• News

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Sporting Teams in Boston

    Boston is known as one of the most popular and oldest cities in America. Having been the intellectual, medical, educational and even the financial center of the nation at one point, Boston is also known for its eager support and finance of many professional sports. In fact its history in sports is almost as deep as the city’s own treasured history. Perhaps the most famous of all of their sporting histories is their foray into Basketball, with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are one of the founding members of Major League Baseball’s American League, and only one of four leagues who still play in the city that they were founded in. Fenway Park is the home stadium of the Red Sox.

    As if that wasn’t enough, Boston was where the very first game in the very first World Series occurred, all the way back in 1903. This series was played by the Red Sox who were known then as ‘The Americans’, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Red Sox were the winners of that series, as well as seven more. The Boston Red Sox is home to a great many legendary players – members of the Hall of Fame such as the great Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams among many others.

    Baseball isn’t the only professional sport that Boston shines in – the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association are just as legendary as their baseball counterparts. As a matter of fact the Celtics are historically known to still have more World Championship titles than any other team, with a staggering 17 championships. Like the Red Sox, many Celtics players have gone on to become legendary in their own right and entering the hall of fame such as Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird and John Havlicek among many more.

    And yet despite all of these heavy hitters, Boston is famous still for its ice hockey team, the Boston Bruins. They were the first American member of the famous National Hockey League and were part of the Original Six, having won their sixth Stanley Cup in 2011. Just like basketball and baseball, there are also ice hockey members who made it to the hall of fame. This includes names such as the legendary Bobby Orr, Mitt Schmidt, Raymond Bourque and Eddie Shore.

    Last but not least, Boston is known to be the place where American Football originated. The New England Patriots, a team that needs no introduction – owe most of their fame and reputation to Boston and its rich history in professional sports.

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    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Boston in the Spotlight

    Boston is known as one of the oldest cities in America. It was incorporated into a town all the way back in 1630, and it finally became a recognized city in 1822. Being one of the oldest cities, it is steeped in an absolutely rich social and economic history. When it was first created, the town was only about improving the homestead – now it is a city known for great political changes. Without a shadow of a doubt, Boston has evolved from a simple town into New England’s cultural and economic hub. Known for having some of the finest inpatient hospitals, Boston is now teeming with activity, housing a staggering 617,000 residents. Aside from the hospitals it is also famous for its educational institutions and its foray into professional sports.

    During the time of the American Revolution, Boston was completely engulfed by the war. The British, angered by the Boston Tea Party retaliated in force which the patriots met with even more vigor. The patriots ended up besieging the city, starting with the famously great battle over at Bunker Hill and ending with the Siege of Boston – with the British being forced to evacuate Boston. However, it took its toll on the poor city as the blockade caused its already shaky economy to fall on its face.

    The city did not recover until 1880, when it was finally able to once again take the mantle as the central hub in the region of New England. During this time Boston was very famous for being the educational, medical and intellectual center of the great nation. It even shared the distinction as being the financial center, next to New York. During the Civil War, Boston was famously known for hosting plenty of activities that condemned slavery. In the 19th century, the city found itself facing a political change when it became spearheaded by the Boston Brahmins. Eventually, political control ended up in the hands of a simple Irish family – the Kennedys.

    During the Industrial era Boston played an incredibly important role, as its finance was what kept the textile mills and railroads going. Finally, when the 21st century came rolling along, Boston went back to its roots. It began to focus once more on medicine and education. However, this time around they also began focusing on new technologies. Boston eventually settled with biotechnology, as many of the towns that surrounded the great city became part of its suburbs.

  • Education & Careers

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Boston Nursing Careers

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    To some, the prospect of a career in nursing might not be too exciting. They do not get the same recognition that the more prestigious careers do and there are only very few who sing its praises. All of this despite the fact that so many people go for a nursing career. Though it seems rather likely that people choose it because they think it is an easier career choice than becoming a doctor. While it is certainly more expensive to go the path of the doctor, it is certainly no easier. The amount of effort that a nurse clocks in day in and day out can be staggering to be sure.

    Fortunately, despite all of the misguided views on nursing, there are many people who walk into this career headstrong with a passion to serve. Areas such as Boston are also all too happy to accept these eager healthcare providers, giving them a chance to truly show the world what they can do. Nurse Practitioners are very much welcome in Boston, as they have a rather impressive array of centers that are very much willing to take them in.

    For those who are interested in becoming a family nurse practitioner, Marathon Health in the Greater Boston Area can help. They are one of the leading providers of healthcare – particularly onsite so it can be quite exciting. On the other hand, those looking to be a nurse practitioner/physician’s assistant can look no further than the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. This center is known for how well they treat their nurses, always providing as much support as they can to any who are willing to work with them.

    On the other hand, a psychiatric nurse practitioner can enjoy their career with medical doctor associates in the Greater Boston Area. Those who are interested in working at the reputable Massachusetts General Hospital can look no further as they are looking for a manager of advanced practice in cardiac surgery which is something a nurse practitioner can do, and do well.

    Registered nurses also have a place to call their career home as the Commonwealth Care Alliance is more than willing to take them in. They have absolutely everything that a registered nurse needs to feel right at home – such as skilled facilities, rehab hospitals, nursing homes and the like. There is also a vascular program for nurse practitioners over at the famed Boston Medical Center. There are even more positions available for any and all registered nurses who are willing to reach out and grab opportunity’s hand.

  • News

    Posted on July 28th, 2014

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    Unemployment Is Rising In Our Town

    Sadly, since the financial crisis, there have been a range of economic consequences following the collapse of the financial system and the bailouts of the banks.

    Of course the people who caused the problem, namely the bankers, are doing just great but for the average person in our small town the financial consequences have been serious. One of those consequences is the collapse in job opportunities available to people who live in this town.

    Our government would have us believe that everything is doing just great. The Federal Reserve has fixed all the problems, the economy is improving and everything is back to normal. Unfortunately this appears not to be the case. There has been a collapse in the value of our homes and this has not rectified itself and unemployment is becoming quite an issue, particularly in our town.

    One friend is reduced to working as a forklift driver

    This has been drawn to our attention recently as a close friend has been virtually unable to find work and has been reduced to working as a forklift driver. Of course he was required to obtain a forklift licence, so did so, so that he could work as a forklift driver, however this work is way below the skills that he possesses as well as offering a very significant reduction in salary.

    We have had a look at a number of recent newspapers in an attempt to see how the number of the job ads available now as comparing with how it was some years ago. We have quite a number of back issues of local newspapers and are able to make comparisons between the number of job advertisements that were available some years ago with a number of job advertisements that are currently available.

    And there seems, to us, to be a very significant reduction in the number of job advertisements at the moment. This is borne out by our own observations about the job market here.

    And of course the population of our town has grown and so the number of people looking for work has increased whilst the number of job advertisements has reduced.

    So clearly our friend, who is currently working as a forklift driver, has very limited options. He was previously employed as an accountant and was doing very well, and earning a very good income. Unfortunately, as he is now working as a forklift driver, his income has dropped significantly and he’s bringing home much less money to his family every week. Forklift drivers, in this town, are not paid particularly well.

    And of course being a forklift driver isn’t particularly interesting work. It’s manual labor and it’s pretty uninteresting, if not downright boring. For someone who is highly qualified, having spent quite some years at college, this is quite depressing being reduced to doing what amounts to manual labor.

    I don’t know what the future is for the young people in our town. Of course they can always try and find work as a forklift driver, however there aren’t that many positions open for forklift drivers. However finding real work, in other words work that suits the qualifications they have, is proving more and more difficult every day.

    Unfortunately the people of course this problem are not suffering as we are. However the people in our town are still suffering seriously from the consequences of the financial crisis.

  • News

    Posted on July 28th, 2014

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    10 Job Interview Strategies For Career Success in Watertown

    Job interviews need not be a mystery to anybody if they can follow through these simple steps:

    1. Have a thorough look at the company
    The best way to prepare yourself for an interview is to have a good understanding of the organization. Focus on the current events in that company so that you will can be confident you can tackle any relevant questions that may come up.

    2. Understand your resume
    It is your resume that speaks for you which is why it is recommended you have a thorough understanding of it. You should know that the interviewer has all the details about your resume so you should do well by having the content in your head.

    3. Have the interview emergency kit
    Many people fail the interview because they did not prepare well. There are interview kits that can be followed and some of them include possessing an extra copy of the resume, ways to the office, water, eye drops when necessary, notebooks and pens among others. These are necessary so that you will not be found wanting.

    4. Research the job description online
    If you get an invitation for interview one of the first things you have to do is to gather all the necessary information that you need to have about the job you have applied for as all the questions that may come up. In the case of, for example, a career in chiropractic, pay attention to specialist sites such as this, for chiropractic salary expectations etc. With the convenience of the internet, there is no excuse

    5. Establish rapport
    You should always be aware that there is very important to create the right first impression. This makes it absolutely necessary for the job seeker to build a rapport as soon as possible, with a firm handshake and a smile.

    6. Establish an eye contact
    Making good eye contact is a very important tool in interview processes. It is established that eye contact remains one of the main means of non verbal communication. It is capable of establishing a deep rooted friendship and can dramatically help you win in job interviews.

    7. Body language
    Like eye contact, so does the body language speak much about the job seeker. Adopt every strategy that will indicate that you are in control of yourself. You should be shining and radiating with confidence.

    8. Show the skills you have with good examples
    Many candidates for job interviews always fail when it comes to discussing their skills. That is why it is necessary that you have to understand your skills and showcase them to your interviewers.

    9. Be yourself
    A good candidate should always be composed at all times. When you are fully composed then you are likely to do well in the job interview process. Always show the interviewers that you are on top of your situation.

    10. Follow up promptly
    At the end of the job interview it is a good idea to have a follow up such as giving an appreciation note to the interview, such as through a follow up email.

  • News

    Posted on July 28th, 2014

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    A World of Visitors

    Recently, I was talking to the ladies in town about the number of visitors that we have seen in Watertown this year. It brought up some very interesting conversations about how different countries do things. From their local events, to their laws, and the various cultural differences it was a very educational talk and one we hope to have again. We laughed at ourselves, because we really did have a backward opinion about the people of other countries. The best part is that while we were learning about these other cultures, we also had the chance to learn how much we have in common with them.

    Just recently we were sharing information about the Great American Camp-Out with a family from Australia. While I knew that Australia was on the other side of the world, it never occurred to me that their seasons were different than ours. I just never thought about it honestly. While we’ve all been enjoying the spring rains, and warm summer days here in the states, back in Australia it’s actually winter. This got us talking about jobs and the husband, Doug, works in construction, we were talking about how not just anyone can get a license to do construction here in the States. That’s when Doug explained to us that he used this white card Australia based site when he started out in construction. He was impressed to hear that it was much like here in Massachusetts were you have to register with the state even if all you plan to do is work as a local handyman. Thinking about how having a local license makes us more comfortable hiring someone here in the states. We quite often look at someone from another area and imagine that they are less than qualified to do work here in the states simply because they are not trained here. 

    This talk with Doug and his family got me to thinking more about other professions that are licensed here in the States. We’ve all heard stories about doctors from other countries who come to the States and have to get a new license, the same thing has happened with lawyers. I’m sure if Doug would like to move to Watertown and settle down with his family he too would find that he had to get a new license, the white card would not be enough validation for the state of Massachusetts to let him work here. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t just as qualified. Which made me wonder if someone from the states would have the same concerns were they to move to Australia. We regulate so many aspects of our lives, even if you just want to get a job at a local convenience store you need to pass a test on the responsible sale of alcohol.  Out of curiosity this got me looking around and I found a website for information on RSA refresher courses in Australia.

    Funny isn’t it, how small our world really is?  So, the next time you’re walking around town and see someone from out of town. Stop and show them some Watertown hospitality. You just might find out a little more about this great big world we live in.


  • News

    Posted on July 26th, 2014

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    What’s Going On with Vaping

    If you have happened to go around Watertown for the past few weeks, you might not help but notice an increase in the number of people who use vape pens. Functional, portable and safer than the usual cigarette – there’s no wonder why “vaping communities” are starting to sprout all over town.

    What Are Vape Pens?

    Vape pens are electronic devices which are used by many tobacco users. These are considered alternatives who want to experience the satisfaction and sensation associated with smoking, without the dangers brought about by burning and combustion of chemical materials.

    A vape pen functions like an electronic cigarette, which simply heats a substance (usually wax, dry blends or oils) in order to produce vapour. These substances can contain nicotine, but some others do not and are simply essential oils.The vapor from the pen can then be inhaled just like regular cigarette smoke.

    Instead of looking or appearing like regular cigarettes, vape pens have a fountain-pen like appearance. Unlike first generation e-cigarettes which are slim, vape pens are on the stubbier side to accommodate a chamber for the substance or refill.

    Because vape pens are refillable, users no longer need to buy stick after stick but only have to purchase one pen, and then buy refills along the way.

    Is It Safer?

    While there is growing concern over vape pens especially the fact that they are similar to cigarettes, they are considered to be a healthier alternative to smoking. Using vape pens allows smokers to continue with the sensation of smoking without having to deal with carcinogens and chemicals that are byproducts of the smoking process.

    Because the smoke produced by vape pens is actually vapor – they become mists that eventually evaporate in the air. This technology allows vape pens to be used indoors as they do not pose any harm to bystanders and people surrounding the smoker. More than that – smokers (and their family and friends) do not have to contend with having their houses, cars and clothes smelling like cigarette smoke.

    These pens are also marketed as an aid for tobacco cessation, and can actually help smokers slow down on cigarette usage, until finally stopping and vaping only essential oils.

    What Does The Government Say?

    Because the vape pen technology is relatively new, there are limited studies on the safety of the product. Likewise, there is also no regulating body that supervises the manufacturing and distribution of the devices. In 2009, the FDA is regulating these products as “tobacco products” and currently solicits information on adverse effects of these cigarettes.

    While it can be used safely indoors, it is currently banned in workplaces. In other states, its use has also been curbed in public places of gathering like streets and public utility vehicles. Of course, like any tobacco product, and is strictly for sale to adults only and should not be sold to minors.

    Should You Vape?

    With vape pens being regulated similarly to cigarettes, is it just as wise to start vaping, or should one just continue smoking instead? While the best thing is to give up the habit altogether, many experts recommend that it is definitely a wiser choice to start vaping and give up smoking.

    Smoking is no longer a desirable habit, and is seen as something filthy. Smokers are shunned, isolated and forced to go out or stay in small smoking corners in many establishments. Vaping frees smokers of this stigma by allowing them to smoke without worrying about damaging the health of other people.

    On the plus side, it is definitely a healthier alternative for smokers. Users will still inhale nicotine, which is generally the addictive compound in cigarette, but will no longer be consuming thousands of chemicals that are burned in tobacco. It is also cheaper alternative, too. One may need to shell out on the actual vape pen today, but will no longer need to buy anything else except for the refills for your pen.

    Given these, it is easy to understand why people are buying the device as alternatives. It makes a lot of sense due to the fact that they are indeed better options – and may be a good choice for you or people close to you who may want to kick the habit.

  • News

    Posted on July 21st, 2014

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    Visiting The Boston Flower & Garden Show

    Attending the Boston Flower & Garden Show in 2014 was just as much of a hit as in the previous years. With beautiful exhibitions that showed gardens that remind of paradise, cakes that look just beautiful as they taste and many competitions and other fun activities both for grown visitors and children alike, the show didn’t seize to amaze. But it wasn’t only a great hit for the visitors who were able to spend a relaxing day, the exhibitors, mostly local business but also hobby gardeners from all over the country and beyond, were able to greatly benefit from the many eyes that circled around the Boston Flower & Garden Show.

    The opening celebration

    The 2014 Boston Flower & Garden show opened its gates with its fundraiser for the Genesis foundation for children. A great event that had the smallest members of society benefit most, the visitors were awarded with the opportunity to be the first ones to see the beautiful exhibits. The gardens, flower arrangements, bouquets but also the offered food were a delight and left absolutely nothing to complain about in the minds of those fortunate enough to attend this great event.

    Local businesses benefitting from the Boston Flower & Garden Show

    For businesses around the Boston area and even beyond, the Boston Flower & Garden is a great way to showcase their expertise to potential clientele. Whether you are the owner of a company specializing on exotic wedding flower arrangements or the owner of a small gardening company that specializes on Zen gardens, showing off your talents here is one of the best ways to find new customers.

    Learning the Art of Home Flower Growing

    As many thousand visitors glanced at the beautiful exotic garden and flower exhibits, some surely felt that they would like to start growing their own exotic plants at home. Unfortunately, many of the beautiful plants showcased at the Boston Flower & Garden Show originally grow in much warmer regions, making it virtually impossible to grow them outside in the Boston area, while the inside of a house often doesn’t provide enough sunlight. With grow lights, however, hobby gardeners and growers now have the chance to plant beautiful flowers right in their living room. Special LED lights for growing plants indoors enable some of the most exotic flowers to flourish in an unused bedroom or right in the living room.

    Although LED grow lights offer easy and energy effective growing solutions, some plants require specific spectrums of light, as well as different temperatures. Luckily, this problem can easily be solved by utilizing the so-called plasma grow lights. They function a little differently from the more energy efficient LED grow lights, but provide a wide spectrum of lights that can be used to grow a variety of plants that simply wouldn’t be able to flourish with any other grow light.

    If you were fortunate enough to make it to the 2014 Boston Flower & Garden show, use your inspiration to start growing your own beautiful and exotic flowers and plants right in your home. With grow lights, based on LED and plasma technology, you can easily turn your living room into a tropical paradise or expand your existing flower business by adding exotic plants to your list of products. 

  • News

    Posted on July 17th, 2014

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    The Affordable Healthcare Act and Watertown

    The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) is certainly not news anymore – although the controversy some politicians stir up about it makes news – but its effects continue to influence our community. As you know, Massachusetts led the nation in healthcare reform by passing our own version of the ACA.

    The ACA has increased demand for healthcare providers, and the number of new nurses has gone up. In 2012, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated explosive growth of 19% over the next 10 years. And nurses in Watertown pull in a good salary – on average, $84,000, which is nearly $19,000 more per year than the national average, according to this website. Other healthcare fields have similar positive outlooks.

    It’s our opinion that the ACA will be an overall economic benefit to Watertown and to the state. First, our top academic institutions will draw more qualified students. Harvard Medical School will be able to retain its prestige and status in the academic world as more and more future doctors apply to study there. And we also offer a top nursing school at Boston College for nurses (http://nursecareerinfo.com) that will continue to draw people to our great state who will contribute to our great economy!

    That’s not to say that all has been smooth sailing implementing the ACA, it was embarrassing reading this article in the New York Times. And it was even more frustrating to actually live it, as friends, family, and loved ones who depended on the state for healthcare were in flux for far too long.

    At this time, though, those wrinkles have been worked out and residents can still get coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector. Being able to use the same website has made the transition seamless for most people. And the expansion of MassHealth (or Medicaid) makes it so more families in need are covered. We take care of our own here in Massachusetts and are glad to be able to offer this additional coverate.

    Dental coverage continues to be an item that is constantly changing, but increased coverage under state law helps to more fully cover procedures. Penalties for not purchasing a health insurance plan vary from $240 to just over $1,200 per person and are assessed based on income. This is one major gripe against the ACA, but the whole thing doesn’t work if it’s optional to pay into.

    You also probably already know that healthcare is required to be provided for dependents up to the age of 26, regardless of whether they live at home or not.

    If it weren’t for the website debacle, we believe that the ACA would be much more popular with US citizens. We also believe that if we all remain in this together and stick with it, it will work to provide:

    • A higher quality of life so that people who traditionally could not afford healthcare do not have to live in pain,
    • A better nation, with an expanded economy resulting from more productive and healthier employees
    • Status around the world as a nation who takes care of their own (like Massachusetts has been doing for many years now!)
  • News

    Posted on July 14th, 2014

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    Photography job prospects

    There are plenty of institutes that offer photography as one of their courses. There is a wide array to choose from and a person can choose one of the finest courses: Portraits, which is also a form of photography in itself, is more informative and also offers more job opportunities, especially in Watertown Massachusetts. Weeding out the unwanted courses and choosing the best classes can be an uphill task, specifically for those who are looking to earn a living or make extra income with photography. One should choose a course that teaches not only how to take good pictures, but cover basic business practices.

    In this day and age, above average quality digital cameras and lenses are much more affordable which makes this equipment much more accessible to people. However, only a fraction of them can actually take good pictures. Very few photographers can make good income from selling their photographs, but this can drastically change, particularly in Watertown Massachusetts. Photographers have more customers, will be sure not to ignore the commercial side of this type of career and will also increase the creative focus as well in this area. Photographers that know what their clients or customers want will definitely sell their images more often and enjoy a regular flow of income.

    There are different types of photographs and it’s imperative to note that not all will generate the same amounts of money. Customers demands will vary according to cultural differences, locations and of course usage. A good photographer should conduct in depth research about the likes and dislikes of their clientele. The clients may be purchasing the images for professional or personal use; the age group also varies as well as the print size and also the number of copies that the customer wants. A few lessons or courses should be used by photographers in learning the ropes of promoting their brands. They will involve finding the correct niches, strategies, how to budget and of course the best way to conduct their researches.

    Portrait photographers must constantly correspond with their customers via emails. A good course will definitely teach how to communicate with clients, especially with tips on how to answer their queries effectively and ensuring that they strictly follow the budget set. Photographers should also create impressive and eye catching portfolios since they play an integral part as a marketing strategy. Skill is required in portfolio creation such as the design and size of the folder in general and of course the way the photographs are placed. Thanks to the professional help that teachers can give, photographers will definitely acquire the necessary skills on how to build stunning attention grabbing portfolios.

    Once the business aspect of portfolio creation and management has been covered, the photographer will need to learn more about the scientific and creative aspects that photographers need to know from the courses. Photographers should be aware that expansive and professional images are profitable and one should be knowledgeable in regards to every type of photography possible. They will have a higher chance of infiltrating the Watertown business world and thus enabling themselves to make their own name and place at the same time.

    It should be noted that there are some types of courses that teach how to take pet portraits. A good course will always help photographers with tips on how to handle pets as well as human models in a studio setting without unnecessarily exposing these animals (or people) to needless stress. One should also keep in mind that this line of business has always and will always have great customer demand, even though at times the compensations are not very high. Online courses are gaining ground and are certainly one of the best ways to get started, as well as keeping skills honed and up to date . It’s important to keep in mind that there are many various online courses or classes to choose from that will cover everything you need to know as well as give good advice and tips.

    There are many people who would love to turn this hobby into a paying career. A little hard work and a good course or two to kick start the career, especially in Watertown, will surely pay off.

  • News

    Posted on July 7th, 2014

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    Building a New Life in Watertown, Massachusetts

    My family and I recently moved to Watertown, Massachusetts when I was transferred for my job. We relocated from a relatively small town in the West and have been surprised at how different it is to live so close to the ocean! Additionally, the variety of things Watertown has to offer are amazing. From Farmer’s Markets to cultural events to the sheer history of the town, we have not yet become blasé about this place.

    Although there is so much to see and do here, we have also been spending a considerable amount of time getting our house ready to move in to. For the moment, we are living in a very comfortable rental while we make some changes to the home we purchased. Although there is apparently a moratorium on some development properties in Watertown, we were lucky enough to find an older home with historical significance that we have been able to update and renovate.

    Leave the Plumbing to the Professionals!

    We have hired professionals for many of the larger jobs, simply in the interest of time. Also, while I am pretty handy around the house, tackling 100 year old plumbing is not a job I want to attempt! Now that they are done with all of the plumbing, we get the fun job of choosing the type of faucets and other hardware we want!

    I did run across a site that had a list of the best kitchen faucets on the market right now. This site was full of information and ratings about a large variety of faucets, and my wife and I were able to find one we could agree on. Believe me, when it comes to working on a house together, this is no small thing! I also liked this site because there were helpful videos about how to change a faucet, how to stop leaks and other information I will likely find helpful moving forward!

    Shop Local for Quality Craftsmanship

    We were also fortunate enough to be able to hire a local flooring company to refinish the floors of our house, and we are extremely pleased with the results. We have beautiful tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, and they have restored the wood floors in the rest of the house to a lovely shine.

    Upon the recommendation of the flooring company, we invested in the best steam mop available. The review site www.thesteammopguy.com helped us choose the best one for our needs based on reviews, specifications, and even important things like the length of the cord! We are happy that we will now be able to keep our floors in as lovely a shape as they are right now.

    Honor History Whenever Possible

    We have chosen to do all of the interior painting ourselves, which we will begin as soon as the contractor has finished installing the cupboards we chose. In keeping with the historical home, we have chosen paints from the Colonial Selection offered by Sherwin-Williams. In this way, we can continue to honor our heritage while also living in a comfortable, family-friendly home.

    While it might not seem like renovating and updating a house is a good way to get involved in our new community, we have found it to be a great opportunity to establish relationships with the locals as well as help support the local economy. We have been welcomed into our new town with open arms, and look forward to establishing our own family history right here in Watertown.

  • Business

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Best Online Business Ideas for 2014

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    With the help of technology, more opportunities have opened up to people. People are no longer stuck to the common business ideas wherein they need to set up a brick and mortar store, invest in a lot of inventory and hire a lot of employees. With the advent of the Internet, there are now many other types of businesses you can look into. You need not be confined to traditional businesses but rather look at more diversified types of online businesses which would give you control of your own time.

    For those who wish to start an online business, here are some of the top 4 online business ideas you can use:

    • E-commerce. One of the most popular ways to start a business would be through an online store. Not only would you save on operational expenses, but you can be available to your clients 24/7. One of the best parts about putting up an online store is the convenience of transacting with clients. You can ship the items to your clients and they can pay through bank transfer or credit card. Fast and quick, shopping has never been better.
    • Social media management. As millions of people check the Internet on a daily basis, many business owners direct their business towards online clients. Because of this, many businesses put a lot of emphasis on proper online presence through social media. However not everyone is an expert on this type of marketing. So if you are an expert on such, then you might want to open up a consultancy firm or be a consultant for social media marketing.
    • Website design. As many people are present online, it is good to put up a website, should you wish to showcase your new business. However it is important to have a professional looking website wherein clients can easily navigate through the information. Should you have the know-how on creating a website, then you can start a business in web design Put together a portfolio of websites you can done in the past.
    • Online Marketing. One of the most popular types of online business in the present, online marketing services cover a wide scope of work. You can offer services such as Search Engine Optimization services, blog marketing services or even web content services. Best about this is that you can get clients from all over the world. For this sort of business, you can even start it by yourself. Once you are more established, then you can slowly start grooming a team.

    Find out how to make money even if you’re at home by clicking here.

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