Garden Designs According to Area

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Gardens are the key components to any free space and add color as well as vibrancy to the landscape. Garden design adds a sense of life and growth to the entire landscape and makes even inorganic structures appear more alive. There are many instances where the space available for gardening is not ideal i.e. small space, slopes etc. Thus, one can plan the garden according to the area.

If one has a long and thin space, then it is a big challenge to create an interesting outdoor garden. In this case, apply flowing and curving lines within the boundaries of rectangular outline. These curvy lines will add a delicate as well as attractive design in the form of a shapely lawn, with curvy pathways and borders along the edges. If one avoids sharp edges such as patios and square decks, it will exaggerate the curves within the garden. Thus, create a patio with round edges and choose accessories with soft lines. This will make your long and thin garden look more interesting.

If one has a sloping garden, then it is a big challenge to choose a suitable theme or identify best plants that will suit the garden as well as make it usable. In such case, one can get a good hard landscaping company in to re-shape it. One can divide the garden into a series of mini rooms which can be created by forming the garden into three level areas with the help of terraces. Make sure that each terrace is useful and is wide enough. Each terrace should have a distinct aesthetic flavor and make sure to keep it neat and clean.

If one has a no space at all for gardening then one can practice it on rooftop in the form of rooftop container garden. This is a really great option for urban dwellers where there is limited gardening space. There is no soil on rooftop, so one has to grow plants in containers. On the rooftop, the exposure to sun as well as wind is unrelenting, maintaining moisture levels and preventing dessication is a constant battle. Thus, rooftop gardens can be utilized greatly for gardening.

A Guide to Fish Oil Supplements

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It's a well-known fact that fish oil (aka omega 3 fatty acids) are good for you. The benefits a innumerable, and include things like improved mood, lower cholesterol and better skin. Many countries with the longest life spans, like Japan, have populations that consume a lot of fish. This is no coincidence in my opinion.

The most obvious way to get more fish oil is to consumer more fish. Many health experts recommend three servings a week. But not everyone likes the taste of fish, and fish can be quite expensive as well. A good alternative for many people therefore is to take fish oil capsules.

But be forewarned: Not all fish oil supplements are the same. The worst brands, for example, will provide oils that are no longer pure (maybe even rancid) and the effect on your health will be the opposite of what you're hoping for.

There are two main things you need to be mindful of when looking for fish oil supplements.

1. Purity
Quite simply, pure fish oil supplements do not contain contaminants like PCB or mercury, both of which can be hazardous to your health. Looking at lab test results are the only way to be sure if a company's fish oils products are pure. You can get lab results for popular brands at https://labdoor.com/rankings/fish-oil.

2. Potency
Most fish oil contain two types of Omega 3 fatty acids, called EPA and DHA. These are the key ingredients you must pay attention to. You usually won't be able to determine how much EPA and DHA are in each products unless you read the label. A fish oil supplement with 1000 mg of fish oil, for example, may only have 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA. In such cases, you'll need to take two or three capsules a day to get the equivalent omega 3s that are in a small can of sardines.

Some good brands to consider are Trader Joe's, Now Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and Source Naturals. On the whole, buying fish oil supplements online from stores like Pureformulas is a better way to get a bargain on your supplements. This is because Pureformulas has lower prices than most other online stores. Also, you can find plenty of coupon codes and promo codes for Pure Formulas that help you get things like free shipping and special discounts.

Cheaper fish oil supplements aren't necessarily worse in quality, but in general, there is a correlation between price and quality. To find the best supplements at the lowest price, I like to look at the "best value" page on labdoor.com and pick the ones with the higher grades.

How to Play Lots of Video Games on the Cheap

These days, just about anyone can be an avid gamer. In fact, statistics show that female gamers outnumber male gamers. So the stereotype of gamers being geeky guys living in their mom's basement no longer applies. The more fortunate gamers may have a large income, and those people can afford all the new games, regardless of their price. But many gamers are also students or people who live on a modest income. For these people, buying the latest releases can be costly. Some of them might even have to save up to buy them.

Fortunately, there are options for playing video games more cheaply. Below are my two favorite ways:

  1. Buy your games used.
    There is quite a big secondary market for video games. In most cases, your best bet is to look for used games online. Some sites you can use include Glyde, Ebay, and Gamestop. Used games are typically discounted by 30% or more. Even when you factor in shipping costs, you'll usually come out way ahead. And on a related note, if you have games you no longer play, you may want to consider selling them online to raise some cash, which you can use to buy other games for yourself.
  2. Rent you games from Redbox or Gamefly.
    The two main options for renting video games are Redbox and Gamefly. If you're only interested in playing a game for a day or two, Redbox can often be a good choice. But for longer rentals, Redbox becomes quite expensive, and Gamefly is a better option in those cases. With a Gamefly membership, you can rent games online and they will be shipped to your home. There are 8000 games you can currently rent across all major game consoles. You can check out the Gamefly free trial to join Gamefly and try out the service for 30 days. The downside of using Gamefly is that you have to wait for your games to arrive in the mail.

A Quick Review of Deluxe

If you run any sort of business, you may have heard of a company called Deluxe. It is a 100-year-old company that provides B2B products to small businesses and financial institutions a like. Their most famous products is probably business and personal checks. Within this category, Deluxe provides various products such as manual checks, laser checks, high-security checks, and even eChecks.

The company, however, provides many other products and services. These services can be especially useful to new businesses. For example, a new business can hire Deluxe to create an attractive, original logo for a modest price. In addition, Deluxe can create an accompanying professional website. These two things are essential tools for any business. If you want to get started on the right foot by having both a high-quality logo and website, then using Deluxe could end up being a wise choice.

 

For checking and related products, I recommend using the Deluxe Store, which is an online marketplace where you can order a variety of checking products. The selection is quite impressive, and the stores has checks that are compatible with all the major accounting software programs. Best of all, you can add your logo to your checks to give them a customized look. If you shop at the Deluxe Store, make sure you use these Deluxe coupons from freebiebulletin. I regularly get discounts as high as 40% off listed prices by taking advantage of such coupons. Overall, Deluxe is a great company to do business with, and I recommend you check them out, especially if you're a new business.

Should You Use Ordinary Bags or Branded Bags?

In my last post, I talked about the company Deluxe and how you can benefit by using their checks. But Deluxe is a large company, and checks are not the only thing they have to offer. They also run a company called Bags and Bows, which provides bags, boxes, tissue paper, and other items that are used by businesses to package their products.

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A question you'll quickly need to answer before ordering packaging materials for your business is whether you should purchase branded bags or boxes, or opt for the plain vanilla variety. We'll take a look at the pros and cons of both approaches and also offer you a compromise if neither solution feels right to you.

First, let's look at branded bags and boxes. The main strength here is that you'll get more name recognition and your packaging materials will be unique. Most companies brand bags or boxes by adding their logo and tagline, and possible other artwork to complement their brand. The big disadvantage, however is that you have to pay a lot more to have your packaging materials customized. Even at a great store like Bags and Bows, where you can get coupons and other discounts, you'll end up paying twice the price of an unbranded product. Therefore, this options is most suitable for successful businesses that can afford to pay the extra price. It is also the way to go if you sell luxury products and packaging is a big part of the product's appeal.

You can also go in the other direction and simply buy plain-looking bags or boxes with no-frills. This has the obvious advantage of saving you quite a bit of money, especially if you sell your goods in large volumes. But to be honest, your business will not give off any kind of exclusive or high-quality vibe if you distribute your product in plain boxes. For this reason, this option is good for companies that sell a commodity-like product, but not for any business that is selling something with more special attributes.

But you don't have to choose one extreme or the other. At stores like Bags and Bows, you can actually pick a middle ground by selecting boxes or bags with colors or decorations that suit the business you're in. Yes, such items will be a bit pricier, but they will still be cheaper than personalizing your item and adding your company logo. I find this middle ground to be a great compromise for many businesses that are focused on saving money while still delivering their products in the type of packaging that has a certain amount of appeal.

Dating Online with Match.com

As you can tell, much of the focus of this blog is on health and well-being. That's why I've devoted articles to things like fish oil in the past. But too often, people concentrate exclusively on things like diet, supplements, and exercise when they think about health. The fact is, there is another, essential element to maintaining good health, and that is to ensure that you are emotionally healthy.

A big component of emotional well-being is finding love. And too often, in our hectic, busy lives, we put things like career first, and let our love lives suffer. It doesn't have to be that way, and that is why I encourage people to use dating sites like Match.com if they have been unsuccessful at finding love elsewhere. While many people hesitate to use a dating sites for whatever reason, it can be one of the best things you do in your life. According to recent stats, up to 1 out of every 5 couples met online. Those numbers could possibly go up even further.

So why Match.com? In addition to being one of the most popular dating sites, Match.com is a very easy site to use. In fact, things are so intuitive that you can probably start using the site immediately after joining. The only real things you may need help with is writing a good profile. But there are plenty of resources online to help you with such things. For example, Oprah.com offers some great articles that provide online dating tips.

Understandably, someone who has never used a dating site in the past may have some reservations. But to that, I say don't make any prejudgements until you've actually tried it. The good news is that most dating sites like Match.com are free. This means you can sign up and have a peek around the site and see how things work before making a payment. What's more, Match.com also offers a free trial, which allows you to use all the features of the site for three days. This means you can use the site just as a paid member would, for a limited time.

For more on Match.com, check out the video below:

 

My Review of the Dating Site, Eharmony

Last week, I talked about online dating with Match.com. But of course, there are quite a few other online dating sites as well, and today, I'd like to spend some time talking about another highly popular dating site called eHarmony. While Match.com is what I consider a good standard website that is geared toward just about anyone, eHarmony is much more specialized. It's fair to say that eHarmony is not a dating site for everyone. Instead, it is specifically targeted for people who are looking for a long-term relationship that could potentially lead to marriage. So right off the bat, eHarmony has a different tone compared to more casual dating sites.

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To join eHarmony, you need to complete a long questionnaire, which, I will be honest, could seem like a bit of a chore. The questionnaire takes quite a bit of time to complete. You may be tempted to go through it quickly, but this would not be a wise idea, given that your answers will be used to find your matches. In fact, eHarmony has a complex matching algorithm that relies on your test answers. It is therefore very important that you spend time answering each question as honestly and accurately as you can.

Upon completing the questionnaire, you will start receiving matches, which you can review for free. In fact, the eHarmony free trial will let you take the test, receive and review matches, and do a small amount of communicating with your matches. At a certain point, however, you will have to purchase a subscription to take things further. You can obtain the eharmony free trial here.

In short, while eHarmony may not be your run-of-the-mill dating site, if you've had difficulty finding a partner, and feel ready for a serious relationship, eHarmony is probably the best place to focus your attention.