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Columbia Gorge. Hi Everyone! Welcome to my site and blog! Here I’ll be talking about all kinds of things, many based on my own experiences.

Things such as, how I moved from one state to another and what I did to make it more successful, what I’ve gotten from the different jobs I’ve tried, what I’ve learned about selling items at flea markets, and tips about using some of the features on computers, such as Windows Live Photo Gallery, and other things as well.

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Streaming: The Perfect Way to Let off Some Steam

After a long day at work, there’s no better thing to do than curl up on the sofa in front of the TV. But once you’ve plonked yourself down for the night, there’s nothing worse than having to get back up to sort out your viewing consumption for the evening; however, fear not as in this day and age there is solution to this problem: streaming.


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No more having to search the television magazine extensively and no more having to find and inject DVD disks — when you stream, you need do nothing at all. Streaming demands next to no physical activity as you simply choose what you will be viewing for the evening in the extensive list of titles on offer, click a few buttons, and you’re off. No more having to scroll through the various channels on offer on your TV to find the perfect show for you because with streaming everything is there at your fingertips. And to partner this: advances in smart home technology have meant that you no longer even need to get up to turn the light switch on or off — you can do so through the use of the Internet; and advances in smartphone technology have meant that the phones themselves can be used as remote controls through the implementation of infrared ports within them, this eradicating the need to change batteries or search the TV remote when it has fallen down the back of the sofa.


As well as this, streaming offers up more of an opportunity to be in control of your viewing consumption than has ever been experienced before. For instance, you no longer have for a specific time slot to be able to watch your favourite TV show — if you stream you can choose when to watch it and you can do so with just as much as ease as if you had in fact watched it when it was meant to be broadcast. But that is not the only way in which streaming induces more control of your viewing habits; you can also, in this day and age, stream your favourite flicks straight to your smartphone. MovieBox, for instance, provides a streaming app for iOS devices such as the iPhone or iPad which means that you take your viewing habits with you wherever you like (providing you have a strong Internet connection). The MovieBox app, of which you can download the latest version on their website, allows you to forego the hassles of torrents and downloading which makes it the perfect option for your viewing consumption after a long day at work, especially if you are working away from home.

When you consider all of the good ways in which streaming makes everyday life a bit easier, it’s no wonder that the death of the video store is now upon us. Streaming services really are a simple tech that can improve your life greatly, so if you haven’t introduced them to your home, it’s maybe now time that you did. It offers the most stress free way of doing absolutely nothing after work, and what can beat that?

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Are You Ready To Be Your Own Boss?

Are you tired of working long hours for nothing in return? Would you rather be enjoying the fruits of your labor rather than lining somebody else’s pockets? Or are you ready for a new challenge? More and more people are choosing to be their own boss, but have you got what it takes? If you’re thinking about embarking upon a solo venture, here are some hints that may help you along the way.

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Where to work

When you have a job, in most cases, this involves spending most of your time in a specific workplace. This could be an office, a hospital, a school or college, or a building site. If you’re thinking about making a change and becoming your own boss, consider where you’re going to base yourself.


Many people choose to work from home when they are self-employed. If you’re looking for a low-cost option, and you have space available, this could be a great option for you, depending on the type of work you do. If you’re office-based, it’s likely that you’ll spend most of your time in your new home study. If you’re out and about a lot, you could just use your home office as a base and a place to store equipment, files, and gadgets. If you don’t already have space, but you’d like to work from home, there may be options. You could convert a spare room or part of the garage, or you could look into adding a garden room or a standalone structure in the backyard. Another option is to convert a loft or basement, but this will obviously incur significant costs.


If you’re looking into opening your own yoga studio or you’re interested in holistic medicine, and you need larger premises, you could investigate renting. Have a look around for suitable options in your local area, arrange some viewings, and work out the sums.

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Buying equipment

When you work in an office, you have everything you need provided for you. You’ll have a desk and a chair, a computer and access to printers and meeting rooms. If you’re a builder, you’ll be given the safety equipment and tools you need to do your job. If you’re a delivery driver or you have a trade, you’ll have a van to drive around in. When you’re your own boss, you’ll need to think about buying the equipment you’ll need to set up your business. In some cases, the initial cost may be significant, but there may be ways of saving money. You could hire rather than buy to save money on expensive equipment, or you could consider buying in bulk for smaller items. It’s also worth taking advantage of the Internet to shop around for competitive prices. If you’re kitting out a new vehicle, for example, you can look around for the best deals on shelving for vans, branding for the exterior and the tools you need to offer the services you want to provide. If you’re decking out a new home office, you can compare prices on desks and office chairs or look into the possibility of buying second-hand furniture.

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Financing your venture

When you become self-employed, there’s usually a cost involved, especially if you’re launching a new business. In some cases, startup costs are minimal, but in others, they can be substantial. Before you hand in your notice and start dreaming of seeing your name up in lights, make sure you have sound plans, and you have the funding available to make your business a success. If you don’t have savings, you could consider taking out a business loan or approaching investors. If you are thinking of getting investors on board or you’re borrowing money, ensure your business plan looks the part, and that it offers substance as well as style. Any potential lender or investor will go over it with a fine-toothed comb, so make sure the figures add up.

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The legalities

When you work for an employer, they are responsible for your health and safety, and they also oversee legal issues such as employment rights and details related to the way the business works. If you’re a company manager, you need to be aware of the legalities involved. You can’t rip off other people’s ideas, for example, or try to attract clients from a competitor by using underhand tactics. If you plan to do the same job and set up on your own, you may be considering contacting clients with whom you’ve worked in the past. Many people do this, but sometimes, there are restrictions in place. Check your employment contract carefully, and make sure you are permitted to do this. If you’re launching a new product or you plan to hire members of staff, it’s wise to contact a legal expert just to make sure you’re doing everything above board.

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Motivating yourself

When you have a job, you know that you’re there for a certain number of hours and you have a list of tasks to get through on a daily basis. When you’re your own boss, it’s up to work out when you work, what you’re doing and how you’re going to be rewarded financially. If you have high levels of motivation and you’re happy working under your own initiative, you shouldn’t find it difficult to adapt. However, if you’re used to somebody telling you what to do, it can take a while to get your head around the change. Stick to a routine, and be organized. Use a diary to keep track of appointments, and write a list every night, so you know what you’ve got coming up the next day.

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To many, the idea of being their own boss is a dream come true. There are lots of advantages, but there are also downsides. It’s not always plain sailing, so it’s important to have a realistic impression of what life will be like once you go it alone. Hopefully, this guide will help you decide whether you’re ready to be your own boss.

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Saving Is Easier When You Have Reason To Save

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Pretty much every blog and every newspaper has a section dedicated to finance, and within this section is the constant urge for you to save money. Basically, there is a lot of pressure on the need to save.


But is this pressure warranted? Well, in a word, yes.


In fact, there is a wide range of reason as to why saving some money makes a whole lot of sense. Of course, the very notion of putting some money aside at the end of each money is not the most attractive of propositions, and certainly falls under the category of easier said than done. As such, it could help you to have a clear goal to work toward or a clear understanding of why it is important to save some cash.


Retirement Reasons

Quite simply put, the sooner you start saving for your retirement the better. That is because the earlier you start the less you will have to save later on. Retirement may seem like a totally far off concept to someone in their twenties and thirties, but it is a way of getting your money to work for you. And the more you save, the more it will earn you. The amount of interest you earn is completely dictated by the amount of money saved up, but it will keep on increasing with time and contributions, and allow you to enjoy a much more comfortable retirement period. Bliss.


Emergencies Happen

Life never goes to plan. Not exactly, anyway. There is always some sort of hurdle these crops up and these hurdles almost always cost money. Let’s go to the smaller end of the scale and say your refrigerator packs up. Now you could get yourself some personal loans to cover the cost, and this wouldn’t be a bad option. But it could be that you have a bad credit rating, or it could be you don’t like the idea of interest rates, in which case having the cash to help you out could prove essential. However, it could be that you suddenly lose your job. Sure, you can get straight onto the hunt for something new, but who is to say that won’t last a couple of months. As such, you should aim to have three months worth of rent or mortgage repayments in your bank.


Homeowner Ambitions

This is one of the most common reasons people save money; they want to own their own home someday. But having a mortgage requires a down-payment. That isn’t all, though, because the more you have saved the more friendly the lending rates offered to you will be, and less you will have to pay back each month. Basically, the more you have saved, the better the interest rates will be and the bigger your home could be. Home buying is easier if you have money saved up.


Vagabond Dreams

Not everyone cares about material things that need replacing, or homeownership or retirement planning. But they aren’t the only reasons saving money is great. It could be that you’ve always wanted to interrail around Europe while making your way through a best-selling book or some poetry anthropologies. It could be that you want to go on a Caribbean cruise or skiing in Canada. All of these are made more and more possible by savings. What’s more, saving up for something that is fun is going to be much easier to achieve than saving for something that is totally mundane.

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Personalize Your Home In 3 Easy Steps

When you move into a new property, it can be a very exciting time. After all, you now have a humble abode which you can personalize to make perfect for you. However, it’s harder than it looks to turn it into a home rather than a house. And to give it those personal touches which will ensure the previous homeowner’s style vanishes. Therefore, here are three easy steps to follow to personalize your home.


Add some photos to give it character


The first way you can make your house feel like home is by adding some pictures. After all, it leaves no question of who owns the house if the property is decorated with photos of your family and friends. And it can instantly feel more personal to you if you add pictures to those bare walls. Therefore, get some new frames for the wall colors and fill them with lovely pictures. Spread them out sparingly, so that you don’t overcrowd your wall. And remember if you have any favorite pieces of art, you can add these to your home too. After all, you will feel more at home with these pieces on your walls. And it will ensure people know that you live at the premises!


Give it some DIY charm


It’s also a good idea to personalize the home with some DIY features. After all, if everything looks professional, it can often make the home feel like it’s not lived in. And it can feel more like a show home, rather than a property that belongs to you! Therefore, it’s time to put your DIY hat on and give the property an overhaul. It might be that you paint wood furniture, so it’s more your style. For example, you could go for a different color or add a quirky design like flowers or hearts to make it more personal. Or you could even create some letters spelling your name which you can hang in the hallway. And you could even use some form of glue gun which you can get from companies like Glue Guns Direct, and then make something with this. In fact, there are a ton of craft project ideas from felt flowers to sisal coasters that you can make with a glue gun to give your home a touch of DIY charm!



Choose colors which you love


It’s likely the new house has been left in a neutral state. After all, people tend to depersonalize their home by painting the walls neutral when it’s time to sell. But rather than sticking to those boring white or cream walls, it’s time to add some of your favorite colors to the home. For example, if you adore red, give your living room a touch of the color of love. Or if you love a calming blue, ensure your sleeping quarters are relaxing by switching to this color. As soon as you go for a paint style which is more personal to you, it will transform the home! And remember the same goes for wallpaper; opt for a design you love rather than what the previous owner had!


And once you have done the inside of the home, you can begin work on making your new garden totally you!



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Office Health Hurts

You may be doing your dream job. Using cutting edge software to solve all kinds of projects and issues, or maybe you are creating things on CAD. Whatever you are doing, if you are in an office all day there are going to be adverse effects on your health and well-being. There are some ways to get around these, you need to remember that your health is supremely important. You should always put it first. Above work, play and everything in between. If you don’t maintain your health you can get ill, which would force you to take even more time off work. These tips can show you the issues that can arise, whilst also giving some solutions. You may have already thought about some of these, but they can help. It’s an important issue, so try not to ignore it.


Joint Issues


When sat in a chair all day you can sometimes get all kinds of joint issues. The shoulders can become quite painful, and it feels like one more push of the keyboard can be total agony. Back issues also arise, you need to resolve back issues as soon as possible because they can soon make your life take a nasty downturn. Check out yorback.com or more information on the issue. A key here is chair quality and desk height. You need to make sure the chair is of a good quality. Ask your employer for a new one and if they don’t, do not be afraid to take it further. You need to assert yourself and ensure your health comes first. Usually a company would rather help you out and give you a better chair than let you suffer and as a result your productivity wane. But you’ll never know until you ask.


Weight Issues


Being sat in a chair all day means that it is harder to keep the weight off. You burn no calories in the normal moving around or walking that you would in another job, so you need to take precautions. You can either train more in the week during your own time, which can be quite hard, or you can take it upon yourself to get more exercise in the working day. Think about taking the stairs instead of the lift. Stairs burn calories. Perhaps cycle to work instead of drive. Little changes like this can make you far fitter and stop you piling on the pounds.


Eye Issues


Some say that looking at a screen all day doesn’t make a difference to your eyesight, and while this is in part true, it can still affect your long site. Looking at something right in front of you all day ensures that your long sightedness suffers. The way to get around this is to make sure you take a break and look around from time to time. Keep your eyes fresh. Close them for a minute or so then open them again. You need to be careful by making sure you use the right glasses. If you need a new prescription then get one. Not using the right glasses can make any vision issues even worse than they already are.

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What Are The Key Assets For Juggling Home Life With A Home Business?

Running a small business operation from home has become a very popular avenue for entrepreneurs. Quite frankly, it isn’t hard to see the appeal. Not only is an opportunity to take control of your destiny, but it also enables startups to be launched on far smaller budgets. Moreover, you only need to spend five minutes online to find an array of success stories for continued inspiration.


But don’t be fooled into thinking the road to success will be smooth. You’ll inevitably encounter a number of difficult turns along the journey, not least when it comes to finding that balance between work and life.   



Take note of the lessons below, however, and you should be just fine.


  • Create a designated workspace: An effective and lively home office isn’t only the hub of your entire business. It also distinguishes the difference between work and leisure. This can have a telling impact on your personal mentality and motivation. For parents, it also serves as a clear indicator to the kids. If you’re in the office, you’re in work mode. If you’re anywhere else, family time is on the agenda.
  • Utilize your time: When running a home business, it’s easy to believe that the pressure is off. However, the modern world of commerce evolves rapidly. Fail to use time effectively, and you’ll always be one step behind the crowd. Read Arcadier’s marketplace blog to stay ahead of the latest trends, and act upon that knowledge. Otherwise, you’ll find that your time is constantly spent playing catch up.
  • Build a team: Business never clocks off, but it’s important that you do. The best way to do this is to surround yourself with a winning team of remote-based employees. Not only will this increase the overall workflow, but playing to the strengths of each team member will generate far greater outcomes. Most importantly, knowing that your company is in safe hands will allow you to enjoy leisure time too.
  • Invest in the best technology: Whether your venture is a localized operation or a global service doesn’t matter, modern tech is key to your progress. Without the right facilities, progress will be hindered badly. Maintain the health of computers, and always use the best software and accessories for all operational features. The time and money saved will fire you to greater success while the lack of stress will benefit all aspects of your life. Ignoring this would be a major disservice to yourself.
  • Pay yourself: Everyone knows that you need to invest money in the business to help it grow. However, starting a company is meant to benefit your life rather than harm it. Read Entrepreneur’s guide to finding the right remuneration level, and it should encourage balance. Essentially, finance has a huge role to play for both the company and your personal lifestyle. Ignoring this element isn’t an option.


Getting those elements in place won’t guarantee success, but they will give your chances a serious boost. And when you do, you’ll be in a far better position to enjoy it. If that doesn’t inspire you to focus on those key aspects, what will?

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Turn Your Home Into A Castle – Literally

Castles were bulwarks of the medieval era, dominating the landscape wherever they were erected. In the middle ages, they were primarily designed to be battlements and to defend vast tracts of land, but they still doubled up as homes.



With the invention of the cannon, castles ceased being defensive installations, but they didn’t end there. In the eighteenth century, people looked back on the castles of the medieval period with a kind of romantic fondness. They loved the chivalry, the tales of Arthur and the majesty that battlements evoked. As a result, they began building their own mock castles – homes that included elements of castles like rounded towers but were still luxury living accommodation nonetheless.


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One example of a castle that was built for living was Golden Hill Fort. This fort was built on the Isle of Wight back in the 19th century to defend against a French invasion. The fort itself was never actually used in battle. More than a hundred years later, after the Second World War, Golden Hill was converted into a series of beautiful apartments. These apartments became holiday homes where people could enjoy all that the Isle had to offer.


When Golden Hill was first bought by Kevin Clarke and Sean Cousins, it was a shell of a building. They worked tirelessly with local planning officials to return the building to its original state. That meant extending the building and getting a roofer to extend the roof, and making sure all 22 chimneys were of uniform height. According to Kevin, the roof was made waterproof for the first time in over a hundred years.




Now that the roof and the foundations are secure, Golden Hill Fort has been transformed with all manner of luxury conveniences. Guests enter the compound through a trick tunnel with electric gates at either end. When they’ve been through both gates, they enter the refurbished central courtyard, originally designed as a parade ground to muster the troops.

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There’s also other mod-cons like CCTV, allowing all entrances to the castle to be monitored remotely. On the roof, guests can enjoy communal gardens and stunning views of the island and the sea all around.




Having your own castle is by no means cheap. The average unit, which is just 1,386 to 3,250 square feet will set you back more than $600,000 to $1,500,000. When you consider the types of properties you could get for a similar cost, that’s a lot. But it’s not often that you get to live in a gated community from the middle ages, complete with battlements that’ll keep the riffraff and the French at bay.


According to David Brock from the heritage foundation, converting industrial forts into modern homes is relatively easy. Thanks to their modern designs, they share a similar design language with modern homes. But converting castles with stone towers is a lot more difficult. If you want to do this type of thing, you’re better off doing it yourself.

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