City tech schools filling up quick? No worries, stay in the city and take classes from home!

DIALYSIS TECHNICIANSYou love being a part of city life. Thing is, sometimes it’s a little too crowded and you have to squeeze in wherever you can for whatever you can get. Especially when it comes to schools. They fill up pretty quick, and not just with your city locals, but people from outside the city that don’t have the education opportunities where they are from.

Don’t leave the city or give up on finding the perfect school. You want to learn a trade and you’re pretty sure you’ll find your fit in the medical field. Listen to this, you don’t even have to leave the city. You don’t even have to leave your house. You’re right there in the city taking classes online from home. Not just any classes either. You don’t have to settle for a traditional online school such as data entry or bookkeeping either. You can do amazing things online nowadays.

Did you know that you can become a dialysis technician from taking classes online? Take a trade as such and take your classes in the city, just take them at home. Get the same training that will prepare you to get certified as a dialysis technician and all you have to do is sit in your pajamas and take online classes from your bedroom.

Not just at home, take it on a laptop and take your classes with you in the city wherever you feel like going. Take online classes from your local library, favorite café, or public park on a nice day. Don’t think that just because you’re taking classes online you’re missing out on the real trade school experience. You can have that experience and take it with you wherever you’d like.

You can be a dialysis technician pro studying online or offline. It’s your choice. Say that maybe the trade school you were going to get this type of training from is booked up already. All you have to do then is take it to the next level. See what’s available online and you’ll be surprised at the professional training you can get from online training.

It’s not just the professionalism you can get from taking a class online, it’s the convenience that you have a schedule that you can help control and also work at your own pace. Schools that you can take online classes from, are usually easier to mold to your life’s schedule and how you live day to day. They’ll be happy to work with you on an individual basis if need be.

Most online schools are set up to know that you have lives to work around. You might have a job so you can’t take a traditional school as you can’t work around the schools schedule. However online, you can work with an advisor to see how you can balance both school and your work. Don’t count yourself out of a busy city school, just take the city school into your home and make it a part of your day. You’ll be surprised at what you can find and what you can pursue from your own home.




House warming gifts can be fun-urban or not!

So your best friend is moving into a new home and you don’t have a clue what to buy them as a house warming gift. So what do you do? Well on thing is for sure, make sure you get something fun and useful. So what can be fun and useful for a new home? Well there are many things that can be fun and useful for a first time home buyer. Some people love to cook and if your friend is someone who loves to cook then why not buy them one of the wonderful pasta makers that they sell online. Or you could get them a cool cookware set that is designed with a special color to match their new kitchen. Either option is great for the avid cooker, but what if they don’t like to cook. Then one of these suggestions might be better. HOUSEWARMING

Gardening gifts

Maybe they like to garden and they have finally got their first garden area. There are many items that you can buy as a housewarming gift for an avid gardener such as gardening tools, a gift card to an eco-friendly plant nursery, or even maybe some gloves monogramed with their names and aprons for the garden. These are all great ideas for your friend’s new house warming gift.

Linen set gifts

Maybe they like to decorate their home or have their eye on a really pretty linen set for the bedroom. Getting them something that matches their current interior or the theme they want to use for their interior is always a great way to provide something personal and unique for a friend’s new home.

Favorite vacation photo gift

Remember that trip you and your friend took in college, why not get a photo from that trip framed for their wall so they can always remember the good times. This is a very personal gift that represents your friendship and the fun times you have had together in the past. Make sure the picture you choose is also a picture they like as well so they don’t feel uncomfortable when you give it to them. You should also make sure the frame will match the other pictures that they already have since you want the gift you give them to match the current decor.

Housewarmings are a great chance for you to come over and see your friend’s new environment, to bring a gift that they can use, and to offer your favorite decorators number to them so they can full deck out the new home. Many people have been preparing for their first home for a long time. They think about the color scheme, the furniture they want, and all the other things that go into a new home. Sometimes they will ask for your advice on where to place things but they pretty much have an idea in there head if not down on paper hidden somewhere of what they want to do in their first home.

 

 

 




Take advantage of having a trade school on every corner of life in the city

urban livingTrade schools are where it’s at, and they are spreading through your city and other cities like wildfire. With technology traveling at such a high rate of speed these days, people don’t have time for traditional 4 year colleges. By the end of year 2 everything you learned in year 1 has been upgraded if you’re in it for technology and specialized schooling. Technology and trade schools are on top of the list getting you the highest specialized training in half the time. Find it hard to believe? Take a look around your city. There are trade schools that specialize in everything from hair and beauty classes to radiation therapist training.

You can learn how to be a therapist in half the time. This way you’re keeping up with the latest in technology and getting your degree or certificate showing you worked your way and now your more specialized for certain fields. Being more specialized means making more money. That’s what you went to school for after all isn’t it? To find a career in which you could work and have that degree to earn more money. If you went to the link on how to be a therapist, you should, and see what kind of salaries radiation therapists make even in just a median figure. That’s what trade school does and that’s what a specialized degree or certificate can gain you.

In the city a lot of trade schools are popping up and it’s something that all residents that are unhappy with their jobs should look into. Have kids? Don’t worry just yet as some of these schools provide daycare while you’re in there learning your new craft. Do you hold the household down? Don’t worry yet again as most trade schools have classes at times to fit your convenience. That right there is a big plus.

Since these trade schools are in the city, you might not even have to worry about transportation and instead take the buses and transit system your city offers. Saves you a drive and also saves you gas which is something to be saved these days as prices are higher than ever. Besides, staying out of that city traffic is a plus as well too.

Jump on the internet and do some browsing even if you’re just curious about a field that has captured your interest a little and see if they have classes or even a trade school that specializes in what you’re looking at right there in the city. Wouldn’t that be great to have access to all your city has to offer such as libraries and more to help you along with your studies? You have a chance now in your city to break out of this rut you’ve been in and find a job that makes you happy and pays you for the skills you’ve learned in the trade you have chosen. It’s time to take a look and see what your city has to offer you.




Whether you’re in the city or the country, household cleaning isn’t at the top of your list of faves.

CLEANINGYou love having your own home. Moved to the big time from the country life and want to make the most of it. You’re a part of the city now and you want to reflect that love you have for your home. Perhaps you’re just moving in and getting settled. First thing first is that the old tenants didn’t do an end of tenancy cleaning. Your new place may not have had a good cleaning at the prior residence’s end of tenancy. Give your house a good cleaning before you move your things in, not after. Using a service will make the transition of moving in easier. However, when you’re ready to go to another domicile in the city using a service again as an end of tenancy as well. It’s the right thing to do before you move to help make the move in easier for the new tenants.

From cleaning the kitchen to cleaning the bathrooms and everything in between, it’s good to have a thorough cleaning done. Its one part of the home that no one looks forward to cleaning and that is to have the kitchen oven looking like it’s brand new. You are not excited about it as it’s to the part where you stopped cooking in it if you could avoid it because of the mess it was in from pizzas that melted cheese onto it or casseroles that bubbled over on to it. Now it’s a big crusty mess that smokes every time you turn it on and you know for sure that you’re not looking towards cleaning it. It’s a hard job. This time do it smart and have cleaners come in and do it for you.

You’ll be surprised that the prices for a good house cleaning are a lot less than you’ve been thinking and will more than likely fit into your budget and leave you a little bit left over as well. It’s time you take a look into getting someone else’s home in the city ready for them as you prepare for your next property now that you’re no longer a cute country bumpkin but a smooth city dweller. Have your home looking its best before you move in and after you leave with a good end of tenancy cleaning. It helps the new ones coming in like yourself. You didn’t have that luxury so you had a cleaning done before you moved in since the old tenants didn’t. You know how it felt to have to do all the moving and cleaning all at once. Don’t leave that for the new tenants, especially as you know how it felt it not being done before you moved in.

Getting a good cleaning before you move and furniture or items in is great, all the spaces in-between that you’ll have a hard time getting to once you’re set up will be all up and ready to go. Having it done for the new tenants in advance is good and a way that you know you’ll get back your security deposit. It’s a win win situation. Start with a cleaning and welcome to the city!




Urban Trails

urban trailsSo you’re living in the city and you love the urban lifestyle. For those of us who grew up in a suburban community or the country, a move to the city can be like a whole new life. I grew up in the suburbs where you needed a car to get around and buses were not frequent or reliable. Once I hit my teenage years and wanted find a job, it had to be within walking distance until I got myself a car. That turned out to be a money pit and quite frankly, driving stressed me out.

Years later it was off to the city for me and I sold my car with joy in my heart. One of the biggest selling points for me was the fact that I could walk to most places I needed to get to and my job was on the subway line. It felt good to just slap on some shoes and sprint over to the grocery store or to the bank. No more waiting to change lanes, red lights and rude drivers. Instead it was head nods to neighbors and cute smiles from the vegetable stand owner down the street.

I like walking long distances too. It’s a great form of exercise and it’s peaceful and low impact. The only downside to living in the city is that it can seem like there is nowhere to walk. When I first moved to the city, my friend and I would just choose a street and walk straight for about seven or eight blocks, just to see what was there. That was good fun for a while, but once I became more accustomed to my surroundings, I found the “mystery block” game to be a little tedious.

I decided to look up what parks were in my city and I found quite a few. Some of them you need to jump on a bus or the subway to get to, but once you’re there it feels like you’ve left metropolis and entered back into suburban sprawl. A simple search online produced five major parks in my city and I grabbed my friend to check it out.

The first one was huge and took us quite a while to get to. It was on the other side of town but it was beautiful even had a forest trail. The park was filled with walking paths that interconnected and split off all over the grounds. There were also trails that took you into the woods where you could follow on the ground or head up an incline, taking you deeper into the woods. I could not believe this was 40 minutes from my apartment.

Another park had ponds and more footpaths, weaving you in and out of sunny spots and shady coves. It was free to enter and had no real closing time either. Some of the bigger parks have tennis courts and snack bars and those had operational hours, but as for the paths themselves, they were open to the public at almost all times. There were bike paths too so if walking isn’t your thing, then perhaps a bike trail is more for you.

Life in the city doesn’t have to mean life away from nature. Take a moment to ask around or search online and find out what parks are near you. You may not need to break out your best mens hiking boots for these trails, but you’ll get away from city life for an hour or two and enjoy the adventures of your own two feet.




3 Ways To Spruce Up Your Urban Abode

SPRUCING

Living in the city often leaves us wanting a touch of rustic added to our lives. Although we like where we live and wouldn’t change it for the world, there are times when we see a cottage style home decoration and feel a pang of nostalgia for the woodsy designs. Especially for those of us who live in the type of urban area where all of our doorsteps look the same and it’s hard to tell a home apart from the next without a house number.

If you’re looking to get a little woodsy, here are 3 easy things you can make with some wood and a table saw.

1) Mailbox

Start simple with a small, rectangular box. Make sure there is enough width and length inside the box for magazines or small packages and don’t forget to add a top flap. Some designs don’t require a top flap but in case of rain, snow or just privacy in general, you may want to consider a lid for your new mailbox. Easy how-to-guides can be found online and it shouldn’t take more than a few hours to make. Be sure to affix some sort of hanging mechanism so you can put it outside your home with pride. Sand and paint it any style you like to add that little touch of country to your home.

 2) Plant Holders

Another easy one that only requires cutting four panels and the floor of the box. Depending on the size of your plants, measure and cut your pieces and you can make as many as you need. Don’t forget to consider some extra height on the boxes for soil and roots to grow. Again, you can sand and paint or just stain the wood if that suites your home décor. If you have somewhere to hang them, like a large front window, go for it. If not, perhaps consider lining your front steps with a series of small plant holders. One box on each side if you have the room, or lining one side of the steps to create an image of cottage life for you.

 3) Bird Feeder

A bird feeder is a little more complicated and many have gone awry, but with many online guides available, you can find a simple pattern to get you started. One for the front and backyard is great if you have the room for it, or perhaps just two on each end of the front yard for those with no backyard space. Some people like the ones that hang from trees while others like the ones you can perch up on a branch. Others prefer the ones on big wooden polls that can stick into the ground so whatever suits your living space. Depending on the color scheme on the front of your home, you may find it an eyesore to paint and may want to leave it sanded and stained. There are so many designs and options out there, you’re sure to find the one that suits your home the best.

All of these country style creations will require a good table saw, some measuring tape and a good set of hammer and nails. To find what size and style of table saw is best for you, go to http://tablesawhq.com and see what fits your needs. If you can’t find proper building tutorials online, you could always ask your neighborhood hardware store employee for tips on where to look or enroll in a class if you have the time.




Top Protein Powders for the City Woman

BEST WHEYLiving in the city can be stressful. There’s so much activity and bustle and hubbub, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s right for you. When it comes to your fitness however, there’s no reason why you should be in the dark. Here’s our list of the top whey protein for ladies in the city.

-       BioTrust LowCarb Protein

The BioTrust LowCarb Protein Powder is a great starter Powder for any active woman. It gives you the protein you need without adding in extra carbs and calories. It’s got no added hormones and its sweeteners are naturally sourced. It released amino acids gradually over time instead of all at once, so you get what you need throughout the day instead of one big lump at once. It comes in two great flavours, too: Vanilla and chocolate, everyone’s favourites.

-       Optimum Nutrition 100% Natural Whey Protein

Whey is a great source of protein, so you know you’re getting your bang for your buck with the ON. It’s has a low carb count, and doesn’t add in anything you aren’t expecting. It also has no added sugar and comes in three great flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry. Mix it with milk for that creamy, shake taste.

-       Natural Factors Unflavoured Natural Whey Protein

The great thing about this brand is that they deal in organic, natural powders. They’re GMO free and a lot of their product focuses on more obscure things like bee pollen and Echinacea. However, they also have non-flavored version. You can add your own flavours or keep it simple and have this great powder the way it is.

-       Dymatize All Natural Elite Whey Gourmet Protein

The Dymatize is a powerful protein-packing product with a whopping amount of protein stuffed into it. It’s got zero sugars and fat, too, and very little in the way of carbs. Great some anyone who wants to bulk up fast. There are a range of sweet tastes and, unlike some other brands, it actually tastes like what it says.

-       MRM 100% All Natural Whey Protein

The MRM doesn’t contain as much protein as some of the other brands, however it also contain the least amount of fats an carbs, so if you’re looking to bulk up your protein without affecting your figure then this is the one for you. It comes in Vanilla or Chocolate flavours and mixes well with both milk or water.

For any city woman who wants to get more active an get out of the house Protein Powders are a great choice. Get that protein you need without packing on the pounds.

 



Repairing an Older Home in the City

Ghost House - post restorationSome people love modern homes while others love the character of an older home. Either home style is ok when living in the city. Most cities have large expansive older homes on the main streets in town that overlook all the beauty of the city. While some modern style homes are just outside the city limits they can also be found inside the city limits. Whichever home you’re looking into buying make sure you check out all the important necessities of the home. Older homes have been known to have electrical problems, and plumbing problems. So hire a specialist to come out and check out these things before making an offer. Just because it does need updating doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it, it simply means that you need to budget that into your remodel.

Whether you’re going to remodel the home to look like it did originally or update it to a more modern look and feel inside with that old timey feel outside your still going to need to check the electrical and update it if it hasn’t been updated in the past twenty years. You can find a few electricians at www.electrician-capetown.com or you can look them up on google at South African Electrical Contractors. Most of the information that you will need to know you can obtain from the first initial walk through. Once they figure the budget you will know how much to budget in for the repair or update.

Working with a plumber is also something that you will need to do when updating the plumbing. The best plumbers are the ones that are experienced in updating from older pipes to more modern pipes. Plumbing is something that takes time. You will have to replace all the inside pipes and the outside ones all the way to the water meter, even the ones underneath the house. This can get a little tricky and expensive. So make sure you get a few estimates before settling with the one you choose.

Other contractors that you should consult when purchasing a house in the city would be ones that remodel the outside. Sometimes these older homes get grimy and lose the curb appeal. Some even lose bricks or stucco. So consulting a contractor to tell you what needs to be replaced and how much it will cost you is very helpful when thinking of purchasing a fixer upper. The time it takes to fix the outside can also put a damper on the other repairs so knowing your time schedule is a must when working with multiple contractors.

Other things that are really important when buying a home to update is that you will need city approval for a historic home and permits for any remodel. The city has a vested interest in historic homes in the city, so if you purchase one for remodeling you are going to need to petition the city for permission and get approval on the master plan. Once they approved it you need to apply for your permits and wait till they are approved before you can start working. This is something that goes with any house that you remodel or build, city permits or county permits are necessary for any project that is built or remodeled.

Now that you’re more aware of the necessary steps to take in buying an older home in the city you can be more prepared when the time comes to buy that house and start working.




Tired of hitting the pavement trying to get a walk or jog in the city. Time to hit up a gym!

CITY FITNESSYou may be living in what they dub as the concrete jungle, but there’s nothing that’s a jungle about it. Since moving there, you have trouble doing your daily jog since the sidewalks are so packed with people that see you coming yet do not move out of your way. You’ve thought about getting a treadmill but don’t want to spend that kind of cash, plus you live on the top floor, you’d have to shell out extra bucks to get that puppy delivered. Why not check out any gyms that might be in your area! There’s bound to be a few, after all it’s the big city. Chances are there’s a gym not far from you and you don’t have to do the meat market like Rocky did in the movie.

It’d also be a great place to meet people who are into living healthy like you as well too. Most people think of a bunch of muscle bound guys hanging out making others uncomfortable when they think of a city gym, but it’s not so much like that anymore. There are people there just like you who want to get their walk on too or do a little weights or cardio classes. When you meet these people you’ll also learn tips from them, and even exchange tips of your own as well too.

You might even learn ways to help boost your workout as well. Such as 2014’s best muscle supplements that are available on the market. They probably even have them available at the gym and you just might find yourself adding a new element to your health work schedule. You’ll find that you can get more protein and nutrients and well as healthy supplements than you do in that smoothie you have every morning before and after your workout.

Living in the city there’s a lot of choices for workouts, just take a look around and find one that offers what you’re into and looking for. It could be one that specializes in aerobics, or there are even gyms with built in tracks for walking, jogging, or running inside. You could do work on elliptical machines or treadmills and maybe see what kind of classes they offer. You might get into learning about integrating weights into your workout schedule.

Gyms in the city offer a plethora of programs that might catch your interest. All it takes is a little time on your behalf to do the research and find out about the ones around you. It’s time to say goodbye to trying to run on a crowded sidewalk when you want to get your exercise in. They are also great for meet and greet places because you’re surrounded by others in your city who have health on their minds too and want a place to work out, just like you. So it’s time to jump on the information superhighway and find what there is near you in the city as far as a gym you can join. You’ll be glad you did.




Things you can enjoy for free in the city

CITY LIFEYou can start by visiting the city library. I’m sure it’s well stocked and full of a wide array of books as well as other things that might interest you. While there you should check the schedule that they have there and see what events they have coming up.   There might have options such as book readings and signings as well as classes that have to do with all that is literary and then some. For instance, they might even go as far as to showcase a cooking class because of a book that’s just been released to them or have the author come in a lead a discussion based on their latest book that you just so happened to adore. Taking advantage of all your city library has to offer is free and widely varied so you should definitely take a stroll through it one of the days when you’re low on cash but itching to do something. It’s a great place to start.

Go and view some of the graffiti your city might have set up to be displayed in a certain area. You’ll be amazed at what you’re eyes take in. We’re not talking about the words or jumbled art sprayed in truck yards and such. That’s what first comes to mind for most when they hear the word graffiti. We’re talking about how some cities have areas designated for graffiti that is mind blowing and beautiful. There might be a section with old buildings that just sits there and the city donates the area for people to showcase their artistic abilities with spray paint.   It’s nice to take time and see what magic can be made with spray paint. Some graffiti relays a positive message through their use of paint while other graffiti just shows the artists ability to create. It’s definitely different but a way to spend some time in the city exploring and for free.

You may live in what is hailed as the concrete jungle, but there are areas blocked off for park activities. Grass and all. Take a walk on down to your local park and take in the day there. IF it’s just for sitting outside in the park environment maybe enjoying a book or if it’s to watch people play with their animals or families enjoying their picnics in a park setting. While you’re at it why not fix yourself a lunch to take down to the park and enjoy it there. Go for a walk or a jog around the perimeter as they probably have an area designated for those who like to take their fitness to the park. Even bring your laptop and find something different like SnazzyChecks and browse the internet in the fresh air and area of the park.

There are many more things that you can pick up and do for free in your city. From the library as aforementioned to even spending a day enjoying the pier and watching the ships come in and out. It’s your city so explore it and save some money while you do.




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