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Visit 'Marcus and Me' Blog at Homeschoolblogger.com

I would like to invite you to visit my other blog, Marcus and Me, is where you'll find posts about 'Today in History' facts, special holidays, family, children and teen news, contests and activities. I also share telecommuting information and Internet Talk Radio Shows you might find of interest.

Read about the Discovery Health Channel Body Challenge 2007. Regarding telecommuting, I have information on homesourcing call centers and WAHM.com Job Listing.

Feel free to stop by and leave a comment or two.

Scrappers Talk Radio Show - An Internet Talk Radio Show

'Scrappers Talk Radio', hosted by Vera Raposo, is an Internet Talk Radio Show for scrapbookers. This show features tips, inspiration and even guests. This show is for beginners and expert scrappers. It's available 24 hours so it will definitely fit in any homeschoolers' schedule.

Visit her website to listen, resources and to sign up for her 'Scrapbooking Tips' newsletter. After you've listened to the show, don't forget to call or email Vera with your suggestions and comments.

Saving Money Year Round by Audrey Okaneko

Let's start and maintain good money savings tips, through out the year!
Saving Money Year Round By: Audrey Okaneko

As moms, many of us want to stretch our incomes as far as we can. I’d like to offer some ideas that have worked for me in saving money year round.

1. Check with your local newspaper and see if you can read the paper online. I am able to only subscribe to the Sunday paper in order to qualify for online access. I can read seven days per week but only pay for one.

2. We go to garage sales often. I can not count the number of times we’ve found something we needed, in almost perfect condition and at a fraction of the cost.

3. Either buy books at the used book store or rent them from the library. Used book stores sell books at ½ of the cover price. They then buy them back at ¼ of the price. So, in essence you can get a book at ¼ of the cover price. We also buy books at garage sales. Often they are only 25 cents each.

4. Look into being a mystery shopper for restaurants. Pizza p…

The Six Best Jobs for Working at Home by Leslie Truex

I would like to add that if you plan on going into a virtual customer service and sales position, you will need to obtain the skills. For example, learning to pace your voice, dealing with irrate callers andthe proper way to address complaints, you'll need to know how to deflate these potential excalated calls. The good news is that there are many books written on the topic.

The Six Best Jobs for Working At Home By: Leslie Truex

Every day I get email asking me how to find legitimate work-at-home jobs. I have to say this always baffles me because every week I wade through thousands of jobs to find a select few to post in my weekly newsletter. The problem I believe is that people look for the wrong jobs in the wrong places. They often limit themselves to jobs like "typing" or "data entry" that are so rare they might as well give up on the idea of working at home.

My suggestion to them is to find work in areas that are hiring. There are many companies looking fo…

Teen Product Recommendation: Heavenly Crosses.com

Last month, Marcus requested a cross necklace so I decided to do some online research before purchasing one. After all, he's a teenage boy and I wanted it to be something he would enjoy wearing.

Our solution was Heavenly Crosses.com. They sell solid cross necklaces that will definitively appeal to your preteens and teenagers. You get select from a great selection of colors. The necklaces are affordable priced, theres excellent customer service and quick delivery.

When Marcus received his cross necklace he was very pleased. I even managed to get a hug out it. He loves the look and wears it daily. Now that's a great purchase.

This Week on WAHM Talk Radio

On this week's WAHM Talk Radio show, Kelly speaks with Angela Wills, StarVA.com, about her home business experience, what she learned from it, and how it lead her to her current business, as a Virtual Assistant. I was extremely impressed with Angela's honest. There's something for all of us to learn from in this show.

You'll also hear segment regulars, like Nell Talerico, Telecommuting Answer Lady, and Lynette Chandler.

As always, this is show is accessable 24 hours, 7 days a week. You can also download it to your MP3 player.

Wordless Wednesday

Comments and question are in comments.

Attending Your Teleconferences - It's a Great Idea!

When I was working in call centers, it wasn't uncommon to have weekly team meetings. Thes meetings allowed management to keep us updated with policy changes, scheduling and technical problems and upcoming contests and events. There usually will also be an opportunity for questions and answers from the team. They are an invaluable tool.

I strongly recommend that if your direct sales or virtual call center offers teleconferences that you make these mandatory. This allows management to gives details that emails cannot accomplish. You get to hear the voice behing the name, humanizing the person. During Q&A session I find that many of my concerns are addressed. It also allows me to hear from my fellow team mates far and wide.

Recognizing that we cannot always attend the scheduled live call, many companies will archive the calls. So set aside some time, get a pen and paper listen and learn.

Stress Balls - The Customer Service Reps' Friend

Of course, you need pen and paper for jotting down info but don't forget your stress balls. Yes, these are a 'Must Have' for Customer Service Reps. When I worked for Geico Insurance, we were given one each year. The balls never made it through out the year. All the squeezing, poking and choking limited their life span.

When you're dealing with objections, rebuttal, angry customers, and trying to maintain the enthusiasm while repeating a statement for the thousandth time, the stress ball is your best friend.

Dr. Laura Will Be Signing Books in San Diego County

Dr. Laura will be signing copies of her new book, "The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage," this Wednesday, January 10, beginning at 7PM at Borders Bookstore, 159 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon.

The store expects a big turnout, so try to get to the store as close to the 7PM hour as possible. They'll also have some prizes, including the much talked-about Dr. Laura action figure, to give away every half-hour to a lucky winner who's waiting on the book signing line.

'Ignite Your Faith' Magazine for Teens

'Ignite Your Faith' is definitely a fantastic magazine for our teen. The style, pictures, and articles will appeal to your teens too. They discuss issues like dating, peer pressure, suicide, and of course music. (a big one with Marcus) It's definitely not fluff. Teens will recognize how other kids are dealing with the world and their faith.

Stop by Amazon.com or Christianity Today.com for your trial issue. I'm sure they're going to love it.

Keeping a Kitchen Journal by Rachel Paxton

When my family informs me that they've enjoyed a recipe I place it in my recipe notebook. It's an inexpensive binder with protective pages. Everyone knows the location if mom isn't cooking. Oh, by the way, today is Organize Your Home Day. Enjoy Rachel's article on keeping a kitchen journal.

Keeping a Kitchen Journal By: Rachel Paxton

I know, I know, you're thinking a journal for the kitchen?

It seems like the busier we get the more forgetful we are. And getting older has something to do with it, right? Whatever the reason, a kitchen journal can be a useful tool for keeping your home and family running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

Did I mention journaling is fun? It is! Find a notebook to start your journal. You can decorate it yourself with stickers or cut-out pictures. Make it into something you look forward to writing in.

A kitchen journal is for making notes to yourself when you're meal planning, cooking, or when a creative thought pops into your head …