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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Put Pen to Paper for Letter Writing Month

I'll be the first to admit I've fallen "victim" to the call of the keyboard. Its melody swirls around me and forces me to text, email or send a Facebook message. You  know, much like how a mermaid's siren song lures fishermen from their vessels. 

It's easy to give into it; it's convenient, quick and oftentimes succinct. In my case, it allows me to continue what I'm doing without interruption but to also stay in touch... Sometimes having complete conversations. (it really only works well if both people are good at that form of communication.) 

When I was an adolescent and even into my early 20s, I got immense pleasure from writing and receiving letters. I couldn't wait for the mail to be delivered because there would be a letter from my first love (I was 14) or my grandmother. As I got older, life got busier and technology more commonplace, letter writing was one of the first things to let go. 

Let's try to change that. Well, for this month at least then we'll see where it takes us. Pick up your paper, markers,gel pens, colored pencils, stickers, postcards and stationary (or just the regular stuff, if you like) and hand write some letters and notes to those who are too far away for frequent visits. There's still something special and even magical - when it's not a bill - in sending and receiving mail. 


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Choose professional essay-writing services

Let's face it; if you're a college student at any level it can be difficult to keep up with all of the work especially when it's time to write essays and papers. When deadlines are looming and your strengths do not include essay writing, consider employing a service to complete the task for you. One of things I always tell clients, and anyone who will listen, if you can't do it yourself or it's not your strong suit then hire someone to do it for you.

My advice is the same when it comes to essay writing. Think about this: You hire professional plumbers, electricians, mechanics and others that you may need, why not do the same for something as important as this. Some may tell you it isn't a good idea to have someone else write for you, but when you do all of the research, give them the key components and work with them to get your essay complete it isn't their (the essay writer's) work, it's yours.

You can always do your own research and find an essay writer to work with, but can you imagine how much time that will take if you don't already have a recommendation, service or person lined up? Too much time when you're on a tight deadline.

To save you some time, here's an essay service you should look into: Essay-bag.com. 

'We are a custom essay writing service, and we are heavily experienced in this field. Everyone on our staff has an advanced degree in his or her respective field. Many hold more than one degree, some even PhDs. But it's not just about the prestige. It's about the quality of our work overall. We believe, as do our thousands of repeat customers, that we simply offer the best available work in the world. Chances are that you'll feel the same way about us once you've experienced the process for yourself. Custom essays are more than just something that sounds cool. In fact, there is no other way to describe the process we've developed for our customers. Each and every one of our essays is custom written to your specifications, to the point that neither you nor your professors will be able to detect a difference between your writing and ours. That's probably a good thing, don't you think?'


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Birthday Celebration: The Day of my Bone Marrow Transplant

"My how time flies." That's one of the most overused phrases, but it's one that is so very true. The more our society speeds up, has more to do and continues to get more advanced technologically to help make everything faster then the more time flies. It's a vicious, time-warp-like cycle. (Kind of like the time warp that's between the time you grab your keys to leave the house and get in the car. If you're like me then you swear it only took you three to five minutes, but the clock says 10 to 20 minutes.)

With everything passing so quickly we tend to miss a lot.There are some of us who are making a concerted effort to take time for the special moments. It's something I try to do as well. I'm not always successful in acknowledging important occasions hence the reason I missed my birthday.

Not the day of my birth. I missed the chance to celebrate and honor the day I was given the opportunity to begin life again. A healthier life. It's the day I had a bone marrow transplant: December 24, 2014.

The month of December is a little hazy for me because I was packing to move again (the second time in about three months) and the circumstances surrounding the move weren't pleasant. I was resistant to the move and could not get into a place that I wanted. And the last thing I wanted to do was celebrate Christmas, but the children are always extra excited about the holiday so I focused on packing and present purchasing.
Early in 2013

It wasn't until about a month ago when it dawned on me that I didn't acknowledge the day. What would I have done had I taken the time then? More than likely I would have prepared a special meal or taken us out to dinner and definitely had dessert. I would talk with the children about the importance of the day and go around the table asking each of them what is different compared to the same time last year - in 2013 - or even the year prior.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Where to find writing gigs (quick, easy version)

If you know me or have been following me for awhile then you know that I'm always doing something. Selling JewelScent candles, sharing It Works products as well as the company and my writing. Among it all, you know that writing is what I like to do the most. It makes me happy, I'm good at it and plus I have a degree in Journalism so I'm serious about it.


About me


I've been a writer for more than 20 years (I've lost count). I started off in daily newspaper then a weekly newspaper and a monthly news magazine, onto monthly publications and freelancing. My freelancing turned into blogging and web content. That's probably the quickest and easiest explanation of my career I've ever done that covers the 20 plus years. I haven't realized all of my writing dreams and goals, but I'm well on my way to still seeing them come into fruition. As a freelancer, it's sometimes difficult to keep up with other writing projects while you're trying to make a buck and if you have a family and other commitments it makes the task even that much tougher. But, it's still possible. It definitely takes perseverance.

And connections!


Where are the gigs?


It's easy, so to speak, when you work fulltime in the publishing industry to get in touch with other contacts in the form of editors, writers, photographers and other creatives. When you're a freelancer, if you haven't made a name for yourself, then it can be a little tricky. Here's a quick and dirty version of where the writing gigs are: 

I'm sure you're familiar with the big ones like Huffington Post, etc., so we don't needed to cover those. It's some of the little ones that you may miss. If you can afford not to worry about getting paid then write something for a blog that's accepting guest posts. If you want to get paid, but don't have experience then I hate to say it, but you should start there as well. Submit your ideas to ask.com, Huffington Post and the like. The most important thing is regardless of where you are looking to share your writing you must follow their writers guidelines. If you neglect to do that then nine times out of 10 you'll get a rejection.

When it comes to freelancing for print publications following the guidelines is also key, but like most online publications the print sisters also normally have their guidelines on their website. Follow them specifically. And, among anything else, keep writing. Researching, writing and creating all the time are the keys to continually getting better.

It really comes down to searching for the right gig for you. Whether you call your friend who knows a guy that's an editor at a magazine or you read a LinkedIn profile of a blogger and you'd like to submit content, you're going to have to do your research. There are sites like writerjob.com that may make your search a little easier, but keep in mind that whatever information you discover through any site should be thoroughly researched. You don't want to waste your time. Time equals money. Period.

Whether you're going to write books, articles, posts, poems, scripts, novels... you get the point... just make sure it's what makes you happy. Good luck writing!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

So Charming: Perfect Gift for Girls #review


I always get excited when it's time to shop for one of my girls because there are so many fabulous choices in such an array of colors. Whether it's clothing, toys, books, games or jewelry, you're sure to find something special for your little lady. One of my favorite choices right now are Sweet Charm Elegance's deliciously fun charms.








Now, just in time for Spring, they're introducing some more realistic looking ice cream baked charms (chocolate, raspberry, and orange cream). The last time they released charms, we chose the Wedding Cake Charm and a gorgeous slice of rainbow birthday cake - their bestseller. My tween daughter, Amareah, is fascinated by her Sweet Charm Elegance charms and bracelet and I'm more than happy to continue to add to her collection.


Sweet Charm Elegance's almost-realistic treats... uh, charms... are great for young girls ages ---- and those young at heart. I was perusing their site and found some bling that's ideal to add to my own Spring wardrobe. I mean, Most of the charms are priced at $12 each, but you'll find a few at $10 and there are also other goodies waiting for you.

We really love charms around here: My oldest daughter recently received a Pandora bracelet as a gift (I'm so jealous! LOL) and we're also in love with CHARM IT! Detachable Charm Jewelry for Girls. (Click the link to read my review.) Easter is March 27th this year and the Sweet Charm Elegance charms are perfect to add to Easter baskets or eggs.

My review


The quality of these little charms is without question A+ and the details will have you staring at these goodies in awe and admiration. Best of all is the fact that they're a hit with the girls. Not only am I drooling over them, but when Amareah saw she had two more charms she seemed to sparkle with excitement, which is exactly the reaction you want when presenting a gift.




About Sweet Charm Elegance 


It all started when they "discovered" clay about a year ago. They are always up to trying something new and started playing around and created different types of charms. "First, came the sweet stuff; fruits, candy, cakes, pies, you name it. Pretty soon, Sweet Charms quickly expanded to fashion, foods and animals... My tea pots charms are my biggest draw!."

They also added to the collection when the designer happened to get a beautiful free gift of gorgeous vintage Swarovski crystals. "I quickly learned how to create all different types of jewelry. With its distinct cuts, Swarovski is one of the most recognizable brands in the jewelry business. Each crystal  is handled carefully as pieces are created...Swarovski crystals have some serious sparkle to them!  Like anything, we are constantly learning new techniques and follow jewelry trends."

"At Sweet Charm Elegance, we create jewelry inspired by all things that are sweet, sparkly and shiny! All designs are handmade, using the highest quality crystals. Most of our elegant line offer color options for weddings, bridal showers, proms, or any big event. We exclusively use Swarovski Crystals and freshwater (dyed and undyed) pearls. "Made With Love", each piece reflects Sweet Charms personal style."

Visit Sweet Charm Elegance ("Handmade jewelry for the sweet and elegant") online and take a look at all of their little goodies. Believe me, you'll have a hard time clicking away without making a purchase.

Do you have someone in mind that would love some charm jewelry?