Saturday, February 21, 2015

Swimming Pool Essentials for This Summer

Most people can't even imagine summer right now but why not shop early while you're freezing in the winter? There are tons of swimming pool essentials that you can get right now that will satisfy your every need this summer.

For instance, Kelsyus pool loungers allow you to cool your legs and feet underwater while you float around and enjoy the sun. They deflate and inflate easily and store in a convenient disk. With the extended foot rest and area to rest your back, you'll love this lounger.

Another thing that is a necessity are the Kelsyus floating coolers. These coolers let you hold up to 12 quarts of refreshments with 18 cans without ice or 12 cans with ice. You can even store 6 cans on the outer rim. It has a zippered pouch and inflates so that you can use it on the water without spilled your drinks and losing them and the cord even attaches to your boat so it won't float away.

Check out all of the summer essentials you need so when it's time to enjoy the sun - you're ready.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Beauty Tip of the Day

Beauty tip of the day: For the love of all that's holy, never buy into these pop-up skin care creams that have trial offers. I've said it before about the auto-ship programs but this post is about ingredients. Some claim to have peptides of a certain formula and when you look, no such peptide exists. Peptides = good. Non-existent peptides = bad. Find the ingredients first and see if a cheaper brand has the same thing. Some store brands that may seem a little higher in price will have the same ingredients as a $95 a month skin cream and no one needs to pay $100 on skin cream unless you are wealthy and why would you pay that for a new brand when you can get a trusted brand like Clinique, Lancome, etc that isn't even $100 a month?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Review of 50 Shades of Grey (the movie and the book)

I have to admit that I had no interest in reading the 50 Shades of Grey book(s). A friend gave them to me as a gift so with hesitation, I delved in. Now let me preface this by saying that I hated the writing style - it sounded too British for an American setting, the "Inner Goddess" stuff drove me nuts, and I wasn't a fan of Christian Grey or Anastasia, to be honest. With that said, I read all three books. They must have some kind of subliminal sorcery because I enjoyed them and I have no idea why. It's like the first few seasons of Mad Men - I liked it but I still don't know why I did.

Of course I had to see the movie and I wasn't disappointed. I actually thought it was well-done and was much less annoying than the books - books I enjoyed, I might add.

I have seen so many people making fun of the whole franchise and that's fine. However, even though this is not the genre I read, it is a force to be reckoned with. With so many people reading these books, people who may not even be your typical reader, it has a power that gets people into books again. As far as the movie, it made over $85 million on its opening weekend so make fun all you want.

As far as the theme, I don't see a girl who was necessarily taken advantage of or who was abused; everything was consensual. Yes, he went too far at times - that is part of the story. However, this is a fictional book so why all the anger over it? If your teenager thinks it is how true love really is and thinks that every guy is Christian Grey, he or she is mentally too young to see the movie in the first place - or read the books for that matter.

I don't usually like romance books or movies but I have to admit that I liked these so judge me all you want.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

W2 Finder - Where Are My Forms?

If there is one thing that is annoying about doing your taxes if you work outside of the home, it's waiting or finding your W2 forms. I work at home but my husband works at a full-time job and we always have to wait on his W2. Wouldn't it be great to have a W2 finder so you didn't have to sit around and wait?

One way of getting your W2 forms faster is if the company you work for has them online. Then you can just transfer them over through a tax preparation service such as Turbo Tax. That is personally what I use but even if they don't have their payroll online, it is still easier to enter the information because most are recognized through their EIN so you don't have to fill out the name and address, etc.

Waiting isn't always easy, especially if you're getting a refund but at least you can find things easier and get a head start with tax preparation software.

Tax Time: 1040 Instructions

Most people are just now preparing their taxes and it can be a real headache to find what you need. There are many ways that you can find helpful information however such as 1040 instructions, where to find the forms you need, and more.

For instance, I recently did my own taxes and needed a form on a capital gains and losses - in my case, a loss on a house that was inherited. Fortunately, I had tax software that helped me find it and honestly, this is one of the best ways to do your own taxes because typically, you can simply use the tools and search bar and find what you need, which I did.

Some people prefer to have their taxes prepared but to be honest, I like doing them myself because I don't have to wait in line, make an appointment, or pay a tax preparer to do what I can do at home.

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