3 Cars to Boost your Gas Mileage

Every year we see the price of gasoline have dramatic fluctuations. One week you’re paying $3 to $4 and in some places even $5 to $6. Whatever the gas may be, it’s one of the biggest reasons we look for cars with the best gas mileage. After all, if you can fill up the tank for $50 and get 500 to 600 miles, the actual cost is a lot less over the long run.

For instance, a 2007 BMW 525i has a 17.210 gallon tank, and at the most expense times of the year; it costs about $57 for a full tank. On average you get around 536 miles, which translates into about 31 miles per gallon. Unfortunately, when it was brand new, the car cost about $35,000, which most of us can’t afford.

Even though this is a great vehicle, we found plenty of others that offer huge mpg, and they won’t cost you near as much money to purchase. Plus, some of these vehicles don’t fully run on regular fuel.

2015 Ford Focus Electric

2015 Ford Focus Electric

Ok, we cheated a little bit when we found the 2015 Ford Focus Electric car. You can avoid the gas stations altogether, and we can do a couple better; forget the oil and CO2 as well. Instead you simply charge it with a 120V convenience charge cord or a 240V charge at home.

Standard features include everything from a 23 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery to the SmartGauge. The SmartGauge offers an EcoGuide, which allows you to see in real-time, how beneficial your driving will be on a financial level. In addition, the 2015 Ford Focus Electric offers owners the ability to recharge as you drive.

How does it work? Well, anytime you press the brakes in a regular vehicle, it tends to lose energy. When you press the brakes in the Ford Focus Electric, around ninety percent of the energy goes back to the battery. This energy is then stored so it can be used later. It’s a huge benefit, especially if you’re looking for something that offers great gas mileage.

2015 Toyota Prius

2015 Toyota Prius

There are several Prius versions in the 2015 class, but we wanted to stick with the original choice. The 2015 Toyota Prius offers 51 miles per gallon on the highway and 48 mpg in the city. It’s definitely not a “get-up-and-go” car at a whopping 134 horsepower, but it does offer plenty of other benefits. [Read more…]

How To Plan For A Grand Wedding Proposal

If you and your girlfriend have gone through each relationship milestones successfully and in your heart you know already that she’s the right one, then maybe it’s high time you pop the question.

First, let’s clear out some things . . .

Do you recall several of those proposal videos that have gone viral where the girls seemed more surprise at the question than the act of proposal itself thereby putting them in hot seat? Well, you knew what happened; these girls rejected their boyfriend’s proposal right there and then! Frankly, this is not a good memory to bear; the humiliation may even petrify you forever. The point is to never, ever make a creative attempt in making a proposal unless you’re sure you’ll get a “yes” from your girlfriend. You don’t stage a proposal so daring you’d think that because of that she’d say yes – no, you don’t want it that way even if it worked. Because if she isn’t sure of her feelings but just said “yes” for the sake of humiliation, chances are she’ll take it back soon after. And that, my friend, is as painful as being rejected the first time.

romantic proposal

If she’ll say yes anyway why go through the fancy trouble?

First of all, if you know in your heart it’s something she’s been waiting for a long while now, then you owe it to her to make her feel good about asking her to be your eternal partner. The good feeling will allow her to justify in her mind that everything was worth the wait after all. You sure want to witness that priceless show of emotion on her face, and that can only happen if you make your proposal right and precise.

Prepare your tools, commission your board of advisors

If you’d like to stage a grand act then you’d better call for help; this is your first time so you have no stock knowledge of these things. What kind of ring to buy, what’s the proposal concept, what do you need to prepare and where do you do it? With the help of some families and friends your anxiety level will start to mellow down making you feel more excited than nervous.

wedding on the beach

Once everything is ready, it’s now time to plan your act

Would she like a public proposal? Unless she thrives on attention, she may, otherwise stick to an intimate few like common friends and important relatives. How about an in-house proposal to keep her from public view of her unexpected hysterical cry? Would she be proud to show off a tech-prepared proposal like a podcast, or a live streaming of this main event? Has she hinted somewhere in time that she’d love a fine romantic dinner cum proposal? Whatever the concept, make sure it’s done well so as not to ruin the highlight of the night.

Popping the question is one event in your life as a couple that should create a romantic and lasting memory. Knowing that you’re doing it for the one you really love makes all the trouble worthwhile.

Dealing with Divorce – 3 Tips to Move on

When your marriage fails and it’s time to cut ties with your ex, many divorcees struggle with moving on to the next chapter in their life. In fact, there is a good chance you have fallen into a whirlwind of emotion and can’t seem to break away. Friends and family have probably heard all the negatives you could muster up about your ex, and it’s possible they are starting to get annoyed.

Divorce

We’ve heard this story time and time again, which means it’s probably just a natural habit after a person has been hurt by someone they loved. We want to help you through this trying time, and we can do so with a few simple tips:

Limit the Contact

There is no reason to text, email, or call your ex, unless you have kids. Even if you do have children with the person you divorced, it’s important to limit the contact as much as possible. The common issue here is the more contact you have after the divorce; the more chances there are to have arguments. If there happens to be a little contact here and there, don’t let your emotions get the best you. Then end result will only be disastrous.

Don’t Become a Social Media Stalker

Social Media Stalker

The individual, who didn’t want the divorce, is usually the one that stalks the other person. Granted, we’re not talking about going to their house and staking out the place. No, we’re talking about Facebook, Twitter, and all the other media outlets. Now that you’re not tied down by one another, both parties have a right to do as they please. [Read more…]

Bonding with your Child: Tips and Tricks

Whether you have a newborn baby or your children are starting to grow older and get stuck into their school work, you should always make time to bond with your children. Parents who bond well with their children will find that they have a much healthier relationship as times goes by, and the children are less likely to develop mental or physical problems. Apart from knowing your children a lot better, there are many benefits of bonding well with your little ones (or older ones!):

Participate in activities together

You should take part in different activities together, but don’t always be the one to demand which activities it’s time for. You should always let your children choose some of the things he wants to do, since this will help him to feel like he is just as much a part of the bonding process are you are. Even if you’re not particularly fond of the activities, such as painting and messy times, allow it every now and then. Apart from arts and crafts, you can do things together such as dressing up, choosing each other’s outfits and letting them decide which story to act out.

Father and son putting coins in piggy bank

Listen to your child

Children have a lot to say, and while many parents are keen to dismiss many of the things which their child is saying, it’s very important that you take the time to listen. Children understand more than we often give them credit for, and if they have questions about anything, it’s important that they are answered properly rather than being put to one side. Use your child’s questions to bond better with them, but also to help them become more educated. Children retain a lot more information in their younger years, so make the most of it while you can.

Set aside special days

Try to set aside one day each week or each fortnight to do something special with your child. You don’t have to spend the entire day doing something fun, but you should make sure that you spend at least a couple of hours at the park, going shopping or another fun activity. If you have more than one child, be sure to set aside equal amounts of one-to-one time for all of them, so that they don’t start getting jealous of other another and fighting over your time.

Looking Your Best for Summer

As summer time rolls around, most people want to show off more skin. If you aren’t comfortable with the way you look, this can become quite problematic. You have two options – hide behind your long-sleeved shirts, or do something to get yourself in shape for the warmer months. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to look your best for the summer, and a lot of it is all about having confidence in yourself. The most important person to please is yourself, so follow these simple tips and look and feel amazing this year:

Hit the gym

Hit the gym

If you’re not comfortable with the way you look because of excess fat, it might be time to hit the gym. Getting regular workouts in your schedule can also help you to build more muscle and tone up so you’ll look even better. Personal trainers at the gym are also likely to be on hand to help and motivate you when you need it. The body that you want won’t come overnight, so remember to keep working hard and persevere if you want to get the beach body of your dreams. Research suggests that you should exercise for one hour a day in order to maintain physical health. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like the gym is the best option for you, exercise at home or go outside for a jog or walk. There are many other options, such as swimming, tennis, badminton and other sports.

Buy flattering clothes

flattering clothes

Often, people try to emulate celebrities’ fashion style by wearing clothes which don’t suit their body shape and type. It’s important to know what colors and styles of clothing suits you, and always choose items which are your true size rather than too small for you. There’s nothing worse than clothes which are too tight or too big for you, and this won’t be a flattering look. Rather than trying to squeeze into smaller sizes, always choose the size which fits you, and experiment with different colors too in order to find those which complement your skin tone and body.

Have a positive attitude

positive attitude

If you don’t have a positive outlook on your own self, then it’s much more difficult for other people to. Remember that it is very important to be positive, as you’ll feel much better about yourself and you’ll be happier too. Often, your attitude will change everything.