I can’t wait to see this movie! I’m so excited!!! Ok, so maybe it’s mostly because my WWE crush Dave Bautista is starring in the movie as Drax, I’ll admit that’s true, but I do know that regardless of him being in it there are so many more people that can’t wait to see this movie!
Don’t miss a LIVE Q&A with the cast of MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Director James Gunn and the exclusive world premiere of the trailer on Monday, May 19th at 10:00am PST only on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy.
Make sure you log in and ask questions, you know I’ll be there asking Dave some!
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released August 1, 2014.
May 16, 2014 – 5:15 PM - | Posted in Disney, Movies | No Comments »
Conducting a Successful Summer Nanny Search as Demand Rises
Parents Should Use Traditional and Social Media to Find the Right Nanny
Industry experts suggest signs of a strengthening economy mean more people are back to work and the demand for skilled caregivers will continue to grow. SurePayroll, which provides nanny payroll services to thousands of families nationwide, notes that parents looking for a summer nanny will need to get ahead of the curve using both traditional and social media methods.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the past five months unemployment in the United States has dropped to 6.7 percent in March 2014 from 7.2 percent this past October. As unemployment has declined, the need for nanny care has increased. According to Recruiter.com, there are 19.3 percent more open nanny positions since 2004, and the career is experiencing an average growth of 3.19 percent per year. Demand is expected to continue on an upward trend, accounting for an expected 832,610 new jobs filled by 2018.”
As working parents search for someone to watch their children when school is out, they often wonder how and where to go to start their search for a seasonal nanny. “I will definitely need help,” said Allison Mosele, a working mother of four in the Chicago suburbs. “But I have no idea how to go about finding a qualified nanny, especially someone who is interested in just working over the summer months!”
For any working parents, planning ahead is an important step toward finding a viable solution. “Parents are off to a good start when they create a nanny plan,” said Lori Bolas, director at SurePayroll, and a mother of two. “They should outline exactly what their needs are, how long they need help for, and their expectations. They should be as specific as possible. Parents also should do some research and take a look at their own financials as they budget, they’ll need to make sure to budget for paying The Nanny Tax.
As an online payroll provider that helps thousands of parents automate their nanny payroll, SurePayroll has some tips for parents on how to conduct a successful search for a summer nanny.
Tip #1: Word of mouth
Parents should not forget the power of good old-fashioned word-of-mouth when it comes to looking for a nanny, both the new and the old-school way. They can spread the word at cocktail parties, at PTA meetings, local school events and even walking their dog.
Parents also can call, text and email their friends, family and neighbors asking for recommendations, and requesting that they share their need with any interested candidates. Good nannies tend to find new employment through their current employers, so make sure to ask other working mothers with nannies, since they are usually eager to help their trusted nannies find work when they are no longer needed.
Tip #2: Social Media – Your Community in the Cloud
If a mom or dad belongs to a parents’ listserv or a social community network such as Facebook, now is the time to harness the power of social media. Parents should write a detailed and thoughtful job description and post away! They will want to make sure to turn on their privacy settings so that only their friends and family can view their request and information. Parents should not be afraid to send the request out several times over the course of a few weeks, in case people don’t always check their timelines.
Tip #3: Grass Roots Job Postings
Parents should get moving and hit the pavement! They can post their job description on local church bulletin boards and ladies locker rooms at local gyms and country clubs. The teacher’s lounges at the local schools and park districts also have places to post requests. And don’t forget the jobs boards at local community colleges and even some high schools. Be sure not to post too much personal detail and only use generalities about where you live.
Tip #4: The Nanny Network
Nannies know and socialize with other like-minded nannies. Parents should ask their friend’s nannies for recommendations that they can contact. There also are social networks for nannies, and parents can visit these sites and post their request there as well.
Tip #5: Nanny Agencies
For a fee, nanny agencies can connect parents with qualified summer nanny candidates. The agencies can be a little more expensive, but the nannies are pre-screened, and the service usually includes a background check. In addition, family satisfaction with the nanny may be guaranteed for a specific period of time.
Tip #6: Online Nanny Websites
Online nanny websites are tremendously popular, of little cost to the parent, and are usually free for the nanny candidate. Parents can post detailed information on what kind of seasonal nanny they are seeking, along with any photos they wish to share. A background check can be included as well. Sites like SitterCity.com have found thousands of qualified nannies for parents across the country.
Finding a summer nanny can be fairly quick and easy if parents follow these suggestions. Families should always be sure to carefully vet their seasonal help with a background and reference check.
SurePayroll is the trusted provider of easy online payroll services to small businesses nationwide. Whether a business has 1, 10, or 100 employees, SurePayroll delivers peace of mind by combining innovative, industry-leading technology and personalized support from an award-winning, U.S.-based customer care team. SurePayroll also provides private-label and co-branded services for accountants and banking partners as well as offering efficient online solutions for managing 401(k) plans, health insurance, workers’ compensation, employee screening and more. SurePayroll is a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. For more information, please visit www.SurePayroll.com. Follow us on Twitter — Circle us on Google+ — Connect with us on LinkedIn — Like us on Facebook.
Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is a leading provider of payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. The company offers comprehensive payroll services, including payroll processing, payroll tax administration, and employee pay services, including direct deposit, check signing, and Readychex®. Human resource services include 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, time and attendance solutions, and other administrative services for business. A variety of business insurance products, including group health and workers’ compensation, are made available through Paychex Insurance Agency, Inc. Paychex was founded in 1971. With headquarters in Rochester, New York, the company has more than 100 offices serving approximately 570,000 payroll clients as of May 31, 2013. For more information about Paychex and our products, visit www.paychex.com.
May 16, 2014 – 12:20 PM - | Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
When I was in kindergarten, I used to want to wear my dad’s t-shirts to school. Thankfully, I left my dad’s Zubaz pants out of it. There was just something about a 2XL Iron Maiden shirt. I loved how comfortable they felt on. I would take one of my mom’s belts and wrap it around the shirt and make a dress out of it and I thought I looked great. My mom would rush into my room and make me change into my own clothes…. I usually missed the school bus because of this.
At school, everyone’s favorite time was lunch break of course. All of the other kids had fun stuff in their lunch boxes like fruit-snacks, cute little bags of chips and Kool-Aid. My mom would pack a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat bread that would get squished and soggy under an ice-cold milk box and a large Mark Henry-approved apple. The heavy apple annihilated the poor sandwich every time. I would always gaze over at the other kids’ food and fantasize about polishing off the rest of their Oreo cookies and Cheetos. Instead I was left with my healthy lunch. Thank you, Mommy.
I’d finally make it home, after a long ride back on the bus, trying to make sense of Papa Shango’s antics against the Undertaker with the other kids. My work wasn’t done yet. Of course there was homework! My mom would help me with math questions for hours. Math was hard for me. It was like trying to figure out who was the winner of a dance contest between The Great Khali, Santino and Fandango. Total brain overload. My mom confidently gave me the answers to my long division nightmares. The next day I would come home with the graded assignment and everything was wrong, just like that dance contest. We would have to start from scratch together and attempt to answer them all over again.
My mom may not have been the best at math, but she is a very gifted artist. She showed us how to use our imaginations from a very young age. With that being said, there have been times when she has shown up to my house with strange pieces of artwork from garage sales or antique shops. I have gotten the gift of loud hammering into the wall, before I even see what she is hanging with pride. I have this large ceramic lion’s head near my front door that she was so excited to give me. I wasn’t sure whether I should slam the door “extra hard” and accidentally break it or pretend I liked it better hung in the garage. I decided to leave it up.
Every time I look at that lion’s head hanging on my wall, I am reminded of how much my mom cares about me and how fierce she is. From making sure I looked great on my first day of school, to teaching me how to eat healthy. She worked so hard on those math questions and taught me that if you try once and don’t succeed…you keep trying until you get it right & you NEVER give up.
She taught me how to FIGHT. When I told her I wanted to make it to the WWE, she never questioned it. She strongly stood behind me and encouraged me to be relentless. From torn ACL’s to making 8 dollars wrestling in front of 20 people at the Ogden Legion, my mom reminded me that it was important to experience bumps and bruises and to struggle for what I wanted because it would make reaching my dreams that much sweeter. She was right.
The greatest lessons about compassion, perseverance, work ethic, creativity and unconditional LOVE I learned from her. We may not have been the best at solving math problems, but I learned that having self-confidence would be the most valuable tool I could ever have. Because she believed in me, I believed in myself. She is a true Champion.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Written By WWE Diva, Natalya
May 11, 2014 – 6:20 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | 4 Comments »
Let’s face it, if you’re a woman, and have had kids, you know about that little trickle you can get from time to time, you know how many times you may have to run to the bathroom to pee, you know that in a second, a small sneeze can become a small problem. Heck, sometimes even being active can set us off. Let me introduce you to JustGoGirl and the JustGo Pad.
Here’s the founder of JustGoGirl Brooke’s story:
After the birth of her twins, Brooke Solis was determined to find a way to get back into shape. But an issue with athletic incontinence made exercise — particularly high-impact movement and jumping — a real obstacle. With five kids and a busy career as an attorney, Brooke looked to her workouts as the one hour of the day that she could dedicate to herself but as much as she loved high impact workouts, the incontinence pads that she wore during those workouts made her self conscious and uncomfortable.
It didn’t take much research for Brooke to realize that she wasn’t the only woman dealing with athletic incontinence: Estimates find that 25 million women — from high school athletes and new mothers to women past their childbearing years — share her problem. That’s one out of every three women who may avoid exercise and its physical and mental health benefits because they are worried about athletic leaks.
Never one to bow to a challenge, Brooke decided that if the right product to address the issue didn’t yet exist, she’d create one.
After several trials, Brooke designed a pad that’s not only inconspicuous under form-fitting workout clothes, but is also comfortable and absorbent. While the pads are less bulky than a traditional sanitary napkin, they can hold up to 140ml of urine. She then decided to make the innovative JustGo Pad™, available to all active women as a solution to what can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable problem.
Since its launch, this groundbreaking product has allowed women all over the country to “just go” on their runs, to their group fitness classes and to CrossFit training without frustration or anxiety. As a result, Solis has heard from grateful women of all ages and stages of life. By opening up the discussion about this issue, Solis has created a community where women not only can find an effective solution, but support and encouragement, as well.
Raised in the Midwest, Brooke is a self-proclaimed “Type-A personality.” A graduate of Notre Dame, she worked in the financial sector before attending Yale Law School. A practicing attorney, Brooke currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and family. Her company, JustGoGirl, was launched in January 2014.
If you’re interested in trying out the JustGo Pads, you can get a FREE SAMPLE by visiting their website at www.justgogirl.com.
This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network (www.rolemommy.com).
May 2, 2014 – 10:15 AM - | Posted in health, women's health | No Comments »
My daughter is a tap dancer, she’s in LOVE with these ladies, and has been repeatedly watching their videos….Ready for a little Friday dance break? Then check out the latest video from the sizzling all-female tap band – Chloé Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies –
Chloé Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies is the first female modern tap band – created to bring more awareness for and attention to the art form of tap, especially as it relates to women being at the forefront. In addition to their work with celebrities like Beyonce and Debbie Allen, the accomplished crew of women have made numerous appearances on national TV, in films, and stages around the globe pairing their fierce rhythms and fast footwork with feminine appeal!
The new video “Thank You, Beyoncé” features the five world-renowned female tap dancers who bring the classic to the current: founder Chloé Arnold, Melinda Sullivan, Sarah Reich, Maud Arnold, and Anissa Lee. A Chloé and Maud Productions, the video is directed by Jeremy Jackson, choreographed by Chloé Arnold, and produced by Kaleena Rallis.
The ladies will next perform at this month’s D.C. Tap Fest (April 10 – 13) in Washington D.C. Along with special performances by Broadway performers, the event will pay tribute to Chloe and Maud’s life-long coach and mentor Debbie Allen. For more information on the DC Tap Fest, please visit http://www.dctapfestival.com/
Syncopated Ladies dance to Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been”
Follow on Twitter/Instagram: @SyncLadies
April 15, 2014 – 11:39 AM - | Posted in promotions | No Comments »