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Most important skill in a relationship!

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To me, the most important skill is good communication.  If you do not have this you are heading for trouble, even if the problems are small at this time, they  magnify themselves eventually.  All of a sudden you will notice an increase in stress, untruths being told, children getting involved and hard feelings evolving.

Try the following suggestions to see if they have any impact defining what your communication issues are:

Do not talk when you are very angry.  Walk away and cool down.

Do not go to bed without talking.  At least begin to try and determine what the real problems are.  You will not solve anything at this point but you need to make a pact to talk further.

Do not carry a grudge!  What does that help to solve? Communicate how you really feel.  Take turns talking.  You first, me second.  Me first, you second.

Do not involve children in your arguments, until you determine if the children or one child is involved in the issue.  Then new guidelines/contracts need to be established.#goodcommunication#communicationissues#newguidelines

 

 

 

 

 

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Year end (2018) around the corner

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I want to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.  2018 was a very interesting year.  I decided to do Pinterest, to help one of our daughters find gluten free recipes, ended up starting a  blog.  It has been very much an educational process.

At a recent craft show I spoke with a very nice young woman who was promoting her product. She told me her husband, who was very supportive, was encouraging her to do Social Media.  My response to her was, look at me, if I can do it, anyone can do it.  That comment came from my heart, as there is so much to learn, but I am doing just that.  Need to write things down, as it is difficult to cram everything into my brain.

In a few weeks you will see new ideas on my website, blog and Social Media.  I was introduced to an essential oils program at the same craft show.  Met two informed and interesting young women.  They understand what being educated about your product/brand is all about.  My daughter (another one) is very educated about essential oils will be doing this essential oils program on her blog/website also.  If you have any questions , in the meantime, please contact me through this website and provide me with your name and  e-mail address.

 

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Understanding Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing has become an interesting challenge for me. Totally lost when I began and really didn’t understand.   I thought that I needed to get Affiliate Marketing up and going ASAP.  Let me tell you,  slow down and really research.

The affiliate’s I have, are super, good customer service and helpful employees.  My problem is, I  want problem solving done by them, what ever it is that particular day.  What I am starting to realize is the solution, in many instances, has to be my own.   So  here are some things for me to work on, making  changes in my blog. Trying new ideas, if they flop, they flop.  Write good keyword descriptions, create exciting pins on Pinterest.  Find out what you can and can’t do.  Take one thing at a time.

Recently got an order from Fanatics (one of my affiliates).  It was a great experience. Easy to order from.  Package came quickly.  I was told when the package arrived, via email.  Packaged well. The item ordered (Christmas or birthday present?) is high quality, the fabric and lettering awesome.

I hope you will come and visit my website and blog.  New and exciting things coming. Again I have a lot of learning to do.  Thank God for a very supportive family.#interestingchallenge#researchmarketing#affilatemarketing

 

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Do your site pages include good information where ever they are located?  Under my site pages you will find things like contact. Written under contact is a statement informing my visitors that my blog contains affiliate links and what happens if you should purchase something from me. I hope it is clear and concise.

There is also a disclosure statement that spells out how my blog shares enlightening ideas and informational tips.

Also listed is a healthy cookbook category and kitchen & home accessories and health and fitness, with some good ideas and suggestions listed.

My drop down box informs viewers about leaving their e-mail address and if they do a very nice handout called -5 Easy Steps to A Relaxed Physician Visit will be sent to them via their e-mail.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and find some great sightseeing trips during the upcoming holidays#goodinformation#affiliatelinks#enlighteningideas#informationaltips

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Organization A Must to Move Forward

Come and visit my blog.  Why! Because I am learning every day and hope to pass some of that learning on to you.  Organization, organization, organization, I can’t repeat it enough.  As I delve into this blogging business more and more I see how important the above word is.  Not just saying it and writing about it, but actually following thru.

There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find the bill you need to pay, the book that you need, the name of the person you were supposed to call back, the notes you made for your next blog etc.

My personal organizational goals to get done the New Year arrives:

  • Get my files organized
  • Remove from office, sewing room what is no longer used, necessary.
  • Get my computer better organized
  • Stop printing everything, use folders instead
  • Use a planner to help me
  • Record all phone messages, so they can be easily found.
  • Do volunteer calls, immediately after they are received.
  • Carry this over into others areas of our home-long term organizational plan. The other things I would like to do before the New Year.

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Changes, elimate or lower stress.

Original blog 12/7/2018 Updated 7/12/21

Stress, are you overcome by the stress in your life?  Do you think you can not handle another day like the one you just had?  Dirty dishes, laundry, kids not behaving, car not working right, rain and more rain, bills to pay. You get the picture.

How can you help yourself?   By becoming more organized!  You say to yourself, boy I have heard that before and I tried to do that but it did not work.

My question to you is how long did you really work on it?  Really work on it!  Write down what you want to accomplish and why.  What difference will it make in your life?

It does work, but it takes lots of consistancy, persistence and fortitude.  It takes you saying to yourself, I can do this and i a going to do it.

Try to pick one thing each day that you can accomplish. Even if it is a small thing. For me that would be giving the bathrooms a cleaning.  Then daily making sure that they are maintained.

Make your bed daily, even if your bedroom is not picked up.  It is a start toward becoming organized.  Then focus on getting clothing picked up, laundry done, maybe not all done, but at least a load a day.  Your goal is to wash, dry, fold and put away.

Involve your family in your move to become more organized.  Don’t become discouraged, keep plugging away.  Show them you are not going to stop.   Meeting with resistance, just stay focused on your goal/goals.

Meal planning, grocery shopping and cleaning the kitchen.  Always a job.  Clean that kitchen right away after meals.  

Pain, pain!  You are right it is a pain, but once you see you are making progress, you will feel so good and you can really get better at organizing your blogging, printables, sewing projects, and volunteering for some charitable project.  BE READY TO ENJOY FALL!

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Information found on this site related to Young Living Essential Oils , is meant for educational and informational purposes only. Not meant to cure, prevent or treat any disease.  Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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Help with Grammar from Grammarcheck

What a wonderful thing to be able to copy and put out on your website or blog. Mistakes are often made in grammar, especially when someone is in a hurry. This checklist may be very helpful if you are in doubt as to which word to use. If this helps someone I am delighted that I found it.#grammarcheck.

The other thing that we all need to watch is our spelling. Use your spell check frequently or slow down for a minute and re-read what you just wrote. I know at times I don’t even see my mistake until I am reading my blog, after it is published. Take an extra minute and it will make you feel better and your day so much brighter.

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10 Things That Create The Enchantment of The Holidays – updated from December 2018

Enchantment what an awesome word. Wish we could box it up and let everyone experience a bit of it. Here are some of my thoughts on that enchantment for the young and the old.

  • Big shining eyes of small children filled with wonder.
  • Magic of making holiday treats-frosting cookies, licking the frosting off your hands.
  • Making kieffles.  Those who have been around our family understand.  Handing down a tradition.
  • Decorating the tree and house- Being allowed to finally put ornaments on the tree yourself.
  • Fascination associated with believing. You hate see it leave.
  • Learning the true meaning of Christmas-the baby Jesus in the manager.
  • Secrets –being let in on a grown up secret and showing everyone you can keep a secret.
  • Wrapping gifts- having your own wrapping paper, tape, ribbon and tag. Carrying your present so proudly to put under the tree.
  • Company-waiting for grandparents, family and friends to come. Enjoying being at home and having fun.
  • Sharing – Taking dinner to someone who lives alone, sending cards, getting to make your own cards to mail, going through your clothes and toys and donating them to a thrift store.
  • Admiration, praise and respect for those in the military and their families.  Praying for all of them.

It really is a wonderful time of the year.  Especially if it snows right around Christmas.   Christmas Eve always looks so pretty and peaceful if it snows just before Santa comes.  Like a live picture card.  No  ice please.

Always will remember the year when my mother had redecorated the bathroom in pink and black.  I know, but it honestly looked pretty good.  She was a delightful lady.  Anyway I digress her Christmas present from our father that year was a brand new pink toilet seat, in its place of honor under the tree.  It brought smiles to all our faces for many a year.

Memories are such fun!  Happy Holidays to each and every one.#families#wonder#ornaments#wrappinggifts#wrappingbiggifts#donation.



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Focus of blog in 2019

Changing the focus, a bit, of selectionsfrombarb.com  in 2019.  Will be including more about home and family.  Telling stories about our wonderful, multi-cultural, diversified family.  How we come together and always try to remain friends.  The things we have learned from each other, and of course some of the things we disagree on.  We had six children and now there are 18 grandchildren, no great greats yet.  One granddaughter married, another, grandson to be married in March and a couple of grands with nice girl and boy friends.

Included in the home, family and health, we will be discussing budgets and how to live on one, saving for the future, reflect on things like should everyone be made to pursue college, keeping communication open, and more. No reason we can’t discuss blogging once in a while. After all writing is good for us.  Even though my family is older, I am a mother and grandmother and have experienced many of the same things parents today are going through.

My Niche will be everything that is involved in raising a family, how it evolves and is still evolving even today. The changes everyone has to make as we enter each new phase of our lives. Solutions may be a bit tougher, but we will share what we have tried and how or if it worked.  You see that is what a family is all about, working to solve issues, when you are not always sure the solution is the best answer.

Hope you will come and visit my blog and enjoy it. Website is selectionsfrombarb.com and my Pinterest site is Barb’s Selections.

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My Blog and Designing Amazing Graphics

It is great to see what the bloggers who are so artistically talented can design.

Not being very artistic myself, I have to do quite a bit of looking around to find something that is stimulating, pleasant to look at, and related to what I am talking about.  Hoping it will liven up the blog page itself.  Starting to understand the importance of this and how to do it, but have a way to go yet.

Thought the first pin I designed was wonderful, not too loud or bold and the blog written was well done.  Little did I know.  It bombed!  Oh well I am continuing to experiment with design and color and in due time everything will be in sync.  Now I am thinking about how to do photos right and how much I still have to learn and am learning.

Come and see my blog at www.selectionsfrombarb.com and share my Pins you find on Pinterest under Barb’s Selections.