Families, what needs to change in Corporate America?

Corporate-AmericaThere are always tons of articles on women having it all, not having it all, working, having a family, being a CEO, leaning in… Honestly, whatever you want to do is fine with me. Be happy. We need more happiness in the world.

What I noticed though is that women aren’t the only ones who struggle with “having it all”. And no one in our society really talks about it.

The other day Paul and I were watching The Captains Close Up. It’s this random show on BBC America produced by, starring, and directed by William Shatner. It’s about every captain of the Star Trek universe. While they were talking to each of the captains, Shatner mentioned how grueling the shooting schedule is for whatever show they were on whether it was as Captain of the Enterprise or some other network show.

Here’s what struck me: Scott Bakula was talking about how long his days would be while shooting Quantum Leap. It would keep him away from his family. He missed out on time with them. It was so bad, his marriage ended. Shatner agreed that the same thing happened to him while shooting his TV shows. That’s when I realized… Continue reading

Halloween Decoration Ideas: 5 Easy & Inexpensive Tips

Halloween Decoration IdeasI confess. I started decorating for Halloween in mid-September. The bad news is that I can’t find some of my decorations. They are somewhere in our dark and somewhat cavernous storage unit. It’s not that big, but it’s full.

I looked at Target, where I love to buy Halloween decor, but it looked picked over and nothing really caught my eye. I don’t want to spend a ton of money, but I do want it to feel more festive. Plus, I don’t want to replace the stuff that is “lost” because I’m just too lazy to dig it out. Continue reading

LEGO minifigure bump codes: Series 12 edition

LEGO Minifigure bump codes series 12It’s that time again! Lego minifigures are out and I have the bump codes you are looking for…

Honestly, the bump codes don’t seem to work as well as the feeling method. Below I will show you the LEGO® Minifigures, Series 12 bump codes, but I’ll also give you some tips on how to use the feeling method. You should know that you will need a TON of patience if you use the feeling method.

You can see the LEGO minifigure bump codes for both the Prospector and the Lifeguard. What you need to keep in mind if you use the feeling the bag method is this: You’ll be able to tell it’s the Prospector by his hat and pickaxe. The Lifeguard has binoculars and that thing that Hasselhoff ran around with on Bay Watch.

Lego-Minifigures-Bump-Codes-Series-12-1Above we have the Dino Tracker and the Wizard codes. In the Dino Tracker bag, you need to find her bow & arrow as well as her syringe.

The Wizard can be confused with the Princess. Both have a pointy hat. The key difference is that the Wizard has a staff.  Check for that with the pointy hat.

Lego-Minifigures-Bump-Codes-Series-12-2You can see the bump codes for the Princess and the Rock Star. If feeling the bag, in the Princess, look for the frog.

Feeling for the Rock Star you need to find his guitar. You should be able to feel the pointy neck.

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The Goth Girl’s bump codes are easy to see, but if you are feeling the bag and want to find the Goth Girl, be sure to look for her teddy bear.

The Battle Goddess has a smooth shield and spear. You should be able to easily feel those in her bag.

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The Space Miner’s bump codes are fairly clear. What’s really easy to feel and see in his bag is his armor. It makes the bag bulky. Be sure to check for his space drill too.

The Hun’s bump codes confused me a bit. I wasn’t sure about the little tiny dots in the right hand corner. It’s better to feel the bag and find his shield. It has a lump in the middle of it which makes it easy to differentiate from the Battle Goddess.

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For some reason, when we were at the Mall of America’ LEGO store, they had a plethora of Pizza Delivery Guys. You can find him by feeling his hat, pizza and pizza box.

The Video Game Guy doesn’t really come with much except his giant Nintendo-like controller. His headphone are glued to his hair…or possibly just part of his hair.

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For the Swashbuckler, his bump codes are fairly easy to make out. When looking for the Swashbuckler, or as I like to call him D’Artagnan, by feeling the mystery bag, you need to look for his hat and his sword.

The Genie Gal was the most difficult to find by using the feeling method. There are a couple of minifigures with ponytails, so I thought we found her a few times, but I could never find her swoosh. You will be able to feel the swoosh she has instead of legs. If you pick up a mystery bag and it has legs in it, it’s not the Genie Gal. For some reason I kept calling her a mermaid, but she’s clearly a genie…she has a magic lamp!

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The Court Jester was one of the first minifigures we found. He has that hat and the tow cards that are easy to feel inside the mystery bag.

For last I save my favorite, Pig Man. “They government is going to build an army of Pig Men, Jerry!” I couldn’t help but hear Cosmo Kramer’s voice in my head as we were looking for the Pig Man. His bump codes are pretty clear. When feeling the mystery bag, look for the apple. I tried to find the pig head, but finding the apple was easier. It has a long stem.

 

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

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When it comes to Halloween costume ideas, I’m not the most creative. Sometimes I just need a little bit of Halloween to get into the spirit. These t-shirt costumes do just that for me and they have capes!

No capes!

They even have The Incredibles t-shirt costumes without capes, of course.

Personally, I think a little Halloween spirit is better than none at all. Get a cool t-shirt and an accessory or two and there you go! It might even be subtle enough to wear to the office. Don’t quote me on that and then come back here complaining that you go fired.

I know what you're thinking. But will it fit me? The HalloweenCostumes.com website has a Fit Finder for most of its costumes. Honestly, that's one of my biggest impediments to buying clothes online. You can't try them on before you buy, so you don't know if they will fit.

The Fit Finder is easy to use. You choose your gender then put in your measurements. You don't have to grab a friend and break out the measuring tape either. These are numbers you will know. If you don’t know them, you are probably lying to yourself or drunk.

Don’t buy things on the Internet if you are drunk, please. How do you think I ended up with half of the music on my iPhone? Yikes. OK, I'm kidding, but still, don't buy drunk.

I may be going to a Halloween party this year and I honestly have no idea what costume I want to wear.

So, what are your Halloween costume ideas? It's almost October! Time to start thinking about it.

A look back: 10 years of blogging

10YearsOfBloggingHow long have you been blogging? Whenever I answer this question about 70% of the people are a little shocked when I say I started in 2004. Most bloggers seem to be closer to the one to two year range.

Way back in 2004 the internet was a different place. At home, I still had a dial up internet connection and an AOL account. I miss the sound of a modem connecting…so comforting! I didn’t text. I just talked to people on the phone. Yes, that’s how weird life was back then.

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What does it do? Explainer videos to the rescue! #ad

“What does your company do? When I worked in commercial real estate, it never ceased to amaze me that people didn’t know what the industry entailed. They had a vague notion, but never really seemed to get it. An explainer video would have helped immensely.

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Animated explainer videos are fun, quick to digest and easy-to-interpret. If you are a small business, independent consultant, independent contractor (like many commercial real estate agents are), or even an entrepreneur, an animated video on your website can help sell products, educate consumers, or even generate conversation.

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Do you need one? Well, having a video on your website does help SEO. Plus, an explainer video is a great way to easily explain to potential customers not only what your company does, but how they can benefit from being a customer of  yours.

Maybe your industry doesn’t really do cartoons, well, How It Works Media does have different styles that can be appropriate for just about anyone.  Here’s another example of what How It Works Media can do:

What you really need to consider is not the cost, but the return on investment for an explainer video.  How many potential customers do you miss because they don’t really understand how your company can benefit them? How much more revenue could be streaming into your bank account if only there were a way to get your website to rank higher in search results.

Plus, what about social sharing?  How many videos have you seen on Facebook or Twitter? A well made explainer video has a good chance of being picked up by other sites.

Still not sure if an explainer video is right for you?

HowItWorks-1So, the conversion rate for explainer videos is pretty high. Let’s be honest. If you are in sales, cold calling kind of stinks.  Getting sales leads from your website is more like a warm call. You know the person is already interested in your product or service, all you have to do is figure out how to close the deal.

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Halloween Costume Ideas: Groups of Fun!

Halloween Costume Ideas: Group Fun!It will be here before you know it. What Halloween costume ideas do you have? If you’re like me, none. However, a good idea is to get a group of friends together and get a theme going. Of course, you have to have friends first, but that’s a whole different post. Worse comes to worst, you can always coerce convince your family into a group theme idea, right?

At HalloweenCostumes.com, they have a handy group costume selector. It lets you choose the number of people in your group as well as the theme. It will even add up how much it will cost for all of the costumes.

So you can dial through the various themes, then spin the selector to find different costumes that will match the theme, but so you all won’t end up dressed up as the Flash when you decided on the Super Hero theme.

Personally, I enjoy the crayon theme. You could have someone as a box or you could all just choose different colors and collectively be a box of crayons! Fun for the whole family however you define that term.

Halloween Costume Ideas: Think outside the usual

Instead of the usual groups, you can make your own group by choosing a decade as a theme or even a game. I saw a Rock, Paper, Scissors group costume. Just add a lizard costume and a Spock costume and you'll have a totally awesome group costume that only the cool kids will get.

Why not go as a meal? There are vegetable and fruit costumes as well as bacon, eggs, and a zombie hot dog. OK, zombie food is a bit odd, but definitely unique. How does a banana turn into a zombie anyway? And what do they eat? Other bananas or human brains? Clearly, I'm over thinking this costume. I think I'd rather be the Rasta Banana than the zombie banana. Seems like Rasta Banana would be more fun, right?

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