Monthly Archives: October 2016

DealDash Deals with Distractions

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Distraction is defined as “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else”. Let’s look at 5 common distractions.

As an adult living with ADHD I am no stranger to distractions. One of the things that I have found very helpful to help me focus on the task at hand is knowing what are some common distractions that I am up against, so I can recognize them and deal with the preventively instead of just reacting to them. Here are 5 common distractions that you should watch out for, lest they prevent you from finishing your tasks.

1 – Social media. Social media is the number one distraction, and this includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Social media is a great thing, I wholeheartedly endorse using social media, but not when you need to be doing other things that are more important or time-sensitive. If you feel that you absolutely must check your social media while you are working or attempting to finish a project, then set a timer. Pick a reasonable amount of time such as 20 minutes – and set your timer for 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off you need to finish your last social media post and then sign out.

2 – Texting. I am the first to admit, I text with my friends and family all day when I should really be devoting my time to other things. As with the social media mentioned above, there’s definitely time in your day to text your friends and family, you just have to pre-determine when you will read and send texts. I suggest that you pick certain times in your day to read and send texts, such as 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, etc…I know that an unread text message can be a little stressful, so if you would like to use this strategy to keep yourself focused, then I suggest that you turn off your text alerts. If it’s something that can’t wait then they will just have to call you.

3 – People. If you work in an office with other people, especially friendly people, then sometimes they are going to distract you. Once in a while isn’t a problem, but if it gets to be an everyday occurrence then I suggest that you wear headphones while you are working. You don’t even have to have any music playing, just the sight of you wearing headphones will ward off any idle chatter.

4 – TV. If you’re trying to accomplish a task at home, don’t turn on the TV to keep you company. The light, sound, and movement of the TV will distract you and entice you to watch “just one show”. If you prefer to have noise while you are working or cleaning, turn on the radio.

5 – Daydreaming. I am very guilty of this distraction, and unfortunately it’s the most difficult one to stop. I have no solution to this distraction, other than trying to be more aware of your task and trying to keep focused.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you’re done with your tasks and are ready for some fun distraction, then head on over to DealDash for some entertainment shopping! DealDash has hundreds of auctions every day, and they all start at 1 penny! Just click this link here and you will be taken to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash has a Fun Email Trick

Image result for email Did you know that the first email was sent 45 years ago?! Here is a fun tip to get the most out of your email experience.

It’s true, the first email was sent by an engineer named engineer Raymond Tomlinson on Wednesday June 8th, 1971. Raymond Tomlinson has been credited with inventing email, and I’m sure that we are all grateful to him! Sadly, he passed away this past summer, but his email legacy lives on. Here is a fun tip that will ensure that your email will be read instead of ignored.

I was recently browsing my email inbox, and came upon a very fun email from my local craft store, and in it’s subject line was an emoji! Up until this point I had never seen (or maybe never noticed) any pictures in my email’s subject lines, and I was intrigued. After a little poking around I figured out how easy and simple it is to jazz up your email subject lines with pictures. Surprisingly, there is actually no trick at all! Just think of the emoji that you would like to use, find it with an internet search, and simply highlight it with your mouse, and cut (CTRL C) and paste (CTRL V)! Here are a few fun emoticons, you can cut and paste them right from this article!

😉👻👏🐋 🐙🐰🌹🌎🌤😀

Speaking of computer-related fun, have you downloaded the DealDash app for your smart phone? If you’d like to be able to browse auctions, buy bids, bookmark auctions, bid on items, and set or revise BidBuddies, you need the DealDash app! The app is 100% free and available for both Android and Apple smartphones.

Here is the Android version on Google Play –https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dealdash&hl=en

Here is the iOS version in the App store –https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dealdash/id965782383?mt=8

I hope that you have found this article helpful. Once you start adding pictures to your email subject lines your friends will always be waiting for the next email so they can see what you chose to spice up your subject line!

After you’ve sent out all of your emails, head on over to DealDash. DealDash has all of the latest and greatest technology up for bid. Just click this link right here and it will take you to DealDash to browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Travels: San Diego

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Now is a great time to start planning your next vacation. According to the U.S. News, San Diego, California is number 9 on the list of the best places in the USA to visit.

There are a few things to do when deciding to plan your next vacation, and picking a destination is the first step! San Diego is a wonderful city that has a rich history as well as a current appeal. Let’s take a look at what makes San Diego such a great place to visit on your next vacation.

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The first thing that people tend to mention when speaking on San Diego is the weather. Sunny and warm is par for the course in San Diego. As you can see in the chart above, San Diego temperatures rarely dip below 60 or rise above 75. In my mind, that is just about as perfect as you can get. I visited San Diego a few years ago in February, and the weather was sunny and in the mid-60s for the entire week. It was a little slice of perfection compared to the New England weather that I have become accustomed to.

Besides the weather, people love to vacation in San Diego for the cuisine. San Diego has everything, from food trucks to fine dining and everything in-between. Since San Diego is in such close proximity to Mexico there are countless amazing Mexican restaurants that you can try. If Mexican cuisine isn’t your thing, just look to the East – the Pacific Ocean is right there, with all of it’s fishy bounty. If you’re into beer, San Diego boasts over 70 breweries! You could fill your vacation with brewery tours, if you so chose.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention any fun kid’s activities! San Diego has two of my favorite attractions – Sea World and the San Diego Zoo! Those are two “must see” items on my list if you have kids, and on my “should see” list if you don’t have kids!

I hope that you found this article informative. If you’re planning a trip you should definitely check out the luggage on DealDash. DealDash has the latest styles of luggage in all sizes. Just click this link right here to go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Crafts: Crayon Art

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Melted crayon art is beautiful and fun to make. Here’s how…

Making craft projects is what keeps life exciting, and melted crayon art is very easy to do, doesn’t require many materials, and can produce a finished project in less than an hour. What’s not to like?

My daughter brought home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch at her school, and I was instructed that we needed to decorate it in a non-scary way and return it to school in a few days. Since we needed to transport it back to school I figured that carving probably wasn’t the best option, stickers would just fall off, and drawing on it with a sharpie marker just wasn’t very fun. With those things in mind, I decided that we would make her pumpkin into a melted crayon project. Here is a quick tutorial in case you would like to make your own melted crayon art.

Materials:

  • Canvas of some type, it can be anything from a cardboard box to an actual art canvas
  • Crayons. They can be the cheap ones from the dollar store, if you like. The amount of crayons you need is proportional to the size of your project. A 24 pack of crayons is good for a small to medium-sized project.
  • Glue gun with glue
  • Hair dryer
  • Newspaper or large piece of cardboard to contain the mess

Step 1:

Using your glue gun, glue the crayons to the top of your canvas. Point the tips of the crayons down.

Step 2:

Using your hair dryer, put it on high heat and point it to the bottom half of the crayons.

Step 3:

Continue along the crayons until you are satisfied with the amount that they have melted. I found that I needed to concentrate the hair dryer in one spot for about 5 minutes to get them melted as much as I wanted.

Step 4:

Let dry. After drying you can remove the crayon wrappers and the remainder of the crayons that weren’t melted – or you can leave them on the canvas. It’s completely your decision.

I hope that you found this to be a fun craft project. If you like crafts, be sure to visit DealDash. DealDash has many fun craft items for auction. Just click this link here and you can browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cooks: Easy Apple Pie

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If your kitchen is anything like mine, it’s overrun with apples lately! Here is a quick and easy apple pie recipe that is delicious and won’t take too much time to prepare.

Do you like apple pie? Who doesn’t? The best apple pie is homemade, of course, but who has hours to make dough, slice apples, and all of the other little chores that it takes to make a delicious homemade apple pie? Here is a quick and easy recipe that tastes just as good as a classic apple pie.

Ingredients:

1 Box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box (This is the big shortcut – the crust!)

  • 8 Medium apples – peeled and thinly sliced (Another time-saving tip is to use the mandoline to slice your apples. That way it’s fast as well as completely uniform in thickness.
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch (less than 1/8 teaspoon) ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix filling ingredients
  4. Spoon ingredient mixture into crust-lined pie plate.
  5. Top with second crust, wrapping the excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal
  6. Firmly squeeze edges all around, then make small slices in the top crust to vent
  7. Bake 45 minutes, covering the outside edge of the crust with 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning.
  8. Cool before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

Apple pie is perfect for anytime, but I especially love apple pie in the fall with apples picked fresh from the orchard. For a little added “zip” in your apple pies, try using Granny Smith apples for 1/2 of the 8 apples. This apple pie is so yummy that I always get requests for it when it’s bake sale time!

I hope that you found this article useful. If you’d like to get a mandoline or any other kitchen equipment be sure to check DealDash first. DealDash has everything that you need for the kitchen. Just click this link right here and you can go browse the auctions. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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