We truly hope that you enjoy this special time of year with the ones you love! Market Mommy wishes you a blessed holiday season <3! We will be taking a few weeks of to spend with our family and hope you are able to do the same! We will be back in January, refreshed and ready to help you kick your business into overdrive in 2017! Can’t wait to work with you! May you have a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Many Americans are looking for ways to reduce their dental health care expenses. Unfortunately, they are finding the New Year is bringing rising premiums, higher out of pocket expenses and deductibles. Quality dental care is crucial, for the old and young alike, but the high cost can be financially stressful. Which is why so many people are choosing dental discount plans over traditional dental insurance.

Inadequate dental health can cause more than just cavities, it can also lead to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, dementia, respiratory infections and diabetic complications.

Traditional Insurance Plans

Besides the high annual cost, the typical dental insurance plan has many shortcomings. For instance, the average copay has the insured paying over 20% for just a filling and 50% for a crown, while many other procedures are not even covered.

Then there are the annual maximum payouts, they are usually as low as $1,000 to even $2000. Unfortunately, all it takes is a few dental procedures, such as a tooth extraction, and a root canal with a crown, to reach your max and leaving you paying out of pocket.

The Affordable Care Act

Dental health plans under the Affordable Care Act are required to provide Pediatric Dentistry to meet the requirements of “essential health benefits”. The requirements for adults are not the same. While new ways have been formulated to find dental insurance in the marketplace, it hasn’t led to lower cost or a higher quality of care.

With all the attention paid to affordable health care, experts say standard dental coverage has changed little over the last 20 years while leading to greater out-of-pocket costs for consumers,” according to ABC News

Discount Dental Plans

Discount dental plans are becoming increasingly popular. They tend to be more affordable, whether annually or monthly, and provide significant savings with participating dentists. These plans provide pre-negotiated discounts for most dental procedures, cover pre-existing conditions, eliminates the hassle of deductibles, less paperwork and there is no cap on the total savings.

Our goal at True Dental Discounts is to provide both individuals and families with affordable and quality dental care. Learn how you can save on exams, braces, dentures, cleanings and many other dental procedures by contacting TrueDentalDiscounts.com.

 

If you’re looking for a dentist in the triangle area, consider Lane & Associates Family Dentistry.

Christmas is fast approaching and the season for gifts is set to come along with it. Everyone around the world has already started to look for the best gift which they can present to their loved ones to express their love and gratitude for them. While doing so, it is important to ensure that you choose such a gift that is both useful as well as appreciable.

There are a lot of options that one can consider to present their loved ones with. But in this post we will focus on gifts that will be a perfect present for tech geeks. Here’s a list of five amazing gadgets that will lit up the faces of your dear ones with happiness and glee. Each gadget has its own unique purpose and will surely delight your close ones with its design and utility.

1. Sony Play station 4 500GB console

Gaming console is probably the most common and sought after gift that can be presented to a gadget geek. Someone who loves playing games will surely be more than happy to receive such a pleasant surprise. When we talk about gaming consoles, the first name that pops up in our minds is the Sony Play Station. Sony’s series of Play Station consoles are the most sensational gadgets and have always received unprecedented success and love. The latest in the series is the PS4 which has the best of specifications and controls to play with. The product allows gamers to tap unseen zones of their creativity and push themselves to develop some amazing and enthralling gaming experiences. The main highlight of the console is the ‘Suspend mode’ that eliminates load time on your saved games and enables you to directly start from the saved point. Enjoy endless challenges and share all your achievements as you reach to the top of the table in your designated game.

2. VicTsing speakers

VicTsing presents you with the most stylish and elegant speakers that can be gifted to your loved ones on this special occasion of Christmas. This wireless speaker is a waterproof gadget with 5W drive and built-in mic. Its impressive design boasts of a silicone case that guarantees a shockproof and dustproof experience with up to a gradation of IPX5 level. The device has an inbuilt 5W speaker along with A2DP support that lets it stream incredible stereo sound with crystal clear sound and high range output. Moreover, the speakers can be easily carried and tied to a mount because of the detachable suction and aluminum alloy hook. For best shower speakers choices I recommend you visit Topreviewhut.

3. Autel Robotics

If you are a video enthusiast then you will surely appreciate this beautiful drone from the Autels. The X-Star premium features a 4K Ultra HD video camera with quick release 3-axis gimbal stabilizer that can record and display HD videos for as far as 1.2 miles away. The device has a 64GB card and comes in a semi hard, splash proof zipped case. Dual GPS/GLONASS outdoor navigation, SecureFlyTM magnetic interference protection and Starpoint Positioning system are some of the main highlights of this device. Its LCD display and intuitive one touch controls helps the drone to record and display HD videos with great amount of clarity and details. The gadget is safe and stable at even low altitudes and can work smoothly even without the free Starlink mobile app. But still having the app will be an added advantage because it will render you with many extra capabilities that can be useful to control its flight, rotation and operation.

4. Nintendo New 3DS XL special edition

The future of gaming and entertainment is set to change with Nintendo’s new 3DS XL system that combines next generation portable gaming and super stable 3D technology with added controls. The system can play all the Nintendo DS games though they will not appear in 3D format. This new version boasts of a faster processor for easy loading, built-in amiibo support for greater compatibility, NFC support and a C stick that powers you with enhanced controls. The device lets you take 3D photos and allows you to connect with your friends as well. Games like super Mario world comes pre-installed on this gadget which can be used by anyone whose age is 7 or more.

5. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger is the ideal headset for gamers who prefer to enjoy light weight comfort and high quality sound while playing their favorite games. The headset fits conveniently around your neck and gives less strain to your ears, thanks to its 90-degree rotatable ear cups. It has a adjustable steel slider for enhanced stability and has its volume controls placed below the right ear cup for quick and easy accessibility.  Its multi-platform compatibility lets you enjoy the same kind of experience on all kinds of devices including PC, Xbox One,PS 4,Wii U and mobile phones. Additionally, the device has a microphone that has high end features like swivel-to-mute and noise cancellation capabilities.

 

So, you’ve bought your laser printer and you’ve got over the shock of the price – it has to be said that they are more expensive than inkjet models – and now you’re wondering how to make some savings on the toner cartridges. Thankfully, toner is cheaper than ink and it also stores for much longer, so that’s an initial saving right there. You can save even more, though, by buying your supplies from online retailers such as Cartridge People. There’s also a few other tricks to make each cartridge last a bit longer. Let’s look at some of them.

Of course sometimes a cartridge has just run out and it simply needs to be replaced, but sometimes you can get a few more sheets out of it, or make your printouts look better, by adopting a few clever moves. This will, over time, save you a few pounds, as well as help you to reduce the number of cartridges you use each year.

Give it a shake

If you’re finding your pages are suddenly streaky or patchy, this doesn’t automatically mean that the toner is running out. It is also a sign that the toner powder isn’t evenly distributed in the case. Take the cartridge out of the printer, wrap it in a towel or cloth and shake it gently. This could get you a few dozen more pages. 

Use a less-hungry font

Some fonts use a lot of toner – chunky fonts like Comic Sans MS is a baddie, so use Calibri or Verdana instead. Always aim for sans serif, as well.

Don’t print so much

We’ve got too used to just hitting “print” without thinking. Stop and ask yourself if you can email that document, or whether you can store some files in the cloud. When you do have to print out, choose a smaller font and use your print preview function to make sure you’re not missing half the text; if the top or bottom paras are missing, you’ll have to make another copy…

Use greyscale or black-and-white as much as possible

If you’re always using the best quality print, or colour, then you’re wasting ink. Save colour and high quality for final, official or external documents. Your printer probably has a draft mode, which reduces the dots-per-inch (dpi) volume. The text isn’t as bold, but if it’s for your eyes only, who cares?

Try out toner saver mode

This setting helps you to save ink – it doesn’t look so good with greyscale and you can forget about photos! However, for rough drafts, it’s useful and you don’t have to make it a permanent setting.

If you do have to replace your cartridge…

You’ll get quite a few warnings before the amount of toner becomes critical – but even so, try not to print out any official documents if you think the cartridge is on its last legs. When you do replace the cartridge, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

I am always excited when I get an email from Wonder Forge Games asking me to review some of their newest products. This fall was no different. This year, they have tons of new games for the entire family out in time for the holidays so I had several to choose from. I chose the games listed below and am glad I did. Our family had a wonderfully fun game night because of them!

Stick Stack

This game is sort of like a cross between the classics Jenga and pick up sticks. It was a lot of fun and created a lot of laughter in our household. The box says for ages 8 and up, but my 5-year-old enjoyed it immensely. You must keep a steady hand and stack the sticks on matching colors. I liked the rules that said even if some sticks fall the game isn’t over! It retails for just $16.99 and can be found at Target stores.

Suspicion Game

I was drawn to this game because my 9 and 11-year-olds love the classic Clue game. And, it turned out they liked this game too, although it’s different than Clue in several respects. In this game, you are the jewelry thief and have to conceal your identity while you steal priceless gemstones. You have to figure out who the other thieves are. It retails for $19.99 and can also be found at Target stores.

Really Bad Art Game

Our family loves drawing games and those that get our artistic abilities (or lack thereof) involved. And, who couldn’t love a game with this name?? You only have six seconds to draw your phrase. After everyone draws, you mix them up so people can guess which drawing matches which phrase. The box says the game is best for ages 12 and up, but my 9 and 11-year-olds didn’t have too much difficulty with it. It retails for $19.99 and is found at Target stores as well.

If you are looking for a great gift idea this holiday season, or are just in search of some fun things to do as a family over the holiday break, I definitely recommend these Wonder Forge games! More games that are available include; Dr. Seuss Thing Two and Thing One Whirly Fun Game, Disney Pixar Dory Bubble Science Game, Boulder Burst, Star Wars Eye Found It! Game, Marvel I Can Do That! Game and Disney Frozen Where’s Olaf? Game.

You can see more of my previous posts about Wonder Forge here. Happy Holidays!

I did receive these products free of charge in exchange for the review. However, the opinions are my own.

 

Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome to our Mommy Monday feature for this week! Each week, we interview a mom business owner and get to know her a little better! We like to find out how she balances life with children and a business! We also like to hear about the marketing strategies that are working for her! Hopefully, this provides a little bit of inspiration to all of the other hard working moms out there! If you’d like to be considered for this feature, send us an e-mail! We’d love to learn about your business, too!

Today’s mom entrepreneur is Jennifer Roberge.

What is your business?
The Eczema Company and It’s an Itchy Little World.

When did you start your business?
2011

What services/products do you offer?

At The Eczema Company, we offer natural eczema treatments for children and adults. Our mission is to provide the best products for eczema to soothe your itchy little world. Our blog shares my family’s personal experiences with battling eczema and we also offer advice from natural health care practitioners as well as success stories from other families. 

How do you balance family and business?
Well, I’m not sure it’s that balanced, but I try my best to work only when the kids are at school. But that can be tricky at times because I work from home and I find myself often jumping back to my office to return just one email or search for an idea that just popped to mind. The kids are really good at reminding me that they need attention and my work can wait J But no matter how balanced or unbalanced my work-life balance is, I do try not to judge myself for it and that’s what really makes a difference.

What advice do you have for other mom entrepreneurs?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. There will be times when you’ll work too much and that’s ok. Forgive yourself and move on. Just make time for your family and appreciate those amazing moments when you have them. Put your phone down, walk away from the computer and give yourself fully to your family.

How do your market your business?
We do a lot of work over social media and we love to work with bloggers. Email marketing does really well for us too, so we sent out two newsletters each month with information on our products and with posts from our blog.

Where can we find you?

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeczemacompany/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eczemacompany/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EczemaCompany

Facebook: facebook.com/theeczemacompany/