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Dancing Christmas Lights

We were out of town for the holiday. One thing we did was visit the Dancing Lights at the Disney Hollywood Studios. It was such an amazing display to be standing in the middle of! I caught some of it on video and wanted to share that with you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSRLUu5gbN0&feature=youtube_gdata_player . .

A Facebook How To

You've created a Facebook account. You are Facebook Friends with your kids and grandkids. Now what?! You'd like to know exactly how to use FaceBook?

You can use Facebook for so much more than keeping up with a few close family members.

You can:
• let Facebook add personal friends as FB Friends for all the people in your email address book
• do a search in FB for friends you've lost contact with
• do a FB search for subjects you're interested in (keyword search)
• keep up on what’s new from groups and businesses without going searching for it.
 • contact companies and often get prompter help with your issue than calling their customer service line.

Add Personal Contacts as Friends

In Facebook, click on the “facebook” word at the top left of the screen. Then click on “friends” in the left side column (left sidebar). Facebook gives you a choice of what you want to use to “Add Personal Contacts as Friends”.

Search for Lost Friends

In Facebook, in the blue bar at the top of the Facebook screen, type a friend’s name into the white search box (has the icon image of a magnifying glass) You will see options of people who have that same name. Look through to see if any of them are your friend,

Keyword Search

In Facebook, in the blue bar at the top of the Facebook screen, type a keyword into the white search box (has the icon image of a magnifying glass) You will see options of people, Facebook business pages and groups that have that word in their name.

Keep Up on What’s New

Click on the “Like” button at the top of a group or business Facebook page. When that group or business puts something on Facebook, it shows up on your “wall” without you having to go looking for the information.

Customer Service

Many companies are starting to realize how important Facebook is in marketing their business. They now have Facebook business pages that are monitored by someone at their corporate headquarters.
If you have tried to get assistance at the local level, you can often get a quicker response from their corporate headquarters if you comment on their Facebook page rather than call their customer service phone number.

Tips & Tricks

Blocking Games

One of your friends is constantly sending you requests to help them find dragon eggs or some request from their latest Facebook game. You can block the game requests… without blocking your friend. Put your cursor to the right side of the comment you want to stop. Move the cursor around until an “X” appears. When you click on the X, you’ll be given a choice of hiding all posts from this game/application or from the person.

Two different views of Facebook

To see what you’ve posted, click your name at the top left sidebar.

To see what all the people you are following have posted, click the “facebook” at the top left of the screen.


You can also sort your friends, family and favorite Facebook business (fan) pages into lists so it’s easier to read.
For example, if you are a fan of Facebook Pages relating to a hobby and you are also a fan of Facebook Pages relating to travel, it would be nice to read all the related posts and comments together.
Well, you can with Lists.
Here’s how…
Click the “facebook” at the top left of the screen. In the middle of the left column you’ll see “Lists”. Even if you haven’t created any, Facebook puts blank lists there for “Close Friends” and “Family”.
Move your cursor to the right of the heading “List” until the word “more” appears. Then click “more”.
In the center column click on the button “Create a List”.

 Give your list a name.
 You will then be taken to a page (in the center column) where you can “Add Friends”. Click on that and a box will appear with all of your Facebook Friends. You can pick some of them if this is a list of friends. Or, at the top left of this box, click the down arrow next to Friends and pick Pages. Now you can pick all the Facebook Pages you want to put in this list.
When you are all done, this new list will appear with your other lists in the left column.

Create an Income Working from the Internet with Books

I’ve talked in a number of posts about writing books as a way to create a stream of income. 

I thought I’d share some of the books I've been working on so you can see that I believe in writing books as a source of income. 

In addition to books I have on my own websites, I've started putting my books up for sale at Amazon.com

Did you know that Amazon.com is the #2 search engine online?

So many people buy books through Amazon.com that if you are considering selling books, you really need to think about being on Amazon.

I created a Kindle book called 
Learn to Read Sheet Music
This is a book for those who want to read sheet music easily without having to learn all the music theory.

Kindle is a great medium for selling books. So many people are either buying Kindles or using Kindle Apps.
To learn how to publish on Kindle can be a bit tricky especially if you have photos or images inside your book. But the effort is worth it.

Another book that just went onto Amazon.com today is
This paperback book is a collection of short children’s stories from the 1870s.
It helps show today’s children how different and how much the same their lives were.

Have you considered selling a book on Amazon.com?
There is no cost to sell a Kindle format book and you get either 30% or 70% of the selling price.
To sell a paperback book on Kindle, the only cost is the paper proof copy of the book you need to buy to check the printing of the book. That cost is under $10 for a 100 page book. Amazon takes a much larger percentage of the book’s selling price but then they are paying for making the book.

Either way, this is a low-cost way to create a stream of income.
Think about it.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole
It's That Good!

In my family, sweet potato casserole is a must on a holiday table. For years, it was the one with the gooey marshmallow topping. About eight years ago, we discovered the scrumptious recipe I want to share with you today.

At Thanksgiving, our families gather at the table for perhaps one of the few times during the year. 

We woman pour our love of family into preparing that meal. Sometimes, skill or luck run against us and the turkey is undercooked or dry. Or the gravy is lumpy.

But there is one dish that requires minimal effort and is always delicious. 
Anyone who eats it begs for leftovers and the recipe.

That wonder dish is the Legendary Sweet Potato Casserole.
This casserole goes as well with the Thanksgiving Turkey as the Easter Ham.
The next day, we often eat it by itself as a dessert.

One last warning before I share this recipe for the ultimate sweet potato bake. Once you make this once, it will be required on every holiday table from now on.

It’s that good!

Legendary Sweet Potato Casserole

3 large sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (egg substitute works fine)
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract

Crunch Topping (hint: you may want to double the topping)
1/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 Tblsp cinnamon

Boil the sweet potatoes until tender. When cooled enough, peal the skins off. In a large bowl, whip potatoes until fluffy. Mix in the sugar, eggs, softened butter and vanilla.
Spray a glass 9x13” pan with cooking spray. Pour in potatoes and top with crunch topping. 
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!
May you have all your loved ones around your table.

If you're looking for a free Word Template to make an eCookbook of your family recipes, click here.

What is Heart Disease -
How Does it Affect Women?

A friend of mine, in her early 40s, had been having odd shoulder pains and general achiness for several months. She had gone to doctors, had x-rays and other tests done but nothing could be found about why her shoulder hurt constantly.

Then she started having pains in her chest. This time when she went to the doctor, he immediately sent her to the emergency room because she had super high blood pressure.

They immediately did Angioplasty surgery and put a stint into one of the arteries in her heart. Her artery had been 90 % blocked.

What they didn’t tell her for another week was why they had her on blood thinners and bed rest. The reason was that while they were in there, they saw that her other artery was also 90% blocked. They couldn’t put a stint in the other one at the same time without putting her at risk during the procedure itself.

So a week later, after she had recovered from the first procedure, they told her she needed another one. After the second stint was put into the second clogged artery...
she noticed that her chronic shoulder pain had disappeared.

Her unexplained chronic shoulder pain had been a sign of heart disease but no one made the connection. None of the doctors she had been seeing even thought of heart disease as a possibility.

Her main arteries had gotten to 90% clogged before anyone thought she had a problem.

I did some research. I found information put out by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.

This information said that…

Heart disease symptoms in women are very different from men. Often the symptoms in women are overlooked or misdiagnosed.

This was definitely true in my friend’s case.

After seeing what my friend went through, I wanted to share this information I found so other women could be aware of how different heart disease and heart attack symptoms are for women.

I’ve recorded an audio CD that explains what some of the risk factors are for heart disease, heart attack and Coronary Artery Disease based on the information found from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.

This audio also explains how some of these risk factors can be reduced.

If you think that a heart attack is something you don’t need to think about for another 20 or 30 years, let my friend’s story be a wake up call. She’s not even 45 yet!

Find out now how you can reduce some of your risk of heart problems. You don’t want an emergency trip to the hospital to be your wake up call on this.

Do yourself a favor, get this audio CD.
And get a copy for a friend you can’t bear to live without.


Read Their Minds, It’s Not as Hard as It Sounds

If you like hearing advice from someone who give you no-nonsense, straight talk, then have I got a book to tell you about!

Business mentor, Sandi Kradowski, has just released a new book called “Read Their Minds.”

This book is about finding out what your potential customers are thinking by thinking like them. She gives a lot of logic behind her advice.

If you have any ideas of starting a business, this book is a MUST READ.

And what’s even better is that it’s FREE!

This book is so good, even my dogs couldn't keep their noses off it!

How Do You Post a Blog

During the month of November, I will be creating a book one blog post at a time.
Click Here to see the Table of Contents for this book and other chapters as they become available.

How Do You Post a Blog

Log in to your Blogger.com account.
On the dashboard, click NEW POST under your blog.

Add a Title at the top of your post.

Then begin writing your post. You have many of the same formatting tools as you have in MS Word. You can choose from a few font styles, a few font sizes and some font colors.

You have the ability to add links
If you use your cursor to highlight a sentence or a few words, you can click the LINK button and add a link to any webpage you like. Those words you highlighted will show up as underlined in your final post. If anyone clicks on those words, they will go to the page you added the link for.

Adding a photo to your post is just as easy.
Put your cursor where you want the photo to be. Click the photo icon. It will let you either pick a photo from your own computer or from somewhere on the web. Once the photo is inserted, you can click once on the photo and you have an option of different sizes.

At the bottom of your post window, there is a field called LABELS. Labels can either be categories or keyword phrases. This field is optional but helpful.

Post Options
Below that are the words “Post Options”.  Click on those words. Of all the options that appear, the only ones that you need right now are READER COMMENTS and POST DATE AND TIME.

If you like to let people leave comments on your post, check ALLOW.  Since a big part of blogging is community interaction, this is a good thing to do.

The other option of interest is when to show your post to the world or when to publish it.
If you choose AUTOMATIC, the post will publish as soon as you hit the PUBLISH POST button.

If you choose SCHEDULE AT, you can say what date and time in the future you want the post to publish. This is great if you write a lot of posts on one day and want them to publish all week. For example, if you write all your posts on the weekend, then you can schedule them to publish one at a time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This is quite helpful if you have a busy week or go on vacation.

Publish your post and show it to the world.
Once you’ve written your post, given it a title and picked when it should publish, the only thing left to do is hit the PUBLISH POST button.

It’s that easy. You’ve just published your first blog post!

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