Review of the ‘Gift Basket Connectory’ by Rita Wilhelm

Rita Wilhelm runs one of the top gift basket businesses in the US. In the Gift Basket Connectory she has compiled a large variety of resources to assist newcomers in starting their own successful businesses.

Membership at Wilhelm’s Gift Basket Connectory gives those interested in learning about the business access to the most comprehensive range of relevant resources and information available online. In the resources that she has put together she shares her secrets and has compiled her years of experience and knowledge so that you can get started right without making the mistakes that so many newcomers to the industry have made.

The knowledge base that she has created is both strong on the practical side of product creation as well as the business side resulting in well rounded information that can fast-track any amateur or hobbyist straight to the mindset of a gift basket professional.

The kit includes videos that teach you how to make professional gift baskets right from scratch and offers insights into which baskets sell better than others and how you should go about pricing and advertising your creations. She outlines some of the start-up considerations that new players should be aware of and sets out an action plan to guide beginners through everything step by step.

Wilhelm is an expert at winning corporate clients and she outlines a complete approach about how to go about establishing and maintaining these lucrative relationships. She also includes detailed information about how to market your gift baskets on the Internet.

The Gift Basket Connectory includes brochure templates, website templates, business forms and a list of wholesale suppliers.

The package also includes access to an industry marketplace as well as one of the largest gift basket business forums on the Internet with over 58,000 posts.

Currently priced at $129 as an annual membership fee, it comes with a 60 day money-back guarantee.

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Book Review – RESOLVE: A New Model Of Therapy by Richard Bolstad

Copyright: 2002

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

Richard Bolstad’s book RESOLVE: A New Model of Therapy is excellent on several levels and is highly recommended for anyone interested in advancing the science of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) or the use of NLP is psychotherapeutic practice. It is extensively referenced, citing research, other NLP developer’s ideas, and non-NLP models of change. This is not a book focused on NLP “pyrotechnics” (his term), rather it is integrative and practical. Bolstad makes connections between NLP and other models of psychotherapy. He presents a perspective on the utility of NLP as an explanatory model, as NLP concepts are useful for explaining what therapist from many orientations do. His RESOLVE model is essentially a well articulated synthesis of the use of the NLP in the context of an NLP informed psychotherapy model.

The book provides a historical perspective on NLP and psychotherapy. Bolstad makes the point that NLP’s roots and assumptions have connections with other forms of psychotherapy. He devotes a chapter providing a clear, science based, linkage between NLP and how the brain functions. Bolstad discusses several aspects of the model (representational systems, submodalities, emotional states, etc.) and relates these to what has been learned in recent years about neurological functioning. For instance, his discussion of the state-dependent qualities of neural encoding and the implications of this for intervention was fascinating.

Bolstad makes the point that research into NLP is still needed to make it more useful for psychotherapists. He notes that since the earliest NLP writings this need has been recognized, “but it was 20 years before the field of NLP itself began to respond effectively to this need.” He goes on to describe several studies published over the last ten years that examined the use of NLP in psychotherapy that found positive results. But research supporting that NLP is successful “in a general sense” has not been enough to draw a great deal of attention to it among psychotherapists. He also notes that few attempts to link NLP techniques and those used in other models of psychotherapy have been made since NLP’s inception, with a notable exception being Practical Magic: A Translation of Basic Neuro-Linguistic Programming into Clinical Psychotherapy by Stephen Lankton, published in 1980. Bolstad notes that it has been more than 20 years since Lankton’s book and “both NLP and psychotherapy have evolved.” Clearly Bolstad feels that more attention to the use of NLP in psychotherapy is warranted. A major accomplishment of this book is to systematically address how NLP fits into psychotherapy as it is practiced today. Among other things, he advocates the incorporation of NLP interventions into the context of the therapist preferred modality to speed the achievement of many specific results.

In my estimation one of the critical points Bolstad makes relates to what type of information constitutes data supporting the validity of NLP as a change technology. While advocating more clinical research, he also contends that “Because much of NLP is a metadiscipline (a way of …

A Review of the Schleich Pentaceratops Dinosaur Model

Pentaceratops from Schleich Reviewed

One of the lesser known horned dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous of North America Pentaceratops ( P. sternbergi) was discovered by the famous 20th Century fossil collector and scientist CM Sternberg. The trivial name honors, Charles Mortram Sternberg, in recognition of his work on fossil vertebrates both in his native United States and in Canada, specifically the Dinosaur Provincial Park of Alberta. The honor was bestowed upon him, by a fellow American palaeontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn, who was given the responsibility of naming and describing this member of the Chasmosaurinae. It is always a pleasure to see a new type of horned dinosaur turned into a prehistoric animal replica and the Schleich Pentaceratops is an excellent figure.

Herbivore of New Mexico 70 Million Years Ago

Known from a number of skeletons including several complete or partial skulls, Pentaceratops was a spectacular looking dinosaur. It had two huge horns over its eyes and a small, stubby nose horn. Extending over the back of the neck was a high but disproportionately narrow, bony head and neck shield. The name means "five horn face", but this is misleading as Pentaceratops did not have five horns, it had three, in the same configuration as its more famous relative Triceratops. The name comes from the additional pair of large jugal processes that stick out over the dinosaur's cheeks. These are not horns as such but these bony processes would have been very prominent when the dinosaur was viewed from the front. The Schleich model reproduces the head and neck shield very accurate. The design team at the German manufacturer have obviously taken care to reproduce their model based on the known fossil material.

Striking Coloring – Scarlet Member of the Dinosauria

The paint work on the dinosaur is superb. The Pentaceratops has been painted a mottled red, almost scarlet color with patches on the back and the flanks painted a bronze hue. It is certainly a vivid and eye-catching model, one that will appeal to dinosaur fans and model collectors alike. A scarlet horned dinosaur such as this may not have been very well camouflaged but with those meter long brow horns, only a brave or very hungry tyrannosaur would have dared to have tackled it.

An Accurate Dinosaur Model

The correct number of digits can be seen on the front and hind feet, and the skin texture has been rendered extremely well. The replica is posed with one front leg raised off the ground, an interesting pose, one that distinguishes this replica from most other Ornithischian dinosaur models.

Six Meter Long Giant

Reaching lengths in excess of twenty feet (six meters), Pentaceratops was a large herbivore. A fully grown adult could have weighed as much as three tonnes. With a three meter plus skull, it rivalled the likes of Torosaurus latus and Triceratops horridus for the title of the biggest-headed terrestrial vertebrate. It is always a pleasure to see a new type of dinosaur reproduced as a dinosaur model, this …

Aurastella Product Review – Does Aurastella Jewelry Live Up To The Hype?

Aurastella Product Review – The Good…

Aurastella is a jewelry company that launched in 2007 and specializes in selling unique Sterling Silver jewelry through its network of Consultants. The company uses sales parties to allow its Consultants to sell the jewelry directly to interested customers in their homes.

The products all contain 92.5% Sterling Silver, and 7.5% other metals. This is a very high percentage of Silver and makes the jewelry quite valuable. The products do not contain Nickel, because some people are allergic to it.

Most of the products are designed for women, and in fact the company actually says as part of its mission statement that it was founded with a unique dedication to the development of the real woman, and it likes to create a casual environment for women to shop and buy jewelry. Despite this, some men’s products are still available in the Aurastella catalogue.

The Aurastella jewelry is sourced from all over the world, and is usually made by hand by local artisans.

If you like the products and think that you could share them with others then you have the opportunity to sign up as a Consultant. This means that you can start your own business selling Aurastella jewelry, and earn commissions on the sales you make, and also on the sales that people in your downline make.

The key to financial success selling the Aurastella products, therefore, is having a large and active downline. In order to do this, however, it may be necessary to break away from the norm and start thinking outside of the box.

The Bad News…

Aurastella sell their products purely from sales parties, where women can try them on, get free samples, ask questions, and basically have a fun night, while also spending a bit of money on your business. This business model might work if you just want to earn a small allowance or make enough to take your family out for dinner once a week, but it is unlikely to work if you want to grow a successful business.

The Ugly…

Sales parties are time consuming and costly – you might spend several hours in somebody’s house pitching to 5 or 6 people, giving away free samples, handing out business cards etc. only to make a few small sales at the end of it. In the same amount of time, and for a fraction of the cost, you could have written an article all about the benefits of Silver jewelry and posted it online, where thousands of people could have seen it and got in touch with you asking for more information.

With only a couple of hours work you will have generated potentially hundreds of leads, compare to the 5 or 6 people you met at the sales party. What’s more, some people at the party might just have gone along as a fun way to spend the evening, but not really had any ambition to buy that much or enrol in your business. When …

Cindy Crawford Meaningful Beauty Skin Care Review

One of the newest skin care lines that was created over ten years ago by Jean-Louis Sebagh, a skin care expert in France; is the Cindy Crawford Meaningful Beauty skin care line. This non comedogenic makeup line was of course inspired by the beloved Cindy Crawford and was put onto the market as a combination of both of their work. Due to the testing regulations this skin line had not been launched until several years after the end product was fully developed.

It should be brought to the attention of people that if a product like a wrinkle cream or an anti aging product is endorsed or even used by a celebrity, it does not mean that it is the most effective product in its class. When they use a celebrity they'd be trying to lead people to believe that their product is good based on the fact that a good looking celebrity is endorsing the product. Most celebrities that do this were usually gorgeous before they took up the endorsement. With all this is mind how does one know the quality of a product based actually upon the product and not the celebrity endorsement?

The only real answer to a products effectiveness is for somebody to actually try the product out and to observe what the product does to that individual. Many individuals however will want to find some real evidence that the product is effective and that they will not be spending any excess money on a product that will not work. Research can be done by looking at customer reviews and also by looking at the effective ingredients in the product as well. There are certain ingredients in skin care products that have been proven to be effective while other ingredients have no proof to back up any claims made for them.

What is in Cindy Crawfords Meaningful Beauty?

As mentioned before Doctor Jean-Louis Sebagh has developed the Meaningful Beauty non comedogenic formula and has the personal belief that one certain type of melons have inherent properties in them that will help to protect the skin from collagen breakdown as an individual gets older. The melon used in Cindy Crawfords Meaningful Beauty claims to stay fresh and even firm longer than other different type of melon. This melon contains an antioxidant that is known as superoxide dismutase as well as the coenzyme Q10 which is said to help prevent the formation of some wrinkles as well as the collagen breakdown due to a persons age.

Cindy Crawford Meaningful Beauty Reviews In Magazines And On The Internet

Even though there is a large number of Cindy Crawford Meaningful Beauty reviews that have been submitted by customers to magazines and even on the internet, that are concerned with the effectiveness of the non comedogenic meaningful beauty makeup, only a few stated in their review that it worked like it was supposed to. Every individual had both positive and negative items to say in their reviews on different aspects such …

Sabika Jewelry Review: Can You Really Make Money With Sabika Jewelry?

Sabika Jewelry was founded in 2001 by Karin Mayr. They are a family run multi-level marketing company with a vision to help the family get out of a difficult time while selling quality top-notch jewelry and giving others the opportunity to do the same. It’s mainly a company made by women for women. During this review I will go over some of the specific products or things in which they offer as well as providing a brief explanation to each item, the business or income opportunity and if you can really make money with it, the cost to get started, and finally my final thoughts or opinion over everything I reviewed and the entire company itself.

The Thing:

Sabika offers quality jewelry and jewelry accessories including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, extenders, and many more. I will list 3 of the product they offer and give a brief explanation for each below!

  1. Joyful Sabika London Choker – This is one item from their “Joyful” set, to complete the look you should also get the bracelet and earrings. It’s made with Crystal, Crystal AB, Denim blue and Pacific Opal and sold for $179.
  2. Spotlight Sabika Fun Bracelet – For the full retail value of $119 they offer this bracelet made by Crystal.
  3. Natural Sabika Fun Studs – These are created with Denim Blue and are lightweight for $39.

The Opportunity:

The question still remains; can you really make money with Sabika Jewelry’s business or income opportunity? To answer this question, I will examine and explain some of their compensation plan! Payouts in this company will differ from the level or rank you are in addition to completing certain requirements! All of their ranks or levels are Consultant, Bonus Qualified Consultant, Director, Star Director, Crystal Director, Star Crystal Director, Silver Director, Star Silver Director, Gold Director, Star Gold Director, Platinum Director, and Star Platinum Director.

  1. Consultant – This is the first level or rank you can achieve in this company and in order to remain active in this rank you must have $500 or more in retail order every 3 month period. By achieving this and remaining active you will be able to earn 20% commission on all personal sales.
  2. Crystal Director – In order to achieve this rank or level you must qualify as a director or any other higher level for the month and have at least 1 qualified first generation director or higher in your team or “down-line“. When you achieve this rank or level and complete the requirements you are able to earn 20% from personal sales commission, a 6% personal sales bonus, 4-5% lifetime personal sponsoring override bonus meaning you get paid from the members you personally sponsored and their sales, and 3% Central Team Overrides meaning you earn money from anyone in your Central Teams after they make sales.
  3. Star Platinum Director – To achieve this level or rank and the payouts included you must qualify as a director or higher for the

Book Review of "Kabul Beauty School"

If you thought you knew everything there is to know about beauty schools, you haven’t seen anything like this. In “Kabul Beauty School”, author Deborah Rodriguez-Turner with Kristin Ohlson shares one journey you wouldn’t even imagine. It’s not an adventure I would want because I am too afraid to ever leave the United States but a fascinating one to read about from a woman who has guts.

At the age of twenty-six, Deborah divorced her first husband. She had two kids and couldn’t quite put her finger on it but she always seemed to be restless. She tried college. She tried being a correctional officer. She tried partying. She tried religion. Without a religious background, she jumped right in to a Pentecostal church and married a traveling preacher who turned out to be abusive.

Her second marriage tuned out to be a bad situation. Deborah sent her boys to live with her mother and started trying to find the safest way to escape this relationship. She began going on mission trips, convincing her husband that she would be a good helper to him when he traveled. Then, she also got involved with relief efforts of humanitarian agencies and really enjoyed it.

On her first trip by herself to Afghanistan, she felt a little awkward because all the other volunteers were educated medical professionals. To her pleasant surprise, when she was introduced as a hair dresser, everyone was ecstatic because she could help them feel refreshed in the ditsy desert.

When she returned home, she began brainstorming about how she could make a difference in the lives of Middle Eastern Women by opening a beauty school and teaching them to become hairdressers.

Deborah collected product donations, found someone to ship the product and made contacts to actually make the dream happen. Someone put her in contact with a lady who already had started a school and suggested they join forces so she agreed. She just wanted to help.

Deborah’s husband was very controlling and began making threats in attempt to stop her from leaving him. She had her mind made up and left.

Once she opened her school, friends convinced her that if she planned on staying permanently, she would need a husband. She agreed to enter an arranged marriage as the second wife.

Much of the book introduces the reader to the lives of the women at the school. Sadly, she discovered that she couldn’t help everyone because there were so many sad stories and cultural differences beyond her control. She learned to be grateful those the differences she could make. As of the publishing if the book in 2007, she was still married to her Afghan husband and remains living there. The school had many obstacles to overcome but she did make a difference.

I think the main point of the book is that you have something to offer wherever you live.

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A Review of Acne Products From Sally Beauty Supply

Sally beauty supply has a lot of products to offer in the category of acne control and treatment. The most popular of these acne products is the 3-Step Acne Treatment System. It comes in a pack of three beauty products: cleanser, toner and repair lotion or moisturizer.

The acne treatment system available at Sally beauty supply is suitable for people of all ages and all skin types. It works fast and causes no irritation of any kind. However, if you have dry skin it might aggravate the dryness. Furthermore, if you have extremely sensitive skin it might not work that well.

Another effective product from Sally beauty supply is the Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick. It is easy to use and causes no irritation. In fact it contains antiseptic and antibacterial ingredients and can be used for any kind of skin problem including scars, blemishes and pimples. You can easily carry it in a purse and use it whenever you feel the need.

Oily skin is most prone to acne and therefore a good toner or moisturizer for the oily skin should be used regularly. Naturals Oil Control Citrus Moisturizer contains oil absorbing herbs that keep oily skin fresh and radiant. It has no synthetic fragrance or color and is suitable for people of all ages. You can also use it before applying makeup, especially if you have extremely oily skin.

The effectiveness of the above-mentioned products may vary from person to person. It is advisable to use one single product and see if it works for you before trying another acne treatment product.

Some alternative skin care products are also popular including the Zeno acne clearing device. You will have to visit another store to buy this one as it is not available at Sally beauty supply. Zeno is a hand-held device that has proven to be very effective for a lot of people out there and it is recommended to those who suffer from frequent acne breakouts.

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Book Review – The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

Most of us do not like to write. Writing is a skill and not something you are born with. Initially, I did not like to write. I found it cumbersome and even difficult to put my thoughts into writing. Currently, I love to write. Writing has become a means of expression. It is the best way to organize your thoughts and convey meaning.

There are many books on writing and on technical aspects of writing such as punctuations, spelling, etc. There are few books on the style and proper flow of writing. One book stands above all books. It has also been around for awhile. That book is "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and EB White.

The authors are also writers themselves. EB White wrote the classic children's book, "Charlotte's Web". Their principles on the style and proper use in writing is generally accepted by anyone and everyone (educators, writers, teachers, etc.).

The book, "Elements of Style", should be one of those books that students and writers should have a copy of. As a student, you will learn principles that will make your essays and papers convey effective meaning (and earn an "A" at the same time). As a writer, you will be able to make your writing flow purposefully and your ideas come across as organized and effective. This is what you want your writing to be.

The English language has its own code. The book, "Elements of Style", will enable you to "break that code" in your writing. That code includes how to use punctuations, active tense, composition, expressions, and style. Here are the topics that are covered by this reference book:

* Elementary rules of usage
This includes how to properly use parenthesis, commas, colons, dashes, etc. It is also discusses using the proper possessive form, proper use of pronouns, phrases, etc.

* Elementary principles of composition
This includes choosing a design in your writing, paragraphs, active voice, statements in positive form, using definitive (rather than useless words), loose sentences, keeping related words together, use of tense, placing emphatic words at end, etc.

* An Approach to Style
This includes writing naturally, writing with nouns and verbs, revising, rewriting, cardinal sins such as using foreign languages ​​or excessive opinions, being clear, over explanation, etc.

* A Few Matters of Form and Words and Expressions Commonly Misused.

This will benefit anyone who needs to write to a wider audience. Unless you want to write in fragmented thoughts or in a haphazard way, then this book is not for you. Otherwise, you will need this book, "The Elements of Style", to be a reference for all your writing.

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Coupon Mage Review – Coupon Management Software

In these days, discounts are given by many websites for promoting their products. As a part and parcel of their product promotion, they are issuing some coupons to possess the available discounts with the company. These coupon codes are typical in nature and have to be used for claiming the discount. Issuing coupons is a great business these days. Coupon Mage software helps the people to issue coupon codes without any unanimity regardless of the websites or payment processor.

Coupon Mage is a web based software kit. It helps the people to issue as many codes as one can expect to extract. It can be said as pre-checkout solution attracting customers with discounts and promoting the products. There is a craze of issuing coupons and utilization of such coupons as everyone wish to save money. After completing the online shopping and adding the items to cart, before going for payment options, customers will be asked to type the coupon codes that you know. Once there, customers have to give the coupon code and get the discount instantly. People will feel very happy after the amount gets deducted from the said amount by giving the exact coupons, and this method has been proven to drive sales for many years.

Coupon mage software developed by Adam Roy helps to increase your sales by promoting the products to have new coupon codes every week to claim the discounts and to save the money. Special features of Coupon Mage software include that it works with any type of payment processor. You can extract as many coupons as you want for all your products and websites. You can use this software at any website platform. One of the most important aspects of coupon codes is that they should expire after certain period. This software helps to create the expiring coupons. Expiring coupons works very well in which the coupon codes shall be utilized within the span of time. After that period, you could not claim the discount with the same coupon code. During the time of release of coupon codes, you should also mention their expiry date so that people will search for the latest coupon codes.

Coupon Mage software can release hard code Clickbank coupons also. It can help you to have more successful and effective sales promoting coupons. The control panel is easily operable with a simple password protection and there is no use of technical skills or powerful features needed to operate this software. You can just install it and can utilize it to control everything from a new friendly administrative control panel. The software's ultimately goal is to allow its user to have a faster growing business. For online marketers, Adam has showed a great way to make their life easier with the help of this software.

You can develop the affiliate marketing system in which a chain of customers slowly and steadily learn and come to use the coupons efficiently. This software helps to have discounts at product checkout page …