Thursday, December 5, 2019

Personal Training Business From Home - A Potentially Lucrative Enterprise!


This post is provided by Super Groups.

Beautiful people are everywhere, but especially on TV. We, as a society, are bombarded with images of beautiful, in shape people. Advertisers utilize beautiful people to sell their products because they know such a strategy is very practical. 

Fitness itself is indeed a very lucrative business because it feeds off of our obsession with physical perfection. Although it generally depends on the personality, most people care about how they look. Therefore, they actively engage in some sort of exercise, whether it is strength training, aerobics, or a combination of the two. Unfortunately, some people may struggle with their weight and may need the assistance of a personal trainer. It is not always easy to get in shape without professional assistance because losing weight is actually quite complicated. A professional guidance of a personal trainer may come in handy.

Being a personal trainer is a useful profession because of a simple economic principle, namely that there is always a demand for such a provider. There are always people who need the guidance of a personal trainer. Designing the right eating and training protocol is often one of the services that can be provided by a personal trainer.

Personal training can also be a lucrative business even when conducted from home. Even if there is a start up cost to buy the necessary gym equipment for a home gym, in the long run, there is a lot of money to be made. Most gym memberships are quite costly. A better alternative is choosing to come to a personal trainer who works out of a home gym. Although some gyms may offer free personal training, their personal trainers are amateurish at best. Even though a home gym may be more expensive than a beginner gym that also comes with free personal training, a home gym personal trainer ensures that there is less, if any, gym intimidation. This may be very useful to a beginner who is just starting a fitness journey.

One advice to a home gym personal trainer is to buy a sufficient array of fitness equipment, hopefully at a bargain price. Without the right combination of fitness equipment, making money from personal training will be a challenge. However, a decent array of dumbbells, a few mats and a few jump ropes should be enough for a decent workout. A skilled personal trainer can design a good fitness program with a limited amount of equipment.

It is important that a personal trainer working from home purchases a liability insurance. This liability insurance is a good protection against client unintended injury. Liability insurance is defined as a compensation to the client by an outside company just in case an injury occurs. One company that sells such an insurance is Insure Fitness Group. This company sells insurance at reduced rates. On their website, they offer insurance rates starting as low as $15.49 per month. Insure Fitness Group, located at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, specifically caters to fitness professionals who do not work out of a commercial gym. Just like a medical professional who is trained to be a specialist in their field, a personal trainer working from home is in need of liability insurance.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sponsors- Thank you!


Today, I would like to take a moment to thank my existing sponsor, Pure Parima for supporting my blog. I would also like to use this opportunity to introduce you my newest sponsor, Latest Bedding



Latest Bedding: Offering the latest, high quality bedding and home decor at the best prices.





Pure Parima: Offers sheet sets made from long-staple Giza cotton that has been certified as 100% Egyptian by the Cotton Egypt Association. With a smooth sateen weave and exceptional breathability, the sheets and pillowcases in the Yalda collection is beneficial for hot sleepers.

Don't forget to stop by and check them out when you get a chance. Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!







Photo credit: Sasha Bikoff

Hoping your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy! Thanksgiving wishes from across the miles from our house to yours. May your home be filled with laughter and happiness and may the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year!

How To Maximize Space In Your Home!


This post is provided by James Fitzpatrick.

Having enough space in our home is something we all strive to have in our lives. Living in a cramped space, especially when you have growing families, can make daily life a real hassle. You do not want to be stepping on or over each other to get where you need to be in your home. There is something you can do to maximize even the smallest living space. With just a little research and creativity, you can give your home the space you need without too much effort.

This article is designed to help you manage your home space and even give you a chance to gain more space in your home with a little renovating and decluttering of your home. If you or someone you know desperately needs help to maximize the space in their home, continue to read on for the best way to maximize your living arrangements.

Bypass Sliding Doors

One incredible way to save and maximize space is to install bypass sliding door hardware and put in sliding doors in your home. These doors allow for less room to be used than a traditional door uses up. These doors are great ideas for those that live in apartments and need more space. You will not have a door that has to open and take up valuable space.

A Clawfoot Bathtub

This may sound a little old-school, but changing out your bathtub with an antique type bathtub, a clawfoot bathtub, can save you a ton of room. These bathtubs not only look cool and can give any home a retro look, but it has benefits, too. Clawfoot bathtubs can:

-Save several feet of the bathroom space in your home.

-Allow for a larger sink that will offer more space for your toiletries and styling products.

-Become an integral piece in your home that will get people talking.

This bathtub is great for those with cramped bathrooms, a good bathtub for those who need to stretch out and relax, or for families with two or more kids. It also gives your space a trendy, minimalist look.

Kitchen Spice Rack

If your kitchen lacks space, you can free up a bit of space with a spice rack organizer. This allows you to install a small shelf big enough for all the spices you own and place it on your wall. This, in turn, saves you counter space which can be used for prep cooking, needed appliances, and more. This gives those who are in the kitchen most of the time the space they need to cook and make it easier to clean.

Corner Shelves

If you find yourself lacking space in your living room due to too much stuff and little room to walk around, you can try corner shelves. These shelves help by:

-Taking knick-knacks, gaming consoles, movies, etc., and organizing them on a small, space-saving shelf.

- Allows you more space to walk around your home.

This is a great idea for small apartments or even a small one- to two-bedroom home, saving you space and sprucing up your decor.

Kitchen Window

Lastly, a great way to add space is by taking out a bit of a wall that divides the living room from the kitchen area for a kitchen window. This window creates an area for you to place decorative items, be able to look out from the kitchen while you are cooking and speak to your family, keep a closer eye on your children, and add some space to your kitchen area. This is an idea for smaller homes or apartments.

There are many wonderful space-saving ideas that anyone can try. These are the top picks by those who have used these tricks for their own homes or have found these to be popular ideas by talking to interior professionals. Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain space and lose stress from an overcrowded home. Give these a try today and see how these five space-saving ideas help you. You will be glad you took the time to save space in your home and make your home a little less cramped.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stylish Details That Will Give Your Home A Luxurious Feel!


This post is provided by Stephen Marshall.

Everyone wants their home to feel like a castle but not everyone is part of a royal family. 

It is quite unfair, we know. However, there are more budget-friendly things you can do to spruce up your miniature castle and give it a more luxurious feel. It will feel great to have friends and family admire your ingenuity and flair for design and details. 

Without further ado, here is what you can do to make yourself and your home feel like a million bucks.

1. Use Molding And Trim To Round Out The Space

A lot of people use this little trick to turn a room from a basic box to an inviting space. Details like these give a visual cue that the decorator took every detail into account while arranging the interior. 

The most common types of trims you might want to incorporate are:

Baseboards – baseboards are placed at the lowest point of the wall and run the parameter of the entire room, they are not very expensive and with the help of a few online tutorials you can install them yourself. 

Casing – they are used to frame doors and windows and give the space a more elegant look.

Crown molding – placed along the ceiling of a room.

Chair rails – molding placed at the height of a chair and that runs horizontally around the perimeter of the room.

2. Design A Focal Point For Every Room

According to the experts at Hausera.com, another great way to give your home a luxurious and elegant ambiance is to highlight one design detail for every room. It draws the attention and makes the space look for thought-out. 

The best way to pick a focal point is to just emphasize an already existing architectural detail. Maybe it is a beautiful, old fireplace that you can add a new mantle to. Maybe it is a large window with a beautiful view outside and lots of natural light. Then you could consider adding a window seat and to accentuate its loveliness.

3. Hang Art On The Walls

Another classic trick is to hang some pictures on the wall. Not everyone has money to buy paintings although there are lots of very talented street-artists with very affordable and impressive looking work that could lend you a helping hand. Another option is to get digital prints, those are indeed very cost-effective and the best part is that with all the options you will have no problem finding something that matches the color scheme of the space.

4. Use A Warm Color Palette

What makes a space feel luxurious is an inviting ambiance. You will want to use colors that make you, your family and your guests want to spend time there, to feel like this is a great place to unwind. According to the research done in color psychology, warm colors such as red, orange or yellow are perceived by the human eye as cozy and intimate while cooler color like gray and green can be used to make a space look larger and induce calmness. So we recommend you use mostly warm colors with touches of gray or green in smaller spaces. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!



Photo credit: Sugar & Charm


Photo credit: House Beautiful


Photo credit: House Beautiful

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, MY LOVELIES!

As my son is getting older, he is not interested in wearing Halloween costumes or go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood anymore. He thought wearing a costume or go trick-or-treating are for little kids. LOL. Instead, he really enjoy handing out treats and candies to those that knock on our door. Although I miss going trick-or-treating with my son in the neighborhood, I love seeing the smile and excitement on his face when he gives out treats to little tricksters.

This year we are having our first snow (along with rain) during Halloween, how crazy is that? Hopefully, the tricksters in our area are nicely bundled up during their trick-or-treating later today.  

No matter what plans you have in store today, I hope you have lots of fun! Wishing you the happiest of Halloweens filled with luck, magic and charm. Most importantly, stay warm and stay safe!

Sponsor- Thank you!


Today, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome my newest sponsor, Pure Parima.




Pure Parima: Offers sheet sets made from long-staple Giza cotton that has been certified as 100% Egyptian by the Cotton Egypt Association. With a smooth sateen weave and exceptional breathability, the sheets and pillowcases in the Yalda collection is beneficial for hot sleepers.

Don't forget to check out Pure Parima for the most luxurious and softest sheets!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Five Crucial Protections To Take During Home Improvement Projects!


This post is provided by Boris Dzhingarov.

In most cases of major construction or home improvement projects, it pays to hire a professional. While the costs can seem staggering, the guarantee of quality, elimination of any personal risk and the time saved are all valuable factors to consider. Some individuals do decide to embark on major home projects alone, while many others embrace more minor projects with ease.

Nevertheless, those not inherently familiar with these procedures are prone to making innocent but potentially disastrous mistakes. Safeguarding both yourself and your home from any unintended DIY side-effects should be a top priority.

As such, let us look at five crucial protections you should take when performing various home improvement projects.

Put Down A Dropcloth

So many home improvement and construction projects in the home can create an utter mess. For these kinds of projects, putting down dropcloths in the work area before beginning is imperative. Whether you are painting, sanding or spackling, materials and debris can easily fall onto the floor. Protecting your floors – whether they are carpet, hardwood or laminate – from these messes by using dropcloths is well worth the effort, so invest in a one or more of these protective accessories.

Shut Off Utilities

Many construction projects may involve structural elements of the home, such as electrical wires and water pipes. Before working on any socket, installing any fixture or cutting into any wall, it is vital that you turn off the utilities to prevent damage and harm. Not only can one wrong move cause a flood within the home or an electrical fire, but it could also potentially cost you your life. Do not be lazy, and take the extra time needed to shut off utilities before working on vulnerable areas of the home.

Protect Your Eyes, Ears, Hands And Feet

It can be all too easy to feel comfortable when working on projects in and around the home. Unfortunately, luck does not care where you are: one wrong move, and you could suffer serious injuries. As such, any home improvement or construction project should always be centered around wearing proper protection, which includes eyewear, ear protection, gloves and proper footwear (depending on the exact project).

Ensure Proper Ventilation

A variety of construction and home improvement projects ideally need specific ventilation conditions to avoid any damage to your lungs and other organs. For example, ensuring open windows and box fans are present in a room when painting is ideal, but closing off any airflow when cutting through drywall or installing insulation helps prevent tiny particles from circulating throughout the room and being inhaled. Always consider whether your project could generate small forms of debris that are harmful if ingested and make the proper accommodations.

Secure the Ladder

One of the most common household accidents is falling, and a large chunk of these accidents involve ladders. If you are conducting home improvement projects inside or outside of the home, be sure to place your ladder on a firm, even surface and secure it to the wall, tree or other nearby sturdy structure for additional support. Whether you are putting up new gutters or cleaning the chandelier, one slip could cost you thousands of dollars in medical bills – or even worse, your life. 

Many home improvement projects can be made safer and less prone to mishaps by adopting these five tips. While not everyone will be relevant for every occasion, keep this list in mind when embarking on your next construction or DIY project around the house.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Top Interior Design Styles For 2019!


This post is provided by Clayton Richard.

Your home should be an extension of you and your personality. Whether you are simple and organized or eclectic and colorful, your home should reflect that. You have to live in your home almost every day of the year, so it should be a place that brings you happiness and peace. It can also be changed around as frequently as you would like as your taste develops and your needs change. It is fun to keep up with new trends in interior design, and pick and choose what new styles speak to you and work for your overall vision. Give your home a fresh, modern twist with some of these popular design styles of 2019.

Statement walls and ceilings

One of the most popular trends right now is an accent wall that makes a real statement, particularly a single black wall. Take this trend further by using an interesting wallpaper in a deep, sharp color scheme or use press-and-stick subway tiles to add even more texture to the room. You can also make a statement with a textured or wallpapered ceiling. One of the hottest trends right now is a textured wooden ceiling or a dark wallpaper that pulls together the pieces of the room. Get some inspo for this “fifth wall” trend and think about what colors and designs might help add some pizzazz to your home.

Eco-friendly pieces

It is no secret that the society cares much about the environment than we ever have. We understand the importance of keeping the planet clean and safe for future generations. This mentality is more than a trend, it should be a way of life. For the sake of our environment, think about buying “green” when you are decorating your home. Some popular sustainable fabrics right now are hemp fiber and organic cotton. You will feel even better about your next purchase when you know it is not contributing to polluting our Earth.

Minimalism

When it comes to designing a home in 2019, simplicity is everything. It is all about living a stress-free life, and it is hard to be at peace in a house that is too busy. While some may believe minimalist styles can be cold, harsh, and empty. However, this can not be further from the truth. The key is to choose pieces that are sharp, attractive, simple, and multi-functional. Minimalism is also an inexpensive choice for decor, since you will be investing in only what you need and can not get excessive. Practice this less-is-more attitude in your home for a modern look that is always in style.

Rustic Touches

A popular look right now is wood combined with stone and metal, creating a natural, rustic feeling. A rustic home often includes weathered furniture and fabrics, so you will have an easy time finding pieces for your space at thrift shops and yard sales. Add some natural touches to your home combined with modern pieces to create a unique and timeless feel. If rustic is your style, keep an eye out for Birmingham houses for sale that have these touches already built in, such as exposed brick walls, old stone fireplaces, and gorgeous wooden beams on the ceiling.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pros And Cons To Consider When Moving To Tampa!


This post is provided by Super Groups.

Known as "Cigar City" or "The Big Guava" Tampa, Florida is an exciting and historic place to live. As the second largest metropolitan area in Florida next to Miami, Tampa offers lots of reasons for you to call it home. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider if you are thinking about moving to Tampa.

1. Cost Of Living

Although wages in Tampa are not quite as high as other areas of the country with the median household income in 2019 at $49,000, there is no state tax in Florida, which helps with the cost of living. Housing is a bit more affordable with the average home value at about $222,000 in 2019. The fact that Tampa is part of a large metropolitan area also helps with the costs of food, clothing, and gasoline.

Many residents have moved to the Tampa area more for the lifestyle, preferring it over higher paying job opportunities in other locations. Tampa has a large Spanish community and is a city with lots of diversity.

2. Activities And Entertainment

When it comes to things to do in the Tampa area, there are plenty of activities and entertainment for you to enjoy. There is a wide selection of restaurants for you to try, ranging from Mexican Food and Barbecue to Steakhouses and Italian, Chinese, and more. When you are ready for some excitement, Tampa has lots of museums, nightclubs, sports activities, theme parks, and aquariums.

Tampa is also just a short drive to communities like Orlando with lots of theme parks, as well as ocean side communities like Jacksonville with plenty of east coast beaches.

3. Local Neighborhoods

The city of Tampa is made up of lots of different neighborhoods ranging from poor and middle class to larger luxury homes. There are also neighborhoods like Spanishtown, Palmetto Beach, and Seminole Heights, giving you the opportunity to find just the right place to call home. A few of the more popular neighborhoods include Hyde Park, the more historic section of town; Forest Hills, a more rural part of town; Courier City, the more urban environment; and Lincoln Gardens, one of the more upscale neighborhoods in Tampa.

There are many planned communities that include HomeOwner Associations as well as rural communities for those who want a bit more space. There are also communities like Riverview that are designed to be safe, family-friendly neighborhoods with entertainment and dining establishments nearby.

4. Employment Opportunities

When it comes to employment opportunities, Tampa has a wide variety of options for those looking for specific job industries. The city includes job opportunities in healthcare, finance, customer service, management, food services, hospitality and a whole lot more.

A few of Tampa's largest employers include companies like Publix Supermarket, JP Morgan Chase, University of South Florida, BayCare Health System, and Verizon. Companies among the top 100 places to work in Tampa include, the Progressive Group, GTE Financial, and SandPearl Resort.

5. Education

If you are looking to further your education, the city of Tampa offers a number of higher education opportunities. Institutions like the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, and Strayer University allow local residents the chance to gain a college degree close to home.

Tampa also includes technical and occupational education programs like ITT Technical Institute, the Paul Mitchell School, the International Academy of Design & Technology, and the College of Public Health to name a few. Tampa offers the 8th largest school district in the country for younger students in grades K-12. The Hillsborough County School District gives students the opportunity to access a wide variety of activities and resources.