Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Pot For Pot Review & *Giveaway*

At A Pot For Pot they are passionate farmers and industry veterans who have been growing pot for years. We started A Pot For Pot to empower people to grow their own medicine, and combat the stigma that pot is difficult to grow. They've been approached by countless amateur home hobbyists who would like to start a small personal grow, but don't know where to begin. They're overwhelmed with information, and think there must be some secret sauce to growing great buds. There isn't....So they created a kit so that anyone can grow their own clean, green weed at home. Everything you need is in the box. Just add water, seed, and sun.  The simple directions take you through the process step-by-step, and make it easy to grow your own natural herbs right on your desk or balcony, or in your living room or home garden. When you grow at home, you save money, protect the environment, and avoid harmful artificial pesticides and other nasty stuff. The grow kits are perfect for the first time grower and for the green thumb who wants to learn more.
The 2 Gallon Kit is designed to be placed indoors on window sills or outside on patios or balconies. It can be powered by the sun or artificial lighting. It contains everything you need to have a healthy harvest at home. Just follow the simple guide and you'll be saving money while enjoying your own clean, green stash in no time! Add only water, seed, and sun. The included living soil blend provides all the nutrients your plant needs from seed to harvest. Box Contents: Grow Guide Seed Coupon. 2 Gallon Fabric Pot. Pot Drain Saucer. Seed Germination Kit. Super Soil. Beneficial Bacteria. Diatomaceous Earth. Aeration Top Soil Mix. Coco Brick. Great White Premium Mycorrhizae. Myco Chum Premium Microbe Food. Natural Leaf Shine. Spray Bottle. Trimming Scissors. Kit includes a Seed Coupon to discount your separate purchase of seeds from the online seed fulfillment partner. Kits are typically privacy wrapped for discretion before being mailed. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Summetime Luxury Now & All Year Long W/ Desert Essence

Desert Essence was founded in 1978 and is a leader in natural personal care. The company draws its inspiration and ingredients from the desert, a model of pristine balance and sustainability, where limited resources, if used responsibly, offer the body and spirit untold benefits. Using nutrient‐rich desert botanicals revered in native cultures for their healing properties, like Tea Tree, Jojoba, Aloe, and Argan Oils, Desert Essence’s body, skin, and hair care products work in harmony with the body to soothe, nurture, and restore. True to its principle, the company works to ensure that both its products and practices reflect the serious commitment it has made to the health of the planet. Desert Essence is proud to support Plan International USA’s Because I Am A Girl Initiative, to directly improve the lives of girls in the world’s poorest countries.
Introducing Desert Essence’s new After Shower Finishing Sprays: Jojoba, Coconut and Chamomile, Jojoba & Sunflower, and Jojoba & Sweet Almond. Formulated to moisturize, smooth, and illuminate skin after every shower.  Scientifically proven to absorb quickly and seal in moisture for 24 hours.  Features various blends of therapeutic oils including Jojoba, Coconut, Sunflower, Shea Butter, Apricot, and Sweet Almond oils formulated to retain moisture for supple, smooth, and radiant skin, as well as soothe sensitive skin. This is just one of Desert Essence’s latest natural skin care offerings. Their new exfoliating Body Scrubs and Moisturizing Oils are an everyday luxury that everyone - moms, sisters, wives, teens and partners - will appreciate as a thoughtful gift all year long.

Check it all out at Desert Essence on Facebook, as well we Desert Essence on Twitter.

       
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Cool Off With Chloe's Fruit Pops This Summer

When the creator of Chloe's Fruit Pops became pregnant with her first child, she started paying more attention to the quality of the foods she was eating. With an intense sweet tooth, it was a challenge! She was searching for a frozen treat that satisfied her craving without all the artificial ingredients, colors, and flavorings. After she left a job as an Assistant District Attorney, she started experimenting with fruit in juicers, blenders, cuisinarts - you name it! Following countless recipes, tons of frozen bananas and lots of patience, Chloe’s Fruit was born using just fruit, water, and cane sugar. Today, she is proud to share with us Chloe’s Pops and Soft Serve Fruit - creamy, clean and delicious snacks that she enjoys and happily gives to her three kids at any time of the day.
Chloe's fruit pops are made with just fruit, water and cane sugar – that’s it! No stabilizers, no additives, nothing artificial. Go ahead, let them eat pops!

Check it all out at Chloe's Fruit on Facebook, as well as Chloe's Fruit on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Bolaball Games For The Summer

Bolaball is a company based on deep family values and they strive to provide the highest quality product at an affordable price so everyone can enjoy the games. The Bolaball games are about whirling bola’s, spinning bean bags, sinking washers, flying discs, and much more. They specialize in high quality, solid wood games that your family can enjoy for years to come. They work with many innovative inventors to provide fun and exciting games for you and your family to play. The games are perfect for just about any age and skill level and can be played just about anywhere, indoors, outside, at family gatherings, outings with friends. You can take the games to the park, the beach, BBQ’s, camping, or even your own back yard. Some of the games can even be played in the water! So clear your schedule, finish your chores and take a vacation day because once you get started playing these games...nothing else will matter!
We got Cornhole! There are 2 ways to score, throw your bean bags into the hole for 3 points or onto the board for 1 point. First team to 21 points wins. This is a great indoor/outdoor game! Game Includes: (2) targets 24″ x 36″, (8) colored bean bags. Carrying bag for easy storage and transportation. Grip handles for easy handling. Complete rules and instructions.

Check it all out at Bolaball on Facebook, as well Bolaball on Twitter.
      
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

6 Vacation Ideas For Introverts

Vacationing is a luxury that most love to take advantage of, but for introverts, it can be a daunting situation that requires additional mental preparation. Luckily, traveling as evolved to include options for introverts to enjoy these experiences in their own unique way. For example, while you’re being transported to your destination, it’s socially acceptable to have your earbuds in to avoid talking with individuals, so no more forced, awkward conversations. Here are 6 vacation ideas for introverts who love to travel. 

Cruise Around Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia offers an incredibly rich culture that has recently been featured in movies like Crazy Rich Asians. You’ll enjoy some of the world’s best street food and ride the Singapore Flyer to get an incredible view of the city. In Bali, you can see wild monkeys that are sacred to the natives and relax on its famous beaches.

A cruise may seem terrifying for an introvert, but it might be one of the most perfect types of vacations for one. If you’re traveling in a group, traditional dining can mean you’re always and only eating with your friends. You can tailor your shoreside experience by choosing excursions that are private or are offered to a smaller group.

Relax in the Caribbean
If you’ve ever imagined of staying at a resort away from home, there are few places better than booking a room at on in the Caribbean. With options for families, couples, and singles, you can treat yourself to the vacation of your dreams without stressing about being forced into social situations you aren’t prepared for. Also, choosing a resort for your Caribbean stay typically includes some beach front property and crystal-clear waters.

The perks of resort stays are amazing for introverted travelers. If you feel like dining in your room, you will undoubtedly have an option for room service. Otherwise, you have a variety of restaurants on the property to choose from for each meal. Also, most water sports are very individualistic, so you can enjoy the beautiful underwater landscape when scuba diving or let the sound of the air entrance you while parasailing.

Italian Coasts by Train
 
Italy has something to offer for everyone who steps foot within its borders. Italy’s coasts are also some of the most gorgeous in the entire world, and the country’s train system makes them all incredibly accessible. Trains are able to take to all the hot spots along the water and give you the autonomy to travel at your own pace.

You’ll easily be able to see Cinque Terre, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily along with some other enticing coastal cities. The Amalfi Coast offers boat rides to the nearby island of Capri, and you can take a ferry or bus between each of the popular cities. Cinque Terre offers a train that runs between each of the five lands to make it easy to hop between cities during your stay. Consider a night’s stay in Bari on the eastern coast.

Hike Yellowstone National Park
Becoming the nation’s first national park in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is a destination that attracts all ages. The sapphire blue hot pools and Old Faithful will not disappoint any visitor who visits the park. There’s wildlife throughout the park to catch your eye and make you feel closer to nature.

With over 900 miles of hiking trails within its borders, you can take a stroll to experience the plains, waterfalls, and valleys that fill the park. If you’re a fisherman, you can hike to one of Yellowstone’s lakes for a peaceful day of fishing. The variety of hiking trails offer several levels of difficulty to cater to your fitness level.
 
Fill Your Senses in Brussels
Introverted foodies will find a haven for their eyes and stomachs in Brussels, Belgium. Numerous food tours will take you to some of the best chocolate shops and breweries in the city until your belly is fully satisfied. The public transportation system is superb and will get you anywhere via metro or bus. Day trips to Brugge and Ghent are also popular options for tourists who want to experience the quaint towns.

For museum lovers, Brussels has plenty. You can start at the world-famous Atomium, built for the World Fair in 1958, and check out one of many exhibitions that find a home inside the iconic structure. Brussels is also home to Autoworld, Museum of Natural Sciences, Musical Instrument Museum, and many that are dedicated to the allure of Brussels itself.
 
Ski the Alps
Winter sports lovers will find peace within the Alps regardless of which region you choose. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or any other sport that involves snow, there are nearly endless options for you available in this mountain range that expands over 7 countries.

Once you exit the lift, you’ll be able to enjoy some personal time as your head back to the base of the mountain, and there will be a view to put you in awe as you maneuver through the ski runs. If you’re solo, you may strike up a conversation with someone else riding up the lift with you, or find yourself in a situation where you both are recovering mentally and physically from the last run in silence.
  
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

5 Tips To Plan A Perfect Caribbean Wedding

 
Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life. Why not plan a destination wedding to make it as perfect and memorable as possible?

While there are many places to choose from, you will be hard-pressed to find a place more beautiful than a Caribbean island for destination weddings. Not only will a beach wedding give you the perfect backdrop for photos, but your guests will love having an excuse to take a quick getaway to see you on your special day.

While some may assume that planning a wedding would be difficult from across the ocean, in fact, many resorts specialize in providing wedding packages for every budget. These resorts are staffed with wedding experts whose job it is to think of every detail. Some of these resorts have wedding planning down to such a science that some couples consider it easier to plan a destination wedding than to plan one in their hometown.

Here are five tips for planning a fantastic Caribbean wedding.

Plan as early as possible
While you may not be thrilled to have a long engagement, the earlier you can plan your destination wedding the better. Not only will early planning give you your choice of the time and venue, but it will also give your guests more time to save money for travel, find childcare, and obtain passports. If it is vital that you have friends and family members attend your wedding, make sure you find a moderately-priced venue that will make it possible for everyone to attend. If your resort does not offer a variety of price points, make sure there are quality accommodations nearby at a lower cost.

Save money on decorations and flowers
One of the benefits of having a destination wedding on a Caribbean island is that the beach acts as your backdrop. Embrace this! Simplify your ceremony by using a few natural, local stems to carry as a bouquet.

Look at photos of previous weddings held at your venue.
Think of how amazing your wedding photos will be as you and your love pose on pristine beaches with aquamarine water behind you? You can’t improve upon perfection with decorations. Don’t even try.

Spend your budget on a great party
Your guests may have spent their entire year’s vacation budget to attend your wedding. The least you can do to thank them is to host a fabulous wedding reception with locally-inspired food, drinks, and music.

While hosting an event for a large number of people may sound expensive, you will spend little money on decorations, flowers, transportation, and a honeymoon. Treat your guests to a party they will never forget.

One benefit of having your party at a resort is that the celebrations can continue way past your designated event time. Your guests can move to other bars and restaurants available at the resort and celebrate your wedding until dawn.

Don’t check your bags
While you may not want to wrestle with stuffing carry-ons in overhead compartments when you travel to your wedding’s destination, think how heartbroken you will be if you arrive at your Jamaican wedding while your dress goes to Phoenix.

To avoid such disasters, put all wedding-related paraphernalia into your carry on luggage. Tell your wedding planner or concierge that your gown will require pressing when you arrive.

Speaking of gowns, make sure yours fits your venue. Find a dress made with a breathable fabric that will work in hot, humid locations. Wear sandals or no shoes at all.

Find a resort that specializes in weddings
Why re-invent the wheel? If you are planning a destination wedding, find a place that specializes in hosting such events. Many of the nicer resorts have wedding experts on staff to assist you with planning your special day.

Since there may be a variety of packages available, make sure you understand what comes with your particular choice. Some of these package offerings may be dependent upon how many nights you are planning to stay and how many guests you bring to the resort.

When you are working with vendors at your location, you may be frustrated with their laid-back attitudes. Understand that this attitude comes with the territory. If you are the type who wants to plan everything down to the minute, a destination wedding may not be for you.

There are many benefits to hosting your wedding in the Caribbean. Not only does nature provide a perfect backdrop, but it also provides a neutral wedding location that may be appreciated when couples have complicated family dynamics
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

6 Things To Have In Mind When Creating Embroidered Hats

Creating custom embroidered hats is really fun! It allows you to show your creative side and create something that will last for years and years. It can also be very personal; you can make items that are close to your heart and which you could never buy anywhere else.

While creation of these hats is pretty easy and streamlined, there are certain things to consider. First and foremost, different online stores provide different options. Still, most of them focus on several main categories which you have to go through until you create the ideal embroidered hat.

Here are some of the things you will need to do when creating a custom hat and things to consider when going through these steps!

1. Size and sex
While most hats and caps are stretchy or at least, you can adjust them, it is much better to choose a product based on your head size. Sex is another thing you need to consider. While you might think that every hat is unisex there are some significant differences between them.

2. Basic type of hat
Keep in mind that every store has various types of hats and caps at their disposal. First, you have to decide what you want to create; this will affect the rest of the process as well as the end product you will have. The size of the cap and its layout are especially important for custom products. This will affect the placement of images as well as where you can put the text. Make sure to consider what kind of a logo or image you want to use beforehand. If the cap is too small or there is no space for anything, your long might turn out to be too small.

3. Base color
When it comes to base colors, clients usually have limited options. In most cases, it revolves around 10 options. Some bigger companies will have an even bigger palette than that. Again, base color is important not only for the overall appearance but is something you need to consider because of the image and text.

4. Main image
Here, you can either choose a logo or an image. In the end, it all depends how you’re using the hat. The greatest thing about custom designs is that you can use literally anything for it. You can draw an image, download it from the web or you can use company’s logo. This gives you various fun options and you will certainly have something to use. In fact, people usually decide to create custom hats and caps because of the image, not because of the text.

5. Custom text
Besides the image, you also have the option of adding text. As already mentioned, some people will just use text, majority will use image and in some cases, customers will use both. Anyway, text is a good way to share a message or to promote your brand. It is another option you need to consider. Each online store gives numerous options in terms of font and color. All you have to do is choose the right one!

6. Finishing touches
In the end, you have to check the final product and see whether it’s the right fit for you. Give it some time; you don’t have to buy it instantly as most custom hat sites will store your project for several days. Anyway, make sure that this is the right hat for you. There are some people who get disappointed afterwards just because they missed a line or something on image. So, make sure to check the design twice.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Summertime Must-Haves For Baby

You’re on your summer vacation, relaxing at the beach and your baby is fussing! A red-faced, crying baby can put parents in a panic! Baby Magic wants to help parents and babies everywhere feel cool, calm, and collected with the help of its brand new products - perfect for summer! Baby Magic’s Multi-Purpose Hydrogel Patch and 3-in-1 Wipes will clean up and cool down your baby in no time. No more fussy baby = happy and relaxed parents all summer long!
Multi-Purpose Hydrogel Patch:
Perfect for relieving discomfort from sunburn, rash, fever, and overheating. Pouch contains two rectangle, customizable patches. Helps restore rough, extra-dry skin. Dye-free, paraben-free, and steroid-free. Pro-Tip: Mom (and dad!) can use to soothe adult skin woes, as well, making these patches a dual threat!
3-in-1 Wipes:
72 Count; About 1.5x more wipes than competitors. For use on face, hands, and body. Suitable for sensitive skin. pH balanced.

Check it all out at Baby Magic on Facebook, as well as Baby Magic on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions

The Very Best, Hands-On, Kinda Dangerous Family Devotions by Tim Shoemaker

About The Book:
The remedy to ho-hum, not-again, "Do we have to?" family devotions. Regular family devotions are important. Unfortunately, they're often.....boring. But what if devotions looked less like sitting still and listening to someone read and more like, say, electrocuting a pickle? Or converting a leaf blower into a toilet paper launcher? Or lighting toothpaste on fire? These hands-on, kinda dangerous, totally unforgettable object lessons (along with nearly fifty others) are not only more fun than other family devotions - they actually deliver the spiritual impact you desire for your kids. So put away the flannel-graph, get out the safety goggles, and start bringing the truths of Scripture to vivid life in your household. Just remember to change out of your Sunday clothes first.

About The Author:
Tim Shoemaker is the author of 14 books. He has worked as a volunteer with youth at his local church for over 25 years and speaks to thousands of students at public schools. He's a popular workshop speaker at Iron Sharpens Iron Men's Conferences, Moody Pastor's Conference, Focus on the Family, and Great Homeschool Conventions. Shoemaker lives in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Healthy Summer Eating With Huel

With summer in full swing and parents running from activity to activity and unhealthy food options at every turn, there is now an easy, fast and affordable way to get the complete nutrition you need – Huel. Recently launched in the US after becoming the most popular complete nutrition brand across all of Europe, Huel offers a wide variety of Ready-To-Drink meals and powders (including gluten-free options) to match any type of lifestyle this summer. Whether looking for a healthy and fast breakfast before taking the kids to camp, wanting a nutritious and delicious lunch while at the beach or pool, or just wanting a meal that has the vitamins and minerals you need during a hot summer day, Huel has the answer. Huel is also a great option on long car rides, when you don’t want to stop for fast food or when you go camping and need to have nourishment to complete those long hikes. Huel is huge all around the world, having sold over 40 million meals in over 80 countries, can make it simple to eat healthy this summer.
Key features of Huel include:
- It’s Easy: Huel is a perfectly balanced and nutritionally complete meal that you can prepare in under one minute
 - Nutritionally Complete: Huel Powder is a nutritionally complete food that is high in protein and fiber, low in sugar and salt, rich in phytonutrients and contains all 27 essential vitamins and minerals
- Plant-based and Lactose/Soy/GMO-Free: It contains no lactose or any animal products, no soy and no GMO
- Affordable: Huel starts at just $2.35 for a 400-calorie nutritionally complete meal and bulk and subscription discounts can be enjoyed by anyone for as low as $1.95 per meal
- Huel is Food: Huel is far superior nutrition to most conventional diets. Huel can replace any meal or even as a between-meal snack. In this way it can be an add-on improvement to your diet to ensure you’re giving your body what it needs.
- Zero food waste: Because you only use the Huel that you need to consume, and because Huel powder has a 1-year shelf life, Huel produces zero food waste
- High manufacturing standards: Huel’s facilities and equipment are held to the highest safety standards and regulations
- Vegan/environmentally friendly: Being vegan and producing zero food waste means Huel has much less of an environmental impact on the planet than many other food products
Check it all out at Huel on Facebook, as well as Huel on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Foco Has All Your Summer Sports Fan Needs

Foco is a leading manufacturer of sports and entertainment merchandise, with a product line that includes apparel, accessories, toys, collectibles, novelty items, and more. With major sports and entertainment licenses at their disposal along with a powerful infrastructure, a dedicated team, and a broad variety of products, their company is reaching new heights every day. Foco’s success is directly related to their ability to bring new and exciting designs, ideas, and manufacturing techniques to categories in need of innovation. They are constantly searching for dedicated and driven professionals to join and help grow their team!
 
 
We got some awesome Minnesota Vikings items, along with some Dallas Cowboys items, because though Jason and I are born and raised here in Minnesota, our sweet boy Callan was born in Texas as our little Army baby. So we gotta represent both teams, you know?

Check it all out at Foco on Twitter, as well as Foco on Facebook!
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Stress Of Paying For College And Beyond

College is not going to be cheap in 2020, and I can not even imagine what it is going to look like when Callan goes to college in 2027-2028, if he chooses to go. Which of course we will encourage him to go. I should have gone to college myself right out of high school way back in, cough cough, 1998, but I did not, and neither did my husband, Jason, until later in life, and he is now going back to college and has to look for grants and loans and scholarships. And it costs a lot of money for us, and it can tend to be a hardship on our family if we are not careful and do not get the right loans or find the right grants. And we are adults now. So just imagine how hard it is for a kid right out of high school. It is not easy.

You would actually be surprised the amount of places that generously give out scholarships to students who are aspiring to go to college right out of high school, such as Premier Allergy. You just have to look in the right places. It is amazing the companies and businesses who are willing to help these kids out, even a little bit. They have faith in our kids, and their futures, which is essentially our future, and I think that is so awesome. And I hope that it stays this way for when it is Callan’s time! I think that it encourages our children and it lets them know that we our behind them and that we believe in them. Some children really need that.

Some students need scholarships to help them get into or pay for college, because c’mon, we all know that it is not cheap. And even a hard working parent can not afford it. And sometimes these kids are working a full time job themselves to help pay for college. But there are some odd places to look for scholarships, that maybe you would not have looked otherwise. Such as, if you are an Amish descendant there is a place to apply, and of course Google offers a scholarship. Even a Foreclosure company offers a scholarship if you write a good enough essay about a hypothetical situation, etc.. You just have to dig deep and think outside the box sometimes.

I think in this day and age, you do need college to get a head a little bit. I regret not going to college, because as much as I love my job, I work my butt off to make ends meet, and at the end of the day, I am still basically working paycheck to paycheck, as a lot of us are. Would a college degree have gotten me farther in life? It is hard to say. But I am sure it would not have hurt!

Do you have a college degree? Do you think it helps as far job opportunities?
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Getting Your Foot In The Door

Owning a small business, sometimes it can be hard to find customers, even with a blog it can be hard to find leads to get business or media and marketing partners or opportunities to do reviews, interviews, reviews, etc. It took me a long time to get my foot in the door. And though a lot of people do not consider a blog to be a small business, and I am not even at the point that a lot of the blogs out there are at, it can be an income generating venue for a lot of people. I am by no means rolling in the dough, but I make nickels and dimes, and a lot of times I have made a few bucks to help my family out when it needed to. It has by no means replaced my full time job, as some bloggers have claimed their blog has (I wish), but they have the connections and the time that I do not. And the leads. Pronexis provides small business owners with a fully integrated solution for their lead generation, lead management, and Pronexis lead handling.

Starting a small business is not easy. Like I said, it probably took me a good five years before I was getting any leads that were bigger than other small businesses. But that was okay with me too. Because as a blogger, I was small time (really still am), and I enjoy helping other small businesses get the word out about their products. Because basically I am free advertising.

And advertising is key. My usual only fee is to keep the product. And I will promote it on my blog, on my Facebook, my Twitter, my Pintrest, my Instagram. Not that I have a lot of followers, ha ha. But it gets the word out in some small way. And even if one person likes it on my social media, then there is one more like or share for that company. And that is how a company grows. The power of social media! Whoever thought of making social media is a genius, because life is apparently a popularity contest. I mean, I do not know any other way to put it. “Liking” a page essentially generates the product’s or company’s awareness, and that is a good thing. It gets them out there, gets them known to the world. It is the modern day word of mouth and it is amazing! Did you see such and such online? Here let me share it with you. And then you like it, and share it, and all of your friends see it, and some will like it and share it, and BOOM! It goes viral. And there you have it. Genius I tell you.

I think a good advertising campaign goes a long way. What are some of the biggest companies or products you have shared online? Who do you think has the best advertising campaigns?
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

When Bad Weather Happens

When I was a little girl, I was in a tornado. Living in the Midwest, we get them a lot in the spring and summer months. Heck, sometimes even in the fall! It is a reality of life here. It is a good thing I enjoy a good thunderstorm. Though in reality we do not get the damaging rip your house off the ground and ruin everything all together like the Wizard of Oz type of tornado that often. But the tornado I was in was pretty scary for my 12 year old self. Actually, I have been in a few of them, but this was one was more memorable than the other ones.

We were at our cabin on Mille Lacs Lake and Dad was out on the lake fishing, as we were at the resort with Mom playing in the arcade and such, when the sirens blew and the owners of the chalet said it was time to get in the storm cellar. Mom panicked because Dad was still on the lake fishing and in those days there were no cell phones to communicate, and how were we to know if the men were getting off the lake in time? So a bunch of people were crammed into the storm cellar, but the cellar was really a storage workroom, with tools in it and such. I remember the wind blowing fiercely and the sharp tools on the wall shaking, and thinking something was going to fly off and stab me, and my mom crying, worried about my dad on the lake, and looking out a tiny window and seeing the twin tornadoes on the lake, someone called them sisters, twirling up water, and watching what seemed like a million boats race for shore. It was amazing and scary. But from what I remember everyone made it to safety.

A lot of people in Minnesota have tornado roofs, or otherwise known as hip roofs. Hip roofs are inherently more aerodynamic and wind-resistant than gables. In addition, they are better because there will be an overhang to shed water away from the walls, as well as shading windows. You can not really build a storm resistant home, because if a tornado or straight line winds hit your home, you are going to get some damage. It is just a fact. And no, it is not like in the movie Twister, where the tornado picks and chooses homes as Jo thinks. A tornado just goes, and goes. And if you are in the path, you are in the path. It is what it is, and it sucks. And do not forget that a bad thunderstorm can cause a lot of damage with just wind and rain and hail as well. We have had plenty of damage with trees down, and siding and shingles off just from wind! A plain old thunderstorm can be scary as well!

We have been fortunate enough not to need weather repair on our house, but if we were to need it, I would find a local reputable business such as Westchase Roofing to take care of all our roofing and home repair needs.
 
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Friday, June 21, 2019

Cinderella Walt Disney Signature Collection Now on DVD & BluRay

In honor of its upcoming 70th anniversary, the timeless animated classic Cinderella waltzes into the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection and the hearts of a whole new generation. The enchanting tale, which showed us that dreams really do come true - and inspired countless fans to reenact the Royal Ball and Cinderella’s infamous midnight dash - arrived Digitally on HD and Movies Anywhere June 18th and on BluRay and DVD on June 25th. The Anniversary Edition of Cinderella offers all-new extras: Cinderella trivia and fun facts, hosted by Ruth Righi and Ava Kolker from Disney Channel’s Sydney to the Max, and In Walt’s Words: Enhanced Edition, a special edition of Cinderella featuring fascinating production details, original storyboards, archival photos, thumbnail sketches, transcripts throughout the feature film. Hours of classic bonus material celebrates the masterful animation, memorable music and long-lasting impact of Cinderella, showcasing Walt Disney’s core group of animators, the art of Disney Legend Mary Blair, the original demo recording of the film’s title song and Cinderella’s iconic glass slipper.

 Recently added to the prestigious National Film Registry, the animated classic centers on kind and hardworking Cinderella, who is ordered around by her cruel stepmother, her awful stepsisters - even the big clock in the church tower tells her when to start another day of drudgery. But they can't stop her from dreaming, and Cinderella has faith that someday her wishes will come true. When an invitation to the royal ball arrives, Cinderella is sure her time has come - until her stepsisters, with the encouragement of Lady Tremaine, tear her gown to shreds. Just when Cinderella believes all is lost, her Fairy Godmother appears, and with a wave of her wand and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”, transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent coach and Cinderella’s rags into a gorgeous gown, then sends her off to the Royal Ball. But Cinderella’s enchanted evening must end when the spell is broken at midnight. It will take the help of her daring animal mice friends and a perfect fit into a glass slipper to create the ultimate fairy tale ending.

 Cinderella is the ninth title to join the Walt Disney Signature Collection, which includes groundbreaking films created or inspired by the imagination and legacy of Walt Disney, featuring timeless stories and characters that have touched generations. The film takes its place alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, The Lion King, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid.
 
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

4th Of July Buying Guide #SDC4thOfJuly


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Top Chops Jerky

Beef jerky can be known for its tough and chewy texture, but one snack brand believes consumers deserve a more tender experience. T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a handcrafted jerky made from American beef with no additives or preservatives, and it’s grown from an at-home hobby to a thriving, national snack brand disrupting the jerky industry - in just six short years. Dusty Jaquins, who is one of the co-founders of T.O.P. Chops, started making jerky from his Atlanta kitchen using an old family recipe. Everyone who tried it raved over the taste and texture, encouraging Jaquins to take the jerky to market. Jaquins and his fellow co-founder, Luke Sellers, knew they had to share the southern-born beef jerky with the world. Today, T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a national brand, offered at many major grocery retailers across the country. What makes the jerky better? Jaquins explains how special and different come down to three important things: T.O.P Chops only uses USDA Graded Select or better beef. Most jerky that’s made in the U.S. uses ungraded meats from dairy cattle, which are cows that no longer produce milk. Jaquins says, “T.O.P. Chops changes the standard by only using USDA Graded Select or better beef that’s sourced from steers raised in the U.S.” He explains how using American beef from steers - as opposed to dairy cattle - makes their jerky incredibly tender and provides an authentic beef flavor. Thin cuts make moist jerky. The majority of beef jerky is what Jaquins refers to as cowboy jerky - it's hard, it’s tough, you have to gnaw at it. But he and business partner Sellers believe life is already tough enough, and they want to provide a more positive eating experience. As a result, they slice their beef very thin using a Veri-Thin slicing process. This reduces the cooking time, retains the meat’s moisture and renders an easy-to-chew jerky. While most premium jerkies on the market have similar levels of fat, sugar, and sodium, Jaquins wanted to offer a “better-for-you” beef jerky. To do this, he and Sellers partnered with food science and culinary experts to enhance the recipe. This effort culminated in a new ingredient called plum powder, which not only reduces added sugars and sodium but also creates a product packed with antioxidants. The plum powder sweetens the jerky marinade. The team of jerky artisans use a small amount and let it sit overnight to give the jerky a strong, high-quality meat flavor with some subtle notes of sweetness and spice.
T.O.P. Chop Jerky comes in four flavors, including Original, Teriyaki, Sweet & Spicy, and Red Chili Pepper. Jaquins recommends his personal favorite Sweet & Spicy because “I'm not a lover of extremely hot foods, and the sweet and spicy has a nice balance. It’s a mild heat with a little sweetness to it." This jerky knows no limits. The dried meat snack industry has seen significant growth over the last decade, and T.O.P. Chops plans to grow right along with it. Dried meat consumption is up 18% and 92% of millennials replace one meal a week with a wholesome snack like jerky. The brand is getting ready to launch in Costco and Target stores in August 2019 and has scheduled launches in other large grocery chains in September and October of this year.

Check it all out at Top Chops on Facebook, as well as Top Chops on Twitter.
   
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