Monday

Bible Board Games for People of Faith

Bring some life to a party among the like-minded believers.  There are many family friendly games, videos and movies for those who enjoy fellowship with others.  Check out the following list below:

Bible Man Board Game - children will enjoy the adventures of Bible man while learning scriptures along their journey.  This is a collectible game now since the character is no longer well-known in Christian circles like he once was.

Bible Taboo - the biblical version of the popular game.  A lot of positive reviews on this one.

Bibleopoly - players are building churches in this game and running into their share of challenges along the way.

Check out more interesting Christian bible games here.




Monday

What to Do With Photos? book excerpt from What Else Can I Do on the Internet by N. McGuire

What to do with all those photos in boxes, bins, on portable devices, walls, and elsewhere? Well most people share them online. From posting them on social networking pages to inviting contacts to view an online album, there are many ways to share photos. Let's say that someone sent you a photo of a cool event, interesting artwork or a baby, what might you do with it? Most would want to print it out and frame it, but you can do more. 

Use quote marks when searching what you want to do with the image (see examples below). The quotes are for highlighting keywords you would use to find the websites that offer the service or product you want. Simply put those in your search engine. Don't forget to add words like: “top” “best” “on sale” to help narrow your options. Include a specific company name if you know of one. For instance, if you don't want to print photos from home, search local drug stores and discount stores that will print your photos and have them ready for pick up within the week.


Join a site that will allow you to print photos on mugs, t-shirts, photo books, tote bags, and more. Use keyword phrases like: “turn photos into...” “print photos on...” “put photos on...”

Find a website that will let you share photos online. You can search “online photo albums.”

Worried about space on your hard drive and other places? Check out storing photos privately using online storage. Keyword “online storage for images.”
Do you have photos of your ancestors? Why not, open an account with Ancestry.com or a similar family history site? Then upload favorite photos for your distant relatives to view. You can scan them or take photos of them with a camera and then connect camera to computer. Search “how to upload photos from digital camera” or “how to upload photos from phone” If you received photos via email or elsewhere search “how to download photos” then include the way you received the photos. For example, search “how to download photos from Facebook”

What about taking photos and displaying them as works of art? There is much “photo editing software” that can take a dull photo and turn it into a master piece!
Learn more about what you can do with your photos by searching “unique ways to use photos.”

So do check out free image hosting, more ways to share your photos easily and fun ways to edit them online or via your portable device. Many people upload their photos to social networking sites and elsewhere. Others create slideshows and share via video services.

Things you can do with your photos online include:


1. Wall posters
2. Banner ads
3. Book covers
4. Icons
5. Apps
6. Video game creations
7. Images in cartoons, short films, and related media
8. Brag books
9. Online and offline photo albums
10. Sell online or share freely on sites that need high quality stock photos and illustrations.
11. Participate in online contests. Baby photograph submissions are often in demand.
12. Display on blogs
13. Use as channel art on a video or social networking page
14. Professional headshots are often used for business profiles
15. Mobile sharing
16. Dating sites

Sometimes people enjoy photography so much that they create entire websites showcasing their many images. Others will open stores and have their images displayed on various items from iPhone covers to games. Since the gaming industry is big business, some websites know how much people love playing video games so they offer features where you can upload photos of yourself, favorite images and more. It is quite fun to see your own face in a character. Simply keyword search "upload your photo games" or "upload photo fun picture game."

When considering a website that caters to photo sharing, check out the reviews of the top 10 sites. You can do this by using the keyword phrase "best photo sharing websites" or "reviews of top 10 photo sharing sites." 

Get more useful tips like these in my book, What Else Can I Do on the Internet? by Nicholl McGuire

Have Fun! 

Saturday

Pick a New Spot to Read,Text, Use Computer, Ride Bike...

Who says you have to stay home to do the things you enjoy?
 
 
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Thursday

Another Boring Family Invite? Just Say No

So many people make themselves attend events with family members and friends that they rather not go to.  How many times were you invited to something that you went to even though your gut told you not to?  Once you arrived, you probably said to yourself, "Why did I come?"  Don't do that to yourself again.  If you don't feel like or want to go don't, but sometimes your feelings will trick you.

When I wrote the book, Should I Go to the Party? by Nicholl McGuire I shared the doubts, fears, and disputes that people experience related to family invites, party attendance, and other things related to gatherings.  There will be those times that you will wish you had gone and other times when you wish you would have stayed home.  The key to discerning whether an invite is worth an RSVP is if you have some answers to who, what, where, when, and how.  Get as much information in advance about an event and you will be better able to determine whether it will be a yawn or a laugh or two.

Check out my short-read, Should I Go to the Party? today.  It is one of those books that you won't look at the next event invite in quite the same way.  Available in paperback and print.

Nicholl McGuire
Author of other books: Tell Me Mother You're Sorry, When Mothers Cry, What Else Can I Do on the Internet?,  Socially Sweet Privately Cruel Abusive Men and many others.

Thursday

When was the last time you worked on your hobby? Improve It! Painting, Drawing, Photos, and More

Be open to the possibility of enhancing your craft. There are many classes online that will help you do more with your work. Rather than search for general terms related to your interest, be more specific and include names of some people you admire who do what you do.
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Find new sites that allow you to do a number of fun things online. One day I came across an entertaining site for those who enjoy doing creative things with faces. The downloadable link was free and before long I discovered I could do so much with my existing photos. I have also viewed sites where I can create my own stories using animated figures or others someone else has drawn. 
 
On your computer, you most likely have a software program called, "Paint." This program allows you to do a variety of things. You can freely draw, upload photos, artwork and other images and add your creations to them. Take a moment to look at what you already have on your computer and start tapping into your creative genius.

Check out the latest trends in your art genre. After surfing around the net, I noticed an offer to upload some images for sell. Although the requirements were quite specific, I learned at the time what people really wanted to see and kept that in mind before I submitted anything.

Many times I have stumbled on sites that display many unique things people do with their art. Some will offer how-to tutorials while others will take you on a shopping experience to help you obtain needed supplies. I have viewed some artists take the most mundane things and turn them into masterpieces right before my eyes.

If you are curious about what more you can do with your talent, I suggest visiting websites that have the latest books, audio, and visuals. Also, check out forums, online clubs, and other places that you can connect with individuals like yourself. I joined many sites over the years that catered specifically to writers. I also registered with websites that paid me to write, share recordings and photos. To date, I still enjoy watching the latest videos on how to paint specific things to add in my acrylic paintings. Over the years, I have also encouraged my children to watch online videos to help them play musical instruments; learn to draw, complete school work, practice for sports, fix computer issues, and more... 
 
Get more ideas and instructions on how to perform in-depth research on a variety of useful things on the Internet.  What Else Can I Do on the Internet? an eBook by Nicholl McGuire  Also, available in print here.

Monday

12 Ways to Be at Peace During a Financial Crisis

Back in the good ole’ days, you had money to splurge, friends came around often and everyone seemed to be happy for you.  Yet, one day, something happened to turn your finances upside down and now all you can do is think of how to get yourself out of this mess.  It seems as if the financial storm is lasting longer than the financial sunshine, so what do you do?  How do you get past the sadness, frustration, anger and confusion?

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The following suggestions may help you cope and if you choose to use them, your storm may not last for long.  (As we all know storms don’t last for always.)

  1. Put whatever change you have aside from spending money and begin to save.  As crazy as it may seem, saving during a financial crisis will provide you with the hope that you need to get out of your situation.  Learn how to do more on the Internet to help with your crisis.
  2. Don’t talk to everyone about your being “broke” or “poor,” this doesn’t help you with keeping a positive attitude.
  3. Take the time to write down short term and long-term financial goals.  Read articles abut the things you hope to accomplish, this way when you do have the money you will be educated enough to make the right decisions.
  4. Don’t lend money when you know you can’t afford to.  As nice as it may seem, it is probably what aided your financial storm.  Always think of you first.
  5. Find everything and anything on sale, use coupons when you can, and most of all avoid impulse buying.
  6. Stay away from credit cards at this time.  Why dig a whole deeper for yourself when you are trying to climb out of it?
  7. Be sure to define what exactly is a financial emergency, if you have alternatives ways to get to work, why pay for high price gas?  If you have leftovers in the refrigerator, then why pay for lunch?
  8. Walk around your home looking for items you don’t need, whether you sell them or give them away, they will be a blessing to someone and as you know good things will come back to you when you believe.
  9. Surround your atmosphere with the things that made you successful in your past.  Take out your prized moments and display them on the wall.  This creates an atmosphere of positive thinking.  Then add to your décor the things that you hope to achieve.  For example, post a photo of the trip you always wanted to take, the clothes you enjoy buying and maybe list a charity you would like to give to.  Once the money comes in, make your dreams a reality.
  10. Take a break from gift-giving, instead make phone calls or email.  You don’t know whose heart you may touch with saying the right words, rather than buying the right gifts.
  11. In all thy giving, expect to receive.  No matter what you have done in the past, present or future, someone will do something nice for you, it may not always be monetarily, but whatever it may be, it will be good for your heart.
  12. Most of all, if you have a faith, pray that God will provide you with the wisdom to save, invest and obtain money legally and joyfully.  Too often people will look at their situation in a negative light and that only attracts more negativity.
Start implementing these tips and your emotions concerning your finances will begin to be at peace!
 
Happy saving!
 

Saturday

Free Laptops, Ipads, Phone Scams or Not?


 
 
Surfing the Internet one day, a student suddenly has a problem with his laptop, a series of flashing warnings lead to the computer shutting down and ultimately causing it to stop working.  He quickly runs over to his roommate’s computer and begins an intense search looking for a reasonably priced computer; however, they are all too expensive for his budget.  He makes a call to mom who isn’t interested in listening to his computer problems, nor is she sending him money to buy a new one.  He hangs up the phone disgruntled until he notices a banner ad that boasts a website, entitled getmyfreelaptop.com. 

 

Little does he know, this site is one of many fraudulent freebie websites, many of which are posted at ripoffreport.com.  The consumers on the site report their gifts were never received.  One consumer stated, “I responded to a popup on my computer offering a free laptop. The terms to get the laptop required that I register, complete 10 offers from various companies (2-silver, 2-gold, 6-platinum). Each of the offers that I subscribed to required a low cost trial or required full cost purchase. I also referred 2 friends who also referred 2 friends…At first, many of my purchases were approved so it seemed as if everything was moving along smoothly. When items that I had paid for and received were not approved, I wrote to the promotion company through their 'contact us' section…I wrote to them at least 5 times during the 2 months and never received a response…I was not able to get the laptop even though I fulfilled the participation requirements.”
The determined student clicks on the banner ad and begins a survey that turns out to be the longest one he has ever filled out in his life!  Almost four hours of pages asking him to complete offers most of which require a credit card.  After hesitating about providing his credit card information, he grabs his card anyway and when it is all said and done he has completed over $500 in offers.  He tells himself he won’t need any of the things he has ordered and he will just send them back once he gets his laptop.

Well, the companies anticipate that is what most consumers will do, so they make sure their members will make more than one purchase to fulfill company requirements.  Also, the website he clicked on for the free laptop stated in fine print that he will not get any credit for his memberships if he cancels before 60 days.  Further, the companies have his credit card information so they will bill him before he has the time to respond.  Meanwhile, participating companies have yet to let the free laptop website know that he has completed offers.

 After several emails, a few phone calls and a couple of forum room discussions, all pertaining to why he has yet to receive credit, three months has passed and no laptop.  Feeling scammed, he contacts various organizations to let them know about the fraud.  Others came forward telling him about their experiences.  He is angry at himself for having fell for the scam and posts various blogs and forum topics about his ordeal.  People who have had positive experiences receiving their gifts begin to contact him defending the companies.  He thinks maybe those happy consumers got theirs because the company is trying to save face.  Whatever the case maybe, free isn’t really free, now is it?


With this chapter of his life closed, he moves on and finds out that a family member is awaiting a free Ipod and her friend is in the process of trying to get a digital camera from yet another site.  Unfortunately, they didn’t get their free electronics, but for smaller gift items like infant formula and a $25 gift card, those items were sent almost immediately…go figure?!
 
Nicholl McGuire author of What Else Can I Do on the Internet?
 

Friday

Plan Future Shopping Trips - What to Buy March and April

What to Buy in March and April? Book excerpt from Black Friday, Cyber Monday Strategies to Use Year Round by Nicholl McGuire
 
 
MARCH

All candy, specifically chocolate, from Valentine's Day is marked down this month. Winter gear and sporting equipment prices are also reduced. Boats and grills are still dropping in price. March is National Frozen Food Month so you will notice an increase of ads for freezer meals. People make home purchases this time of the year so they can get in on the tax credits offered the following month. Luggage is on sale making room for the new designs. You will also see some discounts on lingerie. Other sales include: cable, phones and plans, laptops, airfare tickets for summer travel, laptop sales, cleaning supplies, and home fragrances. Spring cleaning tends to happen toward the end of the month since spring starts at that time; therefore, you will see an increase of coupons and ads on cleaning products. Oh, the memories of Pine Sol growing up!
 
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APRIL

This month people who are very much into using and promoting earth friendly products are out and about celebrating Earth Day. Church-goers are commemorating Christ dressed in their Sunday best this month, Easter celebrations will be ongoing. So you will find many printed dresses and suits on sale as well as organic, natural and healthy foods and beauty items too. This is also a good month to buy a mattress since there are many ongoing deals. Cookware and other kitchen related goods are on sale. Cleaning supply prices look better. Taking a trip to a thrift store isn't a bad idea either around this time, because many individuals who are spring cleaning are getting rid of Christmas items they didn't need or want. Other items to grab include: cruises, sneakers, and more summer airfare discounts. However, keep in mind, the closer you get to the start of a new season when it comes to booking travel, you don't always save, so start searching months in advance of your departure date.
 
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To get the most out of your shopping experiences year round, do check out nonfiction author and shopping expert Nicholl McGuire's book, Black Friday Cyber Monday Strategies to Use Year Round  save some time and money, the research has already been done for you!   Helpful guide also available in print, see here.
 
Happy Shopping!

Wednesday

Get Paid to Complete Offers

Looking for a fun way to pass some time each day while making money?  Well I site I joined awhile back offers many ways to make additional cash.  TreasureTrooper.com and sites like it are easy, entertaining, and helpful to your finances.  On this site you will complete the following:

1.  Cash offers
2.  Cash surveys
3.  Cash calls
4.  Cash path
5.  Cash videos

You can also make purchases with money you have earned on site via the 'Trade Hut.' You can also visit 'My Treasure' and get cash back from internet sites you already shop on.  With so many things to do on this site, you will quickly make money.

So check out TreasureTrooper.com and have some fun today!


Wednesday

Fun and Creative Things to Do when Bored


17 Useful Ways to Use Mobile Apps to Help with Common Activities

What do you typically do during the day or night? Could an app with some kind of reminder help you with things like: taking medicine, scheduling activities, performing daily tasks, meeting relatives and friends, or participating in errands?
Here is a list of ideas that many people already use mobile and computer apps for:
1. Hair and nail appointments.
2. Reminders such as take birth control, visit doctor, assist others, etc.
3. Keep up with their children’s tasks.
4. Read magazines and other media while they wait for others.
5. Play games.
6. Apartment shop.
7. Find locations.
8. Post information on social media pages.
9. Keep up with celebrities.
10. Write.
11. Create music.
12. Collaborate with staff.
13. Connect with friends.
14. Meet new friends.
15. Date online.
16. Check out photos.
17. Keep up with allowance money given to children.
 
Get more practical ideas, creative ways and more informative tips on taking your Internet research to a new level today!  What Else Can I Do on the Internet? ebook by Nicholl McGuire available here.

 

Monday

5 Things You Can Do When Bored in a Hospital Waiting Room (Doctor's Office)

Waiting anywhere can be quite boring.  So when the time comes that you might have to be that one riding or driving to a waiting room or doctor's office, bring something along to keep you entertained.  However, if you forget or couldn't bring your favorite book or electronic, then do the following:

1)  Check out the grounds.  

2)  Grab snacks from vending machine or visit the hospital cafeteria.

3)  Walk to nearby shopping district.

4)  Comfort those who are upset with light-hearted conversation after they have calmed down.
5)  Watch TV in lobby area.

Sunday

Teen modeling tips for teens and adults


Interesting Page for People who are Bored Looking for New Sites to Check Out

This is a website I stumbled across for people who are bored. If you want to discover some interesting sites, do push the bored button on the site.  Cool stuff, see Bored Button.

A Bored Mind | James Hughes - faith, bible readings, inspiration


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Over 20 years office work experience, six years completed college coursework, background in print media and communications, recognized for exceptional attendance and received merit increase for past job performance, self-published author and part-time entrepreneur, Internet marketing and social media experience. Interned for non-profit organization, women's group and community service business. Additional experience: teaching/training others, customer service and sales. Learn more at Nicholl McGuire and Nicholl McGuire Media

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