Promote your Brand through Custom Stickers.

 photo IMG_3066_zpseei3jtqb.jpgBusiness owners who want to promote their products or services can utilize custom stickers that are made. Stickers are an effective way of advertising and allowing your logo to circulate in the local area when you want to grow as a business. To increase your success as a company, there are a few ways to promote your brand with the use of custom stickers.

Include the Sticker with Each Purchase

You can include one of your stickers in each box that comes with the product that you sell to ensure that the customer can add it to a mirror in their home or a guitar. Stickers that you include with purchases will make it easy to advertise through your customers and allow them to show their support for what the goods that you sell. You can also add a sticker in each bag that you give to your customers when purchases are made.

Advertise on Vehicles

Distribute waterproof stickers to your employees to stick on their vehicles, which will make for an effective way of advertising the business. Hundreds of different vehicles will see the sticker on the road each day, which will allow locals to begin to recognize the brand.

Distribute Stickers at Trade Shows and Exhibitions

An effective way to connect with other people at trade shows and exhibitions is to distribute stickers at a booth that you set up. You can offer the free stickers to those who pass by or even hand them out to those who sign up for your emails. Stickers are a modern way of informing others of your service or products instead of using business cards. If you hand out goodie bags to those who purchase items, be sure to include a sticker that they can place on their desk or computer.

Send Stickers to Retailers

If your products are sold in stores, you can send each retailer that carries your items to their shop as a way of showing their customers that they carry your goods. Send out promo packs to stockists with posters or flyers to help decorate their store, which can increase your sales with free advertising that is used.

Custom stickers that are created to represent your brand or products can increase your sales and allow you to become more recognizable as a company. You can freely promote your company by distributing the stickers, which will be used more than business cards.

Making Some Extra Cash for the Household

 photo 55727CE2-FE92-4A8C-BABB-9F819F6AFE0A_zpstz8qfn3z.jpgWhether you’re a stay-at-home mom or retiree, making some extra money for the household is a tempting challenge. These funds can be dedicated to a future vacation or college tuition. Consider your personal talents, and carve out some time to perform these tasks in order to make extra money.

Sell it Online

Your garage or storage facility might be overflowing with items that are of no use to you now. Try to sell them online so that you can free up money and space. Take photos, create captions and post the items on a selling website. Be open to negotiations so that the items move on to other owners. Online sales allow you to spread the selling out over many days and weeks compared to a traditional yard sale.

Consider Your Mineral Rights

Many homeowners have acres of land that are undeveloped outside of their main homes. Maintaining this land is costly and time consuming. You might try to sell mineral rights Texas as a way to generate more income. The land might be sold for a certain price so that businesses can remove the minerals as necessary. Because you no longer own the land, there’s no need to spend money on mowing and other upkeep items.

Write up a Blog

If you’re a writing fan, it’s possible to make money off of your creativity. Set up a website, and start writing a blog. This online diary can be about almost any subject that you desire. Insert links to fellow bloggers in your industry so that you can build a following. Money from advertising and other online ventures is possible when you dedicate part of your day to blogging.

Get Crafty

From quilting to jewelry creation, creating crafts is a lucrative way to make money at local shops and farmer’s markets. Think about the crafting niche that you’d like to fill. Perfect your creations, and offer them for sale at the next shopping opportunity. If you’re passionate about crafting, it can become a small business. You simply need to put quality into the products that you make.

Don’t overextend yourself when it comes to buying supplies for a home business. You might make a dozen or more hair barrettes for friends, but purchasing supplies for 1,000 accessories might be more of a cost than savings. Be honest about your fundraising, and the extra money will be enjoyable to make and spend.

Celebrating With A Holiday Basket

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If you’re looking for an easy gift to give for Christmas, then consider holiday gift baskets. There are numerous things that you can include, using a theme in the basket with the items that you purchase. A basket is an ideal option if you’re trying to shop for someone who has a little bit of everything or someone who is simply too hard to shop for and you feel might be hard to please. A gift basket is also a gift to consider for someone who you’re not close to but still want to give something to, such as an employer or a friend of the family who you have recently met.

The basket is the first thing to start with. You can reuse baskets that you already have as long as they aren’t damaged. Add a bit of cardboard or tissue paper to the bottom as a base for the items that you plan to include. After you’ve got the basket together, you can start looking for the perfect items to add depending on the age of the recipient and the gender.

When it comes to getting items for a female, consider candles, lotion and bath products. Nothing says relaxation like items that can be used to take a hot bath with after a long day. Shea butter bath salts, oatmeal bath products or sugar scrubs are items that are sure to put a smile on her face. If the basket is for someone younger, then consider fun items, like bubble bath, finger paints for the tub or colored bath balls that turn the water to the same color.

A gift basket for a man could include razors, shaving cream and other toiletries that are used when shaving. You can also include a gift card for a movie or a few sports items, like a football or a mug that has a favorite sports team. If you aren’t sure what the person would enjoy, then a food basket is an idea. It can include items for making breakfast in the morning or items to enjoy while watching a movie, such as popcorn or boxes of candy.

A Guide on Buying Furniture through a Catalogue

Buying furniture through online catalogues is a good way to save. With this in mind, it doesn’t always allow you to see the actual items, sit on them, test comfort levels, and test quality. But, you can still find great items, for less, and these are a few ways to go about doing so when buying furniture through catalogue sites.

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Read the terms

Not only payment and finance terms, but the quality of items, the condition it is in, what to do if there is damage upon delivery, and so forth. You are doing yourself a disservice by not doing so. Make sure you are fully aware of terms, conditions, and what you are buying into, when financing items.

Read the details 

Make sure you know what you are getting. Again, is it 100% leather? Is the dining set made of mahogany wood? Is it a full set, or do you have to buy the side tables individually? Knowing what you are buying, as well as what comes with your order, is key to buying and finding the true deals.

Know the shipping and financing options 

Is shipping free or additional upon delivery? Are you going to have 60 days, 90 days, or 180 days interest free if you spend a certain amount? What are the penalties on late payments when financing? It can make or break a deal, and can sometimes end up costing you far more, if you simply avoid reading and knowing what the terms are when purchasing furniture through an online catalogue site.
Before you decide to buy on finance through a catalogue for furniture items you might want to consider buying second hand. There are dozens of websites which list a massive range of used sofas, coffee tables, wardrobes, beds, and lots more!

Of course you can save and find great quality items; with this in mind, you have to be aware of what you are shopping for. Make sure you keep these things in mind when and if you plan on financing the purchase of new furniture for your home, and want to ensure you get the most out of the deals.

Important things to consider when building a home playground

Children often seem to have boundless energy, and a home swingset can be a great way to let them play in their own yard. Swingsets can provide children with a variety of activities, and it is an excellent investment to help them stay occupied, especially in the summer months. If you are considering building a little home playground for your kids, here are some things to consider when it comes to safety and durability.

Swingset Materials

Swingsets can be built out of a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. The materials you choose will have a direct impact on how long your swingset will last. While metal and plastic are cheaper options, these playsets will not last as long. Metal will rust quickly in the outdoor environment, while plastic can crack under certain weights. For the highest durability, cedar swingsets, such as those offered at Play N’ Learn, are the best option. Wood is the sturdiest material available, and cedar is known for its ability to stand up to the elements outside. Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage.

Ground Surfaces

A swingset can be placed on any flat area in your area, but the surface it is on could effect the safety of your playground. Hard dirt may not be the best choice for swingsets that include slides, swings, monkey bars, climbing walls, and other elevated activities. This is because this surfaces if not very forgiving should your child fall. The best option for safety would be some type of rubberized mulch, which will cushion falls and help prevent scrapes and bruises. A mulched area will also help to keep the play area clean, meaning upkeep will be easier in the long run.

Swingset Accessories

Swingsets can have many different options, from swings to climbing walls. Keep a child’s age in mind when choosing options for your playground. Small children may not be able to use monkey bars or climbing walls safely, but they can always be added later. When choosing certain options for a swingset, make sure to consider safety features too. Monkey bars should be easy to grip, and slides should be made of material that does not get too hot in the sun.

Swingsets are a great way to give your children a fun home activity. When you choose a home playground that pairs fun accessories with safety features and durability, you’ll have a great playplace for your children for years to come.

 

Rediscovering Myself through Homeschooling

We hit the year end and we survived our first year of homeschooling. Throughout our first year of homeschooling, I get to know myself more and grateful that I can do things I thought I am not capable of doing. So allow me to share it with you.

Through homeschooling, I discover that:

I can teach. I just feel accomplished after having completed our first year in homeschooling. I remember being asked by a friend if it is possible to educate my children even if I am not a teacher. The answer is Yes, we can educate our children without even having a teaching degree. I learned that commitment and perseverance are more important than a teaching degree. Likewise, trusting & believing that God will walk me thru this journey has fueled my determination.

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Just a little info, for those who are considering homeschooling, please know that homeschooling in the Philippines is legal and protected by article 14, Section 1(2) of the Philippine constitution, stating that the government should establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children.

Feeling Artist. When my father noticed my inclination towards arts, I was never convinced. And because of that, it was never honed. Now, I’ve spotted that artsy side in me. And because we are homeschooling, I teach arts to my kids and I get to nourish it, though at a snail-paced. Ohh…Thanks to the bunch of arts activities/ideas available online.

Got the crafty side, I think...I remember a mommy friend who was skeptical on homeschooling because she feels she is not as crafty and creative. That’s what I knew about myself before diving into this journey. I am not creative at all. But you know what? My determination and intentions in homeschooling brought this little side of me. There is really a way if you’ve got the will. The good thing these days, is that there are a bunch of creative inspirations online.

Somehow improved patience. I am not really generous with patience. I have been praying to improve in this area. And you know what? God definitely hears & answers prayers. He allowed me to be in situation where He can test my patience and most of the time it happens during homeschool hours.

I’m thankful to my Creator for allowing me to discover those traits inside me and most of all so thankful for giving me such skills. All glory to You my God!…

To balance it out, I also discover that I needed to:

Be more organized. It resonates on my mind as we approached yearend. I needed lots of organization. Disrupting schedule is sometimes inevitable, but I figured that we should immediately make up for the lessons missed.

Make more quality time with the Lord. I get too busy at times juggling work & homeschooling. The tendency is to sometimes neglect my quiet time. I have to be honest, that diving to our homeschool session without my time with the Lord often gets chaotic – I loose temper easily. The result is a mussed up & unproductive day. This is definitely  a much needed time for it is only by His Grace that I can do this.

This year, i’m looking forward of more discoveries and learning along side my kids.

THE FILIPINO HOMESCHOOLERS IN UAE

When a Kindergarten Asks About Salvation

We were studying the story of Hanna, and we started with a memory verse from Hebrews 5:9, it says, the Lord gives eternal salvation to those who obey Him. I wasn’t even done reading the verse, a question has already been raised by Zoe. I was actually reluctant answering as I may not be able to explain it appropriately to his understanding. But this not so little boy was persistent and was asking more questions. My mind wasn’t that quick, and I’m ashamed to say, that I even forgot to ask the Holy Spirit to help me answer the questions, instead I quickly pick my phone and googled.

What is eternal? Was his first question. While trying to pick the right words, dear husband uncertainly answered “life after death” then I, followed by telling him it’s never ending, it’s like forever. He was staring at me and was attentive, I guess he was getting what I was saying. As we go through the memory verse, comes another question. Salvation! What is salvation mommy? Again, my mind was like, how? How am I going to  explain salvation to a 5 year old? I wasn’t trained to evangelized kids, especially a 5 year old, and a 3 year old, (our youngest was also listening.) But I can’t leave the question hanging, my sons were waiting for an answer. And although it looks like I dreaded the question, I did my best to answer a big question from a little mind.

I tried to make my answer very simple for him to understand it. Salvation comes from Jesus. It’s a free gift, and you will only have it if you will accept Jesus in your heart as your Lord and Personal Savior. I guess he understood, but the question does not end there. This time he demanded for the meaning of sin. This is the second time that he asked me about sin seriously. And I think he understood that sin  “is something that we do, that makes God sad. When we make God sad, it means we are disobeying”. And again, there was a follow up “why” and “whys” questions that I can’t skip. But what I’m thankful about this conversation, is that it gave my son an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as his Personal Lord and Savior. Since talking about salvation, I have had the chance of asking him if he’d like to accept Jesus in his life, and I’m grateful that he did. Of course I let him understand what it means having Jesus Christ in his life. It was heartwarming, leading the little one’s acceptance prayer.  

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This big questions from the little mind made it clear for me that Spirituality is not just an adult thing. Our children has limitless questions, they can go far beyond we can think of and spirituality is not an exemption. We (parents) maybe investing our whole life to provide the “best” for our children. And one among the many other “bests” that we can provide for our little ones is the best spiritual development. And the best person that can equip our children’s spirituality is none other us – the parents. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 says Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Likewise it is equally important to recognize that spiritual development is not just an added value, it is a commission granted by the Lord. Matthew 19:14 says “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  

 

Few Things to Consider when Buying a Property

Buying a property is a huge decision on your part. After all, you will be spending a considerable amount of money on this type of purchase. In fact, buying a home is usually the most significant purchase that a person makes in his or her life. Therefore, a great deal of thought should go into it. This is definitely not a decision that you want to make in haste. There are many things that you need to consider when you are making a purchase of this magnitude. Here are a few things to do when buying real estate.

1. Think about the location

Location is one of the most critical factors in the world of real estate. Many people who make their living in this industry would say that it is the most important factor. You need to do some research regarding the surrounding area that a house is located in if you are very serious about buying it. For example, you should find out the quality of the local school system if you have children. What type of supermarkets and malls are available in the area? What is the local crime rate? Basically, you need to ask yourself if you will be able to enjoy living in that particular area for the foreseeable future. Also, the location will have a huge impact on the resale value of your home. You must never forget that your home is a huge investment. You want to get the biggest return possible on that investment if you ever sell the home.

2. Will it need to be remodeled?

You should also ask yourself if any of the waterfront homes for sale Lake Wylie will need to be renovated or improved in any way if you decide to buy one of them. Renovations can become very costly projects. Ideally, you want to avoid getting started with a costly renovation after you have just paid a considerable amount for the house.

3. Get a home inspection

Getting a professional home inspection should be standard procedure if you are serious about buying a home and you are ready to make an offer. The inspection is always an important thing to have done because you will be able to find out any flaws in the home that the seller neglected to tell you about. You can then tell the seller to have these things repaired or you will not make on offer.

Things to Do When Buying a New House

Buying a new house is always an exciting experience. It does not matter if you have bought several homes before or if it is your first purchase. However, there are many things that you need to consider during a purchase of this magnitude. For most people, their home will be the most expensive item that they buy in their lifetime. This means that there is a lot at stake. You want to be totally certain that the house you are buying is worth the money you are paying for it. You also need to take steps to protect your large investment. Here are a few of the most important things to do when buying a new house.

1. Have a home inspection

This is a standard procedure for most home purchases. However, the company that you choose to perform your home inspection is very important. You need to make sure that you hire a very reputable company that has many years of experience in the home inspection business. The purpose of a home inspection is to verify that there are no problems that the previous owner and his or her real estate agent failed to disclose to you. If any problems are discovered during the inspection, you can ask that they be repaired before you purchase the home. Alternately, you can request that the price of the home be lowered by the amount of money it will cost you to repair the problems that were discovered.

2. Buy a home insurance policy

Do not wait to insure your home. Have your home insurance policy in place before you move in. You do not want to take a chance of a fire or some other disaster happening before you purchase an insurance policy. Start to call insurance providers long before you will move in to compare the various rates that they offer. It is in your best interest to call as many providers as you can to compare the policies that are available. You can also investigate property title insurance policies at http://freetitlequote.com/.

3. Install a security system

It only makes good sense to install a security system in your home. You will be protecting both your family and the possessions you have paid a lot of money for. You can also save money because many insurance providers will lower your premiums once they know that you have a security system installed.

Guitar for the Little Man

Summer is almost over here in the Philippines, soon school will kick off. But since we are homeschooling this year, we started early. Part of our homeschooling is to enroll the little man in an enrichment program. We are leaning towards a music enrichment program and I am contemplating of exposing him to musical instrument not just to develop the musicality, but also to help nourish his intellectual & social literacy.

We were overwhelmed with the variety of 6 string guitars that are available online. It seems that it’s me who enjoys most scouting for kid friendly guitar designs. Look at this cute designs I found from an online store I visited.

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I’m sure the little man would love to have his favorite tank engine Thomas printed on his new guitar. Hoping we could find one.