Friday, October 2, 2015

Starting A Website

Have you been thinking about starting a website for a long time? Perhaps you want to have a site just for your own leisure purposes. Do you want to start your own online business to supplement the income you earn from your full-time job? You may also want to eventually quit your job and work online as your full-time profession. It does not matter which of these scenarios accurately describes you, the first step to accomplishing your goal is to decide what your site will be about. This is a tough decision. Here are some ideas for websites that you might want to consider.

1. Sports

Sports are extremely popular in every part of the world. Of course, certain sports are more popular than others in various regions. Therefore, if your site will be getting most of its traffic from a specific country, you need to be sure the sports you are discussing are relevant to your core audience. Fantasy sports leagues are also extremely popular now. This is a type of sports gambling where people choose their teams from actual players and win cash prizes based on how well their players perform. Since so many people are interested in fantasy sports, providing information about it will definitely give you additional visitors to your site that you would not have otherwise had. 

2. Urban news

Catering to a specific niche that not many sites are catering to will help your site grow very quickly. The key is to select a very popular topic that does not have much of an Internet presence. Urban entertainment news is a great example of one of these topics. Covering this type of news has enabled Lee Bailey's Electronic Urban Report to grow at a steady rate. You can explore it by visiting 

3. A blog

A blog will allow you to write about topics that you really care about. You can also choose to make your blog about a specific topic that many people are interested in. Video games and the gaming lifestyle are popular enough to support a daily blog because there are so many things to write about. Just make sure your blog topic is something that you are very knowledgeable about. If you are just posting fluff that does not require any knowledge of the topic, your readers are certain to notice. You can also hire people to write guest blog posts.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Heading To National Quartet Convention Next Week!

Hey everybody, quick update here! I am so excited to be heading out this Saturday to visit one of my favorite places in the country - Pigeon Forge, TN - and attending my all-time favorite event, the National Quartet Convention! Our schedule there is pretty hectic throughout the week, but I'll be sharing updates, pictures and video as I get the chance, and also sharing some reviews the following couple weeks after we get home. Pigeon Forge is home to some of the best restaurants (can't beat southern cooking!) and wonderful family attractions, so keep watching for updates over the next few weeks!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Being Amazed At Horses

Being Amazed at Horses
A horse may simply be a common animal to some, but the truth is that a horse represents a sense of freedom, empowerment and even joy. Adults and children can get excited as they see a horse running in a field or standing proudly in a stable. People love horses, and there are many who like to see horses in person.

Fair Time
A county fair is a popular event to attend in numerous communities. There are homemade items to see, food to purchase, politicians to listen to or ignore and the list goes on. Children and adults love to go to the stables and barns to see the animals. The horses that are there may be the first time a child sees a horse in person. Although children may not know whether a horse is an American Quarter Horse or another breed, the fact remains that they are interested in the horse itself. They may see a child close to their own age who owns a horse they are viewing. A child may touch a soft nose or stroke a mane if given permission. A small gesture can make a wonderful memory that will last for a lifetime with a child.

Race Time
Whether people watch a horse race in person or on television, people like to see horses in action. Many do not realize the time and effort it takes for a horse and rider to get ready for a race. A rider has to compliment a horse, and there is specific training that must take place in order for a successful race to occur. In addition to this, the care of a horse must not be overlooked. There is equine veterinary care that is necessary in order for horses to perform well. As a horse is cared and looked after, a horse can achieve success on a racetrack. Furthermore, a horse can provide onlookers with inspiration as they cheer a specific one on to victory. Although the race is brief, watching horses race is an experience that is not easily forgotten. 

Whether a horse is at a county fair or racing competitors, people love to see horses. Movies, books and other material on the Internet are available for people to learn more and experience fantastic horses. After all, a horse is not a thing. A horse is a majestic animal that many appreciate. 

Caring For Your AC: Why Scheduling Maintenance Is Important

Caring for your A/C: Why Scheduling Air Conditioning Maintenance is Important

When thinking about home maintenance, most consumers overlook their air conditioners, which can lead to serious and expensive problems. After all, who actual thinks about scheduling a regular checkup for their air conditioning system? The truth is, an air conditioner that is not properly maintained will experience a slew of problems that could have been prevented with proper care. Scheduling annual maintenance with air conditioning contractors Clearwater FL will provide you and your A/C with various benefits.

Increase Energy Efficiency
Dust, dander and debris build up, old parts that need replacing and not enough lubrication can all reduce the air conditioner’s energy efficiency. And an A/C that isn’t running at its full efficiency level will increase your energy costs. Regular checkups will help ensure the A/C unit is running at maximum efficiency and lower your energy bills.

Prolong Lifespan
Regular prevent maintenance helps to prolong the lifespan of the air conditioning system. The typical lifespan of an air conditioning unit is up to 15 years. When the unit is properly maintained, you increase the chance of the A/C meeting and often exceeding the lifespan expectation. 

Air Quality
Your indoor air quality is extremely important, and a poorly maintained A/C will reduce the quality of the air, which negatively impacts your family’s health and wellbeing. Allergens, such as mold, can build up inside the unit and dirty filter do nothing but reintroduce the microscopic contaminates back into your home. During the checkup, drip trays, air filter, dirt and condensation are all checked and cleaned by a qualified HVAC technician.

Reduction in Potential Problems
With regular preventive maintenance, the technician is typically able to catch and correct small issues before a major and more expensive problem occurs. While this may not seem like a big deal at the moment, you will regret not taking preventive measures when you’re faced with hundreds of dollars in repair bills. 

Sleep More Soundly at Night
When your air conditioning system is functioning properly, you can rest easy knowing that the unit is functioning safely. A malfunctioning A/C could lead to dangerous safety issues in your home. When you have your air conditioner serviced regularly by a trusted professional, they will be able to take care of any safety issues before they result in a major and potentially dangerous hazard.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Freedom Mentor Review

Have you ever considered being a real estate investor? To be honest, even though I have a friend who has done some real estate investing, it's never really crossed my mind as something I could do. But, when I was given the opportunity to read and review How To Be A Real Estate Investor by Phil Pustejovsky, I thought it would be interesting, and some good information.

You may be thinking, "How could I ever get involved in something like real estate investing? I'd never be able to do that!" If that's your thought, or if you're interested in finding out how to get started, or maybe even WHY you'd want to get started in real estate investing, this is a book you'll want to read. 

I found this book to be a rather interesting read. The author starts out by discussing why be a real estate investor, and then a chapter on how to think like an investor. This chapter is a great inclusion, because knowing how to do something doesn't always mean you'll excel at it. As the author states, "Having all the knowledge on how to invest will be worthless unless you have your head on straight." As a martial artist, the mental aspect of something is always a focal point for me. I like that you're not just given instructions on how to get started investing, but it delves deeper into the mindset needed. At the end of this chapter is also a link to an investor IQ exam, so you can gauge how well you think like an investor!

Overall, the author seems to cover (at least briefly) most aspects of real estate investing, at least enough to get someone started. He points out pitfalls and things to avoid, what to look for in a property, and basically summarizes the world of real estate investing. Throughout the book you will find "real world examples", and also "wisdom keys", that cover an especially important issue. This book is great to get a beginner or "wannabe" investor started. Yes, there were some terms used I wasn't familiar with, but these were explained clearly enough that I got a grasp of what was being discussed.

The author, Phil Pustejovsky
In closing, let me share a quote from Andrew Carnegie, found in the first chapter of this book: "90% of all millionaires become so through owning real estate." Wow! If that doesn't catch your attention and make you at least consider real estate investing, I don't know what else would! 

I received a copy of this book free of charge to facilitate the review.  This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media and all views and opinions expressed above are my own.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Medieval Times Exclusive Summer 4-Pack!! #MedievalTimes

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time, then you're probably aware of how much our family loves Medieval Times. And while we've visited a few of them around the country, our all-time favorite has always been the Schaumburg (Chicago) Castle. We always walk away as thrilled as if we'd just seen the show for the first time! So, I'm excited to share this great deal with you, my readers. For one low price of $128.00, you will receive four admission tickets, which includes a four-course feast, 2 rounds of select beverages, and the 2 hour show! You can't beat that price-bring the whole family along for some action-packed fun!

To take advantage of this special offer, use the code BLOG4P at checkout. This offer is good for the Chicago Castle only, valid for shows through 9/30/15. And, if you attend before July 31, Medieval Times is hosting Knight Training, where your kids can actually go down into the arena and train with the knights!! 

So go ahead and make your plans, order your tickets at this super-low price, and get ready for some fun the whole family will enjoy! Perfect for a birthday, anniversary, back-to-school party, or just because!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Clothing Lines from eShakti! #Coupon

Custom clothing that doesn't cost an arm and a leg is almost nonexistent. In fact, I never would have believed you could find it until I discovered eShakti online a few years ago! I've ordered from them several times over the years, and never been disappointed. Being able to browse online, find an item I like, and then customize it to fit my own style is wonderful!

eShakti recently released some new thematic lines such as Contemporary, White Haute, Whimsical and Bohemian, and these themes can be found for pants, jumpsuits, shorts, and more-all perfect for summer! I absolutely love the maxi section; maxi dresses and skirts are so easy care, and can be paired with almost anything for any occasion. The chambray has actually become a favorite area to shop as well; I have a chambray military jacket from eShakti, and absolutely love this piece!

eShakti has made some changes to their website, and it's so easy now to shop exactly what you want to shop for. Whether it's a maxi dress in a certain color, a jumpsuit in a specific fabric or price range, shopping online has never been easier-and you can customize your favorite pieces to your taste!

Be sure to visit eShakti today to check out their updated site, and find yourself some custom apparel options for the summer! As a special treat for my readers, eShakti is allowing me to share a coupon for $35.00 off your purchase of $30.00 or more!! This is the perfect time to try eShakti if you haven't before, or add to your eShakti wardrobe if you're already a fan!! To apply this coupon to your order, simply enter HOPESCAFE35 at checkout! 

Valid till 07/10/2015 
Enter this code in the 'Gift Coupon / Referral Code' box at checkout 
Only one gift coupon can be used in an order 
Not valid on previous purchases / purchase of gift cards. 
This gift coupon cannot be transferred, re-issued or exchanged for cash. 

Minimum order value of $30.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Outdoor Fun With Pacific Play Tent Set! #Giveaway

Who is enjoying this beautiful weather?! The past few weeks have been a mixture of rain, cold fronts, and 60-70 degree days, but it finally seems to be turning into a beautiful, warms spring; perfect for outdoor fun for youngsters and adults. I am loving being able to get back outside for running and biking, instead of being stuck indoors on a treadmill-just not the same thing at all, but unfortunately necessary over the winter. And of course the children are enjoying being able to get outside again for sports, play time, and just sitting in the backyard. 

I was recently able to give them a new addition for outdoor play; a set from Pacific Play Tents that includes a tent, sleeping bag, and chair; all in a very fun, girly pink/purple camo color! Obviously these are not full-size pieces; they're designed for children 36 months to about 7 or 8 years old. That doesn't stop it from being fun for play though! It would also be great for a sleepover, but we haven't done that yet; the ground is still too wet outside! At the end of this month we have some dear friends coming in from out of state, including a little girl that, to be honest, our entire family-even the adults-loves having around. She will be thrilled to have a chance to play with the new camping set in our backyard with our girls!

The tent was very easy to set up; literally in one minute we had it done. If only our camping trips had always been that easy! It's a nice size for a youngster, I'd guess up to about a normal-size 5 or 6 year old could sleep comfortably inside; if they're on the small side, maybe up to 8 years. 

The sleeping bag is definitely large enough for an 8 year old; in fact, once they outgrow the tent, they could easily use this sleeping bag up to probably 10 years old, on family camping trips, etc. Nice and cozy, but not too heavy for summer camp-outs.

The chair is adorable; perfect for your little girl, and even has a cup holder "just like Mommy's"! While we were getting the tent set up out back, Pansy (one of our Shelties) decided to check it out for herself. Doesn't she look like she owns it?!

Pacific Play has so many more great items just perfect for outdoor fun this spring and summer. You can even get the camping set like I reviewed in a different color for your little boy! And one of my readers will receive a $50.00 gift card to Pacific Play Tents so you can pick out an item of your choice!!