Friday, April 9, 2021

General Tips when Buying the Perfect Gift

For some people, it is easy to buy the perfect gift for someone; it is like their hidden talent. But for others, it might not be so easy. Have you ever wondered about what present to buy someone? Are you constantly doubting that your gift would not be satisfactory enough? Follow these few steps to help you buy the perfect gift for someone special. 

#1 Problem Solvers

One of the best gifts you can give someone is a magic wand that makes their issues disappear. Sadly magic is not real, and you have to think of some other ideas on how your gift will make that person’s life better. For instance, if the person is complaining about a sore neck, make an appointment at the local spa to get that neck fixed and relaxed. You will most definitely give the best present that person can ask for. When considering this type of gift, there is a warning: do not buy a problem-solving gift if they do not know about their problem!

#2 Do Not Create a Problem 

If you know the person very well, you will know what to buy and what not to. Consider this when purchasing a gift that they will treasure. Do not give them a gift that will cost them time, effort, and stress. Do not buy a gift card when you know the person cannot decide, do not buy them a puppy or a bird if you know that it will only bring frustration instead of happiness. Here is a thought; are you buying the present for yourself or someone else? Think of their needs and wants, not your own. 

#3 Give Them What They Want

Listen carefully when you ask the person what they desire for their birthday, Christmas, or anniversary present. You will never disappoint when you get what the person asked for. If your little girl asks for a trip to the zoo, plan the outing and take her there. If your husband is dying of boredom and is a car enthusiast, consider purchasing a collection of rc drift cars, there is a 99% chance that he has hinted for it. If your girlfriend wants quality time on her birthday, give her the present of making a homemade meal and a binge tv-show where the two of you can spend the whole day. 

#4 Sentimentality 

Giving a gift to someone with sentimental value will never get old. It is a type of gift that will always be treasured. Think back to when you and the person shared an inside joke, made great memories together, or listened to a song where you both danced the night away. Giving sentimental gifts requires more effort and thought, so plan ahead when you decide to give a memory box or a playlist for someone special. 

Giving gifts is supposed to be fun and rewarding. Do not overthink the process of giving the perfect gift. If you deeply know someone, you will know what present to get. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Why Social Gaming Is Now So Unbelievably Popular

For years, multiplayer games have been a thing. But it is only recently that the term “social gaming” entered the lexicon. And that fact has some people confused. After all, why make up a new name for something that already exists?

Well, in truth, social gaming isn’t the same as a multiplayer game. When you log onto a server to play Call of Duty, you’re not there to chat or make friends, you’re there to dominate. But social games are different. They are there to entertain you while you socialize with others online.

The social gaming phenomenon first showed up in the form of games like Farmville. Other companies then began releasing similar games, hoping to grab a share of the market. Eventually, it became a full-blown phenomenon and one of the main reasons people now use social media. 

So what are the key characteristics of social games? How do you know you’re actually playing one? And what makes them so popular?

Sharing

First, there’s the sharing element. While most online multiplayer games focus on gameplay, social games are more like a forum. You’re not trying to kill each other. Instead, you’re chatting, trading, and interacting in ways that you hope will provide you with an advantage. 

The degree to which you share depends heavily on how the game developers structure the gameplay. In some examples, nearly the whole game is essentially just a giant marketplace where you try to trade your way to an advantage. In others, there is a substantial degree of grinding before you build up enough resources to create something that others will value. 

Casual

Companies that develop these games, such as Playphone, also look for ways to make them as casual as possible. Ideally, you should be able to play them while browsing the internet or chatting with somebody online. The games themselves are always there for you to play, but the gameplay itself never intrudes on anything else you want to do. 

That’s why you find that so many of these games use a click-based approach. If you want to move to the next stage, you press somewhere on the screen, activating an action or animation which plays out, whether you are there to observe it or not. There’s nothing “fast-twitch” about it. 

Purchases

Virtually all games now have in-game purchase options. But it is a particularly common practice among social games. People like to present themselves in a certain way online. And they’re willing to hand over money for the privilege. 

In-game purchases are also a way to keep many social games free. A lot of users don’t want to pay for anything immediately; they just want a trial run. It’s only later - when they get into them - that making purchases becomes worthwhile. Until that point, they would prefer to hold onto their cash. 

There’s also a degree of acceptability about charging for items in a free game - something that’s not true for triple-A titles you have to pay for upfront. And that can partly explain their success. People stick with them because their friends play them.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Win a $20 Walmart GC in the April Showers Giveaway Hop

 

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Natural Solutions To Improve Caring For Your Dog

More and more dog owners are looking for more natural ways to care for their dogs. Using conventional medicines can help to relieve symptoms of something if your dog is unwell, but there can be side effects. For example, using antibiotics can damage the intestinal flora of a dog, which is the most important part of their immune system. Of course, it is worth speaking to your vet about some more natural solutions, but here are some things that you can do at home to help your dog when it comes to looking after them in a natural way.

Arnica

Arnica is something that you may have used for yourself, as it is a great way to treat bumps and bruises. It really is a great remedy for any injuries that could bruise. Did you know dogs can have arnica too? If your dog bumps themselves or has a sprain, give them arnica. You can use arnica for any bruises as it helps to improve healing time and is completely natural.

CBD

CBD is something that is becoming more and more popular, with people as well as pets. The impact it has is being shown, and it can help with things like anxiety and stress. If you have a dog that is quite anxious or quite hyperactive, you can get calming treats for dogs that contain CBD. You could also use CBD oil in dog food, but it is best to speak to a professional about this first, as you will want to get the quantity of it right. 

Organic foods

If you want to help your dog’s general health, then a natural way to do that is to get your dog natural and organic food. If anything is processed or grown with added substances like pesticides, then it can have harmful effects on your pet over time. So think carefully about the foods that you choose to give your dog, because as the old saying goes, we are what we eat, and that goes for dogs too.

Ledum

A natural and homeopathic remedy that you can use with dogs for things like tick bites, is Ledum. Getting a tick bite can be painful once removed and it can cause problems if the tick is stuck deep down inside. But with ledum, you can treat the bite and help to prevent any illnesses that can come from a tick bite to a dog. Ledum palustre, or just Ledum, can help, and it should be given to your dog daily after you notice the bite. 

Supplements and Vitamins

There is quite a big difference between natural supplements for dogs and the synthetic ones. If you choose to supplement your dog’s diet, then make sure that you choose the ones that are created from whole foods, as they are much easier for your dog to absorb and digest, and therefore used by their body. Synthetic supplements are less effective and could even have some harmful side effects for your dog with their prolonged use. 

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Win $20 PayPal Cash in the Honey Bunny Giveaway Hop

 

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The documentary “COLORS OF CHARACTER: An Artist’s Journey to Redemption” shares the extraordinary journey of prolific artist Steve Skipper.

Synopsis:

Steve Skipper is one of the most prolific artists in the realms of sports, civil-rights, equestrian, portraiture, and Christian artwork. Skipper has shattered barriers of race and education in the art world. He is the first African American to complete artwork sanctioned by NASCAR, the University of Alabama, PGS, and PBR. He also has work hanging on permanent display in some of the most hallowed halls in America, including: the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and International Sports Halls of Fame; the Paul W Bryant Museum; the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library and Museum; and has been honored with unveilings at Chelsea Piers in NYC, the MGM Grand and Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, and Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.


With no formal training, Skipper openly gives credit to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his gifts and for every opportunity that he has been given. An ex-gang member and drug addict, Skipper was transformed into an internationally respected fine artist. Specializing in oils, pastels, acrylics, and pencil, his style of super-realism requires thousands of easel hours per painting. Over the years, he has also mastered the science of Lithography as well as the French method of Gicle’e Reproduction. Steve continues to accept the challenges placed before him and reach for every goal that God puts in his path, including his current pursuit of historical commissions showcasing the faces of the fearless leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

● Inspiring true story of a prolific sports artist who was once a gang member!

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Celebrate the Start of Baseball Season with National Geographic Kids' Opening Day Grand Prize Giveaway!


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Celebrate the Start of Baseball Season with National Geographic Kids' Opening Day Grand Prize Giveaway!

It's a Number's Game: Baseball (ages 8-12, National Geographic Kids Books, hardcover, $14.99): 

Featuring a foreword by MLB superstar pitcher Sean Doolittle, this book is a clever look at the game, its biggest players and the math behind the perfect pitch, the game-winning grand slam, and so much more! 

With every hit, ball, strike, and home run numbers are being calculated on the baseball field. Get ready to learn all the ways digits and math factor into the game, from the countless statistics used to measure an individual player's game to the exact timing used to steal a base. Read about all the greatest players from baseball history and get fun facts, like what the most retired jersey number is. Discover what countries dominate in the Little League World Series and check out cool graphics that show the frequency of hits to every part of the field. Jam-packed with sports trivia, awesome photos of the biggest players to ever play the game, and fun activities at the end of every chapter, this number-focused look at the game is the ultimate grand slam. 


Celebrate the Start of Baseball Season with National Geographic Kids' Opening Day Grand Prize Giveaway! The Opening Day Grand Prize Giveaway is sponsored and run by National Geographic Kids Books and 

The Opening Day Grand Prize Giveaway consists of: one $100 gift card to the Major League Baseball online store AND a copy of It's a Numbers Game: Baseball SIGNED by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sean Doolittle (formerly of the Oakland A's and most recently, the Washington Nationals)

This giveaway is open to US and Canada and will be active from 3/29 - 4/19. We will select a winner on 4/20. A reminder that MLB's Opening Day is April 1st!

General Tips when Buying the Perfect Gift

For some people, it is easy to buy the perfect gift for someone; it is like their hidden talent. But for others, it might not be so easy. Ha...