Ask Away Blog: June 2020

Books I Recommend You Read [June]

Monday, June 29, 2020


More time to read because it's summer yay!

Check out what I read this month!

4 Surprising Ways to Use Tech to Improve Your Personal Life

Friday, June 26, 2020


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If you find yourself feeling behind in life, you’re not alone. Many adults today feel like they are constantly on the go and juggling many things at once, including parenting and career responsibilities. To help you stay on top of your personal life and achieve a higher quality of living overall, here are four ways that affordable technology can be helpful.

Why You Need to Get Rid of Digital Clutter



Digital clutter is a real thing these days. I mean if it wasn’t bad enough that some people struggle with paper stacks at work and at home, piles of clothing, and an obscene number of books that most of us will never even read again, we now have digital clutter to worry about. Technology seems to have been designed to organize and streamline many things. But if you aren’t careful, you’ll end up having more clutter to deal with anyways.

6 Dog Training Tools That Will Make Training Your Dog Easier

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


When you brought your cute little bundle of fuzz home, you probably stocked your house with food and toys, but you may not have picked up all of the essentials you need to train your new companion. These six dog training tools can make training your dog easier.

Time Saving Hacks I Use Everyday




Everyone asks me how I deal with chaos and all the things I have going on in my life and still stay sane, have a neat and tidy home, and never forget an important thing…EVER. Well, the answer is that I’m extremely efficient with my time. So I’m going to share with you some time saving hacks I use everyday. They’re a lot more simple than you think, too!

Easy Ways To Get More Fruit & Veg Into Your Diet

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

If there is one thing that we all know, it’s that science says that fruit and vegetables are good for us. I mean, what’s not to like? They’re colorful, they’re tasty and with enough variety, they can give you almost every vitamin you need. Fruit and vegetables have a place in our day to day diet, but the real question is whether or not you are able to find the time to include them in your day. It’s surprisingly hard to fit in the recommended eight fruits or vegetables per day if you’re trying to go one by one.

Keeping Seniors Mobile

Monday, June 22, 2020

The ability to get around as we get older can be a challenge. Loss of mobility is the top disability among seniors according to census data. Eventually, it seems, even the healthiest of elders become bed or chair bound. A rapidly-aging populous is part of why it’s commonplace to see an advertisement for a free mobility scooter on television every hour. These are the best answer for many who are struggling with getting around. There are some available measures to help extend the duration of unaided mobility before having to rely on something other than walking for short-distance travel.

How To Create and Use A Pet Fund



You may have read my post about how I afford 4 senior dogs with no debt, and the main method I discussed was having a pet fund for supplies and vet care. Each paycheck I put a certain amount of money aside for their care. I figured out the total amount I need in a year (including what I put aside for an unexpected emergency) so it’s second nature for me to operate this way but I realize for some, they don’t even know how to get started. So today I’m going to help you learn to create and use a pet fund for your pets so that you’re better prepared financially to care for them whether it’s an emergency or not.

Making The Choice To Get Plastic Surgery

Saturday, June 20, 2020

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Cosmetic surgery has been getting more and more popular over the last few years. While many people fear this type of treatment, medical advances over the last few decades have made it far safer than it used to be. Some people choose to get plastic surgery because they don’t like part of their body, while others choose to go down this route when they suffer an injury that changes their appearance. Whichever of these applies to you, though, it’s crucial that you think about this decision, and this post is going to be exploring the elements that you need to keep in your mind the most.

Overcoming The Stresses Associated With Moving Home

Friday, June 19, 2020


Moving home is immensely exciting, but it's also a lot of hard work. Nobody warns you about the inevitable stresses ahead. This is why you must take responsibility by preparing yourself for the process.

How To Be a Better Horse Rider


Horseback riding is an enjoyable physical activity for many people. It takes a lot of practice to become a talented rider. Even if you have been riding horses for years, you can always strengthen your riding skills. Use these three tips to build your confidence and skill as a horseback rider.

What No One Tells You About Being A Blogger



Being a blogger is a pretty cool experience, but I’ve noticed some people don’t even know what a blogger really is or what it’s like. There are definitely a few types of bloggers like journalist bloggers for the news, people that use their blog as their diary, and people that blog as part of promoting their shop or business. But there’s also the bloggers like me, that do it as a side hustle and because they love it. I’ve been blogging almost 10 years now so I figured I’d tell you some things you may not know about what it’s like to be a blogger.

5 Tips to Improve Your Overall Appearance

Thursday, June 18, 2020



It's easy to sometimes feel bombarded by over the top beauty tips and tricks, and it can equally get pretty exhausting. However, your physical appearance does matter a lot. That being said, this isn’t one of those shallow articles advising you to cake your face in makeup and wear the highest heels. One thing to know is that the simplest beauty tips go the longest way, so here are 5 tips to improve your overall appearance. So, at the end of the day, you’ll not only look great but feel great too.

4 Scientific Reasons It's Harder To Tone Up As You Get Older (And The Solutions)




Youth is a beautiful thing. When you're in your teens, you feel as if you'll never get old. You can eat what you like, not exercise, and live a generally slobby lifestyle without putting on weight or losing muscle mass.

What to Do When You Start Losing Your Hearing


If you feel your hearing is getting worse, you need to see a doctor immediately. In many cases, hearing loss is perfectly treatable, and may just be a result of an infection or a build-up of earwax. However, some forms of hearing loss are irreversible, particularly when caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises, aging, or certain medical conditions.

If you struggle to participate in conversations and turn the TV up louder than you used to, you may be starting to experience hearing impairment. By booking an appointment with your doctor, they will be able to diagnose your symptoms and rule out any more serious conditions.

What does a hearing test involve?

A hearing test will usually last between thirty minutes and an hour and has a few distinct stages designed to test the condition of your ears and how well you can hear certain sounds.

History Check

The first thing your doctor will do at the start of the test is to talk to you about your health. They will ask you about the concerns you have, as well as the medical history of you and your family. Hearing loss can be caused by many different factors, so they will want to rule out any inherited genetic causes. It could also be caused by medical conditions, infections, earwax, or even recent trauma to the head, so the interview will determine whether any of these might be causing your hearing loss. They will also talk to you about your work and whether you are frequently exposed to loud noises and discuss how your hearing impacts your life. If they ascertain that you have an identifiable physical condition in your ears, you may be better off seeing an ear, nose, and throat doctor rather than an audiologist. Learn the difference here.

Otoscopy

Your doctor will want to look for any signs of damage around your outer or inner ear. To do so, they will conduct an inspection of your inner ear, known as an otoscopy.

Audiometry

You will then be brought to a soundproof room and asked to wear headphones connected to an instrument called an audiometer. You will begin with a pure tone audiometry test, where you will be played tones of different pitches and volumes, testing the limits of your hearing. The test will then be conducted with speech, and you will listen to snippets of conversation at different volumes and asked what you can hear.

Tympanometry

Some hearing tests may involve tympanometry. Your audiologist will put a soft plug in your ears and observe how your inner ear responds to sounds and pressure changes. This will measure the reflexive responses of your ear muscles and determine how well your eardrum is working.

Results

Once all the tests have been conducted, you will be presented with your results in the form of an audiogram. This is a graph that depicts the lowest sounds you can hear at different pitches and volumes. Based on your results, your doctor will be able to identify the next course of action. If you have moderate to mild hearing loss, this is likely to be hearing aids.


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3 Simple Reasons Why You Have Chronic Earache


If you are suffering from a dull ache, a sharp pain, or a constant niggling dullness in your ear, it can have a surprisingly detrimental impact on your life. Ear pain is relatively uncommon in adults. Kids have ear infections every other month, but adults don’t tend to suffer the same ailment. Having a chronic pain in your ear can prevent you from focusing, can leave you feeling depressed, and can stop you from functioning. Take a look at these reasons why you may have chronic ear pain and check out what you can do about it.

Top Tips To Manage Anxiety During COVID-19




The current health situation is stressful for anyone, but if you already struggle with anxiety, things are even worse. If you’re finding COVID-19 or having to live in quarantine is making your anxiety worse, or you’re experiencing anxiety for the first time, don’t panic. You’re not alone in feeling more worried than usual and there are things that you can do to manage it, even with more to worry about.
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Turn your Home into a Stress-Free Sanctuary with These Top Tips

Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Do you sometimes look at your home and think that it is one of the worst on the street? If so then you are not alone. It’s important to know that there are so many people in the same situation that you are in right now, but if you take your time and if you make sure that you make the right improvements then you can turn this around in no time at all.

Hearing Loss, Making Positive Steps For The Future

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A hearing aid may feel like a daunting prospect. The truth is however that millions of people worldwide wear them, of all ages. So whether you’re 25 or 75, you can be sure that you are not alone. Hearing aids improve our hearing function after a hearing loss diagnosis. A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It will make some sounds louder so that you can listen, communicate, and participate much better than you could before. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations and it will be of great benefit to you. The hearing tests are particularly easy and should not really take much longer than half an hour. You should book a test if you feel that you are struggling.

Summer Safety Tips for Dogs



Summer is here and it’s a great time to be outside especially if you bring your dog with you. The weather is perfect for a romp at the dog park, long walks, hiking, and just playing in your backyard. As with all things, there are always safety tips you need to keep in mind to ensure nothing can put a damper on you or your dog’s Summer. Here are some tips for keeping your dog safe when enjoying the Summer weather.

Four Tips For A Healthier, More Beautiful Smile

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


A nice smile is one of the first things people notice about you. A lot of us worry about how our smile looks, especially in photographs. If you’re worried about yours, try these tips for a smile that is healthier and more beautiful.
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Floss daily. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth and out from under your gum line, where your toothbrush can’t reach. If you floss every day, you’ll be less likely to suffer from tooth decay and gingivitis. Without this, tartar can build up under the surface of your gum lines, which leads to periodontal disease, which can then cause bone destruction and tooth loss. To floss in the right way, wrap the floss tightly around your finger, and insert it into the space between your teeth. Slide the floss gently up and down under the gum line two or three times. If you hate the feel of flossing, you can try an oral irrigator instead. These devices spray water between your teeth to remove plaque and food.

See your dentist twice a year. A routine cleaning every six months is a great way to promote good oral health and helps you to maintain a beautiful smile. If you don’t get a regular cleaning, you have an increased risk of periodontal disease. This causes swollen, receding, and bleeding gums, which is uncomfortable and unsightly. It is also linked to conditions including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea. A good cleaning will remove stain and tartar. A regular trip to your dentist also means they can screen for health conditions, such as oral cancer, as well as problems with your teeth. Many health conditions present early signs in the mouth, so your dentist or hygienist can catch many issues very early that you can then follow up with your doctor. Your dentist can also advise you on solutions for things like how to fix crooked teeth, or how to handle staining.

Limit tea, coffee, and red wine. Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine are known for staining the teeth. This is because these drinks can build up a superficial stain that your dentist can polish off for you, but they can also cause deeper staining of the tooth enamel. Drinking through a straw can help to reduce the staining, and can also reduce the likelihood of tooth decay. If you do enjoy these drinks, rinse your mouth with water after a drink so the dark liquid won’t sit on your teeth, and have a chance to stain.

Buy a quality toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes have been shown to remove more plaque and achieve healthier gums than standard manual toothbrushes. If you don’t have the budget at the moment for a quality electric toothbrush, then buy a manual brush with soft bristles. Stiffer bristles and brushing too hard can cause your gums to recede and will eventually wear down the enamel from your teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush, and brush gently to avoid damaging your teeth by mistake.



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Dealing with Your Debt with Dune Ventures


Why does it feel so terrifying for most of us to even contemplate getting out of debt? It just seems like you'll never get ahead and never get rid of it all which can make trying to come up with a plan of attack really frustrating and even discouraging.  

Well, today I'm going to walk you through how to create a debt pay down plan and how you can actually stick to it so that you become debt free! 


Here's What You Need To Know About Medical Negligence Claims

Monday, June 15, 2020


Medical negligence, also sometimes referred to as medical malpractice though the two differ, can be defined as the failure of a medical professional to act in a way that provides their patient with the agreed standard of care, potentially causing them harm. Medical negligence claims come under the umbrella category, personal injury, and are handled by personal injury lawyers. 

Always Eat After 7 PM | Final Thoughts

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I was financially compensated for this post however the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

So I’ve been on my new lifestyle challenge for a month now. I talked about my initial goals, my progress, and today I’m giving you my final thoughts. It’s all based on the book Always Eat After 7PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks – While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion. While I wouldn’t say this was easy, the amount of effort I put into it was worth the reward of results and feeling much better inside and out. I can’t believe I almost gave up on improving my energy levels and losing weight before I found this book.

Everything was broken down so well. Remember, the Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of The 14-day Acceleration Phase to start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you learn which foods to eat to achieve your weight-loss goals, and The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good. I am fully committed to carrying this knowledge and practice forward with me because I know that it will keep working for me as long as I stick with it. I have never been so amazed by a book. I learned so much and the popular diet myths that were debunked were very insightful. This was truly an easy to follow diet that allowed me to indulge my most intense food cravings and eat the majority of my calories at night.

The author says “People everywhere subject themselves to lives of starvation dieting and exercising hell, and none of it is working. They crave food, walk around hungry all day, and miss out on one of life’s great pleasures – eating good food.” How true that statement is. That was my life before this book came along. I would try so hard only to feel miserable and I always said, I enjoy food and I don’t want to deprive myself of things that I enjoy for the rest of my life because really, what kind of life is that?

I will certainly keep this lifestyle up moving forward. I feel like I finally have the knowledge and tools to make better choices and stick with this lifestyle. When I go out to eat, I know what to look for on the menu, I can easily plan out smart meals and snacks on a regular basis, and I understand why my body is hungry and why I should listen to that hunger.

Always Eat After 7PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks – While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

I am definitely sticking with this since I finally found something that works for me and doesn’t deprive me of any joy. If you plan to try this method too, let me know!

I was financially compensated for this post however the opinions are completely my own based on my experience.




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Questions You Should Ask Before Any Purchase



Many of us struggle with money in one very common way…our purchasing decisions. Some of us struggle with being an impulse buyer, buying excess amounts of something that we never end up using, or even just purchasing something as a way to cheer ourselves up. So I have put together some questions you should ask yourself before each and every purchase and if you practice this enough, it becomes second nature. When I’m at the grocery store and I see something NOT on my list, I automatically go through these questions in my head.

Why Charity Work is So Important

Friday, June 12, 2020


Whether it's time or money, giving away to others is important in today's society.  There are a variety of reasons and I'll get into that but what I want to highlight is that there are so many ways to give back whether it's visiting other countries like Marc Zboch does or just doing something in your own community, the possibilities are endless. 

 The first thing we tend to think of when it comes to charity is money but that's not the only way.  Money can go a long way with supplies, medical costs, and other things but there are people needed to obtain the supplies, make things, prepare meals, and raise awareness for certain causes.  

But there’s another valuable asset that many of us can find a way to give – and that’s time. Giving time is a great gesture and a great way to volunteer or give back. As many of you know, I volunteer my time each week and each month at two local places near me where I do pet therapy with 2 of my chihuahuas. We visit a nursing home and we participate in a library event where kids that struggle with reading can read out loud to dogs since dogs are a non judgement audience.  Most charity organizations don't have money to pay employees so they need people that are willing to help out for free because the money goes to the other things.  And when it comes to time, you don't have to make it a full time thing.  If you can only volunteer twice a month for a few hours each time, it's much needed and much appreciated.  You can be a part of doing the behind the scenes work that keeps everything going.




You can also become an advocate and spread awareness from the comfort of your own home simply by sharing opportunities with others to donate money and time for certain organizations or causes.  Sometimes rides are needed for people who can't drive and someone may have a van they own but rarely use and they can either donate it or actually be a driver to take elderly to appointments, take people in recovery to meetings, or do supply pick ups.

 Helping others gives you a sense of purpose and a rewarding feeling.  It makes you feel like your small actions and efforts are part of the greater good...because they are.  That's an important thing whether you realize it now or not.

Charity work can be as easy as volunteering to man a booth, clean up after an event, or as fun as spending time with shelter animals tending to their needs and socializing them.  Some places even need someone to take and edit photos of their work so that they can spread the word to others.

If you don't know what you can do, all you have to do is ask.  Find an organization or cause you care about and reach out and ask them what they are in need of.  Get creative and think outside the box.  If you are good at making crafts, you can offer to make some things for a charity auction.  If you are good at gardening, perhaps you can help out with a community garden.  And if you are just good at getting the word out, you can make and distribute fliers and brochures.  The possibilites are truly endless.


Do you do any charity work? Share it below!



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Why Volunteering Your Time Is So Important



Today, we’re talking about giving back to your community. The idea of giving back is always pushed at us to better the world but it’s not explained as much when it comes to just how you should do that. The first thing we tend to think of when it comes to “giving back” is donating money. That’s a great gesture and all, but it’s certainly not the only way, and for many people, they don’t have any money to give.

Adding More Value To Your Home To Maximize Your Investment

Thursday, June 11, 2020


When it comes to our homes, we all want to ensure that our investment pays off for the long term and this can often mean that we want to add as much value to it as possible. However, are you doing enough? What can you do to ensure that your home maximises potential when it comes to what it is worth? With that in mind, here are some of the things to consider.

Be Prepared! Problems You Can Find In Your New Home

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Moving into a new property should be a new start. But for whatever a new start represents for you, there are usually a few hurdles that you need to jump over before you start making upgrades to your home and truly get settled in. However old or new the home is, there can be issues left unattended, especially if the last people moved out some time ago. What are the things that you need to be aware of?

How To Plan and Host an Event Like A Pro





So you have an idea in your head for a great party or social gathering or even some sort of workshop or training event, but you feel stuck because you are overwhelmed with the task of actually planning and coordinating the whole thing. Sure, you can hire someone, but that may not be in your budget. So what are you to do? Well, I’ve been told by many people that I have a knack for planning, organizing, and coordinating all types of events. I mean, I planned my own wedding reception and did it on a SUPER tight budget so I’d like to think I know a thing or two about this type of stuff. So today, I have put together a guide to help you plan and host your own events like a pro, without the excessive costs!

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