When is a Party Not a Party?

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I guess this is a reply to the reply in reference to a post that has been going around about the “parties” (i.e. where people try to get you to spend your hard earned money on gimmicky products).  First of all, if that’s what people consider  a party, then maybe they should get out more. Seriously. Unless there’s wine and/or food involved, it’s not a party. Also, most of the time, people at parties don’t try to sell you stuff you really don’t need.

These types of businesses have been around long before Facebook (hello, Amway, anybody?). It didn’t seem as annoying then because people were not inundated with posts about “try this new wrap thing” or “buy this overly priced diet stuff that probably won’t work”.  I don’t even know how people networked back then with these kinds of businesses but they had to actually get out there and work to do it. Now, people can post about their parties and/or add people to groups on Facebook.  And the whole thing with being added to a group. It’s like you don’t want to be rude and take yourself out of the group, but you also don’t want to see the whole “Don’t forget to come to the party tonight!” messages either.  So it’s kind of a lose/lose situation.

Now, I’m not saying that some of these products don’t work.  I think they do, to an extent. I also understand that people are trying to make a living.  However, I’ve never seen anyone who has become wealthy from selling any of the various products I’ve seen making the rounds on Facebook.  I’ve been asked to host parties and I won’t do it because I don’t want to annoy my friends and make them feel obligated to come.  They say there’s no pressure to buy anything. However, there most certainly is.  With most of these parties, the more the hostess sells, the more free or discounted stuff he/she gets.  And they make sure that the people who come to these parties know that. So yeah, sure, no pressure there.  That’s why I’ve stopped going to these get togethers.  I always feel bad if I don’t buy something,so I spend money I really don’t have to help them out. Now, I just either don’t respond to the invite or I tell them I’m busy.

One more complaint I have about the people who sell these items is that I get texts and messages from people who never talk to me, especially family. My attitude is this, if I am not good enough to invite to other gatherings you have, then don’t invite me to a shindig hoping I’ll buy something from you.

I won’t unfriend someone if they invite me to these sorts of parties, however, I will stop following you on Facebook and turn off notifications for whatever groups I am added to pertaining to magic diet pills/wraps/wax warmers/facial cleanser..etc.  I am sure I’m not the only one who is annoyed by it.

Just my 2 cents on the whole thing, take it or leave it ;).

6 Places to Visit in Mississippi

6 Places to visit in Mississippi

Mississippi may not seem like the best place to go for a vacation, but think again! We do have some pretty awesome places to visit. Here’s a few of my favorites that are great for the whole family!

  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Located in Jackson, MS, this museum is 73,000 sq ft of awesome. There’s also 300 acres of natural landscape and 2.5 miles of nature trails. Inside the museum is a 100,000 gallon aquarium system which is home to various aquatic animals, many of which are native to Mississippi.
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum. Also located in Jackson (next to the Natural Science Museum). It hosts exhibits featuring five themes: Mississippi heritage, health and nutrition, literacy, cultural arts, and science and technology.
  • Old Capitol Museum. If you are a history buff like I am, you will probably enjoy visiting the Old Capitol. Built in 1839, this was the Capitol building until 1903. This was the place where some of Mississippi’s most important legislative action took place.
  • The Jackson Zoo. The largest zoo in Mississippi. Originally opened in 1919 and run by the city until 1986. The Jackson Zoological Society, Inc. has managed the zoo since then. Located on 110 acres with 54 of those acres are developed. There are 125 species, 400 animals and 12 of those are endangered.
  • Geyser Falls Water Theme Park. Located in Choctaw, MS. Features several waterslides, including a 6 story free fall speed slide. There’s also a lazy river,children’s play/slide area, man made beach and 2 restaurants..
  • Hattiesburg Zoo. This zoo is in south Mississippi and is smaller than the Jackson zoo. However, it is charming with lots of things to do. A SplashPad for the kiddos has recently been added

These are by no means the only things to do in Mississippi. It’s just the places I have been to frequently and love! For more information on Mississippi and all of the other wonderful things this state has to offer, please visit http://www.visitmississippi.org/

Engl Z-11Midi Switcher

This Engl Z-11 midi switcher is a must for any guitar player. It is easy to operate. This MIDI switcher comes equipped with 6 switch loops(4 of which are able to be accessed by two 1/4″ mono jacks), 100 MIDI program locations and MIDI Omni channels or 8 specific channels. This product can also be used with the Engl MIDI Footcontroller Z-12.

New App: Avatar Battle Quiz

I had the opportunity to review an app called Avatar Battle Quiz.  It’s a new app that incorporates learning with fun quizzes and battles.  It’s aimed at kids ages 9-11 but I have to say, I enjoyed playing it also.  I created an account but allowed my 9 yr old to play it. He usually doesn’t like educational games, but he enjoyed this one. You can earn points/coins by answering questions from categories ranging from dinosaurs to space. The quizzes range from easy to hard.

 

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Once you earn enough coins, you can battle with friends and even send messages to them.
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I will definitely keep encouraging my son to continue playing this game. It’s a great addition to the other homeschooling tools I use!

It is available for download from the Apple App store and the Google Play store

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/avatar-battle-quiz/id962377775?mt=8 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.garthhodgson.abq

 

*I received a free download for this app in exchange for a review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

I’ve Been Outlandered!

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My new guilty pleasure is a series of books that has been turned into a tv series: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Here’s a quick synopsis:  An English nurse, Claire, from 1945 visits Scotland with her husband, Frank. She visits some ancient standing stones and is transported back to 1743 Scotland where she meets Jamie Fraser. It was a very rough time historically there (look up the Jacobite rebellion) so things get interesting for Claire.

There are 8 books in the series and I’ve made it through the first one and currently reading the 2nd (Dragonfly In Amber).  I remember seeing ads for the show(It airs on Starz) before it aired and not really being interested.  Boy, was I an idiot!  After seeing a preview for it one day, I decided to check it out. I’m so glad I did!  It is hands down one of the best shows ever to have graced the tv world. That got me interested in reading the books. Jamie and Claire quickly became my favorite book characters in the history of ever. Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe really bring the characters to life on screen.  I mean have you seen these people?  Sam is awesomely handsome and Caitriona is beautiful and elegant.

I do have just a slight crush on Sam/Jamie.  I belong to several Outlander Facebook groups and try to keep up with news about the show/cast.  I follow Sam and Cait on twitter. And I’m always hoping that one day, Sam will tweet me back (Hey, a girl can dream, right?). Rhiannon says I need a “Samtervention” LOL. Ok, I’m not that bad. It’s not like I stalk him and stand outside his window or anything.  I mean that would just be ridiculous and besides, I’m all the way in Mississippi. So it’s also impossible. Not that I would do it if I knew where he lived.  I’ve met a few famous rock stars and I was always so star struck and afraid of bothering them. So if I ever did see him out, I may or may not say anything. Maybe I’d just try sneak a pic of him or something (because that doesn’t sound creepy at all LOL). So I will just stick to reading his witty tweets and admiring the photos of him that are posted in various Outlander groups.  No, but seriously, he is a wonderful actor and I’m looking forward to watching the rest of season 1.  I have no doubt he’s gonna pull off the difficult scenes, even though they are not going to be easy to watch.

No other show has drawn me in like Outlander. It not only has romance, but also adventure and a little bit of sci fi (the time travel part).  My husband even watches it with me and loves it. And yes, he knows about my little crush on Sam, he thinks Cait is gorgeous…afterall..fair is fair, right? 😉

 

So, what’s your guilty pleasure?

 

By the way, I was not compensated for this post, just wanted to share my love of all things Outlander!

 

Trade in Your Macbook with Gazelle!

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A few other notable features are: a 12-inch retina display; nine hour battery; no fan for a silent operation; and it comes in silver or gold.

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Advice for “people pleasers”

Stop being a people pleaser. Seriously. Just stop. You will never make everyone happy.  There will always be people out there who won’t like you, no matter what you do. I’ve found this out time and time again. It seems people only like you when they can walk all over you. Then guess what? You are the one who is stressed out and miserable. Yes, when you finally say “enough!” and stop allowing people to take advantage of you they will more than likely get angry with you. They may even spread rumors about you to who ever will listen. But in the long run, you will be happier.

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There are some people who will use you and act like your friend. They will act that way until you no longer do exactly what they want, then they will turn on you like a snake. That’s ok though. Think about it, is that the kind of person you really want in your life? Most of the time, those kinds of people never do anything for you anyway. They are “takers” and that’s all they know how to do.  And if you’re a “giver” like me, you seem to attract those kinds of people from miles away. I’m not exactly sure what kind of vibe that “givers” exude, but it believe me, the “takers” can usually see it right away. They know who they can take advantage of and who can see right through them.

And I know, when you’re a “people pleaser” it’s so difficult to say “no”. You don’t want people to dislike you. But if you even think a situation might bring stress to you, just politely decline. You don’t even have to give a reason. Just be nice and let them down easy. You may feel bad for a little while, but it will save you a lot of headache later on down the line.
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Want extra cash? Why Mums should become a private tutors?

Having a specific set of skills and being able to teach others is a special and valuable quality.

In recent years, there has been a demand for specialist subject teachers, personal tutors and private tutors that are able to extend their teaching hours, in order to offer their expertise to those who could benefit from one-to-one tuition in certain educational areas.

Particularly popular with children and teenagers who are about to undertake core exams such as their year 6 SATS, GCSEs and A-levels, offering your skills is a great way to earn extra cash, particularly if you are a retired teacher or are a current teacher with some spare time on your hands (if that is at all possible!).

With the average private tutor charging around £25 per hour, becoming a private tutor can be a great way of finding those extra funds for a summer holiday, home improvements, or simply extra cash for life’s luxuries.

But how can you become a tutor

Anyone can become a personal tutor. If you have the necessary skill sets and expertise, solid communication skills, and the ability to adapt your teaching skills to meet the learning needs of a wide range of abilities, then this could be a great cash earner for you.

If you have a passion for teaching and a limited amount of experience, or at least able to demonstrate a passion for teaching (a student teacher perhaps), becoming a private tutor like those on First Tutors is definitely worth considering.

But before you start advertising your services, it’s important to create a checklist of things you must do first, and make sure you do them all. These include:

Register for tax – You don’t want to have Mr Taxman on your back. Personal tutoring is classed as being self-employed, even if you also have a full-time job. If you decide that becoming a tutor is something you would like to explore further, it’s important to register with the HMRC – this is nothing to be scared of, it’s purely for tax purposes.

CRB Checks – If you are working with young adults and children who are under the age of 18, investing in a CRB check is a compulsory requirement. This is the first thing that many parents and schools will ask for.

What are the benefits?

As well as being a fail-safe cash earner, becoming a private tutor will also allow you to develop your teaching skills and your ability to interact and engage with students effectively on a one-to-one basis.

You can also work hours that suit you and your lifestyle. Whether that’s during the evenings, in the school holidays, or even at weekends, you can pick the hours that fit around your lifestyle.

Are you a student and want to earn extra cash?

You don’t even have to be officially qualified to become a private tutor. Many students who are studying to become teachers, set themselves up as private tutors as a means of funding their studies.

If you’re a student teacher looking to gain practical, hands on experience, becoming a personal tutor can also be a great way to put into practise what you have learnt on your course – it looks great on your CV and highlights your passion and desire to teach. Of course, it also gives you something to talk about when you start going to those dreaded interviews. And you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home!

How much should I charge?

That’s entirely up to you. Charges vary massively within the industry depending on the market and the subjects you are able to provide services for.

The value of your services tends to depend how much experience you have. If you already work in a school, it’s also important that you make them aware that you are also offering your services as a personal tutor. It’s often not a problem but if you are working with a student who you teach in mainstream education, a contract between you, the school and the parent needs to be drawn up.

Want to Make a Little Extra Money?

Ok, so I’ve been using Opinion Outpost for awhile, and yes I have actually made money filling out surveys. And it’s not one of those surveys that goes on forever and has tons of “offers” you have to accept or decline. You won’t get rich but it will give you a little extra spending money. Here’s how it works, you take surveys and you get points (varies). When you accumulate a certain amount of points, you can cash them out for amazon gift cards or get the money sent to your paypal account.
The surveys aren’t usually that long. I think the longest one I’ve ever taken took around 30 minutes. There are a lot of 5 minute surveys also though. It doesn’t take that long to build up points so that you can cash out. It’s definitely a survey site I recommend.

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