Save time and save space to make your life easier

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As someone who enjoys a pretty independent lifestyle I am always on the lookout for tips and tricks to make my life even more efficient. My home has become my office, so to speak as I left the more traditional workforce to become a freelancer. But even for those who work outside of the home, saving time to spend more time at home, and saving space to enjoy your home more are things that are very important.

Growing up, space was never an issue and neither was time, come to think of it. My mother ran a very tight ship in terms of “a place for everything and everything in its place”. 

She was not one to let exhaustion or anything else get in the way of our home being tidy and showroom worthy. We got home and shoes went in the right place immediately, clothes went into everyone’s respective dirty hampers and no one’s room was ever allowed to be in disarray.

Now, I’m not saying that anyone (myself included, of course) who doesn’t keep their home as “perfectly “organized is somehow dirty or less organized because let’s face it – things have changed since the early 80’s.

The ways we live, communicate, commute and work have all changed since then and while it would be divine to keep things altogether all the time, it just isn’t possible. But there are things we can do to keep our homes functional and livable without being too over the top. Here are a couple tips you can use to make the most of your time, your space and your home:

1. Put the big things away or get rid of them altogether:
Over the years I have accumulated some household items that, at the time, I was sure I would use every day and incorporate into my life. From an antique dining room table that has turned into a clothes table to two sets of workout equipment that now serve as towel racks, I know you know what I’m talking about. If 6 months to a year has passed and you haven’t used something for the purpose it was intended, it is time to get rid of it or put it in storage. I didn’t want to part with my dining room table so I put it into storage using For the workout equipment that I honestly knew I would not have time to use, I sold them for a great price on ebay.

2. Make time to do the things that will change your life:
We can come up with every excuse as to why the takeout places know our names and orders by heart but the fact is, that isn’t healthy at all. There will always be something to do and there will always only be 24 hours in a day – we have to make those tough but necessary decisions that will make life healthier and easier at the same time. For those with traditional work weeks that begin on Monday and end on Friday, do your grocery shopping on Sunday and do food prep for the week then too. Every Sunday evening, I make a big veggie lasagna and a two roasted chickens, along with some vegetables that I just wash and clean and prepackage into individual zipper top bags. During the week for lunches, all that’s required is a little assembly and there – everyone’s fed and it too no time at all!

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Modern Conversion Vans are the Future of Road Travel

With all the modern technologies available, there are more choices in road travel than ever before. However, when it comes to extended road trips, nothing beats a conversion van. This is especially the case if you are traveling with two or more people. While conversion vans themselves aren’t a new invention, technological innovations have made these vehicles the future of road travel.

History of Conversion Vans
Conversion vans stemmed from an idea during the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, people wanted to travel longer distances in their vehicles in comfort, but without having to resort to driving a bus. Conversion vans take standard cargo vans or mini-vans and turn them into luxurious vehicles.

The primary purpose of converting a van used to be to make more room and add features for long distance road trips. As the vans gained popularity, however, their functions evolved into other uses, such as camping and business trips. These vans remain favorites among retirees and large families, but almost anyone with a need for space on the road can utilize these vans.

Modern Features
While conversion vans of the past contained added space, they didn’t have nearly the features that the vehicles do today. While you can still add extra seats and even rear sofas, you can add other items that you and your passengers can use. If you frequently use a computer, then you may benefit from adding a modern desk into the van. Futons are a great add-on if you plan on spending the night in the van on a campground.

Electronics are the most added on features when it comes to conversion vans. Modern selections include flat screen HDTVs as well as DVD or Blu-ray players. Such items help keep your passengers occupied while on the road—this especially comes in handy if you have children. While you can’t watch television while you drive, you can add other features to the van that you can actually enjoy. I-Pod decks and extra speakers make for listening music on your journey much more enjoyable.

Travel Planning
When it comes to travel plans, one of the first things you need to determine is how to get there. With the rising costs of airline tickets, many people are turning to road travel. Besides, riding in a van on the open road is so much more relaxing than racing around an airport. Both new and pre-owned conversion vans are available. Basically, you can customize your own van or choose between pre-owned versions that are already equipped with the features you want.

For all the latest listings, visit Here you will not only find the nation’s largest selection of conversion vans, but you will also be able to select ones with the most modern features available. The difference in the road trip is truly in the van, and you have the opportunity to experience it today.

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Certification

As the call for the E-Business skill set grows in the IT industry, you may need to validate your skills and abilities in managing a number of Oracle technologies, including the 10g and 11g databases as well as the Oracle Applications R12 Release.

In order to formally certify your skills in managing these products, Oracle offers a professional credential specifically designed to meet your needs. The certification is titled The Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Database Administrator Certified Professional and is the best method for IT professionals to demonstrate they hold the full skill set required for independently managing Oracle applications databases in the e-business environment.

Each Oracle certification available has certain prerequisite requirements as well as specific steps outlined for achieving the credential. With the E-Business Suite R12 DBA certification, you must hold either the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credential for 10g Database Administrator or the OCP for the 11g Database Administrator prior to taking the certification exam necessary for achieving your E-Business DBA certification, the 1Z0-238 exam.

While the certificate path from Oracle allows you to hold either the 10g or the 11g DBA for OCP, there are significant differences between these two versions. For this reason, if you hold only the 10g, you may want to consider upgrading your certification to the 11g before going for the E-Business DBA certification exam. You will also want to consider using a good exam prep service like to practice your skills with the R12 release prior to taking the 1Z0-238 exam.

No Tier 5 Extension for 99ers: Unemployment Benefits Extension Subject to Amendments

The US Congress midterm elections were already finished but until now, no Tier 5 unemployment extension of benefits has been passed in the Congress. More so, the original unemployment extension entitled HR 4213 signed by President Obama last July is set to expire on November 30, 2010, which is less than two weeks from now.

Currently, the Congress is on a rush meeting on an unemployment extension bill called H.R. 6419 or the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act. This bill would extend the filing deadline for federal unemployment insurance programs for three months until February 28, 2011. It contains no revenue offsets and it would not create additional weeks for people who have exhausted all their benefits. Thus, it won’t be beneficial for the millions of 99ers who still cannot find jobs up until this moment. All the efforts put into rallies and signatures gathered in various petitions calling for a Tier 5 unemployment extension have been put into trash.

With the current unemployment extension of benefits set to expire 11 days from now, this particular unemployment extension bill has been put into urgency and is being considered under the so-called expedited “suspension of the rules” process, which does not allow for amendments or motions to recommit to further delay the bill’s passage. However, it requires a 2/3rds majority vote, so the Democrats will need all their members plus 35 Republicans to vote in favor. All in all, Democrats will be needing 290 votes for it to happen.

The initial votes by the House of Representatives have been finalized and the unemployment extension bill failed with a vote of 258-154 in favor of the Republicans. Although the Democrats can still bring this up again for a vote under regular order, it will be now be subject to amendments and a Republican motion to recommit. To view a list of votes who voted for “yes” and “no”, you can go here. In addition, if you are curious enough in the contents of the unemployment extension bill being voted in the Congress, you can find a full legislative text of if here.