Online Business How To From The Couple Next Door

In my first article, I told you about some of our background in starting an internet business. We have sold homeschool curriculum, eBooks, and home-study courses built around online business how to tips. And we have learned a lot about the intnert through both our success and failures.

In fact, the first eBook we ever sold was called Raising Leaders, Not Followers. My wife wrote it for homeschoolers to help them train their kids in specific character qualities. When she first asked me about it, I was honest with her. I said, “Well, it is a good idea, but not really a hot topic. I am not really sure you are going to sell to many.” Would you believe she proved me totally wrong? My wife had netted a little over $11,000 in about three weeks’ time. That was our first lesson in internet marketing 101.

Christmas cardsNot too shabby, right? On the heels of her first success, my wife started thinking about another eBook for the Christmas season. She said to me, “Sweetie, I am going to write another eBook about preparing your heart for Christmas. It seems like a lot of people get close to Christmas day and end up discouraged because they were not really prepared for the season. The presents are great, but what do they do next?”

I said, “That is a wonderful idea, but with all the free stuff on the internet for Christmas, I do not see how you are going to sell anything. You got lucky with the first one. That was a fluke. But this one, you would be lucky to sell 5 copies.” I was a very supportive husband, right? Well, she proved me wrong again. She sold over $2,200 the first month with that Christmas book. Imagine getting a $2,200 Christmas bonus every year. That is what we do. My wife created it 3 or 4 years ago. We roll it out every Christmas, and every Christmas, we get a $2200 to $2500 bonus.

Do you see what I mean? I will admit that I may not be the brightest bulb, but seeing my wife hit two home runs on the internet without any business or marketing training convinced me. I started thinking I could do it, too. I could start an internet business.

I had a red pickup truck. It was a Ford F150. My daughter had taken it to high school. She was playing softball with the high school. And all of a sudden, her teammates were screaming, “Gentry, your truck is on fire!” She looks up. There were flames going 20 feet high out from under the hood.

As it happens, there was a faulty cruise control switch that was a recall item from Ford. So after we got the fire put out, the truck was a total loss. The guy told me,”There’s a recall notice on this.” I called Ford, and they said, “We sent the recall notice to Texas.” I said, “Thank you, but I am in Idaho in seminary.” But they refused responsibility. I was so upset.

I decided to start an online business, so I put up a little website that said, “My truck caught on fire.” I had pictures of the truck, and I opened up the hood and showed how all the engine compartment was burned up and all the wires were burned up. I said, “Why don’t you help me while I help you? I’m going to give you all this free internet marketing stuff. Graphics package. Some software. eBooks. Marketing tips.” All this stuff I had compiled and got free off the internet. I compiled it into a product and sold it for like $47. And I made $5,470 in the first 9 days.

I hope what you are seeing from these real-life examples is that you can succeed on the internet. Seriously! All you need is a little online business ho to and you can begin making a profit.

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Ideas to Simplify the Holidays

You are probably saying to yourself that I have lost my mind if I think I can have a Stress-Free Christmas. Well, my mind is still here and we have had several Stress-Free Christmases in the past few years. I thought I would share some of the lessons I have learned to help reduce the stress during our holiday seasons and celebrate the origins of Christmas.

1. READ GOD’S WORD EVERY MORNING.

Starting my day with God’s Word seems obvious, but sometimes it gets left out. I need to hear from God and speak to Him each day so that I am strengthened and ready to be the mom He wants me to be. At breakfast, we have family devotions and can start our kids’ day on the right foot as well. Each of the kids know they are to read their Bible when they wake up. Of course, some need a little more reminding than others.

2. DON’T DO EVERY ACTIVITY THAT COMES ALONG.

This seems quite apparent, but it took me about 10 years to learn this lesson. Actually, my wonderful husband helped me learn how to reduce the activity in our lives during the holiday season. In the past, I wanted our kids to experience everything available during this season. What was actually happening was I began to harbor stress that would usually explode around Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. (I’m sure none of you have ever experienced this :o)

3. SIMPLIFY YOUR ACTIVITIES.

What works for our family is to choose 1 or 2 Christmas activities to attend outside our home. Anything else we do is done in our home. One of the best ways this reduces stress is that I am not “persuading” my husband to attend one more Christmas activity each week. He still spends all day working to provide for our family. Consequently, he is much happier going to a few activities and enjoying our family and friends at home. We enjoy having others in our home, so we capitalize on this. Our children help us clean and cook, so our work is reduced and I am not stressed when our guests arrive.

4. ENJOY YOUR HOME.

I will always have more activities for us to do than we have time for. This past Thanksgiving weekend I decided which activities will wait until next year.

REMEMBER: YOU CAN’T DO EVERY THING, EVERY YEAR.

I try to choose activities that encourage my children to think of others, instead of themselves, during the holidays. One of the activities we used to do is raising money for a missionary family. My children would take orders for small loaves of pumpkin bread and chocolate chip cookies. After baking and delivering the goodies, they would pay me back for the supplies. The rest was their profit which was used to buy games and toys for a missionary family friend. This year we hope to have some kids over to bake cookies so that their moms can do some Christmas shopping alone. We might host a Christmas card stamping party for younger kids. I’m still brainstorming how that will work. I have some other ideas that are included in Celebrate Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany:  http://budurl.com/christmascelebration.

5. MAKE CHRISTMAS YOUR SCHOOL

Drop some of your formal academics and enjoy the season. There are plenty of math, writing and reading concepts we practice as we bake, shop, and prepare for Christ’s birthday. When my kids were homeschooling, we still read aloud each morning and then worked on a Christmas project. This may include handwork type crafts or other quiet projects.

DO YOU FEEL STRESSED DURING THE HOLIDAYS?

Take a moment right now and prioritize all the activities available to your family. Choose only 1 or 2 activities that the entire family can enjoy and pass on the rest. Enjoy your family being at home. Have another family over to roast marshmallows and enjoy the fellowship. Most of all, keep your eyes focused on Jesus Christ. Without His love for the world, you would not be celebrating the true reason for Christmas.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. ~Ephesians 2:8

Blessings,

Kerry Beck

P.S. If you want to receive more ideas about celebrating Advent and Christmas “Simply” at home with your family, go to this website:  http://budurl.com/christmascelebrationideas.com.

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Advent Activities To Celebrate the Holiday Season

Advent is the time period from December 1st to December 24th that identifies the days and weeks that come before Christmas. An Advent calendar or wreath is used to track the season, which represents “coming” as a derivative of the Latin word adventus.  This time period celebrates the period leading up to the birth of Christ.

One of the most common ways to prepare for Advent is to signify the progression of the holiday with an Advent calendar. There are a number of different ways Advent calendars can be created.

The typical way the calendar is made is by the use of Advent candles. There are 24 candles used to signify the 24 days that precede Christmas, from December 1st to December 24th. When a new day arrives, the family gathers around the advent calendar and lights a candle to signify the progression of the Advent season.

Advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in a wide variety of formats and designs. One common design of an Advent calendar is in the form of a Christmas tree. This design has 24 candles attached to branches that make up the tree and are lit each day.

Another Advent calendar design is a candy holder calendar. The candy holder calendar includes 24 pockets that are filled with candy. As each day arrives in the holiday season, someone, usually a child, takes the candy out of the holder and eats it.

You can also track the holiday season by using an Advent wreath. An Advent wreath includes 4 candles to track the weeks of Advent. You light a candle on each week of Advent to track the progression of the holiday season.

There are many ways that Advent is celebrated by the religious community. Special services are held where the congregants gather together for prayer, worship and to be edified and encouraged. The religious leader may specifically focus on a message of encouragement to remind the congregation of the coming Christmas holiday and why we celebrate the birth of Christ. The church may also sing special hymns and spiritual songs that celebrate and promote the birth of Christ as well.

For families that are looking to celebrate the holiday season at home, there are a variety of Advent activities that can be engaged in. Families with kids may have an Advent calendar creation time where the family makes and designs a calendar together. Other families may have their kids engage in Advent-themed activities, such as playing with Advent toys or coloring in Advent coloring books.

Advent is a special time for millions of families all across the world. The decision for how you and your family prepare for it is a personal one. If you need ideas and suggestions, what we have provided here will help give you some ideas as well as help prompt you to come up with your own ideas as to how to celebrate this significant holiday season.

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Copyright Kerry Beck, 2009

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Kerry Beck gives free Advent calendars with daily Christmas activities to prepare you for Christmas. you will discover lots about the origins of Christmas with many of the daily activities.

Twelve Days of Christmas: Beliefs & Traditions

The Twelve Days of Christmas is actually one of the most incorrectly identified holiday traditions and  time periods on the calendar today.  Most people assume that the 12 days of Christmas, like the advent calendar comes before and leads up to Christmas day.  However, it actually begins on or after Christmas.

Christmastide is another name for this time period.  The celebrations and traditions that take place during this time period vary slightly.  It depends on the denomination of your church as well as where you live in the world.  Each denomination and culture has different beliefs on how the time period should be celebrated.

For example, some traditions celebrate the twelve days of Christmas from Christmas day until January 5th.  Other traditions celebrate it starting on Christmas evening until January 6th.

The 12 days of Christmas reflects a major component of the Christmas history.  As we know Christmas day represents the birth date of Jesus Christ.  The 12 days of Christmas represents the time period in which the 3 Kings from the region of Arabia decided to visit the baby Jesus.  Traveling from their homeland they traveled to Bethlehem to see the infant.  When they arrived, they presented gifts of great value, gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus.

The tradition of gift giving during this period varies based upon religions denomination, culture and the Christmas history behind both.  Some people give gifts only on Christmas day.  Other cultures and denominations give gifts on the 12th day of Christmas only.  Still others actually spread out their gift giving and present a gift for each of the 12 days of Christmas to their friends and love ones.

The twelve days has many different holiday traditions that you can use to celebrate the holiday period.  For instance, you can light a candle on each day of the 12 days.

Christmas dinner is also a significant part of the 12 days.  The way dinner is treated varies as well.  Some groups of people have their major Christmas dinner on Christmas day itself.  Others have their major dinner on the 12th day of Christmas.  Still others have a feast every day of the 12 days.

Another important aspect of the holiday is the 12 days of Christmas song that enjoys worldwide popularity.  This song talks about the different gifts that the recipient receives during this time period from his or her “true love.”  It has been hotly debated as to whether there is any hidden meaning behind this song.   There are some people who believe that this song actually makes hidden references to different aspects of the Christian faith.  They believe the song was created to help believers remember the key aspects of their faith.  Others believe that this is simply an urban myth.

The twelve days of Christmas is celebrated all over the world a wide variety of different ways.  Regardless of how you choose to celebrate it, it can be a great opportunity for you to gather with your family and draw closer together in the spirit of the holiday season.

Kerry Beck gives free advent calendars with daily Christmas projects to prepare your family for Christmas. Your family will learn more about twelve days of Christmas with many of the daily projects.  You can get her FREE Advent Calendar Countdown at http://www.ChristmasCelebrationIdeas.com

 

 

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Advent Calendars, Advent Wreaths & Other Activities

The first 24 days of December is the time period known as Advent.  This time period leads up to Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ.  Advent from a language prospective actually owes its roots to a Latin word, “adventus.”  This word means “coming” and it denotes that the holiday precedes the day that Christ comes.

One way that Advent is prepared for is by use of a device known as an Advent calendar.  A simple device, in many cases actually created by children, this device allows the celebrants to track how far they are along in the Advent holiday period.

An advent calendar usually includes advent candles to track the days of the holiday period.  Since there are 24 days that come before Christmas, each day is assigned a candle in the calendar.  When a day arrives, the family celebrating the holiday denotes that day by lighting a candle on its behalf.

An advent calendar can appear in a number of forms and fashions.  In particular, they are typically used either by or for children celebrating the holidays with their family.  For instance, an advent calendar can appear in the form of a Christmas tree with candles attached to the different branches of the tree.

Another advent calendar design is a candy holder calendar.  The candy holder calendar includes 24 pockets that are filled with candy.  As each day arrives in the holiday season, someone, usually a child, takes the candy out of the holder and eats it.

An advent wreath is another form of preparation for the Advent holiday.  Unlike the calendar that tracks each day of the season, the wreath tracks the four weeks of the holiday period.  There are four candles that make up the wreath and as each week arrives, a candle is lit to commemorate the arrival of one of the weeks of advent.

In preparing and celebrating the advent holiday days and weeks, celebrants engage in a wide variety of activities.  From a religious standpoint, this is a time period where there is much prayer and even fasting in some cases.  Priests and Pastors tailor their teachings and sermons to focus on the coming of Christ and what the Christmas holiday is all about.  Some worshipers may even decide to sacrifice certain activities such as watching television, listening to certain types of music, etc.

At home, there are a number of Advent activities that can be conducted together as a family.  For example, some families have their kids gather together and actually create their own advent calendar or wreath to celebrate the holiday season.  Other families have their kids color in special advent themed coloring books that commemorate the holiday season.

Advent is a special time for millions of families all across the world.  The decision for how you and your family prepare for it is a personal one.  If you need ideas and suggestions, what we have provided here will help give you some ideas as well as help prompt you to come up with your own ideas as to how to celebrate this significant holiday season.

Kerry Beck offers free advent calendars with daily Christmas projects to prepare you for Christmas. you will discover alot about Christmas around the world with some of the daily projects.

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Kerry Beck offers free advent calendars with daily Christmas activities to prepare you for Christmas. You’ll learn more about holiday traditions with some of the daily activities.   You can receive her free Advent Countdown here: http://www.ChristmasCelebrationIdeas.com

A Worthy Family Christmas Eve Church Service

As Christian men and women, we know the true meaning of Christmas in our hearts, but how many of us proclaim this fact to the world around us during the holidays? We can gently challenge those who would see Christmas as a time for commercialism and greed by letting our actions speak for themselves.

Share it. How about giving an unforgettable gift to a friend or fellow employee? Present them the gift of the Word. Tell the Christmas story, and make sure it’s not “Twas the Night before Christmas”. Brochure or leaflets recounting the birth of Jesus Christ can be bought from a Christian bookstore. Or, how about making your own booklet. A small token, such as a candle, can be included too. Envelope someone’s tired heart with God’s message.

Share His love. When someone invites a person to their house, it signifies that their wish to share God’s blessings. When we accept Christ into our lives, his home becomes our home. Invite a friend or co-worker to church for an Advent service or a family Christmas Eve church service. They’ll thank you for including them.

Share it. For people living in poverty, it gets a little bit harder during the Christmas holidays. There is an increase in suicides. Those in dire need, like the impoverished and destitute, become more helpless due to the worsening weather conditions of winter. God wants us to show His love, especially to these people.

Volunteers are a big help during the holidays. Extra set of hands are greatly needed by soup kitchens and food banks to prepare and serve nice hot meals, as well as help with food deliveries. Local community agencies can provide information on families near you that could use some extra care during Christmas. With support from a church body, everyone can join in and help give gifts and other needed materials. Providing gifts for orphaned children can also be a church project or one taken on by individual families within the congregation. If you see a need that has yet to be met, begin your own program to provide it or just do it as a family.

The object here is to let Christ’s light shine in the life of another. During his lifetime, Jesus met each person at their level of need. Someone whose belly has been filled with food you helped to provide will be ready to hear more about the God you serve.

Serving Christ is a way to communicate His life and love to others. If we put Christ first in our lives, our actions would be known by others. As people living the Christian way of life, we have a rare chance to bring to the world, a true understanding of Christmas.

Kris King gives free advent calendars with daily Christmas projects to prepare your family for Christmas. Your family will discover more about Christmas crafts with many of her projects.  You can get her free Advent Countdown at http://www.ChristmasCelebrationIdeas.com

Free Christmas Craft Idea for Kids

Kids love Christmas crafts. Santa craft ideas for kids are an easy and fun way to spend time with your kids during the holidays. Choose from one of our Christmas craft decorating free ideas.

SANTA PICTURE:
If you’re looking for Christmas crafts and recipes for preschoolers, this is a great place to start.  So, let’s begin with Santa pictures.  There are a variety of Santa coloring books available during the holidays. So, choose a picture from the book.  Cut out the picture of Santa, and place the picture in the center of a sheet of white construction paper.  Use a glue stick to secure the picture.

Have your child color the picture with crayons.  Once the picture is finished, place cotton balls to cover Santa’s beard, and one at the end of his hat.  You can even glue black buttons for Santa’s eyes, and a red button for his nose.  Decorate the blank area of the white construction paper by drawing candy canes or trees.

When the picture is completed, your kids can sign their names directly under the picture.  Take a piece of cardboard and glue the picture to it. Place the picture in a frame, and place the frame in a special place in your home for all to see and admire.  I wqold even date it to make a memory.

SANTA CHRISTMAS CARDS:
Making Santa Christmas cards is another craft idea your kids will enjoy.  Take a piece of white construction paper and measure the paper to a size of 5×7 inches.  Cut the construction paper to that size.  Fold the construction paper in half, either horizontally or vertically. Encourage your children to draw their own version of Santa on the front cover.  Use crayons or colored markers.

After the picture is finished, your kids can write Christmas messages on the inside of the card. Homemade Christmas cards are wonderful to display in your home or send to relatives and friends.  You can even add this to your Christmas craft-a-day calendar; it’s a great craft to do with your kids or students.

MAKE A SANTA PLATE ORNAMENT FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE:
You’ll need crayons and markers; cotton balls, a dinner-sized paper plate, and color sparkles. Draw Santa, without his red cap, on the plate using the crayons or markers.  Add the cotton balls for his beard.  You can even glue the cotton balls into a V shape so that Santa’s beard hangs off the plate.  The cotton balls can also be used for Santa’s hair, too.

Use a blue marker to color in Santa’s eyes, and a black marker to draw Santa’s glasses. Use red food color on a cotton ball to make Santa’s nose. You can color the rim of the plate with red or green and add color sparkles to it.  Finally, place the Santa plate on the tree by inserting an ornament hook at the top of the plate.

As you can see, there are so many different ways to involve your kids in creating, making, and decorating Santa Christmas ornaments, pictures, and cards.

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Kerry Beck wants to give you her free advent calendar for your family’s Christmas & Advent Celebration this year.  Her package also includes free Christmas craft idea for kids and ideas about Christmas Around the World.