Tuesday, May 24, 2022

National Geographic Kids Books #EscapeTheIndoors Giveaway!

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Summer is here and there is no better time for outdoor adventures. Whether it's going on a hike, visiting a park, planting a garden, camping, geocaching or stargazing, Nat Geo Kids makes it easy and fun for kids of all ages to #EscapeTheIndoors and explore their world.

On behalf of Nat Geo Kids (and just in time for National Get Outdoors Day on June 11th), it's my pleasure to offer our readers the opportunity to win the Get Outside Giveaway (ARV $114). Please read on for more information about the books, the Backyard Safari Kit and the giveaway.

Little Kids First Nature Guide: Bugs (ages 4-8)

Discover the many insects, spiders, and other creatures―aka BUGS!―that creep, crawl, and fly around your neighborhood and beyond.

Young explorers learn where, when, and how to safely and kindly find insects, spiders, and other creepy-crawlies such as worms and pill bugs with this fun and sturdy take-along guide.

Features include:
  • Easy-to-understand profiles of a variety of insects and spiders commonly found in North America, along with some exotic bugs from around the world
  • Vibrant National Geographic photography that brings the subject matter to life
  • “Check Me Out!” fact boxes that provide more information about each creature, including size and color, where it’s found, and what it eats
  • Basic facts about insect and spider anatomy and life cycles
  • Tips on how to how to become keen observers and explorers, and how and where to spot insects and spiders
  • Fun facts sprinkled throughout
  • Simple text for reading aloud or for beginning readers
  • Ideas for related activities
  • A helpful glossary
  • Flexible binding for durability

Get Outside Guide (ages 8-12, paperback)

This fun-filled guide inspires kids to get out of the house and explore the great outdoors, whether in their backyard, across the country, or around the world. Full of fun activities, kids will learn how to make backyard bird baths, explore their local state parks, participate in an outdoor community event, and much more. Activities for every season and rainy day activities are also included. Facts, lists, and sidebars supplement activities to help put information into geographic, scientific, and/or historical context, to help kids dig deeper and learn more.

National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A. ages 8-12, paperback)

Read all about these greatest of American treasures -- from Acadia to Zion -- in preparation for a parks visit sometime soon. Filled with color photos, information on animals, fascinating lists, facts, maps, cool things to do, conservation tips, and much more-- think of this book as your trusted guide to these most majestic of places.

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky (ages 8-12, paperback)

This photo-filled, fact-packed night sky guide encourages kids to stop and look up to spot stars and planets right from their own backyards. From Mars to meteor showers, Scorpius to satellites, kids will learn how, where, and when to spot these space-dwelling phenomena in the night sky at any time of year. With tons of info and interactivity prompts, it's the perfect companion for backyard field trips, camping or vacation. Durable and portable, it's just right for your pocket or backpack!

Weird But True Know It All: Rocks and Minerals (ages 8-12, paperback)

Did you know that Montana’s Grasshopper Glacier is filled with millions of frozen locusts that got caught in a storm more than 300 million years ago?
Or that Roman soldiers were said to get some of their pay in salt, and the word salary comes from "sal," the Roman word for salt?
In this latest single-subject Weird But True! book, readers will learn about everything from rocks in outer space to precious gems found in Earth's deepest oceans and everything in between, including rock-related careers, art, geography, history, consumer products (did you know the average car has 44 pounds of copper in it??) and simple tools, tips and "how to's" to get outside and become a rock hound!

National Geographic Backyard Safari Kit (ages 6+)

Dress for adventure! The National Geographic Backyard Safari Kit includes a safari vest featuring handy cargo pockets and carry tabs, a safari hat and loads of gear for making the most out of any outdoor adventure including a magnifying glass, compass, whistle, and pair of binoculars, all made specially for kids with durability and safety in mind. The set also comes with a mini pencil and field guide that details characteristics of the different types of animals and plant life your kids will see and provides pages for them to record their observations.

About the Get Outside Giveaway: The giveaway consists of all 6 items listed above (the 5 books and the Backyard Safari Kit) with an ARV of $114. US only please.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Perfect Keto Memorial Day Sale! Up to 40% Off

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Is it just me or does Memorial Day feel like the unofficial first day of summer?

For the first time in the new year, we fire up our grills, bask in the sunshine, and enjoy a day off with the people we love.

It’s also a great time to look at the months ahead and make plans to pursue health. 

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Step Into Summertime Fashion with the Chic and Trendy Bags from Haute Shore

Monday blues made better with the Zoe Epic 🤩

Disclosure: Susie's Reviews receives compensation or products from brands in exchange for the posts on this site Our opinions are honest and our own.

You can stop the long and frustrating online hunt for the perfect bag each season. Haute Shore has the latest accessories you’ve been looking for.

From a young age, founder Beth Zimerbort has been in love with fashion and the endless possibilities of styles and options. Like her mother, Beth believes that a simple outfit paired with a standout accessory can make any combination stunning. 

Wanting to instill the confidence and power that comes with loving your outfit for the day, she launched Haute Shore to provide every woman with beautiful, affordable accessories that stay on top of the latest trends.

With over 1,000 accessories, Haute Shore is committed to helping customers stay fashionable with ease. And you’ll never run out of designs to fit your individual needs and style preferences.

Perfect for your easy beach trip and festival looks, take a look at Haute Shore’s best-sellers below and their entire collection online here.

Greyson Tote

  • This neoprene tote is the perfect blend of style and functionality  

  • Ultra lightweight

  • Side panels expand for a phantom shape or snap in for a streamline look

  • Removable hard bottom liner

  • Removable wristlet pouch

  • Available in 68 designs

  • Price: $99

Bucket Bag

  • Perfect for life on the go!

  • Neoprene bucket bag with side stripe detailing and additional wristlet pouch. 

  • Features a short handle strap, adjustable crossbody strap & chain strap

  • Available in 6 designs

  • Price: $78

Casey Cellphone Bag

  • The perfect light weight on the go companion for running errands

  • The Casey crossbody offers compact construction that accommodates a phone, lipstick and has credit card slots.

  • Available in 11 designs

  • Price: $47

Friday, May 20, 2022

Three ways technology affects your daily life


Over the years, we have become more and more reliant on technology, so much that it is very much at the forefront of our everyday lives. From the moment we wake up, to the time we put our heads down, we will have interacted with so many different technologies that you probably didn’t even realize. You use your mobile phone to set an alarm and put an Instagram status on, drive your car which now has autonomous driving built-in and then use an app on a tablet to order a new set of clothes for the next day or even same-day delivery. Below we look at four different ways technology is affecting our lives on a daily basis 

Shopping Habits 

Our shopping habits have changed dramatically over the years due to technology. In the past, we would drive to the nearest shopping center when we wanted some new clothes. Now, when we want a new pair of vintage sunglasses from Vint & York, we can order at home and have it arrive the next day. We can even order to multiple addresses as a present for mothers day. If we are struggling to find something for our pet local, you can guarantee that we will find something online. 

New Jobs Being Created 

With the reliance on technology being the most it has ever been, this has opened the door to new job opportunities that never existed in the past. Data security is one of the most important jobs on the market right now. Then you have other new jobs being created in digital marketing, brand directive, online sales assistant and so on. This has led to the educational sector having to adapt how they teach in order to incorporate these new roles and skills in their curriculum. The dream job for many kids used to be being a football player, now you’ll hear them saying they want to be an Instagram Influencer or a Youtuber like Logan Paul. This is only possible due to the technological changes that have happened over the years. 

Way We Interact 

The way we interact and can interact with each other has been flipped upside down in recent years, especially during the pandemic. Technology allows us to interact with people across the world from the comfort of our own homes. With apps like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype, you can simply video call someone you have missed to catch up. This is especially useful for businesses who operate abroad and as mentioned above was very useful during the pandemic when we weren't allowed to leave the house. Then you have social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the newly introduced Tiktok that many people use. These apps do different things from allowing you to post stories, to creating quick videos and leaving statuses for your friends, family members and followers to view. 

In what ways has technology affected you in your daily life? Are there any points you would like to add to the above? Have we missed something that you would like to share with our readers? Let us know in the comment box below. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

4 Ways To Be A Better Employer

Like most business owners, you want to provide a great work environment for your employees. You want them to feel valued and appreciated, and you want them to be productive and happy. But how can you do that? It's not always easy, but it is possible. This blog post will discuss four ways to be a better employer and create a positive work environment for your team.

Communicate Openly And Often

One of the most important things you can do as an employer is to communicate openly and frequently with your team. Let them know what's going on in the company, both good and bad. Share your vision for the future, and solicit their feedback. This will help them feel like they're a part of the company and that their opinions matter

It's also important to keep the lines of communication open when problems arise. For example, if an employee has a problem, make sure they feel comfortable coming to you and that you're receptive to their concerns. Nobody likes to feel like they're not being heard, so make sure you listen to your team.

Offer Competitive Compensation

This one is pretty straightforward. If you want to attract and retain the best employees, you need to offer competitive compensation. That doesn't mean you have to be the highest paying company in your industry, but you need to be within the ballpark. Employees will quickly become dissatisfied if they feel like they're not being paid what they're worth.

So, do some research and make sure you're offering salaries in line with the market. You can also offer other perks and benefits that will make your company more attractive to potential employees.

Consider The Factors That Make Life Difficult

There are a lot of factors that can make an employee's life difficult, and as an employer, you should try to consider them all. However, one factor that is often overlooked is the commute to work. If your employees have a long or difficult commute, it can put a significant strain on their lives. It can lead to fatigue, stress, and absenteeism.

If you can, try to make the commute easier for your employees. Offer transportation assistance or subsidies, flexible work hours, or remote working options. To decide on the best option for your employees, you can use a distance matrix API go to console to calculate travel times and schedules that your employees need to travel. Anything you can do to make their lives easier will be appreciated.

Promote A Healthy Lifestyle

Another way to make your employees' lives better is to promote a healthy lifestyle. That doesn't mean you need to force them to go to the gym or eat healthily, but you can encourage it. Offer things like gym memberships, healthy snacks in the break room, or even standing desks.

Encouraging a healthy lifestyle will help your employees be more productive and feel better physically and mentally. It's a win-win for everyone.

There are countless other ways to be a better employer, but these are four of the most important. If you focus on these things, you'll create a positive work environment that attracts and retains the best employees. And that's good for business.

You Don't Need To Be A Mindreader In Business, But You Do Need To Know This About Your Consumers

While that weekly column in your newspaper or the booth down at your local park might do a good job of convincing you otherwise, the vast majority of us aren’t mind readers. Worse, assuming otherwise can result in misunderstandings as we project our own expectations, and that’s never a good thing.

In business, especially, assuming that we know all about our consumers is a fatal mistake, and it isn’t even one that we need to make. After all, the now copious amounts of consumer data that every company has access to provides all of the answers we could need. Admittedly, putting that puzzle together does mean utilizing this data in the right way, preferably using techniques like the analysis and syncing possible with data integrations through reverse ETL tools or similar. However, once you’ve taken those steps, you can stop trying to read minds altogether, and still easily understand these crucial snippets about your audience base. 

# 1 - Where do they come from?

Every entrepreneur needs to understand where their consumers are coming from in both a literal and a more general sense. After all, the backgrounds and locations of our consumer bases, alone, can help us to understand the best ways to ensure relevant company appeal. Meanwhile, understanding where our consumers are coming from in terms of how they’re finding us can help us to tailor our services and marketing efforts. Data analytics are especially crucial in this sense, and should focus on things like incoming traffic, location-specific usage, and even consumer profiles (e.g. age, sex, etc.).

# 2 - What makes them tick?

Understanding the tastes of your audience base is the best way to ensure that you’re providing what they need. In some sense, understanding where your consumers come from is going to play a part here, but getting this right also means taking that base understanding further with things like dedicated questionnaires, and the data skills necessary to turn that information into actionable insights. Without a hint of guesswork, this will make it possible to perfect everything from the platforms on which you make your name, to the specific content that you’re using to get the most interest possible from your target audience.

# 3 - What’s their biggest turn-off?

Understanding what your consumers don’t like is often as crucial as understanding what they do. As such, as well as prioritizing more generic turnoffs like slow loading times, convoluted customer service, etc., it’s always worth asking consumers directly what you can do better, as well as keeping a close eye on things like complaints and negative mentions on social media. That way, as well as being able to rectify issues, you can easily and intuitively adapt your online presence, and your offerings in general, towards the happiest, most satisfied audience base that any company could hope for.

You don’t need to be a mind reader to give your audience your best. Simply make sure that you know these basics and that you’re always putting them to the best possible use.

Effortless Beach Style

If you are someone who loves to spend time on the beach, and you also like to look your best, but you also don’t want to spend huge amounts of time on your look, then you need effortless beach style in your life.

Effortless beach style is that laidback look that feels like you have just thrown something on, but which subtly hints at your style credentials, while also ensuring your comfort is of paramount importance, too.

If that sounds like a look you can get on board with, here are some tips to help you create an effortless beach style all of your own:

Try on a t-shirt dress

If you want to look effortlessly chic on the beach, then you cannot beat a simple t-shirt dress like many of these Called to Surf dresses. They are great because you can easily throw them on over your bikini or swimsuit when you want to cover up, and they are so loose and free that they will not restrict you or make you overly hot. They also look effortlessly cool, and if you choose sailor stripes or plain blue, then they offer perfect beach vibes too.

Or an open shirt

If the t-shirt dress is not your thing, another option is to wear a crisp white shirt with your swimsuit instead. Wear it open for a really casual look or tie it in a knot for a cooler style, and it will make the perfect cover-up. Boyfriend shirts are best, but if you prefer a more fitted look, that will absolutely work too.

Mix and match

If you plan to wear a bikini, then mixing and matching your bikini tops and bottoms will give you a more interesting look than wearing a matching set, especially if you use clashing patterns to really make a statement.

Slip-on some sunglasses

A good pair of sunglasses that really suit your face shape always help to pull your outfit together and make you look more polished even if you are keeping it more casual, and of course, you will need to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes on the beach anyway.

Say it with straw

When it comes to effortless beach accessories, you cannot go wrong with a wide-brimmed straw hat and a matching straw purse. Made for the beach, straw accessories add a sophisticated, yet somehow laid-back vibe to any beach outfit you can think of. Tight woven straw accessories tend to look a bit more formal whereas loosely woven ones will give you a more laidback surfer vibe, but they are all good really.

Layer your look

If you plan to wear jewelry, then layering several bracelets or necklaces will add a point of interest to your outfit when you are showing more skin than usual, due to being on the beach. It will create a point of interest.

Now you can always look amazing o the beach, even if you don’t have a huge amount of time to dedicate to your outfit, and best of all, you will feel super comfortable in whatever you wear too!

National Geographic Kids Books #EscapeTheIndoors Giveaway!

Disclosure: Susie's Reviews receives compensation or products from brands in exchange for the posts on this site Our opinions are honest...