For anything to change, it has to start at home. You have to be responsible for the upkeep of healthy habits and set yourself up for success. This all applies when you start readying your house to withstand natural disasters.
We aren’t all susceptible to the same kinds of natural disasters. First, you should check what kinds of natural disasters your area is prone to. From there, you can start to focus on what you and your house need when facing disaster. If your area is frequented by hurricanes, make sure you have your patio furniture put away. And if you are often in earthquakes, make sure your appliances and heavy furniture are secured.
Once you have ‘policed’ your area, you should look into insurance because as much as we like to be in control, things are regularly out of our hands. Make sure you are familiar with the condition of your property and document its current status and educate yourself about how your existing plan works for you. Organize your information and safeguard it in case of emergency. Ensure that you are properly insured and informed about your coverage and about the realities of natural disasters.
In this infographic, HouseLogic, a website for homeowners from the National Association of REALTORS®, shows just how damaging these natural phenomena can be, and how to make sure you and your home are ready. Disaster can take place anywhere and at any time. When it does, will you be prepared? [HouseLogic.com]
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As a recently graduated college student, I’ve thought a lot about my sleep schedule over the summer. For most of the year, I was student teaching in public schools around the Austin area. Naturally, as teachers do, I got used to getting up around 6 a.m. and going to bed around 10 p.m. on most days of the week. Since graduating however, I’ve slipped back to a solid wake up at 9-10 a.m. range while falling asleep at midnight, and it’s been great. It’s interesting to think about when our bodies naturally want to be awake and working, and when we’ve had enough. Here, we have a rather attractive infographic showing when some of our world’s greatest minds slept.
Now I am a fan of the ‘nap,’ and it seems that Balzac and Darwin were as well. When looking at the infographic to see when exactly they slept however, Balzac’s a bit strange! Balzac slept from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a cat nap from 8:30-9:30 a.m., while Darwin had a somewhat tamer 12 -7 a.m. with an hour nap at 3 p.m. Regardless of when you get your sleep, it’s also pretty interesting to see how long these people slept. Mozart seems to have gotten around five hours of sleep, while Beethoven got a solid eight hours every day.
This begs the question though, how important is sleep in relation to creative output? Even though these particular people are all of different art forms, it would be fascinating to see that correlation.
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Although there have already been a few “look at your poop” infographics on this site before, it can never hurt to know more about your sh*%. Even though it’s a touchy subject, you have to get over it because as the popular book for children decrees, “Everybody Poops.” So if you can get past the initial awkwardness, you can find out a lot of information about your health simply by checking out your stool.
But before we get into that, just for those unfamiliar with American lingo, poop doesn’t always mean what you think it means. This video is a hilarious confusion of the word taken literally rather than figuratively. Poop sometimes means you’re tired. Don’t ask me why, but the words poop and pooper have become synonymous with being a tired or unmotivated individual somewhere in the last century.
Enough of the semantics, what pearls of wisdom can one gleam from examining your own stool? Well, first determine the texture. Is it watery? Hard? Fluffy? Sticky? Lumpy? Each of these conditions have a very specific indication of your diet/health. For example, if you are pooping nuggets that are nut-shaped, chances are that you’re lacking some much needed fiber and hydration. Other factors to consider are the hue and color of your stool.
So next time you are in the bathroom going no. 2, be sure to check your poopy! For your health!
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Have you ever thought: “What if there were two Christmases?” Many people have thought this; I have thought this. In fact, I’m thinking it right now. A Christmas in July would be amazing! Turns out I’m not that clever, because it has been done before. It has been done since the forties!
For Aussies, Christmas always comes in summer. It’s a much different celebration than the winter wonderland of the Northern Hemisphere. Show your Australian brethren some love and celebrate a Christmas in July! Who doesn’t love presents, or Christmas carols, or leaving cookies out for a fat guy who breaks into your house, not to steal anything, but to give you stuff? What a celebration!
Just think – Christmas pool parties, complete with a barbecue and fireworks celebration. We’re talking taking the magic of Christmas and combining it with the debauchery of the Fourth of July. Instead of ugly Christmas sweater parties, there could be trashy Christmas tank top parties! The possibilities are endless. I am always in favor of turning one holidays into two holidays. [uglychristmassweater.com]
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If you’re a business owner, then you probably understand the importance of labor law posters. These are essential to keeping your business legally operational. Equally, they are helpful for both you and your employees. Though labor law posters are of utmost importance, complying with regular posting updates is not always easy.
With 171 agencies responsible for issuing 357 posters, it is quite obvious that smoothly handling the posting process is a difficult task. What matters though, is knowing which posters are specific to your workplace, and which extra posters are required by your state. For instance, the labor law posters at a restaurant would be quite different than those issued to federal contractors. It is also important than these posters be displayed correctly and easily accessible to the audience expected to read them.
A break room or conference room would be ideal, since these are high traffic areas in the workplace. Sometimes though, the posters should be directed to a specific party, such as placing hiring policy posters in an interviewing room for applicants to examine. For employees that work from home, it should be noted that they are required to have access to these posters, if not by hard copy than by electronic copy.
Labor law posters are updated frequently, and not exercising full compliance can cost a pretty penny, so it is important that your business is connected with a refutable agency. So go now my business friends, and bring prosperous labor law posters to your workplace! [Poster Tracker]