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For your convenience, we have organized the following online resources into categories.  Click on the category you want and it will take you directly there.

ADD / ADHD / Special Needs 
Business Resources & Tools
Business Services & Advice
Career Information
Charitable Donations of Goods
Coaching
Communication Tools
Health & Wellness
Home & Personal Organizing
Internet Services & Products
Legal
Marketing
Office Organizing & Supplies
Productivity Tools
Reference Library
Tax & US Government Information
Time & Life Management
Travel

ADD/ADHD/SPECIAL NEEDS

Nancy Ratey is the president of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA). She has ADD herself and is married to John Ratey, MD, who is the co-author of Driven to Distraction. Nancy is a Master Certified Coach and one of the founders of ADD coaching.

ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic (Alan Schwarz) is a groundbreaking and definitive book about the widespread misdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—and how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society. More than 1 in 7 American children get diagnosed with ADHD—three times what experts have said is appropriate—meaning that millions of kids are misdiagnosed and taking medications such as Adderall or Concerta for a psychiatric condition they probably do not have. 

Sari Solden is an ADD therapist and is the author of Women with Attention Deficit Disorder.

ADD Coach Academy is the premier ADD coach training program in the world, offering in-depth training for new and experienced coaches seeking the knowledge and skills to powerfully support individuals with ADD / ADHD.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association is an organization that was created in 1989 to Serve the needs of people with ADD/ADHD.

Open Forest LLC offers various exercises and techniques based on scientifically proven systems and principles such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness meditation, provided to help people affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, and problem drinking.

Additional resources for special needs children and families:

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Resources for Military Families
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Home Modifications for Special Needs Kids
Academic Accommodation Resources
Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids

 

Business Resources & Tools

Online Shopping Cart & Merchant Account: Jump-start your online business and enjoy a hands-free income! You’ve got better things to do than search for the right online services to support your business. From merchant accounts to shopping carts to innovative marketing tools, this will make the business of running your business effortless and easy. Their integrated eCommerce tools allow you to sell products, services and communicate with your clients through your website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, automatically!

Host Online Meetings: Teach online using WebinarJam Studio. This is an affordable webinar platform that provides room for unlimited attendees and unlimited webinars.  All you and your participants need is an Internet connection–-no phone necessary!  This makes it really easy for international participants, too, since no long distance call is required.  All webinars are instantly recorded for playback and are stored on Google Hangout. Try it for 30 days and get your money back if it does not meet your needs.

Find What You Need When You Need It!: This is a great paper and information management solution that will help you to find anything you are looking for in your paper files or your electronic files.  Because this is a Web-based solution, it works on ALL computers — PCs AND Macs!

Stay in Touch with Clients, Prospects & Referral Partners with Ease! Send a PAPER greeting card in the mail with your personal handwritten message and signature for $1.64 (including postage) … without leaving the comfort of your desk! Schedule a time to connect with me by phone and I will show you how it works and help you send a free card to someone who needs to hear from you. Check out my website filled with marketing tips here.

Affordable digital services:  Check out Fiverr, an online marketplace  that connects you with talented freelance professionals all over the world. I have had a couple logos created (each for only $5 and I was very happy with them), two transcriptions (one was 20 minutes and one was 5 minutes long…both transcribed for just $5 each), and I had an ebook cover designed and formatted for me (click here to see it). Be sure you read the online reviews before hiring a freelance person.

Instant Teleseminar:  This is an easy-to-use platform for conducting teleseminars. I have been using it for years, and it makes delivering and recording teleseminars so easy. Up to 1000 participants can call into a bridge line from a telephone, while unlimited numbers of people can also listen either live or to a Webcast replay via the Internet (no phone or long distance call required).  Playback is available instantly, using the same link to access the webcast.

FollowUpThen: This email reminder service will help you clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and never forget to follow-up. Type [any time]@followupthen.com in the “Cc”, “Bcc” or “To” fields of your email. The email will come back to you when you schedule it to. Try it for free. Send an email to 1minute@followupthen.com. Check your inbox in one minute and see what’s there!>

TimeTrade: This online appointment scheduling software makes it easy to schedule calls and other appointments without having to play phone or email tag to get someone else’s schedule. It “translates” the time zone for you, which is especially helpful when making international appointments.

TimeSlots: This appointment scheduling software is like TimeTrade on steroids!  Although it costs more than TimeTrade, it is much more robust. This software enables you to create a question form and ask all the questions you want someone to answer before you have a conversation with them. This helps you (and your caller) to be much more prepared when you speak. Imagine the power of knowing something about your caller and their needs before you begin the conversation.  That’s power!  Try it for free for 14 days.

Record and Edit Webinars with Ease:  Screencast-O-Matic Pro version enables me to do the following:  record any length of either a screen or webcam recording (audio and visual is on one track), edit what I have recorded, and publish to Google Drive, Vimeo Pro, Dropbox, YouTube HD, or a hard drive. It is very easy to use. They offer a free version for short webinars (under 15 minutes), although that version contains a watermark and does not offer editing capabilities. The Pro version is well worth the small investment for those who record webinars.

WebinarJam Studio: Do you love to teach without having to rent a classroom?  WebinarJam Studio offers an affordable webinar platform that provides room for unlimited attendees and unlimited webinars. All you and your participants need is an Internet connection–no phone necessary!  This makes it really easy for international participants, too, since no long distance call is required. All webinars are instantly recorded for playback and are stored on Google Hangout. Try it for 30 days and get your money back if it does not meet your needs.

Scriptly:  Have you ever wanted to have a professional write your copy for your autoresponders or for a webinar to promote a product or service you sell?  Scriptly does that for you. Click here to learn more about the Email Autoresponder Series and click here to learn about the Webinar Wizard. The creators will be adding additional copywriting modules like sales copy and telemarketing scripts soon. Try it for free for 14 days.

Curately:  This tool makes it so easy to publish your own blogs, sourcing information available to everyone on the Web.  You simply search for websites or add in individual RSS feeds, and Curately will index all published content from those sources to give you a basis for writing your own blog posts! Once you select the content that you want to include in your own article, you assemble your content, do final editing, and publish!  No more starting from scratch and spending hours to create a blog.  Try it for free for 14 days.

Free Content Formula offers a simple and brilliant road map for how to attract new people to your website while providing great value through content provided by others. This is an easy way to share other people’s blogs as part of your own content marketing program.

Easy Video Sales Letter (Easy VSL): Visit this site to learn the secret to creating a high-converting video sales letter or message in less than 10 minutes, without PowerPoint, Keynote, or expensive video software.  I used this program to create the short video on my Services page to describe what I do.

Business Services & Advice

Office Support Services Association (OSSA) is an organization of business support service professionals operating their own businesses. If you wish to outsource some of your support work, this is an excellent resource in the Puget Sound area. Some of these businesses may be available to help people outside the Puget Sound area. Link to their “Services Available” page to find a long list of services provided by their member businesses. Here’s a partial list of services provided: accounting, billing, clerical, data entry, call-in dictation, desktop publishing, editing, mailing services, project management, scanning/OCR, scheduling, translation, transcription, tax service, tech support for hardware and software, telephone answering, temporary on-site support, web site design.

S.C.O.R.E.: Counselors to America’s small business, the Service Corps of Retired Executives has answers to your business questions. This site offers workshops and business counseling. Small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth, and SCORE is America’s premier source of free, confidential business advice. Most of their mentors have owned and operated their own companies or served in management positions. They understand your challenges because they’ve faced them, too.

Business Plans: Palo Alto Software’s site has one of the most extensive collections of business plans anywhere on the Web. Create your business plan in half the time with twice the impact!

How to Get a Business Loan: This guide will help you figure out the type of loan you need for your business and will walk you through the step-by-step process of securing a business loan.

Small Business Resources:  This resource provides an insight into to the many things to think about before starting a business: the basics, financing, laws & regulation, and small business assistance.

International Virtual Assistants Association: This site has been designed to capture key details of your business, your support needs, and the qualities you are looking for in a Virtual Assistant. The process is simple: You submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) Form with as much detail as possible about your business, your requirements, your concerns, etc. Members will review your RFP and those who meet your criteria and feel they have excellent qualifications will post a response on the RFP system. You will be able to login and view the responses at any time.

Equifax Consumer Services: Checked your credit report lately for accuracy? Check it online now.

Career Information

Salary.com offers detailed salary ranges based on job field, zip code, and position. It also contains updated articles, career advice, and job board links.  Join the largest community of HR professionals to analyze your pay practices and compete for top talent.

SalaryExpert.com provides mean salaries globally based on position and zip code, plus corresponding “buying power” figures based on an area’s cost of living. It also contains information on more than 800 positions, including some less common jobs.

Salary Calculator:  They help you to understand the average salary in different regions of the US for different industries with their handy salary calculator.

Monster.com provides a place for employers and job seekers to meet online and learn more about each other. They are dedicated to making the job search process simple and stress free. Their job search engine is built with powerful technology that aims to match the right job opportunities with the right people. To find the latest and most relevant job openings, simply browse by job title, company, city or state. Or become a member to get the first alerts on jobs you’ll like. Also, make sure to check out the Career Advice section of the site for other job search tools like resume samples and interview tips.

JobsOnline is an online career resource site providing links for both employers and job seekers alike. By providing its services at no charge, JobsOnline is able to offer job seekers valuable career resources, including one of the broadest array of job listings on the Internet, while at the same time presenting employers with the most cost efficient alternative to advertise their positions to a large audience of potential candidates.

Hospitality Careers is a social media platform for people under hospitality careers. And by just signing up, you can create your profiles, add photos and videos to highlight their skills and even discover great jobs.

Career Builder: If you’re looking for a new job in your currentfield, this is the site for you. You can search over 70 job posting sites across the country. You can create and post your resume for potential employers to see. This site also has a neat feature called the“Personal Search Agent” which will send new job postings that match your search criteria directly to your email address. That way you know you’re seeing the latest postings without having to constantly check the site.

Update Your Resume: This site will actually generate a resume and cover letter for you. Just fill in the blanks with information such as your career objectives, work experience and educational background. This site will even email a copy of the resume and cover letter to the prospective employer.

Resume & Cover Letter Templates: This site offers resume and cover letter templates to download, writing tips and an interview guide.

Charitable Donations of Goods

Links to organizations that accept tax-deductible items you can donate are listed below. Do a Google search for your local area to find more charities that accept in-kind contributions.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TAX SAVINGS: Keep track of your charitable donations so you can get a tax deduction. For years, I have used a free online program called ItsDeductible to keep track of mine and it has saved me thousands of dollars on my taxes, because I donate a lot of in-kind as well as cash contributions..  In order to use this when it’s time to do your taxes, you must purchase TuboTax Deluxe (even if you have a CPA doing your tax returns for you), as the software will generate the Form 8283 — the Noncash Charitable Contributions IRS form that must be attached to your return if you claim more than $500 in non-cash contributions.  The number of hours it would take for your CPA to manually create this form would be astronomical, so it is well worth the investment each year in TurboTax Deluxe if you have in-kind contributions in excess of $500.  Your tax savings will more than pay for this software.

Donate children’s shoes, socks & coats to a good cause: Shoes That Fit is helping kids improve their self-esteem and fit in at school by eliminating one of poverty’s most visible and debilitating marks.

Donate your car or truck to charity. Are you thinking of selling or trading in that old car, boat or RV?  Why not donate it instead?  As a  charitable contribution your donation could make a big difference. In  this easy-to-use site you can research hundreds of respected charities and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Coaching

International Coach FederationThe International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of trained coaching professionals. ICF accredits programs that deliver coach-specific training. ICF-approved and –accredited training programs must complete a rigorous review process and demonstrate that their curriculum aligns with the ICF Core Competencies and Code of Ethics. Before hiring a coach, ask if his/her coach training was completed at an ICF-accredited school.

Communication Tools

Stay in Touch with Clients, Prospects & Referral Partners with Ease! Send a PAPER greeting card in the mail with your personal handwritten message and signature for $1.64 (including postage) … without leaving the comfort of your desk! Schedule a time to connect with me by phone and I will show you how it works and help you send a free card to someone who needs to hear from you. Check out my website filled with marketing tips here.

FollowUpThen: This email reminder service will help you clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and never forget to follow-up. Type [any time]@followupthen.com in the “Cc”, “Bcc” or “To” fields of your email. The email will come back to you when you schedule it to. Try it for free. Send an email to 1minute@followupthen.com. Check your inbox in one minute and see what’s there!

Record and Edit Webinars with Ease:  Screencast-O-Matic Pro version enables me to do the following:  record any length of either a screen or webcam recording (audio and visual is on one track), edit what I have recorded, and publish to Google Drive, Vimeo Pro, Dropbox, YouTube HD, or a hard drive. It is very easy to use. They offer a free version for short webinars (under 15 minutes), although that version contains a watermark and does not offer editing capabilities. The Pro version is well worth the small investment for those who record webinars.

Instant Teleseminar: This is an easy-to-use platform for conducting teleseminars. I have been using it for a year, and it makes delivering and recording teleseminars so easy. Up to 200 participants can call into a bridge line from a telephone, while unlimited numbers of people can also listen either live or to a Webcast replay via the Internet (no phone or long distance call required).  Click here to try it for $1 for the first month.

Assessment Tool Generator: Create Your Own Assessment Tools in 10 Minutes or Less! Design custom self-scoring assessments to attract more prospects and give better value to existing clients. Their basic plan monthly subscription–offering up to 5 different assessments–is $19.95/month.

CaringBridge provides a free online service connecting patients to friends and families.  When you don’t have time to update friends and relatives about a loved one’s medical condition, you can rely on this free web service as a “check-in” place to get the latest update about their condition and any family needs.  It also offers a guestbook page for people to leave messages on.

Do Not Call List for Cellular Phones: Block telemarketing calls from coming in to your cell phone by calling the number 1-888-382-1222 from your cell phone. Or, you can add up to three cell phone numbers to the Do Not Call list by visiting  www.donotcall.gov.

Free Invitation Service: If you want to send invitations to people and allow them to respond online check out Evite.

Health & Wellness

Relax the Back: A wide variety of ergonomic and orthopedic solutions for the home, office, sleeping, travel, and exercise.

National Safety Council: This site offers excellent free resources, such as an online Basic First Aid and CRP training program, and information about a variety of topics such as information about floods, fires, and tips about staying alert while driving and avoiding driver fatigue.

FitnessGoals is dedicated to inspiring women to live a more healthy and fulfilling life.

ChooseMyPlate.gov: Eat the perfect diet for you! The USDA’s food guidance system is comprised of the new MyPlate symbol and other materials to help Americans make healthy food choices and to be active every day. The website features practical information and tips to help Americans build healthier diets. It features selected messages to help consumers focus on key behaviors, including: (1) Balancing calories, (2) Foods to Increase, and (3) Foods to Reduce.

SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Self Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.

Home & Personal Organizing

Checklists and forms for all occasions:  Sometimes you need someone to write a list for you. Real Simple magazine has it covered! Check out their checklists, templates and worksheets to tackle whatever life throws your way. Just click, print, and start filling out or checking off. For example, they have things like a babysitter information form, wedding plan worksheets, and a vacation packing checklist.

Easy Minder Reusable Lists: are extremely useful and practical laminated lists that have been designed and developed for many situations and for use by a wide-range of people. Examples: grocery list, medicine minder, babysitter information sheet, habit builder, homework & activity planning sheet, pet sitter list, and more. Comes with a pen that is guaranteed for life.

Collectify My Stuff:– This will help you get ORGANIZED in a snap! It is cataloging software for people with collections of things you cherish or value, whether sentimental or monetary — memorabilia, antiques, glass, etc.  Sotheby’s says, “We are delighted to recommend Collectify MyStuff to our clients, a software tool for all their cataloging needs.” Anyone using the link provided will receive a $5 discount!

Find What You Need When You Need It!:  This is a great paper and information management solution that will help you to find anything you are looking for in your paper files or your electronic files.  Because this is a Web-based solution, it works on ALL computers — PCs AND Macs!

Purseket: “The Best Purse-onal Organizer Ever!”  Organize the contents of your purse so you can find anything in seconds.

Ginny’s Ear Nest: provides attractive holders for earrings, pins, necklaces, belts, and other accessories. They also provide CD and cassette racks.

Lifestyle Systems: They offer “do-it-yourself” drawer dividers in black or white polystyrene or clear acrylic to organize a drawer, anywhere. You will love the ease of installation, durability, and versatility of these drawer organizers. Use these in your Home, Office, Clinic, School, or Workshop.

GarageTek: The revolutionary garage furnishing system, bringing beauty and well-designed, ultra-functional room to your garage. Transform your under-utilized space into a versatile, organized area, creating a space custom designed to your specific needs.

Gladiator GarageWorks: Robust and smartly-designed products provide a place for every item in your garage.

Internet Services & Products

GoDaddy.com: offers a wide range of internet services, from domain names registration and web hosting (from $3.95 per mo.) to email hosting and more.

RoboForm: Still trying to remember that password? Let the Robot do it! Roboform fills out login, registration and other forms automatically.

FollowUpThen: This email reminder service will help you clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and never forget to follow-up. Type [any time]@followupthen.com in the “Cc”, “Bcc” or “To” fields of your email. The email will come back to you when you schedule it to. Try it for free. Send an email to 1minute@followupthen.com. Check your inbox in one minute and see what’s there!

Online Shopping Cart & Merchant Account: Jump-start your online business and enjoy a hands-free income! You’ve got better things to do than search for the right online services to support your business. From merchant accounts to shopping carts to innovative marketing tools, this will make the business of running your business effortless and easy. Their integrated eCommerce tools allow you to sell products, services and communicate with your clients through your website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, automatically!

Email Stripper: This is a FREE program for cleaning the “>” and other formatting characters out of your emails.  It restores forward or replied emails back to their original state so they’re easier to read.

Legal

Legal Shield: Have you ever wanted legal advice on a credit matter or legal assistance with the purchase of a home? How about for writing or revising your Will? For just pennies a day, you can protect your legal rights. Legal Shield offers great legal service plans designed with the cost-conscious consumer in mind. I have been a member for the last 20 years and have found it well worth the monthly fee.

Legal Assistance: Nolo’s mission is to make the legal system work for everyone — not just lawyers. To help people handle their own everyday legal matters — or learn enough about them to make working with a lawyer a more satisfying experience — they publish reliable, plain-English books, software, forms and this website. Everything they publish is regularly revised, updated and improved by their staff of lawyer-editors. They pay attention not only to changes in the law, but to feedback from customers, lawyers, judges and court staffers. One of our clients formed her own LLC with tools found on this site…without hiring an attorney. Check out the hundreds of forms and other tools they offer.
FreePatentsOnline.com: This site has sophisticated patent searching, PDF downloading, alerts, and work-flow functions, all for free. It is an excellent resource for intellectual property professionals, students, small businesses, and anyone who needs legal or scientific information.

Marketing

Stay in Touch with Clients, Prospects & Referral Partners with Ease! Send a PAPER greeting card in the mail with your personal handwritten message and signature for $1.64 (including postage) … without leaving the comfort of your desk! Schedule a time to connect with me by phone and I will show you how it works and help you send a free card to someone who needs to hear from you. Check out my website filled with marketing tips here.

Grow Your Mailing List Exponentially — This social content list-building tool provides an easy way to grow faster by providing multiple opt-in opportunities using their white label value-packed resources and proven methodology.

GREAT free stuff from Marketing Guru Robert Middleton: Get Robert Middleton’s free Marketing Plan Workbook and sign up for his free More Clients eZine. Robert’s expertise is in helping service professionals develop effective marketing plans. Both of these free tools helped me to take my business from fledgling to fantastic. When you’re ready for more, you may wish to consider getting Robert’s InfoGuru Online Marketing Manual.

Make Sales Without Selling: Here’s a totally risk-free marketing approach that teaches you how to get paid well for doing what you love. My Marketing Coach, Kendall SummerHawk, has taught me much of what I know about marketing effectively. One of my favorites is her series, “What to Say if You Hate to Sell,” which shows exactly how to have a respectful, authentic, thoughtful conversation with prospects–a conversation that results in people asking if they can hire you.

Easy VSL: Easy Video Sales Letter (Easy VSL): Visit this site to learn the secret to creating a high-converting video sales letter or message in less than 10 minutes, without PowerPoint, Keynote, or expensive video software.  I used this program to create the video on my Services page to describe what I do.

PressPlay – This powerful video landing page software and app will give you the ability to create high-converting video landing pages, squeeze pages, sales pages, and a customized “smart video player” that enables the viewer to resume where they last left off. It includes timed call-to-action links, and much more.

Assessment Tool Generator: Create Your Own Assessment Tools in 10 Minutes or Less! Design custom self-scoring assessments to attract more prospects and give better value to existing clients. Their basic plan monthly subscription–offering up to 5 different assessments–is $19.95/month.

Office Organizing & Supplies

Find What You Need When You Need It!  This is a great paper and information management solution that will help you to find anything you are looking for in your paper files or your electronic files.  Because this is a Web-based solution, it works on ALL computers — PCs AND Macs!

The Mobile Office Outfitter: offers a full line of specialty automotive office products which include mobile desks and workstations, laptop stands and accessories, vehicle power supplies, cellular accessories, mobile organizers, filing supplies, and educational resources for the mobile professional. If you order from them, please mention that Paauwerfully Organized sent you.

HangUp: these strong see-through, moisture-resistant, acid-free Keep Safe Hanging File Bags provide a secure way to protect, file, and transport important papers, photos, artwork, computer disks, CDs, and other small items you may be storing in existing hanging files. They come in both letter and legal size.

Organize Your Cords & Wires: A practical solution to the endless rat’s nests of cords and wires! The easy-to-use Cord Control Kits and accessories immediately transforms the appearance of any office or home entertainment center by systematically labeling, bundling and concealing all electronic equipment cords and wires.

Quality Products for Home and Business Organization – This company stands for quality, and has been in business since 1919. Their products provide superior performance. Check out this site for products to organize your closet, pantry, garage, or business.

Lifestyle Systems:  They offer “do-it-yourself” drawer dividers in black or white polystyrene or clear acrylic to organize a drawer, anywhere. You will love the ease of installation, durability, and versatility of these drawer organizers. Use these in your Home, Office, Clinic, School, or Workshop.

Productivity Tools

Find What You Need When You Need It!  This is a great paper and information management solution that will help you to find anything you are looking for in your paper files or your electronic files.  Because this is a Web-based solution, it works on ALL computers — PCs AND Macs!

FollowUpThen: This email reminder service will help you clear out your inbox, shorten your to-do list, and never forget to follow-up. Type [any time]@followupthen.com in the “Cc”, “Bcc” or “To” fields of your email. The email will come back to you when you schedule it to. Try it for free. Send an email to 1minute@followupthen.com. Check your inbox in one minute and see what’s there!

Collectify My Stuff: This will help you get ORGANIZED in a snap! It is cataloging software for people with collections of things you cherish or value, whether sentimental or monetary — memorabilia, antiques, glass, etc.  Sotheby’s says, “We are delighted to recommend Collectify MyStuff to our clients, a software tool for all their cataloging needs.” Anyone using the link provided will receive a $5 discount!

RoboForm: Still trying to remember that password? Let the Robot do it! Roboform fills out login, registration and other forms automatically.

Checklists and Forms for All Occasions:  Sometimes you need someone to write a list for you. Real Simple magazine has it covered! Use their SEARCH feature to find what you are looking for. You’ll find checklists, templates and forms to tackle whatever life throws your way. Just click, print, and start filling out or checking off. For example, they have things like a babysitter information form, wedding plan worksheets, and a vacation packing checklist.

SaneBox Email Management: Important email is easy to see in your inbox. Distracting email is sent to @SaneLater and summarized for you daily.

Reference Library 

Online Libraries & Reference Desk: This site offers local libraries online from all around the country. It also has a reference desk which offers your answer for acronyms, almanacs, calculators, and specialized legal and medical information.

Mega Reference Desk: Here you’ll come across everything from encyclopedias to international phone directories to a roster of the FBI’s most wanted, and Internet reference sites ranging from the U.S. Census Bureau and Gray’s Anatomy to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. This site helps visitors sort through the millions of resources on the Web, including books, artifacts, images, documents, and maps.

Web-related Questions: This site contains a collection of tutorials that can answer most Web-related questions.

Free Visual Thesaurus: Truly a unique resource, this free web site offers a complete thesaurus in a graphical interface that is easy to use and remarkably extensive in content.

Find Great Quotes: to use in public speaking or in your writing. This site offers the ability to search for the perfect quote by topic or author. You can also do a search to find out who the author is of a famous quote. Another great site for quotes is Inspiration Peak.

Find Great Articles: by going to this site and searching by topic or author through more than 300 magazines and journals dating back to 1998. Each search result gives you the author’s name, date of the article, length, source, and first two sentences. You can then print out the entire article.

High School Hub: This site is an incredible resource for high school students. It offers information on just about every subject high school students study. This is a must see!

TopSecretRecipes.com and CopyKat.com  offer some “secret” recipes from chain restaurants such as Applebee’s, Olive Garden, and Boston Market.

Tax & U.S. Government Information

Learn Valuable Tax-Saving Strategies: Former IRS attorney teaches business owners how to legally and ethically cut your taxes in half! Sandy Botkin, Attorney and CPA, is CEO and Principal Lecturer for the Tax Reduction Institute. His lecture series, titled Tax Strategies for Business Professionals, contains valuable information and is also very entertaining to listen to. He also has a series called Tax and Financial Strategies for Residential Real Estate and Tax Strategies for the Home-Based Business.

IRS Assistance: Tax questions? Go straight to the horse’s mouth. The Internal Revenue Service offers an essential set of resources for tax preparation including advice on minimizing penalties, downloadable forms, and complete instructions.

Breaking Tax News & Updates: Want to be ready for next year’s taxes? Get your 1040 forms, and read articles on breaking tax news as well as data like standard deductions, AGL limits, and state addresses.

Questions for a Government Agency: Want to know the latest postal rates or find tax forms? What about how to file complaints with the government, get a passport, or register to vote? You’ll find the info here.

Time & Life Management 

Peace-of-Mind for the Entire Family with Life360 for iPhone and Android: No more endless texts and calls wondering, did Jenny make it home? Has Dad left the office? When will Mom arrive to pick me up? With Life360, just open the free app and instantly see everyone in your private Circle on the map. You can also message the whole group at once or 1:1. Whether you’re making dinner plans, coordinating carpools, or just ensuring everyone arrived home safe, Life360 gives you simplified communication and peace-of-mind right at your fingertips.

Checklists and Forms for All Occasions:  Sometimes you need someone to write a list for you. Real Simple magazine has it covered! Use their SEARCH feature to find what you are looking for. You’ll find checklists, templates and forms to tackle whatever life throws your way. Just click, print, and start filling out or checking off. For example, they have things like a babysitter information form, wedding plan worksheets, and a vacation packing checklist.

Great Weather Forecasts: Get local weather reports, as well as information like pollen alerts, travel reports, and a 15-day forecast.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist: This website includes preparedness checklists that can be used in preparation for disasters including hurricane, earthquake, tornado, fire, and more.

Time and Date Calendar:  Create your own customized calendar with important dates on it.  Find the duration between two dates, the countdown to the New Year, when you will be 20,000 days old, and other date-related information.

How to Clean Anything: offers a wonderful stain removal guide for many different kinds of stains you might find on upholstery, carpeting, car interiors, and clothing.

WatchMinder: is a watch/device invented by a psychologist to help you remember what needs your attention next. If you find yourself getting distracted and you want to teach yourself to stay on task, try WatchMinder for 30 days. If it doesn’t help you to improve behavior and form new habits, you can get your money back! WatchMinder comes with over 70 pre-programmed messages such as pay attn, go mtg, call home, meds, relax, exercise. It has 16 daily reminder alarms, silent vibration, and multiple fixed/random interval training alarms.

Mission Statement Builder: This FranklinCovey site walks you through a series of questions and creates a personal mission statement based on your responses.

Self Improvement & Personal Growth:  SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Self-Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.

Travel

Lowest Gas Prices: This site tells you where to find the cheapest gas in your area, plus it gives you a perspective on gas prices in relation to other places in the US and Canada.  AAA also provides a Fuel Cost Calculator to estimate the cost of gas for traveling from one point to another in the United States.

TripAdvisor is one of the top 15 worldwide travel sites and the #1 travel search engine. They provide unbiased information on cities, hotels, and attractions in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the South Pacific. They are not a travel agent. They offer a great place to get helpful information as you make your travel plans. And there is no cost to you!

Foreign Language Assistance: If you want to master a few useful phrases in a foreign language before traveling, go to this site. It even supplies sound clips so you can pronounce the words properly.

Speak and Translate for iOS and Translator Speak and Translate for Android: This is a voice and text translator app that allows you to communicate effectively in any corner of the globe.

Historical Weather Averages: Before taking off on a trip, check out the historical weather averages for thousands of cities around the globe. Find out when the rainy season is, or what the average high and low is before you pack.

How Far Is It?  Enter the names of two cities anywhere in the world and get the distance between them in miles or kilometers, with the option of printing out a map with driving directions.

Currency Converter for International Exchange Rates: Want to know what the cost of a product or service will be after you have converted it to your own currency? Click here and enter the asking price, as well as what currency you want to convert from and to. It does the math for you!

Track an Enroute Flight: Want to check on the status of a flight to see if your guest or loved one will arrive on time? With this site, you can track a plane’s progress with either the flight number or the departure and arrival city. You’ll get a real-time map of the plane and its progress, based on radar data.

Travel the Earth via Earthcam: This site provides images from digital cameras around the world. Visit hundreds of places without leaving your chair! The images are updated regularly, and some are live.

Travel the Earth via Satellite Images: This site provides images taken by satellite of the Earth at night.

Travel Insurance Comparison:   Get a comparative analysis of 14 travel insurance companies.   Simply enter a few facts about your travel plans and the system will present several policy options for you to compare.

God’s Creation: Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida has put up a very interesting Java applet on their site. It begins as a view of the Milky Way Galaxy viewed from a distance of 10 million light-years and then zooms into towards Earth in powers of ten of distance. 10 million, to one million, to 100,000 light years and so on and then when it finally reaches a large Oak tree leaf. But that is not all it zooms into the leaf until it reaches to the level of the quarks viewed at 100 attometers. This is a fantastic representation of how magnificent the Universe is and how vastly infinite it is.