Memorable Quotes at the Transition From 2020 to 2021

We’re well into a new year after enduring 2020, a year almost nobody will miss in hindsight. However, this moment in history is one nobody will ever forget. To mark the occasion, we share some memorable quotes of the moment. May the year ahead vastly improve as we reunite and recover from a pandemic and ongoing political chaos.

Dolly Parton Unifies the Nation

Dolly Parton has been called a “great unifier” in a year when America was so very divided. People of all walks of life and ages love her equally. In 2020, she reached “pandemic savior” status.

Since age five, Parton began writing music, and by age ten, she started appearing on local radio and television. From there, she never stopped, becoming the first woman in country music to have her own TV program, “Dolly,” in 1976. After many albums and movies, and a Dolly-themed park, she amassed great wealth but remains humble and charitable.

In the spring of 2020, she donated one million dollars to Covid-19 vaccine research at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center. As a result, scientists had a vaccine, and fans gushed she helped save the world.

“Shakespeare may have written King Lear during the plague, but Dolly Parton funded a Covid vaccine, dropped a Christmas album and a Christmas special,” tweeted author Lyz Lenz.

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A Force for Good

In the Times, Parton says she wanted to make a difference.

“I just wanted to do really good work, and I wanted it to make a really big difference in the world … to uplift mankind and glorify God,” Parton said.

Although Parton is having a moment as one of the most beloved artists, she remains humble. Aways, she remains a force for good in the world, unlike many other powerful people.

“The more I accomplish, the more humble I become because I realize how [few] people are able to say that they’ve seen their dreams come true.”

Parton brushed aside praise for her help in defeating the pandemic.

“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else, and when I donated the money to the COVID fund, I just wanted it to do good, and evidently, it is. And let’s just hope we find a cure real soon,” said Parton.

Below, Parton talks about Coronavirus Vaccine Donations with TODAY:

Saying Goodbye Via ZOOM

A couple married for 70 years faced their final moments on Christmas day. Pauline and Richard Payne of Northeast Ohio were in their 90s and otherwise healthy when diagnosed with Covid-19. Pauline passed away at 9:30 on Christmas night. The next day, Richard took his last breath in the same hospital room. It was nearly 24 hours to the minute, reports the Canton Repository.

Their son, Richard Payne Jr., described the loss:

“We feel cheated.”

After a long happy life, the Paynes faced an abrupt, unfair ending, like so many Americans this year.

“They had a great life, but a lousy ending, and that’s the resentment and anger part about COVID,” he told Fox8.

Image via Fox8

Knowing the end was near, he had to say goodbye in a ZOOM call.

“A Zoom call with her … that, without a doubt, was the toughest conversation I will ever have, cause it’s the last time you’re gonna be able to say goodbye,” said Payne Jr.

For at least 379,000 Americans to date, Covid-19 was deadly, affecting people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status. Due to long-standing systemic health and social inequities, people from racial and ethnic minority groups remain at increased risk. 

Politicians: Get a Grip

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) expressed exasperation on January 2, 2021, barely into the new year. After losing the election, Donald Trump received support from eleven Senate Republicans to dispute the election. For Klobuchar, it was an embarrassing turn of events.

“With all due respect to my Republican colleagues in the Senate who are doing this: can you please get a grip? Election officials across the country, including Republican Governors, have certified these results. This is embarrassing,” Klobuchar tweeted.

Brainwashed Americans 

On January 6, 2021, a group of Trump supporters sieged the Capitol to interrupt lawmakers conducting a ceremony. The quadrennial act of certifying the presidential vote was taking place. Before the ceremony, Donald Trump called on his followers to “fight much harder” against “bad people” and “show strength” at the Capitol. 

After Trump’s speech, a violent mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol, defiling the building with excrement. Five people died in what is being called a coup attempt, but the rioters seemed to be given preferential treatment by law enforcement. 

Reacting to the resulting deadly siege, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said: 

“This is our new domestic terror threat – brainwashed Americans, people who have been fed a pile of BS so deep that they can’t find the truth with goggles on,” said Wallace. 

Georgia Elects Their First Black Senator

On the same day the Capitol was defiled, Georgia elected their first black senator, Rev. Raphael Warnock. Only ten African Americans have served in the US Senate before him. Since November, the win was one of many election victories for women and minorities.

On the day of the vote, December 17, 2020, Warnock shared news about his mother:

“As a Black teenager growing up in Waycross, GA, in the 1950s, my mom used to pick somebody else’s cotton. Today, those 82-year-old hands picked her son to be a United States Senator from Georgia. God bless her, and God bless America,” tweeted Warnock.

Memorable quotes, Raphael Warnock
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See Senator-elect Warnock after winning the runoff election via ABC7:

A Better Future Ahead

2020 was an abysmal year, but better days appear on the horizon. Kamala Harris, the next Vice President, shared encouragement for kids across America.

“In eight days, we’ll show every child in America—regardless of their color or gender—that there are no limits to who can lead and hold positions of power in our country.”

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Who Will Always Be a Champion of Facts, Wisdom, and Humor? Alex Trebek

From 1984 right up to the month before his death on November 8, 2020, Alex Trebek, full name George Alexander Trebek, hosted Jeopardy! The award-winning host appeared in over 8,000 episodes, taping five per day, including some appearing posthumously.

Since 2014, Alex Trebek held the Guinness World Record for most game shows hosted by the same presenter. He loved doing the show and never tired of it right to the end.

He was 80-years-old and battled pancreatic cancer, which he first publicly announced on March 6, 2019. Soon after, the cancer went into remission, and he returned to tape the 35th season. Unfortunately, aggressive cancer suddenly came back.

Nevertheless, he continued to tape introductions for 20 Jeopardy introductions, even while in considerable pain.

Hosting the Show Gave Him Strength

While filming, Trebek said he gained strength.

“Oddly enough, when we started taping, I suddenly started to regain my strength,” he said in a phone interview a couple of days later. “It’s the strangest thing. It is some kind of an elixir.”

As he went about hosting, he resolved to maintain the quality of the show.

“It’s a quality program, and I think I do a good job hosting it, and when I start slipping, I’ll stop hosting,” he said.

Judging by a recent contestant, Cliff Chang, Trebek did just that. Appearing on the final show Trebek hosted, Chang says the host was a “consummate professional.”

Appearing on the show had been an “exhilarating train ride.” The Chicago Tribune reports that Chang praised Trebek for “normalizing being cool for knowing stuff, in a way that not a lot of other people did.”

Proudest Moment on the Show?

Trebek once responded when asked if he had a “proudest moment” on the show in a moment of humor. “We’ve done over 7,500 shows, and I don’t even remember the ones we did yesterday.” For Trebek, ensuring every show was of the highest quality and accuracy was equally important.

Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, and two children, Emily and Matthew Trebek. His quick wit, dry humor, and intellect made him a favorite for millions. Over the years, Jeopardy! became iconic, with its unique phrasing in the form of a question often parodied.

Moving to the Next Level

Trebek showed astonishing bravery as he faced his final days. The Times reported how he spoke to his wife about moving to the “next level,” almost like he was advancing on the game show.

“Yesterday morning my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad,” he said. “There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life, or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”

He bravely moved on to the next level, advocating for helping those suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic in a posthumous message.

A Champion of Facts

At a time when our culture faces a war on facts, Trebek was the champion of them. He found adhering to facts comforting and believe the show was a positive force for learning.

“There’s a certain comfort that comes from knowing a fact,” Trebek said. “The sun is up in the sky. There’s nothing you can say that’s going to change that. You can’t say, ‘The sun’s not up there, there’s no sky.’ There is reality, and there’s nothing wrong with accepting reality. It’s when you try to distort reality, to maneuver it into accommodating your particular point of view, your particular bigotry, your particular whatever — that’s when you run into problems.”

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Alex Trebek, image via YouTube/Business Insider

When asked why people loved the show so much, he said it was due to its longstanding emphasis on the positive.

“Jeopardy! is beloved because it has lasted so long. Viewers relate positively to Jeopardy! because there are no great negatives about our program. We try to emphasize the positive [and] favor learning. We want you and the contestants to demonstrate that knowledge is not only important, but it’s valuable in every aspect of your life. So, we reinforce the postives, and you can’t go wrong with that.”

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Alex Trebek, image via YouTube/Business Insider

Watch the real Trebek behind the scenes from Business Insider:

The Wiley Wizard of Odds

A Canadian, Trebek got his American game show start on the 1970 game show, “The Wizard of Odds.” Another Canadian, actor Alan Thicke was developing the show and called on Trebek. In 1973, Trebek got the job and moved to California. He remained employed in a string of game shows for the next 50 years.

On the show, the announcer referred to him as “The Wiley Wizard of Odds.” From there, he appeared on many other game shows, including:

  • Double Dare
  • Classic Concentration
  • The $128,000 Question
  • Pitfall
  • The New Battlestars
  • High Rollers
  • To Tell the Truth

At one point, Trebek hosted three shows simultaneously: Jeopardy!, Concentration, and To Tell the Truth.

In a pilot for a show called Malcolm, Trebek played second banana to a strange animated cartoon video puppet. 

See some of the shows Trebek hosted in the video from YouTube:

A Romantic at Heart

Although Trebek was often somewhat stoic as host of the fast-paced Jeopardy!, behind the scenes, that wasn’t the case. For example, he described the day he proposed to his second wife, Jean Currivan Trebek. It was in the late 1980s when he met her at a party and proposed within months.

“I had visited Thailand, and I purchased a sapphire and diamond ring…I invited my future wife over to my house for dinner.


“This is a souvenir from Bangkok, Thailand,’ and she looked at it, and there was the ring. I didn’t say a word. She ran from the room in tears. We are a crying family. I cry at the opening of a door,” he said.

Jean Currivan Trebek supported her husband throughout his ordeal with cancer, uplifting him whenever possible.

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Jean Currivan and Alex Trebek, image via YouTube/ABC News

What is Self-Deprecating Humor, Alex?

Often, Trebek had a dry sense of humor, but he enjoyed poking fun at himself. For example, he appeared on Saturday Night Live with hilarious impersonator Will Ferrell.

“Never be afraid of poking fun at yourself. Self-deprecating humor is worth its weight in gold,” Trebek said.

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Alex Trebek, image via YouTube/Business Insider

Alex Trebek’s Legacy of Laughs

When asked what he wanted his legacy to be, he said:

“Nice man, helped people through his charity work, was kind to everybody he encountered. Enjoy life. Make somebody laugh. I believe laughter is one of the greatest cures that we can possibly have. It’s right up there with prayer, believe me,” he said.

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Alex Trebek, image via YouTube/ABC News

For an example of his off-screen humor, when asked what advice he would give to his 20-year-old self, Trebek paused and said, “Try to meet Ava Gardner if you can,” with a smile.

In another moment, he said his favorite part of the show was spending a half-hour on stage with “three very bright people” because “I don’t like spending time with stupid people, so I have very few friends.”

We will all miss Alex Trebek, a champion of facts and humor. What an amazing life as we enter a new year, embracing his example of valuing facts and wisdom.

See more from ABC News below:

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What Is a Tune-Up? Speed and Car Care 101

When defining “What is a tune-up?” the first step is to determine what you expect to gain from your tune-up. While there are many ways to tune up a vehicle, routine maintenance is what most people think of regarding tune-ups.

Other types of tune-ups concentrate on creating more speed, better gas mileage, and various other focus areas. If your state has yearly vehicle inspections, and you’re not sure your car can pass, you can tune it with that in mind.

If your tires wore out 20,000 miles before they should have, you could tune up your ride to focus on fixing that. Got a shimmy in your steering? It could be your brakes, wheel hubs, or suspension. No matter what you want to improve in your ride, there is a type of tune-up to address it.

There Is More than One Type of Tune-Up

Routine maintenance tune-ups are the most common, while other types of tune-ups pay attention to particular areas. Some of the different tune-ups include:

  • Routine maintenance
  • State inspection (the “must pass to keep driving”)
  • Adding speed
  • Gaining fuel economy
  • Reducing exhaust emissions
  • Frame and suspension attention
  • Extending tire life
  • Increasing your stopping power

If your car is a daily ride, you’ll probably stick to the basics. However, if you have a project car, you can tweak your ride for show or even racing.

Routine maintenance tune-up

Check the fluids, check and replace the spark plugs, drop some injector cleaner into the fuel tank. You can perform most tasks in your driveway, even on the newer, computerized cars of today.

If you have the owner’s manual, it will list tune-up intervals for your model. If you don’t have that, you can probably find it online by searching for the make and model. Most auto manufacturers maintain web archives for 7 to 10 years.

If you can’t find it on the auto manufacturer’s website, you can check other outlets:

If you plan on performing your tune-up, we recommend beginning with a list, so you don’t miss anything. Use your owner’s manual to determine the areas you should focus on for routine maintenance:

  1. Change oil
  2. Check and fill wiper fluid
  3. Check and fill transmission fluid (change as required)
  4. Clean, check, and re-gap spark plugs (change as required)
  5. Check all spark plug wires, battery cables, and wiring harness (replace as needed)
  6. Change windshield wipers
  7. Check all lights and hazard flashers
  8. Check tires for wear and fill to proper psi (replace as needed)
  9. Rotate tires according to manufacturer’s specifications
  10. Check brakes for wear, including brake lines and wheel cylinders (replace as needed)
  11. Grease all zerk fittings on suspension components (replace as needed)
  12. Check frame for rust and weak spots

Please remember to use the recommended type of oil and transmission fluid for your vehicle. When you change fluids, please use proper disposal methods. Many local auto parts stores have free disposal programs for hazardous materials.

Performing your maintenance can be a satisfying (or frustrating) experience. With a few tools, cleaning cloths, and a weekend, you can make sure your car lasts a long time.

Yearly “must pass state inspection” tune-up

If you live in a state without annual vehicle inspections, consider yourself blessed. For those people who reside where the state requires a yearly safety, emission, or other types of inspection, it can become an expensive proposition.

Each state has specific requirements, so we can’t cover them all. Some states offer exemptions for older vehicles. To check the requirement in your state, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is where you will find the information you need to “pre-inspect” your vehicle to make sure it will pass.

Most states with inspection requirements will check the basics:

  • Tires, suspension, and brakes
  • Lights, windshield wipers, and safety equipment
  • Windows (for operation, chips, and cracks)

Your state may require more or less. If you have been performing routine maintenance on your vehicle, your chances are better to pass an annual inspection. A failed inspection means you will be unable to register or drive your car without repair in many states.

Tweaking your ride for speed

If you want a little extra horsepower out of your car, you can add some tune-up modifications to give it a little boost. Bear in mind that, although these mods may add a little boost, they won’t make you instantly qualify for the Daytona 500.

If your vehicle is still under a factory warranty, be advised that some modifications can void your remaining warranty coverage.

So, what works? Not all things work with all vehicles. Checking online forums and discussing upgrades with other people who have the same make, model, and year as your car will save time, effort, and a lot of money. Use what worked for other owners and avoid their flops.

Some areas where many people find extra horsepower:

  • Add a high-performance cold-air intake system
  • Change to a high-performance air filter to increase airflow
  • Add a high-performance exhaust system
  • Add a supercharger to your engine
  • Integrate a turbocharger into your exhaust system
  • Replace the camshaft with a high performance model
  • Switch to high-performance spark plugs and wires

Depending on who you talk to, there are numerous ways to boost your horsepower. Some work well, while others may produce only marginal results. Approach any modifications realistically because no matter what you do, your car is still just a car.

Getting Better Fuel Economy

With continually fluctuating fuel costs, this is an area many car owners want to improve on. The quickest and surest way to improve fuel economy is to keep your vehicle maintenance schedule. Regular oil changes, spark plug changes, and routine maintenance provides your car with a boost in mileage.

Use a good quality oil with the correct viscosity for your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Maintain the proper air pressure in your tires. Keep engine air filters clean.

Minimize the drag to let your vehicle use the aerodynamics in its design. Don’t carry things on your roof rack. If you have a pickup truck, install a cap or tonneau cover. Drive with windows up as much as possible.

Allow your vehicle to warm up to normal operating temperature before setting out. If you must drive immediately after starting your car, drive conservatively and consistently for the first few miles. Good driving habits can assist in lowering fuel costs. Acceleration and quick stops during bouts of aggressive driving can increase fuel use.

Use cruise control when able because consistent speeds will increase fuel economy. If your area has toll roads, use the subscriber toll pay system to avoid complete stops at the toll booths. Avoid rush hour on the roadways whenever possible because the stop-and-go traffic can suck up fuel.

Remove the junk from your trunk. Seriously. Excess weight in your vehicle can significantly reduce fuel economy. Those two cinder blocks in the trunk from last winter? Please leave them in the garage.

The best way to get and maintain good fuel economy is by keeping your vehicle tuned up.

Reducing Exhaust Emissions

While the most efficient way to reduce exhaust emissions is to park your car and walk, that doesn’t work in our bustling society. The next best option is to purchase a vehicle that meets or exceeds EPA guidelines for emissions. But what can you do with your current vehicle to reduce your exhaust emissions?

First (and we’ve said this before) is to perform regular maintenance and keep your car tuned up. A well-running vehicle puts out fewer emissions. Even tire pressure can affect your emissions, so vehicle maintenance is the single best option for reducing your carbon footprint.

You can also use a fuel additive to keep your fuel lines and injectors clean. There are many available. Please read the label and make sure that it is suitable for your vehicle.

Another way to reduce emissions is to combine errands. Rather than making a special trip out to the grocery store, stop on your way home from work. Plan a circular route on errand day to reduce the total miles traveled while you complete your necessary stops.

Use cleaner fuels. Low-sulphur gasoline can reduce pollutants released into the air by 10 to 15 percent. Use E85 (85 percent ethanol fuel) if you have a flex vehicle with this capability.

Keep your exhaust system in good shape. Even a small pinhole leak can create a lot of extra emissions. You should perform regular inspections every time you service your vehicle. You already have it raised to change the oil, so take a look at the exhaust system front-to-back while you’re under there.

Frame and Suspension Tune-Ups

Improvements for your frame and suspension focus on three areas of your vehicle’s performance — braking, handling, and acceleration.

Coilovers (literally, coils over spring) will lower your vehicle’s center of gravity, allowing it to hug the road better. This adjustable mod hits all three performance areas, which is why it makes a good mod.

Change to a wider wheel and tire, offering more rubber-to-road surface area. This stabilizes your ride and helps your car “hug” the road on curves.

Upgrade your brake components to add performance pads and lightweight rotors. By reducing weight, you increase the available horsepower for movement, rather than overcoming gravity.

While these may seem like small adjustments, the performance capabilities added to your car will make your daily ride more enjoyable.

Adding Life-Years to Your Tires

When it comes to extending the life of your tires, routine maintenance again tops the list. Checking the air pressure at least once a month can add many miles to tire life. Operating at decreased psi is a leading cause of tire damage.

Second to maintaining proper air pressure is suspension, brakes, and steering checks. An improper front-end alignment will cause tires to wear out very quickly. In some cases, it can shorten the lifespan by half. Keeping up with suspension and steering systems maintenance will extend tire life.

Aggressive driving is something not many people consider, but darting in and out of traffic, rapid acceleration, and stopping quickly can also affect tire wear. Minding your manners and driving responsibly is a great way to help your tires.

Brake Tune-Ups Because Your Life Depends on It

Although brakes are a part of routine maintenance, we wanted to emphasize their importance. As one of your vehicle’s safety features, brakes have built-in sensors and other warning systems. While these can effectively keep you from suffering complete system failure, we urge you to take a proactive stance with brake maintenance.

Change out your pads before the metal tab begins screeching at you. Maintain fluid levels, so the dash light never illuminates. Keep an eye on your rotors and replace them before they are gouged almost clear through. Don’t wait for your calipers to stop functioning.

Many people forget about their brakes until they stop working. Believe us when we say that finding out your brakes don’t work while driving is not a fun life event.

For most vehicles, a complete rotor and pad change can be done in a few hours and cost a few hundred dollars. Unless you are using performance parts, brake components are very affordable. For a few extra dollars, you can rebuild or even replace worn calipers for added safety.

Although some vehicles do require special brake tools, most don’t. You can perform most brake system repairs in your driveway even with very little mechanical knowledge. A repair shop will charge a lot, but the parts themselves are not overly expensive.

Invest in your overall vehicle safety by making sure your braking system is always in good repair.

Routine Tune-Up or Tweaked for Speed?

Vehicle maintenance is crucial whether you are doing a routine tune-up or trying to add extra horsepower to your car. While there are many tweaks you can do to boost your performance, there is no substitute for good general maintenance.

Although we offered a good number of suggestions, we would be remiss if we did stress the importance of checking your vehicle warranty. Many warranty plans are automatically voided with the addition of after-market enhancements. Know what your warranty says before you make any modifications to your vehicle.

Whether you are prepping your car for an annual state inspection or just changing your oil, please use safety precautions. Do not crawl under a vehicle supported only by a hydraulic jack. Use wheel blocks and approved jack stands to support your raised vehicle.

Please let us know in the comments what you’ve done to improve your car’s performance and what results you saw after completing them.


Passive Income in 2021: Our Top 10 Ideas You Need to Try

When some people hear about passive income, they believe it’s too good to be true. But here’s the deal: It is possible to earn money while you sleep, go on vacation, or live your day-to-day life. But to succeed at this, you need to know how to make passive income in 2021.

Here are some of our favorite passive income ideas.

But First, What Is Passive Income?

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to passive income. Some people think it is some sort of magical system that deposits income into their bank account every month without them having to lift a finger. That’s just not true.

If you want to earn passive income in 2021, you will have to invest a little money or work upfront. But after the initial investment, you will watch your upfront work turn into passive income month after month. Just imagine, with a little work in the beginning, you could earn passive income in 2021 and beyond and have the lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about!

Here are 10 ideas to get you started on your passive income in 2021 journey.

Passive Income in 2021: Our Favorite Ideas

Isn’t it exciting to know that you can earn passive income in 2021? The most difficult part will be selecting the right passive income idea for you. Here are some to get you started.

1. Park it and forget it

One of the least labor-intensive passive income ideas is renting out space for others to park in. Especially if you live in a big city or other areas where parking is limited, you can advertise your driveway, empty lot, or even the space in front of your house, and others will pay you to park their car in it.

Websites like JustPark and SpotHero are set up to allow you to advertise your parking space. When someone looks for a parking space, they visit the site to find their ideal parking space. You could end up renting your space for a weekend or sign a long-term contract.

And the only work required on your part is to create the listing!

2. They’re everywhere

When is the last time you used a vending machine? You may have bought a soft drink, an afternoon snack, or a gumball for your kid. Vending machines are everywhere for a reason: People use them.

When you first enter the vending machine business, it requires work. First, you will have to purchase a vending machine and then buy and load the product inside of it. Next, you will have to persuade a business owner to allow you to place the machine on their premises. Many times, they will agree if you offer them a portion of the sales.

But after that, the income you earn is passive except restocking the machine whenever it becomes empty. The vending machine business is a great way to earn passive income in 2021 and for years after that. With a little money and effort on your part, you could soon have vending machines across your city and earn enough passive income to quit your day job!

3. Teach what you know

Today, people like to learn new things by taking online courses from experts. In fact, some people earn thousands of dollars per month by teaching others what they know. The Global Research Report estimates that by 2026, the e-learning market will bring in $375 billion a year.

If you want to use online courses to help earn passive income in 2021, you will have to put in some serious upfront time. It’s estimated that it takes at least a month to properly create a course that people will buy. But once you put in the time, you will earn passive income for everyone who purchases the course.

Of course, you will have to invest some money in this passive income idea as well. For instance, you may have to pay a course developer if you don’t want to create the course yourself, and you will have to pay a monthly fee to places like Teachable or Udemy to host your course.

4. Mi casa es su casa

If you have a spare bedroom or an auxiliary dwelling unit (ADU) in your home, you can rent out the space and make some serious passive income in 2021. Airbnb and Vrbo have revolutionized the way people stay when they are away from home, and homeowners across America are capitalizing on the trend. Here’s what you need to know about this money-making passive income idea.

Guests no longer want to stay in hotels. Instead, they look for experiences provided by homeowners across the nation that make their traveling adventures more personal. For instance, a horse ranchowner may offer a cabin on the land for rent on one of these sites. But don’t worry if you own a home in a suburb — people are paying to stay in these types of rentals as well.

To get started, you should make your room or cottage ready to rent. Decide what you will offer the guests and make it as welcoming as possible. This may include things like purchasing a new ultra-comfortable mattress and new towels. Next, list the accommodation on one of the sites and wait for people to book it.

You can choose to be a hands-on host and provide your guests with breakfast and a friendly face, or you can install a keypad and leave the guests on their own. While this isn’t a purely passive income in 2021 idea, it’s close enough to include in this list and one of the ideas that make you the most amount of income.

5. Real estate the easy way

If you’ve always wanted to be a real estate investor, but you don’t want to spend hours looking for the right property or dealing with bad tenants, you have options. Crowdfunding has come a long way, and one of the best things to emerge from the transition is real estate crowdfunding opportunities. In short, you can invest in real estate in an entirely passive way.

Sites like Fundrise offer want-to-be real estate investors an opportunity to invest in groundbreaking projects, both residential and commercial. And here’s the great news: You can start with as little as $500 as your investment. After you invest, the savvy managers at the company will make the investment and manage the funds which will reap you a quarterly passive income check.

6. Put it on paper

Another great way to earn passive income in 2021 is to self-publish a book. Whether you are an expert about a topic, are passionate about something and want to share that with readers, or like to write fiction, you can create an eBook and sell it to readers on sites like Amazon.

This is another passive income idea that takes some upfront work. Most popular nonfiction books are about 30,000 pages and fiction books tend to run about 55,000 pages, so you will need to spend some time writing, editing, formatting, and publishing the book before you can begin to earn money from it.

If you love the idea of getting passive income from a book but don’t want to write one, you can always hire a ghostwriter to do it for you. Just be sure that you purchase all rights to the book so that you won’t have to share your profits with anyone.

7. Add to that

If you decide to publish a book as a means to passive income in 2021, you can take things a step further and also create an audiobook. As popular as eBooks are, audiobooks are quickly gaining ground as more and more “readers” prefer to hear their books rather than read them. You can cash in on this trend by creating an audiobook from your eBook.

You can record the audiobook yourself, or hire someone to do it for you. Also, sites like ACX allow you to connect with narrators who will record your audiobook for a percentage of the sales. That means you can set up your passive income stream with no upfront costs!

8. It’s a wrap

If you do a lot of driving throughout the day, you can make passive income for driving those miles. Companies like match drivers with national brands. Once you’re matched, the company will place a wrap on your car that advertises the company.

Then, you simply drive your car and are paid by the mile to do so. The website claims that you can earn up to $400 a month for doing what you already do on a daily basis. Talk about easy passive income for 2021!

9. Offer convenience

Another way to use your car for passive income in 2021 is to use a service like Turo and rent out your car when you’re not using it. This is a great opportunity for people who have classic or unusual cars to make a good amount of passive income in 2021. But even if you own an ordinary car, people will be willing to rent it while in town for business or pleasure purposes.

The Turo website says that the average amount that people earn per month is just over $700. And while it will take some effort to keep this passive income side hustle going, it won’t take much. For instance, you will have to spend a few minutes listing your car on the site so potential renters can find it.

You will also need to wash your car before every rental, and arrange for the key exchange. Payment is three days after the rental and Turo takes a small percentage, leaving you 60 to 85 percent of the total fee. The alternative is to let your car sit unused in the driveway when you’re not using it!

10. Face forward

We’ve all heard stories about people uploading a video on YouTube or Rumble and making it big. The thing is, it’s true. If you have something to say that people want to hear, you can make it big. We’re talking about thousands of dollars per month in revenue from that video.

Since we’re talking about passive income, we won’t explore how to create a YouTube channel that builds a large audience. That is definitely not how to make passive income in 2021 because it takes a lot of work! Instead, we’re talking about creating one video that will reach a massive audience and generate loads of passive income.

For instance, when a video goes viral, the creator of that video stands to make a lot of money. This YouTube calculator shows just how much money you stand to make by creating a video that reaches the masses.

If you have a great idea, an opinion that will be popular, or a subject that you think people want to learn about, creating a viral YouTube video may be the best way to earn passive income in 2021.

Passive Income in 2021 Is a Real Possibility

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t earn passive income in 2021. It is entirely possible. You simply need to determine the passive income idea that best fits in with your lifestyle and then pursue it.

Did we forget about any passive income ideas that you want to tell us about? If so, please leave them in the comments section below and share your wisdom with other readers!


How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Drain: Pro Tips

As soon as you sit down at the dinner table, it begins. The irritating tiny flies begin swarming around your food, making it almost impossible to enjoy your meal. If this is happening to you, you need to know how to get rid of fruit flies in your drain.

But first, let’s talk about why fruit flies are so intent on living in your drain.

Why Do Fruit Flies Live in Kitchen Sink Drains?

It’s the last place you want to live, but to a fruit fly, a kitchen sink drain is an ideal environment. It’s dark and moist, and that all adds up to a happy place for a fruit fly. But once they’ve moved in, most people will do almost anything to learn how to get rid of fruit flies in your drain.

And here’s the thing: once a fruit fly moves in, it will hide in your sink drain and begin laying eggs. Fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time. Can you imagine sharing your dinner with 500 fruit flies? Obviously, the goal is to keep the fruit flies out of your drain in the first place!

How Do Fruit Flies Get in Your House?

Before we talk about how to get rid of fruit flies in your drain, let’s address the underlying issue: how they get in your house in the first place. And here’s the truth: They have multiple entry points. If you can prevent them from coming into your home, you will reduce their chances of setting up their home in your kitchen drain.

For instance, fruit flies can come into your home on the vegetables you purchase from the farmer’s market or grocery store. Or, even if you have screens on your windows and doors, an adult fruit fly is small enough to fit through the tiny holes.

Finally, anytime you bring live plants into your home, you risk bringing in fruit flies that hide in the leaves and dirt.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Drain: 7 Tips

If you already have fruit flies in your drain, it’s time to take action. Luckily, the tiny insects aren’t difficult to get rid of once you understand how to go about it. If you’re asking how to get rid of fruit flies in your drain, here are 7 things you can do.

1. Look for the culprit

Fruit flies love rotten fruit and vegetables, and if you have any lying around your kitchen, it’s time to throw them out. Once produce begins to go bad, fruit flies are instantly attracted to it. And once even one fruit fly discovers the rotting produce, more will follow.

Throwing out old or rotting produce is the first step in ridding your kitchen drain of fruit flies.

2. Close it off

Since you know that fruit flies love to live in your sink drain, you should do all you can to make it difficult for them to enter it. Start by using a sink stopper to keep them out. Place the stopper over the drain whenever you’re not using it so the pests can’t sneak inside of it.

3. Hide it away

When you leave produce sitting on your countertop, it acts as an invitation to fruit flies. Instead of hanging out a welcome sign, you can make your kitchen less hospitable to fruit flies. Do this by storing all of your produce inside the refrigerator where fruit flies can’t find it.

4. If you must

If you don’t want to store certain produce in the fridge, you can take some steps to eliminate any existing fruit flies. For instance, onions and potatoes can turn to starch or sugar when stored in the fridge.

In this instance, simply wash the produce as soon as you bring it inside to eliminate any fruit flies that hitched a ride on it to enter your home.

5. Set a fruit fly trap

Your second option when learning how to get rid of fruit flies in your drain is to set a fruit fly trap. To do it, fill a small bowl with a combination of apple cider vinegar and dish soap. The apple cider vinegar will attract the flies, and the dish soap will coat their wings, making it impossible for them to fly out of the liquid.

6. Take it out

Having a large kitchen trash can is convenient. After all, most people don’t want to have to walk to the outdoor garbage can bin on a daily basis. But when you’re battling fruit flies (or you want to avoid the problem), it’s a great idea to take your trash outdoor every day.

That way, the trash inside the bin will never have the chance to begin rotting and attracting those pesky fruit flies!

7. Keep it clean

Fruit flies love everything that a clean sink drain doesn’t offer. They love slime, flecks of grease, and an overall area that contains rotting food particles. So, it makes sense that when learning how to keep fruit flies out of your drain that you simply don’t give them what they want.

To keep fruit flies out of your drain, make sure to clean your kitchen often and thoroughly. For instance, not only clean the exposed area on the bottom of your sink but also underneath the rim that lies at the top of your garbage disposal. The more you clean, the less the fruit flies will want to stay.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Drain — and the Stink

If there are two things that go together, it’s fruit flies and stink. Sometimes, you can take all of the steps we’ve listed above and still not rid your sink drain of the fruit flies. In cases like this, it’s time to take some drastic cleaning action.

If you’ve taken all of the steps above and still have fruit flies in your drain along with a stink you can’t get rid of, here are four more hard-core tactics you can take to finally rid yourself of the problem.

The double whammy

Sometimes sink stink comes from the gunk that has hardened and clung to your pipes or the walls of your garbage disposal. To rid your sink drain of the gunk, start by placing water or white vinegar in a pot and bring it to a boil. Then, slowly pour about half of it down the drain.

Here comes the magic part: Once the first part is down the drain, run the cold water in the sink. Then, wait a few minutes, which will give any gunk down there time to solidify. Then, pour in the other half and watch as all the slime goes down the drain.

The power of two

For stubborn sink stinks, you may need to rely on the magic combination of baking soda and vinegar. This dynamic duo has the strength to rid your sink of the smell that attracts fruit flies. Start by pouring some baking soda down your drain.

After letting it sit for a few minutes, add some white vinegar to the mix. Pour it in the drain and watch as the two substances mingle to create a fizzy, bubbling mix. That mix will work to eliminate any crud that has found its way into your sink drain.

Your mixture should consist of one part baking soda and two parts vinegar. After allowing the mixture to sit in your sink drain for about an hour, pour hot water down the drain. This should rid your sink of any lingering food waste.

3. Put on those gloves

If you’ve tried the above methods and fruit flies are still finding their way into your sink drain, it’s time to bump things up a notch. This next method isn’t pretty, but it will remove any lingering scraps that can attract fruit flies.

Put on some rubber gloves because this next method isn’t for the weak-kneed. Place a bucket underneath your sink, and then take off the curved portion of the drainpipe that sits underneath your sink. Allow any excess water or crud to flow into the bucket.

Next, take the P-trap outside and rinse it out with your garden hose. Once it’s clean, bring it back inside and reassemble your drain pipes. You may want to pour some baking soda and vinegar down the drain to get rid of any lingering crud.

Last chance

If you’ve done everything we recommended above and still need to know how to get rid of fruit flies in your drain, you have one more option before calling in the pros. It’s time to think outside the box and look beyond your kitchen sink drain. In fact, it’s time to look outside.

Every house has a drain vent, which is an exterior vent where all indoor drains vent out of. Sometimes that vent becomes clogged, and that can cause the buildup and stink that attracts fruit flies. To determine whether or not this is your issue, you will need to look at that vent.

Using a ladder, climb up on your roof and look to see whether the vent is blocked. If it is, carefully take off the cover and clean it. It is not uncommon for leaves and other debris to block the vent.

Solved: How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Drain

Knowing how to get rid of fruit flies in your drain can be a lifesaver when you want to enjoy cooking or eating in the kitchen. Luckily, it’s not difficult to do. Just follow the suggestions in this article, and soon, your kitchen drain will be free of fruit flies.

Did you have another method to help get rid of fruit flies? If so, we would love to hear your suggestions. Please leave them in the comments below!


You Need to Know When Choosing a PC: Which Is Better — SSD or HDD?

Every device or computer must have a drive upon which it can save information. For computers, the drive is either an SSD or HDD. And you might wonder which is better: SSD or HDD.

While you may hear a lot about which of these is superior, there is much more you have to know about each option to really get an idea of how they compare. So, we’re here to help you decide which is better: SSD or HDD.

What Is an HDD?

HDD stands for hard disk drive. PC Magazine explains it is the traditional drive used in most computers since the earliest times of computing. In the beginning, HDDs were incredibly large in physical size, but they held very little information.

By the 1980s, they had shrunk in size to 5.25 inches. These days, they are usually 3.5 inches for desktops and 2.5 inches for laptops. Today, you can get an HDD that holds up to 10TB of data.

It is a non-volatile storage option that keeps the information permanently on it. An HDD uses spinning metal platters coated in magnetic material and a read/write head.

You can think of it as a record player with the record as the hard disk and the needle and arm as the transducer. It works in a similar way as the transducer will read information from the hard disk. It can also write information.

What Is an SSD?

SSD stands for solid-state drive. SSDs are a much newer technology than HDD. Intel explains that it gets its name from the fact that it has no moving parts. It is just a solid piece that stores data in integrated circuits. An SSD has the same essential function as an HDD to save data, except it uses flash-memory chips called NAND.

SSDs can be very small. The typical size is 2.5 inches, but that is mainly just to allow it to fit in the standard size spots made for HDDs. They can go much smaller. For example, the M.2, which can mount directly on a motherboard, is about the same size as a stick of gum. Due to the size, SSDs are pretty standard now as the drive on most laptops and desktops except for lower-end models.

When it comes to capacity, there is a difference from HDDs. They used to max out around 2GB, but now the highest is around 8TB. A typical size, though, is 250GB.

Which Is Better: SSD or HDD — A Direct Comparison

In general, HDD and SSD are the same basic thing. They both serve as a drive for a computer and hold permanent data. Either of them can be internal or external. They both can boot your system.

However, there are some very distinct differences that you want to consider. When comparing HDD vs. SSD, you want to think about the following:

  • Size
  • Capacity
  • Speed
  • Cost
  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Power
  • Noise


When it comes to size, SSD wins easily. It just doesn’t have the limitations that an HDD has. You can’t really go smaller with HDDs than the 2.5 inches they are currently. There have been some attempts to reduce the size, but it hasn’t worked.

SSDs can still get smaller and probably will. The only reason many come in at the 2.5-inch size is for compatibility with a system made to accommodate HDDs. There’s no need for them to be so large.

Because SSDs have the ability to be smaller than HDDs, it offers a lot of flexibility in computer design. This is especially important as computers are popping up in smaller and smaller devices, such as watches. It’s also why most laptops on the market have SSDs instead of HDDs.


Capacity is where HDD has the edge. It’s not because SSDs cannot offer a lot of storage. It’s because of the cost of a higher storage SSD.

You’ll find that SSDs generally max out at 2TB. Finding something larger is not going to be easy because they just don’t make them for sale to consumers.

On the other hand, HDDs come in sizes up to 10TB, which is incredibly more storage power than 2TB. You have to consider that the more storage your drive offers, the more data you can keep on your computer without affecting function and performance.


When it comes to speed, which is better, SSD or HDD? SSD wins this race. It comes down to how each type of drive functions.

Because an HDD has moving parts, it takes time for it to warm up and get going. SSDs don’t have this issue. You turn them on, and they are ready to go.

An SSD boots in seconds. It runs programs faster because it can access the stored data quicker. It also transfers data more quickly.

An HDD is slower overall. It has to get the disk moving and read/write it every time you want to access the drive. In addition, an HDD can become fragmented, which means the data is scattered on the drive instead of lying in a continuous block. That cannot happen on an SSD.

When data is not in a block, the HDD has to search around for it to access, which slows it’s functioning down. You can defragment the drive, but that, too, takes time and effort on your part.


SSDs are more expensive than HDDs. As mentioned, you will get more disk space with an HDD for cheaper. SSDs can be almost double the amount of an HDD with the same storage. A good example is when you compare this SSD to this HDD.

HDD is older technology, so it’s going to remain more budget-friendly. Until things start to even out and SSDs are not the new kid on the block anymore, you can expect to pay more for them.


Looking again at the general function of each type of drive, you’ll discover that an SSD is much more durable than an HDD. HDDs have moving parts, whereas SSDs don’t. It makes all the difference.

You can’t drop an HDD without the risk of damaging the parts. Even a bump could damage it. This is why laptops usually use SSDs.


Longevity is a tricky one. Just looking at the general lifespan, HDDs win. They can wear out from constant use, but it’ll take a very long time.

However, the cells in SSDs can only withstand a certain number of times being written and erased, which is the measurement known as a TBW rating. The TBW rating was fairly low in the past, but technology is advancing, and now an SSD will likely outlive the device it is in.

The bottom line here is that HDDs and SSDs are pretty equal when it comes to longevity.


Again, the moving parts on an HDD are a negative. Because it has the spinning platters and constant need for energy, HDDs will use more power than SSDs. According to Avast, this is a benefit to having SSDs in laptops because they won’t use as much of the battery life.


Because HDDs have physical parts that move, they will be louder. SSDs make no noise, actually. They are a non-mechanical device. HDD noise may be minimalized due to technological advances, but an HDD is always going to make some sound.

How to Choose Between SSD and HDD

Both options have their pros ad cons. You have to weigh the details and features of each when considering what is best for you. Think about your needs because that will usually dictate which drive is the best choice.

HDD is best

An HDD may be the best choice if you have a lot of data to store. Video collections or other multimedia will take a lot of space. You can easily max out an SSD.

It is also a better purchase if you have a low budget.

SSD is best

For people who stream or use cloud storage for the most part, an SSD may be the best option. It is especially good for those who want portability. Anyone who wants quick data access will also prefer SSD. This type of drive is probably better for anyone who needs to minimize noise, such as musicians recording their own music. It’s also usually the top choice for gamers.

Which Is Better: SSD or HDD?

Returning to the original question, “Which is better: SSD or HDD?” we have to be honest. SSDs are usually going to be superior to HDDs. However, due to budgetary concerns, SSDs may not always work for all users. The bottom line is that you have to consider what you can afford and go from there when choosing which type of drive you will buy.


The 10 Best Personalized Gifts for Family This Holiday Season

Personalized gifts represent the opportunity to give something unique and thoughtful this holiday.

With many of us experiencing difficult and extraordinary times, sending someone a gift with a personal message or name connects us to the ones we love.

Such considerate gifts remind the recipients that they remain in our hearts and minds.

We find ourselves living in strange times, and as many as 60 percent of Americans may purchase their holiday gifts online this year.

However, while you may think that organizing personalized gifts online may prove difficult, technology and creative websites make it easier than ever.

If you want to give someone something special this year, then you have come to the right place.

Personalized Gifts

Despite the circumstances we find ourselves in, Americans plan to spend an average of almost 850 dollars each this year on holiday gifts.

Personalized gifts allow us to give that little bit extra. For the man who has everything, the Men’s Personalized Engraved Wooden Watch from BOBO BIRD proves an excellent choice. However, the woman in your life may appreciate the Tiny Gold Initial Heart Necklace from Fettero.

Any family with a newborn baby may love the Baby’s First Christmas Personalized Ornament from Simply To Impress with its LED frame. And the entire family will appreciate the fabulous Santa and Friends Personalized Stockings from Simply To Impress.


You don’t have to spend a fortune to give someone something special this year. We have chosen a comprehensive range of products to suit every budget.

We feel sure you may find something perfect in our list of personalized gifts, from stocking stuffers to presentation boxes.


It may feel a little daunting buying your personalized gifts online. However, we have chosen those products with an excellent range of positive customer feedback to ensure quality.

Each of our choices represents customer satisfaction and ease of ordering to make your life simpler this holiday.

Our Top 10 Personalized Gifts

From traditional gifts like socks to wonderfully retro wooden watches, we have something for everyone.

Give a unique gift this holiday and personalize it!

1. Santa and Friends Personalized Stockings

The fabulous Santa and Friends Personalized Stockings from Simply To Impress make fantastic personalized gift ideas for the holiday season. Your family and loved ones may cherish the gorgeous decorations for many years to come.

The unique personalized stockings feature Santa, a Snowman, a Penguin, or a Reindeer in a range of lovely holiday colors.

Each stocking measures 7.5-inches by 19-inches and arrives made with a cotton twill front and red velvet trim and back. With an eye for detail, each stocking has a neat velvet loop for easy hanging.

Each stocking is hand-sewn and is machine washable. Alternatively, you may hand-wash the decoration and dry on a gentle heat.

Personalize your chosen design with the name of a loved one and watch the delight on their faces as they open their personalized gift. Moreover, why not put a few sneaky little stocking stuffers inside as a cheeky extra?

2. Baby’s First Christmas Personalized Ornament

The Baby’s First Christmas Personalized Ornament from Simply To Impress is the ideal holiday gift for a new family this holiday.

We all have those special decorations that we hang from our trees, and an ornament with a picture of the special newborn baby is such a thoughtful idea. Personalized gifts don’t come any better than this incredibly special present.

The unique personalized LED light-up ornament glows and twinkles from its high-quality gold glitter frame. A glass-front holds the vellum insert into the wooden frame. The ornament uses energy-efficient LED bulbs operated by three AAA batteries.

The superb ornament measures 3.5-inches by 3.5-inches with a 1-inch depth. This represents the ideal personalized gift to give to a new family this holiday and is something they can hang on their tree for many years to come.

3. Tiny Gold Initial Heart Necklace

The Tiny Gold Initial Heart Necklace from Fettero makes the perfect gift for the one you love this holiday. Give the woman you love your heart on a chain with their initial set inside a 14 karat gold pendant.

Personalized gifts represent a gift of love, and this beautiful necklace provides the ideal solution for that something extra special.

The necklace is 16 inches in length with a stunning heart charm engraved with an initial.

The bass metal is high-quality brass, complete with a thick coating of 14 karat gold. Consequently, the design is nickel and lead-free with hypoallergenic properties that make it suitable for most wearers.

The chain looks dainty and delicate yet remains incredibly strong. Furthermore, the little heart comes engraved on both sides with the initial of your choice.

The gift of jewelry remains an outstanding choice for many men to present to their loved ones. The heart on a chain speaks of love and thoughtfulness, and the personalization means the wearer may cherish the gift for many years to come.

4. Personalized Swiss Expert Black Roller Ballpen

The Personalized Swiss Expert Black Roller Ballpen from Sotania makes the ideal personalized gift for men and women. Many of us use a pen for work or as part of our daily routines, and when it comes to personalized gifts, an engraved pen ranks as one of the best.

The attractive pen comes complete in an elegant presentation box, making it the ideal gift for various occasions.

The medium tip writes smoothly with a simple twist mechanism to open and close the pen. The elegant pen comes in a deep, glossy black lacquered finish with gold trim and clip.

The brass ball-point pen remains a classic writing instrument. It has clean lines with an elegant look and feel, and the tip produces a smooth print in black ink. You may replace the ink with refills, which means a loved one may continue to use the pen and cherish it for many years.

Sotania engraves the pen with your chosen personalization to make this a superb choice for personalized gifts.

5. Men’s Personalized Engraved Wooden Watch

The Men’s Personalized Engraved Wooden Watch from BOBO BIRD is a triumph in retro styling. Most men love watches, and this elegant solution for personalized gifts represents an excellent value for your money for the man who thinks he has everything.

The watch proves lightweight and amazingly comfortable to wear on the wrist. It contains a quartz movement for accurate timekeeping and long-life operation. The watch’s retro wooden construction gives it a distinctive edge that is striking and fashionable.

BOBO BIRD engraves the back of the watch to your specification. Consequently, you can personalize the watch for the man in your life with a message he will wear forever. The watch arrives in a beautiful bamboo wooden box for superb presentation.

The watch may suit most men and fit in with most fashionable styles due to the wood’s innate nature and color. When you consider personalized gifts for men, the Personalized Engraved Wooden Watch from BOBO BIRD remains a classic yet incredibly stylish choice.

6. Personalized Whiskey Decanter Set

The Personalized Whiskey Decanter Set from WoodPresentStudio remains one of the most impressive, personalized gifts you can give this holiday season. The set arrives in a stunning presentation box that creates an outstanding gifting opportunity.

Americans love a drink, and at least 24 million Americans enjoy, on average, 74 alcoholic beverages per week. Whiskey represents many of those glasses! Consequently, the gift of this magnificent set may prove a hit for many households.

The set comprises a stunning European glass decanter and your choice of two, four, or six glasses. Furthermore, WoodPresentStudio will laser engrave the decanter and glasses to make this gifting idea truly personalized.

The high-quality decanter and glasses sit inside your choice of a beautiful wooden presentation box. Alternatively, you may choose cardboard packaging.

The superb European glass is scratch resistant with a deep, lustrous shine that will look amazing on any sideboard.

If you find yourself looking for unique personalized gifts this holiday, then the Personalized Whiskey Decanter Set from WoodPresentStudio remains the perfect choice for anyone who loves their Whiskey.

7. Personalized Name Blanket

The Personalized Name Blanket from Yeh Gift represents the perfect hug to gift this holiday season.

We find ourselves living in extraordinary times, and we may not be able to hug those special to us. Imagine sending Grandma a beautiful, warm, comfortable blanket with all your names on it.

You may order the blanket in a variety of colors and personalize it with up to 23 names. Yeh Gift arranges the names into the shape of a heart to complete the thoughtful gift.

The blanket measures 50 inches by 60 inches and comes in a soft supper fabric that remains washable and durable. Additionally, you can tumble dry the blanket on low heat.

Why not send a warm hug to someone you love this holiday? The recipient will feel all the arms of your family extend around them as they snuggle up in their fabulous, personalized blanket.

Personalized gifts offer the chance for a thoughtful, loving present to give to someone you love. As we find ourselves unable to hug the people we love this holiday, the personalized blanket represents a top gifting idea.

8. Personalized King Of The Grill Wooden Barbeque Cutting Board

The Personalized King Of The Grill Wooden Barbeque Cutting Board from Dust and Things is the ideal gift to give to anyone who loves their grill. The board arrives engraved with the words “King Of The Grill” and your chosen name.

The cutting board is 11.8 inches by 7.8 inches by 0.6 inches and uses food-safe varnish to protect the Hevea wood construction.

Give the gift of something practical this holiday season that may come out every time they light the barbecue. Personalized gifts provide the chance to give something thoughtful and individual to offer many years of pleasure.

9. Custom Face Socks

Nothing says I love you more than a pair of personalized face socks, and the Custom Face Socks from Printualist provide just that. Men and women will both appreciate this cheeky gift available in a variety of colors to suit everyone.

You can add the face of your choice to the socks together with a name. Alternatively, you may use pictures of a pet to personalize the funky socks.

The socks make the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday and represent an excellent value for your money.

10. Personalized Scented Soy Candle

The Personalized Scented Soy Candle from Silver Dollar Candle Co features an 8-ounce or 16-ounce handcrafted candle to make a fabulous and unique gift for a loved one.

You can choose from a variety of gorgeous fragrances to create the perfect atmosphere and mood.

You may personalize the candle by choosing from 20 fonts to add a name and a message to the candle label. Additionally, you may add personalization to the lid of the candle jar.

The candle is hand-made from high-quality soy wax in Knoxville, Tennessee. They contain no harmful toxins and burn cleanly. Each candle will burn from 40 to 100 hours, depending on the size purchased.

We all love candles, and they provoke a calming atmosphere to help us relax. Consequently, when you consider buying personalized gifts, a custom-made candle with a personal message makes the ideal gift to give at any time of the year.

Personalized Gifts Explored

We all appreciate the wisdom of spending our hard-earned money wisely, especially in a year filled with so much turmoil. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune to send someone a fabulous, personalized gift.

The Personalized King Of The Grill Wooden Barbeque Cutting Board from Dust and Things is the ideal gift to give to anyone who loves their barbecue. Moreover, the Personalized Name Blanket from Yeh Gift is a warm hug to send someone you miss this holiday.

The Custom Face Socks from Printualist, and the Personalized Scented Soy Candle from Silver Dollar Candle Co may feel like traditional offerings. However, the personalization of the gift makes them all the more unique and thoughtful.

Do you intend to send a personalized gift this year? Why not comment in the space below and tell us what you plan on buying for your loved ones this year. Don’t worry. We won’t tell anybody!

Author bio

Sean Kerr lives in Cardiff, Wales, and is a published author with over 10 novels to his name so far and still counting. As well as writing his next bestseller, Sean also runs a successful jewelry making business and sells his creations online.


Facts About State Dinosaurs: Meet the 12+ Official State Dinos

Did you know that some states have adopted state dinosaurs as symbols representing their natural wonders? Most of us have heard of a state bird, which are technically extant dinosaurs (dino descendants). Often, states have an official fish, flower, flag, or tree. 

In some states, there are state symbols such as:

  • nicknames
  • bats
  • insects
  • snakes
  • boats
  • languages
  • spirits (alcohol)
  • mottos
  • songs
  • stones
  • shells
  • vegetables
  • fossils 

Notably, it’s just a sampling of all the official state symbols.

Also, some state legislatures have passed bills brought forward for state dinosaurs as well. Sometimes, state symbols are changed by vote, as was recently done with Mississippi’s state flag. 

Other times, lawmakers file bills designating new official emblems. In such cases, the process can educate students on the legislative process. In addition, the new symbols can or highlighting local culture and history.

Massachusetts Votes On Possible State Dinosaurs

Recently, a Massachusetts Democrat, Rep. Jack Lewis, offered a poll for designating a state dinosaur. After consulting with paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts, he arrived at two top picks.

“Twelve states have already designated an official “State Dinosaur,” and with your help, maybe Massachusetts will be next,” wrote Lewis.

Which dinosaur will claim the official title, millions of years after it went extinct? It’s up to the voters.

Contestant Number One: Podokesaurus holyokensis 

“The dinosaurs up for consideration are Podokesaurus holyokensis and Anchisaurus polyzelus. While they aren’t the largest dinosaurs to roam the planet, they begin to tell the story of how dinosaurs came to rule the Earth,” he continued.

Voters can choose between the “Swift-footed lizard of Holyoke” (Podokesaurus holyokensis) or the “Much sought after near lizard,” Anchisaurus polyzelus. In the former case, a Massachusetts park features genuine footprints made by Jurassic Period dinosaurs at Holyoke.

According to ABC27, the dinosaur was 3 to 6 feet (around 1 to 2 meters) in length. Although it could weigh 90 pounds, it ran up to 12 mph. In comparison, Anchisaurus could be over 6 feet long and about 60 to 75 pounds. 

By the looks of it, this guy was streamlined like some half greyhound, half-lizard! We’re also getting Roadrunner vibes.

Restoration of Podokesaurus holyokensis by FunkMonk via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Restoration of Podokesaurus holyokensis by  FunkMonk via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Mignon Talbot

In 1910, Geologist Mignon Talbot became one of the first women to find and describe a dinosaur: Podokesaurus holyokensis. Talbot discovered the first Podokesaurus fossil near Mount Holyoke. In 1916, a fire destroyed the only specimen in the science hall of Mount Holyoke College.

Contestant Number Two: Anchisaurus polyzelus

Meanwhile, excavation superintendent William Smith saved fossils of the “much sought after near lizard,” Anchisaurus polyzelus, in 1855 in Springfield. Smith found the fossils when workers were blasting a well at the Springfield Armory. At the time, the word “dinosaur” was only 13 years old. Thus, the specimen wasn’t recognized as a dinosaur until years later.

Anchisaurus by Nobu Tamura via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Anchisaurus by Nobu Tamura via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

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State Dinosaurs in Twelve States and D.C. (And Counting)

Keep in mind, some fossils are also dinosaurs, so it appears some states have two official dinos in some cases. However, we’ll focus only on the official state dinosaurs.

Arizona – Sonorasaurus thompsoni, adopted in 1988

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Arkansas – Arkansaurus fridayiadopted in 2017

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California – Augustynolophus morrisiadopted in 2017

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Colorado – Stegosaurus armatusadopted in 1982

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Connecticut – Dilophosaurus, adopted in 2017

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District of Columbia – Capitalsaurus, Adopted in 1998

The unique dinosaur may have been a 40-foot long carnivore. In 1998, a D.C. public school teacher and a group of fifth-graders successfully lobbied City Hall. They advocated for designating Capitalsaurus, the District of Columbia’s official dinosaur. However, the species remains mysterious until more fossils are discovered.

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Maryland – Astrodon johnstoni, adopted in 1998

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Missouri – Hypsibema missouriensis adopted in 2004

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New Jersey – Hadrosaurus foulkii, adopted in 1991

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Oklahoma – Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, adopted in 2006

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Texas – Paluxysaurus jonesi, Adopted in 2006

Paluxysaurus jonesi replaced Pleurocoelus, which was the state dinosaur beginning in 1997. A paleontologist disputed the Texas dinosaur’s true identity, causing a state member of Congress to file a resolution to correct the name.

Utah – Utahraptor ostrommaysorum, adopted in 2018

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Wyoming – Triceratops horridus, adopted in 1994

Featured image: Restoration of Podokesaurus holyokensis by FunkMonk via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0


16 Great Trampoline Activities for Both Kids and Adults

Trampolines are a versatile backyard staple. While jumping is the main activity you will do on them, they can offer much more fun than just a few jumps. If you are creative, you can explore a variety of trampoline activities.

Discovering these many games and other fun things to do will allow you to get more out of your trampoline. Plus, introducing new trampoline activities can help to keep the trampoline engaging for kids who may lose interest in just jumping after a while.

Safety Disclaimer for Trampoline Activities

Before you embark on any type of trampoline activities, you need to be aware of the risks involved. Trampolines are responsible for many injuries to users every year.

Most of the time, such injuries are avoidable if you follow all the safety guidelines and instructions that come with your trampoline.

There are also some best practices to follow that can help keep everyone safe when using a trampoline.

Best practices for trampoline activities

  • Always have adult supervision
  • Keep activities age-appropriate
  • Set up at ground level for the safest option
  • Make sure to set up away from trees or other low hanging things
  • Clean off debris before use
  • Use safety net and pads
  • Check for tears and other issues before using

Always keep safety in mind as you use or supervise children using a trampoline. Doing so will help to keep the activities fun and avoid injuries.

Fun Trampoline Activities to Try Today

We’ve put together a variety of trampoline activities for all ages to enjoy. We’ve put special notes on some activities about age groups or where there is an extra need for caution.

Keep in mind that younger children should only be on a trampoline one at a time to avoid injuries. Any group games or activities on our list are not appropriate for small children.


You may know this as the egg game, but we call it popcorn. To set up the game, one person will sit in the middle of the trampoline with his or her knees pulled to the chest and arms wrapped around the knees.

The other players will jump around the person to try to get him or her to let go and “pop” open.

There are variations on this as well. To make it more fun, you can have multiple people playing the popcorn kernel, and the last “unpopped” kernel is the winner.

You also make the game about the jumpers where there is one jumper at a time. Each jumper gets so many bounces to pop the kernel. If he or she doesn’t, then the next jumper gets a chance. Whoever, pops the corn, wins.

Rock, paper, scissors

You have probably played rock, paper, scissors with your hands, but when you turn it into a trampoline game, you use your whole body. The moves are as follows:

  • Rock: landing on hands and knees
  • Paper: landing flat
  • Scissors: landing on your rear

You play the game the same way as the classic. On the count of three, everyone will choose their move. Remember, rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, and paper beats rock.

You can do best two out of three or you can play a tournament where the winner of the round goes on to play another player.


Small hoops that can attach to the side of the trampoline net make it simple to play a game of basketball on the trampoline. It is a pretty straightforward activity.

Whether the kids play a full-blown game or just shoot baskets for fun depends on their ages and how much room you have on the mat.


To play drop, you need to be able to get some good air between you and the mat, think fast, and move your body well. The idea behind this game is to land in a certain way, but you don’t know what that pose is until you’re already in the air and heading back down.

To play, one person is the jumper and the other is the caller. The jumper will jump three times. On the third jump, the caller will yell out a landing style that the jumper must pull off.


Poison is kind of like a real-life video game. You will need some balls to play. You want to put the balls on the trampoline. The goal for jumpers is to not let a ball touch them. The balls are poison, so if they touch a jumper, that person is out.

The rules are fairly simple. Nobody can purposely touch the balls, and everyone must keep jumping until they are out.


This is like the basketball game but instead of shooting baskets, one person will do a certain move, such as a spin jump or landing flat, other players must do the move or earn a letter. When a player spells out the word “horse,” they are out.

For example, player A is up first. He decides to do a jump and land on his hands and knees. Player B must then do a jump and land in the same position. If she does, then she gets to pick the next move. If she doesn’t, then she gets a letter “h,” and player A gets to choose the next move.

Chalk drawing

This is the first of the trampoline activities on our list that is appropriate for younger kids because it doesn’t involve jumping or even much movement that could put the child at risk of a fall or injury.

Chalk drawing is simple using sidewalk chalk to draw on the trampoline. It can get a little messy because the kids will likely crawl all over the already drawn on surfaces, but it is easy to clean off with a spray of the hose or just wait for some rain.

Bum war

This game can be incredibly hilarious, but it is also very difficult. The idea is to have all players begin the game by jumping normally.

Then one player will yell out “1,2,3,4. I declare a bum war.” At this time, all players must land on their bums and rebound to their feet to stay in the game. No double bouncing and no stumbling allowed. To stay in a player must execute a smooth bum bounce to their feet.

Ball pit

It is so easy to turn your trampoline into a ball pit. You can buy the plastic balls used for ball pits pretty much anywhere. Just dump them on the trampoline and let kids play.

Younger kids will often find this quite enjoyable, but it is a good time for almost any age.


Sprinkler is simple. Just put a sprinkler underneath the trampoline, turn it on, and wait for the squeals. The spray will come out as more of a mist through the mat, but it will still cool them off when the temperature soars.

We want to issue a word of caution about this activity. When wet, a trampoline can be incredibly slippery, so always exercise care and keep an eye on children playing on a wet surface.

Nighttime jump

Nothing can make something as exciting as using it in a new way. Nighttime jump takes a trampoline and makes it into an adventure, which is perfect for a time when your kids seem to be getting bored or using the trampoline less.

All you do is string up some fairy lights or old Christmas lights around the top of the trampoline and let them jump after dark. It brings a whole new dimension to the trampoline and can spark a new joy in jumpers.

You could even let them bring their sleeping bags out, and after jumping, they can spend the night on the trampoline.

Of course, you want to ensure their safety on an overnight stay. Make sure there is adult supervision, and check the weather report to avoid a mishap in the middle of the night.


For kids that love to see how high they can jump, streamers is an addictive game. To set this up, you need to create a bar going across the top of the trampoline. You can use pool noodles taped together for a soft option that won’t pose a hazard.

You will then need some crepe paper that you will tear off in various lengths and tape to the bar.

The goal is for kids to take turns trying to grab the streamers. Each player gets one jump on his or her turn. Whoever gets the most streamers wins the game.


A trampoline is the perfect place to teach younger children basic tumbling moves because it is a soft surface with some give. It can make it easier to overcome some of the fear a child may have.

Stick to basics, such as summersaults, and keep the kids in the middle to avoid injuries.

Hokey Pokey

The Hokey Pokey is a classic party tune. You can amp up the fun by having everyone do the Hokey Pokey dance on the trampoline.

It will add a little flavor to the dance that you just don’t get when standing on solid ground.

In the air

Active for Life explains that kids can have a ball with the in the air game where they must keep a ball, balloon, or another round object from falling on the mat.

The ball must keep moving, though. They will have to throw or bounce it to keep it in the air at all times. Whoever drops it to the mat, is out.

Trampoline activities as exercise

Most of the trampoline activities we’ve shared are something adults can do, but for an adult who wants to make the most of their trampoline, exercising is a great option.

Cardio is an obvious choice as jumping really gets your heart and lungs working, but don’t make things boring.

Liven up your workout with a little air dancing. The goal is to jump and create moves with your body in the air. Of course, the higher you can jump, the better. You’ll find yourself working hard to strike unique poses, but you probably won’t even feel like you’re exercising.

You can also do some yoga on the trampoline. You’ll find this is challenging because it really tests your balance and coordination due to the unstable surface.

Final Words on Trampoline Activites

Playing on the trampoline means so much more than just jumping around. As you can see, there are many different trampoline activities you and your kids can enjoy.

There is something for everyone which makes the trampoline one of the most versatile playthings you can get for your home.

You really are only held back by your own imagination when it comes to finding fun things to do on a trampoline. You’ll probably notice that as you introduce ideas, your kids will come up with many variations and even new ideas of their own.

What are your favorite trampoline activities? Let us know in the comments below.


Can I Use a TENs Unit While Pregnant? Relief Is Near

Many people use a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit to disrupt pain signals and create endorphins to manage pain. Women often experience discomfort during pregnancy, and a TENS unit can manage pain without medication. However, many wonder if it is safe to use a TENS unit while pregnant.

Fortunately, by taking a few precautions, it is safe to use a tens unit while pregnant.

What Is a TENS Unit?

A TENS unit uses a low-voltage electrical current. This current travels to the body through the electrodes that you attach to your body in specific areas.

To use a TENS unit while pregnant, you attach the electrodes to your body with sticky pads.

When you turn the device on, the current stimulates your nerves and encourages your body to release endorphins.

Pain, pain go away

Endorphins are a natural pain reliever, and your TENS unit will stimulate these endorphins when your unit is on a lower setting.

If you turn the TENS unit up higher, you block pain signals that travel to your brain, resulting in relief from pain.

The theory behind how the TENS unit works to alleviate pain at a lower setting is that only a certain level of stimulation can pass through to the brain at one time. The TENS unit sends a barrage of signals with its buzzing sensation, so the brain focuses on that sensory message rather than pain.

If you have your unit set higher, the sensation is a lot stronger. While it does not necessarily hurt, it gets your body to release endorphins that act as your personal pain protectors.

TENS Unit While Pregnant: How Can It Help?

Many pregnant women experience significant pain in their lower back as well as other areas of the body.

Research supports using a TENS unit to help manage pain because it is effective. Not only does the TENS unit work, but it is also a safe treatment for lower back pain during pregnancy.

Acetaminophen is another worthwhile consideration, as is good posture and specific exercises. However, despite these two options helping, a TENS unit during pregnancy proved more successful with relieving pain, especially in the last trimester.

It is also worth noting that using a TENS unit for pain is a better alternative to pharmaceuticals, which is often not recommended during pregnancy.

How to Use a TENS Unit While Pregnant

First, talk to your doctor about your intended use for the TENS unit.

A TENS unit has different levels of current.

It is believed the lower current is best to build up endorphins.

On the other hand, the higher current levels will block pain transmissions in your body.

Most women find relief from lower back pain by placing the sticky pads on their lower back.

When you first turn on the unit, you will want to begin at a lower current.

You may notice small muscle twitches and a sort of buzzing sensation, which is normal. As you become used to the TENS unit’s current, you can slowly turn up the unit to a level with which you are comfortable.

Consider using the TENS unit for up to 20 minutes at a time. You can use it longer, but the pads may irritate your skin.

Where do the sticky pads go to help with lower back pain?

Your TENS unit will come with a set of sticky pads and two sets of lines with a jack plug.

Plugging everything in is the easy part. Fortunately, placing the sticky pads for relief is relatively easy as well.

Be sure to read the manual that comes with your TENS unit because some pads are black and red, and you will have better results if the instructions say to keep one color further apart on your torse.

Generally speaking, you surround the area that is experiencing pain with the sticky pads. Alternatively, you may place the pads directly over the painful area of your back.

Other suggestions include placement of pads over trigger points.

However, this is where pregnant women need to be careful because some trigger points cause contractions.

Won’t electrical stimulation induce contractions?

If you are careful about where you put the sticky electrode pads, you will not induce contractions.

You might hear the same precautions and areas to avoid regarding massages during pregnancy.

Areas to avoid

The body has trigger points, so you must avoid using the electrodes on some body areas.

There are a couple of areas of the feet and ankles to avoid because those spots may induce contractions.

Also, avoid using the TENS unit on your hand’s webbing between the thumb and your pointer finger.

In some cases, you may wish to avoid shoulder areas, too. We know that is the best place to relieve tension, but you may find there are pressure points on the shoulders that impact the pelvic floor, which is hard at work during pregnancy.

If at any time you notice uterine contractions, shut the TENS unit off right away.

What About During Labor?

Many women use a TENS unit to assist with pain levels during labor, especially in the early parts of labor when there are no stronger pain intervention options.

You might consider using the TENS unit to build up your endorphins before delivery or being induced to help you get through the later part of labor.

Also, your TENS unit does not interfere with pharmaceuticals, although your doctor or midwife may request you turn the TENS unit off at some point.

Therefore, it is best to discuss the unit’s use with your doctor before going to the delivery room, so everyone understands the overall plan to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

If you plan on having a water birth, know you cannot wear the TENS unit in the water.

You can, however, use the unit up until the water birth. In this case, you have an opportunity to build up endorphins before you face the end of the labor.

Also, bring an extra set of electrode sticky pads because your TENS unit is handy after delivery.

Where do the sticky pads go during labor?

There are many configurations to help with your aches and pains during labor.

A popular placement during labor is sticking the first set of pads just below the bra line on either side of the spine.

The second set of pads go on either side of the spine just below the navel line.

Can I Use the TENS Unit After Labor and Delivery?

Pain does not end once you give birth. In fact, a lot of pain lingers well after delivery.

Your TENS unit can see you through post-delivery pains, as well.

For instance, women often feel afterbirth pains, which your TENS unit can help manage.

Often, there is ongoing lower back pain, as well.

If you choose to breastfeed, you might notice shoulder pain as you adjust to holding your baby and nursing, which your unit can help resolve.

Lastly, once your periods begin again, a TENS unit helps manage menstrual pains.

There is an endless supply of reasons to feel pain after birthing a human being, and as you grow older with your baby, you will find countless reasons to use your TENS unit.

Time to Relax

After you check with your midwife and doctor, you can use the TENS unit to alleviate some of the aches and pains that go along with pregnancy. Always check with your medical provider before starting any new treatments — especially when pregnant.

A TENS unit uses a low-voltage current to disrupt how your body interprets pain.

When high enough, the current can increase your body’s development of endorphins, which work like your own personal internal pain pump.

A TENS unit while pregnant does a lot to help with problems with lower back pain. Also, a TENS unit helps during actual labor and delivery.

As long as you remain mindful of where to place your sticky pads and what areas to avoid, you will not induce contractions.

Best of all, your TENS unit will prove useful for the days, weeks, and years beyond your pregnancy, too.

What TENS unit did you use during your pregnancy? Answer in the comments.


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