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August 11, 2015

One of the things that firefighters hear most commonly after a fire is that a homeowner or a business owner never thought a fire could happen to them. Many people see fires and other major disasters as something that happen to other people. While thinking that a fire could never happen to them may make a person feel good, thinking this way is not very helpful. It is in a person’s best interest to take steps to prepare themselves for a fire. It is in their best interest to learn how to prevent or how to manage an emergency.

The number one place where fires happen is in the home. Annually, thousands of people in the United States and around the world die from fires that could have been prevented. Even if the fire itself could not have been prevented, some of the injuries and deaths associated with them could have been prevented.

Installing smoke detectors in the house is a homeowner’s first line of defense against a fire. Smoke detectors should be on every single level of the home, and they should be located outside of every bedroom. There are two types of smoke detectors a homeowner should have. One is ionization, and the other is photoelectric. Each smoke detector is designed to work in a different way. Of course, just having a smoke detector installed is not enough. Homeowners must take steps to see to it that it functions properly, that its batteries are replaced, and that a new smoke detector is installed once every 10 years.

Having a fire extinguisher in the home that is labeled ABC is a must for homeowners looking to protect their family’s safety and belongings. Other fire protection apparatuses that should be in a home include a fire blanket, a safety chain or ladder, a firebox, and a sprinkler system.

Thankfully, firefighters have been expertly trained in dealing with fires that take place in different environments and that are fueled by different chemicals. Live fire training, like that which is set up by companies like Pro-Safe Fire Training Systems Inc. for example, prepares firefighters for the smoke, heat, and confusion that often accompanies fighting a live blaze by using propane to start fires and allowing firefighters put them out.

Even if a homeowner takes all of the safety precautions imaginable, there is still a chance that a fire can start. However, the better prepared they are, the higher the chances that they and their family will be able to escape the fire unharmed.

July 26, 2015

FLAC, also known as Free Lossless Audio Codec, is a lossless codec that can be used to compress audio files in the original format. FLAC files are often large and takes up more hard drive space. Converting FLAC to MP3 is a great option for people who have small hard disk space on their computer.

FLAC has a small compression ratio compared to MP3. The compression ratio of FLAC is about 50% – 60%. MP3 format lets you compress the file into the desired size. The audio quality in between MP3 and FLAC is very small and you won’t notice it. FLAC is not supported by many portable devices. MP3 is more widely supported by mobile devices. If you want to listen a music on a portable device, you will have to convert it into MP3.

Besides, FLAC is not widely supported as MP3 on the internet. If you want to share the audio file with others online, it is best that you convert it into MP3. It takes significantly lesser time to download the MP3 because of its small size. The small size of MP3 audio file makes it possible for you to store it in your portable device as a portable device, usually don’t have a lot of hard disk space.

You can try Movavi Video Converter to convert FLAC into MP3 format. Movavi Video Converter supports a wide range of high definition video codec. It offers one of the fastest file conversion compared to other video converters in the market.  Most of the time, the FLAC file can be converted into MP3 within a few seconds. If your computer is equipped with a higher CPU processor, it will be even faster. There are only a few steps you need to follow to convert FLAC to MP3.


To convert FLAC to MP3, you must click on the Browse button to choose the FLAC file from your computer. In the convert to list, you must select the audio and video formats and choose MP3. It is recommended that you choose the MP3 format with high bitrates (320 kbps) as FLAC is a lossless audio format. You can play back the FLAC file in the preview area on the right.

Finally, you must select the destination folder where the MP3 will be saved. If you want to pause the progress, you can click on the pause button. The destination folder will open automatically as soon as the conversion is completed.

Movavi Video Converter is equipped with an intuitive user interface. If there is a long list of files you want to convert, you can quit the player in the right pane. Movavi Video Converter makes it easy for you to convert FLAC to mp3 files in batch. To convert the FLAC files in batch, you simply check the checkboxes of all the files. The preset you choose you will be applied to all the FLAC files. Experienced users can make changes to the settings

Overall, Movavi Video Converter is a reliable FLAC to MP3 converter.  Movavi Video converter is compatible with various versions of Windows including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

July 11, 2015

Whether you are about to open your doors for the first time or you have been established for years in the business world, you are always paying attention to time. You have a schedule to keep, obligations to be met, and deadlines hanging over your head. The key to success is to make the most of every minute, ensuring that your company is as productive as possible. While your product or service is your selling point, you won’t get anywhere without an efficient staff. If your business is going to excel, you need to be aware of the time your staff puts in on a daily basis. PC time clock software can help you to stay on track.

Make Punching In and Out More Convenient
When you have a workforce that is behind a desk, time clock software is a sensible solution. Your employees simply need to log in and out on the PC time clock. All it takes is the click of a button and they will provide data concerning their daily attendance. You’ll know is punctual on a daily basis. At the same time, it will be easy to pinpoint any employees who are having trouble with their time records. Accurate data can be easily accessed, allowing you to monitor your staff, address any issues, and reward those who offer you exemplary service. Everything will be in black and white, enabling you to print out reports concerning time records. You’ll have valuable information that will keep you informed about your business.

Streamline Processes in the Office
In addition to using PC software for time clock records from TimeClockeShop.com, you’ll find that it has never been easier to complete your payroll. Your time clock software can work in cooperation with your payroll software to make your life easier. Better organization will help you to manage your company more efficiently. Stay on top of the details, big and small, to ensure that you have optimal performance in your business. Time clock software for the PC is an excellent tool to help you be more successful.

June 4, 2015

Women sometimes start feeling the symptoms of pregnancy during a crucial time in their lives. For example, a woman may start feeling morning sickness, dizziness and fatigue while she is at the apex of her career. She may take an HCG combo pregnancy test to confirm her pregnancy just to be sure. Next, she will want to try to prolong the amount of time she stays on her job before she has to take a medical leave. The following are some tips that can help a pregnant woman to stay on her job as long as possible:

Take Multivitamins and Supplements Daily

Prenatal vitamins and supplements can help a pregnant woman to sustain the energy she needs to keep coming into work. An anti-nausea medication can help get her through the first trimester, which is the worst time for women who experience severe morning sickness. Iron an folic acid are two essential items that expecting mothers need to stay active. A pregnant working woman should see her doctor frequently for advice.

Exercise Frequently

Exercise can be better for a pregnant woman more ways than one. First, daily exercise can keep her mood stability, and it can keep her mind fresh. Secondly, daily exercise can keep her muscles and joints in shape so that she can perform her job. A 20-minute exercise session three to four times a week may extend her pre-medical-leave time up to four weeks. She should present any exercise routine ideas to her doctor first, however.

Take Frequent Breaks

Expecting mothers can last longer if they take frequent breaks during which they can sit and gather themselves. A physician can advise the frequent breaks and write the advice in a note to the person’s employer. A compassionate employer will cooperate to preserve the employee as long as possible.

Change Positions

Finally, the employer can change the expecting mother’s job position so that she will have less responsibility and stress on her body. The employer could give her an office job until she comes back from the leave.

All of the previously mentioned tips can keep an expecting mother on the job for an extended period.

May 18, 2015

Here’s another recipe to keep you cool this summer. Don’t let the color scare you because I tell you, this is really delicious and of course, very healthy.

mint apple

Mint-Apple Mashup


  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • 1 cup diced seedless cucumber
  • 1 peeled apple, diced
  • 1-2 Tbs. liquid chlorophyll
  • 6 mint leaves.


  1. In blender, combine all ingredients and 8 ice cubes. Puree 1 minute or until smooth. Serve immediately.

May 18, 2015

Healthy and refreshing! The weather is starting to shoot up and if you are looking for ways to cool down this summer, I would suggest you give this healthy juice a try.

The delicious yogurt and the diced avocado made the drink creamy, while the kale and watercress, made it very refreshing.

I am in the garden right now and sipping the delicious drink while listening to my son play the clarinet. So, how do you plan to spend the summer?


Orange Watercress Wave


  • 1/2 cups packed watercress
  • 1 cup packed baby kale6 0z. low fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup diced avocado or cooked edamame
  • 1/3 cup orange


  1. In blender, combine all ingredients. Puree 1 minute or until smooth. Serve immediately.

May 15, 2015

I really can’t see the reason why my son would want to hot rod his fender guitar. It’s okay as it is, it’s working and it looks great. Still, he wants to change the body. He and his best friend are both glued to the computer, looking for tele bodies after tele bodies. Well, I wouldn’t argue with him, after all he will be spending his own money. Hay, teens!

April 2, 2015

If you have recently become the proud owner of your own small business, there is certainly every reason to feel accomplished. After all, it isn’t every person who has the patience, diligence, and skillfulness to succeed in their goal of becoming their own boss. Becoming a business owner is a rare accomplishment, and it’s one to celebrate. However, now that your doors are open, it’s more important than ever to be absolutely sure that you are in full possession of all of the necessary tools of your chosen trade.

Making Sure You’ve Got The Right Tools To Do Business With

If you’ve recently opened your own coffee shop, you’re no doubt already aware that you’ll need to have all of the specific tools of the trade that allow you to business in your chosen field. If you’ve gotten far enough along to open your doors to the public, you’ve most likely dealt with all the preliminary items: Chairs, tables, video cameras, cash registers, etc. All that remains to be attended to are the coffee specific items.

It’s Never Too Late To Make A Quick Course Correction

And this, of course, is where you’ll need to be absolutely sure that you really do have each and every item that you need to do business as a coffee shop owner. Luckily, we now live in a day and age that allows us to quickly correct any shortfalls that may rear their ugly head. In short, if you’ve neglected some vital item that you realize you can’t do business without, you can simply turn to the Internet to place a quick order that will get you right back on your feet again.

Espresso Parts Is Here To Help

Espresso Parts is here to help you. If you find yourself running short of any of the necessary coffee shop supplies that you need in order to do business, you can quickly contact the company to supply everything you need, at a price that’s right for your budget. If you’ve made any mistakes in your inventory, the time to correct them is now.

The company has a long and distinguished reputation for expert customer service and quick delivery of goods. Whatever items your business may need can be supplied in a timely and professional manner. Contact Espresso Parts today to find out what they can do for you.

April 2, 2015

No one throws a party hoping it will go down in social history as “okay.” Here are three steps you can take to ensure that your event will be memorable, and that people will be clamoring for your next big shindig.

The first thing everyone will look for when they come through the door is the snack table. Make sure the food you provide matches the vibe you want for the party. Heavier foods are fine for day parties or an intimate guest list, but if it’s a big, casual event, keep it light with finger foods that won’t keep anyone bogged down in the kitchen. If you’re serving alcohol, make sure there’s always water and a substantial food available.

Everything from decorations to your outfit will hint to your guests about what kind of atmosphere you want at your party. Keep this in mind when preparing for your party, and choose visual cues that will put your guests at ease when they arrive.

The bigger the party, the more power your sound equipment will need. While laptop speakers may serve at a small party, parties with more guests will generate more ambient noise and thus need more substantive equipment. There are many websites where you can get quality sound equipment for affordable prices. Sites like muzeekworld.com offer dj equipment rental to take larger parties to the next level.

Keep these simple tips in mind and no one will forget your next party.

March 17, 2015

Hmm, I don’t know what to name this smoothie, but what I can tell you is it’s delicious, refreshing and definitely healthy. I didn’t feel like filling up my tummy with something heavy yesterday, so I thought I’d make something light. I rummaged through my fridge and found a few slices of cantaloupe, 1 Dalandan (local orange), pechay leaves and a cucumber.

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This is what it turned out.

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My Green Smoothie


  • 1 cup cantaloupe, sliced into cubes
  • Juice of 1 Dalandan or Orange
  • 1 cup Cucumber, sliced onto cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups Pechay leaves or Spinach
  • 2 - 3 Tbsps. Honey
  • Ice cubes


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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