Tuesday, July 26, 2016

12 Stress Tips for the Busy Mom

The other night my husband and I were talking in our room and we were sitting on the bed when a revolving door started happening. One at a time each kid kept opening the door and every sentence started with mom. It was mom this and mom that. It just kept going on and on and then my husband looked at me and said “We live in a crazy house.” I already knew this and if you are like me you need a little help dealing with the everyday stresses in your life. These are tips for you to get through your day on those crazy days.

  • 1. Good enough is good enough. Don’t feel bad when you give your kids something bad to eat early in the morning. Important thing is their bellies are full and you got them to school on time.
  • 2. Give yourself 20 minutes of me time. Take 20 minutes each day for yourself, even if that means closing the door in your little ones faces. Remember people only want to deal with the saner version of you anyways.
  • 3. Give yourself a treat. Even if that means taking a candy bar from your kids Halloween candy. A fun size candy bar never hurt anyone.
  • 4. Take credit for frozen dinners. My daughter tells me all the time how she loves my Chicken Alfredo, but the truth is its Zaterans Blackened Chicken Alfredo. So learn to compliments and you did put it in the oven.
  • 5. Give in once in a while. You don’t have to be the perfect mom all the time. Giving in can by you the time that you need to compose yourself.
  • 6. Don’t carry your children when you are holding everything else. Don’t try to juggle everything, with your purse, back packs, lunch bags, gym bags, cell phone, cup of coffee and your keys in your hands you don’t need to carry your kids. Let them walk and if not that’s why dad is there.
  • 7. Forgetting to put money under their pillow when their teeth come out. When the first thing you hear in the morning is “The Tooth Fairy didn’t come!” Don’t panic, just tell them they are lucky because the Tooth Fairy had a busy night and she will come tonight. And add an extra buck or two.
  • 8. Not letting your teenager wear that outfit. Just because you said so!
  • 9. Plan a date night. You need time with your spouse, so don’t let a day with grandma and Grandpa past you by. They want to spend time with their grand kids too.
  • 10. It’s ok to love your job. Loving your job does not mean you don’t love your kids. You are still a good mom.
  • 11. Throw away your kids school work. Go through and save a few thing and toss the rest. This will help de-clutter your tables and counter tops. Beside the ones you save will start adding up shortly and you will have a ton before you know it.
  • 12. Last thing is don’t play the blame game with yourself. If you yelled at your kids for no reason apologize and let them know you make mistakes too. Remember tomorrow is a new day. You always have the chance to do things different.

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12 Signs that You're in Love

Sometimes it’s hard to know for sure if you’re in love, especially if it is for the first time. Here are 12 things you should feel if you’re in love, which can also help you to find out if somebody else felt in love with you.

Signs that you felt in love

1. You stayed together both in good times and in the most difficult ones;

2. Sweet things are made only because both of you feel good because of them;

3. None of you makes sacrifices, but only compromises;

4. Your partner shared you his feelings and you feel the same about;

5. The affection for your partner makes you feel good and special.

6. Each time you have a quarrel, you forget about it in only a few hours and you both agree that nothing is more important than expressing true feelings, even if this causes a conflict;

7. You can be yourself along with your partner, more than among other people.

8. You always think at him;

9. All sorts of romantic ideas pass throw your mind;

10. The weird parts of your boyfriend’s behavior seem funny to you;

11. You like to spend time with him;

12. You start thinking to a future together with your boyfriend;

Signs of a man in love

1. One of the subtle signs of a man in love is the need for connection. When a man’s feelings of sympathy become feelings of love, he starts to wither after more time with his partner;

2. Another sign that he felt in love is his wish to experiment new things with you.

3. You can also find out if a man felt in love with a woman if he spends money with her. It’s still somewhat harder to know it if your partner is usually generous or if he does it only to impress you. However, if you’re with a man who complains constantly that he doesn’t have enough money and he expects often you to pay, then you should think twice. Of course, this could happen if he has temporary financial problems, but not all the time. And when I said that a man who is in love usually spends money with his partner, I mainly refer to activities such as: shopping together, taking decisions related to your financial issues, etc. I don’t mean that he should pay your bills!

4. He tries to get involved in all sorts of activities, as long as you’re next to him.

Of course, the list is longer than that, but we’ll talk more about signs of a man in love in the next chapter!

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12 Things that Make This 23-Year-Old Happy

A study from the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics says we’re happiest when we’re 23 and 69. We asked 23- and 69-year-olds simply: What makes you happy? Here are some brief answers we received.

1. We are in the best shapes of our lives.

2. We are in our sexual prime.

3. Relationships are just starting to sprout around us, whether it is with our significant other or with our co-workers.

4. Our careers are just getting started, and we are hopeful for a long-lasting, good career.

5. We are not yet in a huge amount of debt.

6. We are still closer to childhood than middle age.

7. We are seeing ourselves become the people we want to be.

8. We are shaping our own future and finally not depending on others.

9. We are earning significant income for the first time in our lives.

10. We have more independence than ever before.

11. Having children is not too far around the corner.

12. Our parents are at an age where we can finally understand their motives and appreciate them.

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12 Tips to Safely Store Canning Jars

Congratulations! Now that you are canning, what do you do with those beautiful jars of brightly colored produce? Don’t make the same mistakes I made in the past by packing the jars back into the boxes they come in and putting them away to be forgotten. Here are some suggestions for proper storage of canning jars from an experienced canner.

1. Always clean the canned jars with warm soapy water after the canning process. If there is oil or grease on the jars, try washing with white vinegar and water to cut the grease. Be careful not to submerge the jars while washing. Thoroughly dry the lids and remove the rings before storage. Removing rings is optional but will reduce the chance for rust on the lids.

2. Date and label all jars. Down the line you won’t remember what is what. Paper labels can be purchased or made using mailing labels with the computer. Another solution is using an indelible marker and writing on the lid.

3. Store jars upright out of direct sunlight in a cool area. Temperature can affect longevity and sunlight can alter color. The ideal storage temperature is between 30-70° with 40° being optimal. With every 20° increase in temperature the shelf life is reduced by half. Warm temperatures can affect jars by making fruits mushy, soft and alter flavor. Additionally, nutritional value is decreased.

4. Keep jars handy in the pantry or cupboard. When packed away out of sight jars are often forgotten and goods are not rotated which can lead to potential spoilage and loss.

5. Utilize a shelf unit in the basement or garage. Again being able to see the jars will encourage the family to eat the canned goods.

6. A word of caution. There are many areas of the country prone to earthquakes. Since earthquakes do not occur frequently, we tend to be lax on earthquake preparedness. It just takes one earth rumble to shift jars off a shelf and make a huge dangerous mess not to mention loss of hours of work. Make shelves earthquake proof by installing ties. Solutions include:

Drill a hole through sides of shelving and thread webbing, wire, rope through holes and secure.
Attach clips to plasticized wire and clip to eye bolts.
Dowels can be attached to wooden shelves.
Hook bungee cords to eye bolts.
Install baby locks on cabinets.

Line shelves with rubberized no slip liner.

7. It is not recommended that jars be left on shelves without securing. Jars used as decorations on shelves can be secured with museum wax available at hardware stores. Do not stack jars.

8. Jars can be stacked in the cardboard boxes that they come in. Label the box on top and sides. Warning: cardboard can attract moisture which can lead to rust on lids and rings. Cardboard is also attractive to bugs and critters.

9. Jars can be stacked in food buckets. It is suggested that buckets be clearly labeled and a thin layer of petroleum jelly be applied to lids and rings to prevent rust. Oxygen absorbers can be added to buckets to keep them dry. Remember storage buckets are safe from mice but rats can gnaw through buckets. Do not stack buckets high or they will topple in an earthquake and jars will break. Buckets can also collapse if stored more than 4 levels high.

10. Simple shelves can be constructed between wall joists in unfinished rooms or garages. Measure and cut shelves to fit between the joists. Often there are walls in garages and unfinished basements where this method works well. Foam insulation or reflex tex can be secured to wall to maintain temperature consistency. Be sure to add a shelf guard to keep jars on shelves. I visited one home in which a wall had been adapted for storage of jars and cans. The sheet rock was cut away between the wall joists and shelves were installed. The sheet rock was put back with hinges, trimmed out with ¼ inch molding and secured with a magnetic pressure closure. The shelves were actually hidden behind the sheetrock and could be accessed by pushing on the wall. This is the most creative use of space and the most inventive storage of jars I have ever seen!

11. In my home I have installed a great find from a yard sale. A wooden mailroom storage unit that was rescued from the Washington State Legislative mailroom now resides in my garage. The unit held bills as they moved from committee to committee before being voted on by the Legislature. The plywood sides were routered so that the shelves could be readjusted to fit any size and metal banding was securely fixed so that nothing can fall from the shelves. The shelves fit any size jars. The previous owners had the unit filled with jars during the Nisqually 7.4 earthquake and did not loose one jar! I purchased the unit that was filled with empty used jars for $75. I would guess the unit holds about 400 jars. I call this unit my wall of pride because I can see all my canned goods.

12. Once a year rotate all canned goods. Inspect jar lids to be sure the seal is still secure and there isn’t any leakage by turning them upside down. To be sure lids still tight and secure check to see if lid is concave. The lid can be tapped with a spoon and the noise should be a dull thud.

In summary, the key to long term storage of properly filled canning jars are three words: dark, cool and dry. In ideal conditions, most contents will be good for one to several years. I can give testimony to some wonderful 13 year old peaches but that is an extreme example. If you follow the above mentioned suggestions you will have your canning jars to use over and over again and they will last many years.

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12 Things Women May Not Want to Know About What Men Think...

This concept was liberally borrowed from Esquire’s 10 Things You Don’t Know About Women. It’s not relationship advice. It’s light comedy, built heavily on cliche and stereotypes. The readers at Yahoo! nearly crashed their comments section with their thoughts on either how amusing or how offensive this is. If you’re in the second category, you should probably not be reading this blog. Really. I won’t take it personally.

Anyway, here are 12 Things Women May Not Want to Know About What Men Think…

1. Getting angry at us for not reading your mind is like getting angry at yourself for not being able to fly. It’s not just futile, it’s physically impossible.

2. Yes, we do think Jessica Alba is hot. Sometimes we’re even dumb enough to admit it.

3. Don’t ask us to understand your shoe fetish. Asking us to respect it is even sort of pushing it.

4. You do look good without makeup, just not as good as you look with it.
5. Ever notice how we don’t fight with our male friends? That’s why we get so frustrated when we fight with you.

6. You care what you’re wearing infinitely more than we do. In fact, if you’re naked when you open the front door, you won’t hear an argument from us.

7. You don’t like to get hit on in public, you don’t want to date online and you don’t want to be set up on blind dates. Tell us if sending messenger pigeons is an appropriate way of courting. Because if it is, we’re all over it.

8. There should a statute of limitations on stupid things that we said that can come back to haunt us. I propose 24 hours.

9. Cooking dinner for a man is like buying flowers for a woman, except it takes a lot more time, effort and thought for you to do it. Thanks. We appreciate it.

10. We actually like your girly pet-names for us, but please, not in front of the guys!

11. Just because we like looking at the women in Maxim doesn’t mean we want to actually converse with the women in Maxim. Not for long, anyway.

12. Your nice guy friends are the most reliable source for telling you if your new boyfriend’s a jerk. And he probably is. (By the way, you might want to consider marrying that nice guy who’s giving you advice about the jerk.)

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12 Tips to Save Money when You Buy Your Next Car

Buying a car is a big purchase, but there are ways to save money when car shopping. Using these tips, you can save literally thousands of dollars even on a moderate new car purchase. I did this on my most recent car purchase when I bought a new 2010 Chevrolet Malibu for less than $14,600 including tax and destination charges.

  1. If you, like most consumers, are going to finance the car, then check your credit report to be sure that the information on it is accurate. If you find any negatives that are incorrect, dispute them and have them removed. Your credit score – the “grade” your credit report gets – will help determine what interest rate you are charged for any loan you need. The lower the rate, the more purchasing power you have at the dealership.
  2. Do research to narrow down the car models and options you are interested in. Once you have this down to just a handful of models, check consumer sites such as Vehix.com, KBB.com and cars.com to find out the invoice price as well as the retail price for the cars and options you are interested in. Know what options you want as well as what options you are unwilling to pay for. Knowing the invoice price will help you when (or if) you need to negotiate with the dealer.
  3. Check to see if you belong to any groups that offer pre-negotiated prices. Examples include AAA, some credit unions and some consumer warehouse clubs such as BJ’s. When you are ready to shop, it may be worth your while to obtain the pre-negotiated discounted price through such a program.
  4. Just before you are ready to visit dealers and start test drives, shop for your financing. Automobile manufacturers often advertise low rate deals, but often you to choose between the low rate or the cash rebate – it’s usually one or the other, not both. There is also the question of qualifying for the low rate advertised by the manufacturer; often, these rates are only offered to individuals with excellent credit scores. If your credit score misses the mark by even a single point, you may not qualify for a low rate loan from the manufacturer. Knowing what loan terms you can qualify for through another source, such as your bank or credit union or another lender, such as Capital One Finance, gives you a competitive edge when negotiating at the dealership.
  5. Locate a couple of dealerships you might be willing to do business with through the internet. Send an email with the particulars of what you want – the model, make and options specifications – and request their internet price. Having a couple of internet prices gives you another point of reference for when you actually step foot into the dealership. Be sure to ask about any additional fees, such as dealer prep charges, underbody coating, paint sealant or advertising fees. Many reputable dealers do not tack such charges on, but in order to be able to accurately compare prices, you need to know the whole picture.
  6. If you are planning on selling or trading in a car, get an estimate of the car’s value from sites such as KBB.com before going to the dealer. Make sure the car is fairly clean before going to any dealership where you might trade it in.
  7. Armed with any pre-discounted rates as well as internet price, go to one or two nearby dealerships (not the ones that you got internet price quotes from) to test drive the car model you are interested in. Ask for a price quote for the same model and options that you priced through the internet. Chances are, the quote will be quite a bit higher, but if you like the dealership, you can show them the quotes you have and ask if they can beat it. If they can’t come close, thank them for their time and leave.
  8. When you are ready to negotiate, be sure to keep any trade-in out of the picture at first. Negotiate on the price of the car. Make certain to check for any additional rebates that you might qualify for. Examples include rebates for being a new college graduate, rebates from particular reward-based credit cards, rebates for belonging to a credit union, rebates for owning another car from the same manufacturer and rebates for military service.
  9. Never negotiate from the position of what you want your monthly payment to be. If a salesman tries to negotiate from that position, turn it back to what is the price for the car. The price, along with the interest rate, will drive the monthly payment to where it logically falls.
  10. After you have negotiated the price for the car, it is appropriate to discuss any possible trade-in. Know what you would be willing to settle for a price on the car. Usually you can get a better price selling your car on your own, but if time or your schedule precludes dealing with advertising, meeting with potential buyers and so forth, then it may be worth your time to accept the dealer’s offer for your car.
  11. At this point, the salesman may offer an extended warranty. Extended warranties are typically “cash cows” for dealerships. Most authorities recommend skipping the warranty. If the dealer insists that the extended warranty is required to make the purchase, walk out.
  12. Now you are ready to discuss financing. If you already know what your best available rate from an outside lender is, disclose this information to your salesperson. If your rate is better than what they can do, then there is no sense in having the dealership pull your credit and it will help protect your credit score from being lowered by having too many inquiries.

In addition, you may find that you can negotiate a better deal if you are purchasing towards the end of a month, particularly the end of a quarter. Dealerships get volume discounts or bonuses based on cars sold, so if they are close to making a bonus, they may be more willing to negotiate with you. This is especially true if you are willing to take a model at the end of the model year; dealers need to make space for the new model year.

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12 Steps to Better On-site Search Engine Optimization

Some of the many aspects of regular Search Engine Optimization are link-building, blog commenting, social bookmarking and even tagging. But the various on-site factors such as the site structure, the keyword density etc cannot be overlooked.

There are tonnes of methods that you can utilize in order to optimize your webpages for On-site SEO, thereby resulting in higher ranks for these pages on the search engines.

Let us list a few methods of on-site search engine optimization –

1. The Title Tag of the webpage – This is, undoubtedly, the most important aspect of any on-site Search Engine Optimization campaign.

2. The Page’s Meta Keywords, it’s description and the robots tag – Your description copy is utilized by google to market it in it’s SERPs. Consider these as an optimized sales copy and add it according to the webpage. Make sure your sitemap.xml is frequently crawled by the SE robots.

3. The Body Text of the webpage – Always remember to focus on the body text which is in bold, since these denote a higher emphasis for the search engines.

4. The beginning sentence of the body and the beginning word of the sentence – These form an important part of the advanced on-site search engine optimization strategies. Make sure, these are human readable and SE readable at the same time – the words utilized in the beginning sentence are very important owing to the implementation of Google’s Latent Semantic Indexing Algorithm.

5. The URL – Another important aspect of on-site SEO is the URL of that page. For example, http://ift.tt/2a6eQ2e would attain higher rankings for a page dedicated to offering Website Design Services in Florida

6. The H1 and H2 tags – These are yet another important aspects of on-site SEO. This is because, these are the indicators for the search engines in determining the subject and the contents of any webpage. Try and makes these really keyword friendly.

7. Intra-site linking anchor text – All the anchor texts of link that link to pages within your website must have targeted keywords terms in them as well. This may sound exaggerated – but having variations of your targetted keywords always helps.

8. Intra-site linking URLs – You don’t just need your intra-site anchor texts to be keyword refined – but the URLs as well. A fair example would be http://ift.tt/2a6fpJi

9. IMG Alt Tags – Always keep in mind that each and every image used on your webpage should be appropriately named with a keyword in the filename (eg – website-design.jpg) and should be Optimized by utilizing the ALT text tags.

10. Outbound Text Links – Don’t blatantly spam links to other websites on your pages. Try and SEO the resources as well. A good example would be you being a Web Design firm are linking to a webhosting company, so try using “Put all your webhosting woes to rest and use the (best web hosting company) today. (The part is the bracket is the link)”

11. Keyword density of your content – If you’ve maintained an 8% keyword density, it’s great and doesn’t look as spammy. But, if the content on your page is just 500 words, then 40 of those words would be your keyword alone, which might appear excessive. At such times, a formidable solution is to reduce your keyword density of 5% – this way only 25 instances of your keyword appear on the page.

12. And finally, the HTML comments that you enter in your page should have SEO terms. Now, I am not sure about how relevant this is to your rankings, but majority of the large sites have HTML comments relating to their search terms.

These techniques are all that you need to do in order to ensure a great on-site search engine optimization campaign. Once this is done, you’re free to begin with your link-building campaigns.

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12 Tips for Fall Hikers

Fall is a fine time for hiking. Trees explode with autumn color, while shedding their leaves to provide more expansive panoramas for wilderness lovers. Summer heat and humidity give way to cooler temperatures that only add to hikers’ energy levels. Still, autumn hiking carries a few cautions and concerns of its own.

Here are 12 tips for fall hikers, to ensure safer and more enjoyable walks in the autumn wilderness.

Look to layers for autumn hikes.

Outdoor temperatures and weather conditions can change quickly, so smart hikers dress in layers. The inner clothing layer (next to the body) should be constructed of a moisture-wicking fabric. Additional layers may be added for warmth and protection against wind or possible precipitation.

A lightweight windbreaker, tucked in a pocket or backpack, is an excellent safeguard against autumn weather surprises. Gloves may also prove useful for warmth or to protect hands on rougher climbs.

Choose safe shoes for autumn hikes.

Sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes with solid support and good traction are essential on the trail, particularly during the autumn season. Flexible shoes are often preferable to heavy, clunky boots for hiking. Also, hiking shoes or boots should always be broken in before they are used for actual wilderness walks.

Soft, moisture-absorbing socks help to prevent blisters during long fall hikes. Many autumn hikers carry extra socks for mid-hike changes, or in case feet should become dampened during the trip.

Always wear a hat for hiking in the fall.

Whether the weather is warm or chilly, a wide-brimmed hat offers protection from sun, precipitation, falling leaves and more. Add a chin strap or stampede string to keep the hat on in windy conditions.

Sunglasses (with ultraviolet protection) are a smart addition for autumn hikes as well.

Have hydration on hand, even during fall hikes.

Even on cooler autumn days, hikers need hydration. Bottles or canteens (filled with water or sports drinks) are essential.

Hikers choosing out-and-return trails for autumn walks often stash extra waters or other beverages on the outward trip, so they need not carry the weight for the entire round trip. (Loop hikers, of course, do not have this luxury.)

Pack snacks for wilderness walks in autumn.

Healthy trail snacks (such as bananas, dried fruit, energy bars, granola and nuts) are must-haves for hikes at any time of year.

Smart hikers stow trail snacks in zippered plastic bags, which can then be used to collect colorful autumn leaves, pine cones and other natural bounty. In addition, these baggies are ideal for retrieving garbage for later disposal.

Lather on lotion before fall hiking.

Moisturizing sun protection lotion is a must, even during autumn hikes. High altitude increases the risks of sunburn and windburn, and the bare fall trees offer little shelter.

Watch your step on fall wilderness walks.

Those falling leaves make autumn trails colorful, but they can also be slippery, especially when dampened. Plus, a leafy trail is difficult to navigate, as cracks, crevices, holes and other hazards may be hard to spot. Autumn hikers tread carefully wherever the ground is covered.

Keep to the clock when hiking in the fall.

Daylight grows shorter in autumn, so hikers need to watch the clock. Experienced trail hikers often set out early, perhaps even before dawn, so they can be sure to find their way back before dark.

Seek stealth during autumn hikes.

Because trees are barer in the fall, hikers who hope to spot wildlife in the woods must practice extra secrecy and silence. Noisy walkers (and talkers) may scare off birds and forest creatures they had hoped to see.

Heed hunting seasons for fall wilderness excursions.

Of course, in many regions, autumn also signals hunting season. Fall hikers are advised to wear bright colors, such as neon orange caps or vests, for safety. If hunters are nearby, hikers can make their presence known audibly, by talking, singing or whistling. (This may alert wildlife, but it may prevent hunting accidents as well.)

Find photo opportunities on fall hikes.

Autumn beauty is a seasonal photo op for nature lovers, and hunters are no exception. A lightweight camera is a must for a fall hike.

Watch the weather during autumn hiking.

Autumn weather is ever-changing. A single day may change from mild to monstrous in minutes, particularly for hikers climbing to higher altitudes, where ice and snow may even be found.

Experienced hikers always check current trail conditions before beginning a wilderness walk, in the autumn or anytime. Forest rangers or park service staffers may provide updates on weather and trail statuses, such as avalanches, fallen trees and landslides.

Bonus fall hiking hint: Don’t forget the year-round hiking essentials.

Veteran hikers always pack these basic necessities for wilderness walks: binoculars, cellular phone, compass, first-aid kit (including antibiotic cream or ointment, antihistamine, band-aids, blister medication, disinfectant wipes, first-aid tape, flashlight (and batteries), gauze pads, pain medication, tweezers), matches, pocket knife, rope, trail maps, whistle and other commonly used items.

Overnight hikers will also require camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, cookware and more) of course.

What is the most important thing a fall hiker must take along for an autumn excursion in the wilderness?

The number-one essential for hiking, in the fall or anytime, is a trail buddy or companion. Hiking alone is downright dangerous, and a walking partner can add smiles to the miles and joy to the journey. Besides, what hiker would not want an extra pair of hands to hold the camera in the most picturesque points of the trail?









Personal experience

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12 Uses for Old Wallpaper Books

As the manager of a wallpaper store for several years, one of my favorite activities during downtime was leafing through old wallpaper books. The different colors, textures, and designs were inspiring, and the project ideas were endless. When a company would discontinue a wallpaper book, we would never throw them away. They would be stacked in the storeroom, stored away until someone would come in to request them. It was never long before we had a visitor ask if we had any discontinued wallpaper books they could have. Teachers, day care workers, craft lovers, art teachers, and so many other people often stopped by to leaf through our old wallpaper books and take the ones that appealed to them.

I think the main reason that people enjoy old wallpaper books is because it’s one of the few things they can get absolutely free. (Some stores will charge a few dollars for them, but we always offered them at no charge) There are a surprising number of things you can do with old wallpaper books. The books include page after page of different patterns, textures, colors, and some are specifically made for children, men, pets, particular rooms of the home, or d├ęcor theme. These books include photos of finished rooms, samples of fabrics, and much more. They are not only great for the purposes to follow, but they are also an excellent resource for home improvement and decorating ideas.

So, what can you do with old wallpaper books? You may be surprised. Here is a list of some fun things you can do with wallpaper books. No paste required! Simply wet the back of the wallpaper and smooth even. These ideas are also great for when you have leftover wallpaper from a home improvement job.

Make homemade greeting cards – Thicker than cardstock paper, wallpaper is great when used on homemade greeting cards. The patterns in the book are so different, and can be gender or age specific, so it is simple to throw together a personalized greeting card for birthdays, holidays, baby showers, or other special occasion.

Decorate dollhouses – This is one of the most popular uses for old wallpaper books. People use the old wallpaper scraps to cover dollhouse walls and floors. Very small printed, or solid colored paper is best when used for this purpose.

Decorate empty tins and cans – Coffee cans, baking powder, and corn starch all come packaged in empty tins and cans. Clean them, allow them to dry, and then cover them with old wallpaper. The cans can be used to store crayons, pencils, buttons, or anything you can imagine.

Arts and crafts projects – Children enjoy sifting through the discontinued books in search of just the right pattern for their arts and crafts project. The easiest way to remove pages from these books is with a Exacto knife, so an adult should be in charge.

Make a unique bookmark – Cover a sturdy piece of cardboard with a small piece of paper from old wallpaper books, and you’ll have a unique bookmark. This is an easy project that children can do on their own.

Scrapbook pages – Scrapbook pages are expensive. You can save a lot of money by simply using wallpaper samples from discontinued books. Again, because there are so many colors and textures available, you can easily find the right pattern to fit your needs.

Wrapping paper for small gifts – Since people just rip off the paper and throw it away anyway, why spend a lot of money on wrapping paper? Simply wrap the gift, and instead of using tape to seal the edges, lightly dampen the edges of the wallpaper. The glue will activate, and you’ll have a gift that is perfectly sealed and attractive.

Shelf liner – You may not have enough paper to completely line a shelf, but you could combine more than one pattern to cover it. Old wallpaper books come with several coordinating patterns in the same color, so you can give your old cupboards new life with a customized liner.

Book covers – You can create a one of a kind book cover by using wallpaper samples. Again, one piece may not cover the entire book, but you can use two coordinating papers (one for the front, one for the back) and nicely cover a school book.

Homemade picture frames – The wallpaper samples that come in the discontinued wallpaper books, are just the right size to fit over top of a 5 x 7 picture frame, and sometimes even an 8 x 10 picture frame. The paper can be cut to fit and sealed from behind to attractively display a precious family portrait.

Paper dolls – Introduce your child to a past time we enjoyed as children. Shapes can be easily cut out of old wallpaper samples, and turned into paper dolls. Attach a magnet to the back, and it can be something your child can play with in the kitchen while you prepare dinner.

Make a jigsaw puzzle – To make a jigsaw puzzle using old wallpaper samples, simply wet the back and attach to a sturdy piece of cardboard. Then, using an Exacto knife, make curvy lines to cut the wallpaper into puzzle sized pieces. Store the wallpaper puzzle in a Ziploc back after use.

WARNING: NEVER lick the back of wallpaper to slightly moisten it. The glue can be toxic, so use a damp sponge or towel instead.

Find old wallpaper books at wallpaper stores, or even home improvement warehouses. Be sure to call ahead to ask if when you should come in to pick them up, and also ask if there is a charge or a limit to the amount you can take. If you are using the wallpaper books for a church or school activity, let them know. They are usually more generous with the books if they will be used for these purposes.

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1-2-3 College and Me

Going to college is a privelege, a challenge and an honor. It is an exciting time in a young person’s life, especially for those who attend college right after graduating high school. It’s time to become responsible for your actions while you figure you what you want to do with your future. It is an exciting, sometimes daunting time, but the journey is well worth it in the end. Below find three pieces of advice I wish I’d heeded when I was a freshman in college

1) Work Out and Eat Healthy
That “Freshman Fifteen” you hear about all the time, well, it’s true. It may not be 15 pounds you gain, it could be more or less, but it is very easy to gain weight in college. You snack with friends when you study, you buy coffee drinks with sugar and milk in them to stay awake, you buy food like pizza and doughnuts because it is easy, fast and cheap.
Be choosy in the cafeteria. You are in college, they can not deny you the desserts or soda, but you certainly can curb yourself.
At parties, don’t drink so much beer, and if you have to drink, get light beer. Obviously, you should be of legal age when you do this.
Walk everywhere if you can. Take 20 – 30 minutes out of your day to do some sort of exercise whether it be jogging or riding a bike or taking a fitness class. Colleges have gyms too. Join it.

2) Don’t Get Drunk
You don’t want to be “that guy”. We all know the guy, the one who always gets stupid drunk and ends up with his pants off or climbing a tree and falling out of it or the one everyone puts shaving cream on when he passes out. Yea, it seems funny at the time, but it’s unhealthy and that reputation is not exactly one you want to keep.
You also don’t want to be “that girl”. Unfortunately for girls, there is stigma. They get drunk, they get loose, they are sluts. That is the usual story for a female who drinks too much – she must be easy. Either that or she is the one who throws up everywhere. Either way, not a great way to be known.
No one is saying not to have fun, and if you are old enough and want to have a drink, great. Moderation. Simple as that.

3) Study, Study, Study
It’s a given that you will have to study, duh, it’s school! But even if you are not sure of your major, just getting by will make it harder for your coming years. Freshman are still finding themselves, some don’t necessarily have a major yet which is fine; however, in order to stay focused, you want to do well no matter what the class is. The harder you study, the better you will do and the easier your other college years will be.
You can still have fun. You have to, otherwise it’s not worth it, but make sure you carve out time for things whether it be a job, a sport, a club, a talent etc….Make yourself a schedule each week. For many people, having a calendar to look at can be very helpful.

Good luck and congratulations on your college career!

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12 Ways to Bond with Your Newborn

They say that not every new mom or dad immediately bonds with their newborn when they come into the world. And although that may be true in some instances, there are ways that you can show your newborn that you love them and you’re glad to have them here. Whether you fell in love at first sight, or are still ‘feeling out’ life with a new baby, here are 12 simple ways you can bond with your newborn today.

1. Become a close talker

We laughed when we saw it on Seinfeld, but in real life, this is a great way to bond with your newborn. It’s said that newborns don’t have very good eyesight, so getting up close to your baby’s face and speaking gently to them can help the bonding experience.

2. Cheek to cheek…

Or skin to skin, is more like it. A newborn’s most sensitive part just after birth is it’s skin, so having skin to skin contact with your baby is also a great way to bond. In fact, many hospitals are now encouraging new moms to hold their babies to their bare chest in the moments just after birth in order to help the baby warm up and feel secure, while allowing you to bond with him. You can also do this at home by making sure neither of you has a shirt on, and cuddle him onto your chest and drape a blanket on you both (so as to keep your baby’s back warm as well).

3. Feeding

Considering that newborns will eat often at first (usually anywhere from every hour to every three hours), it can seem like a lot of time is spent giving a bottle or breastfeeding. Take advantage of these quiet moments and look down into your baby’s face while they’re eating. You can also stroke their face gently at this time. They say that feeding time is a time when newborns are most aware, especially of who is giving them that need. Keep in mind that if you’re breastfeeding, pumping bottles for later not only helps Dad get in on the bonding, but also allows him to get up in the middle of the night and lets you get some extra sleep!

4. Dancing

The right music can relax anyone, so why not put on some tunes and sway around with your baby in your arms? A personal favorite in the first months of my daughter’s life was some Jason Mraz, and “dancing” with her really helped not only with bonding, but also with stress reduction.

5. Tickling

Using a playful and quiet tone, tease your baby while tickling them in the usual “easy” spots, like the bottoms of their feet, under the arms, the neck, etc. The playful touch can help you bond with baby, and also might induce an early smile! Just watch for cues as to when baby’s had enough.

6. Singing and talking

Maybe you’d feel silly singing and talking out loud to your baby when they don’t understand you or can’t even answer in any way. But by singing or talking to your baby, you’re bonding with them and showing attention. It can be as simple as singing along to the radio, or telling them about what you’re doing. You can say things like, “Look! Mommy’s changing your diaper right now” or “Wow, Daddy just loves your cute little tummy”. But constant conversation with baby, as one-sided as it seems at first, will make baby feel closer to you and also teach them the mechanics of conversation early on.

7. Bath time

Although some babies may not like bath time, most babies enjoy it. This can be a great time for you to bond with your baby. A newborn may be too young yet to splash around and play with toys, but you can certainly add an element of fun by making fun noises as you run water from a cup over your baby’s hands, feet, etc. Or just tell your baby about your day while bathing them, so you’re having a conversation while doing something relaxing.

8. Smile

It sounds simple, but just smiling at your newborn can do quite a bit. Their eyesight gets stronger every day, and your smiles at baby may very well help induce them right back at you! Also, just the act of smiling can help you feel happier, and that leads me to number 9….

9. Relax your mood

Babies are a lot like animals at first….it’s very easy for them to feel what you’re feeling. So keeping this in mind, it makes sense that when you’re upset, stressed, or frustrating, newborns seem to cry or fuss more. But if you smile, talk in a sing-song voice, and just relax overall, your baby can feel that, too.

10. Make diaper time special

I don’t think anyone actually enjoys changing dirty diapers, but since we’re resigned to having to do so, why not seize the moment and take the time to bond with your newborn? Personally, my daughter has always loved the diaper changing table, and I honestly believe it was a combination of good vantage point (she sits higher, which enables her to see more of Mom and Dad), and my singing and talking to her. You could also hand your baby some toys or play peek-a-boo with their diaper to make the time fun.

11. Blankets

When I had my baby shower, I couldn’t believe the amount of blankets I received and wondered what I’d ever do with all them. But as it turns out, using a blanket is really an excellent way to bond with your newborn, so I keep a few in each room of the house. The act of swaddling your baby can improve their mood greatly and reduce a lot of stress and fussing. As your baby gets older, just the act of wrapping them in a blanket and holding them close for cuddle time can also help release those lovey-dovey feelings.

12. Massage

Quite possibly the most important way to bond with your newborn, massage is an easy skill to master. Keep it simple and just use some baby lotion and massage them during diaper changes, bath time, after a nap, etc. It’s something you should be doing anyway, as a newborn’s skin tends to dry out very easily and quickly in their first few months of life. Use gentle touch and massage in circles on legs, arms, back and tummy. You can also point out each part as you do so to your baby. And taking the time to marvel at this little person’s parts and knowing that you helped to create that will help you feel closer to baby, too.

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1-2-3 Travel Planner: New York City

Bustling New York City is a wonderful place for a weekend getaway. With so many hotel choices, places to eat and things to do, how will you ever decide? We’ve done all the leg work for you. We give you a game plan for a wonderful weekend in New York City. One hotel, two dining choices and three activities.

When in New York stay at the Library Hotel New York.
The Library Hotel New York is a wonderful boutique hotel surrounded by many of the city’s favorite attractions and landmark. The quaint Library Hotel has a welcoming ambiance with impeccable service. Your stay will be one of the best travel experiences you’ve ever had. Guest will be treated to amenities such as: flat panel television; down blankets; Egyptian cotton linens; Thymes Azur toiletries; and complimentary European-style breakfast buffet. The hotel offers many specials and packages suitable for the ideal getaway.

Library Hotel New York
299 Madison Avenue & E 41st St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 983-4500

When in New York eat at the Shake Shack.
If you’re craving a really good burger (and we mean really, really good), you must go to the Shake Shack. The ShackBurger is made from the freshest ingredients, ground and hand-formed daily. This burger is complemented by a potato bun, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes and American cheese. This is the best burger you will find in New York City.

Upper West Side Location
366 Columbus Ave
(between 77th St & 78th St)
New York, NY 10024
(646) 747-8770

Madison Square Park
E 23rd St & Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600

Another location is at Citi Field (home of the New York Mets). Two locations opening soon will be in the Theater District as well as the Upper East Side.

When in New York eat at Serendipty 3.
Sure you’ve seen the restaurant in the movie Serendipity but this place is a New York landmark. Serendipity was founded in the 1950s and is well known for their amazing desserts, especially the Frozen Hot Chocolate (my personal favorite). The place gets super crowded (waits can be up to two hours), so try to go during non-peak times (avoid at all costs during the holidays). But, believe me, the wait is worth it. Enjoy the people watching while you’re there. Serendipity 3 has a fairly extensive menu but definitely leave room for dessert.

Serendipity 3
225 East 60th Street
between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
New York, NY 10022

When in New York book an Accomplice experience.
“Part game, part theater, and part tour.” See New York City like never before. Accomplice productions takes you on a scavenger-type experience of New York City. You’ll get tidbits of information and clues that take you to various parts of the city. Along the way, you’ll meet cast members that enhance the experience, locations that you’d never visit, and a one-of-a-kind adventure. Ticket price is $65. For more information, go here.

When in New York go on a Food on Foot Tour.
When you travel, do you love trying the cuisine of the different cities you visit? Then this is the perfect tour for you. Food on Foot Tours takes you to various locations throughout the city to experience the neighborhoods and the food you’ll find there. Food on Foot Tours offers these options: Food for Fans Baseball and Stadium tours; New York’s Waterfront Villages; International Express; NY over Noodles; World Famous Sweet Tooth Tour; Midtown Mix; and East Village Variety. Ticket prices start at $49 (watch for specials that drop the price to $35).

Food On Foot Tours
P.O. Box 444
Wheatley Heights, NY 11798
(631) 491-0326

When in New York go to the Ground Zero Museum Workshop.
The Ground Zero Museum Workshop features artifacts and photos from the recovery process at Ground Zero. It’s a very emotional, deeply thought-provoking experience. Located in the Meat Packing District, tickets for the museum cost $25 for a two hour experience.

420 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 209-3370

Can’t be any easier than that. We’ve done all the planning for a perfect New York getaway. All you have to do is book your reservations and have a great time.

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13 Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy

Knowing the signs and symptoms of pregnancy early is very important. When pregnant, your health is extremely important to not only you but also to the baby growing inside you. There are vitamins to take and habits to change, and the earlier you do this, the better for both of you.

Remember that the only way to know for sure you are pregnant is to visit the doctor, but most pregnancy tests can tell you with 99 percent accuracy. Knowing what signs to look for early in pregnancy can help you to know when the time is right to buy that pregnancy test and visit the doctor.

One thing to take into consideration is that every woman is different and might experience different symptoms. The intensity and duration of each symptom can be very different as well. Each pregnancy can be different. My two full-term pregnancies were completely different from one another.

1. Missed Period: Of course this is the most common and will almost always happen to each and every woman. It is possible to also have a period but it will usually be much lighter than normal. In rare cases, a woman may continue to have her period the entire pregnancy.

2. Breast Tenderness: This is one of those symptoms that don’t usually start until after your first missed period, but in some cases it can start sooner. The entire breast will become sore feeling and sensitive to the touch. Many times at night, when trying to go to sleep, breast tenderness is the most apparent in early stages of pregnancy.

3. Fatigue: If you begin feeling a tired more often or even exhausted, it can be a sign of pregnancy. Your body begins to go through so many changes during pregnancy, and it can take a toll on the body from the very beginning of the pregnancy.

4. Nausea and Vomiting: This is usually known as morning sickness, but it does not always happen in the morning. Some women seem to be more nauseated at night or in the afternoon, and for some women, it can be all day. The duration of morning sickness can also vary from woman to woman as well as from pregnancy to pregnancy.

5. Dizziness and Faint Feeling: Many things can make you feel faint or dizzy when you are pregnant, such as going up stairs, looking down from high places and standing for too long. What causes this is the uterus swelling, which compresses arteries in your legs, dropping your blood pressure and making you dizzy. If you wait too long to eat, you can feel dizzy and faint as well. Remember, your body is not only feeding and taking care of you anymore, and it has to work harder to accomplish this.

6. Food Weirdness: Now we have all heard of the craving of pickles and ice cream for pregnant woman, but the cravings experienced by many pregnant women are not always gross! I craved Lucky Charms with my first pregnancy and very large glasses of cold milk with my second. Many times, a food craving is a sign you might need something in that food, such as calcium from milk.

Craving foods is not the only food weirdness that can go on with pregnancies though. You might find that foods that don’t normally bother you and even some you enjoy will become very undesirable. I was not able to eat hamburger meat with both of my term pregnancies. No matter how bad I wanted that juicy hamburger, I could not do it.

7. Sensitivity to Smells: Many times you might become very sensitive to smells. Certain smells might make you feel sick or even make you feel lightheaded. Smells that you once enjoyed might make you want to gag when you are pregnant.

8. Heartburn: Heartburn is not a fun thing to experience, but in some pregnancies it is just going to happen. Any food you eat can cause heartburn, even for women who have never had heartburn. Click the word heartburn for some great ways to help heartburn during pregnancy.

9. Constipation: Constipation is a problem that just sometimes happens no matter what you do – like heartburn. Sometimes it just happens because of all the changes going on inside you. You can eat foods that are high in fiber to help this problem.

10. Mood Swings: It is very normal for you to feel all kinds of different emotions throughout your pregnancy, but sometimes you might just feel them all in one hour! Pregnancy causes so many changes in your body but also in your hormones, which will make a difference in your mood at times. This is much worse for some than others.

11. Vivid Dreams: Pregnancy can cause woman to have very vivid and “real” dreams.

12. Weight Loss / Weight Gain: We always think about weight gain as a pregnancy sign, but in the first trimester it is normal to lose a little weight for many. With my first pregnancy, I lost 12 pounds in the beginning.

13. Frequent Urination: This sign usually does not start until later in the pregnancy, but some women who seem to have sensitive bladders can start to have frequent urination very early in the pregnancy.

Please remember that each woman and each pregnancy is different. The only way to know for sure that you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test and visit your doctor.

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12 Ways to Use Coca-Cola Around the House

There are claims that Coca-Cola can be used in many ways around the house, but I’m going to list only 12 ways it can be used, and as usual, before I give you the ways in which coca cola can be used, I want to give you a little background history on how this famous drink got its start.

Coca-Cola History

The invention of Coca-Cola can be contributed to Dr. John S. Pemberton, who wanted to replicate an elixir made with coca and was named Vin Mariani. The doctor came up with a thick syrup made from sugar, water, kola nut extract and coca. After inventing this elixir, Pemberton sold it to a druggist by the name of Willis Venable who added carbonated water to mixture.

The formula passed through several owners before it was eventually purchased by someone named Asa G. Chandler. Mr. Chandler was the one to keep the formula a well guarded secret, and decided to trademark the name coca cola in 1893.

As you know, the beverage’s formula has only been changed once, and it turned out to be the worst decision the Coca-Cola company could have made. In 1985 Pepsi Cola was out-selling coca cola and this is why the formula was changed. But after 3 months of failure and pressure from the public, the company removed Coca Cola New from the shelves and replaced it with Coca Cola Classic.

Use On Grease Stained Clothes

If you ever have any clothes with grease stains, just add a can of coke to your wash, along with the detergent and it will remove the stains by loosening the stain so it can be removed by regular washing.

Use As A Meat Tenderizer

Add a pack of Italian dressing with a can of coca cola and marinade your steaks for 30 minutes before cooking. This makes your steak delicious and tender.

Use On Your Ham

Just pour a can of coke into the pan with the ham, wrap the ham in foil and bake. This makes your ham really moist.

Use For Nausea

If you ever find yourself having a bout of nausea, every hour take a teaspoon of coke that has gone flat. This will relieve your nausea.

Use In Your Toilet Bowl

Just pour a can of coca cola into your toilet bowl and leave if for about 1 hour. After 1 hour, just swish the bowl and flush. It is the citric acid that cleans the bowl of stains.

Use On Your Garage Floor

Any oil stains on your garage floor can be cleaned up by pouring a can of coke on it and leaving it for 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse it off.

Use On Rusted Bolts

Put a cloth soaked with coca cola over the rusted bolt and it will loosen the bolt enough so you can unscrew it.

Use On Slugs

If you have trouble with slugs in your garden or landscaping, just place a bowl of coke in the area
and the will be attracted to it instead of your garden. It is the citric acid in the drink that kills them.

Use On Car Batteries

When your car battery terminals become corroded, just pour coca cola over them, and brush with a tooth brush to remove the corrosion.

Use In Your Garden

Some flowers in your garden need acidic soil, and if you have any of these flowers that aren’t doing very well, try pouring coke around the soil to add the acid they need, and your flowers should recover.

Use On Your Car Chrome

Take a piece of foil that has been crumpled and wet it with coke. Wipe it over your chrome to remove any rusted areas.

Use On Your Rib Roast

Make a delicious rib roast by marinating it in a can of coke, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and Italian dressing before cooking.

Coca Cola Ingredients

High fructose or sucrose corn syrup, carbonated water, caramel color, caffeine, lemon oil, phosphoric acid, glycerin, orange oil, lime oil, vanilla extract, nutmeg oil, cassia oil, kola and coca

More Coca Cola History

Some more interesting facts about the history of Coca-Cola is that in 1919, the coca cola company went public, and you could have purchased one share of Coca-Cola stock for about $40 dollars. If someone in your family had purchased just one share, in 1994 it would have been worth $118,192.76

One more fact is that if you take all the coca cola that has been produced, and place it in regular bottles, then place these bottles in a line that is end-to-end, they could make 1,045 round trips to the moon, which equals to be a round trip, once a day for the next 2 years, 10 months and 11 days.



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12 Weekend Home Improvement Projects

When it comes to your home, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Instead of tackling one huge home improvement project that will take months to complete, opt for taking on several smaller weekend home improvement projects. You’ll see fast results and get an instant feeling of gratification. Simple DIY projects, like the ones listed below, are inexpensive and quick to complete. So, keep your calendar event-free and schedule in a little time for these weekend home improvement projects.

Select a few of these weekend home improvement projects and get busy!

Repair driveway cracks — Take advantage of the warm weather by getting outside for your weekend home improvement projects. Buy some inexpensive concrete caulk and repair small cracks in the driveway or sidewalk.

Clean those gutters — Weekend home improvement projects don’t have to cost a penny. Grab a ladder and get outside and clean the gutters. You’ll be glad you did it before cold weather hits.

Paint — Paint is one of the most inexpensive home improvement projects there is. For less than $20, you can totally refresh any room in the house. The best part is that you can have the job completed in one weekend.

Unclog a stopped-up drain — If you’ve been putting off unclogging the drain because you don’t want to deal with the chemicals, try this inexpensive chemical-free alternative. It’ll take less than 10 minutes!

Replace an old mailbox — If your mailbox is beyond repair, you can replace it with a new one for around $20. Simple DIY projects like this one are few and far between.

Repaint outdoor furniture – Weekend home improvement projects don’t have to be done indoors! Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather and repaint your outdoor furniture. Wash it, sand it, and repaint it for a quick new look. Other than sandpaper and a can of spray paint, you shouldn’t incur any other fees.

Organize your closet — Still holding onto your high school graduation outfit? Throw it out, and use these professional closet organization tips to maximize your closet space.

Change smoke detector batteries — Regularly checking and changing your smoke detector batteries could save your life. Don’t put off this simple DIY project. If you have a carbon-monoxide detector or radon detector, change those batteries too!

Install a flush converter in your toilet — This is a weekend home improvement project that requires NO TOOLS! Just drop it in the toilet tank to reduce water waste and cut back on your water bill. Learn more about this DIY project here.

Trim hedges — Lather on the sunscreen and get outside to trim the hedges. Not only will it make the hedges look neat and orderly, it will help promote new growth and make the hedges fuller.

Remove old wallpaper — Outdated wallpaper can make a room look old and depressing. Update your look by removing it quickly and effectively. It can be removed in one weekend, providing you use the proper technique. Tackle this weekend home improvement project by using these easy wallpaper removal techniques.

Install pull-out kitchen shelves — Maximize your kitchen space by installing pull-out shelves. This is a DIY project for that is best completed by someone with a little experience, but it can be done in a day. Learn more about how to install pull-out shelves. You will LOVE how they keep your cabinets organized.

This list of weekend home improvement projects is not just for men! Ladies, you can do a lot of these DIY projects yourself. Don’t be afraid to try something new; you may just surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.

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123RF.com - Earn Money, Earn Bonus Points and Download Free Images

123RF.com provides royalty free and free royalty free images on line for you to use in a variety of clearly identified ways including as images to enhance the AC content that you write. What makes 123RF.com even better is that they offer monetary incentives and Bonus Points to patrons as thanks for your loyalty. You can earn money and things from them three different ways.

Of course and best way is to submit your professional, top-quality photographs for sale through 123RF.com who receive a percentage of each while the photographer also receives a percentage. Check the Web site for all pertinent details. The photos sold through 123RF.com are all of the highest caliber; I can always find something wonderful. Photographers are encouraged to boost their sales by donating some of their photos as free downloads, and the strategy must work very well because there are always around 1,000 free royalty free photos to download.

If you are a photographer and wish to donate and/or sell your beautiful, high quality photos on 123RF.com, there are two easy ways to upload your images. The first is the traditional means. First you register, then you login initially using the password sent to you in the confirmation e-mail. Then click PHOTOGRAPHERS on the top navigation bar. After reading and agreeing to all their terms and policies, click “I Agree” and you’ll be taken to an page that displays your upload history and provides a link to a page that gives you upload options, like Web Form Uploader, Java Image Uploader, etc. Make your choice then follow all the remaining prompts. A new option called Photo Uploader is designed to make uploading easier for Windows XP users.

Any photographer who wishes to donate photographs may do so and, as I said, are encouraged to so to boost sales. A donation link can be found on the Home page of 123RF.com in the bottom right corner just below the “Browse all free images” link. You will be taken to an internal page that allows you to type in a file number or file name of an image that you have already uploaded to your 123RF.com image inventory, a process explained above. These donations provide the free royalty free images that we AC content writers can download for free to enhance our AC content.

The second way to earn money at 123RF.com is through referrals. When you register with the Web site you are automatically issued an affiliate URL like this one: 123rf.com/srckplh. After registering, to find your affiliate URL link simply login and when your account is acknowledged by the site click MAKE MONEY on the top navigation bar. You will be taken to a page explaining everything and, at the very top of the page under (1) (2) (3), you will find your own assigned affiliate URL link. The page will tell you everything you need to know about using it and give you suggestions about where to use it.

You may also refer photographers by using the same affiliate URL link. Encourage all your friend who are top-quality photographers to use your URL to register with 123RF.com and to donate and sell their beautiful photographs.

The third earning option at 123RF.com is to earn Bonus Points bestow for purchases of Credits or Subscriptions that you yourself make. Every purchase you make accrues Bonus Points to you, granted, must accumulate many points before you can trade-in Points. Your accumulated Bonus Points can be used on purchases of technological devices. For example, with 400 Bonus Points (60 Download Credits) you can get a Laser Mouse and for 700 Bonus Points (90 Download Credits) you can get an iPod Shuffle. True, this is not the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, but if you write AC content and make a steady stream of small purchases, you will be rewarded for it in the end. That’s nice I think.

Finally, 123RF.com features a photographer news column called HEAR IT! that offers interviews with successful and interesting photographers who talk about their work and technique. Another page accessible through the MASTER IT! link tells contributors all about submission guidelines. There is also a 123RF.com blog that keeps members apprised of new improvements and features. There is also a forum in which registered members can exchange ideas, questions and answers, tips and complaints. 123RF.com gives freelance writers a wonderful opportunity to enhance what they write with beautiful images that are free or inexpensively purchasable. And it offers a chance to earn a little bit extra through an affiliate referral system and through Bonus Points. Check out 123RF.com today.

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