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Most people take for granted the ability to quickly and securely pay for goods or services with credit cards, debit cards or mobile devices. However, the processes involved in making the act of paying so effortless are quite fascinating. Payment technologies represent the leading edge of both the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) currently entering everyday life. Cloud-enabled point of sale software applications such as Clover POS systems provide the necessary link between processing terminals and networks to give customers the convenient and safe payment methods they desire.
To accept payments other than cash, merchants must invest in a piece of hardware known as a processing terminal. These devices, which connect to cardholders’ banks through a secure network, capture and securely transmit account and transaction data. The issuing bank analyzes the information and sends an authorization or denial back to the processing terminal.
Payment software helps determine the speed at which the terminal can handle transactions. Leading cloud-based applications such as Revel POS or Clover allow the use of non-traditional processing terminals like iPads outfitted with card scanners. As developers continue to add innovations to both software and hardware, merchants and customers are enjoying the many benefits.
The payment solutions industry is rapidly evolving as product developers strive to meet the need of merchants to serve the continually changing habits and preferences of today’s consumers.
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Summer in Florida constitutes humid days with thunderstorms and rain and this is perfect weather for pests to chirp in and take shelter in safe places. A female mosquito lays eggs and increases the population of their community within a few weeks. Rain invites in various pests, and these pests can make human life hell. Here are five facts about summer insects in Florida:
• Increasing numbers of mosquitoes can bring in various diseases.
• They can cause itchiness in the skin and welts that can turn in to rashes for delicate skin types.
• Mosquitoes can lay 100s of eggs in a place as tiny as the cap of a bottle.
• Summer brings in termites like ants, cockroaches, spiders, bed bugs, and more.
• One can keep their surroundings clean and remove any sort of water storage, but then one cannot control what neighbors do. Hence one needs to make sure to take extra safety and precautions.
Every person wants to have a hygienic and clean lifestyle. People believe in keeping their surroundings clean so that one can avoid any sort of pests or termites at home. But as soon as one steps outside the house, the mosquitoes start biting. There might be ants on the grass that can sting kids and make them restless due to intensive itching on the skin. Mosquitoes are also the carriers of various diseases, though some of them have already been eradicated, but still they bring in viruses for diseases like west Nile and Zika that can be harmful for humans– especially kids.
Summers are the time for vacations and kids like to go out and play. Hence, it is important to search for exterminators near you who can do pest control around the house so that there is no sign of any insect at all. Pest control mosquito treatment is carried out in four steps. The exterminators first inspect the area they are supposed to work on and identify the places that generates pests.
They kill the existing mosquitoes and then take controlling measures that last for some weeks. Once the mosquitoes are all killed and the entering of new pests are prohibited, they provide maintenance service every month so that mosquitoes can never enter the targeted area. People can enjoy outside the controlled area without having to worry about the bug bites.
The exterminators of Tampa are well aware of the localities and hence can take efficient steps towards controlling pests. They work for both commercial and residential needs and vow guaranteed solutions as they start their process. They even offer a money back guarantee in case the client does not end up getting an efficient result so that people can trust the flawless service for pest control and mosquito treatment. Along with keeping away the mosquitoes, they also work to control and remove termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, ants and other wildlife that are huge pests for residential areas that are meant for humans.
You may have noticed that this blog has been writing a number of posts about mental health lately. I truly believe that there has never been a more important time for people to be getting help if they need it. The number of professionals choosing to work in the mental health field is growing, which is necessary because the number of patients seeking help is growing too.
If you think you’re in need of someone to talk to, it may be time to seek mental health counseling. The word “counseling” is really just a broad term for the giving and receiving of advice or guidance. Most importantly, a counselor gives you someone to confide in when it comes to your mental health.
A counselor can be someone from any of several different professions–social worker, therapist, even psychologists are considered counselors. Depending on your location, you may only have one or several options on finding a counselor that’s right for you.
Mental health counseling can take many forms. For nearly every problem a patient may have, there is usually a therapist who specializes in it. Some examples of specialized counseling may include marriage counseling, family counseling, or drug addiction counseling. There are also those who have certain skills in dealing with children or patients who have been through certain traumas, such as PTSD.
With so many options when it comes to finding mental health counseling, you may be wondering where to start. Not long ago I wrote an article about how you can begin your journey and find the right kind of therapist for you. Another good way to learn about counseling options is simply through word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family if they know anyone who they can recommend to help with mental health issues. These days, the stigma on finding and getting help for yourself is pretty much gone, and most people are eager to share their recommendations on counselors they love. It will also help to know you are not alone in your quest for mental wellbeing.
So you have come to the decision that you want to seek help with any mental health issues you may be experiencing. First of all, you should feel proud that you’re making the choice to strive to be your best self. But it can understandably be overwhelming when you begin the search to find the right type of provider for you. There are so many choices now, which is absolutely a good thing, but it’s not always easy to determine where to find care. I’d like to provide a small guide to help you make that choice.
TYPES OF PROVIDERS
To start off, just the terminology can be confusing! From psychologists to therapists, counselors to psychiatrists, it might be hard to know where to start. Here’s the difference between providers and what they can offer you.
- Psychologists–have a degree in psychology. They have studied behavioral and personality disorders and psychotherapy. They can make diagnoses but can’t prescribe any medication. They can help you determine a course of treatment and what your next steps might be.
- Psychiatrists–possess a medical degree. They don’t typically provide therapy sessions, but instead meet with a patient to discuss prescribing medications.
- Therapists–can have a degree in various fields. They are ready to help you talk about and address problems and feelings, and guide you through them at your own pace.
- Counselors–the same as therapists but usually they concentrate on one specialty or another, i.e. marriage counseling, family counseling, etc. Much like psychologists they can help you assess problems and follow a plan of action.
HOW TO CHOOSE
One of the first steps you will want to take is checking what exactly your insurance will cover. Many insurances will only have a certain number of each type of provider in network. It’s up to you to figure out if you are able to afford to go in or out of network for your coverage. Be aware that mental health issues often require multiple visits to deal with, so cost might be one of the most important factors.
Once you’ve got your list, start calling around. You need to see who is taking new patients. This can be a little disheartening at times because it seems that no one has an opening to suit you, but don’t give up. Providers can only take so much of a patient load and within a short amount of time there may become an opening available at your chosen provider.
If you live in a more rural area, you might have a more limited list to choose from. I know I am in a small town and the only choice available in my town is a counselor. Keep in mind that you might have to travel to find the provider with the right fit for you, but it’s an investment in yourself.
I hope this short guide has helped make your choices a little less daunting. Most importantly, know that you are not alone, and there are people in the world who want to help you.
I have lived in big cities, but I was born and raised in a small town. Now that I’m back in my original hometown raising my children, I can appreciate some of the finer points of small town life that some people might not realize. Although sometimes it’s a drawback that every person in town not only knows who you are, but also who the members of your extended family are and therefore will know things about you that you might not even know yourself, having this sense of camaraderie can be a benefit in many cases. One thing that comes to my mind is using this information at your local pharmacy.
There are no big chain pharmacies in the town where I live–we have one within a bigger store, but the other two are small, family owned places that have been in business for decades and offer friendly, personal service. Here are just a few of the ways having a great pharmacy makes my life easier.
When I call my pharmacy, most of the time I know who the person is answering the phone, and they know me. I can quickly tell them who I am and what I need, and they don’t have to stay on the phone with me for ages trying to find me in their system, or misspell my name, etc. This personal service also means that whomever you are speaking with will most likely want to exchange some small talk with you, but that’s not a big price to pay and it makes you feel like a person and not just a prescription number.
HELP WITH COSTS
Let’s be truthful, prescription medications can be expensive; this is especially the case for older people who live on a strict budget. When you know the people who are working at a pharmacy, they will often take the time to give you extra help when it comes to giving you the best possible price for your prescriptions. This can mean deciding which insurance to go through, whether to pay in cash, or finding a coupon for you to use such as this Advair Diskus discount. Many times the employees will do this before you even ask, so I see this as an amazing benefit.
TEACHING YOU ABOUT YOUR MEDICATION
It’s always the best idea to tell your doctor and pharmacist which medications you are on so you will know how new ones may or may not affect you. But if you’ve been using the same pharmacy for years, the people who prepare your medicines will get to know you and therefore can offer advice your doctor may not have thought of. For example, if you are a mother and need to be alert to take care of your kids, your family pharmacist might tell you not to take a pain medication until your kids are already in bed for the night. They will often take more time to speak with you than a doctor will, and therefore are eager to help you be at your best.
Keep in mind, I’m not necessarily saying that people working within big chain pharmacies won’t have this fantastic level of customer service, but it’s just been my experience that every time I got to one, there are different people working…how can you get to know anyone on a personal level in such a situation. If you can, find a smaller, family owned pharmacy to support small business and receive the care you deserve.
In 2017, Las Vegas was the hottest housing market in the country with the average property rising by just under 7 percent. However, Sin City lacks the charm of many cities in our great nation – something which is proven out by the fact that just about every other housing market in the Top 10 nationally was in the South. This just goes to show that there is something about southern living and here five of the best big cities every southern girl will love.
Everything is bigger in Texas and while cities such as San Antonio have received a lot of attention in recent years, the housing market in Dallas is red hot. So hot that you’ll probably have to spend a small fortune to get the home of your dreams. But this hasn’t slowed down demand as most builders are reporting that they can barely keep up.
What are the hottest properties in Dallas? Candidates include the Soco Urban Lofts, which is in a building that is more than 100-years-old and has a two-story penthouse, or you could go for the slick, new Azure Condo. But even these two properties have nothing on the Museum Tower development. This project has redefined luxury in a city that always goes big or goes home, with prices starting at $1,000,000.
Long known for being a spring break destination, this city just a stone’s throw from Miami is finally coming of age – so much so that you will have to trade in the wine coolers of youth for a wine cooler.
A big reason for this is the awakening of Fort Lauderdale’s downtown with a mix of art districts, restaurants, condos, and rail connections to the broader region. By the way, Fort Lauderdale is a great alternative to flying in and out of Miami International Airport.
One of the most sought-after properties in the city is the Icon Las Olas. Not only does this development occupy a prime downtown location but all 272 of the units on sale are the epitome of luxury.
Before wrapping up our review of Fort Lauderdale, we need to discuss the beach – after all, this remains of the biggest draws in this up and coming South Florida city. Again, the city does not disappoint as it has a laid-back vibe which sets it apart from South Beach in Miami or the ultra-monied set in Boca Raton.
Besides Atlanta, this city has long been associated with the South and why not as the city is home to the Grand Ole Opry. While the music is still big business in Nashville, the city is undergoing a transformation as it has become of the tech hubs of the South. That’s right, move over Research Triangle, Music City is coming for your title.
In terms of where to live, developers in Nashville are rising to the challenge and any southern girl who is looking for a luxury condo won’t be disappointed won’t be disappointed. For starters there is The Adelicia, not only does this development boast several celebrity owners the condos are some of the best in Nashville.
Beyond this, music lovers can choose The Rhythm at Music Row, which has turned out to be one of the trendiest locations in the city. However, my choice for the best condo development in Nashville is The Encore. This development has everything you want in a luxury development – great floor plans and top-notch design. But what sets The Encore apart is that it is within walking distance of Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans) and Bridgestone Arena (home of the Nashville Predators) – try walking anywhere in Atlanta.
Home of Elvis and the Ancient Greeks and there is a good reason why Memphis remains one of the best places to live in the entire South. Ok, this big city does not have the same big city vibe as an Atlanta or a Dallas, and you won’t find mega developments like Vista Tower Chicago but there are plenty of great properties that you will love in Memphis.
Some of the best include the Paperworks Lofts in the boho South Main neighborhood and the Pie Factory Lofts in the Cooper-Young part of town. Now there is something about Memphis as it has a different feel than almost everywhere in the south and if you love great barbeque and the view of The Mighty Mississippi, then this is the city for you.
Now there are so many great places to live in the South that limiting this list to five cities was hard. For example, some readers might be upset about leaving Atlanta out of the list and there are great towns like Charleston which deserve honorable mention. But when it comes to choosing of the best big cities in the south – and by extension the best properties – New Orleans can’t be ignored.
Of my favorites is The Paramount and true to its name this development in the heart of the French Quarter is one of the most sought-after properties in The Big Easy. Honorable mention includes the riverside Rice Mill Lofts and the Blue Plate Artist Lofts – the latter captures the creative spirit of this city.
There you have it; five great southern cities and the properties that every Southern girl is bound to love.
Looking for something to do that will bring your friends or family together, that won’t cost the earth and doesn’t involve and absolute mountain of effort? Then what you need is a movie night.
Movie nights are great, even more so now that practically every movie ever made is available through on demand services on the internet. Long gone are the days of relying on what your local video store had in stock – just fire up Netflix or Amazon Prime and away you go.
Sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Here are five tips for hosting the perfect movie night.
Get your film choice right
The whole point of having a movie night is to watch a movie, so you’ve got to get your choice right. Is it a family event? Are the girls coming over? Or is it a set of movie buffs getting together to critique the latest blockbuster release? You’ll want to pick your film accordingly. While most will go for a film that most of the guests have never seen before, one smart idea that can help turn this into a regular event is working your way through the IMDb Top 100 movies. You can even get your guests to rate them, allowing you to come up with your own ranking system to see how it compares with IMDb.
Know if you should make a last-minute switch
You can have the best laid out plan in history when it comes to which movie you are going for, but don’t be afraid to change it at the last minute. The Shawshank Redemption might have been set in stone as your next movie night flick, but if it becomes readily apparent once all the guests have arrived that everyone is in a silly mood, don’t be afraid to switch track and go for a more light-hearted movie to reflect that.
Get the snacks in
Only a sadist goes to the cinema and doesn’t snack on something or other. For the full movie night experience, you need to supply your guests with snacks. These can vary from the classic staple of the movies, popcorn, to hotdogs, burgers, fries or how about giving these Irish Nachos a go?
Make sure everyone is comfortable
You can’t enjoy a movie if you spend half of it thinking about how uncomfortable you are or how hot it is. Make sure everybody is happy with the temperature in the room and provide adequate seating for all your guests. You don’t need to have a luxury sofa costing thousands of dollars to do that – just good old fashioned pillows, cushions and blankets to ensure everybody is comfortable.
Leave time to talk at the end
The very best part of any movie night comes at the end, when you get to discuss what you’ve just seen. Make sure you set aside some time once the end credits have finished rolling to sit down around the table and talk about what you made of the film. You can do this with questions to lead the discussion – “What did you think the director was trying to do?”, “Did the movie succeed in its aims?”, or by just going for the jugular and blurting out whatever you thought – “That was absolute rubbish.” See if they everyone else agrees.
As a human being, it’s natural to have periods of ups and downs in our lives. But sometimes, the low periods don’t seem to want to go away for a long time. We may try to tell ourselves to snap out of it, or to push aside the issues, and claim that we don’t need help. But, for a large number of people, help is something they need. And more and more people are choosing to find someone they can confide in–a therapist.
Admitting to yourself that you can’t take on all your problems alone is the most important thing you have to do to start this process; but making sure you find the right type of therapy and a person you can really mesh with is also critical. With today’s various methods, you have more choices than ever to find exactly what fits your particular therapy needs and personality.
TYPES OF THERAPY
Traditional One on One Therapy
I believe when most people think of therapy, this is what they picture–sitting or laying on a couch while talking about their emotions and experiences to a person who’s listening intently, taking notes, and asking questions about your feelings. In many cases, yes, this can be true. But the person who’s giving you help can come in many forms. There are doctors, either psychologists or psychiatrists who can prescribe you medication if it’s determined that you are in need of it. There are also less formal settings where you can speak to a licensed counselor. Some places can even offer peer support, by having someone who’s gone through experiences similar to yours talk to you about how they are overcoming things.
This is another stereotype that I think people imagine: a bunch of folks sitting around in a circle, introducing themselves to one another, and exchanging conversations about what they’re dealing with. Group therapy is sometimes a better option for those who might have trouble opening up in a one on one space–sometimes hearing another person talk about a situation like yours will help you feel you’re not alone.
Just like nearly every other thing in the world, you can now get your therapy online too. Online therapy can be found on several different websites and is often the best choice for those who live in a more rural area. Those giving help on these sites range from doctors, to marriage therapists, to social workers and more. You are sure to find someone who can help you with almost any problem. Often, these online sessions are cheaper than in person sessions as well–a plus if you do not have insurance coverage for mental health issues.
If you don’t think speaking out your feelings will help, there are other ways to confront them too. Art therapy is often a perfect alternative for children or those who live on the more creative side of life. Animal therapy, such as riding horses, can be good for those who don’t easily trust people, because animals are often more intuitive than we know. Music therapy is a powerful tool for some and can evoke feelings or memories long thought lost.
I’ve mentioned just a few types here, but I hope it’s enough to get you started on your journey to mental and emotional well-being. Seeking therapy is not the stigma it once was, and you should be proud that you value yourself enough to recognize that you need help.
It’s a very special moment when a ring gets passed from one generation to the next. It might have come your way because you’re standing on the verge of getting married, or it might have passed your way through a will or estate: No matter how it came to you, there are always a few ways to breathe new life into vintage, antique or valued pieces of art. Here are some practical ideas for what to do with grandma’s old ring.
Do Your Research
Step one is to start by doing your research on the piece so that you know exactly what you have. This includes asking family members if they know the story or origin of the ring; you will also want to take a look at any serial numbers imprinted on the ring, which will tell you more about its contents – and possibly its manufacture. With this, also note its condition and – we’d highly recommend it – have it professionally looked over and graded by an expert.
A Professional Cleaning
Breathing new life into an old piece of jewelry can be as easy as a professional, good cleaning session. Now, it’s very important that you use the right cleaner for your type of jewelry, and for this we’d recommend that you visit a jewelry store and tell them exactly what it is that you want to clean. (There are many horror stories of people who cleaned a valuable piece and did more harm than good.) Read the product’s instructions carefully before you apply it to anything valuable!
Resizing and Redoing
If you plan on wearing the ring again, it’s also worth putting some thought into getting the ring resized for your hands. Take it to an expert jeweler and they will be more than happy to resize a piece according to your requirements. If you want any changes brought to the piece, like something added or taken away, now is the time to do it. Make sure that you choose a store with a reliable reputation to work on your piece.
If you don’t want to go to the trouble to have the ring re-sized, you could always wear the ring on a chain instead: Ornate or simple gold or silver chains are usually easy to find and can compliment a ring perfectly.
New life can also be brought to a piece of jewelry by having it turned into an entirely new piece. Yes, most jewelry makers are happy to do this. You can have the piece melted on-to another piece, or melted down and turned into something new. Technically, it’s still the same piece – just with some new and exciting flair.
Have it Insured
Always remember to take special care with a valuable piece: Have it insured, either as a separate piece or as part of your existing household insurance. In the case of robbery, loss or natural disaster – and it happens! – you’ll really wish you had.
Sell It and Invest
Let’s face it: There are times when life hits an unexpected turn and you need some money. Or, you might just decide that you could use the money towards something for the future. Then, consider selling the piece and investing the money. If you want to sell the piece, do so through reputable dealers, and make sure that you have your paperwork in order; take detailed pictures and know exactly what you’re selling.