It happened back in 2007 (hence the name of my blog) and I remember it like it was yesterday. I woke up in the morning and I was barely able to move. My body ached and I felt an unbelievable tiredness. For the first week or two I thought I had picked up a bad virus, like a flu, but as the weeks wore on I wasn’t feeling any better. Up until that point the doctors had told me to rest and that the virus would pass. (more…)
Children today are spending less time with their parents than ever. We just get so busy with work and life in general that we have such little time for our families. This is an extremely sad thing and I believe that if we make a little bit more time for our loved ones then we will be happier ourselves. I have found that spending more time with our kids is actually not quite as hard as it sounds. It starts by finding a little bit of time and making some effort. Here are five ideas I have used to spend more time with my kids. (more…)
The Kia Rio is a great supermini economy car with a luxury car interior that offers value for its services, space and stylish interiors.
It’s design seems to mimic the Seats car, a Volkswagen subsidiary. Anyone looking for this type of hatchback car should read this Kia Rio overview.
- The car comes with four-wheel disc brakes, map lights, a trip computer, driver’s seat height adjuster, power windows, lighted vanity mirrors and a sliding centre console armrest. A few extra dollars give you an upgraded sound system with satellite radio, rain sensing wipers, heated seats and heated steering wheel, a first for its segment, rear-view camera and power folding mirrors.
- The car is safe with its 6 airbags standard.
- Its exhaust pipe is completely hidden to give the car a clean and uniform appearance.
- The car is powered by a 1.6 litre, four-cylinder unit that runs by direct fuel-injection, similar to the engine found in a Hyundai Accent. The engine can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The manual gearbox comes with a hill assist wherein the car stays in place for a few seconds to prevent rolling. This is a feature appreciated by those who drive manually on a daily basis.
- The unique Idle, Stop and Go system of the Kia engine shuts off the engine at traffic lights for fuel conservation services. Then once you touch the gas pedal, the engine fires up. This is an optional feature for the Rio as the system is still getting refined.
- The new ‘active ECO’ system which is engaged by pressing a button found on the dash left side, behind the wheel. It reduces revs and shifts gears early to conserve fuel.
- The electric power steering system of the Kia Rio gives a luxury feel to the car. However it isn’t a communicative steering wheel as you don’t actually know what the front wheels do and how much of grip is available.
- You have a choice of two diesels of 1.1 and 1.4 litre and two petrol engines of 1.25 and 1.4 litre capacity. While the diesels need many revs to get going, and the petrol versions are easy to live with, once you reach your speed, the 1.1-liter diesel readily pulls sixth gear.
- As the Kia Rio’s suspension comes with a firm edge and struggles with potholes, its ride is not totally settled. So though the car may not be as sporty or agile as the Ford Fiesta, its grip, safety and stability are assured at high speed.
- While the Kia Rio’s is one of the cheaper cars of its class, there’s not much of a gap between it and its rivals. The Rate Your Drive Australia website has put together a fantastic resource for comparing car finance deals and combining a cheap car loan with the price tag of the Rio will ensure that your repayments are very manageable.
So the verdict after reading this Kia Rio review is that this car is a great contender in the sub compact category that can easily allure people to the showrooms.
Once inside, most customers are bowled over by its excellent interiors. The car’s drive-train and driving dynamics head its competition especially regarding fuel economy, which is why you should check this car out if you are in the market for a sub-compact.
When you have decided to trade in the market, and have chosen binary options as your choice of trade, then you are in for a lot of positive results. Since it is a trade, you do not have assurance if you will win or not, but the binary options trade can provide you security and peace of mind.
For starters, they might not know the difference between myths built around to break people’s trust on binary options and the truth about it. It is so easy to get people to believe in any online article, as long as someone provides bogus names, bogus statistics, then a myth, for some could actually be true.
Here are the myths, and the truth that breaks them:
- Myth # 1: You have to have a lot of money to trade binary options.
- FALSE. No, you only need to have $5 or higher to be able to trade using the binary options trade, unlike any other trading options that involves a higher cash requirement for you to be able to start trading.
- Myth # 2: Binary options make earning money simpler than online trading.
- TRUE. It has been proven and tested than binary options have been made simpler for dealers so long as they can correctly predict the direction the asset will go: either high or low.
- Myth # 3: I can trade using my Smartphone.
- TRUE. Actually, yes, it IS true. Therefore, for those who want to trade but are not in the office or the house, and travelling, the Smartphone can actually help you trade your binary options. The platforms are made for Android devices, iPad, or iPhones.
- Myth # 4: I have to have a diploma or be a white collar professional to trade.
- FALSE. You can be anyone, with any educational attainment or any past work experience, so long as you understand the ins and outs of the trade.
- Myth # 5 : No credit cards allowed
- FALSE. If you have a credit card, then you can virtually do transactions in the trading. The only hitch there is there might be some geographical constrictions.
- Myth # 6: I need to be in the know 24/7 when trading.
- FALSE. That will eat your time, and the market does not want you to devote most of it there. All you have to do is study the market, analyze, trade, and go back after your expiry timeframe to check for the results.
- Myth # 7: I have to be very lucky to trade in the binary options fad.
- FALSE. Luck is only 10% of it, the 90% has to be your own work – your market analysis, and strategy have to take place in order for you to profit according to your desires.
There you go – seven myths broken for you so you can easily understand and know what is real and what is not about binary options and this is to help you decide whether you push through with trading for binary options. If you are after an Australian binary options resource, be sure to view this website.
Dental work in Australia is generally not covered under the public health care system. This means that any costs you incur for dental work will come out of your own pocket. The only exceptions to this if you have dental insurance or health insurance plan with optional extras.
This means that the costs for dental procedures in Australia can be quite high and it is important to plan for these costs if you need any dental work done. The following will help you find out more about the dental costs you will expect to pay in Australia.
There are a variety of different dental options that are available. Most people will undergo a number of common procedures such as check-ups and cleaning, fillings, tooth removal, wisdom tooth extraction and crowning and capping.
Each of these procedures incurs different costs and fees vary from dentist to dentist, but overall, I think everyone would agree that the cost of dental work in Australia is just too high. Take the below as an example;
A dental check-up is just like a medical check-up in a lot of ways. The dentist will examine your teeth, gums and jaw to assess if everything is functioning as it should. They will also make sure that you have the correct number of teeth and that their positions are correct for good dental hygiene. A standard check-up will cost in the region of $30.00 to $70.00 depending on the dental practice.
The average charge for this service is $45.00 – for a check up! C’mon Australian parliament, we can do better than this. No wonder people avoid the dentist like the plague.
Something more cosmetic, or perhaps not so in the case of an infected tooth, like getting a tooth removed can cost you up to $400! Might be more of a want than a realistic option for most Australians going by that cost.
As you can imagine, it pays to take a look around at your dental options. It is up to you which dentist or orthodontist you choose, but you should always seek professional advice from an orthodontist before making any decisions.
After all, they are the professionals and they will be able to give you their professional opinion on the matter. Once you have the facts you can start to weigh up the pros and cons of having your tooth removed and make a final decision as to which way you will go.
A hobby is a great way to unwind and enjoy an activity that makes you happy. There is so many different hobbies and I could spend all day just talking about my favourite few (but I’m not going to do that). Instead, I want to talk about turning a hobby into a viable business prospect. Many people have done this successfully and have turned something they enjoy into a full-time job. The downside of this is that you may not enjoy the hobby as much once as becomes your job. However, many people successfully juggle a hobby and a business. The following is my advice for turning your hobby into a successful business.
There is a good chance that you will already have a client base for your hobby and you may already have a list of people that have expressed interest in what you do. These people are extremely important because they are most likely to be your first clients. This is why it is important to talk with them and do some basic research to see if your hobby can turn into a successful business. These people are a valuable source of information for you and you should pick their brains as much as possible.
Time and stock
It is essential that you make sure you have the time for your new business. I’m not suggesting that you quit your job tomorrow, but you need to make sure that you have enough time for paying clients (they will demand more time when money is involved). If you are creating products to sell then you need to make sure you have enough time and enough stock before you start selling them. There is nothing worse than having a number of willing customers only to find that you have nothing to sell them. However, it is just as bad to have too much stock and no one to sell it to.
Separate work and play
This is one of the most difficult things when you are turning a hobby into a business. You still need to be able separate the “play” aspect of your hobby from the working side. For example, I once went fishing with a (un)professional fishing guide who joined in with the fishing before they had been asked. They proceeded to catch fish and have a great time, but made it hard for the rest of us on the boat to enjoy ourselves. Being able to separate these areas is essential for running a successful business.
Complaints and dealing with customers
One thing that takes the joy out of running a business is complaints or dealing with unreasonable customers. This is inevitable when you are running a business and even if you are good at what you do you will still find people have complaints. Many of those who have turned their hobby into a business take these personally and find that they struggle with the criticism. Being able to handle this successfully is one of the keys to running a business.
Research and stay up to date
One of the best things you can do when you are running a small business or home-based business on your own is keep up to date with the latest news and information. Two Australian websites that are very helpful for this are the Home Business Hub and Australian Business Hub. They can be found here and here respectively.
Running a business can be extremely rewarding, but it can also put a serious strain on your life. Carefully consider whether you are suited to turning your hobby into a business. I would love to hear from anyone who has successfully done this or is considering this option. Please leave a comment below.
I never realised how important my diet was to my health. Sure, I understood that I shouldn’t eat too much fat, salt and sugar, but I wasn’t really sure why. I didn’t have the most healthy diet, but if you had asked me I would have said that I ate pretty well. Knowing what I do now, my diet was really a ticking timebomb for a potential health issue and unfortunately that is what happened to me. After being unwell for half the year I decided to completely overhaul my diet and see if it made any impact on my health. The following are some of the changes I made to my diet that I believe made a considerable difference to my health.
I cut out all processed foods in my diet after reading a book about their dangers and about how they rob us of energy. Not only that, but processed foods are also commonly high in fats, salt and/or sugar. We all know that these are bad for us and I must admit that I ate more processed foods than I realised. It was a difficult adjustment to make a first and I found that I had many cravings for salt and sugar during the first few weeks. Once the cravings had disappeared I found it much easier and I started to enjoy some of the new foods I was eating. Now that I have recovered I still avoid processed foods where possible, but the odd special treat is not a major problem. I recommend cutting out as many processed foods as possible to all people who are struggling with their health. This can be a catch 22 because those with less energy are less likely to be able to spend more time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals.
I completely removed added sugar from my diet and I found that this was quite difficult during the first few weeks. However, my brain fog seemed to lift and my energy was more stable after I made this change. I continue to avoid sugar where possible and I think this is of benefit to anyone looking to improve their health.
I also removed products containing white flour from my diet and I believe that this was an important step to improving the health. It is surprising just how many products contain flour, but fortunately many alternatives exist. My research on this topic shows that many people with health problems develop a sensitivity to flour.
More fruits and vegetables
Including more fruits and vegetables into my diet was one of the best decisions I made. These foods contain many of the important nutrients that we need and are easy for the body to digest. They also contain important dietary fibre, which helps maintain regular bowel movements.
Protein is important for muscle development and it also helps to increase energy levels. Consuming a portion of protein, approximately the size of your fist, with each meal is a good way to help our body recover. You can choose to take protein supplements or to eat more protein rich foods.
These were the main changes I made to my diet and, although I made many others, I believe that these five factors made the biggest difference to my health. I encourage anyone struggling with the long-term health illness to take a close look at their diet and try and make some changes. You never know, it just might be the thing that starts you back on the road to health.