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Blueberry Delight

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Blueberry Delight
 
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A Quick and Yummy Dessert for any Occasion.
Ingredients
  • 1 Box of Angel Food Cake
  • 1 Can of Blueberry Pie Filling
Instructions
  1. Mix Angel Food cake and blueberry pie filling together in a bowl.
  2. Grease a 9x13 cake pan.
  3. Dump mixture in the pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

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Growing Your Business

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Growing Your Business

Are you in business for yourself?   Are you the owner, boss, worker, and everything all rolled into one?  Like most small business owners I am sure you are the jack of all trades.  I know for me, I do it all.  I run 3 blogs, a website, all my social media, take care of all my emails and more.  I used to take care of all my own advertising needs as well.  But, life is getting busy and overwhelming and there come a point when one has to look at their business and decide what or where they have to cut back.  Being I work from home I have the flexibility of doing it all, but sometimes the long hours at the computer get to be too much.   I think it is time to decide where I need to hire someone and do it soon.

Advertising Agencies are at the top of my list when it comes to looking for help for my business.  I figure since I am the one writing the content, and promoting it on my social networks that maybe I need to get someone else to do the actual advertising of my business.  One can’t grow, if you don’t advertise, right?

I have been in business for myself since 1997 and know that in order to grow you need to spend money to get your business noticed.   Do you advertise?  No matter how big or small your business is I do suggest you look at ways to advertise it.   You don’t have to spend all your monthly income on it.  But, spending a little every month might help you make a lot every month.  It is something to think about if you are a serious business person and are looking toward the future and being financially independent someday.

Here’s to a successful business.

5 car accessories for the work at home mom

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5 car accessories for the work at home mom

As a work at home mom, you’ve managed to escape the daily commute, but the school run can be just as challenging. If you struggle to get the kids up and out each morning, this guide to 5 of the perfect car accessories could make your mornings run a little smoother. From backseat storage to how to keep the kids entertained, PassSmart are here to make sure you’ve got your morning sorted.

Hands free Bluetooth

If multi-tasking is your thing, a Bluetooth in-car headset could be just what you need. When you’ve got the kids in the back and rush hour traffic to contend with, talking on the phone can be riskier than you might think. A hands-free Bluetooth kit will make sure you keep your hands on the wheel whilst allowing you catch up on important business calls.

It might be best to keep the most important calls until after the drop off though, as we all know kids aren’t afraid to make noise, no matter who you’re on the phone too!

Storage

In-car storage units aren’t exactly exciting, but they’ll make getting the kids in and out of the car a whole lot easier. You can buy storage units online and in many retail outlets, and you’ll be surprised at how much space they’ll free up in the car.

We know how easy it is to just fling everything in the back, but having an organized car can shave minutes off the school run. Say goodbye to rifling around for the kids soccer boots in the trunk and make sure you know exactly where everything is!

Car seat covers

For times when breakfast is an on-the-go affair, seat covers will protect your upholstery. They’re great for longer trips with the kids, too, if they’re going to be eating, drawing and drinking back there. Instead of spending hours scrubbing strawberry jam off your seats, simply wipe clean, ready for the next inevitable spillage!

Car seat covers don’t have to be ugly. They come in a range of different designs, so you can even make a style statement with them too.

Air freshener

Your car goes through a lot, and whether it’s the smell of muddy sports kits, this morning’s breakfast or tonight’s dinner, the car is bound to need a bit of a freshen up. Air fresheners are cheap and offer a great solution to stale in-car smells.

You can buy them in a range of different fragrances, or you could even make your own with your favorite essential oils. Get the kids to help you, and you’ve got a creative Saturday afternoon sorted!

Backseat DVD

Backseat DVD players are fantastic for car journeys with the little ones. When you need the kids to quieten down, put it on and they’ll soon be entertained. Have some of their favorite DVDs in the car ready, and you’ll always be prepared.

In-car DVD players are best for long journeys, as they probably won’t want to be torn away from their favorite film when they reach the school gates!

This content was written by the British service for learner drivers and driving instructors, PassSmart.com.
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How to Build Your Own Pet Home

How to build your own pet home

If you have pets at home, keeping them safe is hugely important. This can be a particular concern for pet owners who have animals that live outside the house, such as rabbits and guinea pigs. With an assortment of wild animals likely to pass through your garden at night, as well as the bad weather we frequently have to endure in the UK, you need to make sure your pet is well protected.

However, buying a rabbit hutch or a home for your guinea pig can often be expensive. Building your own pet habitat means you can create a unique home that suits your pet’s specific needs, as well as saving you money.

Here are a few things to bear in mind when building your own rabbit hutch or outdoor pet home.

Tools

You need to make sure you have all the required tools before you begin. Think about the materials you will be using as well, and then you should get a good idea of the tools you need. You’ll mainly need some wood – plywood or cedar wood is suitable – and some wire mesh, but you may also want to add features such as door latches and feeder boxes. Don’t forget some nails and screws to fasten the various parts of your hutch together.

With these things in mind, the tools you will require are likely to include a saw, a sander, some wire-cutters and some pliers. You may also like to consider air compressors hire for this task, as staining the wood is a great way to add a professional-looking finish to the job.

Design

Think carefully about how you would like the hutch to look, and what features it needs to provide a comfortable home for your pet. You’ll be able to find plenty of hutch designs and ideas on the internet, so spend some time researching the project and make sure you find the best one for your needs.

As well as looking the part, it needs to be practical. Consider how easy it will be to clean, as well as how you will access your pet when you wish to take it out of the hutch. These are all important considerations for pet home design.

Another factor to think about is size. How much room do you have in your garden for the hutch, and how much space will your pet need inside? You don’t want to build something that will leave the animal feeling cramped, but it also needs to fit within the allotted space in the garden.

Safety

Remember to work safely as you construct the hutch, wearing eye protection when you use the saw. Also, you need to ensure that the home does not contain anything that could harm your pet once it is inside. For example, all the wire mesh should be bent away from the inside of the hutch to avoid injury to the rabbits.

You should also avoid using treated wood when you source the materials for your hutch, as the chemicals in it will be harmful to rabbits and other animals over time. Why not take the eco-friendly option and recycle any old scraps of wood you have lying around the house? Perhaps an old desk or unwanted bookcase gathering dust could be repurposed as a brand new pet home.

Top tips for creating the perfect nursery

Top tips for creating the perfect nursery

For expectant parents, the months leading up to the birth of a child can be an exciting and emotional time. There will be a lot that has to be done before your new bundle of joy arrives – including setting up the nursery.

Creating the perfect nursery can be a lot of fun for parents-to-be. But it can also be a bit tricky – after all, you’re creating a bedroom for somebody you haven’t yet met. What will his or her favorite color be? Will he or she prefer giraffes or zebras? In fact, you might not even know if you’re having a boy or a girl.

With so much to learn about your new arrival, parents may worry about whether the new baby will like their room. However, the best way to approach the project is to create a space that you like and which is cozy and calming. If the room is a tranquil space where you feel at ease, your baby will sense this and feel comfortable as well.

•       Choose a color scheme or theme

There are many schools of thought when it comes to the color palette to use in a nursery. Some experts suggest bright and bold shades to stimulate brain activity, while others say more soothing tones will promote better sleep patterns. If possible, it might be a good idea to create a balance between these types of color, but in any case be sure to keep the room feeling light and airy.

Deciding on a theme might be a good way to approach the task of decorating the room. Not only will this make it easier to decide on what colors to use, but as your child grows, the theme will encourage imaginative play. A jungle or underwater theme might be fun, while fairies, cute dragons or retro robots are other ideas you might want to consider. Alternatively, pick your favorite children’s story and base the room’s decor on that. You can even choose a color scheme by selecting shades used in the book’s pictures.

•       Select the furniture

A nursery will need to have a cot, a changing table and a comfy chair for nursing and spending time with your baby. In addition, plenty of storage space will also be necessary to hold items ranging from nappies and bedding to clothing, toys and books.

•       Opt for easy-maintenance flooring

A nursery floor will eventually become the floor of a toddler’s room, then a young child and then a teenager. It’s safe to say that floor is going to get a lot of wear and tear, so opting for a durable surface that’s easy to keep clean and which will last for many years is the best choice.

At UK Flooring Direct, you’ll find a variety of beautiful wood floor products that will work well for a child’s room. Oak floors are a timeless option, while bamboo and cork are sustainable and contemporary options that will also look fantastic.

•       Accessories, soft furnishings and lighting

For the perfect finishing touch, think about ways of adding softness and texture to the room. Cushions, throws, curtains and area rugs are all good options, while dimmable lighting and carefully-placed lamps will make it easy to transform the nursery from a place for sleeping to a place for play.

What is Multi Level Marketing

Today’s Work at Home Mom is all about helping those who, Work from home.  More and more, every day I run across new businesses online, and new people who work from home.  I have many times been approached by people with the question ~ What is a Multi Level Marketing business, and why should I join one as a job?

Well, I figured since I am asked often that many of you are probably asked as well.  So, I decided to simplify it here so you can share this with anyone who asks you.

Multi Level Marketing ~

While not all MLM opportunities or companies are legit, there are many that are.  Anytime you see an opportunity that asks for money up front for nothing other than being a part of their business is a scam.  I am not talking about buying a kit or product or paying for a website, as those are legit.

Multi Level Marketing is simple and a good way to bring in extra money or an actual income full time.  All depends on your goals, how hard you work and how dedicated you are to growing your business.  If your company sells products, and recruits others to be in your team or downline who also sell products you are in an MLM. If your company is run by the more you recruit the more money you make, then you are in an MLM.  This keeps an endless supply of money for the company as their is always new recruits joining and selling.

Keep in mind that if you find a company that peaks your interest to check it out, and Google it.  You will find vast amounts of info on just about any company you are interested in.  Yes, it is true you will find good and bad info so you need to read it all and make an educated choice on if this company is right for you.

Any time you come across a business opportunity that asks you to pay to join, stay away.   Like I said before, this is aside from a consultant kit or a website hosting fee.

Being in a MLM company has many advantages and disadvantages.  I know people who make $5000 or more a month and people that make $0 a month.  It is all how you run it.    Don’t ever look at what others make, just work your business, for you.