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Chicken Skinny Noodle Soup

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Chicken Skinny Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup uses Lipton Soup Secrets. I know that Lipton makes one with bits of chicken, but why use that if you can add your juicy meat and vegetables? I usually use the product called Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth, but if you’d like, you can try the one with extra noodles. These Soup Secrets come in boxes, with two envelopes per box. When you open a container, the noodles look like tiny bits of shredded paper in yellow powder. The noodles will expand, but even when thoroughly cooked, they’ll be thinner than angel hair pasta. That’s why I’m calling it chicken and skinny noodle soup. The following recipe makes enough for two people or one starving one. If desired, you can double up on the recipe, using both of the envelopes in the box.

I love watching this soup come together almost as much as I like eating it. So I’m going to talk about cooking it as if it’s a story. For the short version of the recipe, skip down to the ingredients list and the no-nonsense directions at the bottom.

Cook the chicken: Crush two cloves of garlic. If the celery stalk has any leaves, cut them off. Put the garlic, celery leaves, and a chicken thigh into a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and let bubble away for 20 minutes. If you are lucky, you might be able to see golden drops floating away in the water. What are those things? Fat? Oil? Whatever they are, they look delicious.

Prep the vegetables: This can be done while the chicken is cooking. To dice the celery, cut a single stalk into four pieces lengthwise. That means to cut it in half, then cut those two pieces also in half. Gather the four lengths together and slice through all four at the same time, moving down the stalk and continue slicing until you have diced through it all. Now for the carrot. This is just my crazy way of cutting it into approximately equal pieces. Starting with the narrow end, slice the carrot into coin-shaped pieces until you get halfway through. Cut the remaining carrot in half lengthwise, then continue slicing through, making half-moon shaped pieces. Peel and dice a potato if desired. Adding a potato is optional; they make the soup more filling.

Cook the vegetables: Take the chicken out of the pot and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced celery, carrot, and potato to the pan and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Cook the noodles: Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets to the pot. Break up any clumps. The noodles will swirl around vigorously in the water — Cook for about five minutes.

Finish: While the noodles are cooking, you can shred or cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces. Five minutes after the noodles go in, you can add the petite peas if desired. Though initially frozen, they give a pop of freshness when you later chow down on them. Add the cooked chicken and turn off the heat after it all heats through.

Ingredients

  • One chicken thigh
  • Two garlic cloves, crushed
  • One celery stalk, including the leafy part if possible
  • One carrot, peeled
  • 4 cups of water
  • One envelope Lipton Soup Secrets Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth
  • One potato, peeled and diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup frozen petite peas (optional)

Directions

1. Cut off the top part of the celery. Put the celery leaves, garlic cloves, chicken thigh, and water in a pot. Heat to boiling and let it cook until the chicken is done about 20 minutes.

2. While the chicken is cooking, dice the celery, carrot, and potato if using. Remove the cooked chicken and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced vegetables to the pot and let simmer 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets and let the noodles cook for 5 minutes. In the meantime, dice the chicken. Add the petite peas and diced chicken to the soup, and heat through for just a few minutes.

This chicken noodle soup uses Lipton Soup Secrets. I know that Lipton makes one with bits of chicken, but why use that if you can add your juicy meat and vegetables? I usually use the product called Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth, but if you’d like, you can try the one with extra noodles. These Soup Secrets come in boxes, with two envelopes per box. When you open a container, the noodles look like tiny bits of shredded paper in yellow powder. The noodles will expand, but even when thoroughly cooked, they’ll be thinner than angel hair pasta. That’s why I’m calling it chicken and skinny noodle soup. The following recipe makes enough for two people or one starving one. If desired, you can double up on the recipe, using both of the envelopes in the box.

I love watching this soup come together almost as much as I like eating it. So I’m going to talk about cooking it as if it’s a story. For the short version of the recipe, skip down to the ingredients list and the no-nonsense directions at the bottom.

Cook the chicken: Crush two cloves of garlic. If the celery stalk has any leaves, cut them off. Put the garlic, celery leaves, and a chicken thigh into a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and let bubble away for 20 minutes. If you are lucky, you might be able to see golden drops floating away in the water. What are those things? Fat? Oil? Whatever they are, they look delicious.

Prep the vegetables: This can be done while the chicken is cooking. To dice the celery, cut a single stalk into four pieces lengthwise. That means to cut it in half, then cut those two pieces also in half. Gather the four lengths together and slice through all four at the same time, moving down the stalk and continue slicing until you have diced through it all. Now for the carrot. This is just my crazy way of cutting it into approximately equal pieces. Starting with the narrow end, slice the carrot into coin-shaped pieces until you get halfway through. Cut the remaining carrot in half lengthwise, then continue slicing through, making half-moon shaped pieces. Peel and dice a potato if desired. Adding a potato is optional; they make the soup more filling.

Cook the vegetables: Take the chicken out of the pot and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced celery, carrot, and potato to the pan and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Cook the noodles: Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets to the pot. Break up any clumps. The noodles will swirl around vigorously in the water — Cook for about five minutes.

Finish: While the noodles are cooking, you can shred or cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces. Five minutes after the noodles go in, you can add the petite peas if desired. Though initially frozen, they give a pop of freshness when you later chow down on them. Add the cooked chicken and turn off the heat after it all heats through.

Ingredients

  • One chicken thigh
  • Two garlic cloves, crushed
  • One celery stalk, including the leafy part if possible
  • One carrot, peeled
  • 4 cups of water
  • One envelope Lipton Soup Secrets Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth
  • One potato, peeled and diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup frozen petite peas (optional)

Directions

1. Cut off the top part of the celery. Put the celery leaves, garlic cloves, chicken thigh, and water in a pot. Heat to boiling and let it cook until the chicken is done about 20 minutes.

2. While the chicken is cooking, dice the celery, carrot, and potato if using. Remove the cooked chicken and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced vegetables to the pot and let simmer 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets and let the noodles cook for 5 minutes. In the meantime, dice the chicken. Add the petite peas and diced chicken to the soup, and heat through for just a few minutes.

How to Prepare For Driving Lessons

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How to Prepare for Driving Lessons

You have booked your first driving lesson. Congratulations. Now, what do you do?

Hopefully, you will have booked your driving lessons with a local driving school that has a good understanding of your area and local test routes. This will help you pass your driving test a lot faster in the future. It is essential to build a good relationship with your driving instructor, as you will be spending a lot of time with them. I do not necessarily mean that you need to start hanging out with them or taking them out for dinner, but try to build up some rapport. It will help you through each lesson and reduce your stress levels in stressful situations.

When you step into a car for the first time as a pupil, your driving instructor will remain in his or her seat. At this stage, you will swap details with one another and start to get an understanding of the car itself. Your driving instructor will go through, step by step, what each control does and take your provisional driving license details. This is to track your progress. During your driving lesson, the driving instructor will take notes while you drive. Do not be alarmed. This is perfectly normal. The reason for this is to track your progress, usually through a progress card of some form.

Unfortunately, you will not be driving through your town center or along the main roads on your first driving lesson. In most cases, you will be taken to a quiet area, close to your home. Most of the time, first driving lessons are completed on industrial estates as the roads are considerably more extensive, and the volume of traffic is a lot smaller.

When you arrive at your driving instructors’ chosen area, they will pull over, and you will swap positions. This is where you can start to get excited.

Once you are in position, you do not simply start driving. There are several health and safety considerations to make first, and you need to be comfortable in the driving seat. Your driving instructor will take you through the cockpit procedure. This procedure is exactly what you will do every time you get into a car. This includes the driver seat position, the rearview mirror, wing mirrors, and seat position. Once this has been completed, your driving lesson will begin.

The first thing you will cover when you start to learn to drive is moving off and how to control the car safely. As part of your lesson, the aim of pulling away is to be able to prepare your vehicle correctly from a parked position and make safe, accurate observations. You will use a routine called P.O.M. This stands for preparation, consideration, and maneuver. When you are moving off for the first time, the chances of you stalling the car are quite high. However, do not be disappointed. This happens in the majority of the primary driving lessons.

The cause of stalling is due to the engine not having enough gas coming through the driver before you raise the clutch. This is something that your driving instructor will go through with you. Over time your clutch control and pulling away will become more controlled and natural.

Love is the Default

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Love Is the Default

Love Is the Default – It’s been two weeks since the deadliest mass shooting in US history in Orlando, Florida. It’s been six months since the Paris terror attacks and over five years since the Syrian Civil War began.

As the many articles, posts, rants, and video footage have made their way across my screen these last few weeks; I’ve been thinking a lot about Orlando. I’ve been thinking about a recent high-profile rape case in the Bay Area. In my own life, I’ve been thinking about a friend who lost her mom to cancer last week. And I’ve been thinking about my grieving dad, whose best friend-a 13-year-old pug-decided to make his transition a few days ago — deep sigh.

Yes, the human experience comes with an extra-large serving of pain and heartache in one form or another-take your pick from the buffet of war, starvation, violence, or personal loss.

So the other day, when our 14-year-old (98 in human years!) small, good-natured, mostly deaf dog-a rescued Chihuahua Dachshund mix-was attacked by an off-leash dog, four times his size, the suffering of Orlando and the rest of the world came to a screeching stop right on the doorstep of my own experience.

Trauma

The moment was horrific. Without warning, the big dog pounced, sank his teeth deep into Rico’s back and lifted him into the air. I don’t know who screamed louder, Rico or I, as the big dog shook him like he was a floppy stuffed animal toy. Thank God it was over quickly; the dog dropped Rico, and the prominent dog owner came rushing out of the house.

“What happened?” she sounded frantic.

“Your dog attacked my dog,” I spat out as I was trying to reach Rico, who was hobbling around in circles, whimpering.

“Oh my God, I just had a visitor, the door must have been left open, she’s never done anything like this before,” the lady rattled off her excuses.

“Does your dog have all its shots? Rabies shots?” I shot out, ignoring her. I was too busy to look at her. I didn’t want to give her any of my attention. My fingers were separating Rico’s coarse fur, and I could see an oozing puncture wound already.

We were back at home now. Stupid lady. Stupid dog. I must have said that out loud. My eight year old was parroting my fear and anger back at me. My mom self couldn’t even muster up my oft-spoken, “We don’t say that word.” She was stupid! God, I was angry. And I was scared. Rico didn’t look right; he couldn’t sit down, he couldn’t straighten out his hind legs; those deep brown eyes were looking at me for help.

Emotional Bonanza

The next few hours at the emergency pet hospital, and through the days that followed, found me scaling the emotional spectrum of every imaginable feeling within me. The senseless attack and trauma had induced feelings of anger, fear, hate, disbelief, worry, stress, Sadness, betrayal, pain, and Sadness again.

I watched myself need to contact all my close friends to share my pain and anger. I texted them pictures of Rico, unsolicited close-ups of his flank and back where the ER vet shaved him to find multiple bite wounds and two deep puncture wounds. I sent pictures of the drainage tube that was placed in the most profound hurt and a description of Rico lying listlessly with the cone collar around his neck. My friends listened patiently and empathized.

My whole system seemed to be flooded with a swirling bucket of emotions during those first days, and I was aware that I needed to feel them all for Rico. And for myself. Even so, I became aware that it was up to me to stay and linger in any one of those feelings if I chose.

And then a curious thing began to happen.

Love is Always There

As the jumble of feelings were acknowledged and felt, the room was made to focus on the healing of my dog.

I lay down with him, nose to snout, and whispered love poems and encouragements between rounds of pain meds and antibiotics. My little boy did the same. And as we cuddled, caressed, and cared, I found that the bonanza of emotions began to lose their zing. Anger lost its edge. Fear forgot its way. Blame relinquished its hold. And Sadness unfastened its focus.

As the feelings waned and weakened in the face of care and healing, what emerged surprised me, yet did not surprise me. Here she lay beneath all the other emotions, waiting patiently. There was no denying it. She was the one thing left. Love. Yes, Love. Love was the default. And all I wanted to do was Love.

In the face of Love, I was done being angry; I didn’t feel like spending my precious time with blame. My pain was lifting, and I felt my fear gradually leaving.

Thank you, Love, for reminding me that you are always there, even when I can’t see you or feel you. Thank you, Love, for your constant gentle presence even in the face of challenging times.

And so when tragedy strikes next, or personal loss occurs-and it will, as sure as the blue, green planet spins-let, we gently hold the knowledge of this for each other: Love is always there. Somehow Love is still there.

Choosing the Right Winter Vacation Property in Colorado

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Choosing the Right Winter Vacation Property in Colorado

Whether you are going to Breckenridge, Colorado, Frisco, Colorado or Copper Mountain, Keystone, Dillon, or Silverthorne, all considered resort towns in Summit County Colorado or Vail Colorado, you need to be aware of the different lodging options you have to choose from. First, find your budget. Knowing your budget will dictate whether you should be looking for an economical motel/hotel or an area that is not specified in the ski town like Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone or Vail but maybe in locations like Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco. However, Frisco is considered Copper’s ski town. In general the further distance from the ski mountain the less expensive. There are many different types of properties available for your ski vacation, condo’s, town homes, private homes to elegant homes. One bedroom to 9 additional bedrooms.

A critical consideration is how close you want to be to the slopes and understand how the price is affected Ski in – ski out properties in the visitor’s mind usually means you can walk out your front or back doorstep into your skis and ski to the lift and ski back down to your home. Not necessarily many property management companies define Ski in & out properties as being with-in 100 yards of the ski lift, and sometimes it means crossing a street or skiing back down in steep terrain, so always ask whoever you are renting from how they define ski-in & out. Second, you may select a property that is ski-in but necessitates either walking or some means of transportation back to your home, again always ask. Third, choosing a property that involves public transportation, typically, that is not a problem since all the ski areas provide a shuttle service to and from the ski area, check to see how far you are from the shuttle stop and are their transfers involved.

Ski season is a hectic time of year, so you may want to think about renting a car if you are flying. There are many transportation services available from Denver international that will drive you to and from the airport at a reasonable rate. Arrange in advance. Taking a shuttle service is a safe way to get up the mountains and not have to worry about road conditions, driving in the mountains when the roads are snow-covered can be very tricky why not be safe and let an experienced driver get you and your family to your Colorado ski vacation safe. Parking in ski towns is limited, and the ski areas themselves charge for close-in parking, and the free parking usually means taking a shuttle to the base area.

Booking and choosing your ski vacation can be done through numerous channels, finding a property management company through a Google search. using homeaway.com or checking on Craigslist for individuals renting their property,

Always check out the creditability of the company you are using or the individual and get pictures, don’t be surprised and ask as many questions as you won’t remember it is your vacation and your money.

The Most Expensive Sapphire Gemstones

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The Most Expensive Sapphire Gemstones In The World

Sapphire is the most valuable and profitable blue gemstone. It is a beautiful gemstone because of its fantastic color, hardness, toughness, and gloss. In the gem trade, Sapphire, with no color prefix, alludes to the blue variety of the mineral Corundum. In any case, the term Sapphire encompasses all other jewel varieties and colors of Corundum, too, apart from Ruby, the red variety of Corundum, which has its name since ancient times.
You will regularly hear that the rarest and most costly sapphire is the pink-orange padparadscha from Sri Lanka. Be that as it may, while the padparadscha is exceedingly rare, the most beautiful blue sapphires are the ones that get the high price at auction.
Gemstone prices at auction are always on the up, with various stones achieving amazingly high rates under the sled. Colored stones specifically are drawing in attention with rubies and sapphires setting records. At the same time, precious pink stones are turning out to be always looked for as supplies in Australia’s Argyle mine dwindle. There has been a great deal of enthusiasm for precious blue rocks as of late.
In May 2016, the 14.62carat Oppenheimer Blue diamond stone sold for £40 million, turning into the most expensive sapphire gemstone ever sold at that price. It broke the world record already held by the Blue Moon jewel, which sold for £32 million in November 2015.
The business achievement of outstanding gem can as well be partially be ascribed to auction houses embracing the digital age. At the point when Sotheby’s New York partnered with eBay for its Magnificent Jewels deal in April 2015, it accomplished an in-house record, and most other significant auctioneers now acknowledge virtual offers, giving their base of potential purchasers genuine support. In any case, it’s undoubtedly an exciting time for beautiful gems’ most stupendous stones.
Blue diamond
The Oppenheimer Blue diamond was sold for a world record aggregate of £40 million in May 2016. The emerald stone once had a place with Sir Philip Oppenheimer and sold in 25 minutes to a mysterious private authority.
Recorded below are other sapphire rounds up record-breaker in the previous year.
Ruby
Named after a sonnet of the same name, the Sunrise Ruby was sold at Sotheby in May 2015 for £19.6 million ($30 million). The stone a 25.59-karat Burmese ‘pigeon’s blood’ ruby mounted via Cartier broke the world record, tripling the cost of the past record-holder the Graff Ruby. It as well broke the world auction record for cost per carat of any ruby and turned into the most costly Cartier gem ever auctioned.
Red diamond
The rarest of all colored diamonds precious stone are red jewels, so it’s nothing unexpected that the heart formed 2.09-carat Fancy Red VS2 precious stone by Moussaieff was sold for a fantastic £3.4 million ($5.4 million) in Nov 2014 at Christie’s Hong Kong. This remains part of a record cost for a red diamond and per carat.
Orange diamond
No less than three times bigger than other known stone of its kind, The Orange, a 14.80 karat Fancy Vivid orange diamond, was sold for £23.35 million at Christie’s in Nov 2013. The diamond additionally set the record for an aggregate cost for any orange jewel ever sold in that year.
I hope this article helps?

Mastectomy Bras

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Essential Things You Have To Know When Buying Mastectomy Bras

Mastectomy refers to the surgical removal of one or both a lady’s breast to treat or remove breast cancer. Although there are different types of mastectomy, the result is that a woman won’t have the same appearance as her breasts after the surgery.

Fortunately, ladies don’t have to feel conscious about their chest after a mastectomy. Ladies who lost one or both breasts can be fitted with prostheses about six weeks to two months after surgery. And once they have their prosthesis, they can start choosing the best mastectomy bras to buy.

Mastectomy bras are similar to regular bras; however, they have the extra feature of fabric pockets sewn into each cup inside the bra. This feature allows the breast prosthesis to be fitted inside the pocket and give the impression of a bust. They come in different sizes, styles, or designs. Some come with only one pocket in one cup for women who had only one breast removed.

Types Of Mastectomy Bras

There are different types of mastectomy bras based on the requirements of the wearer. The most common ones are:

Post-surgery mastectomy bra – This type of bra is made of soft fabric and is vast in size. It is designed for ladies to wear after the surgery. This type of bra usually unhooks at the front so that patients will have easy access to the chest area since they may not be able to move their arms properly after the surgery.

Front-closing mastectomy bra – This type of bra will open and close at the front.

Back-closing mastectomy bra – This type of bra has its hooks at the back. Wearers will have to open and close this bra by reaching for the hooks at the end.

Shopping Tips

Below are some tips that can help patients who want to buy a mastectomy bra:

  • If a patient underwent a single mastectomy, it is best, to begin with, a bra that is fitted to the remaining natural breast and band size (the measurement covering the chest or area beneath the breasts). The bra should be snug but not too tight. This is an essential factor to consider because if the band does not fit right, the prosthesis may rise from the pocket and move around.
  • In terms of a double mastectomy, patients can enjoy more flexibility because there is no need to worry about complementing the other existing breast. You can go for a whole new look or revert to the original look of your chest. Either way, make sure you select something that will fit your body frame.
  • If you’re having a hard time finding the bra that best fits you, get help with a professional fitter. A fitter will use a chart that matches prosthetic sizes to natural cup sizes. With the fitter’s guidance, you can select the weight and shape combination that feels right to you.

Mommy Makeover Transformation

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Mommy Makeover Transformation

The idea of getting back to the pre-pregnancy body after childbirth is neither alien nor frowned upon as vain and no longer limited to the enviable “good genes.” Aesthetic restorative surgery has now ramified to cater to a generation of women making informed decisions for their health and wellness, thus emerged the concept of combining cosmetic surgery procedures, popularly referred to as the Mommy makeover surgery.

A few frequent changes that are encountered almost universally are:- 

1) Mammary glands: as they gain volume, the overlying skin develops stretch marks, the hallmark of snapped collagen in the skin layers. Post-delivery and breastfeeding the breast size may reduce, but the shape is altered, especially after multiple pregnancies, resulting in a “deflated” or sagging appearance to the breasts.

2) Midsection: A four-tiered muscular apparatus mainly form the abdomen. As the pregnancy advances, the uterus expands and pushes against the abdominal musculature causing the belly bulge and eventually stretch and separate. This change results in the “mommy pooch,” which is a combination of weakened core and pelvic floor muscles, excessive skin under the navel, and the stretch marks all over the lower abdominal region.

3) Skin: shows a somewhat unpredictable response to pregnancy; however, most of the changes observed are usually temporary and only until deliver or a few weeks. Melasma gravid arum or mask of pregnancy is seen as visible facial skin darkening, over the cheeks, forehead, and perioral region. It usually settles after childbirth but may persist in some women and need medical intervention.

Although some women bounce back owing to either prenatal care comprising of strict diet, customized workouts, and intense postpartum discipline or a natural tendency or both, most women struggle. Irrespective, effects, such as stubborn fat deposits, excessive skin and skin laxity, and weakened and overstretched abdominal muscles, can only be treated with surgery.

The mommy makeover cosmetic surgery package 

Mommy makeover is not a medical terminology but rather a colloquial term emphasizing the result the treatment offers. It was initially the conjunction of two procedures, that is “mom job” and “mom tuck.” This ‘package’ procedure focuses primarily on the breasts and the midsection. It is now a more flexible advent, encompassing an area of concern a noticeable change in cost depending upon the area addressed.

The surgery is undertaken after a brief medical history and is usually completed in one or two stages, depending on the areas and the complexity of any given area. Opting for a single sitting, targeting the areas of concern is choice as it is less cumbersome and more economical.

Cosmetic procedures included in a mommy makeover: 

Breast surgery: may comprise a breast lift or breast augmentation with an implant or breast reduction depending on the lady’s requirement. The breast lift and augmentation or reduction are often taken up in the same sitting and restore the size and shape of breasts.

Abdominoplasty: involves liposuction and tightening of separated abdominal muscles, thus strengthening the midsection and narrowing the waist. Depending upon the amount of excess skin and tissue removed, the surgery is classified as a mini or extensive tummy tuck.

Lower abdominal skin with stretch marks is removed as the final correction.

Arm and thigh lifts and Liposuction: Are added at an extra cost to the treatment plan.

Face Rejuvenation: Elective procedures such as Lasers, dermal fillers, and Botox for fine lines and wrinkles are often added to the treatment package on demand.

The 3 C’s of mommy makeover package

1.) Candidate: An ideal candidate should be in good health, following a healthy lifestyle, and should be close to their target weight. Since there is downtime involved, followed by a period of limited activity, the candidate must arrange for help at home.

2.) Concern: It’s best to opt for the surgery when childbearing is complete. The risks involved are the same as that of any surgical procedure, such as discomfort, infection, bleeding, and fluid collection. The incisions made, leave a scar but heal well. It’s advisable to follow up with your surgeon on this concern.

3.) Costs: Since a cosmetic procedure, it’s not covered by insurance, but most practitioners have financing plans available. The cost varies by location and depends upon the fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, and value of the operating room. Medical tourism can help here by offering the most affordable prices without compromising the quality and international medical standard

Motherhood is, by far, one of the most life-changing experiences, and inarguably adds a rewarding dimension to a woman’s life. With the advancement in medical science, it is now possible for a woman to have the best of both worlds.

Getting Your Daughter Ready for Her First Formal

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How To Get Your Daughter Ready For Her First Formal

One of the best parts of coming of age is being able to attend formal events. This is especially true for girls who have spent the majority of their formative years experimenting with makeup and playing with dress-up clothes. Fortunately, there are several things that parents can do to ensure that these critical experiences are non-stop fun. Following is everything you need to know about getting your daughter ready for her first formal event.

Choose Your Child’s Formal Dress Early-On

As with any critical attire, you never want to wait until the last minute to select a dress for formal affairs. Take your little shopping as soon as possible. Be sure to avoid the stores in which all of her peers are likely to be shopping, given that there is nothing worse than showing up to a party in a gown that several other people are wearing. Target little-known fashion boutiques and consider the benefits of shopping online.

Be Mindful Of The Challenges In Working With Online Dress Sellers

There are countless benefits to shopping for formal dresses online. These include:

– The ability to get cutting-edge fashions that other event attendees aren’t likely to be wearing

– The ability to find gowns in colors and sizes that aren’t readily available in your immediate area

– Access to significant online discounts

– Expedited shipping

– Access to an expansive array of coordinating shoes and accessories in some instances

Despite all of these benefits, however, shoppers should also be mindful of the potential drawbacks of using online platforms to shop. These include receiving goods that are lower in quality than you expected, ordering garments in the wrong size, and needing to make exchanges or returns. If you choose to shop online, be mindful of the fact that it may take several weeks to exchange a garment that’s not to your liking, and thus, it’s always best to take care of this ahead of time.

Take The Dress With You When Shopping For Shoes And Accessories

Make sure that dress and shoe colors coordinate by bringing the gown you’ve purchased with you when going shopping for footwear and accessories. Make sure that your child has a cute clutch as well for this event. This should have plenty of room for spending money, her mobile phone, event ticket, and any necessary personal identification. Don’t wait until the last minute to find accessories, either. Shopping for everything early on will give you the full day of the event to focus on nails, hair, and other aspects of styling and grooming.

Invest In A Manicure And Pedicure

Treat your teen to a manicure and pedicure, especially if she has opted to wear an open-toed shoe. You can also invest in a professional facial, mainly if acne is a problem. You may even want to take your child to a reputable hair salon for professional styling. With diligent attention to all of the fine details, you can make sure that she looks and feels her absolute best for this special occasion.

How to Boost Your Kindle eBook Sales

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How To Boost Your Kindle Ebooks Sales
How To Boost Your Kindle Ebooks Sales

How to Boost Your Kindle Ebook Sales

How to Boost Your Kindle Ebook Sale
How to Boost Your Kindle Ebook Sale

How to Boost Your Kindle eBook Sales – Can you boost the sales of your book? Do you feel overwhelmed knowing you are faced with hundreds of competitors in Kindle? Can you possibly increase your sales? The answer is yes. With the right information and determination, you can boost your e-book sales in Kindle.

Earn While Working at Home

For those who wish to earn while working home-based, writing a book, and publishing it on their own is one of the best alternatives available. You can find millions of books in Kindle published by independent writers who seek to create another source of income.
For beginners, this is a challenging market to enter. Imagine hundreds of books under the same niche are being published every day in Kindle, which can push your book away from potential readers.
As a reader, seeing hundreds of books on Amazon is a delight, but for publishers, this is a challenging situation because it will be hard for them to market their writing in a crowded marketplace. If your book is not on the top of the search list, it may never have the chance to be seen by potential readers.
As a publisher, your goal is to get the book noticed by the readers. The first step you can take is to change the categories or add a new group under the text.
For example, go and visit the Kindle website and choose the Home category and click the Pets subcategory. From there, you will see more subcategories related to pets and animal care.

Carefully Selecting The Subcategories

By carefully selecting the subcategories, you are giving your book more exposure. Labeling your book will attract potential readers since they are those people who are specifically looking for something they need.
Instead of thinking about ranking the book in the main category, opt for subcategories as it presents less competition with better exposure.
One important aspect of boosting your sales is to put a reasonable price on the books you publish. Nonetheless, don’t choose for meager amounts; instead, pick an average price range that can attract visitors and buyers.
For an extra boost, enroll in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, which can attract more attention. However, this may not translate to sales, but it is worth trying and exploring.

KDP Programme

The KDP Select program allows readers who are subscribed to the program to read as many books as they want. For the authors, giving away a book for free can translate to more significant sales. The most author will leave a link that will lead to other books written by you.
Other than Kindle, you can market your books on other e-books platforms to increase sales. You can try Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBookstore.
However, you may have to edit your documents again to cater to their formatting style. If you are under the KDP program, you cannot sell your books on other platforms for 90 days once you participate.
If you are planning to expand your market, it is advisable to start with Kindle first. Avail their KDP Select and once you finish the period, assess your profit and move on to the next platforms online.

Conclusion

Remember, different platforms have different policies and formatting styles, so you will have to familiarize and learn before you publish your works.
Just like any other endeavor, you need hard work, time, and sacrifice to make a mark in the field you are in.

Plus Size Fashion Tips

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Plus Size Fashion Tips

Plus Size Fashion Tips – No Need To Look Frumpy If You’re Carrying Extra Pounds
As a plus-sized person, you’ve probably had plenty of awkward fashion moments when the clothes you wear don’t flatter you in the least. However, having a fuller figure shouldn’t necessarily make you look unattractive as long as you know how to dress your curves well. Your curves can make you look hot if you know how to dress well.

– Balance your proportions so that your curves look very attractive in relation to each other. This will also help you present a trim silhouette, making you look less bulky. If your hips and bust are large, as they are likely to be, then you should avoid wearing tapering clothes that emphasize your bulkiness. Boot cut trousers or flared skirts will look best.

– Wear clothes that fit you perfectly, avoiding outfits that are both too loose and too tight. Ill-fitting clothes will make you look very dowdy. Many plus-sized people wear large clothes or multiple layers in the mistaken belief that the clothes will hide their bulk. Clothes that skim your curves will look fantastic.

– Spend money on a well-fitting bra that gives your bust ample support and lifts it away from your abdomen. This will make you look not just slimmer but also more attractive.

– Try to choose prints that guide the viewer’s eye vertically and not horizontally. This is especially important if you are a petite plus-sized person. Incidentally, you should also avoid wearing small prints.

– Increasing the length of your legs with the help of high heels will help the viewer’s eye go from top to bottom instead of from side to side.

– Show a bit of skin at the neck to break the monotony of a vast expanse of cloth, which also makes you look large. A vee-shaped neckline that is not plunging will look just right.

– Choose accessories that match your overall size. For instance, tiny bags will not look good on you because they will make you look larger than you are. The same applies to the jewelry that you wear. Chunky necklaces and bracelets will look great. If you wear delicate necklaces, then you should be sure to layer them.

It is crucial to keep in mind that plus sizes come in different categories. While some full-figured women have large busts, others might have wide hips or even a large tummy. Be sure to understand your body shape correctly before you choose the right clothes and accessories that make you look your very best.

Special Underwear for Incontinence

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Special Underwear for Incontinence Problems

Underwear for Incontinence Problems – Incontinence is such a painful condition to go through. People who have this condition will need to go through the pains and the embarrassment brought about by the state of incontinence. When one is having this, they will not be able to control their urge to pee. And without proper protection, these people will be peeing with their underpants on. This cannot be very pleasant, especially if they are in a public place. Some people would not be able to understand this situation and may take it as a joke. But for those who are going through this condition, they would want to find a solution to their problem.

It is a good thing that there are now lots of products designed for those who are going through this condition. People can buy adult diapers, bed pads, and lots of other products that can help them be somehow eased from the embarrassment brought by the state. Another excellent product for people in this condition is the special underwear that they can make use of, especially when they need to go out of their homes. With this, they can now stroll and roam around without worrying about uncontrollable peeing. This underwear is specialized in absorbing to avoid embarrassments.

It is like wearing underwear with built-in diapers in it. It is disposable, so you do not need to wash it after use. Before, this type of underwear is so bulky that people with incontinence would not want to wear it. But now, there are the designs and styles that look like regular underwear but are absorbent. This can be worn even with your pants on. It is also more comfortable, like wearing ordinary underwear. This is why people who have this condition are more at ease in wearing special underwear like this.

They now have a solution to their peeing and embarrassing problem. They can now freely go out without worrying about getting wet. This is the type of product that people with incontinence need. This will allow them to move and act normal again, even in public places. One needs to choose the right size to purchase. The type of underwear will also depend on the gender of the person who will wear it. Make sure that you buy the right kind so that the person wearing it will feel comfortable and worry-free.

Many unique stores offer these products. You may also buy a few from department stores. There are also different brands to choose from. Make sure that you get the most reliable brand and type around. Some brands would have underwear of varying levels of incontinence. You can choose the best type of underwear for the person who is suffering from the condition. The most crucial part is that the person is comfortable with it.

Aside from stores, one may also purchase them from online shops that help people with different conditions, just like incontinence. These websites do not only sell products but also provide information and assistance to those who are suffering from such conditions. These websites can help in improving the health of these people.

5 Winter Fashion Trends You Should Try This Winter Season

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 5 Winter Fashion Trends You Should Try This Winter Season

Winter arrives every year. With it comes a whirlwind of parties, nights out, and several chances to wear more different clothes than we usually do in summer. In short, winter is the perfect time of year to show off and make a style statement. Hence, it is no wonder that there is a winter fashion to look up to and dress up in exotic winter wears to dazzle in social gatherings that are common in this season. There are fashionable winter dress materials and accessories that people of all ages would like to own, wear, and enjoy. If you’re looking to update your style with the latest fashion trends, you can go through the shortlist compiled by us. After reading, pick the one that suits you the most.

1. Vamped-up Lips: Since time immemorial, the red lips have fascinated the guys. However, the proper shade of red color needs to be chosen to suit the boxy color and texture to look appealing in parties and social get-together.

2. Cat-eyes: Although there is a dip in the number of people who like to see the cat eyes, there has been a very recent resurgence in its number. Hence, the cat-eyes are making a comeback in the latest fashion trends. Knowing this trend, the designers are using both eye-liner and eye-shadow methods to create cat-like eyes. With cat-eyes, women and young girls can become the cynosure of everybody’s eyes.

3. Cozy Is Finally In: The current trends point out the usage of cozy sweaters, turtle necks, and quilted coats by the party revelers. You can choose the best combination that best reveals your personality.

4. Large Eyebrows: The pruning of eyebrows has been either considered as relief or annoyance. Those who thought this too painful and uncomfortable, there is good news. The big eyebrows have become steadily popular since some time ago. To make the large eyebrows visually appealing, they have to put into shape. They add shape and depth to the face and help draw attention to eyes in general.

5. Metallics: The threads in silver and gold colors are also trending with clothing when it comes to party season in general. You can drench your eyes in deep bronze or gold or silver to make the visual appeal. These are a few things that can make to get dressed up for the occasion. We need to avoid making bold and shiny makeup as it might not sync with the time.

Unattended Children

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UNATTENDED CHILDREN BECOME NEEDY ADULTS

By: Cecile Anthony-Bryan

I want kids to be loved, so they do not grow up to be emotionally needy, intrusive, manipulative, and/or confusing on his or her back-handed expression of approval. Genuinely caring parents help children feel safe, but emotionally indigent parents are capable of crippling their children. 

Naturally, there’s a difference between adults who need us as they grow older and adults whose need for involvement in the lives of others seem positively parasitic, putting their emotional being before those of their children and/or relationship. When it comes to children, forget about what you endured, break the cycle, and pay particular attention to expectations and boundaries. Make sure not to burden your children with adult problems, not to transform them into my “little friends.” Allow your child to be your friend, but remember your main job is to be their parent. Do not rely too heavily on their solace, their support, or tamper with their self-worth.

CHILDREN COMFORTING THEIR PARENTS

Allow your children to comfort you in times of need, but do not allow them to carry the burden of your worries. Children should not be put in the position of bearing the psychological stresses of their parents. Allow your child to be a child. As children start to grow, the realities of life sometimes do not do them any favors. Teach them what to expect and accept and protect them as much as possible. Do not allow your child to become a statistic because you do not know or do not want to be a parent. If it cannot be hidden, due to circumstances, show your child emotion (because you are human), but do not put the burden on them to fix it. Let them know that mommy or daddy is sad, but everything will be okay. Let them know that God is working it out. Show them and teach them faith, so they can grow and see the goodness of God. 

PARENTS EXPECTING THEIR CHILDREN TO RAISE THEM

Once you make that decision to bring a child into the world, it is at that moment that you have to get it together. It is no longer about you. Your needs and wants now get put on the back burner, and the only thing that should be on the front burden is whatever you are cooking up to be the best parent you can to your child. Easier said than most, especially if you do not have a strong faith and/or a strong support team. Unfortunately, not everyone can figure it out for themselves. It’s okay, but do not allow your child to suffer, because you hurt. Do not let your child feel neglected because things did not work out with the other parent. No one said parenting is easy as 1-2-3, but if you take it day-by-day, you will see it’s not that bad. Most have resources that, due to pride, they do not take advantage of or due to greed abuse it. Children should not be worried about if you ate, what time you are coming home, and/or how to help you because you are drunk. Children should be concerned about school, a happy home, a loving parent, and the love of God.

Most importantly, children should not be so focused on being the adult, that they do not know how to be a child. When it starts affecting their happiness, their schoolwork, their social life, and their sleep, it is time to ask me, “What Am I Doing?” Also, listen, there is nothing wrong either with giving your child to someone who can care for them temporarily or permanently or allowing them to spend time with the other parent. At the same time, you re-evaluate you and figure things out. Decisions like that have nothing to do with pride and/or being a bad parent; it has to do with doing what’s right for your child. Remove your child from the toxic living. 

THEIR NEED, YOUR NEED: WHO WINS?

When it comes to parenting and raising children, there should never be any comparison or competition. There are no such things as “may the best person win!” As adults, your children come first. No, if, and, or buts about it. In that instance, it should be about what is best for your child. Some adults suffer as children and want their children to suffer as well. Adulting is about breaking the cycle and doing better, so those coming after you do not have to struggle. If you chose not to be a parent when your child was a child, then there is levels and terms to parenting as they become an adult. You cannot allow your insecurities and downfalls to lay guilt on your child, because they are doing good and/or moving on (in a positive way) with their life. Be proud of your child without conditions. You cannot want your child’s marriage to fail because yours failed and/or because at the current time you may not be involved, and instead of being happy, you sit in misery and try to figure out why to come in between your child and their spouse. You have to be able to love unconditionally and be proud of the decisions your child is making, whether with or without you, and if it comes to the point where you feel yourself being toxic to others, then spoon feed them from a distance. Most importantly, if your child decides to marry, know that although their love for you is still there, as Proverbs 18-22 states, “When a man finds a wife, he finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord!” Allow your child to be the husband and/or wife they need to be to their spouse without it being an issue of “what about me?” 

With that being said, parents take time to love your children when they are children; then, there will be no issues of love when they become adults. Instill in them: Value, so they know worth; Self-Esteem, so they know security and self-love; Love, so they too can show love and be loved and Knowledge, so they can make their own mistakes and learn from them. Do not cripple them nor allow them to live a life of feeling responsible for you because you consistently play the victim. Give them a balance of assurance, affection, and attention, so they can grow to protect, profess, and provide. Allow them time in their own company, so they can grow up enjoying time alone and not grow up seeking others to fill spaces within that are not empty. Lastly, know that if you can look in a mirror and love the person looking back at you, then your child and others will love that person too. 

Stand Up and Deal

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STAND UP AND DEAL

By: Cecile Anthony-Bryan

Stand up and stand out – More people need to stand up and deal with their issues, instead of blaming others and/or always complaining and never doing anything to change their circumstances. Life taught me that “My current situation is not my final destination!” With that being said, I know that whatever it is that is going on at this time in life, it too shall pass. Too many people are blaming others when happiness and change start with you. 

To the baby mothers blaming the baby daddy’s for their child’s attitude, instead of doing your best for your child, STAND UP AND DEAL. Yes, you both made that child together, but while he is absent, you be present. Make time for your child. Pay attention to your child and his and/or her needs and stop letting the “cry for help” go unnoticed until something happens. Because one parent falls short, it does not mean that you do not take the time to pick up the slack. Always remember that the child did not ask to be born. That was a choice you two made.

To the person who demonstrates daily a bi-polar complex, STAND UP AND DEAL. If you think you have issues that need professional help, seek it. If you think life is hard, then take time to look at what is going on around you and know that what you are dealing with is nothing compared to what others are dealing with. Not downplaying your situation, but I am pretty sure you can change your situation if you just tried. One minute you happy, next minute you mad at the world, causing a disservice to yourself and those who are trying to figure out what happened, is not good. If you are not strong enough to go out and talk to someone, then sit and talk to the Lord. Let Go and Let God, because trust me; He will help if you hand over your burdens.

To the man or woman who still in their adult life, continues to do childish things and not own up to your responsibilities, STAND UP AND DEAL. If you are not ready mentally to be in a relationship, leave that person alone. 9 out of 10, a good person is trying to save someone who is not prepared to be saved. Remember, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him or her drink it. They have to want it for themselves. You spending your days and nights with teary eyes and/or your conversations seem more like arguments and/or debates of what you did or did not do, then either sit and talk it out or walk away and stop being toxic with someone who wants to breathe the clean air of peace. 

Trust me, if anyone knows it is me. No relationship, child, parent, person, or whatsoever is perfect, but too many times, you are doing more damage to others than you are doing to yourself because of the things you are displaying. I learned that life is not perfect, but it is worth perfecting. Rome was not built in a day, so why do you think your issues should be solved in a day? The only way to make and/or see a difference is to take it one day a time and one step at a time. 

As a good-hearted person, as well as a Life Coach, I sit and talk to people daily. I offer the best advice I can, and many times, that advice goes in one ear and out the other. Yet, I will still accept the call and/or respond to the text and/or give up my lunchtime to talk and/or listen to someone who needs me. If you are reading this and you too need an ear and/or a virtual shoulder, I am offering a free 15-minute consultation. I would like you to reach out to me at revbryan17@gmail.com and put in the subject line, “ASK CECE.” I will offer my advice, judgment-free. If you need prayer, I still invite you to reach out to me at the same email address and put in the subject line “PRAYER REQUEST!” 

Timeshare vs Hotel-What Is Right For You

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Timeshare vs Hotel-What Is Right For You

Timeshare vs Hotel
Timeshare vs Hotel

Summer is a popular time for people to go on vacations, so there will be a large upswing in the number of guests that stay at hotels through August. While hotels will have specials and sales going on to encourage more people to visit, guests know that they have a couple of options to choose from.

To better understand where guests decide to stay, their two main options must be compared — Timeshare vs Hotel

Read on to learn more about these two vacation options and what makes visitors choose one or the other.

What’s Included in Hotels

Hotels are the traditional way for travelers to get lodging while they’re away from home. Most people will look them up first because that’s what they’ve done all their lives.

Hotels also offer a lot of amenities that are wrapped up in the overall cost of the room. Some of the more common ones are:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • In-house gym
  • Indoor or outdoor pool
  • Room service

Then there are the luxury amenities to consider. There may be valet parking, room service credits and in-house restaurants with discounts for guests.

People want to get the most out of their money, which is what makes hotel amenities such an attractive offer.

What’s Included in Timeshares

Timeshares give guests a guarantee they’ll love where they stay. By buying into a timeshare, people repeatedly visit a place they’ve already been.

People also love that timeshares offer housing amenities they’d otherwise be charged extra for at hotels. By staying in a timeshare, people can still use:

  • A full kitchen
  • A washer and dryer
  • A living and dining room
  • A private driveway
  • Potential beachfront or lakefront access

Larger families or groups may lean more toward using timeshares because they can get a bigger space for less money than renting a large hotel suite for days or weeks at a time.

How Much Hotels Cost

Cost is another major influence when it comes to deciding where guests are going to stay. Each person must factor in how long they’ll be vacationing and compare it to the price of accommodations.

Hotels cost an average of $260 per night in the U.S., and that’s just a standard hotel room. Rewards programs help balance this cost for some people, since the money they spend go toward points or they could redeem in the future.

Then there are luxury hotels to consider. If a guest wants to stay in a space that’s nicer than the average hotel room, it may cost $800-1,000 per night.

Luxury hotels can also have reward or membership programs. They may provide credit at in-house restaurants or free spa access. Guests have to consider if the benefits outweigh the overall cost of their stay.

These prices also depend on what time of year it is, as hotels have off-seasons, but guests can always count on spending money for each night they need a hotel.

How Much Timeshares Cost

Like with hotels, timeshares will cost guests differently depending on a variety of factors. While hotels rely on location, brand name and amenities to guide their prices, timeshares figure it all out upfront.

To stay in a timeshare, people need to sign a deeded contract or lease that divides the property ownership between everyone. That makes it less expensive for people to have a vacation home.

How much people spend on timeshares also depends on how often they’ll use the property. People can get four types of timeshares:

  • Fixed-week: Owners get the property to themselves for the same time period every year.
  • Floating: Owners can reserve the property for any time slot during the year.
  • Right-to-use: Buyers can lease the property for a set amount of time.
  • Points club: Buyers can stay at multiple locations if they’ve earned enough points by purchasing property.

Timeshare owners also have fees and maintenance costs to consider.

How Long the Vacation Is

The length of an upcoming vacation is something guests must know in order to make the right choice for their lodging. It wouldn’t make sense to buy into a vacation property if someone is only going to be there for one or two weekends each year.

Likewise, it wouldn’t be financially smart for a guest to pay for a nightly hotel room if they’re vacationing in a place for weeks or months. The nightly fees would add up quickly, and a large bill will make any amenities seem small in comparison.

What They Value in a Vacation

Ultimately, a guest will make their decision based on two things: the cost of each option and what they value most in a vacation.

Some people plan to be in their room as little as possible, so booking a hotel with little amenities or flashy offers will be most appealing.

Other people want to be pampered and eat the best food without needing to leave their accommodations. They want a five-star experience, so they’ll turn to more expensive hotels that have more to offer.

A larger group may value having enough space to be independent. They want to do laundry when they need to, cook and have room to spread out. Timeshare properties may be the most appealing choice for them.

These are all things to keep in mind when planning on investing in a vacation property.

Transforming the College Dorm Room

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The Transformation of Your College Dorm Room – Is It Possible?

Obstacles are there for everyone to overcome! But a dorm room has unique challenges… 

Entering college for the first time or transfer student to a school you dreamed about attending since high school is mind-blowing. The breath of fresh air, the scenery of the campus, and thousands of new people that’s like me dealing with the same obstacles when it comes to the college dorm room. If there’s a time for help, aid, or guidance, let me show you how the transformation process began!

Step 1: Observe the room

We all know a college is a place with rising school tuition and prices! Therefore, our dorm room price would go up as well. So, entering the room for the first can be two things: mind-blowing or depressing! Depressing was my outcome when I began my place on the 7th floor at my institution. The impact it had on me to the energy out the atmosphere that I was carrying with me after touring the impressive campus. I had to commit!

Step 2: Accept the problem

The first step of any process is to recognize that problems are dealing with your dorm room. The disadvantage of that is how every dorm room will not have the same layout, size, or furniture available right at move-in day. Therefore, research can be useful, but it’s not always the best way. After recognizing that first, this allowed me to change my mindset from a negative outlook to a possible outlook. The worst thing that can lead to a negative outcome is by having a negative mindset.

Step 3: What do you like?

With the transformation beginning with my mindset, I now could successfully brainstorm possible outcomes, ideas, and decoration ideas. While I have known that I must have my college dorm room look like my home, I ran out of ideas that could help my current situation. So, I began with the basics by writing down my existing thoughts and comparing them to my room back home. We all know that our place back home with our parents are the best, but we must make the ultimate sacrifice and transform that tradition, style, and atmosphere that we like to the dorm room at college.

Step 4: Ready to Act

After Step 1, 2, and 3 have been completed, the final stage is ready for action to take place. This is what you have been waiting for! The college transformation process starting with your dorm should change because of the impact it can have on your grades, invitation for friends, and study nights. I knew that for me to make that change, I need to put some action behind those words. With the understanding that some local retail stores were within my proximity, I had the worst experience with finding things on my idea list or suggestions that were either out of stock, not in the condition that as available for purchase, and the extremely long lines that were time-consuming. As a college student, time management is something that must be valued because of the hundreds of social events, study sessions, and games that are going to be taking place. This can become frustrating if parents aren’t there to help during the process. I continued to struggle with selecting items that were reasonable prices with “GREAT” quality until the change happened!

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