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Agua De Pina! (Pineapple Juice)

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In Mexico, fresh fruit drinks are typical street food. If you've never had pineapple juice made from a fresh pineapple, you're in for a treat. (Note that the amount of sugar you need, and the yield, may vary with the size of the pineapple and its sweetness.)

INGREDIENTS:

1 ripe pineapple
About 1/2 cup sugar

PREPARATION:

1. Peel, core, and cut pineapple into smallish cubes. (Save some small, unpeeled pieces if you want to use as a garnish.)

2. In a blender, puree half the pineapple with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cold water until frothy. Strain into a large glass pitcher through a fine-mesh sieve. Repeat the process with the remaining pineapple and another 1/4 cup sugar.

3. Add about 8 cups water and taste. Add more sugar, if desired, and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, until well chilled.

~ Courtesy of Latina magazine, by Shani Saxon-Parrish

Twitter for Your Finances!

A guest post business article written by Sheiresa Ngo.

Twitter is much more than a communication tool to get updates from your favorite celebrities. It's also a great way to keep up with financial news and improve your knowledge. Here are four Twitter feeds to help raise your financial IQ.

1. @CreditExperts
- The feed for credit information website credit.com, helps you stay on top of news and provides information on keeping your credit in tip-top shape.

2. @IRSnews
- The Internal Revenue Service account, offers taxpayers the latest on tax law changes, tax tips, and IRS programs such as e-file.

3. @FTCgov
- The feed for the Federal Trade Commission, shares helpful tips and news that affects consumers.

4. @ITRCSD
- The feed for the Identity Theft Resource Center, shows consumers how to protect themselves and their loved ones from identity theft.

There you have it! Go and make connections while growing your money by following their feeds today.

Can you share any other important Twit…

What Is CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization)?

A powerful business guest post article written by Maria Nemenman on "What Is CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization)?"

Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) is a methodology designed to help website owners turn visitors into paying customers. There are two main approaches to CRO: one is researching before launching a website, and the other is launching the website first, and then testing different strategies to see which is most successful. Both strategies have their merits-and their drawbacks.

Approach # 1: Market Research before Website's Launch

Proponents of this approach would say that in the process of making a website, the creator should do extensive research about the makeup of her potential client base and incorporate that research into the website design.

By knowing what prospective clients are looking for, you can craft a more targeted message, making sure that everything from your content to your web page design appeals to your client base, thus increasing the rate of …

Pork Stew

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Here's a lighter, smaller-scale way to enjoy the suckling pig and pork shoulder so popular on the island. This dish is an excellent meat source of B vitamins, such as thiamin and niacin.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large pork roast, cut into pieces (or substitute pork chops)
1 cup flour (or enough to coat pork)
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
6 to 8 cups low-sodium broth
12 pitted green olives, halved
6 tablespoons capers
8 medium white potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 1/2 pounds fresh peas, shelled (or 10-ounce package frozen peas)
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Toss pork with flour, gently shaking off the excess. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil. Add pork and cook until browned all over, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large casserole.

3. Add bell peppers, onion, and garlic to the skillet. Stir in the tomato juice and…

6 Tips on Building a Business!

The following 6 tips on Building a Business is written by Tom Szaky of TerraCycle.

1. Take risks
- It's OK. Risk-taking is critical. You can't win without risking something, and you could be risking anything. You could be risking time. You could be risking money.

2. Work hard (even if it means shoveling garbage)
- A good idea is important, but 99 percent of your success is that you're willing to work incredibly hard and commit yourself to it.

3. Get over mistakes
- We make mistakes all day long. I couldn't even answer what our biggest mistake is. We just constantly make mistakes, but we learn over and over and over again. As long we learn from them, we don't do them a second time.

4. Set goals
- Define what it is your company does and then where you want to get in 10 years. Lay out a plan on how you're going to get there in 10 years and, in effect, work backward. What are the day-to-day functions that you have to happen? Create a game plan. We try to plan out what …

8 Strategies for Building Abundance Attitude in Your Kids!

This guest post is written by Marcia Jedd on "8 Strategies for Building Abundance Attitude in Your Kids!"

This is a great article and I'm so excited to be sharing it with you all. I appreciate the information provided and and I'm sure my 10 year old will too :)

1. Reward responsibly
- Don't give rewards for promised future behavior. Reward when the goal is accomplished. Acknowledge the accomplishment and celebrate it.

2. Clarity
- Be open about your financial state. Work as a family toward saving for a big item like a dream vacation. Adopt a family mission statement.

3. Everything is a teaching tool
- Use economic and financial news as well as the success stories of business owners as conversation starters or as talking points around particular issues. Inspire your kids by highlighting positive entrepreneurial stories.

4. Foster support
- You're not necessarily the dominant adviser to your children. Kids need support, mentorship and encouragement from coaches, te…

6 Essential Online Resources To Implement on Your Blog!

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Are you implementing the following "6 Essential Online Resources on Your Blog?" It is imperative that you do as soon as possible to expand and succeed in your business network:

1. E-Mail newsletter
- Every website/bog should have an email newsletter. Email newsletters will allow you to keep clients up-to-date and post relevant articles on topics that appeal to their needs or interests. It is best to start early when creating your website/blog with an email newsletter to achieve the most success.

2. Virtual connections
- Use social networking sites to make virtual connections with individuals who you feel could help one another. Pay it forward and share valuable information that others provide with your own blog visitors/readers. Knowledge is power!

3. BlogTalkRadio
- Blog Talk Radio is the worlds largest social radio network. You can create your own FREE radio show with no equipment other than an Internet connection and a phone. Listeners can call in to ask you questions and t…

Chorizo-Potato Torta!

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In Mexico, these sandwiches would be made with telera or bolillo rolls (look for them in Mexican bakeries), but any large, crusty sandwich roll will be fine here.

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
Salt
5 oz. fresh Mexican chorizo, casings removed
1 can (15 oz.) pinto beans with liquid
1 tbsp. vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
4 telera or bolillo rolls
8 oz. Oaxaca cheese, shredded
1/4 Spanish onion, very thinly sliced
4 pickled jalapeños, sliced into strips
1 avocado, sliced
8 leaves Romaine lettuce
1 tomato, thinly sliced

PREPARATION:

1. In a small saucepan, combine potatoes with water to cover and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until just tender; drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook chorizo over medium heat, breaking up large clumps and stirring, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add beans and oil and cook for 5 minutes, mashing gently with potato masher into chunky consistency.

3. Add drained potatoes to…

7 Money Saving Tips For Your Home-Based Business!

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Even a home-based business requires some type of spending. Hopefully the following "7 Money Saving Tips for your Home-Based Business" will provide you with ways to improve your bottom line:

1. Email/fax vs. regular mail
- Use email and fax to get your messages across. You will save the cost of postage, paper, envelopes, mailing time and get instant delivery to your customers.

2. Toll free numbers
- Utilize toll free numbers offered by your vendors/suppliers it can add up to major telephone savings. If you want to add a toll-free number for your customers to contact you, there are inexpensive methods such as Skype for instance, it's great for making computer calls and is free to other people plus it's cheap to landlines and cell phones around the world.

3. Energy Consumption
- When you have a home-based business you will use electricity. Utilize auto-setback thermostats and automatic light switches. You may also want to utilize the natural sunlight from the outdoors to b…

Tooth care for toddlers!

I'm one of the lucky ones in that my baby girl looks forward to brushing her teeth every morning, noon and night. However, there are many parents who are currently struggling with it. Below, I'm sharing an article of Q&A's from babycenter that will help shed some light for toddler tooth care. Hope you'll enjoy it!

What's the best way to brush my child's teeth?

While your child's early teeth are still coming in, you can clean them with a wet washcloth or a piece of gauze. By the time his back molars have come in (around 18 months), you can switch to a soft nylon-bristle child's toothbrush. Using plain water, gently brush the teeth on both the outside and inside surfaces twice a day. Brush his tongue as well (if he'll let you) to dislodge the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Replace the toothbrush as soon as the bristles start to look worn or splayed out.

When should I let my toddler start brushing his own teeth?

As soon as he is willing and able…

How to Make LinkedIn Work for You!

A powerful business guest post article written by Kay Luo, director of corporate communications for LinkedIn on "How to Make LinkedIn Work for You" who tells you how to tap into its value.

Put your best foot forward with a complete profile.
- Fill out your profile like it's an executive bio - include past companies, education, affiliations and activities. Descriptions of roles, responsibilities and accomplishments dramatically improve your appearance in search results. By filling out past companies and educational details you increase the likelihood of being found by former co-workers and alums.

Build your network before you need it.
- Networking done well is about an exchange of value. Connections are one of the most important aspects of your brand - the company you keep is a reflection of you. Generally, you need about 30-plus connections to start seeing the value of LinkedIn. The quickest way to build your network is to import your address book from Outlook or your webm…

5 Business Marketing Tips to Spotlight on Your Blog/Website(s)!

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Getting noticed online is a challenge. If you offer valuable quality content on your blog/website(s) that will benefit others then you have a loyal reader and hopefully a return visitor for a very long time.

However, how do you keep the spotlight on your blog/website(s) for continued success? Below, I've listed "5 Business Marketing Tips to Spotlight on Your Blog/Website" to help your online business shine.

1. Start a blog
- If you don't have a blog set up a FREE blog on wordpress.com or blogger.com. Start writing interesting content that is related to your online business niche make sure it will benefit your readers. Also, try guest posting on other related blogs to drive traffic back to yours.

2. Market & distribute your content
- Use free distribution services such as prweb.com, thefreelibrary.com and i-newswire.com to spread the word about your online business. Generate buzz and create the spotlight you so richly deserve. :)

3. Target your email list
- What bet…