Saturday, August 12, 2006

Rona's DVD Recommendation: Alf Season One

I still remember enjoying Alf's adventures with the Tanner family when the show originally aired on NBC, over 20 years ago. Now our teenage son has discovered Alf from TVLand. I actually get more enjoyment watching laugh over Alf's one liners and mis-adventures while watching season one on DVD.

Visit Blockbuster Online to buy or sign up on a membership. One of the benefits is being able to watch a series in order. See the website for more information.

Friday, August 11, 2006

'You Got Mail' is on TNT !

This movie is on my most favorite movie list. I've run out of fingers counting the times I've seen it! Catch it tonight on your TNT channel.

In case you don't know what this movie is about please read the following, courtesy of TNT website.

Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), owner of a little but famous bookstore for children's books, has an on-line affair. She lives with Frank Navasky (Greg Kinnear), a well-known journalist, she betrays him by e-mailing secretly and anonymously with a (also betraying) man whom she met in a chat room. Her business gets endangered by the opening of Fox Books discount store just "around the corner". She meets Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), son of the owner, and soon gets annoyed by his arrogant way of managing business matters. Although getting advice by her anonymous mail-pal, she has to close down her store. But Joe Fox's life suddenly gets out of control when he learns that his anonymous mail-pal is none other than Kathleen Kelly.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Keepsake Jar of Summer by Rondi Hillstrom Davis


Now that summer is almost over, the kids are returning to school what are you going to do with all memories? Please read Rondi Hillstrom Davis' article. You and your kids will have tons of fun putting together these keepstakes together.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The Benefits of Family Meal Planning


The Benefits Of Family Meal Planning
Are you ready to save some time, feed your family healthier meals and save some money along the way? These are just some of the benefits of family meal planning. Let’s look at all of them in a little more detail.

Eat Healthier

Planning your family meals will cut down on your trips to your favorite fast food restaurant and the amount of pizza you have delivered to your door. Food you prepare at home tends to be much healthier than hamburgers with fries, fried chicken or pizza. When you plan your meals include some lean protein like chicken breast, as well as some salads and vegetables. Your entire family will benefit from the healthier meals.

Save Time

How much time are you spending now running to the grocery store a few times a week. I used to run to the store at least 3 times a week to buy something to fix for dinner. Planning your meals out for a week at a time and then putting together a grocery list with everything you need to cook those meals will cut your trips to the store down to one a week. This alone will save you a few hours each week. Plus you won’t be standing in front of your fridge and pantry every night trying to come up with something you can fix with what you have at hand.

Save Money

All that eating out and having food delivered can quickly add up. By preparing more meals at home you will save quite a few dollars each week. In addition, you will save on your monthly grocery bill, since you will be making a list of everything you need for the week and won’t end up buying extras that just go to waste. I used to throw out food almost every week before I started meal planning.

Less Stress

You know the routine. It’s 6 pm, everyone in the family is starving and you have no idea what’s for dinner. Trying to come up with something to cook from what you have in the kitchen while your kids are tired, hungry and screaming isn’t one of the most fun family activities. You will be much more relaxed about dinner, when you know exactly what you are going to cook ahead of time and known you have everything you need in the house.

Quality Time Together

Meal Planning also encourages everyone to gather around the dinner table each day. Who could resist the delicious smells coming out of the kitchen? Dinnertime has always been a great time for families to gather and share news and experiences of the day. Parents and children can pay each other undivided attention. Cook some dinner, set the table and don’t forget to turn off the TV. Make dinner a daily family tradition again.

I encourage you to give family meal planning a try. I am sure you and your family will see the benefits within less than a week.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Building Rapport with Phone Customer

Visit Myra Golden's Seminar site for her Top 7 Tips for Building Rapport with Phone Customers. I recommend her site for veterans and newbies of customer service.

One of my favorite tips is asking to place a customer on hold. How many times have you called a company and been placed on hold without being asked? You may not have time to hold and may need the direct phone number.

Consider printing out the list for future reference.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Straighten Up! by Erikca of Country Homemaking.com

Straighten Up! By: Erika of Country Homemaking.com

Do your back and neck hurt after a long day at the computer?
Take into consideration the way you sit while typing and what type of chair you use; try to find a chair that has good support for your back and bottom.

When I was spending hours at a time at my computer building my website, I started to get neck and back pain--and even started to feel tingling in one of my legs!
I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me--until I observed the way I plopped myself at the computer desk...

I tend to sit with my legs crossed and turn the chair to the side. My body was all twisted like a pretzel and I was slumping my shoulders and back too. It's not a wonder I was feeling like I was falling apart!

Once I turned my self around, straight in front of the computer and used good posture, I no longer have those aches and pains.

Here's a few tips to make sure you're sitting up correctly in front of your computer:

One, two, three, four--work on the computer and hurt no more!
Push your bottom to the very back of the seat and your both feet are flat on the floor--it forces you to sit up straight! (try it, it really works) Lean back and push those shoulders back...

Make sure your keyboard is at a comfortable level for typing and your computer screen is at eye level.

Lastly, don't sit for long stretches in front of the computer--take a break every so often to stretch and rest your body and eyes from working.

Happy surfing!

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Erika is the editor of www.countryhomemaking.com. Visit her site for family favorite recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, articles and more! Erika also writes books and articles besides running her website on topics spanning, working from home, Christianity, and everyday issues to do with motherhood and keeping house.