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The key is at YOUR fingertips

The Key is at YOUR Fingertips

Launched at CES and on Shark Tank, security and convenience come together in this padlock with technology that is perfect for college life.

The beginning

Robbie Cabral was in a tough spot. It was the Holidays, he’d just been laid off, and on that very day, his daughter was born. He was depressed and overweight, so he started going to the gym to improve his self-esteem and his waistline. While he was there, he got an idea that would change his life and improve the lives of many. He noticed people leaving keys in their padlocks, struggling to open them, leaving them unlocked.

Why did locking up your things at the gym have to be difficult? Wouldn’t it be great if you could open a padlock with your fingerprint or a key?

Robbie started working to develop his idea: designing, prototyping, testing and revising. After three years of hard work, he was granted a patent. Now what?

He exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and won the coveted Innovation Award. He’d proven his concept in a big way and needed to figure out how to raise investment money and get his product into the marketplace.

Shark tank

That’s where Shark Tank came in. Robbie made it onto the show. His story won every Shark’s heart and his idea, patent and CES award made his proposition irresistible to them all. Robbie especially clicked with “Mr. Wonderful”, and that partnership really got things moving. Kevin O’Leary knew what Robbie needed: a company to partner with who had distribution, a customer base, manufacturing capability and R&D. In comes Hampton Products.

Hampton Products

Kim Kelley, President and CEO of Hampton Products, fit every criteria Kevin O’Leary and Robbie were searching for. In no time, the agreement was signed, as was a check for $100K as an advance to Robbie on future sales. Robbie and Hampton Products have since scaled the first Benjilock® By Hampton padlock and introduced it into the marketplace at ACE Hardware and Home Depot. Benjilock® By Hampton is the perfect solution for locking up your valuables, so you can enjoy college life.

Travel

Traveling abroad? The Benjilock® By Hampton TSA luggage padlock opens for you with the touch of your fingerprint, but has a special cylinder that also allows the TSA access, too. Now, you can travel freely and safely without worrying about things getting stolen from your luggage or the TSA cutting open your lock. The TSA Benjilocks can be programmed with up to five fingerprints—and programming is easy with detailed instructions included in the packaging. They even have an optional dial combination on the lock as a backup.

Around campus

Benjilock® By Hampton is great for locking up electronics, backpacks, protecting your things at the gym and—coming soon—even locking up your bike! Just think of the convenience! Program your fingerprint and then all you have to do is touch your lock to open it. No one else will have access unless you program their fingerprint into the lock. The 43mm Benjilocks can be programmed with up to 10 fingerprints.

Benjilock® By Hampton has a padlock that fits your lifestyle.

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Let’s Talk About Lube: Fiction Versus the Facts

Imagine, two people are about to have sex. One person asks their partner “Do you have lube?” The second person scrambles to find “lube” in their bathroom, only to come back with a bottle of lotion or a tub of coconut oil. “This is all I have.” If you have not experienced this yet, you probably will.

Lube is one of the most misunderstood and underrated sex aids. Lube is the BEST intimate tool we have at our disposal. Using lube during sex can make a world of a difference. It can make or break a sexual experience. Ask yourself if you would rather have a more enjoyable and satisfying sexual experience or the opposite? Yet, no one seems to want to talk about it!

As a sex educator in a feminist-owned sex shop in New York City, the mere suggestion of sex lube to a customer would get a negative reaction or defensiveness. “I get plenty wet on my own.” “Lube is only for old people.” “I do not need lube.” “I can get my partner plenty wet on my own.”

Here is a question for you, do you use Chapstick or lip gloss? When your lips are chapped, the natural inclination is to lick your lips. However, that only keeps your lips moist for a moment. Lip balm is necessary to keep your lips hydrated and protected. Think of lube in the same regard.

How to best use lube?

Here are a couple more ways to use lube. Add a few drops of lube inside the condom and greatly enhance sensations. Lube increases stimulation on the head of the cock and prevents the condom from breaking. With dental dams, put a few drops of lube on the side of the receiver. It will allow the dam to move easily and in harmony with the giver’s mouth and tongue. With the combination of the material of condoms, the vulva can often lose its natural moisture.

For anal sex, lube is mandatory, as this orifice does not self-lubricate. Bad friction plus no lube can often result in micro-tears to your delicate skin. OUCH! Sex should never be painful! Lube helps to eliminate the potential for discomfort. So while you may believe you don’t “need” lube, you should definitely want to get some.

Lotion, Vaseline, coconut oil may be more readily available to you in your dorm room. However, these products are not great substitutes for real lube. Now that you are more informed, it is the time to switch to a body safe lube that is designed specifically for sex like Amor Oral that offers a large variety of flavored lubes that taste great for oral and are pH neutral for intercourse!

Understand your partner’s needs

Women have varying amounts of natural lubrication. Above all, it is important to clarify that the lack of natural lubrication doesn’t suggest a person’s lack of arousal. When giving a blowjob or hand-job, lube will make increase sensations and enjoyable effects.

Moreover, many factors can affect moisture levels such as medications, stress from finals, caffeine and dehydration. There are parts of our bodies that do not self-lubricate such as the shaft of the penis, nipples and the anus. Communication is key. Always check with your partner. Be vocal about your wants and needs.

If you ever become bored with plain lube, I would recommend adding a fun element to the mix: FLAVORED LUBE!

Amor Oral flavored lubes

First of all, featuring a variety of delicious body-safe lubes, Amor Oral offers over 50+ flavors which are safe to consume and will not stain your sheets! Score! Amor Oral Lubes can be found on Amazon.com and are:

  • 100% edible, pH neutral and hypoallergenic for improved adult fun
  • Water based formula contains a balanced mixed of flavors and edible, food-grade ingredients
  • 100% Toy Friendly with only food-grade ingredients to improve lubrication and pleasure
  • American made

Amor Oral lubes not only tastes great but smells amazing too. Great sex engages all the senses. Put lube in the fridge for an hour and then pour it onto the body for temperature play. Add a blind fold (with consent of course) to add a bit of kink!

Flavored lubes are a safer alternative to using whip-cream or honey. Externally, these foods are fun to play with on the body. But can wreak havoc on your genitals. Flavored lube can be poured onto other parts of the body such as the thighs, butt, neck or nipples for some fun tongue and mouth action! Have fun, be safe, enjoy your sex life with Amor Oral.

 

By offering the world’s largest selection of flavored lube, Amor Oral is the leading provider of personal lubricant for monantic rendezvous and memorable night of passion. Extra yummy and professionally formulated using only pure quality food-grade ingredients our organic lubes are the yummiest and safest lubricant solutions for lovers. 

Start reinventing your sex life at https://amororal.com/.

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Boost Your Brain With Nootropics

Looking for a safe alternative to Adderall without the nasty side effects? You might have heard the word nootropics before, but what exactly are they and where can I get them?

What are nootropics?

Nootropics are synthetic compounds that improve the cognitive abilities of healthy individuals. In their basic state, they’re powders, but we sell them in capsule form.

Nootropics are not medicines: medicines bring you back to health when you’re sick, whilst nootropics help you improve when you’re healthy.

Given the unique effect profile of each nootropic compound, and given the variation in people’s brain chemistry, individuals can use different nootropics for different purposes and outcomes.

What are the best nootropics for studying?

Motivation and concentration can often be fleeting and fickle, and whilst nootropics can never replace a disciplined workflow, they can give you a substantial boost towards getting your critical tasks done, and getting them done well.

For long periods of concentrated cognitive effort, such as study, revision, essays, and other time-consuming and mentally demanding tasks, longer lasting nootropics such as Adrafinil, Piracetam and Phenylpiracetam are ideal.

For short periods of intensive cognitive load under high pressure, such as exams or public speaking, nootropics can also provide a controlled peak of sustained mental performance.

Short-duration, high power nootropics such as Aniracetam and Noopept can provide exactly the edge you need. These zone-out distractions and fuel your cognitive processes, enhancing and ensuring mental performance for the most critical of tasks.

Who are we?

We believe that nootropics are a powerful tool for the future of productivity and wellbeing. We see cognitive enhancement as part of a tentative next step in the ongoing process of human improvement. It’s our goal to create a healthy culture of nootropics usage, in which cognitive health is not taboo but recognised as an essential aspect of human capability. For the first time in history, we’re able to improve our intellectual abilities at the chemical level, and we’re proud to facilitate that change.

We run Nootropics.com with three concepts front and centre: safety, reliability and quality.

Safety: Everything that leaves our warehouse has been thoroughly tested to ensure it is of the highest quality. We maintain a network of suppliers to ensure that we deliver only the best.

Reliability: We work hard to make sure our customers know they’re ordering from a reliable source, and will be getting exactly what they’re looking for time and time again. We ensure any relevant scientific citations are included on each of our product pages.

Quality: When you shop with us, we want your whole experience to be great. We pride ourselves in providing exceptional products and first-rate customer service.

Nootropics.com supplies only the highest quality, safest, and most effective nootropics. Whether you’re looking for an edge through cognitive enhancement or a wealth of information on the subject, look no further than https://nootropics.com/

Applying for a Student Loan: Where Should You Begin?

As the cost to attend college keeps rising, so does the need for students to find ways to cover that cost. Savings, grants, and scholarships are often not enough to pay for college, leaving a student loan as one of the primary options to finance the education you want. As you consider student loans, It’s important to know that not all student loans are the same. Before you decide to jump in with student loans, you should consider all of your funding options including grants, scholarships and others.

Private student loans

Private loans, like the name implies, are provided by lenders like banks and credit unions, as opposed to federal student loans, which are funded by the federal government. While there are a lot of benefits to getting a federal student loan, there is a maximum limit of how much you can borrow. You should start by utilizing federal student loans if you can, but with the rising cost of college, federal loans may not be enough. Private student loans can help fill this gap.

Give me some credit

Federal loans don’t require a credit check, which means when you apply for one, you’ll get the same rate as every other student. When applying for a private student loan, your unique financial circumstances and credit history are taken into consideration, which can affect your approval odds and the interest rate offered if you are approved.  While having to pass a credit check may seem like a disadvantage, private loans commonly give you the option of having a cosigner. With the right cosigner, it could make a big difference in the rates you’re able to receive and may make it easier for you to acquire a private loan with a good rate. After you graduate, you may have the option to refinance your loans using your improved and established credit, which could offer you the benefit of a lower rate.

Shop around!

Where should you begin? Student lending platforms like LendKey can help you find a private student loan to cover your cost of college.

What’s the difference?

The rates and terms you may be able to get can vary drastically from one lender to another. Taking the time to shop around now could save you thousands of dollars in the future.

Federal students loans always have fixed interest rates, meaning your interest rate will be the same for as long as you have the loan.  With private student loans, you often have the option of choosing between fixed and variable rates.

There’s more to consider than just the interest rates. Will there be reliable customer service?  Will the lender also be the one to service the loan? LendKey services the loans that are originated on its platform, and LendKey’s US-based loan specialists are consistently praised for their friendliness, reliability, and how quickly they are able to respond to questions.

The loan with benefits

If a private student loan fits your needs, LendKey connects community banks and credit unions to students like you. Because LendKey partners with community banks and credit unions, these institutions prosper when their customers prosper, so they want you to succeed. Lendkey also streamlines the lending experience, making it easy to keep up with your loan. You can complete the entire process online, including reviewing your loan, applying, and making payments.

LendKey can also simplify repaying your existing student loans with student loan refinancing once you have graduated. If you have multiple loans already in place, you can combine them into one brand new loan, making it more convenient to keep up with. The greatest benefit  —  one loan means one interest rate, which could save you thousands in interest over the life of the loan.

When you work with LendKey and one of their partner lenders, you have a strong team behind you, helping make your dreams come true.

LendKey was founded in 2009 immediately following the Great Recession. Through partnerships with banks and credit unions, LendKey has helped more than 92,000 borrowers and disbursed more than $2.9 billion in loans.

For more information visit http://www.lendkey.com. 

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Dress Dapper to Graduate Your Style

Image Courtesy of Dapper Classics.

We’ve all heard the saying “dress for success.” We’d like to offer another piece of advice: “Dapper is in the details.” If you want to set yourself up for success after graduation, you can’t afford to overlook the details. Fortunately, Dapper Classics has you covered.

Our Story

Dapper Classics was launched following a conversation between a father and a son about the limited options for stylish, American-made dress socks that wouldn’t sag or bunch upon wears. Fred and Harrison started knitting a solution to the problem in 2012. In the almost, seven years since, we have purchased five knitting machines and expanded our offerings to include Made in USA neckwear and trousers.

The Dapper Difference

Through our commitment American manufacturing, we’ve partnered with experts in their crafts. Our socks are knitted at a third-generation family mill in North Carolina, our neckties are handmade by a team of artisans in New York, and our trousers are hand-tailored at New York factory with nearly 100 years of tailoring expertise. All Dapper Classics products are made with the details in mind.

Dressing Like A Grown-up

Our socks are knitted with linked toes for additional style and comfort. Available in cotton, merino wool, and cashmere in over-the-calf and mid-calf fits, our socks keep you looking good all year-round. Dapper Classics entered the “sock game” around the time workplaces started trending toward the casual. Now more than ever, people are using their socks to express themselves and have a little fun with their office attire. Our wide range of styles – from solids to skull and crossbones – offers something for everyone.

Whether you prefer bold or traditional footwear, you’ll want socks you can count on as you embark on the daily grind of the “real world.” Going sockless looks like you forgot to finish getting dressed up and athletic tube socks and cheap dress socks won’t get the job done. Dapper Classics socks are made to stay up all day long. When you’re wearing our hosiery, you can focus on your work and forget about having to constantly reach down to pull up your socks. You can also cross your legs in confidence knowing that doing so won’t reveal sloppy bunched up socks and exposed skin – an embarrassing faux pas you’ll want to avoid at work and when you’re out socializing.

Classic Styles For Organized Appearances

For those times at work when you need to dress your absolute best – interviews and important meetings – our neckwear can help pull together your look. Our silk, cotton, and linen ties are designed with classic style in mind, making them easy to wear with your staple shirts and suits. Pair our ties with complementary socks for a well-coordinated look that will definitely be noticed. Pairing our neckwear and hosiery is also a winning formula for formal events outside of work. Well-stocked sock drawers and tie racks will have you ready for weddings – which you’re sure to be invited to following graduation – and community events.

Moving beyond accessories, our hand-tailored trousers are well worth the investment if you’re ready to get serious about dressing like a grown-up. Competitively priced, our pants come unfinished for custom tailoring. Dapper Classics trousers come in two fits – slim and classic – and a range of colors and fabrics. Our cotton chinos, linens, hopsacks, and lightweight wools are ideal for the months following graduation. And our heavier wools, donegals, and moleskins will get you through the fall and winter.

More Than A Wardrobe

As nice as Dapper Classics socks, ties, and trousers are, they’re more than just quality goods to add to your wardrobe. Every product we make comes with a story – the story of a small family business committed to supporting other American jobs. When you shop Dapper Classics, you’re participating in that story.

Discover Dapper Classics’ best sellers and new product arrivals at www.dapperclassics.com .

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Falling Asleep in Class? The Importance of Sleep Schedules

There’s a common “you can only choose two” college-related meme that gets circulated on the internet with regularity. The options are: good grades, social life, and enough sleep. It’s meant to be a lighthearted commentary on the difficulty of finding a healthy work-life balance during college years. But the truth is perhaps a bit more reassuring: getting enough sleep is actually a key component of both academic success and productive social interactions.

Still, a 2018 study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that only ten percent of Americans consider sleep their top priority. Roughly the same amount of people said socializing was at the top of their list. Above both were fitness and nutrition, work, and personal hobbies. In many ways, it makes sense: people want to feel productive. They want to maximize the amount of time they have in the day, and for many, that means cutting back on the hours they spend in bed.

But research has demonstrated time and again that getting enough sleep is one of the primary determinants of productivity throughout the day. More specifically, establishing and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule has been linked to improved concentration, memory, mood, and energy levels. Adequate sleep is also of vital importance when it comes to a healthy immune system, disease prevention, and weight control.

Fall asleep faster with sleep schedules

To understand why sleep schedules are so beneficial to your body in helping you fall asleep, it helps to know a little bit about circadian rhythm, an internal biological clock that cycles between sleepiness and alertness throughout the day. People who are sleep-deprived will feel the swings in their circadian rhythm the most (for many, this manifests as a particularly grueling afternoon slump, for example). When programmed to a steady pattern of sleep/wakefulness, however, the body will become more alert closer to wake-up time. That’s because the human body releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline about an hour before it knows you need to wake up. You’ll also start to relax and become more sleepy prior to your regular bedtime after the brain sends signals to the body to release melatonin, allowing you to fall asleep faster.

Throughout the night, your circadian rhythm cycles through two types of sleep: “active sleep” (REM) and deep sleep (NREM). The former is where the majority of people dream, and it’s much more biologically similar to wakefulness. This kind of sleep tends to be concentrated closer to the time you wake up.

The latter is where most bodily repair functions like muscle recovery take place. Most of this kind of sleep occurs toward the beginning of the night. People who don’t have steady sleeping schedules tend to wake up mid-deep sleep, which has been linked to greater grogginess and feelings of exhaustion throughout the day.

So, college students who want to “choose three”: academic success, a productive social life, and enough sleep, should know that the last item on the list is the key to achieving a healthy balance. Focus on that first, and the other two will naturally be easier.

There are several things that students can do to set up and stick to a pattern that works for them. Sleep experts recommend people stop using electronics a certain amount of time before going to bed, reduce caffeine intake towards the end of the day, and set up a dedicated sleeping space that can remind their body it’s time for bed with triggers like sounds (white noise) or smells (essential oils).

In the end, it’s important to remember that everything else comes together a lot more easily when falling asleep on time becomes a top priority.

Adaptive Sound Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2008 and is the leading supplier of advanced sound machines and adaptive audio products. The company’s mission, “Adapting sound to improve lives,” has been the driving force behind its innovation and product development. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, ASTI has developed best-selling sound machines like Sound+Sleep and ‘LectroFan that redefine the science of sleep. Breakthroughs in the science of ambient noise analysis and dynamic adaptive audio have earned ASTI multiple patents, resulting in innovative sleep products that deliver better sleep to customers worldwide.

For news on how you can start improving your sleep,  follow @SoundOfSleep on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter .

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How Can College Students Benefit from HerpAlert?

We all know how ubiquitous STD’s are, especially if you’re a college student. Nobody wants to be distracted by an STD diagnosis in the midst of studying for finals or writing a term paper, but ultimately your health should always come first. As a student, you have access to your school’s health center, where a number of nurse practitioners are available to treat whatever comes your way. However, not everyone feels comfortable going to a nurse to see if a sore on your lip or a bump on your groin is something more. For a variety of reasons that differ from person to person, we shy away from exposing ourselves to a stranger. Luckily, you can get checked out and treated from the privacy of your dorm room. All you need is a smartphone.

The Most Common Types of Sexually Transmitted Infections

The most common sexually transmitted infection that students across the country contract on college campuses is Chlamydia, and the second is HSV1 (oral herpes) and HSV2 (genital herpes). Chlamydia is one of the most diagnosed STI’s and also one of the most easily curable. In contrast, herpes is a virus, which lives in your body forever. Its symptoms can be so mild that you barely notice them. There are easily accessible antiviral medications, such as Valtrex, that treat and prevent herpes breakouts.

If you get a cold sore (oral herpes) in college, you should seek out a medical professional, but keep in mind, it’s not a life-changing diagnosis. It’s more common than you think. Roughly one out of every six Americans between the ages of 14 and 49 have herpes simplex virus, and most aren’t even aware of it! The virus spreads easily, and because symptoms can be so minor, students don’t realize if, or when, they’re contagious. If you’re sexually active, the odds of coming into contact with HSV1 or HSV2 are fairly decent.

Forget The STD Stigma With Online Guidance

Now, if you suspect you have herpes, you don’t need to worry about expensive doctor visits or prescription medication. Skip the line at the health center and forget about rehearsing the right things to say to a nurse, who has an infinite supply of pamphlets detailing how to practice safe sex. This is not to be mistaken as shrugging off the importance of using condoms and being honest with your partner or partners, but there’s an easier way.

With the rise of telemedicine, you can avoid the stress associated with any social stigma surrounding STDs and still have access to healthcare. If you suspect you might have a herpes related sore, visit www.HerpAlert.com and begin the physician diagnosis questionnaire. Say goodbye to making appointments, waiting rooms, and hospital garments with the easiest and fastest route to medical help at the tip of your fingers. Due to the nature of oral and genital herpes, time is of the essence. In order to minimize the outbreak and speed up the healing process, treatment should be started within 12 to 24 hours at the onset of symptoms.

The website will prompt you to upload photos of the area, describe your symptoms, and ask for medical history which is then reviewed by top-tier board-certified physicians. All your information goes through the website’s encrypted web servers, which are dedicated to securing every patient’s data. A doctor will get back to you within one to two hours of your submission, and if you’re positive for HSV, a prescription is called into your desired pharmacy so you can start treatment that day!

 

Founded by a leading dermatologist, our team is made up of top-tier doctors, across the country, who have a depth of experience diagnoses and treating a sexually transmitted diseases. Our mission is to remove the stigma associated with herpes by reducing outbreaks and making them as painless as possible. The moment you submit your photos for diagnosis, we get back to you quickly and immediately send a prescription to your local pharmacy. So you can stop the progression and get on with your life, whether that means finding Mr. Right, or Mr. Right Now.

Find out more at https://herpalert.com/ 

Urban Transportation Issues and Electric Mobility

Mobility alternatives to cars are fast growing, as cities and people realize there are problems associated with traveling in the city that need to be solved. These problems include dense slow traffic, road safety issues and pollution.

The dense traffic in cities could be much improved by using smaller vehicles like electric bikes, mopeds, and scooters, as they have greater throughput—the number of vehicles that can move through a space over a given amount of time—than cars.

People often travel short distances in cities, including travel of one-to-two miles, which is a bit too far to walk but too short to warrant driving a car. In crowded areas, where there are many pedestrians crossing the street, etc., cars can cause road safety issues. Not to mention, transportation is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

With these issues in mind, many cities are pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing the number of gas-powered cars on the road would greatly help this goal.

The Benefits of Small Electric Vehicles For Mobility

Small electric vehicles can be great alternatives to gas-emitting cars in the city. In addition to having greater throughput than cars, they can often provide faster short-distance rides than cars during peak traffic times in cities. Since they are electric, they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also provide other soft benefits, such as providing a fun riding experience, exercise, and helping people feel more connected to their city.

Small electric vehicles, like electric bikes, can help a greater amount of people exercise. Riders can replace idle sitting in a car with riding a bike, and riders who may normally not feel fit enough to ride a bike their entire commute, or don’t want to sweat on the way to work, can take comfort in having the electric assist option.

Small vehicles can also help people feel more connected to their cities, as the riders can explore spots they’d normally miss while in a car, enjoy the feeling of being outdoors while riding, and be less isolated as they can see and interact with other people on the streets.

Coolpeds USA—Urban Electric Mobility Solutions

Coolpeds USA, a Shark Tank & CNBC featured company, has been dedicated to creating innovative and affordable electric mobility products for more than six years. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the Coolpeds team consists of passionate engineers and designers from UCLA, the Art Center, and Stanford University. Their goal is to improve people’s lives in the city and bring smiles to people’s faces while they’re on the go.

Coolpeds offer a variety of practical, affordable, and stylish electric mobility products—the Coolpeds iBike8, the Coolpeds E-Fixie, the Coolpeds eBloom Electric Scooter, and the innovative Coolpeds Briefcase Electric Scooter.

The Coolpeds iBike8 is foldable for easier carrying and storage, has a sturdy carbon steel frame, and has a powerful 250 watt hub motor that provides speeds up to 20 mph and a range of up to 20 miles per charge with pedal assist (range depends on weight, wind resistance, riding style, and flatness of road surface).

The Coolpeds E-Fixie combines the light-weight (39 pounds) and minimal style of a fixed gear bike with the power of electric assist, which provides speeds up to 20 mph and a range of up to 20 miles (with pedal assist).

The Coolpeds eBloom Electric Scooter provides a good alternative to a car in the city, as it has a longer range than most scooters and bikes while still being small enough to zip through traffic and require less parking space. It has a range of up to 60 miles and speeds up to 20-40 mph (depending on local regulations).

The patented Coolpeds Briefcase electric scooter is the world’s lightest electric scooter, weighing in at around 16 lbs. It can fold into a compact briefcase, which has multiple compartments, including a laptop compartment and a convenient USB charging port. It can also be used for travel as a carry-on in most airlines. It has a top speed of up to 10 mph and a range of up to 8 miles.

 

Coolpeds USA, a Shark Tank & CNBC featured company, has been dedicated to creating innovative and affordable green mobility products for more than 6 years.  The Coolpeds team consists of passionate engineers and designers from UCLA, the Art Center, and Stanford University. Our goal is to improve your city life and bring a smile to your face whenever you are on the go. 

To find out more visit https://www.coolpeds.us

Sustainable Gems for Graduation Day

If a scene from the film Black Diamond comes to mind when you think about gems, you’ll be glad to know that this is not an image you need to associate with the pearl industry.

Most gemstones are non-renewable – the supply of gems like diamonds is finite and won’t be replaced in our lifetime, while many mining sites cause a lot of ecological damage.

But, the pearl industry is different.

Pearls: Nature’s Gems

Pearls are the only gems that are produced by living creatures; they are organic, created inside living mollusks. They’re also renewable – one mollusk can produce multiple pearls at a time and the mollusks themselves can also reproduce. It only takes a few years for pearls to form, in stark contrast with diamonds, which take between 1-3 billion years to be created.

Oysters are remarkably sensitive organisms, which makes it extremely important that the water and surrounding areas are clean and healthy, otherwise the pearls won’t grow. A pearl farmer who cares about the long-term health of his farming operation must use environmentally-responsible farming practices to produce high-quality pearls now, and for decades to come, unlike with other gemstones where the future of the environment is hardly a concern.

Formerly, pearls could only be found growing wild in nature, and they were extremely rare – only royalty and the extremely wealthy could afford them. But today, most pearls you can buy are cultured or produced on pearl farms of which about 95% are produced in China, which is also where our flagship product, Edison pearls are cultivated.

What Are Edison Pearls?

Edison Pearls are the brainchild of Zhan Weijian, president of Grace Pearls located in Zhuji, a town in the Zhejiang Province in east-central China. The first cultivated pearls were farmed successfully in 1916, admittedly of low quality, and over time the quality has improved tremendously and could even be compared to the quality of natural pearls. But Edison Pearls took the industry to a whole new level when they were introduced to the market in 2010.

What makes Edison pearls so unique is that these pearls are smooth with intense luster, they’re almost perfectly round, they come in sizes of up to ¾ of an inch and there are a wide range of different colors available such as: purple, pink, bronze, dark gold, and champagne.

When asked why he chose the name, Zhan Weijian said that “Thomas Edison, for all his intelligence, could not invent pearls or diamonds.”

The superior quality of Edison pearls put them in a class of their own. And what makes them even more remarkable is the fact that they are surprisingly affordable. Women throughout the world are now able to afford pearls of superior quality in any shape, size, and color they prefer.

Our Trade-In System: Recycle Your Old Jewelry

At Timeless Pearl, we’re committed to helping women look beautiful and feel confident with a wide range of charming jewelry designs that reflect her inner beauty and personal style.

We’re also committed to the environment and our impact in the community. We only partner with suppliers who follow sound sustainability practices in their pearl farming operations.

But we’re now taking our commitment even further. We’re introducing a new trade-in system where you can exchange your old pearl jewelry for something new and depending on the quality of the used jewelry, you can get up to 80% back on your purchase price.

It’s simple. You just complete the trade-in application form on our website to receive a return label, you’ll then post the old jewelry to us, and once we’ve inspected the jewelry, you’ll receive a cash back coupon via email which you can then use when making your next purchase.

Take a Stand on Graduation Day

We invite you to take a stand for women and the environment on your graduation day – and beyond. With over 400 different styles, you’re bound to find something to your liking.

Visit timelesspearl.com to make a statement on graduation day.

 

At Timeless Peal, we sincerely hope to make you 100% satisfied with your pearl jewerly purchase. Our mission is to make handcrafted luxury timeless pearl jewelry affordable to everyone, and at the same time promote environmental sustainability and our love of pearls.

The Home STD Test: 5 Massive Myths

Recent reports from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) show STDs are on the rise. With one in four college students currently having a sexually transmitted disease (STD), the need for regular testing on campus is now at an all-time high.

The stigma is real. Many students are hesitant to visit campus clinics with the thought of sitting in a waiting room among fellow classmates – unnerving. Additionally, the idea of being asked to share one’s sexual history with a stranger can understandably be just as uncomfortable.

This has led an increased number of university residents to seek alternate methods of testing that provide greater privacy. Conveniently, it’s easier than ever to screen yourself for many sexually transmitted infections now with a simple home STD test discretely mailed to your door.

Research has shown these at-home tests are doing a great job at encouraging more people to get screened. Yet, as with most things, there are skeptics. Let’s take a look together at many of the myths and misconceptions regarding home STD testing today.

MYTH #1: (FALSE)

At-Home Testing Isn’t Reliable

When you finish your home STD test and mail the sample in for screening, you can feel confident knowing the accuracy of your results is high caliber. (Make sure to look for a company with an accredited team of scientists and technologists who have been certified in all 50 states.)

MYTH #2: (FALSE)

It Takes Forever To Get Your Results Back

The faster you get your test results back, the better. It’s natural to have a little bit of nervousness after submitting your sample, and if you’re like most people, you’ll want to know your status as soon as possible. Rest assured, results are sent back quickly with samples processed in only one to five days after being received.

MYTH #3: (FALSE)    

Getting Tested At Home Must Be Expensive

The cost of an at-home STD test is quite comparable with the price of going to a clinic. Don’t forget to account for indirect costs related to the time and effort it takes to get there (missing class, getting gas, etc.). Typically, discounted prices are also offered on packages that include a full suite of tests.

MYTH #4: (FALSE)    

Testing Yourself Can Be Painfully Difficult

Testing yourself at home can actually be as simple as a minor pin prick on your finger and quick urine sample. Follow a few easy instructions and you’re good to go in just minutes. (Make sure the product you choose is backed by a diligent support team standing by to answer any questions you may have.)

MYTH #5: (FALSE) 

At-Home Testing Is Less Confidential

Campus clinics are known to keep your medical records on hand for years. With private at-home testing, you’re able to delete files at your discretion.

Starting The Conversation on STDs

Health professionals recommend speaking with your partner about getting tested sooner rather than later. Often enough though, it can be difficult to broach the subject with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Below are a couple of ideas on how to get the conversation going:

  • Suggest you both get tested together instead of asking your partner if they’ve been tested to make it feel like more of a collaboration, rather than an accusation.
  • Share an article on the subjects that you read with your partner and let them see for themselves exactly how high the statistics of infection are today.

Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases are contracted every year. Research shows that over half those cases are spread by younger adults below the age of 24. Students getting tested, and staying tested, has never been more important with the rising STD epidemic on campuses today.

Private iDNA is a leading at-home STD test that is simple to order online at college campuses nationwide; it’s CLIA/CAP accredited and certified in all 50 states with testing conducted in a state-of-the-art dynamic infectious disease laboratory. The mission behind the company is to increase screening rates by making it easier for people to get tested on their own time and their own terms.

For additional information on Private iDNA, you can learn more about the product and read some frequently asked questions at privateidna.com.