Vista Print – Best Printing, Best Price!

For the past six months I’ve been a member of Vista Print. I haven’t spoken about them very much but I can honestly say that if it weren’t for their services, I probably wouldn’t be able to effectively run my design business. I have everything from personalized stationary to business cards and I’m even in the process of creating car decals as well for those interested in advertising for me (which there are a few of, thankfully). Working with Vista Print has been amazing for me and now is the time to give back and let the rest of the world know about them! You can get absolutely anything you could need from Vista Print. I started with their Free Products which include everything from business cards, rubber stamps and even pens with your name and logo on them. They…

Business Add-ons

I’m currently in the process of paying off a personal loan that I took out back in October. The initial reason behind the loan was so that Sean and I could successfully moved out to Ohio but with changed plans we’re still in Delaware. Now, while we don’t mind being in Delaware it would have been nice to fulfill the dreams we had with that money, instead of just staying where we currently are. Unfortunately the income I had back in October is no where near what I’m making so I’m in the process of looking into Small Business Loans so I’ll be able to refinance the previous loan and hopefully be able to pay off the second one at a much lower interest rate. There are also a few things that I need in order to maintain my business…

Cash Advance for Tires

Hopefully in the next couple of months I’ll be able to look into Car Loans. It’s my goal to make enough money to pay off my existing personal loan and then continuing to send out $300 a month to get myself a new car. For the past few months I’ve been driving Sean’s and while it gets me to where I have to go, it would be nice to have something to call my own. As I’ve noted in the past, I’ve been looking into the Chevy Cobalt Sedan. A few people have asked why I don’t just get the coupe but from my experience with cars, the Sedan usually offers a bit more room and for those long trips up to New York it would work out better for Sean and I considering Bella likes to roam around the…

Summer’s Coming!

Summer is fast approaching and the last 70+°F days have proven this. It’s absolutely gorgeous outside so sitting all cooped up in the house just isn’t an option for me. Yesterday I spent a lot of time in the yard cleaning out the weeds and doing some general maintenance to make the front lawn look a little more appealing. There is a lot that I’d like to accomplish, and it all requires money so hopefully business starts to pick up soon. It’s difficult to figure out which is the ‘garden’ and which is the grass when it comes to our yard, it kind of all grows into eachother and looks absolutely horrible. I wanted to pick up some bricks or even wood to setup a border, making a mini fence. I’d then like to fill the garden with fresh soil…

Getting an IT Certification

Sean and I are both pretty interested in getting ourselves back into school. We both want to focus on the Computer Science aspect of things, but obviously we’d like to specialize in certain areas. He’s more into Programming so he’d look into a degree in that field specifically. I’d like to get one in the Web Design field. I know I’ve been involved in this field for 10 years but without a piece of paper showing my skills it’s hard to find a job down here. I’ve been considering certificate courses, while they aren’t a full-fledged degree – they do at least give me a piece of paper noting that I’ve dedicated the time and money in the attempt of getting a piece of paper proving what I’m capable of. That, I would hope, could get me in the door…

Promoting Your Business

One of my favorite things to do during the Spring and Summer months is head up to Laurel, DE and visit the local camp-grounds to look at trade show items. They vary from new ideas to ones that were improved on. I really enjoy finding new items, and I’m happy that I found a few resources online that will give me the opportunity to push my own.  There’s this site called Gimmees.com where they provide promotional products and trade show items for business owners and really just about anyone interested in promoting their product or brand. I floated around the Apparel and the Office section, I figure with business cards on hand and things like bumper stickers, shirts, caps and even pens – I can really push my design business to the local companies in the area. Word of mouth…

New Opportunities

In the past week I was approved to work at a new Web Design company. Well, they aren’t new but it’s a new company for me. Things look pretty promising, I haven’t done much work yet but I had to work on a Sweat Equity project where I donate a template for them to give to potential clients looking for free templates, even premium ones. The first one I designed was a little over-the-top for them but I was told to archive it so I could use it later on. I don’t mind that though, at least I know it’ll be an easy project for me considering the bulk of the work is completed. I’ve already been asked to design a template for one of their business networking projects and while I don’t have that many ideas running through my…

Non-Surgical Procedures

I’m going to honestly admit that the thought of any Medical or Surgical procedure that requires anything sharp coming in my direction scares the bejesus out of me. So naturally when someone saves up tens of thousands of dollars for cosmetic surgery to make themselves “feel better”, I kind of wonder what the point really is. What’s so wrong with working with what God gave you? You’re paying to place your life and well-being in someone else’s hands and that’s when I believe the need for perfection has just gone way too far in life. I feel pretty strongly about this because of known experiences with these routes. With botched Botox injections and breast augmentations gone terribly, terribly wrong – you wonder why people even bother. Today, however, I came across alternative routes to achieving the look you desire, without…

ColdFusion: Validation

I was poking around the Internet in search of more programming techniques using validation and I was side-tracked by a very well written article about programming in cold fusion. This wasn’t exactly what I was looking for because I was thinking more of th XHTML/CSS aspect of things but when it comes to a field where I’ll eventually stick my nose in – it’s worth the effort to at least do some reading about it. The point of the article was the importance of programming with required fields that have a validation option in the background. The only thing I didn’t like about the article was the lack of proper HTML validation but they’re programmers, not designers so of course the way of going about things is going to be a little different. Unless programmers are learning to care about…

Stylish Design

When I get a little bored, I like to float around the Internet to other Design websites so I can check out my competition. It keeps me on my toes and gives me an insight as to what clients currently want so I can focus my attention on learning the new tricks of the trade. Doing things this way has helped me to build a pretty unique portfolio over the years. Today I came across a website called Stylish Design, it’s The blog where web design and style have met. At first I thought I was going to come across a site, much like my own, where the main focus is the technology related blog and then web design solutions are offered in a different part. Eventually the design aspect of the site will over-power the domain but for now…