Saturday, March 03, 2007

Live Ops Work At Home Agent Video at Telework Coalition.com


Many people ask me lot of questions regarding how I'm able to perform my customer service job, at home. It's very helpful when I come across videos, like this one, at Telework Coalition.com site. Live Ops, is one of the leading virtual call centers, that gives people the opportunity to work from home, as Virtual Customer Service Reps.
Also, The Ultimate Blog Party is still going on. Please see my post.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Ultimate Blog Party Has Begun!

Aren't you just so excited ? The Ultimate Blog Party has Begun! So take a moment and stop by 5 Minutes for Mom, to see what the hoopla is about. I'll definitely be there!

Here's just a little about me. I've been working from home, as a Virtual Customer Service Representative and just love it. I realize that I this is the perfect work situation for me since I control my schedule, have little distractions and there's no temptations, like candy or junk food around. Oh, I'm asked what is a Virtual Customer Service Rep, at least a few times a day so let me explain. I provide customer service, process sales, and information requests, for a variety of companies. My home office is my 'virtual call center'.

My hubby and I are homebase educating our teenage son. He's enrolled in an Independent Study Program, is very active in sports, volunteer work and his Christian Youth Group.

My husband works for the County Small Claims Court, as a court clerk. He loves the law, his family and the Dallas Cowboys!

I enjoy sharing information on topics that interest me, at my blogs, Marcus and Me,
It Ain't Breakfast Without Coffee and BerryMorins Bits and Tips.

Slow Cooking Thursday - March 1

Please join us at Diary of A SAHM today, for Slow Cooking Thursday!

Lowfat Pork Chili

1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed, and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 15-ounce can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can reduced sodium pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 4-ounce can diced jalapenos, drained
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin

PREPARATION:
Coat the inside of a 4-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Lay onion green and pepper on the bottom. Add cubed pork, followed by beans, tomatoes, jalapenos, and spices.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. You could serve this with brown rice.

Stretches and Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk - Chronic Pain About.com

Experts recommend frequent, mini stretch and exercise breaks, when you're working a desk job. My pain management doctor suggest, 5 minute breaks, every 30 minutes.

Visit Chronic Pain About.com to view some exercises, that you can do. Your back and neck will thank you for it.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Best Jeans for Every Body Type - Real Simple.com


Are you still on a search to find the right fitting jeans, for your body type? If so, visit Real Simple.com site to read their expert picks, for many body types. You'll also find links to retail sites, of those recommend jeans, prices and a pix of the jeans.

I've been maintaining a love relationship with Eddie Bauer Stretch Jeans for many years. They fit me to a 'T" and still give me 24hr comfort, that this long legged, full figured woman, is looking for. Even my hubby loves these jeans on me. (and he loves to tell me so)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Top 5 Freelance Sites by Nell Taliercio


Are you a writer, computer programming or graphic design and looking for work at home opportunites? Consider reading Nell's following article about freelancing sites.


Freelancing is a great way to work from home. Freelancers do anything from writing to graphic design to computer programming. They are often hired by businesses (small and large) for a particular project. It’s a win- win situation. The small business owner gets his website up and running, or his press release written without having to create a new position in his company to get the job done.


The Freelancer gets to do what he or she loves to do from home. The big question is how do the business owner and freelancer find each other? They do it through one of the freelance sites below.


On all five of these sites projects are posted and freelancers bid on how much they would charge for the work. It is up to the company / person posting the job to choose which freelancer they would like to work with.


1 )Guru.com

Guru is the largest freelance site out there. According to their site they connect over 520,000 freelancers with over 30,000 businesses and employers. Guru is organized into several categories and subcategories from Web and Graphic Design to Programming to Business Consulting.


2) Elance.com

Elance is the other big player when it comes to freelance sites that cover a wide variety of freelance work. Like Guru.com you can find projects from creative work like graphics and writing to computer programming.


3) Rentacoder.com

This freelance site caters primarily to programmers, coders, software engineers and IT professionals in general. You will find projects ranging from simple html pages to programming jobs that could last for several months.


4) Allfreelancework.com

In addition to finding projects posted on a variety of subjects, you will also find an extensive library of articles of interested to freelancers as well services and products, a forum and a newsletter.


5) Programmingbids.com

As the name suggest this site focuses mostly on freelance work for programmers. You will find projects from web and graphic design to flash to software development. They even have a new section that will allow you to sell scripts you have written.


Freelancing is a great way to get started working from home. You can easily take on a few small projects while keeping your day job. You can start gaining experience, add to your résumé and build a client base. This will make the transition to working from home exclusively much smoother. It is also a great way to test the water and see if you would like to work on projects from home in the long run.


Article by:
Nell Taliercio is the owner and founder of http://www.telecommutingmoms.com/ – which is a leading resource website with work at home jobs and everything a telecommuting mom would need. Come visit us today!

Monday, February 26, 2007

It's Our "Little One's" Birthday Today! Happy Birthday Marcus!


On February 26, 1992, at the Maine Medical Hospital, Marcus Joseph Berry was born at 4:30pm. My husband, just knew it was a boy and picked out the name. (My husband's a Marcus Allen fan....Joseph is my husband's middle name) I really thought I was having a girl. But I've never been more happy to be a mom of a boy.

It's been a joy being mom to our 15 year old son. He's always going to be my 'Little One' even though he's now 6 feet 3 1/2 inches and wears a size 14 mens shoe.

As my husband and I reflect on the last 15 years, we occassionally shed a tear or two and look at all the scrapbooks with huge smiles.

Happy Birthday Marcus! .

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - February 26




We're starting this week off with a birthday! Our 'Little One', is 15 years old. (6ft 3 /12 in and still growing) My husband and I will be taking him to one of his favorite eating place's, Khan's. You pick your shaved meats, veggies and noodles. Then you give the bowl over to the cook, who cooks it on these large steel cooking surfaces. You can add a variety of sauces to your combination. It's a great way to sneak veggies into our guy.

Monday - Marcus' Birthday at Khan's




Tuesday - Pork and Brown Rice




Wednesday - Balsamic Vinegar Chicken with Mixed Greens for Marcus


Mom and Dad are having dinner out and watching a performance of Nazareth, The Comedian




Thursday - Spanish Tortilla *courtesy of Eating Well Magazine




Friday - Baked 'Fried' Fish and Red Potatoes




Saturday - Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Soup




Sunday - Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes *courtesy of Mr. Food's Diabetic Cookbook

A Jewelry Contest at 5 MinutesforMom

Stop by 5 MinutesForMom blog to enter the Jewelry Contest. You could win some cute, adorable jewelry for your little one, made by Our 2 Peas in a Pod. Just enter your name and blog address and then link back to 5 MinutesForMom. It's that simple. Deadline is Wednesday, February 28 at 11pm EST.

Plan Ahead Contest at On The Company Porch Blog

Sorry it's such late notice but I just found out about this one today. At On The Company Porch blog, they're having a Plan Ahead Contest. You can win an Undated 7 Column Weekly Grid from BusyBodyBook. Just leave your comments, at the blog, telling how you would use the product.

Visit the site for more details. Good luck!

Bookworm's Delight Printable at Homeschool About.com


Here's where you will find free printable worksheets, for middle and high school kids. Bookworm's Delight Printables offers a word search worksheet that will introduce well known authors to your kids.


You'll also find a Vocabulary, Crossword Puzzle, and more, at Homeschool About.com.

Law and Order: SVU Marathon on USA This Sunday, Feb 25


Today, on USA, there's a Law and Order: SVU Marathon. Watch Elliott, Vin, Olivia and Munch go after the some of the worst criminals. Visit the website for times and episode details.