Showing posts from March, 2010

Win $10,000 Worth of Help to Start a Business!

I just heard about a rare opportunity to win $10,000 worth of help to start an Internet business, and I wanted to tell you about it right away...

It seems the Internet Marketing Center is planning to take one "regular" person, and turn them into an Internet marketing SUPERSTAR!

You just need to take part in their new "Ebusiness Rising Star Challenge," and if you're selected to be their star, their team of Internet marketing specialists will work with you intensively, one-on-one, for six full months, to help you build an Internet business from scratch.

And as IMC's rising star, all of this training -- which is worth over $10,000 -- will be absolutely FREE!

But that's just the beginning... because once your business is up-and-running, they're going to make you FAMOUS!

Your story and site will be featured in IMC's "Marketing Tips Report" newsletter, on their website, in their blog, through their social media channels, and they'll even…

Papas en Escabeche!

2 pounds small red or yellow potatoes, unpeeled1 pound calabacitas or zucchini1/2 teaspoon salt1 serrano or jalapeño chile1 large yellow or red onion1/2 teaspoon cumin seed4-5 cloves garlic, crushed whole1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns3-4 bay leaves2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice2 tablespoons olive oil1/2 cup white vinegar PREPARATION: Rinse the potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Cut the calabacitas or zucchini in half lengthwise, and then into 2-inch pieces. Set aside. Fill half of a large pot with water and add the 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Set over high heat and bring to a boil.

In the meantime, cut the serrano or jalapeño chile lengthwise, remove the seeds, and then cut widthwise into 1/2-inch-thick pieces. Peel and cut the onion lengthwise and then cut each half into 1/4-inch slices. In a large bowl, combine the chile, onion, cumin seed (crush partially by rolling them firmly between your fingers), garlic cloves, salt, …

Six Ways to Avoid Misunderstandings!

Early in my career I found myself being involved in countless situations that resulted in misunderstandings. My natural reaction was to blame others, rather than accept responsibility. I used to think it was the other person’s fault if he or she did not understand something or explain something properly. After all, how could it be possible that I was at fault?

Then the day came when I made the decision that I would accept 100% responsibility for all misunderstandings in which I am involved. While there have been some painful, costly and frustrating lessons, I have learned something from every misunderstanding and it has made me a better communicator.

This decision to accept responsibility for all my miscommunications forced me to not only focus on clear communication, but it has also improved my ability to identify warning signs where there may be a breakdown in communication.

If you will strive for excellence and take pride in the clarity of your communications, your…

Seven keys to creating a successful baby sleep, feeding, and play schedule!

Getting into a regular schedule for sleep, feeding, and activities can make life easier for you and your baby. But how to start? Below, find seven great guidelines for establishing a routine that works.

Get your baby used to a bedtime routine early on
Once you have a consistent bedtime worked out, a daytime routine will fall into place, says Tanya Remer Altmann, a pediatrician and editor-in-chief of The Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the Major Developmental Milestones.

And the easiest way to establish a regular bedtime is to start a predictable bedtime routine that you and your baby can depend on night after night.

"The bedtime routine is the most important thing to consider when establishing a schedule," says Altmann. "You can't force it in the first few months, but you can start practicing at around 2 months."

Altmann says to keep it simple: a warm bath, jammies, a feeding, then lights-out. It&#…

5 Money Mistakes Smart People Make!

Everyone has at least one frugal friend who always crows about how much money he saves by clipping coupons or frequenting discount stores. And while this friend’s behavior/bragging is a great reminder of how you should be more financially savvy — especially when the U.S. economy isn’t in the best shape — he may overlook some simple savings strategies that you’ve already figured out.

Even the smartest saver can make mistakes, and published a list of those easy to miss but, oh-so-simple savings strategies that everyone should mind.
Mistake No.1: Minding the pennies and missing dollarsDriving across town to use a 50-cent coupon, or to shop at an outlet store isn’t saving you as much dough as you think. In fact, you may have spent more in gas just to get to that tucked-away discount store. advises that you focus on your long-term financial goals, while you save on the small items. For example, if you find that you saved $7 with coupons, walk over to yo…

Cocktail of the Week: Paradijs!

If you’ve been on the east coast recently, then chances are you’re one of the many who’s fed up with the never ending winter wonderland. From snow storms to blizzards, Mother Nature keeps reminding us that we’re not any closer to spring. It’s no wonder that some are tempted to leave work behind for a tropical getaway to muy caliente Mexico or picture perfect Brazil. While a trip may be impossible, we’ll settle for the next best thing: an easy-to-make, thirst quenching cocktail that will leave you feeling as if you’re soaking up the sun on a white sand beach.

Paradijs, the Dutch word for “paradise” is the name of this drink, a nod to the Van Gogh Vodka used in the recipe. Those who love the refreshing taste of pineapple will adore Paradijs, which features jugo de piña. To balance out the drink’s tartness, ripe strawberries are added, which creates the beverage a soft pink hue. Can’t hit the beach anytime soon? Then settle for a Paradijs, the cocktail that will bring paradi…

How to Market Your Business with Social Media -- Our Top 6 Tips!

This interesting powerful business guest article is courtesy of the "Internet Marketing Center". I hope you'll enjoy.

If you want to have a successful online business, you can no longer afford to ignore social media.
Whether you're talking about sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, or the millions of blogs, forums, and groups that exist online, social media continues to dominate the Internet landscape.
If you want to be a part of the conversation then you need to know how to use these sites effectively to engage with your audience and build authentic relationships with them.
In this article, you'll learn our top six tips on how to do just that... But first, let's talk about why a social media presence is so important to your business.

What You Need to Know about Social Media
According to Nielsen Research, social networking has become the fourth most popular online activity -- surpassing even email!

In fact, an incredible two-thirds of all Inter…

How Many Naps Does Your Baby Need?

Sleep is vital for babies and young children, whose brains and bodies are developing at an extraordinary rate — but nighttime rest isn't enough. Regular naps help them get the sleep they need.

Do your best to encourage your baby to nap consistently. But keep in mind that his temperament and natural bodily rhythms will help determine how and when he naps. Some babies nap for long stretches every day right from the start and settle easily into a pattern. Others do just fine taking shorter naps or napping at less regular times.

How many naps a day should my baby take?As a newborn, your baby will sleep for two to four hours at a time, day and night. At this stage, you shouldn't expect any sort of napping pattern. Just let your baby sleep as much as he needs to.

When your baby's 6 to 8 weeks old, he's likely to start consolidating his sleep — he'll sleep less often and for longer stretches at a time. He'll probably need two to four naps a day, and perhap…

Hot Trends, Strategies, and Selling Ideas for 2010!

The Internet is constantly evolving -- almost daily, it seems -- which  can make starting a successful Internet business extremely challenging.

How  do you become financially independent online when the rules of the  road are always changing?

Fortunately, my friends at the  Internet Marketing Center have the solution: "The Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Online."

For  the past 12 years, IMC has been continuously updating this #1-selling ebusiness start-up guide (formerly known as "Insider Secrets"), to  keep up with the rapid pace of change online, adding new strategies  and techniques, while refining and streamlining their simple  step-by-step process.

For 2010 alone, they've packed "The  Step-by-Step Guide" full of the most up-to-the-minute techniques you  MUST have to succeed online, like:

> how to reach your  market through social media
> how to win the SEO wars
> how to earn more with pay-…

Cocktail of the Week: El Secreto!

Everybody loves juicy gossip, so we're sharing one of our favorite secrets from the bar. El Secreto may look like your typical light, fruity cocktail, but it is made with absinthe—an emerald green liquor that’s been worshiped by artists through the years thanks to its hallucinogenic properties. It was deemed so dangerous that the U.S. Department of Agriculture banned absinthe back in 1912. It wasn't legal again in this country until 2007.

The tart jade berry known as kiwi is also featured in El Secreto. Kiwifruit have been recognized by the Chinese for centuries as a potent aphrodisiac. And while some may be opposed to vegetables in their cocktails, the cucumbers actually help to tame all the strong flavors and help this cocktail go down nice and smooth.

Want to feel absinthe minded? Maybe you just want to get it on? Try this frothy, luscious drink and you might end up revealing something special tonight.

El Secreto Recipe


1.5 oz. Absinthe

.5 oz. Simple syrup

Club so…