Beware of Catfishing

Are you familiar with catfishing?  If you are a parent, then you need to be.  And no, this isn’t a lesson on fishing for catfish, nor is it a recap of what I recently saw on “Duck Dynasty.” Catfishing is when someone takes on a false identity online and ropes some unsuspecting person into a relationship.  Probably the most familiar story of recent is the linebacker from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Manti Te’o. It’s been all over the news.  How he apparently was in a relationship with a young woman online and she died from cancer.  Turns out she … Continue reading

Four Best Free Online Genealogy Sources

My own personal favorite online resource for performing genealogy is, which requires a monthly subscription fee to access most records. They do offer a free 14 day trial to new users, which may be something a beginning genealogist may want to consider, but if you do not remember to cancel before the end of the trial, your account will be billed their normal monthly fee. There are many other websites available online that are completely free of charge. Here is a list of some of what I consider the best free genealogy websites. RootsWeb I consider RootsWeb to be … Continue reading

Making the Transition to a Toddler Bed

When is the right time to transition your little one to a toddler bed? How can you make the experience easier? I’ve been through it with three kids, and here are my tips. Well, the time has come to get my last little one into the toddler bed. It is a big moment for us as a family. My toddler is growing up. Do you face a similar time? When is the right time to transition to a toddler bed? In general, a baby is ready for a toddler bed sometime between the ages of one-and-a-half and three-and-a-half years of … Continue reading

Co-Sleeping Versus Bed Sharing

Having a baby brings all sorts of controversial things into your life. Will you breast feed or bottle feed? Did you have a “natural” pregnancy or one with the help of pain medication. Do both parents work, or does one stay home? People have strong opinions on these topics. Then there are the sleeping arrangements. The decision on where your baby sleeps can not only be an issue of parenting choices, but one of safety as well. You might be surprised to learn that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) actually recommends the practice of co-sleeping. But, before you jump … Continue reading

How Much Can Your Customers and Clients Do on Your Website?

Are you truly optimizing the capabilities of your web site for your home business? If you are simply using your business web site to share and disseminate information, you might be missing the boat. People should be able to submit orders, do research, ask questions and even connect with one another on your web site in order to take full advantage of the possibilities. Several years ago, a web site was seen more as a way to market and augment a “bricks and mortar” type businesses. We knew we needed to have a web site, but really more as a … Continue reading

Create Your Own Photo Blog

If your inclination leads more to images instead of words, or if you just don’t have the time involved to create a traditional written blog, why not consider a photo blog? Photos can have a major impact. They can communicate loudly to others, help you keep in touch with family and friends and may even win you an award or two. Here are some guidelines to cresting your own photo log. First determine the parameters of your photo blog. Blog that have a theme or a direction (even if that direction is eclectic) always do better. People viewing the blog … Continue reading

Fast Internet Connection or Slow—How Much does it Matter in Business?

I recently upgraded my internet connection to cable internet and I have to admit, while I didn’t feel like things were particularly slow before, I do notice how speedy it is to get some work done now. I have been party to the debate about how important internet connection is for a home business a time or two and I cannot help but straddle the fence on this one—I think it all depends… If you just use your home business computer for e-mail correspondence and some desktop publishing, you might be able to save some money by going with a … Continue reading

Online Valentines Games

Happy Valentine’s Day! How about a fun online Valentine Game to celebrate the day? You can find plenty of free online games that have a love or Valentine theme. Here are some nice ones that are family friendly. Valerie Valentine: Extreme Florist This is a great game for adults and older kids. It is a casual game in which you have to help Valerie Valentine deliver as many bouquets of roses as you can before the time runs out. it is a game that is very similar to the popular Diner Dash or Cake Mania. This kind of game can … Continue reading

Yahoo Buys Video Service, Layoffs and More

Despite the issues surrounding a possible hostile takeover by Microsoft, the slumping Yahoo is actually spending money, to the tune of $160 million. Yesterday, the search engine giant completed a transaction to acquire the online video service, Maven Networks, Inc. Microsoft’s bid of more than $40 million, or $31 per share, was rejected by Yahoo, although now it seems that Yahoo may actually agree to the takeover, provided that Microsoft’s price is right. An asset manager of Legg Mason, Yahoo’s biggest shareholder, wrote a letter to investors saying that Microsoft would have to be closer to $40 a share to … Continue reading

Shopping for Your Home Online

Shopping for home furnishings, appliances and more is now becoming more popular than ever. Shoppers no longer feel a need to touch and examine items first hand, preferring the ease of picking out their purchases from the comfort of their homes. New, easier policies, such as being able to order online and pick the item up from the store, or being able to return an unwanted item to the store instead of shipping it back, has made shopping for large items appealing. Still, there are some things you should know when shopping online for furniture, fabrics and more. Here are … Continue reading