Archives by: CK Vaughn

5 Tips for a Low-Effort Landscape Design

Traditionally, relaxing in a beautiful yard is one of the best ways to end a long workday or a hectic workweek. However, in this turbulent times of global pandemics, those lucky enough to have gardens and outdoor spaces rely on them as personal sanctuaries more than ever. Not everyone has a lot of time or effort to invest in creating or maintaining a beautiful yard, however. The good news is that there are several tips homeowners can utilize to create a beautiful ... Read more

Social Media: Four Customer Service Tips for Brands

In the digital world, customers are reaching out to brands via social media more than more traditional forms of communication. In fact, brands now realize they need to have dedicated customer service social media staff to handle this. In some cases, customer service and regular social media staff are separate. The following article aims to provide social media customer service tips for brands. 1. Don't wait for a complaint before you interact. Think about whether you want your customer service efforts to come ... Read more

Five Reasons Sleeping More Accelerates Your Weight Loss

Whether it's Keto, Whole30, Paleo, the Atkin's diet, or the Lemon Detox, there's always been a popular diet making news in recent years. What's interesting to observe is how often changes in sleep habits occur with those making lifestyle changes and trying new diets. As one Whole30 participant noted recently after cutting out morning sugars and caffeine, "I never would have dreamed how much I was propping up my body in the morning with caffeine and sugar, and how much I needed ... Read more

Harnessing Sea Power as an Alternate Energy Source

We live in a world where the term "global warming" is often thrown around, but it could be a real threat to our way of life. According to the National Resources Defence Council, freak weather occurrences that were a result of climate change caused $53 billion in damage during 2011 alone. Not to mention that, in the same year, 206 people died from conditions caused by extreme heat. We are not as invincible as we feel, and someone needs to take ... Read more

Environmentally-friendly Ways to Make Paper Without Using Trees

Nowadays, paper can be made out of materials besides trees. Take a look at the ingredients the next time you buy paper products like loose leaf, notepads and stationery and you just might find some of the materials listed below. Post-Consumer Waste While it might be hard to believe, the paper that we throw out or recycle is now being used to make new paper. Purchasing paper created from post-consumer waste decreases the amount of trees that are required to make paper. This ... Read more

Africa’s Entrance into the Sustainability Arena

The energy requirements of the African continent once provided by huge hydro electric power stations have slowly reverted back to those methods used during pre-colonial days; the wood fire and paraffin lamps. Soon after colonialism exited the Dark Continent, tribalism trumpeted its return. It was welcomed as men and women rejoiced in their cultural heritage and began to banish all things ‘colonial’ from their countries. Rather like the Dark Ages after the fall of Rome this distaste for things perceived as tools ... Read more

A Guide to San Francisco’s Best Fusion Restaurants

Although fusion cooking has become increasingly popular in San Francisco over the past several years, some confusion remains about what the term means. Fusion means that a chef combines two food items or sauces together, typically by applying heat. He or she may bring two separate flavors, cuisines, or cooking methods together to create an entirely new type of food. Chefs who employ fusion cooking are often looking to expand their expertise and set themselves apart with a unique dish that ... Read more

Beer Cans Solidified Americans’ Recycling Habit

In the United States, citizens do their share and recycle a lot -  literally tons. Americans recycled 135 million tons of their waste in 2012 and  0.7 million tons of that recycling was aluminum. This metal is one of the easiest and fastest materials to recycle as well as one of the earliest items recycled in our modern recycling era. Recycling is the system of amassing and processing materials that otherwise would have been considered waste and making these materials into new ... Read more
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