Scrapbook maven Debbie Hodge provides our featured expert article today, about scrapbooking your road trip. She gives excellent step-by-step advice for organizing your information and then presenting it creatively. Be sure to note that a “road trip” could be a full-fledged vacation, or could be as simple as a trip to a local ice cream shop! Think about that and let your imagination run wild.
Until next time ~ Molly
A “road-trip” type vacation is not necessarily a literal trip in a car on a road or highway. The “road-trip” vacation is one that takes you to a series of what may be quite different locales over the course of one trip.
The road-trip is a story that’s well-suited to being told in chronological order (more or less). An approach for creating a page plan follows.
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Today’s expert article is a kind of “How Not To” for car salesmen and dealers. With her sense of humor and years of experience, Sarah makes many great points about how salesman can make or break a deal with a savvy woman buyer. Goodness knows there are many dealerships out there that would be wise to take her advice. The next time you find yourself dealing with someone making these mistakes, consider telling them clearly what you expect if they are to win your business. Until next time ~ Molly
By Sarah Lee
This is an open letter to all car salesmen, and their respective dealers.
Dear Mr. Dealer,
If you want me, (an intelligent, articulate, attractive, middle-class woman) to buy a car from you, could you please consider a few of the following?
First, remove the gaggle of salesmen standing around your dealership entrance; smoking, spitting, eating, drinking and generally giving your business the look and feel of a boys camp on visitor’s day.
I appreciate the signs marked “SOLD”, but I’m parking in the open space closest to the door. If I can’t find a place to park or get caught in your best rat maze lot configuration, I’m high-tailing it to the exit. Too bad if your salesman is still holding on to the handle of my car.
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By Molly Moore
When we first brought our newborn home from the hospital I was overjoyed, but the thought of entrusting his care to anyone other than my husband filled me with dread. Those initial outings with doting grandparents left me feeling a bit queasy, but each time our precious bundle was returned home safely and I began to relax – a little.
During his early years I rarely allowed anyone other than my husband or the grandparents to drive our son anywhere. Then, after one especially harried week when I’d carted him to and from school, lessons and play dates, I decided to calculate just how much time I’d spent in the car getting him from place to place. I was shocked to discover that it amounted to nearly ten hours!
As I talked with other mom friends I discovered that the hours I had logged weren’t all that unusual. Many of my friends told me that they were spending ten hours or more toting their kids from one place to another. Unfortunately the fallout of all these well-intentioned activities was that we moms were all a bit frazzled. Finally, I began to realize that I needed help in getting my son to and from his various activities and that I needed to figure out how to join a carpool – or start a carpool, but the thought left me feeling anxious.
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