11/23/17

The Grass Doesn't Have To Be Greener On The Other Side


The grass is always greener on the other side. You’ve heard that saying, right? It has been around for donkey’s years, yet, many don’t realize that things don’t have to be that way. Your grass could be the greenest around, if only you stopped making excuses and using that outdated saying. Ok, so the saying isn’t meant literally, but still - your grass can look amazing if you start to care for it properly. Pure and simple. You want your lawn to look bright green and healthy without having to purchase the fake stuff? Read on…

Let The Air In
Letting the air in is basically aerating your lawn. Most people haven’t heard of this, which is why their lawns can end up looking dull and lacklustre. Aerate your lawn by punching holes 3 inches deep - you can even use a handheld aerating tool to make things easier. You only need to this once a year, but it can make the world of difference.

Don’t Water As Much
Think that watering your lawn regularly will help it to look greener? Think again. You should water your lawn deeply and less often to get that green, healthy look you’re going for. This will help the roots of the grass grow deeper into the soil. Your sprinkler system a few times a week won’t do anything, so get into the habit of doing this.


Try Natural Lawn Fertilizers
Natural lawn fertilizers are recommended for a reason. They have been proven to be better for your grass and the environment, and work better than synthetic options. Any effective lawn care service will tell you to make use of those natural fertilizers over synthetic. You could even book in a service to get your lawn off to the best start.

Leave Your Grass Clippings Where They Are
This is probably the easiest thing you can do to nourish the soil and make your grass look amazing. Mow the lawn and simply leave your grass clippings where they are. Don’t worry about the way it looks, because soon enough those clippings will have helped your garden to look more lush and full than ever before.

Sharpen The Blades On Your Mower
Keep the blades on your lawn mower sharp to ensure the best results when cutting your grass. Just like cutting hair, this will lead to a better look and encourage more growth in the long run.

Chop To The Recommended Height
Did you know that there’s a recommended height for grass to be? Most people don’t, which is where they go wrong. Cutting too short not only looks terrible, it can hinder how your garden looks in the future. Find out the recommended height for your garden and stick to that to see what kind of results you get.

If you want to make sure your grass is always the greenest, start using these tips ASAP. Spending a little more time now can really help you to achieve a beautiful lush lawn in the long run. Good luck!

11/22/17

Deliverance Book Tour & Giveaway


Today, I have a new paranormal romance novel in our book spotlight.  Check out Deliverance by Kristy Centeno, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Deliverance
By Kristy Centeno
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult

He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.


Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.

He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?



Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.



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The Scarred Bullet Series Book Tour & Giveaway


This morning, we are sharing an adult romance series in our book spotlight.  Check out The Scarred Bullet series, learn about Serena Kearney and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Dazed Bullet
Scarred Bullet Series #1
by Serena Kearney
Genre: New Adult Romance

*This contains mature content, explicit language, and sensitive subjects dealing with abuse.*

*Mature audiences is advised.* 

I have a temper. I’m angry. That’s a given.
How I take it out? At my job in the boxing room of our gym.
I’ve spent over a year trying to harness it, but I wasn’t by myself.
Almost every night, like clockwork, he’s there on one side and I’m at the other.
He is big, rugged, but handsome.
He’s also scary. Silent. Deadly.
When I hear the name Bullet, you would think I would have gone running in the other direction.
I didn’t. I should.
He has a past.
He has secrets. Danger. Pain. Sorrow. 
Little did I know that it would just bring us closer together.


**FREE on Amazon!**



Cursed Frames
Scarred Bullet Series #2

He's been there to help through it all.

Every touch, every sound, and every breath.
I was starting to get better. I was starting to live again the way a normal girl should. That is until we graduated college and life got in the way.
I didn't think I would see Dem Dabbs again, at least I hoped I would soon, because now I'm falling back. I'm back into my habits. I don't think I'm strong enough, but somehow, I have.
I'm living on autopilot... until I get that hope back.
I can see him.
Will it be the same? Will we pick up where we left off?
Will his touch bring me back to normal?
Or does he need me more than I need him?




Define Us
Scarred Bullet Series #3

I’m supposed to be strong.

Until I found I was in a relationship I swore I would never be in.
I didn’t know how trapped I was until Dean Sailer walked into the diner, making me question who I turned into.
Dean reeked of overconfidence.
He’s sarcastic and thinks he’s funny.
The worst part is I find myself smiling when I don’t feel like it. He brought out something inside me that I locked away a long time ago.
I wanted nothing to do with him.
I wanted to stay contained in my world.
When tragedy threatens the life of me and my best friend, he’s the one I find myself relying on.
He’s there for me when no one else is.
No matter how much I try to resist Dean Sailer, he seems to delve deeper into a place I thought was gone.
Can I change? 
Or will I be the definition of what I’ve made myself out to be?




Tenderly Toxic
Scarred Bullet Series #4

He showed me what love is really like.

They showed me how happiness affects the heart.
They showed me that I still have one.
And then my violent past comes to rip it out of my chest.
Fine, let it.
Happiness. Love.
I have to leave it behind.
Violence. Hate.
I have to accept it all over again.
Because I will do anything to keep the ones I love safe.
Including going back to the cold, toxic soul I once had.


**Releases Dec 1st!**



I am a Leo. Born August 10, living on the east coast. I self-published my first novel, PNEUMA, November 2014, and it's hasn't stopped since.

One of my biggest problems was having too much to read. Now my newfound problem; having too much to write and not enough hands to type it out. Not enough brains to put the stories together fast enough. Not enough tea or coffee to keep me awake 24/7.

So, like every normal person, I have to take it one day at a time.

My cravings for sweets keep me going, any sort of cakes (especially red velvet), pies, cookies, and ice cream.
I have a cat named Bongo-Bongo, who loves to get in my way when I'm trying to work, but is too cute for me to fight him off.
And then I have my family, specifically my husband, who puts up with my endless nights, my tapping of the keyboard, my ridiculous imagination, and yet, he always encourages me to believe in myself and follow my dreams.




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11/21/17

The Street-Smart Paralegal's Guide to: Getting a Job with a Lawyer or Law Firm Book Spotlight & Free Kindle Book Event


The Thanksgiving weekend is nearly here--and we are excited to feature a new ebook available to you FREE (beginning Wednesday through Black Friday) on amazon as part of their Thanksgiving Kindle Countdown Event.  This book is a great one for those considering a career as a paralegal or simply just beginning a career as a paralegal.  Check out this book, learn about the author and pick up your free book during Kindle Countdown Event on Amazon this week!  

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The Street-Smart Paralegal's Guide 
Author: Tina Khera 
Genre: Business, Law, Career 
ISBN: 978-0-9913464-0-0 Pages: 99

About the Book

A Step-By-Step Roadmap to Finding - and Loving - Your First Job With a Lawyer or Law Firm! A great e-guide for first-time paralegals, unemployed paralegals, or anyone who wants to work in a law office! Most job-hunting guides are to general, the majority give you a one-size-fits-all approach that may or may not work for you. The way to get an edge is to make yourself stand out. But how?

Introducing The Street-Smart Paralegal’s Guide to: Getting a Job with a Lawyer or Law Firm  Instead of the usual job search advice, this guide gives you a step-by-step system to find the paralegal job of your dreams!

Discover how to:
1. Easily create a plan of action;
2. Explore different areas of law;
3. Find lawyers and law firms you’d like to work for;
4. Network effectively to make connections;
5. Ace the interview;
6. Properly follow up after the interview;
7. Choose from multiple job offers; and,
8. Ensure you made the right choice.

Written by a paralegal that’s been in the trenches and experienced the highs and lows of the job search since 2002, The Street-Smart Paralegal’s Guide to: Getting a Job with a Lawyer or Law Firm will help you avoid that dead-end job and create a career that’s as unique as you are!

FREE! On Amazon, no strings attached!
Just an opportunity to learn!  Get the book FREE November 23-Nov 25, 2017!  

About the Author

Tina Khera is a highly respected paralegal, with an impressive career spanning many years. After graduating from UC San Diego in 1999 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, Tina tried her hand in law school and then decided to complete the Attorney Assistant Training Program at UCLA extension, approved by the American Bar Association. Tina began her paralegal experience with a construction defect law firm and then with lawyers and law firms in a variety of areas, including contracts, enforcement of judgments, collections, liens and personal injury. For over seven years, she worked for a criminal defense attorney, performing legal research, preparing motions and other paralegal work. In 2011, Tina launched Tina Khera & Associates, offering freelance paralegal services and specializing in research and preparation of legal documents. Her experience and passion for the legal world drives her desire to support those entering into a paralegal career to to help graduates and would-be graduates to make the right career choices.  

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Book Excerpt:

Most job hunting books start out giving you tips and tricks on how to contact people and companies, how to interview, etc. Most of it is good advice, but all of it is fairly standard. I hate to say it, but if you’re just starting out, the people in your paralegal program — not to mention all the graduates from other paralegal programs — will be reading the same books and following the same advice. So I’m going to propose something a little different.

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How to Build a Swimming Pool



So, you’re lucky enough to be planning on building a swimming pool.  This article will help you work out the basic steps required to achieve your goal

DESIGN
The first thing you’ll want to do is design the pool that you wish to build.  The first factor is size, which will most likely be constrained by how large your garden is.  The next factor to consider is depth.  If you are having children use the pool then it is recommended to keep it under 1.2 metres.  What color do you want the pool to be?  What type of lighting would you like?  What shape would you like the pool to be?  Generally speaking, the more complex the design the higher the cost.

GET PERMISSION
In order to build a swimming pool you might need to gain planning permission.  You may also have to contact your local homeowner's association and check whether they allow swimming pools. Something to bear in mind is that, in some areas, additional taxes must be paid on pools, and if the pool isn’t registered, it could be viewed as tax evasion.

EXCAVATE THE AREA
The next step, once you have designed the pool and been granted permission, is to excavate the area.  You can either employ a contractor to take care of everything or hire construction equipment yourself, as essentially, all you are doing at this stage is digging a big hole.  It is, however, important to have been granted permission before beginning to dig, as there may be hidden wires or pipes that you don’t know about.

CONSIDER THE MATERIAL TO USE
There are three main options to choose from when it comes to picking out a material; concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl.  There are advantages and disadvantages of each... concrete is the most expensive material (often upwards of $50,000) but is also the most durable; fiberglass is the least expensive but are limited in size and shape because the fiberglass shells are constructed off-site…. vinyl pools are the cheapest option but have a short lifespan and are prone to punctures and tears.

GRADE THE GROUND AND FRAME THE WALLS
The next step is to even out the ground, as this will make building the walls and laying the floor much easier.  With the hole dug out, and the land now flat, the walls can be built with wood and metal rebar.

PUT IN THE PLUMBING & ELECTRICITY
You’ll want to get an experienced plumber to take care of this specialist task, as the supply and filtration system must meet the code for your area.  It’s important to hire a plumber experienced in swimming pools, as an inexperienced plumber can ruin your pool, and cause a lot of unnecessary expense down the line.  You’ll then want to hire an electrician to install the lights, as bad wiring plus water with you entering that watering would not be a good combination.

POUR THE FLOOR, BUILD THE WALLS AND TILE
If you’re using cement as your material of choice, your next step is to pour the floor.  With the floor in place you can build the walls, and once the walls are built, all that’s left is to tile them--but, remember to add a moisture barrier to stop the water from leaching out.

FILL THE POOL
The last, and most rewarding step, is to then fill the pool.


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