I Wish Upon A Star

I have many wishes, mostly involving a way for me to learn better ways to juggle my daily duties efficiently. I am working on getting more efficient but in the meantime I am going to keep wishing. Right now all I wish for is more home improvements, such as a new deck so that the boards on my steps don’t fall out from under our feet this Winter or new vinyl siding that isn’t an off yellow color would work too. I don’t have a lot of interior work I wish to have to done to my home but if you ask about the exterior I could give you a huge wish list of items!

I try to remain positive, as that is the best attitude I can get but when you drive up to your home and you see a house that you purchased as a first time home and know you are still living in this shack after five years and have yet to do any home improvement to the exterior you have to sulk a little bit. Of course I am thankful I have a roof over my head, I am proud of how hard I worked to get this house but reality is it needs some fixing up before I try to sell it. Yes, that’s right, I hope to sell my home soon or at least have it on the market because it’s too small for our family.

What would you do if you were to make a home improvement wish list? Would it be more interior or exterior?

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What Was I Thinking?

I thought I was being all cool when I decided no more boxed meals for this family, we are going to start eating more home cooked type of meals. I used to cook but that was before I had one child, then I cooked your basic pasta dishes and now I have three children so I just felt boxed meals of some sort were way faster than trying to cut up a bunch of veggies, meat and actually have to pay attention to what’s cooking along with three munchkins.

This past week I went grocery shopping but before I did I wanted to make sure I made a grocery listed based on actual cooking recipes. Since my daughter has a full schedule on Mondays, it means my sons and I do as well. Literally running from school, home for homework then to soccer and then to girl scouts til past dinner time. I decided Monday nights will be my crock pot night for sure along with Wednesdays too when we have a pretty busy evening with soccer.

This week I made a Brandy Beef Stew. I didn’t want to go with the regular beef stew recipe because I am not a big fan of beef stew, at all! I purchased beef stew meat, onions, and potatoes. I diced up onions and potatoes placed them in the bottom of my crock pot, then browned the cut up beef stew meat in vegetable oil and from there added it all together in the crock pot with garlic powder & onion powder. Smelled so yummy! At that point I had to determine what I was going to use for the broth or liquid. I had some steakhouse marinade so I placed that into the crock pot and mixed it up with the onions, potatoes, beef pieces and herbs from there I added some more water to just cover the ingredients in the crock pot.

I let this cook for between 7 and 8 hours in the crock pot. It was really yummy smelling but when I actually served the kids this with breadsticks and broccoli all they did was complain and say icky. This made me feel bad, like I shouldn’t even take the time to cook home cooked, healthier than our normal meals, but I did what any parent would do, I politely responded “you need to at least try it and if you do not eat this then you are going to end up going to bed hungry because this is what is for dinner”. My kids had never heard me say that to them and so what did they do? My children reluctantly finished most of their plates and went to bed full.

How do your kids respond to meals you cook that they are not used to eating?

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Merchant Services For Your Business

As a work at home woman I am always on the lookout for merchant services that will assist in making my transactions smoother and allow me to have a residual income source. Think about it, who wants to have to invoice people when they are selling products like ebooks or ecourses online? Merchant services help businesses process credit cards faster with little time spent from the business owner.

I have researched many merchant services in the years past when I was looking into being a reseller of ebooks, however, I decided to simply start my own business and sell a few ecourses here and there instead of having something set up for a residual income based on what other people wrote. I currently have a marketing ecourse and am working on a self esteem ecourse that is certainly something that would need the best merchant services possible to help process credit card payments from my customers.

So do you have a merchant service for credit card transactions? What do you like best about merchant services?

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Please Don’t Let Winter Come

Oh my gosh it’s already September, to think next month I will be 29 and my daughter will be 8 and it will be the season of Fall which means Winter in NH isn’t that far behind it. I love Fall, it’s my favorite season and no it’s not because that is my birthday month but Fall is a warmish cold season, not too hot and not too cold usually. Right now it’s the beginning of September and we are in the mid 80′s though so who knows what Winter has in store.

I started unpacking my Winter Hats and realized I have so many hats and mittens for the kids but not so many for myself nor Justin. Even Baby K has like one hat that will actually fit him. I am not a huge hat person but I am smart enough to realize that most of your body heat escapes through your head which means Miss Brandy Ellen better be getting out to the store some day to check out the selection of Women’s Winter hats around the area!

Winter time in NH is very pretty but oh so cold and hopefully I will survive because I know my children won’t let me hibernate. I request hibernation every year and still I end up outside to build snowmen and slide down our backyard hill, I guess that’s what being a parent is all about, right?!

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Hootsuite Helps You Multi-Task

As a virtual assistant who handles multiple clients social media accounts I have found that Hootsuite has solved a lot of things for me and helped consume time which means my rates get to stay lower than average! I am always on the look out for new ways to make my clients paying hours more efficient. I am a go getter and like to give my clients what they deserve for their dollar and Hootsuite has become my best friend and certainly helps my clients stay happy with my level of work!

Why do I love Hootsuite?

  • Add multiple social media accounts; currently I use Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn but there are more to add.
  • Monitor, interact and network through this one platform on multiple accounts at once.
  • Schedule updates to your social media accounts to post at a specific date and time.
  • Assign administrators to your accounts so that someone can easily monitor your accounts but allows you the access to review what they have done or have scheduled.
  • Plus much much more!

I am still in the process of learning most of Hootsuite’s features but at this time I am very impressed and have found it cut my time in half when it comes to social media work for myself and others! Hootsuite is on Twitter as @hootsuite and I tweeted them the other day with a problem and received an answer, that worked, fast! I would give them an A++ for efficiency and customer service skills!

I am not affiliated with Hootsuite, I am merely sharing this as a good tool for those who work with multiple social media accounts!

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