Turn Commute Into Productive Time On Your Phone

The average American employee commute at least 25 minutes to work. However, more and more professionals are forced to commute over an hour to get to the office each day – and, of course, one hour back in the evening. If you’re driving, it’s a lot of full. Additionally, you need to stay focused on the road for long periods. 

However, if you’re commuting on the train, the bus or the tram, you may find yourself quietly dozing off each morning on your way to the office. If you’re lucky, you can get a seat, and you wait until you’ve reached your stop. It’s a lot of idle time in the day! While it’s not a bad thing, idle time can make your commute appear more tiresome than it actually is. Indeed, our addiction to digital technology has turned us into impatient users. We’re so used to click to get what we want that waiting for an hour or more without having anything to do can feel dull and draining in comparison. Can you turn your commute into something a little more exciting without moving out to live closer to the office? The answer is yes, and, believe it or not, all you need is your faithful smartphone device! Indeed, transforming the purposeless wait on the tram into productive time can change your perception of the daily commute. Are you ready to spice up your bus or train journey to work? Charge your phone and explore these different options: 

Relax on the go

Work is stressful. Most of us work in a hectic and fast-paced environment. It makes no doubt that the stress accumulated during your workday doesn’t disappear when you leave the office. One of the most effective stress relief remedies is to exercise regularly. Unfortunately, if you work long hours, hitting the gym after a long day at the office may not be a solution. However, you can use your commute time to de-stress. There are many entertainment options available on your phone. Don’t rush to your favorite social media platforms and instead try some video games. If you haven’t played games on your phone since the Snake games on the old Nokia, it’s time to explore what’s available in the App Store or Google Play Store, depending on whether you’re an iPhone or an Android owner. Games offer the perfect distraction from stress, and, because they demand your attention, they help your mind to move away from work-related thoughts. 

Win, big or little, as long as you win

Day after day, the same routine; it makes no doubt that the office life can be draining. For many employees, each day ends up looking just like the others. There’s no other way to put it; the routine makes everything dull. Your days have lost their excitement, and somehow you wish you could call on sick and forget about work. But you can’t, and every morning you’re heading back to the office for another day of dullness. More often than not, changing jobs isn’t going to help. Indeed, when you struggle with mental fatigue, it’s tricky to get enthusiastic about finding another office to sit in. However, you can bring some excitement to your daily commute with hot spins games. Indeed, you could set a reasonable and safe budget to play every week – for instance, you can save your lunch money by preparing your meals, and repurpose it for a few spins. The prospect of potentially winning can inject some much-needed enthusiasm into the routine. 

Keep in touch with your clients 

With a solid network of contacts, you can do almost anything. Platforms such as LinkedIn are hugely useful to make connections and build a list of professional contacts. Unfortunately, you need to invest a lot of time into the platform to gain any benefit from it. Being on LinkedIn isn’t enough to land you the next best job or to grab a client’s attention. You need to be active on LinkedIn to grow your network. So why not use your commute time to create a memorable and productive profile? Start by personalizing your connection requests. You can’t just hit the ‘connect’ button and hope for the best. Instead, visit the person’s profile and use the ‘connect’ button there as it lets you write a small note. Similarly, following up face-to-face meetings on LinkedIn, such as trade show business card exchanges or even your yoga instructor can make a great deal of difference. 

Take a course 

Who doesn’t want to boost their professional skills? However, when you can’t juggle going back to school with work, you need to find smart alternatives. Thankfully, there are plenty of mobile apps that let you learn new skills every day, directly from your smartphone. Udemy is a favorite as you can find almost any topic online. One word of advice, though, not all course materials are cheap. However, the app runs regular sales, letting you buy expensive courses for as little as $10. 

Build your online expert presence

It’s never too late to start a blog and establish your presence online. You can use a blog to promote your expertise within the industry or even to build your own business that could one day replace your office job. Some bloggers have only created a blog because they enjoy sharing their opinions and ideas. Regardless of your reason for blogging, there is a lot to gain, for your reputation, your income and your mental health. A blogging platform such as WordPress lets you create exciting posts directly from the smartphone app. You can edit your photos with an app such as Pixlr Express that enables you to adjust, correct, crop and filter your images for a consistent look. 

Run a profitable side hustle 

Last but not least, why not start a side hustle that brings a little pocket money to your household? An online selling platform such as eBay allows you to earn supplemental income by decluttering your home. You can also buy things wholesale and sell individual items on eBay. Admittedly, you need to know your market first as you might end up wasting your money on products nobody wants! 

Making the commute to and from work more enjoyable and productive can dramatically impact on your mental health. More importantly, you can use the time to boost your income, your skills and your personal image online.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Family Friendly Haircuts at an Affordable Price

When I was a kid, one of the things that bugged me the most was when back-to-school commercials started at the end of July / beginning of August. I would go back to school late in August so the summer was only half over! I had 30 more days of no homework, going to the pool, and playing with friends. Why would I want to disrupt my focus with a haircut?! Summer was my escape from school! It never really hit me that for some kids, school is the escape.

For many kids, back-to-school means the end of freedom. For others it means something so much more. It means opportunity, a meal, and a safe environment – all things I took for granted. Our family stylist Joey sees the possibility in every child and wants to help them get that fresh start for a bright future.

Which is why this St. Louis Dad takes his family to visit Joey for all of our hair needs. From cuts, to styles, to dyes, and curls, Joey knows exactly how to keep your family looking fresh!

For the next several weeks during this back to school season, make an appointment to come see Joey for his family friendly service, stylish haircuts, and expert advice on keeping your hair fresh for the start of the school year!

So stop in to get your child’s hair cut! While you’re there, take a picture for Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag Joey! He will even share a few of his favorites! If you have the time you can even schedule an appointment for yourself or the whole family!

Feel the freedom this summer. A haircut can change the life of a child by giving them the confidence they need to be their best!

And don’t forget about yourself! Joey can style any type of hair, contact today!

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AmericanMuscle’s Justin Dugan Gets Wild with a 2019 Shelby GT350

The new 2019 Shelby GT350 is out and oh man is it slick. This muscle machine is this St. Louis Dad’s dream car. Shelby has always been on my mind, Ever since I was a kid and Nic Cage stole on in Gone in 60 Seconds, I have always wanted one. Fortunately, I can live vicariously through others like Justin Dugan who recently was out to Pontiac, Michigan so he could ‘have at it’ on the M1 Concourse racetrack with the new 2019 Shelby GT350.

What might be just ‘another day in the office’ for Justin allows us, to gain a first-hand look into the development and driving characteristics of this flat-plane crankshaft equipped road-legal race car. Get it Justin!!!

PONTIAC, Mi. (May 14, 2019) – In this episode of AmericanMuscle’s Hot Lap YouTube video series, Justin Dugan visits M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan to get behind the wheel of the brand-new 2019 Shelby GT350 and experience some of the updates Ford Performance made, while ripping down the racetrack. While the weather wasn’t optimal during the trip, Justin makes the most of his adventure, spending some one-on-one time with the GT350 on and off the track. Justin also meets with Shelby Automobiles Marketing Manager, Jim Owens, to share his excitement and learn more about the platform’s development phases.

From the 5.2L Flat-plane V8 under the hood, to the improved aero, and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires; the remarkable grip and handling of the GT350 will make any driver feel like they are ready for the next race in the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series.

Watch it here: https://www.americanmuscle.com/hotlap-may2019.html

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About AmericanMuscle

Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after parts, accessories, and fast shipping. Located just outside of Philadelphia, AmericanMuscle is dedicated to offering the Mustang and Challenger communities with the highest level of customer service. Please visit http://www.AmericanMuscle.com for more information.

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Why We Need To Bring Back Victory Gardens

World War I and World War II took a toll on the country’s budget and led to an increase in the cost of living. With no end in sight for the war, the government was at a tight spot, trying to find food for the marines overseas while also keeping the cost of food in the country at an affordable level.

The solution? A rallying call to all Americans to grow food in their backyards to supplement the nation’s demands. These backyard gardens came to be known as “victory gardens.”

The concept spread like wildfire as citizens heeded the call. Communities came together and put idle land to use. Vegetables were grown in lands owned by churches, schools, and factories. Individuals heeded the call in their own way, growing vegetables at their front or backyards and even in parks.

The rallying call paid off, and food prices remained affordable during the war, which was critical in maintaining the stability of the country.

A New Call for “Victory Gardens”

The wars may be over, and today, the country is self-sufficient and faces no risk of escalating food prices. However, there is a new challenge to be tackled: expensive healthy and organic foods.

Today, Americans are taking processed food more than ever before. Processed ingredients are not as healthy as their organic counterparts. When food is processed, it is exposed to different chemicals to increase its shelf life. These chemicals deplete the ingredients in the plants, meaning we do not end up with the required nutrients for every serving we eat.

The foods that we buy are taking longer to reach the shelves. Moreover, they are being grown under controlled conditions with pesticides, which means they end up having potentially dangerous minerals in our food. Some pesticides have been linked to the development of chronic diseases like cancer.

Is it time to bring the Victory Gardens back? Absolutely yes!

Grow Your Own Food

A Victory Garden, or whatever name you may wish to call it today, allows you to grow your food at home and enjoy the benefits of a fulfilling outdoors activity. Keeping a vegetable garden is an excellent way of reducing your bill and bringing your family and the community together.

You do not need a large tract of land to start gardening. Even the little 10ft x 10ft backyard or front yard enriched with compost will do.

Here are some reasons why you should start a Victory Garden this year.

  1. Reduce your food budget – Starting a Victory Garden is an excellent way of supplementing your food budget. You can drastically reduce your grocery budget when you grow food at home. Moreover, you can determine what foods to grow depending on the quantities you usually need.
  2. Get nutritional value – Homegrown fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients since they are under your control. You won’t have to worry about the plants being subjected to harsh pesticides or herbicides. Moreover, you can ensure that the plants grow organically by engaging in good ‘ol farming techniques.
  3. Engage in outdoors activity – Farming is a great outdoor activity that will keep you and the whole family busy. The activity is not physically laborious, especially if you have a small parcel of backyard garden. You will love the fresh air and bonding with your children while carrying out the gardening tasks.
  4. Reduce carbon footprint – Growing your own vegetables also helps to reduce carbon footprint. With the dangers of the high amount of carbon in the environment, you can play a small part in reducing the footprint by planting your own vegetables.

How to Start Your Victory Garden

Gardening is not as difficult as it may seem. In fact, you may already have a flower garden at home. If this is the case, how about converting it to a vegetable garden? If the garden is in the backyard, you can transform it with the vegetables that frequently feature on your menu. Onions, spinach, carrots, and tomatoes would definitely be in the list.

If you do not already have a backyard garden, the first thing to check is whether you have some space that you can use for gardening. If you are a tenant, find out from the landlord whether you are allowed to keep a garden. If you own the land, nothing should stop you from starting to dig a small portion of the backyard to be the garden.

You may have to carry out some tests to know whether the soil is good enough for growing vegetables. Ask for help from an experienced local farmer or get a soil test kit online and carry out the tests on your own.

If the soil is not suitable for growing vegetables, perhaps you can enrich it by adding compost or look into creating a container garden. After this, you should be ready to plant your first vegetables.

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