Creating a New Logo

For years we have operated our business under the same logo, and in many ways it has been synonymous with our brand.  When customers see our logo they are reminded of the services and products we provide, and it has been the core focus of our marketing campaigns.  But even a great logo eventually shows its’ age, and six months ago we decided it was time for a change.

Back when we started this company we would have went to the drawing board ourselves to come up with a new logo, but now, years later, we had the means to hire a professional logo designer.  One of the biggest things that I have learned over the years is that a smart entrepreneur focuses on the areas where they excel (in my case, building the business), and they delegate the rest of the work to experts.

And that is exactly what I did.

After spending about a month looking for a design studio to work with us, we went with a firm that specialized in logo design Marbella Spain.  We were very impressed with the portfolio of logos they had under their belt, and I just had a good feeling when it came to reaching out to them to see if they would be interested – they were professional and very interested in working with us.

They were a good fit.

We are just waiting to see the preliminary logo designs that they will be delivering to us later this week and then the board will make a decision – I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the new face of our company.

I bet it will be great!

Cleaning our Cistern at the Farm

Springtime is that time of year where you get some of those bigger cleaning jobs done after the long winter.  Every year I put together a list of things that need to be done on the family farm, and between me and my siblings, we work to get everything done.  Working together as a team is just about the only way that we can do it as most of us have busy careers that don’t give us much free time.

But that is life.

This weekend I have been at the farm working on cleaning the cistern.  We do this once per year, and usually we find that it works best to do it in the spring as no one is living at the house at this time.  At one time in my life I did everything that was needed to clean it, but now I contract out the water extraction as it is easier than me trying to figure out how to pump the cistern out.

Once the water has been pumped out, I climb into the cistern with a pressure washer and wash it out.  I make sure to have someone there with me as well to ensure that if there are any troubles that there will be someone that can bail me out.

I’m just thankful that I will be able to cross something off the list already this year – hopefully it is a sign of a productive year ahead of us.

Trying to Turn Back the Clock

I woke up this morning, went to the bathroom to look in the mirror and noticed one thing that I had not seen before: some wrinkles.  I was surprised to see the first signs of aging, and for me it was an eye opener: I had never thought about the fact that I was getting older until that moment.

It was one of the scariest ones of my life.

After I took a few breaths and calmed down, I promptly hopped onto my laptop to see what I could do about it.  Slowing down the again process was at the forefront of my thoughts, and I wanted something easy that I could do in my home.

There were so many options.

Out of all the articles that I read, the one that intrigued me the most was one covering how anyone can fight aging with a mud mask.  I had done mud masks a few times in the past, and from my experience, my skin felt better after doing them.

I thought I would give it a shot.

I rushed out to the store and picked up a mud mask right away.  Running home, I applied what I bought to my face and really enjoyed my time with the mask on.

Hopefully I will be able to turn back the clock and slow down my aging – I’m too young too feel old yet.

Prepping for Tonight’s Party

It’s late.  It is hard to believe that it is coming up on 6 PM already and the party guests will be here in a little more than an hour.  There is still a lot of work to be done in the kitchen before they arrive, and I’m starting to panic.

I always panic at the eve of every party I host.

I’m just wired that way.

But looking at the spread of food already laid out on the table in my kitchen, I should feel a lot better.  Almost all of the work has already been done, and I know tonight’s party is going to be a resounding success.

I only have one thing left to prepare for the evening and that is the vegetable tray.  In front of me sits a mound of vegetables just waiting to be cut.  I’m counting on getting it done quickly with my good pairing knife.

It won’t take very long.

But wait… I forgot one thing – the salsa.

That would normally take more time than I have left, but thanks to my recent purchase of one of the best mincing knives on the market, I know that I will be able to make short work of the tomatoes, onions and other ingredients I am going to put in my salsa.

The trick is having the right tools in the kitchen.

I better get everything finished here before the guests arrive – I’m really looking forward to having fun tonight.

Making Moving a Pleasant Experience

I have never really enjoyed all of the work that goes into moving.  Packing everything that is in your home, cleaning and taking care of the logistics required to move all of your possessions from one place to another is a lot of work.  While moving my own stuff was the only thing that I could afford in my twenties, I now have the means to pay movers to make my moving experience a lot more pleasant.

Besides, paying professional movers to move your home makes more sense.

In fact, my brother will be moving next week from his home in New Jersey to the other side of the country.  He is already working out in L.A. and does not have the time to move at all.  He has hired some long distance movers NJ to pack and move his home across the country.  He mentioned that it has been the one move he has actually been looking forward to – there is a lot less stress when you are not doing all of the work on your own.

Based on his experience I will be using movers when I move from my home  – it just makes for a pleasant moving experience.

The Perfect Fashion Accessory for your Strapless Bra

Jewel StrapsOne of my favorite outfits that my girlfriend wears would have to be her little black dress with a strapless bra.  She looks like princess, or a movie-star.

She is the most beautiful woman that I have ever seen.

But one of the problems that she has had with my favorite outfit has been her strapless bra.  She is forever adjusting it as it doesn’t sit quite right, and I have heard her complain about it time and time again.

So I have been on the lookout for something that would solve her problem with her strapless bra, and I think that I have found the solution over on Kickstarter.  There is a campaign that is going on right now for Jewel Straps, which  are jewelry bra straps for strapless bras.  They are a strapless bra push up that is both fashionable and cute.  I thought it was smart that they are offered in many different styles so that they can work perfectly with just about any outfit.

I had Lisa try her Jewel Straps on with her black dress and they worked perfectly together.  In fact, when we went out for our date last night she didn’t have to adjust her bra at all.

If you have trouble with your strapless bra and are looking for a fashionable solution, check out Jewel Straps on Kickstarter

Shopping for a New Car

For the last seven years I have been driving the a Honda Civic.  It was the first brand-new car that I ever bought and have loved it since day one.  The trick to finding the right car for me was to do a lot of research, read reviews, and find out the exact fuel consumption each vehicle had in an attempt to find one that was going to meet my needs.

Researching cars seven years ago was a lot harder than it is today.  In fact, there are sites like Motoreu.com that list the technical specs of all of the cars on the market so you can make an informed decision in a short period of time.  You no longer have to pick up a copy of “Consumer Reports” or any other magazine to try and figure out where to spend your money.  Now, all you need to do is set your criteria and you can see exactly what vehicles are on the market that fit your needs – whether you need a fuel efficient vehicle or one that is quick off the line.

The internet has made car shopping fun and easy – I’m looking forward to researching and finding a new car that is perfect for me.

Helping my Niece with her Homework

For years I had dreamed of being an uncle.  That may sound weird, but there were a couple uncles that were very involved in my life growing up and they were positive influences that helped shape who I am.  Thanks to their influence, I wanted to be a good uncle to my nieces and nephews one day, so I waited patiently for my time to come.  It has only been a handful of years now that I have had the opportunity and I have taken advantage of every moment.

Yesterday, my niece Claire came over to visit.  She had some homework that she needed to do relating to technology, so she thought that I could help her out.  I felt honored that she chose me to help, and we sat down at the computer to work on her assignment.  She had some questions to answer, such as “how to make the backwards 3”, “what is the meaning of art”, and “how to hook up your computer to a TV.”

The questions covered a broad number of topics, some of which I didn’t have a clue how to answer.  For those questions I couldn’t answer off the top of my head, I used LastAnswers.com as my resource as they have a lot of questions with answers to choose from.  There were even a couple questions that we posted, and one of the users posted the answer for us.

It is a great resource.

After we were done her homework we went out for ice cream.  All-in-all it was a wonderful day with my niece.

Upgrading the Shingles on my House

There are some home repairs over the years that I have neglected to get done.  I think that it is the same for most people out there – there isn’t enough money to get all of the repairs done on our homes, so we pick the ones that are more enjoyable than practical.  For example, renovating my bathroom was more of a priority than dealing with my worn out shingles.

But this spring I noticed a water stain on the ceiling of the living room.  Moving to investigate, I discovered that the ceiling was wet – it meant that the roof was leaking.

All of a sudden, the roof moved to the top of the list – it needed to be done before there was any more damage.

So, I picked up the phone to try and find some roofing contractors in Gibraltar Michigan and thankfully it didn’t take long to find someone willing to take the job.  I booked an appointment with them to come look at my situation and give me a quote, and they came out the next day to let me know how much putting new shingles on the house was going to cost.

I was surprised that it was going to cost a lot less than I would have expected and I have booked them to come do the work next week.  I will feel a lot better once it is done.

Looking Forward to a Perfect Summer

Summer is my favorite season of the year and I enjoy spending my days out on a boat fishing.  At least that is what I see in my head when I close my eyes.  A warm summer day out on the water is really what I would call heaven on Earth.

The last couple of years have not fit into the picture-perfect mold of what I would call summer as I was too busy with my business to really take some time off and relax.

This year will be different.

In fact, I have taken some steps to make the changes I need in my life so I will have the summer off to relax.  I should have a manager in place by June so that I don’t have to worry about business operations while I am gone, and today was out looking for the one other ingredient I need to make it a perfect summer:

A boat.

In fact, I have been checking out some of the boat sales in Pompano Beach to find the perfect one for me and my summer dream.  I know it is early to start shopping for one, but I figure that it gives me time to find the right boat instead of settling for something I don’t love.

Looking at these boats just gets me excited – summer cannot get here soon enough.