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VG & PG E-Liquid — What’s the Difference?

There are many different brands of e-liquid/vape liquid for your e-cigarettes and personal vaporizers, and as well as many different brands, there are also many different types. This can make [ … ]

What 2019 Taught Me

In July of 2019 I set a goal for myself: lose 100 pounds in a year. Sounds a little crazy, yes, but in 6 months I have lost 87 pounds. [ … ]

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When You Need A Denver Injury Lawyer

Although auto accidents are most common in a densely-populated area like Denver, injury lawyer services may be needed for any type of accident anywhere – whether on someone else’s property, on a job site, on an athletic field, at school, or anywhere else. If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you will want to consult with a professional injury attorney. Colorado residents living in the most populous area of our state are advised to seek the advice of a denver injury lawyer as soon as they are able.
Time is of the Essence

If you need compensation for medical bills, loss of wages and even property damage, it is important to retain the services of a Denver injury attorney as soon as possible. The primary reason is that you have enough to deal with just recovering from your injuries.

Adenver injury attorney – particularly one who has worked for insurance companies and know how they operate – can deal with the many different issues that are certain to arise when preparing for a personal injury claim.

That said, there is another reason to immediately secure the services of an injury attorney colorado, like almost every other state, has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. What this means is that you must file your claim within a certain amount of time, or else you will forfeit your right to sue. Hiring a Denver injury attorney is the best way to insure that your claim is filed correctly and in a timely manner.

Costs of Hiring an Injury Attorney

Colorado litigators (lawyers who deal with civil cases as opposed to criminal lawyers) usually offer an initial consultation free of charge. If it is determined that your case is a strong one, the Denver injury attorney will typically take your case on a contingency basis, meaning that s/he will be paid out of your settlement (generally 30-33%). If s/he does not win your case, you will owe nothing.

As you can see, there is no risk in hiring the services of a Denver injury lawyer, and you in fact have much to gain.

Experience Counts

Ideally, your Denver injury lawyer will have a good track record of winning settlements for his/her clients. This is something you should inquire about at your first consultation with a Denver injury attorney; how many cases have they won? It’s also a good idea to ask about the average size of those awards. In the best case scenario, your Denver injury attorney will be someone who once worked for the “Dark Side,” and knows all about big corporations and insurance companies and how they operate. Such a Denver injury lawyer will be able to successfully argue your case before a judge and jury and win you your just compensation.

What is An Energy Star Home All About?

When my husband and I built a cottage last year, we wanted to make the house as energy efficient as possible. We put in extra insulation, wrapped the ducts, sealed the drafts, and installed high quality windows which earned the house an Energy Star rating.

So what exactly is the Energy Star program?

At some point in the past 10 years, you may have purchased a home appliance or lighting fixture and noticed a blue Energy Star on selected merchandise. That blue star is a guide for consumers who are interested in purchasing energy efficient products instead of the usual run-of-the-mill.

The Energy Star program was started in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a way to identify energy efficient products. Computers and monitors were the first products that could earn the rating and in 1995, other categories of office equipment, and heating amp; air conditioning systems were added to the list.

In 1996, the EPA partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy to identify even more product categories. These days, the Energy Star can be found on nearly 50 product lines including home appliances, lighting fixtures, electronics, and more. The Energy Star label also has been extended to include homes and commercial buildings. An Energy Star home means the home was built to a level of energy efficiency that is up to 30% more efficient than more traditional construction.

How does a home qualify?

An Energy Star label doesn’t come automatically. The building contractor must follow a prescribed standard of construction that include certain features that meet the EPA standards for energy efficiency.

If you have ever stepped inside a drafty house, you won’t be surprised to learn that gaps in the construction and improperly installed insulation can increase a home’s utility consumption by 20% or more. Most people only think of leaks happening around doors and windows, but leaks happen any place there are pipes, ductwork, and electrical wiring in a home.

Energy Star homes are those that have a higher degree of insulation and tighter air seals throughout the entire house. Insulation for ceilings must have an R factor of 38; for walls, R-21; and for floors, R-30. In addition to the insulation, all the gaps and holes in the framework must be caulked or filled with expanding foam around wires and pipes, and tightly insulated around the lighting fixtures (especially canned lighting systems), electrical outlets, and the windows. Ducts should fit snugly and be sealed with mastic. Tighter insulation means fewer opportunities for air to escape, fewer drafts, and less noise.

Energy Star homes have superior windows. Higher quality windows are ones with a low U factor of which is a measure of how well the windows keep out the exchange of heat and cold. These windows are 33% more efficient at keeping the warm air inside your home during the winter months. The U factor isn’t all; a low e coating is also desirable. The e coating is what prevents ultraviolet light from entering your home where it can damage the carpet and furniture. These high quality windows also are incredibly efficient at blocking out exterior noise.

Efficient heating and cooling systems are also part of the high performance home checklist. Because these homes are so tightly insulated, the heating and cooling system can be downsized which saves money during construction. Furnaces with a 90% efficiency rating are best and can save significantly on heating costs.

Better windows, better insulation, sealed drafts, and superior furnace system aren’t all it takes to earn that Energy Star rating. Participating building contractors know their homes will be inspected and tested by a third party during the construction process. Home Energy Raters verify that the the exterior of the home has been properly sealed, the insulation installed correctly, and will even run an air pressure test to check that home’s envelope and ducting system are free of air leaks.

The benefits of an Energy Star home are rather amazing. We’ve discovered our cottage is extremely tight and draft free, with consistent temperatures across the entire house. The superior windows and extra insulation also help muffle exterior noise and keep dust and other pollutants outdoors instead of collecting inside. Best of all, the energy consumption is amazingly low which is not only good for the environment, but good for our budget as well.

What Causes Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the thinning of the bones which occurs usually after the age of forty. As the years go on, the bones become thinner and thinner. Many people think that only women get osteoporosis. This is not true. Men, also experience the thinning of the bones, but women are more at risk for this skeletal loss.

Bone loss is common in women after menopause. The reason for this is that after menopause, there is a decrease in the production of estrogen which keeps the bones from getting thinner. Sometimes certain diseases can increase the likelihood of osteoporosis. Among them are thyroid conditions, liver diseases, and alcoholism.

Because osteoporosis causes the bones to become thinner, a person is subjected to hip, spine, and wrist fractures. This usually happens after the age of sixty-five. Many women fall because of the weakness in the bones. Because of this problem, it is important to take a bone scan soon after menopause to find out if there is bone loss, and if so, to what degree.

In order to keep the bones from getting thinner, it is important to exercise, eat a good portion of food that contain calcium and an intake of vitamin D. A small amount of exposure to the sun is a good way to get vitamin D. It is better to take these vitamins from food, but if it is too difficult, then calcium supplements should be taken.

A good way to get calcium is from milk, cottage cheese, and American cheese. Poor diets and a lack of exposure to sunshine can contribute to a loss of vitamin D which is important for calcium to be absorbed in the body.

Exercise is very important in preventing bone loss. A walk at least three times a week for a half an hour is commonly suggested. Also recommended are weight bearing exercises. Bowling is considered to be a good weight bearing exercise. If you have weights such as dumbbells, use them. Just make sure that the weights are not too heavy. You can use heavier weights when you are ready for them. A set of aerobic exercises three times a week is also good.

Sometimes a person is unable to walk for other health reasons, and therefore is unable to exercise. If this is so, physical therapy can help. Also a physical therapist or some other exercise expert can recommend weight lifting exercises where a person just has to sit in a chair.

It is wise to take a bone scan about every two or three years, even if tests have shown that there is no bone loss. This is usually recommended by doctors in order to get an indication as to whether a person who has osteoporosis is remaining the same or getting worse. If a test shows that there is more thinning of the bones, a doctor may prescribe medication.

What 2019 Taught Me

In July of 2019 I set a goal for myself: lose 100 pounds in a year. Sounds a little crazy, yes, but in 6 months I have lost 87 pounds. Once I reach that goal I’m going to continue losing until I’m a healthy weight.
Losing weight is really trial and error. What works for me may not work for you. You have to have willpower and that’s one thing I never had until July 2010. I woke up one morning and decided that it’s now or never and I haven’t looked back since.

I don’t claim to be a weight loss expert or a health care professional. I’m just a single mama from the South who swore off soft drinks and fried foods. (Gasp! That’s blasphemy here in the south) I only drink water and my foods are either baked, broiled or boiled. I’m still learning as I go. The biggest thing, I believe, that’s helped me is using an online food diary that calculates the calories I take in as well as the ones that I burn through exercise.

Here are 10 things that I learned in 2010 that will hopefully help you too.

Only YOU are responsible for your actions, habits, words, etc. It’s so easy to put the blame on someone else but when all is said and done you’re the only person that is reflected in your “life’s mirror”. You don’t have to put butter on everything. Excuses are only excuses and only sound good or reasonable to you. “Can’t” should be struck from your vocabulary because it equals “won’t”. Soda isn’t a necessity. It’s a crutch that contains the drug caffeine. Caffeine is what keeps you addicted to it and it’s just bad for your blood sugar, heart and kidneys. Water CAN and DOES help your diet (aka lifestyle change). I had a friend tell me that their doctor said that water helping your diet is a myth. Hello! Water has NO calories or caffeine. If you’re drinking it with meals and throughout the day you’re not filling yourself with empty calories the way soda does. Exercise is fun and necessary. If you’re not moving, you’re gaining.

You can’t expect to lose weigh without breaking a sweat. You have to MOVE. I’ve learned that just because someone says they’re your friend doesn’t make them a real friend. If they’re not a positive influence in your life, you don’t need them. They’re like empty calories. Wheat isn’t a bad thing. IF I eat pasta, it’s wheat pasta and if I eat bread it’s Nature’s Own 12 Grain bread. I’m doing this lifestyle change for the right reasons: my 3 children. I can already tell that I’m not as tired when I play with them. I have more energy to play with them and it’s a lot easier to get up and down from the floor when we’re playing trains, cars, Power Rangers or whatever. I’ve learned that I can do this. I am stronger than whatever gets thrown my way. And so are you!
Here’s to a new year of lessons learned!

Web Sites that Contain and Inspire Classic, Trendy, Edgy, Indie and Progressive Design

Have you ever had a day where you’re just yearning for what’s new, fresh, and just plain different in design? Well I’m going to promote my favs when I have the free time and/or money to browse, peruse, shop and feast on some nice eye candy.

1. Topman

This British online store has just opened an actual store here in the United States a couple of months ago. Because their viewpoint is across the pond and because we Americans love everything British, their sense of appeal for mens’ fashion is extraordinary. From bold colors to classic cuts and fine trimmed wear, their range is spectacular for creating an outfit that’s old yet young, fun yet conservative, a perfect blend of all. Though I’ve only found out about them within the year, their content always puts a smile on my face and motivates me to do financially better in life in order to purchase their great merchandise!

2. Design Within Reach

Design Within Reach has all of the classic and modern furniture pieces that have made interior design culture fantastic. You may have have seen many of these pieces in movies and TV, as they constantly use the furniture of Eames, Philippe Starck, Arne Jacobsen, and many more. Design Within Reach has kept the standard for manufacturing the original designs and is the number one source for showcasing these pieces in one of their showrooms. Design Within Reach is exactly what it says in it’s name, great design is within reach for you.

3. Ben Sherman

Another great English design resource, as you can tell I love the quirky and fun styles that come out from a few select designers in the UK! Ben Sherman is spectacular at his finesse in using pattern, color, and texture to create elegant pieces that you love to put on yourself. Since my growing interest last year, I own at least 3 pieces from Ben Sherman including a great brown and beige argyle vest, and dark blue and light blue slight v-neck sweater, a checkered white and blue shirt which I wear every 3 days, no lie! Every time I put one of his creations on, people complement me left and right. Although I know I accept the complement and smile for choosing my selection, the real props goes to Ben Sherman for being fearless and strong in taking what’s in his mind and turning that into action for a fan like me to wear.

I hope you decide to check these out as I’m sure that products from here will give you a different viewpoint, even if you don’t end up wearing or sitting in them. I believe these three sites have some work from the quirkiest and greatest of our time. As I grow and nourish my interest in design, these will be a solid constant to harness energy and creative action for me.

Weapons in The Weight Loss Battle

Losing weight is a battle. To win the fight, you need to use weight loss tools like weapons. This free diet plan will help you keep a fighter’s attitude to motivate you towards success.
Understanding the Mind-Body Connection

First in your arsenal is an understanding of the way your mind affects your body. If you include both your mind and body in your diet plan, you can lose weight and sustain long-term success.

Weight gain is mainly a psychological condition that results in problems for the body. When the mind repeatedly fails to recognize the damaging effects of unhealthy foods, makes excuses to avoid physical exercise, and disrespects the body’s need for proper nutrition, weight gain is the result. Understanding that your thoughts influence your physical being will defend you from the pitfalls of mindless eating.

It is important to practice self-awareness. When you begin to notice yourself slipping into poor eating and exercise habits, it is helpful to remind yourself that your body cannot succeed in weight loss if the mind is not on board. Remember what it is that you wish to do and take time to recognize the reality that decisions you make every day will determine your success.

Knowledge is Power

The second weapon is knowledge of healthy eating habits, including proper nutrition and frequent eating. While eating often may seem against logic, consuming small frequent meals tells your body that more energy is coming soon. The body responds by spending energy instead of storing fat. Frequent meals also prevent hunger pains, which is a common deterrent to weight loss.

When you eat well, you will not need any diet pills or potions. Forget Atkins, Zone or South Beach. These diets cost you more than just money. They take enormous amounts of time and energy to maintain. Instead, stick to a simple eating plan, based on healthy foods.

What to Eat

To educate yourself about healthy foods, spend some time on research. While the USDA pyramid is one place to find good information about healthy foods, you may find the Harvard School of Public Health more credible. The Harvard School of Public Health compiles information solely from a scientific perspective. Political trends and lobbyists can color the USDA’s recommendations.

Take time to read the labels of the foods in your cabinet to understand the nutritional content and correct portion sizes. While not universally agreed on by nutritionists, below is a guide to the basic food groups and the serving recommendations for each. A serving is usually ½ cup.

  • Whole grains: six servings
  • Vegetables: five servings
  • Fruit: three servings
  • Dairy: three servings
  • Meat/ Fish: two servings

Fueling your body with the proper foods will have many benefits. You will enjoy higher energy levels and decreased food cravings. When you satisfy your body’s nutritional needs, your mind will be less likely to ponder sweet or salty snacks.

Fat is Not the Enemy

While fighting this battle, you should remember that fat is not the enemy. Many dieters avoid fats, resulting in frequent hunger, low energy and dissatisfaction. Instead of avoiding fats, focus on eating healthy fats like those in olive oil, tree nuts, flax seed and salmon.

Stay Hydrated

Many people worry about drinking enough water. Because studies dispute the recommended daily intake, you should simply drink when you are thirsty. Water is favorable because it has no calories and rehydrates your body better than any other liquid. Some believe that it also helps you lose weight, but there is no logical or proven connection with this assumption.

Exercise

The final weapon in weight loss is exercise. While understanding the mind-body connection and proper nutrition account for 90% of your program, exercise will boost your success and reduce the time it takes you to achieve your goal.

The mind-body connection plays an important role in your exercise program. While the body loves exercise, the mind often becomes bored, making exercise unenjoyable and therefore unsustainable. To create a long-term program, you must find exercises that keep both your mind and body engaged. Try playing a portable video game, or maybe reading, while you ride a stationary bike. You might like to walk a treadmill while watching your favorite television shows. Yoga is another effective way to entertain the mind while strengthening the body. Until you find the exercise that stimulates both your mind and body, keep trying something new.

Fight, Fight, Fight!

Now that you have armed yourself for the battle, you are on your way to more than a just slim waistline. Your healthy lifestyle will defend against hypertension, stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, stress and depression. Thinking of these weight loss tools as weapons will inspire you to charge forth and win the battle.

Water Storage Tanks Used For Rainwater Harvesting

There are a number of water storage tanks that can be used for harvesting rainwater. Once we understand the advantages and disadvantages of the different styles of water storage tanks we will be able to decide which one is best for our use.

Polyethylene rain water storage tanks are one of the most popular for collecting rainwater. The polyethylene tank has the most advantages and that is why they are so popular. They not only can be place above ground but can also be used as underground rain water tanks. These water storage tanks are less expensive than some of the other types; they are light weight, easily carried, and are resistant to UV rays.

The fiberglass water storage tank is also very popular. Their biggest advantage is a resistance to chemical corrosion and rust. The fiberglass tank is also able to tolerate extreme weather conditions. Fiberglass rainwater collection tanks are very popular due to these advantages but they are more expensive to purchase.

Metal water storage tanks are constructed of stainless, steel, or copper and can be coated with a color polymer. These tanks will last a long time and generally are rust proof. Another big advantage to these metal tanks is they also hold up during extreme weather conditions. Another type of water storage tank is constructed of concrete but carries a couple of disadvantages. They have a tendency to crack over time and you will have to drain the tank to repair it. Another disadvantage is it attracts algae in the sunlight.

In order to harvest rainwater you will need rain gutters attached to your roof. A downspout diverter will also be needed so that the rainwater will go directly to your water storage tank. A debris screen should be installed on the rain barrel in order to filter out pine needles, tree leaves, and other types of debris that can come from your roof. If a screen is not used all the debris will collect in the bottom of storage tank and clog your outflow. You can use a wire mesh screen placed at the end of your downspout or you can place one on the storage tank itself. Placing it on the end of a downspout will require a little maintenance periodically to remove the debris. The lid on your water storage tank should be fitted properly to protect children from getting in or falling in. A tight lid will also prevent mosquitoes from breeding in your rainwater.

You can install a standard water spigot near the bottom of the tank or you can use an on/off valve on a length of hose so gravity can do the rest of the job. A longer hose can also be used if your garden is close enough to the water storage tank or just reach inside the tank and fill up a watering can.

Rainwater harvesting is a big part of life in many sections of the world for the garden and also household use. If your home has a 1,300 square foot roof, and you receive about ten inches of rainwater a year you can harvest over eight thousand gallons in a year. That is a lot of free water that can be used even if you are in a drought.

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