How to Plan a Family Day at a Baseball Game

Summer brings thoughts of fun family outings at sunny beaches, garden picnics, and professional baseball games.

Professional baseball may not be first on your list of family outings, but it is worth consideration. Whether it’s one of the major league teams, one of the approximately 250 minor league teams, or a college team, baseball is an affordable entertainment venue available to families. With minimal planning, the whole family can enjoy a day at the ball park. Ballparks host promotional events that can range from fireworks after the game to fan participation events complete with prizes.

An entire nine inning baseball game will take at least two and a half hours so plan ahead if children will be in attendance. Things to think about when planning for a baseball outing with children are:

Food: Professional ballparks will not allow the fan to bring any food or drinks (unless for a baby) into the stadium. There will be food offerings available for purchase at the ballpark. Limiting sugary food intake for children is always a good idea. A parent might want to consider selecting peanuts or popcorn to start and saving the Crackerjacks for the last couple of innings. (Wait until the closer comes to the mound.)

Sunscreen: Baseball is a summertime sport. Sunburns happen quickly so bring a good sunscreen. Apply it often. If a baby or toddler is in attendance, bringing an umbrella to provide shade may be a good choice or select seats in a shady area.

Hats: The team will be offering a variety of baseball hats and buying one at the park could be a practical souvenir of the outing.

Water: Again most professional ballparks do not allow liquids into the stadium. Remember to budget for plenty of drinking water and keep it handy for children.

Money: It is easy to spend more than intended when going to a ballpark. Decide on a budget for food and souvenirs. Remember to budget your money so you don’t end up spending too much on food and water. A quick check of the team’s website usually will provide a good idea of the various items for sale and the cost.

Hopefully these tips will help you and your family enjoy a great day at the baseball game. With a little bit of planning, a few hours spent at a baseball game can provide a lifetime of fond memories for the entire family.

Don’t forget to take the baseball gloves to get those foul balls.

How a Shuttle Works

With the current economic crunch everyone is looking for a way to cut expenses. Shuttle services have therefore become a popular means of traveling to and from the airport, home, office, hotel or any other location. Since a shuttle typically transports more than six passengers, they are able to offer low fares by splitting the overall cost of the ride among the passengers. They are comfortable, reliable and, most of all, less costly than other alternatives such as a cab or limousine.

Making shuttle reservations from home

To schedule a shuttle service to pick you up from your residence all you have to do is visit their homepage or call the company’s office number. The company will dispatch either a van or a bus to come pick you up within a fifteen-minute window and will drop you at a convenient terminal at the airport. Shuttles carefully schedule their departure time so as to guarantee that the passengers reach the airport in time for their flight. For instance, if you schedule to be picked up at 08:00 am the ride will arrive between 08:00 am and 08:15 am, thus it is important that when scheduling a particular pick up time, you should ensure that you will be ready to travel, otherwise you will inconvenience the other clients who are sharing with you.

From the airport

While it is not necessarily a must for you to make a reservation for a shuttle while at the airport most companies would recommend you to do so. Making an advance reservation when arriving from a long distance flight will save you from the agony of waiting for transport and the hassle of making payments at the airport or aboard the shuttle. However, one should also bear in mind that making an advanced reservation does not necessarily mean that a ride will be waiting for you on arrival. Due to safety considerations major airports do not permit buses or vans to wait at the curb. They will be found at a convenient holding location which is walking distance from the airport.

Most shuttle companies have a ticket counter within the airport or some will have representatives waiting at the curbside. Either way the procedure is simple and straight forward.

  • As soon as you have collected all your luggage, let the company’s representative know the particular location you are travelling to and give them your confirmation number.
  • The representative will feed these details into the company’s system so as to inform the dispatchers to group you with other clients from the same or different terminals who are going in your direction.
  • An available shuttle is then released from the holding lot to come pick you up along with the other clients.
  • You will board the shuttle as soon as it arrives. The time you will take to arrive at your destination will depend on the traffic conditions, number of passengers and number of stops. The company representative will be in a good position to give you an accurate estimate.

Ceramic Headers Are A Sound Performance Choice

The first step is getting more power out of your car is freeing up your system’s exhaust tract. In terms of aftermarket upgrades, this is the path the majority of tuners take. Remember that the internal combustion engine is basically a pump, and the more gases you can flow through cannot but improve performance. When it comes to modifying your exhaust, your choices will be dictated by its intended use. For example, your ride does primary duty as a daily driver. In that case, state laws may limit you to a catback exhaust. Sometimes, the option may be open for you to replace your exhaust pipes and cats too, from the exhaust manifold collector down to the muffler itself.

But for complete freedom in modifying your exhaust, your engine and the rest of your car, it would be best to have a track car registered as such, and you can then replace components to what your budget will allow. One exhaust system component that has been the subject of discussion in recent years is ceramic-coated headers. Ceramic headers offer the dual benefits of lowering engine compartment temperature by keeping the heat metal tubes would otherwise radiate. But by keeping the exhaust heat within the tubes, exhaust gas scavenging is improved. Which is a fancy way of saying that gas flow is increased, thereby benefiting engine performance. Making a blanket prediction on how much performance can be gained with ceramic coatings can be tricky though, because a lot of variables in the rest of the exhaust system have to be taken into account.

Note that so-called ceramic headers are actually steel-pipe headers with a ceramic coating on them. They can be less expensive than stainless steel headers because manufacturers can use mild steel for forming the headers and then coat them with the ceramic material. So, in performance terms, ceramic headers can be better than popular stainless steel headers because of cost and performance factors. Stainless steel though wins in terms of durability but not cost. Aesthetically, gearheads who go for bling will choose the look of stainless.

Bear in mind that as you extract more horsepower from your car’s engine, heat will become a major factor. In this regard, ceramic headers will be a better choice because they will keep underhood temperatures down. They may not look as fancy as stainless steel headers, but if they contribute to a more powerful and reliable engine, what is the better choice?

How To Make A Membership Website And Make It Profitable

Learning how to make a membership website is the beginning of pursuing quite a productive venture. To learn to do so, you must begin by knowing what elements or factors contribute to a profitable membership website.

The Business

It is important to understand that the blog or the website itself is not the business. Instead, they are the tools that you need to use appropriate in implementing the business model or plan that you have created. Even before you put up a website, it is crucial that you carefully plan and map out the course you want to take in pursuing your business.

In making the membership site, you must first determine what it is that you want to achieve through the site. Identify what it is that people seek you or your website for. Settle on how you want to provide this particular need of your target audience. Identify, first and foremost, what the business is and from there, you have to decide on how you can provide your customers with their needs.

The Demand

While it is true that you would consider setting up a membership site in order to make money, it is sometimes not advised that you do it for this purpose alone. In line with this, you must also understand the importance of demand in building your website. Determine if there is a demand for in your market. This can be achieved by performing a survey with your clients and asking about what it is that they like to know more from you. This can also help in discovering other things that people like, which might have not yet crossed your mind. Listen to your clients in order to find out what their demands are.

The Relationship

The success of a website also relies on how good your established relationship with members is. Your members are the ones who are most likely going to be your buyers. Put yourself in a buyer’s position. You are most probable to buy products or avail services from someone that you know. Thus, you have to make yourself known to your clients and you must also know more about them as much as possible. In building a good relationship with your members, you have to have constant communication with them. Cultivate trust in your relationship with your members so they will think of you each time they need to purchase something.

The Beneficiaries

A membership website’s benefit is two-way. It benefits you by driving in more money to your account from your members’ fees and payments. On the same note, the website also benefits the members as they are able to obtain what they need from it. To ensure that both you and your members are benefitted, you must always ensure that your contents are of the best quality. Offer your clients with the best product and always provide them with what they actually need.

The Marketing

Your task does not end once the membership website is put up. Instead, you must think of ways on how to effectively market the website. Marketing involves reaching more people and letting them know about your business and what great things they can achieve from it.

The Differences Between Acute and Post Acute Withdrawal

In simple terms, the primary difference between acute and post acute withdrawal is the severity and potential consequences of related symptoms. As the key words indicate, acute withdrawal is generally more severe than post-acute withdrawal. However, both conditions are in actuality different stages of the disease of addiction: first comes active addiction, followed by cessation and acute withdrawal and finally transitioning to post acute withdrawal. Although part of the same disease, these conditions should be made distinct to addicts and those in recovery and the people who support them.

Primary Difference: Risk of Serious Medical Complications

The most important difference between acute and post acute withdrawal is the potential consequences of symptoms that may arise. During acute withdrawal syndrome or AWS, symptoms can be severe; in fact, symptoms of detox and withdrawal from some drugs can cause life-threatening complications. These include alcohol, (Louis A. Trevisan, M.D., Nashaat Boutros, M.D., Ismene L. Petrakis, M.D., and John H. Krystal, M.D. Complications of Alcohol Withdrawal National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) benzodiazepines (Lann MA, Molina DK, A Fatal Case of Benzodiazepine Withdrawal National Center for Biotechnology Information) and barbiturates. For some people withdrawing from these substances can cause seizures, respiratory depression, heart attack, coma, delirium tremens and rarely, death.

While post acute withdrawal symptoms do not generally pose risk of death or even serious medical symptoms, the condition does cause severe disruptions in the lives of many people in recovery. In some cases symptoms may require medication in order to successfully manage, while in others a healthy diet and plenty of exercise allow for a strong recovery plan. In fact, some people in recovery report little to no PAWS symptoms at all.

Acuity of Urge to Abuse Substances

One of the most troubling symptoms of both AWS and PAWS is a strong, compelling desire to use drugs or drink again. These types of powerful feelings are strongest during the early stages of clinical withdrawal and slowly taper off over a period of about 5 days to 2 weeks. After this time drug or alcohol cravings may still arise and they may even be consistently present, however, they are rarely as compelling during PAWS as during AWS.

However, like AWS, the desire to abuse drugs is often at its peak during the early stages of PAWS and slowly lessens over time. This is one of the reasons that most people attend treatment in the following manner:

Stage 1: Immediate drug abuse cessation and resulting clinical withdrawal, with potential for serious medical complications. Treatment consists in most cases of a professional detox program lasting for 5 to 10 days.

Stage 2: Upon completion of detox (drugs are no longer in the person’s system) patients attend longer-term treatment, during which time post acute withdrawal symptoms set in. These symptoms theoretically are at their worst levels during this time. Most rehab programs post-detox are around 30-90 days in duration, by which time the severity of PAWS symptoms should have subsided enough to safely permit the person to reintegrate with their communities. (Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome)

Stages of the Same Disease

In reality there is little true difference between acute withdrawal and post withdrawal: they are both part of the disease of addiction. In the early days of recovery, symptoms are at their most severe points. As recovery progresses, symptoms lessen, gradually shifting away from physical symptoms, and instead transitioning into longer-term mental and emotional symptoms. While these symptoms may not prompt the need for serious medical care, they do cause many addicts to relapse and thereby start the entire cycle all over again.

Ultimately, addiction is the disease and AWS and PAWS are merely stages. Unfortunately, few addicts recognize or appreciate the difference, and therefore many are unprepared, do not have the proper expectations, do not work a daily recovery program and subsequently doom themselves to relapse. If this sounds like you or someone you love, the time to act is now. Each progressive relapse episode is generally more severe and damaging than the last as a result of what is known as the Kindling Effect, so there’s not a moment to waste.

A Year in Referral Marketing – How It Has Worked For Me

I have been writing about referral marketing for a while now highlighted by the fact that I have been a member of Zip Nada Zilch, a referral marketing company, for over a year. Now it is time for a real review and my thoughts about the programs I have been consistently marketing.

First, if you haven’t heard of the Zip Nada Zilch, aka ZNZ, programs you probably aren’t alone. Although the referral company has been around for over five years now, people are still coming to know ZNZ.

The programs that I have been marketing are the ZNZ One and ZNZ Big Cash programs, which are associated with a free marketing system that I have been using called the Internet Payday System.

Now, I’m not going to go into the Internet payday system as I would rather spend my time giving you a real review of the programs that I have been involved with, the znz one and big cash programs.

While these programs have been and still are promoted as a “free” program and while the sign up process is free – there is not a membership or registration fee of any kind – the process of qualifying can cost a few dollars.

The process of qualifying is fairly simple. The ZNZ programs match folks looking for an opportunity with businesses looking for people to check out their free or low-cost trial offers. When someone signs up for a trial offer then they receive so many “credits.” For the ZNZ One program, you would complete one offer – hence the name ZNZ One.

For programs like ZNZ Big Cash, a person will have to complete more offers, typically 4 to 6. Once you have completed this sign up process, you are qualified for a lifetime with the ZNZ program.

So how do you make money? It’s simple really; once you are qualified you are able to promote links to the ZNZ program website where folks are able to sign up for trial offers. Once a person that you have referred has completed the sign up process then you will receive a referral commission.

The commission that you will receive is depends on the program you are promoting. For example, ZNZ One will pay $20 per referral, but some other programs may pay quite a bit more.

The biggest problem that I have found with this program, so far, is that too many people are expecting easy. Like any program online, you are going to have to work for any income and results that you may achieve.

Promoting these referral marketing programs is not that difficult. Over the last year or so I have used blogs, written article, produced videos and posted links in many different locations to generate quite a bit of traffic to my programs.

All in all, the ZNZ referral marketing programs are pretty simple and inexpensive to sign up with and overall are simple to promote and market. The secret to success with these programs, like any other opportunity out there, is to plan a marketing campaign, get busy and be consistent.

Tips to Conduct an Effective Drug Testing Program

The main purpose of conducting a drug testing program is to ensure that the dangerous habit of drug abuse is completely eliminated among the people. But to achieve the desired positive results, the program should be effective. And for effective implementation of this program, there are certain aspects to be taken care of. Here are a few tips that enable effective implementation of the program.

Explain the importance:

Teachers, parents, employers or any other personnel conducting the drug testing program should make it clear to the suspects that the purpose of the program is to ensure better and healthy living of the individual. It is their duty to explain the benefits of detecting and preventing the drug abusing habit. By doing so, the individuals will be encouraged to take the test without any inhibitions.

Determine the best method:

Drug testing methods are classified into different types depending on the sample used – hair, saliva, urine and blood. Of these methods, choose a method that is convenient. The convenience of the test should be judged in terms of ease of conducting and effectiveness in giving reliable results.

Be aware of drug detection windows:

Knowing drug detection windows is important for effective implementation of the program because, the drug detection periods vary from sample to sample and from drug to drug. For example, in case of amphetamines the drug detection period is 1 to 3 days in urine, 24 hours in blood, 90 days in hair and 0-24 hours in saliva.

Implement preventive methods to avoid sample alteration:

There is a probability that the suspects adulterate or manipulate (alter) test samples. Hence, make sure that the testing area/room does not contain any kind of materials/solvents which can be used to adulterate the test sample. It is also important that while collecting test samples, the donors should be monitored.

Use reliable test kits:

The effectiveness of the program is also dependent on the effectiveness of the equipment. Since testing at schools or workplaces requires on-site testing tools, drug test kits are recommended. These kits can also be used for home drug testing as they ensure privacy of results. These kits are cost effective, fast, safe, accurate and reliable. They are of different types based on the specimen used (saliva, urine, hair, etc.) and the design of kits (cups or strips). FDA approved kits give accurate results as they abide by the SAMHSA cut-off levels.

An effectively implemented drug testing program not only fetches accurate results but also plays a vital role in eliminating the habit of drug abuse.

Cruises Are a Great Option for Your Honeymoon

Cruises are actually a wonderful place to take a honeymoon. There are several reasons that they are great for this event in your life.

One of the great things about cruises is that they are almost all-inclusive. You can order room service anytime, you can order and eat as much as you desire at meal times. However, alcoholic beverages may or may not be included. You have access to pools, spas, and other amenities. The ship will take you to the shore, and you then have the freedom to explore and take excursions. If you do not want to spend any extra, you do not have to do so. Excursions cost, but you could choose to just enjoy the boat’s amenities that are included.

People may figure that cruises will cost a large amount. It is true that they can be costly, but for what you get they are well worth it. If you watch for specials, you may be able to get a good price. One thing to remember with cost is that your airline flight is not likely included. That is really the only transportation cost you will have unless you need to pay for a shuttle from the airports.

As you think about cost, try not to get overwhelmed. Just break it down. If you decide you want to go on a cruise, start having 20 dollars put in your savings account every week. By doing this, you should be able to pay for your honeymoon within four or five year’s time. The amount you save may actually exceed what you need. If you do not have five years before you are getting married, break it down in a different way. If you need to put it on credit, then you will know that you should be able to pay it off in less than seven years if you include the interest. To lucky ones, your honeymoon might be given as a wedding gift, and in these cases, you will not have to pay for anything except the extras.

There is a downside to many things, and that is the case with cruises as well. If you are prone to getting seasick or motion sick, then you might have a problem going on a cruise. If you believe you might have a problem, see your doctor. He or she should be able to provide you with something to help or a suggestion for something over-the-counter. You may or may not struggle if you get medication. There is a doctor on the ships, so if you end up having a major problem, they should be able to help.

Do not let a fear of cost or seasickness keep you from considering cruises as an option for your honeymoon. Sit down with the one you love, if you know them yet, and talk about it. If you have not yet met someone, maybe now is the time to start saving for the future.

Attraction Marketing in YOU: 5 Signs You Are Growing

Attraction Marketing starts with your personal growth. Why does personal development play an important role in your business? If you are solo entrepreneurs, you are the doer for your business. If you are growing, you will improve and of course, your business will have an impact too. I’m integrating personal development into my marketing strategy. Know thyself gives me a positive energy in my life and a creativity for my marketing messages. As you increase your self-awareness, you lead yourself well, and you will find your personal branding.

I have learned about personal development in a year, and hence it has become my internal marketing strategy. Attraction marketing is within me. I use marketing messages to inspire and to motivate people to change. Basically, people resist changing, or they lack of ambition, because they haven’t developed within them.

I would like to share the five signs of WATCH to indicate that you’re growing.

1. Words – the way you communicate will change. I’ve noticed a big difference between me and my fellow marketers which don’t learn personal development. Your marketing message will become alive and inspiring. Your message will bring a positive energy and changes for people who read and hear your message.

2. Attitude – your attitude will change. You will tap into positive attitude. You control how you react towards bad news. You would rather dispel anger feeling. I feel more calmness and peace inside of me. It also changes the relationship with my spouse and my kids better. I try to be more understanding with them.

3. Thoughts – be more careful with your thoughts because your thoughts will direct your life. Choose what you want to see, to read and to hear. I block myself of reading and listening bad news because I don’t want my emotion, and thoughts are influenced by negative news. By reading a personal development book or listening to a good motivational audio, you feed your thoughts with positive input only.

4. Characters – Yes, your characters can change. As you are more aware of yourself, you can choose what characters you want to embrace. Self-mastery is the best because you can control your life, hence you can control your success in life and in business.

5. Heart – what you feel is a matter. Let your heart be moved so your life will change. Listen to your heart and do self-talk to auto-suggest or to expect good things to happen in your life and in your business.

I believe if you have experienced those five signs of WATCH, you will get benefits for your personal life, and you will watch your business grow. People around you will sense positive impact as well.

If you embrace the five signs of WATCH into your marketing strategy, your attraction marketing will come from you. Your marketing messages will never be dull, and you tap the creativity into your business. With positive emotion, positive thoughts and positive attitude, you will have a passion of what you’re doing. You will search, find and equip yourself with necessary skills. People will be attracted to you naturally, because you offer not only a good product or service, but you have values and your business incorporates your personality.

Debunking 5 Myths About Why IT Leasing Is Bad for Business

Our previous article on the Top three worst excuses to avoid IT leasing exposed the most common excuses that we hear for not leasing IT gear from a policy point of view, but what about from a practical point of view? Are the reasons companies and SME’s give for not leasing really valid?

1. “Won’t it end up costing me more?”

No, monthly payments will pretty much always total up to more than the equipment costs to buy – but this is a very one-dimensional view. When it comes to business, the total paid doesn’t always equate to the total cost. Sounds like some weird quantum maths going on… However, when you take into account the differences in tax exemption between leasing and buying, the cost of upkeep and the expense of flogging your obsolete equipment on the secondary market, leasing tends to work out cheaper.

2. “It’s better to own my equipment”

Not true! Keeping in mind what’s best for business, the main problem is: What’s the real benefit of owning the equipment outright? In the knowledge that it will become out-dated in three years!

Intuition tells you that an asset owned is better than an asset borrowed, but in this case it is not true. In your industry, if you own the asset, the onus is on you to keep it in good working order and to shift it once it is redundant – a headache no one wants to deal with. Besides, do you have the technical expertise to refurbish the equipment for the secondary market or will it more likely end up in the skip? A Financial Services provider worth its salt will offer to buy your IT deadweight and dispose of your redundant hardware free-of-charge.

3. “I’d have less visibility over leased equipment”

Exactly the opposite! You are handing over the time-consuming and complex management and oversight to a supplier – but you see everything through one window, with IT leasing losing an overview is not the case. Software allows you to manage and keep track of your entire IT ecosystem, right down to the serial number and full spec of the PC, monitor and mobile device provided to an employee of the business. It allows IT managers to be the master of their own IT universe – tracking machine performance, updating schedules, usage, redundancy and so on.

4. “It is just another contract to manage”

Some services can consolidate and centralise all of your IT contracts and warranties with your various vendors.

5. “I thought going straight to the manufacturer would be cheaper?”

Manufacturers, such as Dell, do sometimes offer their own leasing contracts. It seems obvious that a lease direct from the manufacturer would be cheaper. However, in a more modestly sized supplier, there are actually fewer overheads and complex costings, which means a better price can be on the table over that of a manufacturer. You are free to choose any equipment you like, regardless of brand.