Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What you didn't know about Blurb!

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Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000s, Eileen Gittins, Blurbs' Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig. 

She wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was yes, and it changed her life – and book publishing – forever. 

In 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at game-changing price. 



Everyone from award-winning photographers, to couples wanting to commemorate the birth of their child started using Blurb – and they continue to do so today. Even after almost a decade, people are still blown away by Blurb’s user-friendliness, quality, and affordability. People trust Blurb to create every kind of book imaginable, including:

Blurb doesn’t just help people make books and magazines, they also help market them by providing publishers with their own dedicated sales page. Blurb’s dedicated sales pages allows authors to:
  • Make their book or magazine available to the public or by invitation-only
  • Write a compelling book description
  • Customize a preview of their book
  • Share their book with others on social media
Blurb also created their publishing platform to work seamlessly with Amazon and Apple iBooks Store so authors would have even more options for how they sell their books.  

Oh! And I almost forgot to mention that now through 4/28 you can get 20% off any book you create! Can’t wait to see what kind of book you create! 
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#JapanCrate - April Unboxing

I was NOT compensated for this post nor did I receive any products. This item was purchased on my own. My thoughts & opinions are mine. Your experience may differ.


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A while back, Twin mentioned to me that she wanted an OyatsuBox. (An OyatsuBox is a monthly subscription of treats from Japan.) But because I couldn't subscribe to it for a various of reasons, we decided to find something similar when we came across JapanCrate. As soon as I knew I could subscribe, I decided to do a one-month trial.  

We finally received it, and since I was excited about it, I thought I would share the excitement by showing what we received!
JapanCrate list
Click on the picture to see the description of each item! (Just ignore the Premium list.)

It came with 9 full-sized snacks and candy straight from Japan. At first glance, it was all so colorful with some of the cutest characters on the packages! This month's Japan Crate consisted of wafers, gummies, a DIY kit where you get to create your own strawberry animal pancakes, white chocolate, and much more.

The first we tried was the Meiji White Chocolate, and when compared to American white chocolate, Japan's version is much sweeter and has more of a vanilla taste. I like white chocolate, but America's version pales in comparison to Japan's.
April JapanCrate

The Koume Chan Plum, which was the gummies, was so delicious! Fruity, easy to chew, and a little sour. Definitely my favorite!

We also gave the Hi-Chew Minis a try, and while flavorful, the outer shell seemed to linger, giving it a real strange texture on the teeth. I didn't care for them but Twin decided they were her favorite.

We still have plenty of the candy & snacks left but I have a feeling that we'll be sampling them during the week. I am looking forward to the On Shokora Houjun, which is a chocolate-covered wafer with bits of berries. Yum!

For those interested, JapanCrate subscription rates start out at $12 for the Mini, $25 for the Original, and $30 for the Premium. It is a recurring subscription but can cancel at any time without problems. (We might have to try the Premium soon!)
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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Take the Jarlsberg® #MYMINIME Selfie Challenge & win!

Jarlsberg Cheese

Do you love Jarlsberg® Cheese? Then you must enter the Jarlsberg® Minis Selfie Challenge!

All you have to do is take a picture of your Jarlsberg® Minis, enter their giveaway, and you could win some great prizes like a Jarlsberg® Cheese cooler and a 1-year supply of Jarlsberg® Cheese Minis, a Jarlsberg® Cheese cooler and a free Jarlsberg Cheese® free product coupon, or Jarlsberg® Cheese Mini samples!

(If my area sold Jarlsberg® Minis, I would so be hoping for the 1-year supply! Our family loves cheese.)

But hurry - the awesome contest ends April 30th!

(Oh, and we forgot to mention that we're also the newest Jarlsberg® Cheese ambassadors so expect a lot more cheesy goodness from us and Jarlsberg®!)
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Friday, April 10, 2015

In pain? #ReliefMD to the rescue!

I was NOT compensated for this post. I received a FREE product to review. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Your experience may differ. Please contact your doctor before starting any natural medicinal products.
ReliefMD

When it comes to pain, there are tons of things you can do - hot/cold compress, pain medicine, and those smelly muscle rubs. Unfortunately, the hot/cold packs' relief wears off entirely too soon. Pain medicine can help with the pain, but it's not healthy to take it all the time. Do I really need to go into the muscle rubs that work (to an extent) but are not fun to use at all?

Forego all of the chemicals and remedies that don't really work and give ReliefMD a chance! Made of 100% botanical oils such as almond, eucalyptus, peppermint, wintergreen, camphor, spearmint, and olive oil. it is known as "massage in a bottle". ReliefMD can help with the discomfort of a sore back/neck, swollen joints, muscle strains & sprains, headaches, and much more!

To use, just swipe one drop above upper lip just below the nose, one drop across the forehead, and then lightly cover affected area (do not rub in). Easy peasy, right?

For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out ReliefMD and will send one bottle FREE if our readers for a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer! Click here to get your FREE bottle now!


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I suffer from arthritis in my right knee and right hip. It's now spring and with spring comes storms, and with storms comes with flare-ups of my knee arthritis. The pain can be downright horrible, and while heat/cold packs offer temporary relief, I can't have it on my knee all the time - I have a life to live!

When I found out I would be giving ReliefMD a try, I almost sighed with relief. I was hoping with every fiber of my being that it would work and help with the pain a little. So that first day, my knee started hurting, and I decided to use it. I put a drop (or two) on my knee and just swiped it around. Within 30 minutes, my knee wasn't hurting which mean it worked! It is now my go-to remedy for arthritis.
ReliefMD

Now, let's take a look at those headaches that come with having migraines. I usually try to take care of a headache before it turns into a full-blown migraine. I did as the directions instructed me to. While it smelled a little strong (thanks in part to the ingredients), it eased the pounding in my head a little. It didn't take my headache completely away, but it definitely helped. Though I'm sure the pork I had for dinner is what caused my headache, and I'm convinced that nothing will get rid of a pork headache.

I haven't tried it for strains/sprains, insomnia, or the other discomforts, I believe it could really help with my pain and headaches. Who knows, it might even help my insomnia. Once I try it for insomnia, I'll be sure to update.

Giveaway
Alrighty folks, who is ready to win their own bottle of ReliefMD and put that pain at ease? Three(3) winners will each receive a bottle of ReliefMD! Enter below. Good luck! NOTE: One winner per household and you may only win a bottle of ReliefMD one time only.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blogging Monthly To-Do List!

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As a blogger, keeping a blog running smoothly isn't an easy feat. There are daily to-do lists and sometimes weekly to-do lists. But sometimes, it is the monthly to-do list that important! I have a set list I usually do at the end of every month.

First off, why is it important to have a monthly to-do list? Aside from being organized, it allows you to see how your stats compare from month to month. It also keeps your blog running smoothly. Some people check the health of their blog at the end of the month (especially if they constantly update their CSS and HTML) but even as a seasoned blogger, I have no idea how to do that! Maybe I should learn soon.

What exactly does my monthly-to list consist of?
  • Export my blog.  I always save it to my two USB drives and Google Drive. You can never be too careful! (Exporting your blog is important should your account get hacked, your hosting goes down, or you have to start over!)
  • Update my blog business plan. For creating your own blog business plan, click here.
  • Update my organizational spreadsheets. I have spreadsheets for reviews, giveaways, earnings, and expenses. It definitely helps me stay organized and on top of things.
  • Export my Google Analytics for that month. I prefer exporting it to a PDF so it's much easier to read. I am not a fan of the Excel or spreadsheet exports. It's hard to read and understand them. 
  • Update my media kit. 
  • Check for broken links. I prefer brokenlinkcheck.com because it shows every broken link, the post URL, the code (SRC), and the nature of the dead link (404, 500, etc.). I suggest using the "Report all occurrences..." option. It might be slower (and may take about 30 minutes or more, depending on the last time you checked your broken links), but it reports every single broken link within your blog.
While it's not an extensive list, it usually takes me at at least a day to get it done - especially if I kind of slacked off in blogging housework during the month. Oops!

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