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 Joe | April 21, 2018, 12:35:57 PM
I was checking online for jobs that I could do from home to earn a little extra money but confused by many of the at-home opportunities for the additi...
Preventing Home Damage Caused by Kids
 Keith | April 13, 2018, 06:44:09 PM
Young children can sometimes cause home damages that result in costly repairs. No matter how well your kids behave, they might still break things and ...
What are you reading?
 GamerDadOfFour | March 23, 2018, 10:36:01 PM
While desperately awaiting George R. R. Martin completing The Winds of Winter, I listen to the occasional audio book on my drive to/from work. My last...
Skyrim! Best Game Ever!
 GamerDadOfFour | March 23, 2018, 10:18:36 PM
I love Skyrim, and I'm really hoping they announce a new Elder Scrolls game at E3 this year. I've probably got a good 200+ hours in all thre...
Games for the Family
 GamerDadOfFour | March 23, 2018, 10:17:25 PM
If you're still looking for any, I'd recommend Mario Kart. It's one of those games that ages really well and can be picked up at very y...
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
 GamerDadOfFour | March 23, 2018, 10:14:32 PM
My wife is mildly obsessed with ours. Honestly, the biggest benefit of it is how much cheaper we can make greek yogurt. The price of a gallon of milk ...
Buy Online to Reduce Your Horse Ownership Costs
 Keith | March 16, 2018, 07:43:39 PM
Horse ownership as a hobby or a business involves certain expenses that cannot be ignored. Not only do equines require adequate feed, housing and turn...
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Computers, Tech and Home Electronics / Re: VPN for torrenting
« Last post by bpunch on January 02, 2018, 06:33:22 AM »
As torrents allow illegal downloads, therefore, its a solid chance to have some kind of malware and viruses attached in torrent files, I recommend to use VPN such as express vpn or try using trusted torrent sites according to the top google torrents resultfor safer download the media to your pc.
Family Talk / To go again or not to go again?.... that is the question!
« Last post by Richinho on December 31, 2017, 05:23:38 AM »
Hey guys,

I am new to the site so "Hey!".  I am just looking to reach out for some feedback, hoping that maybe someone has been in a similar situation.  I am the father of 2 girls aged 2 and 4.  My wife is making some seriously loud noises about going for no.3 not to mention anyone that hears that our youngest is 2 now is playing the "time for no.3" card.  Here is my dilemma...

1. When our 4 year old was born, there was no complications during the pregnancy and the brith was as straight forward as it could be.  Of course times were hard when she arrived as they usually are in the first year or so but overall (and compared to no.2 she was a breeze!).
2. Pregnancy no.2 was almost the exact opposite.  When we went for the 8 week scan we found out we were having twins.  It was a shock at first but we quickly fell in love with the idea of having twins.  Unfortunately when we went for our 18 week scan we discovered we had lost twin 1.  Coupled with the initial "what the **ck!!" the nurse then says there is a chance of shunting and twin 2 could be mentally disabled!!!  We walked on eggshells for the remainder of the pregnancy and because we didn't want to pollute our survivor with sorrow or negative vibes.  Because of this we never really got to mourn the loss of twin 1 (Star).  I personally still haven't had the chance to mourn as men we have to stay strong for our women and crack on.  The truth of it is its left a deep scar on me.  I honestly don't want to open our marriage up to something like that again.  I couldn't bare to see my wife that broken again.
If someone could offer me a third healthy straight forward kid I think I would be ok with it but the thoughts of going through the 40 weeks on eggshells again, attending each scan on the edge of my seat.  I just don't think I have it in me. 
We spoke a while back about going again and we both agreed we were on the fence but there has been a shift in my wife over the last while and it think she is well and truly on the side of going again and is just waiting on me to agree.  She's also said if we aren't going again she wants me to get the snip.  My head is melted over it.  Do I want another kid? 90% yes.... Do I want to go through the pregnancy phase again? No!  :banghead:
Has anyone been in a similar situation before?  Or have any CONSTRUCTIVE thoughts on the matter?
Anything Allowed / Stocking Up on Firewood without the Muscle Work
« Last post by Keith on December 06, 2017, 08:29:35 PM »

It used to be that chopping and splitting wood were both time consuming and backbreaking tasks.  You had to spend hours cutting down trees, sawing the trunks into logs, and then splitting those logs into wood that you could put into your fireplace.  By the end of the day, you were probably sweaty and exhausted.

Still, it was the only way to get the firewood you needed for winter stocked up and ready to use.  Thanks to inventions like the electric chainsaw, power ax, and gas log splitter Canada residents like you no longer have to devote hours of hard work to this task.  You can now get the firewood you need in a fraction of the time without investing the muscle power or sweat equity.

Shopping for New Models

If you have never seen one of these machines in action, you may wonder how they operate and what kind of advantages they can offer you as the consumer.  They use a basic conveyor belt operation that holds the log in place while steadily moving it toward the splitter.  The entire process takes a matter of seconds and allows the split log to fall to the ground once it has been chopped in half.

Further, the machine does not need to be hooked up to a power cord or kept on a charging station for hours before you can use it.  Its gas motor allows it to be portable, meaning you can take it into the woods with you.  You do not have to haul home the logs and unload them into a pile for splitting.  You can split the logs and load them into the back of your pickup before you head home.

You can find these machines for sale on the company's website.  All of the available models come with full descriptions so you can find out what kind of horsepower the motor has, how fast it operates, and other details.  These facts may come in handy for deciding which one would suit your needs best.

The website also lists the prices right under the hyperlinked names of each model.  You will know exactly how much the machine you are interested in will cost you before you finish the online checkout process.

Splitting logs no longer has to be a time consuming task.  You can make it easier with a gas log splitter.
Outdoors / When it Comes to Recreation, Don't Be Left Out In the Cold
« Last post by Keith on December 06, 2017, 08:25:39 PM »

Do you need a gift idea for the outdoor enthusiast who has everything? Consider a hunting seat warmer. Whether you treat yourself or someone else, there are benefits to the product that go beyond mere comfort. Not only can enduring excessive cold ruin your or your kids' outdoor enjoyment, extended exposure to cold can lead to muscle and joint stiffness or even hypothermia.

Seat warmers are lightweight and portable, so you can take them anywhere. You can even keep a few in your vehicle for emergency use. Electric seat heaters are also good to use in your vehicle if you don't have built-in car seat heaters, and they're great for:

- fishing, either in a boat or on ice
- outdoor concerts
- sporting events
- camping
- hunting blinds

How To Choose a Seat Warmer

Seat warmers are available in several styles, the most common of which is a basic cushion with heated fibers which are powered by a small battery pack. More advanced models, which are great for times when you'll need additional heating for an extended time period, are powered by rechargeable ion-litium batteries. This is the same type of technology that powers your laptop and mobile devices, and it can keep your seat heated for up to five hours. You can even find models that contains 5V, 2.1A USB ports and a compatible charging station that enables recharging even in remote areas and three separate heat settings for more flexibility.

Although the average temperature of these seated heat cushions can reach about 85 degrees, most have built-in safeguards to evenly distribute heat and keep the unit from overheating. If the brand you choose doens't have a sensor to prevent overheating, you can avoid injury to yourself or your children by layering clothes, putting an additional cover over the seat or by using the lowest heat setting and turning the unit off occasionally.

Care and Maintenance

Since seat warmers contain batteries, heating elements and other electronic components, you definitely don't want to put them in the washing machine or plunge them in water unless they're labeled 'submersible.' Most designs have a removable outer cover that an be washed, and care instructions are usually located on a tag or in the package. There are also brands that are completely water-resistant. As with most things, you get what you pay for, os why skimp?

Many newer designs are waterproof, but if you have a spill or encounter sudden rain, remove the cover immediately to inspect for sign of infiltration to the heating compartment. Do not use your heated seat cushion until you are certain the interior is free of any moisture or moisture damage. You should also inspect your heated seat periodically for tears or damage; if any is found, discontinue use until it can be repaired.

Dads need a little R & R from time to time, especially if they're full-time, stay at home parents. Whether you go away for the weekend with the boys or bond with your kids in the great outdoors, there's not reason you can't do it in comfort. You can find seat warmers and other hunting and camping accessories at your local sporting goods or department store as well as through many online retail outlets.
Family Talk / Tips for Planning a Family Vacation for Less
« Last post by Keith on November 30, 2017, 08:11:28 PM »

Whether you have a single child or multiple kids, you know that planning a family vacation can cost more than you want to spend and more than your family can afford. When your kids are younger, you can get by with trips close to home because they don't know any better. As your kids age though, they'll likely want to go to amusement parks and on exciting adventures that they can share with their friends. Regardless of how much money you have in your vacation budget, you can still find some ways to spend less on your trip.

Consider Camping

Camping is a suitable alternative for those looking to travel for less. Major amusement parks like Disney World are close to campgrounds that charge $100 or less per night, though you will need to bring your own camping gear. Some of these campgrounds have cabins, yurts and/or trailers that you can rent for a few nights too. Camping is typically more affordable than staying in a hotel room.

Look for Extras

No matter where you decide to stay, find out if there are any extra features that you can take advantage of while on your trip. A hotel that offers a full breakfast in the morning can help you save on the cost of eating out. You can even grab individual boxes of cereal, fruit and other items to bring back to your room for snacks and smaller meals later. Some hotels have their own water parks and clubs for kids that offer activities for younger children as well as teenagers.

Check for Discounts

Call the hotel or campground in advance to ask about any discounts it offers for local attractions. Many parks, museums and other attractions partner with local hotels and allow those hotels to sell tickets to those attractions for a discounted rate. You can often purchase your tickets and have the price added to your bill before you check in at the front desk. Hotels usually have tourist areas filled with brochures too that have coupons in the back. If you don't have any luck talking to the front desk, contact the chamber of commerce or the tourism department in the city to find out about discounts.

Rent a House

Many people stick to hotels when planning vacations because they want to stay close to the top attractions in the area. Staying in a hotel comes with some hassles though. You'll have a room right next to one or two other rooms that may house some noisy neighbors, and your family will find themselves waiting in line to check in, try out the pool and use any other amenities. Renting a house lets you have your own private place. You can get multiple bedrooms, a full kitchen and amenities like flat-screen televisions for less than a hotel room would cost.

Plan Last Minute

Though some people recommend that you plan family vacations months in advance, you can save quite a bit when you wait until the last minute. Dozens of websites specialize in last-minute trip deals. You can get a package with a flight and a hotel room or a room and a rental car for less than it would cost to book just one. Not only can you save money on your trip, but you can search for deals to destinations as close to or as far away from your home as your family would like.

Get More Cash

If you really want to take a trip and don't have the cash for one, look for ways to make some extra money for that trip. You can go through your home and gather things you no longer need, want or use like clothing and toys your kids outgrew or kitchen gadgets that you just used once. A yard sale lets you make money off those items. Selling old electronics is another way to make some extra cash, but you might consider taking out a dependable loan too. LoanConnect offers loans of different sizes for vacations and other uses. Getting together some extra money and using some simple tips will help you plan a family vacation to any destination for less.
Family Talk / Why Organic Products Are Better For Your Baby
« Last post by Keith on November 20, 2017, 11:16:56 AM »

Most parents are willing to go to any length to keep their babies safe, healthy and happy. For a lot of those same parents, this will include only giving your baby organic baby products to use or eat from reputable companies such as kippins.co. There is a never-ending amount of blogs and articles to read online about why you should give your baby organic food and products. However, not many parents understand exactly why they should only offer organic. Below are some top reasons and information about why organic products are best for your little ones.

Organic Versus Non-Organic

The decision whether a parent wants to spend the extra time and money giving their baby all organic foods and products is a big one. If you add GMOs into the mix as well, you will really begin to see the debates on which is best heat up. On one side of the spectrum, many parents and researchers will suggest that organic products are healthier because they do not contain many chemicals used in conventional products. The other side, the more conventional group of parents, will ascertain that organic-based foods and products are no healthier than their non-organic counterparts.

Cost And Chemicals

When you decide whether or not to treat your baby to organic products or not, you have to consider the cost and chemicals of choosing to. The pro-conventional groups will say that the cost of the organic products is not worth it. They say they have studies, quotes and other statistics needed to back up their claims. The pro-organic side of the spectrum will say that the amount of chemicals that are found in the baby products and foods are enough to outweigh the extra cost of the products. They also have their own set of studies, statistics and expert opinions to back up their own claims as well.

Organic Cotton For Babies

Cotton is one of the most available and affordable fabrics available on the market. Cotton is a very popular product for baby clothes because it is very soft on their skin and it doesn't usually cause any irritation to most. It is very durable and most often used for all things in the baby product world such as for bedding, bibs, burp rags and cloth diapers. However, for the organic-lovers out there, cotton comes with its own set up dirty statistics. It is said that the crops which grow cotton are heavily associated with pesticide and chemical use. These chemicals can have a huge impact on both the environment and the consumers, especially those with sensitive skin such as babies and young children. Organic cotton is grown without the use of any traditional forms of pesticide. This means that anything made out of the organic cotton will be free from any chemicals.

The decision to move from non-organic products to completely organic ones is a very personal choice. No one should ever judge or shame another parent for the choices they make for their babies. It is usually a choice made with the best in mind for their kids. If you do decide to move to more organic products, it doesn't have to be done all at once. Small changes here and there over time can be a much easier and affordable option for many families.

Anything Allowed / What To Consider Before Hiring An Attorney
« Last post by Keith on November 14, 2017, 06:57:07 PM »

In any kind of legal matter where you are trying to win money for an injury, you're going to need an attorney. Workers comp is a perfect example of this. A workers comp attorney Portland Oregon service exists for the sole reason to stand up for your rights after you are injured at work. In some occupations, injury is more likely than other. A personal injury attorney has the burden of proving that you were injured due to negligence on the part of the employer or some malfunction on the part of devices on the job.

Employer negligence

If safety standards were violated and it resulted in your injury, you may have a personal injury lawsuit possibility. For example, if there was a safety clause in your contract or safety standards at work that an employer failed to adhere to, then your injury may have been caused by negligence and you may have a lawsuit you can pursue.

Machinery accidents

Machinery on the job should be up to date and adhere to safety standards in your industry. If an employer knowingly or even unknowingly kept malfunctioning machinery on the job and had you working on it, then your injury could have been the result of negligence.

Co-worker mishaps

If another co-worker failed to adhere to safety standards and you were on the job, for example if there was a spill that someone failed to clean up, then your employer may still be accountable for your injury. In fact, anything in the environment or due to human error in the work environment may have indeed caused the accident.

There are a number of things at work that can lead to unsafe work conditions and injury. If you've been the victim of that kind of accident, you can sue your employer or even perhaps co-workers who were responsible for your accident. Most companies have an extensive set of safety regulations that they hold themselves accountable for. There are times when an employer will even settle a workers comp case before it goes to court when they realize that they have been negligent with their employees. There's no reason to wait. If you've been injured, your employer may owe you for much more than just lost wages. Whenever possible, employers will settle out of court and help you.
Anything Allowed / How to Get a Good Deal on Luxury Items
« Last post by Keith on November 10, 2017, 04:49:56 PM »

Everyone wants to feel like they've made in life, whether they really have or not. But sometimes splurging on a luxury item can be difficult, especially if you're someone who's otherwise particularly budget conscious. With that in mind, and in order to help ensure that everyone gets a chance to live the kind of high quality life they secretly crave, this guide will look at some of the best tips out there for ensuring that you can get a good deal on otherwise expensive luxury items.

Find a Respectable Dealer

Sometimes, the best way to get a deal on an item is to seek out a respectable dealer online. For instance, if you're interest in buying or renting a yacht, then contacting Florida yacht brokers online might yield interesting results. By dealing with a broker directly, you can usually find better deals than if you tried to approach a bigger dealership directly. Along a similar vein, it's also worth contacting sellers on sites like Craiglist to see if you can negotiate a better price than whatever might be listed. While this tip hinges on your ability to negotiate effectively, you should be able to still find a better deal on whatever item you're looking at, as long as you put in the effort to research it properly online.

Earn Money Online

If you're looking to spend your money on an unnecessary luxury item, then you'll likely want to make sure you're not throwing away good money on a frivolous expense. Instead, by working online or doing odd jobs through freelance work, you can save up a side fund that is specifically designated for bigger ticket items. Since there are so many opportunities to be found for online work, it can be a great way to strike a balance between your interests and your financial budget. In the end though, even a second job won't matter much if you don't show restraint in how often you buy bigger items.

At the end of the day, everyone deserves to have a little luxury in their lives, whether it's from the result of hard work, or through bitter negotiations with a dealer. Either way, there are plenty of ways to get access to luxury items, even if it's just for the day. With the right attitude, you too can live like a king or queen, at least for a little while.
Home Improvements / How To Hire A Reputable Plumbing Company
« Last post by Keith on November 08, 2017, 09:18:50 PM »

Most homeowners do not need to hire a plumber on a regular basis. However, when you do run into a plumbing crisis as a homeowner, it will pay off to make sure you hire the right plumbing company. There are lots of plumbing companies to choose from and finding the right one may seem difficult. Below are some tips for finding reputable plumbers Irving TX such as the ones found at www.pinkplumbertx.com.

Time In Business

Most new companies understand how difficult it can be to get business when you haven't been established for many years. Identifying how long a company has been in business should be one of the first things you do. Plumbing companies that have been around for a long time have most likely seen their fair share of plumbing problems and will know exactly what to do.


Reputable plumbing companies should offer any potential customers references to call. In some cases, a plumber might be in your home for an extended period of time. Calling the references can assure you that you are hiring a professional plumber with the right amount of expertise and quality of work to get the job done properly.

Insurance And Licenses

Something that should never be skipped over when looking to hire a reputable plumber is whether or not they have insurance and licensing to do the job. Any plumber that you hire should have both liability and workers' compensation insurance. This is essential in protecting both you and the company in the event of an accident happening. Most professional plumbers should be required to have a license in order to practice their specialty.

Customer Service

Good customer service can indicate the professionalism of a plumbing company. Any representatives of the company that you speak with should communicate with you in a helpful and respectful manner. How a company handles their initial calls can be a great indication of how well they will work with you throughout the entire project.

Good Website

For most businesses, their website is like their storefront or a brochure for their customers. A business that puts time and effort into a nice website will show a lot about how good of a company they are. Good sites indicate that they care about what their image looks like to customers. The company website is a reflection of their culture and values.


In many cases, it is important to hire a company that is located nearby. This is important because if you have any issues, you will want to know that the company will be easy to get in contact with and can get to you as soon as possible. The location is also important if you need to visit their office for anything.

Choosing the right plumbing company is very important. If you don't choose the right company and the job doesn't get done correctly, you could end up having a lot more trouble to take care of. Hiring the right company can really pay off in the end. The security and well-being of your family should be a top priority, even for plumbing issues. Ensuring that any plumbing issues get fixed correctly will ensure that you don't have future plumbing failures to deal with unnecessarily. Always take your time when looking to hire any type of contractor.

Dad Recipes / Re: Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
« Last post by PaulCla on November 08, 2017, 02:43:10 AM »
That sounds like a good little utility, is it almost like a Japanese rice cooker then?

I think so, mine should be arriving soon so I'll test it out.
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