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What Baby Accessories can do for Your Bubs

Remember those days when you could leave the house with just a couple of items? That’s all going to change with a baby in your home. Babies need a lot of accessories, some of them are for their care, others just for fun, but as a parent you are going to start seeing the cute factor in everything that you look at from now on. Here we review a few items that you really need for your baby!

· Jolly Jumper – this is a great item for babies under about 25 pounds. The unit is a small harness the clips onto the baby and then the unit is attached to a door frame. The door frame attachment has a long spring that allows the baby to bounce freely. Babies that cannot yet walk love this item because it helps them to get a little bit of exercise and once they realize that they can bounce hilarity will ensue.

· Jogging Stroller – just because your baby can’t walk doesn’t mean that you must stop running. The jogging stroller is available in many different types of models and is the ideal unit for those who like to get out for a run. Babies enjoy runs too, all that fresh air helps them to sleep well, so don’t be surprised if once you get outdoors your bubs passes out after just a few minutes.

· Baby Headbands – whether you have a special outfit for photos, or you just want to make your baby look a little more sophisticated, baby headbands are so adorable. They are best when you start putting them on your baby right from birth so that they get used to the feeling of having something on their head. There are so many different types of headbands that you can become addicted to them, with small turbans, large bows and headbands that tie on the top. Your baby will be accessorized to the max when you have a headband that coordinates with each special outfit that you have. Baby headbands are a low-cost item that make great and thoughtful gifts for any parent.

· Swaddling Bath Towels – don’t let baby get a chill, when they come out of the bathtub lay them in a special swaddling bath towel that has a pocket for the head. Once the baby’s head is placed into the pocket, you can wrap and swaddle them so that they are nice and warm. Perfect for snuggling after bath time when many small babies tend to get upset because they don’t like to have baths. That’s only because they haven’t learned how fun bath time can be just yet!

· Teething Rings – these are a must have item when baby starts to get their first few teeth in. You can get the type that has a gel inside and then place them into the freezer. The frozen part of the ring will help to sooth baby’s gums when they are throbbing. Experiment with several different types to see which one your baby likes the best.

· Diaper Bag – maybe you just carry a small bag with you when you go out, but a diaper bag is going to make your life so much easier. You can load it with all the items you normally use at home so that it is ready when you leave your home. The only thing you will need to add is snacks and meals for the time that you will be away from home.

· Monitor – baby monitors have come a long way since they were first put into use. You can purchase monitors that have special pads that go under baby’s crib sheet so that you can monitor their breathing patterns. Baby monitors are very handy for parents so that they can respond to their baby when they need to, especially when they are several bedrooms apart.

· Car Seat – this is an important part of having a baby in your life, the car seat is something that keeps your baby safe while riding in the car. The seat is available in different size capacities and will be rear-facing with smaller babies, and forward facing with larger babies. The car set is always installed in the rear seat of a vehicle, never in the front, due to airbags posing a danger and because the back seat is a much safer place for baby.

· Mealtime Set – you will want this type of special set up for your baby, with plastic bowls that can be sealed with a lid. Plastic is preferred because babies tend to throw or push things onto the floor from highchairs and this can mean breakages if you are using non-plastic dishes. Being able to put a lid on the bowl means that you can store it for later or take it out on the go.

· Slippers – slippers are a must for taking baby out anywhere. If they can be buttoned or zipped, even better. The main reason for this? Babies are notorious for pulling off their socks and then their feet get cold. Slippers ensure that baby’s feet stay warm no matter where you go. These cute little items are usually part of a set but they can also be purchased separately.

· Favourite blankie – everyone has a favourite blankie and it is always special. Choose super soft materials with a satin edging for the ultimate blanket that your baby will love. Note to parents: do yourself a huge favour and purchase several of the same blanket in case tragedy strikes and you lose the favourite blanket. You don’t want to experience the baby who won’t sleep without their favourite blanket.

Babies are something that change our lives. We want to take the best possible care of them and having all the right accessories is an important part of that. Start off with the things you absolutely must have and then get the things that you want. Once you start to add things into your baby accessories, you will see more things that you must add. Before you know it, you will have a massive collection of accessories for your bubs.

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DIY vs. Professional Rodent Control: Compared

When you discover that you have a rodent problem, your first reaction may be to pick up the phone and call a local pest control company. For most people, calling a pest control company is just what they do, but it isn’t always necessary. Professional pest control company intervention isn’t always necessary, but we will examine the pros and cons of each.

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DIY Rodent Control

If you aren’t too squeamish, you can deal with getting rid of rodents on your own. This may be a bit messy at times, but if you have a heart of steel and don’t mind a bit of gore, you can do your own pest control. You can also opt for live traps if you don’t want to kill the rodents, but make sure you release them far away from your home or you may experience re-infestation.

You can Enjoy a Decent Cost Savings

If you decide to take care of rodent control yourself, you can save yourself quite a bit of money depending on the products that you purchase and use. You can obtain several different products at a fraction of the cost of a professional pest control company service. If one product is not effective, you can try another one until you find a product that deals with your issue. All the products that you purchase are still going to cost less than professional pest control work. If you are working on a budget, DIY options can work well for you.

Lots of Great Products to Choose From

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Benefits of Using “Google My Business”

Statistics from Google reveal that one in every three searches conducted on Google is for a local business1. What this means is that there are millions of people who are looking for a restaurant, a hardware store or a hair salon in their own local area. If your business relies on the traffic of local area customers, then it should be abundantly clear to you why your business should be showing up in your local area Google results, and why you should undertake local SEO.

These days it is easier to attract local customers to your business because of the technology which permits you to market in your local area. It is much more effective to target your local area customers than to market an entire country and it is easier to reach those customers when you target market.

One effective way to reach your local customers is to be listed in an online directory such as “Google My Business”. About 50% of mobile customers searching for local businesses will use online directories. Of those, about 20% will make a purchase. The importance of your website being ranked on Google’s search engine is something every business owner is aware of and the massive search engine market share of Google isn’t going to decline soon, that’s for certain.

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Moving to Online Selling: Top Tips

Selling products and services online is a complicated process. Most people are mistaken in believing that they simply need to build and launch a website and then the sales will start to roll in. The truth is that there is a lot of work that goes into ensuring that a website is successful and once that is in place, sales will start to take off. Here are some top tips that you should consider if you want to sell online:

1. Build your brand up so that is a trusted online brand. Online shoppers look for websites that they know and trust and once you have their trust you must work to keep it. Trust is something that you build with every interaction that you have with a customer. Ask customers for their testimonials if they are happy, add them together with reviews to your website, always over deliver and only provide accurate information on your website.

2. Ensure that your website supports all types of devices. Your customers don’t consider the differences between surfing the net using a tablet, desktop, laptop or mobile and you shouldn’t either. You need to ensure that your customers have a flawless experience on your website, no matter what device they are using.

3. Establish a strategy for ecommerce and stick to it. Decide on the range of products that you will stock (do you specialize in one product or do you sell a wider range of many products?)

4. Choose an ecommerce software that works well for you so that you can accept online payments. Once you have your ecommerce system established you can put your focus into marketing.

5. Provide outstanding customer service. Always put the needs of your customers first in all of the things that your business does from the products that you sell, to a fully functional and user-friendly website and delivery of products.

6. Encourage the very first purchase from you online and then repeat business.  If you want to be successful you want people to move from knowing nothing about you to visiting your website, making inquiries, completing their first order, repeating the purchase in the future. Don’t keep your entire focus on that first order, repeat business is the way to find success. This can be accomplished by offering a subscription order that is repeated monthly or at another specific frequency.

7. Create an Outstanding Experience for your customer. You want to get your delivery strategy right from the price that you charge for your products to the delivery time and the appearance of the packaging. Consider investing some money into this so that you get it right for your customers.

8. Add tracking codes to your website. Some customers will come to your site, look at products, add it to the cart and then not check out. Tracking codes can monitor which products are sitting dormant in a cart and then encourage people to check out by offering discounts or incentives.

9. Continue optimizing the online shopping experience for your customers. Have a policy of constantly optimizing every area of your website to make it work well and then make it better. Consider every aspect of your website to be in test mode and continue to work on it.

10. Every product that you sell should have its own page complete with a unique description. Never use the exact description provided by the manufacturer if you are selling products that you don’t personally create. User reviews of the products that you sell will provide more unique content for each product and will also help to encourage people to buy it.

11. Make sure that your shopping cart system is easy to use and direct. If there are multiple pages and areas to click before being able to add something to the cart and complete the payment, people tend to abandon their cart and leave your site.

12. When customers complete their transaction send them an email several weeks after their purchase to ask them for a review. Offer an incentive to them for their product review, whether it is a discount coupon or a giveaway of some type.

13. Use analytics on your web page to discover how people are consuming your sales page. This can reveal what they are clicking on, how far they scroll down and whether they go to the check out page. Monitoring searches on your site may reveal a demand for products that you don’t sell if people are misspelling product names.

14. Ensure that your website is fast. Every second that your page takes to load can mean the loss of a customer. Your page should load in about 3 seconds. You can monitor the speed of your site with Google Analytics.

15. Create product review videos that can assist in driving up the conversion rate because it allows people to see the product up close.

16. Have a blog where you discuss the range of products you carry, offers and discounts and new products that you will carry soon.

17. Product page layout – don’t worry about providing too much information about a product on a single page. Break up the text with more bold headings and add in several ‘buy now” buttons that are easy to see and find. Add the product image, a description of the product, specifications, reviews, user ratings, a product video, images of people using the product, a downloadable PDF manual and warranty and shipping information.

18. Offer your customers options such as a sign up for your newsletter, clips from your blog pages and follow buttons for Facebook and Instagram.

19. Split test your product page – have two pages that traffic is driven to and change each page up slightly. Determine which page sells more products.

20. Ensure that the design of your checkout page looks trustworthy. If you want people to buy from you, the design needs to have a professional appearance.

Also, have your website tested and reviewed by mystery shoppers. This is excellent feedback from real people which you can use to fine tune your website.

Ecommerce is a business where you constantly must improve your website and make sure that everything is running correctly. If customers can’t easily find products or check out once they find what they want, you can end up losing a lot of business.

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Amusing Your Dog While Under Isolation

Being cooped up in a house is difficult for anyone, but dogs really need to get outside and walk around several times per day. If you are self-isolating, then that is not possible because you are not allowed to leave your residence. If you can’t find anyone to take your dog out for a walk, then you need to keep him entertained indoors. There are plenty of great ways to spend time with your pet that are entertaining for both you and for your dog. Here are some ideas:

1. Treat-Dispensing Puzzle Toys

These dog toys are treat receptacles that can keep your dog entertained for hours on end. You hide the treats inside the puzzle toy and then the dog tries to get the treats out. Some of these puzzle toys take hours to be solved and can really entertain your dog in the meantime. You can also get toys such as a Kong and put peanut butter inside it, then place it into the freezer until the peanut butter is frozen inside then give it to your dog.

2. Build an Indoor Sandbox

If you can get your hands on a small round plastic container such as a child’s pool, add some sand to it and let your dog play in it. He will think that he died and went to doggie heaven with the freedom to dig through the sand and play to his heart’s content, just like being at the beach! Your place might be a bit of a mess afterwards, but at least your dog is entertained!

3. Massage your dog

Massage your dog
Massage your dog
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8 Things First Time Investors Should Know About Property Investing

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Image from Dwyer Property Investments

We have all heard those stores about successful people who have made an absolute fortune through property investment. As with any business, property investing has plenty of risks associated with it. It does not matter what type of property you want to purchase or if you are planning on reselling it or renting it out, property investment takes a lot of cash so that means you have to take careful measures to guarantee that you will make a profit on your investment or to protect yourself against big losses.

There have been many shortages of properties over the last several years and this means excellent opportunity for investment. Not everyone will earn a fortune through property investing. It is important to be prepared and know what needs to be done before you get started with property investing.

1. Research is Number One

Do plenty of research before you purchase your first investment property. The property should be in a location that is desirable for clients that you are hoping to sell to or tenants that you want to rent to. This means the property will likely get you the returns you expect because it appeals to your target market.

When you conduct thorough research and approach the investment with analytical thinking based in financial factors instead of putting your personal tastes first, it will assist you in finding the best possible properties to invest in. There is not room for emotions in property investment, it about financial returns.

2. Choose Partners Very Carefully

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Possum Traps - A Humane Solution To A Problem Pest

Possum live traps provide property owners with a humane solution for getting rid of a common and stubborn pest without causing the animal harm or causing any unintentional damage both to the environment and other wildlife. Be sure to check if a permit is required for trapping possums in your area before using this method.

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Although they don’t cause any physical harm to humans and their pets, possums can be a big problem when they intrude into your home or property. The small mammals can wreak havoc outdoors by destroying gardens as they feed on decorative plants, vegetables, flowers and fruit trees.

If they manage to gain access into your house, possums can chew on electrical cables creating serious fire hazards that can turn disastrous. Their excrements could also be a source of foul smell within the house making it uncomfortable to live in. Additionally, possums could have smaller pests on their fur coats such as fleas and ticks which they could spread to your home.

Possum movements in attics, basements or crawl spaces can also cause noise disturbance – farther adding to the inconveniences of possum infestations.

Live traps to control possums

Possum traps enable you to capture stubborn possums safely and keep them in captivity until you can relocate them away from the crime scene and release them back to the wild. This can be especially useful if there’re laws prohibiting the killing of possums such as those in most Australian states.

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Benefits of Shipping Container Farms and Greenhouses

Have you ever wondered if there is a use for shipping containers after they are used to ship products across our vast oceans? The answer is a resounding yes, the fact is that shipping containers can be converted into use for growing produce and have already been used for this purpose for quite some time.  There are many benefits to using shipping containers as greenhouses and as farms.

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Vertical Growing

The interior of the shipping container is converted into growing space vertically rather than across the floor. This vertical growing style utilizes all the available space inside of the shipping container, so it is the best use of space possible. Plants grow up the wall in pockets with strings to guide them and hold them in place. The trays of plants can be removed so that they may be harvested and then the trays are replaced with new plant starts to complete the next growth cycle.

Compact Units Take up Less Space

Shipping containers can be stacked and will fit into smaller spaces so they can be placed anywhere and don’t require a large amount of land to sustain them. This makes container farming suitable for urban areas as equally as rural areas. Containers are unassuming on the outside while on the inside are producing food for hundreds of families.

Year-Round Production

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Back To Basics: The Benefits Of A Corporate Credit Check In New Zealand

Businesses all over the world rely on credit for their day-to-day operations, and New Zealand companies are no exception. Without debt, the world economy would be a mere shadow of what it is now.

While debt makes the world go around, it does carry with it a significant amount of risk. And just as it provides the lifeline that keeps businesses going, it can as well be the poison that sees them decimated into bankruptcy. The ability to manage debt is therefore critical to any business operation that seeks long-term survival. 

Credit checks for debt management

To help manage debt, in New Zealand and other world markets, a system of credit reporting has been set up to mitigate its risks. 

Credit reporting involves the collection of debtor data and making it available – either in its raw form or in the form of reports and scores – to businesses that need the information for decision making. This information is collected and computed by entities referred to as credit reference bureaus (CRBs).

In addition to information provided by creditors to the bureaus regarding their debtors, CRBs also rely on other publicly accessible information from the judicial system and other registries to build credit profiles for both companies and individuals.

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A1 Driving School For Driver Training In Auckland

Learning to drive is one of the most important skills that any person learns in adulthood. With a driving licence (and a car, of course), you’re free to go wherever you want and do the things you like. Getting to work or school is more convenient and the number of leisure activities you can take part in are limitless.

Because of the safety implications that come with operating a motor vehicle on public roads, driver training is all the more important. When you’re on the road, both your safety and that of other road users depends on your competency at handling your car. With lives literally at stake, the quality of driver training becomes paramount as a matter of personal and public safety.

Professional driver training over home-schooling

For most people in New Zealand, learning how to drive boils down to one basic but important question: do I get professional driving lessons or do I get a parent or friend to teach me how to drive?

The answer is simple… you need both. If you are planning on skipping professional driving lessons in favour of home training, you would be missing on a lot. There are several reasons why professional driver training is invaluable to anyone looking to acquire a driving licence:

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