Last Updated August 16th, 2007

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Healthy Additions to a School Lunch

With my daughter’s school starting next week, what to pack for her lunch is much on my mind – especially since she loathes peanut butter. Not much on lunch meats either, so I have to get creative. But I also like the idea of having a few things in there. So I thought today I would work up a list for that.

  1. Sliced carrots – great snack or part of a lunch, and she loves them.
  2. String cheese – a staple last year for her preschool snack.
  3. Pretzels – loves them. We get the large kind from Henry’s.
  4. Yogurt – I’m thinking this will be a great choice for her.
  5. Raisins – a wonderful sweet treat.
  6. Apple – she generally prefers whole to sliced.
  7. Cucumber sticks – another favorite.
  8. Bell pepper slices – she snacks quite well on these.
  9. Berries (in season) – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, if it’s in season and pretty cheap, they are wonderful snacks.
  10. Cashews – hoping these will work. She likes them well enough, but rarely chooses them for a snack.
  11. Applesauce – haven’t used this one often, but it’s very kid friendly.
  12. Kiwis – my kids are nuts for these. My daughter even likes the peels. Apparently they’re ok to eat.
  13. Cauliflower – she loves this, but only raw. Heaven help those who try to serve it to her cooked.

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Last Updated August 2nd, 2007

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Ways to Avoid Work at Home Scams

Being scammed when you want to work at home is so common that a huge percentage of those who work at home have fallen for a scame one time or another. Sometimes they’ve fallen for multiple scams. The scams are so easy to find that many people think that they are all that exist.

Obviously that’s not so, but finding the real stuff is difficult. One of the best ways to avoid being scammed is to know what to look out for.

  1. Read on the FTC website. They offer some great tips on spotting work at home and home business scams. They only really talk about the most common ones, but that’s a good place to start.
  2. Read my list of common work at home scams. I don’t generally name names, but knowing what a scam looks like can be more useful because that stays consistent as names change.
  3. Don’t pay for a work at home job. Home business opportunities often do cost money, but if you’re going to be an employee, they should pay you when you work. Searching for employees is a cost of doing business.
  4. Watch out for exaggerated claims. Income claims should be backed up.
  5. Ads written in all caps or with tons of exclamation points are trying to get you excited about the opportunity without really thinking about it. Do not let excitement cloud your judgement.
  6. Ads that don’t really make it clear what you will be doing. Legitimate companies want you to know what you are getting into. You shouldn’t have to pay to find out.
  7. “No effort required,” “No sales required,” etc., when you are obviously going to be selling something. A home business requires effort. If you want people to buy from you, you’re going to have to sell them on the idea, even if it’s only from your own enthusiasm for the products.
  8. Pressure. Do not let yourself be pressured into joining an opportunity before you have done your due diligence on it.
  9. Research. One of the simplest ways to check out a company is to start searching on it. The BBB site is a simple place to start, but not the best resource. But my own favorite is to type into Google the company name followed by “scam” and see what comes up. No guarantees that any of this will get you the information you need, but sometimes it tells you exactly what you need to know.
  10. Understand the motivation behind reviews of a company. If someone is getting paid to recruit you into a company, it can change what they say about it. Be aware that excessively positive reviews are not necessarily honest reviews.
  11. Follow the money. If you can’t tell where the money you will be earning is coming from, be wary of the opportunity.
  12. Excessive earnings. Most people will never earn $8000/week working part time.
  13. Have a friend look over the opportunity with you. Having someone who is not going to join the opportunity take a look means that they might spot something you missed.

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Last Updated June 28th, 2007

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Things I've Learned to Let My Husband Do His Way

You know how much it can drive you nuts to let someone else do various jobs around the house. I decided to share today the things I’ve slowly learned I may as well just let my husband do his way.

After all, he’s helping!

  1. Loading the dishwasher. No! Not that way! Arrgh!
    I’ve learned to mostly stay out of it. Only thing I correct now is when he forgets to keep the things on the bottom shelf low enough that the arm for the upper section can still spin. If it’s not spinning after all, the upper dishes don’t get clean. But even when he drives me nuts loading things differently than I would do, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut and let him do it.
  2. Sorting the laundry.
    He sorts into white clothes versus everything else, with the kids’ clothes in a pile separate from ours. I sort whites versus colors versus things that take longer to dry in the dryer. And the kids’ clothes are mixed in with everything else.
  3. Folding the laundry.
    Drives me nuts. He likes to lay his shirts and such out before putting them on hangers. Still seems like twice the work to me, but so long as he finishes the job that’s his problem.
  4. Driving.
    Aside from the occasional reflexive foot on the “brake”, this one isn’t too hard. Even when he takes what I know to be the long way because he thinks it’s faster.
  5. Driving too fast.
    Well, most of the time. Except when I know he’s overdoing it. Or if I notice the police are patrolling particularly heavily.
  6. Assembling things.
    Unless I want to do it myself (which I do when I want to surprise him), I let him do things his own way when assembling or building things for the house. Most recent case was our son’s new bed.
  7. Cooking.
    Now if he could do the same. He loves to give advice when I’m cooking. At least until he catches the look I give him.
  8. Managing the garden.
    I leave that completely up to him these days, aside from when I notice the plants need a bit more water. Great for him to have time with the kids too.
  9. Parenting.
    Well, at least in front of the kids, as much as possible. I do still say if I think the punishment doesn’t fit the behavior. But I don’t like to disagree with him in front of the kids.
  10. Cleaning.
    I’ve found it generally works if we clean in different rooms. Keeps us from driving each other crazy focusing on different priorities. Job gets done either way.
  11. Television shows.
    If it’s not appropriate for the kids, I’ll say something, but otherwise, it’s just not that bad.
  12. Yikes.
    This is a tough list to write. Had a few ideas off the top of my head when I started writing this Tuesday afternoon, then put it aside for Thursday. Now it’s Tuesday afternoon and I’m really short of ideas.
  13. Taking the trash out.
    Still have to remind of some things, but at least he often does this without reminding. He tried to develop a habit of saving the plastic trash bags so that we’d use fewer, but I complained about the smell. There’s a reason why you don’t just throw trash in the can, after all!

Honestly, some of these are really easy to not nag him about. Others are really tough. But I’ve learned that he is much happier to help if I let him do it his way.

Now I just have to survive watching 4 kids today, ages 5 and under. Two mine, two my sister’s. If I start typing crazy things, you know I went insane.

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Last Updated June 20th, 2007

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Thing I Won't Let My Kids Do

Before I get started, remember that they are ages 5 and 2, so the limitations won’t always apply as they get older. Other things… my fellow parents will probably be able to guess which won’t happen if I have anything to say about it.

  1. Ear piercing for my son. My daughter will probably start getting interested within the next year or two, and if I think she’ll be responsible for it, fine.
    My son can wait until he’s grown up if he ever wants that.
  2. Cross the street alone. Not yet. As I said, they’re 5 and 2.
  3. Play around the pool alone. I like to think this one is obvious.
  4. Cook on the stove. My son (2 years old) badly wants to do this already. Obviously he has a few years to wait, but in the meantime he loves helping me assemble the ingredients and mix if necessary. He especially loves tasting all the spices.
  5. Draw on the walls. I don’t care that the crayons and markers I buy are washable, they can’t do it. Although when we own our own place I may think about putting a huge whiteboard on one wall.
  6. Answer the phone. Actually, I’m surprised my daughter hasn’t tried this one yet. But once the time comes I’ll have to lay down some rules on it.
  7. Eat dessert without eating all their dinner. Nope, not in my house. Now at Grandma’s, that’s a different story and just fine by me. Grandparents are permitted to bend the rules.
  8. Pet strange dogs without permission.
  9. Pretend a crystal bowl is a computer. Yes, my daughter really tried this at my mother’s house and got into trouble.
  10. Visit most websites. At their ages, they’re lucky if I let them touch the computer. Although my son is quite fond of Google Earth.
  11. Drive my car. Now when they’re old enough to get a license, we’ll talk.
  12. Hit.
  13. Eat junk food too early in the day or too much of it. We don’t keep much in the house, but when it’s there, they can only have it later in the day.

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Last Updated May 24th, 2007

Thursday Thirteen – 13 Ways I Keep My Kids Busy

Working at home means finding time to work mixed in with enjoying being with my kids. It’s an interesting balance sometimes, but very, very doable and ever changing.

Keep in mind, my kids are 5 and 2, so keeping them busy is pretty challenging and limited by their capabilities. And for those interested, take a look at the ebook on Keeping the Kids Busy I offer for subscribing to my newsletter.

  1. Send them outside! I get more peace and quiet from this than anything else.
  2. Baking with them. The trick to things like this is that once I’ve done this with them, they’re generally happier about playing on their own, not to mention the fun treat that is then available. We don’t do it very often, but they’re happy when I say it’s time.
  3. Haul out the craft supplies. Crafts work best for my daughter, as she’s old enough to enjoy doing things either on her own or with me.
  4. Haul out the art supplies. My son loves painting most of all.
  5. Computer time. This one is generally limited. My daughter loves playing age appropriate online games. My son loves Google Earth or watching family pictures go by on the screen saver.
  6. Science projects. I think my kids’ favorite so far was the Slime. We kept it sealed in a plastic container for months, and it lasted well until my son decided it needed more water….
  7. Homework. We don’t really have homework as such to deal with yet. My daughter starts kindergarten next year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t tell her it’s time to practice her letters or numbers.
  8. Chores. Both my kids help empty the dishwasher. They know which dishes they are allowed to help put away. Getting them to clean up their toys is more difficult, but possible.
  9. Have friends over. When I really want to get some work done, I’ve found that having a friend over for my kids to play with really helps. When they need something, there’s more work involved then, but for much of the time, they’re so busy playing with each other they don’t mind me working.
  10. Off to the park! This is especially effective for gaining a long nap from my 2 year old after.
  11. Get them involved. My kids aren’t too interested in what I’m working on most of the time, but when they are, I encourage it.
  12. Limited television watching. Honestly, I’m not that big a fan of setting the kids in front of the television for too long, perhaps because mine don’t just settle in and watch. They keep wanting snacks, want to tell me about the show, etc. For getting actual work done I’ve found this one not terribly effective for me. But I hear it works for some parents.
  13. Get Daddy (or Mommy, for the Dads out there) to play with the kids.

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

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