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Saturday, September 4, 2010

‘What matters most to me’

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and The Life Foundation, a nonprofit organized dedicated to helping individuals make smart insurance decisions, has created a Facebook application, a contest and a meaningful campaign.

image The LIFE Foundation understands that parents want to protect the ones that are most important in their lives and provide for them in the event that something were to happen to them. We may not want to think about it, but it’s a reality we have to face and once we deal with it and make plans, it will give us peace of mind.

That’s why they’re having a contest that involves the new “What Matters Most to Me” application, which gives us the chance to share some photos and memories with family and friends. It only takes a few minutes (I did it myself and was surprised at how quick, easy and fun it was to do) because the app helps you to easily create a multimedia show including pictures, captions and music. When you create and post your slideshow on Facebook between now and September 30 you’re eligible to win a trip to Aruba, for yourself and a guest, where you’ll spend five days at the Radisson Resort, Casino & Spa.

Check out the “What Matters Most to Me” application and create your own slideshow to not only share with friends and family, but also to be entered to win the trip to Aruba. And don’t forget to share it with your friends because every friend on Facebook who indicates they “like” your slideshow $1 will be donated to the Comfort Zone Camp, which is a bereavement camp for children who have lost a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

While you’re on Facebook, check out my slideshow… I am really pleased with how it turned out. Spread the word and have a great Life Insurance Awareness Month.

Disclosure: By writing this post I have entered for a chance to win a gift card from The LIFE Foundation, but that in no way influenced my opinions – those are my own. No monetary exchange took place. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Support children with rare diseases

Please visit a friend of mine's recent post. She talks about a network she supports that brings awareness to the children who have rare diseases, but who do not have treatments. Learn more at her site then spend a few minutes voting for the network. We can all make a difference. Click now: Is Hannah worth a few clicks of your time?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hotel full of friends

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.

I know you’ve had those daydreams about getting a group of friends together and partying like it’s 1999 having a reunion/vacation to renew friendships and strengthen bonds. No? Well, what would you say if you found out it may be possible for you to do? Really.

You and 100 of your closest friends could have the opportunity to congregate at a Hampton for an entire weekend. All you have to do is enter the Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes to win the Chain-of-Friends Grand Prize. (The winner will also receive $5,000 to help pay the tax for the weekend!)

If I won the grand prize sweepstakes I would invite my cousins that I grew up with and all of my family (the ones I like at least), friends from high school, friends I met in the military that I haven’t been in contact with and the families I know that have been having a difficult time and need a chance to get away. My group would definitely include the mommies. Oh, and my blogging friends because that would make it even more fun. If I included all of those people then I’d probably have to narrow down my list because I have quite a few bloggy friends.

We’d have drinks, dinner and lounge by the pool. Talk family business, blog news and parenting tips. Fun and relaxation would be had by all. So, now, tell me what your weekend getaway with 100 friends would look like.


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Local photographer has camera, will shoot

Among the small circle of in-real-life friends I have I’ve discovered that most of them are creatively inclined. That said, I wasn’t too surprised when Brion Craig, who I’ve known as the computer guy for more than 10 years, told me he had a photography studio and was interested in being featured here at It’s a woman’s world. It didn’t hurt that he offered me a photo shoot in exchange – that was right on time because I definitely needed new, and professional, photos.

image Brion Craig Photography services the Atlanta area with a studio in a quaint part of Decatur. He offers a wide range of photography services including fashion photography, weddings, portraits/headshots, family/children as well as parties and live events. image He’s even considering adding stock photography for the web-based sect.






image For those who need photographs done – especially since the holiday season is approaching (think gifts!) – I would definitely recommend Brion. He’s a laid-back, professional guy who will make you feel relaxed and give you the direction you need to loosen up. Whether you need a professional headshot for a biography or press kit, a family portrait or some sexy shots to give to your loved one; he has you covered. He works in studio and on site so contact him to find out his availability and to see if he’s the photographer for you. Of course to make it feasible you’ll have to live in or around the Atlanta, Georgia area, but he’s a frequent traveler so you never know (if you’re out of state) until you ask.

bion's studio Visit his site and take a look at his photography, studio and view his pricing. He has everything listed for you to view including contact information.

And here’s the best part: Anyone who books with Brion and mentions me or It’s a woman’s world gets a 10 percent discount! Thanks Brion!

Now, without further ado, here’s a peek at some of the photos Brion took of me. Let me know what you think of them.

pictures for brion's post

Disclosure: I received a photography session in exchange for and to facilitate my review, but that in no way influenced my opinions – those are my own. No other compensation was received. Thanks Brion for taking fabulous photos and a wonderful studio experience. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday – goodies in the mail


A little surprise in the mail today:

Goodies from Jocelyn at Hip Mama’s Place!


For more Wordless Wednesday, check out 5 Minutes for Mom.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a picture on a Wednesday, but here’s my last Wordless Wednesday post.


Wall mounted mailboxes

As a young girl growing up in the suburbs of Delaware the mailman walked right up to your front door and dropped the mail through a slot in the door or into a wall mount mailbox that hung next to the door. When we moved to a home on the country roads of Maryland, our mailbox was at the end of the lane, i.e., driveway, and the mail carrier drove his regular car (he steered from the passenger seat) and popped the mail into the box next to the road.

Where I live now there aren’t many homes that have wall mounted mailboxes for the postal workers to place mail in, but they are still available for homeowners who live in areas that allow it. It’s good to know – I didn’t – that the option to place your house mailboxes still exists.

I like how the wall mount mailboxes are designed: There are Victorian and Provincial styled ones, those that look like shadow boxes, others that you’re able to lock and secure as well as quite a few other choices. It’s a fabulous idea for something that is necessary, but gives you away to make yours unique.

What type of mailbox do you have?


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Let the book tour begin!

Author Cynthia Roberts is on a blog tour (beginning tomorrow) to promote her book Wind Warrior. I first introduced you to Cynthia and her book at the end of July when I announced her upcoming contest in honor of her book tour. Then I reminded you about her when she revealed her ah ha moment. Check out the links for a refresher.

Now it’s time to get down to this exciting blog tour…

Cynthia Roberts, author of her debut historical romance, Wind Warrior has something pretty darn dynamic for all of It’s a woman’s world visitors, friends and subscribers ... one of the largest blog tour promotional giveaways ever attempted.

Breaking into the world of romance fiction is a challenge unto itself but more so, when you’re a newly published author. I’m excited about participating in this venture and helping introduce Wind Warrior to the world of romance readers. The bonus … every one has the chance to compete for not one, but five pretty extraordinary prizes which will include:

  1. Romantic Two-lid willow picnic basket with deluxe service for two ~ $125.00 value
  2. Succulent Godiva Chocolate Tier ~ $75.00 value
  3. Exquisite Pearl & Crystal Necklace ~ $50.00 value
  4. Amazon Gift Certificate ~ $25 value
  5. Amazon Gift Certificate ~ $25 value

To view the gifts and read further descriptions, visit her at Romance by Cynthia.

Contest Rules Are As Follows

1. Leave a comment at the end of this post

2. Tweet the following text:

Wind Warrior by Cynthia Roberts. A story of longing, wanting & a love so strong it conquers human evil. On sale now at Major Book Retailers.

3. Post the same text on your Facebook and/or MySpace profiles.

4. Become a fan/follower/subscriber of the blog you visit.

5. The list of participating blogs are registered on Cynthia’s website and you may enter to win on every blog, however, only one family member may do so in a household.

6. Open to ALL not just the US & Canada

7. Each participating blog will randomly choose five entrants to compete for the grand prize pool where the final 5 winners will be randomly selected

8. Winners will be chosen on Sept. 30th and notified via email by Cynthia

9. All finalists must provide their email, name and official delivery address at the time of finalist selection to the blog owner

10. All prizes will be shipped no later than Oct. 30th directly from the distributor

11. The steps above will be checked to determine your eligibility.

clip_image002Wind Warrior ~ The Iroquois Series ~ Book One

Leslie Michaels is a visionary, and only those close to her know of her special gift and the visions that come when her mind and body surrender to sleep.  Fate has a way of righting many wrongs, and for Leslie it is a destiny that changes her life dramatically. But not before she is forced to flee into the wilderness to escape a murderous trapper bent on claiming her for his very own. Faith and a strong will to survive are her only companions, until she encounters Winnokin, the handsome Seneca war chief who first came to her in her dreams. Not only does he prove to be her rescuer and protector, he teaches her that tragedy can breed happiness and the passion to live and love deeply once again.
Wind Warrior plunges readers into the intimate depths of a relationship that unfolds like a live drama before their eyes while painting an insightful and intriguing portrait of Native Indian life in the 1800s. It is a story of longing, of a wanton need to survive all odds, and a love so strong it conquers human evil. Wind Warrior expresses with cunning words the simple, raw human emotions that hold readers spellbound and captivates their hearts.

On Sale Now at Amazon, Borders, Barnes and Nobel ISBN# 978-1-61663-162-8. Read more than a dozen reviews on her website at Romance by Cynthia.


Monday, August 30, 2010

School begins…

Part 3

About three weeks ago, my two middle children – Andre and Amareah – went back to school, and I shared that with you in Part 1. Amareah excitedly began kindergarten and Andre went on to first grade. About two weeks ago – remember Part 2? – Amber went back to campus to begin her second year of college. Now it’s time to share how the baby of the family started head start this past Friday.

Although it was a momentous occasion, it wasn’t as tearful and “oh-where-did-my-baby-go” as one would think. Anna has been going to daycare for about two years so being without her during the day has become somewhat normal. That and the fact that mommy forgot that Friday was the first day of head start.

I know, I know: Bad mommy.

The momentousness of the day was overshadowed by mommy’s lack of brain cells. More than a month ago the center director called to ask me if I had received the letter saying Anna had gotten into head start. Well, I had assumed she did because two siblings before her had went. I hadn’t received it and she told me that the first day of school would be the 27th. She thinks. Yup, she said, “I think.”

She said the letter would come in the mail and I could verify the date on that. Well, the “letter,” which was actually a flyer said that the 27th was Parent Orientation from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. In my scramble to ensure the other children arrived at school on time, completed their homework and went to bed on time it slipped my mind that the two dates – Parent Orientation and the first day – were actually the same dates.

As Anna and I drove to Parent Orientation I explained to her that she wouldn’t be there all day and that she’d meet her teacher and see her classroom. When we arrived I walked in the door and stared at the group of parents sitting in the meeting area sans children. All of a sudden the realization set in. This…must…be…the…first…day, my brain started to kick in.

Instead of jumping into action I raised my coffee cup to my lips. Slowly.

DSCF5139 I’ll leave out all the embarrassing gory details and tell you that Anna was such a trooper. I kissed her and told her I was going to a meeting, but I’d be back. I went to the meeting and found out they were doing bus evacuation practice for the parents and children afterward, and as the parent chairperson (a new one hasn’t been appointed yet) for the past two years I was expected to stay.

I visited Amareah’s old teachers then strolled into Anna’s classroom. The look on her face was one of awe at everything going on around her. She was slowly eating a snack and staring as the assistant teacher loudly instructed them what to do above the constant din of about 20 3-year-old voices.

There was only mild tearing most of the morning except when she thought that getting on the bus meant she was going to leave and go somewhere without her mommy. She was promptly told (‘cause she couldn’t see over the seat) that I was right there.

DSCF5137After the bus evacuation practice they went to the playground and I took that moment to say, “Bye, have fun at the playground. I’ll see you in a little while, okay?”

Happy nods and off she trotted. She even happily went to school today without any tearing during the day and the biggest prettiest smile I’ve ever seen when I picked her up. Even though I was more than an hour and a half late. Well, that’s a story for another day.

Just enjoy the pictures and forget I said anything about that. :-D (I’ll also leave out the part about forgetting I had the camera in my purse and forgetting to take pictures until I saw another parent with a camera!) Oh, and pray for me and my mommy brain.

DSCF5140Notice the suspicious look on Anna’s face. She’s eyeing the school bus. The boy behind Anna holding the teacher’s hand cried


As I look closely at the above picture, Anna looks a little terrified. This is right before they got on the school bus for the practice evacuation.

DSCF5146She’d heard my voice on the bus, but she hadn’t seen my face yet. This is her first glimpse of me on the bus as she excitedly waved and told me that she did her seatbelt by herself.

DSCF5149I’m not exactly sure what this look is (LOL!) I think it’s when they started rushing off the bus as they were being timed. Whatever she was thinking or saying doesn’t matter ‘cause this expression is priceless.

DSCF5150You can see the back of her little head as she gets assistance from one of the staff members as she gets off the bus.


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