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Horse Racing Tips: Don’t Get Ripped Off

My husband Jim enjoys horse races a lot. To be honest I don’t really care too much for it. It’s not that we already won a lot of money at the horses, in fact I would lie I think he’s losing more than he’s bringing home.

Horse-racing_1The Saturday two weeks ago he got really angry because he was convinced winning this time around because Jim gave him a “100% sure tip” before he went. Of course he didn’t win and he was very upset the entire weekend.

On Wednesday then he came home all excited because he met someone at work who is a horse racing “pro gambler” or whatever you call those people. This guy won 200.000GBP last year along, all from horse races. And obviously the two hit it off real well because the guy gave my husband several horse racing tips which he called “insider secrets”.

He told Jim that all the methods he used in the past cannot be more wrong since they’re bound to lose or in a best case scenario would just make you very little money. What he did that he told Jim about the exact way how he makes his money at the races and naturally Jim was very excited that day when the guy told him all those things.

What he told him is that there are really no working winning systems for horse races and that all is based on knowledge and researching the horses and jockeys. He said he needs to make a journal and keep track of horses and their wins and losses and that the “secret” is really just knowing the good ones that have the best chances for every race. He also made a spreadsheet where he keeps track of all this and Jim is now using it too, it shows the chances for each horse and gives tips on which ones to bet for the highest possible payouts.

I’ll keep you updated how it goes with my husband and if and how much he’ll win with this new “system”.

What You Need To Know About Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses got really popular in recent years since they are said to have many benefits for our health and well-being. Because of the ability to react to and support the human body, a memory foam mattress, unlike as with conventional mattresses, can help relieve pressure and can promote better blood circulation while sleeping. Those mattresses are likewise recommended since they can provide relief and help with arthritis or various pains such as neck pain, back pain pelvic or hip pain.

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A Memory Mattress For Better Health

Most memory foam mattresses available today are also anti-microbial and hypo-allergenic. This makes them ideal for asthma sufferers and those who suffer from allergies.

What to Know When Shopping For Memory Mattresses

In the same way as with normal mattresses, memory foam mattresses are available in various firmness or densities. It is therefore important that you choose the right density/firmness before you purchase. Some people prefer softer mattresses while others like harder mattresses better.

Know that memory foam mattresses are reacting to temperature.  This means that once they get warm from body heat they become softer; this is when the foam used with those mattresses will adapt to the shape of your body. This also means that their perceived firmness of the mattress differs depending on the current temperature. If a room is colder, the mattress may feel harder to the touch then the same mattress in a warmer environment.

If you go to buy a memory foam mattress it can be a good idea that you do not just perform a very short test if the firmness is right for you but instead lay on the mattress for at least 10 minutes to allow your body heat to warm up the mattress. Alternatively, when you purchase cheap online mattresses make sure you select the right firmness.

Know where the mattress is manufactured

Many cheap things nowadays that are of lower quality may be manufactured in China and foam mattresses are no exception. Those cheap imported mattresses are notorious for off-gasing which means they can give off rather unpleasant odors for months. In extreme gases they may even be manufactured using harmful, toxic chemicals.

You can avoid such if you look at the country of manufacture before you buy a memory foam mattress. If you buy a mattress that’s made in the UK you will know that the materials used will adhere to our strict British requirements for health. Seeing how a quality memory foam mattress can easily last a decade or two, saving a few bucks with such a purchase and then risking your health certainly doesn’t make a lot of sense. If you choose quality from a reliable memory foam mattress vendor you can rest assured that the mattress you bought will last you a very long time.

Cool European Travel Locations

Some locations in Europe we have been to already although we normally avoid the more popular, touristy spots. But there is just so much to see in Europe that one could easily make a long list of travel destinations to go to and it would need a couple of life-times to see them all.

What are the coolest European Travel locations?

London UK and Great Britain in General

London UK is always a top holiday destination although it for sure won’t come cheap. I don’t even know where to start why to go to London. It’s a great place to shop and of course you can see a lot of great spots there ranging from Buckingham Palace to Camden Market, Big Ben or the Royal Opera House. And of course London has a great nightlife which ranges from typical English pubs to extraordinary clubs and bars.


Germany is another great travel location. Berlin is a great city with a really superb nightlife and many things to do. See the famous Brandenburg Gate or visit the impressive Charlottenburg Palace or Potsdamer Platz.

The South of Germany is quite different as compared to its North. You can travel all the way south to Bavaria with Munich being the major capital. You can take a trip to the alps which is a great destination in Winter when you love to go skiing. And obviously there are many more things to visit such as the typical Bavarian beer gardens, Octoberfest or the Hofbräuhaus.


Italy is a great place because it has a fascinating history and warm Mediterranean climate. There is too much too see in Italy to list here. You can take a trip to Rome, Venice or Milan. You can enjoy many of the great beaches on the Adriatic Sea. There is lots of culture and if you like great foods and the Italian way of life then it may be just the destination for you!

Why I like My Golf Holidays in France

We both are two passionate golfers and we made it a rule to go on golf break at least twice every year. Last year we went on golf holidays in France twice. France is our top favorite for golf holidays because this is where we get the most for the money and it’s simply the best location for golf in our opinion.

Golf Holidays in France

Golf Holidays in France

The best location in France for golfing holidays, according to many golf enthusiasts, is without question Biarritz.

In Biarritz there are eight world class golf courses which are rather close-by, those are Golf de Seignosse, Golf de Chiberta, Golf d’Arcangues, Golf de Biarritz, Golf du Makila, Golf d’Hossegor, Golf de Moliets and Golf de Chantaco.

It’s easy to get around and to play on all of them while on vacation. The golf courses do vary and each one has its own unique charm and challenge. Four of the courses in Biarritz are in the Europe’s top 50!

Everything in Biarritz is fantastic. It’s not only the great greens but even more so the many absolutely fantastic hotels, resorts, resturants and spas. The hotels in Biarritz range from typical French charm hotels to super-luxurious and it’s the same with the restaurants there and all of them are great. The food there is just amazing.

The good thing about our golf holidays in France was that everything is included in the package when you book it, means the transportation from and to the airport, hotel stay and of course admission to the greens. You can even rent golf equipment for those who wouldn’t want to bring their own.

Biarritz is in the South West of France not far from the border to Spain. It’s close to beach at the gulf of Biscay. Aside from golfing you can do anything you’d expect from a great vacation, like wind surfing, hiking, swimming or taking a shopping trip to the surrounding towns. We made a short excursion to Spain to San Sebastian to buy some nick-naks and because we wanted to taste some Spanish foods. There are also many wineries in the area to visit which are just awesome if you want to sample their local wines!

Every time we’re in Biarritz on golf holiday, time just flies by and a week is definitely not enough to see everything. For our next golf holidays there we are looking into staying longer. I can highly recommend Biarritz if you’re looking for a really great place for your next golf break!

Where would you like to travel to?


My husband and I like to travel and recently we’re hooked on Europe. We’ve pretty much done all the major domestic destination already, from the obligatory Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon to Disneyworld and Disneyland in California and Florida.

But in terms of a really good vacation and for when you really want to see new things I don’t think there’s anything better than going to Europe. In the last four years we have been to the UK, Germany, France and Italy. Each of those places has its very unique charm and flair but I think the overall winner here was Italy. I attribute that to the great weather, friendly people and the fantastic things we saw in Rome. It was an unforgettable trip, no doubt.

When we talk with others we can often see that they’re pretty shocked since they think we must be rich to be able to afford going to such places. But let me tell you that those trips were not that much more expensive than staying in Disneyland Florida. The secret here is that you need to know where to look online to get in on the cheapest flights and best deals for hotels. You can save even more money if you skip the hotels altogether and just rent an apartment for a week or two. We did that on two occasions. Heck, if you’re younger you might even rent a camper or a tent if you dare. Once you find a cheap flight (and there are many sites that allow you to find them easily) you’re basically already half way there, the rest is on you and depends only on how much you’re willing to spend.

One thing is for sure, with the internet it’s so much easier today to travel the world without having to spend a lot of money.