Getting my Own International Phone Number

Traveling for work has made life challenging for me on the road when it comes to accepting phone calls.  My clients don’t want to have to call me long distance when I am working in their own country since my phone is from Canada.  I really didn’t want to buy another phone for when I traveled over seas, but I figured that there had to be a way for me to have an international number on my phone.

It took me awhile, but I was able to figure out how to do it.  You see, I used a mobile VOIP app from Pervasip, Vox, that allows you to get your own mobile phone number in over 57 countries from around the world.  You don’t have to change your regular phone number at all – this new number works alongside your current number.

Instead of asking my customers to call me overseas, they can just call a local number (local to them) and reach me easily.  It makes it a lot more convenient for them and it has been easier to pickup new clients even though I live half-way around the world.

Adding an international phone number to my phone was the best choice that I could have ever made.

Writing an Email Newsletter for my Aquarium Site

It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since I bought my first aquarium, and now that simple choice I made years ago is helping me to support my family.  You see, about seven years ago, I created an aquarium site that shared the tips and tricks that I used to keep my fish healthy and my aquarium clean.  I wrote the book on a whim, and it has proven to be work that still makes money for me every day.

Five years ago, I made the choice to start a newsletter for my aquarium site that allowed me to share new tips with my readers and provided me the opportunity to market some new products to them.  The list started out very small, but has grown to thousands of people from around the world.  The email newsletters are sent out quarterly and I typically work on the current issue over the span of a month.

I love how email has made small publications like this one affordable for the small business owner, and I am happy that the autoresponder service that I currently use,, makes managing my email lists and sending these newsletters easy.

Without my email list, I wouldn’t have much of a business.

Finding the Best Deals Online is Easy with

I just love shopping for deals online.  I guess it comes from my genes as my father was always negotiating for a better deal wherever he went.  He taught me that you should never pay full price for anything, and it was okay to negotiate for a better price.  But since the advent of the internet, the opportunity to haggle with another human being has been lost.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t save money online, it just means that you have to go about it in another way.  The easiest, and most obvious way to go about getting the best deal online that you can is by using promo codes from the retailer whose shop you are shopping at.  The discount is applied to your shopping cart, which makes saving the money really easy.

But one of the challenges of getting these deals online is that it takes time to find them.  Most of us lead busy lives and we really don’t have a lot of time to spare to spend looking for the best deal.  I know that I was very frustrated that I couldn’t get a deal without spending an hour or two looking for it, and honestly, that wasn’t a good tradeoff.

I found a solution.

I discovered a website,, that helps you find the best promo codes from all of your favorite retailers that you can use online.  It saves a lot of time, and all you have to do is click on the deal that you want to use, and you are taken right to the retailer’s website.  There is no cutting and pasting, and you save yourself hours of searching online for a good deal.

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Aptulux Works

When it comes to weight loss pills, diets and exercise routines, I’m one of those people that needs to try things myself instead of just doing what everyone else is doing.  That is why I’ve tried just about everything under the sun over the last decade in my attempt to lose some weight.  I’ve been mildly successful, so I wanted to try and lose more weight.

One of my friends pointed out some Aptulux reviews, and I was intrigued: could a diet pill replace having a good diet and exercise?

I had to try it out.

I was skeptical that something like this would work, but I really had nothing to lose if I was going to give it a try.  I set myself a goal of trying it out for a month and measuring the results.

After my month on the pills, I had lost thirteen pounds, and my pants were very lose.  I still ate the fast food I loved and exercised once (took a walk with some friends), and that is it.  I didn’t have to change my routines or do anything weird – I just took one pill per day.

It was very easy.

Does Aptulux work?  You bet.  It worked for me and can work for you too.  To learn more visit

A Little Short of Cash

It is hard to believe that we get by on what we do each and every month, but we somehow manage to make it.  I know that we make a lot more than my in-laws, and they seem to make it too, but once in awhile, they run into some kind of financial difficulty, and my wife doesn’t want them to suffer.  So, we usually pull some money out of our savings account to help them out, which increases our financial strain.

Most of the time, they just need money once in awhile, which we can handle, but recently, they have been hitting us up for money just about every week.

It makes things tough for us.

We even had to get a couple of short term loans here and there to cover ourselves and our expenses.  My wife’s parents continual need for bailout money has been hard on us trying to live on a meager budget.

While these little loans have helped us out a lot, I don’t think that we are really helping out my in-laws.  I think that they are depending on us to keep them afloat.  At some point, we are going to have to say no to them – I’m tired of being a little short of cash all of the time.

Change the World by Changing Your Sheets

When you consider you spend more than a third of your life sleeping, have you ever taken a moment to look at where your sheets come from?

You see, traditional sheets are usually made out of cotton that has been sprayed by pesticides and sewn together by workers in unsafe factories.  Profit is the major driving factor, and the workers that create your typical bed sheets don’t work in conditions that you and I would ever choose to work in.

Concerned by this realization, the folks over at Boll and Branch have decided to do something about it.

You see, they have made it their goal to provide you with luxury linens that are well-made and comfortable to sleep on while providing fair wages and working conditions for their workers.  Other companies would have focused solely on their profits, but Boll and Branch is taking a bold step by doing one thing:

Putting people first.

By supporting companies like these, you can make sure that the people that have worked hard to get your sheets to you are treated fairly, work in a safe environment, and are able to provide for their families.

Isn’t that what we all want from life?

To learn more about Boll and Branch, their work, and how you can get some great new linens for your home, visit

Decorating Our Home on a Small Budget

It has been a few years since we moved into our house and yet the walls are still bare.  I’ve always believed that if you were staying somewhere permanently, you would take out your pictures and artwork and hang them on the wall.

Basically, make the house look the way you would like it to.

While we haven’t taken that step up until now, I think it is time.  We both have steady jobs and I think that we will be here awhile, so we should make this house just the way we like it.

Our money situation isn’t the greatest, so we will be doing our decorating on a tiny budget.  So, buying professional pictures or artwork is out.

But I think we can can decorate the whole place for less than one hundred dollars.  We are going to make our own cheap large canvas prints that will showcase some of the pictures my wife has taken over the years.

There are some instructions that I found that we can follow and we should be able to do everything over the course of an afternoon.

It will be interesting to see how they turn out – I’ve never been very good at doing crafts.

How to Refresh Your Face While Traveling

While I am sharing my thoughts and experience I have learned from traveling abroad, I thought that I should share a little trick that helps me look refreshed and beautiful, even after a long day of traveling.

What I do before I go on any trip is make sure that I have a supply of face masks in my purse.  The collagen face mask brand that I love to use is Dizao Natural, which I get online.  These facemasks only need to be applied for fifteen minutes, and they leave my face looking moisturized and refreshed.

This means that no matter how long of a day that I have had, I can put my face mask on, wait fifteen minutes, and I look as good as new.

It is really quite amazing.

But the best part is really how I feel after I am done.  These masks help to melt away all my fatigue from my travels and make me feel like a woman again.

The real beauty is that whether I am going to a business meeting or just an evening on the town with my friends, I can be ready in less than half an hour – which is usually all the time I have.

Why I Bring Spare Skinny Jeans when Traveling

As many of you know, I spend a lot of my life traveling both for work and my personal life.  Spending so much time away from home has allowed me to see the world, have some wonderful experiences and learn a few things along the way.

When I am out traveling, you will see me wearing my favorite maroon skinny jeans, from TopsJeans,wherever I go.  They are very durable, comfortable, and frankly, I look good in them.

But I bring more than one pair with me.  I usually have a few different colors with me just in case something happens.

I am a bit of a klutz, so I often fall and get my jeans dirty – so if I have a spare pair with me, I can just change them.

I’ve also had a couple of times when I have been caught out in the rain.  I certainly don’t like the feel of wet jeans on my skin, so I get them off and put on a dry pair as soon as I can.

Really, when you are on the road, just about anything can happen, so it is smart to be prepared and bring a spare pair of skinny jeans wherever I go.

Trying Natural Treatments for Yeast Infections

While I don’t want to shout out loud and tell the world that I have a yeast infection right now, I know that I am not alone.  In fact, many women suffer from yeast infections just like myself, and I often wonder if these over the counter remedies that we use from the store do more harm than good.

So, I decided that this time that I was going to try a natural home remedy to get rid of my yeast infection.  I knew that there had to be some out there, I just didn’t know which one would work for me.

I used my tablet to do a little research while I caught up on the last few episodes of White Collar that I missed.  There were a lot of options to get rid this condition, but I decided to go with something that I already had in my house – coconut oil.

I read a number of articles suggesting that I should use coconut oil for yeast infection treatment.  It can either be used topically or ingested so that gives me two choices.  I am going to try to apply it to the area first and see if it helps.

I’ll let you all know how it works out for me – I have faith that this natural treatment will work.