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Aug 20, 2003

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Giftsprings Specials and F*reebies Ezine
August 20, 2003

Liz Hekimian-Williams, Publisher / Editor
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Table of Contents:

1.   Editor's notes
2.   Inspirational thought
3.   Giftsprings featured sales items
4.   Internet f*reebie finds
5.   Readers write in
6.   Ad swaps
7.   Feature article: 10 Uses for Essential Oils in the Home
8.   More internet f*reebie finds
9.   Riddle
10. Subscriber exchange ads
11. Home business tips
12. Ad swaps & other tidbits
13. Riddle answer
14. Sales and bargains elsewhere
15. Valued readers disclaimer notice
16. Subscription management

See today's featured sale items at Giftsprings here...

1. Editor's Notes
Hi, I hope you've been smiling a lot this week!
Make sure you sign up for this month's free gift giveaway
at Giftsprings! There's a pop up/under you can sign up on,
then we'll let you know if you win :)
If you're already on our mailing list, then your email address
just gets added to the monthly drawing bin, but guess
what, you'll still get a new subscriber welcome email. No
worries- your email address will not appear multiple times
on our regular mailing list. The system checks to see if
you're already on our ezine mailing list, and if so, cannot
add you in again.
Wow, I had a hard time selecting your feature articles  
for this issue. I could easily pick two handfuls of articles to
share with you each time! I've included three great articles
this time- one to de-frazzle you, another to help you scent
your home with essential oils, and one with business tips
for these lean times...
Enjoy, and remember to visit and see our new featured
SALE items at Giftsprings today!
Take care,
Liz Hekimian-Williams

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2. Inspirational Thought For Your Day
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is
my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were
great and noble.
- Helen Keller
3. Giftsprings Featured Sale and Bargain Items

31585 Distress White Wood Side Table
Sale price now  $27.97 (msrp $39.95)


33861 Pewter Frame with Glow-in-the-Dark Flowers
Sale price now $6.35  (msrp $11.95)


32168 Spun Glass Dolphins and Waves 
Sale price now $13.97 (msrp $19.95)


33597 Roses Metal Baskets (set of 2) 
Sale price now $19.47 (msrp $ 29.95)


33848 Snowman Stocking Holder with 
tiny light strand that works!
SALE price now $12.97 (msrp $ 19.95)


31213 Japanese Lady Decorative Plate with Stand
SALE price now $4.77 (msrp $ 7.95)


More... Giftsprings Storefront Specials


And... Giftsprings Bargain and Sale Center


Giftsprings New Monthly Arrivals section:

*Please note that offers at may be for
a limited time and depend on stock availability.

Giftsprings offers you discounts off retail on most items,
f*ree gift with purchase by qualifying purchase amount,
and f*ree ground shipping for retail customers on
orders over $100.


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4. F*REEBIES Around The Web:

F*ree Arbor Day Conservation Trees Booklet-

What happens on the land, even land we'll never see, affects
the water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe. This
free booklet explains the right way to prune trees, how to
attract songbirds and wildlife, use trees to save energy, save
trees during construction, plant conservation buffers for
streams, create living snow fences and field windbreaks.

F*ree Catalogs from retailers and great savings


F*ree books from Harlequin, with f*ree shipping

F*ree Coupons from Bennigans - expire soon!

F*ree stencil sample from Scrapbook Disney!

If you love Disney then you will absolutely love these new
Disney scrapbooking products. They include Stickers, Die Cuts,
Laser Cuts, Borders, Paper, Alphabets, and Cropping Blocks
featuring you're favorite characters and we are always working
to add more products. It's everything you need to turn you're
Magical Memories into a lasting keepsake to share with friends,
family, and loved ones for years to come. Register to receive
a free Disney Tracer and ScrapbookDisney Disney Section Catalog.
Every unique registration receives a free tracer and catalog.


F*ree Orca Whale Sticker and Learn About Whales
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make a difference. While you are there you can register for
a free Orca Whale sticker.


Entertainment Book of Coupons-
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5. Readers Write in:

Send your questions, feedback, comments for this
section to me with Subject line "Gssf Readers Write In"
to: [link removed]
15-Minute De-Frazzlers for Families
by Susie Michelle Cortright,

Here are a week's worth of quick family de-frazzlers. They were
created, not with the expectation that you will do each
activity on its designated day, but, rather, to remind you
that, every day, you have 15 very special minutes to fill.
Fifteen minutes expressly to nurture your children, your
spouse, and yourself in a special way.

Day One
This evening, just before the sun goes down, gather your
family to watch the sunset. The only rule: no one speaks
until the sun has completely nestled into the horizon.
Use the quiet time to meditate and reflect on the importance
of slowing down.

Day Two
Make a loved one's day: Write a note, have the kids draw
pictures, copy some home videos, or tape record the kids
singing and laughing. Pack it up and mail it to your oldest

Day Three
No cooking tonight! Order a pizza and enjoy it on the living
room floor, picnic style) with your kids.

Day Four
Encourage your children to read their favorite comics to
you this morning.

Day Five
Write three pages in your journal regarding any challenge your
family is currently facing. Write as quickly as you can without
picking up your pen or crossing anything out. This is a powerful
tool for problem-solving and for developing a sense of trust
in yourself, as you tap the wisdom of your own mind.

Day Six
As you go about your day with your family, be on the lookout
for ten positive, beautiful things about each of them, your
home, or your home life that you haven't noticed before.
Challenge yourself to maintain this heightened awareness.

Day Seven
Brainstorm at least five of your own family de-frazzlers:
brief activities that will nurture your spirit while helping
you reconnect with your family.

A meaningful and fulfilled life can be surprising simple.
Start with a few moments each day specially devoted to
renewing your spirit--and your emphasis on the gifts in
your life.

Copyright 2003 Susie Michelle Cortright

This article is an excerpt from Soul Snacks for Families,
available for $5 at
Susie Michelle Cortright is the author of several books for
women and founder of the award-winning,
a website designed to help busy women find balance.
Visit today and get Susie's
*free* course-by-email "6 Days to Less Stress."

6. Ad swap

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7. Feature Article
10 Uses for Essential Oils in the Home
By Jill Black

When guests first enter your home the first thing that greets
them is the aroma.

Essential oils can create a homey atmosphere. Add 6-8 drops
of your favourite scent to water in a diffuser or place the
drops directly into a bowl of boiling water. Sweet orange,
lemon and your favorite spice oil are especially good when
diffused during the winter months for a refreshing, warming
aroma and atmosphere.

Candles fragranced with essential oil can also be used to
give the home a pleasant aroma.
Other ways essential oils can be used around the home

1. Add a few drops of essential oil to water in a spray
bottle to freshen linen or spray on garments before ironing.

2. As an air-freshner put 6-8 drops in 600 ml of water in a
fine spray bottle and spray into the air and towards carpets
and curtains. Do not spray onto velvet or silk and avoid
spraying directly onto wood.

3. Place cotton wool balls fragranced with lavender in drawers
and linen closet to deter moths.
4. Put 4 drops of oil onto a cotton wool ball and place behind
the heater or radiator in winter. Drops can also be used with
the humidifier.

5. Clean your fridge with a one drop of orange, mandarin, mint,
lavender or lemon oil added to the final rinse water.

6. When washing down surfaces in the kitchen 1 drop of lemon,
thyme, cypress, lavender or palma rosa placed directly on a
cloth or alternatively 7 drops in water.

7. Put a drop or two of oil onto a cold light bulb in a lamp
so the fragrance fills the room as it heats up.

8. Essential oils are used to clean the air rather than mask
smells in the home. To rid a room of stale tobacco or cooking
smells use cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange,
tea tree, rosemary or lime for their ability to freshen and cleanse
the air of stagnant smells throughout the house. Saturate
cotton wool balls and place in the corners of a room, in
cupboards or out-of-the-way places to fragrance kitchens
and living areas throughout the house.

9. Hallways are the place where we greet our guests. Use lemon,
lime, bergamont or grapefruit. Lavender or geranium can be
mixed with any of these. Lavender is uplifting in the morning
and geranium has a calming effect and good for afternoons
when you may need to relax at the end of the day.

10. Keep tea tree oil in your first aid kit for cuts, burns
and headlice.

Jill is the editor of "Simply Home Life" a free weekly lifestyle
publication for women living and working from home
offering a range of ideas for taking control and creating the
personal, home and professional life they desire. For more
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9. RIDDLE - from the Riddlenut
Golden treasures I contain, guarded by hundreds and thousands.
Stored in a labyrinth where no man walks, yet men come often to
seize my gold. By smoke I am overcome and robbed, then left
to build my treasure anew. What am I?

So... did you guess what it is?

Think and take a guess. You can see the answer further down
in this ezine...

10. Business Ads & More- Subscriber Exchange Ads


Please visit this week's Business Ads Page and review offers
our subscribers and advertisers are sharing with you. These
ads help our subscriber base grow and also help keep this
ezine  free for you just might find something of
real interest and benefit to you!

11. Home Business News, Resources, Tips:
When Times are Lean
By Tammy Harrison

We received a telephone call from the owner of a local
manufacturing business a couple of weeks ago. He had
handcrafted a trailer for my husband. The phone call was
a follow-up to make sure that the trailer was acceptable.
After my husband assured him that all was great, the
business owner explained that their sales had dropped 20%,
so they were closing the doors.

More than once lately, I have been reminded that one of the
uncertains in a home-based business is lean times. No
money coming in, no prospect of money coming in, and no
idea how one is going to pay for the ISP each month. You
have written to all of your clients and customers, and no
one has come forth with any additional work for you. Not
to mention the fact that the holidays are fast approaching,
and you really wanted to give your children some of the
bigger items on their lists.

Unfortunately, you may have waited too late to fulfill some
of your sales goals for the month, and you may not be able
to make all of the kids' dreams come true. But, you can start
now to insure that the lean times do not flow over into next
year. Here are some tips to help you increase your customer
base, and your pocketbook:

1) Market, market, market. This is one item that should never
be overlooked, even when you have more than enough clients
and sales. Take the time to do some market testing and find
the best approach to selling yourself and your business. Then,
make goals each day/week/month to set aside dedicated time
to market your business.

2) Volunteer your time and energies. When business is slow,
it gives you more time to give. Many non-profits are looking
for volunteers, especially during the holiday season. Who
knows who you might run into? You could be helping serve
food in a soup kitchen and be standing next to the CEO of
the biggest business in town - and when you are scooping
vegetable soup, you could be marketing yourself and your

3) Make sure that all expenses for your business can be paid
for when times are tough. This means having adequate
savings to tide you over, not making big purchases when
your business is historically low, or working your business on
a budget. I have opted not to purchase DSL. One of the
reasons is because we live in the country, and the only way for
me to have the speed would be to purchase a satellite. But, the
other reason is that I do not want to be strapped for cash when
that recurring bill comes every month. My fixed expenses for my
business are less than $150 per month, and I have worked my
business well enough to know that I will be able to pay those
expenses whether I make a big sale or not.

4) Make sure that your home expenses are just as carefully
budgeted as your business expenses. In my case, my husband
pays the bills and I pay for the fun. The total of our home expenses
will never exceed that of my business expenses because we are
very careful to live within our means. Groceries for a family of six
are really the only unknown in our house (as we have savings
for the bigger household repair expenditures), but I have worked
this business long enough to know when my slow times are, so
that I can be ready for them. February is typically a slow month
for me, so you can bet I will be making more dinners from scratch,
planning my meals based on the ingredients in my pantry and
eating out less than once a week.

Article Continues... Read the entire article here:
(scroll down to second to last article on page)

Tammy Harrison is the mother of four, and the Independent
Creative Representative of Home-Based Working Moms.
She can be reached via email at [link removed]


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13. Riddle Answer:
A Beehive.

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Portable Printer that Fits in your Pocket

Hope you enjoyed this issue. Have a great week!

Liz Hekimian-Williams

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