Archive for November, 2009

Author: Sheila N

Hopefully you will survive Black Friday with only minor scrapes and bruises.  If you paced yourself, and saved some energy for the weekend, you should consider this fun Saturday outing with your family:

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Every year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we set out early in the morning to find the perfect tree.  If you’ve done your fair share of shopping, the day before, this is the perfect way to get away from the holiday traffic and the shopping malls.  We are very fortunate, where I am from, to live near some local tree farms.  We can pick a tree, cut it down ourselves, and come back to the barn for hot cocoa when we’re finished.  I think I shall enjoy this holiday season more than any other in the past.  For the two weeks that my children will be home this year, I will spend the holidays with them for the first time.  Thanks to my new online business for moms, I can work the hours I choose, and enjoy my children when it matters most.

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What are you thankful for?

November 26th, 2009
Author: Linda W

It is a tradition in my family to state what you are thankful for around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

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I am thankful that I have a home based business where I can earn an residual income while raising my children.

What are you thankful for?

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Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh My!!

November 23rd, 2009
Author: Linda W

young-woman-binoculars_~CLF00048I have always wanted to do something dangerous and risky. Being a woman entrepreneur has allowed me to do things I have always wanted to do. So here I am, 5 a.m. crawling out of bed.  It’s dark and cold outside.  I hurry and shower and throw on my gear, tie up my hair, grab my notes and hit the road.  I reach my destination and find a place to stop that’s out of the way of danger and quietly tip toe out of my car, desperately trying to reach the target first, before being spotted by the other hunters.  The question is looming over all of us…what will we find today?  Will there be any casualties?  Will all of us get back to our starting point alive? 

By the end of the hunting day I long to be sitting at my desk working my home business where I really belong.  But even though this is not something I want to do every year I encourage all to try participating at least once in Black Friday!

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Author: Linda W

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It is amazing how a food can spark a wonderful memory! My memory is of my grandmother dropping the turkey on the floor as she got it out of the oven and watching my grandfather wrestle the dog away from the turkey. Needless to say..that Thanksgiving was a vegetarian one, as we only had all the side dishes. Maybe that is why I love the sidedishes.

My favorite Thanksgiving foods are smashed garlic potatoes and sweet potato pie.

What is your favorite food/memory for Thanksgiving?

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The Perfect Work Ambiance

November 20th, 2009
Author: Linda W

When you have a home business, you get to have best work ambiance!  Now don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom, but I love working at home in a quiet house with a fire going and having the dogs around.  Women’s Dream Team is the perfect home based business for moms, as you can work this business around your busy life and work at the quiet times.  I do not miss the hustle and bustle water cooler of corporate America.  I have the best ambiance….for free!

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What is your ideal work ambiance?

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Author: Hear-Us-Roar

workfromhomeWhile it’s impossible to guarantee success in online business, there are a number of steps women can take to dramatically improve their odds of turning a profit. One thing is for certain: you get what you give. If you treat your e-commerce endeavor like a hobby – only updating your site occasionally and neglecting to keep in close communication with clients – business will likely drop off. On the other hand, if you’re constantly looking for new ways to market yourself and spread the word about your products and services, good things are sure to follow.

Start by creating a manageable schedule wherein you separate business time from your personal life. That way you can build discipline and improve self-motivation to better run your mom home based business. Remember that when you’re working as your own boss, it pays to be strict and demanding.

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Author: Linda W

Young Family Having Fun in the ParkWe have all heard that TV has some negative effects. The question is, we have gotten so accustomed to having the TV on we don’t know what to do with ourselves when it is off. Did you know that
• TV viewing among kids is at an eight-year high. On average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console. Kids ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. The vast majority of this viewing (97%) is of live TV
• 68% of 8- to 18-year-olds have a TV in their bedroom; 54% have a DVD/VCR player, 37% have cable/satellite TV, and 20% have premium channels
• In 63% of households, the TV is “usually” on during meals
• In 53% of households of 7th- to 12th-graders, there are no rules about TV watching
• In 51% of households, the TV is on “most” of the time
• Kids with a TV in their bedroom spend an average of almost 1.5 hours more per day watching TV than kids without a TV in the bedroom.
• Many parents encourage their toddlers to watch television. (http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/tv.htm)
These statistics can be pretty revelatory. It was for me. Even with my home business I can get hypnotized sitting in front of the computer. I cancelled my cable and unhooked the video games. The first week they walked around in a haze and had no idea what to do with themselves. It was difficult for me to, because I really wanted to turn it on just to get them out of my hair. The fact is, children have forgotten how to dream, how to pretend and how to play. If there is no “play” button, on-off switch or battery involved they are lost. We have gone back to basics. I am a work at home mom needing to continue earning my residual income, but now we do other things to. We spend most of our free time reading, bike riding, board games, balloon tossing, tickling and just plain talking. Life is good!

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Honoring Our Women In Uniform

November 11th, 2009
Author: Sheila N

On this Veteran’s Day I am thankful. 

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I wake up each morning to a warm, dry, quiet house.  My children are safe.  My husband is near. I think of our female troops, stationed near battle zones, sleeping on cold cots, or dusty mattresses.  Perhaps many are separated from their growing children, unable to catch the “firsts”.  I think of them because I once served in the military, stationed far from home.

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Today, if I were still at my corporate job, I would be driving to work.  Instead, on this Veteran’s Day, my online business for moms will allow me the freedom to use this day as it was intended.  Giving tribute to those women who make sacrifices for their country.  Today I will lay down my political views about war, and simply find a way to thank a veteran for her service.

Here’s a website you can visit to learn more about helping:  http://www.anysoldier.com/ 

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Do you know an organization where people can offer their help?

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Who Has Time To Cook?

November 5th, 2009
Author: Linda W

Being a woman entrepreneur, a mom and homeschooling my twin boys doesn’t leave a lot of time for other things. Cooking nutritious meals that the kids will actually eat is a very difficult task. Even more difficult is coming up with the time to make the menus, buy the food and then prepare it. Whew! We won’t even talk about the laundry, the cleaning and that’s before you can even get dressed in the morning.

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Once a Month Cooking has been a life saver for me. I set aside one day a month to plan a months worth of meals for my family. Then I make a grocery list and hit the store. The next step is to set aside one whole day to do all of the cooking. Once you have all those meals in the freezer it is so simple just to heat it up, add a salad or a side, some rolls and you have a wonderful meal in less than 30 minutes. It is a lot of work on cooking day but it is worth it. The time and stress that is saves the rest of the month is amazing. The internet has many sites with information about once a month cooking plus there are lots of books out there. Check your library. Once a month cooking allows me to give my kids quality, nutritious meals and have more time with my family and working my home business.

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H1N1 State of Emergency

November 4th, 2009
Author: Linda W

President Obama declared a national state of emergency on last Saturday to help hospitals prepare for the H1N1(swine) flu pandemic1, We realized that we needed more information. How is the flu affecting my community?

The government has a website that provides local, state-specific information about H1N1 that is really helpful to me, and I wanted to pass it on to you. Just click on your state in the map below to be connected to resources and alerts about H1N1 in your state.

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if the map is not interactive for you, please go to
http://www.momsrising.org/page/h1n1-info-state-state

sources: 1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/25/us/politics/25flu.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=public%20emergency%20H1N1&st=cse

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