It Is National Coffee Day Everyday at Forbes Living

Today is National Coffee Day and there are a few major name-brand businesses offering free cups of java today. We assume you know where they are. Of course, there are those who believe that there are better ways to start the day than a nice, hot cup of rich, flavorful coffee freshly made and waiting. Forbes Living TV does not agree.

There is some questionable research published which states that people who drink caffeinated drinks in the morning need caffeine all day in order to function. There is another report which states that there are better ways to become alert and stay alert than consuming any caffeinated beverage.

Some people can get up early and exercise which can increase energy and help boost alertness. Other feel that eating a healthy breakfast which may include herbal tea is a better way to get the day started and stay on track all day. Short naps in the middle of the day can also boost energy and alertness. Forbes Living TV would be remiss to not mention that coffee lovers don’t just drink a cup in the morning to wake up. They drink it because they like the flavor, they appreciate its antioxidant values and its richness.  Drinking coffee in the morning does not make the java aficionado feel sluggish in the afternoon. In fact, it makes them feel empowered to master the day ahead. If they happen to want (not need) a cup of coffee later in the day, it’s simply a matter of taste. Pardon us now while we slip out for a quick, free cup of our favorite brew on this National Coffee Day. 

Tips to Save on Pet Care Costs from Forbes Living

Anyone who owns a pet or is owned by a pet can attest to how expensive pet care can be. Forbes Living shares some tips on how to save on healthcare and other items from the family four-legger.

Pet insurance is one way to cut costs on routine visits to the vet and even on injuries. There are several companies which offer it. Read everything you can about what the policy covers and how much of a premium you have to pay.

Buy food, treats, cat litter and other essentials in bulk at discount stores. Most major retailers sell the name brand food. There are online outlets for buying food, treats, toys and litter in bulk also. Use coupons and coupon codes to get the most savings.

Cats can be groomed at home. All it takes it patience, a sturdy towel and the right tools and kitty beauty time is manageable – and free. Dogs, on the other hand, can also be groomed at home. If this is not something you want to do, ask friends for a referral to an affordable and reputable groomer.

Forbes Living TV also suggests looking for good deals on heartworm pills, flea treatments and the other major preventative items. There are a lot available. Do an Internet search on the topic and find a site which not only offers discounts, but coupons too. Every dollar saved can spent on fun toys for the furry one. 

Forbes Living Explains How E. Coli Can Be Dangerous to Kids

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Small children and the elderly are at most risk of becoming sick from any one of the strains of E. coli. Forbes Living shares how this bacteria can affect small children and what to do if you think your child may been exposed to it.

It is important to note that kids can get E. coli from a variety of sources such as consuming high-risk foods like undercooked meat, unpasteurized milk or juices, restaurants at which [people with E. coli] have eaten, exposure to live animals, recreational water, and exposure to child care centers.

Children will present symptoms like severe gastrointestinal pain, bloody stools and diarrhea, lack of appetite, shock and maybe even kidney failure. If any one of these symptoms is present, take the child to the nearest emergency room and tell them to test for E. coli. One of the most dangerous medical issues for kids is hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a complication of E. coli. Red blood cells are destroyed prematurely and clog the blood-filtering system of the kidneys, which can take the life of a small child. Forbes Living TV reminds parents and caretakers that life is precious and the life of a child can be gone so fast.  Always err on the side of caution. It’s better to know than to wonder.

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Forbes Living and the Climbing Cost of Breakfast

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Why is breakfast food like eggs, bacon, coffee and butter getting so expensive? It seems like the most important meal of the day is becoming the priciest meal of the day. Forbes Living looks at the climbing cost of breakfast.

Some parts of the U.S. are going through the worst drought conditions experienced in decades. This results in higher prices for produce and livestock as farmers and cattle owners spend more to keep plants, trees and animals hydrated. Drought conditions produce a reduced amount of product from coffee beans to bacon. And consumers are choosing to eat more protein-rich foods like yogurt for breakfast versus cereals, which contain grains. All of these factors raise the price of traditional breakfast foods. To keep grocery bills from climbing, use coupons, discount codes and price checking apps. Many stores have bar code reading apps which give the shopper a way to find a lower price for a product.

Forbes Living TV also suggests making breakfast at home and taking it on the commute if needed. Make a breakfast sandwich in the microwave and use a thermal mug for hot beverages. Buy a small soft lunch cooler to take yogurt and fruit to work and have it while sorting through email. Let us know if there is a more cost-efficient way you do breakfast every day.

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Forbes Living Visits a Place Where They Ask Tourists to Keep Their Egos Locked Up in Their Luggage

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Forbes Living notes that a few decades ago, there lived a generation whose major claim to fame was being the most self-absorbed group of people the world had ever seen.  By all accounts, those individuals have been bested by the current crop of young people.  Think of them as “The Selfie Generation”.  Of course, part of this phenomenon is the existence of the ubiquitous digital camera, aka, the smart phone, which not only enables them to take pictures anywhere, anytime and without processing and printing costs, but these devices are also engineered to make it easy to snap that all-too-tempting selfie.  So while on vacation or when visiting interesting places or taking in fascinating sights, the tradition is no longer to take a photograph of the stunning scenery … but to take a photograph of your stunning self against the backdrop of the scenery.  It’s obvious from the composition of these shots which one is more important in the photographer’s mind.

Forbes Living notes that one popular tourist destination is trying to eradicate the selfie craze.

The Forbes Living TV show reports that one lush travel destination has done something about it.  La Garoupe, a posh beach in the south of France, has posted notices that selfies, which they refer to as “braggies” will not be tolerated.  No selfies alowed.  They even set up signage declaring the beach a Braggie-Free Zone.  There are also “Holiday Spam Police” patrolling the strand in order to surpress such egotistical behavior.  This initiative will no doubt bring a new level of taste to online social media.  If the beach is attractive, let us see a good picture of the beach, without the photographer dominating 2/3 of the frame.  While no one wants to see the quashing of personal freedoms, this measure will permit the rest of us freedom from these irritating moments of self-worship.

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Forbes Living – Skip the Anti-Bacterial Products, Expectant Moms

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Many common anti-bacterial products contain triclosan and triclocarban. These two ingredients are usually found in hand sanitizers, toothpaste, soaps, detergents and other products. Forbes Living shares information about why pregnant women might want to skip anti-bacterial products.

Recent studies with more than 100 expectant mothers found that triclosan was found in the urine of every women tested, triclocarban was found in more than 85% of the urine samples. More alarming is that triclosan appeared in half the samples of umbilical cord taken from the moms. This indicates that the chemical is reaching some fetuses. The results of this study show that this could affect the development of the unborn fetus.  Forbes Living reminds readers that there is no reason to use anti-bacterial products, especially hand sanitizer, as soap and water do a great job and do not contain the harmful chemicals.

The researchers also found butyl paraben, another anti-bacterial agent in the majority of cord blood and urine samples. This chemical is mostly in cosmetics and could cause shorter lengths of newborns.  If expecting a baby, read the labels of all cleaning products such as sanitizers, shampoos, soaps, etc. Toss out any which contain the chemicals and replace them, if needed, with Earth-friendly ones. Many organic cleaning products work just as well as the others with harmful chemicals.

 

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Forbes Living Chronicles Destinations of Distinction

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(Croatia)

There are an incredible amount of places to visit in the U.S. and in the world. Where do you wish to visit? What do you want to do? Forbes Living has a few ideas in mind to share with our readers.

Get out of town. Head to the shore, the mountains or to a favorite weekend getaway. A few of ours are Fort Myers, Florida, Key Largo, Florida, and Sarasota, Florida.  We take in the local flavor, do a little shopping and learn something about the marine life all around us.

When we want to go far, our imagination takes us to South Africa where families, couples or singles can be fascinated by the area’s Big 5: lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo, and Rhino. Travelers are able to ride in safari vehicles while spotting these magnificent animals in their natural and protected environments. Volunteer opportunities are available for visitors over the age of 18. But keep in mind that any business which operates a breeding facility or cub petting facility is not an ethical place of business. There are several excellent places to give back to in the region and welcome volunteers.

Many tourists love to visit Croatia with its stunning towns, cliffs, waters and people. It is location chock full of history and delectable food. From here, chart a route to other nearby destinations of distinction. Forbes Living recommends taking photos and sharing them along the way.

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Forbes Living with Tips for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

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While it may seem like the need to be very aggressive is vital in order for a small business to survive, it is also necessary for them to be ethical also. Forbes Living shares tips for small and medium sized businesses.

First and foremost, treat all employees with the same respect and consideration that is given to friends and family. No one appreciates being dictated to or asked to do something which is not right.

If a specialist is hired, let them do their job without interfering. No one is an expert at everything.

Always be honest if there is an issue with a product or service. Attempt to resolve it and not bury it.

Forbes Living also suggests the quarterly meeting with managers to review good workplace ethics and business practices.

Always be sure paychecks are accurate. If an employee is paid hourly then they should be paid by the hour. If the employee is not hourly and receives no commission, then the worker is exempt from overtime and exempt from being docked hours time is missed for an appointment.

Does it seem like people want to become reality or Internet stars? Don’t believe everything you read or see on the net. There are many so-called review sites and complaint sites which do no checking of facts. Be wary of them. Use common sense instead. 

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