¿Cómo hacer un viaje en carretera sin estrés?

(NewsUSA) – Los viajes en vacaciones pueden ser estresantes, pero también deben ser divertidos. La planificación anticipada y el cuidado adecuado del vehículo pueden reducir mucho del estrés que produce un viaje en carretera y le permitirá disfrutar el recorrido.Una lista con los aspectos del viaje lo ayudarán a garantizar que no deja nada importante atrás y que está listo y preparado en caso de emergencia.Cuando es hora de un viaje de vacaciones por carretera, no olvide estos consejos para tener un viaje agradable:–Chequee su vehículo: una revisión completa del vehículo antes de un viaje en carretera debe incluir la verificación de los niveles de los fluidos. Asegúrese de que las aspas del limpia parabrisas y su sistema funcionen apropiadamente. Verifique sus luces, incluyendo las luces altas, para asegurarse de que funcionan. Último, pero no menos importante, no olvide sus neumáticos. Los neumáticos son la conexión entre su vehículo y la carretera, así que debe asegurarse de examinar las bandas de rodadura para ver si hay señales de desgaste."La tracción y las bandas de rodadura están inextricablemente vinculadas. Las muescas en sus neumáticos son muy importantes para que el agua salga y el neumático se sujete a la vía", dice Sarah Robinson, especialista de seguridad de Michelin. "Asegurarse de que sus neumáticos tiene las bandas de rodadura adecuadas puede ser la diferencia entre evitar un accidente y ser parte de uno".–Prepárese: equipe su vehículo con un equipo de emergencia que incluya agua, luces intermitentes, una manta, cables auxiliares, líquido limpiaparabrisas adicional, cargador de teléfono y números de emergencia para asistencia en carretera, así como el número de una persona de contacto en su lugar de destino.–Planifique su ruta: verifique su ruta anticipadamente, si es posible; planifique su viaje para las horas con menos tráfico. Si está pensando en utilizar una aplicación de mapa en su teléfono, utilice el componente de voz; si no la tiene, consulte un mapa en físico para orientarse antes de estar detrás del volante.–La seguridad primero: eso significa que el conductor se debe enfocar en el manejo. Si usted es el conductor y necesita ver su teléfono, enviar un mensaje, tomar un bocadillo o atender a un niño o mascota en el asiento trasero, espere a una parada de descanso o, si es necesario, deténgase a un lado de la vía.–Verifique el clima: especialmente durante las vacaciones de invierno, conocer el clima anticipadamente puede ayudarlo a evitar una tormenta. Si las condiciones son realmente peligrosas, lo más inteligente sería posponer su viaje hasta que el clima mejore.Para obtener mayor información, visite www.MichelinMan.com 

Post-Hurricane Matthew: How to Prepare Your Home for Storms

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored by GAF – Risk mitigation.
It’s a phrase that comes up after every major storm — Hurricane Matthew being only the latest — as homeowners are warned that all too many houses are simply no match for high winds, and that prudence dictates they act to help protect themselves and their property from future storms.
Think those warnings are needlessly alarmist?
Probably so did all those New Yorkers who believed that a Hurricane Sandy could never clobber their city.
So what should homeowners do, proactively, to increase their odds of beating Mother Nature? Read on.
* Clean your gutters. Even in perfect weather, Angie’s List says you’re looking at a potential “nightmare” if they’re so clogged with mounds of leaves, sticks, and other debris that it causes your roof to leak. Factor in a hurricane-strength rainstorm, though, and the very roofing system component meant to control the flow of all that water — thereby protecting your roof, walls, foundation, and landscape from flooding — can suddenly be rendered about as useful as a virus-infected laptop.
“If you let gutter cleaning go by the wayside, it can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars,” the website cautions.
* Reinforce windows. Need we say anything more than flying shards of glass?
Didn’t think so, which is why the Federal Emergency Management Agency — in describing windows as “particularly vulnerable” — recommends springing for either impact-resistant glazing or permanent storm shutters. (A grief-saving tip from FEMA: “Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.”)
* Make sure your roof is in good condition. Even though a manufacturer’s warranty typically doesn’t cover roof damage caused by disasters like hurricanes — check your home insurance policy for that — experts date what they call an “upsurge” of interest in stronger roofs back to 2011’s Hurricane Irene. News footage of all those battered homes in states such as Delaware, North Carolina and Virginia was that gut-wrenching.
“If you are going to replace your roof, consider shingles that have passed the UL2218, Class 4 impact test, the toughest in the industry,” says Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence. Joplin especially likes the Timberline ArmorShield II line of shingles from GAF (gaf.com), North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, which — in addition to looking good — are made with what he describes as “a rubber-like material for enhanced flexibility and durability during extreme weather conditions.”
Added bonus: Depending on where you live, the shingles may also qualify for significant discounts on that homeowners insurance of yours.
* Trim weak tree branches. Not to belabor the dangerous projectile angle, but ask yourself this: Unless you’re 5 years old, would you want even Santa Claus crashing into your house at hurricane-strength speeds?
And while you’re mulling that one over, remember that Matthew might not be it for this year. Both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane seasons run through November 30.

Seek to Know More: How Your Smartphone Can Save You Money

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – It seems as if there is nothing a smartphone can’t do these days. It can get you where you want to go (most of the time), you can make reservations at your favorite restaurant, and now you can use it to detect whether your home is leaking energy or water.
Thermal imaging, a once-costly technology, available only to the military and police or firefighters, is now just a finger-swipe away with the right attachment to your smartphone, thanks to Seek Thermal, a California-based technology company.
The way it works is this: the Seek Compact Camera (which is smaller than a credit card swiper for your phone) attaches to your smartphone, turning it into a thermal imager that can then identify hot and cold spots in your house. After downloading a free app, the camera begins working in seconds and homeowners can then easily spot energy loss in the home caused by air leaks, missing or damaged insulation, insufficient HVAC or poor construction. In addition, the thermal imaging camera can also find water in roofs, walls, doors, and window frames.
According to one user who tested the Seek camera at the end of winter in his own home, the results were “stunning.”
“Within minutes, I was able to detect sources of heat leaking out of my house,” he says. “Some of these places are easy to fix, while others would be quite difficult.”
For professional contractors, the Seek CompactPRO is a must-have because the camera has enough sensitivity to locate radiant heating pipes under concrete slabs, identify unsealed insulation gaps in roofs, walls, and door and window frames, and find out how far water has spread in the case of a leak.
Thinking of buying a home? This little jewel could save you all kinds of unexpected surprises in the form of water leaks in the basement and behind finished walls, and roof leaks that may have been painted over by a homeowner trying to disguise a problem.
To protect your investment (both the camera and your phone), the Seek Compact has a compatible module for the OtterBox uniVERSE Case System.
The smartphone attachment is designed to work with both iPhone and Android top models.
For more information, please visit www.thermal.com.

Small Businesses Have Happy Workforces

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – New research shows that small-business employees are among the happiest people in the workplace. One major reason for their happiness stems from the way many small-business owners show workers how much they appreciate, respect and value them on a professional and personal level. Opportunities offered by small businesses, such as a family atmosphere, flexible work schedules and a greater understanding of how current goals fit into long-term plans for the company, may be harder to come by in larger companies. Small businesses can play to their strengths by frequently communicating and taking action in areas where their employees see opportunities for improvement. Learn more at aflac.com/smallbusiness.

Organizar Un Maratón De La Película Star Wars Nunca Había Sido Tan Fácil

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Es imposible ignorar las caras pintadas, las vestimentas tradicionales y las deliciosas recetas típicas del Día de los Muertos. Considerada una de las tradiciones hispanas más importantes, la celebración del Día de los Muertos se lleva a cabo durante varios días y se puede alargar aún más tiempo cuando se crean altares y se preparan recetas tradicionales. Bien ya estés preparando un plato típico para un altar, decorando tu hogar o cambiando tu look, en JCPenney hemos reunido artículos básicos y asequibles para pasar este Día de los Muertos.
La comida es parte importante del Día de los Muertos y el “Pan de Muerto” es la receta estrella de esta fiesta. Dale forma a la masa para que se parezca a las tradicionales calaveras y huesos. Simplemente coloca la masa en una bandeja de porcelana Tramontina y prepárate para disfrutar de esta deliciosa receta. Para el postre, endulza la velada con “Calabazas en Techa”. Saltea calabazas y especias en una sartén de cerámica antiadherente Fiesta y deleita el paladar de tus familiares y amigos. A continuación déjalo reposar en un juego de recipientes para comida Pyrex para que los sabores se mezclen durante la noche. Sirve ambas comidas en los mismos platos para ahorrarte tiempo a la hora de limpiarlos.
Dale vida a su hogar
Haz que tus huéspedes se sientan cómodos. Coloca una alfombra con calaveras Mohawk Home Sugar Trio para que los invitados se emocionen apenas lleguen. Adorna tu salón con unos cojines con forma de calavera JCPenney Home Sugar y haz que tus invitados se sientan como en casa. En la cocina, las tazas con forma de calavera Cathy’s Concepts His & Hers son perfectas para un “champurrado” o un “té de Jamaica” caliente. Finalmente, añade un toque de iluminación colocando luces y velas por toda la casa para obtener un brillo especial.
Consigue la apariencia de las Calaveras
El símbolo más familiar del Día de los Muertos es la calavera Catrina, diosa de esta fiesta. Vístete para la ocasión con un reloj con diseño de calaveras y tira de cuero Olivia o un vestido sin mangas Bisou Bisou. Acompáñalo con cintas y bandas de flores para la cabeza Carole para conseguir un look perfecto. Los hombres pueden utilizar los gemelos multicolores con calaveras Day of the Dead para celebrar esta festividad de una manera sutil.
Aunque el Día de los Muertos honra a los seres queridos que ya no están con nosotros, también se trata de una ocasión para celebrar la vida y sus momentos especiales. Añadiendo toques modernos a la tradicional celebración del Día de los Muertos, se puede crear una ocasión inolvidable de forma rápida y fácil.
Para más información, visite www.jcpenney.com.

Survey Offers Insight for Families Considering In-Home Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Many of us would do it without thinking twice. When a family member or friend is in need of at-home care, helping out is the least we can do.
Caregiving, though, is no small thing. The ever-important process of arranging in-home care can prove a tiresome transition that is both physically and emotionally draining for those involved.
“Hardly a family in America today is immune to the challenges of navigating in-home care for their loved ones,” explains Michael Newman, founder and chief Executive Office of Always Best Care, one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care and placement services.
To aid families and caregivers in navigating this sometimes challenging stage, Newman and his team at Always Best Care presented a survey to more than 5,000 professional caregivers within the organization. The survey touched on some of the keystones of caregiving in hopes of extracting valuable information from caregiving professionals to share with families.
Survey results revealed that participating caregivers, who cumulatively provide millions of hours of care to seniors every year, recommend first and foremost that caregivers, no matter their experience or the circumstances, set aside personal time.
“The physical and emotional toll can be devastating to the caregiver’s health if they don’t manage a life balance in the process,” summarizes Dana Rambow, Vice Present of Home Health for Always Best Care.
Rambow recommends individuals who are caring for another “take proactive steps along the way to get respite hours.” She suggests ideas such as exercise, doing something social or simply spending time alone to rest and relax. “You need to replenish what you give or the well runs dry,” she said.
Finally, the survey encourages families to prepare themselves and their loved ones as best as possible for this new stage in life. Discuss with your family the transition ahead and prepare loved ones for the arrival of an outside caregiver by talking through their role and responsibilities. Last, create and organize a care plan and paperwork to share with the caregiver.
To find the Always Best Care office nearest you, call toll-free 1-855-470-CARE (2273), or visit www.AlwaysBestCare.com.

What to Ask Before Buying a Stairlift

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the population of the United States ages, home stairlifts are becoming increasingly popular. The installation of a stairlift allows many older adults who have difficulty with stairs but are otherwise in good health to remain in their homes and retain their independence.
Today’s stairlifts are quiet, relatively inexpensive, and can be installed without any structural damage to the home or decor. However, if you are considering purchasing a stairlift, keep these questions in mind to help ensure that you get the best product, one that’s the right fit for the structure of your home and for your personal health situation.
* Does it fit? Choose a stairlift that is available in a range of options to accommodate straight, curved, and outdoor stairways. Seek out stairlifts with a modular design that allows for quick and easy installation with no damage or changes to the home.
* Can you get good customer service after the installation? Be sure to find out the stairlift company’s policies on maintenance and follow-up services for the products. Look for companies that are available seven days a week to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. That’s why it’s best to buy directly from the manufacturer when possible.
* What are the safety features? The latest technology of the best stairlifts, such as those manufactured by Acorn Stairlifts, includes safety features such as sensors on the foot platform that will stop the lift when triggered. In addition, make sure to ask whether your stairlift includes safety belts and lockable seats that can swivel for getting on and off easily, then stay locked into place.
* Is it easy to use? Consider who will be using the stairlift. Look for models with light touch controls designed for individuals with limited manual dexterity because of arthritis in the hands or other problems. A remote-control option is a key element to consider as well, so family members or others can operate the stairlift.
* Is there a long wait to order/install the stairlift? Companies offering a modular design in stairlift technology can respond to an order and install a stairlift in hours rather than weeks.
For more information and answers to your questions about choosing a stairlift for your home, visit www.acornstairlifts.com.

Clues in the Attic: Pre-Winter Roof Checkups Made Easy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Your attic could save you from breaking your neck this autumn.
Got your attention, huh? Seriously, this is one of the two times each year when homeowners are supposed to check the health of their roofs. (Among other reasons, because they’re key to a home’s energy efficiency.) But who wants to be climbing a ladder 25 feet or so into the sky when the weather is turning sharply colder and nastier?
That’s where your attic comes in.
According to Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, that space you’re probably using mainly for storage can substitute, as a fallback, for the eyeball roof check normally recommended to be done every pre-winter and spring.
“Roofs actually create an insulated barrier that helps trap heat inside, and most attic spaces are located right below them,” says Joplin. “That makes them perfect for spotting potential problem areas and damage without worrying about falling off a ladder.”
Here’s what to look for while up there:
* Water leaks. As sure as Tom Brady will never be a fave among Deflategated Indianapolis Colts fans, it will soon storm. And when it does, shine a flashlight up in the attic to check not only for dripping water and condensation, but also for water stains on the ceiling, walls and floors. All signal that H2O is finding its way beneath your roof’s shingles or behind its flashings.
* Ventilation. “Think of the attic as the lungs of the house,” advises Joplin. “It has to be able to breathe in order to function properly.” Which is to say, vents stuffed with debris need to be cleared.
* Animal damage. You know those “If you see something, say something” homeland security ads? Well, to avoid the havoc refuge-seeking birds, bats, squirrels and raccoons can create, warning bells should likewise sound — followed by a call to a pest-control pro — if you spot any of these telltale signs: nests, droppings and gnawed wood, wires or insulations.
* Structural problems. The mere hint of a sagging roof — look up for this one — could indicate potential structural weakness requiring professional repair.
And if prolonging your roof’s life is your goal, experts say it pays to consult a professional roofing contractor who’s insured and uses quality materials like the new triple-layer line of Glenwood Shingles — the thickest of its kind, with an authentic wood-shake look — from GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. A free service that makes it easy to find a factory-certified contractor in your area can be found at gaf.com.

So Many September Birthdays, So Many Gifts to Buy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – No, you’re not imagining it.
The reason you always seem to be buying September birthday presents is it’s the month when most American babies are born. If you count back nine months, you can figure out why. “The holidays may not be a popular time for birthdays, but they sure are a popular time for conception,” notes Ancestry.com.
Want some more trivia? All 10 of the top birth dates are in September. And September 16 — the most popular birthday of all — also happens to be when both Mickey Rourke and David Copperfield made their debuts into the world (judge for yourself how that worked out).
If you’re into astrology, you know these birthday boys and girls have certain traits — often overlapping — that offer clues into what gifts they might like. Here are some ideas for your shopping list that speak to them:
* Sensual. We could all take a few pointers from the folks who assembled the $160,000 worth of free goodies that top Oscar nominees went home with last March. Among the swag: French Mediterranean sea salt “harvested by man like it has been for 2,000 years.” If its $1,548 price tag seems only-in-Hollywoodish, try one of those beauty boxes-of-the-month subscriptions.
* Intellectual. Clearly, the oeuvre of an Adam Sandler is beyond them, so consider a boxed set of Ken Burns documentaries. With horn-rimmed glasses thrown in for easier viewing.
* Perfectionist. It just so happens that “perfect” is the word the Wall Street Journal used earlier this year to describe Baume & Mercier’s Clifton line of watches for men. The very affordable 10052 model — epitomizing the trend towards timepieces the paper notes “can be operated without a Ph.D.” — screams class with its sun satin-finished silver dial, thick black alligator strap, and elegant blue steel hands that sweep past the hours and seconds.
And since diamonds are considered lucky for anyone born in September, the women’s polished steel Promesse 10178 from the same Swiss watchmaker is also a no-brainer. The diamonds — eight of them — are set in the indexes of the silver “drape guilloche” decor dial, and its shimmery oval bezel is carved from natural white mother-of-pearl. You can shop both watches at the Baume & Mercier e-boutique or by calling 1-800-MERCIER, where free engraving and wrapping are available.
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And, oh, Begley also happens to have been born on September 16.

Los Hispanos Predominan En El Mercado De Regreso a Clases Este Año

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Noticias patrocinadas – Con el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en marcha, los latinos están recibiendo el muy merecido reconocimiento público por su contribución al crecimiento cultural de Estados Unidos. De acuerdo con White House Initiative on Education Excellence and Hispanics, en la actualidad hay más de 54 millones de latinos en EE.UU., y se espera que las latinas representen un tercio de la población femenina del país en 2060. Por esta razón, no debe sorprender que figuras latinas hayan acaparado la atención en los campos de la política, los deportes y el entretenimiento. En el mundo de la moda, las latinas se están posicionando a la cabeza y están resaltando sobre el resto. Este es el caso de la diseñadora y ganadora de la temporada 14 del Project Runway de invierno , Ashley Nell Tipton.
Hija de madre mexicana y padre californiano, Tipton es firme defensora de la importancia de apoyar a todas las personas, sin importar su raza, género o tamaño. Esta motivación, en conjunción con su objetivo de desafiar las reglas de la moda de tallas grandes, es lo que ha llevado a Ashley Nell Tipton a crear Boutique+, su primera colección de tallas grandes disponible exclusivamente en JCPenney. Inspirada en la ropa de los 50 y con un toque vanguardista y alegre, esta colección se suma a la colección Boutique de JCPenney, ya disponible en tiendas y en la página web.
“Hay una enorme cantidad de mujeres de talla grande que está buscando opciones de moda que se adecúen mejor a sus estilos de vida, presupuestos y, lo más importante, a sus cuerpos. Con el respaldo de JCPenney, tengo la oportunidad de ofrecer a estas mujeres el glamour, el color, la diversión y el estilo que quieren, para que a su vez se sientan bien”, dice Tipton. “La meta es que mujeres de todas partes puedan sentirse cómodas y seguras cuando elijan una falda tubo o un top atrevido con colores vivos. Se trata de crear una imagen que una ame y con la que una pueda expresarse con libertad. Cuando las prendas que las mujeres quieren y necesitan no están disponibles, es difícil conseguir el look deseado”.
Junto a JCPenney, Tipton está desafiando los límites del estilo para las mujeres de talla grande en todo EE. UU.,y está difundiendo el mensaje de que todo cuerpo es bello y debe celebrarse. Con el debut de su colección y el lanzamiento de una serie documental de tres partes llamada #HereIAm, Tipton quiere dar más poder a las mujeres de todas las tallas para que se amen y se desafíen a sí mismas para alcanzar su máximo potencial sin complejos y con estilo. Tipton es una clara defensora del movimiento por una imagen corporal positiva en una industria que a menudo se adhiere a estándares que no son representativos de la mayoría de las mujeres estadounidenses.
Para saber más acerca de Ashley Nell Tipton y la colección Boutique+ de Ashley Nell Tipton, visite JCPenney.com.