Monthly Archives: January 2013

How To Share Videos On Pinterest

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I found this awesome information from Social Media Examiner today and just had to share it!   Here is the link to the article.  I tried it and it works!


Happy pinning!  


By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…




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How To Make Drinks Taste Better


By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


How To Make Drinks Taste Better

How To Make Drinks Taste Better



There are no easy answers….. Maybe the most important thing is asking the right questions!




By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


I’m thinking about priorities again today.  I think about priorities all the time, and my priorities constantly change.  I’m sure that’s true for you too.  What bothers me the most as I observe people is that the “NOW” priority is usually in total control.

That scares me!  It makes people drive too fast, (I’m late for work),  talk on the phone in the car (I have to take this call-now), finish applying makeup and comb hair while looking in the rearview mirror (Darn, I just can’t get up a few minutes earlier to leave for work on time), eat breakfast in the car (see previous excuse). etc., etc. etc.


The “NOW” priorities fail to put things in perspective.  That’s where we get into trouble.  Minor things take on far too much importance.  We all have 20/20 hindsight. It’s only after the wreck that we realize how unimportant that phone call really was. It’s only after we get the headache and heartburn that we realize it wasn’t worth the agony to get so angry when the cable guy was late getting to our home.

I hope you will give some thought today to your priorities, and realize how quickly they can change.  And how quickly that new priority can take a back seat to the ever-changing new priority.  Maybe we all need a mandatory “period of meditation” each day to put things in perspective.  Kind of like naptime when we were in kindergarten.  Wouldn’t that be fun?

I’m publishing this on a Sunday evening.  Tomorrow is Monday…..what’s your priority?

By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


Viral Marketing

I sure do like this video!  Everyone who has seen it just wants to shout out 

TOM BURNS when they see me!  Funny, but it does show the power of video marketing!

Watch and tell me what you think….

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By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


  • Persistence is the key to invention
  • Persistence leads to success
  • Persistence will find a way
  • Persistence finds a light in the dark
  • Persistence says yes when others say no
  • Persistence struggles to learn something new
  • Persistence builds when others tear down
  • Persistence rejects sarcasm, criticism, and negativity
  • Persistence has a vision…sees the path…and reaches for the goal

By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


I was thinking about how we form habits today. I found this great article and decided to share it.  I hope you find it helpful. I especially liked the idea of considering the task of forming a habit as an “experiment.”  Try something new, learn what you can from it, and move on!  Here it is:


18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick


Wouldn’t it be nice to have everything run on autopilot? Chores, exercise, eating healthy and getting your work done just happening automatically. Unless they manage to invent robot servants, all your work isn’t going to disappear overnight. But if you program behaviors as new habits you can take out the struggle.

With a small amount of initial discipline, you can create a new habit that requires little effort to maintain. Here are some tips for creating new habits and making them stick:

1. Commit to Thirty Days – Three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain. A month is a good block of time to commit to a change since it easily fits in your calendar.

2. Make it Daily – Consistency is critical if you want to make a habit stick. If you want to start exercising, go to the gym every day for your first thirty days. Going a couple times a week will make it harder to form the habit. Activities you do once every few days are trickier to lock in as habits.

3. Start Simple – Don’t try to completely change your life in one day. It is easy to get over-motivated and take on too much. If you wanted to study two hours a day, first make the habit to go for thirty minutes and build on that.

4. Remind Yourself – Around two weeks into your commitment it can be easy to forget. Place reminders to execute your habit each day or you might miss a few days. If you miss time it defeats the purpose of setting a habit to begin with.

5. Stay Consistent – The more consistent your habit the easier it will be to stick. If you want to start exercising, try going at the same time, to the same place for your thirty days. When cues like time of day, place and circumstances are the same in each case it is easier to stick.

6. Get a Buddy – Find someone who will go along with you and keep you motivated if you feel like quitting.

7. Form a Trigger – A trigger is a ritual you use right before executing your habit. If you wanted to wake up earlier, this could mean waking up in exactly the same way each morning. If you wanted to quit smoking you could practice snapping your fingers each time you felt the urge to pick up a cigarette.

8. Replace Lost Needs – If you are giving up something in your habit, make sure you are adequately replacing any needs you’ve lost. If watching television gave you a way to relax, you could take up meditation or reading as a way to replace that same need.

9. Be Imperfect – Don’t expect all your attempts to change habits to be successful immediately. It took me four independent tries before I started exercising regularly. Now I love it. Try your best, but expect a few bumps along the way.

10. Use “But” – A prominent habit changing therapist once told me this great technique for changing bad thought patterns. When you start to think negative thoughts, use the word “but” to interrupt it. “I’m no good at this, but, if I work at it I might get better later.”

11. Remove Temptation – Restructure your environment so it won’t tempt you in the first thirty days. Remove junk food from your house, cancel your cable subscription, throw out the cigarettes so you won’t need to struggle with willpower later.

12. Associate With Role Models – Spend more time with people who model the habits you want to mirror. A recent study found that having an obese friend indicated you were more likely to become fat. You become what you spend time around.

13. Run it as an Experiment – Withhold judgment until after a month has past and use it as an experim
ent in behavior. Experiments can’t fail, they just have different results so it will give you a different perspective on changing your habit.

14. Swish – A technique from NLP. Visualize yourself performing the bad habit. Next visualize yourself pushing aside the bad habit and performing an alternative. Finally, end that sequence with an image of yourself in a highly positive state. See yourself picking up the cigarette, see yourself putting it down and snapping your fingers, finally visualize yourself running and breathing free. Do it a few times until you automatically go through the pattern before executing the old habit.

15. Write it Down – A piece of paper with a resolution on it isn’t that important. Writing that resolution is. Writing makes your ideas more clear and focuses you on your end result.

16. Know the Benefits – Familiarize yourself with the benefits of making a change. Get books that show the benefits of regular exercise. Notice any changes in energy levels after you take on a new diet. Imagine getting better grades after improving your study habits.

17. Know the Pain – You should also be aware of the consequences. Exposing yourself to realistic information about the downsides of not making a change will give you added motivation.

18. Do it For Yourself – Don’t worry about all the things you “should” have as habits. Instead tool your habits towards your goals and the things that motivate you. Weak guilt and empty resolutions aren’t enough.


posted by Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….


My Favorite Front-Loading Washer

And the votes are in…..Electrolux is the winner!



I’m posting this information because I sell a lot of washers and dryers.  I’ve learned a lot from my customers about what they like and dislike.  Believe me, the washer impacts everyone in the household.  One common discussion is about vibration. Everyone agrees that a washer that shakes the whole house and moves across the room is NOT GOOD!  Here’s what Electrolux has to say about it:





Electrolux washers and dryers work with minimal vibration, which means they won’t disturb other areas of your house or apartment. So when you put them on the second floor, you won’t notice them anywhere else.

  • Perfect Balance™ System – No other washer has less vibration. State-of-the-art technology keeps even oversized loads balanced for smooth, quiet operation.
  • Washers stay in place.
  • Adjoining rooms will be quieter.
  • Ideal for second floor installation.
  • Sleeping children will not be disturbed.
  • Ground level family activities can carry on as usual.
  • Several installation options make our washers and dryers the perfect fit for any space. They can be elevated with our pedestal drawers for convenient height, stacked to save space or you can create the perfect folding space by placing a pair under a counter.
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From firsthand experience, I can tell you that this is a true statement!
Do you have more questions about washers and dryers?  If you are in the Nashville, TN area, I hope you’ll stop by our showroom for an educational experience!





By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….