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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Advertise Yourself! - Blogger Of the Week Packages

We are all trying to get our blog out there and into the social media spotlight. We join groups and we are learning or getting help on how to promote ourselves. Some bloggers move at the speed of light and others, like me, go at our own pace.

So if you want a little help with exposure from other bloggers who are way up the ladder. Check out these great packages for advertising yourself that I found at Simply Stacie:

Are you a blogger and want to grow your following? I’m offering special Blogger of the Week (or month) packages to help you do so! I will include one of your Social Media account as a bonus entry in all of my regular giveaways for the time period you specify. You can choose from Google Friend Connect, Twitter, Facebook or Email Newsletter.  My giveaways typically last for two weeks and I typically do 50+ giveaways per month.
The rates are as follows:
  • One Week- $35
  • Two Weeks- $50
  • Full Month- $85
I list my giveaways at multiple giveaway sites, tweet and post on Facebook and they are also tweeted out by my Triberr clan. This promotion is for family friendly bloggers only.
Simply Stacie Reach as of July 17, 2011
  • GFC: 10,210
  • Twitter: 22,328
  • Facebook: 15,552
  • Triberr: 741,211
  • Subscribers: 6,400
I will only be having a maximum of 3 Blogger of the Week (month) at one time. This promotion does not apply to group giveaways that I am not running myself. Please contact me at simplystacieblog@gmail.com if you are interested, have questions or to find out availability.

I don't have the $$ to do something like this just yet, but just thought I'd share with you lovelies.


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Simple Ways to Maximize your Labor Day Savings!

The only good thing about the end of summer is Labor Day, a holiday that provides a day off and great opportunities for consumer savings. Labor Day sales allow shoppers to take advantage of discounts on everything from fall fashions to appliances. It's also a good time to find deals on end-of-season merchandise, like swimsuits, lawnmowers, patio furniture and more.

With practically everything under the sun on sale during these short three days, how can you possibly know if you're getting the best deal? Here are six ways to maximize your savings on Labor Day.


1. Do Your Due Diligence
Find out the average price of your coveted purchase before Labor Day, using sites like Pricespider.com. This will keep you from being fooled by false promotions, and help you identify the best sale price.


2. Shop in Your PJs
Labor Day triggers the holiday shopping madness that continues into the New Year. Let the masses scurry about the stores and highways while you casually shop multiple online stores in the comfort of your own home. Not only will your blood pressure thank you, but you'll realize savings in fuel, too.

3. Save More
In addition to Labor Day price reductions, be sure to find online coupons for more savings. Shipping should also be free or greatly reduced; merchants like Lands' End and JCPenney typically offer free shipping codes during this high-volume weekend.

4. Negotiate
Major sale events represent an excellent opportunity to hone your haggling skills, especially on big items like televisions and appliances. Compare prices between various competitors and ask retailers if they can meet or beat your preferred price. Not comfortable with bartering? Check out this article on ConsumerReports.org for tips on making the negotiating practice work for you.


5. Socialize
Before hitting a store's sale rack or browsing Labor Day deals online, remember to follow or "like" the retailer or brand on Facebook and/orTwitter to find exclusive coupon codes and promotional offers. It pays to join these social media networks.

6. Use Tunnel Vision
Knowing what you want before Labor Day is easy; sticking to just that in the heat of the moment can be challenging. Be strong. Whenever you find yourself straying from the main purchase, gently remind yourself to "stay focused" and move on.



Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. For more savings tips visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.






About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

It Really Does Not Pay To Whine

It's great to see daddy playing with the little ones. It seems dads have less time with them being away working, so these are grateful times.

He is very good with the details and I love how he allowed his son to read and help with the instructions as they went along.

Then it was finished and ready to be torn apart shared with each other.


Of course the boy started to whine about all manner of things and not showing much responsibility with the pieces so I boxed it all up and told him he'd get it at a later date when he was more mature to handle such a toy.

I think he got it back. I can't really remember now. But it's kept upstairs where they play sometimes.

Of course legos aren't my friends but, my kids love them and they provide all sorts of stimulation and ideas.



About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fresh Beat! - 4Ms

My kids and I love this song. Everytime it comes on, we get up and just boogie! I love dancing with the little ones! And it's good exercise! 

Welcome again to Monday's Music Moves Me. Let's start our Monday's off dancing and and a light mood.

 

Theme for this week: FREEBIE! (Choose anything you want!)  

Thank you all for visiting. I'll drop by soon.

*BESOS* 
And ooh yes shake the rump! 

4Ms




Our hosts: 



The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida - Lori
The Cakeblast - Larry H 

Stacy Uncorked - Stacy


So, here's the steps to this party.
First step Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock & load!  Get your pick for the theme of the week.

Second Step:  Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (over to our right, right under mine)

Third step:  SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.

Final step:  Start looking for a partner and boogie on down to her/his blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment.  If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her/him back and  leave a comment.

Spotlight Dancers
Congrats to our  "SPOTLIGHT DANCE" COUPLE FOR THIS WEEK!  
 

Welcome to Meet Me Monday!  Meet Me Monday is a weekly link-up hosted by Inspiring You To Save! created for socializing and to get new followers, subscribers, and readers.  Every Monday a new linky will be posted.


Monday Music Moves Me LINK UP Below:



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One Day You're Up and the Next You Are Down

I'm dual country in my heart. So I'm always cheering for my Jamaican teams when it comes to sports. Of course I cheer the same for my American teams and if either win, then I feel no pain :) 

I remember Usain's Bolt shove to glory. He is FAST!  No doubt about it, however what I cannot stand is a boastful man. He never took anything with grace or humbleness. He was always lauding it over everyone else and getting on way over the top. I don't like that. You win, it's great to celebrate, but don't forget you have a team and it's ok to show some form of humbleness. 

So I like that he won for our country, but I simply can't stand the man. 

Well one day you are up and one day your are down.
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10 Financial Advantages of Going Paperless

The days of the over-packed wallet are nearly behind us. With the advent of the electronic shopping receipts, some major merchants are already offering paperless proofs of purchase. With this new system, the buyer receives an electronic version that's either emailed or uploaded to a password-protected website.

Big names like Sears, Gap, Kmart and Whole Foods Market are already taking advantage of the new technology, which some plugged-in shoppers are welcoming with open arms.

Then the thoughts of how this process and other paperless systems can put money back into a consumer's pocket. Here are 11 ways you can save both a tree and some cash.

1. Opt for e-Receipts
Paperless receipts de-clutter your wallet while allowing you to organize your sales info in an electronic file. This new system will make it much easier to deal with refunds, apply for rebates and track price-protected purchases. You'll want to create a separate email address or addresses, however, to keep your receipts separated from personal email, particularly since stores will likely use this address to forward promotional info.


2. Pay Bills Online
Internet security has greatly improved so paying your bills electronically is much safer these days. Dealing with bills online helps ensure payments are made on time, even in the last-minute, to avoid late fees.

3. Stop Catalogs and Phone Books
CatalogChoice will remove your name for free from catalog mailing lists and stop useless phone books. Make a donation to one of their preferred non-profits and they'll remove your name from marketing lists. Frugal-wise, you won't be tempted by slick, glossy presentations of products you don't need. When you actually need an item, simply search online, look for free shipping deals, pay-up, and you're out of there.

4. Use Mobile Coupons
Forget clipping, filing and juggling paper coupons with apps that allow you to download coupons on the go. Some apps even have a mobile service that lets you search for a supermarket by ZIP code and, while you shop, download their mobile coupons to your store loyalty card. You then receive credit for the coupon at checkout. For a list of helpful shopping apps, read PCWorld's "15 Shopping Apps That Can Save You Big Bucks."
 
5. Trash Junk Mail For Good
Register with DMAchoice.org to stop the onslaught of those tempting credit-card applications and other unwanted snail mail. DMAchoice will not sell your address to marketing agencies or merchants.

6. Digitize Photos
Load your precious photos up to a cloud server, like Flickr, and never worry again about a fire destroying all those memories. Digitized photos are cheaper than prints and can now be displayed in a variety of electronic forms.

7. Electronic Invitations
Do you remember the last time you received a party invitation in your mail box? Even weddings are being announced with digital invites, saving the bride and groom a pretty penny at the printers.

8. E-Readers
There's a world of free e-books available through your library, Project Gutenberg and other outlets. Eliminate the expense of buying books or simply save gas and time because you don't have to run to the library. You might also save on library fines, if you tend to run late or lose books.

9. Tap into Loyalty Cards
Instead of sifting through your wallet every time you need to swipe a store loyalty card to receive perks and points, load them up to your phone. Mobile apps like CardStar file all your reward, club and loyalty store cards into one, easily accessible place so you never miss a sale or a reward.

10. Printer Paper
The less verbiage and visuals you have to print out, the more you'll save on both paper and expensive printer ink. Also, consider ditching the sticky notes. Although they serve as great reminders, you can use electronic ones that post right to your computer desk top instead!




Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. and Andrea has been featured on NBC's Today Show, Good Morning America, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. For more savings tips visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.




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About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

ShaToBu - The Workout You Wear!

I know I'm petite and fit well into most things small and shop off the Junior racks because small and misses can't fit me properly, but don't envy me just yet.
I have two children. I did lose all the baby weight except the pouch in front of me. I have all the stretchmarks to prove it! Too much stretchmarks if you ask me! And my cute little innie is no longer in, and I suck it in. Yes that's right! I suck it in and that's one of my secrets.

So I do need the Shatobu or anything that will help me squeeze those muscle in so I don't constantly look like I'm in the beginning stages of pregnancy! And let's face it, there are some clothes I wear, that must not show a kangaroo pouch!

The ShaToBu is perfect for me. It definitely makes me feel confident in wearing my cute little dresses and tops for summer. Sometimes you just want to let it go and breathe!

The ShaToBu stretches well, it's firm in the places it needs to be and doesn't roll up around the legs or stomach. I thought maybe it would do that and was happy it didn't.
ShaToBu is meant to be worn all day, every day. For the best, most effective fit, start at your foot and roll the tights up your legs. Make sure the the waistband sits right below the bra line.


The best day for me to wear the shaper, is all day for going to church and then the stores and then the park and home and I could definitely feel a difference in my body and muscles. It is like a workout!
The walking around and driving and using your muscles along with this product is great!

I'm sure it will take a little while along with good tummy exercise to get my pouch to turn into sweet muscles, but I'm committed to try with this ShaToBu!

Designed for those women who prefer slightly more form with their function, our classic-cut, High Waist to Knee ShaToBu slims and smoothes your waistline for an enhanced hourglass figure.
You'll look great and feel even better, all while burning up to 12% more calories every day.
  • Extra smoothing in the tummy & love-handle area
  • The perfect shapewear under a skirt or dress
  • Ideal body shaper for special occasions or with fitted clothing

ShaToBu makers encourages women to  engage in recommended levels of physical activity and strength training while integrating ShaToBu as one aspect of their overall healthy lifestyle regimen.

Shapers are becoming a regular part of many women's daily wardrobe and what better way to walk around the office or your daily errands feeling confident, while also achieving your healthy lifestyle goals!

ShaToBu is the first ever shaper that helps women shape, tone muscles and burn more calories when worn during daily living activities.

ShaToBu increases the impact of everyday movement but does not replace the need to be physically active

ShaToBu blends research-based function with comfort and fashion:
  • The benefits of ShaToBu were scientifically proven by an independent study conducted at the University of Virginia, one of the country's leading exercise physiology programs
ShaToBu uses seamless resistance band technology to make muscles work a little harder during the natural movement, like walking or climbing stairs.
  • Shaping: ShaToBu instantly gives women a sleeker silhouette; shaping hips, thighs, tummy and derriere by a reduction of 3-6%
  • Toning: ShaToBu tones the muscles of the hips and thighs due to the resistance bands within the garment, which provide 90% of 116% more resistance in movement, which causes increase muscle activity in the targeted areas causing toning.
  • Burning: ShaToBu burns 3% to 16% (with an average of up to 12%) more calories when worn during daily living activities, due to the resistance bands making muscles work harder therefore increasing caloric burn.

The ShaToBu is easy to care for too and will serve a long time with good care.
Simply hand-wash ShaToBu with a mild detergent and line dry. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners. Do not dry clean. Do not iron.

If you are thinking about starting a dieting regimen or have already started. Why not add the ShaToBu to your daily routine. It wont disrupt your life, but  enhance your healthy lifestyle goals.

Visit ShaToBu for more information on this and other products!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShaToBu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/shatobu
Website: http://www.shatobu.com/

This item can be purchases at Shatobu.com, blissworld.com and macys.com

The Science of ShaToBu

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Summer Sexy and Comfy - Aloha!

I love seeing women in summer dresses. It's even better when they enjoy wearing them and look great without looking skanky. 

I have wanted to wear summer dresses but I feel my legs aren't that great and yes most times I hate to shave! Razor bumps and itch are not cool! If you have any idea how I can lessen or get rid of those symptoms, I'll love you forever. 

But now I'm I seriously can't tell you my age...so I'll just go with 29, I feel like I'm older and wiser about understanding that I'm me and whatever body I have is mine and I should enjoy it because it's not like I'm going to get another skin any time soon and all too soon I'll be shriveled all over. 

So soon I'll be in summer dresses too. 

Do you like summer dresses? Do you wear them? 

I love these cuties! 

From Bisou Bisou

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Feed Your Child Well - Thursday Two Questions

I'm doing an article on how the meal that you feed to your children affect their school performance and their individual performance on a whole. 

Amanda from Blogger Broadcast asked me to guest post on her blog and at first I was terrified because I didn't feel like I write that well to be able to share on someone's blog. 

However, doing the back to school campaign has made it easier, and a post i was going to share on my blog along with the theme, I figured was perfect to share as my guest post. 

I'd love for you to visit her and leave a comment on your thoughts. 

Thank you Amanda!! 

And my questions for today:

1. Have you guest post on another blogger's blog?
2. Have you experienced an earthquake before? 

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Will The Courageous - A Story About Sexual Abuse

Will is a typical six-year-old boy: he loves to tell "knock-knock" jokes, collect bugs, and play with other kids. On most school days, Will goes to Nana Winnie's until his mom returns from work. Will enjoys having his Nana as a babysitter. Recently, Nana's cousin Perry has come to visit and suddenly Will no longer wants to go there. He starts having nightmares, acting out in school and wetting his bed. Wills' parents are worried. What is wrong with Will? 

I choose this book because I've been through sexual abuse and it leaves a terrible mark on your soul. For me, it is having to deal with it alone and not being able to get the help I needed as a child and now as an adult. So if I can share about how to help anyone before this happens to them, or to help them heal, then this is healing for me too. 

Will The Courageous: A story about sexual abuse is a perfect starting point for a child to learn about behaviours that are not appropriate and for parents to discuss steps to take if their child is ever lured into such circumstances or how to notice signs of change in your child that would suggest they are being sexually abused.

How do I deal with it? I am not sure, but it's not something that debilitate me. I know it affects me, but the situations are far between when I remember and think of this scar. I have shed many tears about this, realizing that adults and children alike can do such terrible things to one another. Maybe one day I'll get into it and access that part of me that my mind has closed off to protect me.

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone and from anyone. It is usually the person you trust the most or someone around the people you trust and whom would never come under immediate suspicions. 

Will the Courageous tells of a little boy who is six years old, just like my son in first grade, who was sexually abused by a cousin of his babysitter. He would go to the babysitter after school until his mother would pick him up after work. 

The book tells that he loved being with Nana the babysitter and has being with her since he was a baby. He was one of the oldest kids there and was Nana's helper with the younger ones when necessary. 
Will was your typical boy, who enjoyed life as a child. 

Then it all changed when Nana's cousin came to stay with her for awhile. He started playing with the kids and soon Nana would leave the kids with him to run to the store or do an errand. 
The cousin whose name is Perry was fun at first and Will was glad to have an older person to be able to share silly jokes. But soon Perry began to seduce the kids with inappropriate tickle games. 
Will played along with the first game, but felt like something was wrong in the way it was done. 
After that he didn't want to play or be around Perry anymore but Perry would always make himself present wherever Will would be. Perry would meet will at the bus stop when he was dropped off at Nana's. This troubled Will to the point of being sick. 

One evening as Will got off the bus to go to Nana's, Perry was there waiting for him and told him that Nana was out running errands and had taken the other children with her. Will was troubled but wanted to used the bathroom really bad. He was hurrying to the bathroom when Perry accosted him and offered to help him with his zipper. Will declined but Perry insisted and then began to fondle Will's private parts. 
Will begged Perry to stop and he promised to stop if Will would touch him instead. He told Will it was a game and it would make him feel good. 
In fear Will did as he was told. 
Perry then told will never to say anything about their game because it was their special secret. 

Will began to spiral downward. He became physically ill, began to wet his bed, had nightmares and lashed out at school and home.  Everyone was concerned about Will but he was too afraid to tell.

One day after school, at the thought of returning to Nana's, Will broke down crying and could not be consoled. The school nurse called his parents. 
They were quite worried for Will and took him to the doctor to see if they could diagnose what was wrong.
The doctors helped will to break the silence about what Perry had done to him by having will share with a stuffed animal while the doctor listened. 

"Heather spoke to Will's parents and told them that Perry had sexually abused Will. She explained that Will might 'act out" at times because of the abuse and suggested that Will keep coming to the Advocacy Center for some special help. Why don't you take Will home now and keep reassuring him that Perry can't hurt him anymore. 

While reading this book. It made me cry because this is how it is in life and it doesn't have to be a stranger. It can be uncle John, or grandpa Gary or even the child's own parent or sibling! 
How do you protect your children? 
For me, I began discussing little details with my son before he began Kindergarten. I would remind him that his body was private and who was supposed to be touching and who wasn't and what to do if so and so happen. I also explained to him that people will try to get him not to talk by making him afraid with threats and telling lies but he should always trust his mommy and daddy to help him. 

Now that he is in first grade, I reinforce this by asking questions and reminding him that if someone ask to see his penis, he should tell them, no and that your private parts are yours to keep private. And if someone wants to show him theirs, it's the same answer and then he should let a teacher know what happened. 

Are we looking for the signs?
In the book. It's great that people noticed the signs in Will and how he had changed from the easy going little boy he was in just a few days or weeks.  These days with everyone running on exhaust, it's easy to miss the important changes happening to our family. We have to make the effort to connect and give individual time to our family, especially our children.

Have you spoken to your children or do you blush at the thought of mentioning the words vagina, penis and sex and sexual abuse? 

Let's prepare our children. Give them the power to defend themselves when we or another safe adult isn't around to protect them. 

This book is easy to read and understand without sharing too many explicit details so it's perfect for a child. 

The illustrations are expressive and interesting and the book is written very well. 

I would definitely recommend this book!

About the Author: 
Amy Barth is a thriver. Her background is in social work and she founded the nonprofit Safe Girls Strong Girls in 2005. 

SGSG is committed to breaking  the silence of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and giving girls their voices back. One project of the SGSG is Camp CADI, a one-of-a-kind camp where girls can heal and just be girls again. 

Amy is the author of several books including 101 Tips For Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Pocket Book of Wisdom. Amy lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and has three college-age daughters. 
Visit her at www.AmyJBarth.com 

About the Illustrator: 
Richa Kinra is the internationally published illustrator of several children's books, adult fiction books an spiritual poems. Her books include titles as Fuzz-ball goes to the Mall, Emilie is...Princess for a day, Debra Meets Her Best Friend In Kindergarten, Annabelle's Secret, Reena's Bollywood Dream, and others. 

She lives in India with her family, and says she received a lot of encouragement from her parents and friends who saw her artistic talent. 

Her hand painted works are primarily in watercolors, acrylic and oils, sometimes incorporating colored pencil, dry colors, pen & ink and /or collage. 



This was not a paid post and these opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. I received the above book for this review as part of a blog tour campaign with Parent Reviewers. See my disclosure.


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