I Got A Fitness Makeover—And So Did My Lawn

I Got A Fitness Makeover—And So Did My Lawn

The sunny state of California is well-known for beaches, surfing, and stunning natural landmarks. 

And it’s no secret that California is home to something else:

Hot bodies and Hollywood.

You’ve seen them on the internet—ripped, muscular, and tanned people training on Muscle Beach at the Santa Monica Pier. California is so synonymous with celebrity fitness that our governor is Hollywood superstar and former Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Champion, Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can’t make this stuff up!

Gold’s Gym in Venice, Los Angeles, California is one of the most popular destinations in the world for fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Gold’s Gym had to close down many of its locations. These past few years haven’t been easy for the businesses in our country. 

Man in White Shirt and Green Shorts Walking on Beach

In my youth, I preferred physical activity in the form of crazy concerts and parties. Just thinking about those days gets my heart pumping and blood flowing through my veins.

I’m not a huge gym goer and I’ve never been into fitness and lifting weights. In fact, I’d rather not lock myself in a room surrounded by heavy metal equipment—the only heavy metal I like is the type that musically caresses your eardrums!

That said, these last few years have really made me focus on taking care of my health. I mean seriously, I have realized how lucky I am that my family and I are healthy and happy.

I’m not too worried about how my body looks—in fact, I think I look great for my age and all the experimentative stuff I used to do—but I do care about my health and longevity. 

So instead of getting a gym membership, I decided to start working out at home with a combination of high-intensity interval training and yoga. With high-intensity interval training, you can train without equipment or use a handful of kettlebells or dumbbells. Yoga doesn’t require much equipment either—just a mat and maybe some foam blocks.

I did procrastinate just a little when I started my fitness journey. I wasn’t motivated to go outside to exercise when I saw that the grass wasn’t looking so green. I had just given up at some point with all the lawn maintenance. Pushing around a lawnmower, pulling out weeds, and carrying around a water hose was both a chore and a workout—and not a fun one at that. 

One of my friends told me about artificial grass and how easy the installation was. I booked my appointment with NoMow Turf after seeing the transformations on their site. I was highly impressed by the quality and durability of the synthetic grass that they offered. Had I known about synthetic turf sooner, I wouldn’t have had to spend so much time tending to my lawn all these years!

Thanks to my fitness journey, both my lawn and I have experienced a makeover—and my wife couldn’t be happier! 

As for me, I can’t stress enough how much I love exercising in the privacy of my own backyard, breathing in the fresh outdoor air, and bathing under the sunlight. I used to be sore from all the lawn care I had to do with natural grass, but now the back pain is gone and the only soreness I get is from doing exercises I actually enjoy.

I wonder if I’ll ever look good enough to become super fit and famous. 

Just kidding.

If your lawn needs a makeover, you can give NoMow Turf, Inc. a call today.

NoMow Turf, Inc. – Synthetic Lawns & Putting Greens
26774 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Growth of the Cannabis Industry in the United States

Growth of the Cannabis Industry in the United States

As a former wild child, I can attest to the amazing benefits of cannabis and I am glad that the industry is booming! The following is a report from my friend, who is a business analyst.

The cannabis industry is booming at an all-time high, even though many other sectors are strugglingly considerable with current economic conditions. 

Marijuana cultivation facilities and dispensaries were rated as essential service platforms by several states in the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic. It became apparent to many restaurant businesses that cannabis would be the best pivot to make use of their facilities. With steady support from the government, this industry has grown consistently during the pandemic. Tens of thousands of jobs were added to this industry in 2020, nearly double that of the previous year. 

Approximately 321,000 Americans work in the cannabis industry right now, and reports show a 32% rise within one year. With these rates, legal marijuana has become the fastest-growing business sector in the nation. The country even has more legal workers in the cannabis sector than those in the engineering and medical fields. 

Many retail workers were also laid off during lockdown. There is no doubt that many were triggered to reassess their jobs during the pandemic and proceed to make efforts to reshape their work lives. There was a record-high number of people switching away from the retail industry to look for other more stable work opportunities during the crisis. Many found themselves switching to the cannabis industry. 

The lucrative opportunities in the cannabis industry are attracting more entry-level workers, as they are receiving great opportunities for promotions as well. 

Governments in different states are working towards the legalization of marijuana. California allowed the use of medical marijuana 25 years ago. And now, almost 37 US states now allow medical use of cannabis, with many others working in this direction. This is the main driver behind the rising popularity of marijuana, further contributing to the incredible rise in business. 

Legal cannabis sales have grown by almost 60% in the previous year with an estimated amount of $19 billion. Sales are expected to grow up to $41 billion by the end of 2025. 

The cannabis industry is now experiencing tremendous pressure with its retail chain. The limited 10-hour shifts are now being extended to 12 to 13 hours. The dispensaries and retail stores have even started hiring more people to serve the rising number of customers via online and offline platforms. Industry experts are making consistent efforts to develop favorable working conditions so that they can attract high-performing employees, which can potentially help them to sell marijuana products to different parts of the world. 

In order to ensure adequate working conditions in the marijuana industry, Cannabis Security Plans are more important than ever in order to safeguard the employees and products from harm or theft. Employers are also making efforts to train new workers to handle workloads and specific roles in the company. Furthermore, the high-performing employees are also being promoted to higher profiles with better salary offers. 

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With all the positive market conditions and favorable returns, the marijuana industry in the United States is expected to become a global leader within very little time. 

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Why Some Employees Still Prefer Working At The Office

Why Some Employees Still Prefer Working At The Office

I know nothing about corporate office life, so here’s a guest post from my son, who works at a technology company in Orange County!

Did you know that employee burnout is a vital issue among American employers, with at least fifty percent of workers suggesting they experience symptoms like being dissatisfied with their jobs and feeling overwhelmed? Workplace burnout causes many health concerns in organizations, including unsatisfactory customer experiences and high turnover rates. 

One of the most typical causes of workplace burnout is having too much work on your plate. A 2017 research found that thirty-two percent of employee burnout was associated with an unreasonable workload. Another thirty-two percent was due to too much overtime or after-work hours. 

Taking in an ambitious workload may seem productive at first, mainly when dealing with tight deadlines. However, there may soon come a time that forces you to evaluate how the intensity is impacting your wellbeing. 

Another cause of workplace burnout is the sense of a lack of control. For most, control feels like the capability to affect workplace decisions or access needed job-related resources. Unsurprisingly, employees with more perceived control are more likely to be engaged in their work.

It can be demoralizing to work in a place where you don’t have control over your tasks or feel like you cannot make changes that align with your values. If that’s the case, you need to communicate your needs to supervisors. 

The Benefits of Working from Home 

The most significant advantage of working from home is the possibility to lower your stress levels. There is no daily commute, family commitments are simpler to handle, you can sleep a bit longer, and you will likely accomplish a better level of focus without the interruption of telephones and office chatter. You could also save money on work attire, food, and travel. 

Indeed, it’s not possible to prevent all work-related stress. Nonetheless, it makes sense to avoid environments and situations that trigger feelings of emotional stress. Further, the sheer pressure of going to work regularly can be debilitating and overwhelming for others, especially those with pre-existing mental health concerns.

The Benefits of Working At The Office

Work has become more and more location independent. The driving force behind this shift can be largely attributed to cloud-based technology; the most recent and major catalyst being the global pandemic which forced businesses to operate remotely as per social-distancing protocols. 

Depending on who you ask, working from home could be productive and relaxing or ineffective and loathsome. It’s undoubtedly not for everybody. Not everyone agrees that working from home alleviates the stresses and pressure of working altogether. For some, isolation can be debilitating, even causing some to further bury themselves into work in order to distract themselves from the feeling of inescapable loneliness. Many people would happily bear the inconveniences of commuting every day to the office than miss out on human interaction. Of course, we can all interact through video conferencing and email, but this can feel robotic and unnatural for some people who prefer in-person dialogue.

It is for these reasons that many companies are rebooting their on-site operations and redesigning their office spaces to ease their workers back into the building. However, safety precautions must be taken. Orange County Office Cubicles help to ensure productivity and social distancing in the office.

Gray Office Rolling Chair Near Brown Wooden Desk in Front of Flat Screen Tv on White Painted Wall
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The modern office is still adapting to the changing times. While remote work was once seen as a taboo form of working that was inferior to on-site operations, remote work has been rebranded through the cultural mindset of millennial and Gen Z workers. But who knows? Despite its current popularity, perhaps we’ll soon see a resurgence of the office as being the preferred space of work.

You can give Creative Office Design a call today to inquire about their furniture and design services.

Creative Office Design
5230 Pacific Concourse Dr #105, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States

Home Improvement and Design Ideas While We Have Nowhere Else to Go

Home Improvement and Design Ideas While We Have Nowhere Else to Go

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but lately I have been listening to my wife more. She’s asked me to pause my old rock and roll habits and to do some more “family man” shenanigans. She asked me if we could spend this pandemic lockdown time period making our home more snazzy. I researched some design ideas and methods and I wanted to share what I learned. 

No matter what decor theme or design ideas you have followed, every home is in need of some additional space. Whether you live in a small apartment or a large detached home, it is always important to maximize space and create a welcoming and spacious feel. Your ideas should not be limited to any one room, instead, it is necessary to think creatively about almost every part of your home. There are many creative strategies that you can try for enhanced home improvement.

Create a more open entryway

The entryway is the most important area of your home where you come home after a long day and welcome your guests for parties and weekends. Therefore, the foyer of your home must be functional and efficient. You can maximize space by arranging storage vertically. For example, you can hang shoes on the shoe rack and use wall-mounted hooks to hang clothing. Consider adding a large mirror, as this naturally creates visual space expansion.

Add functionality to your cooking and dining space

In most homes, the kitchen is the busiest space. Cooking can be stressful, but you can make cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner easier by adding functionality. Try to maximize space by using vertical storage arrangements and use drawers or cabinets to store food items. In addition, add shelves for pots, pans, and cooking appliances.

Expand your bathroom

This is the space that most see first in the morning and last at night. Getting ready for work in the mornings can be a nightmare if your bathroom is cluttered and tight. It is possible to maximize the space in the bathroom so that you can get ready each day in peace. For instance, shared bathrooms may require more shelves and drawers to store items in a more organized manner. Consider adding drawer organizers and dividers to keep makeup, skincare, medicine, and other self-care accessories organized.

White Bathtub Near Brown Wooden Table
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Elevate your living room

There is no doubt that sometimes your living room may be the messiest room in your house. As the living room is usually where most of the activity happens, this is the space that people like to focus their home improvement efforts. If you are in need of more storage options, you can maximize space by adding multifunctional furniture such as a coffee table with drawers and open shelves. You can also get creative with sofa arrangement to add more space.

Revive your bedroom

Sleep and rest are critical. Your bedroom should create a relaxing and rejuvenated feeling. After all, this is the room where you come to sleep after a long tiring day. It is best to treat your bedroom as a sanctuary. As the adage goes: “out of mind, out of sight.”  If you don’t have one already, consider building a walk-in closet. A painting or mirror on the wall adds luxury instantly. 

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For the best design ideas and construction, I highly recommend that you give Inspired Remodels a call today.

Inspired Remodels
21098 Bake Pkwy Suite 102, Lake Forest, CA 92630, United States

Importance of Termite Inspections for Protecting Real Estate Investments

Importance of Termite Inspections for Protecting Real Estate Investments

Hey y’all! I hope you are all staying safe. I haven’t been in the best mood as the stay at home orders mean that I can’t get together with the band for jam sessions. No concerts or gatherings either. So this is a guest post from my real estate expert friend!

As of this year, the CDC has confirmed almost one million cases of Americans infected with the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of Americans have died as a result of this pandemic virus. No matter where we look, we see that we are in the middle of a crisis that will be recorded in history. What does this suggest for those wishing to sell or buy a home in the middle of a pandemic?

This article discusses some real market estate trends to look out for in this new decade.

Some cities will notice an increase in home prices. The median home value has gone beyond pre-recession peaks. It is now greater it has ever been within the last decade. Hence, major cities may be out of the price range of today’s millennial buyer segment, which is is a substantial part of the makeup. Most will forgo the expensive options of living in major cities and opt for more affordable options in the suburbs.

Interest rates are projected to stay low. Economic improvements remain to be seen. However, if so, the federal government may raise interest rates to meet inflation, as they have in recent years. Therefore, prices for consumer goods may also increase. The national rate of appreciation is anticipated to increase along with home valuations over the following twelve months. We may see that homes will appreciate at a rate that is a bit more reasonable than in previous years. However, the economics of supply and demand will inevitably test the market and apply pressure.

When it comes to buying a house, homeowners should definitely consider a termite and pest inspection. 

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Importance of Conducting a Termite Inspection before Buying a Home

A termite inspection can determine if there is any structural damage from termites or other pests. The inspector will disclose any problems they discover. The future homeowner will then know what type of maintenance they may need as the home’s future owner.

Moving to a new home can feel like a beautiful dream, and that’s why it is crucial to ensure that it doesn’t turn out to be an unexpected nightmare. Without a termite inspection, a homeowner may overlook serious structural damage and issues, which will cost them more down the road.

Read Stephanie T.‘s review of Grand Oaks Termite Control on Yelp

A termite inspection can take anywhere between thirty minutes to hours depending on the home’s size and crawl space, basement, or additional areas. The inspector will check the home’s exterior and interior surfaces for any signs of infestation, damage, or other areas that might be prone to termites. 

The termite inspector may suggest frequent termite control to keep the critters at bay, especially if they were discovered during a termite inspection. You can give Grand Oaks Termite Control a call today.

Grand Oaks Termite Control
110 S Worthy Dr, Glendora, CA 91741, United States