I am here there and everywhere lately. Most days we have been spending at the pool and most nights I have been dealing with sleep issues with my two sons. It seems the four year old, AJ, was doing rather well with sleeping. Although my sweet AJ would rarely sleep through a hole night, he was at least sleeping when it was bed time. I could tuck him in and know that he wouldn’t get up again for at least three hours. At some point in time my two year old, Baby K, decided that sleep was just an option and that bedtime meant nothing.
I spoke with AJ’s counselor about sleeping habits, because you see I work from home which means these kids need to be sleeping no later than 9pm. I really need to get work done to pay bills, feel accomplished and be all around in a better mood. The counselor has advised that each boy have a separate bedtime. I never wanted to do this because they share a bedroom and Baby K has always been a light sleeper, however, I am at my wits end and willing to try anything and so we started a new bedtime routine;
- Baby K is to start bedtime at 7 or 7:30pm (he doesn’t nap during day) & AJ is to start bedtime within an hour of Baby K or when Baby K is asleep.
- Each boy is to have a time out if he gets out of his bed. An instant time out; the rule for time outs is one minute per age.
- Once time out is over the boy is led back to his room.
The idea is that you do this over and over again to wear the little ones out to ensure that they simply fall asleep and eventually they will simply learn bedtime is bedtime, no if, ands nor buts. The problem?
We didn’t cover the idea that maybe, just maybe my two year old would prefer the time out over being in his bed. YES, I am not kidding … my two year old has decided that he would much rather get out of bed and stand in a corner with no engagement than simply stay in his own bed! What do I do now?
I haven’t ever met a child who likes a time out … I haven’t ever dealt with non sleeping kids until the boys. I am at a loss as to what to do and since it’s simply something ongoing I am simply dealing with it best I can until we meet with the counselor again on Monday. I am losing my mind. I seriously am having a difficult time with balancing. What is more important? Boys sleeping or me making money to pay the bills? I honestly think both are rather important but money coming into the house is a necessity to pay the bills….
Where can you go to a place and purchase gift cards at a discounted rate or sell your gift cards for a reasonable price? There are not many places I have seen that allow you to do a gift card exchange, but there is a website that allows you to purchase gift cards at up to 35% off or sell your gift cards at up to 92% cash back.
If you are like most people you end up getting gift cards for presents during the holidays or for your birthday when in all reality you would much rather have the cash than spend those gift cards on items you don’t really need. I know having the option to sell my gift cards that I may receive during holidays would make me happier. All too often I receive a gift card for a store that I just can’t get myself to go purchase anything at because I need the cash for bills not gift cards for more material items. Cardpool.com allows you to sell your gift cards at up to 92% cash back, which is fantastic! Can you imagine getting the money you need from your unused gift cards?
What about those of you who really want to give someone a gift card for that special something that they have wanted to purchase but you are a bargain shopper and want to save money on gift cards? Cardpool.com also sells gift cards at a discounted rate, usually the discount is up to 35% off. I know I am a person who loves to save every possible penny I can, yes even when gift giving, and so if I can save on a gift card I am totally going to do that!
Which option do you like; the option to purchase discounted gift cards or the option of selling gift cards?
I don’t normally pay too much attention to my Google Page Rank, well that is since it hit a 3 forever ago because once it’s a 3 you are pretty much good to go with any paid opportunities and paid sponsors for your blog. When my Page Rank hit a 4 I was kind of excited & I thought … wow “I must know what I am doing on the back end with SEO” and well that made me happy.
Lately in the past year my blog page rank has fluctuated from 4 to 3 then back to 4 again so often I have to wonder what is going on with Google Page Rank?! Based on many articles and blog posts I have read and things I heard in sessions at Type-A Parent Conference I realize that Google has it’s own little formula it uses to create your websites rank, however, due to tricky spammers and hackers learning how to get their ranks super high Google has started to work hard at changing how they rank websites to ensure that quality content is being ranked high, instead of those sites who have “cheated” the system so to speak.
This means that no one person will ever know for sure how Google is ranking websites because the formula is often changed to keep up to date with the latest “tricks” by those who pay to get their sites up there in the high ranks of Google.
All I know is that if my rank goes back down to a 3 it usually is because I stopped optimizing my blog posts and so I start doing that again and within a short period of time my rank is back to a 4. By the way, in the beginning of this post I said I don’t usually pay much attention to my rank anymore, and I don’t, but a great blogger I read as often as I can is such a dear friend that she stops by my Facebook profile every so often when the rank is changed to discuss this with me. You should stop by and read her blog because she is a really kind hearted person and I love what she writes!
I use the Platinum SEO Plugin for SEO of my blog, but some themes have SEO built in which the theme I use has SEO built in, however, I haven’t had time to go through and use it yet so I can remove some “extra” plugins.
What are your feelings on SEO and Google Page Rank? DO you think they are playing tricks with us sometimes?