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Why You Should Set a Strict Sick Policy If You Are Running a Day Care in Your Home



If you are running a day care in your home there are several things that you need to do before you accept your first child. Of course you probably already know about all the basic legal aspects of running your own at home day care. But the one thing that sometimes slips through the cracks is a sick policy. As we know kids always seem to get sick during the summer months, and is important that you have policy in place to prepare you for these challenges.

You are several things that can happen if you fail to prepare for this. First you can end up exposing the other children in your care to get sick. If you refuse to watch him because he is sick the parents can argue that you never stated you would not watch them if they were sick. Of course they would be correct if you do not have any sick clause included in your contract. In additional another problem that could occur is that you may lose money if all of the children in your care begin to infect one another with colds. In some states that are certain regulations regarding the care of sick children. Most require that you have a some type of certified medical professional on hand to help care for the sick children and that they be isolated to a completely separate room. This is done not only for the safety and well being of the other children, but for your own personal safety and well being as well.

If you do decide to include some type of sick policy in your baby sitting agreement or tutoring at Kinderopvang Leiden you should make sure that all the terms are clearly spelled out. You also should include that the child can not return to your home without a doctor’s note stating that they are no longer sick and most importantly that they are not contagious. Some parents may think this is too extreme and they may even tell you that it is unfair. You have to stick to your policy and make sure that you do not change for anyone. You should also make sure that at the time they are signing the contract you clearly state to them this is the policy and will not change for anyone. You may want to include exactly what you consider sick. For example some at home day care providers will not care for any child who has a cough, or who is sneezing since this is how many germs are spread. Some will even go as far as stating that if any child has a runny nose they will not be allowed to stay. This is a personal decision that you will have to make. Regardless of how strict a policy you choose the important thing is that you do adopt some type of “sick policy” put it into writing and has each parent sign it.

Make a Microphono, Out of a Speaker



On places like amazon.com microphones can be purchased in all kinds of quality and price ranges. However there are situations that would prevent a man from purchasing a $1.00 microphone. I was in one of those situations, but still wanted a microphone for recording voice.
I decided to make my own microphone. The way I solved this was to first find out how a microphone works. What I learned was that a microphone is a speaker hooked up backwards. A speaker gets sound waves sent to it, while a microphone with immersive sound sends sound to a recording device (microphone jack).

First thing to do is get the material we need.

1. Get a Speaker. I took a PC speaker out of an old computer. I know a speaker out of head phone will work, and also stereo speakers. I think for a better microphone, a smaller more sensitive speaker is best.

2. We need a way to hook it up. I found a wire with a volume control and two male stereo jacks. I will show you how to splice this jack without cutting it.

3. Some electrical tape to stabilize. Sometimes I have to improvise without tape, but I prefer to have it. I use the tape to hold my wire splices in place.

Second thing to do is splice into the input jack.

I am not go in detail on stripping wire. This is a step that is needed, but I hope you already now how to strip wire. The basic is to cut off the protection surrounding the wire.

Let’s take a look at the stereo jack so we can understand what is going on. Looking at the jack you should be able to see two bands. The color on my jack is black, and that is what I have mostly seen. These bands divide the jack in three different parts. I believe the bottom part of the jack is the ground. Both the middle and top part make up the right and left sides. After doing a line in test I can see the top is the left side, and the middle is the right side.

Because this is a microphone it will be in mono. That means there is only one side or channel. For my setup I found the top part to be the input side. So the two parts of the jack we need are the bottom and top.

After stripping a wire I wrap it around the ground side of the jack. I then take a piece of tape and put a cut in the middle. This tape fits over the jack, and slides down over the ground wire. I also tape up the jack wires with the speaker wires. This is to keep the splice together by preventing it from moving.

After stripping another wire I wrap it around the top side of the jack. Instead of tapping this splice, I will just tape the wire to the jack wire. It’s hard for me to get this splice tapped up, and I find it easier to just tape up the jack and speaker wire together.

Now the speaker gets wired up with these two wires. On my PC speaker I extracted it with wires already attached to it. One of those wires broke while testing the speaker out. I had to strip and wrap the wires on the contacts, and then tape the wires to the back of the speaker. On those stereo speakers the wires get hooked in with a latch or special jack.

Third thing to do is test and trouble shoot.

With one end of the two male connector wire spliced to a speaker, and the other end plugged into my microphone input, the home made microphone can be tested. Hitting the record button on my computer I speak and record on the speaker watching the sound levels. I then play back the recording to see how it sounds.

If you have zero sound a connection could be broken. You might have to fix the speaker to jack splice, or check the speaker for its wire splice. Another problem could be the jack to device connection. The fourth thing to check would be the sound recording software. It might be recording from the wrong channel, or your microphone could be muted. If your wire has a volume control, check that to see if its turned up.

Another problem could be with the sensitivity. My speaker works but I have to get close to it. If I am to far away, then it will record nothing. A speaker that is to big or powerful might not pick up you voice. For my one inch PC speaker I have put it next to my mouth.

The end of this tutorial with the basics.

To build a microphone you just need a speaker and way of hooking it up. A microphone is a speaker setup backwards, and a speaker is a microphone setup backwards. I made my own because of the cost, but now I want to experiment with different speakers. I also have an idea for a stereo microphone using the line in jack and two speakers. I hope this helps a lot of people with home made microphone projects. God blessings in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ.

CMS and the 3 Most Popular ASP.NET Options


CMS (Content Management System), independently consist of procedures that will help your business manage work more efficiently. They can be used manually or with the use of your computer. These procedures will help your business share, control, retrieve and reduce the number of data inputted. CMS will also improve report writing and communication between users.

In addition to improving your business through procedures, CMS also have options available on the .NET framework that you can apply to your business. Three of the most popular ones are DotNetNuke (DNN), Kentico and Umbraco. These are ASP.NET (a web application that was developed by Microsoft) Content Management System options.

The following information provides an overview of the 3 most popular ASP.NET CMS options.

1. DotNetNuke (DNN)

This CMS option provides you with 3 available versions. There is the Community Edition, Professional Edition and the Enterprise Edition. DNN (DNN .net CMS) has many templates that you can choose from and it is very easy to optimize. The content can be easily edited, simply through a standard web browser. You can even resize images, spell check your documents and edit your HTML. This option allows administrators to assign permissions to users, user groups, websites, single web pages, subscribers, and other types of users. The e-commerce solution even provides you with a main shopping cart option.

2. Kentico

Kentico provides you with 2 versions. There is the Free Edition and the Basic package. There are only 33 available templates provided by this option. It allows you to customize documents, fields and content design. You can also manage modules and site structure. There is a WYSIWYG that provides formatting, linking and insertion of images. It even supports Windows Authentication as well as Forms Authentication. The e-commerce feature also allows you to build an online store that integrates PayPal and Authorize.net capabilities. You can even use Google Sitemap as well as customize URLs.

3. Umbraco

The ASP.NET CMS option Umbraco has a free version and a Professional version. This option has a few templates but specifically designed for Umbraco. You can modify your content the way you want and you can integrate your Microsoft Word. It allows you to create many different users and assign them permissions. There is also an e-commerce application and module available.

These ASP.NET Content Management Systems options are 3 of the most popular ones on the market. However, before you select one, ensure that you target your specific needs and requirements. This way it will be easier to decide which option is best for you.

WebmasterFormat Blog, “DotNetNuke vs Kentico vs Umbraco – Most Popular ASP.NET CMSs Compared Side by Side”, by Webmasterformat.com

Cost Saving Business Ideas: Communicate for Profit



This is the third short article in a series designed to help you improve your profits.
I have worked for different types of employers, both large and small. I am sure you have heard people speak of how much they enjoy working for smaller companies because it is more like they are working together like a family, while in larger companies they are treated like a number in a book. There is one significant difference between the two, and that is in the way they communicate.

Proper communication within an organization can make members feel as if they are important, and when they feel important, they will often place a higher emphasis on producing for the company and helping to control cost.

When was the last time you walked out onto the production floor and asked someone how their family is doing? Yes, I know that there must be some distinction between friendship and a working relationship, especially between leaders and subordinates, but that does not mean that you can’t treat them like normal human beings. If you have noticed a downturn in productivity, or if you need to improve efficiency, try asking the workers in the area what they think the problem is, or what they think can be done to make things run more efficiently. Don’t simply call an engineer and expect everything to improve. In many cases, you requested and hired experienced workers. What is the point of doing so, if you refuse to listen to their experience?

Allow your employees to participate in the decision making process, even if you think you already have a solution, and they will begin to feel as if they are part owners in the company. You need employees to care about what they are doing. Drop by and say hello once in awhile, and your employees will begin to feel as if they are something more than just a number in the books to you, and they will produce.

Communicating with your employees is especially important if your organization is going through difficult times, or implementing organizational change. It is natural for people to reject change, but you will find them more accepting if you explain why the change is needed, how it will be implemented, and what the expected outcome will be. An organization undergoing hardship will benefit from keeping its employees informed on where the organization is headed.

An incredibly important part of saving dollars through communication is accomplished by making certain that the information passed both up and down the hierarchy is honest and complete. If you are in the position of upper management, you need honest communication from your middle and lower level leadership if you want to make your decisions based on accurate data.

Encourage your people to provide complete and honest communication. Too many times I have seen team leaders and managers communicate to their director what they think he will want to hear and not what is truly accurate. Some may do this out of fear, and others may do it in an effort to try to make themselves look good. One thing is certain, and that is without knowing you have problems, the problems will not be addressed. Working with or through issues can be far more costly than fixing them.

Talk to your people (and give them gifts from Toad Diaries as well), and more importantly, listen to what they have to say and you may find your productivity benefit, which in turn benefits your profit margin. Your cost is little more than the time it takes to say hello.

Top Ladies Designer Dress Brands


Fashion apparels have always caught our attention. No one better than a woman can tell us what is trending in the market. There are a lot of leading designer brands for ladies and here are some of the major brands that always set the trend and let us have a look at it. These brands have always managed to be at their best and cater the best to people. With no further delay let us hit the list.


Gabrielle Chanel is the founder of the leading designer brand Chanel. She is a multi-talented person. It is due to her business acumen and skills Chanel is considered as one of the leading brands today. She is a well-known French fashion designer across the globe. Chanel Brand offers us the wide variety of fashion goods such as apparel, jewellery, bags, and many more.



It is one of the major International brands. Alessandro Michele is the Creative Director of Gucci. Kering group has become famous, and Gucci is a part of it. Gucci also offers wide varieties of fashion accessories and fancy apparel. It resembles Italian style.


Mario Prada and Martino Prada laid the foundation. Miuccia Prada, the best fashion designer, is the head designer of the company. It also promotes the Italian fashion style. Prada has stood as a well-known brand now in the industry.


Donatella Versace is the Artistic Director of Versace and founded by Gianni Versace. He is talented and the well-known Fashion designer in the industry. It also resembles Italian Fashion. The brand has its extension even in home décor.

Ralph Lauren

Its founder and best fashion designer is Ralph Lauren. It promotes the best lifestyle products in the industry. It’s an American brand which mainly promotes their lifestyle. It has its wide range of varieties in fashion field as well as home furnishing.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton was 16 years old when he started designing. But the designs started with the trunks and became well-known for the same. Later the baggage production from this brand became popular both for men and women. It is well known brand which started its promotion from Paris. Its leather goods are at its best.


It is also an International brand. It is well known for all the products available at its store. It is well known for its business which is maintaining its standards with the best quality products. It has its best and unique fancy designs.

There are many more brands in the industry like Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, Vivienne Westwood, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste and many more. As we know women are desperate in maintaining their standards in fashion. Nowadays we can clearly see that women love to stay in trend and are meticulously following that as well. The brands that are evolving with latest designs are the ones that are impressing women. They have high demands as they are maintaining their standards at its levels.

Fashion trends to get excited about in 2018


Fashion is something that never stays permanent. It keeps changing every few decades, and you can never hold them back. Fashion has always created a stir in the market, and they have been commented on, followed and redefined by a lot of people. So here are some of the fashion trends that are here to stay and the ones that will make 2018 a year to remember.

Various fashion trends in 2018


It’s been 18 years, Pantone is choosing a colour as the colour of the year, based on the how the presentation and based on the support that they have received from the people for their choice in the secret meeting with representatives of various nations. It will be held two times a year in the European capital. The colour of this year is UltraViolet. As the trend is set to this colour, we can see most of the people often wearing dresses with shades of Ultra Violet colour or the colour itself.

Big Sleeves:

Nowadays we see everyone wearing big sleeves in various styles. There are various designs with big sleeves which are trending these days. Few of them are Balloon Sleeves, Cold Shoulder, Cape dresses, Fish Cuts or Bell Sleeves and many more. We hear these words often in the market. We see western outfits with the above-mentioned sleeves in the market. We also see Indian outfits too with the sleeves mentioned above as the trending ones. These sleeves resemble 19nth century. The trend is repeating from century to century. Most of these sleeve designs are trending with ¾th sleeves. Nowadays the sleeveless trend went down as these are the most trending ones.


Red Look:

Red has always been a sexy colour. Most of the girls choose Red on the special occasions like dinner dates and many more. But the present trend is choosing everything Red from head to toe. Though it is not the colour of the year, it attracts every eye passing by. The overall look consists of Red dress, Red shoes, Red hat, Red Nail polish, Makeup with Red shades and many more. It will be an awful moment for the people watching out the women in Red.


The sheer outfits are trending these days. It is majorly promoting transparency for any personalities with the best look. This model is designed for women who feel shy and uncomfortable in exposing their body parts. Sheer help to cover the parts that are exposing with a net. This has become a trend, and everyone started following this particular trend.

Plastic Jackets:

Any outfit with a plastic Jacket and plastic accessories is trending now. It goes well with only western outfits. As long jackets are trending ones too. Women are choosing the Plastic jacket which is long enough and looks good when we wear any type of western dress.

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