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Money and Land in Texas

Texas is quietly on Ryder economic war path thanks to its investment in natural resources for the past few years. This has allowed them to develop one of the most efficient energy infrastructures that the nation can claim to have. With multiple energy companies being provided to its residents there it’s a great deal of money to be made here. It’s the primary reason that I have chosen the arboretum apartments in Austin as my new home.I’m excited to see where President Trump and his cabinet will be taking us in the next few years.

Rick Perry becoming the head of the energy department is a coup for the lone star state which will no doubt help the current eject providers to make even more money. Continue reading

A Company That Sells Corporate Gifts

I wanted to find a company that sells corporate gifts at a great price. I had been getting them from one company for the past few years, but their selection was not very large. I did not want to always have to get shirts or mugs, which are the two things that this promotional materials company carried the most of. I looked at several different Study A Little More

The Perfect Zip Code to Live in

I did not want to move for a few different reasons, but they all flew out the window when my husband told me where we would be moving to. He had told me to look at apartments in Stone Oak, and he knew that would change my entire attitude about moving. I did not want to leave the apartment we were in because it was the nicest one we had lived Study A Little More

Foundation Repair for Texas House

Much to my displeasure, I am going to have to hire a company to do foundation repair in Spring Texas as I will need to have the foundation of my house repaired sometime in the relatively near future. I don't expect it will get much worse in the next couple of months, but I might as well go ahead and get this taken care of. I am going to try Study A Little More

The Perfect Case for My Phone

Anyone who has ever bought an iPhone knows just how crazy expensive they are. Sometimes, some providers will give you one for free, but then you are locked into a contract with it for at least a couple of years. In other cases, your bill increases for that same amount of time, so they really are not free. I wanted to protect mine as soon as Study A Little More

Good Electricians to Fix Air Conditioning Issue

Recently, I paid to have a new air conditioning unit installed in my house, and it seemed like it was going to really work out nicely, because this company quoted us a significantly cheaper price for installing the air conditioning than did the rest of the companies we contacted. Anyway, they made some mistakes, and so I am going to try to Study A Little More

Insights for Implementing Environmentally-Friendly Technology Within Developing Nations

I have been a supporter of a shift to green technology, and protecting the environment ever since I was a teenager. I am pretty sure that the world will not meet my personal goals towards protecting our environment within my lifetime, but hopefully we are starting to shift in the right direction. With the signing of the environmental agreement Study A Little More

Living the Rental Life Has Been a Nice Surprise

Moving to another state and straight into a home is not as easy as I thought it would be. I really thought my husband and I could find the best home to buy by looking at websites, and then choosing online. I found quite a few places that I liked, and we flew out to MS one weekend to look at them. We liked none of them at all. We had little time, so I figured we should look at 2 bedroom apartments in Hattiesburg MS during our visit. That way, we would at least have some place to stay while we looked for a place.

Neither my husband or myself had lived in an apartment for the last 30 years. So, I originally was not looking forward to it. But was surprised me in looking for a place to rent is that rental properties have really come a long way compared to 30 years ago! They are so much nicer now. I can remember being in the most basic apartment without a dishwasher, disposal or anything that looked really nice. Most all apartments looked alike back then. Now, many places have really up-to-date decor, beautiful wood cabinets, ceramic tile and even wood floors.

Once we moved in, we really felt at home. We both felt that it would be a good idea to stay for at least a year. We did not have to rush to find a home just because that was our goal. We didn't want to get stuck with the wrong place. Not only that, our rent is pretty cheap, and we figured that it would be really nice to be able to stay put for awhile and just save money. We really like that living in a building with other people has allowed us to make friends with other people, too.

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Working to Expand My Web Page Traffic

I have been looking for a way to increase the internet traffic on a couple of web pages that I am operating. My original goal was to create a secondary source of income which I could use for long term goals. Obviously I would like to get rich, but that would require a lot of effort and time which I can not spare from my day job. I would like to make more money and that requires more traffic. I am looking at things like Gromode growth marketing which promises to do what I want to have done, but of course so far I have no real way to determine whether or not they can deliver on the promises that they make. It is one thing to say you can do this sort of thing, you can find hundreds upon hundreds of so called Internet marketing gurus making every claim under the sun. Being able to get real world results is a different matter. Obviously my intention is to create something which generates a more significant income, but which does not require me to do that much. It is really is not so far fetched as that sounds. You obviously have to do the initial work of setting up the web pages and then you have make a number of strategic decisions. However it is possible to outsource much of the problems involved in this sort of arrangement. The payments processing is something where you are pretty much forced to let an expert handle it. You just do not want to be responsible for dealing with the credit card numbers and all of the personal information. If that goes bad you want to have someone else to point your finger at. The shipping and receiving you want to send out to something called a fulfillment service.

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Custom Candles Offer That Personal Touch to Gifts

Candles are so popular these days. You know they have to be popular when stores devote so much floor and shelf space to displaying them. There is a whole aisle of them in the major department store I shop at. In fact, there are candle stores where that is their primary product. I, however, was wondering about how to get custom candles. You have probably seen those decorative candles that are many layers of many different colors. An artisan cuts them and bends the layers into a beautiful sculpture. I see them at different stores, but I wondered if you could get them custom made.

I found a website that makes custom candles. Not just the sculpted ones but other ones too. These make great gifts for all kinds of occasions from birthdays to anniversaries. Couples getting married can get a custom made wedding candle. I did not know you could do that. We got our unity candle from a catalog. We would have had one custom made just for us if we knew you could get them like that back when we got married.

It is nice that there are still artisans who can produce custom products for the masses. I don't mind off the shelf products for most things, but there are some instances where a custom product is nice. This is especially true for anything you are going to be giving as a gift. A little customization shows that personal touch being put into the gift. And what couple would not like a custom unity candle rather than one just bought at a party favor store? Little keepsakes are welcomed at weddings. Anyway, we found the custom candles we were looking for of the sculpted variety. Beautiful ones made in different colors with that personal touch that makes them special.

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Apartments Can Have More Room Inside Than Houses You Rent

The big reason I did not seem enthusiastic about my wife wanting to look at apartments was that I was convinced the house we were living in was bigger. We lived in a suburb and the houses were all close to one another. Some of them seemed to barely have enough room to walk two people side by side between them. The houses were small, but because they were houses I thought we had more room. Then my wife took me to see huge apartments in Salt Lake City for rent. It made the rooms on our rented house look cramped.

Sure, I know there is a difference in perception when you look at a room that does not have furniture in it. However, I got out the tape measure and compared. I was arming myself with info to counter any claims my wife would assume. I measured the living room and main bedroom on our rented house and wrote it down. Then I measured them in the apartment expecting them to be smaller. I was wrong. There was quite a bit more square footage we would have if we choose to move into one of these huge apartments in Salt Lake City for rent. Oh, and the ceilings were higher too. It really gave an open and airy feel to the place. I also liked the windows and all of the sunlight they let in.

By comparison, our rented house now seemed cramped and dark. I was ready to move before we left the parking lot of the apartments. We had squared away all of the paperwork, and we were going to commence packing as soon as we got home. Our lease was up at the end of the month on our old place, and we were certainly not going to renew. I was also almost ecstatic that I would no longer have to mow the lawn at the old place. We now would have access to a tennis court and swimming pool at the new apartment with no grounds keeping needing done by me!

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Learning to Care About Customers

Moving out to New Jersey was certainly an experience that I could never imagine another place having something similar. I was surprised that New Jersey, in a lot of ways, was very much like it was portrayed on that horrible MTV show, Jersey Shore. I didn't have much of a choice in moving to the area but after a couple of months, it hasn't been all that bad, I just have to grow more accustomed to the way people behave and think out there. Looking for new services was the hardest part and I found satellite (click here for information) to be more reasonably priced than it had been back home. With my new found desire to save as much money as I can, I made the decision to sign up with DirecTV instead of going with Comcast. I used to work with Comcast and know exactly how terrible of a company that it can be.

Working with them really showed me just how little they care about the customers. With every phone call, we were told to make Empathy Statements. These were simple statements to show that we in fact do care but in reality, when you're told to care, when you're job is on the line, you don't really care. You become robotic in your statements. With very little on the job training regarding potential issues that customers may call about, we instead focused more on training with the software that they have designed to collect the calls, process complaints, issues and so on. With the average call being a simple routine of powering down the modem or router, the more difficult calls left me and the customer feeling frustrated because of my inability to solve their issue for them. So far, DirecTV has been nothing but amazing in their ability to help me.

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