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Archive for September, 2006

Gardening Tip for Orchids

OrchidIf your orchid isn’t blooming very well, try putting it in your bathroom. The steam/moisture from the shower will help it thrive. For more on orchids, try How-to-grow-orchid.com. The site is packed with orchid information and tips.

Add comment September 29th, 2006

Do you know the market value of your home?

Every once in a while, I like to check the market value of my home. I’ve used a few different sites with varying results. Homegain.com and HouseValues.com require your personal information then e-mail limited information (or nothing at all). Zillow.com is much better. I get immediate results, without having to provide lots of other information. You just type in the address and it provides the following:

  • estimated value
  • value range
  • when the information was last updated
  • one week change in value
  • photo of the property and the surrounding neighborhood from street and satellite view
  • property values of houses in vicinity
  • number of bedrooms/baths
  • house sqare footage and lot square footage
  • year built
  • number of floors
  • type of dwelling
  • comparable home values
  • average value per square foot
  • value change over 1, 5, 10 years and since last sale
  • sale history and property tax information
  • graphs house value against zip code, city, county, state, and country in dollars and percentages

So, do you know the market value of your home? It’s only a click away.

Add comment September 28th, 2006

My husband’s wish list

presentsOver the last few years, my husband has been very vocal about the things he wants. Here is his list.

  1. Leather Swivel Recliner
  2. Bose Speaker System
  3. Onkyo Receiver
  4. Slingbox
  5. Weber Grill
  6. Treo 650 700p (it’s time to upgrade)
  7. The MAD Magazine Board Game (which they don’t make anymore)
  8. Photo printer
  9. Canon Powershot S70 Digital Camera
  10. Books on Texas Hold’em
  11. Poker Chips
  12. Poker Table
  13. Pool Table
  14. Swimming Pool w/ Spa
  15. XBox games
  16. 19” flat panel monitor for computer
  17. Samsung 46″ LCD HDTV
  18. Watch with perpetual calendar that doesn’t require batteries
  19. Oakley Sunglasses
  20. Ping Pong Table

I guess the saying is true, big boys like big toys. This list definitely isn’t universal, but it may give you some ideas for the man/men in your life. Allgiftideasforyou.com also has some good ideas with ratings, pricing and vendor links. And there’s always the fallback gift (a Home Depot or Best Buy giftcard). Happy Shopping!

Do you need gift ideas for other people in your life? Try my gift idea section.

4 comments September 27th, 2006

Berry Dip Recipe

About six years ago, one of my friends gave me this recipe. It’s fast. It’s easy. And it tastes great.

Ingredients:Berry Dip

1 tub of cool whip

1 container of strawberry or raspberry yogurt

A little bit of strawberry or raspberry syrup (optional)

Directions:

Mix cool whip and yogurt together. Then mix in syrup to add color and flavor (This step is optional). Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

This dip with a platter of fresh berries is great for any occasion.

Looking for more easy recipes? Try my recipe section.

3 comments September 26th, 2006

Surveys: so much work, so little money

Back in January of ’05, I decided to try making money by filling out surveys. I signed up with SurveyScout and then went through the tedious process of registering with each survey service. I filled out tons of surveys, and made less than $20! I was the wrong demographic and didn’t win any of the contests. Thankfully, SurveyScout refunded my money. So, my advice is don’t pay to join a survey club. In fact, SurveySpot offers the following note (before you join their panel).

Special note: If you paid money to any company to find out about online survey opportunities, we advise you to ask for a refund. Online surveys are fun and your opinions are important in helping shape the products and services of the future. You might win a prize or be paid a few dollars as a thank you for your time, but taking online surveys is not a way to earn a paycheck. At SurveySpot we’ll always be straight with you, we’ll never ask you for money, and we’ll never try to sell you anything.”

This statement can be found on SurveySpot’s Join page.

However, if you want to see first hand what to expect, here is a small list of sites to fill out surveys. (After a handful of these, you will come to your own conclusion.)

I hope this information has helped you and I wish you the best of luck with finding a way to make more money with less work.

1 comment September 25th, 2006

Ways to get involved at your child’s school

As the new school year begins, so does the opportunity to help your child’s school. Sometimes we may feel that getting involved requires a lot of our time. Last year I learned otherwise. The school’s volunteer coordinator made it very clear that any help, even one hour would be greatly appreciated. With this understanding, I went ahead and signed up to be a volunteer. The experience was very fulfilling and I look forward to doing it again.

Ways to volunteer at school

  • Take photos for the yearbook.
    Time commitment: as little as 15 minutes a year or as much as 8 hours, broken up over the school year.
  • Stuff envelopes.
    Time commitment: anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
    (This is good for a parent who is not available during school hours.)
  • Make or buy something for the Bake Sale.
    Time commitment: 5 minutes if you buy something or the length of your bake/prep time.
  • Help at the school’s Car Wash.
    Time commitment: one morning or afternoon.
  • Work the drop-off or pick-up lane at school.
    Time commitment: from one hour a year up to whatever your schedule allows.
  • Work the Scholastic Book Fair.
    Time commitment: one hour or any increment up to 15 hours over the course of the book fair week.
  • Offer to help with the school’s website or newsletter.
    Time commitment: depends on the site/newsletter, it could be an hour a week or a couple hours a month.
    (This is good for a parent who is not available during school hours.)
  • Help set up the Teacher Appreciation breakfast/event.
    Time commitment: a few hours.
  • Be your child’s classroom parent.
    Time commitment: an hour every couple weeks.
    (This is good for a parent with a flexible schedule.)
  • Join the yearbook committee.
    Time commitment: an hour a week.
  • Become a board member of the PTO/PTA.
    Time commitment: depending on the position, anywhere from an hour a week up to whatever your schedule allows.

If none of these ideas work for you, consider helping in the following ways (provided your school participates in these programs).

  • Collect Box Tops for Education.
  • Sign up for and use your Target card and Target will donate money to your child’s school.
  • Donate empty ink cartridges.
  • Get as many people as possible to purchase from the fundraiser catalog.
  • Buy school raffle tickets.
  • Buy items from the Bake Sale.
  • Get your cars washed at the school Car Wash.
  • Buy something at the school auction.

Good luck with the new school year and have fun getting involved.

Add comment September 22nd, 2006

Happy Marriage

My husband and I honeymooned in Barbados just over eight years ago. We had a great time and picked up some souveniers. The most important souvenier hangs on our bedroom wall. I read it almost everyday. It reminds me of two things: our honeymoon and how to love my husband (sometimes I forget). It is called…

RULES FOR A

Happy Marriage

  1. Never both be angry at the same time.
  2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.
  3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.
  4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly.
  5. Never bring up mistakes of the past.
  6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.
  7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.
  8. At least once every day try to say one kind or complimentary thing to your life’s partner.
  9. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness.
  10. It takes two to make a quarrel, and the one in the wrong is the one who does the most talking.

heart barheart barheart bar

Add comment September 21st, 2006

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