Sunday, July 26, 2009
I rescued an abandoned Siamese cat three months ago. He was thin but very active. I kept him in my office away from my other cats. Sam needed to go to the veterinarian's office to have a physical and to get his shots. Sam had the Elisa blood test and the veterinarian told us he tested positive for feline FIV Aids and FeLV, or Feline Leukemia Virus.
The veterinarian recommended that we put Sam down. He had no symptoms of either disease, other than being skinny. I took Sam for a second opinion and contrary to the advice I was given I choose to keep Sam, however I needed to make some major household changes. Here are some tips on how to care for a cat with aids and leukemia in a multiple cat household.
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Friday, July 17, 2009
Is it a cream? Is it a mud bath? Is it dermabraision or collagen, Botox or milk baths? Anti-aging enthusiasts have searched for the fountain of youth since the beginning of time never seeing the answer to their eternal quest right in front of their noses. Enthusiasts of eternal youth and anti-aging have know about the elixir of eternal youth forever and yes, the secret is crystal clear, thirst quenching water that keeps wrinkles at bay, waistlines whittled, backsides taut and spines straight and limber.
Water, the great rejuvenator for anti-aging, plumps cells, hydrates spinal for flexible movement, keeps brains bright and alert and smoothes the skin of wrinkles and worry lines. No more crepe-like dry skin on arms, less uric acid deposits in the joints causing painful gouty arthritis. Cellulite disappears from lumpy thighs, nails grow strong and hair glistens with health.
It’s not a myth. Human bodies are predominantly water. Being thirsty is evidence of being dehydrated. As cells shrink from dehydration, free radicals form racing around the body wrecking havoc, making organs and systems more vulnerable to disease and injury. Toxins form and are transmitted throughout the blood to organs, joints, skin and brain where they are left as deposits causing disharmony and disease all which contribute to aging.
Drink some water every day. As a matter of fact, drink a lot of water, at least ½ ounce for every pound of body weight. Drinking healthy clean water is the insider’s secret to anti-aging. Adding fresh lemon juice or a splash of fruit juice boosts flavor and adds variety. Brew light herbal green teas with fresh water for relaxation and their anti-cancer properties. Drink water between meals so as not to dilute the fire of digestive juices. Enjoy sparkling waters instead of alcohol after work and always have a bottle of water tucked in the car, at the office and when exercise demands the most from an overheated body.
Water is life’s little elixir, providing anti-aging benefits for the body and mind, revitalizing slumped energy and sagging spirits. It adds years to our lives and is readily available almost everywhere.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
By utilizing this cooperative form of promotions, member stores are able to reduce advertising costs, and offer our customers more reasonable pricing on our merchandise. I hope you enjoy these little birds eye view vingnettes into the various members' stores.
Today's featured shop is High Desert Rose on Etsy. Karen has a large, eclectic colleciton of vintage goods that will make your mouth water and your eyes roll with glee. Looking through her shop was like walking down memory lane and I loved almost everything I saw.
She Dragon white and gold figurine. I used to collect dragons when I was younger and seeing this took me back once again to some of the happiest days of my youth, reminding me that fantasy is still alive and well even in challenging times.
This gorgeous lipstick caddy is part of a fabulous dresser set. It reminds me of when I was a little girl, sitting on the edge of the bed and watching my mother at her dressing table with a similar dresser set putting on her makeup and primping in the mirror.
Karen also has lots of marvelous vintage jewelry in her shop. This loooong, bodacious Goldeette Milk Glass chain necklace is stylish today with our current fashions and quite the statement piece. Wear it with anything...wear it with everything and turn heads wherever you go!
Karen not only has an interesting shop full of a wide range of lovely items, but she's also a great writer. Have a read at her blog where she talks about everything under the sun and writes with great expression and interest. www.idigoldstuffothergiltypleasures.blogspot.com
She can also be found on twitter here http://twitter.com/HDRoseVintage and on facebook at High Desert Rose
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Some folks can dance circles around me when discussing the topic of creating a viral marketing campaign, but I am going to give you some easy ideas on the basics on how to use viral marketing for those that may be challenged by this concept. (Like I was! )
Sign up for a page on Facebook. One of the best ways to use viral marketing is to promote a business through word of mouth from friend to friend and that’s what Facebook is all about. People talking to people about other people and what they are doing, making friends and meeting other people through your friends. Sounds like a party doesn’t it? Well in a way it is… a virtual party. You will have to use your real name to sign up for your personal page, but Facebook provides the option of making your personal site private and viewable only to those people to whom you welcome to your page. There is also an option to set up a FAN Page on Facebook and here is where you can put it in your business name and do promotions through a viral marketing campaign.
Sign up for a Twitter account. I know to some it seems inane and why would anyone want to talk about or read about how people micro-manage their lives? Well there are other uses for Twitter and promoting your business through a viral marketing campaign is one of them. In one or two short sentences of 140 characters you can tell your followers about your products, any sales you are having, talk to them and ask questions, find out what they like or dislike, teach techniques, and much more. Because of the way people follow other people on Twitter, the viral marketing aspect of what you tell folks is spread far and wide between other Twitter users.
Start a blog! The term ‘blog’ is shorthand for web log, a kind of virtual, online journal or data list. Blogs take all forms from simple journals to complex website pages and are an excellent way to communicate through viral marketing to existing and potential new customers. On your blog you are the master of your own ship, calling the shots, writing about whatever you choose and creating whatever image you like. You can link your blog articles to other social sites you belong to referring people back and forth between them to create a nice web which can be found by various search engines. For instance, write an article on your blog and feature it on your Facebook and Twitter accounts including links to the full article in the blog. You've just started a viral marketing campaign!
Join social bookmarking sites like Digg and Stumbleupon to enhance your viral marketing efforts to promote your business. Here you can add articles to your account that you have written on your blog as well as articles others have written that are of interest. Link together various bits of information that help pass the word along about your business and use the viral marketing aspect of the internet to increase traffic to your blog or website.
Set up a website for your business and be sure to link it to your blog and other social networking and bookmarking sites to take advantage of the viral marketing aspects available. Blog about your website, advertise it on Twitter and Facebook including links for people to click to get them to your site.
Although you can hire a web designer to set up a website for you, it can be expensive and you have little artistic control and even less technical savvy when it comes to running your own site. There are a variety of companies available online that have preset website templates and bandwidth where you can open an account inexpensively and in a week or less, set up your own site, learning all the steps so you can be in control always.
There are other social sites besides the ones mentioned here but this is a good start. Once learned, viral marketing techniques will reward you with a feeling of empowerment and new tools to further promote your business in this new way using the internet to your benefit through viral marketing and advertising. And best of all, most of it is free and only asks that you donate some of your time for success.
There is a learning curve to using social networking and social bookmarking sites for a viral marketing campaign your business. Allow yourself plenty of time and be patient with yourself while you are learning the ropes on each of the sites.
Using Facebook, Twitter and other social sites can become addicting! Learn to budget your time when using them.
Sign up for a Facebook account or if you already have one open your account which will display your personal page. If you’re incorporating your personal page into your small business advertising promotions you can use the directions below to post an ad for your product.
To set up a fan page for your small business advertising, locate the small tool bar at the bottom left corner of the personal page. You’ll see a blue capital letter “F” and the word “applications”. Next to that on the right there is a little button that with a lower case “f” over a green box. Hold your mouse over the icon and see a black message that says “ads and pages”. Click on that. On the right side of that page you will see “recent page activity” and a link to your fan page. Click on the name and you’ve created a fan page. Very easy.
Post promotional messages and ads for small business advertising on either or both pages in the text box at the top. For instance, you can tell people about your website and products here and direct them to any part of it by including a link to the main website or to a particular page.
Add the url from your website or product page under the promotional message you wrote in the text box. Once you enter the url the text box will expand to include a live feed of the link and you will see the name of your store or product and a short description. To the left of the store name and description you will see a place to add a picture. Scroll through the pictures provided using the arrows until you find one that effectively promotes your business advertising message and choose it to accompany your text.
Click the blue “share” button to the right of the text box and you’re done! Once you get the hang of it, doing your small business advertising promotions on Facebook is a very effective and inexpensive way to get the word out about your products and services.
Decide ahead of time if you want to use your personal page for your small business advertising. Facebook provides a privacy setting which when activated limits who can and can’t see your personal page. If you set up a Facebook account for the sole purpose of using it for business advertising, then consider turning off the privacy setting and using both pages for promotions or cross promotions with other sellers who may have a common product line or interest.
Facebook can become addictive. After you have figured out how to use it, stay disciplined or you’ll find you can’t pull yourself away. No kidding here!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Vintage Elegant Fostoria Heirloom Green Opalescent Oblong Bowl
Vintage Lot 5 Goebel West. German Friar Tuck Monk Condiments
Vintage Bohemian Glass Cranberry to Cut Clear Decanter with 6 Wine Glasses
Camelot Glass and Collectibles on Etsy! You gotta see this store!