take it for granted that we have a free supply of fresh tap water that’s drinkable – some of our ‘not so fortunate’ neighbors in the world do not share this luxury. What’s really in our water systems though? After a little researching I discovered many opposing opinions, which led me to purchase the book ‘water can undermine your health’ by Dr. Norman W. Walker
 
This book discusses the relationship that we share as humans with water (believe me, which is more than you think!), the by-products that we can expect to find in an average glass of tap water, and the health benefits, and risks, with the water we so commonly consume in this society. The best thing you can take away from this book are the tips and hints. During the book I was shocked to discover some of the facts relating to our drinking water, but the advice offered by doctor walker helps to ease the pain. After learning about soft and hard water, I immediately jumped onto www.watersoftenercritic.com, read a few water softener reviews and ordered myself a system. that shows the power of this book in uncovering the hard truth about something so simple such as water.
 
My first impressions of the book where: it’s out-dated. The book was written before the 1980′s, and this led me to assume the information was no longer relevant. This was a poor first impression however, and I was soon proved wrong. I believe the information in this book is still highly relevant today, and will continue to be so into the future.

 

What I loved:

  • Easy to read – the information is structured and presented in such a way that it becomes an easy task to read. This is an achievement for a book which is largely scientific in nature
  • Very informative and helpful – this book is not purely informative; it offers advice and tips with each revelation.
  • An exciting spin on a dull subject – let’s face it, water is not the most interesting topic for a book, but at times I found it hard to put this one down. It’s scientific, revealing and comprehensive, all at the same time.

 

What I didn’t love:

  • The title- ‘water can undermine your heath’ is not the most exciting title for a book in my opinion.
  • In the advice on water softening systems, there is no mention of safety issues when installing the system yourself (which is what I plan to do). My advice for anyone doing this: wear adequate personal protective equipment, such as steel toe work boots, to avoid any related injuries.

 

The verdict: A great and revealing story about water, which is relevant to everyone. The book will show you how to protect your families’ health from pollutants and other additives which are present in a large percentage of public water supplies.

4 out of 5 stars.

Don’t Let Your Blog Fail

Have you ever wondered why some bloggers are hugely successful, and others never even get a look? Most of us would assume that it’s because the successful blog is doing something right. But what if it’s actually the other blog doing everything wrong? No, not every blog will make it to fame and fortune. That’s fine because let’s be honest, not every blogger wants to have hundreds of followers, paid sponsors, and give-a-ways. For those who want to be a success though, there are tips available everywhere. Even here on other pages within this site. Today, however, I would rather talk about why blogs fail. Maybe with these tips and tricks you’ll see what it is you need to avoid. These can be used for people anywhere, from America, to Norway, to Australia, to the North Pole!

I’ve got to say that I think the biggest reason that blogs fail today isn’t because the writers aren’t hard working, talented people. It’s because they are so focused on the big that they don’t take time to focus on the small. Motivations falter when they start out with a bang and don’t see the results that they hoped for. Even the hardest working people can’t find the footing to keep moving forward when they feel like the only audience they have is themselves. How do you prevent this from happening?

Too often we see blogs coming out that are too narrowly focused. They simply run out of material by boxing themselves in. An Australian writer who is finding it hard to make ends meet and is writing hoping to support their family could write on a broad topic of how to run a household on a small budget. Or, they could pigeon hole themselves into writing about only one topic such as how they lost their job. Eventually they will run out of new things to write about. This is when they will find they have no audience and they lose the inspiration they started with. In no time at all they will be the writer out there looking up how to get cash loans for people on Centrelink at sites like this. Not the outcome they were hoping for. Sadly, this is when they will stop writing and another failure will be on the books. Rather than writing about how they got out of this situation they will instead be wallowing in a pity party. Don’t let this happen to you!

The next problem I see bloggers encountering on a regular basis is the belief that the blog they are writing should be all about them. This will drive readers away, you want to have a blog that involves your readers. Tell stories about others you know, share pages from other blogs, and invite them to share your blog as well. Getting readership is the only way to keep your blog alive. No one wants to hear you talk about yourself day in and day out, why would they want to read a blog that is only about you? So, make a post about the responsible use of bad credit personal loans then link here. As well as providing links to pages where people have spoken about their experience with these services and how they helped them get out of the rough times in their lives. Make sure that you send these bloggers links to your page showing that you linked to them, and ask for a link back. The likelihood that you both have readers with similar interests is going to be pretty high.

Hopefully, by keeping these two big mistakes in mind you’ll find your have much more success with your blog than all those who have come before you and failed. I can’t wait to see how success finds you, and don’t forget to come back soon for even more tips and reviews!

Reviews of a Different Cloth

I’ve made my little niche here on the net- at least in part- with the books I review. All the same I was a little startled to find out how many people there are out there just like me after a recent tinkering session with Google.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have been. After all, the reviews on sites like Amazon, eBay and more have been a staple in the internet buyer’s handbook for a long time. There’s a reason, after all, that reviews have been around for centuries (probably even millennia). The field may have started officially with Victorian theatregoers and the snobby upper classes passing books among themselves, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the process of reviewing has been with mankind since the first moment some prehistoric ancestor had the urge to sell bison burgers from behind a heap of stones somewhere.

It’s the harnessing of two natural human habits. All of us form opinions (and we like to think they’re always good ones, too) about the products we use. And people like to be heard. At the same time, there is a need from others for guidance. You don’t want to be stuck with a lemon if there’s someone out there who’s already found that out. Better to ask around and get advice.

That’s never been more apparent then with the rise of the internet and the digital age. More particularly, online shopping. When you’re able to be present in person to handle, examine, look at, smell and taste a product, reviews are useful but perhaps not quite necessary. When you’re a thousand miles away from the item you’d like to purchase, what someone else thinks of it and experience using it is vital to know.

All the same, I was a touch bewildered at what you find out there. From the best steam mop [click here if you don’t believe me] to the perfect anti-wrinkle cream for any skin, to the absolutely most efficient and all around best vacuum for pet hair, you can find an internet site out there to guide you. It’s a pity the sites themselves don’t come with their own review sites, though, as it’s getting tough to tell what you’re looking at, at times.

The sites I’ve linked above all do the job nicely. If you’re in the market for the perfect steam mop, you’ll find a host of reviews and even some tips and tricks to try out collected in one handy reference site. It’s pretty easy to make relevant comparisons that suit your budget. Likewise, if you love Fido but are starting to look like everything you wear is made from mohair, you’ll find all the info you need right there at your fingertips.

Some sites don’t provide the same, though. I’m still going to be sticking to trusted sources and reliable content rather than venturing too deeply into the whacky world of the net, because with other, less reputable sites you can never be quite sure what you’re getting or how valid it is.

All the same, it’s an interesting phenomenon. I can only hope those of you out there count this little corner of the net a quality, trustworthy read!