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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Searching for Online Colleges

Deciding which accredited college or university can be a daunting and overwhelming task because of so much information and different options to choose. However, college and university hunting can be an awesome experience to remember by using eLearners.com.

eLearners.com organizes the different possibilities that are available for you to choose. The categories are Online Degrees, Online Programs, Online Courses, Online Colleges, and Campus Programs. There are also sectional tabs of resources like: eLearners Advisor, Articles and Resources, and Blogs and Forums.

The best part of eLearners.com is knowing that the colleges that are listed on the website are accredited, even if you decide to attend an online college. If you opt for online learning, you will chose from accredited online colleges.

eLearners make choosing an accredited online college or university easy and less stressful for you. It is because it is like a search engine tailored to educational programs, degrees, and colleges and universities.

Visit eLearners.com for more information.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sittercity.com and TodaysMama Team Up to Offer Free Babysitting on Election Day: Through MamaVote Initiative, Partners Work to Get Moms Out to Vote in

(Chicago, Ill.) - I want to vote, but I don’t have anyone to watch the kids. I can’t leave them home alone! When you're a mom, balancing your parental responsibilities with your civic duty seems more and more daunting as Election Day approaches. But not this year! TodaysMama and Sittercity.com today announced that as part of the MamaVote initiative, they will offer free and discounted babysitting on Election Day, November 4, 2008. From October 27 to November 3, all individuals who sign up for a membership at Sittercity.com with the promotional code “MamaVote08” will be eligible for 50 percent off babysitting on Election Day. In addition, the first 50 individuals to register will receive free babysitting for two hours on Election Day.
TodaysMama joined with the League of Women Voters and Sittercity.com to launch MamaVote last year, a non-partisan, education and inspiration-based initiative that encourages mothers to get involved in the political process. By offering discounted, reliable babysitting, these organizations hope to get more women to the polls.

"Mothers make up one of the most powerful voting blocks in our nation," said Rachael Herrscher, co-founder and CEO of TodaysMama. "We want to encourage all mothers to vote, and finding a babysitter can be a big road block. Mothers can and do make a difference every day, and we are excited to see the voter turnout for this historical election.”

In the current political environment, U.S. women are significantly under-represented in public office. There are 87 women serving in the Senate and House, making up just 16 percent of Congress. The U.S. ranks 66th in the world in the percentage of women in national parliaments - trailing such nations as Iraq, Cuba, South Africa and China. In the 2004 election, women voted at a 65 percent rate, compared with 62 percent of men. Most analysts believe that women constitute the vast majority of swing voters, making election cycles potentially more dynamic and less predictable.

"We are honored to partner with TodaysMama and the League of Women Voters to make it easier for women to vote in key U.S. cities by providing them with reliable election-day child care," said Genevieve Thiers, founder and CEO of Sittercity. "The nation and its children will benefit tremendously from having even more mothers involved in the process of electing public servants."

Mothers can go to www.sittercity.com and register using the discount code MamaVote08. For articles, interviews and voting information, visit www.MamaVote.com.

About Sittercity.com Sittercity.com®, the inventor of online caregiving, is America’s largest and most trusted online source for child care, pet care, senior care, housesitting, housekeeping and tutoring. As a network of hundreds of thousands of caregivers nationwide, Sittercity helps families and individuals find the perfect in-home care provider quickly, easily and safely by using the company’s four-step screening process, which includes checking references, reading caregiver reviews, conducting interviews and utilizing free access to background checks. Sitter profiles also come with photos, experience, training, safety skills, availability calendars, reviews and more. Registration for sitters is free, and care seekers pay as little as $8 per month for a membership, which gives them unlimited ability to post jobs, and search, contact and hire sitters in their areas. A true pioneer in its field, Sittercity.com has been featured by hundreds of media outlets, from the Today Show to the Big Idea with Donny Deutsch to the Wall Street Journal. Sittercity has also received twelve national awards, including a U.S. Small Business Administration award in 2006 from President Bush, and three international awards, including first place in the prestigious UPS "Out of the Box" Small Business contest. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.sittercity.com.

About TodaysMama
TodaysMama (www.TodaysMama.com) provides personal, professional and parenting resources designed to inform, enrich and inspire mothers. Founded in 2004, TodaysMama produces local Mama’s Handbooks and an online community where moms can explore local events and information, and tune into national content and initiatives. There are 17 local markets in the TodaysMama family, including Arizona, the Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Peninsula, Silicon Valley North, Silicon Valley South, and Solano), Green Bay, Houston, Southern Nevada, San Diego, Santa Cruz/Monterey, South Florida, Seattle, Spokane, Utah and Washington, D.C.

About MamaVote
TodaysMama has partnered with the League of Women Voters and Sittercity.com to launch the MamaVote Project (www.MamaVote.com), a non-partisan, education and inspiration-based initiative that encourages mothers to get involved in the political process. MamaVote offers a broad array of educational and practical resources to increase the role women and mothers play in the political process, from the school board to the federal level. We want to encourage women to make informed and responsible choices for their family, community and country.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Why Kids Should Be in Sports

Here are the reasons why I put my son in sports in no particular order, and why you should too:

  1. To keep him physically active since gym class is only offered once per week (how unfortunate).
  2. To help him get into good habits.
  3. To help him strengthen his muscles.
  4. To help him become more mentally aware.
  5. To reduce his television watching.
  6. To help stimulate creative skills.
  7. To discipline him.
  8. To help him focus.
  9. To entertain him.
  10. To help him make new friends while maintaining his old friends.

Whatever your reasons are, do let your child play sports because those will benefit him or her in the long run!


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Poverty Awareness Should Be Everyday, not Just Today

I am all for days of promoting special topics, holidays, and interests, however, I do feel certain topics should not just have a special day, it should be everyday especially if it concerns humanity, like poverty does.
In the blogging world, bloggers are posting about poverty in honor of Blog Action Day. Just Google and you will find many posts written about poverty from different perspectives and different view points.

I am going to list a bunch of questions for you to think and reflect about. Some may be painful, some may not be.
  • Is your neighbor hungry while you eat?
  • Did you buy your child's 20th toy within the couple of months?
  • Did you just throw some food away because you didn't feel like dealing with leftovers?
  • Did you buy yourself a top of the line sports car while your brother suffers in debt which were not to his doing?
  • Did you throw gently used clothing in the garbage?
  • Did you throw recyclable items in the trash?
  • Did you insult person of lesser wealth today?
  • Did you smile at a passing stranger?
  • Did you thank your cashier today?
  • Did you thank your teacher today?
  • How about your mom and dad?
  • Did you volunteer? You know give back to your community?
Study your own life. There ways to improve. Poverty can happen to anyone, so it is best to be humble and not arrogant because what comes around can go around.

Remember those who are in need.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Press Release: Bloggers Worldwide to Address Poverty on 2nd Annual Blog Action Day October 15

On October 15, 2008, bloggers everywhere will participate in the second annual Blog Action Day by blogging about poverty and by aiding poverty relief efforts. Several of the world’s most popular blogs have agreed to participate. In 2007, more than 20,000 blogs participated, along with many major corporations and international organizations. Anyone may register for free at http://blogactionday.org.

Utilizing mass participation, the day aims to provide a platform for bloggers to discuss and act on a pressing issue

Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) August 15, 2008 — On October 15, bloggers around the world will discuss poverty on the second annual Blog Action Day. Anyone may register for free at http://blogactionday.org.

The non-profit event began in 2007 as a way for many blog publishers to view a pressing issue from distinct perspectives at the same time, thereby increasing awareness and creating a global discussion.

Bloggers can participate by publishing at least one blog post, podcast or video about poverty on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 and/or by contributing to Blog Action Day 2008 partners TheGlobalFund.org and Kiva.org.

“Utilizing mass participation, the day aims to provide a platform for bloggers to discuss and act on a pressing issue,” said event co-founder Collis Ta’eed, an Australian blogger from FreelanceSwitch.com. “This year we hope to grow on the success of 2007’s event, and bring the innovative and oftentimes personal publishing style of blogging to bear on the critical issue of poverty. With thousands of individual thoughts, ideas and actions, we aim to mobilize audiences everywhere.”

Already, 13 of the world’s 100 most popular blogs according to Technorati.com have agreed to participate in Blog Action Day this year, including TechCrunch.com, Readwriteweb.com, Mashable.com, SmashingMagazine.com, Problogger.net, GigaOM.com, Copyblogger.com, ZenHabits.net, Inhabitat.com, VentureBeat.com, Mentalfloss.com, PronetAdvertising.com and TorrentFreak.com.

Other Blog Action Day 2008 supporters include Elena Valenciano, a prominent member of the Spanish Parliament, and Ben Rattray, CEO of Change.org.

The first Blog Action Day in 2007 focused on the environment and more than 20,000 blogs participated, along with many major corporations and international organizations including - the United Nations Environmental Programme, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Yahoo!, BlogTV Brazil, BlogAs Lithuania.

About Blog Action Day:
Blog Action Day is an annual non-profit event that asks bloggers to simultaneously discuss a single issue each year on October 15th. The aim of the event is to trigger widespread discussion around a global issue through niche-focused articles that appeal to their respective audiences. The event began in 2007 when a group of bloggers asked each other, “What would happen if …?” and then decided to find out.

Contact:
Easton Ellsworth, Assistant Event Coordinator
Email: easton @ blogactionday.org
Phone: +1.970.372.6630
Website: http://blogactionday.org

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall Activities for You or Your Family

Here are 5 things that you can do to enjoy the fall.

1. Reflect on your life and self. Decide what you are satisfied with and what you would like to change.

2. Rake the leaves in a big pile and have your children run and jump in the pile. Sure it is messy--hey we all did that when we were kids, and we turned out just fine.

3. Go for walks. Ask your children what he or she sees, hears, and feels.

4. Now is the time to bake some goodies which is also a great experience for children as well.

5. Take photos of the beauties that are seen in the Fall. Then frame them, or have children write captions underneath them.

These tips are meant to inspire you. Let your mind go free!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Customer Service is STILL a Must

Just because we are becoming more advanced in technology, doesn't mean that we must through customer service out the window. In fact, customer service can make or break a business because of the increase in services and products due to technology and other variables.

Plenty of people will change businesses if they feel they are not being respected by them. I did that. I wasn't very satisfied at this one business I was dealing with that I decided to leave there and go to another business, although I have been there for more than 10 years. It wasn't a hard decision for me because I know of other businesses who deal with their customers in a kinder fashion.

So my point is don't feel like you have to stick with a certain type of business if you are not happy as a customer. Don't let the times fool you. Customer service is STILL a must.

This is awesome!