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Who’s Behind the WLBPA?

Who’s Behind the WLBPA?

Jul 31, 2013

Work life balance: What is it?  Can anyone obtain it?  Who are you people? Work life balance is “a concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health,  pleasure,  leisure,  family and spiritual development/meditation),” according to WikiPedia.  The ratios of work and life vary from person to person, and will fluctuate for each individual thought his life.  Ultimately, a life lived in-balance is a life of fulfillment–and hopefully–enjoyment. The Work Life Balance Protection Agency is a group of people who address various issues of work and lifestyle.  Sometimes, the writers address areas that are out-of-balance for themselves; sometimes, the writers share their expertise on areas that may be out of balance for you.  We want you to laugh a little, think about things from a new perspective, and be motivated to create your own balance.  You are the designer of your own life–let us help you make the purposeful changes that will enable you to live the fulfilling and rewarding life you were meant to live.     Jennette Cronk (Director) writes about parenting, self-improvement, careers, and loves giving helpful tips.  Her experience in the fields of education, administration, and entertainment, give her a varied insight on work life balance, which she shares with humor and honesty.  She is a career-mother of two, a chronic entrepreneur, and helps others who work in their homes feel a little less “housebound.”  You can find her as a regular contributor to the Tampa Bay Moms Blog, participate in one of her workshops, or schedule a private coaching session. Recurring Columns: Ask Madeleine and TrueDud See more info. here.     Stacy LeVine (Columnist)  writes about the struggle of the artist in New York City. Having graduated with the NYU-Tisch Class of 2001 (BFA in Theatre Arts), she has 16 years of NYC artist struggle under her belt…and the acid tongue that comes with it. She is currently the “NYC Correspondent” for British satire magazine THE INCONSEQUENTIAL and hard at work on her historical fiction feature screenplay, BLACK TUESDAY. Recurring Column: Stacy Steers Scylla & Charybdis For more information, see her full bio here!     Mo Breden (Columnist) is a retired federal employee.  Serving in Washington DC, for the Treasury Department, the United...

Back to School Success Tips for Elementary Parents

Back to School Success Tips for Elementary Parents

Jul 31, 2013

Back-to-school advice for parents with children in elementary school! By Erin D’Addio It’s getting to be that time of year again…..BACK TO SCHOOL!!! I can hear the parents cheering, the children moaning, and the teachers scrambling to get everything done before your little one walks through their classroom door. As an elementary teacher I have many things to do before the first bell rings. Parents often ask how they can get their child ready for the start of the year. Below are a few suggestions I hope parents will find helpful in making the beginning of the year successful. Unless you have received a school supply list directly from your new teacher, save yourself a trip to the school supply aisle until after you have received your new teacher’s list. Many of the lists you find at the local stores are generic lists of “possible” items a school or grade level may need.   When you get the list, if there is something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask the teacher for clarification. School supplies can add up! If you are having a difficult time purchasing the items on the list, let your teacher know. Teachers usually have extra supplies for this purpose. If you have the means, ask the teacher if there are items not on the school supply list that he/she may need. There are a lot of items teachers are no longer allowed to put on school supply lists, but need them for the classroom. The teacher ends up spending the money for these items. Some examples of these items are; Clorox wipes, Ziploc bags, whiteboard markers, individual packaged snacks, and white copy paper. If your school has an “Open House” or “Meet the Teacher” night before school opens, try to attend. This alleviates stress for the child because they get to meet their new teacher with the comfort of his/her parents there. They also get to see their classroom and this will make the first day a little less scary. Don’t be afraid to email your new teacher. If your school sends out the name of your child’s teacher before school starts, don’t hesitate to look up your new...

Get Online: 3 Free and Easy Ways (No Excuse)

Get Online: 3 Free and Easy Ways (No Excuse)

Jul 30, 2013

As a business owner, job-seeker, person-alive-in-the-21st-century, you must get online.  It is the way of things.  Some of you might feel lost, out of touch with technology, scared of robots… It’s OK.  Breathe.  You can not break the internet.  Let me introduce you to three, easy, FREE ways to get online fast.  Create a presence for yourself and your business.  I promise you, people will turn away from your business if they cannot go to your website to get more information.  I DO IT ALL THE TIME.  From fitness classes to restaurants, if all I get is a YellowPages link with a phone number I will go elsewhere. 1. VistaPrint You know them from the free business cards.   Now, they offer websites.  This service is not entirely free.  They do, however, offer a FREE ONLINE BUSINESS CARD. You can get a web presence in no time flat, link to social media sites, and have a .com to go to.  FREE.  Here’s mine that I just whipped up: http://jennettecronkonline.vpweb.com It’s not fancy, but if you are scared and have no where to turn, this will work for you.  Something is better than nothing.  You can always edit it, delete it, upgrade it later. *If you are looking for business cards or promotional material, I recommend going local. You avoid errors, layout disappointments, and design difficulties that way. Once, I bought a bunch of cards online with white text on a black background.  The text was small and hard to read, even though it looked great online.  I should have had it bolder and bigger.  Seeing an actual proof can avoid lots of issues. I highly recommend Tampa Prints 4 Less. Not even VistaPrint can match them in quality or price!! * 2. Weebly I really like the usability of Weebly.  You can choose a simple but nice looking web design, edit it yourself, and publish it right away.  The FREE option gives you a domain with a ______.weebly.com, but you can upgrade it to one that doesn’t for cheeeeeap.  Really, buy a domain for yourself or business. It is the way of the world.  You can not afford to NOT spend the money on...

Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Riff Randell

Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Riff Randell

Jul 29, 2013

Embrace your inner bad girl  with Movie Bad Girl of the Week!   By Alexandra Elaine Michaels I first saw “Rock N Roll High School” when I was in 7th or 8th grade, and it is one of the most enjoyable movies ever. Why? The movie is fun and it introduced me to the Ramones. This movie gave the world Riff Randell, the most vivacious (a quite possibly the nicest) Movie Bad Girl in the history of movie bad girls. She is pretty, perky, well-liked and a rebel. She looks at life with gusto and feels that the world is her oyster if she just reaches for it. (I am leaving plot-points out for the sake of space, so this is an edited version of the film that is relevant to what I am writing about.) A new principal is taking over. She dresses like it is the 1950s and holds to a lot of the ideals from that time period. What she doesn’t know is she is about to pick a battle with the greatest adversary she has ever had–a 17 year old girl named Riff Randell.  We are introduced to Riff and her best friend Kate. The girls are polar opposites and are inseparable. Together they wire the school intercom system and blast Ramones music for all to hear causing a disruption in the day. Miss Togar confronts the girls and gives them detention. Kate is horrified while Riff is amused at the actions of the administrator and really could care less.Miss Togar is conducting a study on the effects of rock music and looks at the Ramones as the anti-Christ. She believes their music causes deviant behavior she is on a mission to stop them. After gym class Riff reveals that she has written a song for the Ramones and she has to get it to them because she knows she will have a future as a songwriter. One of the girls says she wishes she could go see them. Riff breaks into a speech sharing some Riff wisdom, “Ten years from now no one is going to care if you’ve been to high school, much less skipped a few classes.” The girls tell...

Ask Madeleine Vol. 9

Ask Madeleine Vol. 9

Jul 29, 2013

The questions are in and so are the answers!  If you haven’t checked it out before, Madeleine is my just-turned-4-year-old daughter.  She loves answering your questions, and these are her REAL answers in her own words.  Submit your questions on our FB page. Send them in using the “contact” button.  Whatever works!   What’s a good way to make extra money? Madeleine: To get money you have to check out stuff at the store. [What do you mean?] At the store, you check out and you give them money. [You mean the cashiers?] YES!  They get money. [laughing.  Yes.  But that money goes to the store, not to the cashier.  The cashier gets a paycheck for working at the store.]  Well, you have to work hard at your BUSINESS.  That’s how I think.  Do I have any money? Stinky Old Mom:  Well, aside from masquerading as a cashier and absconding with stolen money, you can always get a second job?!  Madeleine, in her own way, suggests a strong work ethic.  Here’s a blast from the past that discusses this very topic and ways you can earn on the side. What’s a good way to help keep your office clean? Madeleine: Ugh. *eye roll* To not mess it up! That’s what I prefer. You have to clean up your papers. Stinky Old Mom:  PAPERS!!  It’s always a mess in our office.  There are papers (and craft supplies) everywhere.  The key seems to be organization and having a place for everything.  This site has a ton of suggestions for cute DIY ways to create storage space: Sew Many Ways.  I am in a much more primeval place in my life, so I just need to get papers where they belong, pens back in their cups, trash in the can, and I can worry about making it look cute later!  When in serious need, call in a pro—or at the very least, a great friend who is talented at organization and can be firm about TOSSING OUT THE CLUTTER!  We’ve talked about clutter before.  It’s a constant.  It always needs tending and can sometimes get the best of us when we least expect it.  Breathe and dive in! What’s the...

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