Archives for November 2010

Work At Home Grandmothers

 

Yes, you can be a grandmother and work from home. The sky is truly the limit with work at home ideas. Your skills could lead you to a work from home job or a home business, or both. Or…YOU can make money from home with no skills at all. It all depends on what YOU prefer or like to be doing. Your time is your own! Check out some of the opportunities that I personally do from home. Or, if you like, check out other opportunities like I have mentioned below.

 

I Personally Make Money With Some Of These Legit Opportunities =)

 

I carefully choose scam-free opportunities that YOU and I can make money with =)

Below Are 10 Trusted, Risk-Free Survey Sites

* – Swag Bucks
* – Paid Surveys At Home
* – Send Earnings
* – American Consumer Opinion
* – Global Test Market
* – Product Report Card
* – InBox Dollars
* – Hits4Pay
* – Paid View Point
* – Survey Spot

 

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Also there are a few companies that will train you on the job. However, the majority of the hiring online companies require specific skills.

 

Types Of Work At Home Jobs

 

Customer Service
Transcription Work
Virtual Assistant
Writer
Mystery Shopping
Copy Editor
Proofreader
Website Maintenance
Internet Marketer

 

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Types Of Work At Home Businesses

 

You can do anything you like for a home business. But please keep in mind for a business, it takes much longer to see profit. It takes time to build your credibility online and sell your services and/or products. It takes consistency, patience, and a lot of hard work. Below are a few types of home businesses.

 

Graphic Design
Website Development
Freelance or Ghostwriting
Marketing Mentor
Scrapbooking or any other type of crafting

 

 

You can also sign up to be a representative for companies such as, Watkins, Tupperware, Avon, and others.

 

The above home business suggestions are just a handful of ideas. You can of course do anything you set your mind to in order to make an income from home.

 

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Have An Awesome Thanksgiving Holiday

Hi to all, 🙂

By Megan Cooley About.com Guide.

I thought this was an excellent article and reminder, hope you enjoy 😉

Plan a Special Thanksgiving for Kids

Get kids excited about Thanksgiving by involving them in the party planning

When you think of celebrating Thanksgiving with kids, what image comes to mind? If your first thought is a group of bored cousins sitting at the kiddie table — that ubiquitous appendage to the real Thanksgiving feast — think again.

With proper planning, kids can have a ball on Thanksgiving.

For a Special Thanksgiving for Kids, Involve Them in the Preparations

Kids love to cook, and almost any recipe has steps children as young as 18 months old can handle. Let them sprinkle marshmallows on top of the candied yams. Show them how to mash potatoes. With some supervision, older kids could be put in charge of checking the turkey’s temperature every 30 minutes or so, and teenagers can prepare a side dish from start to finish.

Children also can be asked to set the table and decorate it, too. Have them make place cards ahead of time and gather items from the backyard for a nature-inspired tablescape.

The moments before dinner is served can be stressful for Thanksgiving hosts. It’s a tricky task to get everything on the table on time and at the right temperature. Plan some activities to occupy the children during that time, such as games led by an older cousin or a Thanksgiving-themed DVD, such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (compare prices) or another family-friendly Thanksgiving flick.

The kids also could use that time to prepare one final item for the table: scraps of paper and pens placed on each family member’s plate so everyone can write down the things for which they’re thankful. Once everyone shares their sentiments during dinner, have the children collect the slips of paper and store them in a special place year after year.

Make Meal-Time Kid Friendly

Tweens and teens certainly can be expected to sit through the entire Thanksgiving meal, but keep in mind that young kids -— on a purely developmental level -— simply cannot sit in one place for more than 10 minutes or so. Crayons and some Thanksgiving coloring pages might keep them longer, but set a realistic expectation before dinner starts of how long you would like them to dine with the family. Then, excuse them if they’ve made it past that point and are starting to squirm. They’ll be glad to be set free, and you won’t spend the rest of dinner gritting your teeth.

Everyone can be expected to help clean, even if a young child’s task is only carrying dirty napkins to the laundry room or wiping the table with a damp rag.

Create Family Traditions

Think of other traditions you can incorporate into Thanksgiving to make it fun, such as an annual game of tag football among neighbors or a morning “turkey trot” with the family. And help children learn the meaning of Thanksgiving by reading books about it during the days leading up to the holiday.

By Megan Cooley :: http://kidsparties.about.com/

Spend this special holiday with friends and family! 🙂

Life At Grandma’s House – Videos, Photos, and Christmas

Grandmother Experiences And So Much More!

Well I’ve survived the first (almost) 5 months of Grandmothering. What a journey it has been. Grandbabies take a little more than your rest, money, and time…they also consume your heart! And this one sure has, however, I must admit he accomplished that task the first time I saw him, just moments after he was born. Grandma IS attached!

Life at Grandma’s house has been a whirlwind of excitement, exhaustion, re-education (LOL), loaded diapers, christening Grandma (I’ve learned to change him really, really fast LOL), lots and lots of laundry, sanitized and re-sanitized bottles, instructions (from Mommy and Daddy of course), lullabies, ABC’s (yes, I sing them to him every day just about, one of Mommy’s instructions ), Christmas songs (I sing those too, LOL), check up calls (yes, 2 or 3 times per day LOL), spit up, crying, fussing, laughing, cooing, talking (well, still trying), playing, sleeping (nope, not so much), watching cartoons/TV (that has been limited), and LOTS AND LOTS OF LOVE!!!

Videos – I don’t have the videos yet, but I do however have the camera to take them, yes finally! So, they will be plentiful. 🙂 Grandma and Grandpa is just learning all the gadgets on the darn thing! It WILL be running Christmas.

Photos – The pics below say it all. Enjoy! 😀

Grandpa and Baby

In The Cradle In My Office, (he has grown out of it already!

In My Living Room On The Couch

Arriving One Morning In Snow Suit

Sleeping In Living Room – (workout bench and shoes in background)LOL

A Rare Moment For Sure!

With Mommy

In My Recliner

Grandpa’s Slugger

Mommy and Baby Sleeping

Family Togetherness!

Big Boy In Recliner Watching Cartoons..Love This One!

Boo Boo With Grandpa – I think the name will stick!

And Christmas –I can’t wait until Christmas morning when Grandbaby, Mommy and Daddy arrives! I know he won’t be opening gifts, but he will have fun sitting in the middle of all the boxes and paper! LOL

Sorry I have been missing….

So sorry to be absent for so long but things have been in an upheaval here the last while back. My hubby has been diagnosed with cancer and we have been running to doctors and having tests done etc. for a few weeks now. Tomorrow its back to the doctor again to see when the chemo treatments will begin. This is a lot of travelling as its all out of town visits. Hubby has been so sick that its taken me away from being online a lot so I am trying to slowly get caught up again.

I will try to get back in very soon. Sorry everyone. Have a great day.

“If you spend too much time working on …….

“If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses.”
Dan Sullivan

In life, each one of us is blessed with our own unique skill set, made up of strengths and weaknesses, yet for many of us, we spend way too much time working on our weaknesses instead of investing our time into building upon our God-given strengths and abilities.

Every one of us has a purpose in life, and the biggest waste of talent comes in trying to be something you’re not, in walking a path that takes you in a completely different direction to that which your heart and soul knows you’re meant to tread.

It’s not always an easy piece of advice to follow, because I know like many reading this, for a long I had no idea what my purpose was, but stay true to yourself, take time to listen to the quiet voice within and keep on building on your strengths and like myself with my writing and this EZINE, your purpose will be revealed to you when you least expect it.

Ask yourself today, ‘Am I investing my time trying to build strong weaknesses or am I investing it wisely in building upon my God-given strengths?’

Have an Outstanding Day!

Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit www.motivationinyourmailbox.com

Talking To Kids About Sex, Drugs & Alcohol

These are subjects you’ll want to talk about with your children before there is a problem. As a family, you can establish boundaries and consequences and come to a common understanding of what is acceptable.

Sex: According to Advocates for Youth, statistics indicate that children who talk to their parents about sex are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior, such as having sex without condoms. 70.6% of teens who reported they didn’t feel comfortable talking to their parents had sex by age 17-19. That compares to 57.9% of teens who reported a close relationship.

It’s true. Not talking to your children about sex isn’t that likely to keep them from doing it. But the opposite is also true. Talking to them about it, isn’t more likely to have them engaging in sexual activity. If it means having sexually active children behaving maturely, talking things out can only help keep our kids safer.

If you think your child is already having sex, chat with them about it. Don’t get angry, but approach it in a calm and reasonable manner. Talk to them about your experiences and be honest. If your child has a boyfriend/girlfriend and things seem to be getting serious, start the conversation if you haven’t already. Above all, make sure they are being safe.

Drugs & Alcohol: Many professionals agree that when parents talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol, those discussions are very likely to shape the child’s attitude about those subjects.

Before you talk to your kids – educate yourself. Check with your local school, library or even look online for the straight facts about drugs and alcohol. Simply telling your kids, “Drugs and alcohol are dangerous,” isn’t going to be as efficient as truly illustrating the very real dangers of substance abuse. Try not to lecture, listen to what your kids have to say and really talk about the issues.

As always, keep it casual. If you spend time with your teenagers and keep the lines of communication open, bringing up the subject is much easier.

Signs of Drug & Alcohol Use: Look out for these tell-tale signs that your child might be using drugs or alcohol:

Loss of interest in family and other usual activities.

— Not living up to responsibilities.
— Verbally or physical abusiveness.
— Coming home late.
— Increased dishonesty.
— Declining grades.
— Severe mood swings.

Big change in sleeping patterns..

Understand that a lot of the above signs, especially near the top of the list, could mean a multitude things. Teenagers who are depressed can act in similar ways. When approaching your child, don’t be accusatory. Try to connect with them and see what’s really happening in their lives.

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10 Ways To Reconnect With Your Family

You hear the complaints everyday from different people about how busy their lives are with work and after school activities. They never have any family time together because everybody is just so B-U-S-Y.

Rather than falling into the category of the “busy family who does not talk to each other,” simply take 30 minutes a day to reconnect with your family members. Here are some simple ideas you can use to form a family bond:

1. Turn off the television. Focus your full attention on your spouse or child. Having someone’s undivided attention will boost your self-esteem no matter what your age.

2. Take a walk down memory lane. Laughing at the old-style fashions in the photo albums is a fabulous way to relive funny moments or to honor a beloved relative who has passed away.

3. Worship together. Daily prayer brings joy to the soul, helps us become more compassionate toward others and helps us to understand that life is precious.

4. Prepare meals together. Teach your kids that “the kitchen is the heart of the home.” Let your older children plan the dinner menu once a week and assign each family member a job so everyone has a chance to help.

5. Eat dinner together. Sit together at the table with no other distractions and learn about everyone’s day. Approach these discussions with openness and you will likely learn about the important events in your child’s life.

6. Plan an adventure. Head off for parts unknown with a map, a picnic lunch and a full tank of gas. Laugh when you make a wrong turn and hand off the map to see if another sibling can find their way home.

7. Go on dates. Parents should plan regular “dates” with each child individually. Sharing one-on-one time with each child makes him or her feel like they don’t have to compete with a sibling in order to be heard.

8. Enjoy the great outdoors. Taking the dog for a walk or riding your bikes around the park will give your family extra time to talk as well as keep the family healthy. To keep the activities new and fresh, let each family member choose an activity.

9. Exercise together. Working toward a common health goal as a team is easier than tackling a large goal all by yourself. Many gyms offer family memberships and you can share your experiences and your successes along your way to good health.

10. Plan a family fun night at home. Entertainment and quality family fun does not have to cost anything. Pull out some dusty board games, teach the kids a new card game or have dinner and a movie.

As the old saying goes, take some time to smell the roses and put your family first. No activity should be placed above spending time with the family. What a shame it would be to raise a child to adulthood and yet not truly know that person.

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Work Life Balance – Help For Busy Moms

As a mom you probably go through times in your life when you think you can’t possibly manage work and taking proper care of your family. In fact, there are probably times when you feel you’re not doing a good job at one or the other or maybe even both. Don’t despair! There is help for you whether you work from home or outside of the home, your family is large or small or you have other commitments like volunteer work.

Time Management – Knowing where and how you spend your time is key to balancing your life. Start by keeping a calendar of all your activities. You can do this online, on a paper calendar or in a journal. Track everything from showering, exercise, meal preparation, driving time, and so on. You will probably see areas where you can cut some time out by doing certain activities while you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or riding in the car. There are lots of useful ways to spend idle time and you can figure those out as you fill out your calendar or journal.

Set Priorities – As women we often have a hard time saying “no” because it is in our nature to help others and want to be useful. However, you must know when to say “no” to those activities that don’t help you reach your family, personal or business goals. And even if the activity does in some way help you reach your goals, you will need to prioritize the activity according to its value or importance.

Don’t be Afraid to ask for Help – Another trap women tend to fall into is the “I can do it all” syndrome. For some reason society has taught women that they have to be “Super Mom” otherwise you’ll be seen as lazy or a bad mother. That is a lie! When you are feeling overwhelmed by work, family and kids, have a friend, relative or neighbor give you a hand by helping you clean your house, or taking the kids away for a couple of hours while you get some work done. Whatever the situation may be, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

These are just a few of the suggestions you’ll find in my report, Real Life Guidance to Balancing Work and Family. The “Real Life Guidance to Balancing Work and Family” report shows you how you can find a balance between work and family, without letting any of those balls you are juggling fall on the floor. This report gives you real life solutions, and the best part is that you can get started right now.

Not only are there tips for everyday life, but inside The “Real Life Guidance to Balancing Work and Family” contains valuable insight for work at home moms and moms who work outside of the home.

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