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Niagara Falls: Illegal or Not?

Posted By: on March 9, 2015


Going Over the Falls

Going over the falls might not be the smartest thing to do. In fact, going over the falls is actually illegal. However, it has been attempted many times, with about a 75% survival rate. Currently, survivors are heavily fined. One daredevil has even been banned from ever entering Canada again because he approached the falls from the Canadian side of the river. The first person known to ever go over the falls in a barrel was a 63 year-old teacher named Annie Edson Taylor.

A man named Charles G. Stevens outfitted his barrel with an anvil for ballast. He even tied himself to the anvil for safety. When his barrel was recovered, the only thing left in the barrel was his right arm.

In order to call attention to the plight of the homeless, Robert Overcracker rode a jet ski over the edge of Horseshoe Falls. However, Robert’s parachute didn’t open. His body was never recovered.


Casinos abound in the Niagara Falls area. There are facilities on both the United States and Canadian sides. According to one tourism site, it’s interesting to note that the legal gambling age in Canada is 19, while most areas of the United States its 21. The casinos don’t just offer gambling, though. Each offers entertainment, sometimes big name entertainment. One casino, located in the United States features 82,000 square feet of gaming space with 2,595 slot machines and 91 table games. Seneca Niagara Casino is Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The casino has a buffet, steakhouse, Italian and Japanese restaurants.

Approaching the Falls

Nearing the falls, from below, on a chartered boat is legal. Many boat tour companies exist and offer a variety of viewing opportunities. You can take a trip that visits all the major portions of the falls and then gets close up to the heart of Horseshoe Falls. It also offers a night trip where you can watch the fireworks over the falls, weather permitting. That trip offers a music, a bar and snacks, as well.

You can even go behind the falls. It’s as close to the falls as you can get. You ride an elevator down 150 feet through the bedrock to tunnels that go to a couple of portals. You end up one-third of the way behind the massive wall of water falling from Horseshoe Falls. During the spring and summer, you even get a biodegradable poncho to keep you dry from the all the spray. The mist freezes over in the winter so the observation decks have to be shut down for the safety of visitors. The ice is too slippery.

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4 Tips for Getting your Website Noticed

Posted By: on March 9, 2015

If you have an online business, you will need to make an effort to get the customers you want. Therefore, it’s important to find effective methods to help drive traffic to your site. This can take some time to accomplish and specific knowledge of what you should do. Knowing tips to help get the needed attention to your website can aid in your online success. 

Tip #1: Create Content

Content is king when you want to attract people to your website. However, you must create high-quality articles and blogs that keep this individual’s attention.

One way to do this is to become an expert in your field. Know your product or service inside and out in order to give your potential customer the answers to any questions that may be asked immediately.

Additionally, consider creating an outline for your content before beginning the writing process. This may help it go faster and can allow you to brainstorm for good content.

Tip #2: Add Links

One effective way to get people to land on your page is by adding links to your content. You may want to do this at the end of any articles or blogs that you write with a call to action. This works to encourage readers to buy what you have for sale and it is effective.

Tip #3: Use Keywords

The placement of specific keywords throughout any of your content will help you gain potential customers. These should be thought out in advance, and it is important for you to conduct some research to help you use the most effective ones.

There is a variety of tools online that can help pinpoint the best keyword phrases for you to use. For instance, if you sell jewelry, you could use the types of jewelry you sell, such as earrings, necklaces as keywords. Additionally, if you offer brand names, you can add these to your phrases, as well.

Tip #4: Use Social Media

These days you have a lot of options when it comes to advertising your website. You should consider creating various social media accounts at some of the largest media outlets and advertise your business.

It is important to be consistent with your updates or tweets to help you get and maintain the necessary amount of traffic that you need for online success.

It is not difficult to increase the amount of exposure your website has, but it will take time and effort. Consider creating a plan that you can stick with on a regular basis that outlines the amount of online marketing that is required for you to have consistent success.

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Could Online Dating Be Lowering the Divorce Rate?

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Make Your Kitchen Really Cook: 3 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value

Posted By: on March 7, 2015

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Ready to rehash your kitchen to drive up the value of your house?  Kitchens are really the heart of any home, and to improve the value of the entire house, you need to start in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take forever, either. Just follow the three tips listed below.

Remodel on a Mini-Scale

It might sound silly, but simply giving your kitchen a fresh coat of paint will spunk up the space. It is one of the least expensive changes you can make to the area. Plus, there’s something magic about new paint. It makes the space seem completely refreshed. If you need help picking a good color, go to the home improvement store and ask. You can also look through home improvement magazines for suggestions. You might even want to pick up a fashion magazine. The colors that are trending in fashion often transfer over to home decor.

Additionally, you can paint your cabinets or create a faux-finish on them. If you have a little more money, you could even order new doors from a home improvement store and hang them yourself. These changes will save you tons of money as compared to actually replacing the cabinets.

Adding a splash of color by putting a new tile backsplash up will definitely impress. Sometimes that one pop of color will be all the room needs to look brand new. Plus, if you have had any water issues from the faucet, you can quickly address those while replacing the backsplash.

Perk up Your Appliances

It really isn’t a secret that people like matched sets. So, if you have a white refrigerator, a black oven and a stainless dishwasher, you may want to rectify that situation. That doesn’t mean you have to get new appliances. You can order new doors or face panels for them. Sometimes, in the case of dishwashers, you can take the existing face off and turn it around. Many are black on one side and white on the other.

Stainless has been the trend in appliances for many seasons. Bear in mind, if you should opt for stainless, that it shows fingerprints and smears like no other. Special cleaners for stainless help with this, but if you have children or a particularly messy grown-up living in your home, you may want to forgo the stainless.

Clear That Old Counter

Replacing old laminate or tile counters used to take forever and cost an arm and a leg. Lots of new counter products exist and some companies can complete the transformation in just one day. You don’t have to deal with contractors and dust and noise for endless weeks. Plus, you budget doesn’t have to get decimated. And, as a plus, if you’d like counters made of something eco-friendly (which by the way, really raises your property value these days), you have a wide variety of options available. There’s concrete and recycled glass. There’s bamboo, even. There are plenty of options.

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4 Reasons To Increase Broadband Speeds

Posted By: on February 20, 2015

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Net neutrality is an idea that, although it has been championed for decades, was given its current form only in the early 2000s by a Columbia University law professor. In short form, it simply states that everyone should have equal access to the information highway, and not be subject to limitations that would otherwise be imposed by class or other situation.

The Federal Communications Commission has always been behind this one hundred percent, and has recently submitted a codified proposal for precisely this kind of open Internet, with the help of Internet service providers. In the coming months, the ramifications of this will become clear, but there are already some very good reasons why an increase in broadband speeds benefits consumers tremendously.

  1. To Become Competitive with Other Nations

According to Fabián E. Bustamante, a professor of computer science at Northwestern University, the United States is currently not competitive with first-world places like London and Paris when it comes to broadband availability in the 25-50 Mbps range. The service is available; but at over double – in some cases, almost triple – the prices paid by the French and English populations. Primarily, households with an income double the national average enjoy true net neutrality with broadband Internet at these elevated bandwidths.

  1. Open the Way for Innovation

Some of the most successful tech inventions and start-ups owe their success to the principles of net neutrality. Facebook, for example, was started by a young college student at Harvard, and much of the access he needed would not have been possible with low bandwidth and other restrictions associated with a sub-par Internet connection. Even now, there’s certainly a child somewhere in the nation with an idea that may revolutionize the way people interact online, and he or she will benefit from adequate broadband speeds.

  1. Maximizing Business Performance

Slow connection speeds reduce the effectiveness of any business that’s reliant on technology – which is all of them. If employees have to compete for fast broadband services, then productivity and efficiency decrease. The more employees there are, vying for time on the same network, then the more important a robust delivery service becomes.

In fact, having this at the office encourages employees to implement broadband services at home – so they can enjoy the same level of productivity. Quite a few businesses set up resources for their employees to work at home; in fact, many prefer to do so on sick days, or even just to get ahead.

  1. Reducing the Loads

Another reality that businesses are dealing with is the sheer availability of devices that connect to the Internet. A single person might have three or four different Internet-enabled mobile devices; these draw resources from the network and can slow it down if many people are using their devices at once. The list is growing ever larger; from tablets, notebooks, e-readers, Smartphones and even digital computer wrist-watches. At any moment, several people could be on several of these devices at once, which will ultimately tax the system and slow down the network. Higher broadband speeds delivers performance across all fields, and Internet service providers are working in conjunction with the FCC’s new rules to deliver optimal performance comparable to European nations.


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4 Ways to Make Moving Cheaper

Posted By: on February 19, 2015

Moving isn’t something most people look forward to; it can be both a hassle and a big hit to the wallet. People time and time again make the same mistakes regarding their move and often end up paying for it, whether it’s in time, money, or stress. The process, however, doesn’t have to be difficult if people avoid moving mistakes and take some simple steps to save some money.

Throw Away Unnecessary Items

Everyone has items piled up in their house or apartment that they don’t need any longer. Packing those things up and moving them along with the rest of the house is a big mistake. Prices for moving are often determined by the weight of the load, so there’s no better time to lighten up. Not only is moving the unnecessary junk a waste of money, it makes the unpacking process a huge headache. The best piece of advice is to get rid of it. Throw all those unnecessary items away or, better yet, have a garage sale, recycle or donate the items you no longer need.

Rent a Storage Unit

Renting a storage pod is a simple way to cut costs and a good way to incorporate a bit of DIY into the move. The storage unit company simply drops off the unit at the desired location, at which point the client can take their time loading it up at their convenience. When they’re done, the company picks up the unit and delivers it to the new location. It’s a great way to balance low cost with a low-hassle moving process and convenience.

Get the Right Timing

The price of moving changes during different times of the year. Moving tends to be most expensive at the beginning and end of the month as a natural extension of when leases tend to end. Certain times of the year, like the late spring and summer months, also tend to be busier and many movers get booked early. Taking plenty of time to plan for when to make the move is important so that everything will be ready and packed up, the house cleaned, and any necessary arrangements made. Allowing for plenty of time in the moving process is one of the best ways to keep things under control and stress free.

Research & Get Quotes

Moving isn’t simply throwing all the boxes into the truck and getting happily on one’s way. One of the mistakes many people make is forgetting to do thorough research on legitimate professional movers. Making sure to get a licensed mover with experience who can do the job efficiently isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Don’t just settle for the first company that comes along, either. Take the time to compare movers, getting price estimates from each one, and finding out if the contract is binding or not. Pricing is determined by many different factors including the distance being moved and the size of the house, and a company may even charge special add-on fees for additional services if they run into something unexpected. Getting all the details in place and letting the company know about them and shopping around is the best way to get the cheapest price.

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Making Your Restaurant’s Website Stand Out

Posted By: on February 18, 2015

In the current internet age, businesses of all types need top quality websites to stand out. This can be difficult for businesses in industries that typically don’t rely on high tech advertising, such as a single location restaurant. An internet search of establishments nearby will likely result in some that don’t have a website, or some whose are out of date or inadequate; obvious poor advertising in both cases. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. By following just a few tips, and perhaps getting a little help,, your restaurant’s website can shine.

Consider your Audience

According to Ilya Pozin of Forbes, the key question for all website designers should be, “Who is my audience?” For a restaurant owner, the answer is clearly the prospective diner, whether this individual is a repeat customer desiring to look at a menu or learn about specials, or a first time customer just looking for a new place to get a bite to eat. With this in mind, Pozin goes on to say that the content that goes into the website should be tailored to these individual’s interests. Thus, content such as a menu, business hours, locations, and hours would clearly have a place on any restaurant’s website. Conversely, information such as bios of the owners or chef would likely not occupy a prominent place.

Layout is Essential

Henry Jones of Web Design Ledger has some good advice for anyone designing a website; choose a website layout and stick to it. Jones recommends a simple layout, favoring what he calls a “wireframes” layout, where the main page has all of the available content listed with dividers between each and links leading to other pages. It is also important to be careful not to overcrowd any page of the website. Crowding leads to visitors not being able to find that “one thing” they are looking for, and also fosters an overwhelmed feeling which may discourage repeat visitors.

Be Careful With Color

Jones also points out that it’s important to not use too much or too little color in a website. Similar to a crowded layout, a site with too many colors can become overwhelming, yet a website without color is bland, and can reduce the amount of time a visitor spends on the site. Jones suggests that designers choose a color scheme, comprised of just a handful of colors, and stick to it throughout the website, to prevent things from getting cluttered.

Get Some Help

Designing your own website can be daunting, especially if it is not something you’ve done before.

According to the web designers at Restaurant Den, a website is one of the first sources of information and a potential customer will use it to make a decision on where to eat. For this reason, it’s incredibly important that you invest in a high-quality website, and that you seek professional help. Look for a company who can help you design and launch your site, make it attractive and appealing, and attract new visitors through search engine optimization. An investment in your website today could mean more customers in your restaurant tomorrow.

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5 Common Menopause Symptoms

Posted By: on February 17, 2015


If you are a woman, you may begin to experience some of the symptoms of menopause at a certain age. The average age for a woman to have her last period is 51. However, many women go through this change of life at an earlier time. It is important to be aware of the many symptoms that accompany this stage of life, so you can decide if hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a good option for you.

Symptom #1: Moodiness

The depletion of hormones is sure to rear its ugly head by making your moodier than you normally are. Hormones affect all areas of your body, and this includes the brain. Many women report being easily irritated and frustrated throughout any given day.

Additionally, if you were prone to anxiety or depression earlier in life, these conditions may be intensified with menopause.

Symptom #2: Hot Flashes

If you suddenly begin to feel heat radiate throughout your body, this is known as a hot flash. For some women, these may occur multiple times per day and can be difficult to handle. Depending on the severity of the hot flash and the time of the year, you may even begin to perspire because of it.

It is common for HRT to significantly reduce hot flashes and allow you to feel more comfortable during menopause.

Symptom #3: Insomnia

It is important to get the necessary amount of sleep each night for your health and to feel your best, as well. Unfortunately, if you are going through the stages of menopause, this can be challenging to do.

Insomnia during menopause is a result of decreased estrogen and progesterone in the female body.

Symptom #4: Loss of Libido

During the later years of life for the woman can mean a loss of sex drive. This could be due to several factors that may also involve vaginal dryness that can make sex painful for some women.

The estrogen found in HRT will work to restore the sex drive and can increase the moisture in the vagina. Both of these items are important for any woman who wishes to engage more frequently in sexual intercourse.

Symptom #5: Bladder Control

This is also known as urinary incontinence and can be annoying to most women to have to deal with on a regular basis. This symptom is due to the lack of estrogen in the body which can decrease the strength of the pelvic muscles significantly. You may have better control over your bladder if you begin an HRT regimen.

Menopause doesn’t have to be such a challenging time in life. Once you can keep your symptoms under control, you can enjoy the freedom that being middle-aged may bring. Consider the benefits of HRT to help you reach this desirable point during the change of life.

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The Science Behind Bonding: Benefits of Couples’ Massage

Posted By: on February 11, 2015


While many of us understand the health results of massage – including but certainly not limited to benefits like decreased tension and better sleep – many people wonder if there are more benefits when going for couples’ massage. The answer? A resounding “yes.” Read on to learn more about the health and relationship benefits of couples’ massage.


According to marriage and family therapist Esther Boykin, couples’ massage allows each partner to let go of the past and the future, focusing intently on the present instead. Because both people are living in and enjoying the moment, their full engagement can allow them to reconnect and bring this sense of mindfulness back to the “real world.”

The comfort and safety of a massage therapist’s office provides lots of relaxation, and in the experiences of some couples, their worries virtually melt away before the massage even begins. Commitment is the cornerstone of a long, healthy, and loving relationship, and by creating opportunities for deeper connections, you and your partner can continue to establish a foundation on which to build your relationship.

Increased Affection

Dating expert Stef Safran adds to the above that massage causes the body to produce oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which are “feel-good” hormones that increase feelings of affection. After couples’ massage, you may find that you and your beloved won’t be able to keep your hands off each other.

Better Intimacy

If you and your spouse are struggling to enjoy physical intimacy, a couples’ massage can open up an entirely new and delightful kind of bond. Because massage causes the muscles to relax, the mind can in turn relax. With a quieter mind comes less anxiety, which can help release the brakes on your intimate life. The intensity of touch you experience during a massage can also leave you and your lover wanting more right away – from each other.


The more activities you do with your partner, the better you’ll bond, according to research. If you’ve never tried couples’ massage before, the little bit of novelty can lead to closer and more rewarding levels of connection between you. Giving a gift of couples’ massage to your loved one can make you both feel happier, which helps open up the capacity to bond.

A Romantic Experience for Couples

If you and your spouse both struggle with chronic pain, tension, or general fatigue, massage can provide an excellent solution. A massage therapist is an expert on the human body and can pay extra close attention to chronic stress manifesting in muscle spasms. When two people enjoy relief from mental and physical stress together, you’ll enjoy all the positive benefits of receiving massage in addition to the intimate environment. It’s a great treat for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and any occasion you deem worthy.

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Sympathy Flowers and Their Symbolic Meanings

Posted By: on February 2, 2015

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In times of grief and mourning, it can be hard to lessen the pain of losing a loved one. Flowers can show compassion and provide comfort to those experiencing loss. While any floral arrangement will surely be appreciated, different flowers also have different meanings. While each culture attributes different significance to each type of flower, the following are some of the most commonly accepted symbolic meanings for sympathy flowers.


A plant that represents the blossoms of spring, the hydrangea is an excellent choice for either indoors or outdoors. Hydrangeas are hardy flowers that will stay alive for a long time, as long as their soil remains moist. They represent heartfelt thanks, and can be sent in gratitude for the life of the deceased.


Appropriate for many occasions, roses of different colors have different meanings and can be a beautiful part of arranging a funeral bouquet. White roses symbolize reverence and humility, while reds and pinks convey love. Yellow roses for friends of the deceased evoke a sense of strength in close relationships, while deep crimson roses express sorrow. Choosing a bouquet of multiple flowers with a single rose communicates ongoing love and appreciation for the deceased person.


Lilies are often associated with funeral services because they evoke a sense of innocence and grace, symbolizing the restoration of the soul of the departed. White lilies are most common in their expressions of sympathy and purity.

Peace lilies offer similar meanings. For those of the Christian faith, they symbolize the Virgin Mary. Because they “die” in the winter and are then reborn again come spring, they also symbolize purity and resurrection.


Gladioli also come in multiple colors and generally comprise the basis of funeral flower arrangements, because they can be positioned in a fan spray. Regardless of the color of the gladiolus, it can symbolize sincerity, strength, and integrity. This flower evokes both the character of the deceased and the strength and love of those who are grieving.


When choosing between orchids, it’s best to err on the side of whites and pinks, which are traditional sympathy colors. The orchid also represents love. While these plants have a reputation for being a little finicky, they’re actually not difficult to care for and can prove to be a robust, long-lasting gift for the family or friends of the deceased.

Speaking Without Words

The grieving process can present times of difficulty communicating. When words aren’t enough, flowers can say everything you need to express. If you’re not sure what you want to say, it’s always a good idea to talk to a florist to learn more about the meaning of each flower and how they speak to each other when arranged in certain ways.


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Roofing Safely

Posted By: on February 1, 2015

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Does your home need a new roof? If you’re a homeowner, chances are high you’ll have to put a new roof on your house at one time or another. Different roofs have different durabilities, so it may be a long time before you realize you need to put in a new roof. If your roof is old, leaking, or simply looks worse for the wear, it may be time to replace it.

However, roofing can be dangerous. Being that high off the ground doing anything is hazardous. Roofing presents its own set of dangers. When you are putting in a new roof, follow these tips to protect your health and safety.

Roofing Safety Tips

  1. Don’t roof alone. If all goes well, you will get through replacing your roof with no incidents. However, if something bad does happen, you may find yourself incapacitated. Falling off a roof while working alone means you could be stuck on the ground for hours, perhaps seriously injured. Failing to receive medical help after a bad fall can have serious consequences for your long term health. Always have somebody with you when you’re installing roofing to make sure you have help if you need it.
  1. Wear a harness. Proper safety equipment is extremely important when roofing. A harness is one of the best investments you can make in your safety. If you slip while roofing, your harness catches you, preventing you from falling to the ground. Even if your home isn’t very tall, a fall from the roof can cause a bad injury. A harness will protect you.
  1. Never walk on a wet roof. A common reason for needing to replace your home’s roof is storm damage. Storms are hard on roofs, particularly the big storms in Oklahoma. If you need to replace your roof after a storm, always wait until the roof is fully dry. Walking on a wet roof is an easy way to slip off. The wet leaves often thrown onto roofs following a storm can also be very slippery.
  1. Place ladders properly. Ladders are necessary and useful tools for roofing. However, and improperly placed ladder is extremely dangerous. Always adhere to proper ladder safety when roofing. Place your ladder on a level, secure surface. If the ladder is on a softer surface, like grass or dirt, dig grooves into the ground to place the ladder’s legs. If you’re on a deck, place a board behind the ladder to prevent it from slipping. If possible, have somebody hold the ladder while you climb it. While on a ladder, do not lean too far to one side. While it’s tempting to avoid climbing back down and moving the ladder, having the ladder in the wrong place causes falls.


The number one best way to prevent accidents while roofing is to pay attention. Don’t step somewhere without looking first to ensure it’s safe. Keep your eyes on your work and avoid distractions. Use common sense. With the proper care and consideration, you can replace the roof on your home without incident.


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