Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Married Life: Shopping Simplified!

As a couple, my husband and I mesh very well when it comes to our spending styles.  We both work hard to earn money for our family.  Each of us even has a secondary source of income. He as a videographer/filmmaker specializing in weddings (but not limited to), and me using my online influence with sponsored blog posts.  We both research things for both costs and customer reviews to be as educated as we can be before plopping down our hard earned cash!  I'm sure that we are not the ONLY couple that is this way!  I am very thankful that we are on the same page - I couldn't imagine the conflict that some couples may encounter if one person is a shopaholic and the other is a saver!  We are very practical and considerate with one another when it does come to purchases.  Thank goodness for that!

I have to admit that technology is my friend when it comes to shopping!  Most of my purchases are done online. I love the convenience.  I love that I can earn rewards and find discount codes on almost everything.  I almost NEVER pay any shipping fees.  I have learned to really get the most out of our money that is spent!  I go online to buy baby items, gifts (yay for Wish Lists & Gift Registries), GROCERIES, beauty products, clothing, shoes - even international flower delivery can be be accomplished online!  You name, you've got it!  From gift giving to our daily necessities our shopping life is simplified all thanks to the world wide web!

How many of you enjoy shopping online?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Upromise Dream Wall Sweepstakes

This post brought to you by UPromise. All opinions are 100% mine.
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My husband and I are not only newly married, but are new PARENTS as well.  Naturally our priorities have changed and planning for our child's future is at the forefront.  We have a savings plan in place and will meet with a financial advisor about setting up a 529 plan for our son.  For those of you who are not familiar (as we were not until our child was born): A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help to save funds for college costs. We have also signed up as Upromise members.  But even with these plans in place, by the time our child reaches college age, it still may not be enough. Costs are constantly rising.   We find it wise to save in every way that we can.  For the sake of our son's future.
Upromise is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and will be giving away a total of $20,000 to users who share a story that tells of how a parent has supported a child's dream.   A contest is in place to help offset the costs for college.  I am very excited about spreading the buzz to other families.  Please visit: for more about the contest.

I hope that you all accept the challenge for the sake of your child's future. Upromise invites you to DREAM for a brighter future for your child and to SHARE your story with the world.  Simply tell your story of what your dreams are for you child to be entered for a chance in a weekly $1,000 drawing.  Friends and family can help you and your family to make these dreams come true!  All it takes is to vote by selecting "Like".  The entry with the most votes by September 29th wins a GRAND PRIZE of $10,000!

In case you haven't heard about the program:  Upromise by Sallie Mae is a rewards program that can help you pay for college. You can earn with your everyday spending.  When you shop online, eat out, buy groceries or gas you can get a percentage back for all eligible purchases.

I have submitted our dream and hope that you visit the link to the Upromise Dream Wall to see our post: His Dream is Our Dream . We would consider it a "dream come true" for our son to have every opportunity to realize his own dreams.   I am hoping (pleading) that you will read our story and click "Like" - It really would mean a lot to us.  I thank you in advance.

It may be tough to get the most votes by the deadline for the grand prize as the most popular post is (at the time of this writing) already at over 6,000 likes!  But a chance at the $1,000 weekly drawing is a great reason to try.  Winning the cash prizes would be wonderful but it is really is nice just to share your hopes for your child with other like minded families.  Reading the stories is very touching.  Please share yours!

I strongly encourage you to submit your dreams for a chance to win.  I would love for you to share your story with a comment here on my blog post as well.  In the end we all have the same dream for our children:  For their health, happiness, and success.  Please pass this along to your friends and family as I'm sure that we all have special children in our lives that we would like to help to succeed!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

BlogHer '11: My 15 Minutes of Fame

Today I read a tweet entitled: BlogHer Conference Update -- August 12, 2011 | BlogHer.  Cool.  Since I attended the conference, I wanted to read the write up.  I open up the attachment and lo and behold!  I see my face!  Admittedly, it is not the most flattering of photos since I am clearly in mid-speech!  I was telling my new blog buddies what I blog about.  I am thrilled all the same.  What a great souvenir of my BlogHer moment!

Asher-Sears Photography

I am now able to cross "Have my photo on front page of BlogHer website" off of the bucket list! It's already quickly being bumped lower and lower on the page as more posts are put up. But at least it was up there at ONE point. I'm giddy!

Also pictured is Nicole Aro of The Sunlight Foundation which is a non-profit. I met a few ladies that are involved with non-profit organizations. She was kind enough to ask if I wanted company at breakfast since I was eating alone. It touched me even more that she came up to me because there were PLENTY of other empty tables available.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

BlogHer '11: Day 1

Too tired to blog about it as there is SO MUCH to say! I will post a few photos though. I didn't bring a camera since I didn't have a buddy to snap photos for me/of me/with me. I will bring one tomorrow.  I apologize in advance for the poor quality photos taken with my DumbPhone.  I think I was the only one in the entire Convention Center without a SmartPhone or a Tablet! OH - and the only one without business cards. Well...I ordered some but not in time. Boo.  Oh Well.

Note: No pictures of me with fellow Bloggers = I was feeling shy!  No shyness though with the Sponsors.  Weird, I know.

One of the Welcome Banners & Attendees Registering

Meeting Room for session that I am in charge of the Mic.
I scoped it out early for Saturday's Session, just planning ahead!

EXPO Floor: Awesome sponsors!  Met really sweet people.

Diane Amos & Me: That's the power of Pine Sol, baby... 

Cookie Monster, Elmo, and ME.  I plan on bringing our son  before the conference ends.

Brawny Man & Me

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Get Smart: New App Helps Sprint Customers Find Misplaced Phones

This post brought to you by Sprint. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you are a Sprint customer you are in luck!   Now there is a cool new App that helps to find your misplaced phone!  Available now is the Sprint Total Equipment Protection App.  I haven't upgraded to SmartPhone technology (YET) but hope to in the very near future.  The thought of losing and or damaging an expensive new phone is one of the reasons that I have been hesitant.  Now I have one less reason for worry!  With this new App, I would be covered!

The new app for Sprint Total Equipment Protection (TEP) subscribers is available for Android, Blackberry and select feature phones.  With this app, you would be able to do the following:
  • Locate phone
  • Sync contacts
  • Remote wipe phone
  • Lock phone
  • Sound alarm
If you are a Sprint TEP customer it only takes a few minutes to be up and running.  The best part is that there is no additional cost!
This app make would make life easier by reducing quite a bit frustration.  Many times I have misplaced my phone around the house, sometimes left at the office, and other times left in one of our cars or at a family members home.  Mostly due to my own absentmindedness and on occasion when our son gets his hands on it and puts it in the oddest of places!   And if it were every truly lost (or stolen) I  wouldn't have to worry about someone accessing any personal information as I would have the option to wipe the phone.  The thought of  losing all your contacts wouldn't be a concern either.
If you are a current Sprint customer you can check out and download the app but you only have until August 30 to add the feature to your existing phone. This is a limited time open enrollment so HURRY and please pass this on to your friends & family that have service with Sprint.

HTCEVOSHIFT_GCVS_settings menu.jpg (5 documents) For customers that didn’t enroll in TEP within 30 days of activating their phone, you are in luck. Sprint is holding an Open Enrollment from August 1-30, 2011. This means that as a Sprint customer, you can STILL add the Total Equipment Protection feature. To enroll or learn more visit

In addition to the new App features, TEP provides Sprint customers with a quick and convenient way to receive a replacement if their phone is ever lost, stolen, damaged or malfunctions after the warranty expires. Keep in mind water damage is included as it is summertime, this feature even covers accidental dips by your phone into the pool or lake (or the toilet)!

TEP costs $8.00 per month. The Protection App included with TEP with no added cost provides the ability to find a misplaced phone with an audible alarm, locate your phone on a map using network integrated GPS technology, remotely lock a missing phone, as well as wirelessly sync and manage and restore your contacts. Should a customer need to file a claim a deductible of either $50 or $100 is required for approved claims. While some people might be discouraged with the tought of a deductible, consider this: have you ever check on the non contract price of that EVO? Well $50 or $100 sounds much better that $449! Even that LG Optimus you thought was free -- $299 is the full retail.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

3 Years of Wedded Bliss!

Just Married!
Happy Anniversary to us! Here is our 1st kiss as Mr. & Mrs.
It seems like it was just yesterday....
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