Monday, November 12, 2012

Writing the Perfect Research Paper

Many woman who have finished raising their children, and are returning to the work force, even if they are grandmothers, may decide they want to return to college or take some courses to refresh their knowledge and catch up with the latest trends in their industry.

When doing so, it will be necessary to write a research paper on your area of interest. This can be a challenge after you have been away from school for a number of years.  You may need a refresher on how to write a good term paper or research paper.

There are sites that are willing to help you with your research paper. I am going to be honest with you and say that I have mixed feelings about such sites, because if I understand correctly, this means that you are not actually doing the research yourself.  You are providing what you need to a team of experts who will then prepare your paper for you for a reasonable cost.

But I am also thinking there is no better way to learn how to write a good paper yourself than to see how the experts do them.  If a service like this is used as an educational experience, then if may be beneficial.

So if you are returning to college after many years of being a stay-at-home Mom, this might be a way for you to learn how to put together a good term paper or research paper.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Make a Game out of Holiday Shopping

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and the holiday season is upon us!

Do you want to add a little adventure to your shopping experience for some or all of your gifts this year?  If so, you might want to check out DealDash. I've visited the site and have seen stories on Facebook showing people who have purchased popular items like electronics, toys, and any kind of item you can think of, for amazing prices.

DealDash is somewhat like an auction site, but with a lot of incentives to help you get started without feeling like you're going to lose money while you learn how the program works. To add fun to your shopping experience, you register for free, then buy bids in lots of 60, 100, or more for a low price for each...in fact there are specials all the time on bid prices, so look out for that.

Then you look on the home page or through the different categories for items you're interested in bidding on, and bid live and keep doing so until you or the other bidder quits, making one of you the winner of the item. You do want to do a little math ahead of time to determine how many bids you are willing to give for an item, BUT, be aware that if you lose your first round, Deal Dash will give you all your bids back again. This takes the stress off when you are learning how the system works and makes it fun from the start.

Oh, and one more thing, if you aren't happy with your first purchase when it arrives, you can return it no questions asked...and another thing, shipping is free on items you win. Sounds like a fun way to do your holiday shopping, doesn't it? Enjoy the season, and let us know if you've ever tried Deal Dash and how your experience was.

Hurricane Sandy Leaves Many Homeless

I am a resident of New Jersey and we are in the midst of a long journey back from super storm Hurricane Sandy.   Though we do not live along the shore, it is a favorite vacation and day trip destination for us and many.  Even worse is the destruction to summer and year-round homes.

Personally, our home is in the midst of wooded Northern New Jersey.  The type of damage we suffered was the falling of many many trees on wires, homes and cars.   We were fortunate in that the worst that we suffered was power out for 10 days, some are still without power as I type this.

In memory of our beautiful New Jersey shoreline, here is a picture and short video taken with my little point and shoot camera only 2 months before Hurricane Sandy swept much beauty and history away.




Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those in New Jersey, New York and other States affected by Hurricane Sandy.  You may find some help and assistance for this disaster and many others by visiting this Natural Disaster Relief site.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grandmothers College and Essays

Many woman find that returning to college after raising their children, even if they have grandchildren already, is a very rewarding experience.  But with the passing of time, many changes have taken place since they were in college during their younger years before marrying and having children.  The pace may seem faster, and technology so much more advanced.

Having support and help as you make the transition back into college is something that some will need, especially when it comes to writing that first essay or term paper.  I was introduced to a site that has a team of people ready to help you in that process, http://www.college-paper.org. Personally, I believe that a person should write their own paper, not hire someone to do the writing for them, but having someone knowledgeable about a particular subject to guide you and tutor you along the way can make all the difference when it comes to writing an essay or term paper that is relevant and timely.  

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Is You Credit Record Good Enough to Borrow?

Because we have a good credit record, borrowing money has not been hard for us. Perhaps it is as good as it is because we don't borrow just because we want something, always pay our bills on time, and are generally careful about managing our money.

We have had some challenging emergencies that have come our way that have required borrowing, and though we don't like owing money, it has been good to know our credit score is good enough to make it easy and possible.

Monitoring your Credit Report and Score is made a lot easier if you know how your financial decisions affect your credit score. If you would like to learn more about the things that harm your credit score, and find links to get free credit scores, you'll find a lot of educational information at the link above.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interested in becoming a VA or Virtual Assistant?

If you have wondered what is involved in becoming a Virtual Assistant, you will want to visit a site owned by someone I've been acquainted with online for a number of years. 

A Virtual Assistant in simple terms is someone who does typing and other secretarial and clerical type work from home for any number of clients.  Services you offer will be based upon your skills, you decide what you can or cannot do.  


Please take a moment to visit VA Directory and look at the main links on the page and the drop-down menus along the top to learn more.   There are links to post your job, for VA training, a forum, and so very much more for anyone who is interested in knowing what it means to work from home as a Virtual Assistant.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Free Eye Exams

I am looking at this screen through computer glasses, and when they come off, on will go my progressive lens glasses.  I think insurance has helped us a bit with our glasses, though I'm not 100% sure, as we did pretty well finding good deals before we had insurance for vision. 

With another potential job change coming up, and the possibility that we may not have the same insurance we do now, we may lose our vision insurance.

I'm not 65 yet, but I was reading some retirement advice that suggested that you might be able to get a free eye exam by ophthalmologists that volunteer to do them for those that can't afford them and need an exam.  If this is you, and you are over 65, it suggests that you go take a look at EyeCareAmerica.org to find an ophthalmologist that will offer free eye exams in your area.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Is Network Marketing for Everyone?

I was actively involved with a network marketing company several years ago, and am still a member and customer, but not involved in the business part of it any longer.  At the time, though, it was fun and there was some success.  I made a bit of money and won 4 trips, a couple for myself, one that I went on with my husband, and one that we went on as a family of 4.

Whether or not you are successful at this type of business depends upon how much support you receive, how persistent you are, and many other factors. If you are interested in learning more, you will find some support at Mark Hall's MLM Opinion, a site that offers advise and support for those who are interesting in this type of business.   Some network marketing companies are also called multi-level marketing businesses, this is what the letters M L M stand for.

Though some tried to discourage me from getting involved with the company I did, in my case, it was successful for a time, and part of some very happy memories. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Valid and Safe Ways to Make Income at Home

I have been supplementing income at home for years working on the computer, and came across a helpful page put together by someone who is doing the same.  It has a list of different ways that you can generate passive income at home.

With consistent work and "low" expectations, I have started to generate about $300 from Squidoo, and expect that to increase...this does not include sales from affiliate links on my Squidoo "lenses".  I know others more skilled than I that do much better.  By "low" expectations, I mean that I don't go into anything expecting to make a lot of money right away, but to learn and grow over a period of time with consistent work. This is in addition to my eBay sales and income generated through advertising on my blogs.  It has taken me time to learn by watching others, and just doing it.  The key is to not give up, but be consistent.  Search for tutorials and support groups.  On Squidoo many write their own pages on how to succeed on Squidoo., and there are many ways to receive support when you start out.  Please ask me if you'd like to know more about this.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Where are the Best Jobs for Seniors?

Unemployment statistics always seem to be negative and at the same time, more seniors are finding it necessary to supplement their retirement income, or make career changes if not quite at retirement age.  It's possible with current economic trends that more retirees will be working to supplement income.

If you are looking for more information, you may want to visit "The Outlook for Senior Jobs in 2012" by US News.

AARP at their website, aarp.org, provides a list of the top 50 jobs for career change for those over 50.  The top 10 in their list of 50 includes:
  • Home Health Aid
  • Personal and Home Care Aide
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Medical Assistant
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
  • Dental Assistant
  • Self-enrichment Education Teacher
  • Compliance Officer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Veterinary Technologist
And the list goes on, providing estimated income information as well as education required for the type of work described.  Here is another article about the senior workforce that should be helpful to all of us who are at or near retirement age and may need to find employment.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Loneliness While Working at Home

It is not uncommon to feel a sense of loneliness when you are working at home, especially if you have moved from parenting to an empty nest.  You looked forward to the day when all that chaos and confusion of combining raising children and working at home would end.  You longed for the day when you could focus on your work without distraction.  That day has come and gone, it was nice for a while, but now there may be a gnawing sense of loneliness that has taken up the place where chaos and confusion used to reside.

This may not be everyone's experience, some may thrive on working alone, but it is my experience.  I have been searching for and discovering some helpful solutions to this.  Some I am practicing, others need to be added to my life to broaden and expand it.  Let me share a few things that I've found helpful in overcoming loneliness while working at home.  Some suggestions are not new, but we often need reminders to get back on track.

Following are some suggestions for overcoming loneliness while working from home:


  1. Find other friends who work from home on Facebook and Twitter - this won't completely fill the void, because we need to hear real voices and see real tangible people to do that, but it helps a lot.  There are many groups of people with like business interests that can be found and joined on Facebook.  Using the Hashtag (#) feature on Twitter you can search for "tweets" about things that interest you and share as well.  I suggest that you turn off the "notifications" feature when you join or are added to a group on Facebook or you will be overwhelmed with emails...but do keep up with the groups, you do that by going to the "Home" link in the upper right and looking at the list in the left margin.  Open up a tab on your browser with your Facebook account during working hours, and twitter as well, so you can interact when you wish, and share your accomplishments.  I have a separate account for business acquaintances and friends on Facebook, that window is open during working hours, and in the evening I check in on family and personal friends on my personal account.
  2. Go out for a walk and exercise.  I try to walk or do Yoga each day, and do fail to do so some days, but also do manage to get out there more and more.  It helps so much to get outdoors for an hour or more and run into neighbors and take in some sunshine, or walk in the rain with an umbrella when possible.  You can do a little in the gardens and feel a sense of accomplishment.
  3. Get up each hour and do a chore around the house.  This helps me so much mentally and physically. It's not good to sit for hours a day if you are physically able to get up and move.  If you must sit due to a physical condition, learn about sitting exercises you can do and do some each hour to aid circulation.
  4. Call a friend or family member and talk a bit so that you hear a voice.  Though social networking, emailing etc. are nice, there is nothing like an "old fashioned" talk on the phone and visit with a friend over a cup of coffee.
  5. Get involved in a hobby or activity through your community center or go to a Woman's Bible Study.  I do the latter each week which gets me out among women who like to share their joys and trials and support one another in and through them.
  6. Consider ways that your work might include tangible or visual contact with other people. Some work done from home includes this naturally, like those who go out and show products in homes as part of their business, but for those of us who are writers, more creativity may be needed.  Join in on video chats and other visual forms of interaction.  You will find that if you "social network" as discussed in #1 above, you'll hear of events taking place like this that you can take part in.  Do so when you can.
Do you have other suggestions for avoiding loneliness while working from home?  Please do share in a comment.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Bringing the Family Together

Time spent with my grandchildren is very precious to me, especially since I am still working. I spend as much time with my grandkids as possible. My kitchen becomes the hub of my house whenever my grandkids come over. Maybe it is because they love grandma’s cooking, or it is the fact that they can grab a bar stool and sit around the large island in the kitchen and talk about the events happening in their lives, eat some food or complete their homework.

As much as I would love to brag about my cooking I have to credit the bar stools in our kitchen for working the magic. We like to call them our breakfast stools because we spend a lot of time in the kitchen having breakfast. Bar stools are as important to one’s kitchen as any other expensive kitchen appliance. This is because an island serves as the focal point in one’s kitchen.

My grandkids and I make use of our bar stools throughout the course of the day. For instance, sometimes I get to pick them up from school. When they arrive at my house the first place that they go (after washing their hands of course) is the kitchen for after school snacks and to do their homework. My grandkids are all smiles when it’s time to make cookies, pancakes or simply hanging out in the kitchen.

Bar stools come in a number of different styles; the style that you choose will ultimately depend on the size of the room and its intended use. Because I cater mainly to my grandkids I have one bar stool in my kitchen that has steps. My youngest grandchild is only 4 years old but as with most kids she doesn’t want to feel left out by not being able to climb the stool without assistance.

If you have grandkids you should definitely invest in bar stools. You can start your search online or in the showrooms. The variety of choices might seem overwhelming; however, with proper planning you will be able to find the perfect stool for you and your grandkids.