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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming, many are already strategizing how to take advantage of the throngs of deals and steals to be had. And online shoppers are poised to make an indelible mark given their collective spending power—a retail category that’s demonstrated exponential growth year after year. According to Statista, around $72.3 billion was spent online in 2017 alone, a staunch increase from the $29 billion spent in 2009. But as online shopping burgeons, it also overwhelms amid a glut of consumer goods all vying for your eyeballs, hearts, minds and wallets. So, to help streamline your shopping and reduce your stress in kind, I’ve curated this range of holiday gift ideas across various product categories ensuring there’s something for everyone on your “nice” list.

*****GADGETRY*****

Viotek’s GN34C Ultrawide QHD Monitor (www.Viotek.com)

The Viotek GN34Cx is a multitasking workhorse display—an ultrawide 34-inch monitor combining top gaming specs with the reliability of a professional business monitor. View flicker-free video with superior color reproduction, finalize media-rich office projects, and dominate FPS/RTS games. With the GN34Cx, every detail comes to life in ultra-wide QHD (3440x1440p) clarity–two and a half times the resolution of other full HD monitors. The 100Hz monitor refresh rate offers critical precision and accuracy when it matters most–during graphically demanding applications and action-packed games. The GN34Cx’s natural 1800R curve matches the natural curve of the human eye and renders game environments more realistic. Through AMD FreeSync technology, each frame and every movement are clear and smooth, even during CPU-intense, action-packed games, which prevents ghosting or tearing. With amazing edge-to-edge ultrawide QHD clarity, the GN34Cx is a value-centric PC computer monitor.

Crazybaby Air Nano Wireless Earbuds (www.CrazyBaby.com – $20 off with promo code “CRAZY20OFF” through December 2018

The Air Nano Wireless Earbud by Crazybaby is great gifting option and a perfect stocking stuffer. The classic bullet design of these wire-free earbuds offers a snug fit for all types of ears, making them perfect for running, jogging and other rigorous activities. The soft material that makes up the wingtip is water-washable, anti-static and removable (different size options come bundled). It uses the industry’s leading 998 custom-made Carbon Nanotube Diaphragms, enabling crystal-clear acoustics that facilitate an immersive music listening experience. The boast eight to 12 hours of playback time for all day use. Super fuel technology allows a quick five minute charging window for a full 90 minutes of playback. Precision engineering has resulted in an ultra-compact charging case design that can fit in any of the smallest pockets without worry about cables tangling up. The Crazybaby air Nano Wireless Earbuds are available in 10 trendsetting and vibrant colors with plenty of choices to match your personal style.

Circle Home Screen Time Controller (www.MeetCircle.com)

Circle Home is a smart solution letting families of all sizes monitor and filter screen time across all devices, both inside and outside the home. It sets up seamlessly to your Wi-Fi network, and, through its intuitive app-based dashboard, parents can create unique profiles for each family member with specific parental control settings. These include Time Limits – allowing for complete control of screen time usage between a variety of apps, platforms and web-based programs (like Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and more); Bedtime – automatically disconnecting and reconnecting devices from Wi-Fi at scheduled times; Filter – setting individual age and interest filters for each family member; and Pause – having the ability to turn on and off network Wi-Fi at any time. Imagine a world with only 30 minutes of social media per day! Circle takes the fighting out of screen time and empowers parents to set and follow through on their expectations around the house. You can even opt for service off of your own Wi-Fi network as well, ensuring full control no matter where your child may be.

Playground Sessions Keyboard/Piano Lessons Bundle (www.PlaygroundSessions.com)

Give the gift of music and an enriched live by helping them learn how to play the piano at home. Playground Sessions, a company co-created by Quincy Jones, is passionate about using its innovative technology and musical expertise to help people improve themselves and enjoy life more. The bundle includes a Casio CTK-2090 keyboard, which is compact with 61 piano-style keys. It’s a great entry keyboard for the beginner player. In addition to the CTK-2090 keyboard, the Playground Sessions bundle includes a keyboard stand, Audio Technica ATHSJ11BK Portable Headphones (White), Hosa GPM103 3.5mm (F) To (M) Stereo Adapter, an On Stage KSP20 Universal Sustain Keyboard Pedal, a Power Supply and a USB cable to connect to Playground Sessions online instruction via your computer or iPad.

Sharkbanz Shark Attack Deterrent (Sharkbanz.com)

This next travel product is a real life saver, literally! It’s Sharkbanz, a convenient shark deterrent for the beachgoer, swimmer, and surfer. Created by surfers and divers and tested by marine biologists on predatory shark species, Sharkbanz use patented magnetic technology to interfere with sharks’ sensitive electroreceptors. Sharkbanz don’t harm sharks or other sea creatures, use no batteries, require no charging, and are designed to endure rigorous water sports. And, $1 of every Midnight-Bimini Sharkbanz design sold benefits the the warrior surf foundation—a surf therapy organization for veterans.

VocoPro Pop-Up Oke (www.VocoPro.com)

Here’s a great gadget gift for singers who would enjoy a fun, all-in-one wireless karaoke mic with a built-in mixer/speaker, complete with its own light show! From audio leader VocoPro, the Pop-up-Oke microphone can connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and use YouTube or any number of different karaoke apps to access and enjoy hours of entertainment. Singers can also use the onboard MP3 SD/TF player to perform with recorded MP3 tracks. The multi-color LED lights can be turned on or off and, when on, will automatically “dance” to the beat of the music to add a visual excitement to any karaoke session. The system features a new generation of wireless karaoke microphone technology, including an all-in-one portable design. It’s just perfect for small karaoke gatherings and road trips! it also features innovative music link technology that can pair two Pop-up Oke devices to perform duets, a shock mounted professional condenser microphone to reduce handling noise, and a user-replaceable lithium ion rechargeable battery (type 18650).

ChargeHub Powerstation 360 Surge Protector Power Strip (www.LimitlessInnovations.com)

Here’s a practical gift item that any device devotee with appreciate: the ChargeHub Powerstation 360, billed as the most efficient charging station on the market today. It features quick and convenient charging for up to 10 devices simultaneously, including four USB’s, six AC Outlets, and provides up to 4000 joules of surge protection with a lifetime connected equipment warranty. The ChargeHub 360 is designed with a safety power-surge to protect all gadgets and devices while providing optimal charge. It uses patented SmartSpeed Technology to provide an optimal charge for virtually any device, up to 2.4 Amps per port or five Amps overall. The six AC outlets (125V / 10A / 60Hz / 1250W) positioned in a circular pattern provides more space between each outlet to maximum functionality. The strip also includes: a 6-foot heavy-duty power cord with 90-degree plug and protected/grounded LED indicator lights. The textured finish is also scratch-resistant and it’s wall mountable so it is easy with the provided screws, hanging template, and instructions – a perfect fit for any home, office, dorm room, workshop, and more!

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*****ACCESSORIES*****

William Henry Luxury Jewelry & Accessories (www.WilliamHenry.com)

Those looking for a truly wow-worthy jewelry gift should look no further than William Henry, an American luxury brand for men and women that crafts unique artisan collections that include jewelry, writing instruments, money clips and award-winning pocketknives enjoyed by A-listers like Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne, Luke Bryan, and Cameron Diaz, among many others. William Henry is revered for its painstaking use of precious metals, minerals, and unusual organic materials, and they’re celebrated for their meticulous hand-finished craftsmanship and details. The company often unveils new designs, which most recently includes its bold and distinctive new “Embrace” collection for men and women boasting an array of extraordinary jewelry pieces with signature caged design aesthetics. This includes the Embrace Wisdom pendant featuring a beautiful natural South Sea pearl ensconced in 18 karat rose gold on a finely stitched leather cord, also with William Henry’s “arrow” toggle clasp in sterling silver. The tones play off each other, resulting in an alluring nuance and warmth. For guys, the “Ardent” design, William Henry’s only all-sterling necklace, takes their smallest classic link that’s configured as a chain. Simple but distinctive, lightweight but substantial, it makes a great personal statement. For men or women I also love the William Henry Bolt Maui Pen made from fabled curly Hawaiian Koa wood. It’s substantial, yet elegant enough to carry and use comfortably. Sleek and elegant, this pen boasts modern mechanics, clean lines and timeless craftsmanship designed to command any room and make a strong statement.

Offero Handbags (www.OfferoHandbags.com)

Sourced from the finest Italian leather, Offero Handbags are inspired by strong, confident and empowered women, designed to protect your belongings, while creating the life you want to lead. A woman-owned and managed company, Offero brings you American-made ultra-femininity with built in patent pending anti-theft features. This includes Twaron slash-proof fabric, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) shielding interior pockets to prevent identity theft, and combination lock technology. The Offero line boasts three different styles, each with two separate colorways: “The Miami” (metallic silver/navy and copper/ivory), “The Manhattan,” (black and caramel), and “The LA” (cobalt and blush), all featuring Offero’s brilliant signature emerald green interior. The “Miami” design uses special water-resistant Italian leather exterior and the nylon interior to help protect your precious belongings from the rain or a day at the beach because let’s face it sometimes life is unpredictable. The fabrics utilized in Offero products are reportedly five times stronger than steel—actually, the same material used in body armor. Not even an X-ACTO knife or box cutter will be able to get through to your valuable belongings. And they’re certainly secure as Offero uses a patent-pending combination lock technology on the shoulder strap of all of their products; so women can safely lock their bags in crowded areas. Detachable chain straps allow you to wrap the chain around a chair as you enjoy your meal at a crowded restaurant without having to worry that someone will slip your bag away from you. Also cause-minded, a portion of all proceeds going to disaster relief efforts.

SLATE COLLECTION Leather Goods (www.slatecollection.com)

SLATE COLLECTION is a new line of meticulously-crafted top-quality leather products that not only inspire, but also perform and endure. With great leather sourced from the American Midwest as the foundation, SLATE COLLECTION products feature thoughtfully-designed elements that make them practical, inspired and perfect for work, home and travel. The line includes a range of stylish products hand-crafted by artisans who use time-honored, exacting techniques, including totes, wristlets, journals, travel accessories and a tech collection—all in carefully chosen signature colors such as indigo, cognac and midnight.  You just can’t go wrong with classic gift items like their elegant Elliot Bay Folio made from full-grain, water-resistant leather with two sides for holding a legal pad and single sheets of paper with corner pockets. It’s great for staying organized in the office or on-the-go.  Personalization is even available on the paper. The Sand Point Passport Holder is another great gift option. Also made from full-gran, water-resistant leather, this sophisticated design with 4 pockets holds a passport and cards tightly and securely. It’s great for the non-stop jet setter.  Monogramming is available on this item and other select SLATE COLLECTION products.

VALIMOR Caliburnus Hand-Tooled Automatic Watch (www.Valimor.com)

Here’s a timepiece that combines the old and the new: the Valimor Caliburnus Hand-Tooled Automatic Watch. Inspired by the legendary Sword in the Stone, this unique timepiece features dragon scales on the solid bezel and swords for dials, making it reminiscent of ancient armor. Featuring jewel-grade natural stones, the patented design features a rich texture that’s one-of-a-kind in pattern, texture, color, and personality—no two timepieces are alike. Plus, it uses Swiss SuperLumiNova BGW9 pigments for the lume on the watch hands, ensuring full visibility in the dark. This distinctive watch, available in various colorways, is ideal for collectors, watch lovers, and fashion-minded men, alike.

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*****FASHION*****

Anemela Official Women’s Fashions (www.Anemela.com)

One of my favorite finds of the season is the renowned women’s fashion site, Anemela Official–a one-stop-shop for top brand clothing, swimwear, dresses and accessories. This online store offers tons of top-quality products for any occasion. Are you ready to go for coffee, drink, at the gym, for a walk, on a date, wedding or for clubbing? Do you have a business meeting or job interview to go to? Have you planned for a trip to the beach, mountains, or other vacation? Or do you want to cozy up at home? No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Anemela.com will have you covered because they believe “every woman deserves to feel the fashion spirit at any moment.” There are over 20,000 women’s products that fit in any body shape and size, so Anemela.com is sure to have you covered in fabulous style. Plus there’s free shipping on all orders!

Sevenly Statement Apparel (www.Sevenly.org)

Sevenly is an online cause activation marketplace that offers fashionable clothes for the whole family that also make a statement. This is thanks not only to their eye-catching designs, but also because each item contributes to heroic non-profit organizations. For example, their Autism Community Collection features a wide array of bold graphic tees, jewelry and sweatshirts that help the Autism Society provide advocacy, education and support to families effected by Autism. The Autism Community “Dare to Be Different” t-shirt in particular, provides funding toward resources and support to families in the Autism Community. Whether increasing awareness for Breast Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease, or promoting women’s empowerment and anti-bullying, each cause-collection features a wide array of cause-conscious benefits.

TruCulture Clothing Co. Leather Apparel (www.TruCulture.com)

TruCulture Clothing Co. makes apparel for strong women with a passion for life—and those like me who love fine leather garments with a street glam edge. Their unique, premium-quality designs boast supple, hand finished leathers. One of my personal favorites is their Distressed Ruby Multi Buckle Leather Jacket that’s hand processed for a vintage look. It’s loaded with metal zippers, buckles and seaming for the perfect fit. Bright red in color, it’s a real attention getter so be prepared to turn heads. I also absolutely adore the cognac-colored Street Glam Corset Multi-Ties Leather Jacket, which has a distressed wash and finish with various ties, snaps and an elbow-length invisible sleeve zipper that also ensures a great fit. From jackets like these to tops, bottoms and jewels, TruCulture Clothing is bold, classy, glamorous, sexy and empowering. Plus, it’s versatile enough to be worn from the work day on into date night. TruCulture was born in January of 2012 by sisters Claudia and Tommasina Tiberio, both avid motorcycle riders who’ve designed a chic clothing brand that helps women exude confidence with every step.

Basic Outfitters Create-a-Drawer for Men (www.BasicOutfitters.com) – Free shipping with code ‘LuxeList’

The married entrepreneurs behind Basic Outfitters came up with their flagship Create-a-Drawer service to solve a problem that so many men face. Seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, the product is perfect for the guy who refuses to clean out his sock and underwear drawer. Basic Outfitters’ Create-a-Drawer gives the guy in your life a customizable collection of high quality and fashionable essentials for an unbeatable value. Available in small, medium and large drawer options, Create-a-Drawer helps guys replace their old, worn out attire with a whole new wardrobe of socks, underwear, tees, joggers, hoodies, shirts and more quickly, easily and for an affordable price. This gift will get your man more organized than ever.

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*****BEAUTY & SELF CARE*****

N:P Beautiful Flat Iron (www.NPBeautiful.com)

Created by celebrity hairstylist David Babaii (the main man behind Kate Hudson’s beachy waves), this sleek, modern iron can do far more than the norm. It has a curved to allow for endless styling options like waves, flips, curls and ringlets. Its innovative rose gold vibrating plates (which can be turned on or off) shuffle the hair back and forth to minimize tugging, slipping, or pulling. The iron has fast, even heating with instant recovery; a slim, ergonomic handle that closes firmly without strain; and provides  a cool touch, no-slip grip for even pressure ensuring there are no uneven hot spots on the hair. The device also heats up to 400 degrees to maximize its effectiveness. As a cause-conscious company, 10 percent of the net proceeds go to support Pediatric Cancer Research and Animal Welfare causes.

Kiss My Lash Triangulated Mirror & False Eyelashes by GoodJanes Beauty (www.GoodJanes.com)

Help those style-minded gals in your life take their look to the next level with GoodJanes Beauty’s natural, dramatic and glam styled lashes. With 18 varieties, each lash is handmade with cruelty-free, 100 percent mink fur collected from natural shedding. The lashes are stored in clear, protective trays and, with proper care, each lash can be reused up to 25 times. Another of the company’s products is Kiss My Lash, a novel triangulated mirror that lets you to see your upper lash line from above and below at the same time. The patented design provides the truest line of sight to get your falsies flush against the lash line on the first try! The mirror can be held in your hand, placed on a flat surface or attached to the magnetic, hands-free Kiss My Lash Stand.

Sonic Facial Deep Cleansing Brush (www.SuperDuperKiss.com)

The Sonic Facial Deep Cleansing Brush is a stylish combination of quality, performance, ergonomics and convenience all packed into one efficient design. This effective facial brush for all skin types offers a complete cleansing experience. It has an IPX 4 waterproof design and was created with Acoustic Vibration Technology, proven to improve skin care, and has two speed settings. This technology help increase light makeup removal and deep cleansing, and significantly improve skin care problems (like blemishes and clogged pores) also improving skin elasticity and collagen production. It comes as a 3-in-1 Kit that includes a massager and exfoliator that vibrates an average of 6,600 movements per minute, which helps increase blood flow while decreasing puffiness and improving circulation—all without rubbing or pulling of the skin. The device relaxes muscles and tones, and also detoxifies the skin through lymphatic drainage (fluid) and exfoliation that removes dead skin cells.

Helmm Decorative Refillable Deodorant (www.Helmm.com)

Helmm is a new antiperspirant and deodorant made with formulas that are paraben-free, phthalate-free and triclosan-free, which makes it good for your body. It’s also housed in a handsome high end-looking refillable container that’s not only good for the planet, but has a decorative look that makes it display-worthy. Helmm help upgrade your grooming game by offering a much-needed makeover on the old, plastic, single-use deodorant containers. With wonderful scents developed by a luxury French-perfumer, you won’t want to use your old stick ever again.

Wigs.com (www.Wigs.com)

Who doesn’t want to look fabulous and exude confidence, especially over the holiday? OK, I concede this might be a better “get”, but Wigs.com options are certainly giftable as well as they carry hundreds of wigs for women of all backgrounds—striving to make all ladies feel beautiful in this instantly wearable hair. Whether you’re looking for realistic human hair pieces, or pre-styled, ready-to-wear synthetic pieces, Wigs.com has comfortable options for every style and need. One option is the “Carrie” styke by Noriko—a  medium length style with balanced body. Evoking a romantic flair, Carrie is perfect for a chilly date night or even a cozy movie marathon. Be ready in an instant in this synthetic piece with its pre-styled waves that’s sure to turn heads. There’s also the “Reese” style that’s a perfectly polished bob with sassy layers throughout. Get that classic look you’re going for with flippy ends and a sleek side fringe. Breathable, lightweight, and comfortable, Reese is perfect for the woman on-the-go and can be worn straight out of the box.  Gorgeous in an instant!

*****WANDERERS*****

Little River Inn (www.LittleRiverInn.com)

For those who prefer experiential gifts or want to arrange a lovely holiday getaway, consider a stay to the Little River Inn—a family-owned and operated resort on the Mendocino coast of California. This picturesque property features a chef-driven restaurant and bar, a nine-hole Audubon-certified golf course, professional tennis courts and a day spa. Ideal not just for romantic getaways, it’s great for the entire family (and pet-friendly as well). The Inn has 66 guest rooms ranging from the economical to the more luxurious. Several private meeting and special event spaces with stunning ocean and garden views make the Little River Inn an excellent venue for small-to-medium-sized weddings and corporate retreats as well. The Little River Inn Restaurant, helmed by CIA-trained Executive Chef Marc Dym, offers hearty California coastal cuisine, and Ole’s Whale Watch Bar is a classic hangout for guests and locals alike.

Paskho Travel Apparel (www.Paskho.com)

Paskho clothing is a great new way to travel in comfort and style. The brand’s name comes from the ancient Greek word “passion,” and these sustainable pieces were created with that in mind. Paskho pieces for both men and women have impeccable details and luxury looking performance fabrics that are livable and pliable, but still fashionable. The garments are perfect for any excursion whether it’s to your local corner store, a slope or sand dune around the globe. Paskho is built to suit the freedom-seeker and the maverick nomadic and the fearless observer, all together.

The Airhook for Air Travelers (www.TheAirHook.com)

Give frequent air travelers a comfort upgrade with The Airhook. It’s a two-in-one solution for airplane travel comfort: a stable drink holder and a secure mount for an electronic device (cell phone or tablets 8.5 inches tall when horizontal). Designed to elevate the level of convenience by allowing for maximum legroom, The Airhook attaches to the tray table in its locked vertical position for use as an anchor, rather than needing to lay the tray horizontally across your lap as a platform. This way you can view your device and access your beverage unencumbered. Other features include: an adjustable angle accommodating for reclined seats and a better viewing posture, as well as a small hook for earbuds or to keep a light garment off the floor. It’s a great hands-free entertainment method for children. It’s also perfect for big and tall travelers and is collapsible for easy carry-on storage. It’s surely an easy way to make plane travel better, so you no longer need to sacrifice space with the folding down trays.

MyPhonePouch Cell Phone Carrier (wwwMyPhonePouch.com) – 15% off with code ‘ATLANTA’

Here’s a great way to help someone stop misplacing their phone and wasting valuable time looking for it! MyPhonePouch is a sleek, innovative solution allowing you to carry your cell phone securely and accessibly on your hip. This soft, stretchy pouch is worn tucked over any snug, sturdy waistband to instantly add pockets to an outfit. Designed by Allison Santini, it’s especially great for those women and girls who often lack pockets in their outfits. It’s great with leggings, yoga pants, sweats, shorts, skirts, slacks and other pocketless garments. Made of high-density performance fabric, MyPhonePouch is available in different colors and sizes to fit most phones.

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*****PARENTS & KIDS*****

Gerber Brand Essentials Clothing & Accessories Collection (www.Walmart.com)

A great idea for new moms and moms-to-be is the Gerber Brand Essentials Collection available at Walmart this holiday season with pricing that fits any budget. If you’re a new parent prepping to bring home your bundle of joy or looking for baby’s first holiday gift, this collection offers a wide assortment of baby clothing and accessories that are a cute as they are comfortable. This includes bodysuits and sleep n’ plays, to caps and socks in super adorable prints and patterns like pink bunnies, polka dots, outer space and safari.  All items in the Gerber Brand Essentials Collection are made with organically grown cotton that’s breathable and soft for baby’s delicate skin, and easily transitions from play time to bedtime.

Just Born Infant Keepsake and Sparkle Collections (www.BuyBuyBaby.com)

The Just Born Keepsake and Sparkle collection, available at buybuyBABY, offers beautifully packaged items perfectly giftable for any new mom or baby. Featuring nursery bedding, bath, accessories and décor, both the Just Born Keepsake and Sparkle Collections were recently refreshed with new colors and styles. This includes the on-trend Sparkle Collection rose gold 2-pack hooded towel and 4-pack washcloth sets, which add extra shimmer to baby’s beautiful moments. Designed with a European-vintage feel, the Keepsake Collection features pieces like this grey linen quilt, faux animal heads and plush bath items that are designed with delicate lace and embroidery details—a wonderful high-end (yet affordable) holiday gift.

Decorate an Ornament Kit & Paint by Number Barfing Beast Kit (www.KidMadeModern.com)

This fun Decorate an Ornament kit by Kid Made Modern are a great way to get your little ones into the gift-giving spirit. Each kit makes a one-of-a-kind keepsake that they can give to their grandparents, teachers, friends or the mailman. You can even collect all six to decorate your own tree. The Paint by Number Kit “Barfing Beast” is a modern approach to mid-century paint by number kits. Each one features vibrant colors and the playful illustrations made by Patrick Hruby and includes everything needed to complete the project.

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*****BOOKS*****


Sci-Fi & and Fantasy Books by Michael Drakich (www.MichaelDrakich.com)
Here’s a great gift idea today that doesn’t involve a screen or electricity to enjoy for a change! It’s fictional science fiction and fantasy books from author Michael Drakich. With titles like The Infinite Within, The Brotherhood of Piaxia, Grave Is the Day, Assassins of Riaz, I Am, Lest the Dew Rust Them, and Demon Stones, these thrillers offer hours of captivating adventure! As a highly rated author, top reviewers rave about the level of detail in Drakich’s storytelling, and imagination that seems to know no bounds. He’s lauded for taking readers straight into the minds of his characters, developing them into a riveting and extremely entertaining tales. You can check out Michael Drakich’s fictional science fiction and fantasy books for yourself at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, apple and more.

 “The Legacy Letters” Book by Carew Papritz (www.Amazon.com)

A winner of five national awards (including the Mother’s Choice Award), “The Legacy Letters” by Carew Papritz helps people reconnect with family and friends again. The story reveals to the readers the rediscovered private letters from a dying father to his children–and to his wife. His words of wisdom, interwoven between deeply personal stories and poignantly-told memories, ultimately become the practical, moral and spiritual guidebook for his children that he’d unfortunately never live to see; and for his wife, his redemptive act of love. It’s easy to get caught up in our fast-paced, technology-driven society. This back-to-the-basics novel reminds people how to slow life down again, to be in the moment and remember what’s really important. Combining the best elements of various inspirational best-sellers such as “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “The Last Lecture” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” “The Legacy Letters” reads like a true-to-life story and is filled with timeless wisdom for the modern age.

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*****STOCKING STUFFERS*****

Bag Branch Purse Organizer (www.BuyBagBranch.com)

The averages person wastes 2.5 days a year looking for stuff and I, for one, am guilty as charged. That’s a mini vacation! People waste precious time searching and digging in their bags, so Bag Branch is a giftable solution unlike any other. It’s an accessory that holds your daily essentials—the items you reach for many times a day—like glasses, phone, keys, cards, pens, gum, etc., keeping these daily essentials together and accessible at your fingertips. It ensures these items are easy to take out and put back where they belong. Plus, you can easily change bags in one easy move, also knowing that you won’t leave your most important things behind. It fits in almost all sizes and shaped bags, structured or not. This patent-pending design features wide and structured pockets that don’t collapse when empty.

Barley+ Bars (www.BarleyPlus.com)

Barley+ bars are a healthy stocking stuffer option versus all of that candy that normally bloats those holiday stocking—and the recipients that partake. These delicious and nutritious bars are made with a unique type of Barley called BARLEY MAX that has more soluble fiber, insoluble fiber and resistant starch than other grains. The results taste and feel amazing because Barley Plus contains Pre-biotic dietary fiber to help feed the intestinal flora, so it’s great for gut health.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.

Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.

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Do these 10 things if you want to become a Leader

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Chief Listening Officer

You surf the internet, read books from famous authors & great leaders themselves & you’ll find hundreds of definitions & quotes about leadership. If only if quotes & sayings could be followed as easily as they are read.

Whether you’re handling an organization, playing card games online, or working in an office, having leadership skills serves as major furtherance towards building a successful life. The following are 10 key things a leader should practice to push their team towards success.

Have Honesty & Integrity

The premier quality one requires to become a successful leader is integrity. Without the team leader being honest and having core values that he/she stands by, a team can never succeed. You cannot expect your team to be honest with you unless you have your beliefs & ethics.

Be Visionary

Having a clear vision of your goals & how to achieve them is one of the crucial characteristics of a leader. If you intend to lead a group of people, you need to have a definitive vision of the future. Setting goals & achieving them becomes possible only if you have a plan for it and the sources to execute it.

Be Resilient

Resilience is a virtue possessed by the strong. Only those people can succeed in life who know how to get up after being hit by adversity. Failing is part of prevailing. Being a good leader means to keep the morale of the team high even at tough times. The impact measures the depth of an organization when it faces a setback.

Be Influential

Persuading people to follow you is probably the most challenging job for a leader. Set examples from the team. Your team should look at you as an exemplary figure. Positivity is reflected in your actions. A leader might not always be the most talented person in the group, but he/she certainly is the most influential.

Be Passion Driven

A leader always leads from the front. If you want your team to achieve the pinnacle of success, you must reflect your passion. A passionate person mostly carries a positive vibe & serves as a great source of motivation to the entire team. Channelize your passion into your team & get the best out of them.

Take Accountability

Take the blame or credit whatever’s due while the outcome of a decision is around. As a leader, there are going to be instances where you have to make crucial decisions for the team, & there are times when those decisions are not going to give out favorable outcomes. A true leader stands strong in such moments and takes accountability for their actions & the actions of their team.

Creativity & Innovation

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Creativity, along with the ability to innovate, is essential. A leader should always chip in & support new, innovative ideas. Rigidness in the working ways can lead to a disastrous epilogue of a team.

Empathy & Understanding

There lies a difference in being the leader of a team & being a boss to them. Developing empathy with your team members is critical. Know the problems of your teammates, build a connection with them. Hang-out with your team sometimes, know what’s on with their lives, or casually play a game of Texas Holdem Poker with them. Be more of a friend to them than a boss. A subordinate who feels a connection with the team will be more productive.

Humility

Humility is a characteristic possessed by just a handful number of people. A humble person always thinks of others before themselves. Humility is a fundamental trait every great leader has. All successful leaders might not possess this trait, but all great leaders do.

Dividing Authorisation

The reason one forms a team is because they cannot do the task all on their own. Believe in your team, give them authority. Divide them into smaller groups & assign roles to certain subordinates to look over. This allows you to focus on more significant & more important tasks while also giving a sense of responsibility & trust to the team.

For any organization, office, sports team, etc. to succeed, the role of a leader is instrumental. As the famous American author John Maxwell once said, “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them as leaders, and continually develops them.”

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The Pros and Cons of Anonymous News

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Anonymous news isn’t a new upcoming in the broadcast industry. It has been there for ages, and it has provided many things for readers as well as news corporations, good and bad. A piece of information from an anonymous source can wreak havoc in an entire country, especially if it is about a well-known or a well-established personality. So are they actually good for the readers and the news outlets or just a threat to them? 

Cons of Anonymous News

Credibility

When a piece of anonymous news gets out by a newspaper or a famous site on the internet, people from all over the world view it and think about it in different ways. They question the source to be right, and they get confused about the cause. If a channel of the news source is a popular one like the New York Times or the Doe internet site, it will be entirely believable as these sites are well known for it. But for the outlets that are new to the game or not trusted by some of the public, it will be hard for them to decide if it is true or not. 

Responsibility of the Reporter

There is quite a burden on the reporter of anonymous news when they decide to release it. If the resource of the story turns out to be untrue, the whole of a firm is subjected to face strong actions of the courts or the party targeted.

Pros of Anonymous News

Spot-on Matters Can Be Voiced

While there are many fragilities in presenting anonymous news, there are advantages to it for the betterment of society. It is the right of people to have information around them, especially if it concerns a superior party’s wrongdoing who is needed to support a country and not damage it.

News Industry Can’t Work Without Anonymous Sources

Almost all firms profit from anonymous news to publish on their platforms. They are often the juiciest and attention-grabbing parts of the report, them being mysterious. However, only trustable and resourceful anonymous news gets credited properly. 

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The Untold Story of Dinah Lilia Mansour Mourise – A Royal Descendant Making Niagara Safe and Secure

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One of the world’s largest waterfalls, the Niagara, is divided into two parts; one lies in New York, and the other part lies in Ontario, Canada. There are significant differences between these two cities. Niagara Falls, New York state, is a dangerous city and does not offer much to the tourists. On the other hand, Niagara Falls in Ontario is one of the world’s hottest tourist spots. It is a frequently chosen honeymoon destination that does not fail to capture the hearts and souls of the visitors. 

To make the experience of tourists better, Dinah Lilia is working to improve the security around the city. She founded OEIS Investigations, Security, and Protection to enhance the security arrangements in the city for celebrities and other wealthy personalities. It even provides training to security guards and other security personnel to make this city a better place for not just the tourists but also the locals. 

A Royalty Who Gave Up Life of Affluence to Pursue a Career in Private Security 

Dinah Lilia Mansour Mourise is a descendent of Nazli Sabry, Queen of Egypt, and is a Catholic. Instead of spending a life of affluence, she stepped into the private security business. Queen Nazli Sabri, Dinah’s great grandmother, was the daughter of Cairo’s Minister of Agriculture and Governor. In the year 1919, she got married to King Fuad I, and had five children, including one son and four daughters. After her son was declared king after the death of King Fuad, she left Egypt and went to the United States of America. She also changed her name and converted to Catholicism. 

Dinah Mansour Mourise was born in 1978 in Montreal, Canada. Dinah’s father was an international trader due to which she has lived in different parts of the world. She has spent years of her life in Dubai, Egypt, England, Israel, and Lebanon. She was an undergraduate surgeon in General surgery from Cairo University in Egypt until the revolution of 2011; she worked at the military hospital in Port Said, Egypt, under the assistance of Dr. Abdel Hakim Abdel Hamid and Professor Mohamed Refai. Dinah’s husband is the son of the President of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, who also served as an acting President of the country in 2013. 

After leaving Egypt, she went to complete her master’s degree in political and forensic sciences from Hertfordshire University in England. She came to Toronto, and from there landed in Niagara Falls in 2014 and since then has dedicated all her efforts to build a strong community in Niagara Falls, Ontario. 

Currently, she has her focus on security in the city through her firm, OEIS. Dinah Lilia Mansour Maurice was the first female nominee for the Niagara Falls mayor. She came to Niagara Falls in the year 2014, and since then, has been working to improve the security situation of the city. During her campaign for the mayor, she emphasized that the Niagara Falls was losing its charm. 

OEIS Investigations, Security and Protection – Safer Niagara Falls, ON

Dinah wishes to establish a city where the children can grow and have a bright future. The 42-year-old Dinah wants to turn Niagara Falls into a city that offers its residents the best academic and professional opportunities, that eliminates the desire in them to abandon their city.

It was due to the passion, dedication, and love for the city that led to the establishment of OEIS. The security firm was founded in the year 2001. Since then, it has been taking care of the security of the city: corporate level crimes, fraud investigation, internal theft, inventory valuation, and uniformed security guards. The company’s prime focus is to offer private security to celebrities and rich, influential people. Also, OEIS provides training services to people in Niagara and parts of the world to take up jobs in the security sector. 

Dinah stated, “crime and criminal activities are increasingly assuming a new height, a responsibility too big for government alone to shoulder. If individuals are not willing to let go of their comfort zone in support of the government to eradicate crime and control criminal activities, it is only a matter of time before crime consumes everyone. A crime-free society is our collective responsibility.” To provide an opportunity for the residents of Niagara Falls to play a role in improving the security situation of the city, the organization offers training for security guard training. Moreover, it provides courses for people to step into the private investigation field and offer first-aid, hand-cuffs, and baton training. For Dinah Lilia Mansour Maurice, the security of this city and this country is one of the most dominant factors that had led the city towards its downfall. She is making all her efforts to make Niagara Falls a safe place for locals as well as tourists. 

Lilia Foundation – Working to Eliminate Child Trafficking 

Dr. Dinah is also playing a role in addressing child trafficking through her non-profit organization, the Lilia Foundation. Through her platform, Dinah has helped more than 9352 children escape human trafficking. Not only did the foundation save these children from the human trafficking cycle, but it ensured that these children received proper medical care. 

Dinah Lilia Mansour Mourise encouraged world leaders to collaborate to address the human trafficking issue, which is one of the biggest global concerns. For the past two decades, she has been serving as the primary force that brings community leaders together to make this world a better place. 

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7 Unusual Get-Well Soon Gift Ideas for Sick Kids

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Illness is just as same as a part of life as happiness is. The only problem is that people lose patience during the former one, especially kids. Kids are full of energy, when they get sick, they lack energy. It is difficult for them to lay back or remain on the bed. SO, to keep them, enthusiast, at the time, here are some unusual get-well-soon ideas.

1) Tape Activity Book

This is one gift that can keep your energy gifted kid engaged. It can be any kind of illness, the exciting contents of the book. This book comes with varieties of shapes, colors and designed tapes. With the help of these, the kid can make varieties of illustrations that will not only kill his/her boredom but also will provide him/her knowledge. This is an amazing get well soon gift idea for sick kids.

2) Weighted Plush Toy

A plush toy is something that everybody likes, irrespective of your age. A plush toy always reflects the amount of energy. Now when a kid is sick, it is not possible for him/her to get up and bring the soft toy to him/her again and again. SO, what you can do is you can place a weighted plush toy. This is amazing to bring your frustration out of yourself. Also, the studies have shown that such activity enhances the stimulation of central nervous system activities. It boosts both the sensory and visual benefits as well.

3) Coloring Pillow

When a kid is sick, she/he is very much impatient as her/ his energy release is temporarily stopped. Then your best effort you can put into is to channelize their energy. This coloring pillow is an amazing one. You can definitely get various types of these pillows, where there are permanent drawings and some coloring pencils. And these colors are completely washable, so the sick kid can repeat as many times as it is possible. As long as the pens have colors or as long as the kids become fit again, whichever is sooner? This will keep the kid engaged in creativity.

4) Kids Activity Gift Basket

A basket full of activity gifts will keep an unwell child engaged in the days of his/her medication and therapy. The advantage of this gift basket is that it has varieties of gifts. So the child will not become bored easily, as it is difficult to match up to their activity level. And there are varieties of gift baskets according to the age of the kid. The best qualities are found in online sites. You can send get well gifts USA if you are not able to physically visit the kid.

5) Candy Bouquet

Who does not like candies! Be it 8 to 80, it is the favorite guilty pleasure that anyone can have. Candy bouquets for kids are available in various colors, tastes, shapes, and varieties. First, the arrangements will make the thing interesting to them. Secondly, it will be best if you make the whole arrangement with his/her favorite candies. He/she will be the most elated to receive such a happy gift along with the message of getting well soon.

6) Cookies

Cookies are one of those delicacies that reduce your boredom along with giving you substances to your body. It is tasty, healthy and also making everyone in the room happy. It has varieties of flavors. You can get a mixed basket of cookies as well if the customization option is available online. As the time of illness is boring and tiring, it energizes both the body and your spirit, when the taste buds get the taste of these amazing delicacies. This no doubt will be an amazing get well soon gift.

7) Flower Bouquet

Flower heals everything in the best way possible. It is the only thing that can express every emotion, feeling, a message in the perfect way possible. When someone is sick, the most important thing they need then is the blessing and good thoughts from the well-wishers. And when it kids, only the floral bouquet will not work at all. You need to send some activity gift along with this floral bouquet to keep his/her enthusiasm and life energy up. As online sites have separate and specific categories of floral bouquets, it is better to order flower online.

Sickness is not in our hands. But when we are sick, our positive energy goes down. These get well soon gifts will bring the energy up in us in this crucial time.

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Four Ways a PR Agency Gets Ready for a Media Launch

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When a celebrity is making an appearance, you know a lot of things need to be done before the actual event. The event could either be revealing the celebrity to be the next big endorser of the brand or simply promoting a new product line. Either way, a bunch of media and bloggers will be invited to the event. Here are a few ways the PR agency gets ready for the number of attendees who are expected to grace the big event:

Setting up the Reception Table

They are expected to hire napkins for the reception table. After all, the person in charge of the reception will encounter many people signing up for the attendance sheet. When the event is over, corporate giveaways will also be given to the attendees. It will not take long to do this as long as you know what needs to be put there. The materials that are going to be put at the reception should have been prepared the night before. The PR agency will most likely assign two to three people there. Aside from the giveaways, and the attendance sheet, there should be some welcome drinks there for the guests to feel welcome. That will certainly set the mood for the rest of the events.

Dressing Up Nicely:

Depending on the occasion, the PR agency dresses appropriately for the event. You can expect them to want to look great for the guests. Of course, it should not be good enough for guests to want to flirt with them since that would be unprofessional. You can never tell whether some guests would want to do business with them in the future. You can already tell what you can expect from the event. If they are dressed formally, you can expect something grand to happen. You can’t blame them if they spend hours just getting ready in front of the mirror. They would want to look their very best to leave a lasting impression on the guests.

Finalizing with the Suppliers

There will be suppliers for the event including the caterers, the sound system, and the venue itself. Everything needs to be finalized for the event to go smoothly. As a result, they would need to call all the suppliers the night before the event to make sure they still remember what they are supposed to do. They would need to arrive at the event long before it starts so that you would not need to worry about a thing. It would certainly be a hassle when they get late, and you would need to make last-minute arrangements. This would include the professionals you hired for the event like the photographer and various technicians.

Thinking of the Schedule of Activities

In every event, there will always be a schedule for the activities that will happen. For example, the first thing that may happen will be a talk from the CEO of the company. After that, the PR agency must think of all the things that would need to happen regarding the agenda of the client. By the end of the event, the mission should have been accomplished. There will always be someone who will tell the guests that it is time to eat. You can expect everyone to hesitate about getting food since they are shying about doing so. They would always wait for someone to give the go signal. Before the event ends, closing remarks would usually come from someone who has a high position with the company. It is certainly not easy to get ready for an event and a PR agency would usually take weeks or even months to prepare for it. There is a reason they take their time in doing so because they would want the event to be successful. They know that if something goes wrong then, it would fall on their hands. Setting up an event is not easy because it involves communicating with so many people so, you have to give it to them for their efforts. It would be a shame not to appreciate all their efforts in making the event as successful as it can be.

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When Art Imitates Life – Jim West

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What is imitation? In hindsight, it is often a central concept found in Poetics. It is about creating a relationship between human creativity and the world. In the English Language, it is merely an art of copying or mirroring an observation. For Jim West, the American sculptor, imitation goes far and beyond the traditional understanding. He believes that art is one of the purest forms of imitation where the artist creates his world, driven from real-thoughts and experiences.


In 1884, Robert Louis Stevenson, the famous Scottish novelist wrote in his essay ‘The Humble Remonstrance’:

“Life is monstrous, infinite, illogical, abrupt, and poignant; a work of art in comparison is neat, finite, self-contained, rational, flowing, and emasculate. Life imposes by brute energy, like inarticulate thunder; art catches the ear, among the far louder noises of experience, like an air artificially made by a discreet musician.”

As a full-time sculptor, involved in educating inner city, at-risk and incarcerated youths and an advisor for historic preservation, Jim has contributed significantly towards the preservation of key arts and monuments all over the world. For him, it’s more than just a professional obligation towards the craft. The work he puts forwards clearly portrays the hidden and complex realities of the society.


Jim was classically trained as a sculptor by studying and apprenticing under master artists and craftsmen in New York and on the West Coast. While most artists find their inspiration in their surroundings, such as life itself or Mother Nature, American sculptor Jim West found his inspiration in abstract things. His work is designed in a way that it engages the viewer on an emotional, intuitive and intellectual level. For him, art enables us to feel, challenges us to think, and encourages us to react.


To understand the purpose behind Jim’s art and how it imitates life one must pay close attention to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, E=mc2. The theory sheds light on what people perceive as the work of gravity is basically the curvature of time and space. Based on West’s interpretation of relativity, he created a larger-than-life, multi-faceted sculpture of Albert Einstein, split at the waist being both pulled and pushed from floor to the ceiling.
We live in a community where people will view the same sculpture more than once, hoping to see a different symbolism at every instance. One such work of Jim West was the sculpture famously known as the “Point of View.” The sculpture is a depiction of the monumental meeting between Seneca leader Guyasuta and George Washington that took place in 1770. Two men, once allies then fought against each other only to meet again along the Ohio River.
Point of View is one of the highly acclaimed pieces of artwork that clearly shows West’s intention to bring people outside their comfort zone and explore. However, like all other pieces of artwork, this too carries the perception of its artist. Jim himself commented on this sculpture and said.


“I wanted them to be face to face and closer than normal to depict a conversation that shows the intensity and a bit of uncomfortableness.”
Jim, like most artists in their artistic prime, has at least once depicted the relationship dynamics between a man and a woman using art. “Of One” is a one of a kind sculptures made by Jim West showing the balance of power and responsibilities between a man and woman. If you look at the sculpture from one view, you’ll see a man supporting a woman; from the other view, the roles get reversed.
His distinct fusion of art and technology redefines figurative art and the element of storytelling through intense abstract work that ignites unique emotional and personal responses.


One of the most monumental pieces of artwork by Jim West is entitled “The Bond,” which is a depiction of a monumental event in American history. This piece is installed at the entrance of the Pennsylvania Masonic Museum and Library, which is across from Philadelphia City Hall. ‘The Bond” was commissioned in 2013 by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. “Everything I do is about the story or the narrative,” Jim said.


The sculpture has a rich story that takes its viewers to the time when Ben Franklin traveled to France to negotiate the French involvement in the War of Independence. When the French troops were sent, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, the troop leader, gave George Washington, the Commander in Chief an apron, depicting the bond between two nations. The sculpture shows Benjamin Franklin receiving the same apron from George Washington. West explains how a single piece of cloth bonded three men and two countries.
Jim has been creating and installing artwork since 2006. Regardless of the subject, the richly textured sculptures of Jim West unravel the layers of intention that resonate, evoke, and stimulate thoughtful introspection among audiences, often discovering they too have lived through the same story.


To ensure the authenticity of every journey and deliver the same intensity as intended, Jim designs and imagines every aspect of the story behind the sculpture. He facilitates the production of every piece from a captivating start to a successful finish.

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2019: The Year in Review for Socati Corporation

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Texas’ own hemp and CBD provider, the Socati Corporation, is bringing its premiere brand of flavorless water-soluble CBD and other cannabinoid products to the marketplace this year. Nationwide operations are running at a greater pace than ever before, and the company has expanded into two new facilities to provide a staging ground for its rapid expansion. Socati had a great year in 2019 and is poised to make it even better next year.

Blue Marble Biomaterials Joins the Socati Family

In 2019, Socati celebrated the purchase of Blue Marble Biomaterials and its 22,000 square-foot facility in Montana. Located in Missoula, this food-grade GFSI-certified production site has been used to make sustainable and natural specialty compounds for global consumable markets. This extra space has already allowed Socati to scale up production and become one of the leading suppliers of cannabinoid ingredients. Socati maintains a proprietary process to remove THC from shemp products, reducing that particular cannabinoid to non-detectable levels, while leaving the remaining plant structures intact. The Blue Marble team joined Socati when the acquisition occurred, and the Missoula facility now maintains a staff of 47 experienced employees.

Maintaining Quality While Expanding

There are four things that Socati demands of every product it releases: safety, consistency, precision, and quality. That is why, when the team was investigating the possibility of launching a CBG-rich product, they made sure to refine their distilling process and deliver a truly memorable service. Socati can now raise or lower the content of CBD, CBG, and associated cannabinoids to the precise specifications of customers. The company has also developed sophisticated encapsulation techniques and technologies to add water-soluble cannabinoids to consumer products that have already been finished. This new technology allowed the company to create a crystallized mix that can be added to water to create a CBD beverage. All of these new products and the company’s mainstay broad spectrum oil products are made to exact specifications and delivered promptly to customers who have come to expect the best.

The Socati Corporation and the Future of Hemp

2020 is going to be an amazing year for hemp and cannabinoid products. New marketplaces are blossoming around the world and the nation. Onerous legislation is being lifted, as states rush to let new hemp products in, and Socati is going to be a big part of these growing markets. Socati is confident that it has overcome the variety of small issues that made the incorporation of cannabinoid and broad-spectrum hemp products into mass-market food products such a challenge, and its products can be added to food without significantly altering taste or the texture. To quote Socati CEO Josh Epstein, “Socati meets the standards necessary for satisfying the increasing customer demands for CBD products. Our new ingredients leverage modern technologies in the beverage and food industry.”

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Tips to Find the Best Mobile Horror Games in 2020

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Playing horror games is a great way to keep yourself entertained, especially if you love some adrenaline rush. Finding a horror game that’s best for you can be difficult regardless of your experience in gaming.

For so long, I searched for the right horror game to keep me at the edge of my seat. Recently, my friend referred me to a list of the top horror games on Appgrooves. I’ll share the link so you can check the list out:

Top 10 Horror Adventure Games

Here are tips to help you find a horror game that will give you that thrill.

Search for the Best Games on Different Platforms

Your favorite game might not work best on your smartphone because some horror games are only supported by specific platforms such as the PS4 or a personal computer. If you don’t have these gaming platforms, you can still enjoy your game by downloading a PC, Nintendo or PS4 emulator that allows you to play Nintendo and PlayStation games.

Using a gaming platform simulator on your mobile phone will give you access to older games on the platform, and is an excellent option if you’re looking to explore gaming on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and other gaming platforms. You’ll be able to see the types of games offered by different consoles before spending so much money on buying one.

Play Popular Horror Games to Know the Games You Prefer

How do you get to know the game that keeps you at the edge of your seat? You have to play several games to find out. The more popular titles you play, the more likely you are to find the right horror adventure you enjoy. For example, you can play Cry of Fear (set in an ancient Scandinavian town) if you have a thing for psychological thrillers. If you prefer an RPG game style, you can try Stay Close, a popular game by an independent developer.

Regardless of your flair, there’s a game out there for you. You can easily lay your hands on the game you like by spending time playing games by the most popular developers. It’s a quicker way of finding the best games compared to just trying out random titles.

Try Titles You Can Play With Friends and Family

You don’t want to ruin a family game night with an inappropriate game for kids. You can have an unforgettable game night experience with your family by using apps that allow you to play a horror adventure. Some apps allow you to create the story, develop the scene, and dictate the mood – just a typical Hollywood horror movie.

Several apps allow you to enjoy fun-filled and scary moments with your entire family. Games like Scooby-Doo offers something for adults and kids alike. Another game that provides a complete entertainment to the family is Nancy Drew. There are tons of other games by indie developers specifically designed for the family.

If you’re looking for the best horror adventure games to enjoy with your friends, there are different apps built just for that. Whether you’re looking for a sci-fi Halloween game or a classic, there are plenty of games you can choose from.

Now you can launch into a whole new world of horror gaming. Remember to employ these tips when searching for a good horror game, and you’ll find that terrific game sooner than you expect.

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How to choose Whiskey?

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Whiskey is a strong alcoholic drink that is obtained from barley, corn, rye and wheat. To make this truly unique product, malting, distillation and aging in oak barrels are involved.

The average aging of whiskey distillery should not be less than three years, while the alcohol content in the drink is at the level of 40-50% (but there are some varieties with a strength of 60%). At the middle stage of production, it is possible to obtain a light shade drink, while it acquires a characteristic brown tone during infusion in oak barrels.

REGIONS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF WHISKEY

Scotland and Ireland are considered the birthplace of whiskey, while the production of the drink is actively developing in the USA, Canada and even Asian countries.

Whiskey can be divided into several groups, depending on the country of manufacture:

  • Irish is made from rye, barley and barley malt. This category of drinks has a mild, perfectly balanced taste, as well as a multi-faceted persistent aroma. Bright representatives of the Irish category – “Bushmills”, “Jameson”, “Finnegan”;
  • Scottish scotch tape distillery produced from barley malt and barley. Most scotch has a peaty aroma, as well as an unobtrusive smoky flavor. Bright representatives of Scotch whiskey – “Macallan”, “Chivas Regal”, “Hankey Bannister”;
  • American whiskey is produced from rye, corn and wheat. The composition of the drink is approximately 51% of corn alcohol. This product is often characterized by a sweetish flavor, while the most popular representative in this category is considered to be “Jim Beam”. The legendary “Jack Daniel’s” also refers to the American direction, since it is 80% composed of corn-spirit, but it is called as “Tennessee Whiskey”;
  • Canadian is an interesting drink made from rye. Such a product is labeled “rye” on the label;
  • Japanese is an original gourmet solution that resembles classic scotch tape in taste, color, and texture. A prominent representative of this category is Nikka, which is sold both on the Asian market.

The main varieties of whiskey

Based on what product is taken as the basis for the manufacture of the drink, it can be divided into four categories:

  • Grain, when cereals are used as a base;
  • Malt, when the drink is made from pure barley;
  • Blended, that is, a mixture of grain and malt;
  • Bourbon is an American whiskey that is made from corn grains, but it has some differences in production technology.

Malt whiskey is considered the “Gold Standard”, and it, in turn, is divided into several groups:

1.    “Single Malt” – a classic and one of the most common options, which is made from malted barley. Most often, the drink is based on a blend of alcohols of different aging periods, mixed from different barrels;

2.    “Single Cask Malt” – is made on the basis of alcohol from one oak barrel. It has a persistent taste and aroma, but at the same time it is less widely sold than the previous species;

3.    “Pure Malt” – the purest mix of single malt whiskey, which is combined into a single blend. A striking representative of this category is the iconic Ballantine’s.

The whiskey of the Blended variety, that is, a mixture of malt and grain varieties, stands out clearly. This is one of the most popular species, which occupies a large part of the market worldwide. Elite varieties of blended whiskey incorporate a large percentage of malt alcohol.

It is important! If the whiskey is blended, this does not mean that it is of poor quality. For example, top brands of whiskey, known throughout the world (Chivas Regal, Johnny Walker, White Horse) are also blended.

Exposure plays a role

The age of whiskey is determined by the maturity of the youngest alcohol in the blend. For example, if the label “Chivas Regal” indicates 18 years, then the youngest alcohol in the blend was in the barrel for at least eighteen years. The time after a drink has been bottled is not taken into account.

Important facts about exposure:

  • whiskey is aged in oak barrels from 3 years;
  • the exception is bourbon, which has a minimum aging time of 2 years.
  • most manufacturers insist on drinks for 5-12 years to get a perfect drink according to their taste and aroma characteristics;
  • with young varieties it is necessary to be careful because a short aging time can negatively affect the quality of the product;
  • A drink aged 20 years or more is considered a collection item.

Taste, aroma, strength

The classic aroma is the so-called Scottish when in the bouquet notes of charcoal are felt. Irish whiskey also has pronounced peat notes in the taste. The taste may vary, while at the beginning of the bouquet notes of wood, fruit and vanilla may be felt. Depending on the length of stay in barrels, the strength of different grades can be from 40 to 60 revolutions.

Irish technology for assessing taste, strength and aroma:

  • We evaluate the visual characteristics: color, overflow, transparency;
  • We study the aroma of a pure drink without diluting it with juice or cola;
  • Savor: take a sip and hold it in your mouth for several seconds, gradually swallowing the liquid;
  • Add ice or some water, try again.

Note! To assess the qualities of a drink, it is best to drink it in its pure form, use whiskey stones as a cooling element. And to determine your perfect whiskey, experts recommend trying several varieties at once. No wonder the Scottish wisdom says: there are no people who do not like whiskey; there are people who just have not decided on the grade to their liking.

If you want to dilute a strong drink, this can be done either with ice or with cold spring water. Why water? Because in whiskey, there are many different impurities with different densities, as well as the ability to dissolve in water in a special way.

As for the glasses, there is a Hollywood style of using this drink from a glass container with a thick bottom. Experts believe that it is in the curved “tulips” that the complex aroma is correctly concentrated.

Whiskey is perfect with hot dishes of beef, lamb, as well as smoked fish, warm salads, chocolate, berries.

Is it worth starting from the cost?

The high price does not guarantee that you will definitely like this expensive drink. The best option for a classic tasting is mid-range drinks: “Jameson”, “Jack Daniels”, “Ballantine’s”, not much more expensive than “Chivas Regal”.

If the task is to choose whiskey for a gift to the gourmet of this drink, you can give preference to collection options aged 20 years or more.

In all stores, the cost of whiskey is approximately the same, differing hardly by 15-20%. If you are offered an incredibly cheap option, the price of which is one third less than in retail outlets, then this is probably a fake. We wish you a pleasant tasting of the cult strong alcoholic drink!

CONCLUSION

But no matter how classic dem, it will not please you if the glass is half full of unsuitable whiskey. Let’s break up how to choose the right one, your whiskey.

Scotch, bourbon, rye whiskey, malt, blend. The world of whiskey is limitless, full of many classifications, styles and origins. All these features can be difficult to understand, especially for those who are just starting their acquaintance with this drink. Below you will find a lot of useful information necessary for choosing your first whiskey so that your first date with the “water of life” goes like clockwork and leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste.

There is no bad whiskey. Some whiskeys are just better than others.

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Safety From Falls At Construction Sites: A Complete Guide

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Safety From Falls At Construction Sites A Complete Guide

Safety is a keystone of the construction industry!

Workers work from aerial lifts, scissor lifts, boom lifts, and are exposed to various hazards. That is why committing to safety for everyone, and the overall workplace is crucial.

One of the most popular causes of injuries and deaths on a construction site is falling.  42% of the construction workers’ injuries involve falls.

You might be unfamiliar with many details involved in working at heights, but one important consideration is worker safety. You need to identify- how falls happen, and what measures can be taken to increase safety at worksites! If you still don’t know where to start, here’s your complete guide to understand potential hazards and prevent falls:

What Causes Falls?

There are some common places where a worker can fall. This includes roofs, scaffolding, and ladders (specifically when they are misused), unprotected floor or roof openings.

There are also tripping hazards that result in falls, like exposed rebar and electrical cords.

Another reason is excessive noise at sites, which can make it hard for workers to listen to verbal warnings from their supervisors and co-workers.

Preventing Falls at Construction Sites

The first thing to preventing falls is a thorough inspection of a job site.

Inspections will help you identifying unprotected ledges, potential tripping hazards, and areas of excessive noise. Besides using safety devices and equipment, operator training is another crucial factor that promotes workplace safety.

Workers need to have AerialLiftCertification to stay up to date and create a safer workplace. It involves best practices and safety regulations on how to inspect heavy machinery and to use fall protection systems.

Here are some tips on how to prevent falls on a construction site:

Using Safety Nets

The safety nets system includes installing nets as close as possible to the work area. They protect employees working at heights by catching them before they fall. It provides passive protection means no need for inspecting certain personal protective wear. However, you must ensure that safety nets make sense in terms of safety. Some major points include:

  • Make sure you have enough clearance to prevent hitting the floor below the net. Do trials by dropping human-weight sandbags from a significant height to get assured.
  • Try to exceed the net to have maximum work area covered and secured.
  • Workspaces that are more than 25 feet above the floor need nets.
  • Nets must be installed in the areas that involve scaffolds, ladders, safety lines.

Install Guardrail Systems

Installing guardrails at the roofs and any area that is prone to hazards help prevent workers from falling. The top edge height of guardrails should be 42 inches above the walking surface.

In case if the wall is 20 inches high, install extra safety systems like mesh, mid-rails, screens, or solid panels. Guardrail systems are appropriate for ramps when working around hoist areas and holes.

Safety Harness

A full-body harness is a key component of a fall arrest system. It minimizes stress on a worker’s body by distributing the force of fall over a significant area of the body and keeps the employee in an upright position.

Make sure to wear the harness properly to ensure effectiveness and safety. It must have a snug fit, but still, provide the ease to perform tasks.

Lanyard or SRL

Length, hook design, material, and shock-absorbing functionality are some diverse traits of the connecting equipment. Two common connecting devices are SRLs and lanyards.

Lanyards are composed of cable that has a fixed length of 6 feet. They are designed with internal/external energy-absorbing functionality to use in fall arrest.

SRL (Self-retracting lanyard) also employs a cable lifeline that is available in varied lengths. The lifeline pulls out and retracts easily, much like a shoulder belt in a car.

Conclusion

Preventing falls has moved to the forefront, and the issues of injuries and equipment losses caused by falling from height are being addressed. With simple, easy to implement solutions, you can mitigate the hazards. Investigate the above options to find the right solution for you.

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