Kiddie Academy Franchise Opportunities – Another Real Story

A few weeks ago I told you about Saj and Sunny's experiences as Kiddie Academy Franchise owners. Today I'm sharing the story of Cory and Summer Bullock.  The Bullocks prove that drive and determination are what it takes to create a successful business and that age simply does not matter. Cory and Summer Bullock opened their Kiddie Academy franchise, located at 2010 East League City Parkway in League City, Texas, on August 18, 2008. The Bullocks have achieved tremendous success, and as … [Read more...]

The Best Customer Service EVER

In a world where many people use social media to complain about things (me being one of them), I've decided to take the time and tell you about one of the best customer service experiences I have ever had.  Seriously, this ranks up there with the nurses and physicians when I delivered my daughter 3 years ago or when I bought my Acura 8 years ago. I want to give praises to "my" FedEx delivery driver Maria in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  From the very first time I met her, she was so outgoing and … [Read more...]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Losing your voice is rough.  I've been without my voice for 4 days and just when I think it's coming back, it decides to go into hiding again.  Instead of telling my daughter no, I now shake my head furiously at her.  She thinks it's funny and shakes her head back at me.  Not the type of response I was wanting.  Bedtime rituals are pretty much defunct.  I tried to sing to her last night and it only confused my dog.  Wrigley didn't know whether to howl along with me or bury her head under some … [Read more...]

9 Ways Not To Be A Jerk

Maybe it's just me but lately it seems like everywhere I go, I see bad behavior.  And I'm not talking about children or teenagers, I'm referring to adults!  Adults who are supposed to set the example, adults who complain about the behaviors their children have.  By no means am I perfect, I 100% admit I have flaws but I will argue that I'm more considerate of other people than most.  Based on my observations in just the last week, this is my top 9 Ways Not To Be A Jerk list.  If you know someone … [Read more...]

All The Presidents’ Colleges

In honor of President's day, I thought this infographic was not only appropriate but interesting as well.  Seems like I'll need to send my daughter to an Ivy-league school so she has a better chance of becoming President. :)  Just kidding mom and dad, I'd rather she do something where 50% of the people she works for don't automatically dislike her!     … [Read more...]

Why I Won’t Be A Patient At Your Medical Practice

I've lived in Arkansas for 8 months now and that means I'm due for every exam you can think of.   Dentist, optometrist, ob/gyn and more.  My entire adult life, I've been spoiled.  Working in physician medical practices, I've always known who the good docs are.  Let's face it, all physicians are NOT created equal and just because you have the initials MD or DO after your name, does not mean you deserve them. So today when the majority of my friends recommended  a particular practice, I called … [Read more...]

Prescription Drug Coverage Alternatives

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. My dog, Ivan, was the love of my life.  He was the dog that everyone was intimidated by, until they got to know him.  He didn't have an enemy and loved on everyone. Ivan was always plagued with medical problems.  He suffered from skin and stomach issues.  Though you would never know by looking at him, he wasn't the healthiest dog.  Typically in the course of a year he would go through … [Read more...]

Why Sometimes You Should Complain

Let me just preface this by saying I have worked in a customer service industry for many, many years and have dealt with my fair share of complaints.  Most often they centered around communication issues (neither party listening to the other or one party only hearing what they wanted) and typically 50% were valid with the others most likely an attempt to get out of a bill. I'm not a huge complainer, although my husband might disagree.  If you bring me the wrong drink at a restaurant, I'm not … [Read more...]

Keeping It Real – New Years Resolutions for 2012

I'm sitting by myself in my hotel room watching my Iowa Hawkeyes get embarrassed by the Oklahoma Sooners.  Because it sometimes hurts to watch the game, its the perfect time to reflect on my New Years resolutions for 2012. Last year I think I was being too idealistic.  It must have been the water, the air or maybe it was because I consumed too many organic products.  Whatever the reason, this year, my New Years resolutions are going to be easy to achieve.  Not easy to achieve as in "each day … [Read more...]

Celebrating Another Year of Birthdays – The American Cancer Society

Jan was the first person I had ever known who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  We worked together at an OB/GYN office so breast cancer was nothing new to me.  She was the main triage nurse and I was a low on the totem-pole at that time, working as a medical records clerk.  I knew of patients who were diagnosed with the disease.  I filed reports in their charts, I purged their charts when they died.  But I didn't really *know" them.  They were just patient names with sad stories. When Jan … [Read more...]