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6 Tips to Coping with a Partner’s Incarceration. By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

6 Tips to Coping with a Partner’s Incarceration

Photo Provided By Guest Blogger Erika R.
Photo Provided By Guest Blogger Erika R.

When a person is incarcerated, their family and friends often serve the sentence right along with them.

The difference is loved ones serve their time on the outside, where they’re expected to continue to handle their responsibilities and shuffle on as if nothing has changed.

Unfortunately, when a spouse or significant other is locked up, life can feel put on hold.

Here, you’ll find six tips to coping with a partner’s incarceration.

If you have concerns about your loved one’s case or lack of quality representation, encourage them to call a respected law firm like Suhre & Associates.

Write Letters Regularly

Sometimes regular visits aren’t feasible. When your partner is out of reach physically, there are many ways to stay in touch.

Develop a routine of regular letter writing. Receiving mail is often one of the few highlights of an inmate’s week, and your letters can help keep your bond strong.

Send a Selfie Every Week

Frequently print updated photos of yourself to include in letters where applicable.

Important: become familiar with the facility’s policy on mail.

Sometimes, only postcards will be given to the inmate. In other cases, long letters and a limited number of photos are allowed.

Plan Phone Calls

It’s difficult for an inmate to pinpoint exactly when they’ll call home, but they often have a time-frame.

Try to rearrange your schedule at least occasionally to accommodate that time-frame. This may be the only way to make sure you connect over the phone regularly.

Your work schedule or problems on your partner’s end will eventually interfere with phone calls; try not to let it ruin your day if and when you miss a call.

Find Support

If your significant other is incarcerated, talking to others in your situation can be helpful.

Join an online forum or find a support group locally that focuses on your situation.

You’ll be surprised how many people are going through this experience. You don’t have to go through this alone.

Pursue Interests and Hobbies

Remember that you are not responsible for your partner’s situation, and you need to provide yourself with distractions until you can be together again.

Do not allow guilt to prevent you from enjoying yourself even when times are tough.

Taking steps to better yourself, further your career or work on hobbies you have been putting off can help you maintain peace of mind.

Keep a Journal

For the length of your partner’s sentence, consider keeping a journal or diary.

You can keep this as a safe place just for you, or you can compile it with the thought of giving it to your loved one when they are released.

It’s entirely up to you how to use this tool, but writing down your frustrations and thoughts can be a healthy way to cope with stress.

In conclusion, making the most of every day and staying busy with things that are meaningful to you should help the time pass more bearably.

Here at TipsfromTia.com we like to provide you tips for things that we know, can be embarrassing or uncomfortable to some of our readers. We know any family going through this situation, deals with a lot of pain. We just offer tips to help and for you to use at your own discretion.

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7 Sure-Fire Tips for Less Stressful Travel. By Guest Blogger Karleia S.

By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

 

7 Sure-Fire Tips for Less Stressful Travel

 

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

For most people, traveling involves plenty of stress that can include delayed flights to heavy traffic. Traveling can often be the worst part of any trip and can even make it difficult to want to escape. To ensure that you remain calm and have an enjoyable time, there are a few ways to prepare before it’s time to depart.

1. Pack Healthy Snacks

It’s important to remain energized during your travels to prevent sugar crashes or feeling sluggish. Pack healthy snacks that you can take on the go, which will allow you to stay full without relying on fast food.

2. Bring Essentials in a Carry-On Bag

A common way to feel stressed when traveling is worrying if your luggage will arrive at your destination. Although you may not be able to control where your suitcase arrives, you can still pack the essentials you need in a carry-on bag to get by until you reunite with your belongings.

3. Use Transportation Services

Avoid fighting traffic and trying to navigate different routes by hiring a company like Airflight Services when heading to the airport. You’ll be able to enjoy relaxing in a luxurious vehicle and even get a bit of work done before arriving for your flight.

4. Schedule a Red Eye Flight

You can reduce the stress involved with traveling by scheduling a red eye flight when the roads and airport will be less crowded. It will ultimately make for shorter lines and less risk for delays.

5. Dress Comfortably

Dressing comfortably for a flight will work to reduce the effects of jet lag and can allow you to fall asleep easily. Get cozy by wearing yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and shoes that are easy to take on and off.

6. Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Although it may be tempting to reach for a cup of coffee or an energy drink while running on a few hours of sleep, the caffeine can cause you to be on edge and crash later while traveling. Limit your caffeine intake to 200 milligrams throughout the day to ensure that you don’t feel jittery or anxious.

7. Expect the Unexpected

When traveling, a number of delays or interruptions are likely to occur. It’s important to remember that not everything will go according to plan and to remain flexible to ensure that you can go with the flow and reduce your stress levels.

To ensure that you can travel without as much anxiety involved, it’s important to practice a few steps and prepare ahead of time for a smooth trip. You’ll be able to relax before arriving at your destination and can have true peace of mind with the escape.

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Caution! 5 Things You Must Do Before Buying a Used Car. By Guest Blogger Erika R.

By Guest Blogger Erika R.

 

Caution! 5 Things You Must Do Before Buying a Used Car

 

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger Erika R.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger Erika R.

A used car is often a great deal. Modern used cars can last for a long time and cost a fraction of the price of a new vehicle. They can be filled with features. You should never purchase a vehicle just because of the price or the appearance. You must do five things before buying a used car.

Research the Car

Start by doing some research on the make and model of the vehicle you want. You want to read reviews, look at car rankings and check the safety ratings. You should also check the cost of ownership. See whether there are any commonly known issues with the car or previous recalls. This can stop you from buying an attractive used car that will become a problem to own.

Decide On Financing

You want to decide on your financing options before arriving at the used car dealership. Check with your bank or local credit unions to see whether you can be pre-approved for a car loan. Compare those rates to what the dealership is offering. Shopping for a loan instead of just accepting dealer financing can save you money.

Schedule an Inspection

You must always schedule an inspection before buying a used car. Take the car to a trusted mechanic or garage. Do not rely on friends who do not work in the auto industry. Have the car fully inspected. Listen closely to what the mechanics or technicians tell you. Never buy a used car without a professional inspection first.

Take a Test Drive

Take a test drive first. Dealerships like Expressway Dodge will allow you to test drive any used car that you are interested in buying. A test drive shows you how the car actually handles on the road. It also shows whether you are going to be comfortable while sitting and driving in the car. Take a comprehensive test drive that includes varied road conditions. Test everything while driving from the brakes to the air conditioner.

Get an Auto Insurance Quote

The final thing to do is get an auto insurance quote. Get multiple quotes if necessary. This will show you whether the car is going to be affordable. Some used cars are very expensive to insure. Getting an insurance quote will allow you to better assess whether the used car is the right choice for you.

Take your time when choosing a used car. Do not rush into the process even if everything seems perfect from the start. Do your research, test drive the vehicle and have everything inspected. The right used car will become a valuable asset that you can rely on.

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5 Tips for Creating a Living Will. By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

 

5 Tips for Creating a Living Will

5 Tips for Creating a Living Will
A living will is an important legal document that can protect you if you become unable to consent to different medical treatments. A living will is a document that lists exactly what you approve of and what you want to avoid after a medical emergency. You should know about five tips for creating a living will.

Be As Specific As Possible

The first tip is to be as specific as possible when creating the living will. You will need to be incredibly detailed about your wishes. You might want to look at templates or other living wills to see just how specific you need to be. Do not rely on vague statements or broad directives. Those types of statements can tie the hands of healthcare providers or even lead to legal challenges.

Choose Healthcare Proxies and Guardians Carefully

You must name your guardians and healthcare proxy in your living will. Guardians will take care of your underage children. Healthcare proxies are empowered to make medical decisions for you. Always choose only trusted people for these positions to ensure you wishes are carried out exactly as described.

Tell Loved Ones Your Wishes Immediately

You want there to be no ambiguity about your living will once it is written. Sit down with family members and loved ones to talk about your wishes. Be certain that everyone understands exactly what you mean in your will. Let them read the document. Clear up any confusion. This will prevent major problems later if something happens to you.

Always Contact a Lawyer

You want to always allow a lawyer from a firm like Gittens & Associates to finalize your living will. A lawyer will be able to correct any vague language and will guarantee that the living will is a legally binding document that will stand up under scrutiny. Do not rely on any living will that was not reviewed by an experienced lawyer.

Regularly Revise or Update Your Living Will

Update your living will regularly whenever something changes in your life. Change your proxy or guardian if relationships fall apart. Change your directives if your feelings about certain medical practices evolve. Add new directives if technology changes. This will make certain that the document always reflects your latest wishes.

You want to have a living will at all times that is up-to-date and legally binding. You never want to leave your family in a situation where they must make medical decisions for you without knowing how you feel about specific treatments. A living will protects you and your family during very difficult periods.

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Staying Safe While Going Oral. MA

By Tia Cristy

 

Staying Safe While Going Oral. MA

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Oral sex is considered an excellent part of foreplay, before intercourse, yet, it’s also a sexual act by itself. Not, to be mistaken by a random act of simple attraction. With that being said, oral sex has been mistaken as an act of saying “I like you” and been treated as “lightly” as a simple kiss. Taking this sexual act lightly, has had repercussions with our health. Some STD’s can be passed to your partner thru oral sex. But sadly, because of the rise in HPV, it can now be passed thru kissing.

HPV is still full of a lot of questions. There are 40 types of HPV. I’m not a doctor, so I’m not going to pretend I understand it completely. But, let me explain it in simple terms with the color orange.

A man is the carrier of the orange paint. A woman touches his orange paint, now she has the paint and touches another man, he now carries orange paint, he touches another woman and she is now left with the orange paint. See how it can spread so widely and rapidly?

Talking to your doctor about the HPV vaccine and if it’s right for you may be an option you want to look into. The vaccine isn’t for everybody and it does have an age limit.

If you won’t or can’t get the vaccine, there are still ways to protect yourself. And, protecting yourself while having oral sex can still be fun.

A dental dam is a safe way to have oral sex for both, men and women. If it sounds familiar, it’s used by dentist. It’s a square piece of latex that can keep bodily fluids at bay, but still allowing pleasure.

Using flavored condoms to perform oral sex on the male, can make the experience more “flavorful” for the “giver”, while still being pleasing to the male partner. Making it fun for both of you, give him a choice on the flavor because, the flavor will remain in your mouth after, so think of it like tasting someones lip balm. Remember, it’s so important to find out your partners allergies, before using a flavor they could be allergic too.

Flavor condoms can be irritating to the genitals. So, I recommend a  “wardrobe change” to a regular condom before intercourse. Talk to your doctor about sex and the best ways to protect yourself and being safe during sex.

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Lost Driver’s License? Seven Urgent Steps you Must Take Immediately! By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

Lost Driver’s License? Seven Urgent Steps you Must Take Immediately!

 

Photo Provided By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo Provided By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

Misplacing your driver’s license often leads to stress and despair on how you plan to get to your destination safely. However, there are some urgent things you must do immediately if you have lost your license, and you have already searched your house, purse, and car.

Step 1: Assess the Risks

While you may think that it is just your license that is gone, that information can allow anyone to access your bank, take out loans, and even open credit accounts. The best place to start is to contact a protection service that helps prevent identity theft. Then you will need to contact your bank, insurance providers, credit card companies, and possibly the social security office.

Step 2: Notify Authorities

It is embarrassing losing your driver’s license, but you need to get over the embarrassment and contact law enforcement. They will create a paper trail that helps track possible fraudulent activity. The police will want to know every detail, include places you remember having your license at. The more details you offer, the greater the possibility of finding your license.

Step 3: Notify the DMV

When you lose your license, let the DMV know immediately. If someone is pulled over and shows your license, the state will be notified because it has been flagged as lost/stolen.

Step 4: Replace the License

When you talk to the DMV, find out if you need to apply for a duplicate copy or if you are close enough to the renewal date. While you are checking on the status of your license, check for any tickets or violations that may be on your account. You can also use a service like Registrations Are Us.

Step 5: Do NOT Drive without a License

It may be tempting to drive to the store without your license, but it is illegal. When you are already dealing with the costs of getting everything replaced and protected, being fined for failure to present your license is another hassle. You can talk to the police to find out if carrying a copy of your driving record will count, but the DMV will often give you a temporary license while you wait. These temporary licenses look just like a printed receipt, so keep it somewhere safe until your new license arrives in the mail, or your old license is found.

Step 6: Monitor for Identity Theft

It is important to remain vigilant and monitor for any possible signs of identity theft. Periodically, run a credit score to review the reports and answer the phone even when you do not recognize the caller ID. It will be a hassle, but it will prevent the possibility of someone running your credit into the ground and siphoning your money.

Step 7: Invest in Identity Theft Protection

To prevent future problems, invest in a service that will protect your identity. The number of phone calls you will need to place will diminish. It is best if you just keep your license in a place where you can find it, but protecting your identity is never a bad idea.

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All Lube is the Same. Stupid Tip of the Day: (MA)

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: All Lube is the Same. (MA)
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You may think all lubricants and oils to enhance a sexual experience, are built the same, but that is not the case. You’ve seen the commercials for her pleasure and for his, and a chemical reaction happens when they combine. Lubricants can be very effective in giving a hypersensitive experience, in the bedroom. In some cases, a lube is even necessary to achieve a pleasurable experience.

There is no shame in needing or wanting a lubricant with your partner. Just be sure to discuss with each other the options. It’s important to have good communication with sex and important to have sexual health. Lubricants can break down latex, if you are having protected sex using condoms. Another form of protection must be discussed, before adding in a lube.

When deciding which lubricant to purchase, I recommend doing just what you would do if you were buying a new food; Check the label. The more natural the product is, the better reaction you will probably have with it. Some lubes actually contain silicone or other strange chemicals that may not treat your insides well. People try to come up with many alternatives and end up causing much harm to your body and your partners body.

When in doubt, go to the kitchen and get olive oil. It’s the most natural lubricant.

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Removing Hickies or Passion Marks as I Like to Call Them.

By Tia Cristy

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Problem: Hey Tia. Sometimes in the heat of the moment my boyfriend will leave hickies on my neck. I work in an office and I don’t want to look…you know. I use make up to cover it up but, you can still see them. What can I do to cover it up?

Tip from Tia: There is noting wrong with having extravagant passion for one another. Celebrate it. But, I totally understand that you don’t want to advertise your sex life, on your neck. Well, it’s better to get rid of the hickies or passion marks as I like to call them, then just covering them up. Hickies are bruising of the skin, where it has been sucked. The capillaries have broken and rush towards the layers of skin. Now, those capillaries are trapped, and since it is not a sever injury, you can break them away from their cluster, that is giving a bruised appearance and make the blood flow natural, around the area again. (If it was an injury that cause bruising I wouldn’t recommend trying to get rid of a bruise, you could possibly just hurt yourself further)

So, an easy enough tip to remove the hickey is, grab a lipstick cap or a small bottle cap with smooth edges. Place the hollow end to the skin, and twist the cap into the bruised skin repeatedly, around the whole area. It may feel tender while doing it, but you don’t want to hurt yourself. The area will be red when you’re done.

Apply make up to cover the area, if the foundation alone isn’t covering add a little bit of cornstarch to the foundation to thicken it up and apply. The hickey should reduce in color within a few hours to a day, repeat process if necessary.

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Trying to Supe Up Sperm? Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Trying to Supe Up Sperm?

 

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There are so many strategies for woman trying to get pregnant, but is there anything a man can do or vitamins take to up their chances?

For those trying to have babies, that don’t have any known medical issues, there are several things a guy can add to his system, to rev up the swimmers to help them reach their mark.

Adding strawberries into a man’s diet is a good way to start up the sperm. Strawberries are also known as a sexy fruit. It’s also packed with Vitamin C which is great to build the immune system.

Oysters are known as another sexy food, but they do have benefit for helping in reproduction. If you aren’t into oysters, you won’t get as much zinc but, peanuts could help too.

Having a good diet and good health is a good step in the right direction to procreate. Guys, remember, if eating something particular makes you feels sluggish, it probably makes you boys feel sluggish too.

Adding a shot of caffeine is a good tip to help give a boost on ovulation day. But, too much caffeine on a daily basis can have the opposite affect.

Most important tip, don’t put too much pressure or stress on one another. Stress can lower chances which can lead to disappointment and agitation. Enjoy practicing with your partner. If you have any medical questions or concerns, contact your doctor to talk about your goals.

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When Chemistry is Gone. Stupid Tip of the Day:

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: When Chemistry is Gone.
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So when it comes to cleaning, making bread or having sex, chemistry is involved. When chemistry is gone, it doesn’t mean that’s it, it’s over or it doesn’t work anymore.

Most times the solution is easy enough, if you recognize only one chemical was put in and the other chemical was not. Hence, it takes 2 chemicals to make the reaction.

For example, if its getting out a stain, it takes the stain and the stain remover combined, to react. If it’s making bread it takes the yeast and the right air to rise.

And finally, if it’s a relationship, both people have to put in the time and effort to keep that chemistry going. A relationship can only survive when both parties are willing to try and make it work, one more so than the other is fine, but both ingredients must be present.

Chemistry is a natural thing, but the ingredients have to come together, for it work it’s natural magic. So remember, it takes 2 chemicals to have a reaction. If chemistry is gone, one chemical may have been forgotten. Only you can figure out, if it’s a necessary ingredient.

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