WATCH: Erica Campbell reveals past post-pregnancy liposuction, says ‘It was a really bad situation … I should’ve just worked out’

Millions of women in search of a quicker route to achieving their weight loss goals frequently undergo costly and dangerous surgeries. Continue reading “WATCH: Erica Campbell reveals past post-pregnancy liposuction, says ‘It was a really bad situation … I should’ve just worked out’”

Study Says, Perfect Amount of Sleep is 7 Hours–Not 8 Hours–God’s Perfect Number

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How much sleep is the perfect amount? Seven hours of sleep is the “Goldilocks” amount for people in their middle age and upwards, according to new research out of the University of Cambridge in England. Continue reading “Study Says, Perfect Amount of Sleep is 7 Hours–Not 8 Hours–God’s Perfect Number”

Becoming A First-Time Grandmother: The Honor Of Embracing A New Sweet Chapter

“You just can’t get enough,” said Gayle King, the beloved TV journalist of CBS ‘This Morning’. Gayle King had hopes to become a grandma for a long time, and now her dream came true. The 66-year-old journalist’s daughter, Kirby Bumpus gave birth to her first son with husband, Virgil Miller. The new addition to the family – named Luca Lynn Miller, left King speechless, and smitten within seconds.
Gayle King’s thoughts on her new grandson
“I’m officially a grandmother! It’s really something when you see your own child become a parent. I am so nuts about him. She also added, “He’s very, very cute…I’m over the moon.” King also told Oprah Daily that she’s always hoped her daughter’s firstborn would be a boy.
Modeling a life of faith and goodness
Gayle King is known as the beloved anchor on This Morning, but throughout the years, we got to see so much more of her life thanks to her openness, vulnerability, and kindness. After watching so much of her life unfold in the public eye, it’s no secret that Christian faith is a huge part of her life. And now that she is a grandma, this is something she gets to pass onto her grandson.

The author of The Life put it well when they wrote, “If Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, had not been faithful in passing on her faith to her daughter, Eunice, and her grandson, Timothy, we probably would not have First and Second Timothy in the Bible today. This is a good generational example of the importance of passing on the faith to future generations. Lois is our forerunner who modeled grandparenting for us.”

In Proverbs 27:19, we can read, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person”. Needless to say, this is something grandparents around the world can relate to, and strive to teach as they watch their bundle of joy grow.

Study Says Fast Walkers Can Live Up to 16 Years Longer

LEICESTER, United Kingdom — A brisk walk could help add 16 years to your life, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Leicester have discovered a link between a person’s walking pace and the rate at which they age.

Specifically, a lifetime of brisk walking leads to longer telomeres. These are the protective “caps” on the ends of your chromosomes — sort of like the plastic tabs on your shoelaces. Although they don’t carry genetic information, telomeres play a vital role in keeping DNA stable.

Scientists measure these end caps to calculate a person’s biological age. The longer they are, the younger a person is in terms of biological age — which can be much different from chronological age (your birthday).

In an analysis of over 400,000 British adults from the UK Biobank, scientists found that a faster walking pace throughout life could lead to a person being 16 years younger in terms of biological age by the time they reach midlife. Importantly, the team found brisk walking alone, regardless of how much physical activity that person engages in, leads to longer telomeres.

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Young People Are Walking Away From Social Media in the App Exodus, Calling It ‘Toxic and Obsessive’

Younger Americans are quickly falling out of love with social media.

Zoomers — those born in the late 1990s and early 2000s — are turning their backs on TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram, leaving behind what many now see as “the ultimate waste,” according to the New York Post.

The anti-app exodus comes as Gen Zers are calling the platforms “toxic” and “obsessive.”

new survey of 10,000 people commissioned by the investment bank Piper Sandler found just 22% of respondents between the ages of 7 and 22 named Instagram as their favorite app — down from 31% in 2020.

Gabriella Steinerman, 20, told the Post, “When you delete it, you realize you don’t need it.” She said she got rid of TikTok and Instagram in 2019, and felt a nearly immediate sense of relief after doing so.

“When I was posting, I wanted the best photo that I took and the best angle and I had 20 different photos of the same thing,” explained Steinerman. “I was comparing myself to myself; it’s not a fun game. I would say it’s an obsessive behavior and it is toxic, but it’s also sneaky, in that, when you do it, it seems so normal.”

An even broader survey of 84,011 people — ranging in age from 10 to 80 years old — found that “the cross-sectional relationship between self-reported estimates of social media use and life satisfaction ratings is most negative in younger adolescents.” Ultimately, the survey results suggested social media use negatively impacts younger users’ body image, life satisfaction, and self-esteem.

The Verge reported that, regardless of whether they used social media very frequently or sparingly, adolescents in the 16-to-21-year-old range saw lower life satisfaction simply as a result of engaging with the platforms.

This disenchantment with social media is part of an ongoing trend.

In late summer of 2021, leaked internal data from Meta — the parent company behind Instagram and Facebook — revealed the brand is aware of just how harmful the photo-sharing app can be, particularly to teen girls’ self-esteem.

Researchers for Meta reportedly studied teenage users’ mental health for three years. The results showed 32% of teen girls who “felt bad about their bodies” said their problems were worsened by Instagram use. Additionally, the research suggested teenagers feel compelled to use apps like Instagram, even if it causes problems in their lives.

“Teens told us that they don’t like the amount of time they spend on the app but feel like they have to be present,” one Instagram research manager purportedly said. “They often feel ‘addicted,’ and know that what they’re seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.”

As if that is not enough, Instagram has also sparked a negative comparison game in users’ lives.

Tallo released a survey in December showing 56% of Zoomers — a nickname for those born in Generation Z — feeling “social media has led them to feel left out by their peers.” Furthermore, 75% of young women on social media apps reported feeling prompted “to compare themselves to peers.”

“[Eighty-two percent] of Gen Zers said that social media had proven to be a distraction to them while doing schoolwork,” Tallo reported. “It was also revealed that 3 in 4 female respondents said that social media has caused them to compare themselves to peers, while only 56% of males said the same and more than half of all respondents (56%) indicated that social media has led them to feel left out by their peers.”

It seems increasingly clear there are many negative side effects to social media use — particularly among younger demographics.

As Christians, it is important to safeguard our view of ourselves and others.

We know from Genesis 1:27 that God created human beings “in his own image” (NIV). And the Apostle Paul warned against prioritizing approval from other people before the Lord, writing, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10, NIV). Then, in Philippians 2:3, it’s written, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (NIV).

Our value comes not from the number of “likes” we can muster up on social media or from the quality of photos we post to feeds. Our worth is found solely in who we are as people created in the image of God and commissioned by Him to share the Gospel with a world desperate for hope.

Maintaining a presence on social media is not worth risking the temptation to compare, judge, and idolize. During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell” (Matthew 5:29, NIV).

If social media is causing a problem in your life, leave it behind. Your life will be richer without it.

Source: Faithwire

Los Angeles Couple Spent $500 on Wedding Day with Bride in $42 Dress from Shein and Guests Paying for Their Own Food at Reception

Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough paid less than $500 for their wedding in Los Angeles County this February, including her $42 dress. (Niann Hill Photography)

It was the wedding that went viral and cost less than a used car. Continue reading “Los Angeles Couple Spent $500 on Wedding Day with Bride in $42 Dress from Shein and Guests Paying for Their Own Food at Reception”

5 Influential Black Celebrities You Need to Follow on Instagram Right Now

Serena Williams (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Serena Williams (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Much of history saw black people and black culture being oppressed and left out of the mainstream. As a result, the black community is not well represented by the media which has a ripple effect on the psychology of the black mind, especially in children who need to see positive representation growing up. This is why it is important that black culture is represented in society, especially on social media which has become such a massive part of the lives of billions across the world. If we observe society there are beacons of light that show a positive representation of the culture however, black people are still largely underrepresented or completely misrepresented on social media. 

Almost everyone has an Instagram account these days. It’s a great way to stay connected with friends and family, and it’s also a great way to find out about new products and services. However, one of the downsides of Instagram is that it can be very easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of people you’re following. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry – you can easily find out how to mass unfollow on Instagram so that you can get your account back under control. For the black community, this can be a useful tool for expressing their creativity and individuality. In addition, Instagram provides a great way to connect with friends and family, as well as meet new people who share similar interests. The people listed in this article are celebrated as some of the most influential black celebrities in the world so keep reading to find out more. 

Serena Williams 

Serena Williams is celebrated as the most successful black tennis player in the world and has the awards, titles, and championships to back it up. Serena has won a total of 23 Grand slam singles and has an Instagram following of 12.4 million. Serena uses this social media platform to post daily life activities with her daughter as well as the occasional endorsement. If you’re looking to follow an influential black celebrity, consider Ms. Williams who represents hope for a lot of black female athletes competing in an industry that is dominated by men. It’s not common to have a woman, let alone a black woman being the number 1 champion of any sport. It is no doubt inspiring. 

Barack Obama 

Barack Obama is famous for becoming the first black president of the United States of America. Obama is also celebrated as one of the most influential people of color in the world and is loved by many. Obama generally uses his social media platforms to push political agendas and touch on certain social issues that the government is focused on. Before Barack Obama, the people of America had never had a black president which left many emotional and feeling that there was hope for the future. Even though Obama is out of office, there is no denying that he is a very powerful man in politics so if you want to learn more about his political agenda, you should check out his Instagram. 

Beyonce 

Beyonce is one of the most famous celebrities in the world with a massive cult following. Beyonce is a singer, performer, actress, and entrepreneur with awards like grammy’s, tonys, and billboard awards under her belt. Dubbed “Queen B”, Beyonce has managed to obtain legend status with many celebrating her as one of the greatest to ever hit the world stage. She is not very active on Instagram but when she does post, it’s usually to show her fans her outfits, give them a sneak peek at date nights with her husband Jay-Z, or promote projects she is working on such as her famous Ivy Park collaboration with Adidas. 

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton is considered one of the greatest race car drivers in the world and has won many awards including the best driver ESPY Award and a record-breaking seven world drivers’ championship titles. Hamilton’s Instagram page showcases highlights of his life and the famous people he interacts with. He prides himself on “empowering those who may not realize their greatness” so if you’d like to be one of his 27+ million followers, you know what to do.

Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh was a famous fashion designer who was best known for being the head designer of the famous Fashion house Louis Vuitton, as well as his fashion brand called “off white”. Virgil passed away in 2022 after battling cancer and after his death, the world got to see just how loved and respected he was within the Hollywood scene. Many people were surprised and even shocked that a black man could occupy such an elite position as head designer at Louis Vuitton so if you’d like to learn more about his legacy, his Instagram account is still up. 

So there you have it, a list of black celebrities that are considered influential by many people in society.

Mileage Logging in 2022: The Best Mileage Tracker Apps and Software

In the increasingly digital world in which we live, software is king. Tracking your business expenses with a multitude of different apps has never been easier, and the same is true for the various mileage tracker apps available on the market. Today we’re going to delve into three of the best apps available; all of which are ready to be downloaded along with their add-ons via Google Play and App Store. We’ll be putting three particular providers in the spotlight today – MileageWise, ExpressMileage and MileIQ.

What Features are The Most Essential?

Before we cover each of the spotlighted providers individually, let’s address the most essential features needed by those looking to maximize tax deductions on their business mileage.

Auto-Tracking Modes

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of having a variety of auto-tracking modes. The vast majority of modern mileage logging software offers something; usually vehicle movement monitoring. This type of tracking is initiated by the push of a button while you are in your car, at which point the app will automatically stop recording once you get out of your car and start walking.

Unfortunately, with a simple mileage tracker, the process can sometimes prove frustrating, as depending on the reliability of each app, sometimes certain apps do not recognize that you have reached your destination and are now walking on foot. One of the providers we’re showcasing today – MileageWise – offers three modes of auto-tracking: Bluetooth, vehicle movement monitoring and finally a Plug‘N’Go system whereby you simply need to plug in your phone to a USB port while you drive.

Manual Tracking and Editing

Certainly among the most crucial features is the simple but extremely useful ability to record one’s trips manually. Strangely, among those we will be showcasing today is MileIQ, which doesn’t offer it. Perhaps they feel that it is redundant when put up against reliable auto-tracking methods, but the reality is that you may need to add or edit trips in your mileage log – whether those trips are personal or work related. Doing so can absolutely be a way to ensure your logs are in order should the IRS ever wish to audit you – more on that later.

Sampling / Recurring Daily Trips

If you often make the same trips on a daily basis, as most business owners and independent contractors do, for example, because of your commute – this feature can be very helpful indeed. Both MileageWise and ExpressMileage offer this feature, while MileIQ does not.

To get into a bit more detail, ExpressMileage does offer the feature, but because they do not have an app that actually goes with their PC-based web dashboard, you cannot get the best of both worlds with auto-tracking and recurring daily trips like you can with MileageWise. What’s more – the relative newcomer to the market is a smart piece of software which won’t allow you to double up on your trips, for example if you turn on auto-tracking but you still have a recurring trip set up.

Pricing Structures and Plans

When it comes to software and apps, most people know the score: free options are nice, but if you really want to get the most out of the wealth of accounting software out there, you’re going to need to pay for a plan of some kind eventually. That means using your credit card or accessing your bank account in some way, and the way the market is currently, most providers prefer if their customers sign up for a full year, which is usually shown as a monthly amount.

Without further delay, let’s look at each of the mileage tracker apps we’re showcasing today, focusing on their plans and free offers.

Mile IQ Pricing and Plans

By far the most well-known provider in the industry, MileIQ’s software once came as part of Microsoft’s 365 business package, though they now operate independently once more. They only really offer one plan for individual users – and that is for $5.99 per month paid yearly. Outside of that, one can simply sign up for free, using a trial that allows no more than 40 drives total.

In terms of unique features, MileIQ doesn’t offer anything non-standard. They do have a team’s version in both a ‘lite’ and ‘pro’ format, which costs $5 per month and $10 respectively.

ExpressMileage Pricing and Plans

Another good provider on the market, ExpressMileage does not offer a free version, nor do they have an app. Regardless of this, the software does provide recurring trips and manual recording, something which, as we mentioned, is essential for small business owners or self-employed persons. Additionally, ExpressMileage apparently offers the ability for users to create retrospective mileage logs, something which could prove useful if the IRS wants to conduct an audit on you.

In terms of pricing, you can obtain a full version of their app starting as a “standard” plan for $9.99 per month, though they are clear about the fact that that pricing plan does not contain any support. Moving upward, they offer a “pro” version for $12.99, and finally an “elite” one for $15.99. If you want to use multiple vehicles or log more than 20,000 miles you will need at least their Pro plan, though when you consider the fact that other providers offer unlimited mileage logging with a cheaper plan, things seem a little dire.

MileageWise Pricing and Plans

The last provider we’re showcasing today easily has the most features of any software available, and in our opinion, this makes them demonstrably the best mileage tracker app. Since their features are extensive, let’s break them down a little more concisely:

  • An In-built IRS auditor: This AI-based technology checks and alters (if necessary) 70 logical conflicts, making sure that your logs are good to go when you need them.
  • Retrospective Mileage Logging: Similar to ExpressMileage, MileageWise offers the ability to reconstruct your logs and will make suggestions for missing mileage based on your clients and habits.
  • Mass Distance Calculation: The app calculates door-to-door distances based on different destinations, which also means that you do not have to worry about constantly being monitored through GPS.
  • Mileage Log Preparation Service: Preparing a mileage log for the IRS can be a daunting prospect – why not leave it to those who have an expert opinion? MileageWise offers to do it for you, for a price of course. This may be worth it if you run a personal business and your time is scarce.

Moving now to look at their pricing, we would simply say that there are many, many options. The most basic of these is the “S monthly”, which at $5.99 offers everything but the retrospective mileage recovery aspect that the company gives you with anything from their “gold” plan upwards. The gold plan requires you to pay monthly an amount of $9.99.

Finally, MileageWise offers a 14-day trial with every feature available from their full version. This is a slightly different approach than most other providers when it comes to free software, though because you don’t have to use a watered-down version of the software, giving it a try is hassle-free.

Potential Pitfalls and Disadvantages

While there are certainly some pitfalls to navigate, most disadvantages related to mileage tracker apps come from a lack of features. While certainly the most popular app out there, MileIQ illustrates this problem to some extent with a lack of manual recording. Other potential issues include:

  • Apps that drain your battery quickly
  • Apps that do not reliably track your mileage automatically
  • The software does not contain either an app for your phone or a web dashboard where you can manage your mileage logs.

At the end of the day, this market is about features; not popularity. Learning the best way how to keep track of mileage for taxes isn’t a simple process, but it does require an app. Do the research yourself or enjoy the free versions many providers have on offer before you finally make a decision on which app is best for you – you are guaranteed to find out a lot about maximizing your tax deductions in the process.

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TOP 7 Applications For Effective Student Learning

In the modern world, technology is a big part of our lives. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t own a smartphone, computer, or other devices. Learning has also gone digital, and more and more schools are incorporating technology into their curriculums.

Several different applications can be used for effective student learning. Some of these include:

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  1. Note Taking Apps

There is no denying that taking notes by hand is a pain. It’s slow messy, and easy to forget where you put your notes later on. For this reason, more and more students are turning to note-taking apps like Evernote.

These apps make it easy to take notes on your laptop or tablet, and they offer a variety of features that make learning easier. For example, you can effortlessly search for specific keywords in your notes and create folders to organize your notes by topic. You can also share your notes with other students, which is handy for collaborative projects.

Also, if you’ve got a professional paper writer working on your college essay for you, they will need access to all of your notes to reference them correctly. Thanks to note-taking apps, you can quickly provide them with access to all of your notes.

2. Cloud Storage Apps

It seems like everything is now moving to the cloud in this day and age. From music and movies to photos and documents, more and more people store their files online. Cloud storage services like iCloud offer a convenient way to access your files from anywhere, and they can also be an excellent tool for students. With iCloud, you can easily sync your files across all your devices, so you always have the latest version of your notes or assignments. And if you ever lose your laptop or phone, all of your files will still be safe in the cloud.

3. Social Media Applications

Another excellent tool for students is social media. Sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can be great for staying connected with classmates and teachers, and they can also be a great source of information. For example, if you’re looking for information on a particular topic, the chances are that someone has already posted about it on social media.

4. Productivity Apps

Productivity apps like Asana or Trello can help you stay organized and on top of your assignments. These apps allow you to create tasks lists and track deadlines, which can be helpful when you have got a lot of work to do. They also often include features like reminders and notifications, so you never forget an important task again.

5. Audacity

Another excellent tool for students is Audacity, a free audio editing program. Audacity can be used to record lectures or interviews, and it also includes features for editing and remixing audio files. This can be a perfect way to create podcasts or music projects or improve your listening skills.

6. Chegg

Chegg is a website and app that allows students to rent textbooks, find homework help, and connect with other students. This can be an ideal way to save your money on textbooks, get help with your assignments, and make new friends. The app also includes a built-in note-taking feature, which can be handy for taking notes in class or recording lectures.

7. Educational Applications

Finally, several educational applications can be helpful for students. For example, apps like Quizlet or Khan Academy offer various tools for learning, including flashcards, quizzes, and video lessons. These apps can be a great way to review material for tests or learn new concepts.

Final Word

So these are just a few of the applications that can be useful for students. Whether you’re looking for note-taking apps, cloud storage services, social media sites, or productivity tools, there’s sure to be an app that meets your needs. So don’t hesitate to give them a try – they might help you get ahead in your studies!

Investing in Precious Metals For Your Future

In the Bible it says “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” Gold, silver and other precious metals are the creation of God, not of man, and are both beautiful and valuable. Gold in particular doesn’t corrode or tarnish – it remains pure with a divine origin. There are actually over 700 references to silver and gold in the Bible. These metals were used as a form of currency when there was no money. They will certainly always hold their value in a way that cryptocurrencies and bitcoin never will, which makes them a good investment option for the future.

Purchasing Silver
Silver is a popular investment choice, as it is not just used for money and jewelry, but is also extremely useful in a variety of industrial, technical and medical uses. The price of silver is intrinsically linked with overall economic output. More than 50% of silver that is mined in America is used for industrial purposes. If you want to buy silver, you can choose bullion, bars, coins and jewelry. It is more readily available than gold and generally cheaper. You can also trade it on a digital platform. One thing to consider when purchasing silver is where you are storing it. You should never store silver alongside gold, as it will tarnish very quickly. Many people choose to use professional storage facilities if they are storing large amounts of silver.

Purchasing Gold
Gold has been used as currency since 550 BC, however, gold treasures have been found that date back to 4,000 BC. Gold has always had value, and is considered a stable investment in times of economic uncertainty, and it is generally a good way of preserving wealth. You can buy it in bars, coins and jewelry. If you are concerned about storage and security, it is worth knowing that you can invest in gold without actually physically owning it. You can use an investment trust or a specialist fund that tracks the price of gold. If the investment fund is actively managed it will reduce the risks.

Platinum and Palladium
Platinum is 30 times rarer than gold, so generally will have a higher price. Over a shorter period of time, the cost of platinum can be quite volatile, so if you are looking for a low-risk investment, you might want to choose a different metal. In the long term however, investing in platinum can be lucrative. Palladium has become a good alternative and is the most expensive of the four precious metals. It is used heavily in the electronics industry and also in the automotive industry, in particular for making catalytic converters. Coins and bullion are the best option if you are concerned about the economic future. You can purchase investment certificates, but in a disaster, these would hold little or no value.

Ezekiel said “By your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries.” Investing in precious metals can be a good way of ensuring financial security for the future.