Your Kids Depend on Your Confidence -Special #GuestPost

Parenting takes confidence. Business takes confidence. Life takes confidence. This is why I bring you today’s guest post from Jordan Mercedes and The RePurpose Work Confidence Course. Read more about how finding her confidence has helped Jordan change her life…and how she can help you find your confidence too.


Your Kids Depend on Your Confidence

Fifteen minutes before I was to take the stage, the woman who invited me on a speaking tour in Uganda slipped me a piece of paper. It said, “I want you to speak to the students about how to protect themselves from sexual abuse.” 

Sexual abuse? 

My subject matter was how to recognize your God given gifts, talents and special abilities. Didn’t she know that? All of my material would have told her that. 

I had a moment of pause as I searched myself for the message for the students. I asked her how many students I would be speaking to; in a calm voice, she said there would be about eight hundred elementary school children in the first assembly and about five to six hundred high school students in the second assembly. 

I held the paper in my hand and read the words a few times, “sexual abuse.”  It wasn’t my story, but it was their story. At that moment I made a decision. “Yes, I’m going to give this talk and it’s going to go straight to the heart of these kids. I will hold nothing back and I WILL NOT BE AFRAID!"

I could never have pulled it off if I had not overcome the deep roots of fear and insecurity that plagued my life for years. I’d fought the battle against fear and won. It was a hard battle, but that day made every struggle worth it. Those kids, who needed to learn how to protect themselves from predatory people, were totally and completely worth it. 

Learning to be a confident woman has changed my life, but what’s more important is, it’s changing the lives of those around me. Fear holds you back, confidence moves you forward.

Confidence is simply believing that you can accomplish what you set out to do. 

When you understand how to live from a place of confidence, you can teach your children how to do the same. 

So let me ask you, are you fighting the battle of fear in any area of your life? If so, you need to know that this is a temporary fight and one that can be won, if you want to win it. Each day millions of people wake up to face the giants of fear and insecurity. 

With the right tools, support and practice you can take out your sword, slay the giants, step over them and keep going. This January and for the rest of the year I’m teaching the confidence course to those who are ready to win their battle like I won mine. 

My victory was a victory for those students; your victory is a victory for your kids and the people you influence.

About  our guest author: Jordan Mercedes is an author, speaker and owner of RePurpose Work. She helps people love the work they do and helps companies love their people. Enrollment for the next confidence course is open; you can go here to sign-up



Whimsical Ties with a Cause #ProductReview

Whimsical Ties with a Cause

Being a mom of a boy is a lot of fun. My little man is perfectly happy wearing his sweatpants and a t-shirt…except on Sunday. At least once a week, he humors me and gets dressed up “handsome” to go to church. He adds a tie to any collared shirt and he thinks he is hot stuff.

One type of tie I enjoy letting him wear is a bow tie. I love how boy ties turn little boys into dapper gentlemen. And when I find a mom-run business that helps my guy look handsome, I can’t help but get excited. Whimsical Ties does just that!

Whimsical Ties is an online tie shop for little boys. These handmade creations are made with love and more unique than anything you will find at a department store. With several designs that are sure to match anything in your little man’s wardrobe, Whimsical Ties is a great way to add flair to your son’s Sunday best. My guy really enjoys this orange and white plaid tie and I could see him wearing it every Sunday regardless of the rest of his outfit.

Even better than the cute designs, Whimsical Ties donates a week’s worth of food to Feed My Starving Children organization  for every tie that is purchased. Their motto is "Buy one, feed one." They make it easy to make a statement and stand for a good cause.

So, does your little man wear bow ties?

Until Next Time,

Katie






This post is sponsored by Whimsical Ties. All opinions are 100% mine.

NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Concentrate #ProductReview

NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Concentrate



I have a confession…I have cellulite! Yep, moms, we aren’t fooling anyone. Unless you are some sort of rare specimen who’s body just pops back to pre-baby body, we all have cellulite. Those lumpy dimples sneak up on us in some of the most hard-to-lose places – like our thighs.

With a Bahamas cruise right around the corner, I am willing to try anything that will help reduce those dimples that I pretend aren’t there until bathing suit season is close. I recently found NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Concentrate on Amazon.

It claims to be organic (which is a plus) and it was reasonably price ($37, on sale for $24 at the time of publication). So, I ordered this ‘magic gel’ to test the waters of it’s cellulite reducing powers. 

Upon receipt, I read the ingredients. Packed with 25 “Flub Busters” like l’carnitine, caffeine, butcher’s broom, bladderwrack, and ivy, this anti-cellulite concentrate is supposed to work by simply applying to your affected areas. They claim that performance of the product can be seen within 3-4 weeks by firming the surface of the skin and detoxifying the inside by reducing water retention and fat cell clusters. One bottle is definitely going to be enough to apply for this time to see some results.

Now, I’ve only been using it for about a week. I don’t know that I see any progress yet. But the cruise is 10 days away so I hope to see some improvement by then as long as I follow the directions for application on my problem areas – 2x per day 1 hour before I eat. But, for the price it was worth the try.

Plus, the cream smells nice. It’s not overly pungent. It also includes other ingredients like aloe, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and several essential oils, the NuElle Triple Action Anti Cellulite Concentrate actually made my skin feel better too. 

So, let's hear it mommas...where would you want to try this cream?

Until Next Time,

Katie









This post is sponsored by Skin QR Organics. All opinions are 100% mine.

ChoiceMMed Automatic Digital Arm Type Blood Pressure Monitor #ProductReview

ChoiceMMed Automatic Digital Arm Type Blood Pressure Monitor


Our health plays an important part of being a good parent. If we are in good health and taking care of ourselves, we can give more of our time and energy to being present in the lives of our children. I try to stay in good health and monitor my well-being so that I have the ability to run and play at the park or take my kids out with little difficulties.

Now, I’m not in perfect health, and I sure as heck don’t eat as healthy as I could. But I do like to keep a pulse on my vitals. Thankfully, my side of the family doesn’t suffer from high blood pressure, but my husband’s family does. So, when we had the opportunity to have the ChoiceMMed Automatic Digital Arm Type Blood Pressure Monitor in our home, we both knew it would be a good item to have on hand.

With the ChoiceMMed Automatic Digital Arm Type Blood Pressure Monitor we can easily take our blood pressure at home without going to the doctor. Of course, this doesn’t suffice for annual check-ups to make sure we are all healthy…but high blood pressure can result in a myriad of conditions including heart attacks, kidney failure, strokes, and blindness. Since 1 in 3 adults suffer from high blood pressure, this is a great tool to manage our blood pressure.

The ChoiceMMed Automatic Digital Arm Type Blood Pressure Monitor is accurate because of the way that all readings are calculated by the 3 most recent results. The 120 memories recall includes the date and time so you can record your blood pressure and take it to a doctor for professional advice.

In the box, the ChoiceMMed Automatic Digital Arm Type Blood Pressure Monitor comes with a comfortable cuff, a carrying bag, and a user’s manual. This device is available on Amazon for only $29.99 from ChoiceMMed.

If your family suffers from chronic high blood pressure consider keeping this device on hand for at-home monitoring.

What types of at-home devices do you keep on hand for your family's health?

Until Next Time,

Katie






This post is sponsored by ChoiceMMed. All opinions are 100% mine.

How to Improve Egg Quality: The Smart Way to Get Pregnant #Book Review

How to Improve Egg Quality: The Smart Way to Get Pregnant

The decision to become a mother is one that extremely personal to women. Some take the plunge early. Others stumble into it unintentionally. More and more, I am seeing women focus their early years on a career; leaving motherhood until their mid- to- late thirties. And all of these scenarios are perfectly acceptable ways to enter into the journey of motherhood.

But for women who have waited until their thirties to start, it can be more difficult to conceive. Author Darja Wagner, PhD. Has written a book specifically for women over the age of 35 who are trying to get pregnant. The book title “How to Improve Egg Quality: The Smart Way to Get Pregnant” is available on Amazon.

Darja Wagner is a cell biologist and has dedicated herbook to helping women wishing to conceive to understand their bodies and what they need to become a mother. The book is backed by clinical research and ready-to-use information that women can use immediately in their journey to conception.

Do you know someone who is trying to get pregnant? Share this book and Darja Wagner’s website – www.paleo-mama.com with them. 

Until Next Time,

Katie






This post is sponsored by darjawagner. All opinions are 100% mine.

Home Security Systems: Expert Tips for Buying Your Security System #GuestPost

Let’s face the facts.  It’s estimated that a home is burglarized every 14 seconds in the United States. That’s a pretty startling number!  

People believe home burglaries happen on the news to other people, but the cold truth is every one of us can become a victim any second.  It doesn’t matter if you’re rich and living in a gorgeous gated community in an affluent area or scrapping buy in the slums of the ghetto.  You might not think that you have anything of value to be robbed, but burglars will steal everything from big screen TV’s to copper wires in walls.  

The good news: home burglaries are preventable with the installation of a monitored security system.  

There are several well-known and local security alarm companies ready to assist with a new alarm system; however, like all consumer purchases it is best to be prepared. Here are 3 great questions to ask while shopping for a security system: 

1. Will they cover the type of equipment to be installed and their functions for preventing crime?
First, find out about the type of equipment being installed and do basic research on the internet about the brand.  Truthfully, some products like Honeywell and 2 GIG are simply the best. Then you will want to have the representative create an installation plan and explain to you in detail why each piece of equipment should be installed to ensure you are getting full coverage, but not overpaying.  

2.  What types of monitoring options are available and what's the price? 
Next, find out about the different monitoring rate choices to determine what works best for your needs.

3. Can they give you details about what happens when the system is set-off?   
Lastly find out about the monitoring company and how they will respond when the alarm is triggered for both false and true emergency calls. 

A Basic Home Security Package

A typical security system installation will consist of a basic system package usually by the brands Honeywell, 2 GIG, DSC, and GE.  The basic package is the keypad, panel, 3 contacts, a motion detector, siren, a key fob and the company’s signs.  Most homeowners are happy with a basic package, but should consider adding additional equipment to secure any weak spots like basement doors.  

Monitoring options will be for basic telephone line monitoring, basic cellular monitoring, and advanced cellular monitoring.  If you don’t need a telephone line for a home business then cancelling your phone service and choosing a cellular monitoring option is your best bet.  Plus, with cellular monitoring there are no phone lines to cut.  

Basic cellular monitoring is simply your alarm system being monitored via satellite signals. Advanced cellular monitoring is an option that allows for remote control of your alarm system through your smart phone, tablet, and computer with alarm applications. Advanced cellular monitoring rates run a few dollars more per month, but will give you greater control and more features.

There are several ways to learn about your monitoring station.  Visit the monitoring company’s website to learn about any awards, certificates and special advancements then verify the accolades against the issuing company.  For example, Crime Fighters of Atlanta uses the monitoring station Monitronics for their accounts.  Monitorincs is a 5 diamond awarded central station by CSAA and can be verified at http://csaaintl.org.  

Monitronics has a verified 22 second of less response time and works with local police nationwide on false alarm reduction protocols.  They follow a set of standards for responding to alarm calls to ensure that the homeowner is protected and the police and emergency personal are contact quickly.

Now that you know more about the basics of alarm system you should feel armed and ready to call your local company to set up new monitoring or re-evaluate your current carrier.  Even veteran alarm owners can benefit from evaluating their current plans and working with their alarm company to ensure that their home is fully protected.  While you are shopping around, don’t forget to look for bonuses such as free move programs, money back on your insurance deductible, and rewards for referrals.

About our guest author: Shana Cooper is owner of Crime Fighters of Atlanta an Atlanta based home security company- https://www.cfasecurity.com.Crime Fighters of Atlanta offer home security packages, security cameras, mobile security systems, fire protection & safety, as well as TV mounting and surround sound solutions for your home.

iProven – The Original Digital Infrared Thermometer #ProductReview

iProven – The Original Digital Infrared Thermometer


There is nothing more nerve racking than being a parent of a child with a high fever. Aside from dealing with an achy and whiney child, my anxiety of ‘should I take him to the doctor or wait it out’ leaves me sleepless. Plus, regular monitoring the fever to make sure it doesn’t spike too high...not fun for any parent!

This is why I like the iProven Digital Infrared Thermometer. Having a device on hand like this, when a child is ill can help to soothe the anxiety a little bit. To know that I can easily take a temperature without a fight and that the temperature is accurate, gives me confidence that I can make the right decision on medication or doctor visit in a timely manner.

This ear thermometer works for even the most cranky of children. There is no wrestling a sick child to take the temperature by mouth or armpit. Personally, I’ve never felt confident with the forehead thermometers that you swipe across the head to behind the hear – I’ve always got weird readings. 

The iProven has been clinically proven to be highly accurate. It even works on adults (you know when the hubby gets sick and he acts like he might be dying…). Buy it on Amazon and get free shipping.

How do you handle the stress and anxiety of having a sick child?

Until Next Time,

Katie









This post is sponsored by iproven. All opinions are 100% mine.

It's All About Millimeters: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact in Your Business and Your Life #BookReview

It's All About Millimeters: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact in Your Business and Your Life

With the New Year approaching, it’s a great time to reflect on the past year. More importantly, it’s a time to focus on the future. As a mom with a business, I like to find business minded books that inspire greatness in both my business life and my personal life. 

It's All About Millimeters: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact in Your Business and Your Life by Dr. Donna Galante, is one of the books I am glad I got a chance to read for the New Year. Dr. Galante takes a practical approach to focusing on these small changes you can make in your business. She covers everything from hiring to creating systems and processes. It really is a complete approach to changing your business in a big way.

I’m glad I got a chance to read this book before the New Year, but I see myself referring back to it as we get into our plans for 2015. If you run your own business, this book is a great read and full of great ideas and helpful tips. 

You can order It's All About Millimeters: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact in Your Business and Your Life on Amazon for only $14.95 (Prime eligible).

What do you hope to accomplish in your business next year?

Until Next Time,

Katie









This post is sponsored by drgalante. All opinions are 100% mine.

Peggy Pencil Meets Five Angels #BookReview

Peggy Pencil Meets Five Angels:A Fable For Our Times 

My oldest loves to read. She reads anything she can get her hands on. So, when a book with a positive message comes our way, we get excited.  Peggy Pencil is a cute story with a great big message that kids need to hear. Even though the message is a little to ‘heavy’ for my seven year old, she still loved reading about the cartoon pencil who ascends into heaven feeling ‘used up’ and ‘unworthy’. 

Through a tour of heaven by five angels, Peggy Pencil discovers a great and powerful message we all need to hear from time to time. This is a modern day fable you will want to share again and again with your children or at church school about a pencil who empowers everyday writers to reach their dreams.

Peggy Pencil Meets Five Angels is available on Amazon for only $2.99 (Kindle edition)

Author Joe “Silly” Sottile has been a writer and a teacher for a long time. Joe believes that "Attitude is everything." So, if you look for the good life, you will find it. You just need the right mindset. Reading, writing, and appreciating poetry can enhance your love of life. Just read POETRY CAN SAVE THE PLANET, and you will appreciate being alive a little more. Follow Joe on Facebook and Twitter.


Until Next Time,

Katie





This post is sponsored by jsottile. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Christmas Poopy – Santa’s Favorite Potty Training Book #Review

The Christmas Poopy – Santa’s Favorite Potty Training Book


Potty training is not my favorite mommy activity. So, I welcome any help or encouragement that is designed to help move the process along. With my oldest, books worked really well to describe and encourage the process.

Even though my kids are fully potty trained, I still love to share any tool that can facilitate your journey potty training your little ones. The Christmas Poopy – Santa’s Favorite Potty Training Book by author Joshua Rapp Iverson came my way this holiday season. I couldn’t help but share this festive and humorous potty training tool. 

Inspired by the author’s oldest son’s holiday announcement, The Christmas Poopy is written to allow both boys and girls enjoy this story in the “true spirit of the Christmas poopy.” 

This book is available on Amazon in paperback for only $10.28. For more Christmas Potty fun, follow the fun on Facebook.

So, have you used books to encourage your kids to use the potty? Share your favorite titles.

Until Next Time,

Katie








This post is sponsored by imediasalesteam. All opinions are 100% mine.

Slightly Melted – Blue Moon Shower Mochi #EtsyShopReview

Slightly Melted – Blue Moon Shower Mochi


As moms, we all need to pamper ourselves every once in a while. I often don’t have time for a relaxing bubble bath with a glass of wine. 

That’s why when I was introduced to the Etsy Shop: Slightly Melted, I got a little excited about Sarah’s products! Slightly Melted sells brightly colored and adorable sugar scrub shower mochi bars. These are the perfect gift to give the special ladies in your life – the gift of pampering and relaxation (details and savings are below).

What is a Shower Mochi, you ask? 

Well, a traditional mochi is a sweet, gluten-free, Japanese rice cake. Based on the shape of these confectionary body scrubs, I assume that is the inspiration for Shower Mochi. Slightly Melted’s body Sugar Shower Mochi Bars are made from a unique combination of rich cocoa butter, coconut oil, sweet sugar for exfoliation and creamy lather to leave your skin freshly cleansed.



When I received my box of Sugar Mochi bars, I was so excited! First of all, they were each packaged separately and labeled with their flavors and ingredients. Adorable and great for gift giving! Sarah kindly sent me one bar of Yin Hao Jasmin, Blue Moon, and Flutter By flavors. Each bar had its own unique and bright colors. They smelled delicious. 

I tried the Blue Moon Shower Mochi scent first, and it was delightful. These are definitely a great way to pamper yourself and feel refreshed after a long day!




Each sugar scrub bar is soft and pliable so they won’t leave your skin feeling raw, as if you just scoured yourself with a sugar cube. The texture of the soft mocha exfoliates your body more than your palm.

Using a Shower Mochi sugar scrub:

  • Step 1: cut the 3 oz bar in half
  • Step 2: take it into the shower
  • Step 3: gently rub the bar over your skin in a circular motion
  • Step 4: rinse your newly soft skin

Each 3 oz Shower Mochi bar retails on Etsy for only $3.75 + shipping. That’s a great deal and they are all hand-made by the Etsy Shop owner. You could mix and match the flavors to create a wonderful gift set for yourself or your best friend.

About Slightly Melted Etsy Shop:

Shop owner, Sarah, has been making bath and body products for 10+ years. She enjoys developing new products with wholesome, earth-friendly ingredients. Sarah was kind enough to send me a box of her scrubby bars for this review. But, she is also extending a special offer to all the My Mom Spark readers.  


All My Mom Spark readers can enjoy 25% off her selection of Shower Mochi bars by using the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS before the 2nd of January.


NOTE: If you are going to give the Blue Moon Shower Mochi for Christmas you must order no later than 12/16/14 for on-time delivery.

So, how do you pamper yourself when you don’t have time for a bubble bath and a glass of wine?


Until Next Time,

Katie








This post is sponsored by Slightly Melted. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Elf Bully – Encouraging Reading & Comprehension #BookReview

The Elf Bully – Encouraging Reading & Comprehension


This time of year, the kids and I immerse ourselves in all sorts of Christmas stories. There are many variations, but we love them all. Author Katrina Hardin recently shared her book The Elf Bully: The Prequel (The Elfing Truth About Why You Don’t Get What You Want for Christmas) with me.

My children love all the stories of elves and their magic at Christmas time. So, I thought Katrina’s book would fit perfect in our early December reading materials…and I was right. The Elf Bully has a unique spin on many of the traditional Christmas elements we all grew up with – Santa, Elves , the North Pole, and gift giving magic.

In The Elf Bully, Katrina creates a fun and whimsical approach to why children don’t get what they want for Christmas and how the Elf Bully came into existence. In a poetic cadence (similar to The Night Before Christmas), this book has a positive and motivating message to encourage kids to keep reading.

Katrina Hardin clearly has a passion for encouraging young readers and improving their comprehension. She even created a fun reading comprehension game on her Christmas-themed website where by reading a story and answering a few comprehension questions, kids can rescue Santa from the snow globe. My 1st grader – who loves to read and play comprehension games – really enjoyed the game.


So, The Elf Bully is a new Christmas classic to add to your kids’ reading rotation during the holiday season. This book is available on Amazon for your e-reader for only $2.99. I’d recommend it. 

Until Next Time,

Katie








This post is sponsored by Katrina Hardin. All opinions are 100% mine.





Organic Yacon Syrup - Healthy Alternative to Sugar #ProductReview

Organic Yacon Syrup - Healthy Alternative to Sugar


I’m a health conscious mom. I watch what I feed my kids…especially when it comes to sugary treats. Finding alternative sweet treats is always a fun adventure into new and different foods. Then I was introduced to Yacon syrup from Peak Fusion

I had to research what this new sweetener was all about. I mean, Dr.Oz featured it for its weight loss benefits, but I wasn’t sure if it was a sugar alternative that I’d want to give my kids. 

Here is what I found out:

Yacon Syrup is an organic syrup loaded with prebiotic and  high in fiber to promote healthy digestion. It is a low-glycemic sweetener, which means it won’t spike your blood sugar. As a raw, organic, super healthy sugar alternative, Yacon Syrup comes from the yacon plant, a South American tuber that look a bit like a potato. The yacon’s health benefits and pleasant taste has been appreciated by native Peruvian cultures for centuries.


When I received my sample bottle of Yacon Syrup from Peak Fusion, the syrup was thick like molasses but had a sweet-ish taste to it. Since it promotes benefits for being a sugar alternative, I immediately had to test it in one of my kids favorite treats – a smoothie. So, I took out my NutriBullet blender, some aloe juice, a bag of mixed frozen fruit, coconut milk, a scoop of ‘Green drink’ nutrient supplement (which can have a chalky bitter taste), and a tablespoon of yacon syrup.

Honestly, the smoothie tasted great! I couldn’t taste the ‘Green drink’ supplement. And my kids slurped them down as if they were chocolate milkshakes. My daughter and husband even got more adventurous and taste tested a spoonful of the yacon syrup. They said it tasted slightly sweet, like molasses with a hint of berries.

The verdict? This seems to be a great alternative to pure cane sugar. The kids loved it. And, they don't even know they are getting a little extra superfood fiber in their bodies. 

Plus, when you order, Peak Fusion offers recipes you can use with the syrup – like French toast (this is on my weekend plans with the kids soon). Peak Fusion offers their syrup on Amazon with a 30-day money back guarantee. Once you order, they even send you information on the recipes they offer. It was definitely one of the more pleasant Amazon merchant transactions that I’ve ever encountered. 

So, how open are you to trying new alternative sweeteners?

Until Next Time,

Katie








This post is sponsored by Peak Fusion. All opinions are 100% mine.



Instantly Ageless ™ 2-Minute Skin Miracle - #ProductReview

Instantly Ageless ™ 2-Minute Skin Miracle


I’m not one for a regular skin routine. I do moisturize every day. From time to time I try some sort of anti-aging product. Admittedly, I don’t have a lot of wrinkles at the ripe ‘ol age of 32, and I can’t say I’m overly concerned about them at this point. But I know my time for carelessness is dwindling. That is why I’m always open to checking out the newest innovations in the realm of anti-aging products.

There are tons of options when it comes to anti-aging cream. Each time a new product comes on the market, it is either embraced or completely disregarded. I had never heard of Instantly Ageless by Jeunesse, but based on their website and some of my research there seems to be some merits to this anti-wrinkle microcream.

Like I said, I’m not a regular user of these types of products. They offer some compelling arguments for trying their product. First, I was captivated with the 3 minute video of a live demonstration. The cream seems to work immediately, as they describe! It’s pretty cool to watch this video and see the product in action. Based on the video, the product does achieve the results they promise:

Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Erase the appearance of dark circles and puffiness
Minimize appearance of pores
Even skin texture

Still skeptical? Keep in mind Instantly Ageless offers a 30-day money back guarantee. They provide customer testimonials. It is fragrance free. Active ingredients include Argireline (a peptide that works like botox), and an exclusive blend of sodium & magnesium silicate (which promotes a tightening effect on the skin). A box comes with 25 vials for $64.95.

Admittedly I have not personally tried this product (though I’d love a sample from our post sponsor), but it seems like this would be a great product to use before applying make-up – on your wedding day, for a holiday party, or a big event. Of course, depending on your situation, you could use it every day.

So, how open are you to trying new anti-aging skin treatments?

Until Next Time,

Katie







This post is sponsored by Instantly Ageless. All opinions are 100% mine.

123Employee – Finding the Right Virtual Assistant for Your Business #Review

123Employee – Finding the Right Virtual Assistant for Your Business 


There comes a point in every entrepreneur’s journey where they have to realize they cannot do it all. Hiring employees or virtual assistants can be quite daunting if you don’t know what to look for or how to go about finding the right people for your company.

123Employee helps business owners and entrepreneurs find the right virtual assistants for their needs. Entrepreneurs using this service can find virtual assistants for almost any business need – from social media to article marketing to video marketing – you are able to find great employees as easy as calling or emailing their staff.

The team for 123Employee consists of over 100 virtual assistants who are based at 3 of their premium outsourcing centers in the Philippines. They are creating opportunities for Filipinos while helping business all over the world to lower expenses and increase productivity. 

While I’ve never personally booked an outsourced employee from 123Employee, I have worked with international outsourced designers – from the Philippines and other locations – and have found the experience to be sufficient. Once you adjust for time differences for deliverables, the process can be easy, efficient, and affordable. Plus, when you are running a digital business, the beauty is that many partners, vendors, and assistants can all be connected virtually regardless of their location.

So, if you are looking to outsource some of those tedious business tasks that take you away from doing your best work, consider outsourcing with virtual assistants from 123Employee.

Do you work with outsourced virtual assistants? Share your experience in the comments.

Until Next Time,

Katie







This post is sponsored by 123Employee. All opinions are 100% mine.

Christmas Singer Photo Mug with Video Greetings - #ProductReview

Christmas Singer Photo Mug with Video Greetings

Every year since our daughter was born, I buy my husband a new “Daddy Mug”. This is a photo mug with a collage of our year’s most memorable moments with our family. It’s fun throughout the year to watch him drink his coffee while the kids explore the photos. He tells me these mugs have been his favorite gift each Christmas.

But this year, I may have stepped up the Daddy Mug gift. I found a Christmas Singer Photo Mug with Video Greeting. This is an interactive and funny Christmas singer photo mug that mixes Christmas images, your photos, songs and videos. 

Each mug comes with a whimsical Christmas design. You add your photos to be printed on the mug. Then, the video and song is embedded with a QR code that can be scanned with your phone to be played anytime you are enjoying a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. All mugs are different by design and by the video with songs. So you can choose the one that fits your taste.

These Christmas Singer Photo Mug with Video Greetings are sold by QRstyleDESIGN who offers a variety of holiday gifts and décor for your home. The mug retails for $17.99 which is perfect for a Christmas gift.

Do you like to give or receive coffee mugs for the holidays?

Until Next Time,

Katie




This post is sponsored by QRstyleDESIGN. All opinions are 100% mine.

JEI Learning Center Auburndale – December Enrollment Special #Review

JEI Learning Center Auburndale – December Enrollment Special

“A Better Life Through Better Education” – JEI Learning Center Philosophy

As moms, finding the right learning style for our children’s needs is incredibly important. With a background in education (and a mom of 2 uniquely different children), I truly believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to education. Aside from teaching our kids the academic basics, we cannot overlook the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership. But finding the right programs aren’t always clear and the solutions are not the same from state to state.

The JEI Learning Center in Auburndale (NY) helps create an educational environment where all children have the ability to become strong leaders by helping develop their critical thinking and problem solving skills. The JEI Learning Center is dedicated to helping all children learn. Using their internationally acclaimed Self-Learning Method, JEI Learning Center allows children reach their full potential using JEI’s unique individualized study program.

The JEI Self Learning Method is a self-paced, individualized program that helps the student master mathematical and language concepts in small, easy-to-follow steps. JEI's great success has been based on the philosophy that all children have the potential to become creative and talented individuals. JEI offers programs in math, English, reading & writing, problem solving math, and a ‘brain safari’ that strengthens logical and analytical skills.

**December Tuition Special** 

From November 27th to December 14th, two first time students who register together (5-month contract) will be able to receive one additional month absolutely free. In addition to this offer, JEI Learning Center is also offering free enrollment for the month of December.

What do you look for in a supplemental education program for your children?

Until Next Time,

Katie




This post is sponsored by JEI Learning Auburndale. All opinions are 100% mine.

Drive Safe – Premium Car Cell Phone Holder #ProductReview

Drive Safe – Premium Car Cell Phone Holder

As a mom on the go, I spend a LOT of time in my car. Often times I am in need of directions or searching for my phone to call an appointment. Add in the kids screaming, kicking or fighting, a standard commute can become even more distracting. 

The Premium Car Cell Phone Holder literally can be a lifesaver for those of us who spend too much time in the car trying to get from one appointment to the next or to the next kid’s soccer practice. It allows you to mount your phone to your front windshield or dashboard so you aren’t distracted looking for your phone at the red light.

The Premium Car Cell Phone Holder (by FatJack) fits most smartphones features a large suction cup to attach to any flat surface in your car without falling off. It has a one-touch button release so you can quick grab your phone as you get out of your car. The arm of the cell phone holder rotates 360-degrees so you can make sure to angle the screen at the best angle for the safest driving habits. Plus, it is sold on Amazon for only $17.95 and has a 100% money back guarantee.

Now, I’m not advocating for using your phone while driving down the car. As a standard rule of thumb, I never text and drive. I use my blue tooth if I need to be on the phone. Even with this Premium Car Cell Phone Holder, everyone should make sure you are focused on safely arriving at your next destination. The Premium Car Cell Phone Holder will help to eliminate one hazard of searching for a phone or looking down while driving.

Until Next Time,

Katie




This post is sponsored by mwhite70. All opinions are 100% mine.


Discover Modere Beauty Box #ProductReview

Discover Modere Beauty Box


As a mom, it can be hard to find time to discover the latest beauty supplies. With kids in tow, going to the mall is a rarity. Plus, the added anxiety of my kids running around the beauty counter touching and testing perfumes and other samples, is an activity I avoid at all costs. The closest beauty section I get to is at Wal-Mart (not always the best quality). So, when I discovered Modere Beauty Box, this made sense.

Modere is a beauty box service. They offer a box full of high quality, non-toxic, all natural beauty products. The Modere Beauty Box introductory offer (one box per customer) is $60.00 off the retail price of $139.99. So, for only $79.99, the products are high impact and can feel results very quickly on applied to the recommended areas of the skin. Each box contains a booklet with a description of each product on how to best use, and the expected results. The booklet also explains how to earn future shopping credit and other fine products that can be found on their website. 

Modere offers a 7 day risk-free trial of their introductory Beauty Box.  If you like the box you keep the contents and are charged $79.99. If you wish to send the box back use the return label with prepaid shipping back to Modere. 

There is no required monthly subscription, but if you decide to keep the box you are entered into the monthly rewards and Modere experiences program. With easy mobile ordering, this is great for moms on the go and they have amazing reward incentives for their shoppers. 

Imagine the best beauty products showing up to your door for you to explore the latest beauty secrets. They even have an  easy reordering when you find that perfect wrinkle removing cream, so you don’t have to hunt it down online or in stores with your little ones in tow.

Modere is a great gift for moms, daughters, and sisters who need a little extra pampering. They have a great customer service team and dedicated to providing high quality brands to busy moms on the go. 

Check out Modere Beauty Box and order your 1st box.

Until Next Time,

Katie






This post is sponsored by Modere. All opinions are 100% mine.


A Cab from Oxford to London – a Dream Vacation

A Cab from Oxford to London – a Dream Vacation

During my travels throughout Europe, I never made it to England. One vacation at the top of my bucket list is to experience taking a cab from Oxford and London. I’ve taken the trains across France, Spain, and Italy. But taking a private cab from Oxford to London would allow for a more up close and personal experience of the English countryside.

The perfect English vacation would start in Oxford, home of the oldest university in England. In Oxford, I’d sit in a café, drinking some tea, and read a classic novel.  I’d explore all that Oxford has to offer. Then, after a couple of days in Oxford, I’d take a cab from Oxford to London with London Drivers travel service so I could enjoy the English countryside on my schedule at an affordable and fixed price. 

Once in London, I’d have London Drivers take me to famous attractions like the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. There is so much on my list for London, I’d want to spend at least a week in London taking in the culture, the shopping, and the pubs. Yes…England is certainly at the top of my travel list!

Have you traveled to Oxford or London? What was your favorite experience?

Until Next Time,

Katie






This post is sponsored by London Drivers. All opinions are 100% mine.

Kuhfs – The Perfect Boot Cuff Accessory - #ProductReview

Kuhfs – The Perfect Boot Cuff Accessory


Ah…boot season! Probably one of my favorite things about the cooler weather is pulling out my winter boots. There are so many styles of boots, but I’m not always in the market for a brand new pair every year. 

Earlier this month, I was introduced to Kuhfs boot accessories. These fabulous women's boot cuffs are a great way to change up the style of your boots without breaking the bank. Each Kuhf is designed to wrap around the top of your boots to add some style and flair to your classic winter boots of any height. Definitely a boot cuff accessory must have for all women this winter season!

Kuhfs carries a variety of patterns and styles – from animal print to designs with sequence – you can find a Kuhf for any occasion so you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on multiple pairs of boots. I love the sequence of the New York pair.

Current styles are $39 each. Clearance styles are $25. I can see these in stockings for some of my favorite fashionista friends this holiday season.

This is such a great idea of a product! Plus during the holiday season they are offering free shipping on all orders through December 18th!



What style of boot Kuhfs would you wear?

Until Next Time,

Katie






This post is sponsored by Kuhfs. All opinions are 100% mine.

 
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