Written by Dave Bealer

Every day, thousands and thousands of people venture out intorepparttar complicated world of online business. The vast majority of these people are joining affiliate programs, MLMs, or trying to market information products. These can make great businesses, but if you really want to stand out, maybe you should try something that gives people a unique, fun, and always appreciated gift: laughter.

People love people who make them laugh. We admire and remember people who can inspire a good chuckle or full-out belly laugh, because we associate them with smiles and good times. Our minds tend to hold onto specific quotes from movies, television, or books that we thought were especially funny, and we always remember where we heard them or who coinedrepparttar 118312 phrase. When someone makes us laugh, they leave a lasting, positive impression. If you want your name or your business to be remembered that way, making people laugh will get you there.

For example, just last weekend I was walking by a small shop that specialized in decorative and humorous doormats. Looking inrepparttar 118313 window, I saw one that caught my eye and tickled my funny bone. All it said, in plain lettering, was "Hi, I'm Mat." I laughed out loud, and even though I hadn't planned on making a purchase that day, I walked in and bought it. I'll remember that store, and every time I need a housewarming gift, I'll go back. It all boils down torepparttar 118314 simple fact that their merchandise made me laugh.

The Gingerbread Nightmare

Written by Valerie Garner

The Gingerbread Nightmare

Do you ever see those beautiful gingerbread houses duringrepparttar holiday seasons that are so beautiful? They look so simple, and look like such a fun project to do withrepparttar 118311 kids making gifts for grandma and grandpa. I could just feel it….soft Christmas music inrepparttar 118312 background,repparttar 118313 warm, spicy smell of gingerbread fillingrepparttar 118314 air,repparttar 118315 cozy warmth ofrepparttar 118316 fire on a snowy day, and my children and I building these luscious goodies sure to bless our family and friends, and all inexpensively as well.

That wasrepparttar 118317 fantasy. Where was my mind? How could I forget aboutrepparttar 118318 little thing we call REALITY? Ever notice how professionals make things look easy? That’srepparttar 118319 very mark of a professional.

The first reality check wasrepparttar 118320 store. Money was very tight and these looked like a great way to give a quality to gift to several loved ones. After we didrepparttar 118321 shopping forrepparttar 118322 candy andrepparttar 118323 ingredients for these gingerbread houses,repparttar 118324 bill totaled nearly $75. I almost fainted. (We could have bought some great gifts with that, or even bought beautiful gingerbread houses).

As for Christmas music,repparttar 118325 children insisted uponrepparttar 118326 Chipmunk’s Christmas carols. Have you ever listened to more than 1 chipmunk song at a time? Have you ever noticed what that does to a brain?

The fire was nice, but then we hadrepparttar 118327 fights over whose turn it was to stokerepparttar 118328 fire. Two boys can fight over anything, and anything involving work makes a worthy fight indeed.

We started withrepparttar 118329 dough, and that part turned out! It was SO delicious… fact we had to make more because after all of us eating dough, there wasn’t enough forrepparttar 118330 houses. So….back to making more dough.

This particular dough had to be chilled, then rolled, then you cut pieces ofrepparttar 118331 house out from a paper mold with a knife. Ok, got that part. We put it inrepparttar 118332 oven for baking, and half ofrepparttar 118333 pieces burnt terribly. The other half were perfect, but you can’t build a house with halfrepparttar 118334 parts. So…..we had to make MORE dough. By now, we’re not having fun anymore. It’s getting late and mom is beginning to want to get this mess cleaned up now. We finished making new house pieces and it was like midnight, I had long putrepparttar 118335 children to bed and was cranky now at this point. The only thing to do now was to let everything cool (including tempers), and attemptrepparttar 118336 decorating tomorrow.

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