Gifts That Your Girlfriend Will Actually Be Excited About

It’s the thought that counts, right? Wrong. Giving a gift that is off-kilter can be more than a little awkward, it can create doubts in an otherwise blossoming relationship. Whether it’s Christmas time, an anniversary, or her birthday, it’s often difficult to find the right gift to give, especially if you are still getting to know each other. If you are looking for gift ideas that your girlfriend will actually be excited to receive, look no further. Here are the best gift ideas for 2018:


If you have been together long enough to have some pictures, a special way to show you care is by organizing some pictures in a photo album or single frame. In order to pull this off, you are going to need to actually get the pictures off of Instagram and print them on legitimate photo paper. If you don’t have a printer, that’s okay. Lots of businesses offer picture printing services for a nominal fee. If you really want to impress her, you might write a little message about why each picture is special to you and share that with her as part of your gift.

Smart Speakers

If your girlfriend is tech savvy or loves to sing in the shower, why not get her a smart speaker that she can control with her voice? Besides playing music, she can set alarms, ask questions, and order things online all with the simple use of her voice. This gift is a great idea if you both live together and you want to make it a surprise. You should expect to spend about thirty minutes or an hour to setup the device.

Spa Day and Hair Salon

If you notice how hard your girlfriend is working lately, maybe she deserves a day at the spa. You can make it a couple’s retreat or give her some special time alone. You may also offer to take her to a fancy hair salon if she’s been talking to you about getting her hair done. It’s important that you have some confidence before you surprise her with this gift. You don’t want your gift to come across as a subtle judgement about her appearance.

Backpacks and Purses

Accessories are awesome, and everyone loves some new gear. Purses and backpacks are a great gift for girls who are always on the run, but you should do some homework before you purchase this gift. Look around online to see what is popular and trendy, and get her something that is hot right now. If you try to give her a bargain bag, she may act excited but don’t expect her to use it very often. For an added surprise, you can fill the bag with other goodies like dark chocolate, lotion, and a stuffed animal.

The best advice is to spend a little bit of time thinking about your partner and what you honestly think she would enjoy. If she totally rejects your gift after you spent some time picking it out, maybe it’s just not meant to be.

Confessions of sleep apnea

I have a confession, folks: I snore. Now, that’s no surprise to my wife or my kids, who, bless them, have had to listen to a chainsaw running all night long for who knows how many nights o their lives, but it is a sort of embarrassing confession to make to the wider world.

Snoring is always such a comical and unpleasant quality. We laugh at it in movies, and we sympathize with the fellow sleepers who eventually smack the guilty party with pillows until they wake up and leave the room.

That’s exactly what happened to me. Or, not the pillow beatings, but I was exiled from the bedroom. For years, my wife and I slept separately on most nights, and the culprit was my snoring.

That’s an even harder confession. It makes my marriage sound like it’s some platonic ‘50s sitcom relationship. It’s never been that, I assure you, but it’s hard to write such words knowing people, somewhere are scoffing and making jokes.

So, why am I writing this? Because, I finally worked up the courage to tell somebody about my problem—a doctor—and that doctor told me that I wasn’t just the dunce in a comedy film who annoyed his family, I actually had a problem, and I could get it fixed.

The long and short of it is, I have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you’re asleep. That can be as serious as it sounds. Luckily, I’m not a serious case at the moment, and doubly luckily, there are things to be done to help. My doctor sent me to some sleep apnea specialists who were able to hook me up with a device that keeps me from apnea-ing, or whatever the verb is there.

Look, amazingly, I’m feeling better and doing better almost instantaneously. I feel healthier, and I think I’m losing weight. Maybe that’s just my imagination, but I feel like I’m getting back to the man I used to be.

It’s nice to know I won’t have to get kicked out of bed anymore and my kids can sleep when we share a hotel room on vacation. It’s just, it’s miraculous.

So, again, why am I writing this? I’m revealing all of this personal information to the world just in case someone out there reading this has the same troubles.

It’s not the worst kind of suffering in the world, but it is tough on a family when someone has a severe case of sleep apnea like I did. If you’ve got problems with snoring, get up the gumption to tell your doctor. Stop putting it off. It isn’t that embarrassing.

Trust me, the results prove it was worth it. I wish I’d looked into this years ago. Life is so much better now I am getting a good night’s sleep every night. I’m sure my wife would say the same thing.

Car Accidents: Who is to Blame?

Getting involved in a car accident is one of the worst things that can happen to you. It can create personal problems, including injuries, deaths, and possibly lost companionships. It can create financial problems, such as those that involve medical costs, property repair costs, funeral costs, and lost wages because of lost time at work.
Because of the severe damages, everybody should act to prevent car accidents. But still, car accidents are common occurrences in our roads. Who is to blame?
According to the website of this Milwaukee car accident injury lawyer, those who have been hurt in car accidents may have legal options, such as taking the responsible person to court. But who is this responsible party, exactly?
Negligence and reckless are the concepts that may determine fault. These behaviors may be done by different kinds of people, such as the following.


Obviously, the most common persons to blame are drivers. They are the ones controlling the vehicles, so they should be held liable if their vehicles have caused accidents, injuries, or deaths. Drivers can be considered negligent and reckless if they do the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Reckless driving behaviors, such as tailgating, not using turn signals, and weaving through traffic
  • Speeding
  • Street racing


Auto defects are some of the most ignored causes of car accidents, even though they are equally as dangerous as the other causes. The most common defects include airbags, child safety seats, door latches, seatbelts, and tires.
Designers and manufacturers can be held liable if an accident and injury has occurred because of something that is related to the design and quality of the product.

Local Governments

Hazardous road conditions can also trigger car accidents. Usually, local governments are responsible for the creation and maintenance of the roads in their jurisdictions. So, if they have failed to commit to this responsibility, like when they have failed to fix malfunctioning traffic lights or potholes, they may be held liable for the accidents that have been caused by these roads defects.

What are No-Zone Truck Accidents?

Because traffic accidents are a common occurrence all over America, it should no longer come as a surprise that a majority of these incidents involve large trucks. Given that vehicles like tractors, trailers, 18-wheelers, and big rigs are significantly larger than any other vehicle it shares the road with, accidents involving trucks and a smaller vehicle can be particularly devastating.

Given that large trucks overpower most of the other classes of vehicles that populate American roads, truck drivers are expected to take extra care as they operate their vehicles. One of the most common contributing factors to fatal truck accidents is a driver’s inability to properly watch its no-zones or blind spots. These are areas around a vehicle where a driver has an obstructed view of the road. Because of its size, large trucks have several blind spots that drivers need to be careful with. No-zone accidents refer to collisions between a truck and another vehicle that was overlooked because the truck operator was unable to properly watch his or her blind spots.

No-zone accidents can easily be avoided by truckers that are properly trained by their employers. Trucking companies are expected to provide their employees with the best training before setting them out for jobs. They are also expected to keep their employees on a properly regulated schedule, preventing them from operating vehicles when they are tired or overworked.

When pursuing legal action over collisions caused by no-zone accidents, victims can take appropriate action against the individual driving the truck as well as his or her employer. An effective attorney can prove that both the driver and the trucking company could have played a role in the accident, and both could have been able to prevent it following proper safety practices.

If you or anyone you know has been seriously injured in a no-zone truck accident, do not hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney working in your area. Those in Illinois can seek legal counsel from a Chicago truck accident attorney for more information.

Preventative Safety Tips for Unsafe Driving Conditions

Although the most common advice for accident avoidance during times of unsafe driving conditions is usually a simple, “Don’t drive when conditions are unsafe!”, this isn’t particularly feasible for those of us with non-negotiable obligations and responsibilities that encompass the upkeep and smooth operation of our everyday lives, and subsequently the daily travels we must take in order to make them happen. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, More than 2 million auto accidents occur in the United States every year. Of these millions of accidents, hundreds of thousands of people are injured, and thousands of these injuries are severe. Of the mere 43% of accidents due to weather that get reported, statistics show us a staggering stack up of 1.5 million car accidents total per year due to this cause. This leaves us with 673,000 injuries and 7,400 deaths. Aside from adopting extra patience and a highly acute awareness of everything around you as your drive in less than ideal conditions, here are some extra precautions that you can take to safeguard yourself and your vehicle from winding up in an accident:

  • In snow: Always keep a 9 second following distance, at minimum. If this seems excessive, it isn’t- driving in snow means loss of traction on the road, and anything less than 9 seconds creates a dangerous potential for not having enough time to react if you (or the cars around you) lose control. Also, when making a turn, always start braking before you are turning, not during. You want to ideally slow down as much as possible before entering a turn.
  • On ice: If you live in a place that reaches below freezing conditions, you need a temperature gauge in your car, as this will allow you to be aware if it is icing outside. The most dangerous form of ice on the roads is “black ice” or glare ice, which takes on the same color as the surface it lies on due to its transparency. The renders you without any immediately noticeable visual warning that roads are slick and unfit to drive on, aside from looking wet. It’s basically invisible. So, if you do find yourself driving on black ice, you must remain calm and make no sudden movements. Do not hit the accelerator hard, and do NOT hit the breaks. The best thing you can do is slowly remove your foot off of the accelerator. When possible, you should seek a place to pull over and wait safely, like a parking lot, until conditions are more manageable
  • In fog: Foggy conditions are the leading cause of multi-car pileups. It forms an optical illusion that makes to appear that you’re driving much slower than you really are, leading people to unknowingly speed up- this is the worst thing you could do while driving in fog! Stay aware of your speed, and turn on your brights- making yourself visible is crucial in avoiding a collision.
  • In rain/sleet/wet conditions: The first simple thing you can do if you know you’ll be driving in heavy rain is to leave for your destination earlier than usual, as you will need to decrease your speed in order to maintain safety. Your car will take longer to stop when the roads render less friction due to wetness. You’ll want to make a point to start braking earlier than usual, lightly tapping the brakes, NEVER slamming them. Also, never use cruise control in this situation, which makes your car accelerate in order to keep your constant speed, which is the exact opposite of what you should be doing!

Dog Bites

In a vote of 118-0, the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 27 unanimously passed a bill introduced by Sarasota Republican Rep. W. Gregory “Greg” Steube that seeks to allow dog owners whose pets have been involved in severe bite cases to make objections to euthanasia decisions carried out by judges.

The proposed piece of legislation was the offshoot of the case of a Manatee County dog named Padi, who allegedly bit off a four-year-old’s ear. The dog’s owner, Paul Gartenberg, a veterinarian, said the animal was provoked into biting the child, a claim that the boy’s babysitter negated.

In December 2015, a circuit judge ruled that the state law regarding dog bites – which is implemented in the Sarasota, DeSoto, and Manatee counties – is unconstitutional.

Over 27,000 advocates of Padi’s freedom have expressed their sentiments on the “Free Padi” page on Facebook as the dog’s life hangs on a thin line, with people protesting at a Manatee County Commission meeting to stop Padi’s euthanasia from happening, and supporters from as far as South Africa, England, and China clamoring for Padi’s freedom.

According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, this piece of news is good for the animals that are our best friends in the world. However, it is still true that some dogs do become feral and bite people for no reason at all. While there are more instances of strays or strange dogs biting people, dogs that one may know or is familiar with can still bite that person, for a whole host of reasons.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every five dog bites that happen to around 4.5 million Americans each year (with half of them happening to children between the ages of five and nine) likely leads to injury that requires medical attention.

To prevent getting attacked by a dog, experts recommend choosing a breed of dog that is characterized by their good-naturedness or sweet temperament. It is also important to remember that to go near a dog that is eating or feeding her puppies, for the animal may misconstrue someone’s nearness as a sign that their food might be taken away from them, or that their young ones might be harmed. Running away or screaming will also not help someone within the vicinity of a dog about to become hostile. The dog will be emboldened to attack with that kind of reaction. Instead, one should just remain calm so as to make it clear to the dog that there is nothing to be agitated about.

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