19 February 2017

Ancestry DNA - My Experience and Results

Disclosure:  These are my own experiences with AncestryDNA.  I received no compensation for this post and this post is not done in partnership with AncestryDNA.  This post does contain a personal referral link that will save you 10% .

Today I wanted to share my experience with AncestryDNA and my results with you all.  Getting this test done was something I had been wanting to do for awhile, and after receiving the kit as a gift recently I now have so much more information about who I am genetically.  The results were actually quite surprising.

So for anyone wondering what the time frame for my test completion was it took about one month from when I sent off my sample to when I received my results.  The test itself was simple and consisted of a small saliva sample.  AncestryDNA includes a postage paid box to mail your sample to them for testing.  I received a confirmation email when they received my sample, an email when they moved my sample into the testing phase, and a final email with my results.

A little backstory is that as far as my ancestry provided by family members I knew that on my Dad's side I had German, Polish, and Cherokee Indian.  On my mom's side I knew of French and Sioux Indian.  Now I will preface this with the fact that both sides told me that I had Native American ancestry before I get into my results.  Apparantly my DNA showed some contradictions to this as well as some interesting news.

Here is a picture of my results:

As you can see it shows the main regions of DNA origin which includes 50% Europe West, 19% Great Britain, and 31% other regions.  Europe West according to AncestryDNA includes Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.  This made sense to me with my knowledge of German and French ancestry.  I will say that the 19% Great Britain came as a surprise and I am currently working on finding my ancestors from this area.

Notice however there is no mention of American Indian ancestry.  After being told of this on both sides I was shocked to see I had no American Indian DNA.  Upon researching it appears that many people are told of American Indian ancestry when it is either based on incorrect facts or you do not have enough of this DNA to show up on a test.

Below is the expanded version which includes even more information:

Now came some more interesting news.  I am 11% Scandanavian and 7% Irish.  I had no clue and it really shows how eye opening one of these tests can be.  I also found the trace regions interesting but AncestryDNA warns that these are small amounts found and may not indicate genetic ethnicity for these regions.

When you get your results you also get a list of matches.  These are people who you are related to that have also completed an AncestryDNA test.  As of now there are over 3 million completed tests.  My current list shows 621 4th cousins or closer.  You can see what a great resource this test is.  You also have the ability to message your matches if you wish to connect and share information.

Overall I was very pleased with the whole process and my results.  If you are considering taking this test I highly recommend it, as the results may very well likely surprise you.  You can save 10% by using this link here!

13 February 2017

How Often Should a Termite Inspection Be Carried Out?

A termite infestation can cause considerable damage to your property if it’s not detected and dealt with. This is why it’s a good idea to have a termite inspection carried out on a regular basis. But how often do you need to have your property inspected for termites?

We are going to look at how you may be able to tell if you have a problem with termites. We are also going to explain that signs are often not apparent which is why termite inspections are so important. We are going to take a look at how often you should have your home inspected.

Signs that you may have a problem with termites

There are some signs you should look out for that can alert you to the possible presence of termites in and around your home. 

  • Termite shelter tubes – these are thin tubes of clay like material that you may see running from the ground around your property across walls and other structures. Termites can travel along these tubes and they also store food inside them. 
  •  Noise from termites – there may be times when you can hear a tapping noise inside your property. Soldier termites tap their heads against structures to send a message to other termites to follow.
  • Termite droppings – you may be able to see piles of termite droppings around your property. These are obviously not very large so may be difficult to spot. 

These are some of the most obvious signs that termites may be present in your property. It’s important to note that you may not notice any of these things. It could be that the first time you know there is a problem is when wooden structures start to sag. Termites eat structures from the inside out so you may think that wood looks fine when it has actually been compromised. You can try tapping on the wooden structures in your home to see if they sound hollow.

The importance of a termite inspection

You can see that it’s often difficult to spot the presence of termites. This is why it’s useful to employ an exterminator in Connecticut to help you identify if there is a problem. You should aim to have a termite inspection carried out at least once every twelve months. 

If you live in an area where there is a high number of termite infestations, you should have an inspection carried out every six months. If you have a termite problem, then the exterminator you employ should tell you how often your property needs to be inspected in future. 

As you can see, termites can cause a considerable amount of damage to your property without you even being aware that they are there. This is why regular termite inspections, carried out by licensed professionals, are so important. Hopefully, we have shown you how often you should have an inspection carried out in order to ensure that your property is well protected. 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.

09 February 2017

The Best Ways to Find Cheap Textbooks

The significance of a college education in a person's life is unquestionable. Society makes a clear distinction between people with a formal college education and those who have never received theirs. However, it is also widely known that college can prove to be a financial strain for those seeking a higher education. In addition to paying for tuition, the cost of college textbooks have dramatically increased year after year. High textbook prices have put a great burden on college students. Here are three ways to find the cheapest textbooks. 

The best way to find cheap textbooks is by using a textbook comparison website. Instead of looking up each ISBN at every available online bookstore, use single website that does all the work for you. It is fast and easy to use. To make sure that you find the right book, enter the ISBN instead of the title and then search. The results are sorted by lowest price so students can save time and money knowing that they will instantly find textbooks at the cheapest price. You will also be able to see the shipping costs and the estimated delivery time.

Besides buying textbooks, renting can also be an attractive option. Every bookstore that sells books also rents them out too. The great thing about renting is that the upfront cost is less. Students pay a fee to rent textbooks for a semester and then return it by mail when the class is finished. The book rental company provides postage too. Just make sure to return the books back on time. Otherwise, you will get hit with a late fee penalty. Another downside of renting is that it actually costs more than buying. When you compare the price paid for renting versus buying and then reselling, renting will cost more. However, it is less work for the student. 

Another good way to save on textbooks is by searching the popular online classifieds website, craigslist.org under the “Books” category in the “For Sale” section. There are students that have just finished a class and sell their books on this marketplace. The price is good for the buyer since it will most likely be cheaper than their college bookstore. For the seller, they also get a better price since they sell direct to a buyer instead of selling to an intermediary that takes a commission on the sale. Of course the drawback is that the selection of books is more limited and you may not find the one that you need. 

There is no doubt that college is an expense endeavor. By the time that students finish their degrees, they are often saddled with student loan debt. Why not make it easier on yourself from the start by trying to minimize your college expenses. While there isn't a lot that students can do about their tuition, there is at least a few ways to save on college textbooks. By using a book comparison website, renting textbooks, or buying them through online classifieds, students can find the cheapest textbooks possible. Every bit of savings helps.