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Some Clever Parenting Secrets

This cute baby mop suit lets your child crawl and help out around the house at the same time.

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Use a shoe caddy to hold snacks and activities during long car rides.

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Help other people (and yourself) tell your twins apart with these tiny rompers.

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Making sure your kids dress warmly can be quite the chore…But not when you have an awesome Knight’s Helmet that they’ll love.

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Give them temporary tattoos in case they get lost during an outing.

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Old lotion bottles can be used as faucet extenders until the little tykes aren’t so little anymore.

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Never worry about losing them in public with these forget-met-not mittens

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Cut a hole in a pacifier and stick a dropper in it to make taking medicine slightly less traumatizing.

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Create a kid-sized hammock with some fabric and a table. This is a good one

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If you’re super careful, a big cardboard box can be re-purposed into a stair slide.

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10 Garage Sales Secrets

This can be such a fun day, and it is such a good feeling to see all that stuff that has been cluttering up your place for years go to someone who really wants it. That lamp shade that has been stuck in the corner of your spare bedroom doing nothing for ever, those tools cluttering up the garage, that old bike, that really gorgeous dress that has been in your cupboard for too long, waiting for you to lose weight. Get rid of it, you know you don’t need it.
In doing so make sure you do it right and get the best out of your garage sale. Here are some pointers to help the day run smoothly and profitably.

1. Pick a date

Make sure there are no major events happening in the area that will distract people from your garage sale. Avoid holiday weekends as bargain hunters are most likely be away out-of-town.

2. Make sure you have plenty of change

You will often have people have someone come with a large note to buy a $2 item. Go to the bank and get plenty of 10 and 20 dollar bills and make sure you have heaps of small change.

3. Join together with those in your street

All the more the merrier. The more stuff you have the more visitors to your garage sale. The word will get around very quickly if you have a big selection.

4. Get the word out

Go onto Craigslist, community message boards, and all the free online resource you can think of. Of course the obvious, put the sign at the end of your street with large explicit writing so someone driving past can read the sign easily. Put the sign out early in the week so everyone has time to read it. Try putting some balloons with the sign to attract attention.

5. Open up early

The crack of dawn is a good time. If you are not up and ready to go you can be sure there will be someone knocking on your door at that time, so you might as well be up and ready to go. I often find second-hand dealers are the ones that will be there first to pick it all over. There is of course the ones that just love garage sales and buy up stuff because they just love a bargain, they will be there early.

6. Make sure it is all in working order

Nothing is more frustrating to people if there is stuff being sold that is not in good repair. If some articles are not in working order you need to put a note on it to say so. Some people like to get things cheap and fix them up, others don’t.

7. Fire up the Grill

Start the BBQ. There is nothing more attracting that the smell of food. This is another way to make some more money on the day by selling hamburgers or hot dogs from your BBQ.

8. Be a kid at heart

You have to know kids love garage sales and if you have a lot of toys and kids clothes to sell put them up front. Put all the colorful things together to attract their attention. Keep it all at eye level otherwise the kids wont see them and they won’t sell.

9. Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

Very important. Got pictures? Hang them. Clothes? Put them on a rack that is easy to see and to check out. Pack clothes neatly on a table so that they look attractive. Don’t just throw them in a heap. Pot plants should be displayed attractively. Keep tidying the whole time to make the presentation attractive.

10. Don’t be too greedy

That is a big thing about Garage sales. If you try to be too greedy your customers will leave. Let people know the price is negotiable. Look that artificial plant may mean something to you but not so much to someone else. Do you really want to be stuck with it because you would not take $5 dollars for it, as you thought it was worth more.
Get rid of everything, even at the end of the day you should give the remaining stuff away rather that keep it.

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The Secrets of Success in 3 Minutes

Success: Richard St. John (from TED)

Why do people succeed? Richard St. John compacts seven years of research into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success (Hint: Passion, persistence, and pushy mothers help) (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 3:46)

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The Strangest Secret in the World

I was on YouTube today and for some reason this video popped up out of nowhere. When this sort of thing happens I believe there is a message in it.

I have watched this video before, or something like it, but it was good to listen to it again and be reminded. If you put enough effort, thought, and passion into what you’re doing, then you will succeed at whatever you do.

So, after I watched the video this morning, I began to think again about my book and realize that the main objective of my book is to serve others. I want to see as many people as possible in this country get out of debt. To have them begin to be aware of where they are going in life. You know: “The Big Picture.”

I believe in non-conformity when it comes to being in debt. What I mean is, don’t get sucked into the material lifestyle at the expense of increasing debt and the stress that it causes. If you’re in debt now – know that you can be free from it by deliberately seeking to be debt free. My book is a guide to being aware of all the small things that make people slaves to debt and a guide to all the ways to get debt free and slash your cost of living. Once you are debt free and have a lower cost of living you will be able to enjoy life more.

Simply Fantastic: Living Better on Less is a book for people of all ages. The young generation has learned that debt is normal for most families. It should not be and it certainly can be different. Young people need to be knowledgeable about debt now, early in their lives, so they can be free of debt and learn to enjoy life debt free.

This is a great video by Earl Nightingale that I watched this morning. I want to share it with you. It teaches us just how easy life can be with a little bit of thought and effort. Watch the video The Strangest Secret in the World…

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