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Safety guidelines: Your child has become mobile

Safety guidelines: Your child has become mobile, and will likely get into things in your home, in order for him to explore his environment safely here are a few tips.

  • Make sure you have placed safety guidelines in place in your home.  Place plugs in electrical outlets, lock doors or safety latch doors you do not want the child entering. Place latches on cabinets. Consider bracing furniture to the walls, if you have a child that likes to climb.  Safety gates so your child cannot get down the stairs.
  • A Picky Eater: So you feel your child is a picky eater.  Most children are probably getting enough nutrients, even if they are not eating what you would expect.  As long as the child appears to be growing and developing properly, and has the energy to play-they are probably getting enough nourishment.

Parents of picky eaters should remember that:

How to prepare for a Weekend getaway

This past weekend I did something I haven’t done since before I became a mother: I went away. By myself. For years one of my closest friends and I have tried to plan a weekend at her family’s cottage and it’s never worked out, but on Friday afternoon I packed my things and headed out for a totally relaxing weekend. No kids, no husband, no responsibility…just me and a good friend and a whole lot of beautiful scenery. And wine. And beer.

I was in such a rush to leave I left my purse sitting by the front door. Dave came home from work that afternoon and I couldn’t get out of the house fast enough.

We had an amazing weekend – the weather was absolutely gorgeous and it was totally friggin’ awesome to kick back with a good friend and just chill. At night we sat on the deck and gazed at the stars; we went down to the dock and drank our coffees by the water in the mornings. We talked and laughed and shared silence together. We went for paddleboat rides, played games and took in the crisp air, not to mention the brilliant fall colors that were peeking through.

My October Goals and NaNoWriMo 2016

Time is flying, it’s almost October and the most 2 important goals for October are getting ready for nanowrimo and help my cousin to start with an online GED prep course.

There’s a lot to do if I’m going to pull this off. I’m off to a good start. The second goal (working for the GED exam) is a well structured and plan. We intend to work daily for at least one hour using mostly the website, as all we need is there.

The nanowrimo prep is a different story. First, I had to pick a genre. Ideally, I would have chosen literary fiction, but who am I kidding?  I chose Chick it.  What I have in mind is not technically chick lit.  I’m not hip enough for real chick lit.  But, it’s definitely for chicks.

Then I had to come up with a story. Done. Next, character names and backstories know where I want to start and what happens in the end. I have several “scenes” that have to take place. Now I have to fill in the details.

Gifts Ideas in August

8eef7f59865ea79635a97a69cb62f932I know it’s a little early to talk about Christmas gifts as summer is still around us, but it will be December before you know…ask any kid what one of their favorite parts about Christmas is and they will tell you the lights.

That holds true for most adults, too, so it is no surprise that the lighting fashion of the holiday season has become a popular staple at many other events, such as weddings, backyard parties, proms, and charity galas. Making the choice in which style and type of lights is key to a successfully designed space.

Many of these events find themselves outside where outdoor lighting is required. Weather and climate can turn a lovely evening under the lights into a tragic event if the correct type of lighting is not used, therefore always use lighting specified for outdoor use if this is where the event will be held.

Outdoor rope lights sport a long list of pros when put up against outdoor string lights. Rope lights have some complexities in their design that enable them to display different settings, such as rapid blinking, slow runners, alternating colors, etc. The key feature in rope lighting is the plastic casing that surrounds the lights.

Money Saving Secrets Of AdWords Bid Management

So, you’ve added all your keywords, written some fantastic ads and linked each to relevant landing pages that are guaranteed to sell your business. It’s now time to decide on your AdWords bid management strategy.

You’re on a tight budget (let’s face it who isn’t) and your profit margins are small. The minimum bid for most of your keywords is 10 cents so let’s start there and work up – right?


The Right AdWords Bid Management Strategy

A bid management strategy that starts with low bids on all your keywords will typically mean your ad position will also be low. This will translate into a low click-through-rate (CTR) for your ads and CTR is one of the most important factors in determining your Quality Score (QS). The lower your CTR, the lower your QS, the more you pay in bids.

When introducing a new keyword to your campaign, always start by bidding high to secure a top ad position on the search engine results pages (SERPs). Top ad positions typically get clicked on more often and this will help you too for building up a good keyword history.

Romaine-Apple salad with home made salad dressing

One of my favorite dishes to make is the salad. It’s a fairly simple concept consisting of a number of usually raw ingredients and a sauce. The greens by itself are pretty healthy, but if you want to go a little more overboard, you could put your daily dose of protein, iron, minerals, and vitamins in this kind of meal!

Even when summer is long over, I can still enjoy a good salad when I can. Because Wil and I had had a pretty hectic day yesterday, I didn’t feel like cooking, and so I decided to tumble a salad together instead, with my normal everyday ingredients when I figured that “Hey, apples would taste pretty darn good with a salad!”.

That’s how I ended up discarding my normal ingredients of choice, and went with something a little more unconventional instead.

The combination of the sweet and savory tastes in this salad is absolutely delicious (in my estimation), and I strongly suggest you try making the home-made dressing too, because it’ll blow your mind. Especially if your lactose-intolerant (like my husband), finding a salad dressing can be super difficult, and putting plain vegan mayonnaise isn’t really all that either.

I’m a Jack-of-all-trades

Let Me Speak Your Mind. I’m a Jack-of-all-trades. I’m not supposed to tell you that. I’m supposed to tell you about my in-depth knowledge of one specific niche and hope that that’s what you need written.


  • Developing Job Tests
  • Web Content
  • Ghostwriting Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Developmental and Copy Editing

I can’t do that, though, because it’s not true. I’m a generalist — a oman — and, trust me, that’s exactly what you’re looking for. The Internet lets you reach a larger audience for less money than has ever been possible. That audience consists of people of all different shapes and sizes, each one of them a consumer of information. I develop online tests for less fortunate youth who want to earn a GED diploma, and that reminds me… I’m supposed to help one of my cousins with that as well…

A specialist may connect with a small number of those people — the ones already invested in your niche. But that’s no way to expand your reach. Staying in your comfort zone will never allow your business to grow.

Five Of The Best Ideas for Adventurous Family Holidays

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Berkeley – Family Camping

If the thought of an over-sized dancing mouse fills you with fear and being asked to enter a poolside belly-dancing competition isn’t your idea of fun, then worry not intrepid traveler as below are five awesome ideas for adventurous family holidays which will leave you excited, rejuvenated and down-right inspired.

Yakezie Challenge

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the Yakezie challenge. I have no Alexa Rank whatsoever, but that shouldn’t be a surprise since the blog’s a day old. I’m looking forward to writing this blog and working with many of the wonderful members and challengers as we try to promote each other and build great teams.



I found myself watching an episode of BBQ Pitmasters on Netflix and it caused the oddest moment of reflection. One of the challenges was barbecuing shrimp and oysters. For me, that’s a no-brainer. Every year my family went camping at Lawson’s Landing at Dillon Beach.

It was the highlight of every year. Being on the California coast is always a neat experience, especially if you get away from the craziness of the city, but this was better than you’re imagining. Dillon Beach is a tiny neck of the woods that I would move to in a heartbeat (if I could ever afford to move back to California).

We would camp in these sand dunes and the water was just over one tall dune. Beautiful, tiny pastel flowers grew along the dune grass, and it wasn’t uncommon to wake up with the free range cows from the attached grazing area hanging out in your camp.

So you’ve found your dorm roommate. Now what?

So here is a story about finding a dorm roommate. Whether or not you chose a roommate or were assigned one, you’re now stuck living with somebody for the next few months of your life. Obviously, you want that to be as good of an experience as possible for the both of you.

It’s best to get a start on building a strong bond well before you guys start living together. No matter what, it will be awkward at first, but you can do your best to eliminate at least some of it beforehand. If you already know the person you’re going to be living with, a lot of this you won’t have to worry about, but for those of us who are starting fresh,  it’s best to have something to start with.

To begin, do you have any way to contact him or her? Did your school provide you with an e-mail address, a phone number, or a physical address? How about a name at least? If you don’t have any of these, then I hate to say it but you’re screwed.

Luckily I don’t know of any schools that don’t at least give you some information on the other person, so that’s good.