Easy Ways to Make Your Airbnb Home Feel More Natural and Improve Your Guests’ Mood

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Airbnb is still doing everything it can to take over the online short-term room rental and hotel market, which means greater exposure to the average consumer and increased competition among Airbnb hosts vying for business.

Good reviews and long-term repeat business should be the top priorities of someone just getting started renting a home or room out on Airbnb, but aside from avoiding common complaints, Airbnb hosts can add very small, inexpensive touches to create an experience, not just rent out a mundane room.

Big Returns from Small Investments: Making Your Airbnb Shine Naturally

 
indoor plants for home decor that require low light
Did you know that adding some natural decorations to your home or living room like live plants can result in big, positive changes to your mood, health, and design aesthetic? It’s not very difficult to do, and you can find plants that require less light than usual. Plants can help people reduce stress and relax, filter toxins out of the air, as well as turn a sterile room into a green getaway or an inner city oasis.

Using handmade Macrame plant hangers can add an interesting vibe, mixing the handcrafts with natural elements at a very cheap price. Plant hangers are great because they work great indoors and outdoors, from the patio to the living room, or near the window in the kitchen overlooking the backyard. They’re a fantastic, easy way to create a sense of space in your den when placed near a wall with an oil painting and featured lighting.

Another cheap option is to get some fresh flowers for your guests. Some guests are bound to notice a unique, small perk like that and leave you a glowing review.

When achieving that natural feel using basic materials, you can’t beat the go-to wood or brick. When used strategically, you can place brick as a focal point on a wall, leaving the masonry exposed to plain view for an amazing visual effect. It’s kind of funny because on one hand, it’s just the wall missing the solid paneling on the outside of it, but it just works, especially when you layer over it with a light fixture.

A lot of people enjoy upcycling. If you can find a classic and rugged piece of wood or some wooden crates you can create your own end tables or coffee table like this one.

upcycled coffee table makes a great natural home decoration idea

Adding a Natural Decor to Your Home or Rental

 
All in all, it isn’t that hard to add a few natural elements to a living space to add some vibrance, and this idea should carry over to your rental business as well. Also, if you’re going to be upgrading your rental to enhance the guest experience, you might as well do the same for yourself to really see and believe the benefits firsthand.

Not only will you have more success on Airbnb, but you’ll be able to upgrade your own decorative style and home experience. And of course, you always run the risk of impressing someone, even if it’s just yourself!

Video: Avoid These Common Mistakes and Complaints as an Airbnb Host

 

Make sure to keep up on the current trends. For instance, with more people working remotely than ever now from home, from a computer in a hotel room (like me), or while relocating to the country to escape the increasing insanity of big city life, your guests will certainly appreciate a nice workstation or place to sit, focus, relax and get things creative and productive things done.

The Link Between Posture, Productivity and Attention Span

stretching and taking breaks to improve posture while working

Why should you care about your posture? Does life really change the day you decide to stand up straight?

What if I told you it actually does?

Good posture has been linked to increases in beneficial hormones, stronger nervous systems, confidence, and a more positive mental state.

But, we first need to understand the harm we must prevent to reinforce the benefits that good posture provide. This way we will understand the full scope of the importance posture plays.

And considering that many of us around the world have spent increased time staring at a computer screen for one reason or another over the past year, often times in less-than-ergonomic conditions, it could greatly improve your quality of life starting now.

Improve Your Posture, Improve Your Life

6 Harmful Effects of Bad Posture on the Body and Mind

Some of the most common negative side effects of poor posture include:

  • curvature of the spine
  • back and neck pain
  • headaches
  • low quality sleep
  • poor digestion
  • lack of motivation

Some people like me have naturally shorter attention spans due to a variety of biological and environmental factors manifesting with depression symptoms, manic periods of hyper focus followed by periods of disinterest or apathy, and general inability to relax and sit still.

In other words, we don’t need any help with decreasing our ability to concentrate and focus or feeling depressed- we have to deal with that already. Bad posture can further aggravate this.

the link between posture and productivity

This is particularly important for people in college, as leaving home for the first time and being self-reliant can be a daunting task, and particularly taxing on people with mental health issues.

And for all medical students out there, not only will they endure many years of potentially posture-harming studying, learning, and working at university if they are not careful, but then they have an 80% chance of succumbing to a physical injury on the job later due to having to hold awkward positions as surgeons.

Easy Ways How You Can Improve Your Posture

One of the best ways is to make a mental effort to sit up straight in your chair and put your computer screen closer to eye level. Don’t slump forward and rest on your forearms. Rather, sit upright and keep the top of your head flat.

Aside from taking frequent breaks while working to get up, move around and stretch out, it can also help your energy levels and spine to alternate between periods of seated and standing desk use. Some ergonomic desks can be used in a sit-down position and then raised up to stand and work.

Alternately, people can stack an adjustable laptop stand or desk on top of a table to get the same effect.

Visit CharmingWares.com to learn more about the CharmingWares® 360° Adjustable Laptop Desk with Ventilation

Other facts about the link between posture and productivity

  • Back pain costs U.S. employers $7 billion per year in lost work days and productivity, and existing problems contribute to 70 percent of those costs. Self-employed people will be picking up the tab on this one themselves. Ouch!!
  • Increased fatigue and lowered energy levels increase cortisol which is your body’s stress hormone.
  • Most people spend about half of their time thinking about something other than what they are doing.

 

One American Living in a Tent on the Coast of Croatia: New Non-Fiction Books

American Traveling the World, Carrying All His Stuff in 2 Backpacks, on Foot, Reveals All

Nothing like sleeping underneath the stars. And doing your laundry in the sea. When you just go man, the details tend to work themselves out.

This is a chapter out of my book which I wrote while hiking and off-grid camping on the coast of the southern part of Europe. After being cooped up for so long during the spring and summer seasons due to the “pandemic”, I figured a little sunshine and sea mist could do me good, even if it meant sleeping in a tent.

So I set out to one of the few countries that would still let an American in during the worldwide lockdown: former Yugoslavia.

Who Doesn’t Want to Get Away to Crystal Clear Seas and Sunny Beaches?

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In “Just Go Man: Hiking and Wild Camping in a Foreign Land During the Worldwide “Pandemic”, I spent long stretches of days camping outdoors while hiking down the coast of Croatia.

It involved a lot of stealth, bottled water, and a healthy sense of adventure and flexibility as I explored nature and various towns and villages a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean.

What did I encounter? Well, first of all, people really seem to resent Americans, though people can’t stop asking me where I’m from.

Next, morning alcoholism is not frowned upon. Nay, it is rewarded. Sound like your type of place yet?

I should mention it’s post-communism alcoholism, not 100% vacation and exotic locale styled alcoholism. So, it’s the sort of beer drinking that people do because they have to, not because they get to.

All that and more in my new book.

Hope you’ll check it out!

-Patrick


“Just Go Man: Hiking and Wild Camping in a Foreign Land During the Worldwide ‘Pandemic'” – New non-fiction travel/adventure books

 

Just Go Man: Hiking and Wild Camping in a Foreign Land During the Worldwide “Pandemic”

A new book features the travels and experiences of an American stuck in the EU during the worldwide “pandemic”, who decides to head to Croatia and live off grid for a few months while hiking and wild camping after losing most of his online income.

Hoping to cut down on living expenses, save up any money from his online business and lengthen his time living abroad, he takes off with his rucksack, a laptop computer and a tent, not knowing exactly what he will encounter during his hike from Rijeka to Dubrovnik, but he’ll find out soon enough.

Patrick Warren is an online entrepreneur, native Texan, and US Navy veteran who has been living abroad and traveling the world since 2017. Sensing the political situation was growing more tense by the day, and having been denied the right to vote in 2016, he left the USA to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

What he realized was the rest of the world wasn’t much better.

What he discovered is that life is more or less a spiritual battle that is being waged on this plane of existence, whether it’s in Denver, Colorado or Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This book is telling of the amount of reinforced ignorance and blind hatred that is prevalent the world over, and in hindsight the problems experienced in America were just an exaggerated form of what is common everywhere.

Anyone, especially Americans looking to vicariously travel and experience the world during the lockdowns, are invited to learn more about the sentiment that a continent which America once liberated only 80 years ago holds regarding the USA.

A true to life tale about personal challenge, overcoming adversity and prejudice as well as just surviving the times, readers will find a comforting voice in the daily rants of a hiker just trying to live a life of authenticity and freedom in a world that grows less free and more irrational by the day.

If you’re looking for the typical non-fiction travel book that celebrates a new country for the sake that it is new, novel, and unfamiliar, then this read is probably not for you. For those who appreciate the real, the gritty, and the not so pretty, you may find yourself relating to a lot of the book’s content and at the end of the day, the grass just might not be greener on the other side of the fence.

Patrick Warren, Author of “Just Go Man”

This is why “Just Go Man: Hiking and Wild Camping in a Foreign Land During the Worldwide “Pandemic”” just might be for you and other like-minded individuals who want to see beyond the gates and filter out the presumptions that we have been bombarded with our whole lives.

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Americans are Openly Resisting the New Mandatory Mask Laws

Ok, so actually, that’s a misnomer.

There are no actual laws that require you to wear a mask in existence. All of the edicts, decrees, mandates and orders currently being issued by local, state and national governments- directed by the WHO- are simply guidelines and “safeguards”.

The fact is, the government has no right to enforce mandatory mask requirements for being in public or going to the grocery store, and many law enforcement are making it clear to citizens- it’s everyone’s responsibility to refuse to wear a face mask, which has not even been proven to be effective for blocking transmission of the villainous coronavirus.

Because even some peace officers are refusing to enforce the new mask guidelines issued by the governor of the State of Washington, telling citizens “Don’t be a sheep”.

Do Face Masks for Covid 19 Even Work, and Are They Safe?

Somewhere lost in the mix of “social distancing” and whether or not face masks actually work to prevent the spread of Covid 19 is the discussion we’ve never had, and the most important one.

Is wearing a face mask good for you?


Breathing in air with low oxygen can cause major health issues. OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standards state, “oxygen levels below 19.5% are an immediate danger to life or health.”

This is what so-called health experts, government officials and businesses are requiring employees, and soon, school children, to wear.

What science did Acton, DeWine, Fauci and Husted use to try and mask an entire society? What testing did they do?

“At concentrations of 16 to 19.5 percent, workers engaged in any form of exertion can rapidly become symptomatic as their tissues fail to obtain the oxygen necessary to function properly. Increased breathing rates, accelerated heartbeat, and impaired thinking or coordination occur more quickly in an oxygen-deficient environment,” states the OSHA standards cited in the link below.

-Ohio State Representative Nino Vitale


https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/shipyard/shiprepair/confinedspace/oxygendeficient.html

The wearing of masks for Covid may actually be even more harmful if you have asthma, if you snore, or have other preexisting health conditions.

Face Masks Pose a Real Threat for Mental Health Patients

For some people, it goes beyond just mere annoyance (and oxygen deprivation, can’t forget that one).

Many people suffering from mental illness have an exceptionally more difficult time wearing a face mask, causing severe anxiety in those vulnerable to panic attacks or claustrophobia like myself.

Do Masks Even Work Against Coronavirus?

The hype is one thing, but the facts always tell a different story. Here we have a blunt answer to the question: “do masks even work?“.

At this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any type of surgical mask specifically for protection against the coronavirus…


…Don’t put masks on anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or otherwise unable to remove the mask without help.


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Dr. Russell Blaylock of Technocracy News Says Masks Are Detrimental to Your Health
 

It is known that the N95 mask, if worn for hours, can reduce blood oxygenation as much as 20%,” Blaylock wrote.

This, he said, “can lead to a loss of consciousness, as happened to the hapless fellow driving around alone in his car wearing an N95 mask, causing him to pass out, and to crash his car and sustain injuries.

I am sure that we have several cases of elderly individuals or any person with poor lung function passing out, hitting their head.

This, of course, can lead to death.

My Opinion on Mandatory Masks to Reduce Coronavirus Transmission

Surely, this is disconcerting news for the average person out there just trying to do their best to not make trouble and follow the rules. It also means that the people setting the rules don’t always have our best interests in mind, including our health.

As a result we must try to avoid wearing the face mask as much as possible, and encourage others to de-mask at work or in public situations. The only way we beat the lie is by spreading the truth and the facts, shining light onto darkness.

Good luck out there and God bless.

Government Failure Over Coronavirus and Bed Bugs Shares a Common Theme

As of right now there are less than 200,000 official Coronavirus deaths on record. That number represents about .0001% of the Earth’s total population.

After the abrupt economic shutdown enforced by many governments around the world, the number of deaths due to unemployment, stress, malnutrition and lack of food, and lack of activity is likely to reach into the millions if not tens of millions starting with the poorest among us.

And now, the word is there will be a partial and tiered re-opening of the economy, but all limitations will be lifted only when we get a proper vaccine, according to Texas governor Greg Abbot.

There are many reports of doctors treating the Covid-19 bug using zinc, vitamin C and hydroxichloroquine– and mainstream media and governments have said that’s not good enough. There needs to be a vaccine.

1 solution. Their solution. And you will pay the cost and deal with the consequences.

Given the fact that vaccine makers have liability protection and can’t be sued by people who are injured or killed due to the vaccine ingredients, do you really trust them to put things in your body for life?

This 1 size-fits-all approach, without any debate as to whether a vaccine will work or if it’s safe and who stands to profit, reminded me a lot of how governments around the world have handled the bed bug problem.

How Governments Blew it Big Time with Covid-19

Just 3 months ago, politicians were saying Covid 19 was no more powerful than the flu, and no one was advised to limit their social interaction to prevent passing around the contagion. Many were even advised to visit Chinatown in spite of the fact that the virus originated in Wuhan, China.

Fast forward 3 months and here we are under medical martial law. Many businesses have been forced to shut down or face large fines and/or imprisonment along with individual citizens for not wearing a mask or walking along a mountain path with no one around for 5 kilometers.

Now people are going broke and losing patience with many state governments shutting down everything except “essential businesses”, and protests have started across America and the world.

Government Shuts Down Potential Natural Solutions for Bed Bugs

I’ve been helping people get rid of bed bugs for over 5 years now and one of the strangest lessons I have learned about the USA and the land of the free is just how terribly un-free we actually are.

Right now, if you were to Google search “how much does it cost for bed bug extermination?” you would likely get some mainstream press releases that spell out a sum of anywhere from $300 to $2000, or even more.

That assumes a lot, like for one, that you’re considering a professional pest removal service, and two, that you even have that kind of money laying around to deal with a bed bug problem.

Most existing products of this type are almost 100 years old, and their marketing reflects that. In addition to this, they exist in a highly regulated industry for pesticide use in addition to agricultural use.

The EPA won’t even let people know about one of the best all-natural solutions for bed bugs, even though in many cases it’s safe enough to eat and I’ve done it probably 15 times.

For newcomers, getting a new license to start a pest product against bed bugs would require somewhere around $250,000 before you ever made a sale. And yet, the raw material is literally dirt cheap and abundant- but most importantly, safe and effective.

Folks Get Bit and Go Broke While Government Tells You It’s for Your Own Good

And that’s the irony of it all, the government which is supposed to protect you is actually doing everything it can to reward a select few and disregard the damage that it causes you.

And you’re still expected to pay your taxes every year regardless as the screw job continues day in day out.

Keeping people poor and preventing them from finding better solutions for their lives is the mark of government tyranny and it’s a violation of human rights. It’s the mark of communism and corporatism.

Governments help create monopolies so that there’s only a few winners- and a whole lot of losers.

Don’t Take Their Shots- Don’t Buy Their “Solutions”

If we cannot rely on our elected officials and government bureaucracies to at minimum not cause us harm, then it’s time we took matters into our own hands and stopped depending on all their “expert opinions”.

No one can tell you how to live your life and no one should.

Evil Person Releases Bed Bugs- at Wal Mart!

In what’s got to be one of the stranger new stories of the new year 2020, employees at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania discovered 2 pill bottles containing bed bugs hidden in the store. One of the bottles filled with bed bugs was found in a changing room, along with bedbugs crawling around the area, and the other was seen near some belts in the clothing section.

Upon investigation the police indicated they had no leads in the case, hoping “it was not a prank by some of the employees”, but offered not much more than that. Considering that 2019 was a year that saw people going into Walmarts and other grocery stores and either licking ice cream or rinsing with Listerine before putting it back on the shelf, it would be awfully shortsighted to rule out public indecency.

Why a Prank with Bed Bugs Gone Wrong Could Ruin Your Day

We were all young once. Some of us probably delighted in the latest pranks or shenanigans we could dream up or those we heard about from our mischievous cohorts in elementary or middle school, but when you’re playing with bed bugs, you are playing with fire.

In fact, the cost of bed bugs for businesses as well as average consumers can range into the hundreds of millions of dollars a year. One example is a recent story where actress Connie Marie Flores went on a cruise with her husband from Los Angeles and claimed to have been devoured by bedbugs during their stay. They opened a lawsuit claiming damages in the amount of $75,000 for stress, anxiety and ruining their trip- and this is only one example of legal action taken against a business for bed bugs. They happen all the time.

Shock Poll: Just How Popular Are Bedbugs in Your City?

In a recent poll the #1 city in the US with bed bugs was the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C., so at least we know it’s a city that offers inclusion to all forms of parasites, be it political or of the insect world.

Baltimore came in at #2 with Chicago, Los Angeles, and Columbus Ohio also making the top 5. Chances are good that your city has bed bugs if it has a large population or lots of public transportation, providing more opportunities for bed bugs to hitchhike home on unaware people.

Bed bugs are often found in hotels, motels, and even on city buses, subways, and movie theaters.

How Can You Tell if You Have Bed Bugs?

A bed bug’s bite is usually found in clusters or groups of bites. They may cause a large red area around the bites and are usually found on skin areas exposed while sleeping. In extreme cases bed bug bites can cause scarring and while usually harmless otherwise, can also in rare instances carry the chagas disease.

The best thing to do is to check any mattress or bed frame that you’ll be sleeping on regularly, inspecting the seams and creases in the mattress and looking out for red, black, and brown splotches which could indicate the remains of dead bed bugs.

Bed Bug Prevention and Treatment

If you have bed bugs, that’s a whole ‘nother article regarding how to get rid of them, but just know that bed bug treatments can be natural, safe, effective, and very importantly- affordable. Visit Defensive-End.com to learn more about the best ways to eliminate bedbugs and to keep your nights restful and bite-free.

3 Free Money-Making Gifts for Retirement

retirement planning and income streamsthe 2 things retirees are concerned with the most: retaining their wealth and expanding their income during retirement

 

The estimated figure for the money you’ll need to retire is around $1 – $1.7 Million Dollars, and most people simply don’t have it. But does that mean there is nothing you can do to increase your wealth and even make money from multiple income streams when you retire?

Hardly!

And that’s why I’m giving you these amazing free gifts today, to help you expand your wealth as well as your confidence in the ability to retire comfortably.

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  • A Gold or Silver IRA could very well save and protect your 401k or IRA, and ensure you have a retirement

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“Great info. This really helped us a lot!”

— Linda, Westborough, Mass.


 

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My goal is to produce resources that benefit you in your own journey navigating the current financial times. Just the simple fact that you’re actively seeking information to improve your life means you are infinitely ahead of most people out there who are just hoping and assuming that everything will work out when it comes time to retire.

Never stop learning, and remember that everything will be fine if you just keep a cool head and plan ahead of time.

Thank you and good luck!

Patrick Warren – TrueGritUSA LLC
1321 Upland Drive
#6470
Houston, TX 77043

Retirement Accounts and 401k’s get Hit Big as Stock Market Starts to Crash

The Dow Jones dropped a massive 767 points as all markets lost about 3% or more yesterday. Increasing troubles in the global economy paired with a lack of fundamental strength in the the US, Australia, UK and China are believed to be the cause.

Now is a good opportunity to consider a 401k transfer to IRA to guard your lifelong savings and pension fund from a severe market correction.

A bear market appears to be rearing its ugly head as the steam has run out on the engine of this fiscally stimulated bull market in stocks and equities, even as central banks lower their interest rates, i.e. the price of money, with little to no positive effect on prices around the world.

We’ll wait and see, but it’s not panning out well.

With German and Chinese manufacturing as well as trucking companies having to close their doors, it seems an economic recession is in the cards, if not guaranteed. The velocity of money has been slowing to all-time lows, proving that central bank intervention comes at a high price and the middle class does not see much benefit from all the quantitative easing for the past decade.

stock market crash could hurt IRA accountsThat’s precisely what we could have observed on Monday in the equity markets around the globe. It does not appear the stock market has any room to go higher, and why should it? The last 10 years of a bull market have been very artificial as they have not been supported by real growth, only by accounting tricks.

Some economists are expecting that the 10-year bull market in equities has come to a finish and a stock market crash will inevitably result.

Big banks and the 1% have benefited once again at the expense of the average person, but it won’t continue forever. With gold and silver skyrocketing up after 6 years of sideways price movement, there’s really no way to know just how much the American dollar can withstand as the Federal Reserve plans even more interest rate cuts.