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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Flag Day 2018

Top Gift Ideas For Guys

Not many people actually love the idea of shopping for someone. It can be difficult to try and find a gift that will please someone to the point you don't feel like you wasted any of your money. For some, it can be even more difficult to try and buy gifts for men. They seem to need very little and trying to be creative with buying their gifts seems pointless. However, all hope is not lost. Below are some great ideas for gifts that you can give just about any man in your life.

Themed Shirts
Most men hate having to go shopping for clothes. Because of this, it can be a great idea to buy them something they would enjoy wearing. Of course, however, this depends on whether or not you know their sizing. If you do, you are on the right track. One great site to shop from is They have great selections on shirts, jackets and hats for all men to enjoy. They also have a lot of MMA gear for those men in your life that are into that.

You can almost never go wrong picking out a nice watch for that special guy in your life. There are literally thousands of choices to pick from. If you are not fully aware of the type of style they would be into, a classic-looking watch might work perfectly for any occasion.

This may not seem like a great gift, but most men love food. A great idea for those that don't want to spend a lot of time shopping would be a gift card to a local restaurant. You can make it for any amount of money you can think of. Most people love getting free meals. There are even some gift cards from restaurant chains so that your recipient can choose which one to eat at.

As you can see, there are a lot of simple gift ideas for any man you need to buy a gift for. While they are hard to shop for if you don't know what they are into, you can find a lot of basic gift ideas to suit any event.

Friday, June 1, 2018

#SamsGrillAndChill Giveaway

Tuesday, May 29th at 12:00 AM ET to Friday, June 15th at 11:59 PM ET.
Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Sam's Plus Membership gift card from Sam's Club. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Sam's Club page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (6/18) via the email address they used to enter.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

#GetawayWithExpedia Giveaway

Tuesday, May 22nd at 12:00 AM ET to Monday, May 28th at 11:59 PM ET.
Five (5) winners will receive a $100 gift card from Expedia.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Expedia page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (5/29) via the email address they used to enter.

#BrightlySummerFun Giveaway

 Brightly and Melissa & Doug have teamed up to offer the chance to win the ultimate summer fun pack. The family fun prize pack includes 50 brand-new books and $1,000 worth of Melissa & Doug toys!

Giveaway starts on Monday, May 21st at 12:00 AM ET Giveaway ends on Friday, June 22nd at 11:59 PM ET.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What You Should Do If You Come Home to Signs of a Break-In

Break-ins are a terribly traumatic event. If you come home and find evidence of a break-in, you are likely in a heightened emotional state. This can make it difficult to process what has happened and take the necessary steps to report the incident. A break-in is something that nobody should have to experience, but an event that we should all prepare for. Here’s a step-by-step list of what you should do if you come home and find that your house was burglarized.

Contact Your Local Police Department

The first thing that you should do is call the police and file a report. This puts the break-in incident on record, which is crucial for both insurance claims and recovering stolen belongings. Do not touch anything in your home until the police arrive. When the authorities do arrive to your house, make a list of every item that was stolen and be sure to include a description and the price of each item. You will also want to make a copy of this list so that you can provide it to your insurance company. If you have not entered the home but you can tell that your home has been burglarized, do not enter the home. Keep your kids and yourself out of harm's way by staying out of the house and making the call to the police from a safe place.

Call Your Insurance Company

Make a call to your insurance company within 24 hours of the break-in, whether you have renter’s insurance or homeowner’s insurance. It is likely that your insurance company will send a claims adjuster to your home to assess the claim in person. If your insurance company plans to do this, you will want to make arrangements for your family to stay somewhere else, like with a family member, close friend or hotel close to work and your children's school, so that you do not disturb or accidentally clean up any valuable evidence.

Clean Up All Signs of the Incident

Once the authorities and your insurance company have all of the necessary information, you can start to pick up the pieces and clean up all signs of the break-in. The quicker you can get your back to normal, the sooner you will be able to move on from this traumatic event. Depending on the severity of the break-in and the amount of damage that occurred you may want to consider contacting a professional service to help clean up. And, for broken windows, doors, locks or other damage, a handyman may be required.

Safeguard Your Home

Most burglars break-in through the front or back doors. You can immediately increase the safety of your home by changing and upgrading your locks. Motion-sensor lights can also be installed as a criminal deterrent. However, the most effective way to safeguard your home is by installing a security camera system. Lorex, a DIY leader in home security, offers easy-to-install home security monitoring systems with unrivaled video performance. These home security systems offer high-definition picture and remote viewing so you can see what’s happening in or around your home, wherever you are.

Nobody should have to experience a break-in, but we should all take the steps to safeguard our homes and families.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#WinMalinAndGoetz Giveaway

MALIN+GOETZ creates Simple Skincare Solutions. The company makes skincare easy, starting with sensitive skin. Their treatments are meant to be gentle and effective, and every product is formulated with trusted natural ingredients and proven advanced technologies to perform without sacrificing luxury.

Wednesday, May 2nd at 12:00 AM ET to Tuesday, May 8th at 11:59 PM ET.
Five (5) winners will receive a $75 gift card to Malin + Goetz.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Malin + Goetz page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (5/9) via the email address they used to enter.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Great Books To Give Mom #MothersDay2018

A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils: Recipes and Practices for a Natural Lifestyle and Holistic Health by Hayley Hobson - Homeopathic medicine and alternative medicines are gaining in popularity daily. A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils by Hayley Hobson can become your first step to a healthier life - your first step to holistic health. Hayley is an internationally known author and inspirational speaker. She presents uplifting and educational programs in over 50 countries and promotes a holistic path to wellness by incorporating the use of essential oils with a regimen of exercise, healthy eating, and mental and emotional wellness practices. As a coach, she passionately empowers others to live their dreams and create lifestyle transformations by supporting them in becoming the best possible whole versions of themselves. In her book, you will find real life stories and natural lifestyle principles. You’ll discover why we get out of balance in the first place - and find out how to fix it. You'll learn about Hayley’s signature recipes and their specific purposes, helpful remedies, and daily changes, safe handling and usage, and much more. View this book on Amazon!
The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson - Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes - sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future. View this book on Amazon!
Badass Women Give the Best Advice: Everything You Need to Know About Life and Love by Becca Anderson - Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from stand-up comedians to startup entrepreneurs, from feminists to Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex; and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships. This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is. Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary, and covers sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss. Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists, and topics like “Size Really Does Matter,” and “Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever.” Wait, there's more - true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there's no shortage of sass, sarcasm, sizzle, and a few shocks along the way! View this book on Amazon!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Personalized Gifts - Graduation, Mom Day, Dad Day

Ok, so Easter has come and gone. Though, you wouldn't really know it, as Spring really has yet to arrive. Grrrr. But had such cute Easter things, as we got Callan the personalized Bunny. has gifts that can be personalized or customized specifically for loves ones, making each present unique and unforgettable.
The Somebunny Loves Me Bunny - This adorable personalized bunny was the perfect gift for Easter, though it will be cherished by your child long after the holiday is over. The t-shirt worn by these plush personalized Easter bunnies may be customized with any name in your choice of pink and purple or green and blue lettering. He loved it. It's something special just for him, with his name, which you don't commonly find on things that have names - key chains, bike plates, all the cool things with names on them. So personalize it. Make it special for them!

Check out all the great gifts for Grads, and Mother's Day is coming, soon followed by Dad's Day!


Best Neighborhoods In Jacksonville

  Jacksonville, Florida is one of the most underrated cities in Florida, but it shouldn’t be. Aside from being the most populated city in Florida, Jacksonville is also one of the most beautiful. From breathtaking beaches to a bustling downtown area, Jacksonville is undoubtedly one of the coolest U.S. cities. Homes for sale in Jacksonville, FL are relatively inexpensive compared to other nearby cities, making it a great choice for people who want to live near the water without it costing an arm and a leg. While Jacksonville as a whole is a great city, there are several neighborhoods that stand out from the rest. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in Jacksonville.

The Beaches
Jacksonville’s beaches are arguably the city’s biggest draws, and tourists continue to flock to the city annually for this reason. Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach are all part of the Jacksonville Beaches area, and attract tourists and locals alike. The Beaches are popular among many different demographics, including young professionals, families, and retired folks. One of the biggest reasons many people enjoy living in the Jacksonville beach community is because of the thriving local scene. Residents have been known to enjoy biking, surfing, and running on weekends, and most residents enjoy being active and participating in community events. The Jacksonville Beaches are a great option for active and social people who want to live near the water.

Mandarin is one of the most beautiful Jacksonville neighborhoods, and for good reason. The average summer temperature in Mandarin hovers around a balmy 82 degrees, and the neighborhood has an extremely low crime rate. Mandarin was once referred to as a “tropical paradise” by author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the sentiment remains true to this day. Mandarin continues to be a popular vacation destination for tourists, and locals can’t get enough of the quaint neighborhood. If you’re looking for a quiet and safe area to live in, Mandarin is definitely one to look at.

Five Points
Five Points is one of the coolest and hippest neighborhoods in Jacksonville, and the area continues to attract a young crowd. Five Points boasts many trendy shops and restaurants, and visitors are often attracted to the neighborhood’s vintage feel. Being that Five Points is a more urban area of Jacksonville, it is a popular neighborhood among millennials and a younger demographic. Many people enjoy living in Five Points because there is always something to do, between the neighborhood’s many bars, restaurants, and shops. Five Points is a great neighborhood for people who want to experience the best of both the beach and the city.

San Marco
San Marco is another interesting and dynamic Jacksonville neighborhood, and the streets are lined with quaint restaurants and cafes for both locals and tourists to enjoy. In the center of San Marco is San Marco Square, the neighborhood’s downtown district. On any given night, locals can find something fun to do, and the San Marco Theater continues to be a popular local spot. Whether you’re looking to catch a movie, grab a bite to eat, or simply relax near the famous lion fountain, there is truly something for everybody in San Marco.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Donate Life Blue & Green Day

During this day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to promote the success of organ, eye and tissue transplantation and the extreme need for registered donors.