Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A side table for a room full of inspiration

Guest post written by Maghan Stone

When you see something for interior design, you really do just know it. I guess it's that way with a lot of things. It was for sure that way with this great little mirrored side table that I found for my living room. I guess that you could say I have a modern taste in home design. I'm really into mirrored furniture.

So I thought that it would be a great idea to try and remodel the rest of my home to give it a more modern look. Besides, I have somewhat of a budget where I can afford some Sears cabinet refacing. My kitchen just looks retro in a really awful way.

I chose some really modern looking cabinets that I know are just going to be fantastic in my kitchen. Then I'll have to start worrying about redoing the dining room too to make it look really modern. My dining chairs and table set is a hand me down from my parents, so I'm looking forward to replacing it with a modern set that will flow with the rest of my home.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Are you wondering how to bet online on sports?

Did the recent Superbowl make you want to gamble on the game? Were you positive the Giants were going to win, and then were frustrated after that you didn't bet? Are you calculating the amount you could have won?


Do you not know where to start with online sports betting?  They review major sports betting sites and recommend the most trusted ones. They explain how to bet online with helpful tips. They tell you all about sports betting odds, rules and point spreads. They have a convenient news section with important sports news regarding betting. There is a helpful scoreboard for the most recent games. This site has thoroughly examined the sites that they recommend. They list the top ten most reliable sportsbook sites. They all have been online at least ten years.

Sports Betting Spot also has a popular Facebook page with regularly updated sports news. The Bets Calculator allows you to pick the sport you are interested in. Then you choose the game that you want to bet on. It shows the odds for each team to win, then you add in your bid amount to see what you would win. You don't actually bid there, it is to show you how  much you could win.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Are you looking for a new career that is always in demand? Consider becoming a Tax Preparer!

Are you sick and tired of looking for a career that demands too much experience, and may not be around in a couple of years? Consider becoming a tax preparer! Taxes are a guarantee in America, so you know this job field is not going away. The IRS recently implemented a new tax preparer career field, the Registered Tax Return Preparer. This job does not have as rigorous requirements as the EA, or Enrolled Agent.

The first step is to train and then test for a tax preparer certification. The best way to prepare for any career certification is to invest in quality training. Buying a book, studying it well, then taking practice exams that mimic the real ones is a solid way to get yourself in shape for testing.

FastForwardAcademy.com offers several comprehensive practice bundles. They provide exceptional value in your quest to become an IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer. They offer a 30 day full refund money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with their products. However, after reviewing their testimonials, I doubt you will need to use that guarantee.

The bundle offer is the most affordable deal with the best options. But, if you choose to just buy things separately, their tax preparer practice exams are just $29.99 or unlimited exams for $99.99. You can affordably practice for your tax preparer exam.

Start on your new path to your exciting new career with these great deals.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Do you need internet exposure? Do you have a Google Place listing?


Do you feel the need to make your business more prominent on the internet? Do you have a bricks and mortar store only, without a website or Facebook page? Then you must consider using RevLocal.com to help drive business to you via their local search optimization. Local search optimization is the process of bumping your business' internet search results to a higher position on the results page. Most people just use the first page of results listings, so if you are on the second page of listings, you will not get as much business traffic.

Their company uses local business marketing to drive customers to your Google Place page and your Bing Local page. What are those, you ask? Google Place pages  and Bing Local pages present an internet user with the details of your business: its name, what you provide, your location with a link to Google Maps with directions if the user needs them, your hours and your contact information. So, for example, if someone in your town were to search for Liquor Store and the name of your town and state, only the local liquor stores with a Google Place page would show up first on the search results page. Showing up first is the goal with any internet search engine. So, your competitors will show up, and the user will probably consider those shops over yours, if you are listed.

Using local search engine marketing, this company takes control and fills in your listings. They keep you updated with any changes that you specify.  Instead of or in addition to investing in expensive Yellow Pages that are slowly fading away in popularity with the use of the internet, instantly increase your traffic to your business using RevLocal. RevLocal will help you every step of the way, especially if you are new to internet based marketing.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Considering exhibiting at a trade show or craft fair? Here is some info about setting up.

Is your company thinking about exhibiting at trade shows? Are you confused about what types of items to buy to display your name and logo? Are you a crafter considering setting up a tent at a craft fair? Are you a Renaissance Fair exhibitor? Below I will explain about the different branded items you can use to advertise and display your goods and services.
Your most important item is the tent or canopy. You will use this to stand behind, with large branding on the top tent, and optional branded side walls. You will set up your tables and chairs inside. You can go with a plain white one, with steel frames, for the most cost effective option. Or you could go with a sunproof single color or multi color logo canopy that pops up, with no tools needed. These ones are lighter with aluminum frames and easy height adjustment.

A bright and colorful draw to your trade show exhibit is using trade show carpet. This isn't plain solid colored carpeting. This is colorfully branded carpet tiles that you lay under your canopy and extend out a couple feet. This is an inviting entryway to your exhibit.

If you want more impact and draw to your booth, you could also add logo mats around your booth. You could place these on top of the trade show carpeting, or if you wanted a simpler look, you could just use the logo mat. These act as a sort of welcome mat to your exhibit.
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Batteryheads is your source for digital camera batteries!

Do you love your digital camera? Do you carry it with you and snap pictures all the time? Are you always taking pictures of  your children? If you answered yes, then you know how quickly your battery dies out.

Remember the days when you could go to any pharmacy or department store and they would replace your battery for you? Now, no one even stocks all the types of batteries that we use on a regular basis.

There is an excellent website that sells all the different brands and types of digital camera batteries. Batteryheads.com carries Dell laptop batteries digital camera batteries from at least sixteen different brands. Your battery will definitely be found there.

In addition, the site sells AC adapters, battery chargers, camcorder batteries, DC adapters, external batteries, laptop batteries and surveying batteries.

Don't wait for your battery to die out and leave you with a non-functional camera. Buy ahead and stock up.

Pictures of my Baby Deer & Kitten vintage Laura Wheeler Quilt Embroidery!

Finally, I have some pictures of the embroidery I did of the vintage Laura Wheeler Baby Deer & Kitten  Quilt patterns! I love love love them! I love vintage images, and I especially love baby animals. I hung them on the wall, next to the old christmas fabric decorations. Eventually I want to fill the wall with these baby animals. I love how they look in the embroidery hoops, they make the perfect wall decor.

I used an outline stitch on the black deer, and a detached chain stitch for the leaves,  a simple regular stitch for the flowers, and french knots for the centers of the flowers. I used three strands for the black animals. I used six strands for the flower petals, three for the french knots and three for the leaves.



I initially used a chain stitch on the flower petals, but then the flowers became too big.  My husband also pointed out that the flowers then looked to be too much in the foreground, and they should be in the background. I used pink for the flowers because that's what I had on hand, and I love pink.

For the kitten, I used a basic back stitch. The outline stitch on the baby deer looks great, but it took forever to do, and the back stitch takes so much less time, and looks just about as good.

















I'm currently working on a baby duck with yellow flowers.