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Taking care of your kids could be a wonderful experience that remains unmatched by other feelings.

But all of us need to take care of ourselves as well. Whether it is through a self-care routine, a short walk at the mall, or a small get-together with friends; we need to take a few steps here and there to unwind and refresh our minds.

It doesn’t make us any less of a parent; in fact, it only makes us better at what we do. This is because maintaining a balance between your children and your own interests is what leads to a healthy mind and life. And only with a healthy mind could you take care of your family like they deserve to be taken care of.

That is why small parties where you could get your friends together are considered a staple in a modern mom’s life.

And if you are about to host such a get together soon, then you could spruce it up by hosting a card party.

Hosting a Card Party is Easy

You don’t have to be a modern socialite to enjoy the thrill of playing cards with some Game Cigarillos to boot. Thanks to card parties, you can do that in the comfort of your own home. All that you need is a table, a deck of cards, some friends, and some snacks. Those essentials put you on the path for a great card party.

It’s Simple Fun for Everyone

Full of snacks, drinks and one-liners, a card party is considered a classic way of getting friends together and enjoying some recreational time on your own. From poker to rummy, and from bridge to solitaire, you could enjoy a host of card games without ever setting foot outside your home.  

Be Free to Set the Theme

Perhaps the best part of card parties is their adaptable nature. You could make them as fancy or as cozy as you want. With themes such as the 1920s, 1940s, and Vegas casino at your disposal, you could even have an evening of themed dress up to enhance your experience.

All in all, throwing a card party wouldn’t only be a fun experience, but an easy one to pull off if you know what you are doing. Gather your fellow moms and start the party invites. Just make sure it falls on a day where you have plenty of time, so all of you could enjoy it to the fullest.

As we enter into 2018, as is the case at the beginning of any year, attention is being paid to the video games that have been slated for release during the coming 12-month time period. The reality is that, as is the case in any year, some of the games that have been scheduled for release in 2018, on already announced dates, may see their release dates pushed back.

If you are an experienced gamer, you undoubtedly have experienced a game you’ve been waiting for have its originally scheduled release date pushed back a month or two. Indeed, there are plenty of examples of games that have launched much further away from their initially planned release dates than a couple of months. In the end, that simply is a reality associated with new game design.

There are a number of games that have been set for specific release dates in 2018. Eight of these selections very well may see their release dates pushed back.

God of War

Sony’s sequel or reboot to God of War currently is scheduled for a Spring 2018 release. As we cross into 2018, the Spring release date for God of War seems unlikely for a number of reasons.

One sign that God of War will not be positioned for a Spring 2018 release is the press, who is already highly interested in this game, hasn’t had any “hands-on” time with it as of yet. That typically is a sign that a release date delay is in the offing.

The best bet at this time as to when you realistically might expect to see the release of God of War is sometime during the third quarter of 2018. Anticipate a tweet or some other type of social media announcement about the delay before the Spring.

Red Dead Redemption II

Red Dead Redemption II has been eagerly awaited. Red Dead Redemption II is the prequel to a highly popular open-world Western from Rockstar that released in 2010.

Red Dead Redemption II has already seen a delay in 2017. During that year, the release was pushed back to the Spring of 2018. Even with this delay, very little of the game has been shown in any manner to the public.

At this juncture, do not expect to see Red Dead Redemption II launched in the Spring of 2018. Expect another push back, likely to the holiday season this year. Indeed, you might even expect the release of Red Dead Redemption II to be delayed into 2019.

Anthem

Anthem has been in development and construction for years. This is a game that is said to have a massive scope. The stark reality is that massive games like Anthem do not come quickly — ever.

The powers that be behind Anthem have said throughout 2017 that the game would launch in 2018. The window as to when in 2018 the game will be available has been left wide open.

With that said, with the small amount of the game that has been shared with the public, there is a growing consensus among industry watchers that a 2018 launch probably is not in the cards. 2019? Possibly, but not guaranteed.

Crackdown 3

Over the course of the past three years, Crackdown 3 has been under construction. The media finally got a look at the game at E3 2017. The response included some pretty significant criticism. This was particularly targeted at the all-important visuals. In the aftermath of that, the release date was pushed back to 2018.

At this juncture, no specific date has been provided for the launch of Crackdown 3 during 2018. There has been no additional push back in regard to the release date. However, with the significant nature of the items criticized when the game got a media and public look in 2017, a further delay sometime into 2019 certainly is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Days Gone

Bend Studio has had Days Gone in development and construction for more than a couple of years. Days Gone is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Indeed, the game received positive reception at E3 2016 and E3 2017.

In 2017, Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide President Shuhei Yoshida announced that the game would launch in 2018. However, the announcement was made with very little fanfare, far less than what was expected.

At this point, no specific time has been indicated for a release in 2018. Days Gone may in fact launch this year, but look for it towards the latter part rather than the beginning of 2018.

Jessica Kane is a writer for SoundStage Direct, the number one online source for the best vinyl records and turntables.

Do you want to learn how to turn shatter to vape juice? In this post, we are going to look at the simple preparation of converting shatter to vape juice or e-juice even if you’re home.

A lot of users favor vapor than smoking. Vaporizing cannabis concentrate like shatter is a healthier choice for users. Smoking is harmful because of the chemicals that are directly ingested to your lungs.

Today, many users are ready to mix and prepare their own e-juice. First, let’s look at how e-liquids are different from other pre-filled vape cartridges.

There is no difference at all except that you are the one going to prepare your own e-juice. The e-juice or e-liquid is mixed with cannabis concentrate (shatter, wax, or honey oil) and other compounds. 

Preparing your own e-juice provides more customization, control, and convenience. You don’t have to spend a lot because it is cheaper when preparing your own. Converting concentrates is a more discreet way of consuming it without creating much fuzz. 

Benefits of Vape Juice:

Vape juice is a more convenient way to take cannabis using a vape pen. You can take it anywhere, anytime without having so much hassle. 

How to Start:

Before we go into the details, let’s ensure that your shatter has met the specified concentration or dosage. Make sure that you know its dosage. Most oil solvents should have a 60 to 90 percent THC content.

If you are a beginner, the starting dose for edible marijuana is only 5 to 10 percent. THC and dabs are only for those who are already using it. 

Easy Recipe for E-Juice:

Prepare:

  • Empty glass dropper bottles
  • Latex gloves
  • Syringes
  • Propylene glycol (PG)
  • Vegetable glycerin (VG)

 

Before combining flavoring, make sure that VG: PG is 50:50 or 80:20. This is a safe ratio when preparing your own cannabis extract.

E-Juice Infusion

Ingredients:

  • 1 gram of hash oil (rosin, wax, or shatter) 
  • Bottle of an e-juice mix of PG and VG
  • 510 thread oil cartridges
  • Saucepan
  • Microwave/ stove
  • Stirrer
  • Syringe/ micropipette

 

Instructions:

  • Use a spoon to flatten your choice of wax, shatter or other hash oil in a ceramic box. Cover it with wax paper. 
  • Melt the cannabis concentrate. You can use a double boiler or a microwave to melt it.
  • Add drops of VG/PG mix and stir for a minute. Make sure that the concentrate and VG/PG are well blended. 
  • The consistency should be like honey. Let it cool. If the mixture is still thick, add more VG/PG mix to dilute it and achieve the right consistency. 
  • Get the THC-infused e-juice into the vaporizer or dab cartridges using a syringe. 

The infusion is done when you see that the liquid is viscous enough as well as the color remains as the shatter concentrate. When can transfer your infusion in an empty 510-thread cartridge or use your old cartridge. 

You’ll find that there is more e-juice left for a gram of shatter concentrate. Make sure to let the cannabis vape juice cool for an hour before consuming it. It ensures that it has achieved the right viscosity.

If you want the e-liquid to be stronger, you can lower down the amount of shatter. Reducing it makes the oil thicker but you’ll notice a stronger effect and the flavor of terpenes is more noticeable.

Keep in mind that the PG is what creates the “hit” in the vape and provides the flavor. VP does the work of vaporization. If you want your liquid to be less harsh, increase the amount of VG than the PG. 

There’s a lot of good reasons to prepare your own e-juice at home. If you’re concerned about the preparation, there is little to no smell at all. 

It can be done even in a small space like your kitchen. Vaping your own e-juice is a simpler, easier, and safe way to consume cannabis without much fuzz. 

Moreover, vaping provides you a discreet and portable way to consume cannabis concentrates. Try this recipe if you are interested in preparing your own e-liquid at home. 

You’ll be able to spend less than when buying a prepared one. You’ll also get more liquid that provides you the most savings.

As mothers, we often have to revisit our own preferences to make sure that we are setting a good example for our children. After all, if you are engaging in a behavior that is considered ill founded, then reprimanding your children later wouldn’t do much good.

That is why we must take our steps in a very thoughtful and measured way. What we could do before is not always the right choice when we are parents. And that includes very normal activities.

Smoking tobacco is one of them.

Thankfully, if you enjoy nicotine and want to consume it without setting a bad example for your children, then going with the option of pipe tobacco would be a good fit.

There’s a Big Benefit of Consuming Tobacco Through Pipe

Consuming tobacco through pipe gets a bad rap due to some misinformation. The fact of the matter is that it is actually quite beneficial to consume tobacco through pipe.

According to a report by the Surgeon General in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the death rates for pipe smokers are “little if at all high” than people who do not smoke.

The observation held true for even those pipe smokers who were consuming tobacco through this modality for about three decades. And it was also observed in people who smoked 10 or more pipes a day.

These rates are far lower than those which were observed in cigarette smokers. This is due to a stark difference in how tobacco is usually consumed through cigarettes and pipes.

In cigarettes, if one has to consume nicotine and take in its effects as intended, then they have to make sure to inhale the smoke to their lungs. Otherwise, they can’t enjoy the effects of nicotine.

But while consuming tobacco through pipes, they can simply make the choice to not inhale the smoke and still enjoy the effects of nicotine.

This way they could keep their health intact while also ensuring that their tobacco consumption doesn’t get affected.

What Does This Mean for You

This ensures that even if you are consuming tobacco, you are not introducing your children to the harmful health side-effects of cigarettes.

As such, smoking tobacco through pipe is slowly gaining traction again. And it is getting to be especially popular among parents who want to consume tobacco in a responsible manner.