Have an idea you’re sure would work, if only you had the funds to get it off the ground? Your family and friends are behind you and your idea all the way — but that’s not nearly enough to provide the financing your project will involve?
The headstart you need could be Kickstarter.com, an online funding platform for creative projects from films, games and music to art, design and technology. Since its introduction in 2009, Kickstarter has seen over $643 million pledged by more than 4.2 million people, funding more than 42,000 creative projects!
Thanks to a task force study by the American Psychological Association, here are some basic facts you may not realize about kids and advertising:
• It is estimated that children view more than 40,000 commercials each year.
• A majority of all children in the U.S. today have a television in their bedroom.
You’ve probably heard of a Cookie Swap, a favorite holiday tradition across the country. Guests arrive with an abundant supply of their favorite homemade cookies to “swap” with seasonal specialties made by other guests. Everyone leaves with an assortment of holiday goodies and the recipes to go along with them.
Now that it’s “outdoor time” again, why not borrow the Cookie Swap idea and host a Plant Swap? Instead of the holiday desserts, bring plants, seeds, cuttings or bulbs from your garden beds to share, along with used gardening books or tools you no longer need. It’s a great way to save money, learn about new plants, and socialize in the sun with friends.
Do you work in an office or does your job take you all over? Is your work environment laid back, intense or something in between? No matter your organization’s culture or industry norms, certain codes of social and professional conduct apply; if not at your workplace, at conferences, meetings and in online interactions on behalf of your company.
Are stints at day camp or extended stays at sleep-away camp an integral part of your children’s summer? If not, maybe you’d like to get your children involved in all the fun, friends and festivities camps have to offer?
As with all your other children’s activities, the impact on the family budget is likely weighing in on your decision. For parents, much has been written about the price of having your kids take part in the creative crafts and camaraderie-building activities. With that in mind, here are some ideas on how to lessen summer camp’s impact on your wallet.
Memorial Day weekend is here, which for many signifies the beginning of the summer travel season. No matter your destination, running into security and safety problems are undoubtedly not part of the plan. So, before you start drifting off into summer mode, here are a few travel tips to help keep you safe.
For baseball fans in Southern Maryland, what better game to catch than the Atlantic League All-Star Game, where you can see the League’s best playing together on one night. Which is why we’re celebrating our partnership as the Official Bank of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs with an All-Star contest!
Enter our Blue Crabs Contest and you could win a grand prize family four pack of tickets to the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game at the home of the Blue Crabs – Regency Furniture stadium, Wednesday, July 10.
In addition to the grand prize, six lucky winners will receive a Blue Crabs baseball hat as part of a weekly drawing every Friday from May 24 through June 28. Continue reading
Is someone in your family ready for that first babysitting job? Babysitting is almost a rite of passage for tweens and teens. But, just like with any other job, babysitting has its rules!
That’s especially true in Maryland, the only state in the country that dictates that babysitters must be at least 13 years of age. But, being mature, reliable, capable and age 13 isn’t all it takes to be a good babysitter. Training and knowledge are key components of success for a youngster’s “first real job.”
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. Hopefully, you’ve already found the perfect gift for Mom. As you’ve probably learned the hard way, the longer you wait, the more you could end up spending.
Pressed for ideas that are easy on the wallet, but still show how much you care?
We’ve searched the Internet and came up with ideas, from do it yourself crafts for which there may still be time to create, to suggestions for making the day special in other ways — while still staying within your budget.
Do you use your smartphone or tablet to text friends or conduct business via email? Or maybe you have a hard time remembering what it was like not having eBay or Amazon.com at your fingertips? As you rely more and more on your mobile device for these and other functions, make certain you are taking the proper precautions to keep you and your mobile device safe. Continue reading