Volume: Blogging From A to Z

Why does life not have a volume button? I'm not joking!

I'm sitting here with a headache pounding in my ears and the volume of everything around me is set on max. The kids are finally in bed, but that didn't stop the noise.

Even the sound of my mouse clicking is setting off the sharp pains going through my head. I wish I had a remote control to mute everything around me. I'd go to bed, but even the pressure of my pillow makes it worse.

I'm done whining about it now. I want to urge you all to find out what the triggers are with your headaches because that can really help. Why take meds for it, when you can prevent it in the first place. For me, certain colors can trigger one, but the biggest problem with colors is extremely contrasting colors, like neons with black, and black and white. I think the one today was caused by too much cheese, which has a way of triggering a headache.

How do you manage? I prefer a cherry pit pillow, but I usually end up taking sinus medication or ibuprofen. I would love to hear what you do to make the pain go away.

Press Release: National Federation of the Blind Congratulates Anne Taylor on New Position at Microsoft

National Federation of the Blind Congratulates Anne Taylor
on New Position at Microsoft

Baltimore, Maryland (April 24, 2015): The National Federation of the Blind today congratulated Anne Taylor, who has served as its director of Access Technology for over ten years, on her new position as Senior Program Manager in the Trusted Experience Team with Microsoft, which she will assume on May 26.

Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “For many years Anne Taylor has transformed the desire of blind people to participate equally in technology development into meaningful action that has advanced accessibility. I am confident that her skill, passion, and deep connection to blind people all over the country will make a tremendous difference in moving Microsoft to a high standard of built-in accessibility across all of its products and services.”

Anne Taylor said: “The last ten plus years have been rewarding and challenging for me, and I thank my fellow members of the National Federation of the Blind for an amazing and productive period of my career. Their expertise and feedback have been and will continue to be invaluable to me in understanding accessibility from both the technical and end user perspectives. I now look forward to the challenge of using this knowledge to make Microsoft’s products the industry leaders in nonvisual accessibility.”


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

Understanding: Blogging From A to Z

In general, I've never been a very understanding person. I understand that things happen and mistakes will always happen. What I tend to be the least understanding about is when people blame their childhood for not taking care of their kids, doing drug, or just generally being a person that cannot be trusted. I mean at 17, 18, 19,  I get it- you're just coming in your own and really beginning to learn right from wrong. 

What I'm talking about the 30-year-olds that are hooked on hard drugs, leave their kids with just anyone, and don't even bother to clean their houses. I don't accept the excuse that "there isn't enough time in the day."

Seriously, when all you do is sit on the couch, there is plenty of time. Furthermore, if you would clean your house a little each day, it wouldn't take a whole day to get it clean for dinner company. It's things like this that cause me to not be a very understanding person. I mean seriously, at  some point, you have to grow up, stop blaming everyone else, and do what needs to be done.

Awesome Camping Equipment: Lantern and Power Bank in One!

Disclaimer: I received a product to review. All opinions are my own.

I have come across what may be one of the most useful pieces of camping gear ever! Guess What?! This lantern is also a power bank. Both the power bank and the light charge via USB. In a pinch, you can also use D and AA batteries.

The Orion Camping Lantern and Power Bank is perfect for camping, survival, emergency kits, storm kits, or even sitting out on the deck. Want to quickly turn it off, just close it- how cool is that? Open it to turn it on!

With 180 Max Lumens, you will be able to clearly see what you need to. There are even several modes to the light- high, low, red, and flashing red. Everything you need is in the box, including the micro-usb charging cable, 3 rechargeable AA batteries, 2 lithium ion batteries, and of course, the lantern itself. Here's a tip, using the usb charger charges the whole thing, batteries included.

Learn To Launch A Startup: Spark Academy

BuzzooleI have stumbled across something really cool that all of you other work at home moms can really benefit from. Spark Academy is a 4-week program that will teach you how to launch a startup from concept to funding.

Spark Labs is an "ecosystem" with its members being 100% tech and media focused. They pride themselves in providing "space, community, and support" for its members. They want to make it easy for you to create or expand.

Spark Labs has now launched Launchpad, an intesive program to help you meet your dreams. In the four week program, there are 8 intensive sessions focused on how to launch new ventures, generate revenue and investor traction. They will help you create a strategy that will help you launch to the US market. Have access to one-on-one sessions throughout the program, and even pitch to 4 venture capital funds at the end of the program. You get all of this for just $2400. 

Just a few of the things you will gain by the end of the program are have an elevator pitch, pricing strategies, and even have a revenue model. You will learn how to validate your business concept and model, identify market opportunities, create a competitive advantage, and convince investors and prospects about your startup. 

If you have an idea for a startup, this is a program you must enroll in  now. 

DIY Vegetable Garden #SummerPrep2015

My husband is already gardening like crazy. We have new houseplants, sprouting trays everywhere, flower pots sitting in the sun, and the strawberries are already pruned and flowering. It is when I see this that I know Summer is just around the corner. I know that it won't be long and I'll be eating fresh produce standing in the yard, watching Tbomb (and now Kodabug) eating strawberries.

Today, I want to share a really awesome Infographic about DIY gardening that I think you will really enjoy. You can find the original here.

Courtesy of: QuickQuid


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