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Vannie Ryanes
BellaOnline's Work & Family Editor


About the BellaOnline Work & Family Editor


My name is Vannie and I am happy to be your Work & Family columnist and editor. I am hopeful that my articles will make your life a little easier and a little sweeter.

My aim is to give you information that will help you manage your business life as well as your home and family life so that the two become not one, but blended, wherein one will complement the other. Look for home, family and business hints through articles, book reviews and up-to-date facts and figures concerning work and family issues. Entrepreneurs and home and small business owners are most welcome here.

Many women are choosing to become SAHMīs, or stay at home moms. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (Item #CB05-FF.05) Among mothers with infant children in 2002, the percentage in the labor force is 55%, down from a record 59% in 1998. Many of these women have home businesses. Men have also become work at home dads, in some cases they have become stay at home dads in the same sense that women have in the past. You will find a column specific to the home business owner in the Work & Family "Making Ends Meet" column, and an our informative "On The Job" column for those with 9 to 5 careers outside of the home.

I have been asked how I can write about such diverse subjects and issues. I simply write about my what I know, love and value. I love cooking, reading and watching old movies. I come from a large close-knit family and as the eldest child and only girl, being a surrogate mother to my brothers was very natural. Since I spent my young adult years helping to raise my brothers, they were and still are able to talk to me about things they would never tell our parents. The fact that I was a few years older and their sister helped. Even now, our lives very much blend. I always that thought it was just a coincidence that we all share a love of old movies. However, a couple of years ago I discovered that we all love the Jersey shore as well. I guess itīs a family thing.

Stop by my other BellaOnline.com site Hot and Spicy [foods] for great recipes with kick.

I am now on Twitter, so donīt forget to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Vannie_Ryanes

Please visit often, my door is always open. Both forums are open for comments and questions. I would love to hear from you.

And remember: None of us is defined by our circumstances, nor are we defined by how other people perceive us. It is up to each one of us to define ourselves, and that is a lifeīs work. Each of us has the ability to lead a dynamic life by pursuing our unique goals and dreams. There are no limits to what you can do.--Stedman Graham


Vanette Ryanes (Vannie), lives New Jersey, she is a freelance business writer, book reviewer and home business consultant. You may contact her with inquiries concerning any of the mentioned by using her Work & Family at BellaOnline contact page below.

Vannie is columnist and editor of two BellaOnline.com sites and moderator of "Home Business on a Shoestring" at a member-based site www.womanowned.net. She is listed with BookZonePro, Cooperative Reviewers, a book reviewer listing site. You can also find her at Digital Women where she writes a blog titled Skills for Living Vannie is a former contributing editor (movie reviews) for Garden and Hearth Publishing where she wrote "Going to the Movies with Vannie." Garden and Hearth Publishing is now a part of the IAC group. Several of her articles appear on IACīs site http://www.life123.com. She is the former founder/editor of a cultural, educational and family events e-magazine.

With her love of cooking and enjoying Hot and Spicy [foods], it is not a coincidence that the company she has worked with for more than 15 years have gold medal herbs and spices as well as other household products. You can visit her business sites at Watkins and A Better Cook for recipes, articles, hints, recommendations and some fun ideas.

Additionally, Vannie is a member of the Womenīs Board Association of the New Jersey Performing Art Center (NJPAC) and a former 15 year volunteer member of the Essex County Friend/Advocate Program for senior citizens. She presently chairs several community organizations in her hometown. Vannie is also on the editorial board of BellaOnline.comīs Mused Literary Magazine. She has been a member of the BellaOnline writing family since 2004.

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