5 Things That Could Go Wrong During A Renovation

Renovating a home can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be a source of frustration and disappointment if things do not go as planned. Today, I wanted to discuss some of the potential challenges that homeowners may face during a renovation and how to avoid them. Let’s dive right in!


Cost over-runs

One of the most common issues homeowners face during a renovation is cost overruns. This can happen when the scope of the project is not well-defined or when unexpected issues arise during the renovation process. To avoid this, it is important to have a detailed budget that takes into account all likely costs and to get multiple bids from contractors so that you can compare prices. It is also important to plan for unexpected expenses, such as if a contractor discovers a structural issue that needs to be addressed before the renovation can continue. 


Delays galore

Another potential problem is delays in the renovation process. This can occur for a variety of reasons, such as if the contractor is not available to start the project when expected if materials take longer than expected to arrive, or if there are unexpected issues that need to be addressed. To avoid delays, it is important to thoroughly vet contractors before hiring them and to plan ahead to make sure that materials are available when they are needed. 


Dealing with subcontractors a-plenty

Another potential challenge is dealing with subcontractors. Subcontractors are often hired by contractors to complete specific tasks, such as electrical or plumbing work. While subcontractors can be an asset, they can also be a source of problems if they do not show up on time or if their work is not up to standard. To avoid problems with subcontractors, it is important to ensure that the contractor you hire is experienced in managing subcontractors and to ensure that subcontractors are properly licensed and insured. 


You never know what is truly under the floor or in the wall

No matter how long you have been in the business, you never know 100% what is under the floor or in the wall. You can guess, but you never know. What if you run into asbestos, lead paint, mold, or something else along those lines? No need to run! You just need to find great asbestos abatement companies Atlanta like Trinity Industrial Services! They say, “We provide a variety of professional services in the field of environmental asbestos testing including lead dust sampling, mold sampling, and soil samples for lead or arsenic contamination. We also offer asbestos sampling and testing for commercial real estate transactions.

Trinity Industrial Services has extensive experience with the following:

  • Debris removal
  • Foundation removal
  • Asbestos testing
  • Demolition
  • Resource Recovery and Recycling

Our goal is to provide the seamless coordination of Abatement and Demolition activities for all of our clients. Learn how we can serve you by contacting us for a free consultation and estimate.”


Not everyone has the same standards as you do

Finally, there is the potential risk of shoddy workmanship. This can occur if the contractor is inexperienced or if the contractor is not paying attention to details during the renovation process. To avoid this, it is important to thoroughly vet contractors before hiring them and to ensure that the contractor is experienced in the type of work required for your renovation. It is also important to look at the contractor’s past work to ensure that their work is up to standard. 

Renovating a home can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be a source of frustration and disappointment if things do not go as planned. To avoid potential problems, it is important to have a detailed budget, plan ahead, vet contractors and subcontractors, and ensure that the contractor is experienced in the type of work required for your renovation. By taking these steps, homeowners can ensure that their renovation experience is a positive one.

Tips for living life to the fullest

You only have a short time on this Earth to live your life. Although it feels like time moves very slowly when we are younger, we realize that as we age, it seems like time will not stop. Each year goes by faster than the last and it’s hard to soak in all of the precious moments that we are creating because we are so focused on work, school, or other more challenging aspects of our life. We need to cut this out and instead, focus on what is in front of us. This is hard to do because we live in a world that is so centered around work, social media, and technology, but it is possible. If you want to know how you can live your life to the fullest, keep reading! 

Let go of bad vibes

Say no to negativity and focus on happiness, love, and healthy relationships. Huffington Post says: “We’re attracted to negativity because it entertains us, and it does so by allowing us to delight in misfortune — a thing no one would bother doing if they were happy. It’s not that happy people walk around in bubbles of ignorance; they just know what a mess of self-loathing is involved with all that outwardly projected hate and they avoid it by not participating — which makes them seem uninteresting.” All this does is drag us down and make us unhappy. Let’s find a way to spread positive and happy vibes, to make ourselves and the rest of the world a happier place!


Don’t let anyone hold you back

I cannot stress this enough – do not let anyone hold you back from doing what you want to do. Do not let their fears get in the way of your success when it comes to a happy life. If you want to jump off a cliff in Jamaica, do it. Don’t let someone tell you that there could be a shark waiting for you. If you want to skydive, do it. A lot of the time, people hold you back because they are jealous. With social media being in the front of our lives, people constantly play ‘keeping up with the Jones’’ in everyday life now. Ignore those telling you no, or giving you horror stories, and do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

Say yes

There are so many unique opportunities for you out there and the only way you will get to experience them is by saying yes. A lot of the time, saying yes will get you out of your comfort zone and that is a good thing, in my opinion. According to Forbes, “Fear is a valuable thing. It keeps people safe and encourages caution when caution is due. But it’s also a limiting thing: Not everything you’re afraid of deserves fear or caution. And sometimes, moments of bravery are what is needed to make your life better.” Saying yes opens more doors for you, creates a more fulfilling and colorful world for you to live in, and it also promotes positivity in your life and others’ lives around you.

Take care of your body

Just like we only have one life, we only have one body and if we do not take care of it starting at a young age, we will pay for it in the future. This means: eating healthy, working out, getting sun, drinking enough water, limiting sugar (especially artificial!), drinking less caffeine, keeping up with appointments, and more. I once heard that your mouth is the starting point for health. If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, you are failing your entire body. If you are by me, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is the go-to dentist! Dr. Simms is not only gentle but cares about you as a whole. They offer cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and general dentistry, as well. They have a state-of-the-art office, offering safe dental treatments, so if you need wisdom teeth removal in Decatur GA, you can rest easy knowing they have you covered.


Do what you love

When it comes down to it, the only way you will live life to the fullest is by doing what you love. That is what it all stems to. Gone are the days when you have to sit at a desk for 10 hours straight, to pay your bills. While I believe technology can put stress on our lives, I also think there is a huge benefit to using it daily. There are so many ways to work remotely now and I believe that everyone should take advantage of them. Businesses do better when their employees are happy and employees are most comfortable when they have the freedom to do what they want and need in life. 


Put down your phone

Put that phone down and focus on the moment that is in front of you. Being a blogger is very hard, but when I do it successfully, I have found that I am less stressed, create better memories, and I have enjoyed my day more than when I constantly video my day. Having our noses on our phones (looking at other people’s days), is limiting how great our day can be and we are not forming the connections with our family and friends like we used to. Put the phone down and spend much-deserved time with your people.

Fun with fall home projects!

Fall is quickly approaching and I am so thrilled about it!! Do you have any fall home improvements planned for the season yet? If not, check out these home projects for fall. This list will help you cruise through the season and get things done before they need to be done, which is always a good thing. Let me know if you have any to add to the list. In the meantime, here are a few home projects for fall:

Clean your gutters out

Are you having any issues with water flow around your home? Consider cleaning your gutters! During the fall months, more leaves will fall and this will cause your gutters to become even more clogged. Before this happens and any potential leaks arise, get them cleaned out! 


Add some curtains to hold in the heat

Brrr – it’s getting chilly! One way to boost the heat in your home without spending money on gas or electricity? Add window coverings! Not only does this add a cozy look to your home, but it will help you save and keep heat within your home. It is a win-win. There are some affordable window coverings at Target and sometimes you can even snag a great deal at Home Goods.

Consider your chimney

If you have a fireplace, proper chimney cleaning is an important task to add to your home winterization checklist. “If your chimney has not been inspected or cleaned this past year, the very best time to do so is now, before the heating season,” says Marshall Peters, director of the Certified Chimney Professionals. Fireplaces produce deposits that are combustible and can burn at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Peters. This is hot enough to destroy the chimney liner and even set your home on fire. That is why having your chimney inspected and swept is so very important each fall and/or winter. Make sure you get it done before the cool weather hits! 

Does your lawn mower need maintenance work?

If you have a lawn mower that you used in the spring and summer months, make sure that you get it serviced if you do not use it in the winter! Doing so will help preserve the life of the mower. You can also add a gas stabilizer which allows, as well. Make sure when you are doing that, that you let it entirely run out of gas. 


Do a fun project!

Don’t forget fun projects while you are at them. Have fun with fall home projects and do something that has been on your list. For, I’ve wanted to update my countertops for SO long. Good thing I learned about Click Countertops. They are an Atlanta-based company providing beautiful countertop options, like their quartzite countertops. Click Countertops makes the process “Amazon easy.” They changed up the typical process of choosing and installing countertops because, with 20+ years in the industry, they realized that the process was not set up to save you, the customer, time, money, and headaches. Working with them, you will have a great experience – you can expect a great price, speedy work, and a beautiful end product.

Things to think about as a business owner

It can be extremely stressful when starting your own business from the ground up and along the way, you are sure to get so flustered that you forget some important things that you need to be thinking about. If this sounds like you, keep reading, because today we are talking about a few of the things that you need to think about as a business owner, or when starting a business!

Create a marketing plan that serves you well

As a new business (or an older business – it works for both!), your marketing and advertising plan is essential because that is ultimately how people will find your business. Online marketing is at its peak right now and you should definitely take advantage of everything that Instagram, Blogs, and other social media has to offer, but you should also look into traditional marketing tactics, as well, such as billboard options.


Keep that cash coming in

One important aspect that you need to pay close attention to when starting a business is your cash flow. Did you take out a loan? Are you making income off of your business and products already? Do you have employees to pay? Are you paying for marketing and advertising? These are just a few of the many questions that you need to be asking yourself, so that you can get yourself set up for success when it comes to your business finances.


Creating your office space

After figuring out your financial situation, you will want to think about what you can get for your money, when it comes to your office and space. Depending on your business, there are definitely some essentials that you cannot avoid. For one, you need ample amount of space for everyone to work. You definitely do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable! Second of all, make sure that your space is highly protected. This means getting security to get in and out of the building, including cameras. But, protect that security, too. Criterion Technology, Inc. provides a second layer of security (for your security, haha!) with their injection molding lense. Want to know more about it? They say:


“20 years ago, Criterion entered the world of injection molding after spending years thermoforming optical quality acrylics. The same high standards for optical and cosmetic quality that applied to thermoforming were brought forward to injection molding. The only way to mold a dome with equal optical quality is with two highly polished surfaces, vented precisely to allow the material to flow evenly during the fill cycle. Criterion’s North American tool makers and highly skilled processing staff quickly perfected the craft.

Acrylic, polycarbonate, and nylon products are injection molded using state of the art molding machines. Criterion’s injection molding machines and material storage areas are housed within clean, Class 100,000 molding areas. Highly skilled operators are trained to specifically mold optical grade products. Quality Control personnel continually monitor the injection molding process. Operators perform 100% in process optical and cosmetic inspections to ensure customers receive only the highest quality products. Optical inspection equipment and test processes are designed and performed to meet each product’s performance criteria.” If you want to find out more about this Georgia-based business, check out their site. I am highly impressed with their 100% USA made products that serve businesses well.

Don’t forget to fine-tune your business plan

Do you need a business plan? I believe so. No matter what type of business you are in, it is always a good thing to be prepared. Legal Nature says, “In this era, it is faster than ever to start a business. All you need is Twitter, Facebook, Square, and PayPal; right? The answer is yes and no. While it is true that many people rush right into the business formation process, it does not mean doing so is guaranteed to bring success. In fact, you could be setting yourself up to crash and burn quickly.


People who are selling their creations on Etsy probably do not need a long written plan for how to grow their business. However, nearly every other type of business will do themselves a favor by writing a business plan.


The antipathy toward business plans is based on several misconceptions.


  • PowerPoint is enough: Sure, PowerPoint presentations are nice to have, but investors still want the hard data. Investors realize that the numbers are theoretical to some degree, but they need to know that your methodology is sound and that you know your market and competitors.
  • Business is unpredictable, so why bother: No one can predict the future, but most businesses do have fairly standard measures of success. Profit margin, for example, is something that you must consider before you even open that small café.
  • Business plans are for venture capital: It does not matter if you are raising millions of dollars or just taking a loan from mom and dad, you need to make sure nobody is just throwing money away on a bad idea. Writing a business plan will help you determine how much cash flow you need to start and how much you can expect in the future.”


How to sell your home – with ease

If you are in the process of selling your home or even thinking about potentially selling your home, there are a few things that you need to consider to easily sell it. A home does not just magically sell itself – it takes a lot of work, even in a market like we are in (and it is rapidly dropping as we speak, so things are changing by the minute). When you have a child, this can be even more time-consuming, so I recommend doing this over time (if possible). Here are a few tips to easily sell your home:

Move Out First

I 100% recommend moving out before you try to sell. This way, you can look at the home with its bare bones exposed, to see what you should (and can) improve. When potential buyers visit your home, they will love seeing it without furniture, artwork, and other photos displayed. This will help them to imagine the home with their things (and people) in it instead of your stuff. If you cannot swing purchasing a new home before selling your old one, consider storing your things and temporarily moving in with family until the house sells. Page Relocation, based out of Atlanta, GA provides storage solutions for individual and business needs. These Atlanta office movers and residential movers are top-notch. You can find reviews about them, such as this one (they have a 4.8-star rating on Google and a 5-star rating on Facebook):


“Moving can be a taxing experience, but Page Relocation made it a very pleasant experience! We have moved several times in our 30+ years of marriage and the move with Page Relocation was, by far, the smoothest experience.


From the representative who came out to our home to provide us with an estimate of the actual move! DeShaun, Brandon, and Brandon were such a delight to work with – good people!! They arrived on time, provided service with a smile, and were so friendly and helpful! They took several steps to protect our furniture and got the move done promptly! We have now met three new friends and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great moving experience!!!!!!!”


When you need to move out quickly (no matter if you are moving in with a friend, to a completely new home, or if you need storage solutions for a while, Page Relcoation can help you through every single step of the way!

Utilize Social Media

Social media seems to play a huge role in pretty much everything these days. If you are looking to promote anything at all, social media is critical. Social media not only allows you to reach your inner circle of friends and family, but it also allows you to reach people outside of your inner circle when your friends and family share your posts. Utilizing websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can allow you to share the best pictures of your home with the world, and maybe reach that one person who it will be the perfect new home for. Post your home on Facebook groups (local – mom groups are always a good bet!) for extra attention.


Improve Your Landscaping

When buying a home, first impressions are key! If you have ever bought a home, think about how you reacted when you saw the houses you looked at for the first time. You most likely made some sort of a judgment based on the outside of the home, including the house itself, but also the yard and area around the home. Improving your landscaping should be on your to-do list to prepare your house to be sold. This can include tasks like planting flowers, adding fresh pine straw or wood chips to some areas, keeping your lawn freshly cut, and pulling weeds to make sure your yard looks nice and clean. This can make a surprisingly big impact on potential buyers’ overall impression of the house!


Fix Any Unsightly Problems

No one wants to buy a house that will fall apart as soon as they move in! One of the first things I always look for in a house is updates and fixes to potential problems (e.g., plumbing, air conditioning units, roof, flooring, etc.). Fixing any problems that are likely to occur will ensure potential buyers that they will be moving into a hassle-free home, and seeing the updates and renovations that have been done can give buyers comfort and encourage them to take the next step to buy your home. 


Be Patient

Last but not least, just be patient. Sometimes it takes time to sell a home and that is okay if you want to do it right. My parents rushed into buying and sell their home and they ended up losing a lot of money. Do not be these people! Instead of being in a rush, do your research on when to sell, improve your home, move your items out, and be patient. Your home WILL eventually sell after all that you’ve done. I promise!

5 ways you are holding yourself back from greatness

You only have one life and you need to make the most of it. We all know this and hope that we can get there, but most of us are unable to truly live our best life because of…well, ourselves. Here are 5 ways you are holding yourself back from greatness. If you can get past these things, you can achieve a life that you FULLY love!


Stop trying to please everyone

Can I let you in on a little secret? You can never please every single person in life…and when you try, it eats you alive. Focus on one thing: what you want and need in life. Nothing else should matter! Who cares what your neighbor thinks if you love what you are doing? If you do care, you should evaluate why and how you can make sure you will be able to focus more on yourself vs. others.

Don’t be afraid to fail

There are plenty of things that can potentially hold you back in life, but fear? It’s the #1 thing that will ALWAYS hold you back from greatness. Fearing failure is a sure way to never get where you want to be. Instead, you will become stagnant and stuck in a limbo space where you want to get somewhere, but you cannot, because you can’t get out of your head. That’s never a great space to be in! Fear is pretty hard to get over, but there are resources out there to help you. For example, Pure Hypnosis | Sean Wheeler is a great resource in Atlanta. He is an Atlanta hypnotist, with amazing reviews. One of his biggest strengths is helping people overcome fear, but he can help with a slew of other issues such as smoking, losing weight, and more, as well. Sean is now focusing on working with individuals who are interested in transforming their lives, and he is currently only accepting clients who are highly motivated to do so. If this is you and you want to get past the fear, reach out to him!


Be aware of your attitude towards life

Your attitude will either move you forward or backward. It’s greatly affected by what you believe, since what you believe determines the decisions you make. Your beliefs largely stem from your past – what people said and did to you and what you concluded those experiences meant about you. CHOOSE to see the good and have a “half full” perspective. 

See obstacles as opportunities

Life will never stop throwing obstacles at you, no matter how much you try to avoid them. Instead of running from them, learn to see them as opportunities to make what you currently have better. I used to throw in the towel the moment there was a problem or a glitch in my life and my job. These days, I ask myself, “What are these problems going to teach me? What is life trying to tell me? What are the lessons I’m about to discover?” Obstacles are there to show you new lessons. The message behind them will only be revealed to those who work hard to overcome them. What I have learned after completing a project at work or home is that I can do practically anything if I give myself a chance and time to learn and grow. By giving myself a chance in any project or job, I learned how to approach people better and how to get things done faster, more effectively, and more efficiently.


Let people in

I started to believe in myself when I decided to surround myself with the right friends and mentors, both at work and home. I opened up to them about how I felt, what I wanted to improve, and how I wanted to move forward from there. I believe that having the right people behind you is one of the most critical parts of forming self-belief. That may seem counter-intuitive since self-belief comes from the inside, but it’s easier to develop confidence when we have people in our lives who believe in us and motivate us to go after the things that will make us happy. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those you feel comfortable with and let them in on what you’re going through. When you believe in yourself enough to reach out to others, trusting that you’re worthy of their support, you will become a magnet for opportunities that you never thought were possible for you. Take a chance, be honest, and life will surprise you.

How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Start Their Own Successful Businesses: The Ultimate Guide

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How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Start Their Own Successful Businesses: The Ultimate Guide

Starting your own business comes with the opportunity to be self-sufficient and provide for yourself. In this article from Reviewing For You, we’ll share everything you need to know to start your own successful business as a stay-at-home mom.

How to Get Started

Every “Mompreneur” is different. You might be a phenomenal cook, an expert on domestic abuse, or a whiz with kids.

That said, you probably have some skills that are uniquely yours. So it’s important to recognize them and hone in on them. Because if you can perfect these, you can use them to your advantage in your own business.

Next, Oberlo notes that you’ll want to identify your ideal client base and figure out if there are opportunities for you out there looking for what you offer. The internet is a goldmine of information for this.

Once you’ve identified who you want to serve and what you can offer, you can start to plan your business.

Tips on Working from Home with Kids

Working parents know that juggling work and family responsibilities can be challenging. The following tips are designed to help you achieve stability and balance your work and family responsibilities.

Plan Your Day: Make sure your workday isn’t interrupted by after-school activities, sports practices, and other extracurricular activities.

Set Boundaries: Firstbeat points out that your workspace should be clearly defined. This is important so that you do not get distracted by your kids wandering into your workspace.

Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”: It’s important to say “No” when necessary. This comes much easier when you have a healthy work-life balance.


The Truth about Balancing Work and Family Life

Trying to achieve the elusive work-life balance might seem like a myth, but it is possible. Try using the following tips to successfully balance your home life and your work life.

Plan Ahead: When you start thinking about the big picture, you’ll be able to see time and tasks in a different way. You’ll be able to see opportunities to do more or have more impact.

Take a Break and Recharge: You need to make room for yourself in your life. Whether it’s a short break or a long vacation, you need “me time” like everyone else.

Change Up Your Home Environment: The smallest changes can have the biggest impact. Consider adding a houseplant or rearranging your home office. By getting rid of clutter, you will help reduce stress and promote better overall wellness.


Consider Forming an LLC

An LLC is a great option if you’re looking for an easier method of managing your business. LLCs need less paperwork and provide tax advantages. Another benefit of forming LLCs is that they’re simpler and provide more flexibility.

Instead of hiring a lawyer to start the formalities for your LLC, you might think about employing an LLC formation service. It’s usually less expensive and faster.

It is crucial to remember that every state has its own rules regarding LLCs. To be sure that you are in compliance, be aware of the LLC laws of your state prior to you begin.

Successful Marketing for Mompreneurs

You’re likely to use social media like Instagram to promote your home business. But when you do, you want to be sure you’re posting images correctly. That means using an online picture resizer tool.

In doing so, you can resize your photo to meet each social media platform’s upload requirements. In just a few short steps using the image resizing tool, you can successfully upload your images to market your brand.

Launching your own business as a stay-at-home mom shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it doesn’t have to be so daunting that it seems impossible. In fact, following the tips in this guide is a great beginning to what may very well become a wildly successful enterprise!



Spending time with family, staying healthy

Spending time with family, staying healthy


Spending time with family on the farm is a great way to stay healthy and active. Once we bought the farm, I knew I wanted a place my adult children wanted to come to visit and have fun. Now as grandparents, we feel that our grandchildren are getting the same opportunity to experience life on a farm. My children tell me all the time how much they enjoy being at camp cooking out and fishing. They especially love taking the grandkids fishing. It makes them so happy just spending time with them away from home in another environment.

Staying healthy includes spending time together, sharing old stories, and creating new ones. With life being so busy, it is so relaxing just getting together with family and enjoying each other’s company.

Whether you’re a student, parent, or just someone who wants to spend time with your family, it’s important to do the things that make you happy. And when it comes to spending quality time with your loved ones, nothing beats having fun together!

But sometimes it can be difficult to find that extra hour every day for yourself. Between work and school assignments and other responsibilities (or even just working out), finding some extra time in your schedule can be challenging.

But don’t worry—we’ve got something that’ll help make sure the moments you do have together are truly special: our Family Time!

As a grandparent, having your grandchildren around bring joy and excitement. I read how having your grandchildren around helps keep you young. This is so true. Not only does it make your heart happy to have them around but it keeps you busy.

As a grandparent, having your grandchildren around bring joy and excitement. I read how having your grandchildren around helps keep you young. This is so true. Not only does it make your heart happy to have them around but it keeps you busy.

I am not sure which comes first, the chicken or the egg but my family has been getting healthier as they spend more time together. We seem to eat a lot less junk food and eat more fruits and vegetables than we did before our grandkids came along. Our whole family spends time together at least once a week for dinner or breakfast which means we are eating meals together instead of grabbing fast food on the go so much anymore!

Spending time with family on the farm is a great way to stay healthy and active. Once we bought the farm, I knew I wanted a place my adult children wanted to come to visit and have fun.

The farm is a great place to get away from the stress of life, and it’s an ideal place for family gatherings. The best part is that there are so many different activities you can do on the farm, so you won’t get bored. It also makes it easy for kids to keep busy while you relax or work around the property.

I have three adult children and three grandchildren who visit regularly during summertime vacations and holidays. We have had family reunions here since we moved in over a decade ago, which has been fun for everyone involved!


I hope you will find time to get out and enjoy your farm.

Nursing, a Career With Almost Limitless Opportunities

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Nursing, a Career With Almost Limitless Opportunities

According to Forbes Magazine, the industry with the largest projected growth rate over the next ten years is the medical industry. It is expected to create the most jobs, about 3.3 million in the decade 2020-2030. The medical profession with the largest range of occupations is nursing. You may have seen nurses on television shows and thought it looked like an exciting career. Perhaps you have friends and family in the profession who are encouraging you because they see your potential for providing comfort and care to others Or maybe you are excited by the many opportunities nursing affords like a good salary, advancement, and the chance to move your career with you if you choose to relocate. Whatever the reason you’re considering this profession, this is the perfect time to make that dream a reality.


Kathy at Reviewing For You offers the following information about careers in nursing for you to consider before making the leap.


In-Hospital Nursing

Nurses are most noted for hospital bedside care and the opportunities for choosing what areas of the hospital they want to work in are many. Nurses can choose to work on medical-surgical units, cardiac rehab floors, emergency rooms, intensive care units, and so many more. Many departments, such as labor and delivery or newborn nursery units, have specialty subsets of care, such as neonatal intensive care units, or high-risk labor and delivery. You can see where the possibilities seem limitless, and that’s only when you consider in-hospital work.

  • Surgical Nurses care for patients before, during, and after surgery and even there you can find subspecialties like cardio, neuro, transplant, and reconstructive surgeries.
  • Critical Care Nurses work with patients with life-threatening conditions. They typically work in ICU and CCU settings. It is the one area of nursing hit with the largest shortage of nurses, making them in high demand.
  • Neuroscience Nurses work with patients who have neurological conditions, possibly resulting from injuries to the spine.


Non-In-Hospital Nursing

          There are seemingly limitless opportunities for nurses outside of hospitals as well.

  • A Nurse Health Coach usually works with insurance companies or large corporations teaching their clients and employees about living healthier lifestyles.
  • Legal Nurse Consultants work with attorneys, giving their expertise in cases involving things like insurance fraud, or malpractice.
  • School Nurses can treat student injuries, give sports exams and consult with faculty and staff on best health practices within a school or school district as well as many other duties within the school setting.
  • Public Health Nurses are typically employed by public, state, or local governments. They give immunizations, assist in community disaster relief, advise on contagious and communicable diseases, and provide care in public health facilities.


Advanced Degrees in Nursing

Earning a Master’s degree in nursing opens up even more potential in the profession. With your MSN (Master’s of Science in Nursing), you can become a…

  • Nurse Practitioner. Those nurses most often act as specialty or primary care providers. They can do physical exams, diagnose and treat acute and chronic health problems, prescribe medicines and diagnostic tests, and manage care. The average annual salary for a Nurse Practioner by the year 2028 is expected to be $242,400.00 and the growth rate for the profession is expected to be 28% during that same time.
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists provide anesthesia care before, during, and after surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and obstetrical procedures.
  • A Certified Nurse Midwife provides obstetrical care for women before, during, and after birth.
  • An MSN also allows you to pursue a career in Nursing Education, a field that will grow at the same rate as the nursing field in general.
  • A Ph.D. in nursing is usually pursued by nurses who wish to enter into the field of research.


How to Become a Nurse

          Most public and private universities and colleges offer degrees in nursing.

  • You can receive a diploma in Practical Nursing (LPN) which is usually a one-year program offered at many technical schools.
  • An Associate in Nursing degree is typically a two-year degree program and is offered at many public community colleges.
  • A Bachelor’s in Nursing or BSN is becoming the standard for the profession and is a four-year degree program found at most public, as well as private colleges and universities.
  • MSN or Master’s of Science Degree Nursing is typically a two-year program after one has earned their BSN.


Online Learning

          Whether you’re just beginning your nursing education or furthering yours by going from BSN (Bachelor of Science Nursing) to MSN (Master of Science Nursing), you’ll need to take your already busy schedule into account. Fortunately, many programs can be pursued online. Earning an online degree allows you to complete the coursework when it fits into your schedule so you can continue to work as you learn.


Whatever field of nursing you pursue or however you pursue it, you’ll find it to be one of the richest, most rewarding, and satisfying careers you could have.

3 Simple Steps To Maintain Perfect Pearly Whites

Looking after your teeth doesn’t have to be difficult, as there are just a few simple steps that you can follow to maintain the most perfect pearly whites for years to come. Interested? Read on to find out more! 

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Cut Your Sugar Intake 


One of the best ways to take great care of your teeth is to cut your sugar intake, as sugar wreaks havoc inside your mouth. Sugar mixes with the bacteria that naturally occurs in your mouth, which then leads to an increase in plaque and the formation of cavities that can cause real pain and discomfort. Unfortunately sugar is in almost every manufactured product that lines grocery store shelves, from ready made pasta sauces to supposedly ‘healthy’ yoghurts, however you can easily cut your sugar intake dramatically by switching to a natural wholefoods diet. Buying fresh ingredients to make your own meals and snacks from scratch will give you full control over the amount of sugar that you consume, so you can choose not to add sugar or simply use a more natural replacement like raw honey. 


Develop An Oral Hygiene Routine 


Your next priority should be the development of an oral hygiene routine, as you must make an effort to clean your teeth thoroughly on a regular basis if you want to avoid issues like staining and plaque build up. You need to do far more than simply brush your teeth to keep your mouth clean, as there are many areas that brushing cannot reach. Of course it’s always a good idea to begin your oral hygiene routine by brushing for at least 2 minutes, but you should still aim to follow this up with extra steps to keep on top of bacteria. Using a mouthwash is a great idea, as you can find a specific formula that matches your requirements such as those which decrease sensitivity, or even mouthwash made especially for smokers. Using floss before bed can also be of benefit, as this allows you to free any food debris trapped between your teeth that could cause issues if left unchecked. 


Always Visit An Expert Dentist 


Far too many people have an irrational fear of their local dentist, fearing each appointment as if it were some kind of nerve-wracking or even ultra-terrifying experience. Realistically this could not be further than the truth, as specialist dental services are a key contributor to perfect pearly whites! You need to visit an expert dentist at least once every 6 months, as this will provide them with the opportunity to check your teeth, gums and mouth for any potential problems. They can offer informed advice based on years of training, while giving access to the most suitable treatment options for both medical and aesthetic issues. 

Following the 3 simple steps detailed above is a sure fire way to transform your teeth into the most perfect pearly whites you’ve ever seen! Say goodbye to sugar, keep on top of cleaning, and always visit your dentist if you want to maintain the best possible smile.