Aug 16, 2006

How many U know about?

Welcome to Flo's Home Biz & Fun...

How many of these did YOU know about?

___A sealed envelope -- Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. (hmmmmmm...)

___Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

___For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. (wish I had known this for the last 40 years!)

___To remove old wax from a glass candle holder, put it in the freezer for a few hours. Then take the candle holder out and turn it upside down. The wax will fall out.

___Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow
grease that is!).

___Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

___Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. Now a box of SO.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get 'sharpened'' this way!

___Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time! (Now, where to put the body?) LOL

___Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

___Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.

___Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

___Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

___To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of
pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.

___Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

___Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

___When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness

___Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

___Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces ......... Left over wine? What's that? :)

___To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

___ Ants, ants, ants everywhere .. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.

___Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

___When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

___Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer........ Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

___Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

___Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

___Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

___Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.

Do your friends a favor...
Pass this timely (and some not-so-timely) information on to a friend! I just did! It makes you wonder about ingesting Alka Seltzer, doesn't it?

Have yourself a great day!

Aug 12, 2006

15 Easy Ways To Attract

Welcome to Flo's Home Biz & Fun...

If You have a list and You need other ways to attract susbcribers, Alexandria is sharing a lists of her 15 favorite ways...

"15 Easy Ways to Grow Your Subscriber List"
by Alexandria K. Brown, "The E-zine Queen"

While there are seemingly endless ways to promote your e-zine and attract new subscribers, here's a list of my favorite 15. Which ones are YOU using?

Print this out and check those you already do, and note those you should "get a move on."

___ 1. Tell your clients, associates, and friends. Send out one of your best issues (or your first issue) as a sample issue, inviting them to sign up if they like it. (Never sign anyone up without his/her permission.)

___ 2. Put a signup form on your home page and every page of your Web site. No matter what page people may land on, this way they'll know about your amazing e-zine. Don't let them click away and lose them forever!

___ 3. Use a pop-up or pop-under box on your site. Yes, they're irritating if abused, but I can tell you they work. Studies show pop-ups/unders can increase your e-zine signups by up to 10 times! Give it a try and test it. (Automatic popup creators like Ad Impact make it super easy.)

___ 4. Offer a free goodie for new subscribers. We all get so much e-mail these days, that you have to work hard to get anyone's e-mail address. Offer new subscribers a valuable free article, report, resource list, e-book, etc.

___ 5. Offer a free sample issue on your Web site or have one available by e-mail autoresponder. Some people won't sign up for anything until they can see it first.

___ 6. List your e-zine in free e-zine directories. There are hundreds of these on the Web where people visit to search for e-zines on particular topics. Make sure you're here so you can be found! (One of the best is Charlie Page's Directory of E-zines.)

___ 7. Swap ads with other e-zines. Search online e-zine directories for other e-zines whose target readership matches yours, and contact their publishers. Swap at least three ads in a row for best results.

___ 8. Buy ads in other e-zines. Again, search those directories for other
e-zines whose target readership matches yours, and see their ad specifications and rates. Purchase at least three ads in a row for best results.

___ 9. Plug your e-zine in your e-mail signature. After your usual contact information at the bottom of all your e-mails, be sure to include a two- or three-line plug for your e-zine.

___ 10. Get published in OTHER e-zines. There are dozens of Web sites where other publishers visit to pick up free content for their e-zines. Why not post YOUR articles there for them to use? You get free exposure and plenty of traffic back to your site.

___ 11. Do a co-op with other e-zine subscribers. You can cross-promote with other e-zine publishers on your own, or use an automated service such as Subscription Rocket.

___ 12. Try a pay-for-subscriber service. These services advertise your e-zine for you and bring you subscribers automatically for as little as 10 to 30 cents apiece. One with a good reputation is Lead Factory.

___ 13. Announce your e-zine to all of the professional organizations and associations you're a member of. They usually allow you to make announcements in their newsletters or on their online bulletin boards.

___ 14. Advertise your e-zine on the back of your business cards. In the text, be sure to tell people how they can sign up for your e-zine.

___ 15. Become active in a few online forums where your ideal readers hang out. In your posts, position yourself as a resource in your area of expertise, and include a signature file that promotes your e-zine!

For STEP-BY-STEP instructions on all of these strategies (and dozens more) see my SPECIAL REPORT: "101 Simple, FREE and Low-Cost Ways to Quickly Build a MASSIVE EMAIL LIST"."

© 2003-2006 Alexandria K. Brown

See Alexandria's Small Business Marketing Blog.

Online entrepreneur Alexandria K. Brown, "The E-zine Queen," publishes the award-winning 'Straight Shooter Marketing' weekly ezine with 19,000+ subscribers. If you're ready to jump-start your marketing, make more money, and have more fun in your small business, get your FREE tips now at

Have yourself a Super day!

Aug 8, 2006

8 "Secrets"

Welcome to Flo's Home Biz & Fun...

Here's a great article by a friend Kathy Smith. It has plenty of good information for anyone that wants to start a profitable Internet Business. I hope it will give You what You need to help You get started with your very own online biz...

8 "Secrets"
by Kathy Smith

These are the 8 "Secrets" to starting a Wildly profitable Internet business in your spare time. If you're serious about earning an extra income from a Internet business, then you must learn and apply these 8 "Secrets" today.

#1: Leverage Your Time
You'll never-get rich trading dollars for hours. The wealthy let their money and other people work for them. You may only be able to work 10 hours a week, but you can leverage the work of 1,000 other people to create a 10,000 hour work week. That's the way to become wealthy. By the way, you can do this without ever hiring any employees.

#2: Use an Automatic Selling System
Guess what? The number one reason people can't make it in business is because they can't or don't like to sell. The solution is to simply set up an automatic selling system where lead generation, sifting, and selling, is all done for you.

#3: Don't Re-Invent The Wheel
Don't start from scratch. That's the hardest way to do anything. Inventors go through tons of frustration, failed tests, and often ridicule. Find a system that's already working. Then just jump in and follow it. Just do what already works.

#4: Find a Personal Coach
Every top athlete has a coach. In fact, many of the best have two or three coaches. They're there for one reason... to help them be the best they can possibly be. A coach will help you set your course. They'll help keep you on track. They'll take you from where you are today to where you want to be.

#5: Generate Leads
Lead generation is the biggest advantage in most businesses. We'll show you how to put your business in front of the people who are looking for what you have to offer.

#6: Use Tax Advantages
Starting your own online business gives you the advantage of tax benefits not available to the general public. Everyone should make money-from their home with an online business just to save on taxes if nothing else...

#7: Build a Residual Income
Don't just sell a product one time. Find a way to earn a residual income from anything you sell. Sell something today. Earn an income on it every month for the rest of your life. This is how you build real wealth. It isn't by selling a one~time item and finding a new customer for it every day. Work an hour today and earn an income forever.

#8: Set Goals
Most people live paycheck to paycheck all their lives. They hope Social Security will take care of them when they get older. That's a mistake. Social security isn't enough for people to live on today. It definitely won't be when you have to rely on it. You have to make a plan today...or you'll end up in desperation tomorrow.

Visit and see how AUTOMATICBUILDER will allow you to take advantage and apply all 8 "Secrets". It's your choice. You can stay where you are right-now in a never-ending spiral... or you can turn the corner and experience the *money, lifestyle, and dreams you've always wanted.

PLEASE don't take my word for it...let me show you how this works... let me show you our team building concept... let me get you POSITIONED in our Powerline so we can get some members under you!

Also you can advertise your new business in my new community for my friends...

Have yourself a Super day!

Jul 27, 2006

Planet Mars Event !!!

Planet Mars

"The Red Planet" is about to be spectacular, this month!
The Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.

The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10 p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 a.m.

That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.

Share this with your children and grand-children.

Enjoy this great event!

Have a great day!

Jul 18, 2006

Key Word Research

I really like this article by an AdlandPro friend Peter Novakomic. We have amazing friends at the community that shares wonderful stories, articles and really cool things they offer people.

We are all eager to learn about networking and making our business better, here's one of his article...

Key Word Research
by Peter Novakomic

It does seem like a powerful statement, doesn’t it?

It does. There are some of you out there who put little bit or no regard into, or who don’t realize the great importance of keywords. For those of you, keyword research you need to do prior to getting one single page up and running will have a powerful effect on how well you market to your targeted public. No stress.

After all, why does this keyword research seem to be so darned significant?

Let’s assume, we’re together, you and I, and we’re sitting behind the stage. You’re probably the most renowned lecturer in your field. I draw back the curtain and guide you to stand up on the podium to give a speech in front of 200 people. There’s nothing to it. You pick some written notes out of your pocket, and you begin your presentation. For about 35 minutes, you give your speech.

After you’re done, the audience applauds you kindly… like out of obligation. You’re puzzled. The fact is that was one of your top speeches ever. You were convincing, you described the issues, you defined the existing solutions, and then you revealed your suitable product for them.

And then, what seemed to be the problem out there?

This attendance wasn’t expecting you, in fact, they’re waiting for some other guy to speak about a separate matter. In fact, they didn’t have a clue about what you were talking about.

As a result, this wasn’t YOUR public. They weren’t you target market. You prepared every little thing… you perfectly laid it out to be a “slippery path” that pointed exactly to the clear answer to their problems, your product. But unfortunately, you were speaking to the wrong guys.

So, how this has anything to do with keyword research?

The surfers that visit your site are closely related to certain keywords. These keywords phrases are trying to point out the solutions they’re looking for, for a certain problem they have encountered. If you tell to the search engines that your site is known for “niche widget solution”, or using other keywords phrases such as your name, your business name…that is not the solution your prospects are out there searching for.

To find out what keywords your market is looking for as a solution for a problem, all you got to do is keyword research. They are looking for “perfect position” or “correct golf swing”, not “Xtreme Putter”. As far as they’re concerned, they never heard of Xtreme Putter.

Keyword Companion

To change that, you have to do a correct and efficient keyword research.

Have yourself a Super day!

Jul 11, 2006

Predictable Income

Jim Edwards article is about a way to add predictable income to your business. When You look at the numbers, a subscription site -- or some sort of recurring billing -- just plain makes sense if You want to create a lasting online business.

In this article, Jim discuss the "numbers" and if it doesn't get You excited, You should definitely re-think having an online business...

Explode Your Online Business
With Membership Sites
- by Jim Edwards
© Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved

A cardinal rule of business, whether online or offline, goes something like this: It is ALWAYS easier to resell an existing customer than it is to find a new customer in thefirst place.

Almost every business spends the greatest amount of money and time attracting new customers (advertising and marketing), while viewing retention of existing customers and meeting their needs (customer service) only as a"necessary evil."

One of the fastest and easiest ways to exploit this business principle of reselling existing customers online involves setting up a membership site where customers pay you monthly for a service, updated information, or something else theywant on an ongoing basis.

Let's look at the numbers to see just how fast the revenue can pile up when you add a membership site to your online business.

Let's assume you target a yearly revenue goal of $100,000 selling an ebook about how to buy seized cars at government auctions.

If you sell your ebook for $29, you must sell approximately $8,500 (290 copies) every single month to reach your income goal.

Assuming you spend $15 in pay-per-click, ezine, or text link advertising to obtain each sale, you will net approximately $4,250 each month.

Not bad - not great - but much better than flipping burgers because you would net around $50,000 per year with your ebook.

Now, let's assume instead of a one-time sale of a $29 ebook, you create a membership site that not only shows people how to buy cars at auction, but keeps them up-to-date on the latest sources to find cars, finance them, "flip" them for cash, and more things your customers really want.

Let's assume you charge $29 per month for this membership site. Let's also assume it costs twice as much in advertising to sell each membership ($29 in advertising).

So, following the previous example, let's assume you sell 290 members your first month. Since your advertising expenses doubled, you'll net zero dollars in profit thefirst month.

But, in months 2-12 you rake in about $8,500 per month profit because you carried zero advertising expense!

So instead of netting 45K the first year with a $29 ebook, you net over 90K with a membership site.

By the way, the previous example assumes you don't sell ANY more members after the first month.

Do a little extra math and see the profits you could generate if you brought in just an extra 30 new members each month in your first year.

One of the primary advantages of adding recurring revenue to your online business is that you can predict your income.

Most savvy marketers understand this enables you to service your customers better since you focus on producing quality content for them each month rather than strictly chasing newsales.

And, with the car auction example above, you could even budget in the help of a first-class, part-time research assistant for 15-20K per year to do much of the work for youand still net much more than the one-off ebook model.

Various types of membership sites popular online include: adoption, school classmates, hobbies, employment, dating, search engine optimization, social and business networking,and even clipart.

The choices rate as endless as the many and varied interests of the human brain.

If you want to start an online business, or expand an existing one, before you start marketing any product or service, think long and hard about how you can add a membership site, or some sort of recurring revenue to yourbusiness mix.

Jim Edwards is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the creator of an amazing new membership site that will teach you the latest tips, tricks, tactics, and techniques for growing a REAL online business!

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Jul 8, 2006

Revised Video Service!

Welcome to Flo's Home Biz & Fun...

In Jim's latest article he discusses Yahoo!'s newly revised video service. It's something every serious online marketer needs to use... or is it a 97 lb. weakling we can all ignore? Enjoy the article...

Yahoo! Jumps On Video Bandwagon
- by Jim Edwards
© Jim Edwards - All Rights reserved

Despite Google's "Wall Street Darling" status, Yahoo! still rates as the most popular cyber-destination, getting more visitors than any other single website on the Internet.

With the recent surge in production and consumption of online video, it's no wonder that Yahoo! wants a piece of the action, especially with the intense interest from marketers eager to find the best way to cash-in with video advertising.

Though Yahoo! cataloged online video long before Google's entry into the online video market, a massive redesign of Yahoo!'s video interface indicates they want a bigger piece of the online video pie.

When you log onto, it looks pretty much like every other online video search engine, such as or

You can search for videos by keywords as well as log in and upload your own videos right through your web browser to share with others online.

You can also easily share the videos with your friends in a number of ways, including: posting it on your blog; sending an email with a link; and adding it to your publicly available favorites for others to see.

However, despite the similarities, Yahoo! Video does carry some variations worth discussing.

Hosted vs. Linked Video

Virtually every single other major video directory on the web hosts all the video that gets displayed on their sites.

Google Video, iFilm, YouTube and others all force the user to upload video to their servers before inclusion in the directory.

Yahoo! Video does both. Users can either upload their videos through their web browsers to the Yahoo! servers or wait for
Yahoo! to find the videos and include them in their directory.

The fact that Yahoo! includes remotely hosted videos in their search results means you have a better chance of finding the videos you want, since you get more potential choices with each search.

However, it also means a greater chance of going on a wild goose chase when a video file no longer exists on a remote server.

Video File Formats

Almost every single other video directory converts uploaded videos to the FLV file format before making them available for viewing.

This enables both Mac and PC users to view videos using the free Flash browser plug-in.

On the other hand, since they both host and link to video, Yahoo! Video makes available multiple file formats, including FLV, WMV (Windows Media Video), MPEG and more.

Since all of these formats don't work on every computer and operating system, I believe this will cause confusion among users.

And, based on my experience, confusion causes people to look elsewhere for what they want.

Overall, Yahoo!'s video service looks more like a "me too" effort than a serious attempt at innovation.

Yahoo! does not include video in their main search results page, the advertising on the video results page is not targeted, and the multiple file formats will create frustration for some users.

Despite any shortcomings, if you publish online video, of course make sure you submit your video to Yahoo! simply because the Web's most popular site is bound to get you some extra visitors.

Jim Edwards is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the co-creator of an amazing course that will teach you step-by-step and click-by-click how to get your own money-making videos posted online...

"Finally! A Quick and Easy Way For YOU To Painlessly Create, Post and PROFIT From Your Own Money-Making Online Videos... Without Being a Computer Geek or Paying Outrageous Fees To A Webmaster!" =>

Have yourself a fantastic day & weekend!

Jun 30, 2006

Courage & Self-Confidence

Courage can be defined as the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. Self-confidence can be defined as having trust in one’s own abilities.

These two skills are linked together on the path to success and happiness in your life. You acquire these traits by practicing them whenever the chance presents itself.

Successful people are not naturally more courageous or self-confident. They just learned to “BE” more courageous and self-confident by walking through the fear whenever confronted with it. Successful people are able to do that because what they desire is always greater and stronger than the fear.

Practice makes perfect, so whenever you are called forth to exhibit courage and self-confidence, go for it. Courage & self-confidence are skills that can be learned.

Have fun, be of a light heart and always be kind and gentle with self.

Jun 27, 2006

Winner Never Fails Or Quit!

A Winner Is Not Only Who Never Fails
But Never Quit!

1) Officials rejected a candidate for a news broadcasters post. Since his voice was not fit for a news broadcaster. He was also told that with his obnoxiously long name, He would never be famous. He is...

Amitabh Bachchan

2) In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition. For the executives of the Decca Recording Company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, One executive said, " We don't like! Their sound. Groups of guitars are On the way out." The group was called...

The Beatles

3) In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modeling. Agency Told modeling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, " You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married". She went on and became...

Marilyn Monroe

4) In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired a singer after one performance. He told him, " You ain't goin' nowhere son. You ought to go back to driving' a truck". He went on to become...

Elvis Presley

5) A small boy--the fifth amongst seven siblings of a poor father, was selling newspapers in a small village to earn his living. He was not exceptionally smart at school but was fascinated by Religion and rockets.

The first rocket he built crashed. A missile that he built crashed multiple times and he was made a butt of ridicule. He is the person to have scripted the Space Odyssey of India Single-handedly. He is...

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. President of India

6) When
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, " That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to see one of them?"

7) When
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, " I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process".

In the 1940s, another young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 corporations, including some of the biggest in the country.

They all turned him down. In 1947, after 7 long years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company in Rochester, NY, the Haloid Company, to purchase the rights to his invention--an electrostatic paper-copying process. Haloid became...

Xerox Corporation

8) A little girl--the 20th of 22 children, was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralyzed left leg.

At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last.

Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl...

Wilma Rudolph, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.

9) A schoolteacher scolded a boy for not paying attention to his mathematics and for not being able to solve simple problems. She told him that you would not become anybody in life. The boy was...

Albert Einstein

Have yourself a Super day!

Jun 25, 2006

100 Ideas for Kindness

Welcome to Flo's Home Biz & Fun...

You could make a difference today!
Just one of these simple acts would make a difference to someone. Let's unite and share acts of kindness...

100 Ideas for Kindness
by Chris Wiseman

1 Deliver fresh-baked cookies to city workers.
2 Collect goods for a food bank.
3 Bring flowers to work and share them with coworkers.
4 Garden clubs can make floral arrangements for senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, police stations, or shut-ins.
5 Adopt a student who needs a friend, checking in periodically to see how things are going.
6 Volunteer to be a tutor in a school.
7 Extend a hand to someone in need.
Give your full attention and simply listen.
8 Merchants can donate a percentage of receipts for the week to a special cause.
9 Bring coworkers a special treat.
10 Students can clean classrooms for the custodian.

11 Buy a stranger a free pizza.
12 Distribute lollipops to kids.
13 Sing at a nursing home.
14 Offer a couple of hours of baby-sitting to parents.
15 Slip paper hearts that say “It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Have a great day!” under the windshield wipers of parked cars.
16 Have a charity day at work, with employees bringing nonperishable food items to donate.
17 Serve refreshments to customers.
18 Draw names at school or work, and have people bring a small gift or food treat for their secret pal.
19 Remember the bereaved with phone calls, cards, plants, and food.
20 Treat someone to fresh fruit.

21 Pay a compliment at least once a day.
22 Call or visit a homebound person.
23 Hand out balloons to passersby.
24 Give free sodas to motorists.
25 Be a good neighbor.
Take over a baked treat or stop by to say “Hello.”
26 Transport someone who can’t drive.
27 Mow a neighbor’s grass.
28 Say something nice to everyone you meet today.
29 Send a treat to a school or day-care center.
30 Volunteer at an agency that needs help.

31 Wipe rainwater off shopping carts or hold umbrellas for shoppers on the way to their cars.
32 Give the gift of your smile.
33 Send home a note telling parents something their child did well.
34 Adopt a homeless pet from the humane society.
35 Organize a scout troop or service club to help people with packages at the mall or grocery.
36 Host special programs or speakers at libraries or bookstores.
37 Offer to answer the phone for the school secretary for ten minutes.
38 Volunteer to read to students in the classroom.
39 Write notes of appreciation and bring flowers or goodies to teachers or other important people, such as the principal, nurse, custodian, and secretary.
40 Incorporate kindness into the curriculum at area schools, day care centers, or children’s classes in faith organizations.

41 Give a hug to a friend.
42 Tell your children why you love them.
43 Write a note to your mother/father and tell them why they are special.
44 Pat someone on the back.
45 Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way.
46 Give coffee to people on their way to work in the morning.
47 Donate time at a senior center.
48 Give blood.
49 Visit hospitals with smiles, treats, and friendly conversation for patients.
50 Stop by a nursing home, and visit a resident with no family nearby.

51 Plant flowers in your neighbor’s flower box.
52 Give another driver your parking spot.
53 Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier.
54 Give free car washes.
55 Clean graffiti from neighborhood walls and buildings.
56 Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job.
57 Tell your employees how much you appreciate their work.
58 Let your staff leave work an hour early.
59 Have a clean-up party in the park.
60 Tell a bus or taxi driver how much you appreciate their driving.

61 Have everyone in your office draw the name of a Random Acts of Kindness buddy out of a hat and do a kind act for their buddy that day or week.
62 Give a pair of tickets to a baseball game or concert to a stranger.
63 Leave an extra big tip for the waiter person.
64 Drop off a plant, cookies, or donuts to the police or fire department.
65 Open the door for another person.
66 Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive-through.
67 Write a note to the boss of someone who has helped you, praising the employee.
68 Leave a bouquet of flowers on the desk of a colleague at work with whom you don’t normally get along.
69 Call an estranged family member.
70 Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home.

71 Pay for the person behind you in the movie line.
72 Give flowers to be delivered with meal delivery programs.
73 Give toys to the children at the shelter or safe house.
74 Give friends and family kindness coupons they can redeem for kind favors.
75 Be a friend to a new student or coworker.
76 Renew an old friendship by sending a letter or small gift to someone you haven’t talked with in a long time.
77 For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that arises spontaneously in your heart, and notice what happens as a consequence.
78 Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car.
79 Invite someone new over for dinner.
80 Buy a roll of brightly colored stickers and give them to children you meet during the day.

81 Write a card of thanks and leave it with your tip.
Be sure to be specific in your thanks.
82 Let the person behind you in the grocery store go ahead of you in line.
83 When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile.
84 Buy cold drinks for the people next to you at a ball game.
85 Distribute kindness bookmarks that you have made.
86 Create a craft project or build a bird house with a child.
87 Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person.
88 Laugh out loud often and share your smile generously.
89 Plant a tree in your neighborhood.
90 Make a list of things to do to bring more kindness into the world, and have a friend make a list. Exchange lists and do one item per day for a month.

91 Use an instant camera to take people’s photographs at a party or community event, and give the picture to them.
92 As you go about your day, pick up trash.
93 Send a letter to some former teachers, letting them know the difference they made in your life.
94 Send a gift anonymously to a friend.
95 Organize a clothing drive for a shelter.
96 Buy books for a day care or school.
97 Slip a $20 bill to a person who you know is having financial difficulty.
98 Take an acquaintance to dinner.
99 Offer to take a friend’s child to ball practice.
100 Waive late fees for the week.

Have yourself a fantastic day!

Jun 22, 2006

Myths About The Internet

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Their's a lot of misinformation about the Internet and many false expectations of what it can accomplish. In today's article Terry is sharing some of the comments he receives from people. He tries to clear up some of the myths about the internet. I found the article informative and worth sharing...

Common Misconceptions about Developing a Web Site
by: Terry Kent

As a web designer who practically spends their entire day online, I realize there is a lot of misinformation about the Internet and many false expectations of what it can accomplish. I thought I'd share some of the comments I've received from people and try to clear up some of the myths about the internet.

I don't want or need a web site because I don't want to be overwhelmed with sales/orders/requests.

That's not going to happen. There is a common misconception that if you build it, they will come. Not so. Just like getting a bunch of business cards printed, they look nifty sitting on your desk, but if you don't hand them out, they aren't helping you.

The same applies to a web site, just because you have a presence online doesn't mean people will see it. It doesn't just magically propagate itself to all the people that may possibly be interested in your specific product or service. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to promote one's business online. It's like those old Mail Pouch Tobacco ads painted on the sides of barns. They're really neat, but unless the road goes by the barn, nobody will see the billboard.

One of our long term clients is an excellent example of how it takes time and effort to promote online. He sells kettle corn, popcorn, nuts, jams and jellies. It's taken 5 years for him to approach being 'overwhelmed' with orders, and that only happens around Christmas time. This has, in part, been due to a continuous effort of trading links with other similar businesses, keeping the site up to date and adding products on a regular basis. This way, each time the search engines come around and 'index' his site, they can see the site is busy, changing, growing. This helps keep his ranks high in the search engines for keywords that are relevant to his business. While there is no guarantee of being at the top in search results (regardless of what some claim), a constant effort will help make sure you get hits from relevant keywords. Think of keywords as your target audience. You bring the right keyword hits, you get the sales.

I have all the business I can handle so why do I need a web site?

I don't need or want to sell my product or service online.

You may have all the business you can handle today, but markets and economies can and do change. A web site can be useful in helping you spread the word about your business as well as working as an educational tool to teach your potential clients. It can go into more detail about what you provide than even a brochure can do.

It can come in handy when you are pressed for time and someone asks you about a specific service you provide. It's also more reliable than you! It won't forget and leave out a crucial detail that may be important to a potential client. Perhaps you're a massage therapist. While you may not be interested in actually 'selling' your services online, a web site could be used to list any certification or training you've had. It could go into detail about each type of massage you provide. It could even show photos of your facility to show people what a professional operation you run. This can free you up to do what you do, give quality massages.

A web site is also handy because it's never written in stone. You had 1,000 brochures printed up and now your address or prices have changed? Now you've got 1,000 brochures that need to be recycled. A web site is a quick fix if anything about your business changes.

I've got a web site, how come I'm not getting rich?

As web designers we repeatedly run into clients who just can't be sold on long term marketing maintenance for their site. They have a hard time justifying such a monthly expense. While the technology surrounding search engines changes at the speed of light, one thing remains constant: Content is King. Yes, it's a cliche phrase, but true. Just as those old barn billboards are fading into obscurity because the highway now takes all the traffic away from those rustic back roads, you need to keep up to compete.

In order to successfully promote online, you must continually be adding to your site, whether it's adding updated articles, trading links with similar businesses, or archiving your monthly newsletter online, it takes an ongoing effort. Sure, you might be able to do these things yourself. However, sometimes you need to decide when to concentrate on what you do best, which is run your business and let a web designer or internet marketer do what they do best, which is promote your site.

It's also essential that you promote your web site off-line as well. It takes everything from putting your web address on your business card to sharing the address in conversation, to including it on any and all advertising you do.

Remember the popcorn vendor I mentioned earlier? This gentleman also spends a great deal of time and effort promoting his site off-line. He literally stands on the street corner to do it! If you ever frequent the eastern panhandle of West Virginia you may have seen him. He sets booths up on busy roads full of people headed weekend fun on the Potomac river and has a storefront in Frederick, MD. So, he's obviously busy promoting his business off-line! His web site address is You should check it out. His popcorn is delicious and I'm told the kettlecorn is pretty healthy, too! See, I just promoted him! It takes all kinds of promotion, from paid advertising to word of mouth, to make a business a success.

I don't need a professional web site designer, my uncle's friend knows some html.

While that ultimate decision is up to you, it's important to keep in mind that your web site is an extension of your business. It should appear just as professional as your business. It should also be targeted towards your specific audience just as any printed marketing collateral should be.

While little animated kitties are cute, do they help sell your product or service? Maybe they do if your business is related to animals, but otherwise, probably not. Using professional graphics is very important. There's a trick to saving graphics for the web to allow for a nice looking image, while still providing something that is quick to download. Will the graphics match any off-line imagery used? Can someone who knows a little HTML create them, as well? Maybe, but not always.

In this day and age, in order to compete, every marketing tool at your disposal should be used to its fullest potential. It takes more than HTML to create a successful web site. A successful web site takes not only a coder who knows HTML, XHTML, PHP, CSS and a bunch of other acronyms, but a graphic designer and a marketing expert to pull it all together. The most successful sites will blend seamlessly with your off-line materials.

My market is local, I don't need or want to sell to the world.

Just because your market is small or local doesn't mean a web site can't work for you. It's all in how the search engine promotion is handled. You can certainly gear your site towards a region as well as a specific target audience. Again, the fear that you'll be overwhelmed with inappropriate orders is groundless.

I can't afford a web site.

Yes, a professionally designed web site isn't necessarily cheap. However, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg either. It most definitely should be planned into your marketing budget as any other marketing tool would be. Today, a web site is as necessary as a business card, brochure or a yellow pages ad. In fact, it may be becoming more so. You can certainly share much more information about your products and services on a web site than a yellow pages ad can. In some locations, a web site can even be cheaper than a phone book ad!

By being able to quickly share information like testimonials from satisfied clients, your history or philosophy, experience, a showcase of your work, contact information, your prices, or your personnel, half the job of selling can be done for you, online.

It then just becomes a matter of how can you afford NOT to have a web site?

Have yourself a Super day!

Jun 20, 2006

Be Financially Independent

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Yes, You Can--and You Should--Become Financially Independent! You owe it to yourself and those You love to rid yourself from the power-robbing, creativity-stifling, worry-causing scourge of dėbt. And You CAN!

Yes, You Can Be Financially Independent
by - Michael Angier , founder and CIO

By its very definition, financial independence means to not be dependent on anyone or anything for our financial needs. That requires being free from debt.

When asked what they would do if they won the lottery, most people say they would pay off their debts. Just imagine what it would be like not to owe any money!

We’d all like to be free from owing money. But something has happened to us over the past couple of generations—we’ve come to accept debt as just another part of modern life.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

The average American will earn between $600,000 and $2,000,000 in his or her lifetime. But it’s not important what we make—it’s what we keep that makes the difference. The percentage of people reaching 65 who are financially independent are in the small single digits. Over 25 percent of the US federal budget is used just to pay interest on the national debt. Debt has become the new “American Way” and it’s not something to be proud of.

Bankruptcies, failed marriages, alcohol and drug abuse, crime and a host of other things can often be related to the scourge of debt. Part of the reason we’ve embraced being in debt for most, if not all, of our lives can be attributed to the fact that everyone else—including our government—is doing it. Owing one, two or even three times as much as we earn in a year would have been horrifying to our grandparents. Had consumer debt—a term unheard of only 30 years ago—not crept into our society gradually, it never would have been embraced.

Just think what it would be like if you owed absolutely nothing to anyone for anything. All the payments you pay each month—all the interest, all the worry, the limited choices—would disappear. No more would you have to stay in a job or profession you despise with people you don’t respect. You would feel not only free from debt, but you would experience freedom in many other aspects of your life.

Imagine what your life would be like if you only had to pay for utilities, food and entertainment. Would it make a difference in the quality of your life, the quality of your relationships, your health? Of course it would.

We can all become debt-free and in less time than you might think. But first we have to get serious about it. It won’t happen by itself. The 40-40-40 plan won’t cut it. That’s working 40 hours a week, 40 years of your life and retiring at 40 percent of what you were making before.

Most people work into May of each year, just to pay their taxes to the state and federal government. How many more months do we have to work to pay the interest and principle payments on what we owe?

Let’s say that you owe $40,000—not counting your home mortgage—credit cards, furniture, cars, etc. If the average interest on this debt was 14 percent, you’d have to pay $5,600 just in interest each year. On top of that, of course, are principle payments. That could easily be another $5,000 to $10,000. Even if you were only paying $10,000 in payments on this debt, you would have to make over $13,000 before taxes to service this liability. If you made $35,000 annually, you’d be working almost five months of that year just to make your payments. Add to that the five months to pay taxes and what have you got left? Is that any way to live? No wonder so many people feel trapped.

How Do You Get There?
Getting out of debt and staying out of debt is simple. SIMPLE, but not always easy. I want to encourage and support you and your business to become debt-free. I’m confident that you will have more fun, encounter less stress and be more productive.

My wife and I have made our plan, we’ve simplified our lives, and we are well on our way to reaching this objective. Our company has no debt and we will personally be free of ALL debt in a short while. You can do it, too.

Debt-Free, then Wealth
Albert Einstein was once asked what he considered to be the greatest invention of all time. “Compound interest,” was his reply. When you’ve eliminated your debts, you can then start to use this “great invention” and make compound interest work FOR you instead of against you. You will develop an investment portfolio that can make you truly wealthy in only a few years. You can become a true capitalist in the real sense of the word—one who creates capital. And you will be free.

You owe it to yourself and those you love to free yourself from the power-robbing, creativity-stifling, worry-causing scourge of debt. After that, you can begin to develop real wealth.

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Jun 18, 2006

Fathers Day Quotations

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To all Fathers, much Love on your Special Day !!!

Quotations For Fathers Day

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
— Mark Twain

It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home - it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.
— Margaret Truman

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."
— Harmon Killebrew

You only appreciate your father the day you become a father yourself.
— Anonymous

Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
— Al Unser, Jr.

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
— William Shakespeare

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
— Sigmund Freud

Dad - Ask him when Mom says no.
— Author Unknown

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
— George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640

A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
— Authur Unknown

To her the name of father was another name for love.
— Fanny Fern

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
— Clarence B. Kelland

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.
— Robert Frost

A father is a banker provided by nature.
— French Proverb

The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity.
— Jean Paul Richter

It matters not that Time has shed
His thawless snow upon your head,
For he maintains, with wondrous art,
Perpetual summer in your heart.
— William Hamilton Hayne

Children are poor men's riches.
— Anonymous Proverb

None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of SUCH a Father who has not his equal in this world-so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don't be discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal.
— Victoria, Queen of England

Have yourself a great Father's Day!

Jun 16, 2006

Over The Garden Wall

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I love herbal gardens, I had one in the back of my patio door. When I cooked, my herbal garden was very close to retrieve the herbs. What I enjoyed was the beauty it created when looking outside and the aroma it provided! I've been gone for 7 years so my herbal garden is no longer there.

I hope You enjoyed yesterday's article "The 15 Most Powerful Healing Herbs in Your Kitchen". Here's another great article by John an AdlandPro Community friend, it's that time of year to plant any garden You wish.

If You desire a herbal garden then today's article is for You. John is sharing tons of information to help You how to grow, dry and freeze your own herbs. “HAPPY GARDENING”... enjoy!

Over The Garden Wall With Oaky:
Growing, Drying and Freezing Your Own Herbs

By John Elliott Aka Oaky Wood©2006

These annual, perennial and sometimes shrubby plants are often grown by amateur gardeners, and cultivated for their culinary and sometimes medicinal uses, although they can make attractive specimen plants in mixed borders. In most gardens, a small plot can easily be set aside for growing a few choice herbs. Large or medium Patio style planters and hanging baskets, near the kitchen, using cultivated herbs is fast becoming a popular hobby, as healthier lifestyles are sought throughout the world. The aromatic fragrances are also so refreshing on those balmy summer days as you lay basking and relaxing in the sunshine, enjoying your iced lemon teas.

Generally, herbs need a light, fertile, well-drained soil or compost, in full sun. They can easily be grown in odd corners in the garden, but if space allows, a designated herb garden is the most convenient and can be a most attractive way of grouping them. The ancient Romans, Greeks and indeed even the great traditional English gardeners, all enjoyed and treasured their herb gardens in there many shapes, sizes and complexities throughout history.

Ideally the site should be a south facing position, and on a slight slope to aid drainage. Herb beds should be arranged and planned to make access easier to each group of plants, placing the taller varieties to the back or centralized, where they won’t overshadow the smaller ones, and keep moisture loving varieties to the bottom of any slope. Raised bed culture is also ideal for an herb garden feature, add a waterfall or running water and enjoy the relaxing aromatic tranquillity it creates.

Many herbs can be grown from seed in window boxes, on patios, in pots on outside windowsills, hanging baskets or that old discarded wheelbarrow. Use John Innes potting compost No 1 or 2, or a similar good quality brand from your local garden supply center, and put a good layer of broken crocks or small polystyrene pieces in the bottom to ensure good drainage. Keep the compost just moist during the growing season, and give a liquid feed occasionally, to encourage good growth. The actual windowsill or patio should preferably face south or west, so that the plants receive direct sunshine for the greater part of the day.

The culinary and medicinal uses of individual herbs is beyond this article, but generally the best and fullest flavors always come from the freshest of your picked herbs which will keep for only a limited period in well sealed, and dry air tight plastic containers in your refrigerator. For winter use, herbs must be dried or frozen. Certain evergreen herbs, such as chives and dill, are not suitable for drying and ideally should be frozen or the plants re-potted up for growing indoors, within a conservatory, glasshouse, or on a sunny windowsill.


The time off harvesting individual herbs varies according to whether the herbs are being grown for their leaves, flowers, seeds or stems.

Plants grown for their leaves and stems should be gathered in the young leafy stage before flowering begins for best flavor. Harvest flower heads whilst in full bloom, and the seeds when the pods begin to open and split naturally as they turn yellow or golden brown.

Always choose a dry day for harvesting your herbs, and gather then early in the day before the sun becomes hot, but just after the morning dew has evaporated, to lock in the flavors. Handle the leafy shoots and sprigs carefully to avoid bruising. Large leaves can be stripped from the stems before drying but small leafed types are best left intact. Discard all damaged and discolored leaves, and if possible wash the remainder gently in cold water. Spread the leaves thinly in flat shallow containers, ideally on cheesecloth-covered frames, which will allow air to circulate. Place the containers in a dry, airy and warm place out of the direct sunlight. An airing cupboard or the warming drawer of a cooker is suitable provided there is reasonable ventilation. Leave for at least 4 to 5 days turning the herbs once a day. They are ready for storing when they become brittle and rustle slightly when touched.

An alternative method is to tie into small bunches and hang upside down in a shaded, dry, warm and airy place. These will take a little longer to dry out completely. You can dry out your herbs quicker in front of a fire, or within an oven on low heat but some of the aroma and flavor will be lost.

The leaves should be completely dry before storing. When completely dry large leaves varieties should be stripped from their stems, small leaves, and fine-stemmed herbs such as rosemary, thyme and bay, retain their flavor better when stored whole and crumbled before use. Discard as much chaff (waste) as possible and pack the leaves or sprigs into small, preferably opaque containers. Clear jars should be stored in a dark place. Remember to seal and label each jar immediately.

Herbs both dried or frozen, may be stored separately according to variety, or as your favorite mixtures and combinations. It is often labor saving to make up your herb bouquet, tied in muslin bags at the drying stage.

The procedure for drying flower heads and seed pods are the same. Loosen seeds by rubbing pods between your palms until the seeds drop out. This is best done outside with a slight breeze present as this will blow away some of the chaff. Once separated dry your seed for a further week and once completely dry store in the same way as for the leaves.


Freezing is an excellent way of preserving and storing your herbs, especially chervil and parsley, which have tender leaves unsuitable for home drying. Gather and wash your herbs and place them in a metal colander. Blanche the herbs by immersing your colander in boiling water for 1 minute, then into cold water. Leave to thoroughly cool, drain and freeze immediately, storing in small plastic bags, ice cube making or plastic containers, kitchen foil or even waxed cartons. Frozen herbs need not be thawed before use in soups, stews or gravy’s and can actually be chopped more easily whilst frozen. Frozen herbs are best used for flavoring as they become limp when thawed, and so useless as garnishes. Never refreeze.


Apart from their culinary and medicinal uses which is beyond this article to explain in any depth, your dried herbs may also be used to make sachets, potpourri's and pomanders, which give off a long lasting aromatic fragrance to rooms, airing cupboards, drawers and linen closets. Lavender sachets are so well known, but many other herbs and flowers make pleasant mixtures.

Particularly pleasant fragrant and aromatic mixtures include:-
1/. Lemon thyme with verbena.
2/. Fragrant leaves geraniums with rosemary.
3/. Lavender, rosemary and a few cloves with a piece of orange, lemon or lime zest.
4/. Equal parts of peppermint, lemon verbena, lemon balm, rose geranium and rose petals.

Well my friends I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s “Over The Garden Wall with Oaky”… it’s off to the potting shed for me, as an amateur gardeners work is never done no matter what time of year it is… “HAPPY GARDENING” until we meet again

By John Elliott
Aka Oaky Wood©2006

John Elliott aka Oaky Wood has been an avid amateur gardener for over 25 years and is currently co-founder of The Corner 4 Women is a writer, artist, poet and webmaster, also the owner of the Oakwood Grafix group of websites

Have yourself a Super Friday & enjoy the upcoming weekend!

Jun 15, 2006

15 Powerful Healing Herbs

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The following is an article by John an AdlandPro Community friend. Here are 15 powerful herbs that hold a plethora of natural healing ingredients. By including these herbs and spices into your daily cooking, You will greatly enhance your quality of life...

The 15 Most Powerful Healing Herbs in Your Kitchen
By John Elliott Aka Oaky Wood©2006

Since ancient times our ancestor’s harvested the many herbs and spices that grew wild around them, mixed potions, and treated ailments. Man was after all a hunter-gatherer, and an omnivore, (an organism which gets its food energy from both plant and animal material).

The humble herb and spice rack in your kitchen today need not be just a decorative feature, although they look quite pleasing to the eye hanging on the wall, in both modern and old fashioned styled homes. They can in fact hold a plethora of natural healing ingredients that can also add great taste to the foods you eat every day.

Of all the herbs and spices you can choose from for flavor, there are 15 that are more powerful than the rest. Below is the list and you may well be surprised to learn of the many diverse conditions for which they’ve proven so very useful.

1/. BASILBasil is an herbal carminative, that is, it can relieve gas and soothe stomach upsets. One possible explanation for its calming effect is a compound called eugenol, which has been shown to help ease muscle spasms.

Research is still preliminary, but laboratory studies also suggest that compounds found in basil may help disrupt the dangerous chain of events that can lead to the development of cancer

Cayenne pepper is a hot red powder made from tropical chilly peppers. It contains alkaloid capsaicin, which relieves pain by blocking the chemicals that send pain messages to the brain. If you eat cayenne at the first sign of any type of headache, with plenty of water as a chaser, this spicy herb may be an effective alternative treatment.

Added to food, cayenne perks up appetite, improves digestion and relieves gas, nausea, and indigestion. The herb also thins phlegm and eases its passage from the lungs, thus helping to prevent and treat coughs, colds and bronchitis.

Cinnamon bark contains an oily chemical called cinnamaldehyde that kills a variety of illness causing bacteria, including the dreaded E.coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus aureas.

Research shows that cinnamon is also able to stop the growth of the Asian flu virus. Herbalists report that cinnamon bark also helps regulate the menstrual cycle and checks flooding during menopause. Also cinnamaldehyde has a tranquilizing effect that helps reduce anxiety and stress.

Oil of clove is 60 to 90 percent eugenol. A potent pain deadening antimicrobal. Clove has earned the official endorsement of the FDA as an effective stopgap measure for tooth pain. Clove is also among the spices that can help the body use insulin more effectively, thus lowering blood sugar somewhat. In one lab study, clove was also found to speed healing of the dreaded cold sores.

5/. DILL
Dill has been used to soothe the digestive tract and treat heartburn, colic and gas for thousands of years. In fact, the word dill comes from the Old Norse word dilla, meaning to lull or soothe. The herb has an antifoaming action that suggests why it might help break up gas bubbles. Like parsley, dill is rich in chlorophyll, which also makes it useful in treating bad breath.

Rich in volatile oils, fennel is what’s known as a carminative herb, meaning that it can ease bloating, gas pains, and digestive spasms in the small and large intestines. Fennel can also reduce bad breath and body odor that originates in the intestines.

Women who are breast feeding may find that fennel, which works in a way similar to the body’s hormones, increases milk flow.

Intact garlic cloves contain an odorless, sulphur-containing amino acid called alliin. When the garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What’s more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.

8/. GINGERWhen it comes to quelling the queasiness of motion sickness, ginger has no equal say herbalists. In fact, researchers have demonstrated that ginger beats dimenhydrate, the main ingredient in motion sickness drugs such as Dramamine, for controlling symptoms of seasickness and motion sickness.

Ginger stimulates saliva flow and digestive activity, settles the stomach, relieves vomiting, eases pain from gas and diarrhea, and is effective as an anti-nausea remedy. This aromatic herb also helps lower cholesterol. Herbalists have also found it to be useful as a pain reliever.

9/. MINTHerbalists the world over use mint, as a premier stomach tonic, to counteract nausea and vomiting, promote digestion, calm stomach muscle spasms, relieve flatulence, and ease hiccups. Menthol, the aromatic oil in peppermint, also relaxes the airways and fights bacteria and viruses.

Menthol interferes with the sensation from pain receptors, thus it may be useful in reducing headache pain. Scientific evidence suggests that peppermint can kill many kinds of micro-organisms, and may boost mental alertness. In one study, people who inhaled menthol said they felt as if it relieved their nasal congestion, although it didn’t increase their measurable airflow.

Oregano contains at least four compounds that soothe coughs and 19 chemicals with antibacterial action that may help reduce body odor. The ingredients in oregano that soothe coughs may also help un-knot muscles in the digestive tract, making oregano a digestive aid. This familiar spice also contains compounds that can lower blood pressure too.

Diuretic herbs such as parsley prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections and keep our body’s plumbing running smoothly by causing it to produce more urine. They also relieve bloating during menstruation.

Also there’s a reason for that parsley on the edge of the diner plate, its not just there for fancy decoration; it’s an effective breath freshener because it contains high levels of chlorophyll.

12/. ROSEMARYRosemary is one of the richer herbal sources of antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent cataracts, and contains 19 chemicals with antibacterial action that help fight infection.

Traditionally used to ease asthma, this common culinary ingredient has volatile oils that can reduce the airway constriction induced by histamine, that chemical culprit of asthma and other allergy symptoms. Herbalists think that rosemary may also help ease breast pain by acting as a natural drying agent to fluid filled cysts.

13/. SAGE
The oils found in sage are both antiseptic and antibiotic, so it can help fight infections. Sage is effective for symptoms of menopause, night sweats and hot flashes, because of its estrogenic action and because its tannins can dry up perspiration.

There’s also compelling evidence that sage may b of value to people with diabetes for whom the hormone insulin does not work as efficiently as it should. Lab studies indicate that sage may boost insulin’s action.

14/. THYME
Thyme contains thymol, which increases blood-flow to the skin. The warmth is comforting, and some herbalists believe that the increased blood-flow speeds healing. An anti-spasmodic. Thyme relaxes respiratory muscles and is endorsed for treating bronchitis by Commission E, the expert panel that judges the safety and effectiveness of herbal medicines for the German government. Aromatherapists say that thyme’s scent is a mood lifter.

Many clinical studies agree that curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects, including a significant beneficial effect in relieving rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Curcumin, which gives this spice its familiar yellow pigment, may also lower cholesterol. Turmeric is also packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, which have been shown to prevent cataracts.

Passed down to us by our forefathers and countless generations throughout the world, these 15 food additives and enhancers are just a selected few that are currently known to have medicinal and beneficial properties, yet represent the more commonly used. By including these herbs and spices into your daily cooking or diet on a regular basis, you will greatly enhance your quality of life, and reduce the need for those expensive, and often damaging pharmaceutical drugs.

To your continued good health

By John Elliott .. Aka Oaky Wood©2006

John Elliott Aka Oaky Wood is currently the Co-Founder of "The Corner 4 Women©2006" is a Poet, writer, artist, webmaster and designer. He is also the owner of the Oakwood Grafix©2005 Group of websites

Have yourself a Super Thursday!

Jun 13, 2006

For Your Amusement

Among other things...

Author Unknown...
Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wily Post in 1935, was probably the greatest political sage this country has ever known.

Enjoy the following:

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman... neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you're riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

11. Letting the cat out the bag is a whole lot easier then putting it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.

The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.


First - Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second - The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third - Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

Fourth - When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth - You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth - I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh - One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth - One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth - Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Tenth - Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.

And finally - If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.

Have yourself a Super Tuesday!

Jun 11, 2006

You've Got... Complaints!

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Today's article is about having complaints from your customers and how to turn upset clients into raving fans. Alexandria gives You a system to handle these situations graciously by sharing 5-step process to follow and turn them around for the best...

"You've Got... Complaints!
How to Turn Disgruntled Customers
Into Raving Fans"

by Alexandria K. Brown
"The E-zine Queen"

Did you know that marketing isn't only about getting your clients or customers? It's also about KEEPING them, and keeping them happy. That's a big key to growing your business, because not only will those customers themselves keep coming back to you for more, but they'll send their friends and colleagues as well.

Studies done by the American Management Association show that your average HAPPY customer will tell three people about her experience with you. But your average unhappy customer will spread the negative word about you to 11 other people!

I'm sure you've done this yourself. I sure have! In fact, I can name three companies right now that I will *never* do business with again, simply because of the way they handled my complaints. (Sometimes all I wanted was for someone to say, "I'm sorry this happened, Ms. Brown!")

A System Is Your Solution

If there are any complaints you receive on a regular basis, you should be addressing them by putting systems into place to avoid those problems from happening in the first place. There's no way your business can grow with those landmines in your path.

But even after you do, remember that you are human, and so are your customers, so things will go wrong from time to time. And customers will write or call you to complain. So let's give you a system to handle these situations graciously, with integrity, and turn them around for the best!

After doing some research, I've found that most all the recommended protocols for taking care of complaining customers basically follow this 5-step process.

1. Validate the customer's feelings. Simply acknowledge that she's irritated. Example: "I can understand you are upset."

2. Assure her you'll take care of her. Let her know something will be done. Example: "I'm here to help you with this."

3. Make a "sad-glad" statement. This helps the customer realize you care. Example: "I'm sorry you experienced a problem. And I'm glad you told me about it!"

4. Ask the customer what will make HER happy. Don't let this scare you! Customer service experts say that most often the upset customer will ask for *less* than what you would have offered yourself. Example: "How can we make this better?" or "How can we make this up to you?"

5. Acknowledge that you'll do what she wants, or make a counter offer. (But always try to just give her what she wants! In the end, it will save you time and headaches, and avoid any bad word spreading about you.) Example: "I want to keep you as a customer, and we're going to honor your request." Or, "We can't do that per our agreement, but we can... [counter offer here]."

I'd also throw in a little something else for her trouble. For example, perhaps free shipping or a bonus gift.

Adjust to Fit, and Review With Your Team

Of course you should adjust this process to fit your particular business. I suggest you take a few minutes to write up a script based on these steps, and then review it with your assistant or anyone else in your business who is in contact with your clients and customers. Make any necessary changes, and then distribute it to your team and agree that everyone will follow it.

Have your team keep a log of each complaint that comes in, what it's about, and how it's handled. Then have a monthly meeting to review and suggest improvements.

© 2005-2006 Alexandria K. Brown

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Online entrepreneur Alexandria K. Brown, "The E-zine Queen," publishes the award-winning 'Straight Shooter Marketing' weekly ezine with 19,000+ subscribers. If you're ready to jump-start your marketing, make more money, and have more fun in your small business, get your FREE tips now at

Have yourself a Super Sunday!

Jun 9, 2006

10 Uses With Vinegar

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Today's article is written by John an AdlandPro Community friend. John is sharing 10 great uses with vinegar for around your home. I use vinegar in my home but John has shared other ways that was unknown to me. Read his article and find out what ways You can benefit by using vinegar...

10 Great Uses For Ordinary
Vinegar Around The Home

By John Elliott
Aka Oaky Wood©2006

Almost every home has this little gem in their larder as a food flavoring, but have you ever considered its many other properties too.

Vinegar is slightly acid, not the corrosive type, its php is too low, but its acidity can be used quite effectively around the home and garden too.

Our forefather's knew the benefits of vinegar from its first introduction many hundreds of years ago and can safely replace many toxic commercial products, and actually be more efficient and cost effective.

1/. Adding just a small amount to a bowl of water, with a little lemon or limejuice will make your crockery and glassware sparkle. Its acidity is wonderful for removing grease. Not just your glassware use the same mixture combination for cleaning windows both in and out of the home, even the green algae on your greenhouse or conservatory will disappear, and make the panes shine. As a cleaning agent vinegar can be used all over the house, on kitchen work surfaces, utensils, cooker, fridge and freezer its natural antiseptic qualities makes it ideal for where children or animals are. The bathroom sink, walls, bath, toilet and bidet can all benefit from its wonderful properties.

2/. Wax build up on furniture can safely be removed using vinegar. As an ex-restorer of antiques I often used it in removing age-old grimy wax build-ups on French Polished surfaces without the hint of damage to this type of wood finish. All melamine, Formica or polyurethane finishes can also be effectively cleaned safely.

3/. Cars sparkle from a regular clean with vinegar, add a few drops of washing up liquid to the mixture and you have an excellent way of buffing your car or truck both in and out.

4/. Leather upholstery is easily degreased and brought back to its pristine former condition; also those leather biker’s jackets and trousers can safely be cleaned too.

5/. As spring approaches use the vinegar, water, lemon/lime and a little washing up liquid combination to clean your glasshouse or conservatory staging and seating areas. Pots; both plastic and terracotta can be cleaned and sanitized, together with seed trays and hanging baskets.

6/. Shoes; yes even those patent leather ones can all be cleaned with vinegar then use your regular polish to finish and buff.

There's an old nursery rhyme;

Jack & Jill
went up the hill
to fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down
and broke his crown
and Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got
and home did trot
as fast as he could caper
to go to bed
and mend his head
with vinegar and brown paper.

7/. Now this really was a way of helping cuts and bruises mend and not just an old rhyme. Oh it certainly smarts as it goes onto cuts, but it has very good anti-bacterial properties preventing them from going septic. The brown paper and vinegar draws out the bruising and helps it to heal quicker. This is quite a medieval treatment but still very effective when no alternative is available, especially for minor cuts and abrasions on both human’s and pets alike. Of cause in medieval times paper was at a premium and was quite a luxury item, but large leaves from woodland plants were often used, together with lichens and mosses. Mostly old fabrics made for excellent bandages.

8/. Vinegar has been used effectively for cold treatments for many years, as its vapors loosen the mucus from a chesty cough. To make it more palatable and pleasant my grandmother used boiled raspberries, which also contain lots of vitamin C, with a little sugar and lemon juice, and added the vinegar. Simmering down to a fairly thick consistency. The mixture can be strained to take out the seeds if preferred but is not really necessary. Once cooled this homemade Raspberry Vinegar was a natural cough and cold prevention treatment. It would keep well in good sealed and sterilized glass bottles. Because many berries contain lots of vitamin C other combinations were also made. Raspberry Vinegar is available from commercial manufactures.

9/. As for pets, add vinegar to their bathing water, it will make their fur shine, but also helps the infestation of tics and fleas, if done regularly Take care around your pets eyes as vinegar can sting for a while.

10/. Aching feet, no problem, soothe away those aches in a foot-spar of vinegar and warm water. Add witch hazel and chamomile and you have a very therapeutic soak.

I’ve only just scratched the surface with the uses of ordinary household vinegar, and no doubt as you start to realize its full potential then you’ll find so many more uses for this overlooked common household product. Many books have been written and are readily available from various sources

By John Elliott
Aka Oaky Wood©2006

John Elliott Aka Oaky Wood is currently the Co-Founder of "The Corner 4 Women©2006" is a Poet, writer, artist, webmaster and designer. He is also the owner of the Oakwood Grafix©2005 Group of websites

Have yourself a Super Thursday!

Jun 6, 2006

Achieve Personal Success

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What Does Personal Success Mean to You?? This question was asked to an AdlandPro Community Member in an interview she gave and it was amazing her response. Kathy passed the test!

It's a fantastic topic because SUCCESS is defined differently to all individuals. Kathy shares helpful hints to GOOD and simple steps to follow for those who need guidance in setting some type of goal...

Achieve Personal Success
by: Kathy Martin

The concept "to achieve personal success" cannot be specifically defined for the masses because such success is, well, personal. Therefore, in order to achieve personal success, it is first necessary to come to terms with your own personal definition of personal success. Each individual's own definition of will be influenced by several key factors:

* Personal success is subject to individual interpretation based on upbringing, past experiences, role models, personal motivations and goals. For some it might be to own a home in an upscale neighborhood, while for others it might be a career in the Peace Corps. Carefully contemplate your definition of success based on your values—not what your brother-in-law or Madison Avenue tells you it is.

* Your view of personal success will change at various times throughout your life. For example, what might be deemed successful in college or on your first job is very different from successfully raising a family or comfortably retiring in the Caribbean. Your definition of personal success will continue to change, so don't make the error of pursuing an outdated version of it.

* When you achieve personal success, it is sometimes measurable and sometimes not. Accumulating a certain amount of wealth is one measure, but a successful marriage may be far more meaningful to many people and can only be measured by how the two partners feel about each other as the years go by.

* Very few people achieve personal success accidentally. Most people who achieve personal success first defined it then planned for it; they set a goal to achieve it.

Once you have defined what it means to achieve personal success for yourself, your next step is to set goals that will lead you to your definition of success. You must create realistic, viable plans to achieve those goals. Follow your plans, be flexible, and enjoy the process. It's not about keeping up with the Jonese's.

Here are five simple steps to help you define and achieve your own personal success:

Step #1: Identify Your Goal

Clearly determine what the goal is. Be specific.
* Bad: “To lose weight”
* Good: “To lose 10 pounds in a healthy way”

Step #2: Identify Your Obstacles

List all the obstacles standing between you (or your team) and the goal. Identify resources, assistance, information or anything else that might be needed to reach the goal. As your writing, don’t get discouraged by the obstacles– they’re absolutely necessary to help you with the next step in completing your plan.

Step #3: List Tasks to Overcome Each Obstacle

Taking each obstacle one at a time, write one or more ways the obstacle could be overcome. These are tasks (or action items) that will comprise your to-do list. Expect to have several tasks per obstacle.

Step #4: Assign Task Deadlines and Set Up Task Reminders or Other Alerts
Assign a start and completion date to each task in the plan. It’s ok to be working on several different tasks at the same time, but don’t overdo it. Be realistic. Assign a reminder or alert to each task in the plan to keep you on track. If you're using, you can specify how often you want to be reminded via email of every task you've listed in your plan. You can choose to be reminded daily, weekly, monthly, at random, etc.

Step #5: Follow Your Plan

If you use, by the time to you've reached this step, you will have defined a GoalPlanTM. Complete each task in succession. Revisit your GoalPlan often and make sure to use your reminder system to keep you on track.

Additional Suggestions to Achieve Personal Success:
* If your success plan is too long or complicated, try breaking it into several smaller, more manageable plans.

* Don’t rely on luck or things outside your control as part of your success plan.

* Be flexible– expect your success plan to change before you complete it. Circumstances change, unexpected events occur, and your plan should be updated to adapt to changes. Use planning software such as to help construct your plan and modify it regularly.

* Seek the input of others who have expertise in the area or who have completed a similar goal.

* Reward yourself for partial success as significant milestones are accomplished.

Tools & Resources to Achieve Personal Success (this Web site) was designed to help you achieve personal success, regardless of how you chose to define it. By helping you select and pursue personally fulfilling goals, you create a clear, defined path to your own personal success.'s pre-made GoalPlans®, goal-setting wizard, and email reminders are extremely effective tools for creating viable plans and keeping you on track.

As priorities change (and circumstances change), goals will change as well. provides a convenient, flexible, and easy way to manage your path to personal success. We encourage everyone to pursue their goals with passion. Personal success is yours alone to define, pursue, and achieve. We are here to help!

Have yourself a Super Tuesday!

Jun 5, 2006

Mud Puddles & Dandelions

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Today I'm sharing this very nice poem, enjoy it!

Mud Puddles And Dandelions
(Author Unknown)

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that
Are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and
Blowing white fluff you can wish on.

When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly,
Dirty person who probably wants money and I look away.
My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't
Have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen.
My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words.
If they don't know them, they make up their own.

When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it
Messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close
Their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to
The ground laughing.

When I pray, I say thee and thou and
Grant me this, give me that.
My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends.
Please keep the bad dreams away tonight.
Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet.
I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."

When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and
Dirty carpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams
To build, rivers to cross and worms to play with.

I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from?

No wonder God loves the little children !!!
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may
Look back and realize they were the big things."

*The children are a gift from God and are very precious!
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"The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with the concern."
- Max Lucado Bailey -

Have yourself a Super Monday!