How to Make Your Products Stand Out Online

St. Louis, Missouri (February 26, 2018) – E-commerce websites are becoming the new way that people are doing most of their shopping. Websites such as Amazon and Etsy are booming with people selling and purchasing within their sites. While purchasing products online is convenient and fast, there are also drawbacks. Not being able to physically touch or see the product can leave customers wondering if it is something they are truly interested in purchasing. Another drawback is that buyers tend to have questions regarding the product that may not be available online. Some ways to help prevent or eliminate some of these drawbacks is to provide high-resolution product photography to go along with your products. 360-degree product photography will give customers the feel as if the product is 3D, allowing all angles and details to be seen. These techniques will draw positive attention to your product over others, giving you an advantage.  

There is a St. Louis based company who provides product photography called Zone Ten Studio. They get their name from the Zone System, which breaks down film exposure and development into 11 “zones” ranging from 0 to 10. Even though Zone Ten is based in the St. Louis area, they can provide their services to people all over the United States, and have been for over 20 years. They ensure professional photos taken with a white background and the perfect lighting techniques at an affordable price. With quick turnaround times of only 10 business days, Zone Ten Studio is the perfect place to consider when needing exceptional product photography.


Zone Ten

5563 Arthur Ave

St. Louis, MO 63139

Beware of Winter Weather

St. Louis, MO (February 23, 2018)- People tend to have mixed thoughts on winter weather. On one hand, a couple inches of snow is a peaceful scenery to spend the day sledding and building a snowman. On the other hand, snow and ice can cause dangerous and difficult conditions for driving, as well as for your roof. Too much snow can take a toll on your roof, causing it to sag. If something like this were to happen, it is important to call for experts immediately. Rely Roofing is the perfect company to turn to, with their 24-hour emergency repair services. They want everyone to be warned of the issues that winter weather may bring, as well as know what to do about them.

Rely Roofing specializes in St. Louis flat roof repairs, installations, and restorations. Their team focuses on trying to repair the roof if possible instead of completely replacing it. They care about their customers and do not want them to have to spend unnecessary money if not needed. Rely uses thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), which are single-ply roofing membranes that are very durable and resistant. These TPO roofs have many benefits that help during the winter season such as being cost-effective and having good thermal resistance, which will lower heating and cooling costs. Rely has been in business for over 40 years, and have seen just about everything. Since they are so experienced, Rely takes pride in their work and does business in a safe and professional manner.  


Rely Roofing, LLC

3748 McKelvey Rd.

St. Louis, Missouri


Cheap Trips to Chicago

Ohio House Motel

Chicago, IL (February  19, 2018)- The weather is starting to get nicer as March approaches, so what better way to spend that time than getting away to downtown Chicago. Chicago is a beautiful city that that has so much to offer. To enjoy this warmer weather, get outside by visiting the free Lincoln Park Zoo or the Navy Pier. If you are looking for an affordable, newly renovated hotel that has all of the amenities to offer, The Ohio House Motel is the place for you. The Ohio House Motel is always offering discounts so that their guests can get the best deals, allowing them to keep coming back time after time. From March 10th-13th, there is a 13% discount from the normal rates for the International Houseware Show. Also, during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 16th-18th, there is a 14% discount being offered. If planning to go to Chicago anytime soon, you might as well make it sooner than later and take advantage of these special offers.


A little more information about the Ohio House Motel is that it is a cheap hotel in Chicago with newly upgraded rooms for more comfort. These rooms come equipped with free wifi, flat screen televisions with cable, mini refrigerators and microwaves, and much more. Booking directly from the website will allow for free parking and free continental breakfast as well. This hotel has everything you would need for a great weekend at a great price.


Ohio House Motel

600 North Lasalle Street

Chicago, IL 60654

School Shouldn’t End in the Summer, Tips for Kids and Parents

Tips to Keep Your Child Sharp Over The Summer

Somehow, we’re nearly through the month of June.  A whole month of summer vacation out the door!  Just a month and a half left before kids and teens make their way back to school.  You might be very thankful for summer vacation.  For parents, it’s a break from carpool, homework, PTA meetings, testing, and after school activities.  Similarly, kids all over the country are rejoicing that, at least for a few months, they aren’t forced to sit in a classroom for seven hours a day, five days a week.  While parents can spend more time focusing on work or things around the house, kids everywhere are taking to the pools, to backyards, and of course, to video game consoles.  That’s great.  Parents deserve a break as do children and teenagers.  However, you shouldn’t completely neglect the fact that, just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean your child isn’t still developing.  This three month period is pivotal to ensure children and teen retain and build on the knowledge and skills they acquire during the school year.  Here are a few tips to keep kids and teens sharp this summer.

Summer Reading is a Must

Most middle schoolers and pretty much every high schooler are required to read a least one book over the summer.  Whether it’s for a course or as a school, older kids and teens are almost guaranteed to have to read over the summer.  However, young children and grade schooler aren’t typically required to participate in any summer reading.  School districts or private institutions might encourage students to join summer reading programs.  Still, there’s no guarantee that students will make an effort to read during the summer months.  This puts one of the most vulnerable and formable age groups at risk for reading at a lower grade level when they return to classes in the fall.

The simplest solution to the summer reading dilemma is required your child to read a chapter book.  Implement both a rewards system and disciplinary system.  If your child finishes a certain number of chapters or pages, reward them with a sweet trip, trip to an amusement park, or a toy.  If your child fails to maintain their summer reading schedule, limit screen time, implement timeouts or require them to do extra chores.  Requiring your little one to read throughout their summer break is a fantastic way to ensure they’re ready when classes resume in the fall.

Summer Reading is a Must
Summer Reading is a Must

Limit Screen Time and Video Games

Phone, tablets, computers, and video game consoles are extremely addictive.  Thanks to the internet, the world is at everyone’s fingertips.  With movies, YouTube, and games, kids will never grow bored of a cell phone or iPad.  If you haven’t noticed, these screens aren’t healthy.  Because they’re addictive and interactive, kids and teens can spend hours on these devices uninterrupted.  The same goes for video games.  Both mobile devices and video games can inhibit developmental growth and distract children from other activities that might benefit them mentally and physically.

Simply limiting screen time will force children and teens to look elsewhere for entertainment this summer.  Providing younger kids with picture books, interactive educational games and toys, and outdoor activities that encourage problem-solving and critical thinking will serve as the perfect alternative to cell phones and video games.

Get a Tutor

Unlike the first two tips, getting a tutor requires more involvement on the parent-side and costs money.  However, getting a summer tutor is the best way to ensure students retain and build on the knowledge they acquired during the school year.  Again, pricey but very effective.

Tutors can assist children and teens in a variety of subjects.  From critical subjects like Math and English to ACT test prep in St. Louis, tutors can assist students of all ages.  Additionally, tutors can work with children for as little or as much time as you wish.  Another option more cost-effective is to enroll students in communal summer courses at community centers or private schools.  Educational summer camps are always a safe bet too!

Apple Unveils the $349 HomePod

Apple’s Brand New Home Speaker and Google Home Competitor

Today at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference in San Jose, California, tech giant Apple announced a plethora of software and hardware improvements as well as a few new additions.  One new addition is Apple’s iMac Pro, Apple’s so-called fastest and most advanced Mac ever.  The iMac Pro will retail for $5,000 when it goes on sale in December.  Additionally, Apple announced upcoming software updates for both laptops and mobile devices.  However, it wasn’t Apple’s $5,000 Mac or details about iOS 11 that got people talking.  Apple unveiled their long-awaited Google Home/Amazon Echo competitor; the Apple HomePod.

Apple’s New HomePod (Image: Apple)

Apple’s HomePod is designed more like Sonos than Google Home or Amazon Echo.  However, ultimately, the Apple HomePod is the closest thing to Google Home and Echo that Apple fans will be able to get their hands on.  According to Apple, the main purpose of the device is to serve as a wireless speaker system.  Focusing less on incorporating apps and automation, the Apple HomePod features high-quality audio with sensors that automatically adjust the audio based on the user’s location.  If you’re an audiophile, the HomePod will likely be your go-to wireless speaker come December.  However, the HomePod will also feature Siri-integration.

Apple HomePod featuring Siri (Image: Apple)

Apple touted Siri’s ability to become a full on DJ while making consumers guess with regards to third-party app integration and home automation features.  Apple says that not only will Siri make a great DJ, but the artificial intelligence will also be able to answer questions, take notes, and close the blinds.  These features are much like what’s found with Google Home and Amazon Echo.  However, unlike with the reveal of Home and Echo, Apple didn’t reveal what third-party apps will work with the HomePod.  Overall, the reveal and consequent press release made the HomePod appear to be more like a speaker than a personal assistant.

The Apple HomePod’s main competitor, Google Home (Image: Google)

Apple HomePod Features, per Apple’s Press Release;

  • Upware facing-woofer
  • Seven beam-forming tweeters
  • Apple’s A8 Chip
  • Room-sensing technology
  • Six microphones
  • Siri Waveform
  • Automatic detection and balance
  • Easy setup

Additionally, Apple enthusiasts will have to pay twice the price of Home and Echo to purchase the HomePod.  The device retails for $349 and comes in both White and Space Gray.  Apple targeted December for when the device will first ship out to customers.

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What to Look for in the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

Traits, Characteristics to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been wrongly convicted of a crime, it may seem like the entire world is against.  Maybe you’ve lost all hope.  That’s not uncommon.  When you’re wrongly convicted of a crime, you’re often treated like you actually committed a crime.  However, there is hope.  Criminal defense attorneys work directly with their clients to ensure the charges are dropped and you can return to a normal life.  Here are the top traits and characteristics to look for in a criminal defense attorney.

The Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

Trial Tested Success

Before you settle on a st. louis criminal defense attorney, it’s essential that you know what each attorney’s success rate is.  Their success rate is essentially how many cases they’ve won divided by how many cases they’ve represented.  However, sometimes the success rate is more detailed.  For example, some criminal defense attorneys are able to lessen sentencing.

Regardless, it’s important to take a look at each attorney’s website and do your own research.  Some useful sites include SuperLawyer, FindLaw, and Avvo.

Trust and Compassion

As mentioned above, being wrongly convicted can be terrifying and stressful.  Some criminal defense attorneys are only in it for the money and publicity.  It’s important to always research each attorney.  Avoid firms and attorneys that seem super corporate.  Defense attorneys that are very corporate or advertise heavily, often neglect clients. Both trust and compassion, essentially humanity, are very important as the process of overturning a conviction will be tough.

Each case is unique, good defense attorneys know this.

Personalised Defense

Each case is different.  Too many lawyers and firms treat all cases the same.  Each case represents an individual.  Criminal defense attornies that fail to recognize each case as unique, will have to work harder and could cost you your freedom.  Always make sure that a criminal defense attorney values your life and understands the importance of developing a unique and customized plan.