Essential Home Office Items

Being a blog writer, everyone assumes that I must know all the answers out there. Part of having a website and running a blog is doing my homework. So, while it may be true that I know a lot about what’s out there, it’s only because I have done my homework to figure out quite a few things. One thing that I’m constantly working on is how to furnish my home office for cheap.

When you are a blog writer, you need to furnish your home office with things like a desk, chair, perhaps even a standing desk or one to sit fold-legged at as well. It’s good to have a variety of options. The last thing you want to do is stay in the same position all day. While it is great to have a chair that is comfortable and provides great support, make sure to set up two, three, or even four different stations that you can use throughout the work day.

Essential Home Office Items

Besides just having a work station, though, you need to keep it well stocked. This involves not only having things like pens and pencils, but having organizers to keep everything nice and tidy, as well as desk lamps so that you can see everything you will need to see.

All of these things cost money of course, and if you are just starting out with your home business, you likely are not in a great position to invest a lot of money on your home office. If you need to set up a home office on a shoestring, there is one surefire way to ensure you get some great, useful items that will not drain your bank account.

Check out Groupon’s latest partnership with Quill to see some of the latest deals available. Groupon and Quill are offering fantastic discounts, such as $25 off technology products and 10% off furniture orders. If you don’t see something you like today, just check back in a day or two – one of the best parts about the new partnership between Groupon and Quill is that the discounts are updated regularly.

Once you’ve settled on what items your home office needs, take some time to invest wisely and get the stuff you need for less.

How To Find The Best Local Golf Course

If you want to take advantage of the great weather for some great golfing, then we’re way ahead of you! We’ll tell you how to find the best golf course for you, whether you want to warm up or play a full round.

1. Pro Shop and Clubhouse

When arrive to the golf course, the clubhouse is your first point of contact. This is central point for everything you’ll need during your visit, including picking up your golf cart, signing in to your tee time, and going to the locker rooms, pro shop, and restaurant.

The pro shop should have everything you need golf-wise, whether big or small. It should offer everything from the best golf clubs for different skill levels to last minute must-haves like ball markers and tees. Some shops even offer special services like golf club fittings and private lessons.

How To Find The Best Local Golf Course
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2. Quality of Golf Course and Surroundings

Different characteristics make a course unique and pleasant to play on, which might include ocean views, green hillsides, or wide open greens. Not only are these pleasant features, but they can also impact your game. Playing on a new course offers a unique theme while adding variety to each hole.
You’ll also want to have a look at the golf cart paths, as some are in better condition than others. Rough paths can be hard on your golf cart shocks, since you’ll not only be driving from hole to hole but also going in search of your ball.

3. Amenities

Most golf courses include a driving range, chipping area, and a putting green. These areas are best for warm ups and spending time working on swing repetitions. Some courses have the unique feature of guest cottages, which can make for a unique weekend golfing experience. Consider what you’re looking for when taking note of these features.

4. Price and Tee Time

Much of the time, the thing that determines which golf course you go with is the price and availability. There are multiple ways to book your tee time. Sites like GolfNow and TeeOff are good for researching the nearest golf courses. These two websites have a listing of tee times for golf courses the world over. They also provide discount rates at times. If you have a course in mind, just go to the course’s website to check it out, or call them up.

Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

Being the reader I am, reading in all forms pose no problem. I understand that some novels were published only in ebook or in physical copies. For a good chance, and by all means, here is a giveaway where you could win a Kindle and read that favorite digital book you love.

Welcome to the Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway Event - This is a fun big event, just because!

and Co-hosted by: Utah Explore, and Deliciously Savvy.

Good Luck everyone! 

The Giveaway!
1 lucky winner will receive a Kindle Paperwhite. Open to Worldwide entries. Ends 7/2. Enter using the GiveawayTools form, below:


The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are
not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil' Blog and More will be sending the
prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway.
This giveaway starts June 10th, 2016, and will end on July 2nd, 2016 at
11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a
new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the
name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.

Blogger Opp: Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway (Sign Ups Close 6/6)

Hey bloggers! Here is a great new blogger opportunity (Hosted by Lil' Blog and More)
 This will be a fun event, that will gain a big turn out, so be sure to join in (There are lots of
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If you sign up tell them PIXIECHRONICLE sent you.

Prize for the event: Kindle Paperwhite
Actual Giveaway Dates: 6/10 - 7/2

This is a great way to gain a lot more followers on your social media channels! There are completely FREE options, sharing options (for additional entries on the form.) and paid options, available! 

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Going Beyond: DNA and Tissue Samples

DNA and tissue samples are needed in many different areas of the research and medical fields. They are often used for the development of new drugs to fight various diseases. However, obtaining quality samples is not something that is very easy to do. There are certainly many facilities that advertise the fact that they have a large number of samples in stock to be used for the development of drugs, genotyping services and various other tasks. However, the quality of these samples is often not at the level that is needed in order to perform the most accurate research possible. Here are a few ways you can go about finding a company that provides DNA and tissue samples.

1. How have the samples been collected?

This is a very critical question to have answered before you decide to do business with a particular facility. You need to be certain that all of the DNA and tissue samples have been collected in the correct manner so the viability of each specimen is not compromised in any way. Keep in mind that you are paying money for the highest quality samples to be used in your various research projects. Therefore, you would be wise to make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck. Unfortunately, there are some dishonest companies that will try to sell low quality specimens and still charge top dollar for them. It is essential that you know exactly what you will be getting before any money changes hands.

Going Beyond: DNA and Tissue Samples - Mirror Buildings

2. Who are some of the facility's other clients?

You can learn a great deal about the DNA and tissue sample provider's reputation in the industry based on who some of their previous clients have been. There is a good chance the facility you are looking into is legit if it has regularly done business with some of the top laboratories and medical research facilities in the country. These top facilities would not risk jeopardizing their reputation by procuring their research samples from a company that is not completely reputable.

3. Will they refund any unused samples?

It is common in many research fields for samples to go unused for various reasons. For example, a project might lose its funding and the research comes to an end. It is important to know that you will be able to get your money back if you run into a similar situation with your own research.