Giving Birth to a Toronto Native

For most of my live I’ve lived in Quebec, but after getting married to my wonderful wife, I wanted to try something new. We talked about where we should live, and came to a conclusion that Toronto would be a nice place. We searched around for a great place to start a family, and found Junction in Toronto. Once we moved there, our life was a little different, but mostly the same. We had great jobs and met some wonderful people who were pretty friendly to us. When my wife became pregnant with our first child, things became really hectic.

My wife would have all kinds of crazy cravings and want me to go to the store to get some food. There was a pretty nice store in the area that was only a few minutes from where we lived. Every time I would walk in, the staff would know why I was there. The cravings had no kind of reasoning to them. Once my wife wanted to have peanut butter, eggs, and corn, all at the same time. We also went to prenatal classes to learn about proper care for our soon to be child. They even taught us how to essentially birth the baby in an emergency situation.

Our child was born one Saturday night. It was a boy and we named it Mark. He was a healthy little baby, and had quite an appetite. The moment he touched my hand, I couldn’t help but let out a few tears. My parents and my wife’s parents came all the way from Quebec to Toronto to see the baby being born. We went back to Junction just a short time after the baby was born, and the baby did what babies do best: cry and eat. He’s going to grow up to be a great son.

Posted in Home | Comments Off on Giving Birth to a Toronto Native

Making It Harder for Online Predators

The Internet is a marvelous creature, but it can be a frightening one as well. In years past, before the Internet was a household activity, parents only had to worry about people in their general vicinity when it came to their children. Once the Internet took off though, predators had a much easier time when it came to picking out their prey. It could definitely be a lot worse than what it is though, and we have people like Baroness Joanna Shields to thank for that. She is responsible for making the Internet a place where children are safe rather than targeted by predators. Continue reading

Posted in Home | Comments Off on Making It Harder for Online Predators

Best Memory Foam Mattress To Buy Today

Sleep Innovations Mattress

I was in search for a mid-range (around $500 queen) memory foam mattress. After a lot of skimming and searching I cam across the Sleep Innovations 12″ suretemp memory foam mattress.

What sealed the deal was the 20 year warranty, which I thought was awesome.Best Memory Foam Mattress

The 12″ foam was a great sell point for me and the 2.5 inch memory foam thickness, which is more than most you see around.

I got the mattress and replaced my bed right away. The first week or so my back was really tight and achy. At first I was really upset about my purchase and was thinking about returning it. But it turns out it was just aligning my back to how it should be(I guess?) because down the line my back started feeling amazing! My sleep was sound and so restful once my back started feeling better.

I really enjoy this bed and glad I waited to return it and to review it. 6 months now and the mattress is still amazing. Very satisfied with this purchase.

Serta Foam Mattress

The Serta Gel Foam 3-layer Mattress has worked for me and I am a rather big person who suffers from insomnia. For years I have suffered from restless sleep and not being able to get comfortable mostly due to heat. I have had this mattress for around a year and now I can sleep through the night. I have tried other foam mattresses with no luck. But this one helps my body and keep me comfortable throughout the night. The only downside is not wanting to get out of the bed in the morning.

Wolf Super Rest Smooth Mattress

For the price it is just ok. At around $100 I wasn’t expecting much, but kind of was expecting more. It’s ok for our guest room but I don’t see anyone sleeping on it every night comfortably. My smaller nephew who sleeps over sometimes likes it. Maybe it is best for kids?

Sleep Master Mattress

Sleep Master 8-Inch Pressure Relief Foam Mattress

After research this was one of the highest rated foam mattresses available online. I can see why. The price is pretty low but packs a wonderful bed, and it came with a metal bed foundation frame.

It came in a box that didn’t look like a mattress would be in there. the thing was compressed and in a air-tight sealed bag, pretty crazy. It took a few days for the bed to take it’s shape but I think that’s expected when it is compressed into such a small box.

It is very comfortable and for half the price as other memory foam mattresses and also a frame, this is a steal. Wish I found it sooner. But the one problem is the warranty is only for 5 years, most have 20 year warranties.

Sleep Master 8″ Total Therapeutic Comfort Foam Mattress

This is our 2nd memory foam mattress after the last one started caving in after a year and they would not replace it! This is another cheaper memory foam mattress and I was worried that this one will sink in right away like the other. I bit the bullet and made the purchase after reading reviews on amazon. Being the skeptic I am I was expecting the worst. But the mattress has been great with no sinking or caving in. My wife and I are light sleepers and we sleep through the night even if the other gets up. It is great and hoping it keeps it’s shape for many restful nights.

Serenia Sleep 8-Inch Memory Foam RV Mattress

After suffering many back aching nights in our RV while on trips I finally talked my husband into buying a new mattress. Had to sell him on the whole new memory foam idea.

After about a week’s worth of sleep, it has been well worth it. I never thought in an RV we would get something this comfortable and at a decent price. Really enjoy sleeping in the RV now!

Signature Sleep Mattress

A bed that came in a duffel bag? ok.

My mom got this for me and I did not have high hopes. It did come in a duffel bag. To me it seemed weird to have a spring bed with foam that is rolled up and stuffed into a bag.

It was an upgrade since I have been sleeping on the same bed for 10 years.

For a bed that came out of a duffel bag I would say it is great. but compared to any other bed I would say it is average. Some back pain for the first week or so, that started to die down.

 

Reference:

foamglobes.com

Amazon.com

 

Posted in Bed Mattress | Comments Off on Best Memory Foam Mattress To Buy Today

Avoid the Gray Zone and Take Real Breaks

Many people spend their workdays in a gray zone marathon. That’s why it takes them 7-8 hours to do 90 minutes of work. They work slowly and inefficiently. Their work time is cluttered with distractions and interruptions. They begin late and wind down early. Most of the time, they’re only half working.

Instead of doing a gray zone marathon each day, cycle between real work and real breaks. This will be much more efficient, even if you work only half as many hours or less.

Don’t immediately go from one focus block right into another. After you complete a focus block, celebrate your achievement. Then assess where you are. Tune into your energy and see how you feel.

If you’re still feeling alert and energized, you may only need a short break. Take 5-10 minutes to stretch, go to the bathroom, and have some fresh fruit. Then feel free to dive right into another focus block.

If you feel tired, it’s good to eat something and/or take a nap.

If you feel like doing something physical, go for a walk or take an exercise break.

If you feel like you could use some emotional renewal, you may wish to meditate, socialize, or read some inspiring material.

How long should your breaks be? Make them as long as necessary till you’re ready for another round of focused work. Sometimes you may only need a few minutes. Other times it may be wise to take a couple hours off, especially if the previous block was particularly draining.

Between focus blocks, seek to refresh and renew your energy until you’re ready to handle another focus block.

Do your best not to load up your breaks with gray zone tasks like email since that’s more likely to drain you. I recommend batching small tasks into their own focus block (including email). But if it’s just a quick one-minute email check now and then, that probably won’t be too bad, but never do email checks during a block unless it’s critical for the completion of the block.

Realise that if you only complete one focus block in a whole day, you’ve still done as much real work as the typical

American office worker does in a full eight-hour day. And if you only complete two blocks, you’re twice as productive as most. On a super productive day, you may complete five or six blocks, which is like getting a full week’s worth of work done in one day.

Do a Week of Work in a Day

During one of the most productive periods of my life, when I was doing contract game programming work, I’d normally work from 9am to noon, take a one hour break for lunch, and then work from 1pm until 5pm or 6pm. But I’d subdivide the work into shorter focus blocks of deep concentration.

At the start of each day, I’d define the next milestone I wanted to reach, such as a short list of new features to add. Then I’d make a short list of action steps in my work journal (just an everyday spiral notebook). Sometimes I wouldn’t bother to list the action steps if they seemed obvious. Then I’d program the items on the list. Finally, I’d compile the software, test the program, fix bugs, and tweak the implementation until I was satisfied. A typical milestone would take me about 45-90 minutes to achieve.

Since I was programming games, testing the program meant playing the game a little to test the new features as well as the overall gameplay. In effect, the testing phase gave my brain a nice break from designing algorithms and writing code.

When I finished one cycle like this, I’d feel a nice little sense of accomplishment. I might take a quick stretch break. Then I’d make a new list and repeat.

In the morning, I would complete a few of these cycles, perhaps three of them. In the afternoon I’d do several more. My game projects progressed very quickly during this time. Every day I added many new features. I could have a prototype of a whole new game running in just a few days this way. With today’s better development tools, the work can progress even faster.

During lunch each day, I took a complete break to restore my mental energy. I rarely went to lunch with my co-workers. Usually I brought a sack lunch with me, but I left the office to go eat. I’d drive to a nearby park, sit on the grass with my back against a tree, and eat alone in silence. I’d let go of work and just relax. After eating, I’d lie back on the grass and take a 20-minute nap, or I’d stare up at the sky and totally zone out. I’d enjoy the breeze and listen to the birds. I gave the brain circuits I needed for programming work a very restful break. Then I’d go back to my car, return to work, and crank out a few more cycles before leaving for the day.

Test, Train, and Experiment

If you aren’t used to a working rhythm of alternating focus blocks with rest periods, you may need to practice this method for a while to get used to it. I expect you’ll really like it once you taste this kind of flow. Doing a full day’s work in about 90 minutes is not only efficient; it’s also motivated and energizing.

Cycles of about 90 minutes usually work well once you get up to speed. But you may find that shorter cycles like 45 or 60 minutes work better for you. You may also find that different cycle lengths are more suited to different types of work. Sometimes I’ll keep going for 2.5 hours (or more) if I’m feeling good, especially when writing a new article.

Some people like having scheduled focus blocks with scheduled breaks, so everything is a set duration. They’re sticklers for starting and stopping at set times. There’s some evidence that this helps your brain optimize its performance if your cycles are the same every day.

For instance, you might have focus blocks at 5:30-7:00am, 8:00-9:30am, 10:30am-noon, 1pm-2:30pm, and 3:30-5pm, which would give you five 90-minute focus blocks with hour-long breaks in between. This would be a super productive day that would see you doing as much real work in one day as the typical American office worker does in a week, but you’re only working for 7.5 hours total.

Other people prefer a more organic approach, deciding based on their energy levels how low each focus block and break should be. This is how I work most of the time.

A modest but still highly productive schedule might entail having three focus blocks per day. You could easily complete a great deal of work this way. Many top creative workers only work 3-5 hours per day, but they work with deep focus and zero interruptions during that time.

Don’t succumb to the cultural bias that may try to convince you that working 8+ hours per day makes you productive. That may be true for physical labor and some repetitive tasks, but it’s not true for knowledge workers and creative types. Many people enjoy tremendous flow and achieve great results by working in short high energy, bursts of motivation and drive.

Try this for yourself, and you may never want to return to the gray zone of long, unproductive workdays again.

Meet the Future You

By Stuart Goldsmith Creator of The Inner Circle Mentoring Program

Imagine walking into a room and meeting the ‘you’ of ten years from now. What will you be wearing? Where will you be living? What will your lifestyle be like? What car will you be driving? Will you be running a business? If so, how successful will you be? What will your net worth be? Continue reading

Looking To Become A Business Leader? Read This

It’s not easy to figure out what people look for in their leader. You need to know what goes into being a leader that’s respected and you have to have the discipline to make sure everything is carried out correctly. You must know how, what, and why.

Do not assume that your team are mind-readers. You must be able to communicate to them how you want things done and what expectations you have. This way, staff members will be comfortable coming to you for any clarifications they may need. Continue reading

Posted in Internet Marketing | Comments Off on Looking To Become A Business Leader? Read This

Online Marketing Strategies For Business Success Online

Do you own your own company and are looking to broaden your demographics and profits? The answer is in website marketing. Online marketing offers quick and easy ways for you to advertise your business to online consumers. Read the information below to see how this marketing technique can start bringing you results. Continue reading

Posted in Internet Marketing | Comments Off on Online Marketing Strategies For Business Success Online

Learn Faster And Smarter Internet Marketing Methods Right Now!

Online marketing is the best method for reaching a large number of people. A lot of consumers use the Internet to look information on products and to compare prices for instance. It’s no surprise that the latest generations of people have never even heard of a phone book. Marketing on search engines is extremely subtle and effective.

Web Marketing Continue reading

Posted in Internet Marketing | Comments Off on Learn Faster And Smarter Internet Marketing Methods Right Now!

Empower Network’s New Uniline Plan

There are no doubts that Empower Network’s new ground-breaking Uni|ine Compensation Plan will skyrocket us ahead of every other company in our industry.

David Wood’s genius plan (which he admits, he thought of in about 5 minutes) is set to make Empower Network affiliates more money and more sales than every before. Continue reading

Blogging Ideas For Beginners

You can enjoy the Internet more, connect in a more interactive way, and even possibly make some money by blog posting. If you want to start your own blog, there are various sites that offer information for you to do just that. This article will give you several ideas in creating a blog, or making changes to one you already have. Enjoy!

Blog Posting

Make sure that your information is relevant and appealing. Everyone has to do regular day-to-day chores like washing dishes and vacuuming. Such content would have to be presented in a unique way to get readers to care. Chose subject material that you feel confident readers will be interested in. Your goal in writing a blog, after all, is to draw people to your site.

Make use of pictures in your posts. Do you believe in the idea that a photo can tell a story more effectively than words? This is definitely true for running a blog. Images do display a lot more information than a bunch of words. Therefore, make sure images are included as much as you possibly can.

Keep in mind that when it comes to running a blog, an informal method of writing works best. A blog contains your personal writings and should not be an infomercial. It’s crucial you treat it like one, and write posts as though you were talking to your friends. You want to connect to your reader base in a fun, informal manner so that they will come back for more.

You should make use of subheadings to break up your longer posts and divide them into smaller sections. This will ensure that your readers return often, as they know that the content they find will be easy to read. This is a simple way to create a better blog.

When blogging, don’t just start doing one thing and never change. Instead, look at it from a business perspective and continually grow your knowledge in the field. Learn from bloggers that are already high ranking, and use their strategies as you are running a blog. If you continue to refine your blog and learn new skills, your blogging will only improve.

You must have fun when you are running a blog. Running A Blog can quickly become tiresome when you don’t feel passionate about your topic. Write on a topic you love, and enjoy what you create. Be creative and really enjoy the topic and others will, too.

Proofreading is one of the most important things you can do. If your blog is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, your blog posting may end before it begins. While this is a worse case scenario, it is also prudent to stay on top of incorrect usage of correctly spelled words, such as your/you’re, their/there and other similar, and common errors that may not be picked up by a spell check.

As you can see, there are many things you can do to make your blog more successful. Applying the tips you have read will allow you to have a better experience when you are creating your blog, and will also allow your visitors to get more enjoyment too. Try to use these tips in your own blog to get an edge on your rivals.

I would like to give you a chance to get our new blogging system at a discount while they last!
Just click on the link and get your free information. Then you will have a chance to get the system all for just 7 bucks! This system is nothing like you have seen YET!  It’s bran new!  It is all done for you!  Complete with all the widgets you need to set up a professional looking blog! We also have a new feature a 21 day blogging challenge. This feature will take you from day to day with action steps for you to take.

You owe it to your self to check this out! If you don’t like it just cancel it.

Writing A Blog Advice That Anyone Can Try Out

Are you interested in getting into blogging, but feel hesitant about doing so? The article below provides some basic blogging information that you can use to get started and get noticed. Don’t be scared! Because of the expansion of technology, it is becoming increasingly easy to blog. The tips that follow will help you become a renowned blogger in no time. Continue reading

Posted in Internet Marketing | Comments Off on Writing A Blog Advice That Anyone Can Try Out

Online Marketing Advice?

Online marketing is very profitable for those who know what they’re doing. However, do not worry. The following tips will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Make sure that neither you or any affiliate marketing partners take unfair advantage during this process. The very best you can do with cookie stuffing is annoy your readers. At worst, it may lose important information or transmit viruses and malware. Continue reading

Tips And Advice For Those Interested In Affiliate Promotion

When engaging in online marketing, you could describe it as a partnership. Though your web marketing partner may not be a very active and vocal member of your business, you will need to become familiar with their client base in order for you both to succeed. A little elbow grease goes a long way, but it often takes more than that. Use these tips to fill in the missing parts of your strategy. Continue reading

Posted in Internet Marketing | Comments Off on Tips And Advice For Those Interested In Affiliate Promotion

Affiliate Promotion Tips And Tricks

Anyone capable of educating themselves on the topic and committing themselves to practice what they learn can find success in the field of internet marketing. In order to maximize your profits, you need to spend a great deal of time educating yourself on the ins and outs of web marketing. The suggestions in this article are just what you need to get moving.

Taking advantage of this can lead to negative consequences. This is extremely annoying for viewers in the best case. Or, you may end up breaking affiliate tracking chains; even worse, this process can spread viruses. Continue reading