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If you know me at all, you know I love to paint. You might also know that my Dad was a painter, so that's probably where I got my so-called "skill" from. I say so-called because I'm not actually that good of a painter. I continue to paint regardless. As any painter has probably learned the hard way, painting can be a real hassle sometimes. Especially, if you are trying to paint a large area and you need to fight with one of those pesky paint cans. I've personally dealt with these types of problems, and seen many others do so as well. That's why, I want to introduce you to a new line of products that have been brought to my attention. "Zoose Product Paints".
Zoose Paint Products were created by a professional with over 23 years of experience in the industry. They are designed to make the painter's life easier, and a little cleaner. These products eliminate the need for drop cloths, newspaper, or cardboard. They also eliminate the need to find an opener or screwdriver to pry open your paint cans. With no-fuss lids that come in gallon or quart sizes, your paint stays fresh, and your work area stays clean. All of the products are washable as well, so they can be reused over and over again. With the Zoose Product Paints, the only trouble you should have is deciding with color of paint to use!
If you'd like to learn more about the product or purchase it for yourself, go to: http://www.zoosepaintproducts.com/
I'm just going to start this blog post by assuming that you haven't heard the term "boomerang kid" before, and if you have, you completely ignored it because you had no idea what it was and didn't want to look silly in front of the other parents. So, in that case:
Boomerang Kid: a young adult who goes back to live with a parent after a period of independence. (According to Oxford Dictionaries)
At this point, you should know whether you have raised a boomerang kid or not. If you have a young adult living in your basement, acting more like a teenager than they did when they were actually a teenager, then you have raised a boomerang kid. If your child left a few years back and only comes around on the holidays, it's safe to say that you most definitely did NOT raise a boomerang kid. Now, if you are dealing with a child that has returned home for any number of reasons (financial difficulties, loss of job, college drop out, divorce, addiction issues, etc.) you know how difficult it can be to welcome a member of the family back into your home after they have been gone for some time. You are going to want to operate on an "under my roof, live by my rules" basis, and your child may not see eye to eye with some of your rules. You've heard of the teen behavior contracts, so this is where the same concept comes into play.
Boomerang kids contracts are customizable, prewritten agreements that you can ask your grown child to sign. It will address everything from financial obligations, guest privileges, privacy, substance use, chores, children, pets, vehicle usage, and much more. When you set clear, structured boundaries for your child to follow, there will be a new sense of peace to sweep over the household. If you're worried about your boomerang kid becoming a freeloading kid, this is exactly the solution that you have been looking for!
These contracts will help you: Minimize conflict and promote responsibility, Establish a home environment that is structured, Make it clear to your adult child that he or she is not going to get a "free ride", Create a household which has clear expectations and well-established boundaries, and Make your adult child feel like a productive member of the family.
If you would like to learn more about these contracts, or purchase some for your own household, follow the link below!
At this very moment, you would be surprised to know the number of parents that are arguing, fighting, or negotiating with their teenage child in an effort to make them "follow the rules". What rules are they trying to make their children follow? Well, they aren't actually sure. They just know that they want what is best for their children, and that means their children need to listen to their advice. The problem is: Teenagers are individuals with opinions, thoughts, and voices as well. They seek independence, no matter how strongly they wish to please their parents. Then, one must take into consideration the vast number of daily practices that must have guidelines set on them. Television privileges, cell phone privileges, chores, school responsibilities, dating privileges, religious practices, clothing options, and so much more can be the source of conflict between adults and teenagers. The bottom line is: Without clearly established rules and regulations, your teenager could spiral out of control. Teens need structure and support. As a parent, you want to be their biggest supporter, so I have found a parenting method that takes all of the difficulty out of the "structure" part. Using this method, you can focus your extra time on supporting your child in their positive choices, instead of reprimanding them for making bad decisions.
Teen Behavior Contracts are part of a new parenting trend that is sweeping the nation. The only difference between this one, and all of the other cookie-cutter, helicopter Mom trends is that it is actually proving to be effective. Teen Behavior Contracts are pre-written contracts that are customizable, and specifically designed to address adolescent behavior issues. Your child is going to have to learn the value of signing their name to a contract as they transition into adulthood, so what better way than to teach them this lesson by enforcing the house rules that will keep them safe and on-track? These contracts also bring structure, consistency, and fairness to the "behavior management" process, thereby increasing the likelihood of improved behavior.
To learn more about these contracts, or purchase a starting pack for your household visit:
If you haven't heard of the anonymous app yet, then you might want to go download it now. It's the only social media app that I can spend hours browsing without getting bored. I know that probably sounds like a lie, but I'm not kidding. I'm not really a Twitter or Instagram kind of girl, but Whisper has me hooked. It's an app where people are encouraged to share their secrets and hidden thoughts because they are completely anonymous. You can post "whispers", heart them, reply to them, or private chat with another user. Another thing you can do is learn a lot about a person. When you really make someone anonymous and encourage them to vent, you get to see the kind of crazy things that are actually going through people's minds. If you're anything like me, you'd be surprised at some of the things you find.
#1: There is still true love to be found in this world.
#2: I may never get over the emotional trauma of the recent One Direction "indefinite hiatus"...
#3: I'm not the only person that suffers with this insecurity.
#4: I'm superhuman, pretty much.
#5: Women must stick together, no matter what.
#6: I haven't hit rock bottom yet...
#7: You can't be sad in a fort.
#8: My dogs aren't as weird as I tell them they are.
#9: Maybe they need you more than you think.
#10: Don't judge a book by its cover.
#11: Good life advice: You just have to move on.
#12: College isn't all it's cracked up to be.
It's that time of year again: time to file taxes. It can be a frustrating and confusing process if you don't have experience in filing taxes, especially with laws constantly changing and systems updating. Each year taxes become increasingly more difficult to file on your own. In addition, major changes may have taken place in your life over the past year that you didn't have to consider in previous years. Whether that change be the birth of a child, the purchase of a new home, or the start of your own small business, they can all affect the way you file your taxes at the beginning of the year.
I regularly make it my mission to inform my readers of the best services available to improve your lives and your businesses. I recently posted an update that included a list of the best free weight loss apps for Apple and Android. Another previous post named the best website to hire Microsoft Certified Professionals for your business. This time, as you have probably already guessed, I am going to share with you one of my favorite tax services in the United States. If you still have taxes that need to be filed, this is the first place you are going to want to seek assistance. Hamilton Tax and Accounting LLC, based in Illinois, offers customized and personal services that you just cannot get from an online service.
If you visit their website ( hamiltontax.net ) you'll see that they offer a wide variety of specialized services to fit your needs. These services include:
Tax Preparation & Planning
If you are interested in learning more about this tax service:
By now, you've probably already given up on your New Year's resolution to shed some pounds. Year after year, I have fallen into the exact same trap. I promise myself in January that I am going to lose weight, and then I'm shoving pizza down my throat by the time March rolls around. It's a really bad habit that I've fallen into. Thankfully, this year I have managed to break the cycle. That's right: It's April and I'm down 15 pounds from January, folks! It may not be much, but it's more progress than I've ever made in the past. So, how have I done it? I figured out that I must keep myself accountable. I do so by tracking my progress on certain weight loss apps. Even though I have always been the kind of girl that fails to keep up with her food journal, I haven't missed an entry in my weight loss apps. The next best thing about these weight loss apps is that they are free! Obviously, each one has an "upgrade" option, but it isn't required. I have only upgraded 2 out of the 3 applications, and I'm still seeing results!
#1: Pacer Pedometer App
#2: DietPoint App
#3: MyNetDiary App
Losing weight and getting in shape is transforming my life right before my eyes! Being overweight my entire life and dealing with an eating disorder in my early teenage years left me unhealthy and unhappy. By using these apps, keeping myself accountable, and continuing to set small goals for myself every single day, I am getting my life back.
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