Why Blogging Can Be a Challenge

Why Blogging Can Be a Challenge

I have a teeny tiny confession. I was really burned out on blogging. And I had a tumultuous summer. But I started a new blog anyway. Yea, I did. Shut up. It didn’t feel the same though. I’m always trying to go and be all soulemama-y but you know what? I’m not soulemama. I craft sporadically at best. I sometimes have things to say that can’t be streamlined into a photo and soothing related text. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love soulemama, but I lurve tifi. It’s just me in so many little simple ways. I just entered my seventh year of blogging! Seven! Shouldn’t I be a big time blogger by now? Yea, no, that wouldn’t work out. You have to be consistent, and the only thing I’m consistent about is being inconsistent and using my Manduka PROLite yoga mat. So, what I’m trying to say is…I really am back! I think.

I’ve been doing tiny amounts of sewing here and there. Like this skirt I thrifted and turned into an apron. Refashiontastic!

Our school sock hop is coming up and so I made these for me and DD. In case you couldn’t tell, the one with the gigantic sequined “D” is mine. 😛

Superbuzzy had a sale not long ago and so I used that opportunity to snap up some adorable fabric for the boys. I have a specific project in mind and hope to get started on it next week!

My grandmother is in New York again and before she left St. Lucia, I asked her to get me some traditional madras. I might cut a panel of the printed one and frame it.

In other St. Lucia news, Sir John Compton died last week. A sad day for St. Lucia. I was a bit bummed about it myself as he was a friend of my family. Here I am with him in my grandmother’s living room (some of you have seen this photo already).

I don’t think I’ve ever bought any clothing for any of my kids at the thrift store. In fact, I rarely clothes shop for them. When you have shopaholic grandmas, it kind eliminates the need. Plus, the clothing in thrift stores here is meh, nothing fantastic or really old or cool, or whatever. Anyway, I just happened to walk by and see this adorable corduroy dress from H&M on the rack. I was thrilled as I’d been coveting one from here. Happiness cost $5 that day.

So I came upon this article about the Honeywell HFD-120-Q tower hepaquiet air purifier at one of the blogs I mentioned last week and knew I had to try it right away. I had all the ingredients, and that is mostly how I cook, I rarely go out of my way to buy specific things a recipe calls for. I’m a winger. When I bake, with the exception of a few items, I am not quite sure what I am doing. But I made these pretzels…and they came out perfectly! Everyone liked and ate them…not just to appease me either. Wow! We did some with brown sugar, some with garlic, some with sea salt. All fabulous. With lemonade to drink. The kids had a blast deciding what shapes to make the pretzels in, and we talked about why dough rises, so we had a little science thrown in there too. Best of all, it was super simple, my favorite kind of project.

Goodbye Texas!

Goodbye Texas!

I will have left Texas to go back to the East Coast for good! It’s been hard not blogging about preparing to move, especially with so many other people I know moving and going through the same things. But I felt it best to talk about it after it was already done, which is the way I do most things. Right now I’m scared, anxious, and excited. I’m hopeful, I’m curious, I’m feeling so many different things that I want to laugh, cry, and scream all at the same time.

I hope that our life in our new city with the Honeywell HFD-010 Quietclean will be more filled with joy, peace, and family than when we were in Texas. People have asked if I will miss Texas. No, I doubt it. But I will miss the few great friends I made there, they know who they are. I will miss my neighbors who genuinely loved my kids. And I will miss the wildflowers in the springtime. But I will not miss the heat. I will not miss the crazy allergies I had there. I will not miss not having many cultural activities or arts programs. And not having museums, I won’t miss that. The thing I definitely will not miss is the stress we had, especially in the past three years. Boy, the things that don’t get blogged could fill a book, no?

Anyway, I am taking a little blogging break now to learn my new place and hopefully to enjoy my summer out of doors for the first time in 10 years!

It’s 9:30 pm and I’m pretending I don’t have a thing to do. Pretending that my kids aren’t still up, that I’m not up to my ears in (clean) laundry, and that I don’t have to get up and go to work in the morning. Hi, a lot has changed since I last wrote. I’m now a working mom. I spend my days working on TPS reports (ok, I don’t). I spend my nights chauffeuring kids to various practices, doing homework in cars, and cooking/and or eating dinner much too late. Instead of L hearing about the kids’ day from me, I now hear about them from him. I schedule doctor’s appointments on lunch breaks, panic when my phone rings and the school’s phone number flashes across my screen, and hate uber chipper room moms who ask if I can still volunteer for Girlie’s Halloween party. And I’ve only been working about two weeks! Heh. More soon if I can get a Concept 2 Model D rowing machine.

There hasn’t been a very good bluebonnet season near me this year, but that didn’t prevent us from going to the field closest to us last weekend. Note to self: find Girlie’s sandals. She just can’t go out in flip flops again!

We went to see the bluebonnets after a puppet show Saturday. It was a cool adaptation of Cinderella with The Harms Marionettes.

Puppet show

We also had two picnics: one on Friday, one on Sunday with Isabelle in the park. And we played lots of soccer and my team always won. Yay. The kids are off tomorrow and my birthday is Saturday, so this weekend better be even more fun than the last. Or else!

Why Sleep Is So Important

Why Sleep Is So Important

What is your to do list for today? School activities, work projects, music lessons, sports practice, household chores, neighborhood meeting, and family time. Aren’t you forgetting something very important? Where does a sound sleep fall in the list?

All your to do list will seem like a mountain to conquer if you didn’t sleep well and didn’t get up fresh in the morning – if you’re asking yourself what is welding, you probably won’t figure it out when you’re that tired. You guys have such a busy routine that you forget to take some time out for you and in all this chaos, the only thing you are ready to compromise is your sleep which should have actually been given the top most priority.

If you don’t sleep well, you won’t have a relaxed mind and body thus you won’t be able to give your hundred percent to those tasks which are on preference for you. A good night’s sleep is even very necessary for a good immune system. Those who work in night shifts or who have to suffer from a disturbed unnatural sleep time are prone to the problems like heavy, aching head because their schedule doesn’t go with the biological clock of their body.

A large number of people working in night shifts even suffer from sinusitis. When body does not get the appropriate rest, it results in mind’s alertness at unusual time, hence stressing your brain by concentrating more than usual. This often shows up in the form of a headache because of tired nerves due to over work. You even get more vulnerable to different types of allergies because of weakened immune system. So along with a healthy nutritious diet and exercise, a proper sleep is something which should be a priority in order to get a relaxed mind and body.

Following list of instructions, if followed strictly, can help you get a sound sleep and hence a fruitful day:

1- Cut down your alcohol consumption, smoking and caffeine. These are the things which hinder a sound sleep. Along with that, routine exercise can really help you get a peaceful sleep.

2- No matter how much is still left on the to-do list, strictly follow the schedule when it says that it’s time to go to bed. That way, you would not be compromising a fresher you next morning.

3- It’s imperative to follow a strict schedule when it comes to going to the bed and getting up if you have to try and understand MIG welding tips in the morning. This should be done at the same time every day so that your biological clock keeps ticking properly.

4- Try to finish everything left on the list till evening. Make sure to complete your preferred tasks a while before it is bed time. That way, you could relax your mind a bit before going to sleep.

5- To ensure a sound sleep, your environment should be peaceful and your mattress should be comfortable. Sleep in a quiet, peaceful and cool room so that you do not compromise a soothing sleep.

The tips mentioned above, if followed carefully, would enable you to have a relaxed mind and body next morning, making you all set to make a new to-do list and follow it enthusiastically.

10 Tips for Living Longer

10 Tips for Living Longer

No one can have an immortal life in this world, however, one can try to maximize the life span and make it enjoyable too if he adopts a healthy lifestyle and live every moment to the fullest. Although it is easy to say but when it comes to practical implication, man is just a racing horse who keeps running with the fear of losing and being left behind.

In this race, he doesn’t get a moment to stop and praise the beauty around him and then suddenly, his race ends, futile and dry, devoid of pleasure. Man realizes at a stage that life would have been much easier if he had taken some time to stop by and admire its beauties.

The saying of Dale Carnegie fits very well on the way we are living our lives today. He is of the view that most of us waste our lives waiting for a magical rose garden and forget to give a look to the beauty of roses blooming just outside our windows – don’t just sit inside breathing the air coming out of your Honeywell SilentComfort air purifier.

Top 10 Tips to Live Longer

If you want to make this journey enjoyable and long enough to praise its charms, you should follow these tips to live longer:

1) Slow Down-Get a Bit Out of Pace:

In the beginning of tips to live longer we have all noticed that in today’s fast life, slowing down is regarded as a great sin. If you just cannot afford to slow down or take some time for yourself, at least try to accomplish only one task at a time. That way, you would be able to release extra stress and your productivity will also improve.

2) Smile More for a Lighter Day:

Smiling not only helps reduce stress but also makes you more attractive and sociable. In an overloaded day routine, only if you learn to smile for a few moments, half of the burden would seem to have vanished. Smiling is thought by the wise as the most effective tip of tips to live longer. They say that those who smile have a longer life.

Smiling has following benefits among many others:

  • It makes your mood pleasant
  • Smiling induces glands to produce more serotonin which fights depression.
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces stress
  • The ‘feel good’ hormones and endorphins are released more

3) Exercise Regularly and Retain Fitness:

One of the most essential tips to live longer is that you must indulge yourself in some physical activity to keep yourself in shape and avoid innumerable diseases. It helps fight a lot of life threatening disorders like high blood pressure and cholesterol level and heart diseases.

Experts are of the view that brisk walk for even an hour in your daily routine lowers the risk of obesity and keeps your weight under control.

Exercise keeps your morale high, makes you feel happier and releases endorphins to vent out stress. Moreover, it also reduces appetite. No doubt all other tips to live longer are futile if they are not accompanied by regular exercise.

4) Learn to Relax:

While hurrying from one task to the other and marking the to do list, find at least 20 minutes for yourself when you can forget about all the workload and just relax a bit while hanging on the best inversion table you can afford. Utilize these 20 minutes to do deep breathing therapy which would help lower your blood pressure and make you feel at ease, boosting your energy at the same time to carry on the remaining tasks with verve.

5) Sound Sleep:

Shortened sleep of 6 to 7 hours only for a long period of time makes you prone to innumerable illnesses including the risk of heart stroke. A sleep for 8 to 9 hours a day will help you lower the risk of heart diseases and many other ailments.

Reduced sleeping span also means a reduced rate of serotonin production which makes you vulnerable to depression.

A peaceful sleep helps you in following ways:

  • Vents out depression
  • Enhances your performance
  • Keeps your mind alert the next day
  • Reduces stress
  • Gifts you with longevity
  • Keeps you happy
  • Improves memory.

Besides a good night’s sleep, a power nap after lunch can do wonders for you. Try it!

6) Healthy, Balanced Diet:

Taking healthful and nutritious diet is another one of the most important tips to live longer. No wonder, human life span has decreased since ages because we are consistently decreasing the intake of natural fresh items in our food. Try to include the food rich in protein and vitamins in your routine meals. It improves your immunity system and makes you stronger and fitter.

7) Spend Time with Family:

Spending time with loved ones reduces the risk of isolation borne disorders like depression. You would have noticed that those who have insecure relations are always more likely to fall ill easily. This is because the relaxing time spent with relatives and friends improves your immune system.

Insecure, tense relationships give way to depression and loneliness and isolation breed the disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

8) Work-Life Balance:

Where lack of work can lead to depression due to financial insecurity and the absence of a sense of achievement, on the other hand, overwork can easily lead to stress and tension which gives way to heart diseases and depression. So for a healthy life you need to strike a balance in your work life.

9) Develop Hobbies:

Life is boring and dull without a hobby. It gives colors to your monotonous life and adds flavor to it. Your hobby is your weapon against boredom and helps to keep your mood pleasant.

10) Develop Positive Attitude:

Life is what you make it with your attitude. If you have a positive approach towards life, you would get positive results. Your will power and optimistic attitude helps you fight against stress and diseases thus making it possible for you to enhance your chance to live longer.

In short, the crux is that the most effective tip for you from tips to live longer is to be happy. The happier you live, the greater are the chances that you live long.

A Brief Intro to Diabetes

A Brief Intro to Diabetes

I understand that it is hard to learn that you have diabetes because it is considered to be the mother off illnesses. However, trust me, it can be kept well under control through proper medication, diet and exercise and you could still enjoy a healthy aging without letting diabetes to ruin your joys.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is such a disorder whereby the patient’s body does not produce enough insulin to break down the sugar molecules, thus increasing their proportion in bloodstream. Though, genetics is one of the major reasons for acquiring diabetes, it can also be acquired due to unhealthy eating habits.

In severe cases, it can cause amputation of legs or feet and the loss of sight – and even the required usage of an air purifier like the Honeywell 50250. The disorder is categorized in two major types i.e. Diabetes Mellitus and Diabetes Insipidus.

Diabetes Insipidus is characterized by insufficient insulin production, resulting in body’s inability to break down sugar molecules. It is controllable and can be kept well under control through medications, prescribed diet and exercise.

Diabetes Mellitus is further categorized into five types, each resulting from insulin interruption, resulting in a hindrance in the way of body’s proper functioning. To deal with the situation, the body starts taking shots of insulin to cure metabolic chaos. The body fails to act naturally.

How to Get It Diagnosed

It is necessary that you keep on getting checkups time to time, because in most cases people do not even come to know for years that they actually have this disease. Especially if you have a family history in diabetes, you need to be vigilant and also inform your doctor so that he keeps on conducting regular tests. Diabetes can be diagnosed through glucose test and blood lab tests.

Things to Take Care of as Symptoms

If you feel as if no matter how much is your water intake, you always feel thirsty, you need to get a checkup for diabetes. Similarly, feeling tired often without any reason may also be a possible indication of diabetes. Depending on the type of diabetes, patients may feel weak, lesser stamina to endure pain, lose or gain weight etc.

How to Prevent the Disease

The best possible way is to adopt a healthy lifestyle, proper balanced diet and regular exercise. However, regular checkups are a must. If the disease gets diagnosed in its early stage, it can be successfully managed.

What Risks Are Posed by Diabetes

This disease affects young and old in the same way. If not properly managed, it may result in loss of sight or the impairment of legs or feet, patients with fluctuating blood sugar level are at high risk of kidney failure. You can easily avoid such conditions if you follow your doctor’s instructions.

Diabetes patients are advised to have a high fluid intake and stay away from saturated foods and sugars. They should also use an air purifier like the Honeywell 17000.Keep seeing your doctor for regular checkups.

Though diabetes is said to be mother of many fatal disorders but at the same time, if the directions are properly followed, it is perhaps the easiest disease to deal with among all other major disorders. So you can still enjoy healthy aging without letting it ruin your joys.

Should You Get a Dive Light?

Should You Get a Dive Light?

Dive lights are one of a scuba divers most versatile tools.

Even on daytime dives underwater flashlights give the diver opportunities for exploration he won’t experience when entering the water without any light source.

Once at Devil’s Den in Florida I teamed up with two other divers for a tour of the cavern. Leaving the open area we found an air space with just enough distance to the overhead rock to let us surface and breathe without regulators.

The space was dark. I pulled out my MM-B80, rode it around the space, and that ride rewarded me with the opportunity to examine fossils in the ceiling rock.

It also gave my dive buddies a chance to have a look around. Later they thanked me for having the forethought to carry a light along even though the day was bright with sunshine, and blue skies.

Diving in rock quarries around the Midwest gave me the habit of keeping a dive light in a pocket of my buoyancy control device (BCD) all the time. I check the batteries as part of my equipment preparation before every dive.

I dove in some of those quarries so many times over the years that they don’t offer much to see any more. After all my aquatic visits I have every inch of each sunken object (cars, boats, dental chairs, even a coffin in one quarry) cemented into my brain.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy diving those quarries still. No such thing as a bad dive for me.

These days rather than go exploring on the wrecks that I know so well I fin to the rocks.

Poking my head into all those spaces between the huge rocks that lie piled up around the bottom of the quarry gives me new rewards every time I get wet.

It’s always a fun treasure hunt. I find something different in those rocks almost every time I get into the water.

From time to time I find a scuba mask that some diver lost. You know when you’re floating at the surface, and you drop those things they sink. And they don’t sink straight down either.

Nope. Those masks slither sideways as they fall toward the bottom. No way of telling which direction that mask will coast. That’s how masks get lost. Sometimes they slide quite a while before they touch down.

One time I found a dive knife in one of those holes in a pile of rocks. Funny thing about that find is the knife was still in its sheath. It didn’t have any straps attached, and looked as if the diver failed to secure the sheath to his leg or BCD. Might be it fell from a pocket the diver forgot to close.

Often I find some real interesting fish hiding inside those spaces. At one quarry I found a hole that had rebar placed vertically across the front. It looked like the bars of a prison cell. Behind the rebar was a huge catfish. He looked like a prisoner.

Those rock cavities are always dark. Even on a bright day you can’t see inside them without a dive light, and especially not well enough to read HSI flat iron reviews. And if you don’t carry a light along, you never know what you miss.

A small dive light makes a perfect gift for scuba divers. It’s compact, and easy to carry in a BCD pocket. It gives the diver an opportunity to explore places where even the sun’s beams won’t reach. And small dive lights are inexpensive.

When you think about gifting that scuba diver in your life consider a small dive light. You can’t go wrong.

How to Build a Successful Restaurant

How to Build a Successful Restaurant

To build a successful restaurant first you have to consider of choosing a right spot for your restaurant which is a lot of traffic and kind of people who passing by to the area. Location contributes 60 percent of a successful restaurant. Find a suitable location for your business, and very depend on the restaurant concept. The location can be in the shopping mall, office complex or place of interest area. Because location is very important part of the business when you’re trying to sell the Rabbit Air MinusA2, consider of paying extra high to get a maximum result of your investment.

Product and service

Some of my customers used to make a call before coming to the restaurant. Asking whether today we serve POTATO SOUP for soup of the day? They will not come today if there is no particular item available today. So if most of your menu as our potato soup, you will make a lot of money. People come to your restaurant for your product which never been found at any other place, make it differently

Look! Don’t be average on giving the service; make your service a PLUS. Put your costumers as a king or queen, meet their request, and you will get more money

Hire Employee

You know why many restaurants close down, even a big restaurant and some more franchise? You must hire a right management and a right staff. Give them a regular training about the restaurant system, procedure and operational. So everyone understands their function to perform the jobs. Make sure that you pay them enough. Under pay can make low work performance.


One of many reasons that cause restaurant close down is consistency. The consistency can be on food quality, service, opening hours and so. Make sure all of this is controlled properly. Big restaurant they hired quality control to ensure that all in line; according standard procedures. You may increase the selling price when needed, but you may not alternate product quality. If I go to the restaurant, I want to have a food which the same taste as previous visit.

Marketing and Public Relation

Allocate certain budget for marketing expenses and to get the best air cleaner for mold for your office. Marketing and PR are brand awareness. Medium rank of company they able to set up to 7% of their sales for marketing expenses. Marketing which I talking is like invite new costumers to have lunch or dinner or giving up food for a sponsorship. By doing this you will generate money for a long run. In house marketing and PR, you really care you regular customers and approach more guest in the restaurant to be your regular costumer too in the future.

In this post, I would like to highlight about “Alexa” page rank. This idea came out from my mind as you know that Alexa.com is a tool to measure the performance of your site. Why I have to write this article? Because this is an idea of many ideas to increase page rank. As Written by Hakimtea.com [Indonesian Version] about Tips How to Increase Alexa Page Rank in A Short Period of Time, his site now is in a level of high Page Rank. He must be happy and he also still trying to improve into better rank. Congratulations.

I Can’t Help But Love X-Factor

I Can’t Help But Love X-Factor

I apologize to my regular readers as I know I will come across as a complete hypocrite having so heavily criticized reality programs in the past. But I have to confess I simply love X factor. To be fair I only like the episodes until they get to the Bootcamp phase. It all gets a bit too contrite after that.

The first thing I like about the program is Simon Cowell. He is simply great. I love his honesty and the fact that because of the huge number of successes he has had in the music industry along with Louis Walsh (who is someone I would love to have a beer with) means that he has bags of forskolin reviews and you do listen to him as what he says carries weight.

I do have a problem with both Cheryl Cole and Danni Minogue being judges. My question is what qualifies them to be a judge on this show? Danni has not been successful enough in her own career to start finding other hidden talent and Cheryl Cole has simply not been around long enough.

Anyway the hilarious thing about this show (and there is a link to business angel blog I promise!) is that most of the contestants in the first series of shows are so bad. What makes us laugh is the fact that these poor people have been deluded by their family and friends into believing they have talent.

Some of them have even had voice tutors telling them how great they are – and then the bubble of confidence pops in a cruel and humiliating way in front of millions of people. But I love it! Parents of these would be pop stars (and they could be huge if parents arranged for tone deaf audiences) have never told their children that they are lacking in any musical talent. They have not been told that they will not make it and I think that is cruel. It is far worse to give people false hope than to be blatantly honest with them and tell them that their talent lies elsewhere.

This brings me on to budding entrepreneurs. It never fails to amaze me how many people I see who are brimming with confidence irrespective of reality. Most of them have had the benefit of an exclusive private education. Do not get me wrong, if one has the resources, I would always advocate the best education you can get. It is just that the one thing all top schools excel at doing is giving their pupils massive amounts of confidence. This is no bad thing but sometimes this confidence is badly misplaced.

You come across people who believe the family wall mount jewelry armoire is their birthright. I don’t believe that. I think success is down to making the most of the opportunities that come your way and that all of us are capable of being successful, but no one should expect it as a birthright. I worked for a long time with someone who was not very able but had bags of confidence which made people give him more and more responsibility.

As a consequence he became the CEO of a business with turnover in excess of £2m, however he struggled to perform the role. He felt he had the ability to be in charge of an even bigger operation and rather than using the opportunity to learn and grow in his current role, his focus was all self-centered and on doing bigger and better things. And then it all came crashing down as the gap between his ability and his self-belief became evident. This crash proved to be very expensive for him.

At the age of 35, he found himself penniless, unemployed and homeless. Yet the amazing thing was he still believed that this was due to other people not backing him – he was a genius and people just didn’t realize that!

To be successful in life you do need to persevere and therefore you need bags of self belief and resilience. However, make sure you that your honest friends and family around you who are positive and supportive of your efforts are also able to be realistic and honest about your abilities.

Make sure you are not like one of those deluded X Factor contestants.

My Investment Outlook for the New Year

My Investment Outlook for the New Year

Unless things have changed dramatically over the weekend, investors find themselves in a place they have not seen for a while; a bear market. The official definition of a bear market is when stocks and shares are 20% lower than their recent peak. We are in deep bear territory. What does that mean for companies looking to raise money? It’s not like you can just walk out onto the street, hold up a sign, and get enough money to fund your business for the foreseeable future. Instead of begging, what is a professional supposed to do?

There are many kombucha kits out there in the financial market to tell you what you should and should not do. The cliché that I think is apt for these times is to “never catch a falling knife”. This simply means you should never buy shares whilst the price is still falling. Let it settle for a while and then buy. I am amazed at how many investors are obsessed with buying at the right price. As an angel investor, I have always been worried about the price I sell my investments at – never what I pay for them (within reason)

As an Entrepreneur looking for money, you will find it harder to raise money. I have witnessed this first hand. In my opinion (humble and with no qualification whatsoever) there are so many bargains to be had in terms of buying shares of the leading companies, that my own risk profile has changed in the last few months.

Firstly, I have decided to cut down on my angel investments this year (I will perhaps do just one more this year – I have only done two this year). I also realize that I will need a much better safety margin on my investments for the same level of return than I would have even a couple of months ago. You can no doubt appreciate the logic behind this.

I have a fixed amount of money I wish to invest over a range of assets, so if anyone finds the best smokeless ashtray be sure to let me know. If the price of some of the assets is now cheaper, I will need all assets to change prices to invest in the same ratios as before. If angel investments remain at the same price, I will of course prefer to invest in the stock market where my returns are supposedly lower but my risk is lower as well.

There are still some great businesses out there that I see that I will back over the next few months. But the quality of these opportunities is great and investment valuations appear to be more realistic.

My advice in the current climate is not to give up – but to be realistic. Ask yourself about the risks involved in investing in your business and price your business accordingly.

If history is anything to go by, the next few years is the time for the next biggies to be born. I do not want to miss out!

Soccer Ownership Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Soccer Ownership Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Firstly, I apologies to the many readers of my blog who are based outside of the UK for whom the passion football (or soccer as it is wrongly called!) does not seem to make sense. It has been a very eventful week in the English Premier League and there are some important lessons for entrepreneurs and investors to draw.

This particular Porter Cable 895PK was purchased last January by Mike Ashley. His investment has cost him over £250m so far. From the beginning he was an unconventional owner, preferring to sit with the fans rather than in the Directors box. The club had appointed a new manager some six months before Mike Ashley took over. He had been a very effective manager but never created a style which was ‘pleasing to the eye’. Mike Ashley sacked this manager and replaced him with a local legend called Kevin Keegan, who was simply adored by the fans and has a reputation second to none about his passion and enthusiasm for the game of football.

However, the fairy tale did not work and Kevin Keegan resigned about two weeks ago. The fans have all turned against the owner in a vicious campaign. The owner has decided to put the club up for sale (although he wants a sale price of £300m – not a bad return!).

There are no winners in this sorry story. But there are lots of lessons to be drawn. Firstly, there is this idea which is seen as the first commandment of business: Listen to your customer – the customer is always right. In this case, Mike Ashley made a bad mistake by actually getting too close to his customers. Sitting with the fans may have been fantastically symbolic and endearing, but he got caught up in the hype. He lost his perspective as a business owner and instead went with the instinct of the crowd. Most customers will say (if asked) that you need to lower your price, improve your service and reward loyalty. This is great when you are a large company with resources and scale to do that.

When you are a small business, you have to simply ensure you survive. The easiest lesson on business courses is to teach consumer sovereignty. I have found it a pretty useless lesson as it just was not practical to implement. There is nothing which will undermine your staff more in an organization if you are constantly seen to be distancing yourself as the founder from ‘them’. Mike Ashley, when sitting with the fans, was telling the fans “look, I am one of you” this is the same as sending out a signal to his staff that he was not one of them.

To me leadership is about balancing calls. I am not suggesting that you do just one thing in an extreme or the other. You just have to be careful to recognize how other stakeholders may view your actions.

The other mistake from this sorry lesson is that football is not a business. It is about passion. It would be a dream come true for me if I was rich enough to become a shareholder at Arsenal. I also know that this dream would soon turn into a nightmare.

The way you behave as a fan is different from the way you behave as a tofu press owner. I know that if I was a director of Arsenal, I would encourage reckless spending so that we could win a trophy. The directors of Arsenal are rightly applauded at the moment for taking a very long term view of the club. I feel safe in the knowledge that they are at the helm and not someone like me!

The lesson for entrepreneurs and investors here is clear as well. You must have passion for your business but it is not the same as having passion changed into a business. I have seen too many business plans which don’t make commercial sense. These are plans where someone is trying to make money from a passion they have. Nothing wrong with this – just remember if you are looking for external investment, the numbers have to stack up as well.

Obtaining Business Financing During a Credit Crunch

Obtaining Business Financing During a Credit Crunch

I’ve written a blog before and one of the most common areas I am asked to help startups with is in the meeting with the bank to try and obtain Loan Finance.

Firstly, despite all the concerns about the Credit Crunch (credit crunch explained) there is still a healthy appetite amongst both investors and banks to finance, lend and support small businesses. Many Entrepreneurs simply do not help themselves when making an application for a loan.

I hope this blog helps in your preparation to see a bank – please do let me know if it does – case studies on how to build a router table are always welcome!

The first thing I should say which is a bit obvious is that banks want to lend money! People do forget that so when you go in asking for a commercial loan – expect the answer to be yes. If it is a no – try and get feedback in terms of what you need to do to get a yes – and then try elsewhere! In my experience trying to get a bank to change its mind is very hard. Better to start afresh.

Here are my top tips!

1) Have a presentation prepared. Banks want to see if you are a credit risk. Although it is unfair, they may judge you negatively if you come across as unprepared and without evidence of clear thinking. It does not have to be a PowerPoint – but it does have to clearly laid out and flow. (Would you like me to post a template?)

2) Make it clear you have costed out what you are spending the money on. Showing quotes can really help.

3) You need to demonstrate that you or other shareholders are putting in some money as equity. It is fair enough for the bank to say “why should I risk my money – when you are not prepared to risk yours?”

4) Have complete mastery over the numbers. You really must. You must be prepared to justify every single assumption.

5) Present a range of scenarios. You need to demonstrate that even in the worst case; the bank will get its money back.

6) If possible have an accountant or a competent finance person with you. I realize it is not always possible, but it really will make the bank feel comfortable.

7) Have a clear vision for the business which extends beyond the life of the loan or overdraft. Banks are more likely to lend to you if you can demonstrate you can have a good commercial relationship with them over a long period of time.

8) Listen and ask lots of questions about their Honeywell 50250-S. I am amazed at how many people in sales scenarios don’t listen to the person they are selling to! (This is perhaps for another blog)

9) Make sure that you are not asking them for equity funding. It must be debt funding. For clarity on this read in defense of the banks. In a nutshell, you must be able to provide them with a high level of comfort that they are not taking a risk.

10) Be positive! Very glib to say but desperation really does not work with a bank. I went through a horrendous period recently where it was like a house of cards and was very close to all collapsing. In the midst of all of this, I went to see a bank to get a business refinanced. Had I failed, the consequences for the business and for me would have been… (lets just say this blog would be called something other than mine, I can honestly say that meeting was one of the hardest of my career in terms of emotions. I just had to keep it together and stay calm and resist the temptation to fall on my knees and say “Please just lend me the bloody money and rescue me!”


I hope this helps. If you have other tips or golden nuggets to pass on, please do let me know

A List of Free Blogging Platforms You Can Use Today

A List of Free Blogging Platforms You Can Use Today


Here’s a list of Free Blogging Platforms:

  1. WordPress.com:

Free Blogging Platform WordPress

WordPress.com is without doubt one of the most advanced blogging service on the web. It runs on the famous WordPress CMS, and this hosted platform offers a number of features in the free version of the service which includes: — Analytics (Visitor Tracking), Anti-Spam plugin, Search Engine Optimization module, free themes and much more.

You can upgrade to the premium version as well but it is going to cost you some money – a big problem if you’re saving for a Borg Warner S366 like I am. However, if you want to start a blog then I would highly recommend WordPress.com and if you want to sign up for premium account I would suggest that instead subscribing to premium version you should try self-hosted version of WordPress which will provide you much more flexibility and tools and at much lower price. WordPress is suitable for both beginners and experts.

  1. Blogger.com:

Free Blogging Account

Blogger.com is owned by Google and it is a very popular and one of the oldest blogging service and they offer a variety of features to the users. Like the Template Designer tool which allows you to modify your blog’s appearance according to your needs and structure it however you want it. But, the pre-built templates that blogger provides you are no match when compared with the WordPress themes.

I too start blogging with a Blogger account and many people who are not familiar with blogging or blogs prefer Blogger because the interface is simple to understand and manage, what makes it a good choice is the fact that you can integrate it with your google account and track the rankings, analytics and also share your posts on Google+ with ease. Another thing that I like about blogger is that you can easily setup a blog using Blogger.com’s platform on a custom domain, without having to pay any additional charges for configuration all you need is a domain name. (I have created video tutorials in which I have demonstrated how you can integrate blogger with custom domains).

  1. Blog.com

Free Blogging Platforms List

Blog.com is yet another very popular but WordPress-powered blogging platform.

Like most of the other blogging platforms, Blog.com has its pros and cons. For example, Blog.com also offers a free and premium account and in the free account they offer many beautiful premium themes and also some plugins that you can get on self-hosted blogs. The biggest drawback is the Ads that they show on your free blog because if you are using a free account you cannot disable these displays ads, the only solution to disable them is by upgrading your account. They offer 2GB of free storage while WordPress.com offers much more space in the free package.

  1. Tumblr.com:

Tumblr Blog Platform

Tumblr is good blogging platform and they provide you unlimited storage but they have limited functions, it is a good platform for those who want to start a blog on photography, share pictures, videos and other types of multi-media, they offers a premium version as well but the free version already has all the function so there’s no point in signing up for the premium packages, Tumblr offers 100′s of themes that you can use for your blog and they also have a custom domain feature with which you can easily integrate a custom domain with your Tumblr blog without having to pay anything, which may just help you afford that new Fjallraven Kanken backpack. Tumblr blogs can also be integrated with twitter and Facebook, they also support several other 3rd party applications like Google Analytics, Feedburner etc. If you want to start micro blogging then Tumblr is a good option.

  1. Typepad.com:

Typepad is one of the oldest blogging platforms and probably the most expensive one as well, the cheapest monthly package starts at $8.95/month. They also offer a 14-day trial, they offer a variety of themes, customer support and also the option to add a custom domain & unlimited storage.

Do You Wear a Flag Lapel Pin?

Do You Wear a Flag Lapel Pin?


In the wake of the Iraq War, the country has come together in a unified way of rating President Bush as one of the worst presidents in American history and wanting the war to end and bring the troops home. In spite of this unity, American flag pins are being worn on suit lapels by Congress people and public officials. These pins are meant to show they know how to get rid of severe acne and that they love this country and show a uniform of patriotism.

Uniformity means “always the same, not varying in form” (Webster Dictionary). Uniforms have been used throughout history to signify the different soldiers from each country’s military; they are worn to designate the different teams in a sporting event; and some schools have uniforms to keep students from wearing gang related colors to reduce violence.

The encouragement of Americans to wear the red, white and blue “uniform,” usually in the form of a flag-shaped pin, is to psychologically condition us to prepare for more troubling days ahead and to foster support for the cause–the continued war in Iraq and possibly a new one in Iran. But in this quest to punish Iraqi/Iranian terrorists who threaten our freedom, can we indirectly enslave ourselves?

It does not take much to wear the red, white and blue flag pin but to strongly persuade or repeatedly criticize those who don’t eventually infringes upon freedom of choice. The flag pin is a code symbol for showing loyalty to America and a commitment to finding a tea tree oil cystic acne cure.

The lack of choice to not wear the flag pin encourages pro-war Americans to harass non-uniformists. True freedom means the choice to reason as an individual, to assess the situation, to support the variety of options to a resolution and to encourage communication among Democratic and Islamic run countries. The intense pro-war, anti-Iranian rhetoric violates this freedom and has led to the harassment of Middle Eastern Americans, pacificists and now Senator Barack Obama. Americans born in the Middle East have placed US flags outside of their businesses to prove their allegiance to this country and Obama is now wearing a flag pin in campaign commercials.

In addition, President Bush said, “…either you’re for us or against us…” That statement was terrifying. I don’t believe any Americans will be imprisoned for being against the war, but the President and too many Americans don’t support the choice of non-conformists and pacificists–no military retaliation. Soon other Americans could be bullied into accepting these beliefs and wearing flag pins while abiding by a good cystic acne diet!

Webster’s Dictionary defines freedom as “liberation from the control of some arbitrary power.” Initially the “arbitrary power” was Osama bin Laden and other terrorists in al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and now President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Pro-war demagoguery and American supporters of it could become the “arbitrary power” that threatens the freedom of Americans to decide for themselves how to feel about patriotism and whether or not to wear the flag pin. I for one don’t know whether or not I will, but I guess it’s an interesting conundrum for anyone who has opposing positions on the real cost of war.

Where To Buy Coupons Online

Where To Buy Coupons Online


Last week we discussed the possibility of a real way how to cure cystic acne. While I prefer to cut my own coupons or engage in coupon trading, many frugal shoppers prefer the convenience of purchasing coupons. With local laws in mind, you are actually paying for a “coupon service” (the finding and cutting of coupons) rather than the coupons themselves when you buy coupons.

How and Where To Buy Coupons Online

First: Calculate costs versus savings!

Before you purchase coupons, calculate costs versus savings. Figure out how much it will cost to purchase the coupons and how much you will actually save by using all the coupons you buy. Keep in mind that you may not use all the coupons. The deal should be significant enough to make it worth your while, even if you don’t get to use every coupon.

  1. Buying Coupon Books

50% off Entertainment Books plus Free ShippingCoupon books are an easy, affordable and reliable way how to prevent cystic acne and also get a lot of great coupons for savings off on everything from dining out to a day at the amusement park. One of my favorite coupon books is the Entertainment Book. The books are geared for your neighborhood, offering discounts at major retailers including clothing stores, restaurants, grocers, pharmacies, movie theaters, museums and more. For only about $20, you get hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of coupons to use all year round.

  1. Buying Coupons on eBay

One of the most popular places to buy coupons is eBay. Seller ratings and reviews will let you know if you’re dealing with a reliable source. Search for the coupons you need or want, then purchase them through eBay’s secure environment. It’s pretty straightforward to do, and you’ll get a huge selection of coupons.

Often, people flock to eBay to look for “buy one, get one free” coupons. For a couple of bucks, you can purchase a bunch of these and really watch your savings grow. There are coupons for all types of goods and services, so you have endless options when it comes to saving big.

Consider a few basic tips when buying coupons on eBay:

  • Avoid sellers with negative feedback to minimize the risk of not getting what you expect. You don’t want to get disappointed.
  • Only accept pre-printed coupons as opposed to ones printed by a computer as some retailers do not accept coupons generated on a computer printer.
  1. Buying Coupons on Craigslist

Craigslist.com can be an unpredictable place to buy anything, including coupons. Some people might offer free coupons on Craigslist while others could be selling their coupon clipping services. Either way, try to shop locally so you can see the coupons before you pay for them. Exercise extreme caution before making any coupon purchases or before you send a check or money out for natural remedies for cystic acne. Verify that the coupons have not expired before you buy them.

  1. Buying Coupons from Services Such As The Coupon Clippers

There are dedicated services for cutting and distributing coupons, such as TheCouponClippers.com. When you visit their web site, you can pick from hundreds of different coupons, put what you want in your online cart then place your order. Based on the shipping option you choose, coupons are typically sent within 3 to 10 days. Keep in mind the expiration dates of coupons and the shipping time involved before you purchase coupons online. After all, you want to have enough time to use them before they expire.

Before you purchase coupons from any source, make sure to do the math and consider expiration dates and shipping time. If you’re savvy about buying coupons, your savings can truly add up!

How Tractors May Affect Your Vote

How Tractors May Affect Your Vote


You’re probably thinking about voting for Barrack Obama, and that he seems like he would be an awesome president. But before you cast your ballot on election day, you had better keep these points in mind. . .

You’re probably impressed that the media and Hollywood are swooning all over him. You think that, “Wow, if everybody loves him, he must be a great candidate.” It’s true that Obama has been the darling of the liberal media for quite some time now, and in the period between the time that Hillary stepped down and Sarah arrived on the scene, he had no real competition. His face was EVERYWHERE and you hardly ever heard (and still rarely ever hear) a negative word against him. John McCain was pretty much in the background until he brought out his wild card (Sarah Palin).  But you need to keep in mind – a popular candidate may not be the best candidate. And I have plenty of reasons to believe that Obama, as likeable as he is, may not actually be the best person to fill the role of POTUS.

You probably like the fact that Obama really knows how to turn on the charm with his audiences. I’ll admit that he does have a nice smile and the ability to woo the masses with powerful, awe-inspiring words. This in itself is not a bad thing, because I’ll admit that I’m drawn to Sarah Palin for the same reasons – not just her experience with used riding lawn mowers for sale. But a presidential candidate needs to be more than just a great communicator – they need to have some actual experience to be able to back up their words. I believe Sarah Palin has both the communication skills AND the experience necessary to become a great leader. McCain may not be the world’s greatest communicator, but he has plenty of experience, and between him and Sarah Palin, I believe that they are actually a more qualified team than Obama and Biden.

You’re thinking that it might be cool to have the first black president of the United States. If he is a qualified leader, this would be wonderful, because the black community could really use some positive role models. But if he turns out to be a very poor leader (and I’m afraid that he may very well be, due to his lack of actual leadership experience and high-minded ideals about taxes and relationships with world leaders) then he won’t be anything for the black community to be proud of. And if you really want to get technical – Obama is only half-black, so if he wins the election, he will actually be our first bi-racial president.

You’re thinking that Obama might be someone to keep us out of future wars. Unfortunately, this is a guy that, unlike John McCain, knows virtually NOTHING about how our military operates. Some of you may think that military experience isn’t really necessary for a presidential office, but it’s just a matter of common sense that the commander-in-chief of our armed forces knows SOMETHING about our army, navy, marines and air force. After all, the president is the person who is going to be giving marching orders, and he needs to know when it’s a good idea to send out troops and when to hold off on sending them. McCain would know all about this kind of stuff. Even Sarah Palin would have some idea, having been commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard and having a son in the military herself.  Neither Obama or Biden would have a clue, since neither have had any dealings with the military, although to be fair, Biden does have a son serving in the national guard.

You’re probably thinking that Obama would really help our economy. But if he were to get into office, he and Biden would “help” it along by RAISING taxes, which in turns that many people will have less money to spend, which in turn means that the economy will continue to remain in the tank. If you have a good income, this probably doesn’t worry you. But if you’re like me, just an average American living from paycheck to paycheck, saving for a deal on used riding mowers, this should signal a huge red flag for you. And Biden says that it’s “patriotic to pay higher taxes?” This sounds more like a slogan from a communist country than from the mouth of an American citizen.

You probably think that Obama would be great to have around in a crisis. But I have to say that the idea of having Obama and Biden in charge during a national disaster makes chills run down my spine. Heaven help us if we ever have another 9/11 during their regime, because I honestly have no idea how they would react. There are certain reasons why I have this foreboding about them:

  1. The recent financial crisis should be a clue of how Obama would react during a critical time. He didn’t really seem to be making much of an effort to solve the problem – he seemed rather clueless and was kind of waiting around to see what would happen next. It was John McCain who actually tried to do something about it – he was willing to follow his motto of “Country First” and temporally suspend his campaign to help find a solution for the crisis. This is the guy I want in charge if we ever have an epic disaster in this country.
  2. Obama somehow believes that international conflicts should be solved with tact, diplomacy and peace talks, and is willing to meet with world leaders of hostile nations without pre-conditions (and never mind Joe Biden’s words to the contrary at the debate; these words actually came from Obama’s own lips). There is a time and place for negotiations, but I want a leader who will not hesitate to use aggressive force against a nation posing a threat to us if peace talks fail. And I’m not sure that Obama would do that – he would probably try to be too much of a diplomat. McCain, I know, would do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of our nation and secure a durable supply of used zero turn mowers.
  3. Obama also wants to completely do away with our nuclear weapons program (this I also heard from his own lips), which would leave us completely vulnerable to any enemy nations with sadistic intents. Is that scary or what?

You think Obama would really want to follow John McCain’s motto in “Country First.”  But I’m not so sure about that – patriotism is apparently not important to Barrack Obama. This is a guy who won’t wear a flag pin on his lapel or salute the flag unless he’s somehow guilted into it, because he’s afraid that he might offend somebody. Oh, please. Worrying about upsetting someone because you’re displaying your country’s flag in your own homeland? If somebody has a problem with that, then they shouldn’t be here in America in the first place. And Obama has made comments like, “Well, America’s just not the kind of place it used to be.” I’ll admit that America is not perfect and we have our problems along with everybody else, but saying statements like this to foreigners when you visit overseas? Obviously I don’t want someone to go to the other extreme of obsessive nationalism like Stalin and Hitler did, but I would like to see at least a LITTLE bit of pride in America when our president goes overseas.  John McCain, I know, really loves this country and has proven it by his five years under torturous conditions in Vietnam. I believe that he would give his life to protect America if need be.

You think Obama values human life on all levels. Wrong again. Not only does he support abortion and a woman’s right to end the life of her baby if she so chooses, but he also twice voted against bills that would have protected babies who survive botched abortions. Such children, when born alive, are sadly often left to die even if they’ve survived the horror of the abortion. And Obama apparently doesn’t care to do ANYTHING to save them. This guy also made a comment about not letting his daughters “be punished with a baby” should they get pregnant out of wedlock. And this is the same man who would probably have a conniption fit if a terrorist is treated inhumanely. Talk about paradoxes.

I’m not going to tell you how to vote  – the choice of who gets to live in the White House next year ultimately lies with you, the voter.  But if you elect Barrack Obama into office. . .remember that you will eventually have to live with the choices that HE makes.

Stop Stuttering in Your Tractor

Stop Stuttering in Your Tractor


One of the first things you need to realize to stop stuttering is that stuttering is not a disease; it has been classified as a defect. Stuttering has been known to cause low self-esteem among those who stutter. As someone that has a stutter you may feel that you are not taken seriously because when you begin to speak you take up a lot of time. Even if the other person is understanding and has patience with you, it still weighs heavily on your mind. There are many methods that have been tried and tested by Used Lawn Mowers Plus over the years. I am going to discuss a method here that can help you if you implement it properly.

Stop Stuttering With Self Control Methods

This method has to do with exercising your self-control and to focus before you begin to speak. It is believed that you can stop stuttering if you slow down your train of thoughts and your speech. What happens when you stutter is that you sometimes think too far ahead and your mouth essentially cannot keep up with your brain. I think everyone is guilty of this at times, but with people who have a stutter is more prominent. You tend to lose the correlation between your trains of thoughts and your speech.

Sometimes it is easier said than done, you should think before you speak about used lawn tractors. Instead of just jumping into the fray when a conversation is going, you should pause, hold back, think and then begin to speak. You will find the benefit once you slow down. As there is no stuttering cure medically, you need to factor in a lot of trial and error to get over the defect. If you slow down, you will find that you are not stuttering as much. Speaking slowly, with pauses and softly, is the key to avoid stuttering. With time and practice this method is proven to work.

Stop Stuttering and Planning Ahead

With more and more practice you will be able to think far ahead and you will be training your subconscious mind to work in a different manner. After time you will not have to think about it as often because your subconscious mind will be trained, just like an athlete trains their body for a sporting event. It will automatically take over for you and you will be able to stop stuttering almost completely.

Sometimes it will be hard to wait and think before you speak. I myself at time will be so excited about what I am going to say next that I am not really listening to the other person and my mind begins racing, wondering about the best garden tractor. It is best to even count in your head and let your mouth take a deep breath. This allows you to get back in sync and begin to speak in a clear and simple manner. One good trick is to try to visualize what you want to say before speaking to stop stuttering when you speak.

This is just one of the many methods that are out there to assist people with a stutter. Other forms would include hypnotherapy, one-on-one speech lessons, and even group programs. I will get into those in future articles. I hope you can utilize this method to help stop your stuttering today. Post a comment or send me an email with your opinion and you success story.

Viral Marketing – A Guide

Viral Marketing – A Guide


Marketing executives struggle with this every day, getting content to go viral. What does that mean exactly and how does one achieve this Shangri-La of popularity? It means your brand recognition – even if you sell used zero turn mowers – is through the roof, content spreading across the Internet like wildfire, retweeted and shared across Facebook at a truly amazing rate. This all adds up to free promotion online, on television, the news, it’s everywhere. It’s the kind of marketing you can’t buy and gets millions of eyeballs on your brand and product.

Public relations firms all over have been studying the statistics behind viral content, trying to harness and recreate it. But like lightning in a bottle, it’s almost impossible to capture and control to your advantage. Everyone has their own beliefs and tips as to how to get something to go viral but unfortunately, the minute you’re trying to generate content with that sole purpose you’ve already failed. When something really sparks national or worldwide interest, it’s almost entirely unpredictable. Is it luck, good planning, or omnipotence when your customer finds the best zero turn mower for the money? It’s all and none of them at the same time.

Creating content that can be poised to take the world by storm certainly takes a whole lot of good planning. Knowing your limitations as well as your audience is also an important part of it. Luck, we can all use some of that from time. So what are the secrets to getting your brand name out there for everyone, and I mean everyone, to see? First off, don’t rely on some of the old standbys. Most people think humor is the way to go. Who doesn’t enjoy a good laugh? The problem is, humor is subjective. What I think is funny, others may not. I have friends who love the show Family Guy but personally, I think it’s the dumbest thing on television and I’ve never found its creator Seth McFarlane very funny. So if you’re using humor to get over, you could be alienating a large portion of your audience.

That’s not say you shouldn’t use humor in your content. Commercials that go viral are often universally, laugh out loud funny. But again, what exactly IS funny? You don’t know. Most comedians can’t give you a definitive answer and you’re likely no comedian. If you want to use emotion to sell your brand and for that content to go viral, tap into more than one emotion – like the thrill for the consumer when they find deals on used zero turn mowers for sale. It can be funny yet stirring, sad but hopeful, dramatic and silly. It’s a fine line that you need to navigate just right to strike a chord in the biggest way possible. But when you do, it’s a magical thing.

Above all though, make it special. Be certain about your content. But don’t look desperate either. The last thing you want to do is come out and ask people to share your content. Nothing will kill it off faster. You have to convince them to do it with subtlety…or even better, let the content speak for itself. The cream rises to the top. If it’s worthy, the public will recognize that.

Tractors and Bowling – the Similarities

Tractors and Bowling – the Similarities


My professional life can get pretty stressful. Whether it’s consulting on public relations challenges for small businesses, speaking at conferences on related subjects, and of course, there’s Chuck’s. That’s the name of the store for used garden tractors I co-own with my good friend of 17 years, Peter.

So what do I do when it’s time to unwind, let off a little steam, need to get myself re-focused and my mind off my work? I go bowling. I once read somewhere, someone defined bowling as “the sport of first-dates, Homer Simpson, and weekend afternoon programming on ESPN 2”. Now that is pretty darn funny and yes, very true in many respects. The most important one being the qualification of bowling as a sport.

That’s because it is one. Bowling is absolutely, positively, without question a sport.

Now when I’ve stated this fact in the past, I’ve had push back from those who want to debate the merits of such a declaration. I’ve heard a few different arguments aiming to debunk my theory of bowling as a sport. They’ve said some pretty ridiculous things. It’s not a sport if everybody can play it. It’s not a sport if you can play, and often score better, when you’re drunk. It’s kind of like riding a used John Deere lawn tractor.

It’s not a sport if you can play it while drinking. I’ve even heard the argument that people who couldn’t be less athletically inclined have bowled perfect 300 games. Then there’s my favorite one: have you seen what professional bowlers look like? Most of them are overweight and look like they couldn’t run a 100 yard dash.

Well I’ve got news for these folks – bowling is a sport for a couple of reasons, the first of which is because they can’t seem to differentiate between what we play at the local lanes on a Friday night and what the professionals work and train for day in, day out.

Even league bowling, organized at your local alley lanes, is a highly competitive affair. Just because anyone can participate in a sport doesn’t mean it’s not a sport. That would be like saying baseball isn’t a sport because of Little League or when a bunch of guys and gals get together and play flag football in the park that obviously means football isn’t a sport anymore either. You don’t have to be at the top of your game to play one. Sports are played on a number of levels, unlike my easy daytime task of searching for used lawn tractors for sale.

As for the “common man” scoring a perfect game so therefore it’s not a sport, I say poppycock. First of all, do you know difficult it is to score a 300? I play regularly and have only sniffed greatness on that level twice, with a 245 score at my highest. It’s incredibly difficult. There are so many factors that need to fall in line all at the same time, but it can be done. The secret is doing it again afterward or at least coming close. See, that’s how the pros do it. Your buddy can bowl a perfect game but can he do it a second time?

That’s the difference. That’s what makes bowling a sport. Now go out there and play a few frames. Enjoy the sport of bowling!

Clinton and Palin – the Journey

Clinton and Palin – the Journey


On September 18th at the anti-Iran rally in New York, the Democrats had a prime opportunity to show America – and the world – that they could set aside their differences with the Republican Party and work together against a nation that poses a significant threat to our country’s safety. Sadly, they blew it bigtime.

Both Sarah and Hillary, both of whom support this cause, were invited to attend this convention about used riding lawn mowers. Having two of the most well-known female political figures on the American scene, speaking at the same event, would have provided a powerful picture of solidarity to the American people. Their presence together would have said, “We may be polar opposites when it comes to politics, but we are willing to work together against the threats that Iran poses to our nation.”

But when Hillary found out that Sarah would also be there, she went from acting like a dignified, confident politician and behaved more like a jealous schoolgirl. She pulled herself out of the event, but the democrats’ spiteful tactics against Sarah Palin didn’t stop there. Not only did everyone from the Obama camp refuse to come to the rally, but they even put pressure on the organizations’ leaders to take back their invitation for Sarah to speak there as well. Sadly, the people in charge sadly bowed to pressure and “uninvited” Sarah from the speech thanks to her remarks about the Hillary’s used Craftsman riding mower.

This clearly shows where the democrats’ priorities were – they were more worried about being overshadowed by Sarah Palin than about Iran’s nuclear weapons program or their funding of terrorist cell groups.  After Sarah was forced to back out, the democrats said that there shouldn’t be ANY of the presidential candidates at the rally – a point they only insisted on after they found out that Sarah would be there. Before that, they were willing enough to participate.

This is the same stunt that Oprah Winfrey pulled on her show – the mentality of “We democrats don’t mind making public appearances as long as we don’t have to share the stage with someone from the opposing party, especially if it’s someone who’s likely to outshine us. Otherwise, we should have NO political candidates at all – let’s keep things fair.”  If Oprah would have made her ‘no used John Deere mowers’ rule on her show BEFORE she invited Barrack Obama on TWICE, it might have been a credible one. But she only came up with that position once she was urged to invite Sarah Palin on board as well.

And it’s not that democrats and republicans can’t get along. At the 9/11 memorial service, McCain and Obama did manage to put aside their differences for a time. For a little while they stopped being political rivals and just became two Americans sharing a moment with their country. Why couldn’t we have done that this time around?

This ridiculous behavior by the democrats proves to me  why I don’t want any members of the Obama camp in the White House. If they can’t handle not being the center of attention when a more serious issue is at stake, how in the world are they going to be able to work together with Republicans when things get REALLY rough?




Southern Democrats

Southern Democrats


For those of you not in the know, Southern Democrats were the pro slavery political party that dominated in the south before and after the U.S civil war. These were also the people predominantly responsible for the lynching, civil and political repression and intimidation that earmarked the southern identity for a century afterward to maintain social, political and economic control.

As we know, slavery was an outgrowth of the need for an inexpensive labor force and the human cost was deemed irrelevant. This draws an interesting parallel to the labor policies of the multi-national corporations of today that pursue an economic chess game of exporting manufacturing to whom ever can provide the lowest wage cost possible in pursuit of profitability.

One of the predominate features of southern democrats is that they were conservative. VERY conservative and clung to traditionalist principals and later a platform of states rights as an extension of the backlash against Reconstruction.

As the Democratic party began to become more representative of the mainstream progressive left, many Southern Democrats joined the Republican party or voted across party lines to the party that most emulated their idea of stoic traditionalism. This is a contributing factor to the political backlash of the Civil Rights act of 1964 that allowed the GOP to garner many more political seats in the south and further build inroads to traditionally Southern Democrat strongholds.

The GOP clued in to the conservative nature of this constituency and utilizing racism combined with religious and wedge issues that are often generational such as gay marriage and abortion mobilize a base predicated on an emotional and visceral reaction.

Classic examples are the riots of whites that resulted as the schools in Little Rock were desegregated by order of the supreme court and the little rock nine were found to have entered Central High.


During the 2000 Republican primary, a South Carolina push poll used racist innuendo intended to undermine the support of then-Bush rival John McCain: “Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?”  (Wikipedia)

Well, now John McCain is the GOP candidate of choice and straightforward racism may be a bit too overt for the GOP given a black man as opposition so we can expect alternate means of negative campaign on the part of the right, such as accusations of sexism.

This is by far the most diverse group of presidential political contenders ever to have approached the dais and who can we assume that the Southern Democrats want to see prevail?

A Better Way of Thinking

A Better Way of Thinking


We have tried a homogenous republican legislature.  We have tried a homogenous democratic legislature.  We have tried one legislative branch republican and the other democratic.  We have had presidents of the same party as the majority, and we have had presidents of a minority party.  We have watched 3rd party attempts that never get traction in our democratic system.  We have liberals who hate Bush and conservatives that hate Obama and his Kanken laptop backpack.  We have Democrats who agree with the present administration and those who don’t.  We even have Republicans who agree with this administration and many who do not.

There are fiscal conservatives and moderates who cannot feel comfortable any longer in either party.  We have advocates of an open border and we have those who believe strongly we must secure the borders.  Pick an issue.  There are always proponents and opponents.

What in this democracy can we all agree upon?

I am certain there is one thing we all can agree upon today: the government of the United States of America is dysfunctional.  We send a body of people to Washington with full-time employment.  What is their job?  It is to make laws.  And make laws they do.  Depending upon which interest group or which constituency a legislator represents, he or she will attempt to make laws that favor that group.  Our laws are so voluminous as to affect every aspect of our lives.

We need a constitutional amendment which requires that every new law replaces an old one which is discarded.  The administrative staff of government is entrenched, making it difficult for elected officials to function independently.  Party ideology and party goals prevail over regional and local needs.  We used to have an upper class, a middle class, and a lower socio-economic class.  Now we also have a “Political class.”  And by some estimates 40% of eligible voters are now employed by government.  So where is their “bread buttered?”

The current Fjallraven Kanken Classic is an eye opener.

We desperately need “change.”  Not the vague promises for change touted by our political leadership.  What we need is sweeping change in government.  Our founding fathers never anticipated full time employment for politicians in Washington.  The authors of the Constitution were farmers, professionals and business people.  They spent more time and energy on their private lives and livelihoods than they did in the performance of their political responsibilities.

What on earth can we do to set a brand new direction for our government?

Do we vote in republicans next time because the democratically controlled government is not solving our problems?  Isn’t that what we just did?  We changed government by voting out the Republicans and we are still in a mess.  While it is certainly valid to offer to give the new administration some time to work out current difficulties, it has to be understood that neither party is free of blame nor neither party as presently constituted can fix this economy.

There actually is one thing we all can do to create a responsive government next election.

It’s a very simple thing.  We are frequently reminded that regionally popular and influential legislators “bring home the bacon.”  That is, seniority in congress gives power to individual representatives and senators who reward their constituents with programs popular in their geographic areas.  But this is part of the problem.  We have a system that runs upon the principle of “whose ox is gored,” to borrow a biblical phrase.  Yes, that’s right, I am referring to special interests of the Frost Green Kanken.  But the phrase “special interest” relates as well to the voting bloc of Midwestern farmers as it does to big oil.  Recent immigrants are as much a special interest group as are Northeastern fishermen.  So what can we do?

Throw the bums out!

That’s right.  Next election go to the polls.  That’s the first thing.  Vote, everyone.  Forget that you are a Republican, a Democrat, A conservative, a liberal, a moderate, or a fiscal conservative.  Forget that you are a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim or a Buddhist.  So what if you are an agnostic or an atheist?  Do you want a responsive, reasonable government that does the right thing rather than the politically correct thing?  It’s a simple choice we each can make.  Here it is:

Vote out the incumbent in each and every case.  Vote for the new guy only.  It doesn’t matter what his campaign slogan might be.  It doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with his or her orientation to any given problem.  Just make d*** sure you send in the new guys.  The message to government will be:  we have finally figured out how to make you represent us, the people!

The Fjallraven Stimulus

The Fjallraven Stimulus


Republicans are always quick to remind us how the stimulus package has too much pork. The Republicans have done nothing but object to every single idea Obama has had. Honestly, besides tax cuts, what are your suggestions? I’d love to hear some ideas from the party of no ideas.

Remember that Clinton had a surplus while Bush ran our budget into the ground. Apparently, military spending is not spending at all. In fact, as long as we protect ourselves from the likes of POWERFUL Iran or North Korea, whose nukes could never even reach The United States, everything is going fine. Besides, why should other countries be allowed to have a Fjallraven sale? They are dangerous because they have been used so many times throughout history.

Oh wait, they have only been used twice and it was by us. Get your heads out of your asses before you talk. Obama isn’t perfect but at least he is trying. You may not agree with everything he does but he is still your president. Weren’t we always reminded to get behind our commander in chief when idiot bush was president? Now that we have a democrat in the white house, Obama is the “Anti-Christ” and “Satan incarnated”. OK republicans, I tell you what. When you get those extra 13 dollars, be sure to burn them or throw them away since you don’t want them. And for all the Republican Politicians, don’t use the money provided by the stimulus package.

Give it back if you are so against it. Of course you won’t do this because you are nothing but hypocrites. Americans are losing their homes and jobs and all I hear is “boohoo Obama is spending my tax money”. Shut your mouths and get behind your president and find where to buy Fjallraven. The entire world is behind this man trying to pull us out of this crisis and all you do is b***and moan. “Boohoo, I don’t want terrorist in my backyard”. You truly must be stupid because you make it sound like these terrorist are going to be walking around in your backyard or working at your closest supermarket.

We have homegrown terrorists who are in prison here and we give them the basic rights guaranteed by the constitution. Every individual on earth deserves this. Not only that but a lot of these guys are falsely imprisoned and detained and you act like they still deserve to be there. When someone makes a statement about Chicago being a “Gang City”, it truly demonstrates your stupidity and ignorance. It’s no wonder you are being left behind in the 21st century.

The American people rejected the same policies of the last 8 years (6 in congress) and elected a man who will at least try and do something. Don’t b***and moan about spending or do I need to remind you who got us into this mess in the first place? You should be ashamed of yourselves and your behavior and attitudes. The Republican Party breeds ignorance and stupidity and if you don’t catch up with the rest of us, you will be left behind. I am not a democrat but I am still proud to call this man my president more than I ever would behind the idiot you elected twice.

You are nothing but a bunch of idiots, not much different than this news station you get your false information from. You idiots can’t even take a joke and perhaps you should read the entire articles before you make your dumb comments because the question was “Who is your hero” and not “Is Obama a bigger hero to you than Jesus or God”.

So naturally people will respond with different answers to their favorite Kanken Backpack. You’re supposedly church going Christians who “Support the death penalty” and somehow your children are Christians before they can even walk or talk and make up their own mind about life and God. You are nothing but idiots and it gives me great pleasure to see you tearing you hair out because our President is black and ten times more intelligent than all of you idiots combined. That old dumb b*** that called Obama an Arab is the true image of the Republican Party. A party where war and tax breaks are the solution to EVERY problem in this country. So what is an 80 year old man gets his electricity turned off because he can’t pay it or an innocent woman dies on the hospital floor because she does not have insurance.

As long as your asses are stuffed with food and you live in a comfortable home, you spew your b*** you supposedly love Jesus but whatever happened to putting yourselves in the shoes of those who are poor and want to work but can’t? Or those who need help? Get off your asses, find someone who does not even have enough to eat, and buy them some bread. Not because you have to or because our president wants you to but because it is the humane thing to do and it is after all, my fellow Christians, what Jesus would have done.

Ms America and Politics

Ms America and Politics


First let me say that I am from North Carolina, so I am very proud that Miss North Carolina won. She is a beautiful girl, inside and out. I did read somewhere that she beat Miss California in the swimsuit and the evening gown competition, so I think to suggest that the only reason Miss California did not win was because of her question, really is not fair to our new Miss USA. They are both very beautiful girls.

That being said, I applaud Miss California for her decision to be true to herself and answer her question honestly instead of taking the politically correct way out. She may have won higher points for political correctness, but that is a very sad fact. As a parent, I try to teach my kids to “be true to themselves” always. They also, of course are taught to be kind to all. I would think that would be high on the list of qualities in all young ladies in a pageant; maybe I’m wrong but I think it used to be. Miss California was very respectful in her answer. It is a phony outrage that the gay judge is now displaying and admittedly used to score her on the question. It is a political platform that is indeed close to his heart on a personal level, but let’s get real folks, her honest and well intentioned answer should not have been viewed by anyone as offensive.

Speaking of offensive; I am offended by this common phony outrage coming from the left. Those on the left very often champion free speech and that is the biggest example of the definition of hypocritical that I can think of, except maybe how the women on the left treated Sara Palin. Anyway, I for one am sick and tired of having to apologize for the mere mention of my religious beliefs or even the mention of God or Jesus. Its ok in this country to understand that not everyone believes what I believe, but respectful dialogue, in itself, is not insulting or demeaning or offensive in any way. What is offensive is the phony outrage and therefore the implication that free speech is just meant for those on the left. It’s phony; we know it, you know it, and you know we know it. Stop it already. There are real issues to debate and we all are entitled to our opinions. My congratulations to Miss California for going as far as she went in that pageant and for being a beautiful person inside and out.

The Big Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza

The Big Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza


My experience with House music is admittedly limited, but this past Saturday I was convinced to go see the stylings of DJ Hernan Cattaneo through the eyes of a Daytona Beach wedding photographer. We bought tickets online for the show for $30 which felt a little steep, but I was willing to give it a shot, so at 10pm we got in a cab and headed out.

The Mansion is a club in the Meat Packing district that we almost walked right by at first owing to a general lack of signage that I’ve come to expect of trendy Meat Packing clubs, but once we got inside we quickly realized how huge the place was. After dropping coats off upstairs, we descended down to the bar area. Actually, the first bar area was more like a very large anteroom, with the main club area lying deeper in.

After crossing a hallway flanked by flaming beds of stones, we were in the heart of the club. A large bar and a VIP area in front made up the main room, with an upstairs lounge circling the back of the club. Early on, I realized the bar was too expensive for my blood at $10 for a shot and $16 for mixed drink, so I determined it would be a sober evening. I did try ordering a glass of water, but it was crowded, so I waited for about 10 minutes to get a bartenders attention, only to wait another 10 minutes to get it after I’d ordered it, which made my already sober experience just that much more unpleasant. I sat there the entire time looking at food steamer reviews.

Upstairs was muuuch better. It was less crowded and had a better view of the DJ booth giving us a good place to settle in and dance, which we did for five hours straight! The house DJ opened, and for the most part was pretty awesome, though unfortunately I don’t know his name. Hernan Cattaneo was also good, and the club’s special effects kicked into high gear for his performance with strobes, giant jets of fog, and dancing girls in their underwear. He did nearly make my ears bleed with about 2 minutes worth of straight feedback noise, but otherwise the entire show was spot-on.

The bottom line is that this club is way too expensive to go to unless you really love house music and a club scene with perhaps a touch of euro-flavor to it. The tickets weren’t cheap, the drinks were egregious, and the VIP area was bottle-service only with $1000 price tag attached. That being said, if you avoid the expenses and stick to the balcony area, you’ll be fine – even without your own professional Daytona Beach photography expert. I wouldn’t recommend this spot though, unless you have a very specific reason for going.

But What About Hopkins and Martin?

But What About Hopkins and Martin?


Oh goodness, it’s baby feet! Seriously, the episode starts off with baby feet.

Jake mentions something about how many babies will be born today and how each of them are unique and are a link in a greater chain. I don’t know about you but most babies I see do nothing but eat, sleep, and make a mess of themselves, there’s nothing very unique about that – it takes a great photographer to catch them in a good light. I will say one thing though, Beyonce’s baby Sky Blue or whatever the hell it’s name, is unique alright…uniquely ugly! (There, I said it. Chesscat, you owe me $13 bucks.)

Anyway, during Jake’s monologue we catch a glimpse of a young Muslim woman learning that she’s about to be forced to marry somebody she doesn’t want to. She sends a text to someone and tells them she’ll meet them in ten and high tails it out of her house. There’s an Asian guy walking down the street who tells a passerby he’s lost but we learn this is a ruse to pick his pocket but interestingly has a change of heart after seeing the guy’s daughter’s picture. There’s a guy on the subway checking out a girl yet seems to be afraid to talk to her and a young lady is lighting candles at a church, it looks like we have the players in today’s game.

Martin “Jack Bauer” Baum, Jake, and Hopkins are having breakfast and looking over images from Kari Janesko Photography. Jake is having an evaluation done later in the day, the first of many to see who will get custody of Jake. Hopkins goes on about the importance of the evaluation while Martin assures her he understands and he’ll be there at 5:00 (that is unless he has to save the world from terrorists before then, the clock is ticking Jack, er, I mean Martin). Jake knocks over a glass, Hopkins makes a comment and Martin tells her it’s an accident. As Hopkins and Jake leave, Martin goes to clean up the mess and sees the pattern Jake left using sugar packets as well as the same pattern on the window left by Jake. Dun dun dun…

Martin talks to Teller (a.k.a Danny Glover) about the patterns but because of the evaluation going on that day, he said it’s in Jake’s best interest to just be his father instead of you know, being the “Messenger of Doom”. Teller tells Martin that it’s in his son’s best interest to follow the road map he’s just pulled up on the internet, something about the Golden Ratio.

Back to the Daytona Beach wedding photographer, who goes by the name of Norah. She pulls up recklessly to pick up her friend, they begin discussing the legality of a woman driving, Norah acting rebellious to get back at her father as well as her displeasure with her arranged marraige. Norah suggests that since the boys make all the decisions, her and her friend will be boys for the day. This can’t be good, and her friend agrees, because she gives a sigh of frustration.

Staying Healthy By Eating and Breathing Properly

Staying Healthy By Eating and Breathing Properly


If you are overweight, you should try to get at least 8 to 14 ounces of water a day. This is because your body has to work overtime to adapt to the new diet. At the same time, if you are a woman who has a high blood cholesterol level, you should try to eat a balanced diet. Also, if you are overweight, you should be consuming more than four mg of cholesterol a day.

If you are a diabetic, it is best to consult your primary care physician before taking any type of sleeping pills or using the Alen Breathesmart. This is a good idea because they can be prescribed to the person who is suffering from the said condition. Also, if you are having trouble getting a snoring problem, you should consider taking a sleeping pill. In addition, if you are suffering from snoring, you should be aware of the sleep apnea symptoms.

If you have a problem with your breathing, you should try to avoid the use of a CPAP machine. At the same time, if you are a beginner, you should be comfortable with the use of a good quality air purifier. One thing to do when you are traveling is to know what the most important equipment for your bed is, like perhaps the Blueair 603. If you are a novice, you can easily get a great deal of air conditioning. You can use a vacuum cleaner to keep the dust and grime from accumulating. The best place to do this is to put the bed on the floor.


Insomnia is a disorder that is characterized by a constant feeling of sleepiness. However, if you are suffering from insomnia, you should be able to sleep soundly at night. If you are a diabetic, it is best to consult your primary care professional before trying to sleep on your stomach.

However, if you are suffering from insomnia, you should seek the advice of a qualified health professional before embarking on any exercise program. If you are looking for a natural insomnia treatment, you should try to learn the basics of sleep apnea. Sleep deprivation is a serious condition that can lead to a variety of health problems. It can be a long lasting struggle to get a good night’s rest.

However, there are certain signs and symptoms that need to be taken into the diet before the actual age of the person. The most common signs of deficiency in the body are fatigue, lethargy, and tiredness. The main culprit in the formation of this disease is the fact that the body is unable to absorb nutrients from food. The immunity of the human body is due to the deficiency of the proteins in the cells from breathing dirty air that isn’t filtered by the Rowenta PU6020. The liver is the most vulnerable area of the body to be exposed to the sun.


The causes of the condition are unknown, but there are many factors that contribute to it. The most common cause of this type of disease is the inability to control the body temperature. The body’s normal function is to produce enough of the antibodies to fight off invaders. The immune cells are the ones that are responsible for the body’s defense mechanism. Also, the immune cells are the ones that keep the body healthy and free from infections. The body is a complex machine, and it is an important organ.

Solutions for Curing Stress In Your Life

Solutions for Curing Stress In Your Life


Well, do you think so many of us are so busy with our lifestyles that we don’t have the time to wake up and get it? We may be surprised to learn that sleep deprivation is a big contributor to our stress. We need to get to the root cause of our anxiety and we can help ourselves. A great way to manage our stress is to get a good night’s sleep. We all have a lot of things to do to keep us fit and healthy. It’s a great way to get the energy you need to be active by breathing clean air with the aid of a good air purifier for cigarette smoke.


One of the first things that you should do is to see your physician to help you determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea. This is a great idea because it is a good way to treat your child. He may be able to recommend a diet that is low in sodium and salt. If you are suffering from acid headaches, you should try to avoid eating spicy foods. These are the foods that you should take to help your body to fight the infection. The best natural remedy for your acid indigestion is to drink a quart of lemon juice.

The next time you go to bed, you are going to be surprised to see that your baby is getting a little bit more sleep. A good way to stop postpartum emissions is to get rid of the urge to get pregnant. You can also try using a humidifier to help keep your baby from falling asleep. If you are suffering from colic, you should try to avoid eating food that is too spicy. Furthermore, if you are having problems with how to get rid of smoke smell in house, you should try to avoid drinking alcohol that causes you to smoke more.


The best exercise for your heart is a good night’s sleep. It will help you to get your blood sugar levels under the control of your body. If you are overweight, you are more likely to have high blood sugar and diabetes. It is a condition that can be treated with a diet of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Lack of proper rest and regular exercise can lead to a number of health issues. Exercise is a great way to keep your body fit and healthy. At the same time, exercise is a good way to get rid of stress and can reduce your risk of heart attacks. If you are a smoker, you can help your body to burn calories and get rid of the excess fat. The most effective ways to lower the risks of cardiovascular disease are to lose weight and use a good air purifier like the IQAir GC Multigas. It is a fact that the risk of heart disease is increased by a sedentary lifestyle.

You can also try to reduce your stress level by taking a few deep breaths:

– try to do more at home to relax your mind and soul

– try a few different methods to get the most out of your life

– use the following suggestions to help you in your journey to a better life

Sleep Apnea – Why Every Person Should Know About It

Sleep Apnea – Why Every Person Should Know About It


Things you need to learn about sleep apnea:

– The most obvious reason for this is that the person who snores is most likely to experience a lack of sleep

– If you are overweight, you should be drinking at least six times a day

– If you have a history of a sleep apnea, you should see your physician

– When a sufferer is aware of the way they breathe, they may experience a feeling of fullness in their throat

More About Sleep Apnea

People who have sleep apnea have a tendency to have a lot of stress in their lives. If they’re having trouble breathing, they could benefit from a Whirlpool Whispure AP51030K. Studies show that people who are overweight are more likely to have sleep apnea. Sleep is a strong brain function and can be difficult to maintain. It is a natural state of the body and the ability to cope with stress is a major factor in the development of asthma.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to many other health issues. Obesity is a leading health risk factor for people who suffer from this debilitating condition. In addition, obesity is a complex problem that can be controlled by a variety of factors. It is a habit that can be done in a home or on a regular basis. One of the first things you should do is to take a break from your daily routine. You can do this by eating a healthy breakfast and getting a lot of sleep.

Generalized anxiety disorders-this type of feeling is similar to a sleeping condition from poor breathing without the Winix PlasmaWave 5300. This is a state of wakefulness and is associated with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Anxiety is a state of consciousness that is experienced by people with a sense of control. It is often associated with a lack of awareness of the physical and psychological well-being of the person. A person who is suffering from a traumatic life may experience a lack of confidence in himself or others. This is a normal state of mind and can be a source of unhappiness and anxiety.

They may have a feeling of fullness in their body due to the absence of the emotion. This disorder can be intense and can be distressing to the person who is trying to get it. The person who is afflicted with this mental health condition is sensitive to the things that are being said. They may have a history of depression, or they may have a heart problem.

This wraps up our chat on breathing. At the beginning we talked about how acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that is widely used by medical professionals for treating anxiety and panic attacks. Secondly, sleep is an important part of any man’s daily lives. Third, a great way to treat your headache is to take a warm bubble bath. Next, another cause of daytime sleepiness is the lack of proper sleeping hygiene habits and not cleaning your home’s air with the best air purifier for smokers. We also discussed how if you are suffering from a sinus infection, you should consider taking a look at the various options available to you. In addition, the most common cause of insomnia is a fall in the amount of sleep that is required.

Getting Better Sleep With Your Child

Getting Better Sleep With Your Child


A good thing to do is to get yourself into a sleep-free place. You can do this by simply sitting down and breathing in a quiet place. If you are feeling stressed, you should be aware of the breathing process. This is the most effective way to get rid of the problem of the mind. A great way to deal with anxiety is to find the reason for it.

More About Child

The best sleep aids are those that are designed to last for a few minutes. They are a lot cheaper than the ones that are sold at the local store, such as with the Coway AP-1512HH. At the same time, a great thing to do is to try and get your child to sleep on his side.

The next best way to get a little bit sleep is to start by eating a few small meals. It will be much more difficult to eat the same food as you did before. This will help you to get the blood moving and the body to be healthy. A great thing to do when you are stressed is to start a daily regimen of exercise. You can try a simple exercise that will increase your energy and improve your health.


A great way to reduce stress is to exercise and eat a healthy diet. You can also breathe cleaner air with the GermGuardian AC5250PT. If you are a person who is suffering from obesity, you should try to eat more fruits and vegetables. You can try to reduce your salt intake by eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.

A good way to get rid of excess body fat is to start exercising. It is a fact that you must be in a good shape to lose fat. You will be able to lose weight and get rid of those ugly extra fat deposits. Additionally, you will have to work out for a few weeks to get the maximum results. The other thing that you should do is to exercise and eat a low calorie diet.

A great way to relax is to get at least 8 hours of sleep a day. It’s important to drink at least eight glasses of water a night. If you are feeling tired, try to eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.


The most common reasons for a woman to have trouble sleeping are during the first trimester and the third week of pregnancy. The average woman is about 4-7 times more likely to be born with a baby why healthy. The second step to getting pregnant is to take a trip to the hospital where you may find a Honeywell 50250-S.

The best sleep aid is the one that is most suited for your body. It is a good idea to consult a physician before starting a regular regimen of sleeping pills. This is because the amount of water you drink can be as much as one hundred calories per pound of body weight. The second type of exercise is the one that is most popular among people who are suffering from obesity. It is a good exercise that can be helpful in reducing the chances of a heart disease. A great way to lose weight is to get rid of the excess fat.


How to Get an Obese Cat to Lose Weight

How to Get an Obese Cat to Lose Weight


A cat is a living being, so like all living beings, obesity is a problem with cats. Obesity in cats can make them prone to different health problems like diabetes, foot problems, stomach aches, arthritis and osteoarthritis. So now you might be wondering that how can you tell if a cat is overweight? Well, the simple test for it is to run your hand across the belly of the cat. If you can’t feel the ribs, then your cat is overweight. Cat peeing on bed? It could be the weight. Here are some ways to get an obese cat to lose weight:

Veterinary Examination:

There are certain medical conditions which can lead to obesity in cats and an obese cat should be examined by a vet. The vet will determine whether there are medical conditions which can complicate obesity. The vet will also help you in developing a good weight loss program for your cat.

The vet will help you set realistic weight loss goals for your cat. You should know that the weight loss program takes time. In general, your aim should be to make the cat lose 1-2% of body weight every week.


There are many different foods available in the market. Some will make the cat full quickly whereas others will never keep the cat satisfied. You should find a food which the cat likes and which doesn’t create sudden spikes in the weight. You should give the following foods to the cat.

Meat based – Unlike humans, cats are carnivores and need meat based diets; they don’t do well with cereal and grain diets. Their hunger will never be satisfied with grain based diet. So you should look for ingredients which are grain free. How to get rid of cat urine smell? Try a meat-based diet.

Fiber – Fiber is quite important for cats because it helps in efficient digestion. But it is hard to find a meat based diet with high fiber content. You can add fiber in the diet of cat by two ways. You can either give a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to the cat or you can mix a teaspoon of Benefiber in the food of cats.

Reduce Treats:

You should reduce treats of cats because most of them are high in fat and calories. You should feed your cat before you eat. If you can’t stop giving treats to the cat, go for low-fat treat options like broccoli, cooked beans and commercial low calorie cat treats.

Treats shouldn’t exceed more than 10% of the daily intake. You can substitute treats with new toys. You can also give proper brushing to the cat in place of treats.


You should increase the activity level of your obese cat. It will help him to lose more calories. Exercise plans for cats are more difficult to make than dogs. Some cats can walk on a leash and it is a good exercise for cats. You can also let the cat walk in your garden for about ten to fifteen minutes. Other than this, you should also make the cat climb stairs as this will help in burning calories. Do female cats spray? Less if they exercise.

Buy Cat Toys:

You should buy some cat toys for the cat because it will give him the physical activity he needs. The trick here is to use such a toy which allows maximum body stretch and muscle flexing.

An obese cat can’t care for itself, let alone give you company. So you should follow these tips to help your cat enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

What Is the Main Difference Between the Diesel and Gasoline Turbo Design?

What Is the Main Difference Between the Diesel and Gasoline Turbo Design?


There is much confusion between the use of diesel and gasoline engines. But light needs to be thrown on the subject from the very first moment. The principle of operation is the same and along with the plumbing or intake of air. If it is so, then why there is so much difference between the two.

Diesel Engine and Turbos

When a semi truck or generator is set on the holset hx40 diesel engines, there is a typical large distinction of the RPM. Moreover, these run at very low RPM. Atomization of the diesel fuel occurs when it enters the combustion chamber and after compression the mixture lights off.  The combustion pressure is high because of a high combustion ratio that is required to light up the mixture. The high compression pressure gives a lot of stress on the mechanical part and thus it requires to be strengthened. All this reinforcement implies that there is much heavier rotation mass which is quite difficult to turn at very high RPMs.

With the internal combustion engine, as more air and fuel enters the combustion chamber, more power is produced. In case of diesel engines, rotating at a low RPM, enough air cannot be sucked up. Hence that is the reason it requires the help of the additional turbo chargers.

Diesel usually burns at a lower temperature and hence, the exhaust temperatures are very high which results in exhaust of gases in big volumes. The holset hx50 segment should have enough inflow for the excessive quantities of exhaust gases with minimum back pressure. It also should take in a large volume of air, to fill up the cylinders completely.

Quick summary of Diesel design

  • Low RPM
  • Low Boost
  • High Volume of air
  • Lots of warm exhaust gas
  • Slows spool up
  • Almost no back pressure

Quick summary of the gasoline design

  • Variable RPM
  • High boost
  • Variable volume
  • Quick stool up
  • Hot exchange gases
  • Hardback pressure on the throttle

Gasoline tube designs

Gasoline is more volatile as compared to diesel as it ignites naturally and does not require atomization for the combustion. There is also lower air to fuel ratio as compared to the diesel designs. There are also smaller displacement engines which operate at a vast RPM range for driving purposes. There are four valves present in the head region that helps to get a good amount of fuel and air in the cylinder while exhausting the gases out. With the vast RPM range, there is a scope of making a proper volume of air for the engine speed. The engine needs twice the volume and it should be efficient enough to drive the vehicle.

The turbine portion of the holset hx60 needs to be taken care of differently in case of gas designs. The gas designs can range from 1000 – 1400 degree F when under the load. Any restriction can cause a slow spool up and it is a waste. This is how the diesel designs can be differentiated from the gas designs.

Twin Scroll Turbochargers

Twin Scroll Turbochargers


Back in the days, most of the aftermarket and factory turbo chargers systems feature in log style exhaust manifolds. But just like the normal aspirant engines, where the exhaust manifolds designs have recognized as critical element to maximize the horsepower and torque output of the car. But recently there has more attention paid on the turbochargers design. One of the recent inventions of the design is the twin scroll Turbocharger Review which has enhanced the performance of the cars in a vast way. But what exactly is the role and feature of a twin scroll that is making the cars run in a smooth way. Let’s check out.


A twin scroll turbo is sometimes called twin scroll turbocharger and it is the new version of the single scroll holset hx30. A twin scroll turbo is connected with the exhaust manifolds using the 2 inputs which lead to turbine and also to two scrolls where the separate wastegates control the gases from each end. The 2 input lines used so as to separate the cylinder whose exhaust gases would definitely interfere with one another due to the firing sequences in the car. This allows quite a bit of efficiency in flow of the exhaust gas to your turbo.

The flow of the exhausts from the different cylinders usually mixes with each other. This happens because while the exhaust stroke is completed and the intake stroke starts, the valve remains open. It is at this junction that another valve will start opening to start its exhaust stroke. As a result, it may happen that the exhaust from one cylinder mixes with the fresh air and the fuel that is to be taken in by another cylinder. This considerably reduces the fresh fuel and air in the cylinder, thereby reducing the combustion that occurs within the cylinder.

One must pay attention to the order in which the cylinders are fired in order that no cylinders could be mixed with the other directly in the sequence of firing. The motto of design is such that the cylinder pairs will never mix. As soon as the gases reach your turbo, it starts to rotate the tiny scroll so as to make the turbine spin. The entire body of turbo works as a single and the scrolls themselves act as a turbo unit by themselves and together form a same sized single turbo.

The benefits of twin scroll roller

Twin scroll technology gives a lot of advantages compared to a traditional holset hx35.

  • Slightly offset with two paths and alternative delivery in order that the turbo remains spooled up during the gear changes and improved engine response.
  • Gradually increasing pressure spins the turbo chargers faster and also adds to the resultant power and boost.
  • A large quantity of fuel or fresh air can enter the cylinders with each stroke that increases the power.
  • Reduction in turbo lag as the turbo functions as small turbos and a large turbo simultaneously.

The twin roller turbo charging is far more complex and expensive but the advantages that it gives will make the car run in a better wa

Common Foot Problems and Their Solutions

Common Foot Problems and Their Solutions


The major cause behind foot pains is that you don’t wear the shoe size that fits you. So you should always choose a foot size which fits you and supports your whole feet. Nevertheless, there can be many other cause for foot pains causing the need for insoles and inserts. Different causes lead to different foot problems. So this article will list some of the top foot problems and their solutions.

Common Foot Problems:

Some common foot problems along with their solutions have been mentioned below:

  1. Blisters:

If your shoe fits you, then you don’t have blisters. These are soft packets of skin with clear fluids and can make walking a tedious task. You should never pop a blister. Just clean the area and use a sterilized sewing needle to pop the lower side of the blister. Get the fluid out, put an antibiotic and cover it with a bandage. You need to follow these instructions if you get a blister.

  1. Plantar Fasciitis:

It is an inflammation of the tissues on the bottom of the feet which connects the heel to the toes. It is usually detected by a pain in the heel usually when you get up in the morning. This health condition is a common problem and the genetics doesn’t play much role in it. This condition can worsen if you wear flip flop shoes.

Most of the cases of plantar fasciitis improve by simply wearing the proper shoes – like the best work boots for plantar fasciitis – and doing stretches. You can do a simple stretch to soothe this condition. Just press your hands against a wall. Now move your elbows towards the wall in a way that your whole body moves forward. Move forward enough to get a maximum stretch in the calves. Repeat it two to three times.

  1. Neuroma:

This is quite a severe foot condition which is an inflammation of the nerve tissue in the ball of foot. When you have this health condition, you will always feel a pebble in your shoes. Mostly wearing tight shoes can put pressure in the ball of feet.

You can’t do anything on yourself to relieve this health condition because the condition is caused by never damage. You can only get a surgery which removes the irritated nerve tissue. It will take you about 3 to 6 months to fully recover.

  1. Bunions:

Bunions is caused when your joints in the foot don’t join together because of inflammation and swelling. This condition is mostly genetic. If bunions aren’t severe, then simply changing your shoes to something which supports the bunions can help. Some other treatments are physical therapy and wearing orthotic devices. A doctor can also give anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the pain. A surgery may be needed in severe cases.

  1. Ingrown Toe Nails:

Ingrown toe nails occur when a nail breaks the skin; it is usually caused when you don’t cut the nails properly. It is a problem for people with larger toes. A doctor can easily remove the part of the nail which is cutting the skin, and make sure to wear the best work boots for flat feet if you suffer from that ailment as well. These overgrown nails can also be avoided to cut the whole toe nail with the level of the top of toe. It will take up to two weeks for the area to heal.

Most people suffer from one of these foot problems. So if you suffer from any of these foot problems, try out the amazing solution.

FAQs About Air Purifiers

FAQs About Air Purifiers


Do you know that majority of Americans spend 90% of their time indoors? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the indoor air is about three times more polluted than the outside air. So you should use air purifier to purify your indoor air. People have tons of questions about air purifiers. Some of the top questions have been discussed in this article. So let’s get to it.

Top Air Purifier FAQs:

Some frequently asked questions about the best air purifiers for smoke have been mentioned below:

Q1. What is an air purifier?

An air purifier is an appliance which removes dust and other harmful particles from the air and improves the indoor quality. Their common application is in homes and offices and are beneficial for people suffering from allergies and other diseases.

Q2. Why should I consider using an air purifier?

An air purifier improves the overall indoor quality and consequently improves your health. People think that only outdoor air is polluted but research has proven that indoor air is even more polluted.

Indoor air is the major environmental concern in our county. Many pollutants lead to severe allergy and respiratory problems. An air purifier purifies the indoor air and helps a person get rid of allergies and other problems. Infants and children are more prone to allergic and respiratory problems because they spend most of their time indoors. This is all the more reason that you should use an air purifier like the Blueair 203.

Q3. How much space is covered by an air purifier?

Air purifiers have the ability to fit in a variety of spaces, both large and small. You should look at the square footage of the room it will be fitted in. After that, consider your CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) and ACH (Automated Clearing House) needs. Most manufacturers give the best suggested size to get best results from the air purifier model.

Q4. Where should I place my air purifier?

Most air purifiers are designed in such a way that they clean single rooms, so it’s best to place the air purifier where you spend most of your time. Most people spend their time in bed room while others spend majority of their time in the living room. Children spend most of their time in the playing area. In such a situation, you should buy an air purifier with caster wheel which helps it to move from one place to another.

If you smoke, you may want to read more about air purifier placement:


Q5. What speed should I run the air purifier on?

The speed used in air purifier is usually related to the room size that you have placed the air purifier in. If you get a unit coverage up to 750 feet, it means that you need to have 750 square feet of coverage at the highest speed. Using it on a lower speed will take longer time to clean the room.

Q6. How much maintenance is required for air purifiers?

The maintenance varies from air purifier to air purifier. Most air purifier contain about four filters. For maximum results, the filters of air purifier should be changed every six to eight months. Some models also have permanent filters which don’t need changing. Some other models contain filter indicator lights for the maintenance of the life of your air purifier. You should read the product description of a particular air purifier carefully to see whether it has a filter indicator light.

By now, many doubts in your mind about air purifiers would have been clarified. So you should go to the market and buy an air purifier and lead a healthy life style.

Three Treatment to Help Cure Cystic Acne

Three Treatment to Help Cure Cystic Acne


Have you ever wondered why some people are prone to acne while others aren’t? The infection usually seems to be random, but actually, it’s not. In most cases, cystic acne is hereditary and has been passed down from one generation to the next. It is usually related to hormone changes, especially with the male teenagers and women in their childbearing years. These people are considered to be the most at-risk group when it comes to cystic acne; they’re most likely to acquire the most severe form.

What Is Cystic Acne?

Cystic acne is a far more complicated than any other class of acne. It is an abscess which has accumulated deep under the skin and is unable to discharge at the surface. It is painful and embarrasing and can take years for it to totally clear up. What causes cystic acne?

Despite its long-lasting effects, you can get rid of the cystic acne using some excellent preventive measures. If you are prone to cystic acne, you need to adapt a holistic approach to taking good care of your skin.

It is important that you practice a regular skin cleaning routine, feed on a healthy diet full of vegetables and fruits, and ensure you get enough sleep. Always exercise to stay fit and avoid stress – there is no sense in treating the external blemishes without taking proper care of your body.

Home Remedies for Cystic Acne

Listed below are a few ideas that will help you find a treatment for cystic acne in case preventative measures aren’t enough:

Have you ever looked into your kitchen pantry for cystic acne relief? You’d probably be surprised at what your food can do for you. There are certain remedies which are simple and efficient and can do wonders. Why not mix cinnamon and honey and use it as a face mask? You can also use crushed oatmeal mixed with water as another mask. Garlic paste or oil is another option, though be warned that it’s smelly. Aloe Vera is also as good for cystic acne as it is for sunburns.

Look inside your medicine cabinet. Use anti-fungal cream, hemorrhoid cream,  crushed aspirin mixed with a few drops of water, or toothpaste. All these solutions are made up of anti-inflammatory, vascular restriction or anti-bacterial ingredients. As such, they usually work well to reduce redness of the cysts, including the pain and swelling.

Over the counter acne medication can also be of help up to a certain degree. There is an endless assortment of lotions, topical creams, ointments and wipes in varying strengths and sizes. Try one that has been specially designed for cystic acne, as standard acne treatments may not be powerful enough.

Putting It All Together

No matter how hard you try, you can’t prevent all cystic acne outbreaks. While dermatologists usually have an extensive arsenal for attacking your cystic acne at its roots, not everyone can afford – or wants to – go to see a specialists. If that’s the case for you, take a look in your cabinets: there are likely some effective home remedies you can try.

8 Human Foods Which Are Harmful For Your Cat

8 Human Foods Which Are Harmful For Your Cat


Cats are a part of the family. So it’s a person nature to share food with them. But have you ever wondered that this food can be doing more harm than good. Well, if you haven’t, then this article should be an eye opener for you. There are some foods which can be harmful to the cat to an extent that they can kill him. So here are the top foods which you shouldn’t feed to your cats and which may help answer the question – why do cats spray:


Giving a bit of tuna to your cat is fine. As a matter of fact, it’s a healthier transition from other foods. But it is possible that the cat becomes addicted to it and eats too much of it which can be dangerous. Tuna doesn’t give the nutrients a cat requires; it can also cause mercury poisoning.

Onions and Garlic:

Onion in all forms, whether in raw, cooked, powdered or dehydrated, can break the blood cells in a cat and cause anemia. Even the onion powder found in baby foods can have the same effect. It doesn’t hurt to eat a small quantity of onion but consuming it in large quantities can cause onion poisoning. Onions and garlic can also cause stomach upsets in cats and will leave you wondering how to clean cat urine.


Anything containing alcohol, whether it is beer, wine, or food, is harmful for your cat. The reason is that alcohol has the same effect on the cat’s body and mind as humans. Even a low quantity of alcohol can do its damage. Just two teaspoon of alcohol can make a 5 pound cat under coma and one more teaspoon can probably kill him.

Raw eggs:

Experts are of the view that the consumption of raw eggs can cause salmonella (food poisoning caused by infection with salmonella bacterium) in cats. The common symptoms of the disease are vomiting and diarrhea. Salmonella can also be transmitted to humans. So you should avoid giving raw eggs to your cat.


Chocolate can be a treat for you but it isn’t so for the cats. So if a cat tries to win you over and wants a chocolate, don’t give it to him. Thebromine is an alkaloid present in chocolate which can be fatal to the cats. Even white chocolate is dangerous for the cats. Dark chocolate and baking chocolates are the most dangerous which can cause seizures, tremors and even death.


Raisins are quite a healthy snack for people but they can be quite harmful for the cats. Just a handful of raisins can cause kidney problems in cats. So avoid giving raisins and grapes to the cat, and take the cat to a vet right away if he accidentally eats them, otherwise you’ll be wondering how to get cat pee out of carpet.


You should never share your coffee with your cat. If you are used to share everything with your cat, drink a decaffeinated coffee. The drinks and coffees which contain caffeine in them are particularly dangerous for the cats. The reason is that caffeine can cause dehydration in cats and just like chocolate, it contains thebromine in it which is dangerous for the cats.


The aloe plant is quite harmful for the cats. Some major symptoms of consuming aloe in cats include vomiting, depression, tremors, anorexia and diarrhea.

Sometimes, you have to keep your loved one away from something for their own good. So you shouldn’t give these human foods to the cats if you don’t want to lose a loved member of your family.

For my info, check out Why Is My Cat Peeing Everywhere

Tips For Buying Coupons Online

Tips For Buying Coupons Online


Do you know that you can actually buy coupons online? Is it worth doing?

Having a coupon at hand could mean significant savings, especially when you buy big ticket items. But sometimes, we may not have a coupon available for a particular expensive purchase or an item we use frequently. In this case, should we purchase coupons we need online?

Many “couponers” are successful with buying coupons online, especially when shopping for the best air purifier for allergies. Others can’t imagine spending money on coupons when they are trying to save money. In certain jurisdictions, it might be illegal to actually buy coupons online. But by making coupon purchases, you are really paying for someone to cut the coupons which they send to you. Either way, you need to take precautions when purchasing coupons and related services online. Here are a few things to be aware of when ordering coupons off the web:

Tips for Buying Coupons Online

  1. Only buy coupons from a reliable source. Avoid fly-by-night deals from people who might be trying to obtain your personal information to misuse it. If you’re not careful, you might never receive your coupons or you may wind up getting expired coupons. Read the fine print and verify any offers before you respond, especially if you need the best air purifier for pets.
  2. Find out the coupons’ expiration dates and figure out if they will expire by the time you receive them. If a coupon expires in five days and gets sent via regular mail, it might not make it to your doorstep in enough time for you to be able to use it. Paying additional shipping charges may not be practical, based on the value of the coupon.
  3. Make sure the coupon is not designated for a specific user. You might be required to present identification to cash in the coupon. You’re out of luck if the coupon is for John Jones and your name is Mary Smith.

What is my personal opinion about buying coupons online? I don’t do it. Frankly, I’m cheap and don’t want to pay to have to get discounts if possible. I would rather comb free coupon sites (check out this list of best coupon sites and this article on deal sites), peruse newspapers and magazines and sign up for manufacturers’ and retailers’ product updates. In fact, for free deals, you can simply turn your attention to this site’s promotional codes listings. Do you need the best air purifier for asthma? Don’t miss this one!

I think it is risky to buy coupons online since you might end up wasting money. I would rather exchange coupons and find coupon trading opportunities because there’s less risk of losing anything this way. Coupon trading gives you an opportunity to find customized coupons without spending money.

On the other hand, I have several friends who have saved significantly thanks to an online coupon purchase. I would consider buying a coupon from a reliable source if it meant big savings on a big ticket item.

I’ll discuss where you can purchase coupons online on a follow up post!

Live Blog The 84th Academy Awards

Live Blog The 84th Academy Awards


Welcome to our live blog of the 2012 Academy Awards!

7:30pm – And the 84th Academy Awards begins…

7:31 pm – Billy Crystal’s opening video is pretty funny. As much as I hate George Clooney, that was hilarious seeing him kiss Billy Crystal while riding a two wheel scooter.

7:32pm – F***in’ stupid Bieber…

7:34 pm – Billy Crystal in The Help!

7:37 pm – James Earl Jones! See, told you he was awesome.

7:41 pm – You know how you always hear complaints about how awards shows always go on for too long, this is probably why. Billy Crystal can take 5+ minutes singing and dancing, but I guarantee you when the winners go up to give their speech, the “Wrap It Up” music will start playing after about two minutes.

7:42 pm – Dude. Tom Hanks, always great.

7:44 pm – First Oscar of the night, Hugo‘s Robert Richardson (sporting some long ass hippie hair!) for Best Cinematography.

7:45 pm – Hugo again for Best Art Direction.

7:48 pm – Did anybody see Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as “The Dictator” drop Kim Jong Il’s “ashes” on Ryan Seacrest? Pretty damn funny stuff, the look on Seacrest’s face was priceless. I’ll try to post up the video in a little bit.

7:53 pm – Pretty cool montage of movie clips…of course, they’d include a Billy Crystal film.

7:54 pm – Ugh, Jennifer Lopez. Go away and put on your sleep mask

7:56 pm – Sweet! First win for The Artist for Best Costume Design, here’s hoping for more awards.

7:58 pm – The Iron Lady wins for Best Make Up.

8:01 pm – How awesome would it be if an actor came out during one of these “Special Movie Moments” and says their favorite movie recollection was something obscure like the reveal of the killer in Sleepaway Camp or something like bed devouring scene in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be a horror film, anything from Team America: World Police would work just as well.

8:06 pm – I love you Sandra Bullock!

8:08 pm – A Separation wins for Best Foreign Film. It’s too bad The Skin I Live In  wasn’t nominated though.

8:09 pm – Christian Bale is presenting Best Supporting actress. Berenice Bejo is very pretty. Melissa McCarthy was hilarious in Bridesmaids, but I’m rooting for Octavia Spencer.

8:12 pm – Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer! Congratulations!

8:14 pm – So, I’m thinking about my Octavia Spencer post and how she went from being in a Rob Zombie movie and getting brutally butchered by Michael Myers to winning an Academy Award. Pretty freakin’ cool.

8:19 pm – I’ve picked out three American Pie alums in this The Wizard of Oz focus group video. Hey, there’s Catherine O’Hara.

8:24 pm – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wins for Best Editing, very left field win.

8:25 pm – That’s going to be me when I when an award, flustered up onstage.

8:26 pm – Hugo wins Best Sound Editing.

8:27 pm – If they ever make a Martin Scorsese bio pic, I nominate Eugene Levy for the role, they look surprisingly alike.

8:28 pm – Hugo wins Best Sound Mixing, Hugo’s cleaning up isn’t it? His stuff definitely sounds better than the best white noise machine that I’ve owned.

8:34 pm – Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy!

8:37 pm – This Cirque de Soleil performance is pretty damn cool. I’m loving the scenes playing in the background. Don’t cut to George Clooney and his pretty girlfriend damn it, I want to see the performers!

8:41 pm – This Robert Downey Jr and Gwyneth Paltrow presentation is hilarious.

8:42 pm – Undefeated wins Best Documentary Feature.

8:44 pm – Bam! They said a bad word and seconds later, the ‘Wrap It Up” music starts playing…coincidence?

8:45 pm – Chris Rock! Ha!

8:46 pm – Come on Rango!

8:47 pm – Rango wins for Best Animated Feature! F*** yeah! Great movie.

8:50 pm – Hey Pixar, you probably should have released Brave last year, maybe you could have kept your Oscar streak going, but nooooo… you just had to release Cars 2 didn’t you?

8:52 pm – Funny bit with Billy Crystal and Melissa McCarthy, haha. I love Emma Stone, she’s so cute and adorable. This bit she’s doing with Ben Stiller is funny too.

8:54 pm – Nice dig at Stiller there Ms. Emma Stone, nice. Haha.

8:55 pm – Rooting for Rise of the Planet of the Apes…

8:56 pm – Hugo wins for Best Visual Effects, Rise of the Planet of the Apes was robbed! Robbed I tells ya!

9:00 pm – Max von Sydow or Christopher Plummer…

9:01 pm – Christopher Plummer wins Best Supporting Actor setting a record for oldest Oscar winner. Congrats!

9:04 pm – The “In Memoriam” segment is about to come up, I see they’ve included Whitney Houston.

9:08 pm – Morgan Freeman!

9:11 pm – Billy Crystal is a great host, I can see why this is his ninth time doing this. So much better than Ricky Gervais, I only bring this up because I really dislike Gervais – has has nothing to add about the best flat iron for natural hair.

9:12 pm – I really dislike Owen Wilson too.

9:14 pm – The Artist wins Best Original Score! The composer won the Golden Globe last month for the same category.

9:16 pm – Nice reference to how unpronounceable Zack Gilafinakimasous last name is…

9:18 pm – The Muppets wins Best Original Song!

9:25 pm – Is anybody as tired of Angelina Jolie as I am?

9:26 pm – The Descendents wins for Best Adapted Screenplay, Dean Pelton strikes a pose.

9:30 pm – Midnight in Paris wins for Best Original Screenplay, Woody Allen doesn’t show up, probably porking his step daughter. Too soon?

9:33 pm – Here’s that video of Sacha Baron Cohen and Ryan Seacrest I mentioned earlier…

9:38 pm – The ladies from Bridesmaids are onstage, Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph are making sexual innuendos. Kristin Wiig is very pretty.

9:40 pm – The Shore wins Best Live Action Short Film.

9:41 pm – Awesome! Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy continue the Scorsese drinking game from the SAG Awards. Rose Byrne is very pretty.

9:42 pm – Saving Face wins for Best Documentary Short Subject.

9:44 pm – Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey are now talking. Ellie Kemper is very pretty.

9:46 pm – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore wins Best Animated Short.

9:51 pm – Michael Douglas on stage presenting Best Director. I’ve got my finger’s crossed for The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius…

9:53 pm – Michel Hazanavicius won! Sweet!

9:55 pm – Meryl Streep is presenting The Governor’s Award, her track record of 17 nominations is referenced.

9:57 pm – Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones (see awesomeness!), and Dick Smith are all receiving honorary awards. Congrats.

10:03 pm – In Memoriam…Jane Russell, Annie Girardot, John Calley, Polly Platt, Ken Russell, Donald Peterman, Farley Granger, Whitney Houston, Bingham Ray, Tak Miyagishima, Bert Schneider, Michael Cacoyannis, David Z.Goodman, James Rodnunsky, Peter E. Berger, Jack J. Hayes, Peter Falk, Cliff Robertson, Laura Ziskin, Sidney Lumet, Sue Mengers, Steve Jobs, George Kuchar, Hal Kanter, Theadora Van Runkle, Tim Hetherington, Gene Cantamessa, Gary Winick, Bill Varney, Jackie Cooper, Gilbert Cates, Richard Leacock, James M. Roberts, Marion Doughtery, Norman Corwin, Paul John Haggar, Joseph Farrell, Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Taylor…to the tune of “What A Wonderful World”.

10:11 pm – I like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, good actor.

10:12 pm – Patton Oswalt, funny guy.

10:13 pm – Billy Crystal, his first line after the video clip of actors talking about acting, “I’ve never felt that way” was just good comedic timing.

10:14 pm – Best Actor is being presented by the lovely Natalie Portman.

10:16 pm – Jean Dujardin for The Artist, fingers crossed…

10:17 pm – Gary Oldman, fantastic actor. Really could appreciate some respectable reviews about him.

10:18 pm – Jean Dujardin won for Best Actor! Congrats!

10:21 pm – Two more awards left: Best Actress and Best Picture. I’m rooting for Viola Davis for The Help for Best Actress and The Artist for Best Film.

10:24 pm – Colin Firth is presenting Best Actress.

10:25 pm – Glenn Close makes an UGLY man. Viola Davis, fingers crossed.

10:26 pm – Rooney Mara is odd looking, her sister Kate however, very pretty (yes, I find lots of actresses to be “very pretty”)

10:27 pm – Meryl Streep may be Viola’s biggest competition, if she does win, lets hope she doesn’t spit on anybody like she spit on Lisa Simpson (like that reference Chesscat?)

10:28 pm – Michelle Williams is very….cute. Ah, see what I did there?

10:29 pm – Meryl Streep wins Best Actress, congrats!

10:32 pm – What??? Tom Cruise is presenting Best Film? Blech.

10:33 pm – Come on The Artist! I would be just as thrilled if The Help wins.

10:35 pm – And the award for Best Film goes to…

10:36 pm – The Artist! Well deserved, fantastic film. Congratulations!

10:38 pm – And the 84th Academy Awards comes to an end.

10:39 pm – I’m gonna watch The Walking Dead…

Can You Redeem Coupons For Their Cash Value?

Can You Redeem Coupons For Their Cash Value?


Have you ever noticed a cash value printed on coupons? The coupon might state that it has a value of 1/100th or 1/10th of a cent. Can you actually redeem a bunch of coupons for their cash value? The short answer is yes. But should you bother? Redeeming a coupon should depend on its value upon redemption versus the cost to do so.

If you use a paper coupon, such as a clipping from a newspaper, you will notice the fine print on the coupon designating its cash value. Most coupons are worth 1/20th of a cent. This means that you need 20 ORIGINAL (not copied) coupons to get 1 penny. It doesn’t take a math whiz to realize that you’ll need a whole ton of coupons to make any kind of money on their face value. If you stuffed a Swedish backpack full of coupons, it still wouldn’t be more than a few dollars’ worth. In general, using coupons makes much more sense.

Usually, printed coupons do not have a cash value unless they are an authorized replica of a coupon appearing in a periodical or unless they’re distributed by the manufacturer or retailer. Online coupons cannot be exchanged for cash because they are simply an electronic promotional code.

Preprinted coupons have a cash value for legal reasons dating back to trading stamp problems in the 1930s. The United States passed a law that a cash value must be included on coupons and trading stamps in order to protect consumers. Many states still have such laws on the books, so most manufacturers continue to put a cash value on coupons distributed throughout the country.

The cost of the cash value printed on the face of coupons is built into the price you pay for goods and services. But you can make up for that cost by using a coupon for your purchase. If you save a dollar off an item by using a coupon that has a cash value of 1/10th of a cent, then it’s obvious that you save more by using the coupon rather than by exchanging the coupon for cash or even a Kanken backpack.

The Cost of Redeeming Coupons For Their Cash Value

When you consider the cost of collecting and redeeming coupons for cash, doing all this doesn’t seem worth the trouble. Typically, your mailing costs to claim the cash value for a coupon are much more than the monetary amount you’ll actually receive for the coupon. Also, it would take endless hours and resources to collect that many coupons.

Still, large organizations sometimes benefit from coupon collection drives. People turn in coupons that they don’t need to an organization, just as they would donate an HX35 turbo, so that the organization can redeem them for the face cash value. Free coupon collecting labor and low bulk mail rates might make it worthwhile for certain large groups to trade in a good number of coupons for money.

Later on, we’ll discuss how you can make a coupon worth more than its face value.

Mountain Biking the Colorado Trail – Great Compilation Video

Mountain Biking the Colorado Trail – Great Compilation Video

For all of you mountain biking fans out there, here is a pretty cool video that I just found on YouTube of a guy biking the Colorado Trail. No – he may not have finished the entire trail (apparently he ran into an issue with a flat tire and no working pump towards the end), but I’m still pretty impressed by his effort. If you have a few minutes – and yes, the entire compilation of his trip is about 25 minutes long – you should sit back, hit play, and enjoy the ride.

Apart from the Colorado Trail, what other long-distance rides have you done? Feel free to share some of your favorite trails or most memorable experiences in the comments below.


4 Ways to Stay in Shape this Summer Season

4 Ways to Stay in Shape this Summer Season


Now that summer is on its way, many people are beginning to think about all of the outdoor activities that they enjoy to do while the weather outside is pleasant. From hiking and biking to watersports, the warmer months bring plenty of great recreational opportunities. But for some people, getting back into summer-ready shape after a long winter can be easier said than done.

If you need just a little bit more motivation to get yourself in shape for your favorite summer activities, here are some great ways that you can get yourself – and stay – in shape all throughout the coming months.

Eat Appropriately

The first step – and without a doubt the most important one – when you’re trying to get back into shape is to clean up your diet. If you’re spending every day grabbing fast food and eating unhealthy processed dinners, you’re going to have a hard time shedding fat, improving flexibility, and increasing energy. Instead of unhealthy quick meals, consider low-fat options like grilled chicken, vegetables, and beans. You may also want to invest in a food steamer to get the full nutritional value from your new found eating habits.

Stay Active

Even the best diet in the world isn’t going to do much for you if you aren’t getting the proper amount of exercise. When you’re trying to get yourself back into shape, you need to stay active. Whether that means waking up a little early each morning to go for a quick jog or taking the stairs at work instead of the elevation, it’s the little things that add up to a huge improvement in your physical fitness.

Take Breaks

Do you sit in one place for most of the day? For many people, their jobs make it difficult for them to stay active and healthy, especially when the majority of their time is spent behind a desk. If this sounds familiar to you, think about breaking your day up by taking short breaks – even if just for a few minutes – every couple of hours. This will help keep your muscles active, and help to promote a healthy, regular metabolism. If you happen to live in a house with a smoker, you may also want to spend a little money on the best air purifier for smoke that you can afford – after all, nothing will harm your fitness faster than breathing in second-hand smoke.

Take 10 Minutes a Day

Getting into shape for the summer season doesn’t need to consume your entire life. In fact, you should be able to begin to see a big improvement in how you look and feel with just ten minutes a day. Of course the more time you can allocated to your fitness the better, but just a few minutes here and there will begin to add up in no time. It doesn’t matter whether you spend it lifting weights, taking a jog, or simply getting up to stretch your muscles, ten minutes a day is a good starting point for anyone looking to get in better shape.

Getting your body in better shape doesn’t need to be difficult, but too often people feel like it has to be. In fact, the complete opposite is usually true – it’s probably much easier to get yourself ready for the summer than you think. It just takes willpower, the right knowledge, and a dedication to taking a small part of your day to improve your health, well-being, and physical fitness.

Choosing the Best Sport for Your Child to Play

Choosing the Best Sport for Your Child to Play


As a parent, you should be encouraging your child to participate in activities that will benefit them throughout their entire lives. And no matter how you look at it, participating in sports is a great way for kids to get outdoors, stay active, and develop a habit of leading a healthy lifestyle early on.

The problem is – for many parents – that there’s simply too many different sports too choose from. Which one is right for your child? In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the most popular sports for children and why and why not they might be the best choice in your situation.


More often than not, if you ask someone to name a sport that children play, baseball – or softball or tee-ball – will be the first one that comes to mind. A few of the strongest points in favor of baseball is the fact that there are literally leagues everywhere. Even if you live in a small town you’ll be able to find somewhere for your kid to play, while larger cities will have multiple different leagues and associations. Plus, it’s easy to find the best youth baseball gloves online with minimal effort.


Another popular choice among young to middle aged children, football is a great outdoor activity which encourages a high level of physical fitness. Not quite as popular as baseball, football for kids is still found widespread all across the country. To some parents, however, the physical contact element of football – maybe not at the small child age but later – is a big deterrent away from the sport.


Perhaps the second most popular sport in America, trailing behind only baseball, soccer is universally accepted as a great sport for children to play. It’s an active sport which involves a lot of running and puts a major emphasis on teamwork – a great skill for kids of all ages to learn. Plus, soccer leagues are everywhere, especially when it comes to children in the elementary school age bracket. If you’re in the central Florida area, you may even want to consider hiring a Daytona Beach photographer to capture your child in action.


Fourth on our list but still a popular children’s sport, hockey can be found in all shapes and sizes. From field and street to indoor ice, hockey is a great choice for developing hand eye coordination and balance. Similar to football, it can be a little rough, so some parents prefer to stick with one of the slightly more tame activities. Also, some areas may not have a hockey league for children, although if you live near an indoor ice skating rink they likely have some sort of offering.


While not a team sport like the other four we’ve talked about, gymnastics still provides a tremendous opportunity for improving physical fitness and mobility. Perfect for kids who enjoy an individual-focused activities, gymnastics – or tumbling – can be a great stepping stone into healthy lifestyle practices. Best of all, gymnastics classes are easy to find just about everywhere and are often scheduled much more conveniently for working parents.

No matter what type of sport you choose for your child, the most important thing is that they’re happy with the decision. If they don’t enjoy what they’re doing, they’re not going to be getting the benefits out of their sport that you’d want them to.

Getting Started Hiking: Planning Your First Hike

Getting Started Hiking: Planning Your First Hike


It shouldn’t be any surprise that hiking is one of the most popular outdoor recreation activities out there. After all, who wouldn’t want to be able to get out and spend a little bit of time getting closer with nature? Hiking – whether it’s only for a few hours or perhaps for a few days – is a great way to relieve stress, improve your health, and get closer to the outdoors.

For those who may not be regular hikers – who are looking to get started enjoying this incredible pastime, but don’t know where to begin – we’ve put together a helpful little guide that will outline some of the most important things you need to know to get ready to begin hiking.

Know Where You’re Going

The first thing that you should do when the urge to hike strikes is to figure out where you’re going to be hiking. Are you looking for a quick afternoon stroll, or do you need to find a long-distance trail for a multi-day trek? By searching the internet for public hiking paths in your area, you can get a good idea of what options there are and which ones fit into your customized hiking plans.

Once you’ve chosen a spot, look closely for posted trail maps or any other online resources that will make it easier for you to navigate your way out in the field.

Pack the Right Items

Packing the right items is going to mean looking closely at the type of hike you’re taking and then being sure that you’re only taking things with you that are necessary and that won’t weight down your bag. For example, if you’re only going for an overnight hike, you probably don’t need a full field kitchen – you could probably get by with a single Kanken backpack. Conversely, if you’re going for a longing hike that involves different weather and terrain, make sure the items you’re bringing with you are versatile enough to be effective everywhere. No matter what, I wouldn’t worry about bringing a flat iron for natural hair, no matter how long you’ll be out there. The added weight simply isn’t worth it.

Wear Proper Clothing

Even if you’re just going out for the afternoon, make sure that your clothing is appropriate for the situation you’re in. Most often, the best hiking outfits are lightweight yet fully covering. This allows them to block the sun and annoying insects while still keeping you cool and refreshed. Hiking in jeans may sound attractive because of the protection they provide, but the weight and heat is only bearable in colder climates and times of the year.

Bring a Friend

Unless you’re an experienced hiker – and even then it isn’t the best idea – you should always go hiking with a partner. While hiking is typically safe, there are a number of unknowns that you can face out in nature – everything from sudden bad weather to dangerous animals to random accidents – that you should also have someone with you in case there is a problem. Find a friend who enjoys hiking, or think about joining a nearby group in your area which promotes outdoor activities, such as a local chapter of the Sierra Club.

At the end of the day, hiking should just be able having fun. It’s a great way to escape from the confines of everyday life and spend some time how we were meant to – out in the beautiful outdoors. Hiking shouldn’t be difficult, but it does require you to be prepared and ready for the unexpected adventure.