• Real Estate Recipe Postcards – Do They Work

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    May 8, 2021 /  Chef and Recipes

    Are real estate recipe postcards a “delicious dish” for postcard marketing success, or are they a waste of time and money?

    Only the individual marketer can answer that question with any finality. The answer will come from experimentation and testing with various postcard marketing tactics, comparing one strategy against another, etc. But I’d be happy to give my take on the subject, based on the time I spent working in the postcard marketing industry.

    What’s a Real Estate Recipe Postcard?
    Let’s start with a quick definition, just so we’re on the same page. A real estate recipe postcard is a marketing postcard sent from a real estate agent to their audience (usually homeowners and potential home buyers). On one side of the postcard, there’s a picture of a tasty dish with the recipe listed out. You know, chili con carne, bananas foster … that sort of thing.

    On the other side of the recipe postcard, the agent will list his or her contact info with some form of “Call me when you need help” message. The basic premise is that the recipient likes the recipe so much — or finds the postcard so thoughtful — that they dial up the agent and say, “Will you help me buy / sell a home?”

    I know, it’s a bit of a stretch. But that’s how real estate recipe postcards are supposed to work. The question is, do they work that way? An even better question is, how do the response rates from a real estate recipe postcard stack up against a postcard that makes a powerful offer and employs proven strategies of direct mail marketing?

    To my knowledge, there has never been any study on the effectiveness of real estate recipe postcards (when compared to a different form of real estate postcard). Sure, you’ll find a handful of testimonials here and there, and perhaps some “Use real estate recipe postcards!” promotional copy on a postcard company’s website … but that’s probably it.

    So here’s my take on the subject, based on my professional experience with both postcard marketing in general and real estate marketing in particular.

    Me personally, I wouldn’t spend a dime on real estate recipe postcards. And do you want to know why? Because while a real estate recipe postcard might produce one response out of a thousands mailers, there are ways to get much better response rates. You know … those tried-and-true postcard marketing techniques, like making an offer of some kind.

    There are also ways to combine the real estate postcard with an informational website, thereby creating a “super card” that can improve the success of both marketing channels. In short, I believe there are much stronger approaches to real estate postcard marketing than simply slapping on a recipe and waiting for the phone to ring. But that’s just me.

    * You may republish this article online if you retain the author’s byline and active hyperlinks below. Copyright 2007, Brandon Cornett.

  • Top 10 Anti-hunger Snacks

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    May 7, 2021 /  Chef and Recipes

    Have you ever made a big salad for lunch thinking you’ll cut down on calories for that day but then half an hour later you’re scouring your workplace for food? Have you ever grabbed a slice of bread as a snack to tide you over until dinner yet 2 – 3 slices of bread later you’re still hungry? I find the most filling foods either have a lot of protein, fiber and/or water content. Salad does not fill me up and I could eat half a loaf of bread in one sitting and I’d still be munchy. Here is a list of my favorite anti-hunger snack foods.

    1. Celery with peanut butter and raisins. Peanut butter has protein to keep you satisfied and raisins add a bit of sweetness.
    2. Corn on the cob. Only 155 calories an ear.
    3. Fruit salad. Cut up all your favorite fruits and put them in a huge salad bowl and keep it in the fridge. Fresh fruit is full of nutrients, water and natural sweetness to satisfy you.
    4. Cool whip. You won’t believe this but cool whip has only 25 calories and 1.5 g of fat per serving! I even like it better than ice cream. For dessert I usually have strawberries topped with cool whip and a little drizzle of chocolate sauce.
    5. Oatmeal. I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day so start it off with a bowl of oatmeal. It’s quick to make, comes in a variety of flavors and is very filling.
    6. Apples. This fruit is great to take for lunch or as a snack after work.
    7. Pickles. Perfect for when you’re craving something crunchy and refreshing.
    8. Popcorn. Air-popped popcorn is only 31 calories a serving. You could have 3 cups of popcorn for under 100 calories! These types of snacks are great when you are looking for a large quantity of food for a low amount of calories that you can snack on for a while.
    9. Mozzarella and tomato. Top fresh, ripe tomatoes with a little mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with olive oil. Delicious.
    10. Eggs. Scrambled, poached, sunny-side up or hard-boiled; eggs are a great source of protein.

    Just a reminder; do not be afraid of fat as long as you watch your portion size. This is what keeps you feeling full and satisfied.

    Fitnut Forever

  • May 7, 2021 /  Tours & Travels

    Choosing the perfect transport is as important as is the choice for resort for your vacation. Therefore, I am ready to give the all-possible options for traveling including their advantages and drawbacks. You can decide whether to take under consideration or not my opinion about each one of them, but the most important thing is to feel the most comfortable with the transport, which you will pick out. We know that we need to have our documentations like IDs, Visas, tickets and chosen transports in advance. In order to help you at least for one of these important needs for a trip, I will explore the one, which I would take if I was on the way to go on a vacation.

    Therefore, I want to introduce the one that is the most proper in my opinion, the Bus. This is one means, which is proper not only in the city and between cities in your country but also for international destinations. Traveling by bus will satisfy every type of people and their capricious desires. At first glance, it seems that by it, you won’t be a part of excellent service, but despite this, you will have access to better staff. For example, you will make new friendships with people all over the world. From that standpoint, everyone will perceive one extended experience by learning facts and aspects about different cultures and traditions. Therefore, you will have supplementary knowledge as well. Moreover, in the bus you will have the perfect chances to see all possible sights and landmarks during the travelling. Even though the seats can be little narrow for some, they won’t be supposed to be behind the wheel which is one great benefit of the bus. What is more, the price is most affordable exactly with this kind of transportation, so even with little set off budget you can save money from the travelling and still have a lot for fun and relaxing when you reach the final destination. Nonetheless, there are negatives related with the dependence on the other passengers. What I mean is that if the number for a trip is not full in most of the case the trip is postponed or even called off. The screams and crying of children and babies also can be a problem for some who are able to be annoyed by it. However, we need to consider the fact that travelling by bus will provide quite bigger quantity of benefits than disadvantages. Precisely for that reason, I think this is the perfect vehicle for any kind of a journey: short, distant and so on.

    There are other transportations like planes, trains, cars, ships and others, but the bus should be your choice.

    If you are interested in learning about the biggest advantages and disadvantages of bus tours, visit this web page. If you would like to visit Denmark by bus, read this article.

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  • Fight Type 2 Diabetes With Healthy Snacks

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    May 7, 2021 /  Chef and Recipes

    Type 2 Diabetes has adverse effect on the sugar levels of our body. The sugar levels need to be kept within a certain range and a condition where it is well above the permissible limit or below it can become a cause of worry. Eating healthy snacks can minimize the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

    In this form of diabetes, the insulin generated in the body is either insufficient or is rejected by the cells. Insulin helps in utilizing the glucose for producing energy. Insulin helps to carry the glucose to the cells. If it does not reach the cells, then the body cannot make use of it for generating energy. In case, the cells cannot utilize the glucose, it remains in the blood. An excessive amount of glucose in the blood can cause diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes occurs as a result of insulin resistance and obesity.

    The conditions, which lead to the occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes, include snacking, excessive eating, consumption of high calorie drinks, and foods high on carbohydrate content. All these shoot up the sugar levels in the body. Since the sugar cannot reach the tissues, its levels rise in the blood. Obese people are more prone to insulin resistance as the fat in the body acts as a barrier to the optimum utilization of the insulin. In the United States of America almost one-third of the total population are obese and it is expected that 30% of the children who are born after 2000 are prone to get diabetes.

    When it comes to kids it is necessary to inculcate in them correct food habits. They are not aware of what is good and nutritional food for them. The onus here lies with the schools and the parents of the kids. In the past schools organized fundraising events and the selling of chocolate bars was an integral part of them. With the introduction of California SB 12 and other similar laws in other US states, chocolate fundraising was banned.

    Searching for healthy fundraising solutions can solve this problem. Schools can now order healthy fundraising snacks that are low on calories. To be healthy, they would comprise less that 35% fat, 10% less saturated fats, 25% less sugar. All in all, your child can have all these sumptuous snacks and even then consume less that 250 calories. If the snacks are healthy, there will be no harmful trans-fats as these need to be completely avoided by obese people.

    Healthy fundraising does not mean that the food served is bland. They are equally tasty as fries, burgers and pizzas and the kids are definitely going to love them. It is important to make decisions to look for healthy fundraising alternatives, and contribute to better health in America.

  • How To Burn Through Levelling Your Cooking Skill With This Wow Cooking Guide

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    May 7, 2021 /  Chef and Recipes

    So you want to know how to level your cooking skill fast? Well, allow me to share the secrets with you. I didn’t touch cooking for a long time, thinking that it was boring and not worth the effort. Don’t wait as long as I did – start enjoying the benefits of cooking now!

    Learning the cooking skill, especially from an early level, is a great way of saving yourself time and gold. You will not need to purchase food from vendors, or waste mana healing yourself. You’ll be getting most of the ingredients for what you’re able to cook from the mobs you’re killing. However, what you should do is combine cooking with the fishing skill. This is especially handy for higher level characters, who perhaps aren’t too enamoured with the idea of killing low-level mobs to get ingredients. There are many recipes which involve fish that you learn from the cooking trainer or that are easy to find. Some, like the Savory Deviate Delight, are even worth a lot of money!

    However, cooking really comes into its own once you hit the higher levels of the profession. Then, the food that you cook will not only restore high amounts of health and mana, it will also give you various buffs that you will find extremely helpful in day-to-day levelling, running dungeons and raiding. In endgame raiding, food buffs are an absolute must, and as a chef, you will be able to provide them for yourself and your raiding group, and will be a valuable asset to the team!

    Once you have levelling your cooking quickly and easily by following this guide, you should start getting into the Dalaran cooking dailies. You can do these from 350 onwards, and they have great rewards! For each cooking daily you get at least one Dalaran Cooking Award, which are used as currency for fantastic recipes to help you and your party with buffs. You can also get a pretty pimpin’ chef hat, which in my opinion is totally worth it!

  • Discount vacations

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    May 6, 2021 /  Holiday and Vacations

    My friend Ryan is famous for his discount vacations. He is practically the king of last minute vacations. Sometimes it will be something classy like a cruise, other times it will be a stay in a hovel-like hotel in Mexico. Either way, he seems happy. The amazing thing about it is that he can afford vacations at all. Ryan has always struck me as someone who lives above his means. He makes a decent living as a teacher, but it is nothing to write home about. Nonetheless, some of his discount vacation trips are pretty impressive. He took a cruise up to Alaska one year, and another year he stayed in a castle in Scotland. He is gone several times a year, and for the life of me I can’t figure out how he manages it.

    I finally was overcome with curiosity, and I asked him about his discount vacations. He smiled at me, and said that his secret was smarts. When I wasn’t satisfied with this vague, infuriating answer, he finally leveled with me. He didn’t do anything unusual, he just made finding discount vacation packages his hobbies. If you look at enough places, you can always find an extremely affordable last minute trip one way or another. It is just a matter of keeping an eye out.

    When I begged and pleaded, he finally showed me his method for finding discount vacations. I was a little bit surprised by a lot of it. I had figured that it would mostly involve Internet vacation deals, but that only accounted for about half of his trips. He actually spent a lot of time dealing with legitimate vacation travel planners. He had several contacts in the travel industry, and all of them knew to call him when something special came along. He was known for being willing to take vacations anywhere. His only priority was that they were inexpensive and exotic.

    Surprisingly, this made him a good client for several of his business contacts. Travel agents are always looking for ways to sell discount vacations. They get big kickbacks, you see, from the tourist industry in regions of decreasing popularity. If they can get people to come to an area that depends on tourism, but that has recently fallen out of favor for one reason or another, they can make a lot of money. Although Ryan’s discount vacation trips were never very expensive, combined they accounted for a lot of cash flow. This is why the travel agents were always willing to set up discount vacations for him.

  • May 6, 2021 /  Tours & Travels

    Are you on a budget and you want to get a taste of Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea?
    Here is the best choice for you!

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    Join a short destination cruise to Mykonos and stroll at leisure through the whitewashed, flower-decked alleyways, climbing to the sculpture church of Paraportiani or along the waterfront of Little Venice to the well-known windmills. To Ephesus and witness the spectacular ruins where excavations still go on in this once great and important city. To Patmos, a beautiful and almost mysterious rocky island, where Apostle John was exiled and wrote the -Book of Revelations’. To Rhodes where in ancient times, the Colossus of Rhodes was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and since the afternoon is free it is a good chance to stroll around the medieval walled city, enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere, or spend some time at one of the elegant cafes . To Crete where in Knossos the capital of the once powerful Minoan civilization, and where the site of the legendary maize where Minotaur lived is located. See the ruins of the remarkable Palace and its extensive grounds. And finally in Santorini and witness its unique architecture its panoramic view of the sea and its breathtaking sunsets .

    You want to know what are the advantages of joining such a short cruise? – No packing/unpacking at hotels as you would do on an island hoping tour. – No extra cost for accommodation on the islands. Your cabin is the only place for you overnight. – No extra cost for meals. All meals are included on board. – No worries about uncertain ferry schedules between the islands. Your cruise ship sails on scheduled dates and times!

    Greece is renown for its natural beauty and I am sure that no traveler that ever decides to visit Greece will leave the country disappointed.

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  • May 5, 2021 /  Tours & Travels

    Following recent refurbishments, the Beaches Boscobel Resort and Golf Club in Jamaica is offering a fantastic experience for groups of families or friends who are planning to stay at the hotel this autumn.

    Tourists booking Jamaica holidays between now and 29th February, 2012 (with travelling dates between late August and December 2012) will receive a free Dolphin Touch experience if they book five rooms or more for a minimum of three nights at any Beaches Resorts.

    This exclusive offer is fantastic for families and groups of friends who are planning family holidays in Jamaica later this year.

    The Dolphin Touch experience is led by Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours and families staying at Beaches Jamaica hotels will receive free Dolphin Cove admission for one child under the age of twelve, two free Dolphin Touch programme passes for children aged under five, and a free Dolphin Touch programme pass for one child aged between six and twelve.

    One paying adult is required to accompany each free pass and the offer is valid between 26th August and 16th December, 2012.

    The Dolphin Cove Touch programme enables visitors to get up close to the beautiful bottlenose dolphins where they can give them a special kiss and hug from a knee-deep water platform.

    The Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club is the perfect place for family breaks in Jamaica with an idyllic location set upon 22 acres of land that is made up of lush tropical gardens and a private white sand beach.

    During holidays in Jamaica, families can take advantage of the hotels facilities including three swimming pools and a scuba practice pool; Pirates Island, a huge 27,000 square foot water park with a Kids Zone and Aqua Play Area; five gourmet restaurants with a wide selection of international and local cuisine; an 18-hole golf course where children are also welcome; tennis courts; and a Red Lane Spa where adults can enjoying rejuvenating treatments while the little ones are looked after at Kids Camp or the X Box 360 Game Garage.

    The resort has recently undergone renovations that include upgraded rooms and suites, expanded swimming pools and new cabanas, and expanded restaurants.

    The Beaches brand is part of the Sandals Resorts group and features all inclusive Caribbean hotels and resorts in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos.

    Holidaymakers who book at least five rooms at any of the collection of Beaches Resorts in Jamaica for three nights or more will also receive private check-in, a private group picnic, one group meal at a resort restaurant, a complimentary 15 minute group portrait session and one 5×7 photograph per room, a farewell cake, and exclusive group activities.

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  • May 5, 2021 /  Tours & Travels

    Being vacation time fast approaching, iSearchrentals quick launches it website for travelers to book their Hotels and Car rentals affiliated with major two travel consolidator. Chennai, India – 4th November 2013 – iSearchrentals, a home-based start up launches its brand new portal for global travelers to book their hotels and car rentals by comparing prices online. As the vacation season is fast approaching, iSearchrentals has quickly partner with 2 leading brands to provide car rental and hotel bookings online. The website would serve as comprehensive travel resource providing travel tips, vacation rental tips, car rentals and also hotel booking services globally. Soon after the launch, iSearchrentals would also simultaneously work on integrating other travel related services which includes safe stays accommodations, travel insurance, vacation packages, flights, which would make the site complete by provide shop for all travel needs from one platform. Customers in the future would also have a facility to post their travel experience and reviews in the portal to enable travelers to get hand-in-hand help via iSearchrentals. The portal being managed by an internet marketing veteran empowers women to work from home, by providing career opportunities for home-based women. Apart from this, iSearchrentals also donates a part of its earning to the charity. With a strong emphasis on empowering women to work from home, with its present small sized team, would soon work globally based on its growth and volume of business from the iSearchrentals .com -We at this initial stage and with a vision to provide opportunities to women, we signed-up as affiliate partners with leading hotels and car rental supplier in a short span. We believe that soon with the travelers visiting our website, we would able to make our organization from small to enterprise level in a few years- said the management of iSearchrentals. -Also our customers by booking their itinerary in iSearchrentals would get benefited by getting their travel needs with quality, low rates and also would be one of the contributors to the economy- they added. To make your car rental reservations or hotel bookings at competitive rates visit www.isearchrentals.com About iSearchrentals.com Started 2013, iSearchrentals is managed by home-base internet marketing professionals. With the mission to empower women to work from home, and provide an unique opportunity iSearchrentals was set-up to provide online hotel reservations, car rentals, Vacation rentals and Travel Tip for worldwide Travelers. For information, visit www.isearchrentals.com

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