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3 Simple Ways to Customize the Look of Your New Home

Buying a new home is both an exciting yet daunting experience for many new and even experienced homeowners. The checklist of what to do is endless with plenty of inspections and other odds and ends. It’s a lengthy process due to inexperience between the buyer and seller. But mostly because of how many people are involved to close on the home. This includes contractors, inspectors, attorneys, real estate agents, local government, and others. Finding the ideal mailbox or purchasing a new area rug for the living room unfortunately does not come until much later than most imagine.

Buying a New Mailbox

Let us assume you have closed on your new home and it is the right time to begin making it your own. It may seem odd to think about buying a new mailbox when you get your new house. However, mailboxes can influence the look of your house because it is pretty much the first part that most will see. When shopping for the ideal mailbox you can check out specialty stores online, like MailboxWorks.com, for a great selection of mailboxes that come in all different styles and materials.  Some new homeowners can feel nervous about digging a hole in his or her yard to set up the mailbox. These services can also do the dirty work for you. It is common to have a company representative come out to do this. In the case of Mailbox Works, a customer can dial 811 and the company can put you in touch your new utility company to send someone out to mark all of the utilities.

Get Some New Lighting

If the lighting in your new home has not been updated for a while it may be the right time to brighten the new home. Finding new lighting is actually easy and cheap to purchase and install in each room. Modern lighting has an interesting affect by making a home feel larger and warmer.  It’s as easy as spray=painting the home’s fixtures and installing high quality lights. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that for your own safety it may be a good idea to hire an electrician to install the fixtures properly.

Renovate Your Entrance

Front entrances can be boring if not done right. It’s an idea that only the wealthy can have entrances with sculptures and extravagant walkways. Those can be expensive for sure; however, there are other ways to liven up a front entrance.

Believe it or not, hardware stores sell economical outdoor lights to use for a walkway. The most important upgrade is well placed potted plants that can complete the home by filling up space with nature

Between finding a new mailbox, making a walkway, and placing some plants should feel proud the exterior of the house. There are too many simple ideas to consider when it comes to upgrading your new house. Of course the granite counters are tempting but just take it one step at a time.

3 Ways to Enjoy Cannabis Without Smoking

The most widely known way to enjoy Cannabis for the past few decades has been through smoking it.  For many years the most popular ways of ingestion were either smoking a spliff, or with a pipe. Over the past few years’ technology has skyrocketed, creating a wide array of new ways to ingest marijuana whether it’s through Vaping, Brownies or even concentrated CBD oils.

Edibles:

Edibles can be the best way to enjoy cannabis but only if it is done in the correct way. It can be extremely hard to get the dosage right. If you don’t have enough it can be frustrating but if you take too much you can end up on the couch unable to move which can sometimes be a bit scary. With the legalization of marijuana brownies and other edibles are now being mass produced with really strict guidelines so you now know exactly how much you’re getting. This takes away the whole guessing process.

Vaping:

Now vaping is actually my favorite way of digesting marijuana. There are now so many different types of vapes out there, some are expensive and some are fairly cheap. THC which is the active ingredient that creates the effects of marijuana starts to vaporize at a certain temperature. The difference between vaping and smoking is that vaping only heats the cannabis to a temperature where the THC vaporizes without combusting the actual plant. This is why I love it so much because it’s great for people that are very active and cannot afford to weaken their lungs.

Supplements

Supplements are similar to edibles but they come in pills. These are usually used as a replacement for Opiates as Opiates can cause addiction and lead to withdrawal symptoms after just a few weeks of use.  They are generally just oil-infused pills and are usually only used for medical use.  Now with all of the legalization around the nation you can find them at many recreational stores.

As you can see now it’s no longer the 70’s where the potency of the marijuana is very low and the amount smoked or ingested is very high. There are now more than three states that have legalized bud for recreational use and the influx of new ways to ingest it are growing at a rapid pace.  For myself I still enjoy a good old joint but all of these new ways may just change my mind.

How Are You Watching Game Of Thrones?

The seventh season of Game of Thrones didn’t exactly break the Internet, but its July 16 premiere was a near thing. Not because, between live audiences, DVR recordings, and online subscriptions, over 26 million viewers watched the episode—a record-breaking first for the TV network. This number would be a lot more impressive if it included all of the people who watched the episode illegally. With pirate viewership included in the mix, it’s safe to say over 100 million people tuned into the premiere.

Despite the term pirate, there’s no need to navigate your way through the uncharted waters of the dark web to get your fix. Millions of ordinary people can find streams and downloads of their favorite show with a few clicks and swipes, all from the safety of their home.

People are watching without paying HBO for that right. Some are hosting Game of Thrones viewing parties as they use TV boxes like Android Box to stream the channel straight to their 4K television. Others are downloading it to watch later on their iPads, tablets, and smartphones in preparation of long commutes, wait times in doctors’ offices, and even parks.

Modern day piracy has its risks—but not necessarily those that you might think. Thankfully, unlike the pirates of old—or even Euron Greyjoy of Thrones—online piracy doesn’t risk death. Unless, perhaps, you live in North Korea.

There is, however, a very real threat to your watching device of choice. Say you take your iPhone 6s or Surface Pro onto the bus or subway with the intent to watch the latest ep as you commute to work. The sweaty, rough, and overcrowded conditions of public transit aren’t ideal for a lot of reasons, but it can cause damage to your device. One wrong step or push as people pile on can catapult your tablet or smartphone out of your hands.

Unless, of course, you’ve wrapped your device in a skin from the people behind dbrand. Their engineers understand the conditions you’re up against when taking public transit, so they’ve made tablet and iPhone 6s skins that enhance the grip of your device. These skins can also help protect against scratches and scuffs that may occur on the subway car — or anywhere your day takes you. Luckily, you can find iPhone 6s skins online as you pirate the next Game of Thrones episode. But you aren’t safe just yet, as there comes another unique risk with your criminal behaviour.

HBO hopes to crack down on those streaming and downloading their creative content illegally, and they’re being vocal about their objectives. Compared to the very real and very scary ‘fire and fury’ promised by Trump, the threats laid out by HBO are tame. In fact, they’re nonexistent as the letter received by pirating fans is the equivalent of ‘um, could you maybe not?’

For the innocent few who haven’t heard, HBO’s anti-piracy partner alerts the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) of any IP addresses under its charge involved in downloading or streaming the series without “authorization”. From there, the ISP relays a message to the customers in question, stating HBO owns the exclusive rights to the show and those who download it illegally are infringing on copyright laws. It also warns viewers that downloading Game of Thrones from unknown sources could result in a security breaches—as if the television network actually cares about your computer or tablet’s security.

HBO finishes its spiel by stating:

“We also encourage you to inform the subscriber that HBO programming can easily be watched and streamed on many devices legally.”

For the guilty streamers and downloaders, this will read similar to the letter they received last year as HBO hoped to squash piracy around the premiere of its sixth season. While individuals and small websites may throw caution to the wind, the might of HBO was impressive enough to pull thousands of links offline.

Despite its best efforts, HBO has no hope of eliminating piracy. MUSO, a piracy monitoring firm based out of the UK, studied the internet traffic of over 23,000 well-known piracy websites. Nearly 85% of these sites posted unauthorized streams of the episode. Meanwhile, the premierewas pirated 91.74 million times around the world.

According to MUSO, the stat is just an estimate. The latest technical innovations in TV boxes make it incredibly easy for even novice streamers to pirate movies and TV shows from around the world. These boxes also make the act incredibly hard for firms like MUSO to track. Unlike downloading, which can be tracked by ISPs, streaming is often encrypted. These security measures muddy the waters for those hoping to track piracy, so there could be hundreds, thousands, even millions more people watching Game of Thrones illegally.

Though HBO knows you’re doing it, there’s not uch else they can do about your streaming habits beyond their letters. With numbers comes safety, so even if you received your very own letter from HBO, you’ll be safe to stream or download your favorite series.

Enjoy Refreshing Lake Erie Wines At Home This Summer

Busy moms know that envious feeling when their friends post photos on Instagram from a recent vacation. This is especially the case if you’ve spent your most recent long weekend cleaning the house or catching up on mundane tasks you’ve fallen behind on. Since you’ve become a mom, do you even remember the last time you caught a break?

It’s challenging to make time for yourself when you’re responsible for the needs of so many; a beach side getaway (even regionally to one of Ontario’s Great Lakes) feels impossible to coordinate. If you’re going to maintain your top-level productivity however, some breathing room is necessary. When taking a trip isn’t an option, setting aside half an hour to turn off your phone, sit in the bubble bath, and sip a glass of wine in the evening can be enough to tide you over.

While it might not be quite the same as being on the beach, exploring a selection of wine from Lake Erie North Shore and Pelee Island will give you that touch of southern exposure you need to relax. Summer is Ontario’s longest growing season; it creates the optimal climate for producing full-bodied reds, as well as zesty, light-bodied, and dry whites.

Colio Estate Winery, one of Ontario’s first wineries had its humble beginnings in this region near the sunny shores of Lake Erie, their wine is crafted with the patience, determination and the spirit of their founders. For lovers of white wine, their Lake and River Series is an excellent way to escape from the repetitiveness and routine of your days and nights. Their Moonlight White for example (2015 vintage) has a bouquet of light floral scents like honeysuckle and tropical fruit, this combined with its light straw colour and exotic fruit flavours on the palate will have you feeling like you’re floating. If you prefer a white on the dryer side, consider Colio’svineyard select 2015 Chardonnay. If you enjoy a glass of rosé on a summer evening, their Girls Night Out (2015 vintage) is the perfect blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. It has a bouquet of raspberry highlights with a taste of zippy sour cherry flavours delivered in a dryer style.

Now, you can also order your favourite wines from this region (and others!) from the comfort of your own home thanks to Wine Online, where selections can be delivered right to your door — a service that women who work hard should take advantage of. This supplier also makes a point of curating their selections, so you know you’re receiving quality wine every time, complete with a full profile from tasting notes, to expert third party reviews, to food pairing recommendations.

Not every busy lady is fortunate enough to have the time off she’d like, especially if she’s got little ones to care for, but that doesn’t mean she can’t have the next best thing – a glass of something crisp to enjoy after a long day.