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Fruity Summer Fun Recipes

July 2, 2014 By · 1 Comment

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With the school year coming to an end for some and already has been for others parents may be looking for a few quick and easy recipes to add fruit to their little ones menus. I know I was and having just discovered my kids didn’t really like water I had to come up with a few tricks of my own. Here’s one for you, sorry I only have a picture of Little A making strawberry/banana popsicles but I did not have one of the ice cubes.

Ingredients: water and blueberries. I boil the water to make the ice cubes crystal clear to look pretty and pour the water in the ice trays, once it starts to cool plop in a few blueberries and put them in the freezer until they are ready. Place a few ice cubes in a cup or bottle of water and watch how quickly the kids drink it down. I love the fact you can get a slight blueberry flavor as it melts and my son loves watching the blueberries dance around in his bottle. Got any water tips? Okay here’s a few other fun recipes I have tried and others I will be trying.

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by Eliza Ferree at Foodie.com

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Conducting a Successful Summer Nanny Search as Demand Rises

May 27, 2014 By · 24 Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that about how to find a summer nanny while the demand is going up. Do you need a nanny this summer? What are your tips on finding one? 

Industry experts suggest signs of a strengthening economy mean more people are back to work and the demand for skilled caregivers will continue to grow.  SurePayroll, which provides nanny payroll services to thousands of families nationwide, notes that parents looking for a summer nanny will need to get ahead of the curve using both traditional and social media methods.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the past five months unemployment in the United States has dropped to 6.7 percent in March 2014 from 7.2 percent this past October.[1]  As unemployment has declined, the need for nanny care has increased.  According to Recruiter.com, there are 19.3 percent more open nanny positions since 2004, and the career is experiencing an average growth of 3.19 percent per year.  Demand is expected to continue on an upward trend, accounting for an expected 832,610 new jobs filled by 2018.”[2]

As working parents search for someone to watch their children when school is out, they often wonder how and where to go to start their search for a seasonal nanny.  “I will definitely need help,” said Allison Mosele, a working mother of four in the Chicago suburbs.  “But I have no idea how to go about finding a qualified nanny, especially someone who is interested in just working over the summer months!”

For any working parents, planning ahead is an important step toward finding a viable solution.  “Parents are off to a good start when they create a nanny plan,” said Lori Bolas, director at SurePayroll, and a mother of two.  “They should outline exactly what their needs are, how long they need help for, and their expectations.  They should be as specific as possible.  Parents also should do some research and take a look at their own financials as they budget, they’ll need to make sure to budget for paying The Nanny Tax.”

As an online payroll provider that helps thousands of parents automate their nanny payroll, SurePayroll has some tips for parents on how to conduct a successful search for a summer nanny.

Tip #1: Word of mouth

Parents should not forget the power of good old-fashioned word-of-mouth when it comes to looking for a nanny, both the new and the old-school way.  They can spread the word at cocktail parties, at PTA meetings, local school events and even walking their dog.

Parents also can call, text and email their friends, family and neighbors asking for recommendations, and requesting that they share their need with any interested candidates.  Good nannies tend to find new employment through their current employers, so make sure to ask other working mothers with nannies, since they are usually eager to help their trusted nannies find work when they are no longer needed.

Tip #2:  Social Media – Your Community in the Cloud

If a mom or dad belongs to a parents’ listserv or a social community network such as Facebook, now is the time to harness the power of social media.  Parents should write a detailed and thoughtful job description and post away!  They will want to make sure to turn on their privacy settings so that only their friends and family can view their request and information.  Parents should not be afraid to send the request out several times over the course of a few weeks, in case people don’t always check their timelines.

Tip #3:  Grass Roots Job Postings

Parents should get moving and hit the pavement!  They can post their job description on local church bulletin boards and ladies locker rooms at local gyms and country clubs.  The teacher’s lounges at the local schools and park districts also have places to post requests.  And don’t forget the jobs boards at local community colleges and even some high schools.  Be sure not to post too much personal detail and only use generalities about where you live.

Tip #4:  The Nanny Network

Nannies know and socialize with other like-minded nannies.  Parents should ask their friend’s nannies for recommendations that they can contact.  There also are social networks for nannies, and parents can visit these sites and post their request there as well.

Tip #5:  Nanny Agencies

For a fee, nanny agencies can connect parents with qualified summer nanny candidates.  The agencies can be a little more expensive, but the nannies are pre-screened, and the service usually includes a background check.  In addition, family satisfaction with the nanny may be guaranteed for a specific period of time.

Tip #6:  Online Nanny Websites

Online nanny websites are tremendously popular, of little cost to the parent, and are usually free for the nanny candidate.  Parents can post detailed information on what kind of seasonal nanny they are seeking, along with any photos they wish to share.  A background check can be included as well.  Sites like SitterCity.com have found thousands of qualified nannies for parents across the country.

Finding a summer nanny can be fairly quick and easy if parents follow these suggestions.  Families should always be sure to carefully vet their seasonal help with a background and reference check.

About SurePayroll
SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees, SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers’ compensation, employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visitwww.SurePayroll.com. Follow us on Twitter — Circle us on Google+ — Connect with us on LinkedIn — Like us on Facebook.

About Paychex
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers’ compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more information about Paychex and our products, visitwww.paychex.com.

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How to Guide Your Family Through a Divorce

May 13, 2014 By · 14 Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that I thought could be helpful for those that are currently or have went through divorce. As much as it would be great to live in a perfect world and have no divorces, that isn’t always the case. After reading this post could you leave any advice for fellow readers like yourself coming across this post? 

Divorce is an incredibly emotive subject, particularly for those with children. Broaching the subject of divorce with your children can be difficult, particularly if the children have not been party to the lead up to your divorce. Of course, this is a difficult time for all of the family, but it is better to tackle the subject of divorce with your children head on, as opposed to letting the subject not be spoken about at all. Naturally, your children will have many questions, and there will be much to talk about it. One of the most important things you can do when faced with discussing the subject of divorce with your children is to encourage open and honest dialogue.

As a parent, you have a responsibility to ensure that this process is painless and easy for your children. Any feelings of resentment towards your ex partner should be pushed to one side and be spoken about away from the children. The key to making this process easier for all involved is to ensure that your children are shielded away from any animosity that may be present, but also ensuring that they feel involved and are able to have an open and honest dialogue with both parents.

Helping children adjust to divorce is difficult, but it can be done.

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A Step by Step Guide to Choosing the Perfect Sofa for Your Family

May 2, 2014 By · No Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that I thought you’d get some great tips on for purchasing that first sofa for your family. Do you have one? What would you suggest? 

If you’re searching for a new sofa, it isn’t uncommon to feel out of your depth. There are a million and one sofa stores, all with vast collections of sofas – all different sizes, shapes, colours, and materials. How are you supposed to choose?! This is a problem that I was once faced with, and to make it even worse, I’m already extremely indecisive. Here’s how I narrowed down my choices to make the best decision for my family and home:

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Do Your Measurements

The first thing you should do, is measure the area you want your new sofa to go. It’s important that you get these right, as a few centimetres off can mean your new sofa doesn’t even fit in your living room! You can then rule out sofas that are too small and too big. You need to find the perfect fit in order to make the right decision, so don’t cut corners at this point!

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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Installing Modern LED Lights In Your Home

May 2, 2014 By · 7 Comments

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you so you could learn how to install modern LED lights in your home. I would love to add these brightly colored lights to where I live. How about you? It just gives it that extra beauty. 

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LED lighting is set to take over the world. There are good reasons for that and we will explore them later. Lighting in the home is a very important part of the whole design. Designers and architects are well aware of this and pay attention to it at an early stage in the planning. Correct lighting techniques can change the entire mood of a room at the flick of a switch, from a commercial ambiance on second, to a romantic one the next.

Many people who build their own homes to not pay enough attention to the lighting scheme. It seems less important than the choice of bathroom suite or kitchen cabinet design. It is a shame that the lighting is neglected, as the quality of the build suffers because of it. During construction is obviously the best time to install elaborate lighting circuits as it is a messy job to do it afterwards.

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