Many wonder what the differences are between regular wax candles and soy candles; or perhaps they have never even considered that there is one. It’s surprising to most that there are many benefits to using soy candles. Though there are some differences between soy candles, depending on who makes them, overall they are better for the environment due to the lack of chemical additives in them.
Soy candles are made from soybeans, while paraffin candles are made from petroleum. Soybeans are a renewable resource which benefits our earth. They burn pure, and clean into the air while paraffin candles may release carcinogenic chemicals into the air, which we in turn breathe in. Another benefit is that the scent is typically longer lasting. This is because most will use essential oils when making them.
Another little known benefit is that soy candles burn longer. Though they are a bit more expensive to buy or make the fact that they last much longer than paraffin candles makes them more desirable.
To make soy candles, one needs just a few items. This includes a bag of soy wax, usually sold in a 5 pound quantity. The color and scent will come from the essential oils added. Also needed are candle wicks, a glass jar, and a wooden skewer. The process is as simple as melting the wax in the microwave, adding the oils, and wrapping a long wick around the skewer, then dangling it over, and into the middle of the wax until the wax hardens once again. The entire process takes about thirty minutes, depending on how many candles are being made at once.
Homemade soy candles are a wonderful gift for any occasion, and can be personalized in many different ways. They are also a fraction of the cost of buying them already made.
Tote bags are often known as the workhorse of the handbag set, typically made of flimsy cotton or too-stiff canvas, and, as these bags tend to get a lot of use and abuse, they are often over-looked as a viable bag for daily use. A tote bag does not have to be relegated to the back of the closet, however; with the right build and materials, a simple tote bag can become a beautiful addition to any wardrobe.
With its sturdy build and roomy interior, the Hermes Garden Party bag is an indispensable component of any woman’s handbag collection. While it is utilitarian in nature, it is definitely not utilitarian in looks. This structured bag boasts an impeccable design with its large and streamlined shape, comfortable double handles, single snap closure and flat bottom, making it practical but never cumbersome. It is spacious enough to use as a shopping tote, for a simple day trip, as a book tote, or even as a diaper bag. The Garden Party bag is available in a wide range of hefty materials, from denim and canvas to the best quality leathers and hides. This is a bag that can be as fun as it is functional, as it is available in a wide array of colors, textures, and prints, with matching handles or contrasting handles.
Even with the endless variety of options, there is a marked absence of logos, as is the standard for Hermes. The distinct orange Hermes logo with the horse-drawn carriage can be found on the inside of the bag, on the bottom, away from general view. As with all Hermes bags, the brand is recognizable from the exquisite workmanship, the absolute highest quality materials, and the iconic shape that may be imitated, but can never be duplicated.
Shopping has dated all the way back to ancient times. Whether it was back then, or in modern times, humans desire to exchange goods and services. Trajan’s Market with tabernea acted as a retailing unit in Ancient Rome. Even shopping lists were used by the Romans. The first one was found on Hadrian’s Wall 75-125 AD. This shopping list was written for a soldier in particular. The next version of shopping that came about were fairs and markets. People would travel to nearby towns in excitement to shop. After this, shops began to become permanent.
Different kinds of shops were established including: bakeries, butcheries, and grocery stores. Supermarkets arose after that. This was a break through in the shopping industry. There was now a way to get practically everything at one store to make it simple and fast for consumers. In the 20th century, there have been three major phases when it comes to shopping.
The first one relies on the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper serves the customer and makes sure they get everything on their shopping list. The second one relies completely on the customer. The customer has to select their own goods and get them from the shelves their self. They even have to pack their own goods. They also have to deliver their own goods. This is called self-service. The third phase relies on the modern day Internet. Many people use this shopping tactic now a days. One would select the goods off the Internet and the goods would be delivered right to their home. They would be delivered by a third party person unlike phase one where the customers have to deliver their own goods. After many years, shopping has transformed from phase one all the way to phase three. The third phase is the most popular version of shopping today. It is the easiest and fasted way for someone to get what they want. One wouldn’t have to even step out of their home.
The only thing to be careful about is the payment options because as most people know, there are plenty of scams out there. We do not have to worry about this as much today because there are secured websites to shop from now. It has become safe and practical. We just have to learn how to trust it a little bit more. Shopping is one of the many ways that this planet has transformed through efforts of its people.
It’s funny how shopping habits change over time, isn’t it? When you’re young, you’re mostly concerned about convincing your parents to buy you sweet treats and colorful plastic toys. Money is not an object for you, in fact you probably haven’t conceptualized money at all yet. As you grow into an older child, you may start to get an allowance and actually assign values to the things you want to buy. Maybe you’ll learn about how check-out works, or why it’s important not to steal. You probably get the basic idea of shopping by now, but not quite how money works. By the time you’re a teenager or young adult, you’re going to want to start making your own money. This can be a financially smooth time of life, because if you get a job while you’re still a child in your parents’ house, you can spend the money you make freely on fun things like cars and dates, while your parents still pay for things like rent, food and insurance.
Then it gets a little more sticky. When you move out of your parents’ house, the true value of a dollar will set in for you. Now you’ll have bills to pay, possibly some debt for college or whatever irresponsible thing you spent your first credit allowance on, and then still be expected to have money leftover to do fun things with your friends. At this age, you may be thinking, “Life is short. I’ll have fun now and sort out my bills later.” Your shopping may involve going to the guy on the corner’s house more than ever actually stepping into a store. You’ll probably try using 16 different kinds of toilet paper from a plethora of stores, or think it’s important to buy the most expensive dish soap. However, since we all learn and grow, your spending habits probably will balance out in the next stage of life.
Post-college, shopping is something you finally get down. Now you know what brands you like and get the best value for, which stores provide the best experience for you, and how to be frugal yet comfortable. Your money will stop burning a hole in your pocket, and you’ll finally start paying your bills on time. Many of these habits will probably stick or change very slowly into old age. Funny how your habits can change!
I was introduced to Netflix the past summer. I signed up for a free 30-day trial that would cost $7.99 a month afterwards. I submitted some information about preferences I liked i.e. 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest, how much did I like comedy, drama, etc. This took about 10 minutes to do.
Once that was set up, I had immediate access to Netflix. Using my PlayStation3, Netflix had different genres broken up into categories containing 75 each. These included comedies, drama, thriller, etc. There is a “Search” option at the top of the screen. Above the genres are sections listed “Top 10″ and “What’s Popular on Netflix.” These were nice because it cut down the time I spent looking for something to watch. There is also a queue rating at top and it shows how many stars the program that you’re hovering over is rated. This also cuts down on the browsing time.
The time that I spent customizing my preferences was created into a section of programs that was geared towards my taste.
As I watched my programs, I was given the option to pause. This was important because I could pause as many programs as I wanted simultaneously. This doesn’t force you to watch one entire program before you go to a different one.
You are also given the option to fast forward and rewind. As you do this, a little picture that corresponds with the scenes of the program appears that depicts which scene you have chosen.
Another aspect with Netflix is that it will create a genre based on the programs that you have viewed. For instance if you watch “The Terminator” and it may create a section based on movies in the 80′s.
A newer feature that has been added is that when you first log into Netflix, you will be given the option to go to Netflix or Netflix for kids. This also cuts down on browsing time.
I give Netflix 4 out of 5 stars.
Electronic cigarettes are the next greatest wave of the century. If you are a smoker and you really want to quit smoking real cigarettes, then you should try the electronic ones. For starters, they can help you quit smoking cancer inducing cigarettes and yet they still have an adequate amount of nicotine to keep you happy and stress free.
There are several different brands of the cigarettes. You can now find them in almost every convenience store or drug store along the country. They also come in several different flavors and strengths. The amount of nicotine depends on the cigarette that you buy. You can ask the dealer and they will be able to tell you, based on the number of cigarettes you normally smoke, what would be good for you in terms of the electronic one, or better yet, what would satisfy you nicotine wise.
As they become more and more popular, electronic cigarettes are starting to take over where cancer causing cigarettes left off. More and more people are beginning to realize the dangers of smoking and more businesses are starting to not allow smoking in restaurants and in working environments because of the effects the smell has on other people.
That is another great thing about electronic cigarettes, they do not make you smell like smoke. Instead of smelling like you just walked out of a Vegas casino there is no odor. As time goes by the prices on these cigarettes go down. Popularity may drive them up but you can still find some rather cheap ones. One electronic cigarette is equal to at least 2 packs of cigarettes. So paying say 6 dollars for an electronic cigarette is not a bad deal.
If you are a smoker and you haven’t tried electronic cigarettes yet you have nothing to lose except a habit by giving them a try.