Tuesday, April 7, 2020

How to Ensure a Quality Production

                    Working in the entertainment industry can be stressful since you're trying to manage several areas at once and create a smooth production that your audience will love. Here are a few tips to remember about what makes a quality production.

Picking the Right People

This can be said of any industry, but in entertainment, it is especially important. This goes beyond finding the right actors to employing individuals who will put their best foot forward in everything they do. This means makeup artists who are creative, directors who know what type of message they are trying to convey, and producers who know how to keep production within budget, such as producer David Guillod.

Knowing How to Market

Understanding how to market a product is important. If you mislead the audience, they won't be happy, and this could lead to box office problems. Instead, make sure your marketing team knows what you are producing, and ask them what type of advertisements they have come up with. Seeing what they have and how this aligns with your production can give you a better understanding if everything is on track or if changes need to be made. At the end of the day, it is important to know how the final product looks to everyone who might see your production.

Watching for Improvements

No matter if you are filming or having a live show, it is important to have several rehearsals and look for ways to make improvements within the performance. This could include acting from a different perspective, lighting, or even costume changes. These little changes can make a big difference overall and help make your production a success.

A successful entertainment production can depend on several factors. This can include selecting the right workers, knowing how to market, and looking for ways to make improvements. By following these tips, you can feel confident you are giving it your all.


How To Handle Home Schooling

It’s safe to say that things are very different in life at the moment. We’re all staying in and having to make huge adjustments to the way we’d normally live our lives. However, we all know that it’s for a very good reason. Right now, Covid-19 is such a huge threat. It’s taking lots of lives and spreading incredibly fast, so it’s good for us all to be able to do our bits and stay home. But that can also mean that you have to get used to a few new things. Which can include establishing a new routine working from home and homeschooling too. Balancing both can be hard. However, it doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Instead, you just need to make sure that you work through the tips below.

Create A Routine

To begin with, you’re going to want to make sure that you are able to create a routine for your days. While this doesn’t have to be set in stone, having a loose idea can often help you to feel like you’ve got this down. So establish different slots in your day and what you’re going to do in each.

Keep It Simple

Then, you’re going to want to make sure that you cover the basics but that you’re not doing too much. There’s no need to do a million things or opt for complex classes. Instead, make sure that you cover reading or literacy, maths, and then something creative and active too. Or, go by the guidance your children’s school has given.

Use The Right Resources

Now, sometimes you may need to make sure that you have the right resources in place to help you teach. Do you have lesson plans or fun but educational activities for your kids to do at the right ages? Maybe you even need to search for dyslexia resources to help your children that need it? This may mean that the teaching is much easier for you in general.

Mix Things Up

From here, you’re then going to want to do what you can really try and mix the day up. Nobody wants to be bored or whiney. So think about the different activities you can do. Maybe you like the idea of adding in some home PE lessons or something creative? Get online and have a look at different ideas to inspire you so that you can shake up each day.

Don’t Put Too Much Pressure On Yourself

Finally, you’re going to want to make sure that you can do what you need to get done and that’s it. It’s easy to feel guilty. That you’re not doing enough or that you’re not a great teacher -  but none of this matters. You’re trying and that’s the most important part. Remember, you’re not a teacher and you’re not meant to be. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself – or your children. Just do what you can and make sure that you all enjoy this time together as it can be tough.

Friday, April 3, 2020

FirstPRO Shares How Healthcare Staffing Agencies Are Handling The COVID-19 Pandemic

When COVID-19 started to take over the world, medical clinics and hospitals were not ready. Medical staffing agencies have been working hard to help give patients the care they need, but there are gaps around the world that are hard to fill. There are some tips below that will help your hospital, medical clinic, or staffing agency prepare for what is to come.

Find Travel Nurses

FirstPRO recommends that you find travel nurses when you can. Travel nurses can come into the area, relieve many of your staffers, and help provide excellent care. You may need travel nurses who have come from an unaffected area or you might want travel nurses who have been working during the pandemic. Hiring just a few extra people can make a big difference in a large hospital.

Stagger Your Shifts

You must stagger your shifts so that your best practitioners get time off. They likely want to keep working because they need to help people, but these practitioners either need to be tested or be sent home to rest. You can stagger your shifts to give these professionals rest, and you can bring in extra travel nurses who will help.

Medical staffing agencies can provide you with contact information for doctors and nurses who live outside the area, and you can request their services at any time.

They Are Calling Some Practitioners Out Of Retirement

Some medical staffing agencies like FirstPRO are calling people out of retirement. Anyone who has medical training or still has a license is being asked to help in any way that they can. This is a good way for these retired professionals to help, and the staffing agencies can put experienced people in the places that need the most help.

Staffing Agencies Are Hiring Right Now

Medical staffing agencies are hiring right now. They are looking for people who have medical technician training, or they are hiring students who are close to graduating from nursing school. Someone who cannot get a job right now because all the hospitals are flooded with patients can work for a medical staffing agency.

These agencies allow new hires to work in many different places, and they might get permanent jobs when the crisis is over. Because this is such a sensitive time, new hires should be prepared to be sent to the places that need the most help.

Home Care Professionals Are Working Where They Can

Home health professionals have been asked in some cases to work in hospitals or medical clinics to treat patients. These home health professionals can check on families that are in quarantine, and home health professionals know how to assist medical professionals in hospitals. If you have worked in home health care in the past, you might get a job with a staffing agency that needs more people to help hospitals and medical clinics. This is a good way to start in the nursing field, or you could pick up extra hours because some people cannot afford home health care.

Medical Staffing Agencies Are Offering Hazard Pay

Medical staffing agencies are offering hazard pay to those who are working on the COVID-19 outbreak. People who are just getting into the medical field or who want to make more money could start working for-hire with a staffing agency. You could be sent to the places that have been affected the most, and you could continue to make money so long as your services are needed. As mentioned above, you may find a permanent position when the crisis is over because the hospital you were working at needs your assistance.


When you are looking for help with medical staffing, you should consider what a medical staffing agency can do for you. These agencies can bring travel nurses to your facility, or they can help bring retirees in to help. You can hire new people to stagger your shifts, and you can give patients the best care possible. Those who are hired by medical staffing agencies might get permanent jobs when the crisis is over because these facilities will need more people to help with the cleanup and aftermath.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Planning for Your Aging Parents’ Future

                    The thought of your parents getting older, declining in health, and needing help with basic tasks can be overwhelming. It’s a thought no one really likes to grapple with. Your parents’ health and safety, however, should be a priority. Decisions should be made as a family and preparing is the best way to avoid confusion and stress. Here are a few tips to help you plan for your aging parents’ future.

Meet as a Family

No matter what types of decisions are made, they should be made as a family. It’s important to involve everyone in the process. Don’t bring the topic up out of the blue, though. For such an important discussion, you should schedule a meeting in advance. If you have family members who can’t attend physically, use video-conferencing so everyone is present.

Determine the Needs of Your Parents

Chances are that if you’re having a meeting to discuss your parents’ future, you already have concerns about their health and well-being. Has one of your parents fallen recently? Are they having difficulty driving? Are they having trouble doing basic tasks around the house like cooking or cleaning? Taking a look at their specific needs will help you to determine if they might soon require assistance.

Ask Your Parents What Their Wishes Are

Your parents must be involved in any decisions that are made and you should ensure that their voices are heard. Ask them what their preferences are, whether they want to remain at home or move to upscale assisted living facilities. Maybe they would feel more comfortable moving in with your family or one of your siblings’ families.

Keep in mind that your parents may not want to have the discussion or might become defensive. Don’t pressure them. You may need to have several smaller meetings to make all the important decisions.

Getting older is a natural part of life. Together, however, you and your family can work together to create a plan that makes the process a little easier for everyone.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Get $10 off Your First Walmart Grocery Pickup Order

There was even more than this. It's what $350 in groceries looks like. And I didn't have to set foot in the store, deal with PEOPLE, deal with checking out, deal with loading up my own stuff, etc. I feel very spoiled indeed.

Let me set the scene for you ...

It was a Friday afternoon. I was already tired, and I had a proofreading job to get out, homeschool planning to do, kids to love on and swim with. I also needed to go to Aldi, my go-to grocery shopping place because of their low prices.

But oh, the heat, and battling the crowds then packing up my own groceries. I didn't have the energy (turns out I'm having some thyroid issues, but that's another blog post). I had a lovely grocery list all made up for a week of groceries so I logged on to Walmart Grocery to see what I could get and if it would be way too expensive. One of my favorite friends uses the service all the time and I trust her judgment. 

Oh, the thought of running out Saturday morning anytime between 9 and 10 a.m. and having the groceries put into my trunk for me was so heavenly. So I did it. Turns out it's:

  • Perfect for those who are not able to get out and shop on their own.
  • Perfect for those with little kids who can't brave the store.
  • Perfect for those who are in a rush.
  • Perfect for those who are tired from working or whatever and just need to get their stuff.
  • Perfect when it's cold outside or hot outside or raining.
  • Perfect for me during the homeschool year when my time is very precious.
  • Perfect for EVERYONE!
  • UPDATE: lately, it's perfect for those who prefer not to go into a grocery store and be around other people!

A few good things over hitting Aldi and worth a little extra money to me:

  • I was able to get a smaller version of the half and half I wanted. The one at Aldi is a good deal but it's too big and it goes bad.
  • I was able to get the frozen Reames egg noodles we prefer when we make chicken and noodles.
  • I didn't feel rushed or stressed by looking at so many things and I could take a break shopping online.
  • I was able to order Ranch dressing packets when Aldi had been out of them forever.
  • I realized we didn't need 150 name brand flossers for $5.92 and a few hours later I was able to go online at Walmart, delete that item and replace it with 75 of the same flossers, only a different brand, for $1.88. It was so easy! I saved $4.04 on that specific order (yes, I realize I got half the flossers).
  • I am able to get fun things like matcha powder, specific brands of contact solution and other things we use a lot.

The substitutions!
Sometimes you get there and they are out of what you wanted, so they come to your car window and let you know. They are always more than fair that I have experienced. Once they did not have ONE Clif bar flavor I wanted so they gave me an ENTIRE BOX of it instead. Once they didn't have a 24-pack of frozen waffles so they gave me 3 packs of 10. If they don't have the size of canned good you need, they always do a substitute upgrade. Just today they were out of the 3-pound bag of oranges so they gave me a 5-pound bag instead NO EXTRA CHARGE EVER.

We both get $10 off if you use it. Here is the fine print:

*You must be a new customer and spend $50 or more before taxes to receive offer. You must have a registered Walmart account to redeem promo code.

I did it my first time and used my friend's code and we both got $10 off. It should email you a promo code or something. $30 minimum. 


Walmart costs slightly more than aldi but, hey, I figure the time I save braving the store, standing in the checkout line, and loading my groceries into my van one bag at a time. 

UPDATE: I had fully planned to go to Aldi one day recently. But I did something to my ankle and knew I could not walk that entire store, stand in line, load my groceries into my trunk. So early this morning I went onto Walmart Grocery and placed my $255 order just like that. What was great was that I can't always get everything I want at Aldi — or I'm not sure if I can find it/get it — (cinnamon fire Jolly Ranchers, Clif bars, Brazil nuts, cranberries?, toothpicks?), but I can at Walmart.

If you have any questions, you can always find me on Facebook or you can email me at mommykerrie@yahoo.com.

Happy shopping!


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