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2015 Blog Revival

I can’t believe I almost didn’t renew this domain!

Let me go back a bit. I have neglected this blog for too long already. 2013 and 2014 went by without a single personal blog post. I thought I was done blogging. When it was time to renew I let it pass. I was a little sad but totally forgot about it. Don’t know how many days have passed or maybe a week or even two. I thought I was finally done with blogging when I one day mentioned to hubby that I failed to renew this domain. He advised me to still renew it – sayang naman daw. So out of obedience I did just that. That was mid-2014. Now 2015 came and I realized I’ve missed blogging!

So here I am writing my very first post this 2015. I’m wiping my slate clean and starting a topic that is like a new year’s resolution but much better. I am writing our family plan for 2015.

First a background. Why did I think of this? The past year has been crazy busy and I have neglected my kids a lot. I realized every year would be that way. If I don’t do anything to make my home-work balance better this year then it would be this way year after year after year.

Good thing I read about Ryan Smith. He’s the CEO of Qualtrics which is worth a billion dollars. He’s also a husband and a father of three kids. He has a life coach and together they’ve developed a way to create more balance in his life. The good news their strategy is working so well that when a company offered to buy Qualtrics from him he declined because he feels his work-life balance is already good so he can afford to manage his business and give quality time to his family all at the same time.

Here’s how he’s doing it. He listed down his different roles – husband, father, CEO.  Then he wrote down the things he needed to do this week for each role to make him feel successful. For example as a husband he would take out his wife on a date and buy her flowers and as a father he would teach his kids to bike for the week. He would also multitask like if he needed to visit his parents that week he would combine that with teaching his kids how to ride a bike. This way he can shoot two birds in one stone. He says it’s hard and he has less time to sleep at night but at least he feels like he is not neglecting other aspects of his life.

I’m really happy I was able to know about him. When I got involved in our small business I really had no idea what I was in for. I thought I’ll just work hard at first then after a few years my work will pay off and I would be able to relax. I’m in my third year of working here and it seems the hard work will never stop. As we grow so does my responsibilities. If I don’t control my life I feel like my work will overwhelm me and the real losers would be my kids.
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Motorcycle Shipping

Everywhere nowadays motorcycle is one of the most popular vehicles used to get around and nearby town, one means of transportation used by many people. If want to export it because of its high demand you can coordinate with the trusted service of international motorcycle shipping company, they are there for you to assist and give their very best to make your motorcycle be delivered in front of the doorstep safely.

EonCode Web 2 Print

The eoncode web 2 print shop is easy to operate on high performance level. The eoncode.com web 2 print accepts customized orders in any quantity or even lowest quantity. This will also allows attracting customers all over the world by offering their programs and benefits on eoncode web 2 print. They also provide online value added services to all existing customers by uploading their identity materials.

Rex Altree’s Key to Success Is His Commitment to Customer Service

Entrepreneurs everywhere all strive to build successful businesses. Some achieve this goal. Most fail. Millions of new businesses are started every year in the United States. However, less than 5 percent of them are still in business a year later. Even fewer are still in business five years later. The percentage continues to go down as the number of years increases. Some small businesses do shut their doors for understandable reasons, such as owner retirement, decline in product demand or steep lease increase. However, most businesses fail because they put too much emphasis on profit.
This may seem counter-intuitive. After all, aren’t all small businesses supposed to make money for their owners? It’s true that no one goes into business with the goal of losing money. Profit has to be part of the picture. However, when profit becomes the sole focus of the business, things start to go wrong. Examples include:
  • Trying to save money by buying inferior materials to be used in the business’s products and services.
  • Taking on too many orders or clients at once, resulting in overall lower quality and slower service.
  • Increasing business hours to such an extent that owners and workers become burned out.
  • Over-billing clients and customers.
These are just a few of the most common mistakes businesses make in putting profit above business sustainability. Each of these and similar scenarios result in a poor customer experience. Those customers likely won’t come back. They will also tell their friends and family to stay away. This is a recipe for business failure.
A successful chain of independently owned auto glass replacement and repair shops in Arizona is leading by example, showing other entrepreneurs how to avoid these pitfalls. NewImage Auto Glass LLC is owned and operated by local businessman and philanthropist Rex Altree. Altree is working to make a profitable business like any other entrepreneur. However, he goes about it by focusing on the customer rather than on profit. Rex Altree has discovered the secret to success as an entrepreneur. When you put the customer first, the profits will follow.
NewImage Auto Glass is committed to providing an exceptional customer service experience for all clients. Rex Altree of Gilbert has trained his personnel to focus on treating the customers right and providing them with top service. The results speak for themselves. Customers leave his business happy and they provide word-of-mouth advertising by recommending NewImage Auto Glass to their family and friends. This way of doing business has enabled Rex Altree’s business to thrive and expand for more than a decade.

Cabernet in the Summer? Why Not?

Summer is beach, picnic and grilling time. It’s a time when the lighter fare on the table is typically accompanied by a light white or sparkling wine. Red wines tend to fall off of the radar in July and August. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, summer is the right time to enjoy a bottle of Cabernet from your wine club or local wine store.

The History of Cabernet

Cabernet, often called Cab, is a red wine made from Cabernet wine grapes. There are two types of Cabernet grapes. By far the most popular, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are used by wine producers around the world. Thick skins make the grapes resistant to disease and capable of surviving in harsh climates. Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by dark cherry, black currant and woody flavors and has a five to ten year optimum aging potential.

Cabernet Franc is the other type of Cabernet. Cabernet Franc grapes are not as hardy as the Cabernet Sauvignon variety. Typically used as a blend in Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc grapes are thin skinned with lower acidity levels, producing a milder taste. Cabernet Franc boasts a spicy aroma and is lighter in color.

Cabernet Sauvignon has a relatively short history compared to many old world wines. An accidental crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it was developed by French wine growers sometime in the 1700s. Its origins were discovered in 1996 by a team of scientists using plant DNA. Since its creation, Cabernet Sauvignon has grown in popularity and, beginning in the late 1980s, has become the most popular red wine in the United States.

Cabernet Has a Way With Food

The finest Cabernet brings out the best in food, particularly red meat. A rib eye steak grilled to perfection, veggies and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon is a real summertime treat.

Other summer entrees that go great with Cab include:

Grilled salmon
Hamburgers
Cheeseburgers
Lamb
Portobello Caps

Pairing Cabernet with cheese, particularly cheddar or other aged cheese, is another way to enjoy a melding of flavors in the summer. Cab also pairs well with fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, black cherries, plums and black olives. Pizza night is the perfect time to add a glass of Cabernet. A slightly chilled glass of Cab is the ideal companion while watching those beautiful summer sunsets. Ask your wine clubs or local sources about additional summertime ideas.

Interesting Cabernet Facts

Other names for Cabernet Sauvignon include Vidure, Petit Cabernet and Sauvignon Rouge.
Often aged in oak barrels that give it a spicy vanilla taste, Cabernet Sauvignon may also have a minty flavor.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a great wine-tasting party choice, particularly if you are comparing different vintages and producers.
The ideal temperature to serve Cab is 63°F to 65°F. Quick ways to reach the right serving temperature are placing the bottle in an ice bucket for five minutes or in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving.
Aeration allows Cab to reach its full flavor before drinking. Remove the cork and let the bottle sit for an hour. Pour into a decanter for serving.
Wine clubs and local wineries are wonderful sources for learning more about Cabernet.

Summer doesn’t mean you have to limit your choices. Great food, good company and warm weather make summer exactly the right time to enjoy a glass of Cabernet.

Adam Kutner: Why File a Personal Injury Suit

Some people become hesitant to take a matter to court when they have been injured through no fault of their own. In some cases, these people feel they must suffer in silence or do not even realize they could receive compensation for their pain and suffering. Attorney Adam Kutner understands that those who have been injured through no fault of their own may have a right to compensation and is passionate about helping those people obtain justice. In many cases, seeking a settlement is not selfish but is the only way a now disabled person can provide for their family.

Online Games Can Help You Destress

Playing online has never been a hobby of mine. Now my husband is a different story. He absolutely loves playing games on his laptop. Whenever I ask him why he tells me it’s his way to destress. It must be working because I hardly see him stressed. Me, I’m always worrying and fretting about. Maybe it’s time I should start playing to unwind.

Anyway, I found some card games online that has no deposit bonus. It means you can try and play without paying a deposit. If you are into card games you should definetly try to look for a
no deposit code game. There’s no use throwing away your hard earned money when no deposit bonus codes games are abound online.

As for me I think I’ll just try one of my kids’ games first. Who knows, a simple racing car game could do the trick for me and reduce my stress.

Now a 3-Man Team

After six months of opening our online store I am so happy to report that we are now a 3-man team. Helping me with assisting our online customers is my brother who just came home from the US. To complete our 3-man team, I also recruited one friend to take charge of delivery schedule.

Having more manpower means our customers can expect faster response time and more efficient customer support. We hope that we can serve more customers in the future and help them furnish their dream homes with quality but affordable furniture.

Our dad is very happy with our online store’s performance. He has even commissioned wholesale printing to print our very own calling cards. It hasn’t been delivered yet but I can’t wait to see it.

What to Do with Unwanted Jewelry

When you have gold jewelry that you don’t need, you can always sell it to a reputable Houston gold buyer for some extra money. The amount of money you make often depends on the quality of your gold jewelry and the amount of gold you actually have, but it’s always a good way to get rid of unwanted or damaged jewelry that is otherwise taking up space in your jewelry drawer. The same goes for silver jewelry, old coins, baseball cards or any other potentially valuable collectibles. Fortunately for residents of Houston, all of these old collectibles can be sold for fair prices at Houston Numismatic Exchange. Houston Numismatic Exchange has been in business since 1965, and since that time it has built a reputation as being one of the premier buyers of gold, silver and ancient coins in Houston. Not only does Houston Numismatic Exchange buy unwanted jewelry and coins, but it sells it as well, allowing customers to exchange a broken piece of gold jewelry for other fine jewelry or even their unique coin jewelry made from ancient coins. Houston Numismatic Exchange is one of the largest gold and silver dealers in Texas. It is conveniently located in the Rice Village of Houston, so stop by and see what they have to offer.