Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Goes Way Beyond Meat!

This Goes Way Beyond Meat!


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When I attended the TechMunch conference here in Atlanta in September of this year, I had the pleasure of meeting the reps from Beyond Meat.  They had great samples of their food to share which included "Beef" Nachos and  Classic "Chicken" Salad   Beyond Meat gave attendees of the conference free coupons to try their products.  I decided to reach out to my Veggie Lovin' Social Media buddies to try Beyond Meat as well.

Here is what Dalia from Eating Beautiful had to say:


Dalia's Yummy Salad with Beyond Meat's "Chicken" Strips


"I made a grilled chicken salad using the Beyond Chicken Grilled Strips, a honey mustard dressing, and a romaine iceberg mix.  It was delicious.  I thought the beyond meat chicken actually tasted better than chicken. It had a savory kind of creamy texture.  It was very filling.  I'd definitely use it again to turn a salad into a main dish."


For more awesome meal ideas, visit Dalia's website at http://eatingbeautiful.com.


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My music lovin' Vegetarian friend Kenya shared the following photos of the meals that she made with Beyond Meat:

Veggie Chilli & Chicken Philly

Kenya mentioned that she was an avid Boca product customer, but mentioned that after experimenting with various seasonings, the Beyond Meat products made great meat alternatives.  

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I also tried Beyond Meat and made baked potatoes.  I had to compare the Vegetarian product against actual chicken strips by Tyson.  Here is my creation:


Overall, I thought the product was very close to chicken.  The texture was similar and with some doctoring, the flavor was similar as well.  

If you are looking to try a meat substitute, I suggest Beyond meat.  


Monday, November 3, 2014

Warby Parker Eyeglasses

Warby Parker Eyeglasses


I recently visited the Warby Parker Eyewear store in Buckhead (Atlanta).  I was amazed at how nicely the store was laid out.  There were so many trendy frames and the price was right on point!  

Here is a video of my find!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Who knew Marriage Would Take this Much Work?

Who knew Marriage Would Take this Much Work?


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Marriage is NOT for the faint of heart.  Marriage is a commitment and a partnership that takes WORK!  I have been married for just over 4 years.  I can tell you that there are plenty of ups and downs.  But what is most important is to nurture and continue to work on your relationship.  The Bible has excellent guidance as far as how to treat your mate (1 Peter 3:1, Ephesians 5:22-28) and the role of the husband and the wife. There are also other resources online, in print, video, and workshop form that is very helpful.  I want to let you all know about this FREE marital resource that will help you to get your marriage on the right track today!  Black and Married with Kids is bringing you a 3 Part Video Series called:  Transform Your Marriage!  Make sure to click this link to get access to the free resource-->Transform Your Marriage.

They also have other resources that are valuable to families from various backgrounds!  My husband and I have this awesome workbook:

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There are also DVDs for relationships that have survived marital challenges:

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Hope and love for their mates:

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Topic of Manhood:

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There are so many excellent resources by Black and Married with Kids.  Check out the links above to get your marriage moving in the right direction today!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cricket Community Stars!

Cricket Community Stars!

As a Cricket Advocate, I wanted to bring you this great opportunity!  If you have a business or are influential in your local community, then I suggest you check this out!

"As you know, entrepreneurship is the heartbeat of many African-American communities -- with sole proprietorships at the forefront. With this in mind, Cricket Wireless will soon be celebrating these hard-working, one-person enterprises via the launch of Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs contest. Whether it’s the chef who offers plates of cooked food to the homeless, or the barber who offers free haircuts for the kids at Back-To-School time, all solopreneurs who continue to make a positive impact in their communities are welcome to enter. 
 The call for entries runs now through October 19, 2014 for solopreneurs in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to enter for a chance to win one of three prize packages inclusive of up to $5,000, a free device and up to one year of service on Cricket’s reliable, new nationwide 4GLTE network.  The press release below provides additional details."
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Cricket Wireless Launches Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs Contest for Small Business Owners who gives back to their Community
Grand prize package valued at more than $5,000 in cash and mobility prizes 
Alpharetta, Ga., October 3, 2014 –Cricket Wireless announces the launch of its Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs contest to recognize men and women who serve as one-person enterprises and still make it a priority to help their community.
            “Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the heartbeat of most communities,” said Winston Warrior, Director of Marketing and Customer Acquisition, Cricket Wireless. “As a community brand, we’re always looking for ways to support these business owners – including our dealers and sole proprietors, thus, positively impact our customers where they live and work.”     
            Entry forms are being accepted online now through Oct. 19, 2014, via the Events page of cricketwireless.mediaroom.com/cricketstars. Entrants must provide details on their sole proprietorship business, community involvement and social media presence. All entries will be reviewed and evaluated by Cricket, then narrowed down to three finalists who will be named 1st-, 2nd- or 3rd-place winners by a panel of judges, and receive prizes as follows:
-       1st Place: $5,000, Free Mobile Device with 1 year of Cricket service
-       2nd Place: $2,500, Free Mobile Device with six months of Cricket service
-       3rd Place: $1,000, Free Mobile Device with three months of Cricket service
Finalists will be announced late-November and must participate in a Cricket-sponsored video recording which will be housed on Cricket’s YouTube channel for finalists’ social media engagement via their respective social media channels. Finalists will be recognized during in-store celebrations on Small Business Saturday which takes place on November 29, 2014. A panel of judges will review the finalists’ videos and rate the finalists based on their community involvement/improvement, clarity and creativity in sharing their business story, social media engagement, and expressed passion to be named the grand prize winner. The panel will determine the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place winners who will be announced mid-December. To learn more about Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs or to enter, please visit cricketwireless.mediaroom.com/cricketstars and join the conversation via social media using #CricketNation. The contest is open to residents of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.
In addition to Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs, Cricket offers affordable pricing, group and loyalty plans on a reliable, nationwide 4G LTE network. For instance, the monthly savings in the Group Save plan are perfect for solopreneurs in need of separate lines for business and personal use.
About Cricket Wireless
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract.  The power of Cricket is our fast, reliable, nationwide 4G LTE network; easy and affordable unlimited plans with taxes and fees included; annual loyalty rewards; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About.  Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. 
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Official Contest Rules:
Cricket Community Stars: Salute to Solopreneurs (the “Contest”) - Official Rules
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
·         Entrant must own and operate a registered sole proprietorship business in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia or Washington D.C. (“Solopreneur”)
·         Business must have an active digital/social media presence
·         Solopreneur must play an active role in his/her community in the city/metropolitan area where the sole proprietorship business is registered or principally located (e.g. through civic engagement and volunteer work)
·         Entrants are encouraged to upload documentation in support of their community contributions i.e. sizzle reel, case study, press clippings etc. in Word or PDF format
·         Solopreneurs must be at least 21 years of age
·         Incomplete Entry Forms may be disqualified from the Contest, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion  
·         Finalists must be available in their respective market to shoot the finalist video in mid-November 2014.
·         Finalists are encouraged to engage with the public via Finalists’ social media channels (as listed on their respective Entry Form), as social media engagement will be among the items considered by the panel of judges.
 How to Enter.  
During the Entry Period, visit www.cricketwireless.mediaroom.com (the “Contest Website”) to access the Entry Form.  The Contest Website will contain a description of the Contest and the Entry Form.  Each Solopreneur must submit an Entry Form, which may include, among other things, his/her full name, the name of his/her business, employer/federal tax identification number, business address, business purpose, information about his/her community involvement, information about how, if selected, as a winner, the Solopreneur would use the prize, business social media page (“Social Media Page”) information, contact information and related supporting documentation.  Each Solopreneur must submit a completed Entry Form to Sponsor during the Entry Period, in order to be considered as a Contest entrant Limit: One (1) entry per person during the Contest.  The Entry Form and all accompanying material are collectively referred to herein as the “Entry”. For purposes of this Contest, an Entry must follow the technical, creative, and legal requirements disclosed on the Contest Website and elsewhere in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the House Rules (defined below).  An Entry may, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, be rejected if it fails to follow the technical, creative, and legal requirements disclosed on the Contest Website and in these Official Rules.  
 By entering, each Solopreneur warrants and represents that his/her Entry complies with the following content standards and “house rules” (“House Rules”):
 a) It shall comply with these Official Rules and meet all specifications or requirements called for on the Contest Website and other advertising for the Contest;
b) It shall not contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory (or is of a sexually explicit nature)
c) It shall not infringe any intellectual property right of any other person or entity, including without limitation, copyright, right of publicity or trademark rights (such as a photo of a copyright work, such as a painting or another photograph, taken without the owner’s permission) and entrant must have permission from any individuals that appear in his or her Entries (e.g. family members, friends or others);
d) It shall be original and created solely by entrant and suitable for presentation in a public form.
 e) It shall not encourage discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age, or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person;
f) It shall not show or encourage any illegal or immoral activity violence, racial hatred, cruelty to animals or any other anti-social or unlawful behavior of any kind; and
j) It shall not reveal any personal information about another individual, including another person’s address, phone number, email address, credit card number or any information that may be used to track, contact or impersonate that individual.
 If any part of the Entry breaches the House Rules or any applicable law, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify Solopreneur from the Contest, in its sole and absolute discretion.
 By submitting an Entry, Solopreneurs warrant and undertake that they are over the age of 21 and are the legal and beneficial owner of all intellectual property rights in and to their Entry and that it is their own original work and does not infringe any third party rights. Solopreneurs hereby waive and agree not to assert any moral rights in and in connection with their Entry.
 All people pictured in any photos submitted as part of an Entry must be over the age of 18 and agree that the photo may be uploaded by Sponsor to any websites owned or operated by Sponsor and/or on Sponsor’s webpages on third-party sites, including without limitation Sponsor’s Social Media Pages (collectively, the “Cricket Websites”), and/or used by Sponsor in any media, and must also waive and agree not to assert any applicable moral or similar rights and agree to the photo being entered in the Contest.
Sponsor will select three (3) finalists (“Finalists”) from all eligible entries based on Solopreneur’s community involvement, Solopreneur’s social media presence; Solopreneur’s ability to provide supporting documentation; and Solopreneur’s answer to Sponsor’s question about how he/she plans to use the prize, if selected as a winner.  Finalists must be available mid-November to participate in a video shoot (“Video Shoot”), during which a two-minute video summarizing and supplementing Finalist’s entry (the “Video”) shall be produced by Sponsor.  The Video Shoot shall take place in the city/state of Finalist’s principal place of business, as indicated on the Entry Form, and will be fully paid for by Sponsor.  Each Finalist Video will be made available for public viewing on Sponsor’s YouTube channel and, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, any other Cricket Website, on or about 8 am CST on November 24, 2014 through 11:59 pm CST on December 7, 2014 (the “Video Viewing Period”).  Each Finalist is encouraged to generate social media engagement in his/her community by promoting the Video and by encouraging his/her community to “Like” and “Share” the Video during the Video Viewing Period.  Finalists will be recognized during in-store celebrations at Cricket Wireless retail locations on November 29, also known as Small Business Saturday.
 All Entries become the sole property of Sponsor. By submitting an Entry, each Solopreneur agrees that Sponsor has the nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, licensable, transferable and unrestricted right to use the Entry in whole or in part, commercially or noncommercial, in any media, in perpetuity, worldwide, including the right to publish and display the Entry for advertising and publicity, or for any other purpose, and to edit and make derivative works, all without additional notification, review, approval or compensation to anyone, including Solopreneur. Additionally, Solopreneur agrees that Sponsor may post the Entry (including your name and/or business name), or any portion thereof, on any Cricket Websites, and/or use it in any media.
 Use of any automated system to participate in the Contest is prohibited and will result in disqualification.  Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder of any website and/or social media page submitted by Solopreneur to Sponsor in connection with the Contest.
 All Entries become the sole and exclusive property of the Sponsor and receipt of Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic.  Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. By entering the Contest, Solopreneurs fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Judges (as defined below), which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.
 2. Start/End Dates.  Contest begins at 12:00:00 pm CST on October 3, 2014 and all Entry Forms must be received by Sponsor on or before 11:59:59 pm CST on October 19, 2014 (“Entry Period”).
3. Eligibility. This Contest is open only to legal United States residents , who are 21 years of age or older as of date of entry, and own and operate a sole-proprietorship located in in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.  For the purposes of the Contest, in addition to owner/operators of sole proprietorships, a “sole proprietorship” may include a single member limited liability company and other corporate forms in which the entity is controlled by a single individual person with fewer than three (3) employees, but excludes all other entities and such entities are not eligible to enter.  Void outside of the seven participating markets - Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. - and where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Solopreneur must play an active role in his/her community in the city/metropolitan area where the sole proprietorship business is principally located (e.g. through civic engagement and volunteer work). Incomplete Entry Forms may be disqualified from the Contest, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Businesses must have an active social media/digital presence, and Finalists will be encouraged to conduct social media engagement via their respective social media channels (as listed on their Entry Form). Businesses whose offerings are in direct competition with those of Sponsor, as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion, are not be eligible to enter. Employees, officers and directors of Cricket Communications (“Sponsor”), Flowers Communications Group (“Administrator”) and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, advertising and promotion agencies, manufacturers, dealers, sponsors, and distributors of promotion materials and their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are not eligible to enter (collectively, the “Contest Entities”).  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
4. Determining the Winners.  After the conclusion of the Video Viewing Period, each Entry and Video (collectively, the “Submission”) will be reviewed by a team of judges (the “Judges”), assembled by Sponsor, who will review and judge them based on the following judging criteria (collectively, the “Judging Criteria”):
·          25% Finalist’s demonstrated commitment to improving his/her community through his/her business;
·          25% Finalist’s clarity and creativity in sharing his/her business story
·          25% Finalist’s social media engagement efforts related to his/her Video; and
·          25% Finalist’s plan to use the prize, if selected as a winner.
 Based on the total score the Judges assign to each Submission/Video using the Judging Criteria, one grand prize winning Submission and second and third place winning Submissions will ultimately be selected by the Judges and each Solopreneur who submitted a selected Submission will be a potential “Winner,” subject to confirmation that the potential Winner has met the eligibility requirements and complied with these Official Rules.  If there is a tie after the Judges apply the Judging Criteria, Sponsor will break the tie based on the Submission that had the highest score in the social media engagement category.  Winners will be announced on or about mid-December 2014.  
 5. Prizes. One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) and a free mobile device with one (1) year of free service provided by Cricket Wireless.  Approximate retail value (“ARV”): $1,000. One (1) 2nd place Winner will receive Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) and a free mobile device with six (6) months of free pre-paid service, provided by Cricket Wireless.  ARV of 2nd place prize: $600. One (1) 3rd place Winner will receive One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) and a free mobile device with three months of free pre-paid service, provided by Cricket Wireless. ARV of 3rd place prize: $450.  Total ARV of all prize: $2,050. Each mobile device and pre-paid plan awarded to Winners will be selected by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion. 
 Prizes are non-transferable, with no cash redemptions, equivalents or substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.  In the case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.  All federal, state and/or local taxes, and any other fees, costs and expenses not specifically listed herein are the responsibility of winners. All prizes are awarded “AS IS” and without warranty of any kind, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).  The ARV of the prize is based on available information provided to Sponsor and the value of any prize awarded to a Winner may be reported for tax purposes as required by law.  The Winners may be required to provide Sponsor with a valid social security number or tax identification number before the prize will be awarded for tax reporting purposes.  An IRS Form 1099 may be issued in the name of Winners and/or Winner’s business for the actual value of the prizes received.  Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited. 
 6. Notification. Finalists will be contacted via email and phone by Sponsor on or about November 3, 2014. Potential Winners will be contacted via email and phone by Sponsor on or about December 15, 2014. Finalists and potential Winners will be required to respond to Sponsor’s notification attempt within five (5) days.  If a Finalist and/or potential Winner does not respond to the notification attempt within the required time frame, the Finalist’s and/or potential Winner’s status will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s sole discretion, a runner-up selected. Potential winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules.  Potential Winner will be required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and/or rights transfer document within five (5) calendar days of prize notification.  If a potential Winner is found to be ineligible, cannot be contacted, or fails to respond to the notification attempt within the required time period, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if any potential Winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Official Rules and requirements, such prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to another eligible entrant. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given.  Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, damaged, intercepted, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the potential Winners.
 7. Conditions. BY PARTICIPATING, ENTRANTS AND WINNERS AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE CONTEST ENTITIES FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, FOR LOSS, HARM, DAMAGE, INJURY, COST OR EXPENSE WHATSOEVER INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DEATH WHICH MAY OCCUR IN CONNECTION WITH, PREPARATION FOR, TRAVEL TO, OR PARTICIPATION IN CONTEST, OR POSSESSION, ACCEPTANCE AND/OR USE OR MISUSE OF PRIZE OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY CONTEST-RELATED ACTIVITY AND FOR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION, INVASION OF PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT OR ANY OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY-RELATED CAUSE OF ACTION.  Any and all federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Winners. Participation in Contest and acceptance of prize constitutes each winner’s permission for Sponsor to use his/her name and business name, business logo, trademark, slogan and any other business identifier, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and business information, and/or any statements made by each Winner regarding the Contest or Sponsor for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way shall be disqualified.  Sponsor is not responsible if Contest cannot take place or if any prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants, Sponsor, or Administrator in connection with the Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Georgia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state’s laws.  Entrants further agree that in any cause of action, the Contest Entities’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the Contest Entities be liable for attorney’s fees.  EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, ENTRANT AGREES THAT: (I)  ANY DISPUTE, CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY -- WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION -- BY BINDING ARBITRATION (BY A SINGLE NEUTRAL ARBITRATOR SELECTED BY SPONSOR IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION) ADMINISTERED BY THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROCEDURES FOR CONSUMER RELATED DISPUTES (THE “AAA RULES”) THEN IN EFFECT; (III) ANY ARBITRATION SHALL BE HEARD BY ONE ARBITRATOR TO BE SELECTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AAA RULES, IN DALLAS, TX; (IV) UNLESS BOTH ENTRANT AND AT&T AGREE IN WRITING, THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE MORE THAN ONE PERSON’S CLAIMS, AND MAY NOT OTHERWISE PRESIDE OVER ANY FORM OF CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING; (V) JUDGMENT UPON ANY AWARD RENDERED MAY BE ENTERED IN ANY COURT HAVING JURISDICTION THEREOF; (VI) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO ALL LIMITATIONS AND RELEASES SET FORTH IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES AND LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET DAMAGES, BUT IN NO EVENT SHALL SUCH CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS OR AWARDS INCLUDE ANY PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS' FEES OR COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, ANY INJUNCTIVE OR OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
 8. Additional Terms. Any attempted form of entry other than as set forth above is prohibited; no automatic, programmed; robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. Sponsor, its affiliates, partners and promotion and advertising agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, web site, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the Contest, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Contest should (in its sole discretion) virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, Sponsor may, in its sole and absolute discretion, select the Winners from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or web site. 
 Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs) or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.
 CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
 9.  Use of Data.  Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants online, in accordance with its privacy policy.  Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at http://www.mycricket.com/support/privacy-policy. By participating in the Contest, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy. 
10. List of Winners. To obtain a list of winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Flowers Communications Group
303 E. Wacker Drive
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60601

11. Sponsor. Cricket Wireless LLC, 12735 Morris Road, Alpharetta, GA 30004            
12. Administrator: Flowers Communications Group, 303 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60601.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At a Crossroads Again!

At a Crossroads Again!

Today makes 1 year since I last buzz cut my hair.  For the previous 6 years I have enjoyed the freedom of wearing a low maintenance buzz cut or TWA.  They were such fun and low maintenance styles.    This time last year when I was at the Blogalicious conference here in Atlanta, I marked that time as a time to set out on a different path.  This was a path that I had not ventured on in years.  I decided to grow my hair out.  I decided to join the millions of women on their Natural Hair growth journey.  As I reflect on this past year, I fondly remember the many years that I experimented and tried style after style trying to get a perfect routine.  Here are a few shots of the many styles that I experimented with between 2005 and now:

Coils, Twists, and Puffs

Faux Pieces

Short hair
Now my current dilemma is figuring out if I forge ahead taking the path once traveled and try style after style, spending hour after hour, and visiting salon after salon.  Or will my decision be to venture off to a salon to get a fresh TWA and some color, and having the freedom to truly wash and go?  
I would love a little feedback.  Let me know what you think!  Make sure to stay connected with me on my Instagram to see what my eventual decision will be.  

Should I go with the TWA or continue my grow out?
 
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Achieve Your Unique Style With Motions

Achieve Your Unique Style With Motions




I have a confession to make. I am a Walgreens and Hair Product FANATIC. I find myself perusing the isles of my local Walgreens (less than a mile away) weekly. I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest products for my Natural Hair. I have the pleasure of telling you about the fabulous things that Motions is doing to support our Natural Hair Community.


No matter what type of hair type or texture you may have, Motions products will keep your hair looking as strong and beautiful as you are, enabling you to achieve a unique style that is all your own!


Check out these how-to videos, where hair expert Ursula shows you her top 5 favorite looks to help you discover your own authentic style: Hair Styling Tips by Ursula




I also love how Motions gives great Natural Hair styling tips via their website: Natural Hair Styling Tips


After viewing these awesome how-to videos, I decided to give the Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion a shot.




My Motions Foaming Wrap lotion came with a little sample of lipstick (worn above).




If you're eager to try out these looks for yourself, Walgreens has a special deal on Motions products in September. Kits are 25% off and select Motions products are on sale for only $3.49!







This is a sponsored post for Motions through The bLink Marketing Network and Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

23andme Male Cousin's Results!

23andme Male Cousin's Results!


I had a male cousin tested with 23andme.  Watch the video below to see what we found out!




Make sure to check out my Special Link to Start Your Journey today!  
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When Tech Attacks!

When Tech Attacks!
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Okay.  I have this dirty little secret.  I have developed a baaaad habit.  I know that many of you are guilty of it too.  That is why I decided to come out and tell you.  I USE MY IPAD RIGHT BEFORE BED!  Yes!  This past year I have started reading random articles,  pinning on Pinterest, watching Youtube and more right before I fall asleep.  For some reason I was thinking that using my tablet would help me to wind down and I would end up falling asleep faster.  Wrong!  What ended up happening was it caused me to experience sleep problems.  I began tossing and turning in my sleep as well as mumbling in my sleep all night long!  My husband finally came out and told me that he was having a hard time sleeping due to my night time movement and mumbling.  I was actually surprised as I did not realize that I was so active at night.  I will admit that I haven't been feeling as refreshed in the morning as I should have been, but I figured I was just fatigued from work.  

This new "Bad Habit" is very surprising  being that I haven't been a fan of having a television in my bedroom for over 10 years.  I always felt that televisions belonged in dens or family rooms and not in bedrooms.  This thinking was based on the fact that bedroom televisions could increase the temptation of watching t.v until late at night.  I realized that watching t.v. late as well as falling asleep with the t.v on was not a good habit as it would not allow the brain to turn down for deep sleep.  Being  snapped back into reality encouraged me to do  research on the effects of Computers and Tablets on sleeping habits.

Per the article "Really? Using a Computer Before Bed Can Disrupt Sleep", I learned how  artificial light from using devices at night may affect brain chemicals that promote sleep.  
The following points especially stood out to me:

"Electronic devices stimulate brain activity...disrupting your ability to drift off to sleep. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 90 percent of Americans regularly use a computer or electronic device of some kind in the hour before bed."   

" Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute showed that exposure to light from computer tablets significantly lowered levels of the hormone melatonin, which regulates our internal clocks and plays a role in the sleep cycle." 

"... [a] study, published in the journal Applied Ergonomics...found that two hours of exposure to a bright tablet screen at night reduced melatonin levels by about 22 percent."

"researchers say melatonin suppression may not only cause sleep disturbances, but also raise the risk of obesitydiabetes and other disorders."

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I also learned a lot about the effects of Blue Light on eye health.  An article that I read stated that "Blue light is harmful because it's the highest energy wavelength of visible light, able to penetrate all the way to the back of the eye. Although blue light is nothing new, the issue for concern is the amount of blue light exposure that we get each day through technology use. Over time, blue light can impair visual daily performance, disrupt our ability to sleep, and contribute to the development of macular degeneration."

With this information, I decided to set limits on my technology use.  I already performed a few sleep trials to help pinpoint the cause of my night time activity.  I turned off all of my devices 3 hours before bed.  Believe it or not, I was able to sleep soundly, I did not toss and turn as much, and my husband reported that I did not mumble at all!  Problem solved! 

I am so greatful to have this re-epiphany (lol).  I am looking forward to dialing back my technology use and buying back some good sleep.

I suggest you try it as well and make note of how refreshed you start to feel each day!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Feel Pretty!!!!

I Feel Pretty!!!

I recently had the pleasure of attending a makeup and photo shoot session at Fab'rik in Atlantic Station. This fabulous event was hosted by Images Frozen in Time and My Color Theory.  

The session started with a tour through the store to pick out 2 to 3 fresh looks for the photo shoot.  The friendly and helpful Fab'rik associates helped the event attendees to pick out fresh yet trendy looks.  I was totally in my element once I saw all of the bold and beautiful prints.  My assigned associate for the evening helped me to pick out a fabulous Gold necklace and earring set to start with.      

We them moved on to trendy tops for my first look.  She helped me to find a nice furry vest to layer over the outfit that I wore to the shoot.  

As my look was coming together and I started getting the lay of the land, my associate asked me what I wanted to wear for my second look.  I basically told her that I was open to suggestions and allowed her to pick out a few options for me.  

After picking out several possibilities, we ran across this fabulous one piece Black Sleeveless Jumpsuit.  Although I was reluctant to try on something so "sleeveless" for the shoot, I went ahead and gave it a shot.  

Once on, I was totally in love with the outfit, and decided that the jumpsuit would be the one and only outfit for the evening!

After finding the "perfect" outfit, it was on to makeup.  The MUA, Natasha asked me what look I was going for.  I told her to select the best look for me.  

I was so glad that I left this decision up to her professional judgement, because the after product was amazing!  I loved the boldness of my eye makeup as well as the awesome lip color!

I am so glad that I was able to attend this fabulous event!  Make sure to keep up with future #expressminimakeover  events by checking out both Images Frozen in Time's Facebook page (Images Frozen In Time) as well at the Twitter account of My Color Theory (My Color Theory, INC.).

Here are the Before and After Shots! 



Also...here is a video of the event!


It was so much fun!