Pain at the Pump?

Why do gas prices increase, and what can we do about it?

According to MEMA, Americans drive about 3 trillion miles a year – that’s about 820 trips from the sun to Pluto and back. As a society, we consume 178 million gallons of gasoline per day ( And just when we get some time off to do some things, the price at the pump goes up. Why? The short answer is, supply and demand. Typically, demand spikes around this time, as we go on vacation and have long holiday weekends. When demand goes up, so do prices. Add to the price increase more expensive summer-grade fuels, and the prices climb higher yet. In the spring, oil refineries perform maintenance, which lowers production, making the supply smaller. People want more gas right when there is less of it, and it is more expensive to produce. Taxes in different states, where the station is located in relation to a refinery, and local competition can all impact the bottom line.

So that’s the why. What can we do to keep our budget in check when gas prices rise?

  • Check your car’s air filter – almost 1 in 4 cars could use a new one, and increase fuel economy by up to 10%.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Add another 2.8%.
  • Slow down! (I’m sure this works but I have a hard time doing it, especially in my convertible in the summer…) You can save a few dimes per gallon for every 5mph in speed reduction.
  • Keep the junk out of your trunk – heavier vehicles consume more gas.
  • Get your exercise as well as be more environmentally friendly and bike or walk when appropriate.
  • Take advantage of free shipping instead of driving to the store. Great sites like offer free shipping when you purchase $50 or more.

Women’s Dri Duck Spring Jackets

As the weather is getting warmer, March is the perfect time to buy a new spring jacket. At Safety Girl’s online store, you can find an incredible selection of jackets that will keep you warm on chilly days but that are also durable to stand up to the hard work you do. Read on to learn more about Safety Girl’s selection of Dri Duck jackets for women.

The Women’s Dri Duck Canvas Hooded Cody Work Jacket is a great option for women looking for a mid-weight jacket that is designed for doing work. The jacket is durable, made from 12-ounce, 100% cotton, quarry washed, boulder canvas. A diamond quilted, brushed tricot lined body and hood keep you warm on chilly spring days. Rib knit cuffs and an elastic waistband also keep the cold air from slowing you down. The jacket also has style and convenience features, with articulated elbows and lots of pockets, including an inside cell phone pocket, and a heavy duty front zipper. This great jacket is available in sizes small through triple extra large in gravel, saddle and tobacco for just $59.99.

The Women’s Dri Duck Canvas with Corduroy Collar Bandit Jacket is a warm jacket that has great style, too. The Bandit jacket is also made of heavy duty 12-ounce, 100% cotton, quarry washed, boulder canvas for durability and the heavy weight quilted nylon lining and inside storm flap will keep you warm on cold days. The jacket is good-looking, too, with a corduroy collar, ribbed gator sleeve cuffs that also keep cold air out, a bi-swing back and drop tail. Order this great jacket today in sizes small through triple extra large in black or field khaki for just $57.50, a savings of nearly $20 off the list price!

Carhartt Women’s Jackets for Spring

The weather might still be chilly in some parts of the country, but spring is on its way here. If you’re looking for a spring jacket that will give you the warmth you need and also the durability to stand up to your work or play, then the Carhartt women’s spring jackets available on Safety Girl’s website are a great option for you. Read on to find out more about a few of these fantastic styles.

The Women’s Carhartt Sandstone Active Jacket is a great jacket for chilly spring days. Made from 12-ounce, 100% cotton sandstone duck, this jacket provides you with all the durability you need, plus it has quilted and flannel linings to trap warmth against your body. The jacket also has rib-knit cuffs and an elastic bottom band to keep the cold air from getting in, and a three-piece hood to block cold wind. Extra deep pockets in the front keep your hands warm and also allow you to store anything you need. This awesome jacket is available in sizes extra small through double extra large in dark brown, dusty plum, french blue or merlot for just $89.99, a savings of over $15 off the list price.

The Carhartt Women’s Sherpa Lined Sierra Jacket is another great choice for a spring jacket. This jacket is also made from 12-ounce, 100% cotton sandstone duck material, and also features triple stitched seams for durability that will last for years. To keep you warm, the jacket has plush Sherpa lining through the torso and quilted nylon lining in the sleeves. The three-piece hood will keep your head and neck protected from cold winds. The jacket also is made to fit a woman’s body, featuring princess seams in the back and a drop tail for added coverage. This jacket is also available in great colors: black, blue dusk, merlot and tulip pink. Order yours today for just $89.99.

Put Some Spring In Your Step

By Kristi Ries

Rain BootAt this point, you know by experience that April showers bring May flowers. With rain comes renewal in our surroundings. Gardens bloom and the grass (in four-season climates) returns to a lovely verdant green. In fact, April and May are two of the wettest months of the year for areas in the Northeast United States. On average, nearly four inches of precipitation tends to fall throughout both months, making for soggy ground, slick streets and flooded creeks.

The temperature is typically warmer, and thanks to Daylight Savings Time, you actually want to head outside more often and stay outside longer. But it can be tough to avoid puddles or mud when walking in wet conditions to work or school. There’s no better time than now to get a jump on the rainy spring weather with waterproof footwear to keep you high and dry. The Brits call them ‘wellies’. Americans call them rain boots. For the next few months, you’ll call them a lifesaver. (Or at least, a sock-saver.)

You might think that any old rubber boot will do, but ladies, I suggest that you look before you leap! Not all boots are created equal. In fact, some are created cheaply and as such, result in poor quality. And some boots are just downright ugly.

Yet you don’t need to go the other route and scope out expensive footwear from high-end department stores or boutiques. You can find smart and sassy deals on dependable rain gear online for less than half of what you’ll pay in those shops, with quality that can’t be beat.

Go for a bright pink or a fun and fresh spring plaid. Women’s Rain Boots from Puddletons have it all: style, traction and durability!
The boots’ features include:

  • 100% Waterproof Natural Rubber Upper
  • Foot Form Contour Insole
  • Self-Cleaning Mud Lug Outsole

You’ll be excited and prepared for those rainy days sure to come. This spring, tiptoe through the tulips (however soaked they may be!) in style and comfort!

Time to Garden: Spring has (almost) Sprung!

By Kristi Ries

GardeningThe ground has softened and the birds are chirping; everywhere, there are signs of the impending spring. Maybe you’re a veteran gardener, with separate areas for vegetables, seasonal flowers or blossoming bushes. Or perhaps you’re a first-time homeowner or renter whose only gardening experience came from a window-box of Petunias. Either way, there is still time to get a head start on the season.

For a basic start, consider a flower garden. Whenever you plant flowers, bedding plants, and various types of trees and shrubs, the most important thing is to plant them at the correct depth. The most common mistake is that people plant flowers and even trees and shrubs either too high and the root ball dries out, or too low and the plant actually rots. (Definitely not the desired result!)

Below are some tips to ensure success in your first flower bed.

  1. Carefully remove your plant from its container. If the plants come as part of a multi-pack, give the bottom of the plastic container a light tap to loosen the dirt and roots that have settled.
  2. Determine the best location for the plant based on its light requirement (full sun, partial shade, etc.)
  3. Dig a shallow hole in selected soil with your garden trow.
  4. Be sure to plant at the correct depth within the soil. You want the top of the root ball to be at the same level as the soil level you are planting.
  5. Add a little liquid fertilizer to your watering can. (10 drops or so will do for a gallon of water.) This will give the plant an early boost of nourishment and hydration.
  6. Continue to water as directed.

Just follow these simple tips, and you’ll wind up with beautiful results!

Pink Garden ToolsAnd if you’re in need of a quality set of tools and gardening accoutrements, The Apollo Tools 7-Piece Pink Garden Tool Gift Set has everything you need to get started. The stylish pink set also supports a worthy cause while beautifying your yard!

The tool set:

  1. Helps support breast cancer awareness initiatives
  2. Features a protective apron to keep dirt where it belongs, not on you!
  3. Includes pockets to help you keep your tools in one place
  4. Is great for digging, planting bulbs, weeding, and pruning
  5. Provides protection for your knees in a comfortable knee pad

Happy gardening!