Today we’re featuring a Guest Post from my friend April. Please go visit her at her blog: New Creations! But Enough from me, let’s hear from April.. About…
Today we’re featuring a Guest Post from my friend April. Please go visit her at her blog: New Creations!
But Enough from me, let’s hear from April..
About a year ago I was on a search for ways to make money at home. It was during this time that I discovered Donna Partow’s book Making Money from Home, How to run a Successful Home Based Business. This book details everything from setting up a home office, writing a business plan, choosing a line of business, legal issues, and marketing. If you’ve thought of making money from home, I really believe this book will guide you through the process.
Each chapter contains questions for review at the end. It is helpful to take time to answer these questions on paper as you go along. You will discover a lot about yourself and your potential business.
In the first section Donna discusses pillars for long-term success. These ten pillars set a foundation for your business and include things like choosing a business you enjoy, researching your intended line of business, self-discipline, and more.
In addition to these things, she gives you an overview of what a business plan looks like and how to write one. Included in the book are a Business Plan worksheet and a First Year Operating Budget sheet.
Now get ready for some fun and self-evaluation! The second section of the book discuses home-based business options. Donna talks about global flea markets (i.e., Ebay), direct sales and network marketing, Information products (special reports, e-books), and affiliate marketing. She includes a Third-Party Analysis to give to friends. The purpose of this sheet is to help you identify a line of business.
Next, and perhaps the most important part of her book discusses business basics. There are many legal and financial issues to consider and this part of the book touches on those issues. She lays out the steps necessary to set up your business. You’ll learn about sole proprietorships, LLCs, trademark names, opening a business bank account, and more.
In this section she also talks about mastering self-management. Donna discusses organization and time management, both of which are essential to running your home-based business. In addition, she talks about setting goals and even delegation.
The fourth section details ways you can market your business. You’ll read about starting a blog, social media, mailing lists, and SEO (search engine optimization). Experiment with her suggestions and find out which ways work best for your business.
The final section is important as Donna talks about putting family first. She discusses balancing your family needs with your business and having the support of your spouse.
In chapter 17, she instructs you to sit down with your husband and discuss your business idea with him. “Without his support, your business simply cannot succeed.” If you have children, chapter 16 offers suggestions about balancing both your business and children’s needs and even how to include your children in your business.
In conclusion, this book is a great resource for anyone (especially mom’s) seeking to start a home-based business. Check it out of your local library first and see if the information in this book is as valuable to you as it has been to me. For more information, check out Donna’s website at www.donnapartow.com.
This free crochet hat pattern is super fast and easy to make. I not only made the hat but filmed the video during a single nap time Whether you’re a beginner crocheter or a seasoned pro this is a great short term project… not like the afghan you’ve been working on for the last three years haha!
I designed this hat to fit my 8 year old daughter’s head, but it also fits my wig head so it should fit most adults as well. To follow are a video with step by step instructions, a typed version of the pattern that you can feel free to print off to follow along, and the printable brim pattern piece. Enjoy!
For The Main Hat Portion
Chain 65, join loop with a slip stitch
Ch 1, 64 SC, join loop
Ch 1, 64 HDC, join loop
Ch 2, 64 DC, join loop,
Ch 1, 64 SC, join loop
Ch 1, 10 HDC, skip 1, 53 HDC, join loop
Ch 2, (20 DC, skip 1)x2 , 20 DC, join loop
Ch 1, (15 SC, skip 1) x3, 12 SC, join loop
Ch 1, (10 HDC, skip 1) x5, 1 HDC, join loop
Ch 2, (8 DC, skip 1) x5, 6 DC, join loop
Ch 1, (4 SC, skip 1) x 9, 1 SC, join loop
Ch 1, (3 HDC, skip 1) x9, 1 HDC, join loop
Ch 1, (2 SC, skip 1) x 9, 1 SC, join loop
Ch 1 (2 HDC, skip 1) x 6, join loop
Ch 1 (1 SC, skip 1) x 7
For The Lower Band
Attach yarn to the bottom of the hat.
Chain 2, 64 DC, rotating in front and behind the post all the way around.
Complete 3 more rows of chain 2 64 DC, making sure to go in front or behind the post so it’s exactly like the row before it. This will make it look like knitted ribbing.
The Hat Brim
Skip 2, 28 SC, turn
Ch 1, 28 SC, turn
Ch 1, skip 1, 25 SC, skip 1, 1 SC, turn
(Ch 1, 26 SC, turn) x 3 rows
Ch 1, skip 1, 23 SC, skip 1, 1 SC, turn
(Ch 1, 24 SC, turn)x 2 rows
Ch 1, skip 1, 21 SC, skip 1, 1 SC, turn
Ch 1, 22 SC, turn
Ch 1, skip 1, 19 SC, skip 1, 1 SC, turn
Ch 1, 20 sc, turn
Ch 1, skip 1, 17 SC, skip 1, 1 SC, turn
Ch 1, skip 1, 15 SC, skip 1, 1 SC, turn
Ch 1, skip 1, 13 SC, Skip 1, 1 SC, cut and tie off thread.
***Repeat entire Hat Brim process again so you have to pieces. Follow video instructions to sew together and place over cardboard.
In an attempt to be brutally honest for my Nut Job Movie Review I must say what some of you may have already suspected based on previews… this was not an amazing movie. In fact I would go so far as to say just wait for the Lego movie to come out or go watch Frozen again because fantastic this movie is not. Sorry if that’s not what you wanted to hear, but Joquena doesn’t want to lie
That being said it held all three of my children’s attention and they thought it was great. But unless you have an infinite cash supply your funds might be best spent waiting until it only costs a dollar at Redbox or renting it off of Amazon because it just isn’t worth the expense of taking your whole family.
If you ignore me and go anyway (which you’re more than welcome to do after all this is just my opinion) make sure to stay to the end because the credits are hilarious. So hilarious that I even tried to find them on youtube for you. Here’s a teaser but it’s not quite it:
Ring 1 the center inner circle
[Ring (ic) 5,p,5,p,5,p,5 close]
5 double stitches, picot (loop), 5 double stitches, picot (loop), 5 double stitches, picot (loop), 5 double stitches, close with a knot. Turn work to flatten knot so it’s more like a square knot, then turn it back.
Outer chain and rings
[ring 3,(p),3,p,3,(p),3 close]
3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot. This time loop the needle thru the back of the knot under the first ring and bring the needle towards you to make the knot.
3 double stitches join the picot (loop) with the third picot loop from the first ring, 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot made with the picot loop on the inner circle.
[ring 3,(p),3,p,3,(p),3 close]
3 double stitches, join the last picot (loop) of the chain, 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot. This time loop the needle thru the back of the knot under the first ring and bring the needle towards you to make the knot.
3 double stitches join the picot (loop) with the third picot loop from the second ring, 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, picot (loop), 3 double stitches, close with a knot made with the picot loop on the inner circle.
on the 4th chain the last picot will join into last picot of the ring
loop needle into picot from underneath
to do this, create the chain while joining the frist picot loop with the last picot loop of the ring, 3 double stiches, picot loop, 3 double stiches, then pull the needle thru without looping the thread. then pull it taunt, then you are able to turn the work and join the first loop of the very first ring, 3 double stiches, pull these off the needle. then tie a knot and loop the needle thru the bottom of the first ring.
I usually do 2 knots.
hide the ends by sewing them into the inner center ring.
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Seriously this movie was adorable! I think I enjoyed it almost as much as my children did, which lets face it with kids movies is rare.
The music was exquisite so good that I don’t think I would mind listening to it if my kids had the CD over and over again haha.
I love that this is more a story about the relationship of sisters then just a love story as most animated movies are. I know my sister would go to great lengths to help me and vice versa.
I really don’t want to spoil things by giving you too many details although I will say that the preview where the Snowman has his nose fly off and the deer is trying to eat it never actually happened in the movie and I just kept waiting for it So, hopefully with my telling you not to look for that scene you won’t be distracted by it like I was.
I highly recommend making an effort to take your family to see this in the theater or at least try renting it when it comes out.
And here’s one of the songs so you can hear what I’m talking about if you haven’t already
I found a printable paper doll of the older sister here!
So my niece needed a big red bow because she wanted to be Snow White for Halloween. But those over-priced boutique bows are a little out of reach for my sister (she has 6 kids). So they decided it was time to call Aunt Joquena. How could I refuse, I mean look at her! My niece Giselle is just too gorgeous so I said yes, of course I would make her a bow.
Of course I’d never made one before, but I wasn’t about to let that stop me. And I didn’t want to follow someone else’s pattern because then I couldn’t brag about my own resourcefulness! So here it is, the easiest and cheapest way of how to make hair bows you will ever see. I’ve eliminated the need for ribbon which is the most expensive component. Don’t worry the pattern is free and if you follow my advice in the video your materials will be too!
How to Make Hair Bows – Free Printable Sewing Patterns
Click on the blue link below the pattern image to open a pdf file. If you just try to print the image you see your sizing will be all wonky!
I used to love snow days. I grew up in Illinois and we’d wake up ridiculously early and turn on the radio and hold our breath waiting for the broadcaster to announce that school was closed for the day. At the time I never thought twice about how my mom felt about all the school closings. Now that I’m a mom I think I understand. My mom was probably less than thrilled as she saw her productivity time go out the window.
So I live in Tennessee and school gets canceled even without snow. I’ve heard it’s because they don’t have any of the equipment (plows etc) to deal with inclement weather. So sorry everyone there will be no modern homemakers videos today. Sorry husband I’m not even going to try to keep the house clean today. I’m going to watch cartoons and color with the kids and hopefully they go back tomorrow!
So does anyone have an answer to my question? Is it still called a snow day even if there isn’t any snow?