Businesses Looking for Ways to Give Back and Increase Profits

The idea of companies and businesses giving back to the community was almost laughable at one point in time. Microsoft founder Bill Gates changed all that when he launched the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which makes donations to those in need every year. Though Gates clearly doesn’t need help when it comes to increasing his profits, he found that his charitable actions helped give him a better reputation. Now, many business owners such as Wesley Edens use charitable donations and actions as a way to increase their community presence and help those less fortunate.

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Quick Dinner Courtesy of Hamburger Helper #spon

Thank you to Helper for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try your Free Ground Beef Rebate!

Quick Dinner Ideas Courtesy of Hamburger Helper #helper #freebeef #ad
Weeknights can get pretty hectic in our household managing multiple schedules – as most families can relate to. One thing I have focused on this year is delegating more responsibilities to my family to ensure everyone has responsibilities and to keep me balanced and focused.

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Do You Have The Courage To Be You? by Jenny Williamson

I received a free copy of Do You Have The Courage To Be You? written by Jenny Williamson to review through iRead Book Tours. No other financial compensation was received and, as always, all opinions shared are 100% mine.

The title of this book quickly drew me in and piqued my interest. As I began reading, I was hit with familiarity as the author shared an experience with an authority figure that wrongly misconstrued her actions, spoke harshly and literally killed her dreams and aspirations. It’s amazing how the words from our childhood can have such a lasting impact on us. Often we forget the actual words and actions, but the shift and change in our demeanor, actions and thought processes are significant. It’s vital for us to remember when interacting with children how essential it is to speak encouraging, uplifting and motivating words. As the tagline states, to sow into them that they “created on purpose for a purpose”. This is something so many of us had to learn (or are in the process or need to learn) when we entered adulthood.

Do You Have The Courage To Be You? encourages the reader to take a journey and provides an outline on steps and thought processes you will encounter. It embraces faith, forces you to face your fears and encourages you to reach to the depth of your soul and rekindle that dream that may have been squashed for whatever reason.

You must courageously speak your dreams out loud. ~ Jenny Williamson

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Affordable Spring Fashions With Totspot, The Resale Shopping App

I’m excited to share with you all how you can get affordable spring and summer fashions using Totspot – a resale shopping app. Thank you Totspot for the opportunity to use and review your application. As always, even though financial compensation / reimbursement may have been received I only share products and services I truly believe in and have used myself.

My youngest two children are growing like weeds! I know that’s to be expected with little ones, but they both seem to be at that stage that they’re outgrowing many of their clothes before they even get a chance to wear some of them!

My 3-year-old little DIVA completely skipped wearing size 3s and went straight to 4s. And let’s not even touch on how my 7-year-old is almost the same height as his 13-year-old brother – they’re 2 sizes apart right now! Their wardrobe budget could easily surpass the rest of our family’s combined!

Affordable Spring Fashions Courtesy of Totspot #TotspotColors

And they both are very particular and have begun carving out their own styles and preferences early. Baby Boy was literally in tears on picture day because I wanted him to wear a shirt that was not his “style”.

Thankfully, to help my budget and appeal to their growth spurts and sense of style – we’ve discovered Totspot.

Totspot is a resale shopping app for kids’ clothing, shoes and accessories.

We’ve been using the app for the past few weeks to list our clothes that are in great condition for sale and to update my youngest two’s wardrobe.

I love that Totspot is so easy to use! Of course, my little ones (who seem to have my phone more than I do some days) noticed the new app and had a grand time perusing the site, searching for new clothing and “liking” items as a way to give me not-so-subtle hints about what they wanted.

To make your searching easier, you can set up tabs for each child that’s customized with their sizes. Miss V and Baby Boy both know which tab is theirs and have become quite the online shoppers in recent weeks.

Totspot Spring Fashion For My Little Diva #TotspotColors

Spring Time Fashion Fun Courtesy of Totspot #TotSpotColors

Affordable Spring Fashion Courtesy of the Totspot App #TotspotColors

As you can tell, there are very few dull moments with these two! Thanks to the great finds on Totspot we were able to get Miss V this cute spring / summer dress that was “sooooo cayute!” according to her and Bradley had to have the “totally awesome” t-shirt with the drum set.

Another benefit to Totspot, I enjoyed was the ability to quickly bundle items from one seller and take advantage of any specials they may be offering (such as 10% off 2 or more items).

When listing my items to sell, it really was as easy as snapping a few photos, adding a price and some details and “ta-da” my item was posted and ready to sell.

Miss V Loves The Totspot App #TotspotColors

Baby Boy Had To Have This T-Shirt from TotSpot #TotSpotColors

Totspot is a free app and available through the Apple App Store or Google Play. There’s a feeling of community on Totspot that I like – users can follow your closet (items you have listed for sale); favorite and comment on your items listed and even quickly share your items with their followers and social media accounts. You can, also, connect with them via Facebook and don’t forget to tag them on Instagram!

Our Totspot Fashion Finds #TotspotColors

Let’s Talk About It:

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10 Phone Rules for Kids

Parenting is hard nowadays. Kids as young as four beg their parents for a cell phone. By the time middle school hits, they’re devastated that most of their friends already have one and they don’t. If the time has come and you’re giving into the kid cell phone epidemic, prepare to set some rules to keep your child safe.

Phone Rules for Kids

Rule #1: Do not send any text or images you wouldn’t want your parents to see.

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Organization: 3 Simple Rules

Let’s be honest.

How many people love rules?

But the thing is, if you’re serious about home organization, then there are some specific rules you’ll want to follow.

You’ll see how much easier organization will be by taking the following simple steps. How do I know? Because this is an area that I’ve struggled in for YEARS and as I’ve simplified my life and really honed in on being more organized, these 3 simple rules have been lifesavers!

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Keys To Successful Time Management

Successful time management is a on-going action item that I am working on. I received a beautiful JORD Watch to review and share with my readership. It was very timely (see what I did there!) and fits in with these keys to successful time management that I’m sharing today as part of the Making A Happy Home Series we’re doing for the A-Z Challenge for April 2015.

Properly allocating our time is hardly an easy task. With so many activities and action items vying for our time and attention, time management can be a struggle.

As I focus more on building my business and balancing my work and home life, I’m finding that is essential to have some sort of schedule and focus more on time management for our family.

Keys To Successful Time Management

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