5 Reasons Why I Hate Shopping

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shopping - a girl's best pastime, right?


I hate shopping. ABSOLUTELY hate it. People think I'm crazy for it, but I do.

Before you try to give me your argument as to why shopping is amazing, check out my five arguments for why it isn't!

1. It's Tedious

The process of shopping, especially for clothes, is a pretty boring process. You have to look through a ton of clothes to find one you like, then find your size, then try it on, then start over again. BORING!

2. It's Hard to Find My Size

I'm plus-size, but I'm also that girl that could easily fit into an odd size, like a 21 or 23 or something strange that no one has. It's irritating and I hate it.

3. Trying Things on SUCKS

Speaking of sizes, because I'm such an odd size and because stores size differently, I'm forced to try any pair of pants on. And I really don't wanna do that either, lol. It was already enough for me to put the pair of pants I put on to come to the store. Don't make me constantly have to put pants on and take them off all day!

4. Dumb Sales Associates

I don't have anything against sales associates, I promise, but I've run into some stupid ones that make me want to never shop again. Either their super rude, they follow you around the store for no reason, invade your space, or just make it obvious that they don't wanna be there. I have NO TIME to go somewhere to be irritated. Next time a sales associate starts acting crazy, I'm gonna do this:

5. I'm cheap

I hate paying for things. 'Nuff said.

Do you hate shopping? Do you love shopping? Let's discuss it in the comments below!

Product Review: Wireless Door Bell Chime Kit with LED Light

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I've been in need of a doorbell for a few years now, but I never really knew which one to purchase. My sister told me about a wireless doorbell she'd gotten a few months ago, which I thought was pretty cool, so I decided to check out the world of wireless doorbells. Lucky for me, I was able to find this Wireless Door Bell Chime Kit thanks to Tomoson!

The doorbell was super easy to get set up, once you could get passed the directions. I'll be honest, the directions provided were a bit confusing initially, but once you kind of get things figured out, it's smooth sailing from there, and only took about 5 minutes, if not less, to get up and running! 

What I love about the doorbell is that it comes with over 30 chimes to pick from and you can even edit the volume. This is really helpful, especially if your house is super long like mine.

Overall, I can say that my family and I are happy with the doorbell! If you're interested in purchasing this doorbell for yourself, you can order right here on Amazon!

I rate this Wireless Door Bell Chime Kit 5 stars!

*I was given this product at a discount; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

The July Swago Board is here!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during on their July Swago Board, which runs from July 9th through July 16th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case, you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!

Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.

You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, July 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.

Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, July 16th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice. 

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of August, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in July

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

All throughout July, you can earn large bonuses when signing up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before August 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. Ya'll just don't know how many purchases I've made off of Swagbucks ALONE! I never had to pay anything!

The You-Song & Daughter of Jerusalem | Write Now Literary Book Tour

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Write Now Literary Book Tours is pleased to be coordinating a book tour for author Joanne Otto. This is a two-month book tour for her books: The You-Song and Daughter of Jerusalem. This tour will run June- July, 2018.

                                                                      Introducing Joanne

Joanne Otto is a lifelong student of the Bible who has taken four exciting tours of Bible lands and done extensive research, including numerous courses. She has taught foreign languages and English and more recently, as an academic language therapist, has helped dyslexic children strengthen their reading and writing skills. Also a music lover and amateur pianist, she especially enjoys accompanying singers.

Website: http://joanneotto.com/

                About the Book

The You-Song celebrates, in a way young children can understand, the unique and vital place each of us occupies in God's world and encourages them to fill their place in it with joy. Written by a teacher who's helped many children overcome reading challenges, "The You-Song" is user-friendly, consisting of words that are either familiar or easy to decode. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 50 heart-warming photos, it's also fun to read aloud to pre-readers.

Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

                                                                                                    About the Book

Daughter of Jerusalem" takes its 21st-century readers on a journey back to the first-century world of a young rabbi named Yeshua—better known to us as Jesus. Mara, the young heroine of this story, gets to mingle with the crowds who come to hear him teach during his visits to Jerusalem and, finally, to meet him face to face in a brief, life-changing encounter—one that comes at no small cost to herself. For middle-grade readers who want to use the book as a springboard for deeper study, there are Bible references and questions on each chapter, as well as a glossary. For others, the story itself will be the full journey.

Genre: Christian Fiction

Purchase Link: http://amazon.com/author/joanneotto

Tour hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours.... " We take the stress out of promoting."

Author Interview:
Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?
I’ve seen myself in lots of different roles—as a teacher of English and foreign languages, as an academic language therapist helping dyslexic children learn reading and writing skills, as an enthusiastic singer and piano accompanist, as an avid student of the Bible, as a wife, mother and grandmother. But until recently I hadn’t envisioned myself as the author of a book.
Why do you think it took so long for the idea of writing a book to take hold?
Even though I’ve enjoyed writing and took several excellent writing courses early on, I made the mistake of thinking of writing too much as a personal accomplishment rather than simply enjoying the process of being a channel for the ideas that were coming to me. So when an essay and a short story I’d submitted for publication met with a negative response—or no response at all!—I let myself become discouraged.
There were other reasons as well. I was preoccupied with raising children. More importantly, I hadn’t yet had the life experiences that prepared me to write these books. And from a purely practical standpoint, an independent route to first-time authorship has not been available until relatively recently.
How does it feel to you to be a published author?
A bit like sending the children you’ve loved and nurtured off to school for the first time! My books are my babies, and, like most mothers, I delighted in the early stages of their development. They often surprised me in the amazing process of becoming what they were meant to be.
But the time inevitably came when, if they were to fulfill their purpose, those “babies” had to be released into the big wide world, where others might or might not approve of them. Perhaps the most difficult step I took in launching them was to send them to Kirkus Reviews for an unbiased assessment of their merit. The day I found those reviews in my email was one for celebration. My babies had passed the test with flying colors!
Why have you decided to republish the books five years after they first came out?
So that they can bless a wider audience. It’s been enjoyable getting enthusiastic feedback from friends and acquaintances who’ve read them, but outside my circle of acquaintance, they’ve been reaching relatively few readers. When I heard that LaShawn Dobbs of Divine Purpose Publishing had expressed an interest in them, I felt the door was opening to a divinely provided opportunity to make them accessible to more people.
Are you currently working on another book?
Not at present. My books weren’t written because I wanted to become an author. They both seemed to have a life beyond me. It felt as if I were being demanded to write them—as if my own purpose could not be fulfilled without writing them. Unless another book comes to my thought as a clear imperative, these two may end up being my only book “babies.” Time will tell. But meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed writing essays and poetry. Writing is always important to me as a way of processing ideas.

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Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in June

Monday, June 4, 2018

All throughout June, you can earn large bonuses when signing up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, or PayPal cash.

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how:

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before July 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned Swagbucks that have helped me get Amazon gift cards and extra money via PayPal! It's awesome!! :)

Guest Post: A Story Exists In All That Exists by Harsha Sheelam

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Everyone has a story. People from different walks of life have a journey and experience to share. My odyssey in the writing world was something that I never expected.
When I was 9, my mother read the essays I wrote in my answer sheet of the English exam. She was taken aback with all the crap I wrote. The piece had every grammatical error that the English language could list out. She was left so shocked that the next day she bought piles of books for me to read which ranged from stories to creative writing. I found it funny because I felt she took it too seriously, though I didn’t want to read them because every child is stubborn and has a natural tendency of not obeying their parent, yet I did at the constant nagging of my mother. And I’m so glad for it today.
A year later my grandfather read an essay which I wrote about him and he was thrilled with the way I put it down. He found it to be too perfect to be true. Since that day, he always encouraged me to write. Had it not been for him and my mother, I wouldn’t have been an author today.
Years later, in 2016, I began to write professionally for magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Luckily I wasn’t restricted to a particular genre and wrote about politics, social causes, fashion, entertainment, and travel. At that time, I felt independent and was glad to be hustling at the side which pursuing my graduate degree.
Writing gave me the peace of mind. It delivered me into a parallel universe where I was surrounded by good people living in a saintly world. It had a much needed positive impact on an idle brain, surrounded by negativity from people.
Back then I never thought that I could write books. That my imagination could be so large and I would be able to write for the most imaginative and creative minds - the children. When an opportunity came knocking I didn’t have second thoughts about it and took it up immediately.
The publishing process for my debut book, ‘Beautiful Inside and Out’, wasn’t easy after all. I had a tough time finding an illustrator and getting the work done before the termination of the contract with the publisher. Apart from minor obstacles in the publishing process, I have no qualms about how the book turned out to be. I wanted the stories to be contemporary which focus on modern day issues of bullying, body positivity, loving beyond color, race or religion, and others themes, simultaneously adding traditional morals from Aesop’s times.
My debut book gave me the tag of an author and embraced my love for creative expression. The goal in all my books is to make children believe that they are beautiful the way they are, and no one can make them think otherwise. With children being exposed to different forms of media, it becomes very relevant in the 21st century.
As I wrote more I understood that my writing style doesn’t involve a plot or brainstorming. The stories are where and how my imagination takes me while writing. Though I love this way of writing as there is no plan I have to stick to, there are minor challenges. When I was writing my novel, I’d go utmost of 2 days waiting for the next line in the story. A twist, tragedy or just a continuation of the story depended on how my mind explored my thoughts in the waiting period until I sat again to write.
Today, I am three books old with Beautiful Inside and Out, Good Exists in all that Exists, and The House of Terry Atterberry solely responsible for writing, financing, and marketing. I had never known better of the things I could do had it not been for these three babies a.k.a books.
Marketing is not easy and I understand the struggle of other writers and poets. Therefore, I decided to help aspiring poets and writers by providing a platform for them on my website www.sheelamharsha.com
I used to pine over marketing the books, but not anymore. I have tried to build avenues to reach a global audience through reviews, guest posts, and blogging. In this process, I was fortunate to be interviewed by authors and book bloggers.

Albert Camus rightfully said, "The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."

Special thanks to Harsha Sheelam for this awesome guest post! Harsha Sheelam is a writer that concentrates on the issues of today that young teenagers face, and tries to motivate young people towards positivity. You can learn more about Harsha on her website, or you can keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram!
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