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According to reports, at least 35 million Americans move each year. Further reports show that more than 33% of Americans wish they could move out of state. So if you are planning to move to another state, you are not alone. It might even be that you’re moving to the US from the UK, in which case you’ll have even more to think about! Being organised beforehand is key to keeping your move as smooth as possible and keeping your stress to a minimum.

Perhaps you are moving to start a new life? A new career? Or just exploring? Moving to another state is exciting, yes, but it also comes with some challenges. It becomes harder when you have a family, kids, or pets to relocate with.

There are so many things to consider when planning to relocate your family. Where will my kids go to school? Do I hire a moving company or not? Do I have enough budget/resources? If you’re moving to the US from the UK then a lot of the preparation is going to be in streamlining your possessions and figuring out exactly what you do and don’t want to take with you. Now is the perfect opportunity for a good clear out, and it’s worth considering skip hire to help you manage unwanted or broken items that you’ve accumulated over the years in the garage, garden or attic.

All this can be overwhelming, but with adequate planning, moving to another home or state can be less daunting.

As you get ready to cross state lines for a new home, the following tips will ease the burden:

  1.     How Much Work Can You Do Yourself?

Assuming you already know where to relocate to, the next question is, how will I get there? The key elements to consider here include packing, lifting, and transportation.

Consider all these elements individually. Decide what you can pack and load into the truck on your own. Also, will it make more sense for you to drive your items yourself, or you’d rather hire someone to do all these things for you?

Remember, you still need to sort other things like travel documents, kid’s school reports, etc. So as much as you would like to save more and do all these things yourself, sometimes, you just have to seek external help. Luckily, there are many moving companies to choose from.

One of the best things about hiring a moving company is that you get enough time to attend to all other important matters. Also, moving companies are experienced and know precisely what they are doing. This minimizes the risk of accidents/damages. In case of an accident, most of these companies will be insured.

According to Mike Glanz, CEO of HIREAHELPER, most families are creating a hybrid strategy by hiring professional packers to help them load and unload rented trailers and trucks. This is much cheaper than hiring a full-service mover.

  1.     Do as Much Research on Your New State as Possible

Once you have decided on your new state/city, it’s time to find out as much information about it as possible.

Where are your kids going to study? How much taxes are you going to pay? How will you get to work?

The answers to these questions should determine where you relocate to. 

The next step is to search for a new home. 

Depending on where you are relocating to, you might either have to downsize to a small house or get a bigger house for the same amount.

Regardless, you should not move until you have secured a house to live in. If it’s possible, make a trip to your new neighborhood before the actual move. This will give you a chance to familiarize yourself (and the kids) with the new environment, the shopping center, the health center, etc.

  1.     Make Your Kids Part of the Process

The truth is, you are not the only one who’s affected by the move. Your kids, no matter how young they are, will feel the impact too. Remember they are leaving behind their friends, familiar surroundings and the things they have grown to love. It’s even worse if the move is as a result of a separation or a divorce.

Here are a few tips for moving with kids:

  • Let them know about the move early in advance. Explain to them why you have to move. Let them express their emotions and take everything positively. 
  • If possible, take your kids on a tour of their new home and school. This will give them a chance to start adapting to the changes.
  • Engage them in the planning and packing process – if donating some items, take your kids with you. The goal here is to make them feel part of the decision and not just some youngsters being controlled.
  • Remain positive for their sake – no matter how hard it is for you, you have to remain positive for the sake of your kids. If you keep complaining, your kids will be negative and cause more trouble for you.
  • Let them say goodbye to their friends and old home.
  1.     Rent First, Buy Later

If you are moving to a state or an area you are not very familiar with, it would be better to rent first. 

Renting a place for at least six months to 1 year will give you a chance to learn the neighborhoods, figure out what matters to your family and work out which housing purchase plan will work better for you.

Trying to figure out the ‘perfect’ place to own immediately after the move may be overwhelming and prone to mistakes.

  1.     Moving With A Pet

Pets often become part of our families. When planning for your kid’s next school or your next job, you will also want to know what it takes to move across state lines with a pet.

Different states have different policies regulating pets relocation. Generally, however, most states will require you to have some form of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection for some animals. This certificate helps ensure that only healthy animals move into a state.

You will, therefore, need to take some time to learn which certifications are required and for which animals.

Wrapping Up

Moving to a new state is a chance to start anew. However, with no proper preparations, the process can be hard and sometimes discouraging. 

Always ensure that you only carry the items that you need, instead of taking everything in your old home. 

When choosing a moving company, take your time to ensure you get quality services, and your items don’t get damaged or lost.

Get all the necessary travel documents early in advance to avoid delays.



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lull mattress

You might want a mattress for different reasons, perhaps you’re ticking it off your bucket list of things to buy before buying your first home, or you’re tired of your old mattress and want a new one. Whatever the reason, you should definitely consider buying the Lull Mattress.

The Lull Mattress has been growing in popularity since 2015 and is quickly gaining notoriety for being ridiculously comfortable and also for being one of the best mattresses for couples.

The Lull mattress is a much-respected memory foam that is made up of three layers. These layers are:

  • 7 inches of polyurethane foam that performs the role of the support core and provides additional durability as well as structure
  • 1.5 inches of proprietary blended foam that grips the mattress’s spine to get rid of the feeling of sinking you would get on other memory foam mattresses
  • 1.5 inches of gel-infused viscoelastic memory foam that serves as the comfort layer, then there’s the mattress’s cover, which is made of a comfy woven blend of rayon and polyester.

The Lull Mattress is only made in one firmness option, which is a 6 on the firmness scale. The firmness scale has 1 as the least firm and 10 as the most firm. The fact that there’s only one firmness option is no accident, it’s specially made that way to ensure you have absolute comfort.

The only place to get Lull Mattresses is online, where it’s readily available for purchase. You can get them from the website of the manufacturer or on Amazon.

The mattress will be delivered to your door in a labeled box and does not require assembly. It’s compressed and vacuum-sealed.

Now, while all this information is available, here are tips on buying a Lull mattress:

Buying Direct, Don’t Buy Retail

Buying a good quality mattress can be very expensive, sometimes ridiculously so. The question is, why do they cost so much?

When you purchase a mattress from a retail store, you don’t just pay for manufacturing costs. You’ll also pay for manufacturing costs as well as many markups and sales commissions that come with the sale of traditional retail products.

Factory direct Lull mattresses are much cheaper than traditional retail. If you buy from factory direct, you’ll be buying it at a third of the price you’d typically pay for your mattress in a retail store.

Try Before You Buy

We all make rash decisions when making purchases, even when we’re purchasing something costly. We don’t like it, but a lot of times, there isn’t a choice.

Purchasing a mattress at a retail store is bound to have you making a snap decision. This is because you don’t get a good feel of the mattress and can’t spend too much time in the store inspecting what’ll be a costly purchase. So, it’s common for people who buy mattresses at retail stores to get home and realize that their purchase was a mistake.

With Lull mattresses, you have the option of taking the mattress home with you for a 100-night trial run, which is a wonderful offer since it gives you sufficient time to test the mattress if it’s indeed within your liking.

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Be Sure To Take Advantage Of The Free Delivery

When you buy a mattress at a retail store, you’ll have to pay extra fees for home delivery. When you buy from Lull, you not only get free shipping, you also get free delivery to your front door.

Thus, you won’t have to worry about paying for delivery or borrowing a friend’s truck and having to pay for lifting.

Don’t Forget The Free Returns

The fact that the Lull mattress has a 95% satisfaction rating means that there’s 5% who weren’t satisfied with the product and returned it. The good thing is, if you belong to the 5%, Lull doesn’t charge restocking fees for returned items. You also won’t be charged for the picking up and return of the mattress itself.

As long as the return falls within the 100 night trial period, you’ll get a full refund, and Lull will pick up the mattress and return it for free.

Plus, the returned mattress won’t just go to a landfill, it’ll be donated to a charity, which means that it’ll go to a family that needs a mattress – making for social and environmental benefit.


Buying a Lull mattress is simple and straightforward. Lull has provided several benefits and freebies that ensure your purchasing experience is smooth and easy, as well as ensuring that the product gets to you quickly and free of charge.

You also have the option of returning the mattress if you’re not satisfied with it, which is free of charge. The important thing is to make sure you buy direct from the factory as this will ensure you have access to the benefits.


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Time is considered as one of the most important commodities that we only have a limited supply. Losing money is an unfortunate experience, but nothing really tops losing time aside from your own life. This is why many people try to save it as much as possible. Many have to learn techniques on how to be productive so that they can be efficient. There are also others who are into scheduling because each hour or moment of the day should have some important activity. However, there are still many humans living in this world who don’t seem to understand the importance of time. For the rest, losing it is something that you can never get back.

Most people these days are really into the instant stuff so save time. Many food products have now been designed and made so they take little to no time to cook. This is so apparent in many breakfast items like those sugar bomb tarts and cereals. Lunch time is almost always the only time when people eat cooked food, and even then they would resort to restaurants. Dinner is also a little sordid, when most families don’t even meet anymore. Kudos to those parents and children who still give time to each other despite the busy schedule! This article provides ways on how you can do it, too.

Aside from the food items, there are also other utensils and equipment that have been developed to save time. Shredders, personal slicers, can openers and marinators are just some of the most popular tools in the kitchen these days. However, there is one piece of appliance that has made its breakthrough in the mainstream. It is so phenomenal that there are recipes that have been tailored to fit into these devices. We are talking about this decades’ biggest breakthrough in the food world: the instant pot or instapot. If you need some extra convincing, check out this Ninja Foodi Pressure Cooker review and see how simple it can be.

Why Should You Get an Instant Pot

We all love stews as almost every culture have some version of it. There are a lot of recipes, with varying ingredients and tastes. However, there is one thing that is the same with almost all these stews: they would usually take a lot of time to cook. This is so true, especially the meat based ones like pork and beef which need to take hours so that all the flavors can develop. The duration of the stewing will also determine the tenderness of the meat and it makes it easier to eat. Nobody likes a chewy beef, pork or lamb stew, after all. Even some fish and vegetables stews would take more than half an hour to cook.

The Instapot Pressure Cooker became a phenomenon because it shortened the time it takes to cook this delicious food. You can forget waiting for hours on a curry or stew when you can have it in less than an hour. Sure, it might not be as rich and there are some flavors that are lost in the process, but the most important thing is it is cooked. There are even cases wherein users swear that they can make a better recipe using these electric pots. It would really depend on the recipe and the quality of the ingredients that you are going to use.

Now, there are a lot of these in the market and it can be quite confusing to choose which one is for you. Most of them do the same thing as it acts like a pressure cooker connected to an electric power supply. However, there are many others which can do more than just stews and soups. Read further and find more tips on how to find the best instant pot for your household.

Finding the Best Instant Pot for You

1. Additional Features

Aside from the usual saucy and soupy dishes, there are some instant pots that do other tasks. There is one model that came out recently which has a blending feature. You don’t need to have an immersion blender or put everything on a jug blender after you are done cooking. All you need to do is to put every ingredient you need inside the pot and it will do everything on its own. You don’t even have to peel some of the ingredients. There are other instant pots that are good for sautéing as well, and some can even double as a rice cooker.

2. Online Reviews

Most people these days would buy their own instapot online as it is so much easier than going to an appliance store. There is an array of brands that just couldn’t be found locally. However, one of the downsides of ordering online is that you cannot test it beforehand. This is why it is very important that you check out the reviews of the product that you are going to buy. This way you will be informed of the quality of the product without having to test it prior to the purchase. Here’re other ways on how online reviews help:

3. Price Range

Lastly, it is important to check whether an instapot is within your price range. You don’t have to buy the most expensive one as price does not necessarily mean quality. However, some of the best brands are usually on the more expensive side, so keep that in mind while shopping for and instant pot.


brunch club


I was questioned earlier this week about my PURPOSE.

Not like in a police station, I’d not been brought in for loitering, more in a ‘what drives you?’ kind of way. I wasn’t sure how to answer because what with the midlife unravelling I’m not sure I have one at the moment.

‘Does brunch count?’ I asked hopefully. ‘I really like going out for brunch.’

Apparently brunch does not count, not as a life calling at least, but the more I thought about it the more I realised how much I really do love brunch. You remember when I moved back to Taunton and cried in the street because there was nowhere good to get eggs florentine?*

Brunch matters.

Brunch matters not just because of the toasty muffins and runny yolks, but because of what it represents. Brunch is a lifestyle – I wanted to create a way of working that gave me flexibility in my life to do more of the things I enjoy and to not have to show up for a job every single day that felt like it was sucking at my soul. And I did, which I should probably acknowledge more, and now I can have brunch any goddam day I want and no one can tell me otherwise.


Brunch is also about people. Working on my own for ten years hasn’t always been easy, but brunch is a way to get that much needed human contact. ‘Do you fancy brunch?’ you can say to someone, and they’ll say yes, and off you’ll go, knowing that as well as the joy of a smashed avocado you’re going to get an hour with a person who adds something to your life and, in return, you can add something to theirs.

And so, new for 2020, I’m introducing my new regular feature – BRUNCH CLUB!

A couple of times a month I’m going to go out for brunch and then tell you about it. It might be in the style of a proper food review, but more likely I’ll get distracted and tell you a story about the time I once tried to make my own baked beans or had an awful brunch related date. I might use it as an excuse to show you how to make the perfect poached egg, or maybe I’ll have brunch with someone incredibly interesting or important and share their story with you. View Post


New year, new decade and all that, so this morning I indulged in some typical new year activities i.e. looking back through social media pictures over the years and being drawn into my own story, where I always look so much younger and healthier and like I’ve spent every single day doing interesting things with interesting people or having interesting thoughts.

I spent a few minutes sighing wistfully and wondering what happened to the me that hired a jukebox for the weekend just to have a Grease themed party, and then I looked through the pictures on my phone rather than the carefully curated ones and remembered that most of the time I was actually just eating beans on toast and watching First Dates on catch up.

I’m not sure which is worse really – sighing over a life that was mostly imagined or realising you’ve probably been quite boring all along.

While I was in my phone pictures I found this, which I saved from a book I read in March 2018 and have been meaning to do something with ever since. March 2018 was a few weeks before I turned 40 and clearly I was feeling it.

It made me realise that although I didn’t put my midlife unravelling into words until over a year later in this post from June last year, and even wrote then that I felt taken by surprise, the first loose threads were already there back in that March, which is nearly two years ago now.

I read the unravelling post back to myself before I wrote this and felt that same twist of recognition in my chest, which makes you wonder doesn’t it, how long is it meant to last? View Post


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Koh Samet family travel guide

Koh Samet is one of the easiest of the Thai Islands to reach and explore. What makes it perfect for a family trip is that it is very close to the Thai capital and is just a few km away from the shore. Hence, it is no wonder to see it as a popular weekend destination both among the locals and the tourists.

The peaceful and beautiful island is just three hours from Bangkok, and you can take a public bus or a private taxi from Bangkok to Koh Samet. Book your trip with a reliable tour operator so as to enjoy an excellent journey and higher comfort in a new vehicle.

Read on to find out what makes Koh Samet indeed a great destination for a family holiday.

  • If interested in staying at the most popular beach areas, look at Ao Vong Duen, Ao Phai, and Sai Kaew. For those families looking for a quieter place can go for Ao Phai and Ao Kiu.
  • There are both expensive resorts as well as budget hotels for the families. Tub Tim Resort, which is more like a little wooden chalet, is popular among families. It boasts of a large double bed, TV, private bathroom and a great view of the sea.
  • What makes Koh Samet much more fun is its clean beaches that offer a peaceful experience. It is a good idea to visit the island during the weekdays when there are fewer crowds. Koh Samet beaches offer a good mix of activities such as sailing, windsurfing, swimming, or simply relaxing on the beach.
  • Some of the most popular beaches to explore on the small island include names like Ao Prao Beach, Ao Kiu Na Nok, Ao Wai Beach, Ao Karang, Sai Kaew Beach, Ao Thian, Ao Wong Duean and more.
  • At night, the whole family can enjoy one of those enthralling fire shows and other exciting performances on the beach. Those live performances seem somewhat dangerous but are indeed thrilling and exciting to watch.
  • Enjoy great fun as well as excellent meals and drinks on the beaches. You can have some delicious breakfast of huge omelets, yummy pancakes, crisp toast, and watch the boats coming and going. In the evening, the restaurant and bar tables offer a great dinner at sunset, and the whole experience is indeed incredible. 

Some other areas of interest for the families:

  • Explore Nadan Pier and the surrounding areas for great accommodation options, international restaurants, and fantastic shopping time.
  • Visit Samet Town Centre for souvenir shops, restaurants, and bars, and you can undoubtedly find some of the cheapest accommodations in this area.
  • Another major area of activity on the island is the popular Haad Sai Kaew beach. It is a right choice for those looking for loads of fun and swimming and sunbathing. The countless beachside bars are always filled with large crowds.
  • The top snorkeling around Koh Samet is located at several beaches, and you can book a snorkeling day trip for the whole family to enjoy the island’s underwater life.
  • Although the water around Koh Samet is relatively shallow, there is still plenty to see around the island, and there are many schools for diving that offer training for both beginners and advanced divers.
  • Rayong Aquarium is a popular attraction among families with young children, and the aquarium indeed surprises its visitors pleasantly because of the immense variety of fish & other marine life e and the cheaper tickets.

Now that you have a good idea of what to do and explore on the beautiful island of Koh Samet, plan a trip and get ready to enjoy its major attractions, beautiful pristine beaches, and water activities.


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You should take proper care of your mouth to ensure that your overall health is maintained. When it comes to your dental health, your teeth should be taken care of as per the recommendations of your dentists. This entails visiting the dentist regularly so that any issues with your teeth and oral health can be assessed and any remedial procedures done in a timely fashion. Now, when it comes to the enamel, it is important that one knows what to do to ensure this part of the tooth does not decay. You can visit to learn more about the enamel and how to take care of it.

Here are some things you need to do to care for your enamel:

Limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks

It would be a very good idea to avoid sugary foods. You see, bacteria feed on the sugar in your mouth and these goods add lots of it. The bacteria then make acids in the mouth, and this makes the enamel soft hence it wears away. Soft drinks that do not have sugar could be an alternative but they also have acid and this wears the enamel with time. The best choice you have is plain water or water that is flavored. The good thing with avoidance of sugar and sugary foods is that it helps you avoid other health conditions and should, therefore, be adhered to strictly where possible.

Eat foods good for the enamel

This is a very easy way to protect your enamel without having to spend much. By eating foods that protect the enamel and the tooth generally, you are making your oral health better. Calcium is very important for the formation of the enamel and the bones in general. You can get calcium from foods such as milk, general dairy products like cheese and so on. To help you keep the calories down, you should choose foods that are low in fat or those that are completely fat-free. For the people who do not consume dairy products, they can source other alternative foods or those that have calcium added.

Do not over-brush

You can easily damage the enamel by over-brushing. This means you could be brushing your teeth too fast and hard, meaning that the brush becomes abrasive to the enamel. The right way to brush is to hold the brush at 45 degrees to your gums. Move the brush back and forth, and make gentle strokes. After you have eaten citrus fruits or sweets, you should wait for up to one hour and brush your teeth. This is because acidic foods soften the enamel and can, therefore, mean your enamel will be damaged if you brush too soon after taking these foods.

Use Fluoride

Fluoride is a very important fighter of cavities since it strengthens the enamel. It also helps fight the early signs of enamel decay. Fluoride is good at making the teeth resistant to acids, therefore, protects and strengthens the enamel in the long run.



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Pet owners treat their pets just like they behave with their children. They take care of the pets as much as they can and want to share all the fun moments of the pets’ life with them. Just like a baby’s parents want to capture all the lively moments of the child’s initial days, even the pet owners want to capture the moments in which the pet is making some randomly attractive gestures and is seen in a rather fun mood.

All pet owners look forward to making memories out of those. Just like the parents make an album of their children’s photos while they are growing, even the pet owners have the enthusiasm of making a picture collage or an album of the pet’s photographs.

Pictures and Memories

This signifies the importance of pets for their pet owners, and therefore, these memories are extremely special for these people. Most of the pet owners make use of the cameras present in their mobile phones to capture these special moments with their pets. There might even be High-resolution cameras present with these pet owners, but when these moments arise where the pet is in the mood, then they might not find the time to fetch the camera and capture the moment.

Thus, the camera of the mobile phone is the savior for these pet owners, and they have to use it to capture the candid moments of their pets. But the problem with the camera of any mobile phone is that it does not provide them with the best resolution and angles, something which will be guaranteed with a high-resolution camera. So what should these pet owners do so that they get the best pictures of the pets with the ordinary mobile phone camera whenever their pet showcases an attractive gesture.

Preserve the Moment

The first thing that you need to take care of when you are you want to capture a candid moment of your pet outdoors is that you need to remove any distractions from your side. This means that you need to turn off the shutter sounds and the flashlight of the camera.

These things can draw the attention of the pet instantly and can result in spoiling the entire moment that you want to capture. These can be considered as rather precautionary steps that you can take whenever you want to capture the portrait of your pets in a candid moment when they are present outdoors.

You Need Better ‘Focus’

To capture the moment correctly and more vividly, you should focus the camera on the aspect of the pets’ body that you want to show. Every smartphone or high-resolution camera has a focus feature in it, which can be used for enhancing the aspect of the picture that you want to show.

To get better focus, you can either use the inbuilt features of the smartphone camera or can improve the lighting. When you are capturing the moment outdoors, then you should take the picture from an angle where the sunlight falling on the pets’ face is more.

Pet Art

For making the portraits of the dog more special and attractive, you can seek the help of the websites which help in optimizing these images and make them more attractive. The online platforms meant for designing dog portraits are gaining popularity, and these portraits can even be optimized such that the digital form can be converted into a form that can be framed and hung on the walls of the house. One of these platforms for obtaining a good dog portrait is the canvas pop website.

From CanvasPop, you can even get the canvas prints on which the portrait of the dog can be printed and used for the decor of your house. Once you are finished making the digital portrait of your dog, then you can choose a good digital frame and hang the portrait on the walls. If the frame matches the texture and theme of the wall, then it will be a great addition to the decor of your house.

Treats for Posing

If the purpose of your visit with your dog outdoors is to capture a good picture of your dog to make a dog portrait, then you will have to make the dog pose. Yes, you read it right, pet dogs are great posers, but you need to know how to get them to pose. You can use treats and attractions and then make them pose for the best pictures that you will be able to click of theirs.

Some Camera Features for A Dog Portrait

To get good portrait pictures of your pet, you can turn on the rapid-fire or Multi-Shot feature of the camera. With this feature, once you click the capture button of your camera, the camera will automatically take multiple shots of the subject. In this way, whatever the dog is doing will be captured in multiple shots, and you are most likely to get one great shot out of all of these. This is used by most of the pet lovers today who click pictures intending to get a great pet portrait.

As stated earlier as well when you want to capture a dog portrait in the outdoors, then lighting is extremely important. Thus, it is advised that the pictures are taken during early morning hours or at the time of sunset so that the background and the lighting are optimum for the portrait pictures.


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San Francisco is home to some of the most famous sites in America. The city was once the largest city on the West Coast due to the 1849 Gold Rush. Today, San Francisco is the gem of Northern California. The city is rich in history and culture and is home to some of the best restaurants in the country. Additionally, there are great beaches and neighborhoods in the area. If you have no idea where to start enjoying your vacation, here are a few ideas.

1. Golden Gate Bridge

There is no way this list could start with anything else. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in San Francisco. It is the most loved site by photographers as it is the most photographed bridge in the area. It was once termed by the U.S Travel Service the most magnificent man-made sight in America. You can cycle, walk, or drive across to the Marin County or Sausalito as you enjoy the beautiful view of Nob Hill’s old mansions. You can only use the bridge during the day if you are walking or cycling.

2. Visit Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island, located in the bay area, is home to the Alcatraz prison. The infamous prison was home to some of the most notorious criminals in history, such as Al Capone and the Birdman. Alcatraz prison was opened as a historical site in the ’70s. You will enjoy an informative tour while listening to an audio narrated by some of the former guards and inmates. The site has also become a haven for seabirds. Visitors are advised to book their tours in advance as the tickets are usually sold out.

3. Fisherman’s Wharf

Fisherman’s wharf was once the Little Italy of San Francisco. The area is beautifully set along the waterfront. It has dozens of restaurants where you can eat while enjoying a view of the city. You can go sightseeing on a boat or arrange a fishing charter. You can enjoy a stroll on pier 39 where you can enjoy excellent seafood and shopping. On pier 39, you will also find one of the most popular tourist attractions, the museum of 3D illusions. This pier 39 museum is a recent addition to the area. It is entertaining to nature, travel, and art lovers.  Whether you are visiting for a day or a couple of days, a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf is worthwhile. 

4. Cable car rides

Cable car rides are the only form of public transport to be made a historical monument. These cars have existed since 1873. You can tour the scenic streets of Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde. You can also travel with cable cars to Nob Hill, Ferry Building, and other tourist attractions in San Francisco. It is advisable for visitors who are staying a while to get a pass for the rides.

If you have not decided on a location for your vacation, the vibrant and exciting city of San Francisco is one to consider. There is more to San Francisco than this list.



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At the onset of the 21t century, the United States of America as the sole superpower in the world; this was as a result of the fall of the Soviet Union. This is the case for most other aspects of life in the US, it has the third-largest population in the world, a strong military force, a large and stable economy, and many other superlatives. Besides, the US is a top choice for international students willing to broaden their horizon.

The US has numerous challenges that plague its education systems. When you hear of the US, you envision a land of opportunities and equality. However, this is far from the truth concerning the current state of the education system. The formal system of learning in the US was developed to help meet the demands of the industrial revolution. A look at the current global economy and what the US education system has evolved into, it is clear that it is not able to cope with the requirements of a continually changing and technology-oriented society.

A good example is a student attending a public school is sometimes expected to buy his/ her own textbooks in addition to being required to tutor non-native English speaking students or English as a second language students (ESL). You will quickly notice that a student’s access to educational resources directly affects their levels of success. Although public education is free in the US, a student is still expected to part with a sizable amount of money to sit for exams. This is because, for the most part, the US government has allowed the unequal disbursement of learning resources.

This is a subject that has already been discussed and concluded to be one of the primary reasons why a student would opt to pay a essay writer to help them complete various assignments; an action that has previously been attributed to the students’ laziness. Here are a few challenges that are hindering the US education system from regaining its former glory:

  • Parents and guardians are not involved in their children’s academic life

This is a challenge that is out of the schools’ control, and perhaps the most frustrating problem faced by the US system of learning. Students require to spend some additional hours learning or doing homework at home. But this process is hindered by the lack of interest by parents and guardians, thus lowering their child’s productivity.

  • Lack of adequate funding and closure of public schools

Even as the US economy is seemingly growing, the budget allocated to public schools by each state is still suffering as a result of the recession that affected the US economy years back. This results in the cut back of essential learning resources and in worst-case scenarios, the closure of the school due to inadequate funds to keep it running.

  • Overcrowding in classrooms

The lower the student-teacher ratio, the better the learning experience, which directly translates to the results at the end of each term. The more the number of students, the less practical the learning experience will be. This is confirmed by the National Center for Education Statistics in the US that found out a large number of public schools far exceed the capacity.

  • The drawbacks of technology

Technology is an excellent addition to any learning environment; however, most public schools have either completely ignored it or are unable to implement it due to reduced state funding. When schools lack to take advantage of the opportunities offered by technology, they will be at a disadvantage in the future.

  • Inability to adopt new modes of teaching

Today’s students go to school with a view of the world that is shaped by much more than just life experiences. This is majorly due to the widespread use of the internet, and as such, the learning environment also needs to evolve.

  • New avenues that facilitate cheating

Academic dishonesty is not a new concept, however, with current technological advancements, it is now easier for students to cheat in their assignment and exams. The problem arises when schools do not update their policies to cater to these new advancements.

  • School security efforts

Understandably, as parents, you would do just anything to protect your children. And with this mentality, more and more public schools have increased police presence, metal detectors at the entrance, a security camera at every corner and gated campuses. But what you fail to realize is that these security measures greatly interferes with the natural learning environment and readily provides opportunities for distractions.

This is just a tip of the iceberg that is the problems that plague the US education system. Most of these challenges are already known by the relevant authorities but little I being done to rectify the situation.



kitchen planning

I’m not saying I’m ready for retirement or anything, (although quite frankly I AM, emotionally at least), but accessibility in the home is not necessarily something that just becomes an issue with age. Disabilities and accidents can play a part, as can consideration for elderly friends and relatives. Having accessibility in mind can help inform your decision making when it comes to remodelling your home or buying new home furnishings.

Here are some things you might want to think about if you need to make your home more accessible for you or a loved one:

Consider a downstairs toilet

You might already have one, which is great for guests, but if not, is there a space in your home that could be turned into one, like a forgotten about under stairs cupboard perhaps? Installing a small downstairs toilet might not be as expensive as you think but it would be hugely appreciated by guests who find stairs unmanageable. (Or just handy for you when the kids are taking up the bathroom.)

Or how about a stairlift?

If mobility is an issue but you need to be able to access a first floor, how about a stairlift? Check out the options available at Fenetic Wellbeing and while you’re there you might be interested in their other products, such as recliner chairs that make it easier to get in and out of your favourite comfy chair.

Think about your kitchen design

If you’re due for a kitchen restyle, think about how cupboards and appliances are positioned to make them as easy to use as possible. For example, kitchens can easily be built without any high units, so that all cupboards are reachable from a wheelchair. Think too about things like your fridge freezer – can you reach into it if it’s a very tall model or would you be better having separate under-counter appliances?

Outside the home

As well as what’s going on indoors, you’ll want to consider how you get in and out of your home. Are there any steps up to your front door and would a hand rail make these easier to navigate? How accessible are the gardens and how safe are they to walk around? Decking for example looks great, but can get very slippery when it’s wet. If it’s a large garden, you might like to add some additional seating at strategic points.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but hopefully that’s given you something to think about.


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Despite following your dentist’s advice and practising the right oral hygiene, there are certain dental flaws that are congenital. These problems range from tooth discoloration to poor teeth alignment.

If you have any dental problem that makes you feel less confident about the way you look, cosmetic dentistry could be the solution. There are many safe and proven procedures that can help you get the smile you’ve always desired. Here are some of the most recent cosmetic dental procedures you should consider.

1) Veneers

If you have a problem with decayed, uneven, discoloured or chipped teeth, dental veneers can be a good remedy for you. These are ultra-thin shells created to cover the outer part of the teeth. The veneers are attached to each tooth to give them the colour you want and a smooth, even appearance.

The dentist usually takes an impression of your natural tooth, buffs it and then cements the veneer. The veneers are hardened using a light beam that makes them stick well to the natural teeth. These custom-made materials can last up to 15 years, which makes them a great permanent solution.

2) Enamel Abrasion

Teeth discolouration affects many people today. The kind of drinks and foods we eat are major contributors to this problem. Enamel abrasion is one of the most viable solutions for discolouration. The procedure solves the issue by using a micro-abrasion machine to eliminate the stained surface of each tooth.

The procedure focuses on removing superficial stains resulting from soda, wine, coffee and tobacco products. It might, however, not work for stains that have formed inside the teeth. You need to book an appointment with a qualified cosmetic dentist who will examine your teeth to determine whether enamel abrasion will work for you. Professionals like those at Woodbridge dentist and any good cosmetic dentistry clinic can help with this.

3) Gum Contouring

There are numerous gum problems that affect your smile – some people struggle with receding or uneven gums, while others don’t like their gummy smiles. These problems can be solved through gum contouring. The procedure involves using a soft tissue laser to carefully reshape the gums. The dentist removes some parts of the gum that are causing your teeth to look uneven or shorter than normal.

Patients might experience some discomfort and swelling after the reshaping, but the effects should go away within 24-48 hours. It only takes a few days for the gum to completely heal.

4) Teeth Whitening

Although teeth whitening procedures have been there for decades, better and more effective treatments have been discovered over time.

One of the most recent is in-office bleaching. This procedure involves applying a bleaching agent to the teeth and activating it using an ultraviolet light. Compared with the traditional over-the-counter bleaching kits, this new method is safer and more effective. These whitening sessions can take between one to two hours.

5) Dental Implants

Implants might be more expensive than other dental procedures, but they offer a permanent and more reliable solution for missing or damaged teeth. You will need to visit a maxillofacial surgeon who will implant a metal post into your jaw for the new tooth to be attached. A crown is then cemented on the post to give you a fresh tooth.

In case your jaw has been affected by the loss of teeth or periodontal diseases, your surgeon might suggest bone grafting before inserting the implant – although this will certainly cost you more.

The Bottom Line

Don’t let bad teeth affect your smile and confidence. Do something about it by investigating cosmetic dental procedures that can work for you.