July 2017

Ten Common Income Tax Snafus

Ten Common Income Tax Snafus

  1. Filing Late
    “I forgot” isn’t a valid excuse, unfortunately.
  2. Not Filling At All!
    This is called tax invasion. It leads to stiff financial penalties and maybe even jail time.
  3. Tax Returns Missing a Social Security Number
    A missing or incorrect social security number is the most common IRS tax return error.
  4. Math Errors (2+2 = 5)
    While the IRS will check your return for math errors, check it yourself to avoid a hassle.
  5. Failing to Keep Copies of Your Old Returns
    Keep copies of your old returns just in case. TIP: Print them out.
  6. Forgotten to sign and Date
    More than 1 MILLION people forgot to sign their returns every year. It’s the most common tax return mistake people make.
  7. Claiming Bogus Dependents (like Pets)
    The maximum penalty is steep  – 3 years in prison and $250k in fines – yet hundreds of people claim pets as dependents every year
  8. Losing Receipts
    The IRS will NOT accept credit card statements in lieu of an original receipt -Keep your receipts somewhere safe.
  9. Failing to Report Domestic Workers
    If you’ve paid more than $1800 to a domestic worker in 2012, you must pay Social Security and Medicare employer tax. According to the New York Times, about 95% of people don’t report this income properly.
  10. Remember, Check The Tax Preparer’s Work
    Many assume that their tax preparer is responsible for mistakes.

However, in the eyes of the IRS, YOU are responsible

The On-Page Local SEO Checklist

The On-Page Local SEO Checklist

1. Optimize Logo

  • Use your business name and city in logo file name and image alt tag

2. Website

  • Name, address and local phone number (NAPs) in a prominent position on your website (at least in your footer and contact page)
  • No other business NAPs on these pages

3. Map and Direction

  • Add a Google Map with directions to reinforce the idea where you are Helpful to clients

4. Meta Title & Description

  • Include your city and region in important meta titles and description.

5. Content & Links

  • Ensure your website content contains references and links to other important and relevant local business, places and events

6. Language & GEO Tags

  • Use Correct language and region tags

Note the important difference between en-US and en-GB and de-DE and de-CH

7. Address Schema. org

  • Are you using schema? check here: google.com/webmasters/tools/richsnippets
  • Find out how to set up local business schema: http//schema.org/localBusiness

8. Google Authorship

  • Setting up Authorship can improve your search engine click-through-rate especially if you are well-known locally

9. Present Your Team

  • Highlight your team on your website using local schema
  • Link both to and from their LinkedIn and Google+ profiles

10. Local Publicity

  • Organize local events and initiatives through your website to generate press interest

Use event and other schema where possible


How Popular Dog Breeds Got Their Name

How Popular Dog Breeds Got Their Name

1. Basset Hound
French translation for Low Slung Dog

The name Basset Hound was given to this breed of dog in the early 1600s, back when they were popularly bred to hunt small animals such as rabbits. This name was chosen due to the low-slung nature of their appearance, with ‘Bas’ translating to’low’ in French.

2. Rottweiler
Originated from the German town of Rottweil

The name Rottweiler was taken from the German town of Rottweil, where these dogs first became popular for their usefulness as guard dogs. As these dogs were largely used by butchers to protect their money whilst travelling, they soon became known as ‘Rottweil Butcher Dogs,’ and over time this was simplified to ‘Rottweiler.’

3. Cairn Terrier
Named after their ability to hunt in the Cairns

These dogs were originally bred up in the Scottish Highlands to hunt small pests such as rats or mice. The name Cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic carn, which refers to a human-made pile of stones, and is a common feature in the highlands. These Terrier dogs became well known for their ability to hunt small pests within the Cairns and were soon given the name Cairn Terrier.

4. Chow Chow (Songshi Quan)
Chinese translation for Puffy Lion Dog

The Chinese originally named this breed ‘Songshi Quan’ which translates in English to ‘Puffy Lion Dog’. As the original Chinese name was deemed too difficult to pronounce when the breed was brought to England, it was given the nickname ‘Chow Chow’ which was a nonsensical term given to all knick-knacks and goods being brought over from China at the time.

5. Shnauzer
Named after the German word ‘shnauze’

One distinctive feature of this breed of dog is their long snout, so it’s no surprise that the name they were given is actually a variation of the German word ‘Shnauze’ which translates to mean ‘snout’ in English.

6. Whippet
Named after the verb ‘Whip’

As a descendant of the English greyhound, the whippet is renowned for being a particularly speedy breed of dog. They were therefore aptly named after the verb ‘whip’ to hint towards their great speed.

7. Shih Tzu
Chinese translation for Little Lion

Although there is absolutely nothing intimidating about these dogs, their name actually translates in Chinese to ‘Little Lion’. This name stemmed from the ancient Chinese depictions of the dog breed in paintings and sculptures, Which made them out to look like small lions.

8. Labrador Retriever
Originated from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada

These dogs were originally bred in the region of Canada now known as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They were first trained to help fishermen bring their nets back into shore, and were eventually brought over to England in the early 19th century to aid the Earl of Malmesbury in retrieving ducks he had hunted. He referred to them as ‘Labrador’ dogs, referencing their original home region, and the name stuck.

9. Poodle (Pudlehund)
German translation for Water Dog

Back when Poodles were being bred as gun dongs, they were trained to swim out in order to retrieve waterfowl. Because of this, the German’s began to refer to them as ‘Pudlehund’ which translates ‘Water Dogs’ in English. Eventually the English name of this breed evolved from ‘Pudlehund’ to ‘Poodle’.

10. Dachshund
German translation for Badger Dog

The Dachshund was originally bred in order to produce an elongated hunting dog which could dig its way into badger holes. Their German given breed name is simply a reflection of their original purpose, with ‘Dachshund’ translating to ‘Badger Dog’ in English.

11. Corgi
Welsh translation for Dwarf Dog

The Corgi originated in Wales, where they were bred to be used as herding dogs known as ‘heelers’, which refers to the herding technique of nipping at the heels of the larger animals they were attempting to move. Their breed name was given to them due to their small size, with ‘Corgi’ translating to ‘Dwarf Dog’ in English.

12. Spaniel (Espaignol)
Old French translation for Spanish Dog

Although these dogs originated in Spain, the breed name actually derived from the Old French word ‘Espaingnol’, which translates to ‘Spanish Dog’ When the breed reached England, the name eventually evolved to become ‘Spaniel’.

13. Beagle (Beeguele)
Old French translation for Wide Open Throat)

The breed name for the Beagle is said to have come from the old French word ‘Beeguele’, which translates to mean ‘Wide Open Throat’, It’s believed that the name was given to this particular type of dog due to their training to howl bay during a hunt.

14. Doberman Pinscher
Named after Friedrich Louis Dobermann

This dog breed was named after its maker, Ludwig Dobermann. Dobermann was a German tax collector, and created the Doberman Pinscher to provide him with protections during his collections, as well as companionship and loyalty.

15. Dalmatian
Originated from the region of Dalmatia in Croatia 

The Dalmatian was named after a region of Croatia where they were commonly spotted back in the 1800s. The region was called Dalmatia, which is why this breed eventually became commonly known as the ‘Dalmatian’.

Oh, My Aching Head! 6 Tips To Stop Migraines

Oh, My Aching Head! 6 Tips To Stop Migraines

When you feel a migraine starting, you need effective relief and you need it fast. The signs of an impending migraine might include:

  • Changes in mental state such as agitation or confusion
  • Excessive thirst
  • Diarrhea
  • Visual disturbances

Here are 6 Tips you can Use to Help Curb Your Migraine:

  1. Caffeine
    Some caffeine consumption can restrict the blood vessels and take away that throbbing pain. Be careful -caffeine can trigger some headaches.
  2. Cold and/or Hot Compresses
    There is no scientific evidence proving the effectiveness of this remedy, but many migraine sufferers swear by it. Try a washcloth soaked in warm water for relief and if this doesn’t do the trick switch to cold. Also, try alternating hot-to-cold for relief.
  3. Butterbur
    This herbal remedy can be used to prevent and treat migraines. Butterbur has been shown to reduce inflammation and relieve spasms. The recommended dosage is 100 milligrams every three hours. This herb is toxic in all forms except for the processed supplement, which has been safe and can be purchased online.
  4. Magnesium 
    Many people with recurrent migraines have been found to be lacking the recommended levels of magnesium. Doses of 200 milligrams are considered safe but may be extended up to 600 milligrams. This is a great way to both prevent and treat migraines. Some people have problems absorbing magnesium, which can lead to diarrhea. It’s recommended to start with a low dosage to check your response, then increase as needed.
  5. Vitamin B2, Also Known as Riboflavin
    Found in foods such as green vegetable, milk and some meats, riboflavin has been shown by researchers to be helpful in the prevention of migraines. It promotes energy and this stimulation may help curb the pain. The only known side effect is darker urine, in which case, dosages can be adjusted
  6. Stay Hydrated
    Some migraines are triggered by dehydration. If you regularly get headaches or migraines, be sure to drink adequate amounts of filtered water, herbal tea, juice, milk or other healthy beverages.

Early Warning Signs of Arthritis

Early Warning Signs of Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain inflammation within a joint.

About 10 million people have arthritis in the UK. Many people struggle with pain during the early stages of arthritis, often waiting until the pain becomes unbearable before seeking advice and treatment. However,the symptoms are easier to treat when caught as early as possible.

Did you Know?
Although arthritis commonly affects people over the age 50 years, there are around 27,000 people under 25 living with arthritis in the UK.

1. Joint Pain and Stiffness
Joint stiffness often occurs after a period of inactivity; this is why stiffness in the morning is common, joints stiffness and pain can reduce mobility and the range of movement.

About 81% of osteoarthritis sufferers say they are in constant pain or unable to perform daily tasks.

What to do:
Placing something cold on the affected joint will help to contract the surrounding blood vessels and numb some of the pain.

2. Pain in the Big Toe
Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs because of a problem in the way our bodies metabolize uric acid. It commonly swelling and the surrounding skin is reddened and hot to touch.

Gout affects approximately 1 in 200 people in the UK, the majority of which are men over the aged 40.

What to do:
Resting and elevating the affected area will ensure you avoid damaging the joint. Applying ice can also help to reduce the pain. Early treatment can help to reduce the frequency and severity of pain.

3. Bumps on the Fingers
Bumps, known as ‘bony spurs’, may appear on the finger joints. This is one of the leading symptoms of osteoarthritis and often affects women. The resultant swelling and pain reduce mobility and make simple tasks such as buttoning a shirt or tying shoelaces tricky. Arthritis in the hands can also be symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, if both hands and feet are affected simultaneously.

It is believed that over a million people is the UK suffer from osteoarthritis of hand.

What to do:
Physiotherapy and stretching the affected area can help to soothe pain.

4. Trouble Sleeping
Many painful joint conditions also affect sleeping patterns and result in us being awakened by pain through out the night. The firsdt signs of Gout often occur at night and this is generally considered to be one of the most painful forms of arthritis.

Around 63% of arthritis sufferers say they don’t get a regular good night’s sleep.

What to do:
A warming bath before bed can help to relax the joints.

5. Fatigue Symptoms
Fatigue and flu symptoms can be indication of rheumatoid arthritis. in these cases joint pain and swelling often affects the entire body rather than one specific joint. Other symptoms of RA include weight loss, chronic tiredness and anaemia.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the second most common type of arthritis, and affects around 400,000 people in the UK.

What to do:
Try to strike a balance between work and rest, so as not to overload yourself. Visit your doctor if you think you may have developed fatigue or flu symptoms.

6. Red, Patchy or Scaly Skin
This could be due to the development of psoriatic arthritis; a type of arthritis that is also associated with psoriasis. In addition to the painful joints commonly associated with arthritis, the skin also becomes red and inflamed making it appear patchy or scaly. This can affect any joint in the body and the severity of pain can vary.

Approximately 1 in 10 people suffering from psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis at some point during their lives.

What to do:
If you suffer from these symptoms, consult your doctor. In the meantime, applying hot or cold packs to affected areas can help to numb pain and relax muscles.

Supplements to Support Joint Maintenance

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin
    Supplements can help to repair and protect joints from further wear and tear damage. They are popular to combination with arthritis sufferers worldwide.
  • Celadrin
    Is a patented bled of fatty acids. Studies suggest it boosts the performance of Glucosamine in reducing inflammation when taken together. Celadin also acts as a lubricant to improve movement and flexibility
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
    Have been shown by studies to be powerful anti inflammatory. Studies have focused on parents suffering with rheumatoid arthritis and have found they can reduce pain and stiffness in joints, especially in the morning or after long periods of inactivity.
  • GreenShell Mussel Extract
    Is Popularly taken to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis joints for fast pain relief.


10 Facts About Sleep

10 Facts About Sleep

  1. The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.
  2. Its impossible to tell if someone is really awake without close medical supervision, people can take cat naps with their eyes open without even being aware of it.
  3. Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning your’e still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.
  4. A new baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year
  5. No-one knows for sure if other species dream but some do have sleep cycles similar to humans
  6. Elephants sleep standing up during non-REM sleep, but lie down for REM sleep
  7. Snoring occurs only in non-REM sleep
  8. The “natural alarm clock” which enables some people to wake up more or less when they want to is caused by a burst of the the stress hormone adrenocortitropin. Researchers say this reflects an unconscious anticipation of the stress of waking up.
  9. Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.
  10. Feeling tired can feel normal after a short time. Those deliberately deprived of sleep for research initially noticed the effects on their alertness mood and physical performance, but the awareness dropped off after the first few days.

All You Need To Know About Bath Salt Abuse

All You Need To Know About Bath Salt Abuse

Bath Salts is the informal “street name” for a family of designer drugs often containing substituted cathinones, Which have effects similar to amphetamine and cocaine. Having no known legitimate use, these designer drugs are falsely labeled as ‘bath salts’, ‘plant food’, ‘insect repellent’ and other innocuous’ substances and marked “Not For Human Consumption,” in order to conceal them from law enforcement.

The Facts

  • The price of Bath Salts ranges from $25 to $50 -milligram packet
  • Synthetic cathinones act on the user’s norepinephrine-dopamine re-update inhibitor and are central nervous system stimulant
  • Because Bath Salts create an elevated level of agitation and aggression, people who use them also become a safety risk to others.
  •  The effects from Bath Salts can last from 3-4 hours depending on how much the user takes.
  • These products are usually encountered as highly pure white or brown powders.
  • Cathinones derivatives are claimed to have effects similar to those of cocaine, amphetamine or MDMA (ecstasy), but little is known of their detailed pharmacology.

Health Risks

  • Cerebral vascular accidents (CVA) or strokes
  • Coma/death
  • Swelling of the brain
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Elevated blood pressures
  • Myocardinal infractions (heart attack)

The Mental Health Risks of Using Bath Salts Include

  • Agitation
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Extreme paranoid thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Prolonged and intense panic attacks and anxiety
  • Perception of a diminished requirement for food and sleep
  • Increase wakefulness
  • They also increase body temperature and can cause muscle breakdown leading to kidney damage.

Popular Names For “Bath Salts”

Charge+, Blue Silk, Bliss, Hurricane Charlie, Snow Leopard, Star Dust, White Down, White Lightening, White Knight, Ivory Snow, Blizzard, Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Red Wave, White Rush, Pure Ivory, Vanilla Sky and Ocean Burst

Bath Salts Come In Different Forms

  • Powder
  • Liquid Crystal
  • Capsule
  • Tablet

Stats and Stories

  • In September of 2010, the San Luis Obispo, CA Sheriff’s Department noted that two 15-year old boys became very ill after taking bath salt thinking that it was MDMA (ecstasy)
  • Currently, only Kentucky and North Dakata have filed legislation to ban bath salts.
  •  Poison Control Centers received 2,237 bath salts related calls from 47 states as well as the District of Columbia.
  • Amount of Bath Salt related calls to Poison Control Centres in the US. is 2009 (0 calls), 2010 (302 calls) and 2011 (2,237 Calls).
  • The death of a 21-year-old Kansas man is speculated to be the result of taking bath salts. In 2010 the man jumped in front of a vehicle on 1-35 close to Salina killing himself.
  • In Louisiana, 84 people are reported to have been hospitalized due to taking bath salts and experiencing paranola, fighting, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and physical effects such as hypertension and rapid heartbeat.
  • The first reports of “Bath Salts” seizure was from Germany in 2007. The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Israel have banned the chemicals.

Amount of Bath Salt related calls to Poison Control Centres in the US.

  • 2009 (0 calls),
  • 2010 (302 calls)
  • 2011 (2,237 Calls)

The contents of individual packets of so-called “bath salts” drugs vary, but have generally been found to include at least one of six chemicals

  1. Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDPV)
  2. Methylmethcathinone (Mephedrone, 4-MMC)
  3. Methylenedioxymethcathinone (Methylone, MDMC)
  4. Flouromethcathinone (Flephedrone 4-FMC)
  5. Fluoromethcathinone (3-FMC)
  6. Methoxymethcathinone (Methedrone, bk-PMMA, PMM)

Stop Deadline Stress

Stop Deadline Stress

Deadline is a scary word. The sound of it can make you nervous. Lots of people stress about deadlines. The fear of not meeting deadlines, the pressure of working under tight time limits – that’s what anyone faces today.

Way Out?
make your deadlines not that ‘deadly’!

Types Of Deadlines

1. Those you set for yourself:

  • Rush deadlines (do as soon as possible)
  • One-time deadline (turn once and forget)

2. Those others set for you:

  • Phased deadlines (turn work in phases)
  • Recurring deadlines (long term work)

Why Deadlines Beat You Down

  • Unrealistic sense of how much time you need to complete a task
  • Not having a good plan or a list of your priorities
  • Having multiple deadlines around the same time
  • Aiming for more perfection than needed
  • Procrastinating or getting distracted too often

How To Make Deadlines Less Stressful

1. Break Your Tasks
Break a project down to its smallest steps and note how long each step takes to complete, writing them down on a spreadsheet or other tool.

2. Get More Organized
Try to organize your work so you’re doing your best productive tasks during your best hours and for the other 80% of your time, deal with the easiest tasks.

3. Learn More About Your Task
Get a more accurate read on how long similar tasks take. Look at past projects or set up a time tracking system with a tool like RescueTime – and then try add a padding for any unknowns.

4. Create A Priority List
Start with a medium challenge task, before moving on to the biggest challenge.

The medium challenge will warm you up and set you up for the bigger challenge. The smaller, easier things can be left for last as they’re probably the quickest and easiest to complete under last minute

5. Take Breaks
If you’re feeling stuck with the big challenge, take a break and do some easier tasks.

It’s about creating a balance. And If you’re not able to focus on the big challenge for some reason, you can continue to be productive by doing some easier tasks and then be returning to the big challenge.

6. Be Realistic (+20% more time to every task)
Time urgency  breeds overoptimistic deadlines. You think you can get more done in a time frame than you can, because you pick the time you want it to be complete, not a realistic deadline. Start by adding 20 percent more time to every task.

7. Avoid Monday Deadlines
When you need to meet a deadline on a Monday, you will have to work the weekend  which isn’t healthy. It’s best to schedule deadlines between Tuesday and Thursday.

8. Cut Clock-Checking by 75%
Watching the clock wastes time and jacks up panic. Take off your watch, if you have to. Put a Post-It note over the clock on the computer monitor.

9. Tidy Your Desk
Tidy desk – tidy mind. Clean your desk from all the distractions and you will automatically sky rocket productivity. It will be physically easier to find whatever you need and psychologically easier to focus on what you are doing at the moment.

10. Get More Sleep
Naturally, if the deadline is right around the corner you switch on sleepless mode and use the night time to get the work done. That is the wrong strategy. True, you can get some extra hours for work, but the lack of sleep makes you absolutely unproductive.

Remember, even 10 or 15 minutes of sleep can make you feel refreshed and energized to beat that deadline!

Don’t Let deadline stress you out! Self-discipline and simple time management rules followed every day – and you’ll just nail any deadline before it can scare you.


6 Tips For Managing Your Busy Day

6 Tips For Managing Your Busy Day

  1. Divide and Conquer
    I divide my world into two parts – my business and family – and i keep them totally separate.
  2. Take Control of Your Time
    Without a good system in place, i’d feel like a jackrabbit jumping from one task to another.
  3. Master the To-Do List
    I make my to-do list before i leave my office at night, transferring items i couldn’t get done that day
  4. Plan a Post-Travel Strategy
    Business travel plays havoc with routine simply because you lose days at the office, where work happens more efficiently.
  5. Chunk Up Your Week
    I try to identify repetitive work patterns to help me anticipate work and chunk up my tasks more effectively.
  6. Schedule Fun Days
    I schedule one fun day on a weekday each month. It’s like having a little present waiting to be unwrapped.

The Best Beard For Your Face

The Best Beard For Your Face

The most desirable face shape on a man is square and oval is the summer round-up, so the goal is to try to achieve these shapes using facial hair. Here are some general guidelines for basic hair sculpting.

  •   Triangular
    This face shape has a wide hairline, broad jawline and narrow chin. To create balance, the lower half (just below the cheekbones) has to be “filled out”. You want a full beard designed to take away from the pointy chin. Avoid too much fullness along the sides of the face as this will give the appearance of an even wider jawline.
  • Round
    A neatly trimmed beard designed to slim the face is the best look for this face shape. Hard lines along the cheekbones and a slightly “squared off” neckline create the final touch toward a slimmer, oval-looking face.
  • Long Face
    The best way to give the appearance of a shorter face is to stick with neatly trimmed beards for or beard scuff. Similar to rectangular/oblong face shapes, this takes the attention away from a narrow jawline.
  • Rectangular
    Keep your facial hair short and trimmed , you already have strong lines.
  • No Chin
    No chin? There is no problem, if you can grow facial hair. keep your beard full while shaping it to give off the appearance of a strong jawline and pronounced chin.
  •  Square
    A short beard with hard lines or a scruffy beard will help accentuate your square jaw.
  • Oval
    You win? Most beard styles will look good with this facial shape, so you can experiment a bit more to find which one best suits you. The world is your bearded oyster.
  • Small Face
    Skip the beard and go clean shaven. Any beard you wear will only make your face appear even smaller.
  • Large Face
    If you’ve got a long face and you can grow a beard, stick with full beards that you can style to make your face appear smaller. Beard scruff will only show that you can grow a lot of it, so it’s better to avoid.