Vacations for small business owners

Vacations for Small Business Owners

Vacations for small business owners

How to Take a Self-Care Getaway on a Budget

Small business owners experience a lot of stress — and the last year has been particularly overwhelming. But did you know that taking a vacation may be just the ticket to combating entrepreneurial anxiety? When you’re running a company, it can be hard to get away, but studies show that taking time off to explore a new place offers an array of health benefits.

Of course, it costs money to take a trip — but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Wherever you’re planning to travel, if you get familiar with a few tips and tricks of the travel world, your journey doesn’t have to break the bank. Consider this great advice from My Unbounded Life.

Make time to take a break

Little is more miserable than planning a break from the day-to-day details of running a business and spending the entire time in front of a computer. Instead of setting yourself up for a working vacation, set yourself up for a true vacation with time-saving, productivity-focused strategies. There are plenty of little things you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend on everyday tasks, and as a result, you can savor the time you spend away from the office.

Your annual report is a great example. All California businesses need to file one, but just because it’s something you’re required to file doesn’t mean you need to be the one doing all the work. Partnering with an online service like ZenBusiness is a great way to cut down on the amount of time and energy this obligation requires. They will set up a personalized dashboard for your company where your information is gathered and organized. Then, when the time comes, they will file the report on your behalf. It’s just one of the many tools and services you can lean on to make your work life easier and more efficient, so you can snag a well-deserved getaway now and then. 

Travel on the right flights

One of the best strategies for scoring affordable flights is to simply choose the least popular trips. A red-eye flight can save hundreds of dollars, and if you look into frequent flyer miles, you can reap even more savings. Choosing a flight that may be less comfortable and convenient will also pay off big for your pocketbook. And if you can be flexible with your travel dates, you can stretch those dollars even further.

On the road

Travel can be stressful, but the last thing you need to worry about is your trip’s impact on your budget. Start your travels off in the right direction with a little advanced planning. When your trip requires ground transportation, a car rental company like Enterprise is your one-stop shop for car rental services. You can get the lowest prices on a vast selection of vehicles that will get you where you need to go in style.

Where to stay

For accommodations, you’ll likely find comparable rates between short-term rentals and hotels in many destinations. When making your choice, ask yourself a few questions. First, consider the nature of your trip and what’s most important for your stay. Is it the novelty of sleeping in a secluded tiny house nestled by a quiet river, or is it the reliability of guaranteed service in the heart of the city? Are you traveling with children or flying solo? Whether you require a single room or an entire home, you can save cash by having clarity about your accommodation needs. One option is to look for hotel deals on sites like Groupon and Priceline. 

If you decide to book a hotel, pick one outside of the center of town. You’ll pay more for the convenience. Or, if you go with a vacation rental, you can save money on food by cooking meals in a fully stocked kitchen.

Talk with the locals

When you’re feeling adventurous, you can collect valuable advice from local residents and ask for info on things to do in town, where to eat, where to shop, and even where to stay. This could lead down an interesting path that you wouldn’t have otherwise followed while saving big. Many people are happy to share local tips if you just ask politely.

Discover free activities and events

There’s a wealth of free and low-cost activities and events available year-round in virtually any place you’d want to go. City Parks Departments offer beautifully tended green spaces with events like concerts, movie screenings (pack a picnic in a travel-friendly cooler for an inexpensive meal), and other fun entertainment for the whole family. Find playgrounds to delight the kiddos or sit and people-watch. Even just taking a quiet stroll through a park that’s new to you can be an uplifting activity full of discovery. If the weather isn’t agreeable to an outdoor trip, look for a library or museum to visit. Find free days at the art museum and enjoy the dose of culture and creativity.

It’s important to take time away from your small business, but in both your professional and personal lives, saving money is always a welcome endeavor. Plan your trip with the above tips for an unforgettable experience.

For more great advice on living a life without limits, keep up with the My Unbounded Life blog.

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Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's Day Gift Guide

Getting a gift for dad can be a little difficult. When you are planning your Father’s Day Gift, try to research what he may like. Traditional Father’s Day Gifts are cool, but why don’t you try to be a little creative. This Father’s Day, why don’t you try out something different that will also spark his interest. Choose quality Father’s Day gift options that will not only make him happy but also make him feel a special.

If you are having trouble finding the perfect gift, don’t worry we have the perfect Father’s Day Gift guide below.

How to figure out a decent Father’s Day Gift:

  • Start exploring what your father (or the father in your life) loves and enjoys. If it is the kind of activity that require a gadget, why don’t you look for that particular gadget ?
  • If you feel that he’s been wanting to change his phone for a very long time, maybe you could buy him something expensive and surprise him with a new phone.
  • Most fathers are tech-savvy and want to explore new gadgets every time. Well, why don’t you get him new speakers or EarPods for him to explore?
  • Comfy clothing is one thing that dads would definitely enjoy having. Getting him something comfortable would make him feel a lot more protected and warmer.
  • Think about the things according to his perspective. Look for the objects that he enjoys having. If he enjoys traveling, why don’t you book him a ticket for a tour where he can de-stress himself. Or you can get him some antique and vintage objects if he enjoys collecting vintage products.

Also, sometimes he does not really need any monetary help or any materialistic gift. Sometimes he wants you to have a little chat with you where he can tell you how proud he is of you. Give him that, it will be the greatest gift for him.

Still wondering what the best Father’s Day Gift is?

Well, don’t you worry because we have a few of the options for you?

Retro flip clock

Trust me, fathers love Retro clocks. This one can be the ideal gift for him to place on his nightstand, or he can keep it on his desk. Rather than checking the screen for the time, he can always check the time on the super bougie and classy retro clock.

Wireless meat thermometer

A wireless thermometer is great for anyone that enjoys cooking. It will keep his steaks perfectly cooked to his satisfaction. 

Beer cooler

If camping and traveling is something that the dad in your life likes, gift him this cooler so he can take it along while traveling. Get him this durable and high-quality beer cooler that will attract him a bit more towards traveling or enjoying his time at the beach. Tell him that it’s time to relax and he can take a few days off and enjoy the best time. 

Fire grill for cooking steaks

Again, if your father (or dad in your life) loves to cook, get him this fire grill for cooking steaks or vegetables. It will be a fun activity that he enjoys doing and also family friendly. 

Massage gun

Does he often tell you that he is feeling aches and pains in his body? Do you want him to feel relaxed and a little bit more comfortable? Get him the massage gun that has the heat option as well. It will be the perfect gift that your father will enjoy. It has great reviews and is widely used among athletes. 

Temperature control ceramic mug

Does the dad in your life enjoying tea and coffee? Do you see him reheating already making the coffee again and again if the temperature cools down? Well, in that case, why don’t you get him this temperature control ceramic mug? This is the perfect Father’s Day gift. This ceramic mug has temperature control properties and will always keep the tea or the coffee warm. It will not require you to heat your tea and coffee after every few minutes.

A good quality shaving kit

Nothing can beat a good quality premium shaving kit. It is a classic gift that never goes wrong. If you are planning to get something for your father, why don’t you get him a shaving kit of premium quality and a little bit extravagance? You can find hundreds of best-quality shaving kits on Amazon and various other websites. Get a premium quality shaving kit that your father enjoys using.

Smartwatch

Is your father a fitness enthusiast? Do you want your father to stay fit and regulate his running and keep a look at his heartbeat and other integrals? Well, getting him a fitness smartwatch will definitely be a great gift for him. Get him a high-quality fitness smartwatch that can regulate his sleep pattern and track his steps and gallery count as well.   

These are some of those gifts that are amazing options that you can get for your father. It is important that you evaluate which might be his preference. Once you understand what he wants, it will not be difficult to find the appropriate gift for him. Just make sure that you are getting him something worthy and not just any gift. Buying your father an excellent Father’s Day gift could really brighten his Father’s Day.

What is Cinco De Mayo

What is Cinco De Mayo & Where to Celebrate

What is Cinco De Mayo

Los Angeles, CA

Do you know what Cinco De Mayo is?

 

You might have heard about it but do you ever wonder what it is? Cinco De Mayo which is commonly known as the “5th May” is a holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and many other parts of the United States. This is the Mexican Army victory date. The victory was over France during the Battle of Puebla. 

People remember this day because of the Franco-Mexican war, and it is a holiday that is celebrated with great pride. Even though it is not a significant Mexican holiday, the United States Cinco De Mayo celebration has more cultural importance and significance. In most areas of the US, where there is a significant Mexican population, it is celebrated with zeal and interest. Cinco De Mayo celebrated to showcase the victory of a single battle held by the Mexican army in 1862 with France. In 1862, the Mexican Army, considered the underdog before it finally defeated France when it tried to occupy the United States. The French were led by Napoleon III; however, the United States was preoccupied because of the civil war. But as soon as the French approached Mexico, the war happened in 1862, and the French Army ended up defeated. This victory was a symbolic victory for the underdog Mexican government. Now it is widely accepted all over the United States and celebrated to showcase Mexican culture and heritage.

Do people celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Mexico?

Even though it is a Mexican holiday, it is not a big deal in Mexico. People celebrate it with more zeal and interest all over the United States. From 1960 to 1970, this day became even more significant because Mexican American activists started a campaign in California. This holiday is still celebrated in some parts of Mexico and majorly in the United States. Parades take place, and the enactment of the battle between French and Mexican is also done in the remembrance of the war.

 

What should you do if you are celebrating Cinco De Mayo in America?

There is nothing significant that you need to take care of when planning to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in Canada or Mexico. But it is the day where you can enjoy and remember Mexican history and the Mexican war with the French. You can also celebrate this day to celebrate the heritage of Mexico. But besides that, there are a few do’s and don’ts that you should be aware of. It is always better to visit an institute for Mexican culture. There you will gain understanding and learn about the rich and diverse history of Mexico. It is the perfect and ideal activity you can do while you are in Mexico or the United States while celebrating Cinco De Mayo or the fifth of May. You can also enjoy loads of authentic Mexican food. Although enjoying authentic Mexican food is not only bound for the day of Cinco de Mayo, but you can still enjoy the day with your Mexican friends and have authentic Mexican spicy food for the day. Wearing a fake mustache is a big no. Rather than opting for the fake outfits, you can enjoy the parade that is happening, or in some parts, you will also notice that there is a re-enactment of the battle that you can enjoy.

Some things to know about Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo is not Independence Day for Mexico. Keep in mind that people have this misconception that Cinco De Mayo is the Independence day of Mexico. However, that is not true. The Mexican Independence Day is September 16th, and it became emancipated about 50 years prior during the War of  1810.

The Mexican Army had this unexpected win.

It was never anticipated that the Mexican Army could defeat the French Army. However, The Mexican Army finally defeated the French Army with only the manpower of 2000 soldiers, which was incredible. On the contrary, the French Army contained 6000 soldiers, three times more than the max can Army.

 

5th may is to celebrate military

Besides anything else, Cinco De Mayo is the day to celebrate the military and Army of Mexico. Even though now people celebrate it with food, drinks, and parties but usually for the Mexican people, it is a slightly different approach. In the USA, people celebrate it as a holiday where they can celebrate Mexican Heritage, whereas in Mexico it is celebrated as the day they can celebrate the military and the unexpected yet victorious success.

In Mexico, schools are closed on 5th May.

Even though in Mexico, the 5th of May is not celebrated as a big deal but the schools are still closed, and it is still considered a public holiday. Compared to how it is commemorated in the United States, the hype is a lot less in Mexico.

The United States celebrate it with more enthusiasm

Even though it is a regional holiday in Mexico, the United States rendition of Cinco De Mayo celebrations happen all over the United States with around 400,000 people celebrating and attending the festivities. The parades and carnivals happen alongside various other activities such as taco eating competition and revelers enjoy authentic Mexican Cuisine.

 

 

Where to Celebrate in Los Angeles

 

 

APPLEBEE’S:$5 Margaritas

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AZULE TAQUEIRA:  Located at 1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica.

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BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO.: $5 and $6 Frozen Margaritas.  Locations in Anaheim, Hollywood, Long Beach, Monterey, San Francisco and Santa Monica.

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CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM: The museum is at 217 Metropole Ave., Avalon.

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CHICAS TACOS:  Music & Food Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice.


Ana’s Favorite

CHRONIC TACOS:  Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange counties.

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FUEGO: Located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach.

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SOLITA TACOS7631 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach and 24201 Valencia Blvd.in Valencia.

 

 

How to Start Investing Your Money

How to Start Investing Your Money

We all know what stocks are and what a stock market is. The word “investing” can be both intimidating and confusing, but it is really a simple theory.

How to Start Investing Your Money

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

When you have extra money (money you can afford to lose) you can do several things: spend it, save it or flip it. Flipping it is an uncouth way of saying investing. It is the end result. 

There are several ways to invest money. Retirement Plans, Stocks, CD, etc. We will begin by talking about stock investments.

Many people know the basics of investing stocks, but In a Forbes article published in 2020 it depicts that , Most Americans Don’t Have A Real Stake In The Stock Market .

How to start Investing Your Money with Armando Pantoja

This is Love and Lust’s first money episode. It’s all related… Money. Sex. Power so we are going to talk about it. I hope that all of Love and Lust’s Listeners listen to this episode as it is a free insight into investing.

What is FinTech?

FinTech stands for Financial Technology. “Financial technology is the technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods in the delivery of financial services. It is an emerging industry that uses technology to improve activities in finance.” Source: Wikipedia

How much should you invest?

There is not a cookie cutter answer. It is based off your  income and profit/loss margin-  Listen to the Podcast For More Answers.  -and Investing in what you can lose.

Also in the Podcast:

Whats apps you can use to help you invest.

Residual Income.

Paying off credit cards vs. investing.

Is it smart to invest rent money or use rent money towards investments?

Making decisions based on finances.

Do you need a two-person household to live?

What is a financial Emergency Fund and what should it consist of. 

Ana Lefebvre and Armando Pantoja give advice on picking a college degree and their thought on college as a whole. Everyone that is considering college should listen to this.

Avocado Salad

Avacado Salad

Avocado Salad

Avocados do not get enough credit. It is a powerful superfood that is high in potassium and has a lot of antioxidants. It is also considered “good-fat”

Here is an easy Avocado Salad recipe that is both easy and quick to make.

Hass Avocado
Shredded pickled beets
Diced red onion
Diced papaya 
Cilantro
Green olives
Salt and pepper to taste 
 
This quick and easy dish can be made as a healthy breakfast, a side dish or even a snack. You can add as few or as many of the ingredients as you like. I cut my avocado in half, removed the seed and spooned out the entire halves and placed them on a plate. I then topped my avocado with some diced red onion, cubed papaya, about 2 spoonfuls of the shredded pickled beets, a couple green olives and sprinkled the cilantro on top. 

Salt and pepper can be added to taste.
One Skillet Breakfast Hash

One-Skillet Breakfast Hash

One Skillet Breakfast Hash

Looking for a yummy breakfast recipe that is family friendly? Here is a one skillet breakfast hash that is quick and easy to make. I remember when I was a child and we would have breakfast for dinner. It seemed unprecedented and scandalous to eat a meal outside of that meal’s designated hour. This breakfast hash can quickly go from breakfast to dinner. You can add vegetarian meat replacements or actual meat such as bacon. Enjoy!

6 russet potato – scrubbed and cut in chunks (I left the skins on)
1 orange bell pepper -cut in chunks
1 green bell pepper – cut in chunks
1 red jalapeno – diced 
4 garlic cloves – crushed 
1 white onion  – cut in chunks
Green scallion 
Granulated garlic powder 
Granulated onion powder 
Adobo seasoning 
Olive oil 
 
Preheat oven to 550°.
 
Place skillet on medium high heat on the stovetop and put enough oil to slightly cover the bottom of the pan. Once oil is hot add in your potatos. Let the potatos cook by themselves for about 5 minutes making sure to turn them occasionally. After 5 minutes add in all your remaining ingredients and seasonings I sprinkle enough seasoning to make sure all pieces are covered and then put the entire skillet in the oven. Let bake for approx. 20 minutes, stirring on occasion. Hash is done when a fork can go easily through a potato. Sprinkle with green scallion last and enjoy!
Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Random Fact: Did you know that 65 billion Chickens are consumed every year, making chicken one of the most popular meats consumed. Chicken breast is one of the most healthiest meats you can eat. It is low in fat and high in protein. Stuffing chicken breast is one way to make the dryer side of the chicken, moist and flavorful. Here is an easy Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast that is quick to make that the whole family will love. 

 
Stuffed Chicken Breast Ingredients:
 
chicken breasts 
1 cup of chopped spinach 
100 grams of cream cheese 
Dash of cayenne or paprika 
A little pepper 
A little garlic powder 
Dash of Italian seasoning 
A little bit of chicken Bouillon 
 
Instructions:
 
Cream cheese & spinach mixture 
•In a bowl, add the cream cheese 
•Add garlic powder 
•Add the spinach 
 
Mix together  
 
Pre heat the oven to 350°F 
 
Chicken Breast 
•With the knife Make a pocket in the chicken breast
•Stuff the chicken breast with the spinach & cream cheese mixture 
•Use a few toothpicks to secure the chicken breast 
 
Make sure you seared chicken on both side
 
Baking 
•Get a baking tray. Place the chicken breasts 1 by 1 in the baking tray.
 
•Bake for 30 minutes uncovered (make sure the thermometer reads 165 degrees).
 
Let the chicken sit about 5 minutes & removed the tooth picks before serving. 
 

You can switch out ingredients to make it low carb or even take the recipe from a stuffed spinach recipe to jalapeño stuffed chicken or artichoke. Pair with a side salad and grain to make it a complete meal. Quinoa (for low carb) or your choice of rice.