Outdoor Life

I’ve mentioned before how much I love our porch. It’s a quiet little retreat from the city- green, breezy and relaxing. When I saw Gussy’s Inspiration Workshop post for today, I just had to join! It’s all about the porch!!!

I love to walk out here before cooking dinner and gather fresh herbs! We’re growing thyme, rosemary, and basil!

Our porch looks out onto our backyard and our neighbor’s backyard- this is their gorgeous rose bush that has crawled up the fence that separates our yards! How lovely! When we’re having dinner on the porch, I can gaze down onto our thriving little garden! It’s pretty nice to eat dinner with garden fresh veggies and see right where they grew!

Mike and I spend almost every night in the summer out on the porch. We catch up while dinner is cooking. We share a meal. We play board games while the sun goes down.

We listen to music out there. We enjoy time with friends. We have a cup of coffee on lazy weekend mornings. We discuss the important and the mundane. We celebrate and we problem solve. Sometimes, we just sit together and hold hands. It’s our little place and I love every moment we spend on our little porch.

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Tiny Holidays: Turkey Day Decor

We did some last-minute crafting in preparation for our Thanksgiving dinner with Mike’s family. I thought since we are not eating at home, we could make a few fall-ish crafts that would inject our personality into the meal. Also- I really wanted to make a banner, so I did!

This could be easily adapted to any holiday/occasion with different papers, and it cost just a few cents to make! We bought the scrapbooking paper on sale at A.C. Moore, and we had the white cardstock, so it was really cheapy cheap.

First up, a Thanksgiving banner reminding us to Give Thanks for our many blessings. I look forward to hanging this up again next fall in our own home.

We started with some cardstock (we used size A2 flat cards from Papersource which measure approximately 4″x5″). I cut down some scrapbook paper in a fun, sunny yellow pattern to size with scallop scissors. Note- I didn’t measure at all for this project. If your banner is a little lopsided I promise you that the world will not end as a result. Glue to backing card stock- we use a glue stick and it works fine.

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Opt for Proper Training to have a Bright Career in Wind Energy Sector

Over the years, wind energy has become so popular that different regions of the world aim to implement wind-training programs from early school level to university level. It has also created new opportunities in the service sector.

Along with the growing demand for field technicians and operational maintenance or installation technicians, there are adequate opportunities in wind farms jobs. So to have a winning career in this sector it is important to have in-depth knowledge which can be gained through proper training.

To enter this sector it is fair to have prior training from an organized institute. With the increasing number of wind energy jobs, many institutes have now introduced specialized training in particular wind energy sector. Aspirants can also follow a different approach by joining university labs which is popular for wind research.

Components of Good Training Programs

A good training program should provide proper theoretical as well as technical knowledge. It should teach them the right tactics to handle projects related to this sector so that at the end of the course candidates have knowledge about project start-up, project maintenance, and cost to carry out a particular function. (more…)

6 Important Strategies To Write A Powerful Online Classified Advertisement

Online classified advertisements can be considered as the best way of getting the word across the globe about products and services. Also, you can expect extra traffic to your website, through online classifieds.

It does not produce quick results but also acts as a low cost advertising strategy. These days there are several online classified websites which allow people to post about their product and services.

Posting online classifieds advertisement is simple. But you need to be aware of certain important things in order to maximize the value of your online classified advertisement. The things are as follows:

1) Use effective words:

Your advertisement should consist of key words that are powerful enough to grab the reader’s attention. In short, the advertisement should sound appealing to readers. Your advertisement should create a feeling of interest towards your product or services.

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What I learned from one webinar

My friend Mark is a well-respected affiliate marketer from New Zealand who recently opened up doors for his Training. In conjunction to the launch, he taught a webinar hosted wonderfully by Reena Shohet at Associate Programs (who are giving away 7 valuable bonuses) which had great takeaways for affiliate marketers.

Mark’s affiliate marketing adventures started in 2009 when his friend Charlie put up a website on GeoCities. This lead to Charlie putting up an affiliate link for a dating site and earning commissions for about US$90 per month. This prompted Mark to ask the question, “How do I link up people with products and earn commissions?” and like they say the rest is history.

Mark is based in New Zealand which shows time and time again that you can be successful on the Internet even from outside of the US as location generally has no impact on online business. What’s inspirational about Mark is that he started out small (like the most of us) and had a student loan to pay. He juggled his Internet business with a part-time job at Pizza Hut.

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Quickie Dinner: Ginger Carrots + Bonus Marinade!

I didn’t plan to blog last night’s dinner, but it came out so yummy that I decided to share! I made it up as I went along, so feel free to tweak it according to your own tastes. Add more chili sauce if you like heat or more sugar if you don’t. Either way, it will be tasty!

We ate these delicious carrots with some basmati rice, edamame, and an equally yummy soy-marinated pork tenderloin. I’m including the recipe for the marinade at the end, as a Wednesday bonus!!

Oh, and as a bonus-bonus, this meal is C-H-E-A-P. As long as you have the pantry ingredients on hand, it comes out to less than $5 for dinner for two. ($2.50 for a 1-lb pork tenderloin on sale, already had the basmati but it would come out to about $.50/cup, organic baby carrots $1.00 on sale and edamame $1 for 1/2 of a $2 package)

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5 Reasons You Need to Hire a Coach

The purpose of learning is to grow better and stronger than you were yesterday. Are you better today than you were yesterday?  Are you making the most of your potential?

If the question is no, this post could be exactly what you’re looking for.

A coach comes in many forms.  This can be a friend, a sibling, a colleague.  It doesn’t matter as long as it’s someone that can help you.  Of course, most people close to you will gladly help at no cost.  While this is great, sometimes you need a little more.

I’m talking about paying someone who’s an expert in their field to help you get better.  Yes, it’s an investment b/c people’s time costs money (and sometimes it’s a lot).  My experience has been that it’s well worth it.  In fact, I would put the Return on Investment of hiring a coach at 10x (10 times what you paid) in most cases.

HERE ARE 5 REASONS TO HIRE A COACH:

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Spicy Chicken “Lasagna”

Sometimes the best laid-plans just don’t work out. I had been dreaming about a steaming hot bowl of the Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Tortilla Soup (you may have noticed that I mention PW every 1 in 3 posts- obsessed much?) all of yesterday. When I got home and began preparing to make it, however, I neglected to read the cook/simmer times (rookie mistake!).

The problem? We were hungry like…10 minutes ago. Since I had already roasted off the chicken breasts, I needed a plan B. I still wanted that spicy, tomato-ey taste that I’d get from the tortilla soup, just quicker.

1-spicy food

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