Monday, July 11, 2011

Loose Weight Without Excercising

Does the thought of exercising makes you gringe? Does the thought of just laying on the floor make you queasy? Don't worry; you aren't alone. I don't think there are many people that actually look forward to exercising. In this article I'll show you a few other methods to loose that belly fat without working up a sweat. The main key I want you to remember is to suck in your belly as you do each of these movements.

1) Refrigerator:

Put the items you use more often on the lower shelves. This way you will
bend over more and trim your tummy. Suck in your belly before you bend.

2) Cupboards:

Same goes with the shelves; put the canned goods, etc. that you use most often
on the lower shelf's.

3) At the computer:

Set your snacks, drinks, phone, whatever a little farther back from where you
are sitting. This way you have to reach; and remember to suck in that belly.
While you’re waiting for a long page to load, lean back, suck In your belly
and bend forward a few times a day.

4) Watching TV:

Set the remote, cigs, drinks, etc. farther back on your coffee table so you
will have to stretch. Suck in your belly as you bend.

5) Walking:
Indoors - Bend over and pick up little things that you would normally pass by
(lego's, lint, socks).

Outdoors - While walking to the mailbox, etc. pick up that fallen tree branch
or piece of trash. Suck in the belly as you bend over. Once a week or so go outside
and pick up trash in the yard, And remember to suck in that belly.

6) Vacuuming

Before vacuuming walk through the house; bend over and Pick up all those little
things that you would normally just Vacuum up.

8) Eating

Don’t take that last bite of sandwich, etc. just put it back on Your plate or toss
it to the squirrels outside. Don't put a lot of everything on your plate, instead
try putting a couple bites of each item. You should also use a small plate.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Ladies, Starting a Home-Based Service Business? Heed These 5 Important Tips

What a rainy week it's been here in Florida. Talk about depressing, dang!

Now let's get down to business!

So you've been thinking of starting a business from home. You've got some skills, don't have a lot of space for inventory, so you figure it might be a good idea to start a service business. In fact, it's a GREAT idea - you just have to be prepared to get your business off the ground and balance all the work/life responsibilities that are on your plate.

This article is going to provide you with easy-to-follow tips to do just that, but first, if you still don't know what type of service business to start, here are a few popular suggestions:

Ghostwriting for the Internet: Write articles, reports and other information for online business owners.

Transcription Business: Create written records of audio recordings, meetings and more.

Virtual Assistant Business: Provide administrative support, secretarial services and more for other companies.

It doesn't matter what type of service business you start, there will be some challenges along the way. Here are some tips to help you as you go along:

1. First and foremost, set your working hours and ensure everyone in your household is aware of them and respects them. If you happen to be a mother or have other interruptions during the day, there's nothing wrong with setting aside smaller chunks of time where you'll be working. This isn't the "real world" work setting anymore - it's better. You work at home and you can decide when you work.

2. As a service business, you have two very important roles. One of those roles is to provide service for your clients. The other is to FIND those clients and the time involved in this is something many service-providers don't take into account. Ensure you have enough time for providing services and the marketing tasks for your business - or hire some help to make the most efficient use of your time.

3. Charge a fair and rewarding rate. Even if you charge your clients for each hour you work for them, there are many tasks (administrative, marketing, etc.) that you don't get paid for. To set a rate that is worthwhile to you, you need to decide what type of overall income you desire and figure out how many hours total (all business activities) you want to be working. If you find you can't charge a rate that is worthwhile, consider another business idea or target a specific type clientele that is willing to pay the rates you charge.

4. Be choosy about your clients. It can be tempting to simply take on any clients because you may need the cash. Unfortunately, bad clients can drain your time, suck up your energy and end up being more work than they're worth. Resist the temptation to just take any clients because your business will be more fruitful in the long run if you work with easy-to-manage, low-maintenance clients.

5. Don't bite off more than you can chew. If you find yourself taking on more clients than you can handle to earn more money, revisit tip #3 above. You may be concerned about giving your clients a good deal, but they actually suffer when you can't provide the quality service they deserve. Instead aim for fewer clients, charge more and give them stellar service.

If you keep these things in mind, your transition to a work-at-home service provider will go much more smoothly. It's not always easy and when you're first starting out, it can be tough to find that balance and a schedule that you can work with. But stick with it and keep refining your process and you'll find yourself owning a very rewarding business that you absolutely love.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Is your Marriage Going the Way You Want It To?

Is your marriage going the way you want it too? Does your love life
seems a little on the dull side! In every marriage there are going
to be those little ups and downs; but, it's how we deal with those
ups and downs that really matter. Below are a few tips I've learned
that might help in keeping your marriage "Alive."

1) Me

Try and use the word "Me" less! You probably don’t even realize how
often you use that word. Same with using the word "I." It’s so easy
to automatically want to talk about yourself. It’s a habit, not a
good one but still a habit. Once you catch yourself using that word;
stop and try to think of something else to say in it’s place. Like
maybe "You" or “Yours.” How is your ingrown toenail doing? How are
your chapped lips feeling?

2) Lighten Up

Laugh, act silly, tell jokes! If you are anything like me you are the
"Mature One;" sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my sense of humor because
I am always being the "Mom." Responsibility tends to suck the life
out of you. Try and find some humor in life, even if it means reading
a book of jokes.

Here’s a starter, “What did one Volcano say to the other?"
I Lava You!

3) Think Back

Find a nice, quiet, relaxing place and close your eyes. Think back to
when you and your spouse first met. What attracted him to you?
Remember how jealous you got when someone flirted with him? Remember
how you felt just being around him; you didn’t want to leave his side.
There once was passion there and yes, you can get that romance back.
Think back to that minute that you knew he was the one you wanted to
spend the rest of your life with.

4) Communicate

When he comes home from work don’t start griping about the kids, your
job, etc. {there’s time for that later.} Find interesting things to
talk about; if necessary dowhat I do! I keep a pen and Paper lying
around and when ever I find or hear something interesting I write it
down. It could be about something you heard on the news; something you
saw on “The View.” Even something you read in the newspaper. If you
found it interesting, your spouse may too!

5) Ask Questions

During those quiet times with your spouse, when you can't think of
anything to say; try asking some "off the wall" kind of questions.
Below are a few examples:

What would you do if you won the lottery?
If you could live anywhere, Where?
If you could have one physical thing changed, what?

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Rainy Day Crafts for Kids & Adults

Rainy days can be a drag for children and adults alike. Despite the weather outside though, there is fun to be had inside as well. Rainy days are the perfect time to break out the arts and crafts that will drive away the rainy day dreariness. Crafts are perfect for all ages and ensures that nobody is left out.

Crafts for Small Children

Children age two and up can sit at the table with paper and crayons. While the younger children may not have a long attention span, coloring will help to keep a child entertained when it is not feasible to play outside. Cut out some shapes on paper and let the children decorate the shapes. For more fun, break out some glitter markers and some stickers. Foam is also a good option for younger children. Foam does not tear easily and is very versatile which makes it a good material for young children to craft with.

Crafts for school aged children

Children who are attending school are likely more adept at handling items such as scissors and glue. Popsicle sticks are a great item to have on hand for rainy days. Popsicle sticks can be used to build houses, picture frames and many other things. The possibilities are unlimited and your child’s creativity is the limit. Paints are also a good idea. Lay out some paint, brushes, paper and some water and paper towels for cleanup and let your kids paint the day away.

If the children are in middle or high school, they are adept at doing more than coloring or painting. Craft ideas for older children include painting on a canvas, scrapbooking and other paper crafts, as well as building crafts out of wood and other items. Cross stitching and fabric arts are good deterrents from the weather outside as they are time consuming.

Crafts for adults

There are many different crafts that adults can do. Jewelry making and scrapbooking are two of the most popular activities. Sewing, whether by hand or machine, is an activity that can take up a lot of time and therefore drive away the rainy day blues.

Crafting does not have to be and is not age oriented. There are many different craft types, with different levels of difficulty available for pre-school age children all the way through adulthood. Keeping craft supplies on hand will make a rainy day easier on everyone.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Drug Test People on Welfare

That's right! If my husband has to be drug tested at work I think all the people on food stamps, welfare, etc. should be drug tested too.

Had a neighbor that got kicked out for not paying his rent. Him and his daughters collected welfare, got food stamps, free clothes, free cell phone, free internet, hell the kids even got free Christmas presents, etc. He would go weeks without leaving his place. He had no need to get a job cause he got everything and then some for free. Come to find out he hid in his bedroom with his computer and smoked pot all day.

My husband has to get up and go to work everyday; he doesn't want too but he does.
It pisses me off.

I think I'm going to the petition site and start a petition.

On a happier note my Husband quit his job of 20 years. He got pissed off and gave his two weeks notice; after he was offered another job making $4 an hour more & $40 a day more per-diem. So anyway, the same day he got a phone call from the Big Boss and got a promotion and a bigger pay raise. OMG! So now instead of being a Pipe Superintendent; he is officially a "Project Manager." Now this all happened on the same day.

Now the best part is; they are sending us back to Tampa for a 2 year job. He will be working at Tee Co power plant like he was.

So we get to go back home and stay at the house we have had for 2 years. We're paying $1,300 a month there; and $900 a month for this place in N.C. Now we can just pay rent on our place in Apollo Beach, Fl.

Well color me Happy!

On another note: Kevin cooked some awesome hand made crab stuffed tilapi fish; he included stuffing, crabs and topped it all off with shrimp and homemade sauce. Damn he's a great cook.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Saddened by Japan's Earthquake

I feel so sorry for Japan. It's just awful. On the news this morning it said the total deaths were over 4,000. OMG! And 10,000 are still missing. One especially sad clip on the news was a fireman who risked his life to go help put up a barricade before the tsunami hit. He came back to find his entire family dead & or missing. Four Grandsons included. Oh Dang! He started crying; I started crying.

I wish there were something I could do; I've prayed & donated. Would love to do more.

Saw a really good clip on youtube the other day. This guy & his friends made up some signs that said "Honk if you love Japan." For every honk he got, he donated $10. Go to youtube and type in Honk if you love Japan and view it.

For every one million view he gets he will donate another $600. How cool is that!

Okay now on to happier thoughts; it's a beautiful sun shiny day! Got the doors & windows open. Fixing to go sit outside and read a book and enjoy some of this weather. 81 degrees. Don't know what we are going to do this week-end but you can guarantee it will be something outdoors. Damn right : )

Well I'm outta here, have one more blog to post in.

Enjoy your week-end

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rainy, Dreary Day

Just a blah kind of day here in N.C. But the week-end was so gorgeous it's all good. Plus tomorrow is supposed to be nice & sunny. I don't see how people up north can survive mentally with all the cold, snowy weather. Makes me just want to grab a book and stay in bed. I actually just got out of a hot bubble bath myself.

When we lived in Maine there was altogether maybe one decent week of nice weather. It rains, and rains, and rains. When it's not snowing. I have some friends up there though and they deal with it because they are outdoor kind of people. Some of them have little shacks up in the hills and they hang out there and hunt & fish. Cool! Just not for me; I need the sun!

Looks like we will be moving back to Apollo Beach, Fl. the third week in April. Yes, I miss all our stuff. Especially all my houseplants I set outside. I left my lemon tree and money tree plant on the back porch and the landlord that lives next door is tending to them for me. Yay! Last time we went home I did loose a few plants and my favorite & most expensive one is my bonzai. It's sunburned or something. Last time we went home there were like hundreds of baby aloe's all around my two huge aloe plants. I need to pick them off and replant them. Should sell them on ebay. Got enough.

Well gotta run, have sugar cookies cooking in the oven.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rain, Rain & More Rain

It's all good; the birds, grass and all need water. Just does kind of make it a dreary, blah kind of day.

Hubby was in a cooking mood when he got home from work last night. Sweet tooth bug I guess. He made the kids some banana pudding & some apple crisp muffins. While he was doing that I was wrapping bacon around some shrimp and cooked up a batch of bacon wrapped shrimp. Which I just finished eating the last of. Do not; I repeat, do not, bring shrimp or crab in this house and expect leftovers. I love seafood!!!!

It's such a nice peaceful day even though it is raining. All I can hear is the sound of the clock on the wall ticking. It won't be that way for too much longer though. Barb gets home a little after 3:00 and Billy gets home a little after 4:00. Barbie doesn't just come in the door; she charges though the door wide ass open. Chatting the entire way, and doesn't stop chatting until one of her friends show up at the door and she goes outside to play. Dang, to be 11 again.

Now Billy when he comes in he's a quiet mouse. Drops his heavy ass book bag on the floor and goes in the kitchen to make him some jelly toast. Then proceeds to do his homework, still quietly.

Well I better go look in the freezer and find something to set out for supper tonight; and get the last load of laundry out of the dryer. It just buzzed me to let me know I'm not quite finished with all my chores for the day.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Warming Up in N.C.

Got the windows and doors open. Thank You Lord! The cold weather didn't use to bother me so much but now; holy crap. I am an outdoor kind of gal and need to get outside and get fresh air. It stifles me mentally and physically if I don't get out. Feels kind of like an animal in a zoo.

I'm sitting here looking at my little Betta fish and feel so sorry for him with nothing to do but swim around in his little bowl. How boring would that be. We have a big aquarium for him back in Florida. But here we have him in a regular plastic bowl.

Oh yeah, another thing I am looking at while sitting here in the kitchen is a gorgeous pot of live tulips Kevin got me for Valentines Day. There are two pink ones, two red ones and two white ones. So pretty; he always gets me fresh bouquets to keep in the kitchen and coffee table but personally I would prefer live plants. He is a really awesome guy; so thoughtful and sweet.

Barbie spent the week indoors cause she got grounded. I don't know who took it worse; her or me. Ha! Here's what happened. The lady next door put out some helium filled balloons in her front yard and at the corner and at the mailbox. Kevin and I sat here and watched her. Cool, someone is having a party we said. A few minutes later Barbie and her friends come running through the yard and grabbed the balloons, her friends grabbed the ones in the yard and Barbie grabbed the ones at the corner road sign. Yelled at her to put them back; she did but they blew away anyway. Told her to tell her friends to go home and for her to get her ass inside. That was Sunday and yesterday was Thursday. That's the longest she has ever been grounded. I can't believe she did something like that. The neighbors had their little girls party anyway. Luckily they had one of those big jumpy blow up things so the guests could see it since there were no balloons to show them the way to the party. Told Barbie some of the guests probably didn't show up because they couldn't follow the balloons to the party. Tossing some guilt her way wasn't really a nice thing to do; but it pissed me off.

Well, I hear the dryer buzzing me. Got all my other chores finished. Got an early start this morning cause it's Friday. Monday & Friday are my major cleaning days. Get ready for the week-end and clean up after the week-end. Oh Dang!