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Ever-Open Laundry Bag - Martha Stewart.com

I've decided that my husband has to have a laundry bag for his dress shirts. They seem to pick up stains from the other clothes, when placed in the laundry basket, making it near impossible to get them clean. I've even had to throw out a few of his favorites.

To make sure that he uses it I decided to use a trick from Martha Stewart.com. She shows the bag hung up and left open with a large embrodiery hoop.

This is such a great idea that I may make one for my dress shirts too.

What You Don't Know About Auto Insurance by Liane Wood, CIP

This is a terrific article about the 101 on auto insurance. As a former auto insurance sales agent I know how important it is to understand and know what's in your policy. Liane Wood gives you a great place to start.
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What You Don’t Know About Auto Insurance
By: Liane Wood, CIP

Most people understand that they need auto insurance. In fact, it’s the law, if you drive a car, it has to be insured and the penalty for driving without insurance is pretty severe. However, insurance policy wordings are not easy for everyone to understand. And what you don’t know about auto insurance can hurt you. Here’s some clarification of a few things that are commonly misunderstood about auto insurance.

• Personal property in your vehicle is not covered on an auto insurance policy. Auto insurance policies provide coverage for automobiles. For instance, items like compact discs, laptop computers and cell phones are not covered on an auto insurance policy. Items like these can be co…

Can You Afford to be a Stay At Home Mom? By Kendra Spencer

In most cases, moms make a decision to stay home. In my case, I suffered a work related injury that made the decision for me. I definitely happy about it but it's best to plan for the change. Read Kendra's article for more insight.

Can You Afford to be a Stay at Home Mom?
By: Kendra Spencer

Deciding whether or not you can stay at home after you have a baby can be a big decision. Emotions play a big factor, especially after holding your precious newborn for the first time. It's hard to imagine leaving this tiny little thing with a stranger. On the other hand, you can gain a tremendous sense of accomplishment from your job that you couldn't feel after a day of changing diapers and wiping up spit up. No matter how you face it emotionally, if you are considering becoming a stay at home mom at all, you first need to figure out if you can financially afford to do it.

Make a Budget
The first step you should take is to record your expenses. For at least one month, better yet th…

Top Six Tips For Keeping Your Cool When Customers Get Hot - Myra Golden

If you are doing customer service and/or sales, over the phone, you're going to run into angry customers. It's just part of the industry. The challenge for you is to stay professional and hopefully defuse the situation.

Stop by Myra Golden's website to read her top six tips for staying cool when the customer is hot! I recommend printing out a copy for a reference. (Take note of number 6 tip)

Summer Job Search Tips for Teens

Visit Job Search About.com for an extensive list of summer job search tips. Many parents and teens forget that they may be required to obtain work permits. Depending on your state, the age and work hours can be different. Check with your state's Labor of Employment Agency.

The article also covers writing resumes, dress codes, references and of course, job searching. After reading it, you may want to print a copy for yor teen.

Have a safe and terrific summer!

Wedding Gift Idea - 'Dine Without Whine'

We recently received a wedding invitation, to attend my husband's co-worker's daughter's event. Immediately, I started thinking of possible gift ideas.

This service will eliminate or reduce the need for takeout and eating out and saving money. The recipes are easy to follow, so either person can make them. They'll even find desserts and breakfast recipes.

Dine Without Whine, weekly menu planning service, is offering a Lifetime membership for only $89.95 instead of $130, till June 30! Just use coupon 1A46 when checking out. They'll receive delicious recipes and a grocery shopping, for the week, delivered to their email.

My Summer Reading Program Starts Today!

Last year, I decided to participate in my own Summer Reading Program. It was fun and I was able to read a variety of books. My son, felt the competition and was able to meet his 25 hours goals, in the local public library Summer Reading Program.

This year, after meeting my goal, I'll treat myself to a flower bouquet, for my work desk.

I decided to start with 'October Song' by Beverly Lewis. I discovered Mrs. Lewis' books last year. She combines her Mennonite heritage and Lancaster County upbringing to write a series of fictional books, on the Plain people and their lives.

Ice Cream Freezer Patented in 1848 Today!

All ages will join in the fun when you pull out the Ice Cream Freezer. Thanks to Nancy Johnson and William Young, we have a wide variety of choices, in ice cream makers.

In 1846, Nancy Johnson invented the hand crank ice cream freezer. By turning the handle, a container of ice cream it's agitated until it becomes frozen. Miss Johnson didn't bother to have her idea patented. William Young created a similar freezer, had it patented on May 30, 1848 and even named it, 'Johnson Patented Ice Cream Freezer'.

In Science Club, our teen and others, made Ice Cream In A Bag. This is a fun and edible science project.

Family Crafts About.com has other ice cream creations and crafts.

Summertime Bathroom Tips by Susie Glennan

I notice as the warm approaches, our bathroom takes more abuse. It can be a challenge to keep it looking and smelling clean. I keep a spray bottle, full of cleaner, and paper towels, under the sink, for quick cleanups. I also spray the shower after showers.

Stop by About.com and read 'Summertime Bathroom Tips' by Susie Glennan.

Work at Home Distractions by Catherine Roseberry

I've been working from home, for 1.5 year. You would think that I would have this distraction thing down but it occasionally raises it's ugly head. My husband and son love to attempt to start conversations with me during my phone shifts. I love talking to them but not when I'm processing orders.

Catherine Roseberry, Mobile Office Technology About.com Guide, has written an article on many distractions and how to manage them. I love her suggestions on dealing with email. It definitely made me think twice about the various email groups, that I belong to.

A Gardener's Diary by Rachel Paxton

I really love this idea. It's a fun way to keep and share your memories with your family and friends. Buy or make a beautiful book and take it from there!

A Gardener's Diary By: Rachel Paxton

Have you ever thought about keeping a gardener's diary to record what you plant and where you plant it? Keeping a diary will help you plan next year's garden by recording which plants grew well and which ones didn't. You can also note which colors do or don't look good together, or which plants overwhelm one another. Keep a record of how long the sun shines in different areas of your yard so you can find plants that require the appropriate amount of sunlight. In our yard, the soil is not the same everywhere. We have made do by planting different kinds of plants in different types of soil.

We have a big patch of very sandy soil that turned out to be adequate to grow a good crop of zucchini and pumpkins last year, as long as we kept it well watered. Our tulips did really we…

Planning for College Early by Sonja Montiel

While attending the Oral History Presentation for 7-8 Graders, one of the moms and I started talking about a neighbor of hers. The neighbor's son applied to Harvard and had terrific grades. His family and him were confident that he would get in. Unfortunately, he was refused. The reason was he didn't have any community service.

Take a moment to read Sonja Montiel's article, 'Planning for College Early'. She points out that the four years of high school should be used to focus on college planning. Freshmen should approach planning with keeping the college idea option door opened.