Entrepreneurs are plentiful on the Internet, and many of them have successfully transitioned from "regular" 9-5 jobs to working for themselves. I asked a group of these Internet entrepreneurs when they decided it was time to strike out on their own. Their answers varied, and they're below, but one thing is perfectly clear: only you know when it's time to strike out on your own. Nobody can tell you when you should leave your day job for the potential reward (and guaranteed risk) of self-employment. But we can learn and be inspired by the stories below. Click through for 8 entrepreneurs' advice on when to go self-employed! -By Kathleen O'Malley
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:58 AM EST
Entrepreneurs are plentiful on the Internet, and many of them have successfully transitioned from "regular" 9-5 jobs to working for themselves. I asked a group of these Internet entrepreneurs when they decided it was time to strike out on their own. Their answers varied, and they're below, but one thing is perfectly clear: only you know when it's time to strike out on your own. Nobody can tell you when you should leave your day job for the potential reward (and guaranteed risk) of self-employment. But we can learn and be inspired by the stories below. Click through for 8 entrepreneurs' advice on when to go self-employed! -By Kathleen O'MalleyRead More »from 8 Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Knew it was Time for Self-Employment
- Babble.com | At Home – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:56 AM ESTI just had to go digging in my office closet for the little portable heater I use to keep toasty in this room. Even though it's only mid-October, here in Philly we're having some very cool and rainy days this week. We don't want to turn on the heat for the whole house yet, so a little heater is the way to go. These cool temps remind me that colder weather is on its way, and that means it is time to start my annual winter prep. I was looking into some winter boots when I stumbled across some battery-operated warming boots and that sent me down a rabbit hole of great tech stuff for fall and winter. Here are 7 of the best gadgets out there:
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:52 AM EST
It's easy to be in casual denial about the reality of your financial life until it comes to bite you. I definitely had my years of happy denial! Consumer credit scores have a big impact on our financial lives and it is important that we take care to do the right things when it comes to improving credit and maintaining a high score. It is also important to recognize what actions or inactions will hurt our credit score. Some consumers make mistakes that cause their credit score to drop significantly. Even if you don't need a loan in the foreseeable future, having good credit matters for other purposes, including lower insurance premiums, your ability to rent an apartment, and in some cases, your ability to get a job. Trust me, good credit is super important to most life decisions you'll need to make, even if that doesn't seem like the case at the moment. Don't wait until you need a good credit score to fix your financial mistakes because by then it'll likely be too late. Click throughRead More »from 7 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Credit Score Without Even Realizing It
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:29 AM ESTThe moment those cranberry bars pop up at my local coffee shop, I know the holiday season has arrived. Cranberry, with its bright red hue and brilliant versatility is perfect for everything from dinnertime side dishes to desserts. When baking with fresh cranberries, be sure to wash them thoroughly and use recipes which call for enough sugar to offset the bitterness of the berries. If cooking with cranberries, heat them just until they pop to keep them from getting mushy and losing their color. - By Brooke McLay Read More »from So Much More Than Sauce: 7 Tasty Ways to Cook with Cranberries This Fall
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:19 AM EST
The wedding ring. The symbol of love. The symbol of commitment. Something many women desire to wear one day. Something all women can't wait to show off the minute they get it. If the wedding ring means so much, then why do many women remove them in certain situations? One study revealed some very disturbing reasons. I recently read an article on YourTango that shared the results of a recent study about women removing their wedding rings. I am a proponent of women and men wearing their wedding rings at all times. In fact, I even wrote a post about why those who end up with the best marriages wear 7 rings of marriage before getting there. According to the study, one in three married or engaged women will remove their wedding rings in "certain situations." The reasons just may cause you to have a negative perception of women in our society, but it's important to remember that not all are guilty of this. Click through for 5 disturbing reasons why women remove their wedding rings, and 2Read More »from Study Reveals Disturbing Reasons Why Women Remove Their Wedding Rings
- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:18 AM EST
Did you ever look at an old necklace and think, "I used to really love this, but now it just seems like there's something missing"? If you're a mom with a teething baby, I'll tell you what's missing: drool. Like it or not, if you're wearing something colorful or dangly, your baby is going to want to get his fingers on it and then, of course, put it in his mouth. The drool itself isn't so bad -- look how it makes your baubles glisten! -- but the risk that your little grabby guy is going to slice his gums on a sharp edge or accidentally swallow a precious stone just isn't worth wearing whatever shiny thing you hope will distract passersby from the fact that you haven't washed your hair in days. Happily, I just learned that there's actually specially designed jewelry for moms that is touted as safe for babies to gnaw on, also known as -- of course -- teething jewelry. Thanks to Smart Mom Jewelry for providing pics of their silicone "teething bling." -By Alice Gomstyn
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:17 AM ESTIf you watched this great video featuring kids trying to comprehend the racist backlash to the Cheerios ad about an interracial family that began airing back in May, you're familiar with The Fine Bros' interview style. They gather a group of children of all ages for their "Kids React" series and ask them to examine media, then answer some questions about what they saw and the larger cultural issue attached. In their latest video, The Fine Bros asked their collective of California youngsters to watch this popular video of the gay marriage proposal that took place in a Utah Home Depot, as well as another lesbian marriage proposal video that went viral. The kids were then asked how the videos made them feel, and what they think about gay marriage. Take a look:
My 8-year-old daughter watched this video with me last night and laughed and nodded along as the kids gave their responses. Because we live in New York CityRead More »from Watch Adorable Children Explain Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legal
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:14 AM ESTSpicy Roasted-Tomato Marinara with Spaghetti SquashI was so thrilled to have the opportunity to get my hands on Rachael Ray's new cookbook Week in a Day. The concept of the book is simple: spend one day cooking and prepare enough meals for five nights. Clever, right? Imagine coming home after a busy weeknight, having only to pop a pre-made dish on the stove or in the oven to warm up. Change your clothes, open a bottle of wine, and dinner - a home-cooked dinner - is served.
I had the privilege of chatting on the phone with Rachael herself about the book, and she was so friendly and down-to-earth. See below for our interview where she spills tricks for storing make-ahead meals, her pantry staples, and more!
What inspired you to write the book?Read More »from Rachael Ray's Delicious Recipe for Spicy Roasted-Tomato Marinara with Spaghetti Squash
This book came out of the way I actually cook at home. I have very few days off, and I have to make more than one meal when I do have an opportunity to cook. That's the promise of this book - when you have the luxury of a day off, spend some of it cooking so when you come home during the
- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 11:10 AM ESTTwins - left is smoker, right is non-smokerWe all know that smoking ages skin. At least that's what we've been told … over and over and over. But if you are the kind of person who needs concrete proof, a recent study published in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is happy to oblige.
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio analyzed 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 - 78. The participants in the twin study were then separated into two groups. 45 sets were comprised of one smoker and one nonsmoker. Interestingly, though the smokers in this group did appear older, the differences were only slight.
The second group of 34 twins, in which one twin had smoked for at least 5 years longer than the other, showed more dramatic differences. 63% of the twins who had smoked for more years looked older than their twin. This proves that if you are a smoker, hope is not lost. Quit now to minimize the damage.
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We all work hard, but being a work-at-home parent definitely has a unique set of challenges. It is a role that is often misunderstood. So today, I am setting the record straight and speaking for not only myself, but for the other work-at-home parents that I know.
I am going to share a few things that we really wish people would understand about the job that we do each and every day.
1. I don't "just" stay home.
So many people refer to those of us who work from home as stay-at-home parents. There is definitely a difference. I am not saying that stay-at-home moms and dads aren't working incredibly hard, because parenting is a freaking hard, full-time job. But doing it with a pile of work and deadlines on top is totally different. Sure stay-at-home parents have a ton of other jobs to do during the day like laundry, cooking, etc., but the world isn't going to end (in most cases) if that laundry has to be pushed back until tomorrow. When you have work deadlines, you often can'tRead More »from 8 Things Work-At-Home Parents Want You to Know