To all the dads and grandfathers out there, I want to wish you a Happy Father’s Day! I hope everyone has a great day today and be safe!
I have been lucky and able to attend the last two BlogHer conferences. My first conference was in San Diego where I was able to drive to the event. Last year BlogHer12 was in New York where I was sponsored by Mamalicious. This year I am wanting to go again. This is the place for bloggers to meet other bloggers “IRL” in real life and event the people behind the companies they have been working with.
If you are unfamiliar with BlogHer, it is an annual conference geared towards bloggers that brings over 3 thousand attendees together in one location from all over the world to not only meet with different brands that work with bloggers, but also network with other bloggers as well as get involved in different discussions, presentations, hands on experiences and much more.
For moms and others like me, going to BlogHer can be as exciting as going to Disney World for a kid. With raising 4 kids though, this mom doesn’t have a budget for flying to Chicago for a few days and is looking for sponsorship.
Here is an estimate of the cost to attend the BlogHer’13 Conference
Total cost: $427-752 (approx)
- Social Media promotion during the conference (including live tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram, etc.)
- Advertising on Mom’s Blog as well as the main site Mommy Enterprises (125×125 or 300×250 sidebar ad for 1 year)
- Monthly blog posts – 3 featured posts
- Any other posts published on Mom’s Blog about BlogHer will mention your sponsorship
- Social Media promotion after conference – Includes weekly messages on Twitter and Facebook for 1 month
If you are interested in sponsoring me, please send me an email. If you would like a different sponsorship package that is different than what I have mentioned above, please feel free to ask and I can make a custom package for you.
When your child goes off to college, he or she is all alone. If that thought fills you with dread, you’re definitely a parent. Fortunately, you can assuage your fears if you follow a few steps.
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The first thing you need to do is calm down if you find yourself getting anxious. As the day when your child takes the early step into adulthood that is college looms before you, there may be temptation to over think everything. You may even feel tempted to ground your child just to keep them home a little bit longer. You must fight these urges and accept that while things won’t be perfect, they will be okay.
Remember How You Were at That Age
One of the worst things a parent of a teenager can do is to forget what it’s like to be that age. There’s a lot of pressure as a person goes from being a child to being an adult, and the process is a slow one. Many teens will test both their personal limits and their parents’ patience. But were you so much better behaved and responsible at that age? Chances are, other than technology you weren’t much different. Somehow you survived and prospered in spite of yourself.
Help Your Child Learn to Study Well
Studying is a skill that has to be self-motivated in college. If your child isn’t very studious, at least give him or her the tools in case this trait develops later on. Whatever you do, do not allow yourself to become a crutch that your child can endlessly lean on. Your child needs to learn how to handle his or her own academic career, not to mention the future once school is finished for good. Good study and research skills are worth a great deal to most anyone’s future career.
Ensure Your Child Gets the Best Scores Possible
Tests like the SAT and ACT are no joke. They can mean the difference between not getting into a desired school and getting into the school’s honors program. So ACT prep, such as that offered by Huntington ACT test preparation, can be a significant boon to your child’s academic future. Do not allow your child to be discouraged if his or her initial scores are less than stellar. Everyone occasionally does poorly, and only the last time one takes these tests really matters.
Instruct Your Child on Reasonable Etiquette
Treating people well is a trait that far too many people go off into the world not possessing. When you observe how your child acts towards others, be aware that you will not always be there to advocate for their actions. In the real world and in college, how your child treats other people will decide much of their ultimate fate. Do your best to provide a solid example, and make sure you consistently lay down the law for your child starting at an early age.
There is a lot you can do to help your child be successful in college. Keep your mind clear and do all you can to impart the crucial skills, and everything should be fine.
When it comes to toilet paper, I normally buy what is the cheapest. I have a large family so we go through quite a bit of toilet paper. I received some of the White Cloud Bath Tissue and I am in LOVE. It is super super SOFT!
Toilet paper gets used for quite a few things around here. For instance when I take off my makeup, I use my makeup remover on bath/toilet tissue. I am now using the White Cloud tissue on my face because it is so much softer than the normal generic bath tissue I normally buy.
White Cloud makes premium quality paper products without the premium price. For those that shop at Walmart, you can find the White Cloud products there. Starting June 10th you will find a coupon for the White Cloud products to save $1 OFF of your purchase. Be sure to Like White Cloud on Facebook and Follow White Cloud on Twitter.
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Technology is a great way to help any business work well, and the best time to get to the top is when you are first starting out. With innovation, you can explore a niche or a method that no one else has ever tried before. The following are a few ways you can take your startup to the next level.
Use Crowdsourcing Better
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The nature of crowdsourcing is a fairly new one in its current application, but its roots are as old as the classical auction. You get a group of people together who can all benefit from an offering, and together the most efficient way to solve the problem at hand tends to develop as a result of competition. In an auction this means raising the most money, but in a crowdsourcing environment this usually results in the best-tailored solution.
Now you can make the process better somehow. Traditional bidding sites like Elance and Odesk have allowed workers from around the world to gather around job offerings, but how can the process be expanded and made better? If you can solve that riddle, you can create a very successful crowdsourcing business.
Make the Process Faster
A funny thing happened when a person broke the four-minute mile. Within a year, more than a dozen other people had broken it. There is always a speed that everyone assumes is the best one possible, but there is often nothing magical about this speed at all. Any way you can make a given process faster and keep it providing what it needs to provide can be endlessly helpful to a lot of people, both in their businesses and in their personal lives. Finding a faster way to accomplish any worthwhile goal, particularly if it helps other businesses to be more profitable and efficient, is a great way to make your startup stand out.
Help Human Life in a New Way
As philanthropist Lindsay Rosenwald has previously done, combining kindness and biotechnology may be a great way for your startup to shine. When you help human life, such as by extending the lifespan or finding a successful treatment to a dreaded illness, you are providing a useful service that people will pay for. The greatest thing about this is that once your company is turning a profit, you can turn your attentions to helping those who can’t afford to pay for your services. This way you can be both kind to others and profitable for yourself and your shareholders.
Connect Businesses That Don’t See Their Connection
As the old saying goes, everything connects to everything. In a lot of cases, people don’t necessarily see this connection. If you can see a connection between two businesses that neither of them sees, and this connection can produce a tangible benefit to both companies, you have the potential for something truly amazing. Use your vision, and your startup can become a great facilitator.
There are many ways your startup business can innovate, and they all essentially boil down to helping others. If you can create something that helps someone in a new way, this is the kind of innovation that will take you far.
For the next couple days I will be hanging out with the 5 Decade of Memories Finalists. The winner will be announced on the 11th, but you still have time to vote. Not only will you help a family to win the GRAND Prize, you will also enter yourself into a sweepstakes to win a $500 Visa Gift Card.
To enter your vote, visit the Experience Kissimee Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/experiencekissimmee/
Your home should be your safe haven. It’s the place of family dinners, TV show marathons, and where your kids have sleepovers. It’s where you celebrate events and holidays, take a dip in your pool and tend a garden. If any of these things were in jeopardy, your home is no long a place of enjoyment and relaxation. To provide protection for the things you hold dear, tangible and intangible, should be of the utmost importance. That is where a home security system comes into play. Here are 4 advantages to owning a security system for your home:
Keep Peace of Mind
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Unfortunately, crime happens everywhere and unless you take action and employ measures to keep criminals away, crime can happen to you and in your home. Given that new laptops, televisions, gaming systems and other electronics crop up on a continuous basis, it’s safe to assume that crime, or the effort of criminals to commit a burglary, has increased as well. It’s important now, more than ever, to project the items we own. A home security system will give you peace of mind so you know your tangible items are protected.
Safety for You and Your Family
Imagine being asleep in your home, along with the rest of your family, and waking up to the sound of a window breaking or a door being kicked in. Imagine the fear you’d feel upon waking up and either seeing a burglary in action, or realizing that someone unwelcome had been in your home. The thought is frightening, but it’s real.
Now imagine that you’re asleep in your home and hear the blasting siren of an alarm. It’s still a frightening thought, but produces less panic. Intruders don’t take the time to stay around for the police to show up once the alarm sounds. To opt for something more than the basic, home security camera systems are a great option. With these, watch your home from your mobile device or computer while you’re away, and make sure you are informed if there is danger lurking while you’re away from your home.
Lower Homeowner’s Insurance
Even though there is a cost to owning a home security system, having one can lower your homeowner’s insurance. Many insurance agencies want to reward you for being vigilant against the potential for crime. Depending on your insurance policy and the options available to you, you may even find that your insurance is lowered by how much the system cost in the first place.
Faster Emergency Assistance
Law enforcement officers are around for a reason, and will respond to emergencies as fast as possible, but if they are tipped off by an alarm system, a faster response time will follow. Without a home security system, homeowners or vigilant neighbors will have to call in a crime, go through the process of speaking to the emergency agent and then waiting for the officers to arrive at the scene. With a home security system in place, the process is quickened.
Why treat your home like anything other than a prized possession? To avoid any intruders and crime being conducted around and in your property, take precaution. Investing in a home security system will bring about a slew of benefits, with peace of mind and safety at the forefront.