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A Great Lifestyle Change

I suppose most of us could benefit from a great lifestyle change. There are not many people living the perfect lifestyle especially in the west. By the west I mean societies other than some of the so called third world societies who live a bare subsistence and don’t live a good lifestyle primarily because of financial restraints.So if you have reached the point in life where you realize that your lifestyle leaves something to be desired and you want to change it what do you change it to. Most of us live a busy lifestyle trying to fit family in between other commitments and eating far less than the best options. Mostly because the best options involve some extra work and time whereas a quick take a way meal or TV dinner fits our busy lifestyle.We can see that to make a dedicated change to our lifestyle is going to be a major undertaking and not to be looked at lightly. We know the best foods for us are those that we prepare ourselves at home and from fresh ingredients. However, fresh is hardly a commodity now in city living. By the time fresh produce is harvested and processed and trucked and cold stored and finally makes itself available in our supermarkets it is far from fresh.Many of us are fast realizing this fact and are taking the time to search out real fresh produce from local markets, local growers and organic suppliers. Some of these options will cost more of course but are necessary if we want to eat a little bit healthier. An other option of course is for us to grow our own veggies at home.This used to be the normal way of life for most people but has become out of fashion although there is a return to the many benefits of home gardening. It sounds like hard work you may ask but it does not have to be as there are some simple gardening methods where there is little work involved. Take the no dig method for example. If you grow veggies in raised garden beds under straw there is little to be done apart from buying and planting the seedlings, water now and then and harvest your fresh produce when you need it. Apartment dwellers can do the same exercise in pots or tubs.Do a Google search on no dig gardening for all the details. You will surprised how easy it is. Imagine harvesting your own fresh produce and eating them the same day. Can’t get any fresher than that and of course you are in control of what gets sprayed on the plants. I remember once visiting a vegetable farm that was growing commercial cauliflowers. Just before harvest time something was sprayed on them to produce a whiter head. The over spray killed the grass next door. Lovely.So there you have a really practical option to produce a great lifestyle change. Grow your own. The benefits go much further than just fresh veggies. If you have never done it you will find that gardening is one of the great satisfying pass times relieving much stress from a busy lifestyle. There is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from growing stuff in your own garden. The whole family can be involved. Imagine how much easier it would be to get the kids to eat their veggies if they had input into the growing and harvesting of them.So combine a great lifestyle change with a new diet and you are on the way to a happier, healthier and longer life. Think about it. It may be just what you need.

Avoiding Fraud Internet Sites For Home Repair Grants

If you’re a victim of a natural disaster and you have to repair your home but you really don’t have sufficient cash to have it fixed, then home repair grants are the reply to your troubles. But, how will you appear for them?This grant is meant for individuals on the United States who can’t afford to do important fixes around their homes simply because of lack of revenue. Quite a few residents from the urban and rural area are susceptible to low earnings and some don’t even have a stable way of revenue. Disabled and senior citizens are among these people who will need help. The US government is responsible for the safety and well-being of its residents, which is the reason an enormous amount of funds is allotted for home repair grants.But how will you look for these grants? Google is going to be your friend when it comes to searching the internet with the right keywords. Internet websites ranging from federal government to private firms and private individuals will be shown to you within seconds. When employing the World Wide Web for your home repair grants search, it’s advisable that you take precaution. You are going to be too cautious since you’ll find lots of hoax and scam internet sites waiting for you personally to enter their trap. Usually, they will charge you with a ridiculous fee in order to obtain the desired details you want. You ought not to pay a fee just to obtain info which is already made readily available for you personally. You just have to be patient.To prevent such scams, is it better to visit your local government sector for example the HUD or the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Also it is possible to check your local FEMA or the Federal Emergency Management Agency if you are a sufferer of an organic disaster. These two departments from the US government are the authorized distributor of home repair grants. Here you are guaranteed of finding grants and it is possible to use it for repairing your home.Whether you are looking for home repair grants via the net or inside the streets, you should usually be careful not to get scammed.

Automotive Advertising Agencies Drop Conventional Media in Favor of Social Networking by Consumers

Old school wisdom like ‘the customer is always right’ have often taken a back seat to automotive advertising agencies and auto dealers who presumed to talk “at” customers rather than listen to them. Hard sell tactics built on that presumption may have sold cars in the past but with the rise of the Internet and social networking media — not so much!Today’s educated car shoppers are bypassing the auto dealer’s real and virtual showrooms in favor of visiting other online information resources. Auto dealers are being replaced by consumers in the formative stage of their buying cycle who turn to trusted friends in social networking communities. These online groups of like minded consumers share their car buying experiences before, during and after the sale and customers find that they are able to provide far more transparent and relevant information than any self serving auto dealer; real or imagined.Similarly, the reach and frequency of the best planned automotive advertising campaign can be trumped with the click of a mouse by a car shopper who can get the information they need to buy a car without having to listen to a sales pitch from a self serving auto dealer. The solution for automotive advertising agencies challenged by a shrinking economy and a consolidating auto industry is obvious — if you can’t beat them, join them.Social networking on the World Wide Web is an extension of an equally established wisdom that people like to do business with people that they like. The social part of this growing online marketing phenomenon is built on trust in friends which is an element of human nature that has survived on the Internet Super Highway. Networking references the value of word of mouth advertising that delivers a single message to a sphere of influence that used to be limited to close friends and family. The Internet now distributes that same message virally on channels like You Tube, My Space, LinkedIn, Face Book, Bebo, Twitter and too many others to list that are growing exponentially.Automotive advertising agencies have been challenged to monetize social networking with mixed results primarily because they attempted to apply best practices learned from their past experiences on conventional media like radio, T.V. and print. Initially, it was assumed that the only adjustment needed was to post the same retail messages that worked in conventional media on the social networks. That was accomplished through the use of banner ads linked back to the auto dealer’s website or with an invitation for the customer to call or visit their real world dealership to get the information they needed beyond the low ball price or payment that was often offered but rarely trusted. These banner ads were seen as an easily avoided nuisance by community members who opted not to play. However, evidence does suggest that they did/do provide a residual impression that adds to the auto dealer’s top of the mind awareness with the car shopper; although sometimes the impression was tainted by the dealer’s intrusion into the community of friends.When the R.O.I. of the banner ads did not meet expectations, automotive advertising agencies attempted to register their auto dealer clients as members of the community to promote themselves from within. Auto dealers were quickly discovered as the wolves in sheep’s clothing that they were and the unwritten rules of etiquette of these social networking sites drove them from the community with their tails between their legs.Automotive advertising agencies have since learned that the elements of human nature that drive word of mouth advertising are fragile and they require transparency to survive in social networking communities. As is often the case, the solution has been provided by the developing technologies that have matured along with the Internet as a marketing media.One such solution is provided by, a game changing customer centric marketing platform with proprietary applications including vBack and SellersVantage that generate Intelli-Leads with market and consumer intelligence not previously available to auto dealers. vBack is a social media engine that is embedded on the vehicle postings on ronsmap as well as the auto dealer’s website and linked marketing channels with an Ask-a-Friend/Tell-a-Friend feature functionality that develops viral messages trafficked through the social networking communities that the customer belongs to and trusts. In addition, related comments from friends solicited by the customer are attached to the Intelli-Lead as part of their SellersVantage application that also accumulates data on comparable vehicles from the auto dealer’s inventory in accordance with the customer’s stated preferences as well as related real time product and pricing information from local competitive dealer inventories posted on the Internet. This added information is sourced from within the social networking community by the customer — not the auto dealer — preserving the anonymity of the dealer while providing the auto dealer virtually unlimited access to members.This method of C2C marketing from the inside out vs. the now dated B2C marketing from the outside in is unique to ronsmap and it promises to allow automotive advertising agencies access to this growing online media. Conventional media is, and will always be, an integral component of any comprehensive marketing plan, however access to leveraged viral messaging offered by consumer driven social networking channels is the best way for budget challenged auto dealers to sell more for less. After all, what are friends for!