Monday, November 12, 2018

Ways Automation Will Impact Construction

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Ways Automation Will Impact Construction


While the construction industry is one of the least automated industries, with manual labor the main source of productivity, that’s soon about to change. There are a number of new technologies, including robots, that are under development, making it poised for a robotic revolution. Just how will automation impact construction, and how will it affect potential homebuyers looking at new homes in Phoenix and other cities across the nation?

Lower Building Costs


Because human workers have to sleep, eat and are affected by things like heat and cold, the hours they can work are limited, which means it takes longer and costs more to get a job done. That cost is then passed down to consumers in an overall higher price tag for the home. Automation powered by robots, however, aren’t prone to human limitations. They can work continuously without stopping, completing a project in half the time or even less. Robots can be more precise and accurate than humans, which means higher quality work while reducing costs and doubling output.
Just one example is the robotic product known as “SAM 100” produced by Construction Automation out of Victor, New York. The robot is said to be capable of laying 2,000 to 3,000 bricks a day, compared to the average human who lays 400 to 600 per day.

Improving Safety


Construction is one of the higher-risk industries, despite the many precautions and safety measures that are currently in place. It’s not easy for an inspection engineer to determine how sturdy a steel beam is when it’s 500 feet in the air, for example. But robots aren’t afraid of heights and don’t risk tilting over – using automation will make it easier and safer to inspect construction sites.
Automation is likely to improve safety in other ways too, such as the exoskeletons developed by Ekso Bionics which help improve mobility for contractors and robotic arms that lessen the impact of repetitive tasks on the job.

Job Losses



According to a report by the World Economic Forum in 2016, there could by nearly a half-million jobs lost in the construction industry by 2020 due to the automation of processes and advancements in artificial intelligence. A more recent report, Will robots really steal our jobs? identified three waves of automation between now and the mid-2030s, noting that in the initial wave through the early 2020s, relatively few jobs will be impacted, but that by the final wave, in construction, around 40% of jobs may be replaced by automation as robotics take over routine tasks.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Holiday Meringue Kisses In A Jar- The Perfect DIY Gift This Holiday Season!

Last week, I shared meringue cookies with all of you. I tried them smaller (about the size of a quarter, and on parchment paper this time and they are 100% better. These meringue kisses will make the perfect diy gift this Holiday Season too! These are new and improved as I call them! They are so pretty too! 
Check out how beautiful and festive these are! They are so melt in your mouth delicious too! 
What you need:
  • 4 egg whites at room temperature
  • Food coloring of choice, or you don't have to use it at all
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter 
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Ball® 8oz Quilted Crystal Jelly Jars
  1. Preheat oven to 225*. Beat eggwhites with mixer until frothy. You can use a stand mixer but remember to use the wire whisk attachment. 
  2. Add cream of tarter and beat until you see little peaks forming in the bowl. 
  3. Add sugar 1tbsp at a time until sugar is dissolved!
  4. Keep the mixer on and mix in your food coloring until you get the color you want as well as the vanilla extract. You can use any flavor if you wish. 
  5. Lay parchment paper on cookie sheets & Drop 1 inch apart or you can also pipe them on. Add your sprinkles if you want to have them on there.
  6. Bake 45 minutes, turn oven off and let them sit one hour with the oven cracked open. Remove, let cool, and ENJOY!
I scored these adorable gift tag and mason jar printables from Following In My Shoes HERE too! She made these free, so give her a shout out if you take them! 

 The printables are so festive. I added them on my jars for the perfect gifting this Holiday Season! 
 These meringue kisses are light and airy. My husband likes them with milk! 
 I love that they make the perfect gifting idea too! How cute! 
Try it for yourself! You will be so surprised! If anything else, don't gift and enjoy for yourself! 
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Easy Dr Pepper Chocolate Cake! Oh So Delicious!

Have you ever wanted to bake a cake, but not wanted the hassle of getting all of the ingredients out of the cabinet?  I LOVE to bake, I mean come on, I am a big girl. I love my sweets. The one thing I do not like, however, is the mess in the kitchen. Most of the time I am in a hurry and I just don't have time to bake and clean up a mess. Fear no more, I have a 2 ingredient recipe that is a lifesaver!
All you need to make this deliciousness is 1 box of Devil's Food Cake Mix, and 1 can of Dr Pepper! It is as easy as that! Mix the two together and bake according to the back of the box! I chose a bundt pan, and mine took roughly 35 minutes! 
 You can add icing too! All I did was mix a cup of powdered sugar with a tad bit of milk, add coloring and drizzle over cooled cake! You can add more powdered sugar if it is too runny. It is really one of those things you will only know how much you need, until you make it. 
 This cake is so good with milk too! Oh my so delicious! I cannot believe how simple and easy that this was! I am still blown away! It is super cute too! 
Feel free to tell your friends! Experiment with different pops (or sodas as some call them) and different cake mixes! You never know what crazy combination that you can come up with! Wanting to try this cake? Do it and let me know in the comments how you liked it! You will be the hit of your Holiday party, that is for sure!
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FREE Elf Surveillance Printables Are Here!

I love Christmas! It is almost time for Elves to appear and start surprising kids every morning with their mischievous ways! I have the perfect time to let your visitors know that your house is under elf surveillance! I hope that you enjoy these as much as I did making them! Please note that the printable is an updated version of the one in the photo, the wording is moved down a bit more so it doesn't cut off should you frame it. You WILL need to trim this image to go in a frame! It is made for standard paper but goes great on card stock and prints great as an 8x10 to frame! You could also laminate and tape to a window or even a door! ENJOY and please comment if you take one! I made a girl and boy version! I will not be taking requests for any other versions!
Get the girl version HERE.
Get the boy version HERE.
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Festive Marshmallow Treat Pops!

I love cute and festive treats.  I came up with the cutest treat and it is so simple to make! 
You only need a few items to make these adorable treats! Keep reading to learn more!
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Package Of Mini Marshmallows
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Candy melts
  • Sandwich Bag
  • M&M's
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter
  • 5 cups rice krispies
  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add three drops or more of food coloring until you achieve the color you want. Remove from heat. 
  2. Mix krispies in the saucepan until everything is blended.
  3. Pour in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Let sit 30 minutes or speed up process in the fridge.
  5. Grease cookie cutter and start cutting out shapes.
  6. Melt candy melts on 30-second intervals, and pour in a ziplock bag.. Cut the end of the bag.
  7. Drizzle all over one of the trees and sandwich another on top of it, leave the bottom open.
  8. Shove a stick in between both and repeat until you are finished with them all.
  9. Let sit and harden, decorate with candy to your liking and enjoy!!

You can see the process below for yourself! These are so much fun! They are adorable too!

Play with the candy and decorate. The kids can help! Every tree can be unique! 
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Earn BIG At The Register


We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢! 

How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

1) Sign up at Swagbucks.com and use my special code SBCouponer to earn an extra 50 points, that's 50¢ just for signing up 
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip  
3) Use the coupons the next time you shop at your local grocery store. You'll earn 25 points (25¢) for every coupon you use.  
That's it!  

But, that's not all... This month you can earn 1 point (1¢) for every coupon you print, up to 25 prints per day. That's an extra 25¢ every single day! 

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in November!


All throughout November you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash. 


When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 






2. Earn 300 SB total before December 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 



3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned thousands on multiple things! The giftcards I love the most are the food cards to enjoy date nights with my husband!

Why You Should Keep Your Finances In Order


If you are anything like me, you are a bad spender. I have learned over the years to keep my finances in order so that I am never in a rut or bad financial situation again. I have learned about fiances from Chase Rubin and I was thrilled with the knowledge at hand. With that said, I want to share some of my own with you. 
  • Shop ALONE- When you shop alone, you are less inclined to purchase more items. Take this for example, you take your girlfriend Betty shopping with you and you try on the cutest top. You decide you don't need it because it will cost you $100 that you really shouldn't be spending. Betty being the amazing friend she is, will tell you how amazing you look! "Girl OMG! You don't know if this will be here next time!". You will more than likely make that impulse purchase that you wouldn't have done beforehand.
  • Ditch Overdraft Protection- If you don't have it immediately available, or you get THAT LOW on money, don't spend it. Just because overdraft protection is there, doesn't mean that you need to use it. You are just going to spend money you really don't need to be spending to cover that overdraft fee. It isn't smart, unless it is a dire emergency.
  • Set Up A Budget- Setting up a personal budget for spending or paying bills will come in your favor in the long run. Track your expenses in each category. This ranges from bills, to gas, groceries and even a little "me" money. Setting a budget and having it on paper will work in your favor in the long run. This will let you see where your money is going to go for everything, and it will give you the chance to set aside an amount to stack up your savings account too. This is another chance to avoid overdraft on your bank because sometimes we do forget about that Netflix or Hulu account and yes, a simple $10 overdraft CAN cost you $50 in overdraft fees that you don't need to lose!
  • Set Financial Goals- Use numbers and dates, not just words, to describe what you want to accomplish with your money. How much debt do you want to pay off—and when? How much do you want saved, and by what date?
  • Pay Off Debts- You can start with  paying off the small debts or even calling to see if they will settle. Most bill collectors will knock off 90% of the bill if you call and are willing to make a payment same day. If your debts happen to hit your credit report already, you can pay it off and get it removed. Bad Credit doesn't look good on anyone, honestly. 
  • NEVER CO-SIGN ON ANYTHING EVER- Here's the deal, yes, you may feel like you owe it to someone to help you, but at the end of the day, even if you know they will pay their bill, stuff happens. Amy could lose her job due to circumstances out of her control and YOU will be held liable. Now, that will suck. You don't need someone else's financial obligations on your hands if they can't pay. Talk about a nightmare situation here. 
I hope you enjoyed the tips that I gave you! Check out Chase Rubin, learn some financial advice, you won't regret it. I know I didn't! 


Dental Consulting Is Easy


Until recently, I did not know that going to a dental consultant was an option. I thought you just visit a regular dentist. Little did I know, I was wrong. I learned a variety of reasons that you may want to visit a dental consultant and I thought that I would take a few minutes out of my day to share that with you! When you visit a Dental Consultant, you get an assessment of your overall dental health. You typically visit a dental consultant at least once a year if you are considered low risk.  Here are some reasons you may want to get one and if you are a dental office, hire Karl Jobst Grove OK.
  • Ensure optimum dental health is achieved 
  • Ensure dental problems are addressed as soon as possible 
  • Recommend the best form of dental treatment and management 
  • Assess a person’s eligibility for surgery or other forms of treatment 
  • Monitor the progress of the treatment, modifying it whenever necessary 
  • Determine how dental problems affect the other parts of the body 
  • Obtain a personal dental history or profile 
  • Screen for oral cancer Improve the appearance of the teeth and gums 
  • Promote better bite or chewing
You are probably wondering what happens when you visit one! I know dentists visits make me very nervous so let's chat about that more!
  • Perform a thorough physical dental exam – Patients will be asked to sit comfortably in the dental chair while the dentist checks on different parts of the mouth. The dentist may also try to feel the jaw and check the roof of the mouth and underneath the tongue. 
  • Conduct diagnostics – Many dental clinics these days are already equipped with tools such as X-rays and computers with simulated software. This way, diagnostics can be performed quickly, and emergency treatment, if needed, can be provided to the patients.
  • Carry out an oral cancer screening test – The dental consultation is one of the many methods of determining any suspicious lesions, sores, or masses.
  • Take note of the patients’ profile – The profile can include personal and family medical and oral history, habits, lifestyle, hygiene, and illnesses, to name a few.
  •  Diagnose a dental condition – The dentist can recommend treatments that may be carried out on the same appointment or on the next visit. If the dentist’s evaluation suggests the condition is complex, it’s normal for patients to be referred to specialists. 
  • Counsel patients – Dentists can offer tips to promote better dental health. Possible Risks and Complications

When you hire Karl Jobst Grove OK, you can be reassured that you are in good hands! They are the best for your dental practice. The cost is less too! Dental consultants, or a consultant in any industry, will cost less than hiring a full-time employee. For the latter, you’ll need to pay for benefits including PTO and vacation time. THere are also space savings since dental consultants can work from their own remote offices and remain in contact with you via phone. Consultants, such as Karl Jobst Grove OK, will charge varying rates depending on their experience and skill set as well as the scale of the project that you hired them for.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Establishing Boundaries for a Happy Dog

As any dog owner knows, dogs  provide limitless comfort, joy and companionship to their human families.  However, dogs are pack animals and to have a happy and healthy canine companion, boundaries need to be established early for your dog to thrive in your home.  

Psychology of Dogs

To establish boundaries, we must first understand the psychology of dogs.  When puppies are born, their mothers teach them boundaries and limitations.  As they mature, adult dogs continue to look to their pack leaders to set the rules and boundaries, giving them a sense of security and happiness.  When a dog joins your home, you need to secure your position as the pack leader, no matter the age of the dog. The pack leader in the wild always leads in a calm, consistent, and assertive manner, which in turn leads to the other canines responding in a calm, submissive manner.  Once your dog accepts you as the pack leader, they will respect your training and boundaries making for a happier family environment.  

Boundaries in the house

When you bring a dog in to your household, it is important that you already know what is acceptable and not acceptable for your home.  While some people love their pet snuggling on the couch with them, others prefer their dog know that the couch is not a proper place for him to sleep.  There may also be rooms and areas that you want off limit. You need to determine the boundaries and be consistent and calm in enforcing these boundaries so that your dog understands.  Making your boundaries clear and consistent and timely corrections are necessary. Being aware of your dog’s body language and knowing your dog is also extremely important. Use positive praise and reinforcement.   Indoor transmitters and boundary systems are also available.

Boundaries in the yard

Most of us do not live in an area where our dogs can roam free without putting their safety at risk.  Our canine friends need to learn their boundaries when they are let outside to play. It is important for a healthy and happy dog to have lots of exercise, freedom, and room to roam, but they need to know where it is safe for them to be, and so they look to us for direction.  Whether you decide on an unfenced area, a physical fence, or an invisible fence, you still need to train your dog that this is his home turf and the rules. At the beginning, you should use a leash and walk the perimeter of the acceptable area often. Flags can be placed along the boundary and commands or a clicker can be used to teach your pet to respect the boundary.  If you are using an invisible fence, proper training and equipment is also essential, and companies like Dog Watch will install the equipment and make sure you and your pet are properly trained.

Final Recommendations


A safe, happy, and healthy pet is the goal of all dog owners.  Establishing boundaries, both inside and outside the home can help insure this reality.  As the pack leaders, we should work with the natural instincts and behaviours of our canine friends to teach them boundaries and limitations calmly and consistently.  We need to discipline when necessary and show affection as a reward. As in the wild, affection is a reward for a well-behaved member of the pack!