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Is Your Child’s Crib Safe?

When thinking about crib safety, the focus is to prevent accidents and SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, for your baby. Being alert to the possible dangers will help you avert problems before they arise.

6 Ways to Make a Crib Safer

You can make a crib safer by being alert to potential problems.

The basic requirements of crib safety are:

  1. A firm tight-fitting mattress so the baby cannot get trapped between frame and mattress. Most mattresses have adjustable heights which you will need to lower when the baby can stand.
  2. No loose screws or other pieces that the baby can swallow.
  3. The slats should be close enough that the baby cannot slip through.
  4. No corner posts for the baby’s clothing to catch on.
  5. No places that the baby’s head can get trapped in the headboard or footboard.
  6. Keep any cords from nursery mobiles or nearby blinds out of the way.

Has This Crib Been Recalled?

If you want to make sure the crib has been tested for safety and quality, look for Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association certification. To learn if a crib has been recalled, check BabyCenter Product Recall Finder.

Safety Standards Have Changed

From 2011, drop-side cribs have been banned because the drop side can come loose or detach itself, trapping the baby or allowing her to fall out. Be aware of this issue if you are buying an older model crib.

The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises against crib bumpers or sleep positioners. The extra padding could potentially cover a baby’s airway and increase the risk of SIDS.   Continue to stay abreast of new developments and latest advice regarding the safety of your baby.

If buying an old crib, make sure there are none of the following:

  • Sharp edges
  • Peeling paint
  • Lead paint
  • Discontinued features
  • Missing/broken slats

Remove Dangers and Monitor Crib Activity

Make sure bedding fits the mattress properly and cannot come loose as there is a risk of suffocation. Do not overdo the amount of bedding as babies quickly overheat.

Sleepwear should not have ribbons or buttons which can be swallowed. Avoid drawstrings on clothing and toys, or baby gyms, as these present a hazard.

For added safety, do not leave your child unattended in a crib with a feeding bottle. Small pieces of rubber from the teat present a potential choking hazard. Put the baby to sleep on his back and consider getting a baby intercom, which will allow you to monitor your child even while he is asleep or playing in the crib.

Don’t forget a rested mom is an alert mom. Grab a quick nap every time your baby dozes off.

Five Nature Parks to Visit in Ocala

One of the best points of Ocala (besides Tasty-O’s) is its natural beauty. And while there may be some trees or even forest in your neighborhood, nothing beats going out into it and taking a hike! Here are some nature parks for you to enjoy.

Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest is in Florida, north of Orlando. It’s known for its large areas of sand pine scrub forest. The Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs and Salt Springs recreation areas have natural pools and canoe runs. Hundreds of lakes and ponds include Lake Kerr and the enormous Lake George. One of many trails, the Yearling Trail winds past a sinkhole and the remains of 19th-century homesteads.

Sholom Park

Sholom Park is a non-profit privately owned, 44-acre botanical garden in Ocala, Florida. Opened in 2004, the park features over 2 miles of paved trails and more than 250 species of plants and trees.

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park, formerly known as Silver River State Park, is a Florida state park located on the Silver River in Marion County. The park contains Silver Springs, Florida’s first tourist attraction. The Silver Springs attraction dates to the 1870s.

Jervey Gantt Park

This park offers children play area with equipment, Dog Park, Geocaching, Tennis courts, Volleyball, Baseball and Football Fields. It is a paved Loop trail with many entrances and starting points. Along the trail is moderate workout equipment and little seating. The rear of the trail offers a great trek in the woods with a decrease in elevation.

Baseline Road Trailhead Park

The Baseline Road Trailhead features a 5-mile, paved multi-use trail situated along former pastures that are being restored to the original longleaf pine, sandhill community. This trailhead, managed by Marion County Parks and Recreation, offers parking and amenities and, thanks to the generosity of the Felburn Foundation, a barrier-free Boundless Playground, designed to enable children of all abilities to learn and play freely together.

Classy Camping: What to Know When Buying a Used RV

Ready to buy an RV but you want to save money? Knowing the pros and cons of buying a used RV is the best way to make sure you buy a vehicle that is perfect for your needs.

Pros

  • You save a significant amount of money. Deprecation on an RV is immediate and substantial.
  • Can opt to rebuild, redecorate and restore the RV to your liking. Customization is easier when you start from used.
  • The RV you want might not be made anymore. This is the best way to find it.
  • Insurance will be cheaper for a used RV.

Cons

  • You never know what might be wrong with the RV: It might not be visible, so make sure you take extra precautions.
  • You may not be aware of how depreciated the RV is in value.
  • Often the manufacturer’s warranty has run out.
  • Can spend a considerable amount of money on upgrades.

Ten ways to improve your chances of getting a good used RV:

  1. Check it out. Make sure you do a walk-through before you buy the RV.
  2. Look very carefully for signs of mold. Even if you don’t see any water damage in the usual spots, sometimes there’s mold on the interior which can be signs of leaks or other water problems. Check the corners of ceilings and floors, the walls, and the corners and caulk in the bathroom around the fixtures. Don’t hesitate to check cabinets and closets. If they feel warmer than the rest of the RV, that may be a sign of mold. Bring a flashlight!
  3. Go over every inch of the ceiling. Look for brown spots, whether it’s bowed, or even coming down. Yes, a damaged ceiling can be repaired, but there’s a chance that’s a sign of more substantial problems being hidden.
  4. Do a close inspection of all the floors. The floors should be stable and sturdy. Too much give can indicate rotting.
  5. Look under the exterior trim and check the screws. Visible corrosion or rust could indicate water is getting in. If the screws still look clean and painted, the RV is probably in good shape.
  6. Open up and look inside all the exterior panels. Everything should look clean and dry.
  7. Test the walls. If you push with a fair amount of force and there isn’t too much give, you’re doing fine!
  8. Give the roof a thorough inspection. Look at all of the caulking to make sure everything is sealed. Check around the skylight and vent as well as the entire perimeter. You’re looking for old, blackened, crumbling or moldy caulk.
  9. Check that the roof is stable. Walk around the roof and make sure it feels sturdy and stable beneath your feet. This way, you can tell if there’s rot.
  10. Check the engine. Make sure it doesn’t smell burnt. Even if the oil has been changed, this is a way to tell if it’s been overheated to an extreme degree.

Halloween Stories, Snacks, and the Spooky Origins

Halloween is coming, so now’s the time to have some hauntingly good fun!

This year, we present: The origins of Halloween, a nice little Florida ghost story, and a fun and easy treat to make!

The Origins of Halloween

Before Halloween became the holiday we know, it was an old Celtic festival called Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. This superstition was passed down from generation to generation until the eighth century, when Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as the time to honor all saints. Soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain, and the evening before became known as All Hallow’s Eve…and this eventually turned into Halloween.

Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, and of course, costumes. Oh. And candy. We mustn’t forget the candy! Did you know that one quarter of all the candy sold annually in the United States is bought for Halloween? Naturally, it’s one of a child’s favorite holidays!

And For the “Scary” Story

If you travel to St. Augustine, you might get a chance to meet the ghost that haunts Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill.

The building was constructed somewhere around 1745 and was home to Juana and Fransisco de Porras and their nine children. One of their youngest children was Catalina.

In 1770, when Catalina was about 18, she married Xavier Ponce de Leon. At this point, the house was owned by the British, who had used it as a storage barn. In 1783, the Spanish regained Florida from the British and they returned to St. Augustine. She found the house and she and her husband asked the governor to return it to her. They regained ownership in 1789, but she didn’t get to enjoy the house for long.

In 1785, a mere six years after being back in her childhood home, Catalina passed away. This all was pretty normal, and not much happened until about 1887 when the house was destroyed by a big fire that swept through St. Augustine. Thankfully, there were drawings of the house made in 1840, so a year later, the house was rebuilt on its original foundation to look just the way it had when Catalina had lived there.

There isn’t any particular story of why this house seems haunted, although there are two possible ghosts: Some believe the ghost may be Catalina, but others claim the ghost is a woman named Bridget who appears in a wedding dress. They say it’s a fleeting glimpse: Here and gone in a moment. Most of these sightings happen around the ladies room.

Some people have even caught a scent of the perfume. Of course, sometimes the aroma of the delicious food being cooked at the restaurant do cover that.

And they are not the only ghosts! There’s also supposedly a man in a black suit and hat who has been seen. As two men did die in the building: one in the 1887 fire and the other of illness in 1900.

Breathe easily, though! These ghosts don’t cause harm, and are believed to be friendly. You might get the feeling that someone is watching you, and the lights might flicker…but maybe, just maybe, they just want to enjoy a good meal with you?

Speaking of Food…

Do you like Devilled Eggs? Well…here’s a fun twist…

Devilled Egg Eyeballs!

First, hard-boil eggs and then peel the shells off. Want to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs? Click here to find out how!

Next, cut them in half and scoop out the yolk.

Combine the yolks with pesto, salt, pepper, and mayonnaise and mix until it’s smooth and creamy, then set it aside.

Here’s where the fun comes in: Dip a toothpick into red food dye and draw “veins” on the flat part of the whites.

Fill the holes with the yolk mixture then put a round dab of mayo in the center.

Stick a sliced olive in the middle of the whites, and there you go! A yummy Devilled Egg Eyeball!

Discovery Center: Astronaut Academy Exhibit Opens Saturday with a Special Viewing of a NASA Moon Rock

The Discovery Center’s newest exhibit, Astronaut Academy will be on display Oct. 3, 2020 through Jan. 2, 2021 at the Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave. A special grand opening event will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature individual hands-on experiments in the STEAM Saturday program.

Astronaut Academy is a hands-on exhibit with activities that introduce kids to space travel and experiments. Visitors will navigate their way through a space station module, control a remote Mars rover, build and launch their own rockets, view an authentic moon rock (courtesy of NASA) and more. Discovery Center partnered with National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE), NASA, and Lockheed Martin to showcase the ideas, engineering and even the art that goes into the study and exploration of space.

The exhibit is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Updated sessions will be posted on the Discovery Center website. General admission to the Discovery Center is $8.00 per person or $28.00 for a family of four. Annual memberships are also available for individuals and families. Star Lab Planetarium shows are held Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by group reservation only due to COVID-19.

Discovery Center staff will be implementing increased cleaning protocols for the facility. Hands-on manipulatives will be sanitized with appropriate cleaners during periods of high traffic and following each two-hour session. The Discovery Center will close at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 4:30 p.m. throughout the week to undergo deep cleaning. Use of UV light will be implemented to sanitize the planetarium, and UV sanitization has been installed in Discovery Center air handlers.   Items that are not easily sanitized have been removed or replaced. Hand sanitizer stations are available in all areas of the facility.

Astronaut Academy is sponsored by Ocala Electric Utility, Discovery Center Foundation, Marion Rotary Duck Derby, with special thanks to Lockheed Martin and NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

For more information, please call 352-401-3900 or visit www.mydiscoverycenter.org.

Ocala/Marion Day of Giving with the Marion County Children’s Alliance

The Marion County Children’s Alliance is excited to be a part of the first Ocala/Marion’s day of giving hosted by the Community Foundation of Ocala/Marion.  This special giving day is an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

The Children’s Alliance needs your help! Please join our campaign and help us reach our goal of $10,000! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

Get ready to give! On October 20, starting at October 20, 2020 10 AM, visit https://www.give4marion.org and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in Ocala/Marion. You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at October 21, 2020 10 AM.

“Hinterlands” Opening Exhibit

The opening for Megan Welch’s, Hinterlands, will begin Monday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave. Due to ongoing Covid-19 health and safety concerns, there will be no opening reception. This art exhibit will be on display October 19, 2020 through January 8, 2021, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Megan Welch is a portrait painter and educator residing in Northeast Florida. Welch recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with an MFA in Painting. She is also a graduate of the University of North Florida, receiving her BFA in Fine Art with a concentration on painting and drawing.

Welch has been represented in the World of Wonder Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Holly Blanton Art Studio &

Gallery in Atlantic Beach, FL. Most recently, she exhibited her MFA Thesis: Stay Where I Can See You, at Holly Blanton Art Studio & Gallery in Atlantic Beach, FL, and was featured in the latest edition of the publication For Women Who Roar (Issue 2). Welch is currently an educator at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra in the Fine Arts Department.

Hinterlands is an exhibit of portraits in oil and graphite. A hinterland is a geographical term for uncharted areas beyond a coastal area or riverbank. They portray what is beyond the visible and known.  Most people measure their lives in terms of past and present, as in who they were before and who they become as a result.  This body of work tells the stories of those navigating the temporal nature of life, the unknown and the human condition.

To learn more about artist Megan Welch, visit www.meganwelchartworks.com.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at 352-629-8447 or [email protected].

City of Ocala to Host a Tire Amnesty Day

The City of Ocala is providing residents with free tire disposal Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Disposal locations will be at the corner of NE 14th Street and NE Eighth Avenue and the Hampton Aquatic Fun Center located at 255 NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Tires generated by businesses will not be accepted and there is a limit of 10 tires per resident. This service is for residents living within the city limits. A driver’s license listing a city address may be requested.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Residential Sanitation Division at 352-351-6697.

Opening for Dan McCarthy’s, Florida: Explored

The opening for Dan McCarthy’s, Florida: Explored, will begin Friday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. at the Recreation and Parks Administration, 828 NE Eighth Ave. Due to ongoing Covid-19 health and safety concerns, there will be no opening reception. This art exhibit will be on display Oct. 23, 2020 through Jan. 15, 2021, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Dan McCarthy is an Ocala, Florida artist who focuses on capturing the essence of nature’s wild spaces. McCarthy is currently represented in local galleries and businesses such as Gallery B, Brick City Center for the Arts Gallery, Symmetry Coffee and Crepes and Big Hammock Brewery & Bites.

Exploration, wonder and the experience of being there are themes that can be found in

McCarthy’s work. His goal is to capture the mood and feeling of a place to transport the viewer on a journey. Through varying techniques, both in the field and in the studio, every piece is created to accurately reflect the essence and emotional impact of the scene.

Florida: Explored is an exhibit of select pieces created during his exploration of a hidden gem in Marion County – Indian Lake State Forest. The forest has many personalities. Foggy mornings lend an air of mystery that begs to be captured and translated to print. The rising and setting sun cast deep shadows in the folds of a cypress tree’s bark. Water levels rise and fall, exposing new elements of the environment with every passing day. Every visit is a new adventure, a new experience waiting to be discovered and translated into his work.

To learn more about artist Dan McCarthy, visitvisionsbydanmccarthy.com

For more information about this exhibit, please contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at 352-629-8447 or [email protected]

Come Visit the BRAND NEW Fort King Archaeological Resource Center!

We will be opening the Fort King Archaeological Resource Center to the public Friday and Saturday (October 2-3) from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Please stop by and see what staff and the archaeological team have been working on!

The ARC Center will be open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 12-5pm same as the Visitor Center.

We are so excited to have this new addition to Fort King, and look forward to telling the story of Fort King’s archaeology to the public.

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

September 22, 2020 Fun Facts

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Deep frying turkeys is becoming increasingly popular. The meat is moist and tender, not greasy. Once the materials are assembled, the method is fast – just 3 minutes per pound, instead of 20 minutes.

Prepackaged turkey frying kits are available or you can assemble your own. Here’s what you will need:

  • 40 or 60 Quart pot (The turkey should fit easily with room on all sides.)
  • A meat hanger to lower and remove the turkey
  • Propane tank and gas burner
  • Meat thermometer
  • 5-6 Bottles of Cooking Oil (Approximately 1 1/2 gallons)
  • Fully thawed turkey(Warning: Frozen turkeys explode!)
  • Dry rub or marinade and syringe

Caution: Cooking oil is flammable, especially over an open flame.

Find a level, grassy or dirt area outside away from buildings and flammable items, like trees or wooden decks. Keep a kitchen rated fire extinguisher close by.

1. Measure and Heat the Oil

Lower your turkey into the pot. Fill with water to two  inches over the turkey.  Remove the turkey and measure the depth. Dump the water. Fill to the same measurement with oil. It will take about 30 minutes to heat to 325°F.  Stay below 350°F.

2. Prepare the Turkey

Unwrap and clean out your turkey and fit the meat hanger through the bird. Rub your spices all over the turkey. Do not stuff.  Lower the turkey slowly into the now boiling oil.

3. Cook the Turkey

The short wait (about 30 minutes for a 10 lbs bird) will soon be over. So keep a close eye on the time. Raise the turkey to take its temperature. When the internal temperature reaches 170° F in the breast and 180° F in the thigh, remove the turkey and let drip dry. Inject your marinade using a syringe. Always let oil cool before moving or disposal.

What Mechanics Watch For When Buying a Used Car

Most mechanics buy used cars. There’s a reason. Buying a used car saves a lot of money and manufacturer defects have been identified. You can shop around for different models to suit your budget. Asking your mechanic to inspect the car before you make your decision is a good idea to prevent costly mistakes. Here are some things the mechanic will look at if he were buying a used car for himself:

External body

Look for what a mechanic does when buying a used car or truck.

The mechanic will look for signs of rust/corrosion on the body or signs that the car has been in an accident. He will check if the car has an inspection sticker displayed if the state requires it. He will look up the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) report. This report will say if the car has ever had an engine change, suffered flood damage or a rolled-back odometer etc.

He will also look at scratches, dents, cracks and uniformity of color of the paint. Differences in shade will show that a part has been replaced. The edges of the body should be straight without ripples or lines. The gaps between the body panels should be equal down the whole length. Hinges should not have excessive free play and the body can be checked with a magnet, which will indicate if any rust has been replaced with filler.

Fluids

Another area your mechanic will look at is if the car has any leaks from the radiator, oil or fuel tank. He will have a look at the quality of the oil and the clarity of the transmission fluid. He will be able to tell, or may even ask the owner, when the last oil change took place and if the car has been serviced regularly.

Tires

The tire treads should be in reasonable condition and equal on all four tires. They need to be replaced if they are less than 2/32of an inch or 1.5 mm deep. Is the brand of tires well known? There should be no cuts, cracks or bubbles. Also, an irregular wear pattern usually indicates some trouble with the car’s alignment or suspension.

Gauges and Electronics

The mechanic will have a look at the gauges on the dashboard. There should be no persistent warning light pointing to oil, engine, airbag or ABS trouble. He will also try all the locks, alarm, stereo, sun roof, ignition, wipers, lights and power windows. It is well worth checking all these features as they may be expensive to fix or replace. Heater and air conditioning are also looked at. The vehicle manufacturer’s label situated on the driver’s door or door jamb will show if the year of manufacture matches what the seller has claimed and if there has been any tampering.

Engine and Transmission

The engine should run smoothly without strange noises or knocking. The transmission should shift smoothly and without grinding noises. The mechanic will check clutch performance in a manual transmission and will check automatic transmission for delays, jerks or shudders.

3 Easy Upgrades for a Used Computer

Buying a used computer out of the classifieds is smart. Whether its for school, work, or entertainment, you can easily upgrade an older computer to boost its performance.

Odds are, if you are reading this article, you are part of the 71% of the U.S. population with home internet and a computer or quite possibly a home with multiple computers with a family full of users. The personal computer industry has new options and models available on a regular basis that can make a computer of just a few years seem outdated and ‘over the hill’, but instead of rushing out and buying a new PC, there are a few simple upgrades that can extend the life of an older computer model.

Consumer Reports agrees that upgrades are a good possibility for PCs less than four years old. Computers older than four years can lack the technology to support current upgrades and it may not be cost-efficient to put simple updates into them. The simplest recommendations most anyone can handle on their own to turn back the clock on your PC are to add additional memory, increase the hard drive space and update the monitor.

Adding More Memory Is Cost Effective

RAM is the cheapest and easiest upgrade that gives the biggest performance boost.

Adding additional memory can be one of the most affordable and effective ways to improve performance on an older PC, for around $50-$75. The more RAM the PC has, the faster applications can run and be executed, especially if you play video-enhanced games, use the computer for photo editing or have other large-memory applications. If your computer can take more RAM, consider upgrading to at least double whatever the current amount is on your system.

To see how much RAM is in your PC, go to the Start menu, click Settings, and then click Control Panel. Click System and then select the General tab. At the bottom of the page you should see the amount of RAM. Adding additional RAM requires you to open up the computer and insert new RAM modules on the motherboard. The best place to start to determine the maximum amount of RAM your computer can handle is your PC’s owner’s manual. The manual should show you the number of slots (the place where you insert the RAM), how much each slot can take and the maximum amount (MB or GB) your system can use. And there are plenty ofRAM resources on-line to help guide the way.http://www.pcworld.com/article/62183/stepbystep_bulk_up_your_pcs_ram.html

Upgrade the Hard Drive for More Storage

The latest hard drives are faster and less prone to failure.

Increasing the hard drive space can also be accomplished for under $100 and will give your computer longer life by allowing you to continue to store and save files and data. Hard drives do have limited lifetime. Replacing this part which stores the operating system, programs and your files can prevent a critical crash.

Additional internal hard drives can often be installed in desktop PCs, but the easiest option, and typically only option for laptop users, is to buy an external hard drive. These external drives are portable, small and plug into a USB port on any computer, allowing for simple use – no tools required. They make the perfect way to keep backup copies of your documents, photos and videos, or transfer them to another computer.

Improve the Display by Upgrading the Monitor

If your computer is a few years old and is running great, why not help it hide its age with a LCD flat panel monitor. The resolution is bright and crystal-clear. Your PC, and your eyes, will thank you. Models to avoid are the older CRT and flat screen models, which are bulky and power hogs.

A new monitor will start at about $100 for a 15” and go up from there with size. A used monitor is often half the retail price. Monitors require no software installation, but you may need a DVI to 15pin adapter to connect the latest models to some video outputs. A new LCD monitor for your PC is a great birthday gift for your computer – and for yourself.

Celebrity Classic Cars!

Jay Leno

Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

Jay Leno owns about 80 classic cars in his collection. Besides steam-powered and electric cars, he also owns:

  • McLaren F1
  • Dodge Viper GTS
  • Audi R8
  • Lamborghini Miura
  • Ariel Atom

Interestingly, Jay also owns several motorbikes and a fire engine. Jay has three full-time employees just to take care of all these babies!

Jerry Seinfeld

The comedian is a self-confessed addict to Porsches and he owns several specimens from the 1960sto prove it. His collection counts 47 Porsches. One famous incident involving Jerry is that he was not allowed to drive a Porsche he was importing because the company had only made 200 and was not about to provide 4 for crash testing purposes!

Rowan Atkinson

Mr.Bean, known in real life as Mr. Atkinson, also owns several cars. Two cars in his collection are the McLaren F1 and also a Bentley Mulsanne.

David Beckham

World famous footballer and husband of Victoria “Posh Spice’ Beckham owns several collectible vehicles and even turned down a free Ferrari from the Montezemolo family because he already had one, thank you very much! Among his collection he has:

  • Bentley Arnage T
  • Ferrari 360 Spider, Ferrari F430, Ferrari F550
  • Lamborghini Gallardo
  • Aston Martin V8 and Aston Martin DB7, Aston Martin One-77
  • Hummer H2
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • BMW X5
  • Range Rover Sport

Elton John

Elton John has auctioned off or sold several of the cars in his collection due to lack of time to drive them, among which:

  • Aston Martin
  • Bentley
  • Jaguar
  • Rolls Royce
  • 3 Ferraris
  • Maserati Quattroporte

Steve McQueen

Late actor Steve McQueen starred in many movies involving car chases. He himself loved cars and motorbikes and could not fail to have his own interesting collection.

  • 1957 Chevrolet Convertible
  • 1956 Jaguar Roadster XKSS
  • 1969 Porsche 911 Coupe
  • 1948 MG Roadster

His cars can now be seen at museums and exhibitions, keeping his legend alive.

Four Ways to Sell More!

In times like these, you can’t afford not to advertise. But in times like these, you can’t afford to waste a single advertising dollar. At USA4SALE Networks, we can help you grow and defend your local business through targeted local advertising in our network of community classified sites. Here are four ways we can benefit your business:

1.) Catch More Fish by Fishing in the Right Pond

While traditional media outlets have remained stagnant or declined in recent years, people are spending more time online. Our network of classified sites draws visitors throughout central Florida for one primary activity – buying and selling. Our unique layout makes browsing easy – and it’s designed to put your message in front of the right audience at just the right time. We call it contextual targeting. And it gets results.

2.) Rescue Your Customers from the Clutches of the Competition

Truth is, we’ve been spending a lot of time with your customers lately. And they’ve been spending time with your competitors, too. Our doors are open 24 hours a day and we attract visitors late at night as well as during office hours. Your customers often come to our website in the buying mood.Our display advertisers are just one click away from the sale . . . or the beginning of a new relationship.

But you don’t have to stay up late yourself to keep your customers in the fold. We’ll do that for you. And while you may have difficulty reaching people at their desk at work, we reach into thousands of workplaces and cubicles every day.

3.) Generate More Qualified Prospects with Improved Lead Generation

You can fill your fishbowl with business cards by giving away popcorn at your trade show booth. But you know that what matters most are qualified prospects. The Internet is an information-driven medium that puts the consumer in the driver’s seat. By giving them the information they’re seeking (and requesting information in return), you can qualify prospects more efficiently — giving you more time to focus on the best leads.

4.) Skip to the Head of the Line (We’ll Show You How)

Are you new to local internet marketing? We’re not. USA4SALE Networks has been a leader in local online advertising for more than a decade. Rather than re-invent the wheel, let us put our experience to work for your business and save you the time, trouble and expense of learning by trial and error. One of our executives will be happy to give you a free consultation.

Cutest Puppy Designer Breeds

Designer breeds are a newer breed of dog which resulted from the accidental or intentional mating of two pedigree dogs. They are not to be confused with mixed breed dogs. Here’s a full list of recognized hybrid  breeds. Read on for our cutest picks:

Labradoodle

As the name suggests, this dog is the product of a Poodle and a Labrador Retriever. He carries the color of the Lab but has the curly coat of a poodle. Like both sides of parent, they Labradoodle is great with families with children and seem to like water, a trait common in Labradors. As with other designer breeds, this dog is not recognized by the AKC.

The Labradoodle first appeared in Australia in 1988 and was bred as a dog suitable for people allergic to pet dander and fur. It is now often used as a working dog in therapy, guiding and assistance roles.

Morkies

Morkie puppies or Yorktese appeared in the 1990s and are a mix between the Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier breeds. They are small, intelligent and very cute! They are often found in 3 color varieties: black and tan, butterscotch or tri-colored. They are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs, though they do need some grooming. Fully grown, the Morkie will weigh between 5 and 9 pounds.

Cavachon

The Cavachon is a small breed of dog that likes to join in family fun and does not like to be left alone. They are more suitable for older children but get along fine with other pets in the home. Also suitable for allergy sufferers they are great dogs for apartment dwellers.

The Cavachon was created from a King Charles Cavalier and a Bichon Frise. It has the long floppy ears and silky coat of the Cavalier and can come in a variety if colors such as red and white, sable and white, black and white, apricot and white or a combination of three colors. The breed is said to have come about by accident in1996. The dogs need regular maintenance for teeth, hair and nails and they may be prone to some diseases such as ear infections, skin problems, heart problems and hip dysplasia.

Shopping for Puppies in the Classifieds

By shopping locally, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the breeder personally. Check out some of the puppies for sale in Lake City or our Gainesville puppies page for local puppy breeders.

When shopping for puppies in the classifieds, always be sure you see the breeding facility and meet the breeder personally. In addition, Florida law requires that all puppies come with a health certificate, that no puppy can be sold who is less than 8 weeks old. It is also illegal to advertise a puppy and ask for a deposit to hold.

4 Home Improvement Projects In One Weekend

Refresh Your Bedroom

Giving a fresh look to the bedroom can be done quite quickly by giving the walls a new look and updating the soft furnishings.

Not every home improvement project has to be a complete renovation.

 

A new headboard for the bed can be created out of a variety of items, even reclaimed doors or windows. Remove the glass and cover the backs with foam board or fiber board. Dress up the pieces with any fabric or leftover wallpaper you have lying around.

Another idea to try is a symmetrical arrangement of mirrors on the wall, in the same way you would hang pictures. The mirror effect can brighten up a bedroom and make it seem larger.

Cover the walls with oversize pattern wallpaper or a fresh coat of paint for a sophisticated look.

If someone in the family is handy with a sewing machine, update your curtains and soft furnishings with some interesting matching fabrics. Bedding can also receive an upgrade with a new quilt cover or bed sheets.

Add some modern lighting for a contemporary look and voila!

Update the Kitchen Cabinets

Old and tired kitchen cabinets can be upgraded with fresh paint and modern handles or knobs. Some cabinet doors can be removed or given a new look by adding glass. Following are some ideas for the kitchen:

  • White cabinets look great against a color background wall.
  • Consider putting up some open shelving for added interest.
  • Chalkboard paint can be applied to one or more cabinets to use as a board for reminders and shopping lists.
  • Glass –fronted cabinets set against a blue wall in the background give a striking result.
  • The distressed paintwork look coupled with a granite countertop and brick walls/slate floors gives a nice vintage look.
  • Tidy the inside of your cabinets with modern storage ideas or slide-out shelving.
  • Removing a few existing cabinet doors can also make the kitchen look larger.

Add or Upgrade Molding

Molding projects can change the look of a room, dress it up, and add elegance.

Molding materials come in three varieties:

  • Stain grade molding
  • Paint-grade lumber
  • Engineered profiles

Besides the more common use around the ceiling and floor, molding can be creatively used to accentuate features such as windows, a fireplace, a bookcase, or around a door. Doors can also be given a new look with paneling made out of molding strips that are nailed or glued on.

Another idea is to create a recessed panel in the room using molding, which works great with some contrasting paint color. Another extra feature to add is medallions made out of polyurethane foam or polystyrene to add decoration where a light fixture is to be mounted.

Create a Home Office

An easy way to create a home office is to design and build your own workspace. You will need to design a desk, shelves, drawers and storage, and maybe a bulletin board.  Several designs can be found online to suit any level of DIY experience.

An innovative idea is to use metal brackets and an old piece of floorboard or other recycled wood to make the shelves.

Finally, buy a comfortable ergonomic chair, your back will thank you for it.

Is Your Child’s Car Seat Installed Correctly?

By law it is mandatory for child passengers in a car to be properly secured in an infant seat, car seat or booster seat. Making sure your car seat is secured properly could save your child’s life in the event of an accident.

Get the Seat that Matches Your Child

The car seat is one item you can’t spend too much on.

There are various seats available on the market, depending on your child’s age and height. Checking out a good guide will give you a good idea of what to look for and what to expect. Since your child will grow quickly, but will need a seat until they are about twelve years old, you may want to buy seats which convert and grow with your child.

There will be some difference in installation depending on your chosen car seat, so for up to date information always refer to the manual that comes with the seat (or search online for manufacturer’s instructions), as well as your car manual.

The first and most important factor is to make sure you have the right seat for your child’s age, weight and height. Remember that infants should sit in a rear-facing seat until they are at least 1 year old; preferably 2 years old according to latest national guidelines.

There Are Two Manufactures Recommendations – Car Seat and Vehicle

Next, check if your seat has a LATCH system. Cars and seats manufactured after 2002 have a LATCH system, or Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.

Then, place the child seat on the appropriate seat in your car, always referring to the brand guide as indicated. If your seat has a detachable base, it is best to secure the base without the seat attached, as it is easier to handle and to check that you are installing it correctly.

If the seat does not use LATCH, thread the car seat belt through the indicated route and fasten the belt. Pay attention to the seat belt path you are using, since a seat which can be used as rear and forward facing will have two seat belt paths. Tighten the belt until you have the snuggest fit possible. Weighing down the seat with your own weight as you kneel on it will help to give the right setting.

A locking clip can be used for added safety with shoulder belts that do not lock automatically. Finally, make sure the belt clip is lower than the seat belt path and tighten the top tether securely.

Stay Away from Air Bags

The safest place for an older child’s seat is right in the middle of the back seat, and never in the front passenger seat facing an airbag. Also, make sure the seat for a very young baby is at a 45-degree angle, so that the head does not tilt forward and obstruct the airway.

Most importantly, if correctly installed your car seat should not move more than an inch from side to side. If in doubt, your local fire department can assist you.

How to Design a Patio Sanctuary for Your Backyard

Redesigning your patio can be as simple as adding a few pieces of outdoor furniture to your backyard. Or it can be as elaborate as installing an adjoining concrete slab with an outdoor kitchen and dining area.

Visualize the Design with a Quick Mock-up

A bench and a potted plant transform this bare patch.

As you begin a design project for a backyard patio, always check whether you need permits to make your ideas a reality. Once that is done, you can actually start the project. You may have chosen a designer to do it for you, or more probably you have decided to do it yourself to save money and because you generally like home improvement projects.

Decide where your patio is best situated. Most patios lead off from a living area or kitchen to make entertaining guests easier. Check the space you have available and size your patio accordingly. Lay out a rope or garden hose to visualize the footprint of your patio. Set a few chairs in the space to ensure it is not to small.

Decide before your build whether you want a charcoal grill or gas barbecue on your patio, or if you want to build a stone fixture. (See Choosing the Right Grill for your Backyard BBQ.) Opportunities are unlimited and you can include or leave out any of the following: a fridge, a sink, cabinets and aesthetic features such as fireplace, waterfall or hot tub.

Select a Building Material for Patio

Consider these choices when it comes to choosing the material for your patio:

  • Real stone
  • Stone Veneer
  • Brick
  • Pavers
  • Concrete

Your choice should be made on the basis of the look you want to achieve and the budget you have. Some versions of material may be easier to work with and install, while others may be harder-wearing. Keep in mind the color and tone (light or dark) that you want to achieve. Use can use websites to help you in your design or get handy with paper and artists’ colors.

Canopies Provide Shade

A patio can add a whole extension to your home.

Many patios also sport overhead cover to protect against the sun or possibly a light drizzle. You have a wide choice of coverings. Many of these now come in kits that you can assemble yourself. Options include:

  • Awnings
  • Umbrellas
  • Gazebos
  • Aluminum
  • Pergolas
  • Corrugated metal
  • Trees
  • Trellis
  • Arbors

Choose Comfy Furniture

Finally, choose only furniture for your patio that is comfortable for you and your guests. Look for sturdy items that aren’t too difficult to rearrange. It could be metal, aluminum, wood or plastic; you have many choices of material and designs. Chairs, tables, lounge chairs, benches and swings are all popular pieces of furniture for a relaxing atmosphere. You need not spend a fortune straight away, you can add pieces over time. To round it up, add cushions and some atmospheric lighting to set off your work.

World’s Most Expensive Golf Carts

What are the world’s most expensive golf carts?

Golf carts used to be little vehicles that served a simple purpose — getting you around the golf course comfortably. With the advent of these new luxurious models, you are no longer confined to the course and can make a lasting impression everywhere you go!

Garia LSV – $62,000

This most expensive of golf carts is actually allowed on the street and comes equipped with seat belts, mirrors, hydraulic brakes and speeds up to 25mph. You can also install a stereo, digital instruments and a dashboard refrigerator as well as other extras. The Garia LSV is customizable with over 100 colors for the body, roof and dashboard; 3 different colors of upholstery and 10” and 12” aluminum wheels.

Garia Edition Soleil de Minuit Golf Car- $52,000

This cute little cart comes from the Porsche factory in Finland. Looking more like a golf cart than the Hummer model available for $19,999, it is a limited edition version of the standard Garia golf car. It comes with standard Garia features such as two golf bag carriers, a painted utility box, scratch-resistant side skirts, a pen holder and scorecard on the steering wheel. There’s also an optional dashboard refrigerator.

The special price for the limited edition can buy you custom paint, two-colored hand-stitched seats and a carbon roof lined with alcantara. World-renowned manufacturers of the Ducati, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Volvo brands were all involved in creating this little gem.

Rolls Royce Phantom-style cart – $30,560

If your budget is too modest for the Garia, you could opt to give your golf cart a makeover to look like a Rolls Royce Phanto. It comes with leather seats, chrome wheels, and a dual tone exterior trim.

Hummer H2 Golf Cart – $19,999

Last but not least, this cool little number will set you back a more reasonable 20 Grand. It is inspired by the Hummer vehicle used by the military. Similar to a small road vehicle, it can reach speeds of 20mph and includes brake and turning lights as well as headlights and fog lights. The dashboard is available in carbon fiber or wood grain to suit the owner’s choice. Other small luxuries include a cooler under the hood, more storage under the seat, tinted windshield and drink holders.

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