Friday, November 26, 2010

Top 50 Blogs for Yard Sale Aficionados

If you’re wondering what people did before eBay, the short answer is yard sales. The practice of putting ones old or unused items up for sale to the public can be found in just about every neighborhood on any weekend of the year. However, there are many who have made the yard sale far more than a mere diversion. However, they never had such an international medium to share their advice.

To that end, we have gathered the top 50 blogs for yard sale aficionados, which are full of tips, tricks, design help, style information, and much more. Often written by those who are the first on the block to hit a yard sale, flea market, thrift store, and more, get the real inside scoop on yard sales.

Top Blogs for Yard Sale Aficionados by Yard Sale Aficionados

These bloggers have turned the yard sale into a form of art and share ... Read more about the Yard Sale blogs..

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Layaways - Who Do They Help?

I recently came across an article on MSN Money about how layaway is making a comeback in these difficult times. This instantly reminded me of something very valuable I learned while working retail many years ago about layaway programs.

Now I share the secret with you: layaway is nothing more than a storage program. It only works to your benefit if you keep up the payments and retrieve your merchandise by the due date. Otherwise, you’re paying to store the retailer’s merchandise in a back room for a specified period of time and with specified payments. This is exactly what you do when you put things in a storage unit.

If you end up not making your due date for payoff and pickup (and as many as 2/3 of us don’t), the money you’ve been paying all along the way is ... Read the entire article.

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233 Ways to Make Money

by Randall Davidson -

Many of our customers are entrepreneurs. In this post, I thought I’d try to light the entrepreneurial fire under some of our other readers by publishing the world’s longest list of ways to make money. I aimed to include as many ways to make money that don’t require special training as possible (and I’ll add to the list over time so bookmark it now). Without further ado, the list…

1. Sell your services as a freelancer. You can offer services including but not limited to web design, graphic design, copywriting, translation, etc. Some of the main freelancing websites include:,,,, (not just for coding) and For a more comprehensive list of freelancing sites, visit this article.

2. Run a college moving service. Do you have a truck or van? Run an end-of-the-school-year college moving service for fairly local students. Hang up flyers at the start of the finals period.

3. Become a holiday chef for hire. If you don’t celebrate Christmas and/or Thanksgiving, advertise yourself as a holiday dinner chef for hire. This will give your employer(s) more time with family.

4. Take headshots. Advertise on bulletin boards near college theater departments.

5. Take care of laundromats. Do you live near an unattended laundromat? The two biggest issues the owners of unattended laundromats face are ... Find out more.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Family Fun: Backyard Naturalist-Scientist

Becoming an ecologist of your yard, your habitat will help you understand better and as a result, provide the best habitat possible for your specific yard. Perhaps just as important or even more so, you will gain knowledge and data that can be useful to others such as neighbors, the city or conservation organizations.

Participate in Citizen Science
You’re not alone, there are dozens of citizen science projects already ongoing throughout North America. Among the many include:
Participate in them and if you have a local species of concern or interest, start your own project, start local groups, be a local citizen scientist.

Share and Teach
With your expertise, data and experience, share the knowledge with your neighbors, local organizations such as Audubon, parks department, the city or anywhere it can be beneficial. Be confident with your recordings and data to speak at public hearings or to encourage other local homeowners and organizations to participate, especially when discussing a wildlife species on a watch list or threatened status.

With your knowledge you will arm yourself with data to help wildlife not only in your yard, but in your neighborhood, region or in fact the entire world. With many citizen scientists and their data, city planning departments may change that next road placement or have to protect that wetland from a shopping center.

Your data may help a conservation organization or Department of Transportation, plan and design a suitable wildlife crossing for the proper species. In addition, your knowledge and observations will also help to continually improve your own habitat by observing what works and what doesn’t. So go observe, study and record!

This was an excerpt from the entire article at

About the Author:
Kelly Brenner writes The Metropolitan Field Guide, a blog for ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat. She has a landscape architecture degree from the University of Oregon and has studied and watched wildlife from a very young age in the great Pacific Northwest.

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No Need For 3,000 Miles Oil Change

Do you go by the old rule that a car's oil should be changed every 3,000 miles?

New research by the automotive website says changing oil that often may just line the pockets of the local mechanic.

Oil chemistry and engine technology have come a long way — Edmunds found that car manufacturers recommended an average 7,800 miles between changes for 2010 models.

That could save you $1,000 or more in five years. If your car has a built-in oil life monitoring system, a dashboard light appears when it's time to change. Otherwise, check your owner's manual.

Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues at AARP. Information Resource.

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Owner's Manuals

Many times you may go to a yard sale and purchase an item that has no manual.  Or, you may need to reset the time on your CD player but it isn't obvious how to do this. Never fear, owner's manuals for most products are available.

Case in point, I actually was given an old fax that was several years old.  Going to the manufacturers website I was able to obtain the exact manual I needed.  Without the manual I couldn't have used the item.  As it is, I use it just to send faxes and it works great.

If the manufacturers doesn't have them or they are charging for them then try the following sites:

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Picky Eater Syndrome in Children

Is your child a picky eater? The body develops most rapidly in the first 18 years of life, so it’s vital for children to receive all of the vitamins and minerals they need to grow into healthy adults.  And because children solely rely on their parents to nourish their bodies, the burden of supplying kids with essential nutrients falls on adults.

Some children are good eaters, but more likely than not, your child gets picky when meal time rolls around.  If your child consistently rejects nutritious foods (or even if he/she doesn’t), it never hurts to give them a  Sunshine Heroes Vitamin Supplement.  Doing so will only boost your confidence that your child has the nourishment required to grow up “big and strong.”

Without some of the most fundamental vitamins, the body cannot properly perform tasks that regulate normal development.

For example, insufficient amounts of calcium, vitamin C and vitamin D can greatly increase the potential risk of osteoporosis and bone brittleness.  More severe deficiencies of these vitamins may even result in stunted growth or skeletal deformities. Vitamins A and C make children far less susceptible to the common cold or winter flu.  And necessary amounts of vitamins and nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D can even help prevent some of the deadliest types of cancer.

Even if it seems inconvenient to make the extra effort, giving your children these essential nutrients, whether through a well-balanced diet, vitamin supplements or both, will benefit their health for the rest of their lives.  To learn more about essential vitamins for children, browse the children's area at

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Doctor "Speed Dating"

Patients may perhaps have to start thinking outside the box when choosing a doctor. Well maybe not. So please don't go throwing away that yearly listing you receive in the mail when your health coverage enrollment campaign begins. But don't be too quick in dismissing the idea. In an article entitled, Doctor-Patient Rendezvous is an accounting of this scenario. It was in the July/August 2010 edition of the AARP Bulletin. It was written by Mike Tucker.

In an attempt to better budget their hospital finances and in dealing with competition, a hospital in Texas did something rather unique.

According to the article, "About 20 patients recently gathered at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford in Bedford for a "speed dating" session with prospective doctors.

Read the rest of the  article.

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Counterfeit Money Can Leave You Holding The Bag

On the AARP website there is a column about a man who received fake bills in a legitimate transaction.  When he went to purchase gas he was informed that his $100.00 bills were fakes.  Consequently, there was no recourse for him to redeem the fake bills so he was out $800.00.   His story can be read in its entirety here.

Since this is an issue, we need to consider it is all the more critical we know what the real currency looks like.  That is why I suggest you look at this Secret Service website about Knowing Your Money.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

5 Tips For Raising Healthy Children

As parents, we know that doing what’s best for our child includes more than giving them a house to live in and food to eat. But still, it’s hard to know exactly what to do so a child stays smart, active and happy.  With all of life’s responsibilities sitting on our shoulders, it’s crucial that we make a conscious effort to help our children learn and grow. Here are five parenting tips you can follow to encourage your child to reach his or her full potential:

Providing your child with a healthy diet is critical when it comes to developing a strong, able body. Because vitamin deficiencies cause many health problems that could last a lifetime, it’s important to limit your child’s consumption of junk food. The first 18 years of a person’s life are most crucial when it comes to developing healthy bodies—so help your child make those years count! Consider Sunshine Heroes Supplements to better ensure that your child stays nourished with the nutrients they need.

The importance of physical activity in a child’s life cannot be stressed enough. This can be accomplished by going to the playground, riding a bike, dancing, or playing tag. Activities such as these will help your child develop strong bones and muscles as well as avoid the ever-increasing problem of childhood obesity.

While adults are bombarded with reality, children are blessed with boundless imaginations. In a child’s mind, fairies exist, reindeer can fly and your living room floor is a pool of hot lava. This magic only lasts for a short time, so don’t discourage them from playing pretend. Your child could even exercise creativity with supplies like empty paper towel rolls, string and glue. Encourage them to use their imaginations and let their creative minds run! Creativity is what makes people good innovative problem solvers.

In the first few years of life, children most rapidly learn from observation. So the best way to teach the essentials of life is by example. Since the majority of a child’s life is spent in the home, some of the most important steps in a child’s education happen there. Encourage them to ask questions. And when these questions come, be patient and help them understand.

Childproof your house to the age of your child. If you have a baby, frequently get on your hands and knees to check the floor and any other place they might find small, swallowable items. And while you’re down there, cover all open electrical outlets. When it comes to preventing drowning, remember to never leave your baby near water, even if it’s only an inch deep. One inch of water is all it takes for a baby to drown.

Before you strap your child into a car seat, make sure you know the proper weight requirements. And don’t install a car seat without thoroughly reading the instructions. Even if it’s for a short time, avoid leaving your baby alone in hot places. Your child’s body heat can increase five times more quickly than the average adult. Extreme heat can injure your baby or even result in death. As your child becomes more independent, make sure you teach him/her the safe way to cross the street. And don’t forget to require helmets whenever they are on bikes and scooters.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Four Green Ideas for a Good Time

So much of modern entertainment comes with a high ecological price tag, is socially isolating and disabling, and is downright culturally degrading at times, too. There are huge markets devoted to keeping people glued to their flashy television sets, buying the latest time-sucking video and computer games, convincing people to shell out over $10 for 90 minute braindead movies, and a plethora of other dead end entertainment.

What do you really have to gain by spending thousands of dollars on a giant home entertainment center, for example? The ecological costs of entertainment are devastating, too: for example, a single computer requires a whopping 1.8 tons of raw material to produce.

How can you entertain yourself sustainably, though? Here are four ideas you can try to have fun without a big environmental impact.

4 Green Ideas for a Good Time

1. Go for a ... Find out more.

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Remove Grass Stains

Kids often get grass stains on their clothes. You can soak the clothing or saturate the stain in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and two parts water to remove the stain, pre-treat with an enzyme laundry detergent (Biz or Wisk), or make a paste with water and a digestive enzyme capsule (opened to get the powder out) found at your local pharmacy or health food store. Apply the paste, let set for an hour and wash as usual, but air dry. Repeat if necessary.

Another Grass Stain Removal Tip

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Don't Use the "W" Word!

When planning a wedding, simply call it a "party" or an "event" whenever possible while booking venues, scheduling hairdressing and buying flowers. As soon as you mention the "W" word, the price for the same goods and services can go up by 50 percent or more. For example, the woman who styled my hair charges more than double the price for the same hairstyle if it involves a wedding party. When I was looking for accessories, I found that the same pretty accessories cost one-quarter of the price when purchased in the craft store located three stores down from the bridal shop. The simple white satin gown I wore was 10 percent of the price that it would have been had I purchased it as a wedding dress. Starting out married life with extra money in your bank account is great!

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