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Top Of The Best Three Ring Binder Albums Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Meadowsweet Kitchens Plastic Full Page Recipe Protectors for 3 ring binders
№2 – Pioneer 12-Inch by 12-Inch Fabric 3-Ring Binder Album with Window, Black
№3 – Pioneer T-12JF/C 12″X12″ Jumbo Sewn Leatherette Metal Corner 3-Ring Binder Scrapbook, Bright Pink
Basic Vinyl Round Ring Binder, 1/2″ Capacity, Black
Round Ring Economy Vinyl View Binder, 1″ Capacity, White
Flexi-View Round-Ring Presentation View Binder, 1/2″ Capacity, Navy Blue
How often will you add documents to your 3-Ring Binder?
Additional 3-Ring Binder Features:
One-touch binder rings easily open with just one hand.
Gap-free binder rings eliminate tears and snags when turning pages.
Back-mounted binder rings allow pages to lie flat, instead of following the curve of the ring.
Easy-insert binder spines allow you to quickly add, remove, or swap labels.
Label holders allow insertion of descriptive labels.
Non-stick covers prevent ink stains and smudges, so you can reuse your 3-ring binders over and over again.
Presentation Binders – these are more commonly referred to as view binders. They have a clear plastic overlay on the front, spine and back so you can customize them. Design a title page, a spine and a back cover, print them out and slide them behind the overlay. Voila! A beautiful presentation for your meeting.
Reference Binders – also called non-view binders. These don’t have a clear overlay and are normally used for frequently accessed documents like files or manuals.
Storage Binders – these are specialty binders that are designed for infrequently used documents like yearly records. Many of them have retractable hooks that allow you to store them hanging. Not all storage binders are ring binders though – some are post binders. Post binders are commonly used for accounting documents.
Dansco albums are the clear gold standard on the market. With their handsome brown leatherette covers and sturdy craftsmanship, Dansco albums are a great option for the collector desiring a sophisticated display album for his collection. Dansco albums generally cause very little toning, even over extended periods of time, making it safe to store your copper and silver coins in them without fear of a massive change in patina. That being said, no album can entirely protect against a coin toning—this is especially true if you live in a more humid environment. It is always recommended to store your albums in a cool, dry place, preferably with dessicants (i.e. silica packets).
For the collector wanting the most peace-of-mind with regards to toning and tarnishing, Intercept Shield is the way to go. Intercept Shield albums are produced with a special type of insert that neutralizes corrosive gases before they reach the coins and cause toning. Unlike Danscos, these albums come with a matching slipcase for an added layer of protection. The main drawback to Intercept Shield is that their selection of albums is somewhat limited when compared to Dansco. You can find Intercept Shield albums for the most popular series of U.S. coins, but you won’t be able to find, say, a Capped Bust dimes album or even a Liberty Head nickels album.
At a slightly smaller budget, you’ll find Littleton albums. These green albums are produced by Litteton Coin Company, a large national dealer of U.S. coins. While fairly similar in build to Intercept Shield and Dansco albums, Littleton albums are much bulkier. The album is effectively a three-ring binder, which gives it an awkward wedge shape with a very thick spine. This makes it somewhat difficult to stack these albums or put them in a bookshelf. On the flip side, the three-ring binder system makes it much easier to remove and add album pages. Littleton albums are advertised as archival-quality, but are a relatively new addition to the market—it remains to be seen how well they protect coins against toning over a period of decades. In the short-term, at least, you should have no problems with coin stability. In terms of selection, Littleton has everybody beat except Dansco. Littleton covers all the popular series of U.S. coins, as well as a number of the more obscure sets.
The granddaddy of them all, Whitman albums have been produced continuously since the 1930s. The first Whitman coin holders were simple cardboard boards with indentations for the coins. Collectors were encouraged to glue their coins into the board—unfortunately, this made the coins difficult to remove, and the glue damage was often irreparable. Next, Whitman moved into the now ubiquitous cardboard coin folders. These folders were a great affordable way for new collectors to start putting together a set of coins. What they lacked in stability (coins in these folders often took on a dark tone over time), they made up for in price. Whitman folders can still be found today at any coin shop, and many book stores, for only a couple of dollars each.
Later on, Whitman started producing coin albums like the ones above. Whitman albums have gone through several iterations over the years—the early albums were lightweight (even somewhat flimsy) and not designed to protect against toning. The more recent Whitman coin albums are similar in quality to those of the other competitors in the market. Whitman covers all of the more popular series of U.S. coins, but is still limited compared to Dansco’s selection.
Check with your local auto parts store, most accept old antifreeze. Some communities have recycling programs for antifreeze. Another option is to take the antifreeze to a household hazardous waste facility in your area. You can contact your local solid waste department for the best way to dispose of the used product.
Contact youth programs in your area; backpacks might be useful for outings or trips. You could also donate them to a local church. If they run a thrift store or flea market, backpacks could sell well. The American Birding Association also accepts donated backpacks. Check them out at americanbirding.org.
Most city and municipal recycling centers accept old butane canisters. However, all remaining pressure has to be released first. Vent the remaining gas and punch a whole through the sidewall using a screwdriver or other sharp object. Then you can safely put it into a recycling container.
If your car seat has never been in an accident and is less than six years old, consider passing it on to someone else. Some areas have car seat recycling drop-off centers. If not, you can take the seat apart and sort it yourself, but first make sure your local recycling facility accepts the disassembled parts.
Concrete can be repurposed to create paving stones or small garden walls, so sustainably minded landscapers and homeowners may be willing to take old concrete off your hands. Also, check with local businesses that sell topsoil, gravel and other similar materials. They often accept old concrete, but may charge a small fee.
Fabric and Textile
Many animal and homeless shelters accept machine-washable blankets and pillows. Donate Stuff allows you to donate fabric and textiles by mail. They make it easy by providing pre-paid UPS bags and even home pickup in certain areas.
Composting food waste at home is a great way of keeping it out of the garbage, and the compost makes a good fertilizer for gardens. If the food is safe to eat and has not expired, take it to a food bank or food rescue organization. You can also check with your city to find out if there is a local food waste recycling collection service.
You may want to consider upcycling large furniture items to give them new life. Many charity organizations like Salvation Army will take old furniture off your hands; some will even pick it up. Some cities offer curbside recycling for furniture, so check to see if that is an option.
Mail in PVC plastic gift cards, including identification and credit cards, to Earthworks System for recycling. Gift cards from companies like Chipotle, LL Bean and Wal-Mart are biodegradable corn-based cards that will naturally decompose in a compost pile.
Bottle glass is one of the easiest items to recycle; simply place in your curbside collections bin.
Nonprofit organizations and churches can often put used cabinets to good use. Habitat for Humanity might also have local projects in need of cabinets. If you are having new cabinets installed, ask your contractor if he is interested in taking your old ones to resell.
Since kitchen utensils are commonly made of steel, an iron-chromium alloy, they can be recycled as scrap metal.
Goodwill, thrift stores, or nonprofit organizations are good options for donating used knives. Otherwise, the metal can be recycled as scrap steel.
Utilize a household hazardous waste facility or designated community pickup/drop-off days to properly dispose of and recycle mercury products.
Metals like aluminum cans can often be recycled through curbside collection programs. Other metals may need to be taken to a drop-off center for recycling or proper disposal.
Some communities will take the cartons, while others may not. Find out if cartons are recyclable in your community through the Carton Council Web page. You can also upcycle them into birdhouses, storage boxes and other kid-friendly crafts.
Check with your local recycling facility. They may be able to recycle mirrors, even if they are broken. Mirrors in usable condition can be donated to secondhand stores.
An old iPod can fetch you percent off a new one at any Apple store. Target also accepts MPplayers in their recycling collection bins.
Steel paint cans are recyclable, but not every community accepts them, so check with your local recycling or HHW center. The paint can must be empty and all paint contents dried prior to recycling.
Most paper products can be placed in a curbside recycling bin. Paper products should be clean and free of food waste, oil or dirt.
If your plastic toys are in good shape, consider finding the toy a new home. Organizations like Stuffed Animals For Emergencies collect toys for children in crisis situations. Domestic Metals and Plastics accepts plastic toys of all types for recycling.
Contact the local AmeriGas office nearest you to safely dispose of your 20 lb. propane tanks at no charge. You can also exchange or recycle through the Blue Rhino Company. Many stores, including Dixieline, Home Depot and Kmart, accept refillable propane cylinders.
While glass quartz is not the same as other glass products, it is recyclable. Contact your local recycling center to see if they accept glass quartz.
Donate Stuff accepts fabric by mail. The material can be in any condition, since it can be broken down into fibers and reused. Also, see T-shirts.
Find a recycler at shinglerecycling.org. You can also use their website to learn about current specifications for each state.
Contact a business that manufactures rubber mulch, like Rubber Recycle, to find out where you can recycle rubber products, since most cities do not pick up rubber left with curbside recycling.
Shredded paper has less fiber value, so be sure to check with your local recycling service to see if they will accept it. If you have used non-toxic inks, you can put it in your compost pile. Shredded paper also makes great packing material!
Some states conduct an annual round up of ionization smoke alarms. Several manufacturers accept used smoke alarms. Contact individual suppliers for information. Curie Environmental Services offers smoke alarm recycling.
Reuse slivers of soap in creative ways such as making liquid soap, or donate your pieces to Clean The World, a nonprofit organization that combats preventable disease in developing countries
Many bathroom bottles, including soap dispensers, are marked with resin code or 4, which makes them easily recyclable. Check the number on the dispenser to be sure.
Use your mismatched socks as a dust rag, drink cozy or dog toy. Send your worn-out socks to Emi-G Knitting, Attention: Zkano Recycles Program at 171Airport Road, Ft Payne, AL 3596to have them recycled.
Synthetic sponges are not recyclable, but can be repurposed. Try placing them at the bottom of a potted plant to make a homemade self-watering pot. Sea sponges and natural sponges are biodegradable and can be composted. Natural sponges also last a lot longer!
Poly binders can be recycled once they are disassembled. Pop out the metal spine and separate the plastic from the cardboard inside, and recycle each component individually. The American Thermoplastic Company offers a recycling program for vinyl binders in good condition.
If you have a curbside recycling program, tin and steel cans are usually accepted.
Aluminum foil can most often be placed in the recycling bin with aluminum cans.
Used tires can be taken to a local recycling facility or tire retailer.
Copper is the most recycled wire material. Uncovered wiring can often be placed with your curbside recycling. You can take it to electronic stores like Office Depot or Staples, or donate both plastic-coated and bare wiring to the Boy Scouts.
B.W. Recycling, Inc. is a nationwide X-ray recycling company that includes a free pickup and cash back for your X-ray films. If you have a small quantity of x-rays, try a community group like the Boy Scouts.
Stay organized with custom binders from Zazzle! No more loose documents, sprawled homework or missing recipes. Get your house or office in order with our amazing range of binders. Choose from a library sized catalog of themes and designs to fit any situation or mood.
An office staple, add some personality to your everyday stationary or office accessories by adding your graphic or logo. Professional pop that will impress clients and colleagues alike! No more trailing through cabinets for that forgotten file. Simple structure for any workplace with binders that will become lifesavers many times over. Pair it with your own desk plates for proper professional style.
Show school spirit with back to school binders! A safe space for all that learning and with enough options to suit every member of The Breakfast Club. No more “the dog ate my homework” excuses with all your assessments stored neatly in your custom binder. You’ll be sure to get top marks and avoid a failing grade with this A+ piece of school equipment! You can even decorate your school space with our custom stickers – available in a range of sizes and shapes!
Are you a connoisseur chef? A soufflé surveyor? A macaroni maestro? Whatever your skills, be sure to keep all your recipes under lock and key with custom recipe binders. Never forget family favorites again. Pull on your aprons and whip up a storm with personalized binder you can help create! Foodie feasts that are held together with a quality binder that can stand the heat of a kitchen.
Thanks to our on-site and easy to use customization tool you can even make your own. Upload photos or art to start. Create text for a motivational message or a warning for others to “Keep Out” if needed. Family album, project scrapbook or otherwise, the possibilities are endless!
Project planner refill sheets for your loose-leaf binder Our Special Request Project Planner refill gives you more ways to use your Tri-Ring binder or folio. It includes 100 sheets of letter-size Project Planner pages in a loose-leaf format.
Grill Friends Silicone Brush
Silicone brushes are the best thing to happen to barbecue since the charcoal briquet. I long ago relegated my natural and nylon bristle brushes to cleaning computer keyboards. Silicone brushes load up with lots of sauce, deliver it evenly, and are easy to clean and decontaminate. They are dishwasher safe. We have three: One for barbecue, one my wife uses for egg washes and other baking, and one for whatever. There are many brands on the market.
There are pros and cons to using a cover.
Pros. They keep rain, snow, wasps, birds, and other vermin out. If you have a shinyt stainless steel rig, it will keep it shinier. An expensive grill under cover will attract fewer thieves.
Cons. They are a bit of a pain because you have to wait til the grill cools and they gather rain when left off. But they can also trap moisture and humidity underneath and actually encourage rust and mold growth. For these reasons I cover only my grills and smokers that can collect water on the inside like my Weber Smokey Mountain, my Hasty Bake, and my pellet smoker (if the pellets ever melt and then dry out, getting your smoker up and running is an all day sucker).
Cheapo covers last only a year or two. A good cover will last five years or more. All the plastic or vinyl ones I’ve tried cracked and fell apart in two to three years. The canvas covers rotted in a few years. The best were canvas laminated or impregnated with polyurethane or PVC.
Weber’s Grill Pan Sears and Allows Smoke Through
Another favorite grill topper is the Weber Style Grill Pan, and I was pleased to see the folks at Cooks Illustrated agree. It has plenty of slots for smoke to travel through, and plenty of surface to brown things like salmon cakes.
Lodge Logic Pro Cast Iron Griddle Can Put a Gorgeous Sear on Salmon, Steak, or Use It For Pancakes And Eggs
You need a good cast iron griddle. Especially if you like fish, burgers, grilled sandwiches, home fries, or pancakes. Coat the flat side with oil, and you can sear fish so it is golden and crispy on the outside just like that great pan-seared fish you get in restaurants. Throw some dried herbs onto the flame, and you’ll get a whisp of smoke in the meat.
You can even bring it indoors and it will straddle two burners. Use the flat side for pancakes. Flip it over and you get grill marks and conduction cooking from the ridges on steaks, burgers, or asparagus, and the fats and juices drip into the grooves where they vaporize and flavor the meat and cook by radiation.
This is a very handy tool. One word of caution. You may need two. If you use it for fish a lot, the flavor will remain on the surface, even after cleaning, so you won’t be able to use it for pancakes.
I have two of them by Lodge, known for quality cast iron, and I use the ridged sides of both, one on top and one on the bottom, for making paninis. And my spatchcocked (butterflied) Cornish game hens pressed between the flat sides are unbelievably crisp and juicy in only 20 minutes. It is 20″ x 7/16″.
Lodge Cast Iron Panini Press Makes World Class Paninis And Grilled Cheese
These flat weights are great for making grilled cheese sandwiches and other paninis, and even bacon. When I make sandwiches I preheat the press on high on the side burner, and then put the sandwich on the grill grates and the hot press on top so I can cook both sides at once. You can use them for keeping bacon from curling up on the grill with these, too. The Lodge model is preseasoned. Although the handle is supposed to provide heat protection, wear a glove.
Thermoworks Timestick Is The Best Cook’s Stopwatch And Alarm
I keep a cooking diary. In it I write down vital info about every cook so I can learn what works and what doesn’t. OK. So I’m anal. But being anal got me this gig. The two most important variables to track in any cook are time and temp. So I used to wear a stopwatch around my neck when I cooked. Click when I fire up. Click when it is up to temp. Click when the meat goes on. Click when I add more wood or charcoal. Click when I turn. Click when I sauce. Click when I take it off. But have you seen the new digital stopwatches? They are a real pain with faaaar too many features and bells and whistles. My last one sat in my desk between cooks and beeped every hour and the only way I could make it shut up was with a hammer. True story. Now I use the very sinple user friendly Timestick.
It can count down or up and when a count down alarm sounds, the count up timer starts so you can see how much time has elapsed since your alarm. It’s range is 9hours 9minutes and 9seconds, there is a keypad lock so you don’t accidentally screw things up, there’s a lanyard so you can wear it around your neck, it comes in nine colors, it’s splash proof, and it has a magnet on back so I can stick it to my grill, fridge, or oven. Operates between 3and 104°F. Best of all, you won’t need to read the manual. Love it.
Knob Where You Need It Makes Grilling Safer And Easier
You’re supposed to turn off the propane tank between cooks to prevent expensive leaks and more expensive explosions. But many grills don’t have easy access to the tanks, and it sure is easy to forget. Knob Where You Need It makes it easy to turn off the gas and easy ti remember. There are no instructions in the box so you need to go to their website. I suggest printing them. Installation is easy for most people (I made a dumb mistake). Please note: You need to drill a 1/2″ hole in your grill. Watch the video below to see the installation process. –
Most kamado smokers have an airflow control/chimney at the top that is very good at controlling the oven temp. They have one innate flaw: When it rains, water gets into the cooking chamber! If you have a Big Green Egg, Primo, or Kamado Joe, or any other leaky kamado, here’s the solution. Made from aluminum, it is simple and effective.
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer
The best way to store food more than a week is in the freezer. Foods lose few nutirents and little quality when frozen. But if they are kept for longer than a few weeks, meats can oxidize, fats can get rancid, and the surface can harden from freezer burn. Especially pork and seafood. Oxygen is the enemy. So I pack food for storage is with a vacuum sealer like the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer. You put the food in a plastic bag, insert it into the machine and it sucks out the air and seals the bag. Make sure you mark the date on the bag. It is a great way to store cooked foods too. Put your pulled pork in the bag, add a little sauce and seal. When it is time to serve, place the bag into a pot of simmering water. It reheats rapidly and tastes almost as good as when it came out of the smoker.
Use a Grill Grabber to lift your hot and dirty grill grates, even if there’s the food still on them. I use mine when I need to add coals, wood, water to water pans, or to rescue food that has dropped through the grates. This may seem like a frivolity, but it is a thoroughly useful tool.
OXO Good Grips Tongs
Dishwasher safe stainless steel with OXO’s popular nonslip rubber handles, they are the winner of the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award. They are spring loaded and the ends are scalloped for better gripping. There is a loop for hanging and a mechanism that locks them in closed position for storing (which has failed after several years on all three pairs that I have). Regardless, they are still my faves. I just store them with a cardboard toilet paper core over the ends.
The 18″ tongs don’t have the locking mechanism, but they are necessary if you have a deep pit. But be warned, the longer the tongs, the less leverage you have and the harder it is to get a grip. I also recommend their nylon tipped tongs for use on non-stick cookware.
LamsonSharp Fish Tongs
A jumbo hybrid of tongs and spatulas, this is the proper tool for flipping fish, burgers, and other crumbly foods. Rosewood handle protects you against the heat, and there is a leather loop for hanging. They come with a lifetime warranty. I find them to be indispensable.
Stiff Metal Spatula
Spatulae come in slotted and solid, and I recommend the solid with a good insulated sturdy handle. The solid is best for pressing things down on a griddle, like when you are making Diner Burgers on a griddle or in a frying pan. I like the Weber Style 644Professional-Grade Fish Turner.
I took mine down to the basement and ground the edge very sharp with a grinder. Now it slips easily under food that is stuck to the grates.
Double Pie Iron
Here’s how to make two perfectly toasted panini style grilled sandwiches at once. Use this old fashioned double pie iron, originally designed for filled pies, for everything from Grilled Cheese to Pulled Pork.
Just butter your sandwich on the outside, open up the hinged mold, insert the sandwiches and put it over the coals, campfire, or gas grill. This Old Mountain cast iron double square pie iron is 1/2″ x 1/4″ and is pre-seasoned and ready to use. The long handle allows you to grill in comfort away from a camp fire. – Meathead
My wife hasn’t noticed the burn hole yet. It’s pretty substantial. For the life of me I don’t understand why the deck didn’t go up in flames and take the house with it. Must be some sort of flame retardant in the wood. But a hunk of charcoal somehow jumped from my grill and tried to escape before I caught it. But not before it burned a serious hole. come in a variety of sizes, shapes and logos. I got mine with a Florida Gator logo, my alma mater.
Bayou Classic 8.Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Forget the fancy high end pricey Le Cruset French Oven, this is the one you want for cowboy cooking and camping, and it comes in handy around the house. It’s perfect for whole chickens or slow braising in the oven or in the grill.
You can even sit it on top of coals and shovel more coals on top of the flat lid with a raised rim, and you can cook classic chili, baked beans, cornbread, casseroles, and even cobblers. It is 13″ wide x 7″ high, weighs 2pounds and includes a perforated aluminum basket for steaming, frying, or boiling.
You want good stiff scissors for cutting a chicken apart, for snipping herbs, cutting pizza, butcher string, opening packages, and many other tasks. Get sturdy stainless blades so you can cut through the ribs of chickens. The best models come apart at the hinge so they can go in the dishwasher and you can get them really clean.
When a recipe calls for garlic to be crushed, minced, or pressed, I use a garlic press. A good garlic press releases more oils and flavors than mincing with a knife and pressed garlic coats the food more evenly than mincing.
A good garlic press is an important kitchen tool. Get one that is sturdily built, that is easy to grip, that is easy to clean, and has a large hopper to hold big cloves. Avoid non-stick models. I have a well-used Trudeau Garlic Press
Digital kitchen scale
I don’t know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. It is so important. Look at salt for example, cup of table salt has almost twice as much salinity as a cup of Morton’s kosher salt because Morton’s kosher salt has more air space between the grains. But a pound of all salts contain exactly the same amount of sodium chloride.
Without a scale, making a brine requires a calculator. Flour and sugar have the same problem. Packed brown sugar or loose brown sugar. Big diff. Ever try to measure a tablespoon of honey? Did you get it all into the bowl or leave a lot of it on the spoon. There are plenty of conversion tables out there that help you convert. My favorite is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Food Scale with Pull-Out Display.
It can weight accurately up to 1pounds as well as fractions of an ounce. Push a button and it converts to metric. Put the bowl on the scale and push a button and it zeros out so the bowl’s weight is not included. The top comes off for easy cleaning. It will significantly improve your cooking.
Now here’s one of those slap your forehead and mumble “why didn’t I think of that” ideas.
Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover
I first heard about this from a competition cook. To say I was skeptical is an understatement. A spot remover that will remove the grease stains on almost all my shirts is something I considered to be as elusive as unicorns and perpetual motion machines. So I bought a ounce bottle and tried it on one of my t-shirts.
The instructions say that all you need is just a drop. Sure. I used three drops. My shirt came out so clean I could not find where the stain had been originally. So I tried it on a dress shirt, but fearful it would ruin it, I used only one drop. Again, the grease was gone! So I hauled out all my saucy and greasy shirt, 1in all, put Grandma to work, tossed them all into one tub, and before long, I had a new wardrobe. Utterly amazing stuff. And just for the record, I have been doing my own laundry since I went away to college, even through 40 years of marriage. May be a contributing factor to our longevity.
Even my wife is impressed with Grandma. She has used it on some of her finery including her Mom’s table cloth with ancient spaghetti stains, stains that Oxi-Clean, her go to remover, couldn’t handle.
The label says it is good for “oil, grease, paint, makeup, grass, inks, blood, baby formula, tar, spaghetti sauce, coffee, rust, beadine, tumeric, fabric bleed, and pet stains”. The only caveat on the label is to “check garment for colorfastness.”
To create your book of shadows you will need a book. You can purchase a blank journal, or a specialized Book of Shadows online or in many specialty shops. However, do not over-complicate this project. Having a Book of Shadows is more important than the form the Book comes in. A 3-Ring binder with loose leaf paper, or even a spiral notebook or a composition book is suitable to get you started simply for a very low cost. You can always copy your notes into a fancier book later if you can’t acquire one now.
You will also need a pen. Pencil marks wear off over time so a pen is best. Some folks like to have a special pen for their Book of Shadows. A refillable fountain pen is nice. But again, if it’s too complicated, just get any old pen and go for it. Do not let your lack of a really cool pen interfere with the creation of your Book of Shadows!!
You will also need whatever tools you generally use to cleanse and consecrate your magical tools
In this section, you will write down each spell you perform before you perform it. Then you will journal about the actual spell after you have performed it and continue journaling about the results of the spell. Include your thoughts about what worked well and what felt weird and how you could have done it differently and how it can be improved. (See How to Write Your Own Spell) and How to Cast a Spell )
Every holy day and rite of passage has food associated with it. Many witches also like to prepare special ritual wine or cakes consumed only as part of a magical ritual. If this is you, be sure to include a section for your recipes because it’s a long time between Samhain feasts and you’d hate to leave out an ingredient in your famous pumpkin soup. If you have a special chant you like to recite while stirring to imbue your feast with magic, be sure to include this (or a cross-reference to the appropriate section.)
Many witches enjoy crafting their own magical tools and candles as well as making household items like soap. If this is you, include this section with step-by-step instructions for each item as well as notes for their use, spells that you like to imbue into the item (you can cross-reference to the spell section) and herbs or essential oils you like to use to scent items for specific purposes, seasonal variations, etc.
A Dream Journal
In this section you will record any significant, especially vivid or recurring dreams that you experience. Include notes about what’s going on in your life when you have these dreams.
Some people like to keep a separate dream journal and this is fine too. (Read How to Keep a Dream Journal and Begin Lucid Dreaming)
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Put Your Resources to Better Use
Print and pay for only what you need, and spend less time managing your inventory.
If you make frequent updates to your continuing education materials, or are looking to reduce your print inventory, you may want to consider migrating to a print-on-demand solution. Many of our customers had never considered print-on-demand, assuming they did not produce enough volume for it to be economically feasible. But we handle print-on-demand a little differently than most. We print small quantities of your materials, maintaining a micro-inventory on your behalf. You only pay for the materials you sell, giving you volume pricing without paying for excess inventory.
The Devil Is In The Details
Nordstrom’s exceptional customer service comes primarily as a result of two main components, firstly their attention to detail when it comes to the customer experience and secondly, the level to which they empower their employees.
These two factors in tandem create an unstoppable customer service engine that continues to create stories that turn into legends, some of which I’ve included below.
But what is it about the way Nordstrom operates its stores that set it apart from all the other major retailers?
Someone asked this question on Quora and got an impeccable response from a former employee Ambra Benjamin, who gives just enough of a hint towards the intricate thought put behind the moment a customer enters, to while they’re shopping, to when they leave.
Here’s a few of my favourite examples from Ambra’s response:
You can read the rest of her response here, but you get the idea.
How many times have you walked into a big department store and felt lost, helpless, unattended to, and frustrated with the long queues to checkout? If you’re like most shoppers, you probably have a handful of horror stories.
Yet those are exactly the traditional shopper “pain points” that Nordstrom goes out of its way to eliminate as you shop in their stores.
Rethinking “business as usual” allowed Nordstrom to break away from the pack, and it can also serve your small business. In particular, this should inspire you to take a closer look at the customer journey or experience when when it comes to your own store.
Empower Employees To Use “Good Judgement”
One of the most wide-spread fact known about Nordstrom is the effectiveness of its Employee Handbook given to staff when they first join the company. It goes something like the following: “Welcome to Nordstrom
We’re glad to have you with our Company. Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Set both your personal and professional goals high. We have great confidence in your ability to achieve them.
Please feel free to ask your department manager, store manager, or division general manager any question at any time.”
Today, the same handbook has an even more streamlined version of the company’s “One Rule” to the following: “Use good judgement in all situations.”
Compare that to the handbooks of other companies that can run several manuals long and you come to realize just how much Nordstrom empowers its employees to use their “good judgement.”
What this results in are unheard of stories from the folklore of customer service, as well as employees who feel like they’re more than just moving parts in a large faceless machine, but instead owners of something they care deeply about.
An article reveals that part of their individual recipe for success is the ability to create and make use of their client list, as they’re empowered to build and cultivate personal relationships with customers and take care of them as they see fit, or in other words operate their “own” business within the larger company.
These employees personally notify customers of special events and sales through mail or email, and send handwritten thank-you notes to new customers.
A good question to ask yourself is, “when was the last time you empowered your staff to use their good judgement instead of relaying on you or a binder to make decisions?”
Even if you answered “never,” it’s never too late to start thinking about how you might empower your employees and see how they perform differently.
Customer Service 2.0
Hopefully, those stories give you a taste of what’s possible when you go the extra mile to evolve your relationships with customers from a mere transactional one, to something a little more personal.
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Keeping a science notebook encourages students to record and reflect on inquiry-based observations, activities, investigations, and experiments. Science notebooks are also an excellent way for students to communicate their understanding of science concepts, and for teachers to provide students with feedback.
Introduce the use of science notebooks with children’s books that are based on the notebooks, journals, diaries, and records of scientists appropriate for each grade level. Discuss the books with students using reader response questions and prompts to engage them. Then model how to use a science notebook before, during, and after classroom science experiences, observations, and investigations.
A template can be used with students on a classroom chart, poster, or overhead transparency, with an individual copy for each student that includes the parts of a notebook — including places where students can formulate and develop their questions, make predictions, record observational data, describe procedures and results, write thoughtful reflections, and keep a record of the new concepts they are learning.
While each teacher will differentiate science notebook organization according to the grade level, interests, abilities, and individual needs of their students, here are the parts of science notebooks frequently used by teachers:
There are several ways to make science notebooks: in a composition book, a spiral notebook, a three ring binder with loose leaf paper and section dividers, or in a three-prong paper folder.
Writing frames can be provided for students to begin their entries, and they can bevaried by grade level. For example:
Students can also word process notes and use drawing functions and other types of graphics on programs like Word, such as charts, graphs, tables, and so on. Older and more advanced students could keep an online science notebook and create a blog so other students in the class could
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