The 3 Type of Inbound Links Your Blog Needs

When it comes to link building there are three types of inbound links that your blog needs in order to soar up to the top of Google.

Link #1: The Broad High Authority Site Link

The best kind of broad high authority links are from major news sites. Some of these would include The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New York Times, and The Houston Chronicle. A couple of these links pointed to your blog can make a big impact on everyone of your Google rankings. These broad high domain authority links do not need to point to any specific web page on your blog. Whether it points to your home page or a blog post from last year, it will still pay dividends by delivering you loads of organic Google traffic. In addition, you do not have to worry about having specific keywords in the anchor text of the link. Most of these links will have your brand name as the anchor text of the link, and that will work just fine.

There are two strategies that work best for getting high authority links from major news websites.

Strategy One – HARO (Help a Reporter Out)

In episode 62 of my podcast, I broke down my entire HARO link building formula. If you have not listened to this episode yet, then make sure you listen to it after this episode.

Strategy Two – The Statistics Post

With HARO, you are actively responding to reporters that need an expert quote. The statistics post, on the other hand, is completely passive.

The way this process works is really simple. Reporters use Google, just like us, to find statistics that they can use for their articles. If they find your post and use your stat, then you will get a big fat juicy link back to your blog.

Here is my secret process for using statistics posts to attract high quality links from reporters.

  1. Create a Post Title that is Optimized for Google - Use my title formula that I have mentioned many times before, which is Odd Number + Power Word + Exact Keyword Phrase. If your keyword phrase is “social media statistics,” then your title might be 25 Brand New Social Media Statistics.
  2. Use Bullets to List Out Each of Your Stats – Reporters are always on a deadline and have little time to spend sifting through articles to find statistics. You will want to list out each of your statistics, using bullets, in groups of 6 to 9 stats. At the end of each group, you will write your commentary. The commentaries will allow you to expand your total word count beyond 1000 words.
  3. Curate At Least 10 More Stats than The Competition – Before you write your statistic post, go through and scan the titles of the first 30 results on Google for the keyword phrase you are targeting (i.e. social media statistics). Identify the largest number in a title and compile at least 10 more stats. If the largest numbered title is 27 Great Social Media Statistics, then your title will be 37 Brand New Social Media Statistics. Reporters, like most people, will click on the title with the biggest number.

I suggest that you come up with a list of every possible statistic that you can write a post on. If you have a social media blog, then you would make stat posts for Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and so on.

Link #2: Specific Keyword Targeted Page Links

These are the type of links you want to receive on your funnel pages or pillar posts that drive the most subscribers, leads, and sales.

I will walk you through a quick example to explain this a little better. Let’s say you are a search engine optimization company. One of your top converting pages on your website is a free SEO audit tool. People come to this page to insert their url and email address for a free SEO audit, and it does a quick automatic SEO review of their website.

For this type of page, you will want to get influencers to mention your SEO audit tool in a post about search engine optimization. Ideally, the link will be using the anchor text, “SEO audit tool.”

There are three parts to this equation that work together to push your page up in the Google rankings.

#1 The Influencers – Every niche has influencers that Google loves. Getting a brand mention or link from one of these is weighted heavily in their ranking algorithm.

#2 The Matched Post Content Where Link is Located – If you are trying to rank for an SEO related keyword phrase, then a link from an article on SEO is going to make a bigger impact than an article about email marketing.

#3 The Targeted Anchor Text – The trifecta for the targeted page link would include the exact anchor text of the phrase you are wanting to rank for. In this example, the anchor text would be “SEO audit tool.”

In the old days, black hat SEO’ers would blanket the internet with anchor text links, and Google would instantly give them a number one ranking. You do not want to do this, or anything remotely similar to this.

The best practice is to start by creating a page or post that is better than everything else on the topic. Whether it is a tool or a post, it needs to be the best of the best. If you accomplish this and let the right influencers know about it, then the rest will take care of itself.

Many small blogs have turned into powerhouses by creating free tools and pillar posts designed to attract inbound links.

Example One: MOZ’s Open Site Explorer Tool

One blog that used this technique was SEOMoz, which is now just called MOZ. During a time when everyone was obsessed with Google page rank, they launched a free tool called Open Site Explorer. This tool gave a deeper breakdown of page rank, which MOZ called domain authority. Over the years, this tool has attracted inbound links from over 5000 different root domains. My blog is one of the root domains that links to their tool. I have linked to it in 17 different blog posts. All of these links have turned into millions of monthly visitors for the MOZ blog. They have converted these visitors to customers, and today, MOZ makes tens of millions of dollars in yearly revenue.

Example Two: CoSchedule’s Blog Headline Analyzer

Another rags to riches blog story, with a free tool as the main character, is that of CoSchedule. They wanted to build an audience of bloggers and solopreneurs, which they could sell their social media posting service to. CoSchedule decided to make a free web tool that analyzed blog headlines. The tool scores your post headlines and gives you tips on how to improve them. This tool has been linked to by 1537 root domains. All of these links pushed their domain authority all the way to 78, and it lead to a ridiculous amount of number one rankings. These top rankings were not just for any run of the mill keyword phrases. We are talking about over 1000 highly targeted phrases. This type of traffic would cost them $40 a click if they were to pay for it on Google Adwords.

Example Three: Quick Sprout’s Online Marketing Pillar Post

In addition to tools, exceptional pillar blog posts can lead to a lion’s share of backlinks. Neil Patel used this strategy to turn his Quick Sprout blog into an 80+ domain authority site. His most successful pillar post was a beginner’s guide to online marketing. This is not your average pillar post. It is a visual masterpiece filled with top notch content. It is made up of 14 chapters and has almost 20,000 words.

Full disclosure here… Neil did spend several thousands of dollars on a graphic designer to make this post look absolutely stunning.

Not every pillar post needs to have 20,000 words and a graphic design budget of $5000. In Neil’s case, he was trying to rank for the phrase “online marketing.” This keyword phrase has one of the highest level’s of competition of any phrase on Google. A link worthy pillar post just needs to go a few steps further than the best stuff that is already out there.

At the end of the day, a link worthy pillar post can be made by anyone. You just need to have the time available to put in the research and write an exceptional post. The free tool is the one that most bloggers believe is out of their reach. The truth is, that most free tools can be created with a budget of less than $500 via Upwork.com. This can be a great investment, which can separate your blog from the rest of the crowd.

Link #3: Niche Links

Most of the successful blogs out there are creating all of their content around a particular niche. If you have a dog breeding site, then you are going to want other dog breeding blogs to link to you. Google keeps track of this, and it is called topic authority. I have seen plenty of niche blogs with low domain authority get well over 100,000 monthly visitors. I am talking about domain authority as low as 24.

The combination of hyper focused blog posts around a specific topic and niche links will bring number one rankings. Not first page rankings, but actual number one rankings. A number ranking is going to pull ridiculous traffic, and the traffic is going to have a 300% higher conversion rate than the number two ranking. The great thing about niche links is that they are pretty easy to get. These sites are usually run by an individual that rarely gets contacted by their audience.

Here is the proven formula to building relationships and links with niche bloggers…

Step One: Start by commenting on their blog posts.

Do not just go in there and post a bunch of comments all at once. Sign up to their feed or email updates so that you can get notified of their new posts. If they do not have one, then set up a Google alert. As soon as you see a new post is live, go in there and read it.

After that, you will want to make an intelligent comment with a compliment and a question. The compliment will build their confidence, which even long-term bloggers need. The question will create a conversation. After a few weeks of commenting, the blogger is going to know you by name.

Step Two: Identify Their Social Accounts and Begin Following Them

If the blogger has three different social media accounts, then follow one per week. This will allow them to see your name come across their notifications three separate times. After the initial follows, Twitter works best for long term engagement.

You can set up a Twitter list called “My Favorite Bloggers,” which will be used to add the Twitter accounts of every niche blogger that you are following. This will do two things. First, it will allow you to click on the list and see only tweets from the niche bloggers that you are trying to build relationships with. Secondly, the blogger will get notified via Twitter that they have been added to a Twitter list by you.

When I see someone add my Twitter account to a custom list I definitely take time to look at that person’s Twitter profile. It makes me feel even more special when the list is called, “My Favorite Podcasters.”

From that point on, click on your niche blogger Twitter list to review the latest tweets everyday. As you look through the most recent tweets, click the heart icon to favorite and also retweet some of these tweets. Each blogger is going to get a notification with every tweet that you favorite and retweet. I have over 60,000 followers, and I read every notification of a favorite, retweet, and mention. Now imagine the impact these actions will have on a niche blogger with 253 followers.

Step Three: Send Them a Question Via Email

A rookie mistake that most bloggers make is to attempt to start off the relationship with an email. These emails usually reek of someone wanting something from you. Most bloggers are used to getting shallow emails from people wanting them to post a link back to someone’s website. I get about 30 of these emails every week. These go straight to the trash.

You want to make the email the final step so that the blogger is be able to recognize your name when your email arrives. After several blog post comments and Twitter favorites with your name, they will be eager to read your email. If they are in your niche, then you will also have plenty to talk about. Some of the best email conversations with fellow bloggers in your niche will be about what you are struggling with. Once they open up about their biggest struggle as a blogger, then you can swoop in and reveal how you have had success in that area. At that point, they will be ripe and ready to pay you back with a link.

This may sound like a lot, but it only takes about 60 minutes of total time invested to get a link. With a Google update for commenting and a Twitter list for favoriting tweets, you will be able to batch all of your blogger engagements together and save a whole lot of time.

The great thing about this engagement process, is that it is real. After a year of doing this, you will not only have plenty of links, but you will have made friendships with people that share your passion.

List of Facebook’s Ad Targeting Options

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There are many sites that you can use to grow your brand and business online.some are more effective than other based on the amount of traffic that they have on their site. More users allows for more relevancy. Facebook is one of the most used sites online and is a site that you can use to grow your business, you just need to be sure that you know goes to use Facebook in the right way. Here are some of the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Target
Facebook can be a great tool for marketing your business because it allows you to target users. This means that you can use the targeting features on this site in a way that enables you to get your content in front of the demographic that you desire most. This is always the goal, but it has never been this easy before. Now you have the ability to target Facebook users based on demographics that can mean a lit to you.

2) Location
One way that you can target that can be very beneficial for you is based on location. This means that if you do have a business that relies on location in some way, it is still possible for you to be using Facebook to your advantage as a marketing tool. Just because you are online does not mean that you can’t target consumers with location in mind. There are location demographic tools on Facebook that you can use to make sure that you are only targeting with location in mind. This makes a lot of sense for your location based business.

3) Interests
When you are using Facebook, it is possible for you to target online users with more than just location alone. This means that you have the ability to target in some way based on interests. Since Facebook has so much information on users, this means that they have the ability to let you target with interests at the forefront. This can be a very helpful targeting tool.

With the help of Facebook you will be able to get your brand and content in front of the online users that matter the most to your business. Targeting your audience has never been any easier before. Now you have the ability to let Facebook do all of the tough targeting work for you. All you have to do is use these tools to your advantage.

37 Spectacular Charles Baudelaire Quotes

Charles Baudelaire was a French poet most known for his essays. Known for his most famous work ‘Les Fleurs du mal’ (The Flowers of Evil), here is a look at the best Charles Baudelaire quotes ever documented.

“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.”

“A sweetheart is a bottle of wine, a wife is a wine bottle.”

“All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory – of the absolute and of the particular.”

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”

“Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.”

“Any man who does not accept the conditions of life sells his soul.”

“Dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music.”

“Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.”

“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man’s physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.”

“God is the only being who, in order to reign, doesn’t even need to exist.”

“I have more memories than if I were a thousand years old.”

“Inspiration comes of working every day.”

“It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.”

“It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.”

“It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.”

“It is unfortunately very true that, without leisure and money, love can be no more than an orgy of the common man. Instead of being a sudden impulse full of ardor and reverie, it becomes a distastefully utilitarian affair.”

“Let us beware of common folk, of common sense, of sentiment, of inspiration, and of the obvious.”

“Life has but one true charm: the charm of the game. But what if we’re indifferent to whether we win or lose?”

“Nations, like families, have great men only in spite of themselves. They do everything in their power not to have any.”

“No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare.”

“Nothing can be done except little by little.”

“One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”

“Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.”

“Poetry has no goal other than itself; it can have no other, and no poem will be so great, so noble, so truly worthy of the name of poem, than one written uniquely for the pleasure of writing a poem.”

“Remembering is only a new form of suffering.”

“Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.”

“That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal; from which it follows that irregularity – that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment, are a essential part and characteristic of beauty.”

“The habit of doing one’s duty drives away fear.”

“The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute.”

“The more delicate and ambitious the soul, the further do dreams estrange it from possible things.”

“The will to work must dominate, for art is long and time is brief.”

“There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.”

“There are women who inspire you with the desire to conquer them and to take your pleasure of them; but this one fills you only with the desire to die slowly beneath her gaze.”

“There is a certain cowardice, a certain weakness, rather, among respectable folk. Only brigands are convinced-of what? That they must succeed. And so they do succeed.”

“To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art – that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.”

“We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work.”

“You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it-it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.”

Here is a look at the unique work of Charles Baudelaire.

Upstream vs Downstream Marketing

Upstream marketing is a process which attempts to identify customer needs and then fulfill them. It takes place during the early stages of market segmentation and creates a place of focus when bringing products or services to that demographic. The goal is to find a competitive advantage by examining value propositions and price points so that the development cycles can be accurate.

Downstream marketing is the “traditional” form of marketing. It attempts to reach customers by promoting goods or services that are already developed to a targeted demographic. This may be done through advertising, displays, trade shows, and other forms of promotion. It enhances the acceptance and awareness of goods and services, but makes assumptions on the value propositions and price points that specific demographics will accept.

In a perfect world, an organization should perform both marketing efforts. The upstream vs downstream marketing debate is like comparing an apple to a banana. They may be similar at a core level, but very different in appearance, taste, and style.

Upstream vs Downstream Marketing: An Analogy

Here’s an easy way to compare the differences between upstream and downstream marketing. Let’s go fishing.

There are several things you must do in most places before you can legally fish. You’ll need to purchase a fishing license. You will need a fishing pole. You’ll need equipment to use with that pole, like a lure or a hook. You’ll be purchasing bait based on the type of fish that you’re fishing for when you hit the water.

Then you’ll need to decide where to go fishing. Will it be at a lake? A river? Do you have an ocean beach nearby?

Even when you make it to your preferred location, you still have choices to make. Do you take a boat out onto the water? Do you put on some waders and walk out into the river?

And what beer are you going to bring with you?

Then you set your bait, make a cast, and hopefully catch a big one. Everything up until the point where you cast happened before you actually fished. That is what happens with upstream marketing. You must make the necessary decisions before you start so that you can have the best possible results happen when you do finally begin.

Imagine trying to go fishing using downstream marketing tactics. The first thing you would do would be to cast. Then you’d need to reel it back in, set a bait that you hoped would work, and then repeat. And repeat again with a different bait if the first didn’t work. Maybe you’ll catch a fish, but maybe you won’t catch one.

And you’ll also need to explain why you’re out there fishing without a license if you get caught.

That seems more difficult to do, right? So why is upstream marketing often ignored outright?

Upstream Marketing Forces Tough Questions to Be Asked

Upstream marketing makes you ask the important questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

That means it is more of a set of principles or concepts that must be applied consistently instead of an outreach effort for an established product. To begin an upstream effort, you must have an identity and mission set forth that the organization, as a complete brand, as bought into.

Success is difficult to measure with upstream marketing as well. You’re not counting sales or clicks or website visits as a metric for success. In many cases, you don’t even know if your efforts are going to be successful. You know you want to go fishing, so you buy the stuff to go to give yourself the best possible chance.

Chances are not guarantees. Downstream marketing seems to offer more guarantees and it provides an aura of immediate gratification. That’s why downstream tends to be more appealing. It gives you an adrenaline rush.

Yet ask anyone who goes fishing what it feels like when they’ve planned to catch a big one and it actually happens. All the previous attempts that ended in disappointment are forgotten. There is an intense pride and satisfaction in knowing that a well-planned strategy brought profits.

The bottom line is this: upstream marketing is just as important as downstream marketing. Both options can produce leads and conversions on their own, but they work a lot better when they’re implemented together. By knowing what your customers want and developing goods and services that meet their needs, your brand can make an immediate impact – even if a conversion doesn’t happen.

You only need to be successful once to potentially hook a repeat customer. That’s why the upstream vs downstream marketing comparison is important to remember.

41 Incredible L’Wren Scott Quotes

L’Wren Scott was a professional American stylist and fashion designer best known for creating designs for the life of Madonna and other Hollywood elites. Tragically ending her own life by hanging in 2014, L’Wren Scott left a significant impact on the world of design. Here is a look at some of the most notable L’Wren Scott quotes to know.

“After working with clothes for so long, it seemed right to design them.”

“Enhancing a woman’s silhouette and enhancing a woman’s beauty – both contribute to enhancing her confidence, so they’re synonymous, really.”

“Every season I try to top myself, and push it a little further.”

“Everyone has their own special set of problems – in their own minds.”

“Everyone has this perception that the bloggers, they say horrible things about you and they hide behind their computers where you can’t see them.”

“Guys understand a waistline. They understand a silhouette.”

“I always have to have my lipstick. Sometimes I have more than one shade: start with one color for the morning, one for night. Sometimes I have a couple shades just in case I need something more powerful for the day.”

“I am a fashion designer, so I guess that makes me an overpacker.”

“I am obsessed with proportion, and how proportion is perceived.”

“I am only six foot three, by the way.”

“I believe in stopping work and eating lunch.”

“I didn’t particularly like being objectified.”

“I don’t really measure success by anything other than if I am happy. That is success to me. Am I happy waking up every morning?”

“I don’t like to dictate the style to the customer, I believe people give something their own trend.”

“I don’t want to be defined as someone’s girlfriend.”

“I exercise five days a week at home.”

“I hate how when I have a bunch of events going on and I have to get my hair done so much, [then] I have to wash it more often. It’s definitely better not to.”

“I have a very big family and a lot of friends, and buying presents is one of my favorite things to do.”

“I just want to be known for what I do, not who I know.”

“I never eat where the hotel recommends. I do my own research and then try the most highly rated options.”

“I really wanted to do my own perfume because I mix my own oils, so it just made sense.”

“I think a girl always needs a cardigan, and I tend to go for the sparkles. I have a minimum of 50 embellished cardigans. I’m not a believer in less is more; I’m sort of a believer in more is necessary.”

“I’ve always been very inspired by fashion. I’ve always been a big fan of style.”

“If you don’t feel good in it, don’t wear it. Because it’ll never look good. Any hesitation in the fitting room and just walk away.”

“I’m always working. I work wherever I am.”

“In the future, I’d like to make jewelry and sell it under my own name. But right now, I’ve got enough on my plate!”

“It was always sort of my dream to make handbags and I wanted a handbag that was very sharp, very structured, very tailored I wanted a bag you could put all of your things in it, you can open it, you could close it, you could hid all your tricks, but it’s not all lumpy.”

“It’s so important your customer can rely on you for your classics.”

“I’ve never met a woman who thinks they’ve got a good enough figure – however perfect they look – which is sad, because no one else can see these perceived flaws; they’re entirely internal.”

“Luxury is a state of mind.”

“One should always try to do the best you possibly can. I’m not in a race to the finish line – I won’t put anything out until it’s completely ready. You want to keep it special and unique for the customer.”

“People often try to disguise televisions. I always think that makes it worse. It is what it is!”

“Peruvian food is so simple yet amazingly flavored with their traditional spices.”

“Random things are luxurious to people. It’s personal.”

“The biggest part of my fashion choices is how comfortable it is.”

“The fun thing about scent is that it’s unique to everyone; pheromones take on a new scent.”

“The sooner you start being fearless, the better.”

“There’s lots of things you pull out lipstick for.”

“When you’re creating a fragrance, you’re always thinking about what you want that first smell to be, that first reaction.”

“Women of every age and size really just want to look sexy, while retaining their power and dignity.”

“You’ll see the most perfect person, and you are like, ‘God, she’s, like, perfect.’ And then she’ll tell you everything that’s not perfect. Everyone has their own special set of problems – in their own minds.”

Here is one memorable video of L’Wren Scott as he makes her London fashion debut.

31 YouTube Marketing Tips for Small Business Owners

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If you have a business that you are looking to promote, you can’t go wrong by using YouTube as a marketing tool. YouTube is a platform that you can use in a lot of different ways. You just need to know how to use it most effectively and how you can make it work for your business. A lot more goes into using YouTube than just uploading videos. This means that you need to know why it is so important that your business use YouTube right now. Here are some of the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Popularity.
One of the main reasons why this can be such a great tool is because Google is such a popular search engine. It is actually the second most used search engine only to Google. This means that people online are using it to look for information. If you want to have a relevant presence online, you need to be sure that you are using YouTube in the right way. It is a website that online users go to over and over again, which is why it is the third most visited website online, This is a website that you need to be using if you want your business to be relevant online. There is no way that you can get around using YouTube.

2) Improve Search Rankings.
One thing that you will see once you begin using YouTube in the right way is a boost in your search engine rankings. This means that all of the key words that are related to your business will help to bring online users to your site and your information. You need to rank high within search engines if you want the ability to grow your brand. This means that you need to be using YouTube and uploading videos that online users want to see. You can really energize your current customer base if you are using YouTube in the right way because it is unique content.

3) Stay on Brand.
You need to make sure that the videos and the content that you upload to YouTube makes sense to your brand. This means that you need to stay on topic and make sure that you customize while also staying on brand. This is the only way that your content will be the most relatable to online users and be something that they count on and return to see.

35 Sensational Paul Tournier Quotes

Paul Tournier was a Swiss physician and author best known for his pastoral counseling. With a global audience, Tournier made a significant impact on spiritual and psychosocial care. Tournier is known as being one of the most famous Christian physicians in the 20th century. Here is a look at some of the most notable Paul Tournier quotes ever recorded.

“Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle.”

“At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance.”

“Christian faith does not involve repressing one’s anxiety in order to appear strong.”

“Everything that is worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids – all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile.”

“I am convinced that nine out of every ten persons seeing a psychiatrist do not need one. They need someone who will love them with God’s love…and they will get well.”

“If there had been no fear of failure, neither would there be any joy in success.”

“In order to really understand, we need to listen, not reply. We need to listen long and attentively.”

“It is quite clear that between love and understanding there is a very close link…He who loves understands, and he who understands loves.”

“Let us not seek to bring religion to others, but let us endeavor to live it ourselves.”

“Life can become once more a grand adventure if we will surrender it to god. He brings one adventure to an end, only to open another to us. With him we must be ready for anything.”

“Listen to all the conversations of our world, between nations as well as between individuals. They are, for the most part, dialogues of the deaf.”

“Many ordinary illnesses are nothing but the expression of a serious dissatisfaction with life.”

“Marriage teaches you loyalty, forbearance, self-restraint, meekness, and a great many other things you wouldn’t need if you had stayed single.”

“Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject’s vitality.”

“No one can develop freely in this world and find a full life without feeling understood by at least one person.”

“Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.”

“Our task is to live our personal communion with Christ with such intensity as to make it contagious.”

“Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual.”

“Sickness may be the solemn occasion of God’s intervention in a person’s life.”

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.”

“That is what marriage really means: helping one another to reach the full status of being persons, responsible and autonomous beings who do not run away from life.”

“The adventurous life is not one exempt from fear, but on the contrary, one that is lived in full knowledge of fears of all kinds, one in which we go forward in spite of our fears.”

“The experience of being in between-between the time we leave home and arrive at our destination; between the time we leave adolescence and arrive at adulthood; between the time we leave doubt and arrive at faith.”

“The most tragic consequence of our criticism of a man is to block his way to humiliation and grace, precisely to drive him into the mechanisms of self justification and into his faults instead of freeing him from them. F”

“The price that has to be paid for finding truly personal life is a very high one. It is a price in terms of the acceptance of responsibility.”

“The real meaning of travel, like that of a conversation by the fireside, is the discovery of oneself through contact with other people, and its condition is self-commitment in the dialogue.”

“The really important thing in life is not the avoidance of mistakes, but the obedience of faith.”

“The worst thing is not being wrong, but being sure one is not wrong.”

“There are two things we cannot do alone. One is to be married and the other is to be a Christian.”

“To be right is dangerous, it has ever been the source of all intolerance.”

“We are always looking for a grand program of action full of great ideas, when the thing is to begin by obeying the little ideas.”

“We do not posses God. We find him periodically.”

“Where there is no longer any opportunity for doubt, there is no longer any opportunity for faith either.”

“Woe to the man who tries to remain objective and to maintain a wide perspective: every one will label him as an enemy.”

“Your manner of life now is already determining your life in those years of old age and retirement, without your realizing it even, and perhaps without your giving enough thought to it.”

Communication is key in everything we do.

Movable Type vs WordPress

There are several platforms available today that can help you to build the website of your dreams. Two popular options are Movable Type and WordPress. Both platforms are a CMS-style option that offer HTML and CSS customization at some level, but through a user-friendly system of implementation.

With both platforms, you can have a great website up and running in just a few minutes.

Since both platforms offer a similar service, how does one solve the Movable Type vs WordPress debate? Here are some of the key points of comparison.

1. Pricing

Movable Type is free to use if you launch it for AWS (nginx) on a micro instance. The software charge is $0.07 per hour, which comes out to $499 per year. If you are using the platform for an educational site or a commercial site, then a license must be purchased. New user Pro Unlimited software licenses are $999, while upgrade licenses are $499.

Movable Type requires users to purchase technical support services as well. One month of these services is $199, while 3 months of support is $299. This provides you with access to an online ticket support system with email, phone, or IM supports. Responses may take up to 3 business days.

WordPress is free. It does not offer any formal customer service, but there are third-party forums that can provide some technical support. You’ll need to find a hosting agency that will accept WordPress, however, and that isn’t always easy to do.

2. Installation

Movable Type offers a straight-forward installation process that works with any hosting solution. It’s extremely fast when you choose their hosting solution. It installs like virtually any other program onto a web host. Just follow the prompts that are given and you’ll be finished in no time at all.

WordPress markets a 5-minute installation process, but that requires you to setup your database and other essentials before starting the installation. Look for web hosts that offer a WordPress installation in one click for the best results if you’re just getting started with your website.

3. Learning Curve

Movable Type makes their upload, editing, and customization process about as easy as it can be. Once you’ve learned the system, which takes a couple of days to get to know everything, you can navigate through the platform to create a great website that is consistently updated.

WordPress offers endless customization options. You receive an editor that is user-friendly and easier to understand than the interface offered by Movable Type. It does not provide the immediate customization options, however, so finding the right plugins can sometimes be a challenge.

4. Customization Potential

Movable Type offers a plugin and theme directory so that you can extend your system in many different ways. You can also create your own plugins or themes and share them through the platforms official directory.

Plugin and theme projects must be published on GitHub and be appropriately formatted for their work to be considered for the Movable Type Gallery. Just find the one that you want, click on the description link, and then find the download button. That’s all there is to it.

With WordPress, you can do almost anything with your website. The chances are good that someone has already designed what you need, which means you just need to find it and then install it. Not every plugin is free, however, and some may cost several hundred dollars. If you can’t find what you want, WordPress allows you the option of designing it and then installing it yourself.

5. Blogging

Movable Type and WordPress both provide effective blogging solutions.

If you use Movable Type for anything but personal blogging, there is a good chance that you’ll find yourself being asked to agree to a licensing agreement that could cost you more than $1,000 before your site ever goes live.

With WordPress, you can start your blog for free. Then you can decide if you want to upgrade your site or stick with a free one. You never need to pay anything unless there is a specific item or service you wish to include for your site from a third-party offer.

Movable Type may cost more, but some believe it is a platform that offers better support and a polished experience. WordPress may be free, but it is also open-source, which means you can struggle to find help when you run into trouble. Take a look for yourself and you’ll be able to find the right solution for your needs in the Movable Type vs WordPress debate.

17 Proven Ways to Triple Your Productivity

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Trying to be as productive as possible does not have to be an impossible task. There are plenty of ways that you can make the most out of your time, if you just think outside the box a little bit. Some of the productivity hacks that are the most effective might seem the most strange. This means that you need to know how you can be productive by just changing up the environment that you work in. Small changes can make a big difference in your productivity. Here are the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) No White.
When you are looking for the right color to paint the walls of your office, you want to be sure that you stay away from white. This means that you need to opt for a color that is not sop plain. White walls actually have the ability to have an adverse effect on your productivity. This means that you should not go with white walls if you have a choice. If you work in a room that has white walls, you are more likely to make mistakes. This will allow you down and keep you from being as productive as possible.

2) No Chill.
You might think that being cold in your office on a hot summer day will keep you engaged in your work, but this is not the case. Studies actually show that you are more likely to work at a superior pace if you are in a room that is slightly warmer. This means that if you work in an office that does not have AC, you might actually be able to get your work done faster. being cooler is not always better, this is especially true when you are talking about productivity. Turning the AC off might be one of the best things that you can do if you want to make the most of your work time.

3) No Noise.
If you want to be sure that you stay on task, you need to limit distractions as much as possible. This means that you need to cut down on the noise when you can. This makes sense, but you are able to be more productive if you are working in an environment where the noise is controlled. This will keep you from getting distracted and will allow you to finish your work in the shortest amount of time that is possible.

17 Superb Cecil Rhodes Quotes

Cecil Rhodes was a British magnate and politician for the Cape Colony in South Africa. A vigorous supporter of settle colonialism, here is a look at some of the best Cecile Rhodes quotes from his life.

“Africa is still lying ready for us, it is our duty to take it. It is our duty to seize every opportunity of acquiring more territory and we should keep this one idea steadily before our eyes.”

“Ask any man what nationality he would prefer to be, and ninety nine out of a hundred will tell you that they would prefer to be Englishmen.”

“Having read the histories of other countries, I saw that expansion was everything, and that the world’s surface being limited, the great object of present humanity should be to take as much of the world as it possibly could.”

“I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race.”

“I have found out one thing and that is, if you have an idea, and it is a good idea, if you only stick to it you will come out all right.”

“I have too much work on my hands and I would not be a dutiful husband.”

“If there be a God, I think he would like me to paint Africa British-Red as possible.”

“In order to save the forty million inhabitants of the United Kingdom from a bloody civil war, our colonial statesmen must acquire new lands for settling the surplus population of this country, to provide new markets…”

“Man begets, but land does not beget.”

“Pure philanthropy is very well in its way but philanthropy plus five percent is a good deal better.”

“Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life.”

“So little done, so much to do.”

“The real fact is that I could no longer stand their eternal cold mutton.”

“To think of these stars that you see overhead at night, these vast worlds which we can never reach. I would annex the planets if I could; I often think of that. It makes me sad to see them so clear and yet so far.”

“We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labor that is available from the natives of the colonies.”

“When people praise you, don’t let it go to your head. When they criticize you, don’t let it go to your heart.”

“Wherever you turn your eye—except in science—an Oxford man is at the top of the tree.”

Believing in the white man’s right to rule, here is a look at the mission of Cecil Rhodes during his lifetime and influence in South Africa.

Wix vs Weebly

You’ve got a new website to build. Several website builders clamor for your business. Two popular options happen to be Wix and Weebly.

Both have an extensive network of users. More than 40 million people use Weebly, while another 100 million people use Wix. Paid customers on premium plans for Wix have grown by 38% since 2012. Since Weebly is privately owned, they are not required to release their paid or premium statistics.

Here are some of the key points of comparison to determine which side of the Wix vs Weebly debate is right for your needs.

1. Template Designs

Wix offers users templates that are modern and responsive. Each design is built for immediate installation so that drag-and-drop features can allow you to build a website within minutes. Even their basic template designs create a professional look for your site. Just pick a design that works for you and you’re ready to go.

Weebly has been traditionally weak in terms of providing good templates. They are updating their designs to be responsive and modern, but some templates look like they’re straight out of 2005. Although their template designs may not be as favorable, there is one advantage that Weebly does have here: you can change your template and edit the HTML and CSS.

Once you choose a template on Wix, you’re stuck with it and cannot edit its look whatsoever. To change your look, you must start over.

2. Ease of Use

Wix offers users a drag-and-drop design that allows you to place any elements into any location within the site. This allows users to have complete freedom with their design, but it also creates a risk that there will not be structural consistency with the final product.

Weebly offers a drag-and-drop design, but one that isn’t as “open world” as Wix. You’re restricted to adding content to designated areas of the template. Inserting elements into the header on Weebly is in development, but Wix already offers it.

3. Customization

Outside of the drag-and-drop builder design, both Wix and Weebly provide users with options to customize the final look of the site. You get to be in control of the final basic elements, like the text font, titles, paragraph structures, sizing, and similar displays.

With Wix, you have several advanced controls over each element. Although the styling options are great, you don’t have the option to change them. You just change how they look. Updates to the customization options which are available occur on a monthly basis. You’re provided with unlimited pages, even on the free plans.

Weebly offers fewer stylization options for customization, but you’re not stuck with a design you don’t like either. The updates are fewer on this platform as well, often occurring just 1-3 times per year. Free plans are restricted to 5 pages. To receive unlimited pages, you must go with either their Business tier or the Pro tier.

4. Customer Support

Wix offers a support tool that can be accessed at every point during the building process. Just look for the green circle with a question mark on the page and click on it. You’ll be taken to their Help Center to receive specific instructions or a video that will take you through the issue you’re experiencing.

Wix also offers phone support for everyone, including those who are on their free plans. VIP customers have access to a dedicated support line.

Weebly offers a similar Help Center, but without the user-friendly access. A couple of extra steps are required. You’ll need to go into their support center, use the search box, and type in the term you’re needing some help with during your website build.

Weebly offers phone supports as well, but only to customers on their Business, Pro, or Performance plans.

5. Site Exportation

Wix does not allow you to export your website. There is no option for migration.

Weebly allows you to export your website or import it to a different host. If you decide to leave this builder, you can take your website with you. It’s a nice backup plan to have.

6. Pricing

Wix offers a plan that is always free. If you wish to have more bandwidth and storage, or you wish to connect your domain (or receive a free domain), then there are 5 paid plans that are available with this website builder.

  • Connect. This plan is $5 per month and it does not remove Wix branded advertising from your site.
  • Combo. This plan is $10 per month and intended for personal use.
  • Unlimited. This is the first plan that offers unlimited bandwidth and it is $14 per month.
  • E Commerce. This plan is $17 per month, features 20 GB of bandwidth, 20 GB of storage, and is the first plan available that offers an online store option.
  • VIP. For $25 per month, you receive the best that Wix can offer.

Hosting, unlimited pages, and hundreds of templates are included with each of these tiers.

Weebly offers a free plan for basic use as well. The free plan includes 500 MB of storage and gives you access to the drag-and-drop builder. There are 4 premium tiers that can be utilized as well.

  • Starter. For $8 per month, you can remove Weebly ads and have unlimited storage for your site. Analytics are collected for you as well.
  • Pro. For $12 per month, you add site searching, password protection, video backgrounds, and HD audio and video.
  • Business. For $25 per month, you receive all the perks of the previous plans and gain the option for membership registration.
  • Performance. For $38 per month, you receive free email marketing, real-time shipping rates, abandoned cart emails,

Weebly allows you to sell products on the starter plan. Up to 10 products are allowed and checkout occurs on their site. A 3% transaction fee is charged. Unlimited products and a zero-transaction fee occurs on the business plan.

7. Free Site Setup

Wix puts two advertisements onto your site, even when using the entry-level paid plan. The first advertisement stays on the right-hand corner of the site, even when a visitor scrolls through your content. The second advertisement is a footer bar that is present at all times as well.

Weebly takes an approach that is a little subtler. They offer a single advertisement that is larger, but placed on the footer of the site. That makes it more inviting to take advantage of the free service. If you do upgrade to a paid plan, you’re guaranteed to have the advertising removed.

In the Wix vs Weebly debate, there is no “right” or “wrong” from a general standpoint. There is only what is correct option for your needs. Use these comparison points to look at both builders and you’ll be able to make the right decision.

37 Breathtaking Evan Esar Quotes

Evan Esar is an American humorist best known for his comic and quotes. Many of Esar quotes are found in crossword puzzles. Here is a look at some of the best Evan Esar quotes to know.

“A man is known by the company he keeps, but a woman is known by the company she keeps waiting.”

“A signature always reveals a man’s character – and sometimes even his name.”

“America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.”

“An expert is someone who takes something you already know and makes it sound confusing.”

“Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.”

“Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.”

“Children grow out of childhood, but parents never grow out of parenthood.”

“Compare what you want with what you have, and you’ll be unhappy; compare what you deserve with what you have, and you’ll be happy.”

“Conscience is what makes a boy tell his mother before his sister does.”

“Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie, but admits than under analysis some of them won’t stand up either.”

“Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.”

“Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space.”

“Good teachers cost a lot; but, poor teachers cost a lot more.”

“Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it.”

“If it required some effort to go from today to tomorrow, some people would always remain in yesterday.”

“If you can’t bear to have your face stepped on, don’t try to climb the ladder of success.”

“If you don’t like to make excuses or apologies, stop making promises.”

“It takes far more courage to violate a custom than a law.”

“Nothing ages your car as much as the sight of your neighbor’s new one.”

“Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration,and inspiration.”

“The car was invented as a convenient place to sit out traffic jams.”

“The difference between us and other people is that their money looks bigger and their troubles smaller.”

“The girl with a future avoids a man with a past.”

“The lazy man claims he is too heavy for light work and too light for heavy work.”

“The man who avoids debt doesn’t have to worry about avoiding his creditors.”

“The mint makes it first, it is up to you to make it last.”

“The reason why men who mind their own business succeed is that they have so little competition.”

“There are two kinds of leaders: those who are interested in the flock, and those who are interested in the fleece.”

“There would be no population explosion if people who are trying to keep the wolf from the door wouldn’t let the stork fly in through the window.”

“There’s only one thing worse than to live without working, and that is to work without living.”

“Think twice before you speak, and then you may be able to say something more insulting than if you spoke right out at once.”

“This may be the age of automation, but love is still being made by hand.”

“Under dictatorship, the people in prison are always superior to the people who put them there.”

“When laziness attacks a woman, it always avoids her tongue.”

“Worry makes people thin, except when they worry about being fat.”

“You can’t judge the ability of a doctor by the amount of praise the undertakers give him.”

“Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings.”

Here is a compilation to some of the best Evan Esar quotes ever recorded.

10 Ways to Declutter Your Inbox

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Email can be a great communication tool for just about any business. No matter what your brand may be, you can benefit greatly from using email in the right way. You just need to make sure that you are communicating most effectively while using email. This means that you need to know the best methods for prioritizing your inbox. It is easy for your inbox to get bogged down, but there are simple tips that can be effective for you and make the most sense. Here are some of the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Declutter
If you want to make sure that your email is one of the best ways for you to communicate, you need to make sure that your inbox is decluttered. This means that you need to be getting rid of all of the junk emails along the way. You do not want to have a inbox that is full of emails that are unread and not necessary., This is only overwhelming and will distract you from the messages that you need to see most. This means that you need to start by deleting all of the emails that you have never read and the ones that you do not care about. You need to get them out of your inbox as soon as possible if you really want to have an inbox that allows you to communicate in the best way.

2) Unsubscribe
One of the best ways for making sure that your inbox is uncluttered from needless emails is to hit the unsubscribe button. If you are subscribed for content that you do not use in any way, it is past time that you hit the unsubscribe button. this will keep you from getting the emails that you are just going to have to delete from your inbox.

3) Routine
Another great way that you can get on track with using email as a form of communication is to make sure that you have an email routine. This means that you should have certain times set aside during the day that you go through your inbox and read your messages. This will ensure that your inbox never gets too cluttered and that you are seeing all of the emails that are most important to you. It will even give you time to file away all of the emails in your inbox that you want to keep.

35 Mind-Blowing Morgan Freeman Quotes

Morgan Freeman is an Academy Award Winning actor, producer, and narrator. Known for his very distinctive voice, Freeman is ranked as the fourth highest box office star with more than $4.316 billion total box office gross over the course of his career. Here is a look at some of the best Morgan Freeman quotes ever recorded.

“All you have to do is believe, then you will see everything.”

“As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.”

“But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it.”

“Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.”

“Don’t be afraid of what you want. This is your time. The barriers are down.”

“Don’t be different just for different’s sake. If you see it differently, function that way. Follow your own muse, always.”

“Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort.”

“Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear.”

“How are we going to get rid of racism? Stop talking about it!”

“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.”

“I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.”

“I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”

“I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole.”

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.”

“I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major.”

“I once heard a wise man say there are no perfect men. Only perfect intentions.”

“If your life turns out to be good and you have a tremendous amount of luck in your life, it’s a good thing to turn around and make it work for others.”

“In the harshest place on Earth, … love finds a way.”

“Insanity is coasting through life in a miserable existence when you have a caged lion locked inside and the key to release it.”

“Is listening important? I can’t think of a single walk of life where it wouldn’t be.”

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”

“Let me tell you what justice is. Justice is the law. And that man’s feeble attempt to lay down the principles of deceny.”

“Never let pride be your guiding principle. Let your accomplishments speak for you.”

“People need to start to think about the messages that they send in the movies.”

“So if I believe in God, and I do, it’s because I think I’m God,.”

“That’s your job as the actor, to understand the human part of the character, to make it real.”

“The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”

“The highest power is the human mind. That’s where God came from and my belief in God is my belief in myself.”

“There’s no mystery to it. Nothing more complicated than learning lines and putting on a costume.”

“Very often, you know, you stop walking because you say, ‘Well, I’m tired of climbing this hill. I’m never going to get to the top.’ And you’re only two steps from the top.”

“We humans are more concerned with having than with being.”

“When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I’d discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theater.”

“You can’t take credit for talent; you can only take credit for using it.”

“You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.”

“You’re going to relegate my history to a month.”

Here is a full address given by Morgan Freeman at the Oxford Union Society.

Quicken vs Quickbooks

Quicken and QuickBooks are both offered by Intuit, a publicly traded company. They also own the finance management website www.mint.com and are the makers of TurboTax. Although both software options are offered by the same provider, there is a different feature set to at to determine which could be the right tool to use.

Quicken is designed for families or individuals. The software tracks your account balances. It will also keep track of your investments, budget, loans, or other transactions that you have for your personal finances. One version even provides the option to track rental property income or small business finances with your personal finances.

QuickBooks is a financial management tool that is designed for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). It provides everything from inventory and accounting to payroll and tax filing. You can track bank accounts, perform reconciliation, and do your payment processing from it. AR, AP, and other invoicing or budgeting needs can be completed as well.

In the Quicken vs QuickBooks debate, which option is better for you? Let’s take a look.

What Are the Advantages of Quicken?

Intuit uses Quicken to target individuals, sole proprietors, freelancers, and entrepreneurs who do not have the need to manage a payroll. The tools are fairly simple, but still helpful, when there isn’t a need to separate personal finances from business finances.

  • It is simple to use, which makes it easier to learn.
  • It offers a single-entry accounting system. Think of it as an online checking account registry that you can keep track of in real-time for income or expense records.
  • Reporting capabilities are available, though geared toward personal income rather than business income except on the highest-end version of the software.
  • You can associate different income or expense entries with departments, classes, or activities.
  • A budgeting wizard is included to help you locate expenses that could be hurting your bottom line. You can also use the wizard to design a savings plan.
  • You can track investments, such as your stocks or your IRA.
  • Pricing is quite affordable, with entry-level versions suitable for personal finance management being about $50. Even the highest-end versions are typically less than $200.
  • It allows you to analyze your spending habits in specific windows of time, from 1 month to several years, and then compare how your habits are improving.
  • Various visual representations, such as pie charts, are available to help users understand their finances.

What Are the Advantages of QuickBooks?

Intuit uses QuickBooks to target SMBs that need advanced accounting support. Payroll is an available option, but not required. You have access to everything from your Schedule C reports to tax deduction tools.

  • It offers features that are specifically helpful for SMBs and some freelancers/entrepreneurs who have extensive business records that must be maintained.
  • It is a double-entry accounting system, but offers single-entry bookkeeping.
  • Most standard accounting reports can be run from the entry-level versions of this software option. You can also export those reports to MS Excel spreadsheets or create your own reports.
  • Users can go up to 5 levels deep for handling classes, cost centers, and profit centers.
  • There is an inventory system though it is somewhat limited for many SMBs. It supports the average costing method only, making it a good system for retail businesses.
  • Single-user and multi-user options are available. You can choose the number of users based on the software version that you purchase for your finances.
  • Customer statements can be exported with this software.
  • Software development kits are available to developers so that add-ons can be created by third parties. Cloud-based applications create marketing platforms that enhance this development.
  • Payroll systems are available with this software, though it does come with an added fee for both the desktop and online versions.
  • Security features are in place that allow you to delegate certain accounting tasks to others without requiring you to give that person access to your full financial picture.

One additional advantage that applies to both Quicken and QuickBooks: Both software platforms offer the option to download transactions. You can do so from your bank account, your credit card statements, and your investment accounts. Your institution must support this feature for it to work correctly, however, so you’ll want to check with each provider before choosing whether Quicken or QuickBooks is your better option.

Intuit provides free trials for both software options so you can determine which has the right tools and reports to meet your needs.

What Are the Disadvantages of Quicken?

Quicken is designed to be the next step for individuals who are currently managing their budget or accounting needs on paper or a less-advanced software platform. It will take your financial management to the next level, but it is not going to be an all-encompassing system. If you run a business that is setup as anything but a sole proprietor, then you’re going to struggle with the limitations that are in place.

  • The number of available features and options is fewer when compared to QuickBooks.
  • There isn’t an inventory system that is available.
  • No payroll capabilities are offered in any version of this software. You must either do the payroll the old-fashioned way or use a separate program, then enter the wages, taxes, and any other withholdings manually if using it for your business.
  • There isn’t an online version that can be used at this time. You must download a desktop version.
  • Only single-user versions are available for this software.
  • There isn’t a programming interface, which limits the number of add-ons and third-party improvements that are available.

What Are the Disadvantages of QuickBooks?

QuickBooks is an excellent system for business accounting, but it assumes familiarity. If you’re just starting your business or transitioning into the gig economy as a freelancer, there is a good chance the structures and workflow of this software platform are going to be problematic in those first days. Once you get to know it, QuickBooks is a powerful system.

  • It offers a steep learning curve, especially for those who are unfamiliar with accounting principles.
  • There are no investment or stock tracking features available with this software.
  • LIFO and FIFO approaches are not supported, making it a difficult software option to use for those who are engaged in production or manufacturing.
  • Pricing for the desktop version can be up to $500. Entry-level versions are still $150 or greater.
  • Most payroll systems are upgraded by Intuit every 24-36 months, which requires desktop users to upgrade their software. Online subscribers receive the updates automatically, but pay a monthly fee for the privilege.

One additional disadvantage that applies to Quicken and QuickBooks: Although Windows and Apple versions are available, the Apple versions are limited in comparison. The software development kit, for example, is available for only the Windows versions of QuickBooks. A similar option doesn’t exist if you’re using a Mac, which means you’ll have a small range of add-on and product choices.

Updated versions for Apple products occur with less frequency than they do for Windows operating systems as well.

Some of the negatives can be solved with a work-around, such as a software emulator, but that does require an added step by the user.

Although there seem to be more negatives than positives with Apple products, Intuit has designed Quicken to interface with other apps, such as AddressBook and iCal.

Quicken vs QuickBooks: Which to Choose?

If you want to take your business finances seriously and you’re not a sole proprietor, then QuickBooks is really your only choice. It is designed specifically for SMBs and can provide many of the reports that you need to generate on a frequent basis. Add-ons are available, including payroll, which can help some businesses to stop outsourcing this service and save some cash.

For individuals and those who are not required to separate business income from personal income, Quicken could be a better option. If you have extensive business records, QuickBooks may still serve your needs better. Since the high-end version of Quicken and the entry-level version of QuickBooks are about the same cost, you’ll need to look at the specific business accounting features that are available to determine which will best meet your needs.

If you are trying to organize your family finances, then Quicken is the logical choice. You’ll still be able to track core income categories and manage your investments without needing to pay for the advanced business tools that really don’t apply to your specific situation.

Intuit released Quicken in 1983 and it has been serving individuals and SMBs effectively since then. It would not be until 2002 that QuickBooks would be released to help bridge the gap between single-entry and double-entry accounting. Just 3 years after its release, QuickBooks held 74% of the US market.
Recent innovations have brought improvements to the report viewing, automated report generation, and smart search functions that are available on both platforms.

If you need help with your accounting, then Intuit is the go-to company to meet your needs. Choose Quicken or QuickBooks, depending on your unique circumstances, and you’ll be able to take charge of your finances.

16 Types of Breaks to Make You More Productive

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When people think of breaks, they often think of wasting time or delaying the process, but this is not actually the case. New research shows that taking a break can actually be a very effective way to increase productivity. This means that of you want to complete a project in the shortest amount of time possible, you need to know how to use breaks to your advantage. Work breaks can make you better, so you need to know how to use them to be more productive. Here are the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Short and Sweet
One of the best ways to use breaks is to break them up. This means that you should have many breaks throughout the workday that are short. You can have a break that is in five minute increments. This will allow you to have a short amount of time that allows you to recharge, but it is a short enough break in duration that you really never get too off task. This is one of thew best ways that you can use breaks to your advantage when you are working.

2) Snack
When you are taking a break you want to be sure that you sure using your break in the best way. This means that eating a snack during your break is a great use of your time. You can really get a great energy boost from the right type of snacks. Nuts and berries can be the perfect easy foods that you can snack on quickly that also give you a great burst of energy that your body and brain need during a long work day. This means that stopping to snack will help you power through any task.

3) Massage
You might not have time to slip away to the spa during your short break, but you do have time to give yourself a short neck massage. When you are sitting at your desk working all day it is normal for your neck and back to begin to get stiff. This means that you can really be using your break time wisely if you take the time to massage your neck. It might not relieve all the pain or the pressure in your neck, but it is a great way for you to regroup and get rid of some of the workplace tension that is beginning to weigh you down a little.

49 Astonishing Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Quotes

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was an Austrian writer noted for her psychological novels. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and is regarded as one of the most important German language writers of the late 19th century. Here is a look at some of the most monumental Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach quotes ever documented.

“A book cannot easily be too bad for the general public, but may easily be too good.”

“A defeat borne with pride is also a victory.”

“An intelligent woman has millions of born enemies… all the stupid men.”

“Authors from whom others steal should not complain, but rejoice. Where there is no game there are no poachers.”

“Between being able to and actually doing something lies an ocean, and on its bottom rests all too often the wreck of willpower.”

“Consider once before you give, twice before you receive, and a thousand times before you ask.”

“Consider well before you immerse yourself in solitude whether your own company will be good for you.”

“Deep learning doesn’t shine.”

“Distrust your judgment the moment you can discern the shadow of a personal motive in it.”

“Do not consider yourself deprived because your dreams were not fulfilled; the truly deprived have never dreamed.”

“Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.”

“Fools usually know best that which the wise despair of ever comprehending.”

“Generosity, to be perfect, should always be accompanied by a dash of humor.”

“Grace is the outcome of inward harmony.”

“Have patience with the quarrelsomeness of the stupid. It is not easy to comprehend that one does not comprehend.”

“He who believes in freedom of the will has never loved and never hated.”

“However much you paid for a beautiful illusion, you got a bargain.”

“If there be a faith that can move mountains, it is faith in one’s own power.”

“In every exalted joy, there mingles a sense of gratitude.”

“In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life.”

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”

“Indifference of every kind is reprehensible, even indifference towards one’s self.”

“Many think that when they have confessed a fault there is no need of correcting it.”

“Morals refine manners, as manners refine morals.”

“Never expect women to be sincere, so long as they are educated to think that their first aim in life is to please.”

“None are so inconsiderate as those who demand nothing of life other than their own personal comfort.”

“Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.”

“Nothing is so irretrievably missed as an opportunity we encounter every day.”

“Nothing is so often and so irrevocably missed as the opportunity which crops up daily.”

“One has to do good in order for it to exist in the world.”

“One remains young as long as one can still learn, can still take on new habits, can bear contradictions.”

“Only the thinking man lives his life, the thoughtless man’s life passes him by.”

“Only those few people who practice it believe in goodness.”

“Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.”

“People’s minds are trained largely at the expense of their hearts. This is not so; it is only that there are more educable minds than there are educable hearts.”

“That bad manners are so prevalent in the world is the fault of good manners.”

“The incurable ills are the imaginary ills.”

“The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered.”

“The wise man is seldom prudent.”

“There are very few honest friends–the demand is not particularly great.”

“There is only one proof of ability – action.”

“Those who know nothing must believe everything.”

“To be satisfied with little is hard, to be satisfied with a lot is impossible.”

“We are not always even what we are most.”

“We can be wise from goodness and good from wisdom.”

“We should always forgive. We should forgive the repentant for their sake, the unrepentant for our sake.”

“Who doesn’t know anything, has to believe everything.”

“Whoever prefers the material comforts of life over intellectual wealth is like the owner of a palace who moves into the servants’ quarters and leaves the sumptuous rooms empty.”

“You stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits, and suffer contradictions.”

Here is a listen Das Gemeindekind from Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.

Paypal Here vs Square

PayPal Here is a credit card reader that allows point-of-sale merchants to process debit and credit cards. The system allows you to send invoices so you can get paid later. You’re able to record check or cash transactions for your business as well. The credit card reader plugs directly into a mobile device and offers iOS, Android, and Windows compatibility.

Square is a credit card reader that provides a similar service. You can accept credit cards anywhere with a card reader that plugs into a mobile device. Square is currently compatible with only iOS and Android devices.

Here are the other points of comparison to think about when looking at the PayPal Here vs Square debate.

1. Pricing and Fees

PayPal Here charges 2.7% per US card swipe. Invoicing is 2.9% + $0.30 and it is 3.5% + $0.15 if the card needs to be keyed in for some reason. Cross-border transfers are charged 1.5%. You must have a PayPal account to use this system, but there isn’t a long-term commitment. There are no monthly fees, no setup fees, and no cancellation fees. PayPal Here requires no processing minimums either.

Deposits go into your PayPal account in real time. You can then transfer your funds into your registered bank account of choice through an ACH authorization.

Square charges 2.75% per US card swipe, dip, or tap. Keyed-in transactions are charged 3.5% + $0.15. Deposits go into your bank account, often as soon as the next business day.

Both offer chip card readers, contactless transactions, and Apple Pay. You can accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express for the same rate.

2. Check Processing

PayPal Here includes check processing with your account. You can settle checks with the same process that is in place for credit and debit cards.

Square does not offer check processing at all.

3. Reader Fees

PayPal Here and Square provide an initial reader for free. This reader will allow you to swipe the magnetic strip that is on the back of a credit card. The readers are equipped with a 3.5mm jack that plugs into the headphone jack of a mobile device.

If you want to use the chip card reader, PayPal Here charges $79 for the device. You’ll be able to accept chip cards, contactless payments, and traditional magnetic stripe cards. You can accept chip and PIN or chip and signature transactions. It pairs with the PayPal Here app through Bluetooth.

Square offers their NFC reader for $49. It can be ordered directly or purchased from retailers like Target, Staples, or Best Buy. It accepts NFC cards and EMV chip cards, but requires a separate magstripe reader for the more traditional transactions.

4. Customer Service

PayPal Here allows you to immediately contact customer support if there is an issue with a transaction. All you need to do is shake your phone while using the PayPal Here app and you’ll be connected with a representative. You can also contact PayPal customer support at 1 (888) 221-1161 after logging into your account to receive a passcode. Hours are 4am-10pm Monday thru Friday and 6am-8pm Saturday and Sunday.

Square offers live phone support for “all existing Square customers.” Operators are available Monday thru Friday, 6am-6pm Pacific Time. Call 1 (855) 700-6000. Email support, social support, and an online help center with videos and written content is available.

5. Credit Checks

PayPal Here conducts a credit check for all account holders. The device may be sent out, including paid devices, before the application has been completed. This may result in a device that does not receive payments because your account has not been approved to accept them. Background verification is part of this process.

Square gives virtually everyone the ability to process credit cards. No credit check is required to begin the account.

6. Payment Channels

PayPal allows PIN debit transactions with their advanced reader. Checks, PayPal transfers, and electronic invoices are also allowed.

Square does not allow PIN debit transactions. You can pay with Square, but you cannot pay with PayPal unless the customer has been issued a PayPal debit MasterCard and that is swiped through a Square device. Electronic invoices are possible with Square as well.

Both portable payment acceptance options offer the potential of bringing your goods or services to customers, no matter where they may be. As long as you have a mobile connection, you can accept a payment. PayPal Here offers immediate funds access, but Square offers 1-2 business day transfers into your traditional bank account.

Choose the option that makes the most sense for your business and you’ll be able to offer a secure way for your customers to pay.

17 Vital Elements of Email Marketing Design

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If you are looking to market your business effectively, you must consider email marketing. Email is a way that you can communicate directly to consumers in an affordable manner. You just need to make sure that you create an email marketing campaign that is designed to succeed. This means that you need to know exactly how to make email marketing most effective for your business. Here are the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Welcome
You need to make sure that your email contains some sort of intro or welcoming. This means that you do not want too just start your email off with some sort of sales pitch. You always want to be sure that you have a great greeting that is friendly and gets the attention of the reader. This is the best way that you can start off your email. Make sure that the people you are sending your emails to are people that want to hear from you. These are the type of emails that are most likely to be opened.

2) Preheader
You also need to make sure that the preheader that is visible in the inbox of your customer has a title that makes sense. You do not just want the first words of the email to be displayed because this is the default option. This means that you need to make sure that you take the time to actually create a preheader for the emails that are sent to your customers. The preheader should make sense and be related to the content of the email in some way.

3) Know Your Customer
It is also a good idea to create different emails or different types of customers. This means that you should not just craft one message that is sent to your entire customer base. You have different types of customers, so you need to be sure that you have different types of emails that you are sending. This will be the most effective strategy and will ensure that you are targeting your audience in the best way possible. Customising your emails even in a small way can make a really big difference when you are trying to get conversions.

You just need to take the time to make your email marketing campaign a priority because it has the ability to make a big difference to your total sales in a really big way that you can see.

Adobe Premiere Pro vs Sony Vegas Pro

Both Adobe Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas Pro have several utilities and tools in common with one another. You’ll receive storyboard displays, timeline displays, and full screen playback with audio effects and transitions. Visual effects, video transitions, and transformation effects are also available on both platforms.

With so much similarity, what differences are there to examine in the Adobe Premiere Pro vs Sony Vegas Pro debate?

For starters, the operating system you use will influence your decision. Sony Vegas Pro is a Windows-only product. Premiere Pro offers an iOS version and can work on Windows as well.

Here are some additional key points to consider in this debate as well.

1. Interface and Editing

Adobe Premiere Pro offers a wider range of editing options through their interface. When compared with Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe users will receive 3D editing, video transition editing, and animation tools.

Sony Vegas users receive visual effects editing opportunities that are not offered by Adobe.

Although Sony doesn’t provide a complete array of editing options, their usability must be taken into account. The interface in Vegas Pro is much easier to learn, which lets anyone begin working on a project almost immediately.

Adobe is more complete system, but it takes time to learn the complex abilities that are available to use.

If you need a complete system, choose Premiere Pro. If you want to get to work right away, you’ll want to choose Vegas Pro.

2. Workflow

Adobe Premiere Pro offers a long-term editing solution. Vegas Pro offers an immediate editing solution at the expense of offering long-term compatibility.

For the average person, editing takes a progressive approach. When you’re first getting started, you want something that will provide you with a workflow you can immediately understand. That allows you to move from step to step, creating a final product with your vision. This is what Vegas Pro provides.

What happens when you’re ready to add more complexities to your final project? You’re going to eventually need Premiere Pro.

From a workflow standpoint, it makes more sense to invest the time into learning Premiere Pro over Vegas Pro if you are just beginning to work in this field. This will save you from learning multiple workflow systems.

If you are already familiar with workflow requirements, either platform will serve your needs. Your final decision will likely be based on the operating system and hardware compatibility of your setup.

3. Platform Compatibility

Both systems provide you access with a suite of tools that will complement your video editing requirements. Adobe offers a subscription-based service that can be as big or as little as you need it to be. Sony offers a tiered-based service that allows you to choose specific features that you’ll want for your project.

Adobe Premiere Pro is part of the Creative Cloud experience. You can choose Premiere Pro as a single app subscription for $19.99 per month on an annual plan or $29.99 per month on a month-to-month plan. You’ll receive the latest version of the app at all times, your own portfolio website, premium fonts, and up to 20 GB of cloud storage.

You can also purchase an “All Apps” subscription from Adobe for $49.99 per month when purchased on an annual plan. You can also add an Adobe Stock subscription and pay $79.98 per month for everything that Adobe currently offers.

The pricing for Vegas Pro 14 ranges from $399-$799. The entry-level pricing provides a basic editing platform only. If you want access to advanced text and title designs, a 3D objects unit, and certain color filters, you’re forced to purchase the mid-range or premium product. The entry-level editing tier does not provide Blu-ray or DVD authoring software either.

Which Option Is Best for You?

If you have the time to learn the editing process and workflow that Adobe Premiere Pro offers, then it will be your best option. It has more functions than Vegas Pro, allows you to edit at a medium-to-high level, and will continually update to the latest version for you with an online subscription.

Vegas Pro is the option to use for those who have never edited before or don’t have the time to learn a complex system right now. Vegas Pro is simple and plain, but straightforward in its workflow. You’ll still produce results that look professional on this platform, even though you may be casually editing instead of professionally editing.

Both platforms have potential, so the final choice is up to you… unless you use Apple products.

41 Teacher Appreciation Messages

There are currently over 7.2 million teachers inn the United States. More than half of them operate full time in elementary and secondary schools. An average of 1 in every 5 teachers are in their 20′s and 80% of them are female. Over the course of a teaching career, over 3,000 student lives can be impacted. To show your teacher appreciation for their hard work and dedication, a collection of teacher appreciation messages listed below are intended to help encourage your own special message.

A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops.
A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child’s eyes.
Be a wonderful role model because you will be the window through which many children will see their future.
Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing
Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
I have done my best. That is about all the philosophy of living one needs.
I may not say it always. But, I mean it whenever I say it. Thank You Teacher for all the things you have done for me.
I put the relation of a fine teacher to a student just below the relation of a mother to a son.
In this note I want to tell you that you are the best. You shine above all the rest. So accept my thanks for all you do.
I’m indeed very lucky to have you in my life.
It takes a big heart to help shape little minds.
Life is a journey and your words have been a guiding light throughout. Thanks a lot teacher.
My success is your blessing, teacher. I would always be thankful to you.
Not all superheroes have capes, some have Teaching Degrees.
Positive reinforcement is a powerful teaching tool.
Teachers change the world, one child at a time.
Teachers shape the future.
Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.
Teaching is the profession that teaches all of the other professions.
Teaching, is not just a job. It is a human service, and it must be thought of as a mission.
Thank you for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way. I am grateful to have you as my teacher.
Thank you for teaching me how to read and write, for guiding me to distinguish between what is wrong and what is right. For allowing me to dream and soar as a kite, thank you for being my friend, mentor and light.
Thank you for your constant encouragement and support teacher. You surly deserve a big thanks for everything.
Thanks a lot teacher for guiding me, inspiring me and making me what I am today!
Thanks for being my teacher and guiding me towards the right path of life. I am grateful to you teacher.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.
The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.
There’s no one quite like a special teacher, and no teacher quite as special as you.
To the school you are a teacher; to our child, you are a hero. Thank you for everything.
To the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students you are a hero.
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude
What a teacher writers on the blackboard of life can never be erased.
What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?
What the teach is, is more important than what he teaches.
With the rush of daily school activities, allow us a few moments to show how much we appreciate your efforts in teaching our kids. Thank you.
You are not only my teacher; you are my friend, mentor and guide, all rolled into one person. I will always be grateful to you for your support and kindness. Thanks you!
You are the best Teacher in this world. I am really thankful to God for blessing me with a teacher like you. Thanks a lot for guiding me.
You have and will continue to be a great influence on me. Thank you for the great work you do and the huge impact you make in young people’s lives as a teacher.

Approximately 147,000 teachers are hired each year to meet the needs of a growing population. Half of those teachers quit in just 5 years. An estimated 30% of students come from families below the poverty line. The below infographic outlines interest statistics and facts about the importance and value of teachers in society.

US Teacher Statistics

31 Good Christmas Messages to Employees

Christmas is considered to be one of the most joyous times of year, filled with festivities and gift giving. For businesses, this is also a great time to show appreciation to your employees for the time and dedication they spent throughout the year. A selection of Christmas messages to employees most commonly used by businesses is provided below. These are intended to help inspire your own creativity and sincere message this year.

Although we are grateful for your service and wish you well all year, we would like to extend our special wishes for a happy Christmas holiday to our devoted employees and staff.

Extending my warm greetings to all of you this Christmas. Enjoy the holidays.

For our employees, we send wishes of the happiest of tidings, merriest of Christmases, and warmest of holiday seasons.

For the season of joy and thanksgiving, we would like to express our gratitude for our lovely staff this Christmas. May you all have a hearty, festive holiday season.

I wish you a merry Christmas and look forward to complete the deal project with you soon. Let this Christmas bring the good news of the project completion with best of results.

Life will be worth living dreams will come true if we keep the xmas spirit the whole year through. Our Christmas Greeting for all employees and workers.

May your Christmas holiday be filled with cheer, warm memories, and happiness. Thank you for serving our business so well.

Merry Christmas on behalf of management. Sincere thanks for your commitment we wish you and your family a heartwarming relaxing fantastic Christmas holidays.

Merry Christmas to all my friends and colleagues. Thank you for your commitment and quality. May God Bless you and enable us to continue to have the support of one another during the New Year.

Merry Christmas to our corporate family. We wish you a joyful and peaceful Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you. We appreciate your service to this company. May your holiday be warm, peaceful, and safe.

Our organization is lucky to have dedicated employees and would like to thank you for your hard work and concern. May this Christmas season bring tons of success, good health, prosperity to your life.

Our staff deserves the warmest of holiday seasons. We wish them a very merry, safe, and joyous Christmas this year. Thank you for your service.

Our team is so blessed having a colleague like you. Merry Christmas partner. We like your smiling attitude making deadlines fly by.

Thank you for your lovely Christmas wishes. I am extremely grateful to receive your lovely wishes for Christmas and I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and look forward to celebrate Christmas with lots of cherished moments and festivity.

The company is extending their warm Christmas greetings to you and your family. Merry Christmas and have a blessed new year!

This season, we hope our employees and staff enjoy many blessings, a happy holiday season, and a beautiful Christmas.

To all of our employees. May this Christmas season bring lots of happiness to your life and make all of your wishes come true. Wishing very Happy Holidays to you and your family.

To all the employees, I wish you all a merry Christmas and also a happy holiday season as you all make plans to celebrate Christmas in a special way by holidaying in beautiful places.

To our staff and their families, we send thankful thoughts, happy hearts, and well-wishes. Merry Christmas. We appreciate your devoted service.

To our staff, we wish you a happy and safe holiday. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

To you and yours, we send wishes of a merry Christmas. We are grateful to have you as part of our corporate family.

We are glad to have compassionate and hard working employees in our organization. We wish that Lord bless you with the eternal joy, good health and shower tons of happiness on you this Christmas.

We feel proud to have such honest, hard working and concerned employee like you! We wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our heart and may lord bless you with eternal growth.

We had a lot of challenges in our work last year and with your support and dedication, we have achieved success in all endeavors. During this holiday season I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and very prosperous New Year.

We thrived the past year because of your hard work creativity and dedication. I’m really grateful for your tremendous efforts wishing you all a joyous Christmas season.

We wish our employees and staff a splendid holiday. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

We wish you a festive, safe, and happy holiday. Merry Christmas, staff and employees.

Wish you a merry Christmas and you celebrate the beautiful festival of Christmas with lots of joyful moments to cherish forever. Through this mail, I send best wishes for a prosperous Christmas celebration.

With growing confidence the future is waiting for us. We use this Christmas break to show our profound appreciation for your sincere dedication.

Your courage in the present brings hope for the future. May Christmas lead you to a path full of endless blessings you’re a nice and integer colleague to work with.

The below infographic captures the recent statistics of Holiday spending in America. The average family budget is almost $750, showing a steady rise in consumer spending year after year. Early shoppers that start after Thanksgiving tend to spend more than the average family. Majority of the money spent is aimed towards the purchase of gifts or holiday decorations.

How Much Do Americans Spend

7 Most Effective Text Message Marketing Tactics

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Texting is no longer just a way that teenagers communicate with one another. It is now a tool that you can use in the world of business. This means that you need to learn how you can be using texting to your benefit as a business owner. There are more than just a few tested ways that you can use texting to help you grow your business. Here are some of the key takeaways from this infographic.

1) Open Rate
The thing that you need too know about text messages is that they are opened. This means that if you get a text message in front of a consumer, you are sure that it will be read. This is not true of emails. It should be known that text messages have an open rate of nearly 98%. This is extremely high and is so much better than the open rate of emails. This means that when you text, you have a better chance of getting your message seen. You just need to know who to text and how to text them.

2) Customers
You should also know that customers that get text messages from a business have a higher conversion rate than customers that do not get messages. This means that text messages can do nothing but help your business. You need to be sending text messages often if you want to be sure that conversion rates are as high as possible.

3) Time and Text
If you are doing promotions that are time sensitive in any way, it can really be a benefit to use texting. Texts get read within minutes of being sent. This means that your message will be read in a more timely manner if you choose text over any other method. Your email might eventually be seen, but not as quickly as it would if it was in a text form. This means that you should be looking to text when possible if you have a message that is time relevant at all.

4) Order Confirmation
You should be using texting as a way that you can confirm orders. It really can be the simplest way for you to get the message across that you have received an order and that it has been shipped. This really makes things so much simpler and you can be sure that the message is actually seen since it will be in text form.

43 Remarkable Lena Headey Quotes

Lena Headey is an English actress, voice actress, and film producer. Starting out at the age of 17, Heady is known for her role in the show “Game of Thrones” and considered to be the fifth highest paid American TV start in network prime time television. Here is a look at some of the most monumental Lena Headey quotes ever documented.

“As a child, I was on my own two feet emotionally.”

“As a teenager I was clinically depressed. Although I had lots of friends, I found those years very difficult.”

“Cersei in Game of Thrones is quite solid and stiff.”

“Does our culture have a need for violence? I don’t know. I guess it’s a personal thing.”

“Dredd was a weird little out-of-the-blue thing for me.”

“For me, horror movies are a real escape.”

“Freedom isn’t free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs. The cost of blood.”

“Getting older and having kids, you learn how to become less serious about it all.”

“Having the tattoo itself is not really for the end result for me. I like having them done.”

“I almost never get recognised in the street.”

“I am very much a seat-of-the-pants actor. I will prepare when I have to. But I like being unprepared.”

“I carry about eight lip balms: Burts Bees, Rosebud Salve, Eos.”

“I could quite happily run a florist or a bake shop.”

“I do what I do; I cant control who thinks what.”

“I don’t think you should feel guilty about pleasure. Defeats the purpose.”

“I enjoy what I do and it’s a great way to live your life.”

“I hate being looked at. Can’t stand it. I know, I know – I picked the wrong career.”

“I have a playlist of farts on my phone.”

“I have an internal protectiveness where it’s like, if it comes to just me, as frightened as I am of losing someone I love or things going sour or simply being alone, there is a dark place in my brain where I’m like, It could happen and I’m okay, I’m prepared.”

“I look at someone like Kathryn Bigelow, and I have so much admiration. She’s playing in the boy’s sandpit, and winning.”

“I love being physical, but I am extreme either way. I can be superfit. And then I can be really lazy and ignore everything.”

“I think I cry when I’m angry. I let it go that way.”

“I was obsessed with vampires when I was 13 or 14.”

“I worked in Tesco’s staff canteen because I fancied a boy on the tills. I served him his lunch in a hairnet and tan tights. Not just that, of course – I had a lovely white onesie.”

“I’m 40 next year and I’m very well aware that where I am now, it becomes a bit of a wilderness for actresses.”

“I’m just going to stay single forever. I could never live with anybody ever again.”

“I’m sort of like a T. rex in the world of female actresses. Every time a job is finished, I look at my car and think, ‘Could I live in it?”

“It’s a feeling without a lid, of what you would do, physically, verbally, to protect the one thing that is your greatest love.”

“It’s always weird the thought of taking your clothes off in front of 20 people and then to have it projected in front of many more.”

“It’s amazing the things that you cry at. I cry when I smell my son’s hair in the morning. We have a moment of peace and I’ll be like, ‘Ahhhh! How can you love this much?’”

“It’s not socially acceptable to be a complete and utter manipulative cow.”

“I’ve never directed before, so I need to make sure that people know that I can. The movie that I’ve written, ‘The Sophisticates,’ is a… small ensemble comedy and I hope it’s charming and funny.”

“I’ve said from day one that I’ve got no problem with nudity. I’ve done it throughout my career.”

“Nothing I do is by design. It’s always the result of a happy accident. I didn’t have a career plan. It has just become the way it is. It’s all good fun.”

“People do seem to think that I’m going to be some wicked witch, and then they’re always surprised to find out I’m just a little clumsy nerd.”

“Shooting guns is not something I would do in my spare time.”

“Since being quite young, I’ve had a very strong sense of independence and survival. As a child, I was on my own two feet emotionally,”

“Sometimes it’s a bizarre, fairly cold, and horrifying thing to be a parent.”

“The more you love something, the worse you tend to audition. If you don’t really care about something, you kind of nail it.”

“There is something in the act of having tattoos done that I love. It can be quite addictive. I’ve got a few on my back because my friend is an artist, and a few on my arms. Every time I pass a tattoo parlour, I think, ‘Maybe just a tiny one.”

“There’s a perceived inverse relation between looks and talent. Look at Charlize Theron – she made herself ugly for ‘Monster’ and suddenly everyone said ‘she’s a genius.’ It shouldn’t be like that.”

“There’s nothing more exciting for an actor than a chance to lose, to be someone who has lost – especially if it’s someone who starts off with a veneer of control. To be broken is wonderful.”

“With fantasy and sci-fi, it’s based in a real fandom. You’re presenting to experts, and their source material is really important to them.”

Lena Headey gets a lot of backlash from fans for the role she plays in Game of Thrones. Check out this appearance she makes on Conan.

17 Best Thanksgiving Messages to Employees

Lincoln proclaimed the first and official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. It was during this time that Thanksgiving became an official national holiday, declared on the fourth Thursday of every November. George Washington was the first president that mentioned this term back in 1789. With decades of dispute the ability for the government to rightly recognize and celebrate this holiday, Lincoln made it a reality.

As Thanksgiving is soon to be around with autumn leaves falling on the ground, I wish that you have been enough to give thanks and celebrate with cheer. Happy Thanksgiving.

At the close of another year we gratefully pause to wish you a warm and happy Holiday Season.

Autumn has brought with it beauty of joy and festivities. But, it’s all so lonely without you. Missing you this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving.

During this month of Thanksgiving I have been reflecting on the things I am most grateful for. Primarily among them is our talented group of employees. Thank you for the work you do to make our agency great. Without your commitment, creativity, and high standards, we would not be the thriving company we are. I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments.

Enjoy the sweet melody of this joyous festival. May joy and melody come your way. Happy Thanksgiving.

Hope this season is filled with lots of happiness and joy, wealth, and prosperity. May your home be filled with love on this wonderful occasion. Happy Thanksgiving.

Let’s raise our eyes to the heaven and count our blessings. Let’s thank the almighty for all that he has given us. Happy Thanksgiving.

May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.

May this joyous season bring you peace, health, and happiness throughout the coming year.

One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing you a happy Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Thank you for all that you do to help us in providing solutions to our clients, opportunity for our employees, and support for our community.

Thank you for choosing us to help you find solutions. Thank you for your kind words of support.

Thank you for everything you do to make this a successful, terrific place to work. Have a wonderful, long weekend filled with good things. Happy Thanksgiving.

The gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of happiness. May these be yours this Holiday Season.

Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings you happiness… May it be yours this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.

You and your co-workers have worked hard this year, and your dedication has paid off. Every quarter our financials look better and better. Thank you for your hard work and positive attitude. Have a joyful, abundant Thanksgiving.

The following infographic provides the most popular food choices for Americans during the Thanksgiving season. During Thanksgiving, green beans are the top side dish pinned followed by Facebook trends of talking about Turkey. Almost half of individuals talked about Pumpkin Pie more than any other dessert.

Thanksgiving Trends on Social Media

32 Wonderful John Key Quotes

John Key is the Former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Serving as the leader of the New Zealand National Party, Key served three terms before resigning from his position. Here is a look at some of the best John Key quotes to inspire you.

“I believe the future of our country can be really great.”

“I dare you to show me one example where I haven’t discharged my responsibility seriously, professionally and appropriately.”

“I guess I’m reasonably confident in all honesty. But I definitely don’t think I’m arrogant. I’m pretty down to earth, I mean I’m genuinely down to earth.”

“I have always thought, genuinely thought, that elections are like world cups. They sometimes look easier from the outside and they are very difficult when you are in the middle of them.”

“I have quite a strong sense of wanting to sort of, wanting to help others. I’m not claiming I’m a saint, but I have a genuine, genuine belief in trying to help others.”

“I read a review on the Herald, it says it takes 40 minutes to get to the first sex session apparently and the whole movie only contains 11 minutes of forbidden fruit.”

“I think for the most part people are proud of the bicultural foundation New Zealand is built on and the fact that we are a multicultural society.”

“I used to think… that people would think badly of me for various stuff they read. But now I accept it’s just part of the deluge of stuff that comes every day.”

“I want to leave New Zealand in better shape than I found it. I know the job of prime minister is not forever and I’m going to do the best I can every day to make that difference.”

“I was really fascinated by politics. It always has been part of my view that politics really is a calling or you wouldn’t go into it, because it’s demanding and potentially has a toll on you and your family.”

“I’m not claiming I’m a saint, but I have a genuine, genuine belief in trying to help others.”

“Investment is crucial. Because the truth is, you only get jobs and growth in the economy when people invest money, at their own risk, in setting up a business or expanding an existing business.”

“It would be stupid of me to rule out ever being the leader because that’s an impossible thing to rule out. I can’t predict future events.”

“I’ve always been a glass-half-full as opposed to a glass-half-empty, and the day that changes is the day I should leave.”

“Let’s just get a deal done then let’s worry about expanding it.”

“Moral persuasion over a period of time makes a difference, but we shouldn’t be naive to think that just because we raise it in a meeting it will make all those problems go away. It won’t and it doesn’t.”

“New Zealand as a whole needs to save more, spend less and reduce our reliance on foreign debt.”

“Osama Bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, including New Zealanders, in several different parts of the world.”

“Our opponents say more children are living in poverty than when we came into office. And that’s probably right.”

“Sunday night I always cook if I can – if I’m home, I always cook.”

“The public talk colloquially, the public’s grammar’s not perfect. They kid around and I don’t think they overly mark me down for that. They just see me as a normal guy.”

“The world, whether we like it or not, will become more and more borderless.”

“We also need to remember the enduring principles on which the National Party is based – individual responsibility, support for families and communities, and a belief that the State can’t and shouldn’t do everything.”

“We are a small, open economy, highly dependent on global flows. It is inevitably a demand that dramatically alters and that is reflected in what we feel here in New Zealand. So there is at its most basic level a limit to what we can do and that is true everywhere.”

“We have been given the trust and goodwill of New Zealanders. I do not take that trust for granted, and I never will.”

“We live in a world where equality is pretty important.”

“We should always measure a government’s environmental rhetoric against its environmental record”

“While his removal will not necessarily bring an immediate end to terrorist activity, I have absolutely no doubt that the world is a safer place without Osama Bin Laden.”

“You are not going to change me and if you do, it will look like a fraud, it will be a fraud.”

“You can’t base an industry solely on one person. That’s a very vulnerable business strategy.”

“You get out of life what you put into it. I think you need a bit of luck but you also make a bit of luck. I think that if you’re a pretty decent person you’ll get back what you put in.”

“Your personality as the prime minister feeds through to what you emphasize, and what you don’t, how you’ll handle a situation – whether you’ve got them combination of intelligence or instincts to adapt and to make good decisions.”

Here is a first hand interview with John Key as he explains his reasoning and justification behind his decision to resign.

49 Splendid Avril Lavigne Quotes

Avril Lavigne is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. From the age of 15 onwards, Avril Lavigne has scored more than a half dozen number one singles worldwide. Here is a look at some of the most incredible Avril Lavigne quotes to keep you encouraged.

“Actually, I know for a fact there are some young female artists who don’t even sing on their own records and who don’t sing live. And that is pathetic.”

“Being able to express myself through music and art has always been when I feel the most alive.”

“Don’t turn around. ‘Cuz you will get punched in the face. Don’t make this worse. You’ve already gone and got me mad. It’s too bad, I’m not sad It’s casting over. Just one of those things you’ll have to get over it.”

“Every person faces their own unique challenges and you may not always know what others around you are going through.”

“Everybody hurts some days. It’s okay to be afraid. Everybody hurts, everybody screams. Everybody feels this way.”

“Hear me when I say I believe nothings gonna change destiny. Whatevers meant to be will work out perfectly.”

“I appreciate it everyday. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me.’ I’m so thankful. I feel really lucky and really blessed. I remind myself all the time, because it can go as quickly as it came.”

“I can be very shy…but when I’m around people I know, I can be extremely loud.”

“I definitely have a rock star lifestyle.”

“I feel bad because I haven’t been able to say anything to the fans to let them no why I’ve been absent. I’m torn as I’m quite private. I’m not feeling well. I’m having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers.”

“I get all these loser preps coming up to me asking for autographs and all this crap, and I really want to tell them, ‘My music is not for people like you!”

“I hate it when people say I’m not a true punk. I don’t go around calling myself punk; I never have. That’s what people need to know — it’s not me saying that, it’s the media. I’m a rocker.”

“I have always looked for ways to give back because I think it’s a responsibility we all share.”

“I know my fans look up to me and that’s why I make my songs so personal; it’s all about things I’ve experienced and things I like or hate. I write for myself and hope that my fans like what I have to say.”

“I pulled the burden from off my back and tossed it into the wind. And stretched my arms toward the sky and let my life begin.”

“I sit down with a guitar player and if there’s a situation I feel strongly about, or a guy that I’ve been thinking about or if I’m mad at a guy, it comes out.”

“I started singing in church and I was probably around seven and I started singing anywhere that I could. I used to sing at my school. I was in musicals and then it kind of got to a point where I started to – wanted to do my own songs.”

“I think because I was brought up in a Christian home, I was kind of careful not to swear in my lyrics.”

“I think I would probably die without my eyeliner, but besides that I’m pretty basic.”

“I thought you’d have the decency to change. But babe, I guess you didn’t take that warning, cause I’m not about to look at your face again.”

“I was eating bad stuff. Lots of sugar and carbs, junk food all the time. It makes you very irritated.”

“I won’t change anything because I think the most important thing is being yourself and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

“I’m a little fighter and I stand up for what I believe in.”

“I’m definitely really into rock music, and I feel like that is where my heart is.”

“I’m just coming out and I’m going to clearly be myself – I write what I feel, I never worry what others think.”

“I’m the kind of person who always likes to be doing something.”

“I’m very comfortable with how I look. I always have been. I think I look pretty good. There’s nothing I want to change. I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got.”

“Inspiration for my music just comes from, you know, my life experiences.”

“It’s so ridiculous, I can barely stop. I can hardly breathe, you make me wanna scream. You’re so fabulous, you’re so good to me baby, baby.”

“It’s who I am I don’t have to try hard”

“I’ve never felt like this before. I’m naked around you. Does it show? You see right through me and I can’t hide. I’m naked around you. And it feels so right.”

“Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.”

“Like two rivers flow to the sea, someday we’ll reunite for all eternity.”

“Love hurts whether its right ow wrong”

“Love is more than a word to me. It’s something that I see and feel in the people around me that makes me believe it and feel loved. It’s nurturing and unconditional. It is consistent and reliable.”

“My heart is broken… I’m lying here My thoughts are choking On you my dear…”

“No one really knows what I’m really like, and you won’t unless you spend a day with me, or if you’re my friend. No one ever knows what anyone is really like.”

“People like Shakira shouldn’t have record contracts. She cant even speak English.”

“She had a pretty face, but her head was up in space.”

“Some chick came up to me and said something, so I kicked her in the box and shoved her.”

“The only fear is fear itself, so get rid of it.”

“To understand me, you have to meet me and be around me. And then only if I’m in a good mood – don’t meet me in a bad mood.”

“Well, a lot of people don’t know this about me, but I’m actually shy around people I don’t know. I would just say with my first concert, my first tour, I didn’t really talk onstage.”

“When I tour, I stuff fridges full of organic food and stick to that.”

“When I’m going through something that has a big impact on my life, it’s much easier to sing.”

“When things are very real and honest, they don’t go away.”

“Why should I care what other people think of me? I am who I am. And who I wanna be.”

“You can’t see the world through a mirror.”

“You’re who you are and if people don’t like who you are, all they’re going to get is who you are.”

Here is a look at a mini biography of Avril Lavigne from her early career to later success.

Responsive vs Adaptive Web Design

A responsive web design consists of a mix of different and flexible layouts and grids that display a single website in the best way possible, based on the device that is being used to access that site. A responsive design will have the same information, but display in an optimized way on desktops, tablets, and smartphones so that the site has a different look on each device.

An adaptive web design uses a static layout and incorporates breakpoints that do not respond initially when a site is first loaded. This type of design will then detect the screen size that is being utilized by a user and then load the most appropriate layout for it. It requires designs for up to six different widths, from 320-1600, but reduces improper media queries to limit performance issues.

Since websites that are mobile friendly tend to be ranked higher, which of these design options are the best for your current needs?

Why Choose a Responsive Web Design?

Most websites today utilize a responsive web design. Thanks to the efforts of many developers and designers, most platforms provide templates, often free, that will let anyone create a responsive website in just minutes. The layout of a responsive site is fluid, requires less overall maintenance, and makes scaling a lot easier to accomplish.

You get to design all your layouts at once with this type of setup. Although this can be confusing on some templates, in most circumstances, the process is automatic. You can then make an adjustment for resolution needs later in the process, allowing you to go live much faster.

Why Choose an Adaptive Web Design?

Adaptive web designs give users more overall control over the final product. You get to develop the content for the site for multiple viewports and how that design displays is up to you. It takes more time and money because you’re essentially developing 18 different views (6x resolutions for 3x devices), but the results can be more consistent for visitors.

Many who approach an adaptive web design will look at their demographics and create designs for those who are most likely to visit the site. This approach is typically reserved for an older website retrofit since responsive designs are simple and easy to implement today, but a specific brand message comes through better with the adaptive approach over the responsive approach.

Adaptive websites tend to be much quicker than responsive sites since there is less code to run through during the initial start-up process for each visitor.

Concerns with a Responsive Web Design

Responsive web designs may require less maintenance and adjust automatically for each user, but that also means more coding needs to go into the site. That extra level of coding increases the risks of an error occurring.

Responsive designs also create hierarchy problems on some templates. Because the content is being shifted around to display correctly on each unique device, designers must ensure that their content is displayed on every device in a way that makes sense. Visual hierarchy changes can create high bounce rates, especially on mobile devices.

Concerns with an Adaptive Web Design

Adaptive web designs may eliminate the extra coding, but you’ve got to maintain a separate CSS and HTML for each layout that you implement. This adds extra maintenance costs to the site since you must verify each layout for content accuracy, link quality and search engine optimization efforts.

Adaptive designs may not shuffle content unexpectedly, but a poor design can cause certain elements to not fit on a page for certain website visitors. This means more testing must occur when this design type is implemented. Instead of testing for tablets, mobile, and desktop, one must test for each resolution on each device to ensure the best possible results can be achieved.

Responsive vs Adaptive Web Design: Which Should Be Used?

Determining whether to use a responsive or adaptive web design depends on the audience that is being reached by a website. If you can identify who is going to primarily visit the site and which devices they are most likely to use, then it becomes easier to create an efficient website design that meets their unique needs.

It also depends if you’re working on an upgrade for an existing site. Since responsive designs tend to be the automatic solution, it may be easier to import your content onto a new platform and then work on making hierarchal adjustments as necessary. It may also be easier to incorporate the adaptive approach with your design elements.

The rest is up to you. Both bring concerns, but they both have advantages. Choose the one which makes the most sense for your needs.

31 Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad Messages

Celebrating your parents during their anniversary is a special time to show them how much you care for the guidance and help they provided you through the years. The below mom and dad anniversary messages provide the perfect types of examples you can use to find the right words.

A lovely daughter, a wonderful son, a beautiful house, two enviable careers and an awesome family – life seems to have given you both the perfect anniversary gift. Happy anniversary.

Every single day of the year revolves around what we want to do and where we want to go out to. Today is that day of the year when everything will rightfully revolve around you. Happy anniversary mom and dad.

Happy anniversary to parents whose marriage mantra is – troubles will come and go, but be rock solid so that the kids never come to know.

Happy anniversary to the couple who personifies love, exemplifies virtue, epitomizes perfection, characterizes righteousness and symbolizes the best in life.

Happy anniversary to mom and dad. Your love and togetherness is truely an inspiration to us.

Happy anniversary to the couple who personifies love, exemplifies virtue, epitomizes perfection, characterizes righteousness and symbolizes the best in life.

How do I define my parents’ married lives? Sweet, cute, perfect and the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Happy anniversary.

I admire you both not just because you are my parents but because you both are a living example of how two people can align their life goals, be committed to their love and nurture a family’s growth year after year. Happy anniversary.

I always thought nothing could be as flawless and perfect as my life. Turns out, your marriage is. Happy anniversary.

I know you fight, but never in front of me. I know you argue, but not in a way that your kids can see. I know you have your differences, but you keep them private. I know you have problems, but you don’t let them affect your fate. To my parents whose commitment and love is so true, I wish a happy anniversary to both of you.

I will never understand why couples fight, I will never know why couples separate. Because my mom and dad aren’t just lovers, they are each others’ best mates. Happy anniversary.

It is a pity that you won’t be able to have a special anniversary. That’s because each day in your life is special anyway. Happy anniversary mom and dad.

It is because of your successful matrimony that we have been able to live in harmony. To parents who I love so dearly, I wish you both a happy anniversary.

It makes me proud that I have parents that raised me decently and that love each other endlessly. Happy Anniversary dear mom and dad.

May the biggest of challenges in your life be limited to making every anniversary better than the previous one. Happy anniversary to you both.

Mom and Dad, thank you for your caring love for me as your child, because no matter how old I am, I will always be your child.

Mom and Dad, you have made me what I am. I owe you everything. Happy Anniversary.

Some kids in my class want wealth, some want success and others want fame. But I want to have a life like yours when I grow up. Happy anniversary.

Thank you for the wonderful memories of watching my mother and father love each other.

Thanks for putting so much pressure on me by raising the bar for a good marriage so high. Happy anniversary mom and dad.

The biggest gift for you after your marriage was my birth. The biggest gift for me after my birth was parents like you. Happy anniversary.

The institution of your marriage has taught us core values of life, which no other institution in the world can teach. Happy anniversary mom and dad.

This is not the time to look back on the good days of your life. This is the time to look ahead to the best days of your life that are yet to come. Happy birthday.

We, your children, are the reason why you have a happy family. But you, our parents, are the reason why we have a happy life. Happy anniversary to you both.

With every passing year, your marriage isn’t becoming dull, old and thankless. It’s becoming beautifully vintage and exquisitely priceless. Happy anniversary

Years will pass by and one anniversary will arrive after the other, but your love for each other will always be forever. Happy anniversary.

You are the parents that all kids hope to have, you are the couple that all lovers hope to be and you both are the pillars of support that every family wishes it had. Happy anniversary to the best parents ever.

You have always taught us to attain milestones in life. Congratulations on attaining one yourself. Happy anniversary to our dear parents.

Your anniversary day is our Thanksgiving Day – to thank you for getting married, giving us birth and being the amazing parents that you are. Happy anniversary.

Your first wedding anniversary must have been really romantic. Your second anniversary must have been really beautiful. But this anniversary will be special because we are celebrating it together. Happy anniversary mom and dad.

Your togetherness in good and bad times has taught us teamwork. Your tolerance for each other’s habits has taught us patience. Your support during each other’s crises has taught us solidarity. Your lives as our parents have taught us how to live. Happy anniversary.

The below infographic provides an interesting guide to parent styles and what makes woman revered as better parents. Many working moms are able to juggle multiple responsibilities through working flexible hours, having on site day care, and an ability to work at home.

Comparison of Woman as Parents

51 Remarkable Birthday Messages for Your Wife

Your wife is considered to be one of the primary individuals you are intimate with on a daily basis. When their birthday comes around, make sure to give them a memorable message that expresses how you feel. The following series of birthday messages for a wife are listed below as samples to help inspire your own unique sentiment.

A good husband remembers your birthday, but not your age.

Although I am blinded by your love, it has opened my eyes to a better future. Happy birthday dear.

Birthdays come and go. But our love and respect for each other will always be rock solid. None of the forces of universe can change it. We will always be there for each other this day and everyday to come. I am truly blessed to have a person like you in my life. Happy Birthday to my love.

Birthdays may come and go, but our love will never leave. It will stay forever in our hearts. Happy birthday, honey! I love you.

Darling here`s wishing you a life always full of happiness.

Ever Since you came into my life, Everyday is a celebration, And let us make your birthday A a special celebration Happy birthday Sweet.

For me your birthday is just like another day. With you being by side everyday is a celebration. Thank you so much for being in my life and making it so meaningful.

From a being my crush to a becoming my date, from being my date to becoming my lover, from being my lover to becoming my wife – every stage of this relationship has made my life worth living. Happy birthday.

Good times become better and bad times become tolerable when shared with a life partner like you. Happy birthday to my loving wife.

Happy birthday to my honey bunch of joy, my sweet nectar of love, my beautiful wife, my life.

Happy birthday to the lady who has made my life so livable and lovely. Happy birthday.

Happy birthday. I’m so glad that I married you. You are my life, my true soul mate.

Have a blast on your birthday today love. May you have all the love and joys of life on your birthday and all the year through.

I amassed a massive debt on the day I got married to you – the debt of unconditional love and undying commitment. I promise to keep repaying this debt until my very last breath. I love you, happy birthday.

I know you can read me inside out. And that’s exactly why I want you to feel the love that I have for you. I will forever love you. Happy Birthday sweetheart.

I love you so much that words cannot express it. It is only the feelings of love, mutual respect and care that can express my true feelings for you. Here`s wishing you a very, very Happy Birthday and many more to come.

I want to give you a warm hug, tease you and give you a tug. I also want you to give you a cute kiss, and make sure that your birthday is full of excitement and bliss. Happy birthday sweetheart.

I wish you a happy birthday and you day be filled with love and happiness just like you shower my life with your immense love and brighten up my days with your beautiful smile you give every day when you wake me up in the morning. I love you a lot.

I’m not a success in life because I have an amazing wife like you behind me. It’s because I have my soul mate — you — by my side. Happy birthday, my dearest.

If a genie decided to grant me one wish, I would tell him that I’ve already got what I want in life – a loving and caring wife like you. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday dear.

If I was granted one wish to be able to change anything in my life, it would be nothing. Because dear wifey, you make everything look perfect. Wishing you a Happy Birthday.

It is time to celebrate the woman’s birthday who makes my life a celebration every day. Happy birthday sweetie.

Like you beautiful eyes, you birthday too be the beautiful and the best with lots of moments to cherish and celebrate as you step into another year of your life.

May you be showered with health, wealth and prosperity throughout your life?

My dear, you know I always wish you the best of what the world has to offer and on this special day it is no different, Happy Birthday and yours forever.

No husband is as lucky as me, unless he has a beautiful wife like you — a soul mate that time only makes more beautiful. Happy birthday, beautiful.

On birthdays people wish so many things, but for me there are just two words- never and always. Always be my side and never leave me. I love you so much darling.

On the day we shared our first kiss, I knew you were going to be my Mrs. Happy birthday darling.

On your birthday I want to make a promise that I will not tire, until I fulfill all your wishes and desires. Happy birthday wifey.

Special thanks to an angel who changed my life, you truly made my life bliss. Happy birthday my love.

Thanks for making our house a home. Happy birthday.

There is so much to like about you baby, complimenting you would take longer than infinity. You are the wife of my fantasy, I can’t imagine my life without you honey. Happy birthday.

There’s really no contest when it comes to the best thing in my life. It’s you by a long shot. You’re my everything. I love you so much. Happy birthday, honey bunch.

To my dearest darling wishing you a very Happy Birthday.

To the jewel of my house I wish you a very happy birthday.

Today is the best day of the year because it is your Birthday. Although I must say that having you in my life, everyday seems like dream come true. Happy Birthday darling.

Today, I’m going to shower you with hugs, kisses and lots of presents. Feel free to live like a queen. Celebrate. You deserve the best on your special day and every day. Happy birthday, honey.

When people are about to blow out their birthday candles, they get one wish. On your birthdays, you should get as many as you want and, with all my heart, I will make them come true. Happy birthday, darling.

Wishing you as many wishes as you want, as much as joy as you can stand and more love than you ever imagined on your special day. Happy birthday, sweetie.

Without you my house would have been a bachelor pad, and the state of my life would have been real bad. Happy birthday.

You always are a wonderful guide, you are my best friend but more than that you are a wonderful wife. Thanks for everything you are in my life. Happy birthday, dear.

You are a fantastic mother, caring woman, loving daughter, beautiful and sexy wife, and a wonderful person. May you always remain like this and God showers you with all the blessings of health, wealth and prosperity.

You are and will always be my princess, my lover, my best friend, my soul mate, my life, no matter how many of your birthdays come and go. Happy, happy birthday.

You are charming, adorable, sexy, loving, you are my everything. Stay blessed and keep smiling. Happy birthday darling.

You are my true love without you I won’t be here where I am Happy Birthday My dear.

You are the only key to my life who knows how to wind and unwind me. Happy birthday to the most amazing wife in the world.

You came to my heart like a breeze, Happiness and joy came along with you Happy Birthday My Dear.

You make me happy in every sense, thanks for coming in my life! Happy Birthday honey.

You taught me the true value of love in life. I am so lucky to have a wife like you. Happy birthday, dear.

Your kisses are simply sizzling. My wife, you make my life electrifying. Happy birthday.

You’re still the wonderful woman I married. I’m so grateful that you are my wife. Happy birthday.

The below infographic provides a useful guide to having a successful relationship and how to maintain happiness in your love life. Some great tips include avoiding excessive arguments and being understanding. Avoiding acts of infidelity or getting married young will increase your chances for success. Make sure to appreciate one another and show them that you care.

Tips to a Successful Marriage

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