Lab-Grown Diamonds vs Mined Diamonds


Up until recently, many scientists were still struggling to create high-quality diamonds in a lab setting. Experts have been trying to recreate diamonds in a scientific environment for decades - mostly with limited success. Many companies found that the results of their efforts were small, and only appropriate for industrial purposes, like making cutting tools. However, now that the processes used to create man-made diamonds are more sophisticated, companies can finally simulate the extreme pressure required to create stunning engagement rings and jewelry. The question is, what makes lab-grown diamonds so much more superior to their mined counterparts? Lab-Grown Diamonds…

Consider This: Do You Really Need that Flagship Phone?


Samsung is set to release its highest-performance to date this August - the Galaxy Note 8. It will have an amazing 5.7" Super AMOLED display, an amazing dual 13MP main camera, iris scanner, barometer, a series of other sensors and security features, and it might be powered by Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon 836 System on a Chip. It will be an amazing handset with an amazing price tag - although it hasn't been officially confirmed yet, the handset might be sold for a price around $1,000. I'm sure many of you have read the previews and followed the news about…

8 Ways to Save Money While Still Enjoying Life


With the tough aspects of the economy and job market, it seems like everyone is looking for new ways to save money. Many money-saving articles center around cutting unnecessary expenses out of your life and while this is necessary for some people, not everyone wants to go the minimalist route. If you want to find ways to save money without completely cutting "non-essential" purchases out of your life, there are several things you can do. Here are some ideas. 1. Find Free Alternatives Before purchasing items, see if you can find a free option first. Borrow books from your local…

Review: JORD Wood Watches


In the last few years, since the rise of the cell phone, watches have largely become a fashion statement. Many of us don't need them to tell the time, but they can still make a powerful fashion statement. If you are looking for a chic watch that is made with sustainable materials, consider the unique JORD Wood Watches. JORD sent my Mrs. SPF and I wood watches for review. I received the Sully Natural Green, and Mrs. SPF received the Ely Cherry, which she absolutely loves. It's important to note, first of all, that wood varies in color and grain,…

3 Tips for Reducing Consumerism the Holiday Season


I do enjoy the holiday season. I like the putting up the tree, and I enjoy spending time with family, and I like that winter is falling, and that I want to be safe and comfortable in my home. However, one of the things that really bothers me about the holiday season is the consumerism. There's so much shopping and buying, and there seems to be a lot of waste. There seems to be a great deal of focus on things, rather than on people, and on strengthening the relationships that matter in life. It's easy to get swept up in…

The Beauty in Saving Your Skin and the Water Supply


I have sensitive skin and so a while ago I went to a dermatologist for some over the counter skin care cleanser and spot treatment cream. When the labels said the products might bleach clothes, not to mention some other unpleasant side effects,  I paused and thought "wait this might bleach my face towel and yet I want to put it on my skin"? What am I putting on and ultimately onto my body? Moreover, how will these products affect the environment when they are washed  down the drain? This is not to say that before this realization I was…