Thinking Outside The Baby Shower Gift Box

Baby Showers are thrown to "shower gifts" upon the mother to be. Adding a baby to the family requires adding a lot of new inventory to the medicine cabinet and food pantry. It also means you have to fill dresser drawers and changing tables with the many supplies that will be used in the care of the new baby.

The new baby will likely receive all sorts of baby bottles and tiny little one piece outfits with cute pictures on them. There will be bottle upon bottle of lotions and soaps to keep the new arrival smelling fresh and sweet. Then there will be the tiny socks in the soft pastel colors to make those little baby feet nice and warm.

Stop just for a moment, if you will, and think about mom. While I am sure that mom will be 100% grateful for all of the above-mentioned shower gifts, these gifts are technically for the baby and not for mom. It is time to think outside of the baby shower box and remember mom.

Mom's bath time will now be cut by 80% (note: not a scientifically proven number) with the new addition so how about helping her enjoy that little time she does have by giving her a bath set of her own. She would love to have some bath salts and oils for the tub. When she gets out of the tub she would relish being able to enjoy some fresh body lotion that was in her favorite scent. Oh, that most comfortable feeling she could have been wrapped in a plush soft new bath towel after her relaxing bath.

Adult only time will be a precious commodity that will have a 97.8% reduction after the arrival of the new baby (note: once again not a scientifically proven number). You could have the one that helps the new mom enjoy this time the most by giving her a gift of a new set of wine glasses or cocktail glasses.

Kitchen help would also be a wonderful gift for the new mom. More than likely the time mom has to spend in the kitchen will not be reduced. In fact, there is a good chance that mom will have to spend and even greater amount of time in the kitchen. Why do not you be the one to help her here? There are many outstanding baby shower gifts that could make kitchen time a breeze. A well-made cutlery set could save mom time and energy. There are a plethora of small kitchen appliances that can make mom's life easier. Coffee makers, food processors, blenders, kitchen tool sets. The ideas are almost limitless

I have supplied you with some unscientific numbers just to prove another fact that very well may be scientifically backed up. 1000% is the increase in enjoyment that the new mom will get from baby shower gifts that are for her to enjoy in her new, limited mommy time. I do not want you to forget …

How Do You Define What a Good Mailing List Is? Part 1

Part 1

Many people worry about mailing lists, but you need to remember; with mailing lists is it not hard. There are a whole bunch of them to choose from. It truly depends on what you want to target. Say you are looking for pretty houses. And for the sake of argument let's say you are looking in the medium price range.

Here is some information for you. Know that 72% of the foreclosures in America Happen the first year of ownership. That is correct!

Did you really know that in the first two years of ownership and a large percentage (72%) of foreclosures happened in the first year? So homes where people have been in them for three or four years may or may not be as good as target as the people who have been in them less than a year. And you know there is a tunnel list you can get.

Do not forget about the military. Military is a good list for you to rent. Military homeowners are an easy list. Any list company can give you that. They are transient and they have to move. You will not get a lot of equity in them but it is easy equity. Be careful dealing with the military though make sure that the person that is in the military is not deployed and you are buying the house without an attorney involved. They have laws on that you know! Frankly if you are mailing out the yellow letter, it can be as simple as targeting the area where you want to do business knowing you are going to get a lot of calls and most of them are going to be wasted. But that is okay … you are only looking for the handy that pass through the screening.

You also would at least probably want to mail to people. You know, you could do a carrier route but that is cheap, you do not even have to buy stamps. I just would mail to the whole zip code if I was going to a carrier route.

You can spend the next two days creating lists, but you still would not get to the bottom of it. It really comes down to you having to decide … pick a couple three lists you want to mail to and try it, and see what is working the best and continue doing that. You are going to picking lists for quite awhile until you find out the ones that are most productive for you!

In part 2 we are going to dig deeper with lists. Get ready! …

The Color Purple by Alice Walker: A Short Summary

In this poignant epistolary novel that relates the story of two sisters Celie and Nettie, Alice Walker condemns racial and sexual oppression and severely criticizes the brutality that victimized the black women especially in the South. This is an extraordinary tale, painful and uncomfortable that plays out over two decades of Celie’s life through her letters beginning at age 14, when she is sexually abused by her stepfather, who later removes her children.

Celie’s real nightmare begins with her marriage to Albert, who rather needs a servant than a wife to take care of his four children, look after his house, and work in his fields but Celie is happy to marry him to save her younger sister Nettie from her father’s clutches. However the latter constrained to leave for refusing the sexual advances of her sister’s husband goes to Africa as a missionary after promising to write to Celie. With this painful separation and a complete silence from Nettie, her life worsens and Celie begins writing to God; a correspondence without any hope of reply but yet these missives save her from despair… She continues addressing to “Dear Good Lord” and relates her miserable condition, describing the nightmare of the violence and isolation but also hope, when her husband brings home his mistress Shug Avery for Celie to nurse her back to health.

This girl unlike Celie is sexy and independent and with Shug she discovers the mystery of Nettie’s silence for her husband has been hiding her sister’s letters in a locked trunk and finding them unlocks a new world to her. With the sensual Shug Avery, Celie familiarizes with her body, learns self-esteem and also love; realizing the full extent of the abuses suffered from her husband also gives her the strength to start a new life with Shug. Her sister’s letters completely transform her when she learns that her father was not actually her biological parent and her childhood house actually belonged to her and Nettie since their mother passed away.

These letters also reveal that her sister Nettie is living with a Reverend who has adopted her two children and several decades later, when they return the sisters at last have a blissful reunion. In this excellent novel, the author uses the themes of violence and sexual abuse to a stunning effect and the development of the main character Celie, displays her transformation from an unhappy, miserable person into a happy, successful, independent woman.…

Yes, You Can Afford a Food Storage Plan

So you think you can’t afford to have food storage and still feed your family on a day-to-day basis. Well, you can – and I’m going to tell you how to do it.

Start with an inventory of your cupboards and pantry.

Take a notepad and write general headings such as “canned goods, meats, frozen foods, and dairy products. Jot down the names of items and how many of each you have on the shelves.

Plan your menus for the week using only the foods you have in your house.

Pretend that there is no way for you to get to the store until payday. I bet you would be surprised to discover that you can usually gather up supplies for several meals. Try to create enough simple meals to last until the following payday, even if you have to eat the same thing several times.

Now assess your basic needs.

You’ll find there are some meals you could make if you only had this or that item. Begin a “needs” list and add these things to it. Also list other must-have items; the things you cannot do without until next payday, like milk, formula, bread, etc. Be sure to include as needs only those items necessary to nutritiously feed your family and don’t forget nonfood items. When your list of needs is complete, estimate the cost of each item and add the prices together for an estimated total.

Okay, it’s payday. Here’s what you will do.

Write down the amount of your paycheck. Subtract all of your bills and other obligations, like rent/mortgage, utilities, insurance, bus fare, car payments, etc. Also, deduct the out-of-the-ordinary but necessary expenses for this pay period, like birthday presents, school pictures, haircuts, etc. When all these fixed expenses are subtracted, what remains is your grocery budget.. (Stop crying and keep reading.)

Take the estimated total from your assessment chart and subtract your grocery budget. The remaining amount is what you can spend on adding to your food storage. Don’t be discouraged if this amount is small. Even a few dollars will get you started. If your finances are so tight that having an amount left over each payday seems impossible, consider this option: Set aside an amount, however small, from each paycheck as if it were another bill. Use this amount as your food storage amount. If this amount is too small to even buy anything, save it up until the amount is larger.

So now you have added a few items to your food storage and it’s payday again.

For the next paycheck (and all paychecks from this point forward), follow the formula you used on the first payday. If you are careful in planning and preparing your menus, you may notice an increase in your food storage amount each payday. But don’t be discouraged if it’s nothing or really small; sometimes it takes several pay periods before you see progress.

Save money on groceries.

To save money on groceries every time you …

Keep Your Home Clean and Dirt-Free – Hire Professional Cleaning Services

For a lot of people, professional home cleaning service is a mere luxury, which they can easily go without. Although you must spend a little for appointing home clean-up agencies, the benefits of doing so generally outweigh the fiscal outlay. Although you can always do these household chores on your own, we generally lack the essential skills and time to complete the task to perfection. Besides leaving you stressed and exhausted at the end of the day, there are also chances of potential damage.

On the other hand, an expert clean-up agency provides you with valuable services, which you can easily rely upon. Besides saving you a lot of time and energy, they help you in enjoying a clean and healthy environment. When you return home from work, it feels great to enter a place that's clean and fragrant. Due to these reasons, a lot of homeowners as well as business overseers choose professional property cleaning services.

When looking for these service providers, you'll come across many options in the market, offering different types of services to their prospective customers. Neverheless, not all of them have the skills and dexterity to meet your level of expectation. There are many companies that promise top-notch services, but fail to keep their words. Naturally, it only makes sense to stay away from such deceitful activities. Here are a few vital things that you must consider when choosing a home cleaning company.

When you opt for professional house cleaning services, you'll notice that they follow a special way of cleaning your property. Beside, they also offer a range of services like office cleaning, domestic cleaning, carpet cleaning and also end-of-lease cleaning. Before beginning with the cleaning process, the agency must give you details on their cleaning set-ups as well as fee estimation. This should help you in settling on the service that you need for your house. Moreover, when choosing a clean-up agency, it's important to check whether they have a system that assures quality services.

Before proceeding with the cleaning method, it's advisable to know about a few important things, chiefly because you own the property. This way, you make sure that they complete the task more quickly and efficiently. The agreement must entail all the cleaning services and systems offered by the company. This way, it'll be easier for you to avoid any future hassle. As a general rule of the thumb, consider appointing an agency with good name and reputation in the market. Although there are many agencies that make tall commitments to their clients, only a few of them really keep their words. So, stay cautious and make a sensible choice. …

Agora Model – How to Apply a $300 Million Marketing Plan to Your Business and Make a Fortune

The Agora model for internet business started out as an experiment 10 years ago. Agora publishing company based in Baltimore Maryland developed the model. The model has helped Agora to grow into one of the largest online newsletter publishers in the world.

What exactly is the Agora Model internet Business?

The Agora internet business model works by using direct response marketing principles to sell information products online. The winning formula is tested and applied to other niches. It is a hybrid franchise business spinning off profitable businesses based on proven business tactics.

The model proved successful creating a 300 million dollars internet-marketing business in the process.

Why use the Agora Model?

There are two main benefits to using the model: the first is you are able to market your products online. When you market your business online

  • You can sell at high profit margins because your cost of production is low
  • You can work from any location and time zone
  • You can start your business with as low as $1000

The second benefit is you can become an info publisher. Information products are niche products. Because…

  • They have high perceived value (webinars, online courses, home study courses, boot camps)… so you can charge high prices
  • Your cost of production is low, because you can outsource most of your staffing cost( ghostwriters, graphic designers).
  • Your cost of delivery is low to zero ( you are sending electrons via email)
  • Your customers get instant delivery.
  • You can have your sales department on autopilot

If you are like me,who believes in starting business the smart way-low risk highly profitable-then the agora model is for you.

The 3 keys to success in the Agora Model internet business

  • Drive traffic to your website
  • Capture visitor information (lead capture)
  • Follow up with email marketing and make sales.

Let us look at the 3 aspects of this business model in details….

The first step in the Agora model is to drive traffic to your website. You can drive traffic to your website by; blogging, co-registration leads, search engine optimization, joint venture deals, Pay-per-click Advertising, newsletter advertising and article marketing. Some of the above-mentioned ways are free and others will cost you money.

The bottom-line is you want to have prospects and visitors coming to your website as soon as possible.

When you start getting traffic to your website, you are able go to the next step in the Agora model….

To capture your website visitor contact information and build your list in the process.

You do so by persuading your visitors to sign up to your free ezine.

The key to success here is….you need to understand copy writing.

Copywriting is the art of writing so your customers make the decision to buy from you.

This step is the most important step in the agora internet model

The axiom copy is king applies…when you have know how to get to the right prospects…because with copy converting the right prospect to… buy from you is easy.

Why is

How To Prepare and Install a Deadbolt

Adding extra security to your home by installing a deadbolt is an easy, inexpensive project that can be done in less than a day. Deadbolts come in several different finishes so you should be able to find one that matches or comes very close to your existing hardware finish.

Deadbolts can be purchased as keyed on both sides or keyed on the outside and a thumbturn latch on the other inside. The latter being the most common for residential use.You will need a 2 1/8 "hole saw that fits into a drill to make the hole needed for the new deadbolt, as well as a 7/8" wood boring bit that makes the Hole for the striker latch. These are also commonly known as "spade" bits or "butterfly" bits. They can be found at any home improvement store for about $ 20 combined.

The first thing you will want to do when you have your deadbolt is locate where you want to place it on the door. Usually they are just above the existing door knob, about six inches center to center but you can go slightly more or less to suit your set up or if there is a window in the door that will interfere. Make sure the deadbolt will not interfere with the storm door handle if you have one. Most of the time, it does not stick out far enough to cause a problem.

Measure in from the edge of the door whatever the "setback" is on the existing knob. The setback is the distance from the edge of the door to the centerline of the door knob or deadbolt. This is usually 2 3/4 "Older doors can be 2 3/8". Carry the line across to the edge of the door and mark a line across the edge. Start drilling your 2 1/8 "hole with the hole saw going slowly to begin.

Once you are through the metal skin, keep going through the wood core and partly through the other side with the guide bit. Finish by drilling from the other side so as not to make a rough edge by drilling it all from one side. Measure the centerline on the edge of the door where you transported the line across earlier. This is where you will use the 7/8 "bit and drill through until you get to the larger hole. A 1/2 "or 3/4" chisel.

You are now ready to install the new deadbolt. Place the latch in first and then the deadbolt. It may be necessary to partially extend the bolt to line up the screw holes and guide pin when placing the two sides together. Once together, insert the screws and do not tighten just yet. Put the screws in the latch and tighten those, then go back and finish tightening the other screws. Complete the process by locating the position of the strike plate on the door jamb. Do this by extending the bolt against the jamb and marking with a pencil …

Lavish And Elegant Italian Bistro

Italian cuisine is truly loved the world over. From mouthwatering lasagna and spaghetti to scrumptious manicotti and pizza, there are so many delicious dishes available. These platters are cooked to perfection by some of the top chefs in the world, and they truly capture the allure and essence of the old country. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner with family and friends, there is simply something for everyone when it comes to this wonderful and popular food.

The Italians are also masters when it comes to pastries and confectioner items. In fact, the canola continues to be one of their most adored and loved desserts across the world. There is also ice cream, along with cakes, pies and so much more. Each dessert is made with wholesome products that will definitely dazzle your taste buds.

Many restaurants also offer convenient outdoor seating with lavish and elegant decor. In fact, many themes capture the spirit of great Italian cities, including Venice and Florence. There are even outdoor caf├ęs and restaurants that feature choice Sicilian and Sardinian seafood dishes. From linguini and shrimp scampi to the finest selection of wines and spirits, there is nothing like dining at an Italiano ristorante.

Pizza is made from brick stone ovens and always piping hot. Personal pies are also available at restaurants, and are part of adult and children's menus. Sicilian slices are a bit thicker and usually have heavier crusters as well. These are made to perfection and great for carry out, inside dining, or even lunch and dinner buffets.

There is always a wide array of dishes available. This includes minestrone, which is simmered to perfection and served with scrumptious bread sticks and Mediterranean style salads. Calamari is another favorite that countless people enjoy across the globe. In a nutshell, Italian venues offer the best dishes and appetizers from back home. They also feature continental cuisine for those that do not like cheesy dishes or platters.

Whether for corporate lunches, family get together, or birthday parties, local restaurants feature convenient banquet and dining halls for all occasions. There is usually classical music playing, along with soft tunes to really set the mood. They say Italian is also the language of romance, so what better place to spend quality time with your loved one then in a fine and exquisite restaurant.

Take out items are prepared with true tact and precision. They are also kept hot until you pick up your order or it is delivered. From spaghetti and meatballs to fried clams and even sausage and peppers, each spoonful is guaranteed to melt in your mouth. This is why so many people love foods from Italy, and especially the convenience of having these meals delivered to your home or office. From fine restaurants to local pizza parlors with signature dishes, the choice is simply unlimited. …

Bosch Power Tools

Ever since 1993, Bosch Power Tools has been the market leader in the power tools segment. Be it any tool in the metalworking, construction and woodworking industry, Bosch meets and fulfills the requirements of professional users with a complete range of power tools. It not only offers its users a comprehensive range of accessories, but also cordless tools and support for all its products.

All of Bosch’s products are uniquely crafted to deliver highest levels of performance with minimum energy consumption. With the introduction of Lithium Ion Technology, not only are Bosch’s products light in weight and compact, they are environment friendly. From industrial sectors like manufacturing, construction, automotive to home-interiors, Bosch offers the best solutions to include cutting, drilling, driving, polishing, grinding, sanding etc. With 350+ tools, its wide range includes cordless drill machines, range finders, screwdrivers, impact wrenches, surveying equipments and rotary hammers.

Bosch, for the very first time in India, has also recently introduced DIY (Do-it-yourself) tools for enthusiasts. To promote better healthy lifestyle, it has also launched gardening and home tools to get work around the house done in an efficient manner.

When it comes to drills, Bosch drills are the best selling in the world. There are numerous varieties of drills. Hammer drills and corded drills are the most commonly used products. All the drills come with a very sturdy, metal gear housing that protects the equipment for life. To ensure high-level work safety, Bosch drills come with an anti-rotation mechanical overload clutch and soft grip for a secure hold. Drill accessories can be easily changed without wasting time with its single-sleeve keyless chuck with auto-lock. For the user to get a secure hold of the equipment, new safety handle with innovative fixing has been introduced. In order to prevent table breaks, the drill comes with a ball grommet for high movement radius. It is engineered for excellence and greatest level of comfort.

Construction professionals always choose Bosch grinders when it comes to tough grinding applications. Not only are Bosch grinders designed for maximum power and precision, they are reliable and robust. There are many varieties of angle grinders when it comes to metal working such as large angle grinders, small angle grinders, polisher, straight grinder, shears and nibblers. Large angle grinders come with powerful motors and ensure outstanding sturdiness. It is low weight and excellent for handling. Small angle grinders come with Kickback Stop to ensure safety and restart protection. It is ideal for continuous use. From metal to dry stone, Bosch polisher achieves best results, is weightless and comfortable to work. In work in hard-to-reach areas, Bosch straight grinders are the best guaranteeing precise results. Shears are a must-have when it comes to metal plate cutting and circular cuts. Bosch nibblers are compact and are used to cut steel. It prevents material distortion and efficiently performs tight curved cuss at ease. Bosch also offers grinder accessories such as wire wheels, brushes, cup wheels and abrasives that are a perfect match for its trusted …

The Symbolic Meaning of the Earth Touching Buddha Statue

A mudra is a motion or gesture of the hands and body to express a feeling or thought. Buddhist meditation rituals are based on the use of mudras. One prominent mudra, is the Bhumisparsha mudra. Translated from Sanskrit it means ‘earth touching.’ The earth touching pose (or mudra) is most often seen in statues of Buddha and is also referred to as the earth witness mudra.

To perform this mudra, the hand is placed on the ground with all fingers touching and reaching toward the ground. The palm faces inward. It is symbolic of the moment when Buddha summoned the Earth goddess to witness his attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. For this reason, the pose is also known as ‘Summoning the Earth Goddess to Witness.’

Buddha statues in the earth touching mudra have the right arm resting on the right knee with the fingers of the hand extended downward. The statue shows the Buddha with his left hand resting in his lap with the palm skyward in the meditation mudra (dhyana mudra). The combination of mudras is intended to symbolize the union of wisdom and method, Nirvana and Samasra. Buddhist teachings tell the tale of how Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha, assumed the earth touching pose to resist against the temptations and distractions of the demon Mara who sought to lure the Buddha from his spiritual life.

Mara existed in many incarnations in Buddhist lore, from all powerful, evil creature to impish nuisance. This demon was a symbol of temptation who summoned beautiful temptresses to distract the Buddha from his spiritual journey much like the sirens of Greek Mythology

The second of the Five Great Buddhas (Five Dhyani Buddhas), Akshobhya, is depicted in the earth touching pose. Akshobhya is a manifestation of strength, confidence and determination and the use of the Bhumisparsha mudra is a reflection of that. The concept of the Five Great Buddhas was an evolution of the Buddhist theology. Initially only two existed, wisdom and compassion.

Akshobhya sits in the Eastern position and is thought to possess the mirror wisdom that converts anger to wisdom. He is associated with the element water, mirror-like itself and symbolic of Akshobhya’s ability to help people see things as they truly are.

The simple beauty of this mudra is a welcome reminder that temptation can be confronted by strength. A popular Asian decor accent, the earth touching Buddha statue can be a constant symbol of strength and resolve in the home.…