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Mamas Play Bejeweled!

In writing on October 24, 2008 at 6:32 pm

I know you have played Bejeweled. It is the classic gem swapping game from PopCap.

It has been scientifically proven to reduce stress in women, did you know that?

I did not. But I am not surprised.

I think I am about to learn so many more things about Bejeweled and PopCap. I have been invited to attend the huge Gala Event unveiling the super secret launch of a brand new popcap game Bejeweled Twist! 

You all may be able to join me there! Pocaps website will go down for six hours prior to the event. It will come back to life during a live webcast of the event!

See if you can spot me. Ill be the tall redhead looking thrilled to death!

Wow. Now this is cool…

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I got the same award TWICE in one day. How hard does that rock!

I’m sure you have seen it around the blogosphere; I Love Your Blog Award.

I received it from Billie at A peaceful Serenity and Sherriet at Wahm life.

I met those two through my Work at home Moms group at Cafemom.

They are both working moms who dedicate their time daily to helping others get a foothold in this crazy telecommuting world …just because.

I dig that about a person!

They share my passion for giving other moms a hand up. It is finding like minded women like that, half way across the country, that you can connect and network with to make a difference in someones life that really makes me grateful for the opportunities I have. The women are truly great women disguised as everyday gals taking care of the fam and anyone else that comes along. Superwomen come in all walks of life!

So, thanks to them I have received the award twice in one day.

 

Part of accepting the award is:
*displaying the award
*linking back to the person who gave it to you
*paying it forward & nominating 7 blogs
*adding links to those seven blogs
*leaving comments on their blog telling them you gave them an award
*enjoying the award

And so with no further ado…the 7 blogs I nominate are below. Have fun!

Snowflake Submerged  is a blog by a SAHM and Navy wife, Laurie or Snowflake as she’s come to be known, or Snow if you’ve known her for a minute and are lazy.  You’ll find funny, poignant and observant descriptions of everyday life with two daughters and a husband deployed.

The Chaos Mommy is another SAHM with a husband away. He’s in the Army, she’s on base with three kiddos and I am always amazed at her strength and courage (and Chaos). Go Peg!

My Crazy Life with 4 Kids Here you’ll find a lot of humor and love mixed in with good ol parenting. This gal cracks me up a lot and I love her pictures.

Whats Shakin’ with Jennifer is pieces of her family life and lots of awesome pictures.

Ramblings of a Texas Mom is Vanessa, a real Texas housewife who tells it how it is. You’ll find family life, recipes and honesty. Not necessarily in that order.

Mama Mentor is Cindi. Grandmother, ex business woman turned wahgm and she’s sharin’ strategy like nobodies business. You will find great tips for working at home mixed with homespun mom advice from a gal thats been there.

(Ok, I could only list 6- but I reeeeallly like them so that makes up for it)

Give Away News!

In give aways on October 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! I have the most huge give away planned for the Holiday Season for stressed out moms!

Stay tuned for more info!

The Way Back Machine

In Getting started wah on October 20, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I always get so nostalgic this time of year. Progressively so each year too. I think I must be getting old.

Today it was helpful however.

I was working on an article for a client about the city of Indianapolis. Its where I grew up. That’s one of the things I love about writing. I got to spend the day reading about my old home town; places Id been and loved and enjoyed. Ah…the good old days.

Something reminded me of how my mother used to sell Sarah Coventry jewelry. I had forgotten all about that. I would say that is the reason behind my passion for working at home but that isn’t true. My memories of that period are less than rosy.

I remember she paid about $100 bucks (which was a lot more money in the ’70’s than it is now!) and got a big pink case that tickled the crap out of me. It was full of sparkly jewelry in velvety bags and little mirrors and all kinds of pink and velvety girly stuff.

That whole deal worked out better for me than her. She did a few shows and gave up leaving me with the cool case and the sparklies. Awesome.

  She gave up because she had limited support. Back in the day there were no conference calls, training dvd’s or email support. You got your kit by mail and good luck to ya.

Now there are a million ways to succeed. Al the media venues we have now as well as ump-teen ways to communicate. So we should all succeed in a home business right?!

Wrong.

There are two things we need to succeed in a home business:

Adequate information

Determination.

If you sign on to a company and there is no support and no training – there is no hope. You have to have enough information to succeed.

Determination is imperative. You have to want to succeed at all costs. You must be voracious in your study of the training. Ask questions get out of your comfort zone until you have expanded it.

Owning a home business is not easy. Its not a license to print money. Its actually harder to work for yourself than anyone else. Be diligent, work hard. It can happen.

Crafty broads… gotta love ’em

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Years ago I found an ad in the back of a Cosmo for a directory of WAH companies for $35. I bought it. I look back on that now and it is a wonder I did not get ripped off. But this was 1992. I was green. It turned out well, however.

It was an actual directory and though some of the entries were outdated some were real. My first attempt at home business was putting together these bead hook earrings. Buy the kit for $10 and when you put the earrings together they buy them back for $30! Whoa! I could so do that with my toddler babying about sweetly at my feet.

I got the kit and figured out two things real fast. 1- it took about 10000 years to put together one set. It was extremely hard, especially for someone who had never done anything like it before. and 2- they don’t buy them back unless they are PERFECT. Perfect meaning not one tiny bead turned a dull side forward. Not one iota of wire showing. etc.

Yeah right.

I sat on the couch one afternoon as No1son played at my feet.

Right, everything according to plan.

He waited until I had everything unpacked and sitting on my little craft table so neatly. Tins of tiny beads and little hooks. Wire snips, little pliers CUTE! I’m a professional!

Then he toddled over an whammed his little fist on the table. Beads and hooks and scraps of my sanity flew all over the room.

Telecommuting Truth of this tale? If your able to do crafts at home and they are good, try selling them yourself to craft stores, online and brick and mortar. Sell at Etsy- the homemade crafty type ebay. It can be done. Do it.

How to Use Free Marketing Leads

In Getting started wah, home business overview on October 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Kay.

So you are a Mary Kay lady or you and Avon lady. Or maybe you sell Tupperware or candles or spa products. Or maybe you have your own business and sell diaper cakes or your a writer or a blogger or any number of things… WHATEVER it is your trying to draw attention to there is a free way to get it out there to LOTS of folks. Most imortantly to folks who want to see it!

That way is to use marketing leads and you can get them for free. You can pay for them too. But who wants to do that? You can get some good results with the free leads but it takes a little more work and generally more time. The paid leads get more results faster because they are most often extremly fresh i.e the person is sitting waiting patiently on the information that you have to give them and they are often extremly targeted i.e. the person is really looking for the very specific thing your talking about.

“Marketing leads” is a fancy way of saying a list of people who have opt’ed in their contact information in the hopes of receiveing information on a specific topic.

There are a few places to get free leads. These may be as old as 30 days and may not be complete so you’ll have to move fast.

Free Leads

Sales Genie will offer free leads ocasionally.

Make sure you have a compelling and informative sales letter to send out once you have your free leads. Your best bet is to send them out right away. Give the terms of your give away or product. Give phone numbers, websites, blog addys- everything someone would need to buy that product from you or rea your book or blog or enter your contest or what have you.

So good luck!

Halloween Marketing and Sweady Balls

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2008 at 4:11 pm

There was a great post on my group at Cafemom about Halloween marketing ideas. Handing out stuff to trick-or-treaters etc. and it really got me thinking about what a great time of year this is for marketing.

How many of you use your Mysapce for some kind of marketing? If we asked for a show of hands mine would go up. I use my myspace to get MOMS Club members and host families for exchange students. Having a cool, current, informative myspace page can garner you more business.

Which brings me to my next point. Do you ever listen to talk radio? I do not. Every time I do, especially if its a mom talk radio thing,  I get a vision of the Saturday Night Live skit with Alec Baldwin, Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon where the two women are radio show hosts and he is the owner of a bakery and brings along samples of his trademark do-nut “Sweady Balls.”  They oooh and ahhh over his delicious sweady balls and the delectable sweady ball sack. I roll every time.

And so, when a friend gave me a link to a talk radio program by two sisters I had to pass. She was insistent I check it out and Im glad I did. Once I got over the initial sweady balls giggle I realized the program was about how to “pimp” your social networking profile pages, like myspace all for Halloween. 

I like my page. Its pretty cool but these gals give very distinct directions on doing some really cool stuff and changing your page specifically for Halloween. They give websites to find unique layouts and codes to make it look just like you have in your head.

They talk about blogs and how to tweak and change css codes. Its cool to hear it in laymans terms and be able to do things that were frustrating me before!

So check it out and pimp that Halloween profile!

Happy Halloween

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2008 at 11:13 pm

Glitter Photos
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Worlds coolest cupcakes…

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm

I stumbled across the most awsome blog the other day just surfing around Twitter. Keeper of the Cheerioes is a fun mommy blog by Miranda, a mommy twice and a wife and Christian.

She has great recipes, give aways and crafts plus throws in some heartwarming tid bits on her kids and family that makes me feel like Im talking with my neighbor.

She has a great give way right now from Sweet Cuppin Cakes Bakery– A woman owned business!

She has tons of unique holiday items and cool bakery merchandise that really makes your stuff stand out at fund raisers and charity events.

How cool is that to own your own bakery and online bakery goods store? I would be so fat.

What makes it worth it

In Goals on October 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm

When something is important to you, you go the extra mile. You give it your all. You keep going even when you feel unappreciated. You keep doing what you have been doing even when you feel like you are the only one who cares. You keep doing it even if you feel taken advantage of and kicked when your down. All in the name of helping someone else, promoting a little good, paying it forward.

Helping moms work at home is like that for me. I have my reasons. Most of the time that is enough. However, every now and again its ever so nice to be appreciated.

So, when I logged onto the Cafemom group I own and found this post, I felt a little more satisified.
I helped someone. Ive given someone hope.

I am so grateful for that.