Monday, October 5, 2015

6 Easy Ways to Save Money for the Holidays

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Whether we want to believe it or not, it's already time for holiday shopping. Halloween hasn't arrived yet and we haven't enjoyed our Thanksgiving turkey, but that hasn't stopped retailers from putting out Christmas decorations and running ads about Christmas shopping. 

Just the other day when I was in Walmart to get a sketchbook I became distracted by the cutest Disney ornaments. Although I didn't purchase any ornaments (yet), the display reminded me to begin thinking about holiday shopping for the kids and, ultimately, this post to share with you. If you're like me you may not be ready to begin shopping for the holidays, but you are going to have to get over it (I did!) so you can save some money.

Here are 6 ways to save money during the holiday season:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

4th Annual World Kite Festival and Expo at Piedmont Park

Atlanta, Georgia - For a lot of people, cooler weather means spending more time inside. Before you snuggle down for the winter there are still fun things left to experience and enjoy outside. Coming up in a couple of weeks is The 4th Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo for kite flying, food and fun at Piedmont Park in The Meadow.

This free event is open to the public and hosted by the City of Atlanta and Atlanta World Kite Festival and Expo, LLC. The festival was created to encourage community among the many international communities and families that make Atlanta a cultural melting pot.

It's going to be a fun, family-friendly event so everyone should bring their kites or make one there at the 2nd Annual Kite Decorating Contest or, in honor of fall, try your hand at pumpkin decorating for the 4th Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. There will be tons of food and entertainments for kids and those who are kids at heart. In addition to flying kites, there will be live music, international food vendors, artists and representatives  from a variety of community and non-profit organizations.

The festivities begin at 1 p.m. and last until 6 p.m. at The Meadow at Piedmont Park, which is located on the corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive and across the street from Grady High School. Visit for more information and follow them on social media: Twitter @Ilovekites.
Tip: Register for this event in advance on Eventbrite. Admission is free (but there are tickets) and it's a good idea to purchase kite kits and kid zone passes ahead of time so all you have to worry about is having fun.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

5 Blog Posts You Must Read

30 Things About My Invisible Illness - This week, up until Sunday the 4th, is Invisible Illness Awareness Week and I've shared 30 things about my illnesses (all invisible) that many people don't know. This post gives you a peek into my life and, if this applies to you it will give you some tips on understanding a friend or family member who is living with an invisible illness.

Photo Fixes and Fun with - I hate to admit it - again! - but I am pretty horrible at creating graphics and eye-eppealing photos. That's why I test out a lot of photo editing sites and programs. Hopefully, one day soon, I will master one of these online photo editing tools and right now I'm leaning toward Fotor. It's fairly easy to use and has tons of options.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

@Influenster favor, please like my #DreamVoxBox

If you aren't familiar with Influenster, it's a free platform that allows its users/members to discover and review products while they measure their social media influence. Influencer has campaigns and if we, the influencers, complete certain tasks we earn badges and sometimes prizes. They also provide products for free to review and make available different contests to win our favorite brands.

The current contest involves making a "list" of your #DreamVoxBox and getting at least 200 likes to win a lovely box filled with the dream products from your list. Whereas others have many likes I'm really lacking in "like love." 

Please, do me a solid and like my list: My #DreamVoxBox.

Thank you!

30 Things About My Invisible Illness #invisiblefight

On September 9, 2009 I wrote the original post "30 Things About My Invisible Illness You May Not Know" and in honor of this year's National Invisible Illness Week, September 28th -October 4th, I decided to update that post. Below you'll see my current answers in fushia and the old answers are in black and I'll leave them that way if there isn't a change. Let's see what's different. Learn more at

When I first wrote this I learned a few things about myself, I'm curious to see if the same will happen this time.

1. The illness I live with is: Actually, illnesses. Sjogren's Syndrome (a form of, relative to, strain of Lupus, Multiple Myeloma and fibromyalgia.
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2009 and 2008, it was 1995 when I was diagnosed with MM.
3. But I had symptoms since: Around 1995
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Is realize how easy it is to hurt myself. The biggest adjustment I've had to make is lay down when I need to even if I don't want to.
5. Most people assume: I assume most assume that I am making it up. I'm just fine. I think it makes them feel better if I say, "I'm fine."
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Waking up to pain, tingling, stiffness, headaches and exhaustion.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Grey's Anatomy
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My laptop... no, my cell phone! Neither.
9. The hardest part about nights are: The tingling in my lower legs and my wrists and hands; hardly getting a complete night's sleep and doing all the nighttime tasks that are required of a parent: homework, baths, dinner, bedtime, etc., in addition to trying to get some more working in. The hardest part about nights is forcing myself to go to sleep.
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) About 10 total. About 20 now.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: hope that I can afford to get herbs and some other natural alternatives as well as incorporate more yoga and some water aerobics to make the symptoms more bearable. I've tried essential oils and massage therapy - both of which work fairly well. Meditative breathing also helps.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Now, what in the world do you say to that. I would say neither!

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