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Part Two: Newborn and Toddlers

Your baby comes into the world; you’re happy yet insecure: am I doing everything right? Has my baby everything it needs? You need a few days to realize that there is a new family member living in your house now.

It takes time to get familiar with all the different needs of the baby, what it likes and dislikes or what it wants when it screams in a particular way. You don’t have to worry about doing something wrong. It’s in a mother’s nature to try and do everything for her baby.

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous – it is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.” (E. Stone)

So everything you do, you do not only for yourself but also for your child. You do it with love, passion and dedication, and the baby feels that. It will feel the comfort, the love and the attention. The newborn will receive only the best: the best products, the best food, and the best care, just because you want to make sure it’s fine. As far as child care is concerned, everything, starting from their health, hygiene and safety at home and outside the home needs to be considered.

Basically, if you fully dedicate yourself to the new challenge and trust your motherly instincts, you can’t do anything wrong. You will see your beautiful and healthy baby grow a little more each and every day.

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How to Save Money by Bartering

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How to Save Money by Bartering

Something people generally do not think about is that they can save money with bartering. By exchanging services with a friend or relative rather than paying a stranger or a business, both you and the person you are bartering with get something you need without spending as much, if any, money.

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Think about what you have to Offer
What do you do for a living? What are your hobbies and other areas of expertise? For instance, if you are a web designer but aren’t that great with graphics, you could easily offer web design services in exchange for graphic work on the same project. The graphic designer gets work and exposure. You get work and exposure. It saves you money and puts the project in the hands of someone you can trust.

Think about What You Need
What services or products do you need? This will greatly affect who you can potentially barter with and how you can accomplish the barter. If you need work done on your house, you could offer your web design services to help the person who works on your home to get more business.

Depending on what you have to offer and what you need, you may find it harder to barter, but you can advertise in various places online and in person to help you get it done.

Bartering in a Foreign Country

Posted on: January 18, 2010
Originally posted by: Fascinator


I bought a little rug/ bedspread during my hols – lovely – cream, textured and glittering with sequins. I was pleased to knock it down to £50 from £130. I felt a bit bad bartering to be honest. As someone who makes things by hand, I know how time and skill should be rewarded, and I didn’t want to get away with a ridiculous price (mind you – I don’t think that happens these days!). However, I was really pleased to hear that exchanging skills and goods is alive and well in Marrakesh. A friend was offered a Moroccan pouffe for his jacket, and another guy I met traded his hat in part exchange for a carpet. Next time I must bring some titfers of my own!

A Great Way to Save Money

Posted on November 17th, 2009
Original posted by: Amanda


I’m preparing to go to a conference where I’ll more than certainly need my laptop plus I’ve got articles that need to be written and emails that need to be checked when all of a sudden my computer won’t start. Several more attempts and I want to throw it out of the window. As much as technology has blessed us with the ability to connect with friends and family all over the world, research new exciting recipes and see your house from space, there are still moments when although it acts like one you realize your computer is not a human and therefore can never be your friend.

It was at this moment that I realized it was time for a new laptop. Here’s the problem. We don’t have a spare $700 sitting around devoted to computers and I was in a bind. What is a frugal girl to do?

I talked to my secret weapon in the form of a 5”8 ruggedly handsome man and called my friend Lynda. Her husband is a computer whiz, mine not so much. But mine can swing a hammer with the best of them and lays floors for a living. Lynda had mentioned that they wanted to put some new hardwood floor in their living room. Now Computer Whiz is a whiz at computers but not so much with the hammer.

Enter the perfect solution: A trade off that involves Lynda and I eating ice cream while the guys trade services. Computer Whiz spends time re-programming one of his computers for us that he has just “lying around” and gives us this one as a loaner while he fixes ours. Oh no wait, it’s lying around so he informs us we can actually keep it and I do the Giddy Dance in delight! Accompany that with some spare batteries and an external hard drive he also just has “lying around” and we’re set for a while.

In the meantime my handsome Secret Weapon will lay their floor for them free of charge in exchange.

Lynda and I sit and giggle with glee at our smarts and chow down on ice cream while our Hubbys save us a fortune in repairs.

Bartering Instead of Going Bust.


Posted on November 28th, 2009

Bartering is a system of trade that predates the use of money, whereby you trade your skills, services, or products for something you want from someone else.

About 25 years ago, during a recession in the early 1980s, a lot of bartering clubs sprang up, so people who were out-of-work or having financial problems could increase the funds available to them. Once people joined the group, they could turn their skills, services or products into points; then others could employ them or purchase their products using the points they had accumulated in their own accounts. And if no one wanted to use one’s skills, services, or products, they would accumulate negative points up to a cap, until they found a way for others to want what they offered. Through this system, these clubs sought to achieve a fair balance between what people were getting and giving.

As an organizer, think of running a barter service as a new business, which can be very successful if you have the skills needed to run the business, such as a good head for figures, an attention to detail for everyday operations, and good communication, marketing, and sales skills to promote the service. If you simply want to participate in bartering, you might do this directly by offering an exchange with your own contacts or try posting whatever you are offering on one of the social media sites like LinkedIn.

To determine what to list, think about what you have done in the past and list what you can offer that might be of interest to someone else. If you have a lot to offer, divide up your skills, services, or products by category and post them separately.

Savannah Tractor Powered by Turkey Oil

Posted on November 28th, 2009
Original post by: Savannah Now

Now that your turkey is a picked-over carcass, here’s a win-win idea for getting rid of the oil that fried that bird: Wilmington Island farmer Bill Lynes wants used vegetable oil to power his tractor. The county wants to keep all that fat out of local sewers, where it congeals and creates expensive clogs. So they’ve teamed up to collect cooking oil at the Wilmington Island Recycling Center.

He currently collects oil from several local restaurants and a South Carolina nursing home, filters and centirfuges that oil to remove water and particulates, then pumps it into his diesel engine tractor. As an off-road vehicle, it’s a hassle-free use of a free fuel. Vehicles driven on public roads are required to pay road tax on their fuel, a process that’s difficult to comply with where free vegetable oil is concerned, Lynes said.

Lynes approached Chatham County officials several months ago with his idea of collecting used vegetable oil from residents. When they agreed to give it a try, he spent about $800 outfitting the Wilmington Island Recycling Center on Concord Road with a small storage tank just for the job.

Chatham County Environmental Program Coordinator David Nash loves the cooking oil collection not only because it’s a great local recycling effort, but also because the grease that could otherwise end up in local sewage systems is expensive to clean out.

“If you’re on septic, it will clog it,” he said. “If you’re on county sewage, it’ll clog up drains, and you’ll have a backup. It’s imperative not to put grease down the drain. It’s a slow killer.” “It’s like how you have a heart attack – plaque builds up slowly. Once it’s in there, you have a heck of a time getting it out.”

Lynes, who traded-in his Porsche race car when he bought his tractor, has been cultivating his three-quarter acre “town farm” for about a year on family land that once was part of a larger vegetable farm and before that a cotton plantation. He still works in Lynes Realty and Development Company, but he’s clearly a devoted gardener, too.

He barters his vegetables with local markets such as Davis Produce. Friends and neighbors get his chickens’ eggs. “I’m sort of in a learning process now,” he said. “I want to know what works, like bartering with people and giving stuff to friends.” And maybe, if it catches on, collecting used cooking oil.

Consider Bartering When Paying Your Tuition

Posted on November, 24th 2009
Original post by: DailySkiff

Since tuition is set to increase to $30,000 for the 2010-2011 school year, students are going to have to be more creative with how they pay for their tuition. While it is beneficial to get a summer job or practice saving money during the year, I think it’s time we reinvigorate a time-honored tradition: bartering.

Frankly, I can’t afford the $30,000 next year, even with my scholarship and a summer job. But I don’t want to disrespect the education I’m receiving by not paying my bills. So when the first bill drops in my account, I plan to visit Chancellor Victor Boschini in his office and bring him my tuition deposit personally. He accepts cows as payment, right?

If not, I’m sure I can get a hold of a chicken or two. Times are tough though. He might have to make do with a pair of slightly-used tennis shoes and my good word that I will get TCU my tuition payment as soon as the next farmers market opens.

In my mind, bartering is a tradition that faded away unnecessarily with the advent of coinage. Even as the great empires of the world expanded, and with them the use of a standardized coin, bartering is a practice that remained. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. You let me copy your notes from class, and I won’t tell your parents exactly how drunk you were at the last tailgate. It’s a fair (mostly) and often interesting exchange.

Another benefit of bartering is determining what others value beyond money. Sure, cold hard cash makes the rest of your unappealing Christmas presents seem a little more bearable, but why settle for cash when you can have a pair of handmade socks from your grandmother, fresh off the knitting needles? How about making someone else a meal in exchange for help studying? Supposing you can cook, this is a pretty sweet deal.

While it’s not quite as fair anymore to trade your daughter for a fresh plot of land, there are many benefits to bartering. It can, in fact, increase the breadth of our education and the university should support it.

Five Things to Know About Bartering

Originally Posted by Laura Cohn

1. It’s the new national pastime

Okay, baseball still beats out barter. But given the economic downturn, many people are reverting to this ancient form of commerce. Craigslist recently reported that bartering activity had jumped more than 80% on the site over the past year. Sites such as report a surge in interest, too. BarterQuest, which offers swaps on everything from chef’s services to designer coats, drew more than 100,000 visitors just two months after the Web site launched late last year. The reason? Bartering is addictive — and fun. Kent Berryman, founder of, says that once users post one item, they usually offer up more. Plus, says Berryman, “people are used to getting good deals at big-box stores. But now that they don’t have the money, they’re bartering.”

2. You can trade just about anything

Want to upgrade your camera? Online retailer Adorama will quote you a price for your old camera free and cut you a check or offer a credit toward new equipment (go to and click on “sell used equipment”). Dying to break your car lease? Go to or, which, for a fee, will match up people who want to unload their leases with people who want to assume them. But don’t stop there. At, recent trades included a gas clothes dryer for a high-speed table saw, a personal-shopping jaunt for a Nintendo Game Boy and games, and a service swap between a hairdresser and a certified public accountant.

3. Let the barterer beware

Craigslist doesn’t prescreen users. So if you’re looking to swap for a service you really need — such as baby-sitting — start by contacting friends and neighbors. Or try a site that verifies the addresses and phone numbers of its users, such as BarterBee lets you trade CDs, movies and video games free, and it will post a detailed description of your item for you. But, says Robert Alvin,’s chief executive, be sure you know what your product or service is worth. “If you list it too high, it won’t move,” he says.

4. Try a home swap

You can join a home-swap club, such as International Home Exchange Network (, for as little as $40 a year. For tips on finding the right club, go to offers members added security, such as address-verification services, online exchange agreements and, if problems arise, mediation services ($25 a year; home-exchange insurance starts at $15). Caveat: If you’re hoping to swap on a particular date, start looking for a match as early as possible. Then, once you’ve found someone, keep in touch.

5. Keep Uncle Sam in the loop

If you barter on more than a casual basis, you may be required to report your transactions. The IRS has guidance on its Web site (, but check with your accountant. If you’re a small-business owner and trade services with another firm or use a barter exchange, such as Barter Business Unlimited (, you need to pay tax on the value of the goods or services you bartered. The general rule of thumb: If the service you receive is a substitute for business income, you must report it.

Rivers & the Sea

It’s almost summer! Everybody is enjoying the sunny weather and thinking about going to the beach… but where to go? Where can you be trustful enough to let your children and dogs play in the water? Are there still non polluted rivers and beaches in your area? Can you go swimming where 2 years ago was a prohibition?

Scary Facts:

- Earth consist of 2/3 water. but all the fresh water streams only represent one hundredth of one percent.
- 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year
- Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill about 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!

- Approximately 5 million tons of oil produced in the world each ear ends up in the ocean.
- Most American families throw away about 88 pounds of plastic every year.
- Every year enough trash is carried down the LA River to fill the Rosebowl.

Join green living! Help the world to save the water of the earth. Create a future for your kids and give them the opportunity to enjoy the ocean. Already small steps can bring changes. Recycle! Use reusable bags! Start using tumblers instead of plastic cups. Be green!

Big Up to all the supporters of Oceans Day!

Pollution: Open Your Eyes!

Everybody, Everyday. Some updating Facts:

Waste of Water:

♦3-7 gallons for toilet

♦25-30 gallons for tub

♦50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower

♦1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons

♦1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons


We each use about 12,000 gallons of water every year
1/3 of all water is used to flush the toilet.

Break Down:

♦plastics take 500 years

♦aluminum cans take 500 years

♦organic materials, take 6 months

♦cotton, rags, paper take 6 months

The garbage in a landfill stays for about 30 years.
In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
Approximately only 10 percent of every landfill can be cleaned up.
Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.