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Layoffs are rampant, gas prices are volatile, airlines are cutting flights, and Americans are feeling the economic pinch of a recession. As much as we hate it in this country of big dreams, big cars and Big Macs, we have to find a way to cut back. For many Americans, that means turning the Great American Vacation into a "staycation," which is the big buzzword of the year, having appeared in articles everywhere from www.CNN.com to Newsweek. But what does a staycation really mean? Newspaper humor columnist and frequent staycationer Matt Wixon shares with readers the definition of a staycation as well as:Rules for a successful, satisfying vacation at home or nearbyMotivation and encouragement for people who can't afford the big, traditional vacationWays to make the most of time off from workStrategies and experiences from more than a dozen staycationers, as well as hundreds of Internet links and specific ideas to help plan a vacation in your hometown.From alternatives to destination theme parks to making the most of out local amenities to reigniting the flame in a relationship, Americans will find this guide a humorous and invaluable guide to staying home on vacation.
Some people are born to sell. Stephan Schiffman is not one of those people. But he is one of the best salespeople around-- because he patiently and carefully trained himself to watch born salespeople and learn how they did it. Now this acclaimed sales guru passes these secrets of successful selling on to you: Attitude is money Right attitude, right look Warming up to cold calling Getting the appointment Closing the deal If you follow Stephan Schiffman's winning formula, you can discover the right words and the right approach because you've not only learned to sell--you've learned to sell like the best.
This touching collection of stories written by people of all ages and backgrounds will honor the most important woman in everyone's life--their mother. Sons and daughters can show Mom how heroic she is and how grateful they are for her daily acts of kindness, gentle guidance, solid wisdom, and willingness to always put family first. From a mother who helped her teenage daughter beat depression to one who hand-built a desk from scraps for her aspiring-writer son, this collection provides plenty of stories to uniquely express one's gratitude and admiration for their mother, or mother figure, who played a starring role in their life. Children will be able to give her a gift that touches her heart and that she'll be proud to display. Finally, Mom's everyday heroic deeds will not go unnoticed.
Many salespeople can line up prospects, recite the benefits of their product or service, and stir the interest of their client. But when it comes to actually closing the deal, they fail and the sale falls apart. That's where sales guru Stephan Schiffman comes in--and saves the sale. In this book, Schiffman reveals the pioneering techniques that have helped more than half a million salespeople nail the sales that matter. This book includes chapters on: the four words to avoid during meetings; why salespeople shouldn't mix business with pleasure; the most important word when closing a sale; and working existing accounts.
Glass or plastic bottles? Binky or no binky? Disposable or reusable diapers? In this momtomom primer, expectant women will finally find the answers and inspiration they need to best prepare for the new life (theirs and the baby's) that awaits! A musthave for soontobe mommies feeling the stress, this book offers practical and easytoapply advice in a manageable tipbased format. Topics include: Baby names (We have to name her too?) Choosing a pediatrician (More difficult than choosing your mate.) Sleep for the baby and you (Ah, sleep--how to get it and how to deal when you're not.) Baby safety (Lock those cabinets and don't forget the toilet!) Activities for baby (What do I do with him once he's here?)
The women of the Bible have been inspiring females for ages. Now these inspirational reflections have been collected in one place with this devotional. This beautifully packaged volume features twelve poignant stories for each month and a year's worth of daily reflections. You will relate to how other women deal with life in relation to biblical women through stories, such as: Betty, who finds the wisdom she needs from Martha when she feels too busy and overwhelmed with life to take the time to talk with Jesus Susan, who lost her husband to colon cancer, turns to the example of Elizabeth by sharing in the joy of others who recover from the same type of cancer, instead of harboring resentment Love, motherhood, sadness, joy, grief--everything is explored by these contributors. The power of these biblical women will inspire you to call upon God's love, help, and grace whenever needed.
There's a new baby in the house--and it's not the only one crying. New moms cry happy tears, tired tears, and overwhelmed tears--and that's when the wisdom, sensitivity, and empathy of women who've been there prove invaluable. In this book, you meet fifty mommies who've lived and loved through those terribly wonderful first months home with baby. From a first time mom faced with keeping her little miracle safe and happy once daddy goes back to work, to a mother who wonders how she will find time for the newest member of her already sizable family, these moving stories provide the support and reassurance first-time mothers need to enjoy their new role--and their baby--to the fullest!
"In the greenconscious world we live in today, parents realize the importance of teaching the lessons of green living, early on. With this book, parents can encourage their children to be ecologically friendly with fun lessons such as: The three Rs: reducing waste, reusing materials, and recycling Why we should keep the air, oceans, and forests pollutionfree Why organic food is tastier--and better--for you How to protect plants and animals Earth Day celebrations Complete with tips for every day of the year--and activities for home, school, and during playtime--this book reveals how easy it is to be an ecofriendly family--and prepare for a better future together."
Coming home from the hospital with a baby is a life-changing event. As new moms walk through their front doors with baby in hand, they enter a whole new wonderful--but often overwhelming--reality. New mothers need a simple, straightforward, clear guide to answer all the questions that come up when they welcome their new baby into the world. Offering tips, tricks, and secrets to get through the first year, new moms learn how to: Plan for life postpartum Care for baby and the family Ease the family into a new reality Deal with mood swings and depression Recover a sense of self This book provides issue-specific relief for new moms who need simple solutions and need them fast. From establishing a sleeping and eating schedule to losing the baby weight, this is the essential guide to finding balance in a new day-to-day reality--and enjoying the first year with baby!
After graduation, the real world can be an intimidating and foreign place for college graduates. Sure, they've spent the past four years cramming for exams, writing essays, and reading books, but they did so in the twentysomething bubble of their college campuses. This guide fixes these problems by covering everything the recent grad needs to know in order to get in and get ahead in corporate life. Authors Bridget Graham and Monique Reidy break down the process of entering the professional world, including how to: Create the perfect resume Nail the interview Dress properly Be articulate and poised Carry on water-cooler appropriate conversation With this guide, young people everywhere will develop the well-spoken poise, confidence, and professional attitude needed to succeed in the real world.
If the Buddha were alive today, he'd be the living embodiment of green living. He'd be collecting cans on the freeway, riding his bike to work, and replacing all his light bulbs--one little satori at a time. In this book you can channel His Holiness, reduce your footprint, and experience little Aha! moments when you Eat mindfully and lose the meat Make a Zen garden that nourishes the earth Choose sustainable clothing Meditate while walking instead of driving Let go of attachment to things by giving away belongings Living green is living Zen. Now you can take right action and walk a green talk, starting today--just think how proud the Buddha would be!
Making life in cubicle land a bit more fun, this book is a clever and amusing list of practical jokes--a list that will challenge even seasoned saboteurs to take risks and reap the awkward rewards. Whether it's filling the vending machine with a coworker's desk supplies, attaching fishing wire to phones and keyboards, or putting Jello in the toilets, pranks have been an office staple since the first cubicle was born. Split into chapters labeled Entry-Level, Middle Management, and Executive, jokesters are entertained with 200+ increasingly dangerous pranks. Complete with Tips for Talking Your Way Out of Anything and a list of important phone numbers, including the fire and police departments and the American Bar Association, this book is the perfect humorous gift for a friend, family member, or coworker!
This book will answer all the financial and legal questions that can arise when caring for the elderly, including: How do you plan for the management of the elder's affairs should he become incompetent in the future? Is the proper insurance being carried or can it be restructured to reduce expenses? How much money can I give my elders without impacting government aid? What are the goals of estate tax planning? These questions and more will be answered in the comprehensive 250 Questions format. Whether you are caring full- or part-time for an aging parent, friend, or neighbor, you'll find all the answers you need in this compact guide.
"I am personally offended by this book because my mustache wasn't included. However, I endorse it because I am, and always will be, a huge fan of Tom Selleck's 'stache."--Meredith Vieira, The Today Show If a man has a mustache, it's hands-down his most distinguishable facial feature. Whether it's a handlebar, pencil-thin, fu Manchu, toothbrush, or horseshoe--it's how he's identified and described. This book recognizes this fact and celebrates the most famous mustaches--and the faces behind them. From politicians and ball players to pop stars and actors, this book covers them all with wit and humor. Authors Jon Chattman and Rich Tarantino have provided profiles and 'stache-analysis for the forty-nine men and one woman who made the cut. (One can't count out Frida Kahlo's artistic bigote!) It also includes sidebar lists that rank the top 'staches in all sorts of categories as well as mustache trivia and a timeline that traces the facial hair's evolution. It's hip again to rock full on facial hair. And Sweet 'Stache is the guide for anyone looking to get in on the must-have mustache action.
Teachers have a lot to worry about--from classroom management to school violence to job security to national mandates. Lucky for them, this book helps relieve those fears and allows them to focus on what they're supposed to be doing--teaching. With a friendly, accessible format, teacher-turned-author Frederick Wootan supplies solutions to his fellow educators' fears, like: Are their students actually listening to them? Are they being fair about grading? What can they do about overly aggressive parents? How are budget cuts going to affect their classroom? What's to stop them from being laid off? With this book, teachers will build their confidence, take back their classrooms, and put the emphasis back on education.
Children often have trouble telling their father how much they love him. Fortunately, this book expresses those emotions for them. This endearing collection of stories about the everyday heroics of the contributors' fathers, and father figures, will show Dad how much he means to his children. From the story of a fly fishing trip that bonded father and daughter to the one that saw a friend's imposing father turn into the contributor's own loving father-figure, this wonderful book brings together tales of heroic dads from all walks of life, and is a great way for his kids to show him how much they care. And it lets dads everywhere know that they don't need to be daring to be heroic--that it can be the little things that mean the most to his kids.
A diagnosis of a child's special need can be extremely difficult for parents. However, every day, these children accomplish small victories and make great strides that improve their own lives--and brighten their parents' days. This collection brings to life fifty stories of parents who have struggled with a child's diagnosis only to embrace the differences that make their children that much more special--and even more loved. Following the success of A Cup of Comfort® for Parents of Children with Autism, this sensitive and joyful collection offers a poignant message of support, hope, and empathy. This touching volume is sure to find a welcome home wherever people are dealing with a challenging diagnosis.
More women than ever before are going back to work soon after having a baby. And no matter what their job, making the transition from home to work can be really challenging. Whether dealing with day-to-day dilemmas like spitup on their power suits or big-picture problems like the cost of child care, new moms need relief! Written in a friendly and encouraging tone, this guide is all a stressed-out mother needs to organize her life so everyone's happy--including herself! From prebaby planning to after-baby adjustments, this book covers it all, including: FMLA and maternity leave Temporary schedules and career planning Job changes Child care Responsibilities at home Caring for yourself Considering a new job Choosing to quit Dealing with unexpected or special challenges With this book by their side, new mothers can have their careers--and be great moms, too!
Should I let my dog sleep in bed with me? Can my puppy share my dinner? How do I keep my dog happy while I'm away at work? As more and more singles share their homes with dogs (rather than mates), they face unique challenges. From what to do when your puppy poops in your shoes to how to train your dog to play nice with your new date, this guide answers all the questions you should ask before and after bringing home your new furry companions. Whether you have adopted an adult dog or are raising a puppy, international dog rescuer and author Betsy Rosenfeld offers practical, reassuring advice based on the experience of countless singles and their dogs. A single herself, Rosenfeld reveals all you need to know to live happily ever with their Prince, Baron, or Queenie.
Fireworks and grenades.Grills and campfires. Burps and farts. Men get a kick out of things that go boom, things that cook with fire, and all forms of bodily gas. What they might not know is that science is what makes it all happen. This book answers all the questions guys have about their favorite topics, such as: How do you make a Lifesaver spark? How do you hotwire a car? Why do kegs float? What is PMS? Why doesn't a cell phone work in metal buildings? Serious science mixed with outrageous humor, this book promises guys the need-to-know info on sports, cars, technology, women, bodily functions, food, and more!
The phrase "three's a crowd" is never more true than when referring to a marriage. Yet affairs affect almost a third of all couples. Wronged women need a place to turn when the situation "that could never happen to them" suddenly does.In this book, relationship expert Dr. Paul Coleman helps women:Process the terrible newsConfront the unfaithful spouse in the most useful way possibleCreate an effective short- and long-term action planLearn about the nature of love triangles: how they persist and how they disintegrateHandle encounters with the other womanDecide whether the marriage can be salvaged or notCome to a difficult--but crucial--emotional acceptance of the affairRebuild trust in order to heal and move forward should they choose to stay together A cheating husband can make a woman feel like her life is over. But women can put the affair behind them and save their marriage with Dr. Coleman's realistic, down-to-earth strategies. Or, they can decide that she deserves better and move on. This groundbreaking book will show women how.
This collection contains fifty stories written by people who attended the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. Since all the books that preceded it have focused on the musicians, promoters, and staff, this book will be the first one that chronicles the audience's experience in an up close and personal way. This book documents the event itself, but also provides a mesmerizing portrait of America as that tumultuous decade came to a close. It is nostalgic, historical, and a fascinating read that will appeal to all Baby Boomers, their offspring, and anyone who wonders what it was really like--and what became of all those "hippies."
Times are tough all over. Wall Street is shivering and consumer confidence is dropping like a rock. Yet it's possible for the enterprising salesperson to still gain prospects, sign new clients, and close the deal. All it takes is persistence, energy, some new thinking, and the advice of Stephan Schiffman, American's top corporate sales trainer. Schiffman shows you how to: Treat customers individually Make life easier for customers in bad times Show that bad times won't last forever Reorient their thinking now to prepare for the future Across America, the sales landscape is changing swiftly. But even in an economic downturn, salespeople can survive--and thrive! The key to success is to learn how to sell when no one is buying.
Layoffs, health problems, divorce, staying home with the kids--there are many reasons why families may find themselves living on only one income. For some, going from two incomes to one is a matter of tightening their belts; for others, it can mean complete financial hardship. Either way, there are ways to minimize the impact. Unlike other books of its kind, this book addresses families who plan for economic change as well as those who are forced into a new income bracket. Practical and easy to apply, this book offers families advice they can tailor to their personal situation, including how to: Budget for essentials costs Sell, rent, or take a loan out on your houseCommute and get around town affordablySecure health insurance Pay down debtWith this book, families have the financial planner they need to prosper and succeed during tough financial times.
Nationally-recognized test expert Norman Hall reveals his proven test-taking methods and winning strategies guaranteed to produce a score of 80 to 100% on your written exam! Hall provides full-length practice exams and sample questions that will help you succeed on every topic the written tests cover: memory; reading comprehension; reasoning and judgment; map reading; report writing; grammar, vocabulary, and spelling; and basic mathematics. He also provides invaluable information that you need to know to be hired, including key strategies for passing Written exams, oral boards, physical abilities test, psychological examinations, and more. If you're serious about becoming a state trooper or highway patrol officer, then you need Norman Hall's State Trooper & Highway Patrol Exam Preparation Book.