02
    Feb

    15 Ways to Treat Yourself and Have Fun

    Written by Shopping Video. Posted in Home

    In 2019, the Washington Post reported new statistics related to love and relationships conducted by the General Social Survey. It showed that over half of all adults in the United States are…drum roll…single! That’s right, with all the love and relationships that are shown on television and in movies, surprisingly, over half (51%) of adults aged 18-34 do not have a steady romantic partner. In addition, the median age of people getting married is for women, 28, and for men, 31. That’s about a 4-year difference from the median age to get married in 2010.

    The Joys of Being Single

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    With Valentine’s day celebrated every 14th of February, romantic comedies and movies prevalent, and social media promoting power couples, you might be wondering why so many people are still single or even choose to not be in a relationship. The answer is simple: being single rules! In fact, scientific studies have shown that being single is great not just for your physical health, but also for your emotional and psychological health as well. For example, according to a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, divorced people get more exercise than married people, and people who have always been single get more exercise than those who have been married or in a relationship. In addition, being single gives you time to heal past traumas, instead of jumping into toxic relationships again and again. This is known in psychology as repetition compulsion, and it can wear you out emotionally.

    Having Fun While Single

    Though you might think you can only have fun while being out with someone else, on the contrary, the repetition of going out with your significant other can become mundane. Sure it’s comfortable being with someone else, but being single allows you to treat yourself to nights out on the town or move nights without having to worry what a partner is feeling or if they’re tired. A relationship involves care from both parties, and if you aren’t feeling ready to commit your nights out to your partner, being single is a great option while you explore your new city, state, or even school.

    Learning to be Happy Alone

    Not only is being able to treat yourself to a good time alone important to have fun in life, but it’s also the building block for any relationship. If you don’t take the time to learn to treat yourself to a night out every once in a while, or how to enjoy your own company, this can wreak havoc on your future relationship. You can’t expect your partner to do all the hard work of planning dates, showing you a good time, or even making you happy. This creates an imbalance, co-dependency, and in the long run, makes you attached to your partner and dependent on them for validation. This is why it’s important to learn how to validate and have confidence in yourself first, before going on to a relationship. Take the time to treat yourself to self-care, emotional relaxation, and overall self-happiness. It’s easier than you think, and worth it in the long run. If you don’t know where to start, below are 15 tips to help you get started on loving yourself, and being happy alone, all day every day!

    1. Spa-Day

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    What does a spa day consist of, if not relaxation? Visiting spas is an amazing way to recharge, reconnect with yourself, and be pampered for a day. Treat yourself to a spa day this coming Valentine’s, or any day of the week for that matter! Hot spa treatments open up your skin’s pores, allowing your body to ward off toxins, and also encourage the body to burn calories at the same time!

    2. Massage Treatment

    Massage treatments can range from shiatsu massages to hot stone massages, and everything in between. Either way, if you treat yourself to massage treatment, it’s a sure way to relax, unwind, and lessen tension in your muscles. Tension in the muscles builds up from holding in stress, and also leads to increased blood pressure. Massages can help lower blood pressure, stress, and tension.

    3. Professional Facial

    Facials are one of the most amazing ways to boost confidence, develop healthy skin, and get rid of toxins you might not even be aware you had. Many facial spas are now using advanced technology, such as a cryo facial device to burn off unwanted fat, reverse the effects of aging, and tighten skin. Who doesn’t want to look younger?

    4. Care for your Smile

    Routine self-care is one of the best ways to maintain your happiness and overall health. This is especially true for self-care routines we might easily forget about, such as dental hygiene! It’s important to treat yourself to dental hygiene care every night, including using clear teeth straighteners even if you’ve had your braces already removed. Simple flossing, using mouthwash, and even brushing your teeth are all also part of routine hygiene that should be done daily. Maintaining your beautiful smiles is one of the best ways to remain confident, happy, and totally loving yourself!

    5. Professional Hair-Removal

    It’s easy to pull out a cheap razor and begin trying to do your own hair-removal. However, sometimes the help of a waxing salon is needed to help ensure your hair doesn’t grow back for at least a couple of weeks. It’s a hassle having to constantly shave skin, whether it’s your legs, underarms, or bikini areas, and over time can toughen your skin and even create scars and cuts. With the help of professional waxers, you can feel pampered and also save time on your daily beauty routine by cutting out shaving hair and shaping your eyebrows.

    6. Jacuzzi Night

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    Hosting a movie or jacuzzi night is one of the many date night ideas couples use. However, jacuzzi nights alone are just as fun! Treat yourself to a night of fun inside of the hot tub. Hot tubs are a great way to relax your muscles, de-stress and lower your blood pressure, and help you relax whether it’s a summer or winter night. If you don’t have enough money to treat yourself to a hot tub at home, try visiting your local spa or even booking a trip to a luxury resort or hotel.

    7. Plastic Surgery

    Plastic surgery can seem like a big decision to make, and it is, but it can also change your life for the better. Plastic surgery can help fix visible issues such as scars, deviated or broken noses, and even diminish the look of wrinkles. Sometimes, plastic surgery can be the best decision to treat yourself to. In addition, getting help from a cosmetic dentist can help you fix underbites, overbites, gaps in your teeth, and also overcrowding using different treatment methods such as invisalign treatment. This can also greatly improve your self-confidence, and also fix uncomfortable issues.

    8. Shopping Trip

    Who says you need someone to tell you your outfits are perfect? Treat yourself to a solo shopping trip! Shopping trips are a great way to pick out new clothes for a new style, splurge, and feel pampered all on your own. In fact, if you’ve been saving up money for a shopping trip, consider a big purchase that can benefit and improve your life. For instance, save money to put a down payment on a home or condo. You can also purchase one of 4.7 million vehicles sold in 2019, and use your savings to buy a new car to get to and from work! Shopping and buying things to benefit your life is a great way to feel confident and continue your journey toward self-empowerment and independence.

    9. Camping

    If you’re an experienced outdoors person, or even if you’re a beginning hiker or camper, a solo camping trip can be the experience of a lifetime. A solo camping trip can help you feel empowered and ready to take on the world by challenging yourself to face the elements and reset in the great and beautiful outdoors. It’s important you have all the important gear you’ll need to take with you on a camping trip. Consider shopping online for the gear you’ll need, such as an all-weather jacket, boots, tents, and even self-defense items. Parcel shipping can help you get all your gear to your door and save you money as well.

    10. Spiritual Retreat

    You might think that if you treat yourself to a spiritual retreat, it means having to give up a normal life and join a cult. On the contrary, a spiritual retreat can be an amazing experience if you feel you need another avenue or outlet to process emotional healing. Spirituality can affect our lives every day in how we act, how we feel, and even how we view the afterlife and hold together our values. Consider going on a spiritual retreat to recharge in any way you see fit or excites you. A spiritual retreat can also be a great way to get away from everyday life and change who you are as a person.

    11. Aromatherapy

    Aromatherapy has been used since ancient types to help de-stress people and lower anxiety levels. Certain fragrances, such as eucalyptus and lavender, have been shown to even be effective at lowering the aggression of big cats such as lions and tigers! Aromatherapy can be done at a spa, or at home using the help of an oil diffuser and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Crystal rock therapy has also been a hot topic, and many believe in the power of crystals to help them heal. Custom made jewelry can be made from custom stones and gems to help promote healing. In combination, aromatherapy and crystal healing can be other avenues that can help you de-stress and practice self-care.

    12. Professional Skin Care

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    It seems everyone nowadays has their own personal skin care routine. However, everyone’s skin is different, and it takes a professional’s help, such as a dermatologist, to let you know what products might work for your skin, and which can cause irritation and further issues. By getting professional skin care, you can be sure to feel pampered and also look younger and have a brighter glow!

    13. Solo Cruise

    Going on a cross-country journey is shown as the way most protagonists in movies are able to find themselves and heal after a bad breakup, leaving to go to college, or face some other crisis. Though it’s true cross-country trips are fun, if you want to relax, it can be a bit of a chore. Why not take a solo cruise to have even more fun and treat yourself to an adventure around the coast? Cruise ships offer an amazing experience for you if you’re interested in looking at different countries while having the commodities of a room with gorgeous views, good food, and social interactions all in one place. Consider going on a vacation cruise to Cancun, or even Alaska. You won’t be disappointed!

    14. Fine Dining

    Treat yourself to a fine dining experience and dinner date all on your own! Who needs to share dinner meals? You can have a fine dining experience by hitting up and making a reservation for one at the best restaurant in town. You can even experience the greatness of a chef-inspired full course meal by yourself, and have just as much fun as with a partner. In addition, you can even experience dining in a community environment, such as a restaurant with shared tables and seating if you want to mingle with other guests while enjoying your dinner.

    15. Exercise

    You might not think of exercise as a way to treat yourself to a stress-free day. On the contrary, countless research has shown that one of the best ways to reduce stress is to get routine exercise every day of the week. Exercise has countless benefits, from promoting weight loss, boost confidence, and overall health.

    24
    Dec

    How Can I Make Sure I Sell My Car for the Best Possible Price?

    Written by Shopping Video. Posted in Home

    You have a car that has been by your side for a while, taking you everywhere you need to go, and being a general great vehicle.

    Alas, you see another vehicle that has tickled your fancy, and now it’s time to part ways with the car that has transported you to places near and far for so long. You want to get as much value for it as possible, which is why you move to sell your once precious car. In 2019, 4.7 million cars were sold through a number of mediums, from Facebook Marketplace to classified ads, and more cars will be sold in the near future.

    As with anything you sell, you want to get the best value for your car, and here are some simple tips on how you can sell your car for the best possible price.

    Have Your Car Appraised

    Everyone knows how much “value” their car is worth, but do you really know the true value? One of the common mistakes car owners have when selling their vehicle is undervaluing or overvaluing their vehicle. If you don’t know to properly appraise your vehicle, you should take it to an appraisal service so that you can get the true value of your ride. One of the best places to visit is CarMax, which is the nation’s largest used car dealership. If you want to value your car yourself, there are measures that you need to use so that you can get close to the right value.

    First, see if your car has been damaged in an automobile accident, which could have a lasting effect on your automobile. Having an auto accident, and with the problems associated with that accident, can bring the value down. Next, see if the vehicle has any dents, which can also be a hit to the value. Last, but not least, see if any of the parts need to be upgraded. Older parts can also bring down the value of your vehicle (more on that later). In other words, appraise your vehicle properly, or it could turn off potential buyers, or you getting an offer that seriously undervalues your pride-and-joy.

    Replace The Old Parts

    Before you begin to sell your car, you need to take a look at the parts that make your vehicle go.

    While the parts may still function, having older parts could very well bring down the value of your car. One of the major reasons why is that if a person purchases your vehicle that still contains auto parts that were brought years ago, that could be a red flag as the person buying your car may sense that they will have to get the car tuned up soon, and because of that, they’ll bid low on your vehicle.

    To avoid this, and get a higher asking price for your car, replace the old automotive parts with new ones. That way, once you list your car on the market, you can add that it has new parts on it, which in turn, you can raise the sales price on your vehicle.

    Get Any Accident-Related Damages Repaired

    No one who is in the market for a car wants to buy one that has visible auto collision damage to it.

    Not only is it an unsightly look, but it can also bring the value of your vehicle down. That’s why, before you even put it on the market, get all of the accident-related damage to your vehicle fixed. You can take your car to an auto body service to have the car looked at and repaired. It may cost a pretty penny to fix your vehicle, but if you still have auto insurance on that car, you should be able to take care of any costs needed to repair the damage.

    One important fact to remember is that, when listing your car, you should put in the description that the car was in an accident. Don’t conceal that information as there could be lasting problems facing the car in relation to that accident, and you wouldn’t want to pass on a car with problems to a new owner.

    Make Paintless Dent Repairs

    OK, so you’ve taken a look at your car, and everything checks out, except that you find a dent in your vehicle, several in fact.

    For most motorists, the first instinct when they see a dent in their vehicle is to take it to an auto garage to get the dents repaired. That will simply cost you money, and it isn’t the only way to make a dent repair. There are products on the market that will make repairing dents on your own simple and as painless as possible on your wallet. Now, if you don’t know how to remove a car dent on your own, then it may be worth your while to head to an auto repair shop to get the dent fixed using paintless dent repairs. For most others, you can take the dents out yourself, and add some value to your vehicle.

    Change The Oil

    This tip is pretty straightforward. Every time you’re driving a long distance, or every two months or so, you should have your oil looked at aa changed so that your car will run smoothly. That should also be the case before you sell your vehicle, as you don’t want to sell it to a new owner with bad oil. If you’re a regular do-it-yourself mechanic, then you can change the oil yourself, with the only money you have to invest in is the motor oil from the automotive shop. However, if you don’t know how to change your own oil, you’re in look as there are hundreds of oil change locations and businesses that will gladly do this for you, and it doesn’t cost much for the oil to be changed, either.

    Having your oil change will make your car run smoother, which should bring added value to your vehicle once it’s time to put it on the market.

    Buy New Tires Or Repair Your Current Ones

    There is someone who is interested in your car, and they want to come and take a look at it. Everything seems as if it’s in working order, but once they feast their eyes on the tires, they’re immediately turned off by the poor condition it’s in.

    Having bad tires can bring down the value of a vehicle, and the purpose of selling your car is to get the best possible price for it. It may cost some money for you to do this, but you have to take care of your car’s tire issues before inviting potential buyers to come and have a look. The most expensive way to solve this issue is to buy brand new tires, but if the overall tire is in decent shape, there is a way that you can make tire repairs to them without having to buy a brand new set. Alas, most would recommend that you get brand new, or used tires that don’t have a lot of wear-and-tear, to make your vehicle more appealing and valuable for potential buyers.

    Fix Up Your Windshield

    Ugh, the cracks on the windshield have forever plagued you. You have been meaning to get the glass replaced, but you have been able to drive just fine with your windshield’s cracked.

    While it may work for you, it won’t work for a potential buyer for your vehicle. So, if you’re looking to sell your car and get a great price for it, you will need to do something that you have put off for a while — fixing your windshield. There are plenty of auto glass repair shops that can fix your windshield at a reasonable price. That way, you can market the vehicle as having a new windshield, which will allow you to ask for a higher price since you need to recuperate the money that was needed to replace it.

    Replace Your Ignition Switch

    Your vehicle has been around for a while, and you may have a special trick that you use to get your car to start. There is a certain kind of cuteness that comes with you, and you only, knowing how to start your vehicle. However, how will that work out for a potential buyer who won’t know the magic ways of starting their newly purchased vehicle? Just like with the windshield, this could be the prime time to finally get your ignition switch fixed. Even if there isn’t anything particularly wrong with your ignition switch, you will still want an ignition change so that you can raise the value of your car.

    Keep Your Car Nice and Clean

    You’re selling your vehicle, and you don’t want the first impression of potential buyers to be a car that’s dirty and unkempt. So before you show your car to potential new owners, take your car to the car wash and having it cleaned Or, to save money, you can clean the vehicle yourself. Make sure that you get all of the dirt off from the exterior, and make sure to vacuum the interior of your car. If there are any stains inside of the vehicle, get those stains out. The cleaner your car looks, the more value it will attract, which will add up to more money in your pocket.

    Make an Ad That Will Make an Impact

    You can’t sell your vehicle if no one knows it’s for sale. Creating an advertisement for your vehicle is just one way to get the word out there that your car is ready to find a new home. However, you don’t want to create an ad that is bland and won’t attract enough buyers. That’s why you need to make an ad for your vehicle that will make a huge impact. Take flattering pictures of your car at a nice location and make sure the lighting is great. Get photos of the inside of your vehicle, from the front seat to the odometer, and you may also want to get pictures that show the tires and the engine. Doing this will give the potential buyer a visual representation of what they can expect if they purchase your pride-and-joy.

    Next, make sure to post your ad in a high-readership publication. Craiglist is one of the best sites out there, but you need to make sure that you separate your ad from those with shadier means. If you have a little bit of money to spend, put an ad for your vehicle on Autotrader, in which rates start at $25 for a basic ad, or on it on eBay and watch the bidding war begin for your vehicle, thanks to your ad.

    In conclusion, selling your car is a big moment in your life, so you don’t’ want to mar it by not taking care of your vehicle and giving it a bad first impression That will do nothing but bring the value down to a point where you may have to second guess if selling is worth it.

    Thankfully, by using these tips, you will not only be able to maintain the value of your vehicle but also raise it. Before you talk about raising the value, you first must know the true value of your automobile, either by taking it to a professional or researching online like checking the Kelly Bluebook. Next, do the little things that will add value, like replacing old automotive parts and making repairs to any dents that you may see. Also, you’ll want to give your vehicle an oil change so that it will be ready to ride for the new owner.

    Don’t overlook major issues that could make-or-break the value. If your vehicle has been in an automobile accident, there could be some lingering issues that will need to be taken care of before you sell, and put a brand new windshield and get good tires put in your vehicle that will raise the value.

    Doing these steps will bring out the best for your car and will make it stand out among the many that will be seeking a new home soon.