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Thursday, October 25 2007
I hate to bring up those two dirty words that have been on my mind lately.  You know the two:

Christmas Shopping.

Yikes!  Can you believe Christmas are only 60 DAYS until Christmas!?  Okay that is just scary.  I am going to be reviewing some great places to buy gifts - from the comfort of your own home.  That's how I like to shop!  LOL

KooKoo Bear Kids is such a cute site!  This site features LOTS of awesome stuff for babies, toddlers, and older children.  Perusing the site, I found lots of great gift ideas.  And decor ideas!  Check out this Personalized Christmas Stocking.  How cute is that?  This would make a great pre-Christmas gift (like for a party gift exchange) or even just to buy for your own home.

They also have the cutest Baby Gifts.  They have beautiful baby blankets, adorable snuggle friends, and even personalized gifts for baby.

If you are in need of a Kids Gift, look here!  There are so many unique things to choose from for your little princess or cowboy. 


I find it alot easier to do a little internet shopping here and there, rather than wait last minute and fight the rush.  Check KooKoo Bear Kids out and I am sure you will find a few things to check off your Christmas list.
Posted by: Elena AT 12:02 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 24 2007

Reentering the Workforce after Having Children:

The Internal War Women Wage with Themselves

By Diane Lang, M.A.

 
Forget about the Mommy Wars — the supposed battle between stay-at-home and career-oriented mothers. Watch out for the battle going on closer to home: the internal debate of deciding which option is right for you.

As a therapist and life coach, I’ve seen firsthand how hard women are on themselves. Mothers are constantly asking themselves impossible questions: How can I be the best parent if I choose to work outside the home? Could I work part-time and have the best of both worlds? Which choice will bring me the most happiness? 

Here’s my advice: Don’t let fear paralyze you. Instead, let the fear guide you to good decisions about whether a job outside the home is right for you and your family—at this point in your life. Women tend to get caught up in the notion that this is a decision they only have to make once, when, in fact, your situation — as well as your motivation to work outside the home — may change as time goes by.

So where do you begin? You start by taking a close, honest look at your motivation. Is going back to work right now really right for you? Being a mom is a full-time job. Moms work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You already have a lot of responsibility. Are you ready for more?

Then ask yourself this: Do I want a job or career? There is notable difference between the two. A job can bring you a paycheck and benefits; a career, on the other hand, is something you feel passionate about, something that creates a sense of purpose and happiness in your life. You also have to consider how the job or career will fit into your already full life. No matter which option you choose, it must align with your values. Consider how many hours you want to work, whether you’ll be able to take time off for your child’s illness or “special occasions” at school, or whether you’ll have flexibility to take time off during your child’s school holidays. Only by evaluating what’s important to you will you be able to find work that brings you real job satisfaction.

Next — and this is a big one — you must consider whether your decision is financially feasible. Going back to work might not put more money in your pocket. How is that possible? Well, for starters, you’ll have to pay a sitter for your travel time, and that’s time when you’re not actually making money. There’s also commuting costs, whether it be gas, car maintenance, bus passes, or train tickets. You’ll probably have to buy a new wardrobe. And you’re likely to incur “incidental expenses” associated with going back to work — like lunches out, or pitching in for a coworker’s baby gift. Those financial commitments could take a significant chunk out of your paycheck. Will you still be ahead?

If you do decide that going back to work is right for you, give yourself a break. The first few weeks, your emotions will be everywhere. You might feel sad, guilty, and overwhelmed. Your kids might feel hurt and resentful. Your husband might be angry and confused. This is all normal.

Of 100 moms surveyed, almost all agreed that guilt was the strongest emotion they felt their first week back at work — the guilt of leaving the kids, the guilt of having less family time, and the guilt of missing special events. If you are feeling guilty, ask yourself if the guilt is real or if you feel bad because your family is angry and resentful. Keep the lines of communication open. Have a discussion with your family and let them tell you how they feel. Let your family know why you have decided to go back to work and how they can be involved in your new schedule. Make sure at least once a week you sit down with your family and see how everyone is feeling. Determine whether their anxieties are realistic.

It is natural for you and your family to have mixed emotions about going back to work. The one thing all working moms agree on: It gets better with time. You will learn to balance schedules, find a routine and get help. Just give yourself time. You may decide working outside the home isn’t right for you right now, after all, but you need time to make the adjustment before you can make that decision.

You also need to be kind to yourself during your first weeks back at work. Women are so used to taking care of others that we tend to feel selfish when we nurture ourselves. So making a decision to go back to work — doing something for yourself — can make you feel uncomfortable at first. If you’re feeling like that, ask yourself these questions: Does having a job make you a better person? A better mom? Do you enjoy work? Are you feeling fulfilled in your life? If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you are doing the right thing. Take confidence in that. 

Going back to work is a huge life transition. You are making a lifestyle change that affects not only you, but your family as well. It is easy to focus on everyone else and forget yourself. However, it is important to take care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Always consider how you are feeling and always take time for yourself.

Time management is an essential component to finding balance between work and family. You need make sure family time still exists. It is important to sit down as a family and discuss what is going on in everyone’s life. Schedule time together and plan for vacations in advance so the whole family has something to look forward to. You also need to delegate chores to your husband and kids. Balance takes time, but usually within a month or so, most families find a good routine. Consider hiring outside help, such as a cleaning service, landscaper, etc. But no matter how you decide to manage your schedule, you have to be flexible. And when you start to feel overwhelmed, learn to say no. You can’t do everything.

There is a lot to consider the first few months back at work. Keep a journal of how you are feeling. Try to write in it daily. Writing is a good stress reliever and putting words down on paper helps you sort through thoughts and emotions.

After a month, look back through the journal. What do you notice? Is your guilt and confusion fading? Are you enjoying your new work environment? Do you like working outside the home? Are you resentful of moms who stay at home? You will be better able to make a judgment call about your life by reading your journal. Then you’ll be better equipped to make adjustments, if needed.

 

About the author: Ms. Lang has an M.A. in Counseling and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the New York Institute of Technology. She currently works as a therapist at Universal Institute in Livingston, NJ, where she provides therapy to patients with traumatic brain injuries and substance abuse issues. She has been employed at various colleges in New Jersey both as an Adjunct Professor and as a Chairperson. She currently works as a therapist and life coach in the New York and New Jersey areas.  Ms. Lang made the decision to go back to work part-time, not long after the birth of her own daughter. It was that experience that made her realize how much smoother the transition could have been with a little advice and coaching from someone who’s been there. She has since authored a new book from Bent Tree Press, Baby Steps: The Path from Motherhood to Career, Reentering the workforce after staying home with children. The book is a reference guide and journal, with tips, guidance, and questions for reflection. An appendix at the back of the book provides employment ideas and opportunities for mothers who want to reenter the workplace. For more information, visit Bent Tree Press at http://www.benttreepress.com/products/desc/lang_prod_desc.htm.


 

 

Posted by: Elena AT 11:50 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, October 19 2007
Hi guys,

Here is a Christian-based business opportunity that is looking for Moms and Dads who want to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.  Coastal Families is a new and unique business that I have just begun to hear things about.

Coastal Families is a wholesale travel-based business.  You help families find and book great vacations - and save money in the process.  You don't hold any inventory, you don't sell timeshares, no quotas, no monthly fees.  You don't need experience either, as you will get free training and one on one mentoring.

If you are interested in the Travel Industry, and in working with a Christian-Based team - this may be the right business for you.  You can get more information at:

http://www.time2change4families.com/

Have a great weekend,

Elena
Posted by: Elena AT 06:35 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 17 2007
If you have or shoot home videos - this site is a gem!  As a scrapbooker, I am REALLY big on memories and historical preservation.  Do you have family videos and films just lying around collecting dust?  If these videos are just sitting in a box in your attic - what is that doing to the image quality?

Video Conversion Experts offers a wonderful service.  They can convert your 8mm film to dvd.  They can also convert many different film formats onto DVD - preserving those priceless moments to a safe format for storage. 

Not only do they do film transfer, they also do full film restoration.  So not only will your memories be preserved, they will often look  much better than the originals.

You could probably do the transfer yourself, if you invest in the right equipment (which can be a significant outlay), but restoration is best left up to the experts.

Video Conversion Experts offers many levels of service at many different price points.  So even if you only choose to do that aging wedding video, rest assured that the job will be done right and be preserved for posterity.

So if you need to
convert 8mm film to dvd, or any other film format for that matter, this site is well worth the look.
Posted by: Elena AT 07:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 17 2007

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Posted by: Elena AT 07:02 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 17 2007
I don't get to post too many reviews for cable internet, cable services, or Comcast Cable Offers, but this site has some great deals on it....

If you have Comcast Cable TV in your area, you are probably very familiar with their service offerings.  Comcast Cable TV offers all kinds of services such as cable TV, digital cable TV, high speed internet service, and digital voice (voip) services.  Did you know that you can save ALOT of money by bundling these services and finding Comcast Cable Deals online?  This site is a great way of doing just that.

Dellgines.com is an easy site to navigate.  Just click on the link to see "Today's Special Offer", and it takes you to a screen where you input your address and zip code (to check availability and pricing I imagine).  When I entered my address, it reiterated that Comcast is  not available in my area, however it did give me other resources to find the best deals on other services that may be available to me in my area.

Wow!  Times sure have changed eh?  Remember the days when you would call the cable company and the rate they gave you was the rate you got.  Bundles?  Service options?  What was that?  This site introduces a new way for Americans to save on and choose their digital services.  Very convenient and easy to review exactly what you are getting (instead of taking notes and asking questions with the rep on the phone).

I love it.  The next time I need to change up my digital services, I am using a site such as this one!


Posted by: Elena AT 02:54 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 17 2007
Hey guys,

I am just getting back into the swing of things after being out of town last week.  Man it takes forever to catch up!  If you have emailed me, my apologies.  I am getting there!  :)

I have been doing all kinds of site reviews, so you should see lots of those going up in the next few days.  If I had promised your site a review, I will get to it ASAP.

How is everyone's Fall going?  Ours has been busy as ever.  Fall doesn't last long here in Cheyenne, so we have to enjoy it while we can.  We had snow last weekend.  Really.  It didn't stick to the ground, but. still.  :)

As a thank you for being so supportive of me...  I am giving a FREE Classified ad to one random person who posts a comment to this blog.

So stop by, say hello.  Let me know what you have been up to!  :)

Elena

Posted by: Elena AT 02:38 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, October 17 2007
Some of my favorite sites to review are kitchen/housewares related.  Truly the Finest is one of these such sites.  However, it isn't your average online shopping site.  It has lots of different products - from small appliances (such as Danby Appliances - man I want one of those wine coolers) to pet supplies, to home decor and gifts.  This online retailer has many different offerings to choose from.

Another unique thing about this site is that all the prices already reflect ground shipping in the contiguous U.S.  What does that mean?  If you buy that Danby Refrigerator no need to worry about added shipping costs!

With so many different types of products on one site - it is absolutely possible to get your Christmas shopping for everyone done in one fail swoop!  My Mom wants a compact chest freezer (like the one offered by Avanti Appliances on this site), and since their price includes delivery - that isn't a bad deal at all!  They even have aquariums and patio furniture for goodness sake...

The multitude of products found on this site, kinda remind me of the Skymall Catalog.  You know that catalog you get when you fly commercial here in the US?  All in all, the site was well organized and easy to navigate.   If you are looking for something in particular, the search function at the top of the page is a godsend.

Take some time to browse this site - bet you get lots of gift ideas!

Posted by: Elena AT 02:30 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 17 2007
If you live in the Baltimore/Washington DC area and are looking for custom furniture without the custom furniture price, you should check out ArtNurie.com

This is the site of a designer that makes beautiful built-in pieces such as Wood Bookcases DC.  The designer not only does bookcases though.  He also does many other types of custom furniture such as entertainment centers, tables, staircases, and other custom wood projects. 

This wood artist works closely with property owners in DC and Baltimore to ensure that the project is done to their complete satisfaction and size specifications. 
ArtNurie uses many different species of wood in their projects, from the simple and elegant, to the unique and more exotic specimens.  You can see many completed projects (such as Wood Bookcase Baltimore) on the site.

ArtNurie.com is also skilled at restoration and Construction Management (for those bigger historical restoration and building projects in the Baltimore/DC area.

ArtNurie has been in business for over 20 years.   Their samples of custom work speak for themselves.  The quality craftsmanship and attention to detail they put into each and every one of their projects yields gorgeous results.

 So have a look at their site, and their completed projects (such as Wood Bookcases Baltimore).  If you are in their service area give them a call and see what an affordable and beautiful custom job they can do for you.





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