Weird Car Noises and What They Mean

by Matt Hubert on

The purr of an engine, the whoosh of the wind and the sound of a bass pulsating in time to your favorite song: No doubt about it—your car can serve up some pretty sweet sounds.

But there are plenty of car noises that aren’t so pleasant. From clunks and clicks to rumbles and rattles, your car usually speaks up when something needs to be fixed. But do you know what it’s trying to tell you?

To help you decipher, here are car experts’ insights into six of the most common car complaints.
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How to Move From the Couch to a 5K

by Justin Metz on

If you’re looking for motivation to get off the couch, running a 5K is a great fitness goal to work toward. Don’t be intimidated by the number. At a distance of just over three miles, a good training program can have you crossing the finish line of your first 5K in just a few months.

Where to start

There are plenty of benefits to running for exercise. It’s been proven to improve both your physical and mental health. And because you can run nearly anywhere, it’s an activity that’s accessible to anyone.

But you should first talk to your doctor to see if you’re healthy enough to start training. Once you’re cleared to begin, it’s time to set your goal and get to work!

What to expect

The biggest rookie mistake many aspiring runners make is trying to do too much, too fast. This can lead to an injury, which will set you back from achieving your goal. So don’t overdo it during your first few workouts. Instead, follow a 5K training plan.

Related: 7 Tricks to Stay Motivated About Your New Year’s Resolution… All Year Long

Most programs give you about 8-12 weeks of training leading up to the race, which helps you steadily build stamina. You can start with an online training plan, like this series of 5K training programs from Runners World. Some are more aggressive than others, so be sure to choose one that’s a good fit for your level of fitness and running experience.
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4 Creative Ideas for Family Movie Night

by Justin Metz on

Movie nights are a great way to relax and make memories with your family. But sometimes, coming up with new ways to keep everyone entertained can be harder than it seems.

As children get older, their interests change. And parents can get tired of the same old thing, too. (Time for a grown-up movie night? Read these tips for hosting a viewing party.)

So, while there’s nothing wrong with popping some microwave popcorn and loading up Netflix… you don’t want your family time to be mundane or forgettable.

Here are some suggestions for turning your family movie night into memories that last:
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4 Business Tips from the Hit TV Show Shark Tank

by Carolyn Sennett on September 29, 2017

If you’re looking for business inspiration, check out the television show Shark Tank

The popular reality show features entrepreneurs who pitch business ideas to a panel of potential investors (aka the sharks). The inventors and small business owners are looking to boost their business growth with an infusion of funding and sales expertise from the sharks. Their 90-second spiels may soar successfully or sink quickly during their televised pitch meetings.

The types of business owners who come to the show to make a deal range from cupcake bakers and food truck chefs to clothing makers and gadget creators. Some successful products that got a huge boost from the show are the Scrub Daddy sponge and the ReadeREST, a magnetic eyeglass holder that stays clipped to a shirt.

So what business lessons can Shark Tank teach us? Here are four TV-inspired tips to help keep your business pushing forward this year. Continue reading “4 Business Tips from the Hit TV Show Shark Tank”