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I was born in Hamburg, Germany. During school I gained a lot of singing experience both from choral and solo work, and gave various concerts regionally. From 2003- 2012 I studied privately with a number of instructors who are well respected in the field.

Once I was out in the real world, I began to realize how difficult it is to make a living solely based on one's art. This shifted my focus a bit to writing articles about how to get the best deals and save money by using the Internet. This site will thus have a focus not just on artistic topics, but on practical topics that will help artists live better and find ways to stretch their dollars. I wish you well and hope you enjoy my site!

Why You Should Try Match.com


A lot of us in the 21st century have a tendency to focus on school and career and the exclusion of other things. I certainly have been guilty of this myself. But psychologists will tell you that having a meaningful relationship is one of the best things you could do for yourself in life. Indeed, there have been research findings that show that people who are married or otherwise in a happy relationship live happier and more healthy lives. By contrast, people who are single or divorced do not live as long. If nothing else, this fact should make it clear that love and connections with other people are one of the most vital things you should be focusing on.

The problem I and many other people face is that there is not enough time to meet people or to take part in social situations that are likely to lead to a relationship. This need not stand in the way of meeting someone, however, since you can always turn to dating services like Match.com. To me, Match.com is a highly efficient way to interact with dozens or even hundreds of single individuals in your area. Although you do need to put in some time to get results on the site, the amount of time you need to spend will be much less than what you'd have to spend if you tried to meet someone using another method.

If you have not tried online dating yet, you may feel a bit reluctant to dive in. I have many friends who feel this way, and I myself was somewhat hesitant before I joined. The best way to get around this is to use the special offer from Match.com for a 3-day free trial. It's easier to join if you don't have to pay anything upfront. After using the trial for 3 days, you should have a better idea of whether or not online dating is the right choice for you.

Consider Eharmony for Long-Term Love

The majority of dating sites focus on getting you a date. While this is all fine and good, it still leaves a lot to be desired for some people. The fact is, many people who go to dating sites are looking for a lot more than just a date. A lot of people, in fact, are in search for a lifetime partner and even marriage.

Of course, people with the goal of getting married can meet people through regular dating sites. But wouldn't it be nicer to be on a site with like-minded individuals? For this reason, I usually tell people who are looking for marriage to try eHarmony. More than other dating sites, eHarmony focuses on finding you a person you can spend the rest of your life with. When you join the site, it immediately becomes evident that the service takes itself a lot more seriously than many of its competitors. To even use the eHarmony system, you are required to finish a long personality test. You are allowed to come back and finish it later, however, don't expect to be able to do anything on the site until you've completed the test. If you want to receive an eHarmony free trial, make sure you visit Coupon Leaf.com.

Your test results are then used to match you with someone compatible. This can be a complex process and you shouldn't expect results overnight. Most people can expect to receive 3-5 matches their first week, with a few more being added each week after that. You'll have more than enough time to review your matches and communicate with them. While eHarmony may seem slower paced than other dating sites, it's a good idea to remain patient if you want to get long-term results. Who knows, maybe you'll be lucky and become one of the over 1 million people who got married through eHarmony.

The Best Small E-cigarette Batteries

white cloudI am often asked about my opinion on e-cigarettes, since I have been vaping for over 3 years now. Most of the time, I recommend Ego batteries, since they last a good amount of time but are still small enough to be convenient if you want to carry it around with you. But for some reason, a certain percentage of people seem to want smaller batteries that look and feel like a regular cigarette. Perhaps it's because such cigarettes will most closely resemble the feeling of smoking, thus making it easier for heavy smokers to transition to them.

Admittedly, the smaller batteries generally do not deliver the amount of flavor that larger batteries and tank systems do. That said, there is one brand of batteries that I find to be head and shoulders above its competitors, and that brand is White Cloud E-cigarettes. This company sells a small battery called the Cirrus, which looks almost exactly like a real cigarette. These batteries come in different lengths, and naturally, the longer ones have a better battery life. You can customize these batteries by choosing between different ash tips as well.

For a battery of its size, the Cirrus lasts a good amount of time. On average, I find that I can get about 200 puffs before I need to recharge. That's the equivalent of about 14 - 15 cigarettes, which is enough to last the whole day for many vapers. Either way, it's best to buy at least two batteries so that you can recharge one while using the other one. The White Cloud starter kits are a good way to get everything you'll need to start vaping.

Despite offering superior products, you'll find that White Cloud E-cigs are only a couple dollars more than cheap alternatives. This extra price is more than worth paying, since the cheaper e-cigarette batteries are prone to malfunctioning and even exploding on some occasions. If you are trying to save money, you can get special discounts by using White Cloud E-cigarette coupons. There are usually a few different coupon codes you can use, which you can find by going to http://e-cigbargains.com/white-cloud/.

Aside from the battery, you'll need to buy cartomizers, which contain the e-liquid that is turned into vaper by the battery and atomizer. For beginners, I recommend purchasing pre-filled cartomizers, which you can get in many different flavors. If you are transitioning from cigarettes, it might be a good idea to pick a tobacco flavor, so that you can trick you mind into thinking that you're smoking an actual cigarette. Once you're able to kick the habit, you can then experiment with other flavors, of which there are quite a few. You'll find everything from fruit flavors to dessert flavors, among many others. Note that if you purchase one of the starter kits, it will already come with a few cartomizers, along with a battery charger.

If you find that you're not quite ready to buy a starter kit, you can still get a taste of what e-cigarettes are like by buying disposable e-cigs. White Cloud has a line of disposable e-cigs called Flings. Each Fling will last about the same number of puffs as 1 pack of cigarettes, so you should keep that in mind when you are placing an order. If you are a pack-a-day smoker, I recommend ordering at least 5 Fling disposable e-cigs, so you have 5 days to use them and evaluate how they work for you. You can get disposables from local vape shops as well, but on the whole, I think the Fling disposables are of higher quality, and will give you a more positive experience with e-cigs. Keep in mind that disposables are not the highest quality e-cigs, so you shouldn't dismiss e-cigs completely if you find that the act of vaping disposables is not a good experience for you.

Vaping can be quite confusing for newcomers, but the good thing is that there is plenty of information about it online. You can ask questions in forums, but by far what I found to me most helpful were videos on Youtube. For example, the video below provides a lot of great information for new vapers.


Most businesses are quite serious about finding new ways to save money. If you run a business that uses a lot of checks, one great way to cut down on expenses is by using echecks instead of standard checks. This can save you money in two very important ways:

1. No more need to buy paper or ink.
For most businesses, both paper and ink can be large expenses, depending on how many checks you issue. Not only that, buying either paper or ink is not good for the environment. So using fewer paper checks will not only save you money, but it will be better ecologically as well.

2. Echecks can be sent instantly and at no cost.
Some echecks, such as the ones provided by Deluxe, can be sent via email. This saves you mailing costs you'd otherwise incur by using traditional checks. Note that if you issue hundreds or even thousands of checks, your savings on postage alone will be quite significant.  

Even if you do switch to using echecks, you'll still need to keep regular checks for emergencies. I recommend having a few hundred standards checks on hand just in case you come across vendors or customers who cannot accept electronic payments for whatever reason.

You can purchase both echecks and traditional checks from a company called Deluxe. Although there are many choices of where to order your checks, I trust Deluxe the most because they have been in business for 100 years. In addition, there are Deluxe Checks coupon codes you can obtain online that will save you a lot of money and allow you to order discounted checking products.

If possible, it's better to place large orders at Deluxe since you tend to get volume discounts and free shipping by doing so.

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Earlier, I talked about some of the benefits of using Eharmony. But many people may remain hesitant about using this service, primarily because of the cost. Typically, you need to buy a minimum of 3 months membership (for the best prices), and the cost can be over $100 for such a membership, depending on the plan you subscribe to.

Here is one way you can use Eharmony for free, at least at first. You can do this by taking advantage of this free trial offer from Eharmony. Signing up for an account fortunately does not cost you anything, so you can go ahead and do that. Similarly, taking the personality test and receiving matches costs you nothing as well. Once you begin receiving matches, you are allowed to communicate with them in a limited fashion. I recommend you do this with your matches until you find someone you want to get in touch with more freely (by exchanging open messages and emails). When such a time arrives, you can use an Eharmony coupon and buy a discounted membership.

One downside of this approach is that you won't be able to view the photos of your matches. Depending on the person, this may be a deal breaker. But remember, the whole point of a site like Eharmony is to find you a soul mate, and the physical appearance of an individual is only one dimension of the picture. Nevertheless, if appearance is important to you, you should probably purchase a full membership at the outset.


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