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Beneful: A Vintage All Dogs Love



My family owns and operates a beautiful vineyard in central Ohio. Most people only think of prized wines coming from Napa Valley or from other warm climates. We have successfully raised grapes and bottled award-winning Ohio wines for decades. As we care for the vineyard, it takes care of us with scenes of beauty, lovely wines, and a profitable business.

We are proud to offer organic fruit, juices, and wine from our vineyard. There are no harmful pesticides, hormones, or fertilizers ever used on our grapes. Our husbandry techniques are some of the same ones that have been used for centuries. One of my grandfather’s ideas for pest control was free-ranging chickens. The chickens feast on pesky bugs on our vines and aerate the soil with their scratching. Their droppings also provide beneficial nutrients to the soil.

Like a farm, no vineyard is complete without a dog. We adopted a mix-breed puppy from our local animal shelter and we knew he was going to be a giant. Because of his size and since he would be living in a vineyard, our children named him Grape Ape. He is like one of the family and does a great job chasing away predators. Fortunately, he does not pay much attention to the chickens.

We have fencing around the perimeters of the vineyard and Grape Ape wanders around them throughout the day. He cannot get into the vineyard itself because grapes are poisonous to dogs. Each day, he follows us out to the barn and goes with us while we do our chores. He barks with glee as he plays with the children. Grape Ape also keeps the rest of the barn yard animals in line. The cows are not as stubborn to bring in from pasture with Grape Ape nipping at their hooves.

Recently, one of our hired hands accidently left out a tub of fermented grape mash that was going to be discarded. It sat out all night by the side of the fermentation building and the chickens decided to sample it the next morning. We were welcomed to quite a sight out in the fields. A bunch of inebriated chickens were chasing Grape Ape and he was running for his life. They were staggering, flogging with their wings, and cackling at the top of their lungs. Grape Ape sure earned his supper that day!

Speaking of supper, we take the nutritional needs of our animals seriously. Grape Ape gets a clean bill of health periodically at our vet and gets all his necessary booster shots. When it comes to dog food, we trust the same brand that dog owners have for over a century: Purina. They make Grape Ape’s favorite dogfood, Beneful.

When we checked the ingredient list, we found that Purina Beneful has pure proteins, vegetables, and fruit. There are none of the questionable bi-products found in a lot of other brands. Beneful has a taste that our dog loves and has blends for every stage of his life. We depend on Grape Ape to keep watch in our vineyard. He depends on us to keep him happy and healthy. That is why we depend on Purina’s Beneful.

Fall 2015: New Footwear Collections for Men



Fall is already here and so are the new men shoes! New season means new collections arriving in the stores and there are so many new hot trends, so don’t forget to make sure that your shoes are not outdated. Here are some collections with some new products available.

Paul Evans
The Paul Evans collection offers a variation of shoes and boots with prices below $400, all of them are handcrafted in Italy by expert shoemakers. The range of colors available are blue, chestnut, cognac, dark brown, marrone, midnight blue, nero, oxblood and meile. Their products are Blake stitched, so that they are comfortable to wear, fashionable and easy to re-sole.

John Lobb
John Lobb’s new Autumn-Winter 2015 collection is really elegant and it consists of 12 new designs, some of them are limited edition. The price range is around $600 – $2,000. You would need to use a shoehorn to put them on to avoid damage and you need to store it away from any heat source. You’re advised to clean and polish your John Lobb shoes daily.

Louis Vuitton
The Fall 2015 shoes collection of Louis Vuitton mostly offers dark colored shoes. This years’ fall collection is marked by the V signature, which was inspired by the men’s ready-to-wear collection, with subtle two-tone calf leather trim.

Church Footwear
The Church Footwear offers a fresh look that combines style and simplicity with the palette of the monochrome variety. They feature a sleek aesthetic with an addition of subtle details—double stitching around the toecap. The shoes are flexible and made of ultra-soft leather, some of them features padding and a leather lining which provide warmth and comfort. The prices are around $560.

Neiman Marcus
The Neiman Marcus Fall 2015 collection consists of a lot of unique sneakers and boots. Some of them are brightly colored, which is not like other fall collections but might be a fresh trend. The price ranges from $145 to $2,090 and they came from different brands.

Mr Porter
The Mr Porter Fall 2015 new collection consists of sneakers, boots, monk-strap leather shoes and loafers with two exclusive pieces available at the moment which are George Cleverley Scotch-Grain Leather Boots and George Cleverley Leather Monk-Strap Shoes from Kingsman. The prices ranges from $83 to $760.

There are a lot collections to choose from this fall, shoes with various designs and each with different features. Make sure you choose the ones that fit your foot and your bills.

Doe Deere’s Industry in Business



Doe Deere was born in Russia, but she grew up in America’s New York City. Deere is the founder of a makeup company known as Lime Crime, which is based in Los Angeles, where she now lives. Beauty according to Deere is not about natural appearance, but rather about “what feels right at the moment.”

Doe Deere says that she is inspired by women enterprises and women entrepreneurs. As a way of empowering women and girls, she has contributed to charities that support women and girls. Ideamensch guru Doe Deere started her business with a small amount of capital, but over the years Lime Crime has grown to be a force in the beauty industry. As leading female entrepreneur, she gave a speech in LA titled “Don’t Quit Your Daydream” urging women to dare to venture into business as entrepreneurs.

Lime Crime

This is a company based in Los Angeles that deals in makeup. Lime Crime is dedicated to helping clients express themselves through makeup. Lime Crime feels that makeup should not just be about hiding imperfections, but exposing personality as well.


Lime Crime also deals with hair makeovers. Clients who want to express themselves can do so by using the various dyes that are offered at Lime Crime. The dye types include lavender hair, pink, gray and purple. Other colors availed to clients include orange green and mermaid. Clients who have trouble with what to make up to match with the various hair colors are assisted by a customer care team put in place.


Lime Crime’s lip glosses include: Unicorn lipsticks and Velvetiness. Carousel Gloss is also featured in the lipstick varieties. The Unicorn lipstick has many varieties to pick from these include Coquette, Airborne Unicorn, Chinchilla, Geradium, Cosmopop, Styletto-Glossy Black among others. Candy Apple, Cherry on Top, and Holly Gram Emerald are some of the varieties under the Carousel Gloss Lipstick.

Nail Polish

Those determined to look like a contemporary Marie Antoinette are lost for choice when it comes to nail polish. The various colors include Parfait day, peaches and cream, and ‘Crema de Limon’. The other shades of polish are Pasetelchio, which is greenish, and what is referred to as ‘once in a blue mouse’.

Quality Products

Doe Deere, in ensuring high quality, has her products verified by PETA. The products are also certified by ‘Leaping Bunny’ to be cruelty-free. This means that no animal ingredients are used in the production of the products. Additionally, no animal testing is done with Lime Crime products.


Deere’s Lime Crime serves a lot of people in various locations. Lime Crime stores are spread out across America: Dallas; Texas, Austin; Texas, Miami; Florida, Santa Monica; CA, Brooklyn; New York, Chicago; IL among other areas in America. Lime Crime’s international presence is felt in Russia, Brazil, and Mexico. These stores display all products Lime Crime offers, including lashes and palettes.


Any organization that is concerned about its clients tends to be involved in charity. Doe Deere’s Lime Crime is one such organization: giving to legal charities, education charities for the girl child, and animal shelter charities among others. Lime Crime has also contributed to the Red Cross over the years.

Sergio Cortes Makes Wise Choices for MJ Impersonation Songs



Since Michael Jackson started his career as a child he was part of hits that span several decades. People can see him in old footage as the young voice of Jackson 5 hits like “ABC” and “The Love You Save.” As he got older he would lend his teenage voice to other Jackson family hits like “Blame on the Boogie,” “Enjoy Yourself,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” These were all songs that managed to take Jackson to a new platform, but it was still only the beginning of this career. At this time he was still a part of a group. It is when it decided to venture out with the “Off the Wall” album that he really started to define himself. Even then there were a string of hits that would make it difficult for any impersonator to accurately pull off a Michael Jackson impression because the hits just kept coming.

Sergio Cortes appears to have studied Jackson as a solo artist, but he also seems to know the moves of Jackson as the leader of the Jackson 5. When it comes to song selection, however, Sergio has made wise choices for what he plans to bring to the stage. He has done some lesser known Michael Jackson songs like “Ghost” for Halloween themes just to change things up a little, but most of his MJ tribute songs are classics. He performs “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Remember the Time” with dancers. He performs “Billie Jean,” as Jackson always did, on the stage alone. His show stopper is the climatic “Smooth Criminal” performance. He has a nice arrangement of hits that people can look at and identify as signature Jackson songs. This is what makes the fans rally around his shows.

Cortes has been on lots of talk shows as he amazes audiences and talk show hosts with such a perfected performance of Michael Jackson. When people look at Sergio Cortes they are also able to see what appears to be a mirror image of Jackson on the stage. This is what seals the deal for most of the fans out there. It is very enlightening to have someone like this that can perform at such a high level. He is the assurance that this legacy that Jackson left will not be forgotten. What Sergio Cortes has done with the Jackson catalog for tributes is nothing short of amazing.

Sergio Cortes, Because He’s “Bad”


An impersonator pays tribute to the individual they are impersonating. Sergio Cortes is paying an incredible tribute to a man who is a legendary icon. To hear him sing, if you close your eyes, you can envision it being Micheal Jackson himself. To then recognize that this man, whose native tongue is Spanish, has created the sounds that is so distinct to an artist that is known through out the world, is to recognize Sergio’s true genius. He looks almost exactly like Micheal Jackson, reportedly from his own interview, that he has had no facial reconstructive surgery. He sounds like MJ and even moves like him. You would think Micheal Jackson had a reincarnate.

When asked about his connection to the artist and his reaction to MJ’s untimely passing, Sergio Cortes teared up as he spoke of cutting his hair and declaring that he would no longer perform as Micheal. Fortunately for Sergio’s fans, after his mourning, he has dawned the stage again. His performance keeps the memory and spirit of Micheal Jackson alive.

Born on July 30, 1971 in Spain, this 44 year old has no plans to stop awing us with his amazing talent. He is always available to do shows anywhere around the world. His agent keeps him busy and he is currently performing in Italy. Sergio is blessed with a huge fan base with over 20,000 followers on Facebook.

Sergio grew up listening to Micheal Jackson as part of the Jackson 5 but it wasn’t until he became a teenager and Micheal had created a new look, for his Bad albumin that Sergio was approached to characterize Micheal Jackson. With the success of that photo shoot, Sergio began his career as an impersonator. Performing for over the last 20 years, Sergio Cortes has had the great opportunity to excite crowds and honor a legend.

If you want to see this amazing performer in person contact him on Facebook to bring a show here to America. It is something so special to experience this great talent live and in person. His gentle, timid nature also emanates the spirit of Micheal Jackson so that you feel the presence of the great soul that Sergio Cortes is.

Enrich Your London Vacation With Vacation Rentals


With all the sites and sounds of modern day London, visitors touring the Old World city need a place to lay their heads. Rates and locations vary, but there are some reasonable options for those looking for a place to sleep or a home away from home. offers a sampling of bed and breakfast options of all types. There are bare bones options with a simple bed only, all the way up to high-style locales complete with set tables, home decor, laundry facilities, mini kitchens, spacious areas to recline and even entertain friends. On the lower end, these rooms go for about $32 to just under $100. For more space and offerings, rates run upwards of $400.

Another option for vacationers who are looking for longer term housing facilities is a vacation apartment rental. Home From Home has family and business options. Some of the popular locations for London Vacation Rentals are Kensington, Chelsea, Notting Hill, Knightsbridge, Fulham, Holland Park, Shepherds Bush and Parsons Green. These apartments vary from studio to six-bedroom luxury suites, which average around $661 per night. is an excellent resource for touring London and sorting out where to stay after a dinner of fish and chips. This family-run company has been booking homes away from home for years. The website has a complete London city guide You’ll find apartments, boutique hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts. Readers can search for places to stay based on location as well.

The company offers ’round the clock booking and requests, and commission is only paid when a booking is confirmed. Owners can register and have access to a multi-lingual help desk. World Escape operates in 40-plus cities and on more than 30 travel sites. The company holds its owners to high standards and chooses to list only those properties that meet or go beyond their standards.

How Handy Has Been Handy To Home Cleaning Customers



Handy is a cleaning company founded on the precepts that home cleaning should be an easy task and not a headache. Founded with two guys with a dream to make home cleaning one of the less stressful activities, Handy allows a homeowner to easily request for plumbing, handyman or home cleaning services with just a tap on the iPhone. In fact, many people describe it as the Uber of home cleaning only different in the sense that it does not offer any transportation services and that it is cheap.

Similar to Uber, Handy is a phenomenal marketplace that can handle payments and also schedule both the demand and supply ends of the home cleaning market. After being on the industry for over two years, the company has been able to hit the $1 million bookings per week milestone. The company has also been able to go from about $3 million in run rate to over $52 million. The company’s directors are hopeful that even in times to come, the company will continue offering on demand service that will save time for both customers and professionals. With the company’s mobile app, customers, as well as professionals, can plan their most convenient cleaning time.

Handy pays its cleaning professionals handsomely. Typically, the hourly wage is somewhere between $15 and $22, and it gives them the rare opportunity to pick their own working hours. Looking into the future, the company is very confident that it even make better sales owing to the fact that customers have become much comfortable when booking services through their mobile phones. Many customers relate the app as similar to the remote control of the home, and the company is looking into ways it can roll out different categories into one single way.

Currently in not less than twenty-five cities in the US and two in Canada, the company has also started offering the services in London. So far, it has received more than 200,000 applications for potential handymen and cleaners on the site and it has not less than 5,000 who are active and complete at least one job monthly. To get accepted into Handy is not an easy thing and one has to go through rigorous vetting. Professional, who have already got accepted, are happy that the company provides them with a legitimate and easy way to make good money.

With Handy, customers get refunds in the rare event that they are not satisfied with the cleaning done. However, the refund is minus a small fee that is taken for the trouble the company has taken to offer the service. When breakages are experienced, the company refunds in full. Different with other companies offering similar services, Handy has managed to maintain professionalism while keeping its charges low. The company’s management firmly believes that by keeping its prices affordable, it will be able to offer its services to a bigger number of people, provide employment to all people and have the ability to expand as well.

Laid Back Atmosphere With Skout



I can honestly say that since downloading the popular online dating App Skout, I have never felt lonely. Just today, I received an alert on my phone telling me that people were waiting to hear back from me! I logged on and sure enough, I a lot of unread messages. With other online dating apps, I’m not as popular. I remember feeling discouraged when I wasn’t receiving the attention I craved. That never happens with Skout.

Skout has become an increasingly popular app which is great for me! Daily, there are new users signing up and sending me messages. This always keeps things new and exciting. I love that Skout on huffingtonpost also alerts me when I have new messages so that I never have to miss anything or anyone. I’ve met a lot of really nice people through this app and have had a lot of great conversations. The best part is that I can simply click out of a conversation if I’m not feeling it.

Skout is easy to use. When I log on, I can instantly see all the pictures and profiles of users near me. I can easily browse through until I find someone that peaks my interest. Then, I can click their photo to be taken to their profile. I enjoy learning more about them to see if we will be a potential match.

I feel absolutely no pressure with Skout to feel or act a certain way. I don’t feel like I need to have expectations of love and marriage like in other apps. Skout gives off a completely different feel. If I’m just looking for a friend then I can find just a friend on this app! It’s easy to do because I can connect with users in different locations depending on what my mood is. I can also use the shake to chat app which connects me with a random users and a new friend.

Skout also goes more in depth than any of the other apps. They offer more features, many of which other apps haven’t even thought to incorporate yet. I can send winks and gifts with Skout to show other users that I am thinking of them. When I’m chatting with someone in the messenger, I can send a picture right through it! Other apps don’t allow that convenience. Skout also has a section where users can post updates about what they’re feeling, what they’re doing, and how things are going.

Overall, I really like Skout. It’s such a fun community of users that are all waiting to connect with one another! I haven’t met anyone creepy and weird yet which is comforting. It shows that Skout is doing its job to keep users safe and happy. Skout is now my number one online dating app and I will be using it for years to come!

Kickoff Ski Season At Andrew Wirth’s Squaw Valley


As football season ramps up and the weather cools down, a season approaches that is for adventurers and outdoor lovers. No matter if your home climate is still 70 degrees in Texas or sweater season in Maine, ski resorts are preparing for snow seekers as ski season begins to unfold. In Olympic Valley, California, Squaw Valley Lodge has the ultimate getaway not just for ski-lovers but all things outdoor adventures.

Expected to ramp up in late November, Squaw Valley Lodge is preparing for the 2015 ski season. Lasting until late April, the season extends into 2016 for a solid six months of skiing and all things snow-related. Ski lodges have been closely monitoring the snow conditions and how rainfall and weather have impacted the ski resort and snow expectations. At Squaw Valley, winter sports enthusiasts can expect to find gorgeous ski acreage, high peaks full of skiable terrain, and holiday events for the 2015/2016 ski season.

At the heart of Squaw Valley is a picturesque snow haven perfect for skiing or other snow-related adventures for those who haven’t mastered skiing. Boasting 6,000 skiable acres, Squaw Valley has the space available on site for many attractions. In addition to the winter sports activities, Squaw Valley has the history and international reputation to make it a prime destination. The hosts of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the resort is the perfect destination for enthusiasts and diverse attractions. In addition to skiing and snowboarding getaways, Squaw Valley offers various other activities such as snowshoeing, dog sledding, and cross country skiing. After a full day of snow adventure, local dining and shopping caps the perfect evening.

As of August 2010, Squaw Valley has been led by President and CEO Andy Wirth. Once Wirth was appointed, the resort was improved with a $70 million upgrade. Among the major changes were an improvement on the infrastructure of the mountain design, renovations to the facilities, and an overhaul to the customer experience as a whole. With these changes, Wirth managed to improve the resort as a whole and propelled Squaw Valley to the top 20 percent of ski resorts for customer service.

In addition to his massive work at Squaw Valley, Wirth is greatly invested in the community. He is a member of Founders Circle, a Tahoe Fund dedicated to protecting the environment of Tahoe. He has also served on several organizations dedicated to community service as well as serving as a volunteer fireman with the North Routt Fire Protection District.

Rights Violation or Just Sensitive



These days, many people are fighting for their rights. Whenever they see a human rights violation, they are quick to protest. However, there is one thing that needs to be understood. Not all perceived violations are legitimate violations. There are some people that are just sensitive. Some people are so caught up in the rights violation deal that they tend to make very little misunderstandings into huge violations. In many cases, they don’t have a case. Also, there are certain cases where it is either not a violation or just a violation on a technicality. It would also turn into a violation of the supposed offender’s rights if he was merely exercising his rights as a human being.

This is where human rights can be very confusing. These small misunderstandings are often ignored due to the fact that it is very hard to tell whether or not it is a violation of one’s rights. There are also the people who just want to be offended due to some issue in their lives. Either way, these cases are typically hard to fight and often rules in the favor of the supposed offender if it is taken to court. It is often determined to not be worth the hassle.

Also, people that are used to the more blatant violations of human rights tend to have a thicker skin when it comes to dealing with misunderstandings. People like Yeonmi Park know how to handle human rights issues of all sizes. She has studied the rights of humans and knows where the rights of one human being ends and the rights of another begins. She has dealt with the major issues that turned out to be life threatening. While she could have been bitter about her upbringing and life, she has chosen to walk a path of compassion and kindness for others.

Human rights can be a tricky thing to deal with. These days anything can be treated as a human rights violation. Even looking at a person the wrong way can be treated as a human rights violation depending on the person. There are many people that are looking to whine and cry about rights violations when people like Yeonmi of have experienced the worst of it and survived. In the case of an actual human rights violation, it is up to the person to decide whether or not to pursue it and that may include getting in contact with a human rights activist in order to get advice as to how to handle the issue. From there, he or she could proceed and get someone to hear the case.