How To Set Up A Freshwater Fish Tank: Quickstart guide to setting up your first aquarium by Alison Benjamin

This book is free on these days only – 02/23/2013 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 02/24/2013. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.


Are you ready to start your new hobby of keeping fish? Are you wondering where to start? This straight-to-the-point guide will set you on the right path to creating a stunning fish tank filled with happy fish.

Alison Benjamin is the author of multiple non-fiction books on various topics ranging from “Baby’s First Year” and “How To Plan The Perfect Baby Shower” to “Marine Diesel Engine Maintenance” and “Building Your Own Wine Cellar”.

She is a contributor at several online forums and a guest blogger and lives with her husband in Sydney, Australia.

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Cardboard Quilting and Scrapbooking by Kelsy Hamilton

This no sew craft method combines quilting fabric, scrapbook paper, and scrapbooking supplies It is a quick and economical method of creating fabric crafts and especially seasonal or holiday crafts. The five chapters include: An Introduction to Cardboard Quilting, Scrapbooking for the Newbie, Other Craft Projects to Try, Hints for the Thrifty Crafter, and Quilts and the Underground Railroad.

Targeted Age Group:
preschool to preteen children

Author Bio:
Kelsy Hamilton is a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and holds four teaching certificates. She is a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) and a Learning Behavior Specialist for children with special needs. Kelsy is a Certified Scrapbook Instructor to teach classes in a retail or community environment. She is an award winning scrapbook artist and has used Cardboard Quilting techniques in competitive art shows. Cardboard Quilting has been used by Kelsy with her students and when she volunteered at an assisted living facility.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I work with children as a teacher, it is difficult to find craft projects that are affordable, but also age appropriate. This method holds the interests of preschoolers to preteen children. They can easily follow the instructions and do most of the work independently, as long as some preparation work is completed by the teacher for the younger children. The finished product cannot be washed due to the cardstock, but should last for several years.

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Photographing Children – Tips, Tricks And Ideas! by Dan Eitreim

This book is free on these days only – 01/28/2013 at midnight PST until 11:59 pm on 02/01/2013. If the dates are the same that means the book is free one day only.

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Revised and expanded edition!

Once you have digested this easy to read and easy to understand “On Target Photo Training”, you will be well on the way to shooting the amazing photos of children! Ones that win photo contests!

Or bring tears to the eyes of parents… isn’t that what you got into photography to do?

Within about an hour – you will not only understand all the photo theory – but you will know how to apply it as well!

This volume of the “On Target Photo Training” series, is not just about photographing children but, various types of light and light manipulation. These are key elements that affect most every shot and that most of us will encounter on an almost daily basis.

Here is a copy of the Table Of Contents to give you a feel for what is included…

Introduction
Photographing Children – Tips, Tricks And Ideas
Children’s Photography Covers A Lot Of Ground!
The 18/18 Rule!
Keep Your Camera Ready!
Go For An Emotion!
Be Decorative
Show Your Creative Intent
Capture Personality
Complement Your Subject
Photo Projects To Save Your Camera – And Your Kids!
Finding Your Personal Style
Special Vision
Make Sure Your Photographs Tell A Story!
How To Find The Story
Shoot Like A Sniper!
Natural Light
Pros Of Using Natural Light
Cons Of Using Natural Light
Sunlight Directly Into The Face
Back-lit Subjects
Open Shade
Window Light
Raccoon Eyes
Shoot When It Is Overcast
Natural Light Manipulation
Soften The Harsh Shadows Of Direct Light
Make Skin Tones “Pop”
Backdrops In Natural Light
Available Light
Pros Of Using Available Light
Cons Of Using Available Light
For Best Results
Available Light Manipulation
On Camera Electronic Flash
Pros Of Using Electronic Flash
Here Is A Flash Photography Photo Tip That Will Save You Money – And Get You More Shots!
Freeze The Action
Cons Of Using On Camera Flash
How To Eliminate The Dreaded Red, Green and Blue Eye Effect In Your Photography!
Ring Lights
Tips For Using Your On Camera Flash
You NEED Shadows!
Don’t Use Your Flash At Full Power
Studio Strobes
Pros Of Using Studio Lights
Cons of Using Studio Lights
Studio Strobe Manipulation
Shooting
Preparation
Lighting Pitfalls
Catch Lights
Lighting The Portrait
The Shadow In Portrait Photography
The “Short Light” And The “Broad Light” Patterns
The Split Light
The “Loop Lighting” Pattern
The “Rembrandt Light”
The “Butterfly Light” Pattern
The “Fill Light”
The “Lighting Ratios”
The “Background Light”
The “Hair Light”
The “Accent Light”
The “Three Light Set” Using One Light!
Photo Exercise
Additional Photo Training

Yes, YOU can do the sorts of Children’s Portraits that you thought were only done by the top professionals! Check out this photo training course volume right now and see for yourself!

I’m Dan Eitreim and I worked as a professional photographer running my own photo studio for over 20 years. I’ve never apprenticed or worked for any other photographers. Because of this, I’ve had to learn and develop my photography skills on my own.

My first attempts were dismal to say the least…so I studied, practiced and developed my photo skills and along the way I not only learned how to put the “wow” into my photos, but I’ve also learned how to teach others to do the same!

To that end I’ve created a 23 volume series of photo training lessons that I’ve titled: “On Target Photo Training”.

I enjoy creating e-books and expect to be developing more!

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WAHM-WHAD Podcast With Joy Light @JoySilk

WAHMoms/WAHDads host Deborah Carney is joined by guest Joy Light.


Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born and raised in Reading Pennsylvania, the eldest daughter. My dad, Pat, takes credit for my pretty name, Kristin Joy Light (I have gone by my middle name since about age 28). I became interested in silk painting when my BFF Rosie, a textile designer, did a series of silk paintings one summer. She did not allow me to watch her process, but she did share her supply sources, and when I moved to Oregon in 1989 I began stocking my studio and trying my hand at it. I’ve lived in Oregon 23 years now, and my studio is in what used to be my 2-car garage. I have three children, all boys, ranging in age from 15-31. I love to drink espresso and do yoga. I am a member of the american craft council and The Artisan Group.

As a work at home parent what is your biggest challenge?
Scheduling is my biggest challenge, school sports schedules, holidays, inventory, all include scheduling, sometimes those schedules need careful adjustment so nothing gets left out in the shuffle.


What is the biggest advantage to being a work at home parent?

Working at home has been so valuable in terms of establishing consistency and stability for my boys when they were younger, and now, the comfort of working in my studio is a bonus I am very grateful for.


As a work at home parent what advice would you give other work at home parents?

Establish boundaries and maintain and re-evaluate your guidelines and goals frequently to stay on track!

Website
http://www.Joysilk.com is my main website, it’s like a showroom for my Natura Collection and my two best selling styles.
www.joyflower.etsy.com This is my Etsy Shoppe, you can find smaller scarves and jewelry as well as other unique one-of-a-kind fashion accessories here.
http://www.joysilk.blogspot.com This is my blog, it is personal and you can see some behind-the-scenes activities in my studio and garden, spotlights on other creative individuals, plus stories about my family and activities.
https://twitter.com/JoySilk Is my twitter account @JoySilk
https://www.facebook.com/JoySilk is my Facebook business page where you will see what is happening in the studio and keep abreast of our summer festival locations and dates, plus special offers for “fans”
http://www.linkedin.com/in/joysilk

Thanks to GeekCast.fm for hosting all of our podcasts. Visit them for more podcasts about marketing and working from home. Also join the forum that is for women to interact with other successful women, JoinWOMU

The Dolltender’s Christmas

 

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The Dolltender’s Christmas is destined to become a holiday classic as Natalie, an orphan living in an antique store, and the dolls she has befriended find themselves the only ones who can save Christmas.

When Santa collapses from exhaustion the day before Christmas during his annual visit to the antique shop, Natalie and the dolls come up with a plan to deliver toys to children around the world. But despite their valiant efforts, as the hours tick by they realize they cannot deliver the toys. Until, that is, their own Christmas miracle occurs.

 

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Printable Pink Peppermint Christmas Decorations

 

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Do you want to make homemade Christmas decorations, presents or gift wrap but don’t have a clue where to begin? Or are you the crafty type who has plenty of ideas but not a lot of time? In both cases, the answer lies in using printable files that help you cut to the chase, because they do a lot of the hard work for you!

This easy-to-use book provides the downloadable printable files and detailed tutorials you need to create five types of coordinating Christmas projects, all in a fun “pink peppermint” theme. The projects include:

* Dimensional paper Christmas ornaments
* Paper and bead snowflake garland
* 3 sizes of 3D paper Christmas trees with mini “ornaments”
* 3D Christmas tree cupcake toppers
* Mix-and-match components that allow you to make literally hundreds of different holiday gift bags

All the projects are rated so you’ll know whether they’re appropriate for your skill level, and there are plenty of photos to show you the steps and what the final results should look like. And each project is designed to visually work well with the others.

So if you want to jump start your creativity this holiday season, think pink and try these fun projects!

I’m a long-time paper crafter who finally had the guts to take my passion online in 2007. Since then, long sessions spent with tiny little scissors and lots of card stock has resulted in more cupcake toppers and invitation artwork than I knew what to do with. So now I’ve moved the whole kit-and-kaboodle to Amazon, to share it with a whole new audience.

I hope you enjoy my books!

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Dominating Tennis Become a Champion in 60 Days

 

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In tennis your biggest challenge isn’t the opponent that is standing on the other side of the net. It’s the pounding of your heart in your chest, the aching of your lungs, the weakness in your legs and the little voice inside you that says, “I can’t.” But you don’t listen to the nonsense, you work harder. As that voice starts to fade away, you hear another faint whisper of a voice starting to say, “I can.” That’s when you realize the person you thought you were is no match for the person you really are. That’s dominating tennis.

Learning to play tennis at a high level is easier than you think. You have to develop strokes, strength and the correct mindset to become a winner. In this book, you do it all. We’ve developed a 60-day program that takes you day-by-day to bring your game to top performance. If you’re willing to put in the work for about an hour a day, we’ll give you the tools to make you a much better overall player in just 60 days. It’s that simple.

Don’t listen to coaches that say “You aren’t good enough” or “You need to develop your serve “, they’re missing the boat, that’s loser talk. You need a plan that takes you from your current ability level and makes you dramatically better. It’s not about going to the courts and hitting hundreds of serves every day or getting lessons five times a week, it’s about a system that makes you a better athlete and therefore a better tennis player.

We all get nervous when we know we have tryouts or a big tournament coming up. We do this because we fear the unknown or feel we aren’t prepared. But armed with a plan beforehand you can limit those nerves and use them as weapons. We’ll be the ones to show you how.

The Workouts:
Working with the top tennis pros we’ve developed a 60-day program that makes you a champion. The program is divided into 2 main phases:

Phase One: days 1-30
Core, Balance and Stroke Development
In this phase we tighten up your stokes while giving you exercises that develop correct technique and get you prepared for aggressive winning tennis. Core and balance work is very important to get your body ready for the challenges ahead. Much of tennis is about balance. If your body is balanced you’re ready to face your biggest weaknesses. The core works hand-in-hand with your balance, if you have a strong core, you can keep your body in better balance.

Phase Two: days 31-60
Power and Aggressive Performance
With Phase One under your belt you’re ready to start getting more precise and adding power to your shots and strength to your body. This is where most tennis instructors fall short. We take you to the next level day-by-day making you a better tennis player and athlete. At this point you start to notice more control over your shots. In Phase Two we take the hard work from Phase One and push you further. As you work at a rapid pace on your shots, turning your body into a sculpted machine that moves along the court with grace and elegance, your friends will be shocked with the improvement. We won’t be.

This is the book to get you there.

Ryan Guldberg (1973) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in Hopkins Minnesota. As a competitive tennis player Ryan took a strong interest in tennis and personal fitness.

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All Tied Up! A Practical Guide to Buying, Tying, Wearing and Caring for Ties by Mark Davids

 

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This book has been created with the idea to help readers use ties as an accessory that will upgrade their look, be it in either more formal, business, or casual environment. It is not that difficult, but so many men do it wrong!

Following some very simple principles, a tie can save your whole attire. And it can be cheaper option, as even the most expensive tie is cheaper than a new suit.

Tips that you will find in this book are very practical. There is some theory explained, but kept to the bare minimum. The purpose of the advice given is for you to absorb them as quickly as possible and take action.

Table of Contents consists of:

Background on ties

1. Where do ties come from?
2. Why do men wear ties?

Buying ties

3. How to buy a tie that you will love, that will last long, and that you will wear often
4. Beware of cheap ties!
5. Why choose silk ties over other materials?
6. Famous designer ties that you have never heard about!

Wearing ties

7. Skinny tie vs. wide tie – which one to choose?
8. How to match ties to shirts and suits by color, pattern and fabric
9. Color matching for men 101 – how to do it right?
10. How to feel more comfortable wearing ties in summertime
11. What to wear to a job interview?

Caring for ties

12. What you should never ever do with a tie?
13. How to clean ties

Tying ties

14. Tie a tie with confidence! The only 3 tie knots you need to know

Mark Davids knows ties! After wearing them throughout his professional career, in the last year he has been immersed in the interesting and long history of ties, fashion trends, as well as the current market conditions for ties.

After the detailed study and research he co-founded http://www.BestMensTies.Com, a web retailer whose mission is to find the best ties from around the world. All the ties are handpicked and the BestMensTies.Com brand assures that they are of the highest quality!

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The Second Fly Caster: Fatherhood, Recovery and an Unforgettable Tournament

 

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Erik, a young boy, is proud that his father, the winner of several state championships, is probably the greatest long distance fly caster on earth. But then a threatening prelude and an unexpected outcome of a casting tournament leave Erik reeling with unanswered questions about what once seemed to be only a sport.

These questions linger and then, years later, deepen when Erik’s idealistic plans and actions are crushed when he experiences combat in the Vietnam War. He struggles, unsuccessfully, with his demons, until a seemingly accidental discovery lead him back to the ways and new meanings of fly casting. Through their prism Erik learns to see himself and the world in a forgiving light.

I’m a native New Yorker. After a good deal of disappointment, I gave up writing. Then my mother passed away, and I found that fishing helped ease my grief. Almost accidently, I wrote and sold a fishing article. Afterwards, my articles and memoirs appeared in many publications, including The Flyfisher, Flyfishing & Tying Journal and Yale Anglers’ Journal.

To me, much of my writing is about coming to terms with loss, and with a world I can’t always understand. In a sense, my writing is autobiographical, as it reflects my own gratifying, but at times, difficult journey of emotional and spiritual recovery.

On the long road of my journey, I slowly learned that, even when I don’t have answers, I must strive to find forgiveness and self-worth and to connect to the good and the beautiful in the world.

(This is how I define spirituality.)

I therefore love books where the main characters struggle against inner and outer conflicts and then try to do good.

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Homesteading Ideas For Growing What You Eat In Your Garden

 

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Gardening is a delicate combination of art and science and there are a lot of basics like water, dirt, and keeping good insects around and bad insects shut out that you need to learn about. In this plain-talking handbook, William Whittaker explains all of the homesteading gardening basics required to set up and set your self-sufficiency homesteading dreams into motion without having to shift through loads of “B.S.” or fancy and confusing terminology.

For years William Whittaker toyed with the idea of becoming more self-sufficient in providing food for his family. While living close to an Amish community, he had the opportunity to see how they lived and how they worked and lived off the land by growing their own livestock and crops and using a barter system to get items they did not produce on their own.

With his wife, he decided to start with a small backyard garden, growing a few essential vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and some herbs. As they became more experienced, their garden expanded. He now regularly shares his bounty with his neighbors and extended family members.

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