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Thursday, August 29, 2019

3 Things to Consider when Setting up the Perfect Yard Sale

It’s inevitable that our houses eventually get full of clutter that we don’t want or need. And, hosting a yard sale is a great way to clear out the house to make some space as well as a little money.
Vintage, Garage Sale, Old, Used, Things, Stuff, Trash
If you have a look through your home’s clutter zones, you will likely find all sorts of things you have probably forgotten you own. They may only be worth a few dollars here and there, but it will soon start to add up to a decent amount of money that you could invest in a family vacation or that would simply take the edge off a few household bills for a month or two.
In this quick guide, we are going to look at three things that everyone should consider when they are setting up a yard sale and hoping to turn their household clutter into cash.

Beautiful Maternity (and beyond) Style with PinkBlush + GIVEAWAY!

I received samples from PinkBlush for the sole purpose of this review

When I went through my pregnancies, I worked with PinkBlush and tried out some absolutely beautiful maternity clothing. What I love about PinkBlush is their clothing isn't JUST for maternity, they are great to be worn before, during and after pregnancy. Most of their items are stretchy and flowy to allow the perfect fit around a bump, but also allow the item to remain looking flawless even after pregnancy, and most of them are great for nursing as well! 

I received the Navy Blue Floral Short Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress and it is absolutely stunning! From the moment I pulled it out of the bag and tried it on, I knew this would be an item I'd wear for years and years to come. It's perfect to dress up or down and would be amazing for every day, date night, a baby shower or even a wedding! It's so versatile and the material makes it the perfect item to wear for any occasion. 

Back to School with the Jetson Quest Electric Scooter

I was compensated by Best Buy for writing this post. All opinions are 100% my own.
Back to school is upon us and the Jestson Quest Electric Scooter is here to take you for ride. Let the Jetson Quest take you back to school and give your student easy way to get to and around campus. 
Beat the traffic with this Jetson Quest Electric Scooter . The 250W hub motor lets you travel up to 18 miles at 15mph, while the bright LED headlight and deck lights support nighttime travel. Use the easy-fold system to conveniently stow away this Jetson Quest electric scooter in your car's trunk or underneath a desk. 

Some Features include: 

Powerful 250W hub motor
Helps reach speeds up to 15 mph for a fun ride. Just step on the deck, push off with your foot, and press down on the thumb throttle to engage the motor.
Premium lithium-ion battery
Provides a max range up to 18 miles.
Foldable design
Easy fold system offers portability.
Weight capacity
The scooter can handle any rider weighing up to 220.5 lbs.
Disc brake
For maximum stopping power.
Solid tires
Engineered to absorb shock when you're riding on roads and sidewalks.
LED display
Shows battery life, current speed, and more.
Ultra-bright LED headlight and taillight
Make your evening ride more comfortable and safe.
Suitable for children ages 13 and older
For safe riding.

- The no flat, solid tires are engineered to absorb shock along with a concealed premium lithium-ion battery that offers a smooth 18-mile range. 
- The Quest can reach an exhilarating top speed of 15 mph with its powerful 250W hub motor.
- The Quest is equipped with an ultra-bright LED headlight and taillight, improving visibility and safety for when you’re riding on roads and sidewalks.
- Shop this and more electric scooters plus electric bikes and boards at Best Buy.

4 Tips for Pulling Off an Unforgettable Family Vacation on a Tight Budget

It’s often not as expensive as you realize to treat your family to a nice vacation. Even if you are on a tight budget, there are plenty of things that you can do to plan an unforgettable trip for all the family. Chances are, the cost of getting to your destination is what is going to cut into your budget the most, so being able to reduce this as much as possible will significantly cut the price of your entire trip. We’ve put together some of our top ideas for pulling off a family vacation everyone will love on a shoestring budget.

#1. Opt for a Staycation:

Flights are often one of the biggest expenses when it comes to traveling, so a staycation could be just what you need to keep costs down. Whether you decide to visit a part of your state that you haven’t been to before or visit another state altogether, the U.S. is massive and diverse, so there’s always going to be somewhere new and exciting to visit. And when it comes to getting there, there are plenty of different options to choose from. Domestic flights are often much cheaper than flying overseas, or you could make it a road trip and drive to your destination yourself. Or, why not consider hiring an RV – that way, you can get your travel and accommodation in one.

#2. Find Freebies and Vouchers:

Another cost of going on vacation that many people don’t think about is buying all the things that you are going to need whilst you are there. From camping supplies to sunscreen and new vacation outfits, the cost of getting everything together to take with you can quickly add up. So, check out freebie sites where you can find all sorts of different free samples that you can put to use for your trip, and keep your eye on any voucher codes and coupons that are available for the things that you need to buy. If you shop online, you can download a browser tool like Honey, which will search for voucher codes for you.

#3. Travel Off-Peak:

If you can, try and avoid the times of year that tend to be in high demand for travelers, and set off in the off-peak season instead. Traveling off-peak might mean that not all the tourist attractions and restaurants are going to be open, but it’s also much cheaper and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quiet and peaceful many of the popular destinations are – a great option if you’re not great with crowds and a lot of noise. In addition, traveling off-peak is great for those who want to truly see how the locals live. With most of the tourists gone, you will get a more authentic experience of your destination and you might find hidden gems that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

#4. Look for Last-Minute Deals:

If you want to take a vacation where everything comes packaged with your flights, accommodation, and dining sorted out for you, then it pays to be flexible with your destination and your timing. Check out last minute deals to see if there are any rooms left in hotels that need to be booked up quickly; chances are, you’ll find a great deal simply because the room hasn’t been filled. That being said, looking for last-minute deals can be tricky if you have a particular destination or time of travel in mind, so if it’s not for you, make sure that you book well in advance to take advantage of the best prices before the demand rises.

Did you enjoy these tips? We’d love to hear all about your budget family vacation

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Are You Ready for an AI Eye Doctor?

Over the past decade, artificial intelligence has been given more instructions and programming regarding the anatomy of the human body. As AIs become familiar with more conditions and various diseases the machines are also learning to identify abnormalities, possible defects, and detect probable subtle changes in an individual’s condition. Yes, that means the AIs are learning to doctor humans. One of the newest and most surprising ways this is happening is with common eye diseases from a simple 3D scan.

How Does It Work?

The program uses established and recognized patterns in the past studies of eyes to allow the algorithms the task of identifying abnormalities, irregularities, or deviations from what is considered normal. Once a problem is identified, a medical practitioner such as eye specialist and ophthalmologist Kang Zhang receives the information and is able to delve into the situation with each individual patient. The scan takes about 10 minutes, and once the information is fed into the AI program, the data takes seconds to return any associated problems.

Who Says What?

When a panel studied the analysis of doctors compared to the recommendations of the AI program, the results were the same more than 90 percent of the time. With results that high, there as been a push by proponents to integrate the AI structures into the healthcare system with very few bind tests. Opponents, or those that are more wary of AI medical intervention, call for more testing of the system and question what happens when AI detect without human oversite? Who will be responsible for medical malpractice claims, errors, or fatal decisions?
We may understand what we program into the database of an AI, but the problem is humans don’t understand how AIs make the decisions they make. The final questions each person needs to ask for themselves is – Are you ready for an AI doctor?