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Sell Something on EBay

If you are looking for ideas on how to make some cash then you must consider EBay. EBay is a great way to earn money, however it is not as simple as it seems.

EBay has a huge market share when it comes to traffic and there are thousands of items finishing every minute. This means there are good opportunities for you to make some cash.

However, if you check some markets, they are heavily saturated and competition is tough. Don’t despair, find a niche that is untapped and you will do well.

A very easy way to find out what sells is to log into your account and check the sales history. This is on the left hand side and it shows you what products have recently sold.

ebay2You can easily watch each product and see if it sells well. Then, if you suspect it does sell well and does not have much competition then give it a go.

Find a supplier online and make your first order. You will never know until you try so Go For It !

Good Advice – How to Live Your Life

Whenever I feel out of alignment, I return to this list and it gets me back on track. These are the steps of highly happy and successful people, but I re framed it to be in the present tense, so it becomes a go-to list to pull anyone into a happier state. Maybe it can help you through a tough time.

1. Stop worrying, if it is supposed to happen it will.

2. Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.

3. Don’t let your happiness depend on anything outside of yourself.

4. Stay close to everything that makes you feel alive.

5. Listen to your body, it will lead you to unlimited health.

6. Surround yourself with people who see your greatness.

7. Make peace with your past.

8. See all setbacks as growth and expansive opportunities.

9. Comparing yourself to others will hurt your health and steal your joy.

10. Don’t give up, EVER.

11. You always have a choice.

12. Stop chasing what’s not working.

13. Believe wholeheartedly in miracles.

14. Don’t postpone joy.

15. Trust the universe, there is a plan greater than yours.

16. Wake up every morning with a grateful heart.

17. Remember things take time.

18. Always trust your gut.

19. No need to change people; just love them for who they are.

20. Don’t resist change.

21. Forgive yourself.

22. Your life is a creative adventure.

23. Release expectations and enjoy the journey, there is no destination.

24. Just do you.

25. You’re not broken or damaged. You are perfect just the way you are.

How to Make Money Online From Tumblr

Looking to make some money online? There are plenty of ways to make cash online, but let me tell you – it is HARD work.

If you are not prepared to put some big effort in to making cash,. then forget it. You really do need to be smart at what you are doing and work hard to achieve your goals.

Really it comes down to:

Create a website – add content and add advertising through a third party or link to a product to sell.

That is it really.


However – is it really that easy?

A simple way to make cash is to use Tumblr. Set up a Tumblr blog in a very narrow niche. It would be best to find a good converting product first and then set up your blog that reflects the product in a narrow niche.

Here is a basic example:

Find a product that has an affiliate program. You could try the pet niche. Then, set up a blog that is all about pets.

Put your advertising on the side and then start participating in the niche.

One HUGE word or warning. If you are going to spend a lot of time on your Tumblr blog, be aware that it could get deleted at anytime.

However – with that in mind just be prepared that you may lose it.

You can make some good cash doing this with Tumblr.

Have you made money with Tumblr? If so leave a comment on how you did it for others and we will approve the comment with a backlink to your Tumblr Blog so people can see how you have done it.

How to Create a Garden Pond

A garden pond, with the right planning and stocked with the right kind of aquatic plants and fish, will be a marvellous asset to your garden, attracting a great many wild animals and eventually becoming a miniature nature reserve. It is possible to have a pond which is self sustaining, requiring only the occasional maintenance to keep it in good condition.

The Size of the Pond
A very large pond is often difficult to access and you have to keep in mind where
you would put all the water if, for any reason, it had to be emptied and, how
would you do it? On the other hand, a very small pond may require constant
attention as it may not be large enough to sustain itself.

A garden pond does not have to be too deep and should preferably have a shelf
about 12 “below the top of the side, to site aquatic plants. If you are digging the
pond to your own design and intend to have no fish, or only goldfish, or orfe, it
needs to be no more and no less than 2′ 6” at its greatest depth. However, if you
are keeping Koi, you will need a pool depth of 4ft, but remember deep ponds can
be difficult and dangerous to clean out.

Where to site the Pond
Try to site your pond in a position away from trees, as autumn leaves that fall on
the pond will rot and foul the water. Where this is not possible, you may have to
net the pond when the leaves are falling.

Bear in mind that rotting grass clippings in a pond are as dangerous as leaves,
so you need to consider how near the lawn the pond is going to be, or how
effective your lawn mower is in picking up the grass.

Ideally, a pond should have some shade rather than being in full sun all day.

If you are going to run a pump, you will also need a source of electricity.

Constructing the Pond
There are many ways to build a pond, the most common being pre-formed
purchased form a garden centre, the size of which may be determined by the
kind of transport available to get it home. Whilst a pre-formed pond is a ready
made pond, a great deal of accuracy is required in digging the hole, getting the
pond level and back filling with the soil you have taken out. Get it wrong and the
pond will leak water at one end and mice and other vermin may find a home in
the spaces between the soil and the pond sides.

An alternative method is to construct a pond to your own design, using a flexible
liner made of Butyl, or a strong plastic. You must however, make sure there are
no stones protruding from the pond sides that could puncture the liner, indeed it’s
a good idea to place a layer of damp sharp sand against the sides, before you
place the liner ready for filling.

The third method is to dig out the shape of the pond, then set concrete at least 2″
thick. This should be a permanent fixture on a clay soil, but can crack and leak
on soft sandy soils. Furthermore, a period of time needs to elapse before fish
can be released into a concrete pond as they are affected by the lime from the
concrete base that can seep into the water.

Never use polythene sheeting as it becomes brittle and will leak in no time at all.

Water in a new pond will be green for up to four weeks until the water becomes

If the soil you take out of the pond site is of reasonable quality, you can spread it
around parts of the garden, or perhaps form it into a heap for a small waterfall.
You should leave it to settle for a few months before doing this.

Ponds do not have to include fish, or even plants, but a pond without one or the
other would be pretty boring and become stagnant in a matter of weeks if the
water remained still. However, make sure your plants are established before
adding fish to the pond as initially the fish want somewhere to hide. Until now
they have never been in anything bigger than a fish tank and being transferred
into a garden pond must be rather traumatic.

Always buy your fish from a reputable source. Never accept fish from friends or
neighbours as they may have a virus which may in turn infect your fish. Goldfish,
Orfe and if your pond is large enough, Koi, and many other types of fish will
survive a British winter in a pond even if it freezes over. Refrain from buying
Tench as they are bottom feeders and while they eat up the food which drifts
down from the surface, they continually disturb the bottom of the pond and
discolour the water.

How many fish
There are all kinds of formula for calculating the numbers of fish for a pond and
some can get quite complicated. A simple formula is to measure the surface of
the pond and every square foot can accommodate half an inch of fish. For
example, a 6ft x 4ft (24 sq ft) pond will maintain 24 x 6″ fish, or 48 x 3″ fish.
However, if you have the right conditions, your fish will breed, so it’s probably
better to start off with no more than half of your maximum quota.

For garden water features, garden furniture, ponds and water
feature accessories, Click here to visit an aquatics specialist.

Looking after your fish
When you buy fish, they are normally in half filled plastic bags. Float the bag in
the pond for at least 30 minutes to allow the water temperatures to equalize
before releasing the fish.

Feed your fish daily with a proprietary fish food. You can feed fish twice a day
during the summer months, supplying them with only enough food that can be
eaten in 10 minutes. Do not feed them after October, or before April. Fish
metabolism slows down in cold water and they do not feed, or move around
much during the winter months, merely surviving in a state of dormancy. Any
feed will fall to the bottom of the pond and foul the water. However, on a warm
winter’s day, fish can start moving around and take in feed if it is given to them.
This is dangerous as the digestive system of the fish can’t cope if the weather
turns cold again.

Fish can suffer from a range of ailments, including parasites, fungal infections
and fin rot. You can buy proprietary preparations to treat these problems from
most reputable pet shops that deal in aquatics.

Pond Plants
There are several distinct groups of plants you can grow in or around a garden
pond. Unfortunately, there are too many to list here, so you should ask at a
garden centre dealing in aquatics for advice on the best plants for your pond.

Oxygenators are essential for keeping the pond healthy and clear and you should
always have at least one submerged to absorb carbon dioxide and release
oxygen into the water. They can multiply fairly rapidly and outgrow their space if
not cut back. Remove the excess, which makes good garden compost when
rotted down.

Water lilies are planted in containers that sit on the bottom of the pond and
produce leaves and flowers on the surface in summer. They also help to shade
the pond from the sun and inhibit the growth of weed. Don’t over plant, as they
grow rapidly: one is sufficient in a small pond.

Marginals are planted in containers set in shallow water on shelves around the

Floaters are flowering plants that simply float on the pond. Marsh plants can be
planted at the edges of the pond, if the liner is extended and filled with soil to
create waterlogged bog conditions.

Don’t use garden soil as it contains too many impurities and could contaminate
the water. Your garden centre will advise on the best compost to use.

Spread gravel around the top of plant containers as fish delight in rummaging
around the bottom of plants, disturbing the compost and discolouring the water.

Pond Maintenance
The main problems in ponds are blanket weed, algae and fallen leaves.

Algae can be avoided to some extent by siting your pond away from the full sun.
It is less of a problem when the pond is established with oxygenators and lilies.

Blanket weed is a bigger enemy as it thrives in healthy water. It can be removed
by hand or with a stick, being careful not to puncture the liner. There are other
effective methods to remove blanket weed, such as floating barley straw on the
surface. You could also use chemicals, but the best method of cutting down on
blanket weed is to keep the water moving. If you have a fountain and/or
waterfall, keep it running at all times to aerate the pond. This will also keep ice
from forming across all the surface of the pond in the winter

Leaves are a menace and if your pond is near trees, then the only way to keep
the leaves out is to net the pond.

Ice rarely freezes in water beyond a depth of 18″ in the UK and providing there
are no rotting leaves giving off poisonous gas in the bottom of the pond and there
is a hole in the ice to allow in oxygen, the fish will survive quite well for several
months during the winter.

A rubber ball floating on the surface of the pond in winter can usually move
around sufficiently enough to leave a hole in the ice thus allowing oxygen to get
through, or use hot water from a kettle to make a hole in the ice. Never break the
ice as this will affect the fish’s nervous systems and can kill them.

If you have a pump, a filter fixed to it, will remove algae and other particles from
the water, although the filter will need cleaning on a regular basis.

With a larger pond, you can pump the water through a tank containing some kind
of filtration product, although clean gravel will also do the trick and a tank full of
hair curlers acts as an excellent filter. A central heating header tank for a small
pond or a cold water storage tank for a larger pond is ideal. Bacteria that remove
toxic waste will grow on the filters, thus keeping the pond clean and healthy.

If pollution remains a major problem, you can run the hose from the pump
through an ultraviolet light to kill the algae and totally eliminate green water.

If your pond springs a leak it may mean draining it down to where the hole is, or
draining it completely to affect a repair. If the latter is the case, move the fish and
plants to a temporary tank.

You can purchase pond puncture kits to repair plastic liners form a garden centre
that has an aquatics department.

A crack in a pre-formed pond is best fixed using a car body repair kit.

If you have a concrete pond, it’s probably better to drain it and add a plastic liner,
rather than point up with cement, which rarely works.

Wild Life
Within a very short space of time, your pond will attract frogs and/or toads and, if
you are lucky, newts. They will benefit your garden as all three eat slugs and
snails, so you should make it easy for them to get in and out of the pond by
having an angled slope to climb up. These reptiles will undoubtedly spawn and
you will need to make sure the spawn doesn’t clog up the pump filter. Various
insects, such as water boatmen, which literally walk on water, bees, butterflies
and hovering dragon and damsel flies will turn up as will water snails, which you
will need to control as they can carry disease.

Birds will be attracted to drink and bathe in fountains and waterfalls, but you do
not need a visiting heron! If this becomes a problem, you may have to net the
pond, or wind black or near invisible thread around pegs around the pond to
catch the herons’ legs as they try to wade in.

A good pond is hard to beat as a source of tranquility in the garden.

How To Make an Elmo Birthday Cake – Further Steps

OK, now you need to do the remainder of his face. This means mixing up some icing to get red. If you use red food colouring, you will find that it is difficult to get a strong red. You can get

other types of red colouring – however, if you don’t want to – just add lots of red food colouring – and it will be pretty close to red.

Step 8: Use one of those icing decorator things you can buy quite cheaply. Put the star piece on and fill it with red icing. Then start putting the red stars on his face. It may take a bit of time, so you need some patience, however, it is really easy to do.

IMG_8316Keep going with the red stars on his face.


IMG_8320Step 9: Once done, time to add his eyes. Use the back of the nib from the cake icing decorator or something round. Create an indentation in the white icing where his eyes will go.


Next Steps

How To Make an Elmo Birthday Cake – Next Steps

Now that you have finished the mouth – you can go onto the rest of the Elmo face.

Step 4: Mix up icing for the eyes – this will be white. Make enough for the red icing which you will colour later on.


Step 5: Start spreading the white icing onto the eyes.

IMG_8313Step 6: Keep going until you have given him a good set of ‘Elmo Eyes’. It might be easier if you turn the tray around to get the icing smooth. You can add a bit of water to help you smooth it out.


Step 7: Time for the nose. Mix up some red and yellow colouring and make the colour orange. Then cover his nose.

Next Steps

How To Make an Elmo Birthday Cake – First Steps

Looking to make an elmo birthday cake? Here is a step by step procedure on how to make a cake and ice it. This is what the end result will look like.

Firstly, the best thing you can do is get hold of an elmo cake tin/pan.

This is going to allow you to get the shape of the cake exact. You can hire these tins or even buy them from eBay. Once you have cooked the cake, use a packet mix as this will make it easy, you are ready to put the icing on. Here are step by step photos on how to ice the Elmo cake.

Step 1: Start with the mouth. Use black Writing Icing to complete the mouth.

IMG_8309Step 2: Smooth out the mouth using the back of a teaspoon and hot water.



Step 3: Finish off the mouth using the black icing.

IMG_8308Next Steps

What Does 1 Trillion Dollars Look Like?

We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go. Scroll down to check it out.

A $100 dollar bill.


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.

Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.


While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…


And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…


Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing about so much. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros.

You ready for this?

It’s pretty surprising.

Go ahead…

Scroll down…

Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars… and don’t miss to see the little man at the corner.


(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.