Friday, October 13, 2006

Breast Cancer Facts or Fiction - Real Simple.com

Stop by Real Simple.com website for a list of the most common myths, misconceptions and rumors regarding breast cancer.

And as a reminder, please don't forget to schedule your mammogram appointment. I have already had my yearly appointment and for the first time didn't have a callback.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Rona's Recommended Internet Show - Women Power Talk Radio

If you don't already know I'm am a huge fan of Internet Talk radio shows. One, they fill a niche, two, you can listen when you want- 24 hours, 7 days a week and many are fun, entertaining and educational.

'Women Power Talk Radio Show' is for me and ladies that are 40+ years and issues that are unique to us.
Raven Blair Davis, Host and Executive Producer, speaks with women that are 40+ years, their careers, life experience and the path that they are. Every show is so empowering and insightful.

So stop by and take a listen. Also feel free to recommend this show to your friends.

Marcus' Favorite Lasagna Recipe

Sometimes I add 1 pound of lean ground beef, sliced mushrooms and chopped garlic. It travels well for potlucks and is great for leftovers. You can also use the round and square ravioli for this one. Just remember cooking is fun and don't forget to include your kids.

Marcus' Lasagna

1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce (tomato with basil is our favorite)
1 18-24-ounce refrigerated large square or round cheese ravioli
1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed dry
1 8-ounce bag shredded Italian blend cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Pour a thin layer of sauce over the bottom of a 11-by-7-inch 2-quart baking dish. Cover with a single layer of ravioli. Top with half the spinach, half the cheese, and a third of the sauce. Repeat with another layer of ravioli and the remaining spinach, cheese, and half the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake until bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes more.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wordless Wednesday



My son's favorite lasagna recipe. Simply Easy Lasagna.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Rona's Recommended Weekly Blog - Tammy's Time

Don't you just love finding new favorite blogs from visiting your old favorites? Well that's what happened when I found 'Tammy's Time'. Tammy provides beautiful, colorful pictures as well as posting about a variety of crafts, home projects and reading.

I feel like I'm stopping by her home for a cup of coffee and a chat everytime. Now how fun is that?

Stop by Tammy's blog today and say hello!

US Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship - A Great Event

Our son volunteer as a ball person, at the U.S. Open Wheelchair Championship at the Barnes Family Tennis Center in San Diego, this Sunday. He had an afternoon shift which gave him the opportunity to watch some of the other sets. My husband and I had never seen the event so we decided to hang out.

It was a privilege to see the world's top paraplegic and quadriplegic tennis players compete. We also enjoyed watching our son and the other ball people do their stuff.

This event was the highlight of our weekend. And surely reminds all of us that when dealing with a challenge...work with it!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Avoid Home Business Scams - Stay At Home Parents About.com


Before starting a home business consider doing some research about the company first. There are many home business scams out there and I know you can spend that money elsewhere.

Read Barbara Whiting, Stay At Home Parents About.com Guide, article 'Avoid Home Business Scams'. You'll learn to listen to your instincts, stay away from those pyramid schemes and more.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Career Outlook for Virtual Assistants by India Jordan

If you are considering starting a Virtual Assistant home business please read India Jordan's insiteful article. After you're done stop by her website for her free e-book.
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Career Outlook for Virtual Assistants By: India Jordan

Government career outlook predictions aren't developed yet for the Virtual Assistance industry, whether that's because it's a relatively new field or because the tasks done by VAs are as varied as the VAs themselves remains to be seen. One has to examine similar fields and skill-sets to see how VAs will fare in the years to come. By looking at these similar fields, you can see that the growth outlook for Virtual Assistance is above average. The question of "Will this job still be around in 20 years?" can be answered by looking at the services that a specific VA is offering and closely-related "traditional" employment fields.

The most important thing to remember, though, is to keep current with technology and software that can progress your business. If you only know outdated technology, then you and your business are outdated and your clients may go elsewhere for service. Keep adding to your services and learn everything you can about your niche market and what they currently need.

With many businesses restructuring and downsizing (getting rid of middle managers), companies are utilizing more and more secretarial and administrative support staff to take over those duties. If you offer administrative support as a VA, and market yourself as an off-site solution to those downsizing companies, your "job security" looks pretty good. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that you will have competition from on-site employees for these positions.

If you offer more specialized services than administrative support, you have different chances for sustaining an ongoing career. Here are two examples:

If you offer Public Relations (PR) services, your occupational outlook is rosy. With so many different types of organizations -- such as businesses, nonprofits, universities, hospitals and more - looking for media specialists and PR specialists to do more than just "tell their story." Creativity, initiative, good judgment and the ability to communicate effectively are some of the skills necessary to succeed in this job. There's lots of competition in this role, but employment/contracts for PR specialists is expected to grow faster than average, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

If you offer Desktop Publishing services, your occupational outlook is also great. Many companies are beginning to outsource these services, as opposed to having in-house staff. With experience and/or a degree in graphic design or a related field, desktop publishers have a variety of different organizations to market themselves to. VAs offer an affordable alternative to hiring a graphic design firm.

Whether you specialize in desktop publishing and graphic design or public relations or another niche specialty, it's clear that Virtual Assistance is catching on and the VAs who are out there aren't going anywhere. With more and more employers and companies looking to outsource projects turning to offsite personnel to fulfill these needs, the view of using "virtual" workers is changing. It's no longer as common to hear objections such as "How do I know you'll really be working?" when proposing using a VA to someone who never has before. Many people have heard of VAs now or know someone who uses theirs. In most cases, once someone has a VA on their team, they don't turn back to in-house staff to fulfill those duties.

To check out similar fields' occupational outlooks, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2006-07 edition) put out by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov.

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If you're an aspiring Virtual Assistant, claim your free e-report "Virtual Assistant Business: A Basic Guide to Start Your Own". VirtualAssistantBusiness.com is a resource site for current and aspiring Virtual Assistants.

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The My Job"Fill In The Blank" Contest - Deadline October 31st


Varisty Books and Brickfish website is asking your 9th to 12th grades to submit their craziest, funniest job ideas for a chance at a $2,000 scholarship to spend any way they want! Runner up prizes will be free movies and music for a year!

Stop by the website for more details.

Would you like to know where to find more contests and scholarship news? Join the HomeschoolBuyers Co-op. It's free to join and there lots of great benefits.