Good Conversation Starters: Table Topics Conversation Cards

It’s such a great skill to be able to start a conversation with anyone. (And it’s especially helpful if you’re shy because – if you are asking questions, it takes some of the focus off of you.)

Uncommon Goods has these great “Table Topics” to help you break the ice in all different settings. Each acrylic cube has 135 conversation starters, each designed to spur compelling conversations.

Table Topics are available in Original, Family, Teen, Girls Night Out, Couples, Spirit, Right or Wrong, Gourmet, and Book Club editions. Click the links below and a new window will open with more information.

Here are some sample questions:

Original: “What is the best and worst thing about being a man or woman?”

Family: “How did your grandparents meet and fall in love?” and “”Which famous athlete would you love to meet?”

Teen: “What will be the best thing about leaving home and what will be the scariest?”

Couples: “Which of you is the worst backseat driver?” “How much do you need in the bank to feel secure?”

Book Club: “What alternative title would you choose for this book?”

Girls Night Out: “If you had to gain 10 pounds, what would you eat to gain weight?” and “What would the perfect man be?”

Spirit: “What tradition from another religion do you admire?”

These make great hostess gifts, too!

table topics book club
Price: $24.00

table topics spirit
Price: $24.00

table topics family
Price: $24.00

table topics teen
Price: $24.00

table topics original
Price: $24.00

table topics girls night out
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table topics couples
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New Dad Gift Ideas

I just published a new Momscape guide to New Dad GiftsGive dad something that’s useful and meaningful.
Here are our favorite new gift ideas for new dads.

Where Can I Get American Express Gift Cards?

Here’s a nice, customizable option for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list.

The American Express gift card
is a prepaid card that can be used at more than a million businesses in the United States (where American Express Cards are accepted.)

American Express Gift Card for Teens They come in 8 different styles, so you can customize them for different gift-giving occasions. The styles/themes are: general gift, birthdays, teens, kids, wedding, movie lovers, dining, and thank you. (The “teen” card is shown on the right.) These are also great for thanking clients and rewarding colleagues.

Your gift recipient can use the card for goods, meals, entertainment, most anything (though some restrictions do apply. You can’t use the card on cruise lines, or at casinos, ATMs or for recurring billing purchases, for example.)

The cards don’t expire. There will be a “valid thru” date on the front of the card, but the funds on the card will still be available, though they will be reduced by a small service fee, starting a year past the date that the gift card was purchased.

And you can order the cards right online. All you need to do is click here and choose a prepaid amount: $25, $50, $100, $200, $500. Then follow the instructions.

Click here to see all of the different styles available today and to read about the restrictions that may apply. (For example, American Express does not shop Gift Cards to the states of CT, HI, NH, and VT.)

American Express

Click here for all the details.

Special Offer > Free standard shipping on American Express Gift Cards through December 12, 2008
And here are some gift cards from some of our other favorite merchants:
Omaha Steaks
Sierra Trading Post

How Any Woman Can Learn to Make Money on the Internet

Just as when you are starting any kind of business, building a business on the Internet takes a great deal of persistence, hard work, and know-how, and the “business opportunity” genre online is so clogged with scams and get-rich-quick schemes that it can be really hard for anyone to know where to start and whom to trust.

Here I want to share some resources that I would recommend to anyone getting started with an online business, depending on your experience level going in:

1. How Any Woman Can Learn to Make Money on the Internet by Kathy Wilson

If you have always wanted to run your own online business, but you don’t know your PPCs from your PDFs, this book can provide the basics for you.

Toward the beginning of the book, you’ll find a rundown of common Internet terminology so you can get an overview of what you’ll be learning about, and you’ll have a good glossary to refer to as you progress through the book.

The book covers how to choose the topic of your online business (with a number of sample ideas.) The book also covers the business details (such as licensing, accounting, taxes and taxes) as well as how to build your online business and how to promote it on a shoestring.

At 105 pages, How Any Woman Can Learn to Make Money on the Internet is a good basic guide that can get you started on the right path, and the price is just right for people just starting out.

Price: We’ve arranged so Momscape visitors get 25% off, bringing the price of the book to $24.95. Click here for details.

Format: PDF – available for instant download

2. The Super Affiliate Handbook: How I made $436,797 in one year selling other People’s Stuff, by Rosalind Gardner

If you have a basic understanding of your computer and the Internet, as well as the different revenue streams that are possible with an Internet business, you would be well served by going for something a bit more comprehensive. You might want to start with Wilson’s book, above, and consider adding this to your library as your experience grows. (Wilson also recommends Gardner’s book in her ebook.)

For anyone who is serious about increasing revenue online through affiliate marketing, Gardner’s guide is an absolute must-have. I bought the PDF years ago at full price (twice what it is today) and even that proved to be a bargain. I refer to it often and it has paid for itself many, many times over.

Gardner knows of what she speaks. She has been one of the Internet’s most successful affiliate marketers for years.

Price: $47 (at the time of this writing). Click here for details.

Format: PDF – available for instant download

3. Home Based Working Moms

Home-Based Working Moms (HBWM) is an online community and professional organization that provides support, networking, advertising options, information, as well as a monthly newsletter and other member benefits.

HBWM does not provide jobs, but is a reputable group for those of us who are working from home. It’s nice to network with others who share your goals and vision.
You may have heard about them through the eDirectory of Home Based Careers (which is similar to a national yellow pages of home based careers, and it’s free. You can download it here.

Learn more about Home Based Working Moms here.

I’ll keep adding resources here as I come across those that I think you can benefit from.