Goodbye, 2017!

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We’re almost two weeks into 2018, and I still can’t believe it’s already a new year. What happened to 2017? Where did it go? I have forgotten a few times when dating something that it is a different year now and written 2017 for the year and had to correct it. Whoops! I’m probably not the only one, though.

With 2017 now in the history books, it’s time to look back and remember all of the good things about the year. It was a good year for us. We added some new staff members to our company, and our sales were pretty good. Thank you for making 2017 a good year. If 2018 is going to be as good as the previous year, the future looks pretty bright.

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Looking Back On 2017 With Gratitude

It’s hard to believe that we are near the end of another year. Thanksgiving is now less than a week away. 2017 was a good year overall. Here at Affluence Home Fashions we have a lot to be thankful for as we prepare for Thanksgiving. We’ve added a few new employees this year, all of whom have helped to make us a better company, and we’re glad to have them with us. We have a great group of hardworking employees here. We’re also grateful for all of our customers, here at our outlet store as well as online. We are grateful to all of you for supporting us. We can’t wait to see what’s in store (no pun intended) for us in 2018.

My Most Used App

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In today’s culture, the average person has a smart phone with many applications (aka apps) on their phone. I do as well. I have found a few apps that I really like quite a lot. I have a to do list app that I use a lot (mostly for work, though). I use it all the time to remind me of important tasks that I need to accomplish and I love it. It is a lot easier (and produces less clutter) than using a pen and paper. And the best part is that since it is on my phone, my to do list goes wherever I go. I edit it anytime I need to. It has made accomplishing tasks much easier for me. I would highly recommend finding a to do list app that you like and downloading it to your smart phone. There are many free to do list apps to choose from. Just download one you like.

National Noodle Day

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Three weeks ago, I posted on a national food day, National Cheese Toast Day. (If you didn’t see the post, click here to read it.) Today celebrates another of my favorite foods, the noodle. Many of my favorite dishes (spaghetti, lasagna, and chicken alfredo) have noodles. There are many types of noodles if you think about it, along with many ways to enjoy them, and they’re all great. So, go enjoy a meal with noodles today.

Wait, Where’s My Cell Phone?

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How many times have you said that before walking out your front door? I think all of the people that I know own a cell phone, and most of us are really attached to it, too. I always keep my cell phone in my pocket, even when I’m at home, and I find myself repeatedly checking my pocket to make sure my phone is in there, just in case I need it or if someone texts me. Things sure have changed.

I don’t remember too many people having cell phones when I was a kid, but fast forward to 2017. When you look around, you see nearly everyone using a cell phone. And the design of the phones have changed drastically as well.

These days, most people are virtually glued to their phones. I’m amazed at how often I see people staring down at the cell phone in their hand. Now, I’m not against cell phones. In fact, I love mine. I enjoy texting, checking emails, and (my personal favorite) searching for information with my Google app. It’s great. My family often says, “What did we do before cell phones?” The invention of the cell phone has made a huge impact on our culture. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing when it comes to cell phones, but I am thankful that we have them.

National Coffee Day

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For those of you that need coffee running in your veins to function daily, here are some interesting facts from Good Housekeeping that you would appreciate:

 

Shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia circa 800 A.D. Legend has it that 9th century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating coffee berries. A local monk then made a drink with coffee berries and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.

The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil. Brazil produces 40% of the world’s coffee, which is twice as much as 2nd and 3rd place holders, Colombia and Vietnam.

Coffee was originally a food. Coffee berries were mixed with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball. It was also consumed as a wine when made from the pulp of coffee berries.

The world’s most expensive coffee is $600 a pound. And it comes from the feces of a Sumatran wild cat. The animal — called a Luwak — is unable to digest coffee beans. In the process of digesting the beans, they are fermented in the stomach. When the beans are excreted, they produce a smooth, chocolaty coffee.

New Yorkers drink almost seven times as much coffee as the rest of the U.S. However, Finland is the most caffeinated country, where the average adult consumes the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee a day.

 The largest cup of coffee ever was brewed in July 2014 in South Korea. It was over 3,700 gallons. The largest iced coffee was brewed in Las Vegas in 2010, and was 1,500 gallons — ice not included.

Read more at: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a30303/facts-about-coffee/

 

Home Schooling Helped Me – Here’s Why

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There seems to be many opinions on the topic of home school versus sending your kids to a traditional school. I spent most of my grade school years in a private school, but I was home schooled in high school after my family relocated to the Charlotte area. Both options have the potential to be good, but for me, I did better with home schooling. My grades were much higher after my mom started homeschooling me than they were when I was in a traditional school.

I think the biggest reason for my much higher grades was due to the fact that I was getting a lot of one-on-one attention from my mom when I was doing my … um, homework. She was able to focus a lot more of her time on helping me because she only had two students: just me and my brother. In a traditional school setting, the teacher-to-student ratio is obviously much lower, which causes the teacher to be unable to spend as much time with each student as my mom did with me and my brother. I seemed to need that on-on-one time in order to get a grasp on the material. So is one better than the other? I don’t think so. Look at the pros and cons of both and decide what option you think would be best.