DIY- Hanging door sign

I love Pinterest and spend a lot of time pinning ideas to try later. I found one idea that I could not wait to try. In my house I have 3 doors close to each other. Every time I have a gathering I spend over half of my time showing my guest which door leads to the bathroom. This simple idea helped me solved that problem with this easy DIY hanging wall sign.

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You need to purchase the following items:

(1) wooden sign in any shape you like (I choose oval and the plaques can be found at any hobby store or your local Wal-mart.)

(1) tiny bag of hook screws

Wooden letters, stencils or vinyl signs that you rub onto the wood.

(1) wrought iron bracket( found mine at the 99 cents store in the gardening section.

Step 1: lightly sand your wood plaque

Step 2: I painted the iron bracket and the hook. I wanted mine to have the look of brass(you do not have to paint them it is totally up to you)

Step 3: I then painted the oval plaque in a light color and went around the edge with a darker color to make it look vintage.

Step 4: Allow the paint to dry at least 4 hours or over night.

Step 5: While your items are drying hang you bracket above your door.

Step 6: Time to put it all together! Take the oval plaque and screw the hook into the top of the plaque.

Final step hang the oval plaque onto the bracket.

There you have it a simple yet stylish sign so you can spend more time entertaining your guests and less time telling them which door is the bathroom!

 

‘Polished, Poised, Prepared’: Confidence Tips from Women Entrepreneurs

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When you are a business owner, it doesn’t matter how much funding you have, where your college degrees are from or whom you network with if you are not confident about your ideas.

At the end of the day, if you don’t have faith in yourself and your business, you will most likely fail. Despite constant rejection and doubt, successful entrepreneurs are always able to find confidence from within. If you don’t have unwavering faith in your idea, no one else will either.

As a fellow business owner, I understand that it can be challenging to silence the self doubt, especially when you are faced with a big decision or are constantly barraged by naysayers.

My fellow young female entrepreneurs always inspire me with their uncanny amount of determination and fearlessness. They aren’t going to let anyone get in the way of their dreams. Here are some things we can learn from these ladies about finding your confidence:

Admit what you don’t know. If you are aware of the things you don’t know, then you have a lot more faith in what you do know. Part of owning your own business is being able to hire people to compensate for your weaknesses. No one expects you to be good at everything. If you have a good team, where everyone excels at a certain skill, you will gain more confidence that your ideas will be executed properly.

Related: Young Female Entrepreneurs’ Advice on Securing Funding

Do your research. When going into meetings with potential investors, clients or customers, make sure you really know what you are talking about. You have to know the ins and outs of your industry.

Melissa Thompson, CEO and founder of TalkSession, shares how she finds her confidence before a big meeting with investors: “I spend a lot of time studying the market. I make sure to stay educated about the legal part of the equation as well as the practice and business portions. [Since I am not a doctor], I compensate by subscribing to medical journals, actually reading them, and engaging in conversations with industry specialists.”

Heidi Nazarudin, blogger at The Successful Style and president of Blogger Babes, said, “My confidence is a mixture of style and substance. Knowing that I look amazing and that I have done my homework for the task at hand is a great confidence booster — in other words, polished, poised, prepared.”

Don’t pay attention to any disadvantages. One of the first questions that I always ask Gen-Y female entrepreneurs is if they feel that being a woman is a disadvantage. Everyone I have spoken with so far has said “no.”

Andi Atteberry, founder of blingsting, writes, “I don’t put any energy into wondering if I have different challenges than any other leader or business owner because I am female. I think at the end of the day, if you are good at what you do, that’s all that matters.”

Just because they don’t like your business, doesn’t mean they don’t like you. For entrepreneurs, the line between personal and professional is blurred. When someone rejects your business idea, it can feel like a personal attack because of all the time and energy you invest. Shop-Hers’ founder, Jaclyn Shanfeld, explains how she gets over rejection and maintains her confidence: “I have thick skin and I’m able to separate myself from the opinion of others. I’m humble and passionate about what I do. A ‘no’ can’t take that away.”

Realize from the beginning that there is more to you than just your business. This way being rejected won’t feel so harsh, and you can bounce back faster.

Entrepreneur Daily
By Rebekah Epstein|Jan 23, 2014

CHEERS!!! Delish Summer Drink!!

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I am always looking for a refreshing summer drink and my new favorite is Ginger Beer. Ginger Beer is a non alcoholic crisp and refreshing libation. I have only purchased Ginger beer but I did find a reciepe online and will try in the future to make my own.

Non Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Makes about 3 cups of ginger beer base or enough for 15-20 servings.

1/2 pound fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

1-2 cups purified water

1/8-1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

1/1-1 cups raw agave nectar or honey

candied ginger, optional

sparkling water or club soda

Combine the prepared ginger root along with the purified water in the bowl of a high powered blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade. Blend or process for about 3-5 minutes.

Strain the ginger pulp through a fine mesh strainer or a strainer lined in wet cheesecloth. Use a spoon or ladle to press all of the liquid through leaving only the dry pulp.

Return the pulp back to the blender or food processor along with another cup of water and process for another 3-5 minutes.

Repeat the straining and discard the remaining pulp.

Add 1/4 cup of the freshly squeezed lime juice along with 1 cup of raw agave nectar to the strained ginger juice. Blend together. Do not add additional agave or lime until after you have sampled the mixture with soda.

In a 10-12 ounce highball style glass, measure 1-2 ounces of the ginger base. Add about 7-8 ounces of sparkling water or club soda, stir, and taste to make any adjustments.

If you prefer a sweeter base, add more agave. You can even add sugar or blend in some candied ginger for a considerably sweeter gingery drink.

If you want it to be more citrusy, add more lime juice. Be careful not to add too much lime as it might interfere with the gingery nature of the beverage. Add only a little at a time until it is just to your liking. Another option for additional lime essence without overwhelming the base with juice would be to serve the brew with a twist of lime run around the rim of the glass before serving.

Store the ginger base in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freeze in ice cube trays for individual servings ready to go.

When serving, mix drinks individually or make a pitcher for a larger crowd.

Cheers

*Ginger root is great for you as a metabolism booster as well as being a powerful anti-inflammatory where regular consumption of the root has been proven to help reduce and alleviate the pain and swelling associated with chronic ailments.