One Week of Beautiful Sleep

My life is busy.  There is never enough time in the day to get everything done, so I usually eat into what time I have to sleep to maximize every minute out of the day.  This means that every moment that I spend sleeping on my pillow is precious.

I need to make every moment of rest count.

But one of the things that has plagued me throughout the years has been sub-standard pillows.  For years I put being thrifty over buying something that would put the quality of my sleep and health first.  Neck pain, back pain and sleepless nights have characterized the last few years, and there have been days where I just couldn’t be productive at all.

That all ended two week ago.

After a run of five sleepless nights, I had enough.  I had deadlines to meet and I couldn’t afford to settle for a cheap pillow from the local big box store – I needed the best pillow that would ensure I could sleep.  In the middle of the night I did research online to find one that would help me sleep through the night, and I ended up at PillowPerfect.co.uk.

I ordered their Aquasoft Pillow on the spot.

When it arrived I was eager to run it through its’ paces.  As night drew near, I threw my old pillow to the floor and let my new one take its place.

It was the best choice I ever made.

In fact, tonight marks one week of beautiful sleep – no neck pain, back pain or waking up in the middle of the night.  I feel more rested than ever thanks to my Aquasoft Pillow.

It was worth every penny.

Gaming on a Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

For years I have used wired keyboards and mice with my computer for gaming, but after buying a new desk, I decided that it was time for a change.  You see, there wasn’t really any good way of running wires from my desktop computer to my new desk as the computer was going to sit across the room from me.  The reason for the new setup was that I bought a new 55” television that has now become my computer monitor, and there was no way that I could sit up close to it.

It was too big.

I decided at that point to look into my options when it came to wireless mechanical keyboards. I knew that there were some good ones out there geared specifically towards gamers like myself, so it was just a matter of reading reviews and determining which one would be the best for my needs.  I needed a keyboard that would give me the same performance as a wired keyboard and that had good battery life.

I wasn’t sure if it was going to be hard to find the perfect keyboard, but after reading some reviews over at MechType.com, I found the Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 to be the perfect one for me considering it was a full-sized keyboard that used regular AA batteries.  It was exactly what I was looking for, so I ordered it on the spot.

Once I had the keyboard in-hand, I decided to give it a try and I wasn’t disappointed.  It worked flawlessly on every game I tried it on, from Fallout 4 to Doom.  It was definitely a good investment.

Standing Out from the Crowd

For years I have been wearing the same type of clothing bought from big box stores.  If you look in our community, most people here wear the same set of clothing bought from the same stores.  I didn’t notice this until recently, and it made me keenly aware of one thing:

I don’t want to look like everyone else.

So, I decided to hop onto my tablet to see if I could find an online retailer that sold some unique and political tees that I could wear.  There were quite a few sites out there, but I decided that I wanted to work with a company that provided good prices, good value and had reasonable shipping.

That is when I discovered Ensinspire.com.

Their prices were great and I loved the selection of apparel that they carried in their store.  What I did notice was that they carried unique shirts and tees that were perfect to show off some of the causes that I believed in.

And the shipping was the most reasonable that I had found online.

Now, when I leave my house I know that I won’t look like the rest of the people in our town – I am going to stand out from the crowd.

Looked at New Windows this Weekend

It is hard to believe that the weekend is over already – I managed to get a lot accomplished.  From putting the first coat of stain on my deck to getting my backyard shed organized, I was really able to get a lot done.  In fact, I would have to say that this weekend was one of the most productive ones that I have had yet.

But there is always more work to do.

555 There was one thing on my list that I wanted to make sure that I was able to check off of my list this weekend and it was to look at Milgard Style Line Windows In Sherman Oaks.  A buddy of mine suggested that I check them out as they would fit perfectly with the decor of my cabin, and he was right – the price was perfect and they were just what I needed for my cabin.

I ordered them on the spot.

They will be coming out to install them later this week and that should be about all of the renovations that I need for my cabin this year.  Maybe I’ll get to spend a few weekends out at my cabin before the summer is over.

I’m happy that I had a productive weekend.

Youth Ministry Resources are Essential for Youth Leaders

This year I decided that I would volunteer some of my time to make the world a better place.  Up until this year I had not given back to my community by serving the people in any kind of capacity, so when the opportunity to volunteer as a youth leader in our church came my way I took it.

The problem was that I didn’t know what I was doing.  It was my first time working in this type of role, and I certainly didn’t have a lot of time to come up with our weekly bible lessons on my own, so I needed to figure out some way to make things happen.

Thankfully, the internet is a wonderful resource and it didn’t take me long to find some youth ministry resources that I could use to help provide meaningful lessons and leadership to the youth under my care.  These lessons not only provided material to help me teach the children about Jesus through weekly bible lessons, but also covered topics that are relevant to today’s teenagers including bullying, internet safety, pregnancy, gambling, and the power of prayer.  In fact, the resource material I found will allow me to be an effective youth leader without having to spend a lot of time on lesson preparation.

Which is exactly what I needed.

If you are working in a youth leader capacity, you owe it to yourself to checkout these youth ministry resources now.

Getting my First DNA Test

For the last few months I have been reading about the areas of your life where genetics play a role.  Most of us would look at the basics when it comes to the effects of your genetics on your life including your appearance and what diseases and conditions that you might be more likely to get.  But genetics plays an even deeper role in our lives, and I thought that I would get a better glimpse into mine with a genetic DNA test.

The reason that I was doing some research into my DNA was that I wanted to accelerate my fitness program.  Each of us have certain diets and exercises that we are more likely to benefit from, and I wanted to craft an exercise regimen that took advantage of my strengths.  There was no point wasting what little time I had each day doing the “wrong” exercises and I really wanted to maximize every moment that I spent in the gym.

Instead of going to a costly local clinic, I decided to do my genetic DNA test online.  The entire process was easy: they mailed me a test kit, I took a saliva sample and put it in the mail.  Now, all I have to do is wait for them to e-mail me the report and I will be able to create a workout program around my strengths.

I am excited to see what they find out.

Heading to Brazil to Watch the Olympics

When I decided that this year would be the year for me to travel, I had no plans to travel to Rio for the Olympics.  But I decided that I would take advantage of every opportunity that came my way, and so I found myself with a chance to see this summer’s games.

But I had never been to Rio or Brazil for that matter.  I had no idea what to expect in that country, so I decided to do a little research.

After combing through a number of sites, I found myself at TaravelingTheWorldByLiege.com, the site of Liege Neves, a woman who has spent her life traveling the globe.  The articles that I read on the site shared ways I could save money traveling, and provided useful tips, advice and things that I should see in Brazil.

I knew I found the resource I had been looking for.

Spending time on the site, I quickly learned what tourist attractions I should visit on my trip to Brazil, including taking in some of the local flora and fauna.

It was a terrific resource.

But perhaps my biggest takeaway from this site was the guide they sold that was geared towards surviving the 2016 Olympics.  Inside the pages of the book I discovered how to have a good experience while in Brazil, what pitfalls to look for, and really make the best of my trip to Rio.

It was well worth the money.

If you are traveling to Brazil, you should check out Liege Neves site here.

Easy Money Management for Millennials

When it comes to managing money, every age group has handled things differently.  I know that my parents used some software on a computer and my grandparents used good old pen and paper to budget their spending.  But for millennials there really hasn’t been any real effective way to manage their money and budget for the future.

But that has all changed with the launch of the Squeeze App.

What is the Squeeze App?

This money management app for millennials works with you to save for the future, track your spending and shows you what your current finances are.  This is all done seamlessly through your smartphone, so it is easy to see at a glance the balance of your bank account, record the coffee you just bought this morning and helps you to see how close you are to saving enough money for a downpayment on your first home.

It is like having a financial advisor right in your pocket.

If you are a millennial, you should be using the Squeeze App each and every day to keep you on track to get the life that you deserve – after all, you will need money to do it 😉

The Perfect Geeky Art Birthday Gift

When it comes to being a geek, my brother would be the biggest one of all.  He has been that way since he was a child, and every year I try to find him the perfect birthday present that encapsulates who he is.  This means that I usually have to hunt far and wide to find him the right item as mainstream stores just don’t carry what he loves.

Thankfully, the internet has made it a lot easier to find him the right gifts for his birthday.  In fact, this year was a piece of cake.  You see, I discovered the perfect store to get him a piece of geeky art for his present.  I discovered TanksandTiaras on Etsy, a store that covers just about all of his tastes.  They carry a wide selection of unique art and gifts that are certain to appeal to just about everyone.

These items are not anything like you would find in a big-box store and that was just perfect for my needs.  Having access to unique gifts is always a good thing, and there is no shortage in the Tanks and Tiaras store.

If you need to find the perfect gift for a geek in your circle of friends and family, this is definitely the place to shop – you won’t be disappointed.

Try Before you Buy

When it comes to spending my money I try to be responsible.  In the big scheme of things there is only so much to go around and I make sure to make every dollar count.  This means that I do research and like to give things a test drive before I commit to any product or program.

Ideally, I want to try before I buy.

I know that most of you will think of test driving cars as an example of trying a product before buying it, but honestly, there are many other things that you can try out before purchasing them.

One of my favorite places to find free trials is TrialForFree.com.  This site is a wonderful resource to find products and services that you can try before committing any kind of money.  They list everything from education products and services, to entertainment, music and software.  I found that it really saved me a lot of time having all of the companies that offered free trials in one place and it made it easy for me to try new products and services.

This site is definitely a timesaver that I know that I will visit often and I have added it to my favorites.