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Can you feel it? That little edge of crispness in the air and the undercurrent of excitement in the stores? The holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means. Decorations, baking and family? Uh…no. It’s time to tuck into snuggly pajamas, grab a steaming cup of cocoa and curl up on the couch with your favorite holiday movies!

Every year, Hallmark Channel outdoes itself on the family movie front and this year is no different. With TWENTY-ONE new holiday features premiering on the network’s “Countdown to Christmas” this season, there is plenty of sweet, family friendly goodness to go around.

One of these movies in particular has piqued my interest. It’s called Enchanted Christmas*. Here’s the description of the movie:

Young widow, Laura Trudeau (played by Alexa PenaVega) was a remarkable dancer. Now working as a project manager in LA, she is tasked to renovate a rundown hotel lodge, in her hometown of Rosemont, Utah and have it ready by Christmas eve. She is stunned to run into her former love and dance partner Ricardo Archuleta, (Carlos PenaVega) who she discovers is in rehearsals for The Christmas Eve shows grand finale, with his new dance partner Taylor (Chelsie Hightower, “Dancing with the Stars”).  When Taylor has an audition abroad, Laura once again finds herself back in Ricardo’s arms. Feelings are rekindled, and with both the hotel opening and the show in jeopardy, Laura has to make some difficult decisions, both personally and professionally.

You can check out the trailer here.

Doesn’t that look great? Who doesn’t love ballroom dancing? And you throw in Christmas? Seriously! 

If you thought you recognized the main character, Laura, you probably did. Alexa PenaVega skyrocketed to fame in the Spy Kids series of movies. Now she’s all grown up and co-starring with her husband, Carlos PenaVega. They even contributed their musical talents by recording one of the songs for the movie. Is there anything they can’t do?

Enchanted Christmas airs on November 12th on Hallmark Channel at 8:00 pm/7:00 central. Don’t miss it!

*Enchanted Christmas is a Mission Pictures International and Gabriel Productions, LLC production. Cindy Bond and Gene Davis serve as Executive producers. James Wilberger and Jarrod Phillips are producers. Terry Cunningham directed from a script by Rick Garman and Catherine Y. Friday.  #HallmarkChannel #EnchantedChristmas #CountdowntoChristmas #Missionpicturesintl

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Home-Based Job Listings

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Williams-Sonoma Now Offering Work-From-Home Positions

Humana Has More Than 100 Work-From-Home Jobs With Full Benefits

Amazon Is Filling Tons Of Work-From-Home Jobs For The Holiday Season

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How to Identify and Report Nursing Home Abuse

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Sad WomanNursing home abuse and neglect are unfortunately a common cause of hospitalization for the elderly and disabled who rely on such facilities. And these events sometimes lead to premature death for the victims. Here are a few tips on how to identify and report nursing home abuse.

Understand That the Victim May Not Be Able to Communicate

Don’t think that the victim of neglect or abuse will be able to tell you. They spend hours a day with the employees and they may be afraid to voice concerns because it will impact the quality of care. If they “tell”, they may not get help for hours after falling, remain uncleaned for days, not have assistance with meals, and otherwise be left to suffer deliberate neglect as punishment. And that’s assuming the victim can communicate it. Someone who is weak due to illness or underlying health problems now suffering malnutrition or dehydration due to neglect probably cannot tell you they aren’t getting enough to eat or drink.

Look for Signs of Neglect

Neglect and abuse often leave physical indications that are obvious even if the patient is afraid or unable to communicate it. Someone with dementia is at increased risk of dental problems because they don’t remember they haven’t brushed their teeth. They may not take their medication because they don’t realize they need it or take too much because they don’t know their schedule. This is why someone with dementia ends up in a nursing home. Continuation of poor dental health instead of improvement, seemingly greasy skin and hair, or lack of medication compliance in an environment that should provide it is a sign of neglect. A patient losing weight despite supposedly being fed or chronically dehydrated is not being cared for. Someone with bruises is either not receiving assistance to perform daily tasks or is actually assaulted by caregivers. Both are problems you need to address.

The Paper Trail

You will sometimes find a paper trail as evidence of nursing home abuse or neglect. Neglect can take the form of unpaid bills where the legal guardian isn’t paying bills that should be paid. One sign of abuse is when the patient is constantly asking for money from guardians without clear indication as to where it goes, such as gifts for grandchildren or hair salon visits. This can be a sign that staff are charging them for services that should be part of the nursing home bill. Or the staff may be taking money to buy items the elder shouldn’t have, whether alcohol, tobacco, or foods prohibited by someone’s doctor.

More serious signs of abuse include changes to someone’s power of attorney, repeated ATM withdrawals or someone constantly asking or needing essentials like socks, underwear, diapers or medications.

You should also seek the help of a nursing home lawyer like those at Garcia Law because extorting the most vulnerable in society is a crime.


Don’t assume that mom will tell you that something is wrong or amiss; she may not have the mental or physical ability to do so, while employees who are abusing or neglecting someone have good reason to come up with excuses. When a patient seems to have physical signs of neglect or abuse, it is necessary to seek an impartial third-party opinion from a medical provider. When there are injuries and illnesses, document everything and seek medical advice, though legal advice may be necessary. Any financial or legal mismanagement requires legal action.

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Disney – Hiring Work-From-Home Customer Service Reps In Select States

Hertz – Openings for Work-From-Home Jobs

Salesforce – Hiring 150 Employees To Work From Home (With Benefits!). To view their work-from-home job listings, go to the job search section at Salesforce career website. Enter the keywords “remote” and “US” in the “where” search bar to refine the results for remote jobs in the United States.

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Happy 4th of July from CWAHM!

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Happy 4th of July from all of us here at CWAHM!

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How to Use Social Media as a Powerful Customer Service Channel

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If your company is only using social media for advertisement purposes, you could be missing out on a valuable tool to serve your customers. J.D. Power reported that 67 percent of consumers have used a company’s social media site to raise customer service issues, meaning a large majority of people expect some form of direct contact on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Today’s consumers want around-the-clock, seamless service. And while even small businesses can tap into the social media service revolution, it does take some finessing to get the technique right. From choosing the right platform to winning over disgruntled customers, here’s an overview of how to use social media as a powerful customer service channel.

Choose the Right Social Media Channels

There’s no point in spreading yourself thin to offer support on every social media channel. Instead, focus on the channels your customers use most. According to Pew Research, 81 percent of moms and 66 percent of dads use Facebook. It stands to reason that small businesses catering to moms should use Facebook to offer their customers support.

Twitter is also a strong contender in the online customer care business. According to Twitter’s marketing insights, customers who tweeted a company directly and then received a response reported higher satisfaction scores than those who reached out via traditional channels, like the phone or in-person.

Use Omni-Channel Capabilities

Today’s consumers want consistent, reliable support across multiple channels. The idea is your customer can visit your website or social media channels, or call you directly and have the same experience when issues arise.

At the end of the day, what your customers are looking for is seamless support, which can be difficult to achieve without the right tools. Some businesses use cloud-based contact center solutions to iron out operational issues. For example, adopting a service like Aspect can help your company with inbound and outbound calls and self-service options, among other areas, to create that seamless interaction customers desire. Read More→

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More Reasons to Pursue a Master’s Degree When You’re Working from Home

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coffee and computerThe majority of people pursuing a master’s degree do so to push their careers forward. The lure of a better position and a higher paycheck are indeed very appealing, and a master’s degree in the right field can be the perfect way to achieve those goals. The presence of online courses designed to help students pursue master’s degrees in various fields makes getting one even more rewarding.

For those who are working from home, however, the paycheck is not the only reason to consider a master’s degree. Pursuing a master’s degree can be highly rewarding, especially with the benefits we are going to cover in this article waiting for you at the end of the experience.

Boost of Credibility

If you’re a professional running a home office or a home business, credibility is one of the most important things to maintain. Your clients and customers use the services you offer – or decide to buy your products – because they find you credible. There are even more elaborate ways to maintain a strong credibility online.

A master’s degree in a specific field is the perfect ingredient to add to that credibility. Let’s say you’re running a business consultancy. An online masters in business administration degree from reputable names such as Washington State University is the perfect degree to have. The online MBA will give clients that extra confidence, knowing that you have the skills and expertise needed to advise for their businesses.

A master’s degree is also the perfect way to acquire new skills that can help you as a professional. A lot of today’s best courses, especially online programs, are designed to be up-to-date and in sync with market demands, so you can easily acquire the skills you need to succeed by enrolling in a suitable program.

Extra Safety Net

One of the challenges of working from home or running an online business is the risk of failure you constantly face. For many, failure can be catastrophic. This is why a lot of business owners set safety nets in the forms of emergency savings, additional sources of income, and the potential of a career should the business fails.

The later can be established with the help of a master’s degree. The job market is actually very lucrative for those with graduate degrees. You will be able to apply for a mid- to a top-level management position without a problem if you have to.

New Fields to Explore

Last but certainly not least, a graduate program is the perfect way to step into new fields, particularly specific fields you’ve been wanting to explore. If you’re interested in IT, you can pursue a degree in information technology or data management and study a specific part of the industry.

Entering new fields bring a wide range of opportunities to your doorstep. You can expand parts of your business, use the skills you get from the course to offer new services, or even make the jump to the new field you’re studying completely. Either way, the opportunity to explore an entirely different industry – and the previous benefits we covered in this article – are more than enough reasons to start your pursuit for a master’s degree.

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How to Start the Perfect E-Commerce Business from Home

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Starting a new e-commerce business today doesn’t come without its problems. Not only do you need to come up with a unique idea for a product but you will also need to spend lots of time and money in getting your business out there. Once you do get the basics out the way, you’ll then need to provide support to existing and potential customers, which is going to take further time and effort. If you still want to proceed in starting an e-commerce business from the comfort of your own home, follow the below steps to make sure you do it perfectly.

Choose a Low Competition Product Niche

The niche of the products you want to sell is important to the success of any e-commerce business. Many new online stores don’t realize this and later regret it because the market they are serving is highly competitive. Do some research before spending money on inventory to try and come up with a product niche that isn’t competitive – it will give you a much better chance of becoming a top competitor in the future.

Make Room for an Office

It’s important you have a spare room in the house that you can convert into an office so you have your own space to operate your business in. If you have a small enough room to fit in a desk and chair that will usually suffice, but as your business grows, you may need to consider other options.

Invest in the Right Accessories

For the office, you will need a host of accessories to ensure the business runs smoothly. These are generally cheap accessories such as folders, staplers, and pens, but as your business grows, you’ll want to invest in a printer and a label printing machine to make work more efficient. You may also want to consider investing in a tape dispenser and some branded packaging to make your business look more professional when you are dispatching goods.

Keep Your Office Clean and Organized

A clean and organized office will only make your job much easier, so always spend an hour or two every week making sure everything you need is in arms reach and there isn’t any paperwork or rubbish floating around. Shred paperwork you don’t need and file everything that’s important, and label folders so you know where to find paperwork in the future.

Use Your Garage for Storage

A small room in the house is usually only good enough for an office, and that means you’re going to need to find storage to house your inventory. In the initial stages of business, paying for storage facilities isn’t going to be a viable option, so you will have to turn to your own garage to help you out. Make sure the garage is clear of personal items, clean, and isn’t going to damage any of your products because of a leaky roof.

Keep Your Accounts in Excellent Shape

Keeping your records and accounts in an organized fashion will give you an advantage in the future. Decide whether it’s more viable to hire an accountant or get an online accounting degree (online MACC) via the UAB Collat School of Business.

The points to consider when starting an online e-commerce business are practically endless, and while the initial costs of starting one are small, the costs of running the business as it develops can grow considerably. Always make sure you have a detailed business plan in place so you know what to expect in the future.  

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How to Become a More Efficient and Professional Work At Home Mom

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telecommuting momAre you a work at home mom or are you thinking about starting your own home-based business? More parents than ever are deciding to work in this way, but some people fare out better than others. The individuals who take their home-based business seriously and take the appropriate steps when they are setting up their businesses are the ones who are the most likely to succeed. Below are some tips that will help you to become a more efficient, professional work at home mom.

Improve Your Communication and Business Skills

Like any business person, you have to act in a professional way when you are dealing with clients, suppliers, and any other business associates that you have to communicate with. However, it can take some time and some guidance to develop the communication and business skills you require.

If possible, you should invest in yourself by completing a communications course or a course that will improve your business skills. An online masters in communication management program offered by a recognized university such as the University of Southern California will enhance these important skills and provide you with the knowledge you require to become a much more effective work at home professional.

Some home-based entrepreneurs may be hesitant to start such a course because they feel they wouldn’t have the time to commit to a full-time course and attend classes and lectures. However, with a large number of online master of communication management degree programs available, you can now study from the comfort of your home and obtain a valuable qualification without ever having to set foot in a college or a university.

Set Down Rules and Find a Dedicated Place to Work

Managing your personal life and working from home is not always an easy balancing act. From the start, you need to make it clear to family members and friends that you have a business to run and that there are certain times of the day when you don’t want to be distracted or disturbed.

You can do a lot to prevent many of the common disturbances that can take place while you’re trying to work. For example, you should work from a quiet location in your home that includes all of the equipment you need. Read More→

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