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Get The Most Money Selling Your Car

Sales is not everyone’s strong suit, and used car sales has its own stigma. But with the right preparation, you can have the confidence you need to get the most money selling your car. Here are a few strategic tips you can use when selling a used vehicle, no matter the kind or condition. 

Preventative Care

Getting the most out of your car in the future begins with how you take care of it today. Preventative care like regular oil changes and safe driving will help you get the most return when it comes time to sell your car.

  • Oil Change – Motor oil keeps your engine in proper working condition by lubricating its moving parts. This protective barrier also regulates engine temperature and prevents corrosion, which could lead to very dangerous and expensive damage that will show up on your vehicle history report.
  • Keep Clean – It may not seem like it, but keeping your car clean will help with your resale value. Taking your car through a touch-free car wash on a regular basis will help prevent paint from fading and could even prevent rust.
  • Safe Driving – A bit of a no brainer, but accidents dramatically decrease the value of your car. Even when repaired, a car that has been repaired following an accident is a red flag on the vehicle history report. Even if the outside looks good, the buyer has no way of knowing any residual effects of the accident and may choose to avoid the risk all together.

Prep for Success

Curb appeal applies to cars as much as it does homes. Getting more money for your vehicle can be as simple as cleaning it up and taking good photos. Prep your car, inside and out, for eye-catching photos from every angle including detailed shots. Wait for a nice day with optimum lighting and drive to a place with ambiance such as a park, atop a parking garage with the skyline in the background, or even just the side of a building with a clean wall. Don’t forget to eliminate distractions like garbage from the area. Great photos of a detailed car will naturally attract more attention and likely get you more cash in the end.

Getting more money for your vehicle can be as simple as cleaning it up and taking good photos. Great photos of a detailed car will naturally attract more attention and likely get you more cash in the end.

Transparency

After you’ve cleaned and photographed your car, put together a consolidated write up. You could even provide your own copy of the vehicle history report. Whether you’re sharing online or in-person, offering as much information as possible gives car buyers confidence that you’re not trying to hide anything. This transparency creates a foundation of trust which will help you secure your ideal asking price.

Understanding Value

Understanding the value of your car is the next step in getting the most out of it. The last thing you want is a situation where the buyer knows more about your car than you do. If you don’t know enough about the value of your car you could either undersell yourself or let someone talk you out of what your car is truly worth. Do a little research and look into pricing across sites such as Kelly Blue Book, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and local dealerships.

Key Factors

There are a few primary factors that determine the value of your car, though some of the details can be subjective. The vehicle’s mileage and condition are two standing factors no matter the make or model. The value of your car based on its year is somewhat relative. Typically, the newer the better, unless your buyer is a collector or there have been recalls associated with the year of your car. The make and model can be somewhat subjective because buyers desire different cars for different reasons (ie. electric, luxury, comfort, size). Ask yourself why you bought the car in the first place. 

Other factors that affect the value of your car:

  1. Owner Care
  2. Number of Owners
  3. Stock Accessories
  4. Aftermarket Upgrades

Unique Factors

Throughout the time you’ve owned the car, you’ve undoubtedly made some changes to fit your lifestyle. Have you added a roof rack to haul snowboards or mountain bikes? Did you add navigation and update the stereo equipment for a better road trip experience? Did you lift your truck and add bigger tires? These things can increase the value of your car.

Opportunity Factors

Something to keep in mind when you’re prepping to sell is demand. Today’s car market is unique. While many are working from home and driving less, Americans are much more inclined to own a personal vehicle to avoid public transportation. Furthermore, the cost of gasoline and climate change campaigns are inspiring drivers to reduce their carbon footprint. Both of these factors make electric and hybrid vehicles more attractive.

Something to keep in mind when you’re prepping to sell is demand. As more people are inspired to do their part in helping the environment, electric and hybrid vehicles have been more attractive to prospective car buyers.

Negotiating & Wiggle Room

Now that you’ve prepped, photographed, and posted your car for sale, it’s time to gear up for negotiating. Selling privately through sites like Craigslist, eBay or Facebook Marketplace will get you the most for your car. If you have the right connections, you may be able to park your car with a for sale sign in a high-traffic area to attract potential buyers. When you sell to a dealership, they have to plan for overhead, profit, and commissions. This means the purchase price needs to leave enough room for markup and less money for you.

If you’ve researched similar vehicles for sale in your area, as well as the appropriate value for your car based on the factors mentioned above, the final tip for getting the most money for your car is to include a little wiggle-room in the asking price for negotiating. For example, if your car is valued around $10,000 and nearby dealerships are selling the same vehicle for $9,000 to $12,000, consider listing your car with an asking price in that range, but $2,000 above your ideal sale price. Wise buyers will always make an initial offer below asking price, and if you have a cushion for negotiating, you should be able to offer a competitive rate that still gets you the most money for your car.

Your Trade-In is Someone Else’s Treasure

Whether you’re retiring a hand-me-down clunker or you’re growing from sports car to SUV, there is a buyer who will find what they need in what you’re selling. Getting the most money for your used car simply requires a little cleaning, research, and strategic negotiating. In the end, if the sale isn’t as important as your time, you can always donate your car to nonprofits like The Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity, who are helping individuals and families rebuild their lives.

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Are Mobile Casinos Secure

Despite the challenges online platforms face, casinos do their best to ensure customer information is safe and secure. They provide efficient, safe payment methods without disclosing their data or bank details. Mobile casinos are reliable, safe, honest, and ethical. Here is a look at how they achieve this. 

Licensing and Regulations

Opening a mobile casino is not as simple as it may seem. Financial compliance is mandatory. Operators must adhere to rules set by their governments regarding gambling, and attain a license to run the casino. An official agency strives to protect players and ensures that they are not exploited. Gambling sites that do not oblige to these rules are shown the door. 

Regular Audits

Regular auditing is mandatory for all licensed mobile casinos. Third parties monitor how these sites handle players’ funds. They also check player rights and if they are fair to players. This move ensures that casinos prioritize customer care and not take advantage of them in any way.

Technical Security

Mobile casinos are in fact secure, take Vegas Casino, for example. Since players have to key in their names, email, date of birth, mobile number, and preferred payment methods, the level of security of this data is at the highest. These sites ensure that they have the perfect technical protection that prevents leakage of such sensitive information. It’s also helpful in minimizing fraud. 

Most of them invest in reputable companies that are experienced in matters of online security. To achieve this, they prompt users to a 2-step verification, ID verification, segregate players’ funds, secure encryption, and advocate for responsible gambling. 

Fairness of Games

Casino games depend on luck, and all numbers are generated randomly for every single gameplay. External companies check the Random Number Generators (RNGs) to prevent any malicious deals. This ensures that every player gets equal chances of winning, hence making it fair. Winning depends on luck and playing smart, not artificially manipulated. 

Software

So far, several reputable software developers are known for releasing some of the popular games. These companies’ trustworthiness is evident in their awesome mobile slots. Mobile casinos offer games made by well-regarded software providers. Players have nothing to worry about as these games are similar to the desktop versions. 

Before the games are released to the public, they are usually tested for fairness. Players can be rest assured that nothing has been tampered with. Examples include; NetEnt, Microgaming, IGT, Play’n GO, Bet Soft, Big Time Gaming, Red Tiger Gaming, Playtech mobile slots, among others. 

Ownership

There are countless sites owned by reputable groups in the betting industry. These names are widely known and enjoy a vast client base. Players who wish to try out a new site should first do a background check to get relevant information.

Safe Deposits and Withdrawals

This is the number one factor to consider when it comes to payment methods via a mobile device. It is also the responsibility of customers to exercise by not sharing their passwords with other people.  Mobile casinos offer simple, quick deposit and withdrawal methods that guarantee instant access to money. 

The process is well streamlined such that there haven’t been any cases of loss of money. Most sites accept mobile wallet payment methods such as Skrill, PayPal, Wire Transfer, and Neteller. Alternatively, customers who prefer the convenience of cards are free to use their Visa or Mastercard. Always check the available options before settling for one. 

HYbrid RSA Encryption

There is no way other unrelated third parties can intercept your transaction details because the data becomes encrypted.  The process takes place between two groups, the casino, and the bank, for instance. Once a player authorizes a payment, the bank releases it immediately. The online site gets this data and completes the process by crediting your gaming account with the amount. 

SHA 3-Hash Algorithm

Gambling sites use this algorithm to prevent any interference with Random Number Generators. This point takes you back to the need for fairness in games. Players don’t have to worry about the mechanisms of winning because the algorithm takes care of that. 

Conclusion

From the above, it is evident that mobile casinos exercise security measures similar to desktop sites. Nothing is compromised. What matters the most is the safety and security of the players and the games they play. Casino auditors and regulators keep these sites on toes, so that they can provide great payment methods as well as maintain fairness in games. For these reasons, players shouldn’t shy away from enjoying great gaming experiences by trying out slots on their mobile devices. 

Perfume illustration for 360 Magazine by Kaelen Felix

Guide To Different Perfume Types

Shopping for new perfume can be somewhat overwhelming, especially when you have to think of all the elements to consider. This can be anything from the type of perfume to the scent profiles.

However, before you consider all the add-ons, it is important to know the different types of perfumes that are available on the market. Thus, below we have outlined an in-depth guide to different perfume types for a proper introduction to the world of perfumes.

 Types Of Perfumes

Typically, there are five types of perfumes on the market. These include Parfum, Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, Eau de cologne, and Eau de Fraiche. The main difference between these perfume types is their fragrance oil concentration; which ultimately, affects other behaviors and characteristics of the perfume.

 Parfum

Parfum is the purest form of perfume available on the market. Otherwise known as Extrait de parfum or pure perfume, Parfum boasts the highest fragrance oil concentration.  Typically, Parfum contains between 15% to 25% fragrance oil concentrations. However, sometimes, you may find premium perfumes with fragrance oil concentrations of up to 40%.

Due to this high fragrance oil concentration, Parfum tends to be the most expensive perfume type on the market. This is caused by the high cost of obtaining the fragrance oil. For example, you need up to 10,000 roses to make a single 5ml bottle of essential rose oil. Thus, the fragrance oil extraction phase can be quite costly.

It gets even more expensive for perfume makers that make their perfume using rare and premium ingredients.  Additionally, because of this high fragrance oil concentration, Parfum tends to last the longest amongst all the perfume types. When you apply Parfum, it can last on your skin anywhere between 6 and 24 hours.

Because it has a higher fragrance oil concentration, this means that it has the lowest alcohol concentrations. So for people with sensitive skin such as dry skin, Parfum is an excellent option, if you can of course afford it.

Eau De Parfum

Eau de parfum, also known as EDP, has the second-highest fragrance oil concentration after Parfum and has a higher alcohol concentration than Parfum. Similar to Parfum, it is a better option for sensitive skin as well, because its alcohol content is still relatively low.

Generally, Eau de Parfum contains anywhere between 15% and 20% fragrance oil concentration. It is generally less expensive than parfum, nevertheless, somewhat expensive. When applied on your skin, depending on the scent profile and ingredients, Eau de parfum will last you between 4 and 6 hours.

Amongst perfume types, it is one of the most commonly sought after as it is suitable and somewhat reasonably priced for everyday wear. Its longevity means that you can go a whole day and refresh it just once or not needing to refresh it at all.

Eau De Toilette

Eau De Toilette, also known as EDT, has the third highest fragrance oil concentration. EDTs have a fragrance oil concentration of between 5% and 15% and similar to EDPs, there are amongst the most popular perfume types. However, EDTs exist with false presumptions amongst most consumers – probably perpetuated by salespersons – that they are not as good as EDPs. Don’t fall for his trick!

EDPs are not at all better than EDTs – well, except in situations where you are comparing a high end EDP with a low end EDT. Eau de Toilettes are a variation of EDPs with less fragrance oil concentrations. Thus, their difference is that they are less strong (scent wise) than EDPS. However, their quality is the same.

Eau de Toilettes are designed for individuals that are looking for the same scent but an option that is more subtle rather than strong and pungent. Typically, many perfume experts consider Eau de toilette a daywear fragrance and Eau de parfum as a nightwear fragrance.

 Similarly, Eau de toilette will last you anywhere between 4 and 6 hours. So the next time you are perfume shopping, compare these two perfume types only based on the strength of their scents rather than longevity or quality – EDPs are not necessarily better than EDTs!

Eau De Cologne

Eau De Cologne, also known as EDC, is formulated with one of the lowest fragrance oil concentrations amongst other perfume types. Eau de Cologne has a fragrance oil concentration of between 2% to 8% and the highest alcohol concentration.  The lower fragrance oil concentration makes EDCs quite cheaper.

 Many EDCs come in bigger bottles as you may require you to apply more compared to when you apply Parfum or Eau de parfum. Typically, many EDCs are formulated for men as lighter fragrance variations for stronger perfume scents. Additionally, EDCs are used as colognes or aftershaves. Their recipes normally consist of herb and citrus notes as well.

Eau De Fraiche

Eau De Fraiche, also known as Fragrance water, is somewhat similar to Eau De Cologne as it lasts within an hour or two of application. Eau de Fraiche boasts the lowest fragrance oil concentration of between 1% and 5%. A good example of Eau de Fraiche is fragrance or body mist.

Eau de Fraiche has the lowest fragrance oil concentration, however; it doesn’t have the highest alcohol concentration. Instead, most of the remainder of Eau de Fraiche is water; which accounts for the name fragrance water.  

Whilst there are different perfume types, the key principle to stick with when choosing a perfume to invest in is that a higher fragrance oil concentration equals higher perfume cost. However, a higher fragrance oil concentration also equates to stronger perfume scent and sometimes, longevity. It is also a good idea to know the ideal purpose for your perfume.

For example, Eau de parfum is ideal for nightwear whilst Eau de toilette is ideal for nightwear. Eau de cologne is mostly formulated as a cologne or aftershave. Fragrance water on the other end is ideal for refreshing whether you are at the gym or the beach. After equipping yourself with the right information about perfume types, your next step would be to learn about the perfect scent profiles.

 

 

Community service illustration by Nicole Salazar for 360 MAGAZINE.

Nonprofits in a COVID-19 World: Engaging Stakeholders in Times of Crisis

By Jenny Perez, Executive Director, Herbalife Nutrition Foundation

The ability to quickly adapt to change is a key aspect of running any successful organization. However, in times of crisis, that change can often come quicker than the organization and its stakeholders could imagine. Unfortunately, for nonprofit organizations and their beneficiaries, the COVID-19 global crisis has drastically changed the world. The need in our communities is greater. However, the opportunities for raising much needed funds have been hampered by social restrictions. So how does a nonprofit organization keep their donors engaged in times of crisis?

Communications

Communicating with our stakeholders is an integral part of telling our story. In a normal operating environment, we share with people who know us and those who don’t, who we are and what we do. We explain our challenges and needs, and we celebrate our successes with thanks to donors for their collective support.

But our story, much like the operating environment, has now morphed. We have quickly recognized the need to change how and what we communicate. We understand that donors are being bombarded with information about all the current needs in our society. So rather than get lost in the noise, we are finding a balance of increasing communication without being overwhelming, through impactful storytelling – where donors can clearly see the need and the impact of their donation.  And, we are adjusting the way we raise funds, while continuing to lend support to the organizations that have been a part of our flagship program.

We also understand that there are many who will undoubtedly rise to the occasion, even before we can ask for a helping hand. And for that, we are grateful.

Technology

Our focus at the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation is simple and globally unifying – help bring nutrition to children and families in underserved communities around the globe. So, with donors spread throughout the world, engaging with them can sometimes be a challenge, but that is something we’ve adapted to, and now relish in that global reach.

The challenge we are facing today as a result of COVID-19 is that we are an event-driven organization that raises 90% of funds from events, to one where events have been eliminated. So, since we are limited on the ability to host events and gatherings, and failing our communities is not an option, we must adapt and move forward.

Thanks to technology, we found a way to offer peer-to-peer fundraising tools that allow those who want to help, to create their own fundraisers. Donors can share heartwarming videos about why the cause means so much to them. They can inspire others by snapping photos of their outreach. Without social media, it would be much more difficult to bring a global audience together, to share in our collective work and our reach, helping so many along the way.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

English poet John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” These words are evident in the way people have come together to support each other in these critical times, and the way organizations have stepped up or partnered with others to lend a hand to those in need.

Our partner organizations around the world are doing amazing work and setting examples of how adaptation in times of crisis can be done right – from changing the way they operate daily, to offering services to more than children. For example, SOS’s Children’s Villages is working to educate and reduce the spread of COVID-19, offering psychosocial support and alternative childcare in developing countries. Other organizations like Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), are helping provide meals to children and families who otherwise would go without, while also working to provide adequate technology to students who are now studying from home.

This is who we are and what we do. We adapt and we overcome. We use technology to help us tell our story. And our story will be shared again and again, helping us not only to raise awareness, but allowing us to collect funds that will make an impact in the lives of children and families, all around the globe.

3 Great Ways to Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy After Retiring

When you retire, your whole life changes. Or, at least that’s how it feels. For most of us, our careers are a huge part of our entire identity, and you will probably feel a lot different once you hang it up.

That can be good and bad. For some, it is fully and undeniably a great feeling on day one. A dream come true. For others, the transition is difficult. And that can lead to some negative effects — both mentally and physically.

The best way to make sure you can adapt quickly and avoid any severe downside is by staying active and staying healthy. The more you can do to remain physically, mentally, and emotionally fit, the better it all will go.
The following represent three great ways to maintain your physical and mental health after retiring.

1. Pick Up Something New

By the time you hit retirement age, you are probably pretty set in your ways. The last thing that might seem like a good idea is even more change. But it really can help. It doesn’t have to be something major. Replacing the hours you normally spend at work with something else, however, will do you a lot of good. Join a new club, pick up a new hobby, or get involved in your community in a new way. It can really help you adjust — you won’t be just losing something but adding something as well.

2. Embrace the Water

One of the difficult parts about getting older is that it’s harder to exercise and stay in shape. Even people who have always been fit and love to run or play sports have trouble maintaining their routines because it can be so hard on the joints. The solution? Jump in the pool! There’s a reason that even pro athletes rehab in the water. You can continue using you body and strengthening your muscles — plus your lungs and heart — without risking injury.

3. Get Top Coverage

Of course, no matter how fit you stay, there will always be some health concerns. That’s just inevitable as people age. So you need to make sure you have the best possible healthcare coverage. For most seniors, this means going with some type of Medicare Advantage plan. This allows you to expand upon the coverage of the traditional program at a very affordable rate. There are many different types, but it’s hard to go wrong with a Medicare Advantage PPO plan that includes benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t. Make sure you have access to all the medical care you need.

Staying Mentally and Physically Fit

After you retire, there will be an adjustment period. But you can minimize the negative parts of this transition by implementing the right strategies. The goal for everything should be staying healthy — and improving your health. 

After all, you don’t have to grind away at a 9-to-5 anymore. You might even be able to strengthen your body and sharpen your mind with more free time and more energy to devote to yourself.

Start by replacing your work hours with some new hobbies. Stay fit with low-impact activities like swimming. And make sure you have the best healthcare coverage possible. This alone will help so much. You can embrace retirement head on and start loving your life more and more every day.

Michael Kuluva featured inside 360 MAGAZINE.

CREAKYJOINTS

PRESENTS TUMBLER AND TIPSY BY MICHAEL KULUVA VIRTUAL PRESENTATION OF THE SPRING/SUMMER 2021 COLLECTION DURING NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

Global Audience Invited to Engage At Home to Celebrate Accessible Fashion

UPPER NYACK, NY (August 25, 2020) –CreakyJoints®, a Global Healthy Living Foundation digital patient community for people with all forms of arthritis, today announces it will present the Spring/Summer 2021 Tumbler and Tipsy® by Michael Kuluva collection timed to New York Fashion Week. As a designer with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and CreakyJoints member, Michael advocates for social distancing and following local guidelines to stay safe and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, “The Newest Normal” collection event –  filmed in Canada where Michael is residing during the pandemic — will be presented virtually and premiere on YouTube on September 16, 2020 at 8pm ET. Immediately preceding the premiere, Michael will participate in a live #CreakyChats on Twitter to discuss the inspiration behind his collection.

As the Spring/Summer 2021 Tumbler and Tipsy® virtual show starts, viewers will meet arthritis advocateEmily Sirotich, whose sleep is disturbed by pain and is seeking support from the CreakyJoints website. It won’t be long before she crosses path with Michael and gets magically transported to the collection presentation. Once there and in partnership with Cherrytree Records, her journey will be punctuated by music from global music superstars including Lady Gaga, Sting, Shaggy and more. 

“I’m thrilled to bring my COVID-conscious collection to a global audience because being physically distant does not preclude joint celebrations,” said Michael Kuluva, designer of Tumbler and Tipsy. “My new collection was inspired by my desire to inject light, color, and happiness into our world, which may feel smaller as we hunker down to protect each other during the pandemic. When I get dressed in something that looks amazing and feels great, it sets the tone for the rest of my day. I hope my collection inspires self-care.”

“My involvement in the Tumbler and Tipsy Fashion Show highlights the importance of bringing lived experiences into the spotlight.  Arthritis advocacy can take many forms, and it is inspiring to see Michael Kuluva showcase the experience of arthritis patients on the world-stage,” said Emily Sirotich, a PhD student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and a member of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, CreakyJoints, and the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance.

The Newest Normal

Michael continues to innovate, filling The Newest Normal with comfortable clothing that is great for lounging around in, but stands out from the crowd with high volume colors and glam touches that will make the wearer feel confident. Always inclusive, Michael’s clothing is easy to put on and many of the collection pieces will have hand-painted, glow-in the-dark details thoughtfully placed to emphasize where people living with arthritis experience pain – on the inside and out.

“The pandemic has upended everyone’s lives, particularly those who are at increased risk because of underlying conditions or living with a chronic disease, like I do. When I need support, I’m glad I can count on CreakyJoints to be there for me. CreakyJoints parent organization, the Global Healthy Living Foundation, jumped into action and launched a Covid19 patient leadership council and support program, available at GHLF.org. Additionally, I can find community day or night on their social media channels, log my symptoms into the ArthritisPower mobile app and participate in their monthly #CreakyChats,” added Mr. Kuluva. 

Event Details

The Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva virtual show will premiere at 8:00 p.m. on September 16, 2020 on YouTube: http://www.virtualfashionshow.net/

Before the show, Michael Kuluva will participate in a live #CreakyChat on Twitter (@CreakyJoints) to answer questions about his collection and living with arthritis, particularly during the pandemic. Join the #CreakyChat at https://twitter.com/CreakyJoints on September 16, 2020 at 7pm E.T.

CreakyJoints co-founders Seth Ginsberg and Louis Tharp said, “Every year, we’re surprised and inspired by Michael’s Tumbler and Tipsy collection, which is always inclusive without sacrificing fun or style. We congratulate him on his forthcoming premiere and look forward to continuing our relationship with him because he sets an important example of how to live and live well with rheumatoid arthritis.” 

About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and loss of function in the joints throughout the body, but typically the small joints of the hands and feet. RA can strike at any age and, if left untreated, can cause joint damage and even permanent joint destruction or harm to the body’s organs. RA is an autoimmune disease that is treated typically by a specialist called a rheumatologist.  Read more about managing RA in “Raising the Voice of Patients: A Patient’s Guide to Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis,” available for free download at http://creakyjoints.org/patientguidelines.

About Tumbler and Tipsy

Anchored by the creative mind and brilliant talents of professional figure skater turned fashion designer, Michael Kuluva, Tumbler and Tipsy is not only reworking, redefining and revamping the world of fashion but is taking it over with his sexy yet stylish brand.  Tumbler and Tipsy is produced in Los Angeles, CA with colorful collections that are distinctive but never repetitive, chic and classy while being comfortable and versatile.  Tumbler and Tipsy is not just a line of clothing, it’s a collection of art, it’s an embodiment of chic fashion in the modern world, and it’s a representation of a lifestyle: fun, bold, luxurious and daring. www.tumblerandtipsy.com

About CreakyJoints®

CreakyJoints is a digital community for millions of arthritis patients and caregivers worldwide who seek education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research. We represent patients in English and Spanish through our popular social media channels, our websites www.CreakyJoints.orghttps://creakyjoints.org.eswww.creakyjoints.org.au, and the 50-State Network, which includes more than 1,500 trained volunteer patient, caregiver and healthcare activists. 

As part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, CreakyJoints also has a patient-reported outcomes registry called ArthritisPower® (ArthritisPower.org) with more than 28,000 consented arthritis patients who track their disease while volunteering to participate in longitudinal and observational research. CreakyJoints also publishes the popular “Raising the Voice of Patients” series, which are downloadable patient-centered educational and navigational tools for managing chronic illness. It also hosts PainSpot(PainSpot.org), a digital risk assessment tool for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. For more information and to become a member (for free), visit www.CreakyJoints.org.

Find us on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/creakyjoints and https://www.facebook.com/GlobalHealthyLivingFoundation/

Twitter: @GHLForg, @CreakyJoints, #CreakyChats

Instagram: @creaky_joints, @creakyjoints_aus, @creakyjoints_esp

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Wine illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

How wine affects our mood

Martin Luther said, “Beer is made by men, wine by God.” This is probably true as you don’t really see many people drinking wine publicly in the street as you see people drinking beer everywhere. Drinking wine is a ritual. You want it to be special. And you usually drink it with someone special. Unless you are having a really bad day and you are drinking alone while searching for free adult games to spend your alone time in a fun way.

But even when you drink it alone there is still a magic feeling to it. You drink wine when you want to celebrate something like an anniversary or promotion, when you go out on a date or maybe just because you feel like it. But usually, there is some background why you are drinking this heavenly liquid. You are happy and excited and you want to keep feeling that way or if you are trying to drown your sorrows, with wine you are doing it elegantly. No one will call you a drunkard if you drink wine. Wine is divine.

There are also many therapeutic effects besides the emotional ones. Antioxidants present in red wine are famously good for vascular health in general and they help with blood flow and circulation. This is one of the reasons you choose wine if you are wishing for your date to be successful. Healthy blood flow contributes to sexual arousal. You can thank histamine, tyramine, spermidine and serotonin for getting activated after just a few sips. Moderate quantity will increase your libido just enough to feel confident and appealing. In the worst-case scenario, if your date doesn’t share the same vibes you are feeling, you can always count on online games for your devices. This combo will surely help you get rid of any tension and it will make your life feel lighter. 

If you want to merge an exotic adventure with wine drinking, there is an underwater wine cellar paradise on the bottom of the Adriatic sea waiting for you to get your hands on the bottle of your choice. It is located in Croatia, on the Peljesac peninsula. They make premium wines, bottle them and preserve them in amphoras they put on the sea bottom. You scuba dive in full equipment and search for your own amphora somewhere on the sunken boat. That’s one way of having a hell of a Mediterranean date!

You may have heard about buchette del vino, aka wine windows that are getting popular once again in Florence, Italy. These are holes in fences big enough for a bottle, used to safely sell bottles of wine to thirsty passengers, with human contact reduced to the minimum. They were first introduced in the XVI century when Cosimo I de’ Medici (Grand Duke of Tuscany) decreed that people could sell wine from their cellars and avoid taxes by direct sale, evading any middlemen. The windows continued their use later in the 1630s when northern Italy faced the plague outbreak. 

As 2020 has affected all of us in different ways, many of us reached for wine consolation and luckily some clever people thought of reinventing the use for these windows and safely hand us the very needed fluid solace. You can also get ice cream, coffee or Aperol Spritz from these windows. But nothing beats the original!

Even Alexander Fleming acknowledged that penicillin cures, but wine makes people happy. And cheers to that!

Apartment hacks illustration inside 360 MAGAZINE

Small Apartment Hacks

Is your apartment so cramped it feels more like a prison cell than a home?

When you live in a small apartment such as a studio, you’ll be constantly battling to find space for all your stuff.

But the more stuff you have, the more claustrophobic your home becomes, creating disorder and stress, making you want to leave just to catch a breath.

But it needn’t be that way.

Because here you’ll find some really smart small apartment hacks that’ll maximize your space and transform your home for the better.

  1. Lighten Up

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a home, particularly when it’s lacking in space. Not only does it affect how the space feels, but it also has a huge impact on your psychological wellbeing.

If your apartment is dark and gloomy like a cave, you’ll feel dark and gloomy yourself. Plus you’ll struggle to find things, create excess stress, and it creates the effect of a smaller living space.

To begin with, try to get as much natural light in as possible as it’s far better than artificial. So keep your windows as clutter-free as you can. If you can’t get much light, you can get some lightbulbs that mimic natural light and work great.

The lighting will also affect where you put things like furniture. So of course you’ll want more light in areas such as a workspace and kitchen, but maybe a dimmer, cozy lighting for your lounge or bedroom.

  1. Command Your Colors

In a similar way to light, all colors have a profound effect on how we feel in a space. They can brighten up a place or darken it. They can work exquisitely with the design flow, or they can clash quite horrifically.

Therefore, it’s best to have colors that work well together such as similar shades (e.g. white or cream with pastel yellow or blue).

Of course the lighter the colors, the more vibrant and spacious the space will feel.

Naturalistic colors like green, blue, yellow, and brown, all have a calming effect and have even shown to boost mood and reduce stress.

Strong, dark colors like black or red can have the opposite effect such as increased energy and productivity.

Achieving optimal lighting and color schemes are among the most effective life hacks for small apartments. So experiment with it and be strategic in matching them to the space accordingly.

  1. Smarter Storage

The one thing we always need more of is storage. Of course the longer we live somewhere, the more stuff we accumulate.

But storage doesn’t have to end at boxes, cupboards, and drawers. In fact, you can easily take what storage you have and give it an upgrade to maximize its capacity.

Here are some quick storage hacks anyone can make:

  • Add hanging racks and shelves to your closet
  • Use caddies to store extra things on existing furniture
  • Install a mirror cabinet in the bathroom
  • Place a shelving unit around the sink or toilet, or hang one in the shower
  • Place sticky hooks inside cupboard doors to hold pot lids and utensils
  • Add extra clip-on shelves to cupboards and wardrobes

These are just a few creative Ikea hacks that take full advantage of empty space that would otherwise go unused. With a little creativity, you’ll be surprised at what extra space you can make.

  1. Slicker Shelving

Shelves are a great way to use empty wall space, but at the same time, you don’t want to feel like you’re trapped in a library. Bookshelves are also quite cumbersome and require some of your precious floor space to stand.

A good fix for this is to put up floating shelves. They’re easy to install, take up very little room (no brackets!), and they look very minimal and neat. Definitely worth a try.

Alternatively, if you have a corner to spare, stick a corner bookshelf there. These are great as they make use of an area that isn’t typically used, and you can take it all the way to the ceiling if you like!

Shelves can be added almost anywhere with little space or effort, so take a good look around your place and make use of wasted space.

  1. Furniture That Flourishes

You may feel attached to your chair or bed, but is it really a good fit for a smaller space?

These days there’s all sorts of multipurpose furniture that not only saves you space but increases it significantly.

If you have space under your bed already that’s great, but did you know you could get raisers to lift your bed higher, creating even more space beneath?

If not, the other options include a bed with built-in drawers, a raising bed lid with storage underneath, a folding futon, or you could even install a wall-mounted pull-down bed so it can be folded away during the day.

And the folding frenzy doesn’t end there!

Take a look at your other furniture and see if you can find a folding substitute. You can get all sorts of smart, space-saving chairs, tables, and desks to bring out as and when they’re needed. Then stowed away neatly out of sight.

If you don’t like the foldable stuff, why not opt for something clearer. Glass tables and clear acrylic chairs are less noticeable as you can see right through them, making your space appear a little more spacious.

  1. Bring the Outdoors In

If you’ve ever walked amongst nature, or even relaxed in a garden, you’ll have surely noticed the effects it had on your wellbeing.

The great outdoors brings the benefits of sunshine, fresh air, open space, and lots of green goodness, all of which creates feelings of calm and relaxation.

What’s more, the color green has been shown to boost creativity as well as a calming, stress-relieving effect.

So when you’re confined to a smaller space, it makes sense to bring as much of the outdoors into your home. Just don’t turn it into a jungle!

You can add these elements of freshness and tranquillity by simply adding a few plants here and there. And to save space, try placing them on shelves, hanging baskets, or on the window sill.

  1. Tidy up and Get Creative

Okay, it might go without saying that keeping tidy creates more space, but by organizing things and maintaining cleanliness regularly ensures you keep that space you’ve created.

When a space is cluttered, your mind feels cluttered and chaotic. So by reducing your clutter, things become more organized, ordered, and easier to maintain.

Put your own stamp on the place with some creative approaches such as putting your mirror on the back of a door, or dividing up a room with a wall made out of a bookshelf unit.

If you’re a dab hand at DIY, get your tools out and start building some of your own hacks to organize your space. This allows you to customize your creations to your purpose and your liking.

Small Apartment Hacks Bring Huge Potential

Living in a smaller space might feel limiting at first, but by implementing these small apartment hacks, you can maximize the space and make it a home to be proud of.

Aside from creating a more liveable and inviting home, you can really add some character that no one else has in theirs.

And once you’ve got everything perfectly organized and tailored to your liking, you’ll feel so much better in yourself as well as your amazing home.

LIBERTY × JUSTICE, FOR ALL?

“An American Lie,” the new single/video from emerging East Coast based Singer/Songwriter Rory D’Lasnow, will be available Friday July 31st, 2020 on Spotify, YouTube and all the other major services.

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The song, written among the ever-increasing instances of violence against people of color in America, speaks to the ever widening dichotomy of “An American Lie”; the supposed promise of liberty, justice and equality for all. D’Lasnow holds the belief that we as Americans are pledging our allegiance to a false ideal that is not fully realized for many of our citizens.

“We the people are responsible for standing up to speak out when we see wrongs done to our fellow man, and to help make them right whenever we can”, Rory said, “So we protest, we become activists. But then, once the public outrage subsides, the same targeting, abuse of power, and negligence in response – which has been going on for centuries – quickly returns; to a collective shrug from the general public.”

After spending the better part of the past two years performing as the opening act for national artists at some of the East Coast’s most distinguished venues and festivals, Singer/Songwriter Rory D’Lasnow; who – like Babyface, Buddy Miles, Jimmy Cliff and Dick Dale – plays right handed guitar upside down and backwards (“Lefty” as it were; but not quite) was in quarantine writing for his new EP. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and recognizing this important moment in history, he resolved to  contribute his music and its message to the cause. That respect and reverence for resilience is encompassed in “An American Lie.”

D’Lasnow continued, “My hope is that we can unite as a human race to eliminate the bigotry and prejudice that is so rampant in society today. My goal is to use my voice in the best way I can to stand up for equality and justice.”

“An American Lie” is available Friday July 31st, 2020

About Rory D’Lasnow

Enigmatic Singer/songwriter Rory D’Lasnow first picked up his father’s right-handed guitar as a small child, instinctively deciding to play the instrument upside-down and backwards. Most guitarists play right handed. Some play lefty guitar. Only a select few treat the instrument as if it’s not even a guitar at all such as legendary artists like Babyface, Buddy Miles, Jimmy Cliff and Dick Dale.

Despite never turning the guitar right-side up, Rory has cultivated a unique contemplative sound that has propelled him on to perform at some of the East Coast’s most distinguished venues and festivals; from the Knitting Factory, The Bowery Electric, Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall, to Revolution Music Hall on Long Island, and The Saint and Brighton Bar on the Jersey Shore. 

D’Lasnow has also had the honor of opening for featured headliners such as American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, actor/musician Drake Bell, and John Corabi of Motley Crue/Dead Daisies fame. Next year, Rory is slated to perform on the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival acoustic stage for the New Found Glory and The Early November session in April 2021. 

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