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Friday
Dec112015

Kim Flynn - 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Kim Flynn is passionate about playing big in business. She is a bestselling author, speaker, trainer, and workshop leader for entrepreneurs and small business owners. She has four kids, is the founder of five businesses, and the creator of the Plug & Play Business System. Kim teaches business owners how to automate, systematize, and grow their businesses to their potential.

After several years as a school teacher, Kim started her first tutoring business when she was 23 years old. She grew that business to employ over 30 people while working 3 hours per week. She went on to build and sell three more service businesses before creating Kim Flynn Consulting.

Kim now hosts monthly Business Intensive Retreats at her lodge in Park City, where women and a few brave men fly in from across the country to learn the Plug & Play Business System and overhaul their systems and operations in three intense days. Kim is a frequent guest on national radio and TV programs outlets like Fox Business News, and Forbes, and was recognized in the Top 40 under 40 in Business Q Magazine.

Learn more about how Kim can help your business by following her on YouTube!

Friday
Dec112015

Give the Gift of Strength, Stability and Sensory Support: MightyTykes™ Infant & Child Weights Offering Special Holiday Pricing

Does a child you love suffer from sensory processing disorder, overall weakness, one-sided weakness, toe-walking, tremors or low muscle tone (hypotonia)? MightyTykes™ Infant & Child Weights are used at prestigious institutions such as The Johns Hopkins University and can be purchased for use in your own home.

Isabella Yoshico invented MightyTykes™ after her son was diagnosed with hypotonia, low muscle tone and weakness common to kids with Down syndrome and other conditions. Using a scrap piece of fleece and sand from the kids’ sandbox, she created her first pair of tiny weights. After encouragement from her son’s physical therapist and others, she started manufacturing and selling the weights.

Since then, MightyTykes™ has been able to help thousands of children with all sorts of challenges. “We used the great feedback we received from pros and parents nationwide to make MightyTykes™ as good as they can be so MightyTykes™  can help your child be all s/he can be,” said Yoshico.

The weights have earned the Parent Tested, Parent Approved, Lekotek AblePlay Great Find, Preemie Genius, and Mr. Dad Approved seals. They are widely used MightyTykes™ are used by some leading American hospitals including some listed on the U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals.

The July issue of Guideposts magazine featured the MightyTykes™ story and how they are changing lives and making a difference for many kids. “We’re thrilled to hear MightyTykes™ are helpful to both typically developing kids and kids with special needs,” said Yoshico. “It was exciting to learn they are valuable for sensory challenges, and to help build strength, control tremors and improve body awareness for little ones.” The weights are an affordable tool that can be used regularly in the comfort of your own home.

Currently, you can save up to $10 with special holiday pricing. MightyTykes™ are made from high-quality, latex and lead-free materials that are commonly used in diaper covers.  The colorful weights are waterproof and can be washed in warm, soapy water or cleaned with a sanitizing wipe.  They come in three sizes – 1/8 lb., ¼ lb. and ½ lb. – and are worn around the wrists or ankles, attaching by Velcro closures. Visit www.mightytykes.com to purchase.

 

MightyTykes™ online: http://mightytykes.com/

MightyTykes™ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MightyTykes

MightyTykes™ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@MightyTykes

MightyTykes™ on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mightytykes

Monday
Dec072015

First Communion Dresses

If you are looking for a beautiful First Communion Dress, you might want to check out Jesus Speak to Me. They have a stunning 2016 collection to choose from. Your daughter will look stunning in any of the many dresses that they offer.

This particular ball gown is one of my favorites. It is absolutely gorgeous.

In addition to dresses, they also offer accessories. They have several veil options that will compliment any dress.  Some are ornate and some are simple so there are options for those with different tastes.

According to the company, based in the United Kingdom, they embody elegance and fashion and all of their dresses are custom made. The site prides themselves on strong customer service and seems to take a great deal of care to ensure that you are satisfied with your order.

The site is interesting because in addition to products, it offers information about First Communion and the history behind it. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+!

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Monday
Dec072015

Wonder Forge Holiday LineUp 

I’m always so excited to get an email from Wonder Forge. The company offers awesome games for kids and they regularly reach out to me for reviews. Their lineup always includes items that feature the latest and greatest and what’s popular with kids. We’ve featured games from Frozen and Doc McStuffins before. This year was no exception. We received games based on the latest Peanuts and Good Dinosaur movies.

Below, you can see each of the games I reviewed; as well as little information about each. Any of these would make an awesome gift this holiday season!

Eye Found It! Journey Through Time Hidden Picture Game (Retail $19.99)
This was probably favorite of all the games we reviewed this time. My kids all love the hidden picture books so this was perfect for them. The game takes you from the prehistoric era to present day on a huge six foot game board. It’s recommended for ages four years and up and is for 1-6 players. Very fun!

The Good Dinosaur Roarin’ River Game (Retail $14.99)

This is another great game, geared at ages 3-10. My four-year-old enjoyed it the most. Based on the movie, the goal is to work together and help Arlo and his friends outrun the flooding river. The oversized board is fun and colorful and depicts dangerous canyons, forests and plains.

The Peanuts Movie Snoopy Flying Ace Game (Retail $14.99)

I love Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang! This one was fun to play as an entire family. It’s easy for the younger ones, yet exciting because it’s a race and very visual. Snoopy takes off as the Flying Ace in pursuit of the Red Baron. Players flip cards and race to make matches before Snoopy spins to a stop.

Apple Pop Game (Retail $14.99)
We also had a great time playing the Apple Pop board game, trying to move the apples around the tree or pop them out on the first try. You get extra points if they land in a basket so it’s a fun game of strategy. This game is also recommended for those over four and all of my kids enjoyed it.

Other available games include:

 

Pictopia™ Star Wars Edition Family Trivia Game– The Ultimate Picture Trivia Family Game! Age 7+ / $19.99
Star Wars The Force Awakens™ Star Destroyer Strike Game
 – Choose carefully or the enemy will strike!  Age 6+ / $24.99
Star Wars The Force Awakens™ Galaxy Hunt Game
 - Choose carefully or the enemy will strike!  Age 6+ / $16.99
Disney Imagicademy Storymation Studio
 – Stop Motion Movie Kit Age 4+ $29.99
Disney Imagicademy Mickey Mouse Animals Activity Book
 Age 4+ / $14.99
Disney Imagicademy Frozen Science Activity Book
 Age 4+ / $14.99

Thursday
Dec032015

Is it a Good Idea to Allow Your Employees to Work from Home?

Allowing employees to work from home is something of a contentious issue with many people - some people are very much for it, some largely against it (and invariably some don't really care either way!), but there does appear to be an inevitable march towards more and more flexible working both time wise and location wise.

Studies have been done, and continue to be done, but as yet there's no definitive answer whether it's the ideal solution for every business.  In fact, not every employee wants to work from home!  So let's run through some pros and cons:

Are Employees Really More Productive?

Simply put, everyone's different!  Some employees thrive in their own environment where they can really get lost in the task at hand, whereas others may find endless distractions at home and that they are less productive than at the office. Much of this will depend on how well an employee enjoys their own space of course.  Some employees thrive in the office and the buzz of having people around, whereas others find solitude perfect for focusing on the task at hand.

So personality does certainly come into it, as does the type of task that is being worked on.  A software developer can easily spend hours in the office not talking to anyone, deeply focused on writing code, and purely communicating (if necessary) via email and instant message whereas a member of the sales team may need the back and forth and atmosphere of the office to really get in the right frame of mind to phone people and develop new leads.

What About Culture?

Working remotely, there's email and instant messaging services like Skype that can be used, but how much culture gets passed through all that?  Well, a lot less than working with people in person. Some businesses these days are 100% remote, and they seem to thrive (currently anyway), but by sharing a space, culture gets passed on, friendships form, loyalty develops, and far deeper connections are made.

Do Employees Keep Their End of the Bargain?

There's always the potential risk that an employee sitting at home will spend the day on Facebook!  So careful management from afar is necessary with goals and tasks agreed so they can be tracked, and missed goals and incomplete tasks requiring explanations. There are also cloud solutions like XCD HR to help you manage your staff both in the office, and remotely, and this can help guide you through managing and motivating staff.

But it really does look as if working from home will continue to grow, although in careful balance with requiring people either to meet up regularly, or preferably spend some or even much of their time in the office.

A lot of the success of a business comes down to culture, and despite the potential complications having everyone in one space can create (disagreements, personality clashes, etc.) that culture gets passed on from employee to employee, and maintained, much more successfully when everyone's together.  Plus it can make the work day a lot more fun too!

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