Six Ways to Reuse Vinyl Floor Tile

Vinyl flooring has many benefits as a surface in the home. Not only is it affordable, but it is also available in many different colors and patterns. It is also easy to maintain. Whether you have pieces left over from an installation project or are purchasing them especially for other uses, consider several options for reusing this material.

Cabinet line under the sink

Areas under the sink in the bathroom and kitchen are often damp and dirty places. You can help protect cabinets, floors, and subfloors in these locations by cutting a piece of vinyl flooring to fit the bottom of the cabinet. Once cut, place the piece in the cabinet, and it will serve as an effective barrier against moisture and dirt. If you have active plumbing problems in these areas, consider fixing the leaks before moving forward with this project, because the water damage will continue.

Protect wood from clamps

Working with wood often involves holding the pieces together with nails, screws, or glue. When joining wood with clamps, you must be careful not to damage the surface of the wood with the fastening hardware. To avoid unsightly damage, cut small pieces of vinyl flooring and insert them between the hardware and the wood to protect the wood from dents. Once finished, remove the clamps and squares.

Innovative Coasters

Wet objects on wooden surfaces can cause water damage. Whether you place glasses on a coffee table or have planters on shelves or end tables, it’s easy to allow moisture from these items to damage your wood furniture. Cut circles that are about 1 inch larger than the diameter of your pots or glassware, and then glue the two circles right sides out to create an attractive and practical roller coaster.

Wooden cribs

Wooden shims are useful around the house when you need to stabilize furniture, such as a large bookcase or table. Make small shims out of small pieces of vinyl and slide them between the furniture and the floor to provide stability.

Utility Splash Guard

A backsplash covers the area between countertops and cabinets. In a kitchen, the backsplash can be an expensive material, such as tile or stone. In other rooms in the house, such as a workshop or laundry room, you can opt for a less expensive material to serve as a backsplash. Consider covering this area with a remnant. You can choose a piece with colors that match the decoration of the room. The material will serve as a protective barrier for the wall that you can easily clean with a damp cloth.

Floor mats for various purposes

Various areas around your home could benefit from small vinyl cut to size rugs. For example, make a mat to keep the area you use for pet food clean. Cut another mat to use under a litter box to simplify cleanup. You could even use custom-cut rugs as art rugs for kids to keep work surfaces clean of paint and glue.

Get new and imaginative uses for various purposes in your home.

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Timeshares and Timeshare Presentations – Dare to Say No

Some owners have bought multiple timeshares because they just don’t know how to say “No”. In fact, timeshare owners are more likely to buy another timeshare than a non-buyer. It’s hard to even begin to understand how many timeshares a single partner might end up owning because of this apparent fear of the word “No.” So for both the owner and non-owner, here’s his best advice on how to say “No” in a timeshare presentation:

Request a copy of the timeshare agreement for your attorney.

If you request the timeshare contract for your lawyer to read and review, it will create a dead end. The timeshare sales staff is trained to never allow you to remove any documentation from the presentation room. It could contradict what was said during your visit, and the length of many timeshare contracts is enough to scare buyers away. So you most likely won’t get that copy you respectfully requested.

Regardless of whether you get a copy or not, you will probably want to leave right now. However, the sales process has yet to go through the challenge of the sales techniques used in these presentations. So be prepared for these timeshare salespeople to stop or change the subject of the requested documentation.

They may ask why you need it, as there is a rescission period during which you can cancel your contract. You may respond by saying that you would feel more comfortable bringing the contract to your attorney, or that for large purchases at presentation-style sales meetings, you feel it is necessary to take precautions and involve your attorney before committing to a decision.

Don’t worry if you don’t really have a lawyer. If you feel guilty about lying to timeshare salespeople, just know that you probably know someone who knows an attorney, or is one of them, and would not mind acting as their attorney.

The beauty of this objection is that you are not actually saying “No” to buying a timeshare, just that you want to take the time to properly research it. Sales staff are trained to overcome “No” answers. They may even get past the “Get the papers out of the room” objection, but it’s definitely not such an easy task because you don’t hear as much as “I can’t afford it” or “I won’t.” take enough vacations. “

So keep this tip in mind the next time you’re at a timeshare presentation. Remember, if you REALLY want to buy a timeshare, buying a presentation room timeshare is the most expensive place to do it. Do your best to get out of the room as soon as possible, but be prepared to stay for a while. Even the most effective objection will not allow you to pass quickly.

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PSL # 7 Power Rating

What an absolutely insane first few weeks in the NFL have been. Seventeen teams, 17 !!!, are still over .500. And it’s crazy how one week a team (say, the Giants) can look like total crap and then the next week to go out and smoke a top-five team like the Falcons. Powerhouses like the Bengals losing to junk teams like the Buccaneers and upsets like the Saints are making this season something to watch. It is almost impossible to know who will be left standing at the end of the year.

Especially after Monday night’s Bears-Cardinals game. Chicago has been seen as, by far, the best team in the NFL. The offense was racking up points, the defense was closing teams and he seemed to be playing with such consistency. Then Arizona, a poor team, takes them home and blows the doors off them. But, in the blink of an eye, two lucky defensive plays, a special teams score and a lost FG from Neil Rackers later, the Bears are still undefeated.

What Monday night’s game showed me is that the Bears are not invincible. In fact, they may not be as good as we all think. They have played most of their home games and have yet to face a tough away challenge. Rex Grossman and Bernard Berrian have yet to show what they can do against good defense on the road. I am not sold. However, they remain at n. 1.

The big boosters this week, the Carolina Panthers, jumped nine spots to # 5, while the Falcons dropped 11 spots to # 16. Meanwhile, the Birds’ second tough loss of the season leaves them out of the top 5, but not out of the top 10. Not yet, anyway.

Now … in the rankings …

(1) Chicago Bears (5-0) – They escaped the desert through the skin of their teeth, in one of the strangest games I have seen. Having your quarterback flip the ball six times and come back 20 points down in the second half without an offensive touchdown is just incredible.

(2) Indianapolis Colts (5-0) – His trade for Bucs DT Booger McFarland should help that running defense, which has been the Colts’ Achilles heel so far in 2006. However, they paid a high price, giving up a second-round pick. We’ll see if choosing a mucus works for Indy.

4) San Diego Chargers (4-1) – The Colts are taller because they are undefeated, but for my money, the Chargers are the best team in the AFC, if not the NFL. Of course, Schottenheimer will find a way to sabotage his Super Bowl chances, but we’re still at least a couple of months away from that. Philip Rivers is real.

(9) Seattle Seahawks (4-1) – It hasn’t been pleasant for the Hawks this season, with Shaun Alexander’s foot injury and the loss of Steve Hutchinson drastically affecting the running game. However, last Sunday’s monstrous comeback victory at St. Louis, with the division leadership at stake, was monstrous. Seattle needed that game.

(14) Carolina Panthers (4-2) – Since Steve Smith returned to the lineup, the Panthers are 4-0. It’s hard to believe that a wide receiver can make a big difference, but the facts are the facts. That was also an impressive performance from Jake Delhomme in Baltimore on Sunday.

(7) New England Patriots (4-1) – The Pats drop one spot on bye week amid rumors of a possible trade for disgruntled Raiders WR Randy Moss. It did not happen. Can you imagine Moss and Belichek coexisting? Talk about oil and vinegar. Of course, Tom Brady still doesn’t have anyone to pitch to.

(10) Denver Broncos (4-1) – I hate his offense and think Jake Plummer is a terrible quarterback. But their defense has convinced me to finally make them go up a bit. Just one touchdown in the first five games of the season? It had never been done before.

(8) Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) – These guys might be scoring too high right now, I realize. They are a very lopsided team, you just don’t know what you’re going to get out of these guys. But I feel like this team is ready to start clicking on offense. Once that happens, be careful.

(12) New Orleans Saints (5-1) – I don’t think they are more talented than the Eagles, but they definitely proved they are for real on Sunday. After the Birds stole momentum from New Orleans early in the quarter, the Saints got it back and dominated the entire fourth quarter. A pretty impressive win for a quality team.

(3) Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) – Yes, they should be 6-0 but they are not. Frankly, the defense hasn’t been good enough for this team to be undefeated. And we can talk about all the mental crises and the talent level all we want. But until this team is able to tacitly commit to the running game and stop the big play at D, they will continue to beat themselves.

(6) Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) – What’s happening in Cincinnati? Maybe all the police activity has caused these guys to lose focus, but there is no way, NO WAY, a Super Bowl contender should lose to a winless team, I don’t care where he is. These guys have had their ups and downs all year and they better get it fixed soon.

(11) St. Louis Rams (4-2) – Despite losing a great division game at home to the Seahawks, they were quite impressive on Sunday. It was a great fight between Hasslebeck and Bulger. Unfortunately, the Hawks got the last ball and scored on a monster FG when time expired. But the Rams appear to be real, too, as long as Bulger continues to play football flawlessly.

(16) Dallas Cowboys (3-2) – One question … Do you think Bill Parcells is happy or upset that Terrell Owens caught three touchdown passes on Sunday? It’s an absolute zoo in Dallas, with a fight between Owens and his catching coach, rumors of fines or suspensions that never came, and reports of heavy friction between Owens, Jones and Parcells. Oh!

(17) New York Giants (3-2) – Despite an impressive win over the Falcons on Sunday, I can’t put these guys any higher, not until I see him more regularly. This team, along with the Redskins, are two of the most amazing teams in the NFL. Some weeks they look like Super Bowl contenders, other weeks they look like shit. I have no idea what the Giants are, so I’m going to put them here in the middle of the pack until I find out.

(13) Baltimore Ravens (4-2) – Again, another team with very good defense but serious problems on offense. The solution? Fire Jim Fassel. I have no idea if this is going to help anything, and the bye week should give Steve McNair time to get ready after his concussion on Sunday. But the offense was failing even with McNair there, and Brian Billick believes he is the solution. We’ll see.

(5) Atlanta Falcons (3-2) – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If you stop Mike Vick from running and shut down Warrick Dunn, you beat the Falcons. It is not a difficult formula. Congratulations to the Giants for showing us once again how it’s done.

(15) Minnesota Vikings (3-2) – It’s becoming apparent that no one catches the Bears in the North, so the Vikes should turn their attention to the Wild Card. The bad news is that there are a lot of more talented occasions that seem to have the inside track.

(20) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) – Finally, the Steelers looked like the Steelers of old. The extra bye week seemed to do Ben Roethlisburger a lot of good, Willie Parker showed that glimmer that makes him special, and Hines Ward found the end zone. They still have a long way to go, but the Stillers aren’t dead yet.

(22) New York Jets (3-3) – This looks like an 8-8 team to me. They don’t have any running games, you just don’t know what you’ll get from Chad Pennington from week to week, but they have a bad enough schedule to allow them to beat some of the most boring teams in the NFL.

(18) Kansas City Chiefs (2-3) – Did I mention that Herman Edwards can’t be a coach? Of course, they played the world champions after a week off at their home field. That’s like lambs to the slaughterhouse. Objective 45-7? Good teams don’t lose like that.

(19) Washington Redskins (2-4) – How the heck, with all that talent and all that money and all those high-profile coaches, lose a home game to a rookie quarterback and the Tennessee Titans? How could such a thing happen? The Skins are proving once again that money is not always the answer.

(21) Buffalo Bills (2-4) – While Willis McGahee may be having a good year in yards, he still can’t seem to find the end zone. The Bills’ red zone offense is almost non-existent and they do enough each week to lose.

(23) San Francisco 49ers (2-4) – Alex Smith continues to play well, but San Fran’s defense is a disaster. They have given up 48, 41, 38 and 34 points in their four losses. However, they have beaten the Rams. This is a crazy league, folks.

(30) Tennessee Titans (1-5) – Despite my punches against the Redskins just now, that was a pretty impressive win for a team that had most counted backwards and outwards. And while they certainly won’t go to the playoffs this year, they have a young quarterback they can get excited about … Vince Young. He showed the poise of a much older player and calmly led the Titans to a big victory on the road on Sunday.

(24) Cleveland Browns (1-4) – Unfortunately, the Browns don’t have any great young players to give them hope. Unless you’re counting Kellen Winslow, Jr., who has yet to prove it will be worth the investment. It’s a long climb for the Brownies.

(25) Miami Dolphins (1-5) – Okay, so we’re officially declaring that this season for Miami has been a wash, right? I mean, Daunte obviously came back too early from injury, which is why the whole team has flushed their season down the toilet, correct? Come on guys, show a little heart! This season has been as much about the putrid play of the offensive line and terrible defense as Culpepper has. There is no heart in Miami.

(27) Green Bay Packers (1-4) – During the bye week, Brett Favre threw three interceptions during a family picnic. His QB rating really went up.

(29) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4) – A very impressive first win of the season for Jon Gruden and the Bucs, beating the Bengals at home. You have to like how Steve Gradkowski has kept them up in the two games they’ve played since Sims fell with a ruptured spleen. And Cadillac Williams is finally starting to show some life, too.

(31) Detroit Lions (1-5) – Congratulations to the Detroit Lions on their first win of the season over the Bills. And kudos to Roy Williams, who, after I traded him in week 3 of my fantasy football league season, finally showed a little heart and had a great week. Folks, if you have Roy Williams on your fantasy team, get rid of him now. Because you won’t do that again until week 12.

(28) Houston Texans (1-4) – How many teams were free this week? Caramba! I hate this new goodbye system. It appears that a third of the league did not play in Week 6.

(26) Arizona Cardinals (1-5) – Wow. What to say about the Monday night loss. Just a jaw-dropping mind-blowing choke job. It wasn’t just the fact that they blew a 20-point lead, it’s the fact that they did so without allowing an offensive touchdown. Think how difficult it is. It’s almost impossible! But not for the Cardinals. The only bright spot … Matt Leinart is going to be a very good quarterback in this league for a long, long, long time.

(32) Oakland Raiders (0-5) – The good paddle on the boat was in high spirits during the bye week. Randy Moss was almost traded to the Patriots and Jerry Porter was suspended. How come these two guys weren’t traded for draft picks, especially considering how many teams could use a good catcher? I do not understand.

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Dos and Don’ts for LinkedIn Headlines

Your content should always have a headline, and one of the most effective social media channels you post content to is LinkedIn. In general, headlines are extremely calculated (or at least they should be) and there is a set of rules that will be worth following.

Dos and Don’ts of LinkedIn Headlines

A title serves a few important purposes, including, and possibly the most important of all, that your title be a testament to what you stand for and what it can do for your existing prospects and customers. Of course, the one thing you can never lose while writing your headlines is the professionalism that people expect of you. That’s the glue that holds your message together. On the other side of the coin, there are several things you shouldn’t do to avoid creating a perception that you don’t want to be associated with you or your business.

  • Present a story that has a “normal” feel (stay away from what not to do): The headline you post on LinkedIn is meant to engage your readers and force them to keep reading until the end of the article. After your readers have finished reading, you want them to want to share your content with people they know and trust. You can assume that they won’t if your title (and article) is so far off the beaten track that readers can’t relate to it. It has to be something that touches them on a human / emotional level. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should write boring headlines. Sure, your headlines should be exciting and grab your readers. It’s just that they shouldn’t be weird and people should be able to relate to them. You should also try (every time) to publish headlines that stimulate the reader’s imagination. It is important to remember to do this in words only. You can use graphic images to help you include your reader in the body of your article, but you certainly can’t do that in your title. In your headline, you must make your readers fall in love with words alone. It is a necessary skill and you will probably have to work hard to make that happen. Just remember that it will be worth it in the end. Always remember to make sure your headlines are never confusing, boring, desperate, or habitual.
  • Write a great headline (accept both): Sometimes it is easier to identify what you shouldn’t put in your headline than what you should put in your headline. Of course, it’s also important for you to realize that nothing (including its headline) is so permanent that you can’t review it until the moment you post it. In fact, you can review it all you want up to that point. Of course, you are probably well aware that you should always tell a story through your content and that includes telling a story through your headline. One important thing to remember is that even if you think your story is not that interesting, other people may not agree with you. Your story is probably extremely interesting to them and they will sincerely want to read what you have to say and quite possibly they will be able to take your story, learn from it, and apply it to their own situation.
  • Match your headline with what you and your business stand for: As you write your headline, make sure it is closely related to what you are doing and what you are offering to other people. It should be a clear reflection of your experience and knowledge and should inspire your readers to read on to find out more about what you do and, most importantly, how you can help them solve their particular problem.
  • Make sure your language choice is perfect: It is very important not to overlook the most basic and simple approach to writing your headline. The headline you write must be written in clear, concise and perfectly grammatical English. As ridiculously simple as it sounds, and therefore it may seem like it doesn’t even need to be mentioned, you might be surprised at how many people take it for granted. If the English used in your headline is not perfect, your reader will be distracted and move on to someone else’s content. It’s as simple as that. You certainly cannot allow that to happen. However, remember that you have the power to prevent that from happening.


Your headlines are a wonderful opportunity for you to show how you stand out from your competitors. You have the ability to write awesome headlines and intentionally include elements in your headline that work well for your business and to omit elements that you know are not good for your business and your online presence. It is important to always keep in mind that you present the most effective visibility and exposure for other people online to react positively to what you are sharing.

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On Becoming a Wise Baby Book Review

In fact, I am a little nervous to review this book. This much-debated approach to parenting is often loved or hated. Baby Wise uses a parent-directed eating-play-sleep and feeding cycle. Eating-playing-sleeping is simply getting your child to eat, getting stimulated for a while (time depends on age), and then making them sleep until it’s time to feed again. Baby Wise states that most babies lack sleep and that it is important for your child to have a regular feeding and sleeping schedule. Baby Wise also claims that babies will sleep through the night at 8 weeks if you use this method. Although the book states that direct parental feeding is not a clock feeding or demand feeding approach, you will soon understand through further reading that it is basically a clock feeding approach with a bit of leeway.

Pros: There are lots of great parenting tips and reading Baby Wise has been helpful for me. I try to use an eat-play-sleep cycle (not like Baby Wise does, see the Cons). Baby Wise is strict in teaching babies to fall asleep on their own. I don’t take care of my son until he falls asleep and personally I think it is healthy for babies to learn to fall asleep without the help of others. When my little one was born, I used a feed-on-demand approach. I now use a clock feeding approach more because I have learned how often you need to eat and it is good to have a schedule. This transition was slow and a learning process for me.

Another thing I appreciate about Baby Wise is your caution in instinctively feeding your child when he is crying. If my little girl is crying and she’s not likely to be hungry, feeding her may end up being worse for her. It could be gas, colic, or something else. It could also mask the real reason for your unease. Personally, I don’t initially feed her when she’s fussy. I want to find the root cause.

Cons: I think the reason this book is loved or hated is because of the rigidity of its approach. If you are unsuccessful in your method after weeks or months or of trying, many people become bitter and believe that it is all nonsense.

First of all, I will say that my baby sleeps wonderfully through the night; she has been doing this for 7 weeks. (I know I am blessed). This is not because of Baby Wise. I hadn’t even read the book then. I like the eat-play-sleep cycle. My baby eats, then plays, and then sleeps, but doesn’t sleep until the next feed. I have tried and tried to get my little one to nap longer than 45 minutes. She will not. She eats, plays, sleeps, plays, sleeps (sometimes) and then eats.

My son is not a nap. She is not meeting the “expectations” of the Baby Wise method. At first, that made me feel like a failure because I heard all the stories from parents who were raving about how great the methods in the book are.

Baby Wise leaves no room for individual differences in a baby’s personality or habits. Yes, I certainly believe that babies are different even when they are so young. Not all children fit the Baby Wise mold. That is my biggest criticism after reading the book and trying its methods. My other precaution is to use the parent-directed feeding approach (basically clock feeding). Until you meet your child, I would not recommend clock feeding. And really always be flexible with your schedule based on your child’s needs.

Price: You can find this book for $ 15 or less. The Kindle version costs around $ 10. Used can be cheaper.

I could talk a lot more about this book, its reviews and praise, but if you are so interested, read it yourself. I think it will be useful to you. If your child doesn’t fit the Baby Wise mold, don’t worry. Certainly DO NOT base your parenting ability on this book. However, it is worth reading.

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Reflections on a King: A Woman’s Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day

It is the beginning of January 2007 and I am here, comfortable, at my home in Moab, Utah. It is actually a second home. I live in Aspen, CO the rest of the year, but the place in Aspen is small and “lovely,” while this place in Moab is grand and expansive in comparison. It’s a real home, with a two-car garage, a small backyard with a therapeutic hot tub, and an amazing gas grill. It’s on a corner lot, in a cute little neighborhood.

As our nation enters the year 2007, and the month of January hurtles into recent history, I am vigilant. My vacation holidays are coming to an end too quickly, so I glance at my calendar, hoping to see another respite from the daily grind in my near future. I can’t help it. It is in my nature not to want my little piece of paradise to come to an end. I click on Outlook during the weekends in January … I seem to remember a three day weekend here somewhere … no holidays? I think, when I finally got to the second weekend in January. Ah … There it is! I see that I have entered that my son has a three-day weekend starting on Saturday the thirteenth. But surely there must be a holiday in between? What is? I think, as I click on Monday. AHA! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! I knew there had to be a reason! I think to myself with a smile, proud of my diligence.

Yet the day wore on and this hint of unease persistently tugged at my conscience. As I went about my day, I couldn’t really pin down what it was. Perhaps, as each white woman reaches a certain age (over thirty, that is), she begins to remember all the wonderful nuggets of gold that she was taught as a child in parish school (okay, that part is just about me ). Or it could be, that as I begin to approach the last third of my life, the part beyond my “after thirty” years (I’ve always divided it that way: before thirty, after thirty. .. and beyond ….), that I have become more responsibly thoughtful? Perhaps I am more willing to allow information in my mind’s database that I determine is “important and objective”? However, there was no denying it. This pull of what is below my conscious mind would not rest.

It wasn’t until I finally stopped in my tracks while preparing a delicious pepper steak, with a shallot sauce and roasted zucchini, that I realized what it was. I was ashamed! When the sauce dripped from the spoon and I stared into space, I felt ashamed that not only did I not know that it was Martin Luther King, Jr. day that second weekend in January, but that I actually knew very little. about the man, and the reason why there was a day in his honor. Oh sure, I knew he was a great leader in the early stages of our nation’s Civil Rights Movement. He knew he was a loved, revered, and honored leader among whites and African Americans, who was brutally and senselessly murdered. But that was all he knew.

One could excuse my ignorance and absolve myself of all blame for simply being a victim of circumstance: I am a white woman, born in New Mexico (a predominantly Hispanic, Native American, and Caucasian state), and raised in a culturally protected environment.

Like all good schoolchildren my age, I learned all the basics about Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m sure they taught me some of the facts in depth, but somehow they had eluded me.

I sat in front of my computer and did a brief search on this man I knew little about. I learned that Martin Luther King was a very well-educated man (he earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate, and then went on to receive several honorary degrees as well). Here I was, a son of a private school (one of the best in the area), raised without the prejudices that many face every day, and a university degree had been reduced to the status of “long sought goal”, that called me from the distant caverns of my soul.

This man, at the age of thirty-five, became the youngest winner at that time, of the Nobel Peace Prize. He wasn’t a man of great resources, so I’m sure the prize money of over fifty thousand dollars would have lightened the load, if he hadn’t just helped cushion things a bit while raising his family, however, Mr. King chose to return his award. money for the promotion of the civil rights movement.

Not only was he well-mannered and extremely accomplished, he was a man of purpose who truly lived what he believed in and talked about.

So as I sit here at my home in Moab getting ready to serve a zucchini pepper steak, I realize the irony of my thoughts about Martin Luther King, Jr. when compared to the reality of my existence. It would be easy to pass judgment and think Who is this white girl, with her privileged life, thinking that she can now relate to the cause of civil rights? But it is not necessary. I am not unaware of the fact that many of those Dr. King worked hard to free were impoverished and broken. They knew nothing of the advantages offered by someone like me and my protected school and parochial life. However, although Dr. King fought in the trenches against injustices towards his fellow man, he also shot himself with eagles. He respected men and women alike, rich or poor, well-educated or not. It would be more atrocious for me, in my “privileged” situation, not to write about this great man. It is much better for me to pay tribute to him, regardless of my social status or my level of ignorance about civil rights.

I am not one to ponder or spend valuable time on the reasons behind our nation’s vacation, but in the case of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I am acutely aware of how much more my mind and conscience have been enriched. by doing so. I will always honor and revere the man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who overcame all obstacles to accomplish great things on behalf of his people and his race.

Aside from the continuing pursuit of our nation’s civil rights among all Americans, there is no other statement that can capture the greatness of the man, validating all that he stood for, than to name a national holiday for him. I am proud of my nation and my government for recognizing and choosing to honor a man of unmatched integrity, courage, and determination.

Copyright (c) 2007 Lisa Jey Davis

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The 6 best flooring options for bathrooms

There is a big difference between the type of flooring you use for the living areas of your home and the bathroom. Once you get past looks, durability, cost, and other commonalities, you need to consider a factor that no other area in your home (except the basement) has: water. Since the bathroom will always have water in it, choosing the wrong floor can quickly ruin it. If you are considering undertaking a bathroom remodel, be sure to choose the right contractor to advise you on the best flooring options for your bathroom.

Let’s look at some of the best options for bathroom flooring.


When it comes to tile for your bathroom, you should put porcelain at the top of your list. Made from clay fired and molded at extremely high temperatures, porcelain is perfect for bathrooms. The material has a tough exterior that resists water, bacteria, odors, and stains. Porcelain is also an excellent choice for your bathroom floors, as it is considered impervious to moisture. You’ll find porcelain tiles in a variety of shapes, including square, hexagonal, and octagonal shapes; This is a great advantage if you want your remodeling contractors to personalize your bathroom and give it a unique look.

Natural stone

If you want a stylish bathroom, consider natural stone tile for the floor. They offer a timeless look and feel and, if you maintain them properly, they can last a lifetime. Choose from several options such as marble, limestone, and travertine. Each of these natural stones has its own unique shades, patterns, and textures, giving you a variety of options to choose from. An experienced bathroom remodeling contractor will offer varied suggestions on the best option for your new home construction.


This is another popular option for bathroom tiles and slabs, as vinyl is inexpensive and waterproof, making it very practical. Vinyl is available in a wide range of colors and styles, so you can mix and match to create a unique look based on your personality and taste. Additionally, vinyl has a softer feel than other flooring materials, imparting a comfortable feel to the user’s feet.


One of the options that remodeling contractors recommend for bathroom floors is cork. As it is made from the bark of a tree, cork is the preferred choice among eco-conscious people. It is resistant to water and mold, characteristics that make it perfect for any bathroom. To prevent water from seeping between the gaps, you should choose unfinished cork and finish the flooring in place.


This is another option made from a highly sustainable resource, which makes it eco-friendly. Bamboo is also an affordable option for bathroom flooring, costing only half the price of hardwood flooring. Engineered bamboo is the smartest choice for your bathroom because planks are ideal for wet environments, easy to install, and extremely durable. When you choose bamboo, you can replace damaged parts easily, which is another great advantage of using this material for bathroom flooring.

Wood / laminate

This is a fantastic option that has been used since time immemorial by homeowners around the world. Hardwood floors are fabulous as they create a warm, classic look in your bathroom. Engineered wood is made from a combination of real wood veneer and plywood and is more resistant to moisture than solid wood. If you want hardwood floors for your bathroom, you will find many pre-finished options that are waterproof and capable of withstanding heavy traffic.

Choosing the right flooring material for your bathroom is important, but finding the right remodeling contractors is just as important. An experienced contractor will know how to work with these materials effectively. If you still have questions, give us a call or email us.

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Selling junk cars for cash

Do you know that you can trade your junk cars for cash? Most of the people are generally unaware of this fact and thus end up missing the opportunity to earn some cash. They freely deliver them or even hire towing companies to take them away.

If you have cars that have been deemed unfit to drive or that have been damaged in a way that is too expensive or impossible to repair, you can exchange them for cash. Before you give them away or even throw them away, consider the fact that you can make some money from them. This is what most of the people who find themselves in such a situation do not know.

There are people who are interested in trading with you and getting your junk cars. Regardless of the fact that they are damaged, salvaged or even unfit to drive, these people consider them valuable. The next time you are considering getting rid of such a car, think about the opportunity you have for some money.

People who are interested in buying them usually need the usable parts of the car. They usually take them and take them apart to get these parts that they then sell or reuse. Stakeholders mainly include people who operate auto repair shops who are always interested in cheap auto parts to use in repairing other cars.

Repair shops are often the best places to consider approaching when looking to trade junk cars for cash. The people who are there usually need different auto parts from different sources. You can also reach out to people who operate a junkyard business in your neighborhood to exchange them for cash.

The people in these junkyards are often in the business of dismantling junk cars and obtaining usable parts. Once they get all the spare parts that can be reused, they sell them to interested parties. With tough economic times, many people are looking for cheap auto parts in those places.

As you trade in your junk cars for cash, there are a few requirements you’ll need to meet before you get a willing buyer. One of the things you will need to provide the buyer is proof of ownership. This gives them the assurance that you have the title and that it will not be stolen.

One of the ways that can help you get the most out of the deal is to take note of all usable auto parts. You can create a list of these parts and present it to the buyer to increase their value. Most buyers will ask you to submit this list before making an initial offer that you can accept or decline.

However, it is very useful to evaluate them before meeting with buyers. When you have an idea of ​​the value, you reduce the chances of being scammed by trading your junk cars for cash.

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The strategic plan for your brand

Sole proprietors and small business owners go up and down in market perception of their brand, also known as professional reputation. For that reason, the brand deserves continuous monitoring, improvement and promotion as a component of strategies designed to support the acquisition of new business and encourage repeat business. The goal is to build and maintain a good customer list. A useful way to review and evaluate your brand is with what many experts consider the gold standard of strategic planning, SWOT Analysis.

SWOT is the acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Every 18-24 months, freelancers will benefit from examining the viability of their brand, to better understand what actions enhance the brand and what could weaken it. Perform a SWOT analysis and use what you discover as the basis of a strategic plan for your brand.

Strengths: experience, competitive advantages, first-rate clients, referral sources, strategic partnerships, educational or professional credentials, financial resources, influential relationships. They are generated internally and are under your control. Potential actions include:

  • Leverage resources to update the types of clients you work with

  • Increase sales or billable hours by a certain percentage.

  • Develop a strategy to get more repeat business

  • Develop a strategy that persuades clients to hire you for more lucrative projects.

Weaknesses: whatever challenges your brand. Competitors, ineffective marketing, poor customer service, weak perceived value of your products and services. These are internal and under your control. Potential actions include:

  • Determine which deficiencies have the most negative impact on revenue

  • Identify gaps that can be remedied quickly or economically

  • Understand how to minimize liabilities – what business practices can you change, professional credentials you can get, relationships you can cultivate?

Opportunities: conditions that favor the achievement of objectives. These are external and out of your control, however, you may be able to renew yourself and benefit from their presence. Good information about the trading conditions in your market helps business owners assess and visualize the potential for short- and long-term profits and learn how to reap the benefits. Consider the following:

  • What new developments can you take advantage of to bring money and prestige to your company?

  • Do you see an ROI when offering new products or services?

  • Are there good clients that you could successfully sign or expired clients that, with the scope, you might be willing to reactivate?

  • Is there a market niche you can successfully enter?

Threats: conditions that may damage your brand, or your ability to acquire customers and generate sufficient billable hours. These are external and out of your control, however you may be able to upgrade and escape or minimize the damage caused by their presence. This item requires your immediate attention as it has the potential to seriously cripple or end your brand and business.

Has an important contact left your organization, leaving you at the mercy of the new decision maker, who has friends of his own to hire? Or has there been a merger that resulted in the degradation of your primary contact’s influence, who may lose the ability to green-light the projects you manage?

Has an aggressive, well-connected competitor appeared on the scene, ready to eat up your market share and customer list through a better-known brand, more influential relationships, a larger marketing budget, or other game-changing competitive advantages? ?

If your customer contact has moved, take that person out for lunch or coffee and try to make the professional relationship portable. If your contact has lost influence on the new org chart, take him out for coffee and learn about the replacement, who can hire him for the next project if he’s scheduled to get started quickly.

If competition has intensified, do your best to provide superior customer service, affirm your expertise, intensify your network, enhance your thought leader credentials, and nurture customer relationships.

It might be necessary to implement a protective action strategy, for example a brand relaunch or a shift to a more hospitable business environment. Stay on top of current and potential developments in the industries you serve. Communicate with clients and stay updated on the status of their priorities and concerns. Good relationships will give you the resources of time and information that will allow you to evaluate and regroup.

Thank you for reading,


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Main types of folding beds

Folding beds (also known as folding beds) nominally share a common feature of being able to save space by virtue of having a compact storage configuration when not in use. But this common and well-known feature hides the fact that folding beds vary widely in their sizes, styles, quality, costs, and construction. Therefore, choosing the right one involves thinking a little not only about the bed itself, but also about the details of the surrounding decoration and the circumstances of use. Here we discuss five types.

A “folding bed” is unique among folding beds in that it completely conceals a bed. But despite their suggestive name, these beds do not fit into a wall, but rather fold to form part of a piece of furniture, desk or other piece of furniture. Desk beds convert to desks and the writing surface becomes the bottom of the bed when folded. Along the same lines, a wardrobe bed has a double identity of wardrobe by day and bed by night. They are an excellent option for residences with little space that need duplicated functionality in each piece of furniture.

Folding beds also come in the form of a sofa or love seat which has greater portability than fold-down beds. They are available in the same sizes as the standard beds. Also, they serve a secondary purpose as furniture to sit on when not used as beds. To aid portability, most have casters that make it easy to get in and out of storage areas. The seating surface and the sleeping surface are different with the latter tucked into the bowels of the sofa when in its storage configuration.

The futon, ubiquitous in college student apartments, serves a dual purpose, as does the sofa or loveseat. The difference is that for the futon the sleeping surface is the same as the sitting surface. Futons vary in price, largely determined by the quality of the layers and padding. Padding has a great effect on the comfort level, whether it works as a seat or as a bed. The high-quality padding means the futon stands firm but doesn’t lose its shape in a short period of time.

The simplest type of folding bed for the home is the freestanding folding crib. It consists of a metal frame that closes in a standing shell configuration. The mattress may or may not also fold according to the model. The advantage of this type of folding bed is that it is straightforward, straightforward, and easy to roll out of sight. It is not necessary to contemplate if its unfolded state fits with the decoration of the house. On the other hand, you have to find a specific storage space for the freestanding crib.

The last folding bed we consider is the travel cot, used by people who go on long camping or road trips and have a vehicle to carry light furniture. The travel cot usually has a very simple, thin mattress or, in the case of inflatable camping mats, an air-filled mattress. It is the simplest, valued mainly for its ease of transport rather than its level of comfort. Travel cribs are lightweight in construction, so their dimensions are more limited, so before purchasing, please confirm that it will support the height and weight of the people who might use them.

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