Nicola P. Young
Lover of Books, Saxophone, Blogs, and Dogs. Not necessarily in that order. Book blogger at heartofinkandpaper.com.
Best Slip-In Soccer Shin Guards
Shin guards are some of the most important pieces of soccer gear for any player, be it for those just starting out as a young player or a seasoned professional. That said, there are a lot of different options when it comes to shin protection, so it is vital to know how to choose soccer shin guards for you. But undeniably, one of the best, most convenient, and most popular guards in shin protection are slip-in soccer shin guards because they offer an easy protection option that doesn't take up too much space in your soccer bag.
How to Dress Like a French Person
There's no one right way to dress like a French person—contrary to popular belief, it's not a country made up entirely of striped shirts, red scarves, and berets. Nevertheless, it's no accident that France is considered by many to be the most fashionable country in the world, and the home of fashion icons like Inès de La Fressange. Visitors may note a kind of subtle difference in the styles they see on the street, without always being able to put their finger on what exactly sets this country's fashion sense apart. Here are just a few ways that that classic, yet effortless look can be achieved, wherever you live or visit.
10 Things Your Phone Is Dirtier Than & How to Keep It Clean
In the technological age, your cellphone may be the one item you touch most often in your life. No, you probably don't make a habit of rubbing it in a cat's litter box or dropping it in the toilet (though I'm sure that's happened to some of us). Nevertheless, for an item that spends most of its time on your person, touching your hands and face, it may shock you how many things your phone is dirtier than that you would generally never touch with a 10-foot pole. This isn't to say, however, that there is something inherently unsanitary about phones—in fact, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself healthy and reduce your exposure to potentially threatening bacteria by simply being cognizant of the ways your phone gets so dirty.
10 Reasons Every Homeowner Should Own a FLIR ONE Mobile Thermal Imaging Camera
Once upon a time, thermal imaging cameras were reserved for high-stakes military operations and large technology companies. In today's day and age however, with advancements in the technology, you can own a powerful thermal imager that connects easily to your phone or tablet, allowing you to investigate potential problems around the house or areas for improvement in your home, just by pointing your smartphone camera. Sure, if you’re a renter with a great relationship with a prompt and courteous landlord, there may be little to no reason to invest in thermal cameras for your smartphone. Frankly though, does such a relationship really exist? So for any homeowner or conscientious renter who wants to make their life infinitely easier, it might be time to consider the FLIR ONE Mobile Thermal Imaging Camera.
10 Must Read Books That Give Housekeeping Lifehacks
Do you need a new year overhaul? Not quite? Maybe some simple cleaning and housekeeping is in order. Psychological research, as well as anecdotal evidence, have demonstrated that having a clean living space can have significant benefits to one's peace of mind, stress levels, and overall productivity. Nevertheless, keeping a clean home can be difficult for many people, especially those with busy schedules and very little time to devote to tidying up. Luckily, there is a growing body of cleaning and organization literature that includes books that give housekeeping lifehacks to help you get and maintain a cleaner home with less hassle, less time, and less stress.
Fun Motivational Gifts for Coworkers
It can be difficult to choose the right gift for the people you work with: You want to get something that they can use, but with just enough of a personal touch to make it something they'll be sure to appreciate and enjoy. That said, you also want to avoid any "funny" gifts that could go over badly, gifts that give a message you don't mean to give, or the best tech gifts for coworkers that might break the bank. In the end, buying for coworkers can be far more stressful than buying for friends or family. To ease some of that difficulty, look into some fun, motivational gifts for coworkers so they can continue being the best they can be.
Gifts for People Learning to Cook Like a Celebrity Chef
Learning to cook is hard enough without the right equipment. You need high quality and size-appropriate tools to be the best chef you can be! Sure, a lot of great food can be made in a college dorm with a saucepan and two forks, but... most people want to eventually leave that age behind them. To that end, there are a lot of great gifts for people learning to cook, especially with the holiday season approaching fast. Be it The Great British Bake Off or Gordon Ramsay, they'll be like a celebrity chef, prepared for anything, with these crucial kitchen items. Not to mention, you might just get to enjoy the products yourself when they make you delicious foods all thanks to your gifts. (Maybe even get them one of the top cookbooks for beginners and bookmark something you like. I'm sure they'll get the hint!)
Great Books About Wall Street Scandals
Wall Street is notoriously corrupt. Entire libraries and bookstores could be filled with the exposés and investigations of Wall Street and Washington corruption, ranging from single individuals stealing billions from their investors to the largest corporations running nationwide or global scams. Sometimes it's a matter of opportunity, as seen in The Big Short, but other times it's a matter of long-term, pre-meditated malice and greed. To bone up on your understanding of some of these shocking people and events, there are countless books about Wall Street scandals that offer new insights, deep investigations, and important discussions of the ways that some aspects of the economy do and, more importantly, don't work.