8 Things We Learned at Orange Conference

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Orange Conference is one of the largest youth pastor conferences and it draws thousands of people every year to Atlanta.

This past April, Xorbee was delighted to once again be the seating partner for the conference. Our staff spent four days at Orange meeting people from across the country. They all had one thing in common: they were passionate about helping youth and enthusiastic about their youth fellowship. We had several wonderful conversations with youth leaders at Orange, and we also loved meeting other partners and vendors at the conference.

Here are ten things we learned at Orange Con 2017.

#1. Building a better community requires focus 

“You can make excuses, or you can make progress. You can’t make both.”

Those words came from Carey Nieuwhof, a pastor from Ontario, Canada, and a speaker at Orange Con '17.

What do we make of that quote? It inspires us at Xorbee to focus on doing things right and doing things better. It inspires us to refrain from making excuses. It made us think about the ways we're holding ourselves back by saying "we can't."

“You can make excuses, or you can make progress. You can’t make both.”

Wise words.

#2. Everyone looks good in orange

We saw lots of people wearing orange (and we mean LOTS OF PEOPLE). And you know what? They all looked marvelous. People say they like red. They claim to love blue. Some people go crazy for yellow. Prince loved purple. But orange takes a backseat to no color. It's the Most Handsome Hue of Them All. Orange M&M's are the best, and orange is the only color that works in a knock-knock joke ("Orange you glad I didn't say banana???") It's the only color that's also a fruit. Are you kidding me? Orange is the best, people.

Orange man at Orange Conference

#3. Doug Fields really does think orange

Doug Fields at Orange ConferenceA speaker that we always try to catch is Doug Fields, the Executive Director of HomeWord’s Center for Youth/Family at Azusa Pacific University.

Doug is always spot on with his thoughts on faith and leadership. He's a treat every time we see him at Orange Con or elsewhere in our travels.

#4. Coffee is the beverage of choice for people who attend Orange Con

Phoenix Roasters Coffee at Orange ConferenceThe folks at Phoenix Roasters kept everyone functioning properly during the long hours of Orange Con '17. Most impressively, they did it with a big smile!

"We had the best time serving 15,000 cups of coffee over four days at Orange 2017," Britt Mooney of Phoenix Roasters told us. "Everyone at Phoenix Roasters commented on the amazing energy at the conference this year, and it wasn't just the caffeine. We met new friends and partners and reconnected with ones we've met from previous years. We were encouraged by all the conversations about ministry, and we thank everyone for allowing us to share the things God has been doing for the Kingdom through Phoenix Roasters and a great cup of coffee."

How many cups did we have? Don't ask, but we loved every drop from the good people at Phoenix Roasters.



#5. Baptists really can't dance

Are we telling you something you didn't already know?

#6. Big kids like tricycles 

Did you see the tricycles in the registration area and at the entrance to the arena? You didn't get run over, did you?

The focus of Orange Con '17 was Kid Ministry. As a result, there were a lot people in attendance who are kids at heart. We quickly witnessed a lot of "big kids" having fun on three wheels at Orange Con. Many wheelies were popped.

That's @juicegeraghty (and her orange hair) riding a trike in the rain at Orance Con '17.

#7. "Whooo" doesn't love Ollie?

Ollie the Owl is a beloved character in youth education. The big-eyed owl was at Orange Con. We saw him peeking out of backpacks, resting in the arms of conference attendees, and we even saw him dancing to the DJ during the kickoff party. At least it looked like Ollie. Whoooo can tell? 

We are all neighbors #oc17

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#8. A good time was had by all


#fridayfeeling Heading to #theorangeconference Can't wait!

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Why you shouldn't buy a cheap bean bag chair

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We are frequently asked this question: 

Why should I pay more for a foam-filled bean bag-style chair?

Folks who ask that question have usually seen the cheap bean bag chairs that range in price from $50 to $100. We're not naming any names, but you'll see a lot of those cheap bean bags in Walmart or Target. The price may draw your attention. But as Vanilla Ice would say, "Stop...collaborate and listen" before you purchase a cheap bag.

The chair shown above on the right is a cheap bag filled with polystyrene beads. The photo on the left is a Xorbee filled with furniture-grade foam, with a removable cover and an inner liner to keep the foam from making a mess.

Why are some bean bags cheaper than others?

Cheap bags are sown in China with cheap thread and cheap fabric. They're filled with polystyrene beads, which will flatten over time, and quicker than you think.

With cheap bags you get nothing extra: no warranty, no customer service, no quality workmanship on the furniture. What you get is disposable seating.

The cheap brands want you to buy one now and replace it in a year or less. They plan on you buying their product over and over. 

Why is a foam-filled bean bag chair better?

The foam makes all the difference. Just like your couch cushions, furniture-grade foam used in Xorbees bounces right back. You want it to bounce back for several years, not compress and crunch like coffee beans.

The Xorbee loungers and chairs are bigger, better, and badder. They stand out and they stand up over time. Sit in them again and again, and you'll experience the same comfort. They have a wow factor. 

Why should I pay more for a bean bag chair?

You could pay $80 for a cheap bean bag, but you'll end up replacing it. If it tears, you won't be covered under a warranty. You'll simply have beans all over your floor. If you spill something on it, good luck getting the stain out because you won't be able to remove the cover.

When you buy a quality foam-filled chair like a Xorbee, you have several advantages:

  • Durability - Foam-filled chairs like Xorbees don't have beans that compress. For that reason they last for years, like couches and arm chairs.
  • Warranty - Cheap bean bags are not covered under warranty, but Xorbee has the only true lifetime warranty in the industry.
  • Comfort - When you sit on a Xorbee you're not going to fall through to the floor. One thing we hear from everyone who sits on our Xorbees is how comfy they are.
  • Return on Investment - If you're buying for an organization like a church, you'll get far more for your investment because your chairs and loungers will last a long time and stand up to the heavy use from kids.
  • Customer Service - You know what happens if you have problems with a cheap bean bag? You're out of luck. No one will help you. At Xorbee, we are here to answer your questions, we're here to help you make a decision on which size to get, we're here to solve any problems. Often our owner actually handles customer care.

Take a look at our Rounds and Loungers to see your options.


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Seven books to read on your bean bag chair in 2017

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Is one of your 2017 goals to reduce stress and have more "me time?"

Are you searching for ways to invest in yourself?

If so, try reading. Reading is relaxing. You're reading this blog post, so that's a head start. Look at you go! Let's dive (like you would into a Xorbee) into a few of the books you should be reading in 2017.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Book to read on a Xorbee

From the author of Eat, Pray, Love, this book encourages you to find the hidden talent you have inside of you, the talent that's in your soul. How do we know what that talent is? According to Gilbert, it's whatever we can't stop thinking about in our spare time, the healthy thing we're obsessed with doing.

Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habitsto Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

by Gretchen Rubin

Book to read on a Xorbee

Here's a great book to start out the new year. The content is inspiring and real about habits. Apple iBooks says: “It’s exciting to find a self-help book that’s not only full of eye-opening insight but also provides practical tips to help you procrastinate and stress less, exercise and eat more healthfully, and spend time on activities that matter." 

The Girl on the Train

by Paula Hawkins

Book to read on a Xorbee

A New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, and now a major motion picture, you need to read the book before seeing the movie. Rachel (played by Emily Blunt in the film), lives every day the same. She navigates the same 9-5 commute every day and passes the same familiar places and people. But one day she witnesses something shocking. The ensuing story brings the police and dark secrets of a suburban couple into Rachel's life. What was once a simple, perhaps mundane life, is now complicated. This is a psychological thriller that will leave you turning pages as fast a train goes by. From the USA Today review: "Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery ... hang on tight ... You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend."

Red Sparrow: A Novel

by Jason Matthews

Book to read on a Xorbee

Written by a former CIA insider this spy thriller is set in present day Russia. How's that for topical? Dominika Egorova is drafted against her will to be a trained seductress in the intelligence service. Nathaniel Nash is a CIA officer who handles the most sensitive espionage against the of Russians. The two young intelligence officers forbidden love affair threatens their careers and America's security. The Washington Post calls this a "sublime and sophisticated debut … a first-rate novel as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world." The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is set for release in November of 2017.

The Hogwarts Library Boxed Set Including Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

by J.K. Rowling

Book to read on a Xorbee

Harry Potter fans rejoice! Readers will find books cherished by the great library at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. This timeless boxed set collection is the perfect addition to the Harry Potter series which has been treasured by fans for years.

This collection includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. the three volumes expand on the magical world created by Rowling and popularized in the Harry Potter series of books and films.

You can also feel good about yourself: part of the sales are donated to Rowling's charity Lumos; which helps children who are in institutions. For this tome, Rowling also collaborated with Comic Relief Charity to dedicate a portion of sales toward ending poverty. This giant collection is set to be released in March, but most retailers are allowing you to pre-order online.

Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat

by Chrissy Tiegan

Book to read on a Xorbee

Although it may be difficult to trust a cookbook author who happens to be a celebrity and model, this delightful book delivers with taste. Tiegan's cookbook lists sensible and achievable breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes including cheesy, saucy, and spicy favorites. Lets face it, life is about living and delicious food is a wonderful part of the journey. A few of my favorite recipes from Tiegan: Capon's Chrissy Burger, Chipotle Honey Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Orzo & Feta Salad, and Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe.

The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith

by Champ Thornton

Book to read on a Xorbee

A fun-filled children's book great for ages 8+ who wish to explore the Bible. This book will spark curiosity and also facts about the ancient roots of Christianity. You can start this book anywhere, it's perfect for short reads together. With this book as a resource, kids will learn to trust and stand by Jesus when the universe seems at odds. Young readers are introduced to ancient languages, jewelry making, and fun skills like learning to tell time by the sun. The Radical book for Kids will help create a path of wonder while always seeking God.

Xorbee blog is here to help you rest, recharge, relax and focus on enjoying life. From your health, faith, family, and lifestyle we wish you the best year yet.

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The benefits of napping

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I have a confession to make: I take naps. 

Usually around three in the afternoon, as the energy level runs low, I close the door to my office and have what I call a nippy nap.

I spend about fifteen minutes of quiet time plopped on my Xorbee Xplorer, our 4-foot model. I drift off almost immediately.

I know I'm not in Kindergarten any longer, but there's plenty of evidence that supports the idea of napping midday. It's a great way to recharge.

Taking a nap has has many benefits.

  • Naps restore alertness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes and accidents. A study at NASA on sleepy military pilots and astronauts found that a 40-minute nap improved performance by 34 percent and alertness 100 percent.
  • Naps increase alertness. In the period directly following the nap, studies show that alertness is increased and extended a few hours later in the day.
  • Naps have been shown to improve certain memory functions.

You're in good company if you like naps. Here are six famous people who saw a nap not as an indulgence, but as a necessity.

  1. Winston Churchill: Churchill was a bit of a diva when it came to his naps. He believed it helped him get twice as much done each day. He wrote, “Nature has not intended mankind to work from eight in the morning until midnight without that refreshment of blessed oblivion which, even if it only lasts twenty minutes, is sufficient to renew all the vital forces…”

  2. Albert Einstein: Einstein claimed that he needed his naps and 10 hours of sleep at night.

  3. John F. Kennedy: JFK used a one to two-hour nap and Jackie even advise LBJ to do the same. JFK’s workdays were 12 hours long (or more) and he relied heavily on naps to keep him alert. It's believed that Kennedy took the lesson from Ike, who took it from Churchill.

  4. Margaret Thatcher: Her will of iron was stiffened by a scheduled nap in the middle of the afternoon.

  5. Thomas Edison: The man who brought us the light bulb and the phonograph had little use for sleep. When he did doze off he preferred to do it for a short time in the middle of the day. He didn't believe he needed prolonged rest, just 30 minutes to 2-3 hours at a time.

  6. Bill Clinton: Our 42nd President was famous for his late night schedule and long work hours. To get himself through the workload, Clinton often snuck away for a quick nap in the residence at the White House, or even on the couch in the Oval Office. 

Don’t let anyone shame you out of the luxuryno necessityof a short nap. If they try, simply explain to them that if it was good enough for President's Clinton and Kennedy, it's good enough for you.


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