Archive | July, 2017

Protecting Your Kids Teeth In Sports

30 Jul

Did you know that approximately 50% of sports injuries are mouth related? This is why it is vital as parents to help our children take proper precautions as athletes. Ensure that the worst doesn’t happen by making them wear a mouth guard, helmet and ultimately follow proper oral hygiene. Here’s a guide for parents to help protect their children’s teeth while they are playing sports.

https://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/keeping-your-kids-teeth-safe-in-sports

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DIY Tech Improvements That Will Increase Home Value

29 Jul

The housing market is booming in many areas around the world. With that growth, there are a lot of people who are starting to make investments in various areas in their home. There is a lot of new technology that can help you in this process. If you are looking to increase the value of your home, one of the best ways to do that is by upgrading the technology in your home. It is really amazing to see what kind of home technology is now available for owners to use. This is something that buyers are starting to look for in their current market. Over time, you should look at what to improve in your home to add value in this area. Here are some of the most important improvements that you can do to add value to your home.

Communication

One of the best ways to upgrade any home is to look at the communication technology within it. With all of the new options today, you can easily install new ways to communicate with family members. With the invention of smart devices such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, it it possible to control your lights, turn off your appliances, and order groceries all with your voice. These devices, depending on the quality and features you are looking for, range from about $50 to $100 on the more economic end, with higher quality voice interactive devices costing anywhere from $130 to $180.

Smart home communication has also drastically improved the effectiveness of home security. With such tech advancements, the police station or firemen can automatically be contacted as soon as a home is broken into or smoke sets off the fire alarm. Over time, these and many more innovations will help to increase the value of your home and improve the overall living experience.

Smart HVAC

When owning a house, there are a lot of expenses that must be paid every month. One of the biggest expenses in owning a home is understanding how much electricity and gas your home uses. A lot of the new HVAC systems are designed to use less than before. You can have a setting installed where you will use as little as possible based on the temperature outside for the day. With all of the changes that are going on in this area, many new buyers are looking for ways to make a smaller impact on the environment.

Not only will the environment benefit, but your HVAC system will last longer as well. There are a lot of people who are excited about the changes that are taking place in this area, and the demand for smart HVAC options in homes is higher than ever before. For now, smart HVAC systems range from about $2,000 – $3,000, but in the coming years, many people in the real estate industry expect that this will be a growth area for years to come.

Smart Appliances

Another trend in the industry is having smart appliances in your home. Not only will these appliances use less electricity, but they can also alert you when things are wrong. For example, some of the newest technology in refrigerators will let you know when food is starting to go bad. This will allow you to use it before you have to throw it out. This saves you time, and it also makes a positive impact on the overall environment.

With all of the new technology that is in the market today from $1,800 smart ovens to $4,000 smart refrigerators, you will be able to improve the value of your home quickly and easily with these upgrades. If you are thinking about going the for sale by owner route, this will make the selling process easier and your initial expenses will result in an even greater return. Many buyers in the market want their homes to be upgraded to reduce costs and use less energy than ever before.

Final Thoughts

For many people, a home is their largest and most important investment. It only makes sense to invest to upgrade your home in a variety of ways. With all of the changes that are starting to take place with innovation in the industry, there are a lot of people who are excited and ready to upgrade their home. Most of these upgrades will improve the value of the home because they save money over time. The upgrades will also make living in the home more desirable over a period of time.

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What’s Two-Factor Authentication?

23 Jul

Do you know what is Two-Factor Authentication? We keep hearing this term everywhere but why is it being used. The biggest benefit is that it helps deter phishing and identify theft. It’s defined as a multi level identification process that allows a customer access to important information only after they prove their identity in these two categories; possession (something they have) and knowledge (something they know).

How does it work? The first step is logging in with an account number and password from a private computer or other secure device; this step would be possession. The second step occurs when you enter the PIN; the second step is knowledge. So the next time this is mentioned, now you know!

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How To Start A Nonprofit On The Fast Track

17 Jul

Do you have an idea that sparks the creation of an organization devoted to positive change for the good for all people? Whether you already have a nonprofit that you’ve registered in your state or you are thinking of creating one, you will still need to apply for federal tax-exemption. There are benefits to creating a nonprofit organization and the biggest is being able to accept donations. 

For recognition as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3), you need to traditionally complete the 1023 form. The process can take up to six months to hear back. However the government recently released a faster process to receive your nonprofit status in as little as tweleve weeks called the 1023EZ form.

How to get your non-profit started tax-exempt organization:
1) Complete the 1023EZ online application
2) Pay $275
3) Have less than $50,000 in assets
4) Have a mission statement

https://www.irs.gov/uac/about-form-1023ez

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Adopt Your Perfect Pet With Petfinder

10 Jul

Are you looking for a house pet? Have you searched your local animal shelters and pet stores with no luck? I recently had a friend tell me how they found their pet using Petfinder. The site allows you to search for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, birds, fish and barnyard animals in your local area. If you are interested in a pet, you then simply click a button to ask for more information and a representative will follow-up with you. You can also sponsor an animal with the Petfinder Foundation which will allow you to make a donation.

If you are not sure you want to adopt a pet just yet, the site also offers a host of articles about adopting cats and dogs. For example, if you plan on bringing home a dog, the site offers articles on what do in the first 30 days. You can also read their blog and watch videos.

Search the site to adopt your perfect pet!
http://Petfinder.com

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Schedule Meetings With No Email Back And Forth

6 Jul

Looking for a what to cut down on emails when trying to schedule meetings? I found this app called Calendly that helps you schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails. Setup is easy. You let Calendly know your availability preferences and it’ll does the work for you.

How to use Calendly
1. Setup avaibility
2. Send link or embed on site
3. The system will pick date and time that works for everyone

https://calendly.com/

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Satya Nadella: Ideas For Tomorrow

1 Jul

Recently Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, was interviewed by CEO and President Toby Cosgrove of the Cleveland Clinic as part of an educational series calledr Ideas for Tomorrow. The crowd at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland sat glued to their seats as the thought provoking Nadella shared his thoughts on business and where technology is going. Learn how entrepreneurs can continue to innovate and thrive in this new world. Understand how your business can continue to grow and how Microsoft has turned itself around under his leadership.

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