The Tale of the Doohickey

copier parts We all know the story. 

We do everything right to keep our office printer or copier running smoothly. We conduct regular maintenance, make sure we have plenty of paper and toner cartridge on hand, and we inspect some of the rollers, belts and other mechanisms inside the machine to ensure they are in  proper working order. 

But then one day, the machine stops working. You do the assessment of everything you normally do and the rollers are working, there is plenty of paper and there is plenty of toner. After you spend 10 minutes opening and closing panels and moving things around, you stand up, scratch your head, then sigh because you know you have to call a technician ut to find the problem and fix it. 

Afer a two-hour wait, the technician shows up and within two minutes, finds your problem: a small part that can be found at – most of us would call it a “doohickey” – had either broken off or was displaced and must be replaced. 

A part that not only the technician had on had and charged your office $40 an hour to come out and replace for you, you could have bought directly from for a low price and would not need to charge labor time. 

The next sound is the facepalm that you give to yourself upon this realization. The doohickey is once again the bane of our existence. 

You resolve, right then and there, to make sure to never be controlled by a doohickey – so you bookmark in your browser and you immediately order replacement doohickeys for your machine. It’s called a lesson learned in being prepared and knowing everything about your printer or copier so your office doesn’t move to a standstill and you don’t pay more for a doohickey that you really should. 

Learn the Tale of the Doohickey and don’t let it happen to you.

Nautical Jewelry: 5 Ways to Wear It Off-Board and Off-Beach

When you hear of nautical jewelry, you probably think of boats and beaches, sailors and stripes, and anchors and animals in the sea. Yes, you’re right! These somehow give the picture of nautical designs that are incorporated into various forms of jewelry for everyday use.

Some people think that such trinkets can only be appropriately worn on-board a boat or a ship, or perhaps while you’re strolling down the shore. Heck, no! These days, such stylish accessories perfectly fit into the nautical fashion that many adore and practice.

If you’re not sure how to wear these nautical pieces when you’re not on a cruise, in a resort, and other such settings, take a look at these ideas:

Beach and Nautical Themes

You don’t need to be on an actual boat or beach environment to be able to wear nautical jewelry. It makes for the perfect accent pieces when you’re attending a beach or nautical-themed event.

Picture yourself clad in a yellow and white striped sundress, complete with a beach hat and sunglasses. Now add a silver necklace with an anchor pendant and a thick link matching bracelet with a fish charm to that look. Isn’t that just classy and stylish while keeping to the theme?

There are so many ways that you can make use of various nautical accessories for these themed gatherings. Even if you’re in a simple get-up, the jewelry can make all the difference in making you blend in while still standing out.

Costume Party Ideas

Running out of costume party ideas? Well, why don’t you make good use of your nautical jewelry? Imagine strolling into the room in a sailor outfit while wearing a couple of braided leather bracelets and a pair of dangling earrings with sea creatures carved on the metal. You’re bound to bowl over the other guests with your subtle elegance and flair.

Costumes don’t have to be so extravagant. If you’re on a budget and in a hurry, you can throw together this nautical ensemble! Aside from the sailor look, you can come up with a fashionable pirate guise, appear like a cool marine biologist, or wow others with a beach goddess appearance. Be creative! What’s great about it is that you get to use the trinkets again and again even when you’re not in costume.

Cool and Casual Ensembles

Have you tried incorporating nautical jewelry into your cool everyday ensembles or your ordinary casual getups? Whether you’re going to the mall, meeting some friends for coffee, or running an errand, you can put on your sea animal charm bracelet or wear a nice turtle pendant on a leather string around your neck. It’s like bringing the ocean with you! And if you’re a nature lover, this will certainly give you a relaxing sensation and will inspire you throughout the day. You might even feel cooler on a hot day!

If you’ve been invited to go to a simple pizza or barbeque party in the neighborhood or you’re meeting up with some classmates for a project, you may also wear your nautical jewelry. This goes well with a great array of casual clothing.

Classic and Stylish Fashion

When you’re in the mood for classic fashion, you can enhance the look with a nice and unique nautical pendant which can give your plain white polo a fun and fashionable touch. Or if you want to dress up a little bit more, you might want to combine your nautical pieces with other accessories.

Let’s say you’re going clubbing with some friends. You can wear your skull earrings with a leather jacket and a skater skirt. They could also look wonderful if you have on a studded or glittery tank, skinny jeans, and leather boots.

What if you’re headed to the office? Yes, your enameled starfish necklace will add an adorable, stylish touch to your plain-colored top and blazer. It all really depends on your own fashion sense and creativity.

At least now you know that nautical jewelry doesn’t have to be confined to when you’re on-board or when you’re enjoying a summer getaway at the beach. It’s highly useful and will surely bring a smile to your face as you are reminded of beautiful undersea vistas and calming beach and ocean landscapes.

Greek Culture

greek culture In human history, numerous historical eras have designed their distinctive marks in numerous fields of human understanding and culture. Few, nonetheless, have left an all-encompassing influence that spans varied fields, like philosophy, arts, culture, politics, and warfare. One such civilization, arguably probably the most influential of all, is Greek civilization. This era conjures up images of gods and goddesses (even Athena herself clad in a Trojan helmet), philosophers and scholars, too as magnificent buildings whose architectural styles are nonetheless studied and admired to this very day. The so-called classical period in Greek civilization was throughout the 5th century BC to roughly 330 BC, which was then followed by the Hellenic era, also known as the golden age of Greek civilization.

This era is known for reaching great levels of prosperity that resulted in an unprecedented cultural boom, expressed in architecture, drama, science and philosophy, and nurtured in Athens under a democratic environment, through the sequence of invasions and domination: by the Macedonians, the Romans, the Byzantine Empire and the 400 years of Ottoman rule.

During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, Greece saw monarchies and ousting of royalty, fierce political fights, assassinations, and dictatorships, wars that added neighboring territories and new population, but also brought economic devastation and poverty. After the defeat of Germany and the end of World War II, Greece joined NATO in 1952 and experienced a bitter civil war between communist and anticommunist forces.

In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country. In 1974, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In August 1974 Greek forces withdrew from the integrated military structure of NATO in protest against the Turkish occupation of northern Cyprus. Greece rejoined NATO in 1980. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU) and became the 12th member of the Eurozone in 2001. It successfully hosted the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

This rich and tumultuous past greatly influences contemporary lifestyle, the Greek perspective on the world, Greek music, food, customs and traditions, even the way Greeks do business. Greeks as a whole are extremely proud of their history, their cultural heritage and their contribution to literature, art, philosophy and politics. They speak with intense passion of their country as the cradle of European civilization.

A recent study found that Greeks’ pride in being Greek surpassed the ethnic satisfaction of every other European nation. Greeks define their natural and ethnic belonging through their culture and tradition. Anyone who has seen the movie “My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding” knows this. Traditions, religion, music, language, food and drinks are the pillars of contemporary Greek culture and lifestyle, making the country an attraction point for visitors from all over the world.

Lose the Paper Trail and Invest in a Paperless Time Clock System

If you are looking for ways to increase employee productivity and efficiency without going on a hiring spree, why not start with your time keeping system? Chances are you are still using a manual time keeping system to keep a detailed record of all of your employees. In order for your company to save money on operational expenses and increase productivity, you need to invest in a paperless time clock system.

Makes Multi-Location Time Tracking a Breeze

It is very time consuming and confusing to manage employees from different locations. Not only do you need to make sure that each person is doing their job correctly, you also need to keep track of their hours. A paperless time clock can help you to do both and keep you from losing your mind. It can track all of your employees’ work hours across different locations and eliminate the need for a paper trail.

Payroll is Easier to Process

An electronic time clock is very accurate. It tracks time all the way down to the exact second. You do not have to worry about any discrepancies or uncertainties when it comes to determining the exact time that someone punched in. All accounting is taken care of and determining overtime pay is much easier. A paperless time clock stores all employee time information in a database, while significantly reducing payroll and accounting errors.

Saves Money on Equipment

Constantly purchasing supplies can quickly add up to an expense that you may not be able to afford since supplies may not always be available for an affordable price. By upgrading to a paperless time clock system, you can use your time for more important things and eliminate manual time keeping equipment expenses from your budget.

Even if you have had a great deal of success in the past with manual time clock systems, it is time for you to bring your business into the 21st century with equipment that will improve employee productivity and efficiency, while reducing your operational costs.

You can learn more about reasons to switch to a paperless time clock system from the Gorilla Paper Blog.

Five Things to Consider When Purchasing Wholesale Crafts

arts crafts whole sale Whether you are an expecting mom, preschool teacher, or craft enthusiast, purchasing arts and crafts through wholesale venues can help you save time and money, while doing what you love doing most: crafting. However, finding a wholesale supplier can often be a challenging task. Fortunately there are a few ways that can help anyone save time and money while embarking on their crafting project.

1.Find a Reliable Supplier

Finding a reliable supplier can help bring down the cost of any arts and crafts project. This can be especially helpful for teachers and organizations that work with individuals on craft projects, but are limited on funding.

2.Order Online

Nowadays, people are more inclined to plan ahead when it comes to arts and crafts projects. Ordering online can help ensure you get your craft projects in a timely manner, without leaving the comfort of your own home.

3.Find a Source with Multiple Items

One of the reasons big box stores like Cost Co and Sam’s Club are so popular are because they sell everything you need in one spot. Just as your shopping for groceries, it’s always easier to shop at a store that has everything you are looking for, from clothing, auto care supplies, to school supplies, and food. When you are looking to shop for whole sale craft items it’s important to find a source that is reputable for selling a range of whole sale craft items.

4.Saves Time

Shopping for craft supplies is easy and saves plenty of time when you shop online. Ecstasy crafts is your one stop shop for all things arts and crafts. The site is easy to navigate so you can purchase items for your wedding or baby shower, classroom, or even your own home.

5. Peace of Mind

Working with wholesale suppliers can help provide peace of mind. It’s important to work with a company that values their customers and takes pride in the products that are delivered.

Personalized Beach Towels

beach towels The summer of 2014 has been heating up and the rest of August is bound to be hot.  Does your family have a plan for vacation?  Will it include a pool, lake, river or ocean to swim in?  What better way to have a great experience than with personalized beach towels for the entire family.  Envision having a personal beach towel for each member of the family for that picnic or BBQ by the lake or for camping near a creek.  With your summer vacation, you may be staying in a motel with a pool and your kids will feel extra special with their awesome beach towels.

At Little Goddess Boutique our personalized beach towels are the PERFECT way to add your own style and personality to any summer trip! They also make great gifts! Whether you’re looking for a gift for Graduation, Sweet Sixteen, Birthday, Christmas…or JUST BECAUSE.  See our best seller here.

  • Each beach towel measures 30″ X 60″
  • We now have TWO fabric options. Pricing will be determined by the TYPE of towel you choose. Please make your selection between the following two towel types.
    • MICROFIBER – Super soft Poly fiber fabric – thinner, lightweight towel
    • PLUSH – Made of mold resistant 100% polyester. This is the thickest towel available in our market (using the process we use).

Summer is special for living out dreams and vacations time is almost over.  Purchase our beach towels to make sure that the summer of 2014 is relaxing, exciting and memorable, and if you have any questions contact us and we will assist you with your custom design and purchase.

Catch Anna And Elsa At Disney World

disney frozenPrincess Anna and Queen Elsa, from Frozen, are incredibly popular and two of the most recent additions to Disney World’s Princess population.

See Them At The Magic Kingdom

You can see Anna and Elsa in the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, offered most days at 3:00PM. First check your Magic Kingdom Times Guide, which you can get near the park maps at the park entrance for the exact time of the parade during your visit.

Limited Time: Live At Disney’s Hollywood Studios (July 5 – September 1 2014)

For Frozen fans, there are numerous special events scheduled here throughout the day, including Olaf on Summer Vacation, Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome (daily at 11:00 AM,) A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland, “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party (5:30PM Daily,) and a spectacular “Frozen” Fireworks display (9:45PM nightly.) Don’t miss them before they’re gone!

Meet Princesses Anna And Elsa

You can meet Anna & Elsa in the Princess Fairytale Hall of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.   This location accepts FASTPASS+ reservations and it’s recommended that guests take advantage of this option because the standby line for Anna and Elsa is so popular that it’s regularly exceeding three hours.  If you don’t have a FASTPASS+ reservation, get to the Magic Kingdom at least 20 minutes prior to arrival and immediately head to Princess Fairytale Hall, just as soon as the park opens to minimize your wait time.  It’s really critical that, to avoid disappointment, you do not promise your Frozen fan that they’ll get to meet Anna and Elsa until you have a FASTPASS+ reservation or you’ve have had a chance to check out the stand-by line time. >>At this time, Anna and Elsa do not appear at any of the Disney Princess character meals.

The Norway Pavilion At Epcot

The Norway Pavillion in Epcot is fun for fans of Frozen because it looks so much like the scenes in the movie.  The Maelstrom ride in the pavilion is a fun experience with some mild thrills that kids will especially enjoy.  Elsa and Anna are in the works to be added to the Princess Storybook Dining that is offered at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in this pavilion.

All Good Things Flow From The Earth

natural suppliant Every wonder what the additional ingredients are in that food you love? You know, Pop Tarts have a laundry list of items that are contained inside of it’s sweet breaded center. When we take the time to actually look something up you would be surprised as to what it is your body is taking in with each bite. The laundry list goes on and you find at the end a quick blurb saying: Natural Ingredients. What happened to the natural ingredients being, oh, flour, sugar, and eggs? Maybe flour is listed on the box, and definitely sugar, but that’s about it for recognizable ingredients. The U.S. has a weight problem and the main issue is that the food we are eating and the life we are living do not support a healthy life.
If you want to change your life, change your diet, you’ll need help and that is why you should head on over to! They carry the best natural products that you can find on the market and for a price that is hard to beat. The supplement industry is full of liars and those who promise the moon but really offer just filler. doesn’t do filler, they offer only the best ingredients in their products. They know that the bad stuff is out there, but they are here to set the example, shut those snake oil salesmen out of business. When you want to change your lifestyle, be sure to stop by first, because their here to help.

Concerning Macramé

hanging plants At MacraméMagic, we would like to go over a few essentials of our art.  Macramé is actually an excellent art of decorative knotting, in this art there is no use of needles or hooks. By utilizing a series of knots, numerous and unique ornamental patterns are formed. Macramé patterns can be made utilizing any type of material. You will be able to use fine thread to create macramé lace or even utilize leather strips. With a particular technique, the macramé craft maintain the knots in position while the work is being completed.

In the meantime, macramé can represent a test and make it a most requested art for some senior artisans and specialist. The Making of an ornamental piece utilizing  macramé art requires creative expertise coupled with understanding. It may even take numerous months to complete a complex piece utilizing brilliant macramé work with a multifaceted configuration.

Materials utilized within macramé incorporate cords made of cotton twine, material, hemp, jute, cowhide or yarn. Cords are recognized by development, for example, a 3-employ line, made of 3 lengths of fiber bent together. Jewelry is frequently made in fusion of both bunches and different materials (glass, wooden, et cetera), pendants or shells. Now and then “discovered” central focuses are utilized for pieces of jewelry, for example, rings or gemstones, either wire-wrapped to consider securing or caught in a net-like cluster of joining overhand bunches. A tying board is regularly used to mount the cords for macramé work. Strings may be held set up utilizing a C-clasp, straight sticks, or upholstery pins.

Some basic supplies which are required by and large incorporate regular hemp, common jute and link string. The thickness and shade of the link lines need to be chosen appropriately as per the necessities of the undertakings. Common hemp is far coarser in correlation to that of link rope. All the fundamental supplies of Macramé are accessible either as spools or pack for effective utilization.  At MacraméMagic, we have custom-designed macramé plant hangers which are endurable and aesthetic.  Drop in, browse and shop, we have the perfect plant hanger for yourself or as a gift for family and friends.

Gifts That Show Love

gift tipsThere are just some gifts that stand out more than others, in terms of showing someone that you truly care about them. These gifts tend to be ones that are designed to provide comfort and stability in changing conditions. And when it comes to changing conditions, nothing changes more frequently and more dramatically than the weather.

Remind Them Of You

Weather-related gifts can be items like mittens and gloves, warm woolen scarves, umbrellas, rain jackets and rain boots. They have an unmistakable way of saying (on behalf of the gifter,) “I really care about you, and I want you to be warm and dry, especially when the sky is pouring down in a deluge, or when the temperature drops below freezing. I want you to wear this and think of me.”

Ample Protection From The Elements

And so, really there’s no more loving type of gift you can get for a special person than a form of protection, in any shape or form. In this case, it’s the weather. And of all those items, the one that is least likely to be something that people will purchase for themselves is a rain jacket. And you can go further by having that special person’s rain jacket distinctively monogrammed.

The Distinctive Styling That Comes With The New Englander Rain Jacket

Charles River Womens New Englander Rain Jackets make wonderful gifts. They are lined with grey mesh for air-flow circulation and have taffeta nylon in the sleeves for easy on/off. Featuring a hood and open hem with shock cord drawstrings, they secure the wearer from the worst weather extremes. A clever wind flap & heat-sealed seams throughout serve to seal out the wind and rain. Front vented capes provide exceptional breath ability and easy decorating access. These jackets come with a safe, reflective stripe accent on the front and the back. A two-way front zipper offers enhanced freedom of movement. The New Englander rain jacket features covered zippered side pockets and adjustable cuffs with hook and loop closures and A-line styling.

The next time you need to buy a gift for someone special, think about making it a beautifully monogrammed New Englander Rain Jacket, to show how much you care.