Friday, November 10, 2006

Holiday Specialty Cakes

Holiday Gift Giving is Easy This Year with Specialty Cakes for All

Being in the Midwest, this time of year is just the greatest. As the days get colder and old man winter is on his way, we here in the Midwest get busy with shopping, baking, and planning for the Holidays. We make those lists and venture to the crowded shopping malls in the snow. It is always fun to search for the ideal gifts that your family members want or need. But what about when it comes to buying a gift for your busy co-workers, boss, employees, clients, and so on? Do you look every year for something unique and fun, yet practical? We have your answers.

Food and drink is the most appreciated gift you can give this time of year. At Make A Diaper Cake, we are always busy coming up with new treats and tips to perfect your gift giving. This season, we share some of cutest towel cakes that you can make for anyone on your shopping list. But don’t forget, we can save you time by making these wonderful cakes for you. Below are some of our neat ideas for your festive gifts.
1) Coffee Lovers Cake - Gourmet coffees such as Holiday blend, Cinnamon Hazelnut, Chocolate Caramel, Streusel Cake, French Vanilla Cappuccinos coolers, toss in a Holiday coffee mug, gourmet Biscotti’s, gourmet chocolates, and coffee hard candies. You’ll be a hit.2) Tea Lovers Cake - Cinnamon Apple Tea, Bing Cherry With Almond Tea, Cranberry, Orange Tea, Gourmet Honey, Teapot Cookies, Raspberry Tea Biscuits, Holiday Mug, and a favorite magazine. This tea towel cake will be sure to please any recipient.3) A Pancake Morning Cake - Gourmet syrups, gourmet pancake mixes, wild blueberries, a wire whisk, and yummy gourmet jams to delight the pancake lovers on your list. 4) The Baker’s Cake - Add gourmet cookie, bread, and cake mixes, a wire whisk, kitchen timer, and recipe cards will delight your baker this year.5) The Snack Attack Cake- Holiday colored popcorn, Summer sausages, Beef salami, gourmet cheeses and crackers gourmet snacks, such as mixed nuts, and walnut fudge. Almost all of the products can be purchased at online specialty stores or malls near you.For more information on making holiday cakes, diaper cakes, or any other specialty cake, stop by our website at Not only do we have complete instructions for making cakes, but an e-book that walks you though each step. And if you'd prefer to have us make it for you, no problem. We specialize in making specialty cakes for all occasions. Make this holiday a time to remember. Also, don't forget to check back often to see what other unique creations we have developed for the rest of the year’s celebrations.

Barb Ireland is the founder of Make A Diaper Cake Biz, You can purchase a Holiday cake or learn how to make a diaper cake, or start your own diaper cake business at her site. For media interviews, contact Publicist, Diana Ennen at Articles are free to be reprinted as long as author's bio remains intact.

Holiday Online Marketing

Marketing Tips for Starting Your Business On a Budget

I don’t know about you, but when I started my business and even today I don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing. I need to make sure that every penny I spend is spent wisely, very wisely. Here are some tips that I have found that worked for me to get the word out about my business inexpensively.

Radio/Media - It’s not that hard. It’s important to get out there and get aggressive in marketing your business. Have a plan of action and stick to it. Each week decide to send out so many press releases, contacts to radio stations, local media, etc. You can get great media links at Stay in tune with what’s currently happening in your Industry and see if it’s something that you can write about. With podcasting now and so many Internet Radio Shows, such as Jill Hart’s Christian Work at Home Mom’s,, it’s easier than ever to get on the air.

Forums / Listserves - Being active in forums and listserves is so beneficial to your business. You establish yourself as an expert and also you gain friendships and alliances with others. Plus, it’s a great way to promote your business. Naturally you never want to blatantly advertise your business, but many forums will have special days set up where you can advertise your business and specials. Take advantage of these.

Market Research Your Webstats - Learn how to read, understand and make use of your web stats to properly market and research who is coming to your site. A good webstat service is often included with most hosting services. This is free information that your site gathers about your visitors and customers. It’s more than looking at hits or numbers of visitors. The information there will tell you who your customer is, where they're coming from, which days they do their surfing - even what time of day they do it. With that information you can coordinate better all your marketing efforts.

Cooperative Marketing - This process creates fellowship, alliances with others who are working hard to achieve the same goals, and exposure to your sites. This entails working with other groups, forums, virtual assistants, etc., and sharing together to build your business. You offer to exchange banners/buttons, newsletter ads, ideas, and more. It’s a win/win for everyone.

Writing Articles. Writing articles and submitting them to sites is an excellent marketing tool. Get expert status on places such as where you can submit multiple articles and become a recognized contributor. Once an article has been accepted, write a thank-you letter and then make sure you follow-up with additional articles.
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Smallpox is topic of this fiction thriller

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Fictional Terrorists cause Mayhem when Smallpox and a Los Angeles ER collide

Los Angeles, CA, November, 2006: What happens in an ER when a patient presents with rash-like symptoms, and smallpox is thought to be the culprit? Two words-Total Chaos. The Emergency Room staff and patients alike are faced with the terror of this biological nightmare; a nightmare that has plagued man for thousands of years, causing more deaths than perhaps any other illness. In fact in the last century alone, it has touted to cause the deaths of some 500 million people. Summed up, total chaos.

Sci-Fi author, Dr. Paulo J. Reyes, an ER Doctor himself, vividly creates such a scenario in his fiction thriller, Sledgehammer, Reyes takes readers inside an emergency room where one ER physician is faced with what he suspects to be the most lethal form of smallpox, Sledgehammer Smallpox. The plot thickens as the realization soon becomes apparent that the patient not only has smallpox, but he is part of a terrorist plot to spread the deadly disease to sport arenas, malls, and airports. The doctor must stop the deadly spread before it’s too late. This page turning, stay-up-all-night to find out what happens next, thriller leaves readers questioning. Could it happen today? Could it happen in their local ER?

So what exactly is smallpox? After extensive research, Dr. Reyes offers the following smallpox statistics:
¨ The killer disease is spread from one person to another by infected saliva droplets. The vaccine can lessen the severity or even prevent smallpox in people exposed if treated within a few days.
¨ The diagnosis of small pox is not difficult if the classic skin lesion is present and most physicians would probably be able to make the diagnosis when they are presented such a rash. However, many patients will present an atypical rash that is more like a red-spotted rash. This is more difficult to diagnose and thus can be far more deadly as it can go untreated and spread quickly.
¨ Smallpox represents one of the most devastating potential biological weapons ever conceived. The variola virus causes the lethal disease. The incubation period of smallpox ranges from 7 to 17 days following exposure. Its initial symptoms include a severely high fever, fatigue, and headaches. A rash, most prominent on the face, arms, and legs, is sure to follow in a couple days.
¨ There is no proven treatment for smallpox, but there is treatment for many of its complications, including dehydration and the treatment of secondary bacterial infections with antibiotics. Scientists are presently ongoing research across the globe to evaluate new antiviral agents.
Even though the topic of this book is frightening, the book itself is a magnificent read with plenty of suspense, action, and realistic characters that readers will grow fond of. Sledgehammer has received numerous five-star reviews, including one from the American Reporter’s Joe Shea. Shea states, “Sledgehammer is a gripping, powerful portrait of an American emergency room physician encountering the ‘index’ case of a national bioterrorist attack by Islamic terrorists. Dr. Paulo J. Reyes' novel of an American physician trying to deal with what presents as an ambiguous case of pox - monkey pox, chicken pox, smallpox, who knows? - is unnerving and engaging in the extreme. It is probably the best bio-warfare thriller of the dozen-odd I've read in the past 10 years.” Reyes’ medical career spans 25 years as an ER Doctor and First Responder to disasters in Los Angeles allows him to bring the fictional tale to vivid life. Sledgehammer is available at Dr. Reyes’ website and at Amazon and leading online bookstores.


Holiday Happiness -- Organize and Have Fun

Contact: Molly H. Gold

GO MOM! Offers Shortcut Solutions for a Memorable Holiday Season

Apex, NC (November, 2006) – GO MOM !NC released fresh new strategies showing Moms how to make their 2006 holiday season one for the memory books. “Each holiday season becomes meaningful in its own way,” states Molly Gold, Founder of GO MOM !NC. “My role as a Family Scheduling and Organization Expert is to show Moms how they can stay focused on their family priorities during one of the most hectic, and overscheduled, times of the year. By tackling their schedule with a month at a time mentality, Moms will realize their goals to truly enjoy their family through the wonder of the season.” Take a look at our shortcut solutions for Family Holiday Happiness 2006:

The November Organized Mom - Grab your planner and map a Thanksgiving full of fun! First, don’t hesitate to delegate. Enlist complete menus from hospitality experts like Rachael Ray and assign specific menu items, recipes included, to each guest attending. Next, honor traditions that take you back to your roots. From pre-holiday decorating to a weekend full of football, day-after tThanksgiving shopping, or volunteering at a charity event, the tradition is yours and practicing it yearly provides our children a generational connection that can’t be found outside the clan. Finally, keep the fun in family. If this year’s kids table is bigger than the grown ups, make it central in your plans. Include colorful accessories to decorate through the day, which offers a way for kids to express themselves, such as a Giving Tree that you decorate with leaves stating their thanks, and always include a change in scenery to keep the mayhem at a minimum. Well timed activities like Legos or coloring in a playroom partnered with a spirited game of tag outside, kids against adults, is priceless for everyone, not to mention good for the china and crystal on display.

The December Organized Mom – If it’s Christmas you celebrate, you’ve got 23 days before 48 truly miraculous hours of wonder. Week 1 is meant to shop ‘til you drop, either in person or online, to accomplish this task before the holiday gets too close. Use a list to stay on track, compare prices, and take advantage of free shipping whenever possible. Kick off Week 2 by sending holiday greetings. Make it a family affair, enlisting helping hands to stuff, stamp and seal as you write. Update your address book and computerize for next year to cut your time in half. Week 3 is the official “12 Days of Christmas.” Work hard to make family traditions come alive by baking and crafting for others. Include your children and they will learn hands on the untold value of offering a humble gift from the heart. By the time you arrive at Week 4, you will have no problem spending down time with your family in the way that suits you best.

The Ready for Company Mom – Unexpected company can break your stride during a season full of events. First, tackle your house with short order cleaning. Consult the Mr. Clean line of products for a full array of options, with the Mr. Clean Magic Reach your fastest bathroom cleaning yet tackling 5 surfaces with one tool. Stock every bathroom with necessary supplies, including fresh seasonal hand towels, candles, and air fresheners. Assign last minute company tasks to each family member and you’ll master the scramble in style. Second, be ready for meals in minutes by visiting a group kitchen, the latest way to prepare a week or two worth of meals at one time so you can have a collection of delicious dinners to stock your freezer, ready to pull out anytime. If its hors d'oeuvres and dessert you need, go for the best in boxes, bags, and jars. Costco or BJ’s carries a huge selection of prepared items from meatballs to bruschetta, cheesecake to coffee. Shop on a Saturday to taste what you can, and enjoy your visitors without the worry. For a more simple approach, stock up on lots of hot chocolate, marshmallows, peppermint sticks, and holiday cookies. Finally, gifts galore can cloud our thinking. Choose a few signature items that truly express your personality and purchase ten to have in your gift closet, wrapped and ready to go. From favorite ornaments to hot cocoa kits, a good bottle of wine or a holiday CD, the gesture will reflect you and your family, and that alone is worth cherishing.

GO MOM !NC helps mothers make positive mothering a daily reality within the structure GO MOM!® Schedule. Organize. Grow.® GO MOM !NC is located in Apex, NC and promotes the use of the GO MOM!® product line which is based on unique scheduling solutions for everything family. The GO MOM!® product line is produced via license partnership with Mead Westvaco Consumer and Office Products and sold at major retailers nationwide, including Target, Staples, and Office Max.

GO MOM !NC Founder, Molly Gold, is a 40-year-old mother of three and the creator of The GO MOM!® product line. Gold is known for her keen insights into Family Scheduling and has been featured both in print and on air media alike. Gold currently serves on Proctor & Gamble’s Mr. Clean Team Expert Panel, Cartoon Network's Tickle U Advisory Board and as Family Scheduling Expert at both, and Gold’s work has been featured in both Parents and Parenting Magazines, Better Homes and Gardens, The Washington Post, ABC's Good Morning America, Most recently she appeared on NBC’s Today Show Weekend Edition, in Women’s Health Magazine, and is one of 100 nationally recognized experts in the new book released this fall, The Experts Guide to the Baby Years, by Samantha Ettus.

To learn more about GO MOM !NC, visit For interviews with Molly Gold, you can e-mail her directly at