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bullyingFrom insults hurled on the playground to nasty rumors spread on social media, bullying continues to be a pervasive issue that seems to grow worse as time goes on.  Many layers add to the difficulty in addressing it: a child too afraid to report it, a teacher failing to take reports seriously, parents not knowing what to do,  these can result in severe consequences down the line.

Below is a guide for parents to identify, address, and solve issues surrounding bullying.

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online_money_makingWant to make money online? Want to rake in millions almost effortlessly? Sure, most silver-tongued marketers might lead you to believe that the good life is just a few keystrokes away. They tell you that your path to online riches is just around the corner using this newly discovered, untapped secret. The best part? They’re only sharing it with you as part of their inner circle. Yes, that’s right. You’re the chosen one. Part of the lucky few.

We all know how this story plays out, don’t we? The allure for wanting to generate an income and leave that corporate life-sucking 9-to-5 job is strong. So strong, in fact, that this so-called easy money-making system was just too alluring that you had to pull the trigger and scoop it up. But what happens after the fact? You made the decision and you took action. Now, you have this course just sitting there at the ready. All you need to do is consume and implement.

But that’s often not the case, is it? We don’t consume. And we certainly fail to implement. Yet, we hear most people preach about hustling. Work hard, they say. Toil. Grind. Stay up all hours of the night. Sure. It comes from our well-intentioned parents. They want to equip us with the best tools for success. Yes, they mean well. But hustling and working hard doesn’t equate to success. You might make a bit of money on the internet if you can hustle tirelessly. But will you be truly free from the tethers of corporate life? Probably not.

How to make money online without quitting your day job

For most, the goal is freedom. Financial freedom. Freedom from a job that they no longer love. They want the freedom to go where they want when they want, and with whom they want. Not to be subjected to reports on their every move and behavior. But before you can do that, you need a plan. Sure, you could burn the ships. Just quit your job and remove any possibility of retreat. It might work for some. But for others, there’s a real sense of panic that sets in when you can’t make ends meet.

Yet, here’s the truth. Most people overthink it. Do you need to quit your day job to make a bit of extra money online? Certainly not. And the best part is this: Once you do find a way to tap into the seemingly endless amount of wealth floating around on the internet, all you have to do is scale your efforts. Will you become a billionaire doing this? Likely not. But you can certainly get rich and potentially make millions. All you really need to do is start with a sense of belief in yourself.

All you need to do right now is pick a path. How will you earn money online? And how much time will you devote to the cause. You can’t do this without some level of immersion. But it’s not just about working hard. You have to work smart. We’re talking Four-Hour-Work-Week smart. And that means outsourcing. Pick the primary path and try to outsource the rest. You don’t need to be an expert in everything. You just need to be really good at the main thing you decide to do.

Everyone needs to start somewhere. Although money shouldn’t be your primary objective, if you’re just looking to make some side hustle income, then your objective is clear. Focus on your first $100. If you can make it to $100, then you can make it to $1,000. Don’t overwhelm yourself with all the things you need to do. Start small and put in the work. But also expect that it’s going to take time. It won’t happen overnight, so don’t set yourself up for disappointment by expecting unlimited riches to magically appear in your bank account with the snap of a finger. 

1. Start day trading online

Start small. Learn the ropes. And follow your passion. You’re not going to be great at anything you start out doing. You’ll be less than average. But over time, you will improve. It takes incremental steps and you have to get in the right mindset. Persistence and action are required in any endeavor, but especially in ones where you’re risking capital and are initially unsure of what you’re doing. It’s not easy making money online by any measure. You have to pay attention and be smart about your moves.

You should open a trading account at one of the big three: E-Trade, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity. Any of those will suffice. And start small. Be lean. Don’t take massive risks while you learn the ropes. But more importantly, focus on the reason why you’re doing it rather than money. Money is great but we’ll do less for shiny objects than we will for things that truly mean a lot to us. Not only can you make a bit of money without quitting your day job, but you might also actually be able to sever that corporate cord entirely over time.

2. Create an ecommerce business

Some of the most inspiring entrepreneurs that I know have entered into the ecommerce business with eyes wide open. The best part here is that there are so many options. You can literally create a drop-shipping business without ever carrying any product of your own. You can sell on Amazon as an FBA store. You can also set up a Shopify store and sell directly there. Or take numerous other approaches to sell just about anything under the sun online.

3. Enter the networking marketing fray

Network marketing sounds like a bad word to most. But there are people in the network marketing world that are crushing it. I’m talking about eight figures and more annually. Ray Higdon, who owns Rank Makers, is one of the world’s most successful network marketers, running a massive team with tens of thousands of recruits and hundreds of thousands of network marketers served. But Higdon started out like anyone else. All he wanted to do was make a bit of money online without quitting his 9-to-5.

Starting small, he found a good opportunity he could promote. Then, he started using social media as a primary tool for recruiting without ever spending a dime on ads. He tells me that his daily, consistent videos, which he’s been doing for 9 years, have helped him to attract prospects effortlessly. There’s something to be said when you get out there and try to truly serve your audience. That comes after you’ve secured a healthy amount of income for yourself. Afterward, it’s a switch to serving others rather than serving yourself.

4. Become a small business consultant

Online occupations that are taking the web by storm are coaches and consultants. The beauty of this is that it doesn’t take much time to do. You can certainly do it while you have a full-time job. Plus, everyone is familiar with coaches and consultants, and businesses know that they need the help and advice of others to really succeed. The truth is that most businesses are lost when it comes to growing and scaling their companies and making more money. The truth is that they’d much rather someone else help them than make costly mistakes on their own.

Plus, it’s far easier to get businesses to pay you for this than it is for most other things. $1,000 to $5,000 per month contracts are the norm, not the exception. Of course, you’ll need to learn the ropes. And, you’ll need to get a positive ROI for your clients. Businesses are more likely to keep paying you if you can get them results. That’s pretty obvious. So be sure to add value and not just talk your way into something that you can’t deliver on.

5. Build websites or sales funnels

Websites and sales funnels are all the rage. If you’re looking to get into a service-based business, you can definitely do this to earn money online without quitting your corporate job. You will need some element of creativity to do this. And, you have to understand that it’s a competitive field. You might have to take a few low-paying jobs or give some free services away just to collect some reviews in the beginning. But it will be worth it. You could easily generate $1,000 per month or more doing this.

6. Sell digital courses

Digital courses are the future. Most of the successful entrepreneurs out there teach through digital courses. Does that mean you have to be an expert? No. Certainly not. All you need to do is be a couple of steps ahead of the audience you’re targeting. That’s it. Digital courses can be built through a variety of means such as Kajabi, Teachable, Karta and more. But you do need to understand the mechanics of how to market these courses.

Sure, there are platforms like Udemy. But you do risk a large portion of your income and you have no control over their discounts and promotions. They can easily take your $200 course and dwindle it down to $10. While this promotion is great for Udemy, it’s not that great for people who invest hundreds of hours making these courses. Your best bet is to build your course on your own platform and market through things like digital webinars.

7. Start a blog

Blogging is one of the most rewarding fields. And you don’t need to be a professional writer to start a blog. You can start anywhere for that matter. However, you do need to be passionate about it. Especially at the outset. It takes a long time to build a good following on a blog. If you think it’s going to happen overnight, think again. It won’t. In fact, it will take months, if not years, of consistent effort. But eventually, it is one of the best sources for passive income you can find.

How do you start? Pick a topic. Do some research. And make sure you target a healthy niche that has plenty of traction and eyeballs. Don’t follow trends. Focus on something in either health, wealth or relationships. That’s where you’ll find the most income. And you can sell a variety of related products and services through things like affiliate marketing and other native ads placed throughout your content.

8. Start an ad agency

Whether you focus on Facebook ads, YouTube, Instagram or Google, there is plenty of money to be made in starting an ad agency. Plus, you don’t need to leave your day job. And, you can do it from home. Even your smartphone. But you do have to learn the ropes first. There are plenty of training resources out there. You could pick up a course. Or you could just learn from free YouTube videos. As long as you’re committed enough, you could pick up any skill for free online.

All the information is out there for the taking. Most people simply like to buy courses because it’s a highly organized way to digest the information. Often, it’s step-by-step. That is pretty useful when you’re just trying to consume it all. So how much can you make doing this? The sky is the limit. You can charge a flat fee or a percentage. And if you get great results for your clients, who knows just how high that income can skyrocket.


You won’t believe the difference!

potato-boostPotatoes are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. One medium sized potato has fewer calories than a grapefruit, more potassium than a banana, and more usable iron than any other vegetable. Potatoes are also high in fiber, and loaded with complex carbohydrates. And best of all, potatoes are fat-free.

Contrary to a common misconception, potatoes are not high in calories. One medium sized potato contains 110 calories, while a one-cup serving of rice has 225 calories, and a cup of pasta has 155 calories. Loads of people have boiled potatoes with their dinners. We love a good potato, but we like to add a bit of variation every now and then. For example, did you know that adding some pickle juice to your potatoes is delicious?It’s a true potato booster!

◾Boil your potatoes in pickle juice: boil your potatoes just like you would normally, but add about 30 to 40 milliliters of pickle juice. The potatoes will get a very subtle pickle flavor, which means you won’t have to add salt, butter or sour cream to flavor your potatoes.

◾French fries: pickle juice can also spice up your fries. Are you going to make French fries tomorrow? Soak the potatoes you’re going to use in pickle juice for about 12 hours. Dry them by leaving them on paper towels for a little bit, and then continue to make your fries like you normally would.

◾Potato salad: do you use mayonnaise when you make potato salad? Add a couple tablespoons of pickle juice to the mayonnaise. It’ll give your salad a very tasty twist!

Fun fact: Did you know that the average American eats approximately 126 pounds of potatoes each year? And that the potato is a relative of tobacco and the tomato?

Today’s cooking hack

Posted: January 5, 2018 in Tutorials
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Use hot dogs for a quick meatball substitute.

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Your toddlers will be amazed with this trick. Once you take a bite, you will admit that your toddlers have pretty good taste. Check it out:
Try spearing chunks of hot dog right out of the package with strands of uncooked spaghetti. Then boil the spaghetti as normal. In the end, you’ll have a plate of noodles threaded through the hot dog chunks like beads on a necklace. This is edible jewelry at its best.

Breakfast hack

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Tutorials
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Bacon is not a side to your pancakes. It is part of your pancakes.

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The bacon pancake is not just a song from Adventure Time. Why keep these two complementary foods separate on your plate?
Try dredging cooked bacon slices in pancake batter before you throw them into the skillet. When you see grease bubbles forming and bursting on your bacon pancake, flip it and give the other side the same treatment.

How to eat Oreos in milk

Posted: January 2, 2018 in Recipes, Tutorials
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You can use a fork to dip your Oreos in milk without making a mess

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Simply stick the fork into the creme filling, then dip. As an added benefit, this makes you look slightly more dignified

Or if you’re looking for something a bit more satisfying, dip Oreos in milk and freeze them

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Be sure to put them in a freezer bag before popping them in your freezer. This gives you the flavor of cookies and cream in a slightly more convenient package.

This is also a great way to set up for a cookies-and-cream milkshake. Take the frozen Oreos and add them to your blender along with milk and ice cream for a delicious, decadent treat.


12420252_f1024How to Handle, Harvest, and Prepare the Poisonous Pokeweed
The pokeweed can be found throughout the majority of the Continental United States, but is far more prevalent in the central to eastern states of the south. It is a poisonous weed, related to night shade, but if prepared for consumption correctly, it is actually considered a delicacy by many Southerners. In fact, in its cooked form, the pokeweed is so popular that many southern states hold yearly festivals in the early spring to commemorate it.

The cooked version of this weed is properly referred to as poke sallet, but many are not in tune with the proper pronunciation, so it is not uncommon to hear it referred to as poke salad. The word sallet traces back to Middle English and refers to a mess of greens cooked until tender. For example, cooked spinach could be referred to as a sallet, but raw spinach would be called a salad. This is important because for reasons that will be made clear to you later, the pokeweed should never be eaten raw. How and when one might harvest it in relative safety, and then we will detail a popular way to prepare poke sallet in the South.

12420233_f1024About the Poisoness Plant Pokeweed

First we will start by discussing all the ways in which the pokeweed can harm and/or kill you. It is worthy of note that no U.S. food organization endorses the consumption of pokeweed regardless of how it is prepared.

That being said, I would like to add that poke sallet has never harmed anyone I know that was aware of how to properly prepare it, and even the stories I’ve heard of an unwitting guest or relative finding a bowl of the uncooked leaves in a kitchen and mistaking them for spinach or some other edible, raw, green leafy, only ended with a day’s bout of diarrhea.

In addition, if, for example, pork is improperly prepared, it too can harm and/or kill a person. The FDA and the like are fine with giving pork the green light. My point is that foraging is becoming increasingly popular these days, and whether or not you choose to prepare and eat poke sallet is entirely up to you. It isn’t illegal, and if you are the sort of person who can follow directions and knows how not to cross-contaminate, this recipe might be for you. Now back to the dangerous nature of the pokeweed. Poison can be found throughout this plant, and only birds are immune to the effects. When this plant first sprouts in the early spring, it is at its least poisonous. Throughout the maturation of the pokeweed, the plant’s toxicity increases.

The most toxic part of the pokeweed is the root system. The roots of the pokeweed are by far the most potentially lethal part of the pokeweed. Next in toxicity are the leaves and stems. At some point the pokeweed will fruit. The fully ripened fruit of the pokeweed are quite toxic.
When it reaches maturity, the pokeweed can grow to over ten feet in height. It goes from a green to a beautiful purple color. Its ripened berries are usually a shiny, eye-catching black. Attracted by their beauty, many a child has became ill or died from the ingestion of these berries. Because they have harmed so many children over the years, some have suggested eliminating the pokeweed altogether.

Despite all the negative press, the mature pokeweed is still employed by some in plant arrangements because of its beauty and the plant is also sometimes rendered down to produce ink.
Safely Picking Pokeweed

12420245_f1024The next step is physically harvesting the plant. I highly recommend wearing gloves when you touch the raw pokeweed to avoid any poisoning from skin contact, though many do not. Of even more importance is having a cutting tool and cutting the pokeweed above the root system, as the root system is the most toxic part of the plant. Again, a lot of people just pull it up roots and all and are fine, but being as these roots are the most deadly part of the plant, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Pick a whole lot of it. When you get the pokeweed home and it is ready to cook, you will remove the edible leaves from the pokeweed’s stem, and then the leaves will go through an extensive cooking process to lessen the plant’s toxicity. This will cause what once looked like a great deal of pokeweed to reduce in size immensely. For example, a paper grocery bag full of pokeweed will probably only yield about 2 large servings of poke sallet.

I would recommend that you cook the pokeweed the same day you harvest it, but if you can’t, educate everyone in the household that is mature enough to understand about the plant’s toxicity, and keep the pokeweeds out of reach of small children and pets.
Preparing Poke Sallet

12420250_f1024The following is a southern style of preparing poke sallet, so of course it involves frying. For those of you who prefer your food healthier, poke sallet does not have to be fried, but it is essential that it go through the multi-stage boiling and rinsing detoxification process first regardless of how you choose to incorporate it in your food.

First, I recommend wearing gloves at the beginning of the cooking process. You want to start by removing all the leaves from the pokeweed plant. This is the part you will eat. Dispose of the rest of the plant in a safe manner.

Wash the leaves in cool water. Then place the leaves in a pot of water and bring them to a rolling boil for 20 minutes. Next pour the leaves into a sieve. Rinse the pokeweed leaves with cool water.

Repeat the above boiling and rinsing process at least one more time. Personally, like most people I know that prepare poke sallet, I only do the boiling and rinse twice, but many recipes recommend boiling and rinsing 3 times.

You are likely safe to dispose of your gloves after the first boiling and rinsing process. The thinking behind this is that you probably are no longer at risk of contact poisoning after the first boil/rinse and continuing to wear the same pair of gloves might cause toxins to be put back into the sallet that you have worked so hard to extract.

If you are very precautious, one might use a new pair of gloves for each handling of the pokeweed leaves throughout the boil/rinse process. That being said, many people that have prepared poke sallet throughout their live have never used the precaution of gloves at all with no perceivable consequence.

You definitely want to wash your boiling pot out after each boiling cleanse as not to put any toxins back in the pokeweed leaves that you have taken out. The same goes for your sieve. Clean it before each new rinse.

After you have properly detoxified the pokeweed leaves, you are going to panfry them for a couple of minutes in bacon grease. Last you add a bit of crumbled bacon and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve your poke sallet as a side. It is an excellent compliment for most any meal. The flavor is quite similar to fresh cooked spinach, but subtler in nature. If you like fresh cooked greens and you follow the steps properly, you will enjoy this dish

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Prep time: 2 hours Cook time: 3 hours Ready in: 5 hours Yields: Pick a lot. The pokeweed reduces down drastically.
Ingredients

Pokeweed Leaves
Bacon Fat, Enough to Coat Pan
Crushed Bacon, to Taste
Salt & Pepper, to Taste
Poke Sallet Recipe

Remove Pokeweed Leaves from Plant
Rinse Pokeweed Leaves in Cool Water
Bring Leaves to Rolling Boil in Large Pot for 20 Minutes
Pour Leaves into Sieve and Rinse in Cool Water
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 two more times
Panfry Pokeweed Leaves for a Couple of Minutes in Bacon Grease
Add Crushed Bacon, Salt and Pepper to Taste
Serve and Enjoy