Tuesday, May 30, 2006

QOTW Time to yourself

Work at home moms rarely have time to themselves without the kids. What do you do if you have an hour, day, or eek an entire weekend to yourself?

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Shopping for car insurance

I beleive being a smart consumer and knowing your prices is one of the most important things a family can do to save money.

One way to to comparsion shop for car insurance. Free auto insurance quotes is a good resource to quickly find auto insurance rates in all 50 states.

There was also some good information on how to deal with car theifts (or prevent them from coming after your car) from GEICO and the National Insurance Crime Bureau's.

1) Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while driving. Close all windows and sunroofs, no matter how hot it is.

2) Never leave your keys in the car.

3) If possible, park in busy, well-lit areas. Thieves prefer to work in the dark. Leave your car in park or in gear with the wheels turned toward the curb or some other obstruction, so thieves won't be able to tow it easily.

4) Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them.

5) Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn't have one. A mechanism that locks onto the steering wheel can be a very visible sign that you've taken steps to protect your vehicle. Ignition cut-off systems prevent a car from being started. Some new cars come with passive alarms that activate automatically when the key is removed from the ignition. One system emits a signal that can be tracked by the police. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles that can be tracked and recovered quickly. Many insurers offer discounts for these types of systems.

6) Beware of the "bump-and-rob" technique. Carjackers bump your car from the rear, then steal it when you get out to look for damage. When stopped at a traffic light, leave room to maneuver around the vehicle ahead if you need to. If another car bumps yours and you feel threatened, drive to a populated area. If you have a cell phone, call the police for assistance.

7) Do not leave registration or title in the car. Too often a car thief is pulled over and gets away from the police because he or she can produce the auto registration. If multiple drivers use the vehicle, the best suggestion would be to hide the registration in a secret location that only the owners know.

8) Look around. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in garages, parking lots and gas stations.

9) Know where you're going. Avoid known high-crime areas even if the alternate route takes a little longer.

10) If confronted by a carjacker, do not resist. Cars can be replaced; you can't.

11) Have your car's vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows. Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don't want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Shopping for Father's Day Gifts

June is a busy month when graduations, weddings and of course Father's Day occur.

Father's Day is a wonderful day to offically honor our Dads. It was started in 1909 when Sonora Dodd, of Washington, first had the idea of a "father's day." She thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon. She had a very special day William Smart who was Civil War Veteran as a well as widowed Dad. He had to raise six children and including an infant.

All Dad are specials however many can be difficult to buy for. Gift baskets are a good choice for fathers day gifts. You can get with a theme for a golfer, griller, the fisherman and many other ideas. You can also get food theme ones filled with chocolate, nuts, wines and cheeses. Gifts Baskets can be personalized to show Dad how much you care.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

What is an RSS feed?

Sheila from Family traveler submitted this week's post of the week. What the heck is an RSS feed and why do you need one?

She makes the techo geek stuff sound easy-check it out!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Wahm reveal how they will handle summer

Welcome to our weekly Question of the Week. Now that summer is almost here, what are some of the activities that will keep kids busy and happy while you are working? Or will your home business or blogging take some time off?

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Angela at Marketing Corner says summer is her favorite time to reconnect with her kids without feeling rushed.

Jill is a home schooling mom and the flexiblity of being her own boss is that she sets the schedule around the kids.


Bev has set up a daily schedule with a focus on kid and family time to balance her life as a work at home mom.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

QOTW How will you handle summer and work?

Now that summer is almost here, what are some of the activities that will keep kids busy and happy while you are working? Or will your business/blogging take some time off?

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Tags: work+at+home+mom, , bloggers

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Wahm reveal How do I stay fit?

Welcome to our weekly Question of the Week. How do you stay fit? Not just on the physical side but the mental and emotional side? Do you make time for exercise? Do you always want to learn new things to keep you challenged?

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Angela of Marketplace Corner says that she needs to focus more on herself and is working on improving that.
Frugal Momma likes to use exercise videos to stay physically fit and adult conversation to stay mentally fit!
BikerMomma who is a perfect shape finds that money and me-time are luxuries that she can't always afford right now.
Family Traveler gives a checklist on how to stay fit while traveling while being a parent!
Freelance Writer says you can easy turn into a sloth when you are working at home, but shares her thoughts on how she remains sloth-free while being a work at home mom.
Jill says her 5 kids who ask her a million questions each day keep on her toes mentally and she just gave her a Mother's Day gift for a personal trainer!
Moms Cafe focuses on getting enough sleep and not sweating the small stuff to keep her in tune.


Monday, May 08, 2006

QOTW How do you stay fit mentally and physically?

How do you stay fit? Not just on the physical side but the mental and emotional side? Do you make time for exercise? Do you always want to learn new things to keep you challenged?

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Tags: work+at+home+mom, , bloggers

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Wahm Reveal if they have family support

Welcome to our weekly Question of the Week. Does your husband support you? Or does he say are you playing at the computer still? Is he your cheerleader? Does he share what you do with others? What about the rest of your family? Do they know you have a business (or a blog) Find out how to join Work at Home Bloggers Network

Tricia focuses on the support that she gets from her parents and ignores the "living in a dream world" snide comments from her in-laws

I want the truth online says her husband is asking if they are millionaires yet but doesn't understand what her business goals.

Frugal Momma tells that while her husband is her biggest supporter today, it wasn't alwasy that way.

Amber is a second generation Shaklee home business family so she got her mom on her side and her husband is very support of her business.

Bikermomma says her husband is my most successful salesman, my tech support, my repair and maintenance technician, my creative sounding board, my biggest fan ... and my harshest critic. Lord save me when we're having financial difficulties or - worse yet - when we file our income tax returns at the end of the year. Suddenly we're talking about all the part-time jobs.