How To Ensure Your Office Is Safe For Others

August 29, 2019

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One of the hardest things about owning your own business office is knowing how to keep it safe. Although you may have a rough idea of the things you can do to create a safe office environment, you need to ensure you're doing everything you can to keep your team members safe at all times. Whether that means investing in higher security measures or carrying out regular risk assessments, you need to put your team members first. With that in mind, here are 5 ways to ensure your office is as safe as it can be: 

- Create Rules And Guidelines That Focus On Safety

One of the best things you can do when it comes to keeping your office safe is creating rules and guidelines that focus on the safety of your staff. Although you may find it takes a while for your team members to get used to new rules and regulations, it will be much easier if they understand they have been put into place for their safety. If you're looking for inspiration when it comes to rules for safety in the office, you can visit this site here.

- Ensure Everyone Does Their Part

As well as setting rules, you need to be sure everyone is doing their part to stay safe. Although you may like to think you can keep the whole office safe on your own, ultimately it's a joint effort. Whether this means your staff members tidy up their own cables or they keep an eye out for potential risks, everyone needs to be helping one another.

- Carry Out Regular Risk Assessments

If you're worried about certain things in your office being a potential risk, you may want to consider carrying out regular risk assessments. Although these may be something you carry out every now and again, increasing the amount you do them will help give you reassurance when it comes to safety. If it helps, you can outsource an external team to come in and do them for you. To find out more when it comes to carrying out risk assessments, you can visit this site here.

- Use High-Quality Furniture

Another great way to improve the overall safety of your office is to invest in high-quality furniture. Although it may seem easier to purchase something that is affordable, chances are it will break after a couple of months. Investing in something chairs and desks that are high quality is a great way to ensure you're going to be using furniture that is safe and sturdy. If you're looking for a high-quality chair, you can take a look at the Eames fibreglass chair here.

- Remove Risks And Issues Right Away

If you do come across any risks and issues you need to ensure you're doing as much as you can to remove them right away. Although it's understandable that not everything can be fixed in an instance, it's important to show that you're doing the best you can.

Are you looking for ways to ensure your office is as safe as it can be? What changes can you make? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
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The Secret Life of Pets 2 From UPHE Out On 4K, Blu-ray Today

August 27, 2019



Did you pick up your copy of The Secret Life Up Pets 2? Thanks to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment our family, fur babies including are enjoy lots of laughs tonight and a few slices of pizza. It's the purrfect family movie to bring home this summer. It really is the cutest ever!  




The perfect movie for everyone arrives home this summer with the irreverent yet heartfelt sequel to the blockbuster sensation in The Secret Life of Pets 2, debuting on Digital August 13, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand August 27, 2019.  From Illumination, the studio that brought you the original Despicable Me, Minions and Sing franchises, the highly anticipated follow up to the hit animated film led by a star-studded comedic cast reunites all of our favorite Pets and their growing families in a new chapter that explores the deep bond between them and the humans that love them. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital versions of the film are packed with more than 90 minutes* of bonus content only when you own, including two brand new, laugh-out-loud funny mini-movies - Super Gidget, featuring the film’s adorable Pomeranian Gidget and her best friend Max and Minion Scouts, starring everyone’s comical little helpers, the Minions. Additionally included are deleted scenes, DIY and drawing tutorials as well as a special interactive Captain Snowball Motion Comic allowing viewers to direct our boisterous bunny hero on his next move exclusive to the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ versions!  As the dog days of summer come to an end, join this endearing cast of four-legged friends for a quality movie night of family fun with the film that uniquely reminds us of why we love our own pets and what makes them so very special.


 The Secret Life of Pets 2 explores the emotional lives of our pets, the deep bond between them, the families that love them and answers the question: What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home? Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie’s marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Kevin Hart) believes, despite the other pets’ teasing, that he’s a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s been pretending to be.

The film features an all-star voice cast including Patton Oswalt (TV’s “A.P. Bio”), Kevin Hart (Ride Along Series), Eric Stonestreet (TV’s Modern Family), Jenny Slate (Despicable Me 3), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Lake Bell (TV’s Children’s Hospital), Nick Kroll (Sing), Dana Carvey (Wayne’s World), Ellie Kemper (TV’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Hannibal Buress (Neighbors series), Bobby Moynihan (TV’s “Saturday Night Live”) and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones franchise) in his first ever role in an animated film as new farm dog, Rooster.

Mini Movies
Minion Scouts – When Margo, Agnes and Edith return from Badger Scout camp, three of the Minions are entranced by the girls’ merit badges. Their own attempt at scout camp results in attracting a bear, eating poison berries and eventually blowing up a dam, creating a massive flood. But, when they arrive back home, the girls share their badges, encouraging the rest of the Minions to try their hand at scouting.

*DVD format includes over 75 minutes of bonus content

Super Gidget – When Max is kidnapped by an army of squirrels, Super Gidget is the only one who can save him. It turns out that Max’s captor is a flea with the power of mind control. Gidget must use her pluckiness, strength and smarts to save her one true love…until it turns out it was all just a dream.
The Making of the Mini Movies – Every Illumination film is accompanied by mini movies that are a production all their own.  Each film’s directing partners will explore how the mini movies were made.

Deleted Scenes
Wake Up – Max and Duke have a new morning routine with Liam.
Duke Explores the Farm – Duke has a funny interaction with a goat.
Snowball Karate – Snowball does his superhero warm up.
Secret Confessions – Dogs gather to talk about their deepest secrets
A Tapestry of a Tail: The Making Of – The plot of The Secret Life of Pets 2 involves multiple storylines ultimately coming together to create a larger than life tale. We talk with the filmmakers, editor and cast about the delicate dance of juggling multiple narratives in one movie.
How to Draw – Hosted by Head of Story, Eric Favela, follow the step-by-step tutorial to learn to draw Max, Snowball and Chloe
Frame by Frame: How to Make a Flip Book – In this DIY-style vignette, Head of Story Eric Favela will teach viewers about the essence of animation and how they can create their very own flip book animations at home.
Character Pods – Get a closer look at your favorite characters of The Secret Life of Pets 2 with these delightful character pods that might just give away a few more pet secrets.
Patton Oswalt – Max
Kevin Hart – Snowball
Eric Stonestreet – Duke
Jenny Slate – Gidget
Tiffany Haddish – Daisy
Lake Bell – Chloe
Nick Kroll – Sergei
Dana Carvey – Pops
Bobby Moynihan – Mel
Harrison Ford – Rooster
A Party Fit for a Pet – Using stop motion animation, this step-by-step guide teaches you everything you need to know to throw the very best party for your pet!
Pops’ Puppy Training School with Kevin Hart – Join Kevin Hart as he shows off his dog training skills.
Pets Yule Log – Sit back and relax in front of this exclusive The Secret Life of Pets 2 themed animated ‘Yule Log.’
Lyric Videos
‘Panda’ Lyric Video
‘It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day (The Secret Life of Pets 2)’ Lyric Video
The Further Adventures of Captain Snowball (Interactive) – This animated ‘Motion Comic’ expands the world of our furry hero, Captain Snowball. Using a ‘superhero’ comic book style and custom animation, we discover more about the secret world of our caped crusader with a little help from our viewers. At key moments in the story, the viewer is presented with a choice: left, or right? Fight or flight? Their choice determines our hero’s next move!
My Buddy and Me – We interview the Illumination cast and crew talking about The Secret Life of Pets 2 while holding (or trying to hold) their pets.
Pets with Jobs: A Documentary – We find and profile animals with special jobs – a service dog that detects when its epileptic owner is about to have a seizure; ponies that provide comfort to children with cancer; police dogs that go the extra mile to catch the bad guys. Meet some of the many animals who make the world a better place every day!
Relax the Cat: The Secret Life of Pets Massage – A professional pet masseuse shows the cast how to read signs of tension in their pet and use massage techniques to keep their furry babies relaxed and happy!
Production Pets – It takes hundreds of people to make an animated movie and a lot of those people have pets that can’t wait for them to come home. This piece is dedicated to all those faithful companions.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack (4K Ultra HD+ Blu-rayTM + Digital Code). Bonus features on the 4K Ultra HD will all be delivered in stunning 4K resolution.
4K Ultra HD is the ultimate movie watching experience. 4K Ultra HD features the combination of 4K resolution for 4X sharper picture than HD, the color brilliance of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with immersive audio.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 4K Ultra HD is available with HDR10+™, providing a premium HDR picture quality. HDR10+ transforms your movie watching experience with incredible brightness and contrast for each scene, delivering brighter brights and deepest darks.
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Cast: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate, Tiffany Haddish, Lake Bell, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan and Harrison Ford
Directed By: Chris Renaud and Jonathan Del Val
Written By: Brian Lynch
Produced By: Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy
Executive Produced By: Brett Hoffman
Production Designer: Colin Stimpson
Edited By: Tiffany Hillkurtz
Music By: Alexandre Desplat

Street Date: August 27, 2019
Copyright: 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61200079 (US) / 61200086 (CDN)
Layers: BD-66
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Video: 2160p UHD Dolby Vision/HDR10+/HDR 10
Sound: English Dolby Atmos True HD/Dolby Digital 2.0/Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time:  1 hour 26 minutes

Street Date: August 27, 2019
Copyright: 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61200081 (US) / 61200085 (CDN)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Atmos True HD/Dolby Digital 2.0/Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time:  1 hour 26 minutes

Street Date: August 27, 2019
Copyright: 2019 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61200080 (US) / 61200087 (CDN)
Layers: BD-66
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Rating: PG for action and some rude humor
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Sound: English Dolby Digital 2.0/Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time:  1 hour 26 minutes

About Illumination Entertainment
Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films.  The company’s franchises include three of the top-eight animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved brands—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $6 billion worldwide.

Illumination was recently honored by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies.

Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, has garnered an extraordinary number of franchise successes for a studio just over a decade old.  As the creator of the hugely successful world of Despicable Me, which was recently crowned the top-grossing box-office animated franchise globally, Illumination has evolved the Despicable Me series to include Minions, the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable film in Universal’s history, as well as the Academy Award®- nominated Despicable Me 2 and summer 2017’s Despicable Me 3, which made more than $1 billion at the global box office.

Illumination recently launched two original properties that captivated audiences worldwide: The Secret Life of Pets, which achieved the best opening for an original movie, animated or otherwise, in U.S. history, and the global smash, Sing. And in 2018, Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch had the biggest opening weekend of any Christmas-themed movie in history.

Founded 11 years ago with the mission of putting a smile on the face of every member of the audience, no matter their age, Illumination continues to imagine both original stories, as well as unexpected adaptations of beloved pre-existing works.

Illumination’s upcoming films include Minions 2 in July 2020 and Sing 2 in Summer 2020.

About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE – is a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation Film and Television and Awesomeness.  UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.  NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Help Valpak Support the United Way and Enter to Win $5000!

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Watch your mailbox in September for a special promotional package that will showcase the United Way’s 132-year old brand on Valpak’s iconic Blue Envelope of savings. HP has partnered to give back when you shop too. For over 50 years, Valpak has been at the heart of local communities across North America, helping people save, businesses grow and neighborhoods thrive through a network of local franchises. Together, through this campaign, Valpak and United Way are harnessing their shared commitment and engagement in local communities across America to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.
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Doorbuster Deal at Office Depot & Office Max on Backpacks: 50% off on Back-to-School backpacks! Ends 8/31.

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Hey there y'all! Are you still looking deals for Back-to-School? There is still time to get some GREAT doorbuster deals at Office Depot & Office Max. You have until 8/31 to have up to 50% off select school backpacks! We go back to school next week! Confession: I haven't bought my kids a thing for back to school besides clothes! Wanna see what my 3 kids kicked out?

My oldest son's top pick is this JanSport® Envoy 15" Laptop Backpack in Black. It's perfect for both his high school and college classes. This mama LOVES that it also has a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.

Carry your essentials inside this versatile backpack, which boasts a deluxe organizer to help keep your belongings secure. It includes dedicated storage space for your laptop, tablet and mobile phone, so they're easily found at a glance.
  • Top-loading laptop compartment fits laptops up to 15". Also includes a tricot-lined sleeve to help protect your tablet in transit.
  • Durable polyester material for long-lasting use.
  • Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps are comfortable on your back and shoulders. A web haul handle allows quick bag retrieval.
  • Generous design with a deluxe organizer and front accessory pockets offer a variety of storage options.
  • Dual water-bottle pockets allow you to carry your beverages hands free. Easy-access phone pocket and a dedicated cord-storage pocket make it easy to find your cell and charger.
  • Padded rear panel helps keep you comfortable while you carry your gear.
  • Backed by the manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.
My daughter picked out this sweet Dickies Student Backpack With 15" Laptop Pocket in the pattern  Pineapple.

Fit everything you need for school inside this backpack. There's plenty of room to stash your laptop, notebooks, phone, sports drink and more.
  • Computer sleeve fits up to a 15" laptop.
  • Water-resistant 600D polyester provides durable protection for your gear.
  • Ergonomically designed shoulder straps promote a comfortable fit and feel.
  • Main compartment offers ample storage space.
  • Zippered compartment on the front provides easy access to small accessories.
  • Side pocket holds a water bottle.
  • Back panel is padded for additional cushioning.
  • Backed by the manufacturer's full lifetime warranty.
My youngest is headed off to middle school and his pick is the PUMA Generator Backpack With 15" Laptop Pocket in Navy.

From your classes to extracurricular activities, this Puma backpack helps you keep your books, homework and other supplies safe and organized. The laptop backpack will hold any computer up to 15" and the durable material is made to last.
  • Backpack holds most laptops up to 15".
  • Crafted with durable polyester.
  • Padded shoulder straps help keep you comfortable while you're on the go.
  • Main compartment provides ample room for books, notebooks, writing utensils and more.
  • Accessory storage is great for small items.
  • Hanging loop lets you hang the bag on your coat hook at home or in a locker.
  • Backed by the manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty.
These are just a few of the great deals and backpacks you will find for back to school at Office Depot & Office Max! But hurry in supplies are limited and the sale ends 8/31!

Don't Give Up Your Interests As You Get Older

August 24, 2019

It's almost like a social ritual or silent standard that you have to face when you get above a certain age. Those that are over 40 shouldn’t be going to clubs, those that are over 50 shouldn’t be showing public displays of affection, etc. No one wrote these rules they’re just a thing that cropped up and stuck around over the decades. On the other hand, you have people saying you should age with grace, embrace a different lifestyle and not be so fussed with still wanting to live your normal younger lifestyle. Expectations that aren’t yours and defeatism are a cocktail made for the weak. You should live your life however you want to. If you still feel young on the inside then who is to say you shouldn’t keep engaging in the upcoming youth culture? Why shouldn’t you be in touch with your own tastes that haven’t aged as your body has?

Pushing the boundaries

Most older people don’t actually engage in what new comedy show is streaming online, what comedy movie is going to be released or even what kind of standup comedian is wrecking the charts. However, comedy and humor is there to push the boundaries. It's there to speak truth to power and laugh at the absurdity of life. If you still want to be involved in what is funny and enjoy a culture of daring minds to say politically incorrect things, then you should keep going to comedy lounges. Go to the comedy bars where standup routines are shown every night. Go and see you favorite standup comedian on their next tour. Speaking of comedy you should embrace jokes about old people as you age too. Making your age group as part of a joke, shows humility and that you still possess wit. An older gentleman or woman that can laugh at themselves is sometimes seen as a role model for the younger generation that want to be more comfortable in their own skin.

Keeping up with the high street

Fashion is one of the main areas where older people are incredibly respected in the industry. Those that have lived through some of the most famous fashion eras of all time are seen as living knowledge bases that the young can learn from. Young designers have always looked up to the older fashion designers for this reason. If you would like to be relevant with the younger and the older generations, you should continue to keep up with the latest fashion trends. Read the online magazines of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, GQ and Elle to refresh your mind and try to make your own wardrobe more current.

Among the masses

Music festivals don’t really change in their aim. They bring together many different people with the sole intention of enjoying live performances from some of the best bands and artists in the world. If you like to go to music festivals and be part of the masses, then what’s stopping you now? Just because you’re getting older doesn't mean you can’t go and be part of some amazing nights of music and celebration with the younger generation.

Age is like a runaway train. You can’t stop it even if you tried. But don’t let this natural cycle of life change your attitude and your personality. Remain true to who you are no matter how old you get.

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Admitting You Have A Problem Is Not Weakness - It Is Profound Strength

August 23, 2019

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you gave up the ghost? Perhaps someone noticed you were acting differently or you were seemingly distancing yourself. You didn’t want to admit it to yourself, but you were. You had real fear of them finding out, and then when they did, they were understanding. You then told them the truth, and they hugged you. You wondered just why you were being so evasive in the first place, when the truth and compassion can mostly heal all.

If you have experienced that - you’re likely thinking back to that visceral feeling you felt then. If not, you might wonder what this is like, or what life scenario could get you to that point. It might be that you’re still in that process of being evasive, especially with yourself. What actually matters is your health, and how you are right now. For that reason, admitting you have a problem is absolute strength, and never weakness. This can lead the truth to burn away all the rotten wood of your personality - and it can help you move onto new beginnings.

But how do you start this? Let us offer some empathetic advice to this end:

Consider Your Habits

To some, it can be very hard to admit they have a problem. This is because they are deceiving themselves. If you feel as though your life is not normal and yet you’re not letting yourself see why - consider your habits. Do you always ensure that you have at least two bottles of wine in the refrigerator? Are you the first one at the bar and the last one there? Look at your bank balance - how much have you spent on taxis and takeout food after a night of drinking? It’s concrete evidence like this that can make us truly aware of the problems we have been causing, and this can make many of us have to face objective reality. It can be hard to do this, but it might be the best thing you’ve done for yourself yet. Then, objective solutions, such as attending an alcohol rehab center, might be your best bet.

More Social, Not Less

A large sign of a personal problem is that you spend much time alone, potentially pushing away friends and family while hiding your habit. In fact, the remedy to this is becoming more social, not less. When you have people around you (good people), you are more inclined to stay on the straight and narrow. We keep each other in check, and that can be a tremendously important consideration. It is too easy for those in isolation to drift, and to justify everything to themselves. When you are social, that veneer fades away. It is this that can help you admit you have a problem.

Believe Things Will Get Better

Things will get better. It’s not a matter of if. You just have to believe it, and use this as the springboard to get you through the uncomfortable beginnings of a new path in life. You might be fearful, but you’ll know in your soul that you’re following a worthwhile direction to this end.

With this advice, you are certain to admit you have a problem - and be stronger for it.

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How Much Do You Really Know About the Medicine That You’re Taking?

August 22, 2019

Be it supplements, painkillers or specialised medication for different illnesses, modern medicine has us taking a lot of different medication just to keep our bodies in top condition. With the global pharmaceutical industry being worth an estimated $1.17 trillion US dollars in 2021, it’s no secret that a lot of companies are simply after our money and using the guise of healthcare as a way to sell us more useless products.

Of course, that’s not always the case for all organisations. There are plenty of companies out there who are looking to educate, inform and help people with proper medication and advice. So in this article, we’re going to ask the question; how much do you really know about the medicine that you’re taking, and what can you do to bolster your knowledge?

Understanding your dosage and why it’s important
When prescribing some form of treatment or medication, your doctor will likely give you a recommended dosage. They’ll tell you how much to take, when it should be taken and when you need to get another prescription. This is important to follow because the doctor has prescribed you a specific dosage for your situation. Taking more or less could have a negative impact and it’s always best to stick to what you’ve been asked to take. Taking a lower dosage to save money on prescriptions could mean the drug isn’t effective, and taking more in an attempt to speed up your recovery could lead to nasty side effects.

Look at reliable sources of information for unique drugs
If you’re taking medication that helps with something significant such as arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease, then it’s often best to check reliable sources of information for unique drugs instead of just looking at any old blog. Websites like Inspire are a great source of information to learn about specific drugs, to ask questions and even look at advice and discussions from other people to help you get more information.

Ease your worries by speaking to your doctor
Your doctor is a fantastic source of medical information and it’s unlikely that they’re prescribing you expensive drugs just to get your money. Most doctors really care about their patients and will prescribe supplements and medication that can actually help them recover, so don’t be afraid to question them about specific drugs or to ask for more advice. If your doctor is unable to answer certain questions or refuses to speak about certain topics, then it’s a red flag and you should consider getting a second opinion, preferably from a private healthcare option or just another doctor at the medical office.

It could be weight loss, an illness or even just for your well-being–regardless of what you’re taking and the reasons for it, it’s vital that you seek out more advice to help educate you on what you’re taking and why you’re taking it. The more you understand about the treatments and medication that you’re taking, the more peace of mind you’ll have.
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Looking for a Career? ValPak Sales Positions Open All Across the Country

August 20, 2019

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Founded in 1968, Valpak is based in St. Petersburg, FL. Valpak is at the heart of communities across North America, helping people save, businesses grow and neighborhoods thrive. It provides print and digital advertising through a network of 160 local franchises across the U.S. and Canada.

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A DOG'S JOURNEY - Starring Dennis Quaid - Blu-ray 8/20

August 19, 2019




Y'all I will never understand why I do this to myself. If you are a dog person these will always get you in your feels. The person I speak of is ME! When I tell you I cry like a baby it's no lie...I might also put my head against my pups to see if I can see what they are thinking. FYI that does not work and might make your pet question your sanity! If you are a fan of A Dog's Purpose this is a must to continue the journey! It's a feel-good movie with a great cast and music. This movie just speaks to animal lovers! Yep, I watched it with my pups and we invited the cats long too!

Picking up where A Dog’s Purpose left off, A Dog’s Journey, available on Digital on August 6, 2019, as well as on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On-Demand on August 20, 2019, continues the tale of lovable farm dog Bailey, as he finds a new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond, and learns that some friendships transcend lifetimes. A hit with audiences, who rated it an “A” CinemaScore, the movie is “a must-see for any dog lover” (Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer) and the perfect choice for family viewing, teaching universal lessons about the values of friendship and devotion. “Pawsitively” uplifting from start to finish, A Dog’s Journey features over 30 minutes of bonus content including deleted and extended scenes, a hilarious gag reel and featurettes with the cast and a behind the scenes look at the memorable animal performances.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad; Beauty and the BeastFrozen) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his former “boy” now grown to manhood, Ethan (Dennis Quaid; A Dog’s Purpose, I Can Only Imagine) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger; “C.S.I.,” “Under the Dome”). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ (Kathryn Prescott; “24: Legacy”). Everything is great on the farm until CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin, Isn’t It Romantic, “GLOW”), decides to take CJ away and chase her own fulfillment in the big city. Ethan asks Bailey to watch over CJ wherever she goes and thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ, and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau; Internationally famous pop star) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.
Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • It's Gonna Work
    • A Song for Molly
    • You Can Stay Here
    • Just Do the Laundry
    • Let's Get Started
    • Gloria Looks at Henry's Things
    • This Place is Huge
    • It's Really Happening
    • I've Loved You Forever
  • Gag Reel
  • A DOG'S Sequel - New and returning cast members discuss their roles in A Dog's Journey and share their appreciation for director Gail Mancuso.
  • Everyone's Best Friend - Sit down with the cast to hear about their life-long love of man's best friend.
  • Working with Dogs - Cast and crew share the joys of working with animal-actors.
  • A Healing Journey - Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, and others discuss the bond between dogs and humans.
  • Scoring the JOURNEY - Director Gail Mancuso and composer Mark Isham discuss the music in the film.
  • Feature Commentary with Director Gail Mancuso

A Dog’s Journey will be available on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and Digital.
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Cast: Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Henry Lau, Kathryn Prescott with Dennis Quaid and Josh Gad
Music By: Mark Isham
Edited By: Robert Komatsu ACE
Production Designer: Eric Fraser
Director of Photography: Rogier Stoffers ASC, NSC
Executive Producers: Seth William Meier, Lasse Hallström, Luyuan Fan, Wei Zhang
Produced By: Gavin Polone
Based on the Novel By: W. Bruce Cameron
Screenplay By: W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky
Directed By: Gail Mancuso


Street Date: August 20, 2019
Selection Number: 61201553 (US) / 61201619 (CDN)
Layers:  BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: PG for thematic content, some peril and rude humor.
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Languages/Sound: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Run Time: 1 hour 49 minutes

Street Date: August 20, 2019
Selection Number: 61201551 (US) / 61201618 (CDN)
Layers: DVD 9
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 2.39:1
Rating: PG for thematic content, some peril and rude humor.
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Languages/Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1
Run Time: 1 hour 49 minutes

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LUGZ Men’s Canyon Mid Chukka Sneaker

This is a sponsored conversation shared by Wrapped Up N U on behalf of Lugz. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Hey there y'all! picky and hard to I right? Good thing LUGZ has us moms covered with these Canyon Mid Chukka Sneaker. The hiker-influenced Canyon Mid has the assets of a comfortable sneaker, but the look of a boot. It might have an athletic silhouette, but it’s the street style that really captures your eye. A casual design made for any daily routine and the physical comfort built for any outdoor adventure is why this shoe is for you. They are currently available in 2 colors: Black (as shown) and Golden Wheat Bark-Gum. These are perfect for back to school and will carry you over into fall. My 17-year-old son has been wearing these shoes all summer even in this crazy Georgia heat! So they are very breathable and lightweight. They are super comfortable and look great with jeans or dress pants.

  • Padded Insole
  • Rubber Outsole
  • Vulcanized construction
  • Padded Collar and Tongue
  • Breathable Lining
  • Synthetic Nubuck Upper

About Lugz, Since its beginning in 1993 Lugz has been an innovator in the footwear market. What began as a brand with a couple styles of boots, a quilted vest and a pair of jeans have evolved into a leader in footwear and its trendsetting style has gone beyond boots adding casual and athletic shoes for men, women, and kids. Helping keep Lugz fresh and relevant are its many partnerships from hip-hop stars, to Orange County Choppers to MMA Champions endorsing and inspiring their latest products.

Lugz has some great deals going on right now on shoes for everyone in the family. Please make sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay up to date on the newest trends and offerings.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher available at Best Buy

August 15, 2019

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product.

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher

Hey there y'all! Wanna know something about me? I'm dishwasher obsessed! We are a family of 5, to say we have a lot of dirty dishes daily is an understatement! We depend on our dishwasher and I can't tell you how sad it makes me when I have opened my dishwasher after it has been running for what seems like hours and my dishes are not clean! Admit it, we have ALL been there! Are you thinking about upgrading your dishwasher? I'd like to introduce y'all to the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher available at Best Buy.

Meet the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher
  • CrystalDry™ (only available in 800 Series)|The ultimate clean. The ultimate dry, including plastics.
  • The new Bosch 800 Series dishwasher delivers a sparkling clean and dry with advanced PrecisionWash technology and patented CrystalDry technology.
  • With PrecisionWash, intelligent sensors continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, and powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean.
  • Patented CrystalDry technology transforms moisture into heat up to 176F for the ultimate dry, even for plastics
  • Extremely quiet operation (42 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound-absorbing base
  • Large interior provides the loading flexibility to easily accommodate 16 place settings, and Bosch’s largest 3rd rack- the MyWay rack provides additional loading space for cereal bowls and large utensils
  • Rackmatic® adjustable upper rack easily adjusts to 9 different positions, to allow taller items like stemware to fit in the middle rack while leaving room for bulky items below. The flip tines make loading wide bowls easy and ball bearing wheels provide a smooth glide
  • Every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds federal guidelines, for year-round energy savings
  • Sanitize Option reduces 99.9% of bacteria with
  • Patented CrystalDry™ technology delivers 60% better drying results.
*Based on aggregate average drying performance of Bosch Dishwashers with CrystalDry on combined household load including plastics, glass, steel, and porcelain as compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry. Drying performance may vary by dish type.

The Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Features includes the following:

24” width
There’s room for up to 16 place settings. Plus, choose from 6 wash cycles including five-level wash, 5 options like Extra Dry, and a concealed heating element.

Flexible 3rd rack
Accommodate the odd one out. Adding the 3rd rack with its adjustable tines can create the right fit for deep, tall, or uniquely-shaped items.

EasyGlide™ rack
Load and unload smoothly. It’s easy to adjust and move the racks, even while they’re full of dishes.

Fit it all, every time. With 3 different height levels and up to 9 possible rack positions, you can customize each load for your needs.

24/7 Aquastop®
Protect your floors. This 4-part leak prevention system uses sensors to detect and stop leaks, and can even turn on by itself.

42-dBA noise level rating
Wash dishes in peace. Bosch dishwashers are so quiet, you have to check the exterior Infolight® to know they’re on.

Touch Control
Program a cycle quickly. The integrated controls make it easy with simple touch technology.

Visit your local Best Buy today to experience everything Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher has to offer.

Deadly Denial: Why Ignorance Is Most Definitely Not Bliss When It Comes To Your Health

August 14, 2019

We've all heard the saying that ignorance is bliss and, in some cases, it's true. Not knowing what your kids get up to when you aren't around, for instance, allows you to live without worry. When it comes to our health, though, ignorance is anything but bliss.

Most of us are guilty of ignoring at least one or two health complaints in our lives. These can vary in severity from small niggles to significant concerns. In some cases, we may even convince ourselves that we'll 'call the doctor tomorrow.' But, everyone knows that tomorrow never comes. The fact is that facing up to a health complaint can be scary. Many of us would rather ignore it altogether without any real knowledge of what's going on.

In some cases, we get lucky, and issues go away. But, there can come a time when a health niggle sticks around. When that happens, ignoring the issue can lead to all manner of trouble. And, to prove why you should always contact a healthcare professional sooner rather than later, we're going to consider what that trouble can entail.

Spiraling health complaints

Pain or disease may start in one part of your body, but it won't be long until it spreads elsewhere if you look the other way. A pain which started in just your lower back, for example, could soon cripple your entire spine if you didn’t do anything about it. Equally, an issue like cancer can spread in rapid time if you ignore a lump which is worrying you. The fact is that our bodies are one big connected mass. And, if a health complaint has had time to spread elsewhere, you can bet that treatment will be much harder and invasive. By comparison, heading to your doctor as soon as an issue arises could see it isolated and a whole lot easier to deal with for everyone concerned.

Making it harder to get the help you need
As well as making treatment harder, ignoring health issues can make it trickier to get the help you need when you're finally ready. Most commonly, this struggle centers around health insurance. Many policies won't cover an ongoing issue, especially if you were suffering in silence when you first took out your policy. If an insurance company can prove that you've let a health complaint advance, they may also be able to wriggle out of payment. That means you'd either have to continue suffering in silence or struggle to meet those now-escalated health bills.

Insurance claims aren't the only times this is applicable, either. Ignoring a health complaint from a trip or accident could also see you struggling to gain any compensation later on. That’s because, for the best chance at winning a claims case, it’s important to contact personal injury attorneys who understand the laws inside and out as soon as you possibly can after the incident occurs. When you let time pass, you lose evidence and, more importantly, make it look like you’re trying to hide something. Instead of ignoring issues as they arise, then, always take steps towards treatment as soon as you possibly can. Not only will your bills be less that way, but you should also be able to access the help you need to pay them.

Stress to top everything

Even when we ‘ignore’ health complaints, they have a habit of playing on our minds. You might not always be openly thinking about that recurrent abdominal cramp, but you can bet it’s stressing you out anyway. That’s because, ultimately, resisting treatment does little more than leave us to make up our minds. And, when a diagnosis is left to us in these ways, we always assume the worst. This can lead to stress, which can lead to further health complaints, such as anxiety and even high blood pressure. All that for an issue which, after a short doctor’s appointment, could turn out to be nothing at all. Rather than being blissful, then, ignorance like this is a form of self-torture. And, that in itself could see your health declining.

Longer to suffer

Everything else aside, ignoring a health complaint means that you have to suffer for longer. That pain is going to be with you until you finally bite the bullet and phone your doctor already. The more you attempt to ignore it, then, the more you’re making your life difficult. Don’t let it happen. Instead, face your health head-on for the best chance at a long and pain-free life.

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You've Lost Weight- What Next?

August 13, 2019

Losing weight really is difficult, so if you’ve worked hard and shed some pounds then a massive congratulations! However, now isn’t the time to get complacent, the loss is just the start of your journey- keeping it off can often be just as difficult. Here are a few things to bear in mind going forward.

Update your wardrobe

Losing weight is of course fantastic for your health, by shedding excess pounds you reduce your risk of all kinds of illnesses and diseases and you’ll generally feel much better within yourself. But an added bonus of weight loss is of course the way you look on the outside, and being able to wear what you want feels incredible. One of the best things you can do is get rid of your old bigger clothes, donate them to charity or pass them to friends. That way, you don’t see them as a ‘fallback option’, if you gain weight then you’ve no choice but to lose it again as nothing you own will fit! Treat yourself to a nice new wardrobe to flatter your shape. If you have lost a significant amount of weight, you might need to have your wedding rings resized or even buy a new one at this store. Another important fashion related purchase is a new bra, since your size can change significantly with weight loss. Go to a store and have yourself measured up by a professional.

Up your exercise routine

If you’ve lost weight on a traditional ‘diet’ where you’ve restricted calories, eventually you’ll need to up them again to a more manageable level. To counteract this and prevent weight gain as well as give your metabolism a boost, working out is key. Make this a part of your new lifestyle; join a gym, start walking more, cycle to work- just create new habits so you stick with them. It will prevent you from falling back into old routines, and means you can eat a ‘normal’ amount of calories without weight piling back on.

Decide on your diet plan going forward

Finally, figure out what you’re going to be eating. For long term success, restricting isn’t helpful so you need to focus on eating what you enjoy but in moderation. Up your fruit and veg, make healthy swaps and keep an eye on portion sizes. Find healthy, tasty recipes online and have fun learning to cook them. Weighing yourself each week is a great way to stay on track, if you find you gain a little one week then you can be more careful the next. You dont want to be obsessed with the scale, but it’s important that you’re not overdoing things and undoing all of your hard work. Understand that you can’t return back to the way you used to eat before, or you’ll quickly be back up to the size that you were.

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Big Macy's Nursing Maternity SALE

August 12, 2019

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Hey there y'all! I have a great deal I want to share everyone! Are you looking for some money-saving deals on nursing and maternity wear? Macy's is currently having a BIG sale! Right now until 8/31, you can save 20% on nursing items at Macy's, some restrictions may apply. It's the perfect time to pick up a few items for summer and get ready for fall. I wanted to share with y'all a few of my top picks that are perfect for the end of summer and can carry over to fall. They have the style you need without compromising on comfort! 

Motherhood Maternity Tiered Nursing Top - This top should be a staple in every nursing moms wardrobe. Currently available in 7 colors and 4 sizes. Motherhood Maternity's trendy top doubles as a nursing T-shirt -- it's life-saver for busy new moms!
  • Nursing top
  • Scoop neckline; pullover style
  • Lift-up access for nursing
  • Hits at hip
  • Rayon/spandex
  • Machine washable

Jessica Simpson Maternity Printed Nursing Dress - I love the flow of this dress! It's so pretty, stylish and functional for any nursing mom. The Jessica Simpson for Motherhood Maternity's printed dress features a tie-front double opening for convenient nursing access.
  • Maternity dress
  • Scoop neckline
  • Pullover style; tie-front nursing function at the bust
  • Short Sleeve
  • Unlined
  • Hits below knee
  • Rayon
  • Machine washable

Jessica Simpson Plus Size Nursing Top -Classic style that is perfect for the cooler months ahead. An effortless essential for new moms, this stylishly smart top by Jessica Simpson for Motherhood Maternity features a double opening for easy nursing access.
  • Scoop neckline; pullover style; side-slit double nursing opening
  • 3/4-sleeves
  • Relaxed fit; hits at hip
  • Nursing top
  • Rayon/spandex
  • Machine washable

A Pea in the Pod French Terry Tiered Nursing Top - Motherhood Maternity's tiered French terry top features a lift-up double opening, perfect for nursing moms!
  • Nursing top
  • Scoop neckline
  • Pullover style; additional lift-up opening for nursing
  • Hits at hips
  • Modal/spandex
  • Machine washable