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My Search for a Home Elliptical Trainer Under $1000

I recently paid a visit to my medical practitioner for a routine check up and I knew that I would receive bad news. I am overweight, eat far too much junk food and do not get enough exercise. The news could only be bad and it was. I was informed that I needed to start eating more healthy food, but more importantly take regular exercise. I was offered a gym membership, but to be honest the idea of going to a gym and exercising in front of others scared the hell out of me. I needed to find a way to get fit in the comfort of my own home, and that was when a friend suggested to me that I buy a home elliptical trainer. They are low impact, exercise every part of the body and don’t take up much room. It was the perfect solution.


The only problem I had was that I had no idea what to buy. So I decided to start by searching for the best home elliptical trainer under $1000, to see what I could find. I knew that this was at the cheaper end of the market, but I thought that I wold be able to find an elliptical trainer to meet my needs. I was pleasantly surprised.

The first machine I stumbled across was the Schwinn elliptical trainer that cost $570 with a 4 star rating. This also looked very compact and easy to use. The second machine I found was by BHFitness which had 2, 5 star reviews. Again this was a very small and compact trainer. This cost just under $1000. The third machine I found was by Nautilus that had a 4 star rating and cost just under $600, again it would not take up much room in my home. After careful consideration I decided to go with the Schwinn elliptical trainer. This was a brand I had heard of, and after reading up more about them I knew that this was the right trainer for me. Visit the official website

So I’ve now been using my Schwinn elliptical trainer for many weeks and I love it! If you have ever considered doing exercise at home, I highly recommend a home elliptical trainer. You just need to find the right one for you.

Choosing The Right Air Beds for Guests

Customers can now own unique bedding that will not break down or lose its shape with intex air mattresses. Check out for original products from Intex website because they always set the standard in air bed industry while the others try to copy and imitate their designs and models. This site has Intex air bed review from the materials used, the chamber designs to the inflation systems. Intex always strives to manufacture above-average owner satisfaction and comfortable mattresses with pain relief potential. Recent improvements include an air control system that has quick adjustments with almost silent operation.


Intex air mattress technology offers the comfort of a real bed where you least expect. You don’t need to worry about wasting space because there are inflatable mattresses that can be stored easily until they are needed. This is important especially if you are hosting guests overnight or intend to go camping. Compared to other models, owners of these mattresses report very minimal mechanical problems. The most common problems are faulty pumps and leaking air bladders only. These air beds have a longer lifespan than other traditional mattresses and any problem can be repaired with replaceable parts. Owners of these mattresses praise the bed for its ability to relief and prevent pain. Those people that complain of the hip, shoulder and back pains can highly benefit from these mattresses. They are designed with contour chambers that adjust according to the shape of your body to provide with ultimate comfort and support.

With its good motion absorption, this mattress allows any movement to be absorbed so that the other person is not disturbed. Intex beds receive above average for its customer services and the company gives an awesome warranty. There are several types of air mattresses to choose from, depending on your sleeping styles, preferences and luxury choices. Visit any website that stocks Intex air mattresses or air mattress review sites for more details. Read this post to learn more.

The perks of working in my virtual office


Perhaps the best decision that I’ve ever done for myself was to get a virtual office. I decided to do that when my young son asked me why I have to drive off somewhere to go to work. That question really made me think hard, and a month after my son asked me that burning question, I now have a virtual office in NYC. One of the perks of the service is having more time to spend with my family. For instance, I don’t have to rush out every morning to beat the traffic jam, and I can have a leisurely breakfast with my kids before they go to school.

Another benefit is being able to design my workstation in the manner that I see fit. I used to work in a cubicle, which was no more than ten by ten square feet but now I have a more spacious office from the study room that I recently converted. The fact that I work from home doesn’t mean that I’m less engaged than people who work at the company headquarters. In fact, I believe that I’m more engaged because I have regular scheduled meetings with the people I work with.

I also have the right communication tools to make my work easier. I can make audio or video calls thanks to a desktop video device. I can also have video conferencing, which allows everyone to see who’s on the conference call and who’s talking at the time. I have also seen my productivity improve because of the relaxed work atmosphere. For instance, when I’ve been working hard the whole morning, I can decide to take a dip in my backyard pool to cool off while I’m thinking of my next move.

However, there are some things that I miss because of working in a virtual office in Hong Kong. One of the things that I miss is having a drink with my colleagues after a hard day’s work. Even though I may not admit it, I also miss the mad morning rush to get to my office, which used to give me the edge that I need to stay on top of my game. Working in a virtual office also requires a lot of discipline. There are times when I wake up in the morning and I don’t feel like stepping into my home office. The fact that I have customers to serve and a boss to answer to is what keeps me going.

Why some virtual offices are virtual – Bloomberg

Top 5 Tips on How to Choose Embroidery Sewing Machines

Long gone are the days when sewing machines were simple and pretty straight forward to use. The fact is that with advancement in technology, you have machines that actually will offer you more that you imagine. I have been using several brands the past few years, tested different embroidery machines and their mechanics, and even solicited expert advice. However, things are not so rosy when it comes to embroidery designs that most machines tend to offer. If you are a beginner, then I bet that you have had lots of trouble finding a machine that is a good fit for you. Here are 5 important tips you need to consider when choosing good embroidery sewing machines;


1. Throat width; this is one of the most important elements that you should actually look into. Try your best to go for those that allow you to maneuver without a problem. In this case, try to find out what experts say about your particular choice.

2. Embroidery unit; if you want to make no mistake, see to it that the embroidery unit is separate. This comes with the benefit of using the same machine for sewing as well as embroidery. This is also great because it will save you some money, too.

3. Hoop Size; it is indisputable that the hoop size determines designs. As a matter of fact, there is an array of choice on the market today, but you are advised to go for those that average 360×360. In this case, you can become more creative.

4. Accessories available; if you find a sewing embroidery machine that comes with additional accessories then do not hesitate to go for it. The fact is that not only will you enjoy the benefits that come with the additions, but you can actually enhance you skills much faster.

5. Embroidery Designs; a good embroidery sewing machines will offer you different designs. The best thing is that most brands come at pocket friendly prices, and you will never dent your bank account if you choose one. The best thing is that with expert help, you get one best suited for your unique needs.

This said, I can affirm to the fact that your particular need will determine the kind of embroidery sewing machine to use. We are all different because while I might prefer Brother PE770, some will definitely go for the Singer Fatura, whereas others can’t fathom living without the Singer Quantum XL-6000. You really need to look at the finer details before making a choice. And for my friend Mary, she can never do without the Pfaff Creative Vision.

Tips for Storing Vegetables

The Berkeley Farmers Market has put together a huge list of ways to store produce without plastic. The market went plastic-free last year and is doing everything it can to encourage customers to not only bring their own bags and containers but to skip the plastic when they get home as well. The information is listed below. Always remove any tight bands from your vegetables or at least loosen them to allow them to breath.

Artichokes‐ place in an airtight container sealed, with light moisture.
Asparagus‐ place them loosely in a glass or bowl upright with water at room temperature. (Will keep for a week outside the fridge)
Avocados‐ place in a paper bag at room temp. To speed up their ripening‐ place an apple in the bag with them.
Arugula‐ arugula, like lettuce, should not stay wet! Dunk in cold water and spin or lay flat to dry. Place dry arugula in an open container, wrapped with a dry towel to absorb any extra moisture.
Basil‐ is difficult to store well. Basil does not like the cold, or to be wet for that matter. The best method here is an airtight container/jar loosely packed with a small damp piece of paper inside‐left out on a cool counter.
Beans, shelling‐ open container in the fridge, eat ASAP. Some recommend freezing them if not going to eat right away
Beets‐ cut the tops off to keep beets firm, (be sure to keep the greens!)by leaving any top on root vegetables draws moisture from the root, making them loose flavor and firmness. Beets should be washed and kept in and open container with a wet towel on top.
Beet greens‐ place in an airtight container with a little moisture.
Broccoli‐ place in an open container in the fridge or wrap in a damp towel before placing in the fridge.
Broccoli Rabe‐ left in an open container in the crisper, but best used as soon as possible.
Brussels Sprouts‐ If bought on the stalk leave them on that stalk. Put the stalk in the fridge or leave it on a cold place. If they’re bought loose store them in an open container with a damp towel on top.
Cabbage‐ left out on a cool counter is fine up to a week, in the crisper otherwise. Peel off outer leaves if they start to wilt. Cabbage might begin to loose its moisture after a week , so, best used as soon as possible.
Carrots‐ cut the tops off to keep them fresh longer. Place them in closed container with plenty of moisture, either wrapped in a damp towel or dunk them in cold water every couple of days if they’re stored that long.
Cauliflower‐ will last a while in a closed container in the fridge, but they say cauliflower has the best flavor the day it’s bought.
Celery‐ does best when simply places in a cup or bowl of shallow water on the counter.
Celery root/Celeriac‐ wrap the root in a damp towel and place in the crisper.
Corn‐ leave unhusked in an open container if you must, but corn really is best the day it’s picked.
Cucumber‐ wrapped in a moist towel in the fridge. If you’re planning on eating them within a day or two after buying them they should be fine left out in a cool room.
Eggplant‐ does fine left out in a cool room. Don’t wash it, eggplant doesn’t like any extra moisture around its leaves. For longer storage‐ place loose, in the crisper.
Fava beans‐ place in an air tight container.
Fennel‐ if used within a couple days after it’s bought fennel can be left out on the counter, upright in a cup or bowl of water (like celery). If wanting to keep longer than a few days place in the fridge in a closed container with a little water.
Garlic‐ store in a cool, dark, place.
Green garlic‐an airtight container in the fridge or left out for a day or two is fine, best before dried out.
Greens‐ remove any bands, twist ties, etc. most greens must be kept in an air‐tight container with a damp cloth‐ to keep them from drying out. Kale, collards, and chard even do well in a cup of water on the counter or fridge.
Green beans‐ they like humidity, but not wetness. A damp cloth draped over an open or loosely closed container.
Green Tomatoes‐ store in a cool room away from the sun to keep them green and use quickly or they will begin to color.
Herbs– a closed container in the fridge to kept up to a week. Any longer might encourage mold.
Lettuce‐ keep damp in an airtight container in the fridge.
Leeks‐leave in an open container in the crisper wrapped in a damp cloth or in a shallow cup of water on the counter (just so the very bottom of the stem has water).
Okra‐ doesn’t like humidity. So a dry towel in an airtight container. Doesn’t store that well, best eaten quickly after purchase
Onion‐ store in a cool, dark and dry, place‐ good air circulation is best, so don’t stack them.
Parsnips‐an open container in the crisper, or, like a carrot, wrapped in a damp cloth in the fridge.
Potatoes‐ (like garlic and onions) store in cool, dark and dry place, such as, a box in a dark corner of the pantry; a paper bag also works well.
Radicchio‐ place in the fridge in an open container with a damp cloth on top.
Radishes‐ remove the greens (store separately) so they don’t draw out excess moisture from the roots and place them in a open container in the fridge with a wet towel placed on top.
Rhubarb‐wrap in a damp towel and place in an open container in the refrigerator.
Rutabagas‐ in an ideal situation a cool, dark, humid root cellar or a closed container in the crisper to keep their moisture in.
Snap peas‐ refrigerate in an open container
Spinach‐ store loose in an open container in the crisper, cool as soon as possible. Spinach loves to stay cold.
Spring onions‐ Remove any band or tie and place in the crisper.
Summer Squash‐ does fine for a few days if left out on a cool counter, even after cut.
Sweet peppers‐ Only wash them right before you plan on eating them as wetness decreases storage time. Store in a cool room to use in a couple a days, place in the crisper if longer storage needed.
Sweet Potatoes‐ Store in a cool, dark, well‐ventilated place. Never refrigerate‐‐sweet potatoes don’t like the cold.
Tomatoes‐ Never refrigerate. Depending on ripeness, tomatoes can stay for up to two weeks on the counter. To hasten ripeness place in a paper bag with an apple.
Turnips‐ remove the greens (store separately) same as radishes and beets, store them in an open container with a moist cloth.
Winter squash‐store in a cool, dark, well ventilated place. Many growers say winter squashes get sweeter if they’re stored for a week or so before eaten.
Zucchini‐ does fine for a few days if left out on a cool counter, even after cut. Wrap in a cloth and refrigerate for longer storage.

Tips for storing fruits here.

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