Guest Post - Start the New Year with a Brand New Nursery

~ Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 6:19 AM ~

The New Year always brings with it fresh starts and new beginnings for the coming twelve months. What greater way to start 2013 than by redecorating your baby's nursery. Here are some great ideas that you can use to make the nursery more exciting for toddlers.

Brighten up the walls with bright colours

Young children should be in exciting and stimulating environments to help them learn and develop. If your nursery has plain white wash walls then you should inject some colour with a bright feature wall or by painting your baby's favourite cartoon characters and animals on the wall. If you are not the best with a paint brush or would like an alternative to painting the nursery then you can use wall stickers to bring your toddler's nursery to life.

Make your nursery educational

There are many great ways to make your nursery educational. One way to interact with children in the nursery is to create a reading area in the corner of the room. Start by using beanbags and an assortment of soft cushions and throws in a circle, for you to sit and read together. By fitting bookshelves in the same corner of the room you can easily access interactive toys and games when having learning time.

Making the nursery exciting for toddlers

To make your nursery exciting for toddlers it is a great idea to create a theme for the room and to build on this with colours, pictures, themed bed covers, curtains, rugs, lampshades and accessories.

If you have a boy then you could choose a cowboy theme and have a big sheriff Badge Night light placed above their bed and a rocking horse in the room. Or you could choose a racing theme and have a car shaped bed, a rug with racing cars on that your child can play or accessories and characters from the Disney and Pixar film, Cars.

If you are creating a theme for a girl then you could opt for a princess theme and have a castle painted onto the wall, shelves to display their favourite dolls or even a mini wardrobe with clothes in for dressing dolls and teddy bears. Or you could create a fairy and magical creatures theme and create a secret treasure chest for storing all of their toys.

For more exciting nursery ideas visit Vertbaudet for tips on how to decorate your nursery for a fresh start in the New Year.

Certification Exams for HP Advanced Sales Professionals

~ Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:58 PM ~

While HP certification exams offer a range of sales focused knowledge and skills validation tests, there are only a few that are specifically designed to address the professional development and credentialing needs of advanced sales professionals. Specifically, HP offers two certification exams that will be of interest to you, if you’re a seasoned technical sales consultant or technical support services sales representative with an HP Partner. These are the HP2-E50 and the HP2-E57.

The HP2-E50 exam, which is entitled “Consultative Selling of HP Mission Critical Technical Services”, is designed sales professions with a minimum experience level of one year in dealing directly with customers on issues related to the testing subject matter. There are 40, multiple choice questions on the exam and you must earn at least a 65 percent score to pass the test.

The HP2-E57, which is called the “IT to Business Alignment - HP Always On Support Services”, is an advanced sales skills certification program that requires testing candidates to have at least one of experience in selling HP technical services prior to sitting for the exam. There are 40 questions on the test, all in multiple choice format, and you must achieve at least a score of 65 percent to pass.

There are prerequisites associated with both the HP2-E50 and the HP2-E57 exam. For each of these exams, you must be HP Sales Certified at Support Services Level II. Regardless of which tract you decide is best for you, you’ll want to ensure you adequately prepare for your exam, and using HP training and resources available from other exam prep providers, like TestsLive .com, is recommended for success.

Guest Post - Parenting in the Digital Age

~ Posted on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM ~

At any given time in recent history, it's been hard to imagine what it was like to grow up in the previous generation. With the world changing so fast, the childhoods of one generation and the next can seem completely disparate. But each successive generation has new tools and resources to draw upon, so how can parents today make use of the contemporary world to take better care of their kids?

Parenting blogs
There's no better way to increase your parenting savvy than by drawing on the experience of other parents. Parents have always been able to learn from friends and family, but the Internet has made it possible to learn from people all over the world. There's an incredible wealth of experience out there, and if you can tap into some of it you might find yourself better versed in areas like parenting strategy, schooling, and children's books, clothes, food and activities. Anything you may go through as a parent has been dealt with before, and being prepared can help you handle any eventuality with relative ease.

Product deals sites and review blogs
One of the biggest challenges of parenting is providing for your kids in a cost-effective way. When you're under stress and time is short, it can be enticing to select the first reputable product or service you see. But perusing parenting blogs can help you determine reputability and quality as well as find the best prices, so it really pays to make visiting them a habit. And even if you're only thinking about having kids, parenting blogs can be great for helping you make informed decisions.

Exposing kids to a wide variety of experiences

Computers and the Internet are tremendous resources, and there's a place for them in our kids' schedules too. There's a great deal kids can learn from accessing this vast repository of information. Now more than ever, it's easy for our kids to gain exposure to different languages and forms of interaction, and a world full of possibilities. As parents, we owe it to our kids to think about how technology can help make their lives richer.

** Annie Idea is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips on the short term loan website, QuickQuid, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.