Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween!!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Beautiful Jewelry

It is NOT too soon to start your Christmas shopping! In fact, I find that if I haven't started by August, I'm in big trouble! Well I'm about to make that task much easier! I am happy to introduce Sabina Mulryan and her one of a kind, hand crafted jewelry from Moonlight Treasurez. I was thrilled when I met Sabina and saw her gorgeous works of art. Each piece is unique with an intriguing style of it's own. No two pieces are alike! All sets come with a necklace and matching earrings. I wear mine all the time and constantly receive compliments and comments. This year, give her the one of a kind gift she will never forget. Visit http://www.moonlighttreasurez.com/. If you see something your like, don't hesitate! Once that piece is gone, it's gone! Enjoy your shopping!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Poll and Big Town Marketing and Small Town PR

I'm back! With a full mind and tired soul. I just returned from my convention on Rural Business and how to cope in that environment. It went very well. The topic of my company was Big Time PR for Small Communities. Wonderful! We met so many great people that need or do not know how to market their own businesses. How to promote and network in a fashion that leads to new business and PR to get word out about who they are and what they do. We were able to help so many people and get word out about how to help. As I have mentioned, I do freelance for PR for The Latimer Group. I am fortunate through The Latimer Group team to have a core network of talented marketers that compliment each other and can support one another for the benefit of a client or company. I was honored to represent this company at this convention. And this week will be a very busy week contacting those we met and setting up proposals on how to best support these businesses.

In looking at my poll results, I am curious as to those results. Or lack of participation. Is there a certain amount of apathy in the advertisment industry? Do people not know the best way to advertise their businesses? Or possibly advertisement is not the way businesses are getting word out these days. In the amount you can invest in advertising, you can easily hire a publicist that can get word out about who you are or your event. Often, the clients I have through my private business as well as The Latimer Group, the cost of a monthly retainer can bring in placements that can equal $5,000 to $10,000 worth of advertising. Don't get me wrong. Advertising has it 's place and my business has certainly benfitted from well placed advertisings. But, if that is not doing the trick for you, you're not sure where to place advertising or just wish the media would throw some love you way, why not give a publicist a chance. You might be suprised at the benefits of a publicity company. Please visit The Latimer Group or About Time Internet Marketing, LLC. We look forward to hearing from you.Digg!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

While I'm Away...

I will be attending a conference for rural businesses these next few days. I hope to bring back wonderful insight to you all. In the meantime, I would like to share my favorite You Tube post! And maybe a little insight to my soul? Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Falling Behind in Your House Payment? Lisa Page Can Help!

This time of year it's easy to get there! October is slower for business. Kids need school things. It's easy to fall behind just a little in your mortgage payment. Then a little more. Before it gets out of hand, meet my friend Lisa Page. Lisa Page is a mitigator for US Loss Mitigation and Stop Foreclosures Assistance. Lisa is a kind and wonderful person who wants to help you save your home. Here's her story.


With foreclosures at an all time high, interest rates gone through the ceiling and government supposedly unable to do anything about it, many homeowners are in dire straits trying to make ends meet and stay financial ahead of the home mortgage game.

According to FT.com, housing foreclosures doubled in September with 223,538, a 99% increased compared to a year ago. Adding that mortgage banks have stated an increase of late mortgage payments, the online magazine is citing that this housing trend is nowhere near an end.

The impact this trend has had nationwide has reflected in a depressed economy as well as large corporate businesses such as Countrywide Home Loans to reduce the number of employees creating a depressed job market as well.

According to Lisa Page of US Loss Mitigation and Stop Forclosure Assistance, this does not have to be the case. “Sometimes it means just having someone help you get current again without having to acquire huge late fees and interest to get back on track”, says Page. “Often a homeowner can bring their payments current with the equivalent of one payment versus what’s now due, past due with late fees and interest”.

“There are ways we can help a homeowner get their mortgage problem solved often in as little as 30 days”, she says. Page’s company allows a homeowner to work within their current mortgage bank and prevents a homeowner from being faced with some unpleasant alternatives such as having to sell, rent or lease the property or having to borrow money. “Often that places a homeowner in a difficult financial situation when they may already be struggling”.

Accredited by the Better Business Bureau, US Loss Mitigation and Stop Forclosure Assistance offers free consultation and no application fees. “We also have a 98% success rate”, adds Page. “We are designed to assist you in getting current with your payment, retain your home and see what we can do to save your credit standing.”

Page is afraid that people don’t know that this type of assistance is out there. “I met a lady the other day who said she could have kept her home had she known this was an options”, says Page. Page also emphasizes that the time to contact her is before a home goes into foreclosure. “If you start to get behind 30-60 days, that’s when you need to call me”, she says. Waiting longer may not provide Page’s company the time it needs to reverse the situation.

For more information on Lisa Page and how she can be of assistance to you, please visit www.USLossMitigation.com/lpage, www.StopForclosureAssistance.com/LisaMariePage or call 541.962.0997.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Difference Between Marketing and Sales

There seems to be confusion in the business industry between what is marketing and what is sales. I have thrown my hat into a few arena's when I hear of a marketing position that is open only to find that what they really wanted is a sales consultant. I overheard one of my USANA colleagues on day tell someone they are in marketing. What she meant is that she is a consultant which involves sales. Agreed, when you are selling a product you are in turn doing some marketing and marketing may lead to sales but there is a distinct difference between the two and I hope to dissolve some of the confusion.

Sales: Sales is the position in which you are distinctly promoting a product or a service. Pay is often acheived based on a commission of the sale price. You can be on a salary but I have found that the reward comes from eating what you kill. You are out for the purpose of making a sale for your company.

Marketing: Now marketing on the other hand is usually done prior to the sales consultant doing their job. A marketer primary focus is to get word out about a product or a service and generate interest in that item. This is done through publicity, campaigns and advertising. The result of good marketing is sales but the goal is more to create a buzz.

The two work beautifully hand and hand together but are different. At times my job as a "marketer" does involve sales. But that is at the request of my employer and has a different set of circumstances applied. And I do sales for myself every day regarding the work that I do and how it can help a business.

So next time you look for one or the other, be precise on what your needs are. Sometimes you can find both with the same company but be sure to define what your business needs are. That will make it easier for you to get exactly what you are looking for.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Diabetes - Treatable and Preventable

I am currently representing an Family Nurse Practitioner in my area. I had a wonderful and enlightening conversation with her in preparing to present her to local media interests. I'm glad to say that the media has taken to this information like ducks to water and I was so engrossed in my conversation with her, that I thought this information was worth passing on. I hope you find it as insightful as I did.

FNP Believes Preventative Care is Key

La Grande, Oregon: A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) takes on several roles as a health care provider. In many instances they need to discern what is beneath the surface even if the patient doesn’t volunteer the information.

Renee Edwards, FNP, owner and founder of Village Health Care located at 1215 Washington Avenue in La Grande has found a passion in early detection and preventive health care, with a specialty in pre-diabetic diagnosis. “Often I can tell before any testing, that that person is in a pre-diabetic state,” says Edwards. She correlates the current diabetes epidemic with the rise in obesity.

Not a condition to be taken lightly, Edwards stresses that the results once a patient goes into a full-blown diabetic state are not desirable. “Diabetes damages nerves and vessels, harming the eyes and organs. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, blindness, amputation, candida and other skin infections, and kidney disease.” Edwards believes that preventive health care before the onset of disease is essential in warding off suffering down the road.

Edwards begins a diagnosis by collecting patient history and risk factors, observation, and testing, to determine a patient’s current health status. She feels that it’s important to assess the situation and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of employing various types of treatment. Helping patients understand their care is also an important factor. “For example, I want to help them see that taking preventive medication does not necessarily mean that they are sick,” she adds. “Many of us already take vitamins and minerals for preventive health. Some of us need a bit more.”

Along with endocrinology issues, Edwards also likes to focus her practice on other chronic health conditions, mental health and skin problems. “My favorite thing is to figure it out,” says Edwards. “Many illnesses aren’t easily diagnosed and I like that challenge.”

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ray's New Car

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mutts and Moms...Give the Dog Back

Wow what a tearful plea. I am a huge animal lover. I support so much that these organizations do for the good of animals. But I have to say that I think this organization went way too far. They alerted the media and the police when the arrived to seize the dog. I use the hard word "seize" because that is what it seems they did. They took the little pooch as if it were an illegal alien being harbored by law breaking aiding and ebedding criminals. It's a dog. It's a dog that got a good home with loving people. Inspect the home if you must. Though ridiculous, charge Ellen a readoption fee if you must. But give the dog back to a family that loves and cares for it.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Poll Results

Thank you to the four of your *L* who participated in my blog poll. All four had the same answer. They NEVER take nutritional supplements. Now what I want to know is why. As a Usana representative, the big reason I hear is that they just can't remember. I get that . It takes some time to get into the habit of taking a supplement. It's the same as implementing a new work out or a skin care regimen. It takes time for it to become your habit. My advice to those of you who are in this category is to be sure to put your supplements somewhere where you won't forget them. In a drawer or in a cupboard is out of sight, out of mind. When I first started implementing nutritional supplements, I kept them by my coffee pot. When I got my coffee in the morning, I took them. When I set the pot at night, I took them. If you are trying to get your children in a routine, the toothbrush holder is a great idea. Same for non-coffee drinking adults. Also, USANA provides your with a Health Pak. This contains your AM and PM vitamins in a handy package. No bottle to mess with and it's easy to travel with. If you have special health supplements that you take like Procosa II for joint and muscle pain or other Optimizers, USANA just introduced My Health Pak. I (or your representative) will work with you to design a Health Pak that suits your particular needs. Again in a easy to use pouch formulated just for you. If it matters, try these and see if it doesn't help. If you would like a Health Pak sample, please let me know and I will see to it you get one.

Now for those of you who do not believe, (and I cannot stress this enough) the majority of degenerative health conditions are preventable. If you say you get what you need from your food you are wrong. Proper nutrition in your diet is one very important step but it's not the whole picture. You don't brush and not floss or see the dentist. You have to complete the whole nutritional picture. Start now. Before you have a health issue. You know what they say about hind sight and 20/20. Why wait that long? Take care of your health now. Improve your overall energy level and do all you can to ensure your health lasts a very long time. Let me know how I can help you do this.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Dr. Northrup on Oprah

Nationally renowned physician Dr. Christiane Northrup is to appear on Oprah on Tuesday, October 16th. Long respected for her information on women's health issues, what you may not know about her is that she is a strong proponent of USANA products. In a recent letter, she lays claims to the health benefits you can receive from using USANA Nutritionals. If you would like a copy of this letter, email me and I'll forward a copy of it to you.

In the mean time, here is a copy of the information that I received today.

Dr. Christiane Northrup returns to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for
not one but two incredible OPRAH shows this fall! The first show is
scheduled to air on Tuesday, October 16th and features Dr. Northrup
one-on-one with Oprah--who confesses (among other things!) that she keeps
her copy of THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE next to her bed! Tune in for the fun,
fears and the facts of being 35- plus, as Dr. Northrup debunks the myths of
menopause and offers hope and health to the millions of women who are
entering (or in!) what can be the most confusing, but also what she calls
the most dynamic and exciting part of their lives.

The second show, scheduled to air later in the fall (date to come, we'll
keep you posted), is another must -see show where Oprah and Dr. Northrup go
one-on-one (as only they can) to answer a full hour of audience
questions-including the ones you were sure they'd be afraid to ask! It's a
fun, frolicking and informative hour about your body that you won't want to

For the exact time when the show will air in your area on October 16th,
please visit: <http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtml>

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Noise Pollution Solution

If you have ever struggled with getting a good nights sleep or simply finding peace in a noisy environment then you know how frustrating it can be. I recently discoved SoniScape, a natural sound masking CD produced by Brett Houston. This peaceful CD gaves a sense of nature and allows you to block out disrupting sounds that don't allow your body to relax or sleep as it needs to. For a sample of this CD, visit Noise Pollution Solution and for yourself if this is something that can improve the quality of your life.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Me and My Gang

A Note for My Blog Log Friends

Is it just me or have any of the rest of you got into a blog and then couldn't back out of it? I hate it when that happens. And I find it a bit offensive. I read your blogs for entertainment and information and I don't want to feel like I'm trapped in a room when I am ready to go. So if you have this feature on your blog, I will not add you as a contact and I will not be a repeat reader. Anyone else want to weigh in on this one?

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling

This month is National Women in Business Month. Since this is something I hold near and dear to my heart as a female entrepreneur, I wanted to take a moment and address the proverbial glass ceiling known to exist to women who are trying to climb the corporate ladder. Living in a rural community where everyone struggles to get ahead, the encounters I have had with this have been limited to old fashioned thinking and the good ol' boys club. I have had in business situations a gentleman pass me by to shake the hand of a male boss. Didn't fly well with me. Then I realized how my actions could have changed that scenario. What if I would have gone out front, introduced myself and extended my hand before he had the opportunity to pass me by. Yes, it's tragic that men see men in the business world. And yes, we as women often have to assert ourselves in the role that we want more so than men. But in my experience, if we wait for men to come to us as leaders in the business world, it may be a slower journey. We as women need to assert ourselves in the work place. We need to be involved to the point that the decision makers that sit on the business panel include and equal number of women to men. Same with those we seek out to assist us in financing our businesses. Don't wait to have our hand shaken. Make sure we do the shaking. Treat others with respect and demand to be treated the same way in return.

Friday, October 5, 2007

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Preventative Health is Essential

I had an enlightening meeting the other day with a Nurse Practitioner who specializes in preventative medicine for people who are in a pre-diabetic state. So much of it was information I try to share with others on a regular basis. So many diseases can be prevented. Like my client said, look around us. How many overweight people do you see around you? Too many! She said the situation has become so bad that she can usually tell before she runs tests whether someone is in a pre diabetic state. People, this doesn't have to happen to you. Since I have been involved with USANA, people seem to have a lot of reasons for putting their health on the back burner. That makes me the saddest of all. I hear that the family is cutting costs. Cut out a lot of things but make health your priority. When you compare the cost of insurance, the amount of your deductible, work time you can lose and worst of all, the emotional and time cost to your family. Isn't proper nutrition worth that? Isn't it worth it to invest in a little preventative health care now to save so much in the long run? Isn't your family worth it? Call me.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ann Coulter...GET HELP!

I try very hard not to mix politics with my business blog but this is worth mentioning. Did anyone else happen to see the once again embarrassing interview with Ann Coulter on the Today Show yesterday? Does she really represent the Republican party well? Do Republicans really look to her and say, "Yes Ann! That's exactly who we are and how we feel!"? I watched her interview yesterday and didn't feel the usual contempt I feel for her. Instead I just felt embarrassed for her like you do for a parent who's child has just behaved badly or for the pre teenager who means to say something intelligent and ends up with an ill-timed and unfortunate comment instead. It's the inner cringe factor that makes you almost pity that person. I said "almost". She is the perfect example that we tell our daughters, "pretty is as pretty does". Her soul is ugly and thereby erasing any physical beauty she had the potential of possessing. As I watch her I also have to wonder about the possibilty of arrested developement. Her comments are so void of intelligence and maturity that I have to wonder about an underlying disorder. I will not honor Ann Coulter ever again by mentioning her here. I will not post her photo or a video of her spewing her mess on society. I will NEVER purchase anything that will put a single dollar in her pocket. I do not find her intelligent, insightful or, above all, productive in doing anything that helps people or contributes to society. Not only do I wonder if Republicans cringe at her bottom dwelling comments on behalf of their party, but I have a hard time believing that Christ looks down upon her and says, "Yes my child. That is exactly the message I want to deliver".