Thursday, November 14, 2019

What is Sales Tax and Sales Tax Compliance

What is Sales Tax? Dictionary term a tax on sales or on the receipts from sales.

Ok so this is pretty straightforward and everyone of us should know of or are already paying for sales tax on just about everything. I personally think it's way too high, like I don't pay enough for food or clothing as it is and than to be taxed which I no idea where any of that money even goes kind of bothers me.

However its unavoidable and we need to shop and buy gas or even go to get our pets taken care of.  If you are not aware of sales tax and the sales tax act you can find it on the receipt after you purchase something in the USA, I am not sure about other countries.


Next let's focus on sale tax compliance, I didn't know the exact terms or what it entailed specifically because sales tax compliance was just not a term I came across in life yet, I know that's odd and I might have like heard about it at some point but it just like left my mind, which is a great thing because we can learn about it together. As always I love Google and get so much information from even the quickest search. I would recommend hiring a professional if you are not sure about this and the proper forms because wayfair sales tax exemption it does not look easy.


So I checked Google and found this from the Sales Tax Institute (credited)

What is Sales Tax Compliance and How Do I Do It?

At the Sales Tax Institute, we are frequently asked about “how to do sales tax.” In other words, how does one stay sales tax compliant?

In short, sales tax compliance is preparing and filing sales and use tax returns. Once a taxpayer is registered to collect or pay sales and use taxes in a jurisdiction, returns must be filed and the tax must be remitted on a timely basis.

Sales tax compliance can be viewed as an 8-step process.
1. Gather the Data
In order to properly complete a sales or use tax return, you’ll need to gather data from many different sources within the company.

2. Evaluate and Reconcile the Data
Gathering data from various departments can create challenges in evaluating and reconciling the data. The different reports and data must be consolidated for reporting.

3. Populate the Tax Return
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary data, you need to input the information into the tax forms. A review of the tax returns is necessary to understand what is required and how it is to be presented.

4. File the Tax Return & Pay Tax
Once you’ve prepared the return, it must be filed on a timely basis and the tax must be remitted to the taxing jurisdiction. The jurisdiction will inform you of your filing frequency and due date.

5. Reconcile Bank/Confirm Payments
Once you’ve submitted the tax payment, you should confirm that payment was received and processed by the state Department of Revenue. You should also prepare a bank reconciliation to confirm that payment clears for the proper amount.

6. Calendar Update
It is a best practice to create a “Tax Calendar” spreadsheet for tracking important filing information such as due dates, the tax due, who prepared the return, the filing method, date filed, the filing and payment confirmation numbers and more.

7. Respond to Notices
Notices are generated by taxing authorities when errors occur. Many notices have short response times associated with them and require prompt attention.

8. Repeat!
Again a special thank you to the Sales Tax institute for the help and excellent tips.


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In Search of My True Identity By Suzanne H. Fabbi, M.Ed.



“In Search of My True Identity: A Journey from Disillusionment and Despair to Hope and Fulfillment”

By Suzanne H. Fabbi, M.Ed.

ISBN: 9781982227463 (softcover); 9781982227456 (hardcover); 9781982227517 (electronic)

Available at Balboa Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Book

Kathleen already had two boys to raise by herself, but when she went out with Richard, she thought he had her best interests at heart. He had been a childhood friend and knew her first husband had abandoned her. He also knew about her bouts of mania and depression, and he would not take advantage of that … would he? But after missing her period and not hearing from Richard, Kathleen determined that her worst fear had come true—she’d gotten pregnant again. 

She did not want to give her baby up for adoption, but she felt she had no choice. Years later, her daughter, Suzanne, seeks to discover the truth of her birth, but she does not end up finding answers until age forty. In this book, Suzanne relives her journey of seeking answers, describing the circumstances, challenges, heartache, and the hope associated with giving a child up for adoption and fulfilling the dreams of a barren couple.

 Told through the eyes of multiple personas—her birth mother, her adoptive parents, and herself—the author provides a record, partly fictionalized, of the ordeal that families go through when going through adoption.


About the author
Suzanne H. Fabbi is a retired secondary English teacher, having taught for 24 years in middle and high school and at the college level. She is the mother of four children and grandmother to seven, and she resides with her husband and Yorkie pup in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I received complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Truth is light in this book that is so open and beautiful.  I think that it will inspire people to open their mind and heart to adoption. I like that it is straight from the soul of the author.  

Get creative with Frozen 2

Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2
Learn to Draw Frozen 2
Price: $14.99
Author: Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team
Format: Spiral bound, 64 Pages
ISBN: 9781633228184
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.
Series: Licensed Learn to Draw
Age Range: 6-8

Description

The step-by-step drawing exercises in Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2 will have you drawing Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven, and the new characters from Disney Frozen 2 in no time!

With just a bit of practice, even beginning artists can draw all their favorite Disney Frozen 2 characters. This 64-page book features easy step-by-step instructions for drawing Anna and Elsa, the warm hug-loving, summer-curious snowman Olaf, outdoorsman Kristoff and his loyal reindeer, Sven. Also included are some of the new characters of Disney Frozen 2! All you’ll need to start drawing is a pencil, and the easy-to-follow instructions in this book will guide you through each step!

Grab a pencil and your copy of Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2, and flip to the character you want to draw. You will learn using three different methods: tracing, the grid-drawing method, and the basic shapes method. The basic shapes method may seem challenging at first, but the step-by-step illustrations guide you through it, beginning with simple shapes. Before you know it, you will have finished drawings of Elsa, Anna, and other Disney Frozen 2 characters! This book contains tracing paper to accompany the tracing projects, practice grids to draw on after each grid drawing project, and practice pages after each basic shapes project. All you need is a pencil to get started, but you can choose to add color to your drawings with felt-tip markers, colored pencils, watercolors, or acrylic paints.

Plus, learn some fun facts about the characters as you learn to draw them. Brief character descriptions and art instruction from professional Disney animators round out this exciting artistic adventure to Arendelle and beyond. Grab your art supplies and your copy of Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2, and get ready to draw!

Disney Frozen 2 is a much-anticipated sequel following the success of the original 2013 film. Breaking records within Walt Disney Studios’ portfolio and the film industry at large, Disney Frozen remains the #1 animated film in history, as well one of the highest-grossing films of all time at the global box office. Audiences everywhere have been captivated by the magical story of sisters Anna and Elsa.

Cassandra's Review-  A fun and creative book that lets young minds or really any age have the option to trace the images or use a grid method to practice which is really cool.  

Frozen 2 Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Frozen 2 Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Price: $16.99
Author: Jennifer Malone
Format: Kit, 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780760367285
Publisher: becker&mayer! kids
Age range: 8-12

Description
With her powerful magic, Elsa can freeze water into snow crystals! Using the science and materials in this kit, children can create their own amazing transformations. Learn formulas, practice ratios, combine chemicals, and use the scientific method to form bath bombs that are uniquely Frozen 2 and uniquely yours!

Step-by-step instructions guide junior scientists in creating bath bombs inspired by their favorite Frozen 2 characters, such as Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff. Once they master the traditional bath bomb recipe, they can move on to more advanced experiments, such as Anna’s Candy Bath Bombs and Kristoff's Crystal Ice Bath Bomb, for an exciting new challenge. Ready for something different? Perform more experiments using similar materials and chemical reactions!

The adventure ends with a beautiful product to use or share, and the knowledge of why and how the bath bomb fizzes, foams, and conditions the skin.

Along with the 32-page instruction book that explains the science behind the fun, this kit includes:
Citric acid (enough to make 10 bath bombs)
Color drops (2 different colors)
Baking soda
Bubbly powder
Plastic molds shaped like the four elements (earth, wind, fire, and water) celebrated in Frozen 2
Anna's Candy Bath Bombs Recipe
Kristoff's Crystal Ice Bath Bombs Recipe
Elsa's Hot Chocolate Bath Bombs Recipe
Olaf's Natural Element Bath Bombs Recipe
Crystal Snowflake Recipe

Cassandra's Review-  The book and activity kit is so much fun, there are neat ideas and you can spend so much time enjoying the different ways to craft.  Plus you can always go out and get more supplies to have an even more fun time.  It's really for any age and is going to make a great gift this year.   


I received complimentary copies.





What is a Personal Injury

Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. In Anglo-American jurisdictions the term is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit in which the person bringing the suit, or "plaintiff," has suffered harm to his or her body or mind.  Thank you Wikipedia


So with this mind let's think of ways that a person can be personally injured.  How about if you are shopping at a retail store and the associate makes a comment about you? Perhaps they said you were not the type of person that would buy or wear something.  Maybe they went as far as to laugh or smirk. Would that count?


If you got into an car accident and you needed to heal from a broken bone or worse that would also be considered a personal injury but not the damage to the car. Or if you slipped and fell injuring your back or sprained your ankle, this all counts.


Would you consider hiring an Attorney like Kinney, Fernandez, & Boire P.A. for these types of things or are you a person to just let it go and try to be more careful next time.  What of the accidents are not your fault, would that make a difference in how you handle the unforeseeable outcome?  


No matter how you decide it is important to know the difference and exactly what a personal injury is and can you have a mental injury, yes it is very real.  Let's again reference Wikipedia (thank you)
 "Psychological injury" refers to psychological or psychiatric conditions associated with an event that leads, or may lead, to a lawsuit in tort action or other legal-related claims. Legally, psychological injury is considered a mental harm, suffering, damage, impairment, or dysfunction caused to a person as a direct result of some action or failure to act by some individual. The psychological injury must reach a degree of disturbance of the pre-existing psychological/ psychiatric state such that it interferes in some significant way with the individual's ability to function. If so, an individual may be able to sue for compensation/ damages.


Let me know in the comments if you have had any moments where you think it would be considered a personal injury or if you can think of ways that you consider a person to be personally injured, I would love to hear your thoughts.   I hope that no matter what love has brought you that you are having a healing and loving upcoming holiday filled with light love family and laughter. 


You deserve to feel better and be happy and live without harm or  personal injury.  If you are having a hard time know that people are out there that care and would love to talk with you so always take the time to speak up even if it is just anonymously and know that I am personally here to talk whenever you need to.  

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Nomad Technology Gifts For Everyone Giveaway

Nomad Technology Gifts For Everyone Giveaway

Welcome to the Nomad Technology Gifts For Everyone Giveaway!

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/5/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

GameDay Basketball Scoreboard Giveaway

GameDay Basketball Scoreboard Giveaway

Welcome to the GameDay Basketball Scoreboard Giveaway!

1 Winner

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THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/6/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wild In Africa Bracelets Giveaway

Wild In Africa Bracelets Giveaway Ends 12/4

Welcome to the Wild In Africa Bracelets Giveaway!

1 Winner - 3 bracelets

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/4/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

 

716candleco. com Candle Giveaway

716candleco.com Candle Giveaway

Welcome to the 716candleco.com Candle Giveaway!

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

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THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/5/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A House With Holes: One Marriage Journey in a Charleston Renovation By Denise Broadwater

A House With Holes: One Marriage Journey in a Charleston Renovation
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Marriage Struggles Through A Charleston Cottage Renovation
   
Marriage comes with the struggle of making life work—but with a promise of home, a place to rest, to be who we are in all our mess, to feel loved and accepted in the truth of who we are. Opening up our mess means adjusting to our anxieties, habits, and struggles.


In A House with Holes: One Marriage Journey in a Charleston Renovation (Mountain View Press, October 2019), author and therapist, Denise Broadwater shares the challenges and successes of the restoration she and her craftsman-architect husband embraced after their purchase of a 1920s Charleston Cottage that was slated for destruction. Oddly enough, the project began to mirror the ups and downs of their empty-nester marital relationship.


We all know marriage can be tough. Marriage requires commitment and flexibility, allowing for each spouse to develop his and her own gifts, to work together through challenges, and to communicate in a way that draws the couple closer through any issues that arise. The same can practically be said for renovating a house—especially an old house.


Through this intriguing memoir describing the architectural style and details of their historic home on Congress Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Denise shares her struggles and disappointments during the six-year upheaval. They lived with open holes in the floors and roof, wild critters, and in an old neighborhood that was unsure of their intentions. As her attitude changed with her living situation, Denise discovered her marriage rising to meet the challenges they faced and this struggling community opening to become a place of belonging.


“All marriages have holes—that’s a given,” Denise says. “The holes are places you disconnect: a container for selfishness, for disappointment, and for addictions as people try to find alternatives for unmet needs. Intimacy opens up the holes. Growing means making small movements toward each other, coming together to reduce friction.”


Principles and questions about marriage have been worked seamlessly into each chapter so that readers can “shore up” their own relationships and grow in understanding while vicariously watching the progress of the Charleston Cottage through the eyes of a seasoned DIY renovator.


The Broadwaters’ experience of doing life in the midst of a major house renovation demonstrates marriage recovery, and her expertise as a counselor shapes lessons for married people everywhere in an honest, easy-reading, and relatable telling.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Denise Broadwater has been a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina for ten years, treating anxiety, depression, life adjustments, and marriages. She has an MA in clinical counseling and began her career as a family therapist working with at-risk families and youth. Additionally, Denise has an M.Ed in education administration with several years of teaching experience in private education. She is a wife and the mother of three children and recently added “Nana” to her list of titles. She enjoys rowing at the gym, cooking new recipes, sewing quilts, and blogging at Life Lights Blog (emptynestmarriage.com) and
Charleston Renovator Blog (www.freedmanscottagerenovation.blogspot.com).

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Denise gives you a deep and powerful look into her life.  With so much to lose and a pure heart this book connects tougher times and a light humor with a really blessed journey of spirit.  Thank you.   

It Began With a Lie (Secrets of Redemption #1) by Michele P.W. Review

It Began With a Lie
(Secrets of Redemption #1)
by Michele P.W. Michele Pariza Wacek
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WINNER OF A 2018 PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD REVIEWERS' CHOICE AWARD

A fresh start. That was what Becca hoped the move from New York to Redemption, Wisconsin would be for her troubled family. A way to get her crumbling marriage back on track, and to bond with her difficult 16-year-old stepdaughter.

But instead of a new beginning, Becca is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers, as she is now living in her aunt's house (or what the locals call "The Witch House").

But is the house really haunted? Or is there something far more sinister out to destroy them?

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's  Review- The right balance of romance without going overboard and wording that will have you wanting more of the paranormal goodness.  It is a read that you will want to devour in a short time, but savor after finishing. 



I Love Happy Cats: Guide for a Happy Cat by Anneleen Bru

I Love Happy Cats: Guide for a Happy Cat by Anneleen Bru
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People have been under the spell of the mysterious and elegant nature of the cat for thousands of years. They are one of our oldest animal companions and have been much-loved family members in households around the globe for generations. But have you ever felt that despite your good intentions and love, there are some things about your cat you don't quite understand? Do you sometimes feel like it might be trying to tell you something? That you could make them even happier than they already are? This book will change everything you once thought you knew about cats. You can use its many tips and insights to optimize your relationship with your cat.

In this book, you will be taken on an intimate journey through the world of the domestic cat, covering all their natural instincts and mysterious behaviors. The tips and tricks are the outcome of hundreds of behavioral consultations. Your relationship with your cat will never be the same.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The quality of the book itself from the way it is bound to the placekeeper is beautiful.  The pages are filled to the brim with information that is completely useful and I can come back to it often which is great.  I am all about cats and learning as much as I can about them.  To be able to understand more and make my pets happy is a huge plus. 

PlayMonster Makes Holidays Fun #PlayMonsterFun

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching and PlayMonster has the best games featuring everything from Party Games to Kids Toys, Strategy Games and Pre-School toys, PlayMonster really has something for everyone. 
It’s the game of things you know and love! From chocolate to cereal, football to flowers, soap to shoes—they all have LOGOs! The Logo Game is all about those logos and everything wrapped up in them. It taps into the knowledge we’ve piled up about nostalgic and new brands, and adds a few astonishing facts and surprises to entertain everyone! New version includes fun 3D pawns! For 2 to 6 players.

Cassandra's Review- I love family time and Logos so this game is super fun, I have played all the older versions as well and it will always be a favorite of mine.  
Silence is deadly.™

Think fast and shout your answer…because silence is deadly! Roll the big cubes to get your nine categories, like Contagious Things, Buffet Foods, Hotties or Colors, and then press the brain timer to get your letter and start the game! Take turns naming things in a category that start with that letter, and grab that cube! Hurry before the brain farts and you lose a token! With 54 categories and 21 letters, the game is different each time you play! For 3 or more players, ages 14 to adult.

Cassandra's' Review- The game is simple easy to play and requires nothing but pure fun. 

How much can you hang before he goes twaaang?!

Orangutwang is a fun, suspenseful and wild game! Take turns hanging fruit and jungle friends on the orangutan, but watch out! At some point, he’ll be holding too much and he’ll spring up and send the fruit and friends flying…you just never know when! No batteries required; easy set up.

For 2 or more players.

Cassandra's Review- On the first time trying this, I didn't set up the bird, so I was like ok I have all the pieces on and nothing is happening.  Always read the directions first.  After I did it correctly it's one of those pop noise games that kind of scare you if your not ready for it.  However it is so much fun and very colorful. 


I received complimentary product.

PuroGamer Gaming Headset Giveaway

PuroGamer Gaming Headset Giveaway

Welcome to the PuroGamer Gaming Headset Giveaway!

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

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THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/2/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

EyeBuyDirect Glasses Happy Holidays Giveaway

EyeBuyDirect Happy Holidays Giveaway! (3 Winners ~ Ends 12/20) 

Welcome to the EyeBuyDirect Happy Holidays Giveaway!

3 Winners! ~ Any Pair Of Glasses!

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host is Deliciously Savvy


3 Winners will win any pair of Glasses from EyeBuyDirect with Free shipping in the US!
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This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/20/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.


Gift Winning Moves Games Giveaway

Gift Winning Moves Games Giveaway

Welcome to the Gift Winning Moves Games Giveaway!

3 Winners

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

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THE GIVEAWAY
This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/3/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment.  If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

The Slipcover Company Giveaway

Upgrade Your Living Room Space With The Slipcover Company Giveaway! (4 Winners ~ Ends 12/25) 

Welcome to the Upgrade Your Living Room Space With The Slipcover Company Giveaway!

4 Winners

This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host is Deliciously Savvy

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to continental United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/25/19. The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment.  If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.


Baby Magic Cold Weather Skin Care for Baby

Baby Magic Baby Lotion, Camellia Oil & Marshmallow Root, 16.5oz

Baby Lotion

The classic Baby Magic scent that will leave baby with smooth, hydrated skin! Infused with Camellia Oil and Marshmallow Root to help moisturize skin while calming inflammation. Perfect for after a bath or throughout the day this lotion is sure to keep baby smiling.

And
Calming Lotion

Your baby nighttime routine must-have. After a relaxing bath, moisturize baby with Calming Lotion to lull them to sleep. Lavender and Chamomile help soothe and relax baby while getting them ready for bed.

I received complimentary product.

Ryan’s World Colgate Kids Toothpaste and Soft Toothbrush Set

Introducing Ryan Kaji of Ryan Toys Reviews anticipated 2019 holiday gift packs just for kids! Ryan is one of the biggest YouTube sensations in the world and ranked 8th most successful in 2017 alone. For this holiday season he custom designed and personally created his own product line called “Ryan’s World” with awesome flavors and colors that appeal to kids. We’re offering three different gift packs that help fight cavities while making oral care fun for your little ones.
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Ryan’s World Colgate Kids Toothpaste and Soft Toothbrush Set:

·         The Colgate Kids Toothpaste with Fluoride and Soft Toothbrush Set featuring Ryan's World contains 1 anticavity fluoride toothpaste and 2 manual kids toothbrushes with suction cups for easy storage. The toothpaste provides cavity and enamel protection, with a mild bubble fruit flavor kids will love.

Ryan’s World Colgate Kids Oral Care Regimen Pack with a Toothbrush Cap

·         The Colgate Kids Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Toothbrush Cover Set featuring Ryan's World contains a manual toothbrush, kids battery toothbrush, anticavity fluoride kids toothpaste, and toothbrush cover. The extra soft toothbrushes sweep away plaque while the toothpaste provides enamel protection.

Ryan’s World Colgate Kids Oral Care Regimen Pack with a Mystery Kid Toy

·         The Colgate Kids Set featuring Ryan's World contains a manual kids toothbrush, kids battery toothbrush, kids toothpaste with fluoride, kids mouthwash, and kid toy. Both toothbrushes have soft bristles, while the toothpaste and mouthwash provide cavity protection.

I received complimentary product.


Friday, November 8, 2019

Raising a Doodle @PuppyMamaDotCom Book Tour

About the Book:
Raising a Doodle: Heartwarming Stories from Dog Parents Around the World is the adorable how-to guide for both new and experienced doodle parents.

With dog expert interviews covering practical tips on training, health, grooming, and canine therapy, plus more than one hundred stories and beautiful photos from our Puppy Mama community, this coffee table book is your entertaining road map to doodle parenthood.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Writers in the Secret Garden by Cecilia Aragon Review

Writers in the Secret Garden: Fanfiction, Youth, and New Forms of Mentoring (Learning in Large-Scale Environments)
by Cecilia Aragon
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An in-depth examination of the novel ways young people support and learn from each other though participation in online fanfiction communities.


Over the past twenty years, amateur fanfiction writers have published an astonishing amount of fiction in online repositories. More than 1.5 million enthusiastic fanfiction writers―primarily young people in their teens and twenties―have contributed nearly seven million stories and more than 176 million reviews to a single online site, Fanfiction.net. In this book, Cecilia Aragon and Katie Davis provide an in-depth examination of fanfiction writers and fanfiction repositories, finding that these sites are not shallow agglomerations and regurgitations of pop culture but rather online spaces for sophisticated and informal learning. Through their participation in online fanfiction communities, young people find ways to support and learn from one another.


Aragon and Davis term this novel system of interactive advice and instruction distributed mentoring, and describe its seven attributes, each of which is supported by an aspect of networked technologies: aggregation, accretion, acceleration, abundance, availability, asynchronicity, and affect. Employing an innovative combination of qualitative and quantitative analyses, they provide an in-depth ethnography, reporting on a nine-month study of three fanfiction sites, and offer a quantitative analysis of lexical diversity in the 61.5 billion words on the Fanfiction.net site. Going beyond fandom, Aragon and Davis consider how distributed mentoring could improve not only other online learning platforms but also formal writing instruction in schools.


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You can purchase on Amazon.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- I think that the book requires a lot of time to really get deeply into as it includes so many excellent ideas.  Just jam packed with valuable resources and the best information to really help benefit writers or really anyone who is interested in learning about the topics.

How to Draw Without Talent by Danny Gregory Review

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Want to draw but don't think you have the talent? This book is for you--no experience or formal training required! Danny Gregory, co-founder of the popular online Sketchbook Skool, shows you how to get started making art for pleasure with fun, easy lessons. Get started fast with just a pen and paper, learn to see your subject with new eyes, and enjoy the creative process.

About the Author

Danny’s written 12 books and is co-founder of the online Sketchbook Skool for creativity through illustrated journaling. The Skool encourages its global community to draw regardless of skill level. From Boston to Beijing, people who haven’t made art since grade school have picked up the creative habit from him. Danny’s also spent 3 decades as one of New York’s leading advertising creative directors. He’s created award-winning, global campaigns for clients like Chase, JPMorgan, American Express, IBM, Burger King, Ford, Chevron and many others. He was born in London, grew up in Pakistan, Australia, and Israel. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book contains a great amount of knowledge compiled from others.  It is inspiring and can be referenced whenever you I want a new or fresh outlook before trying to create something new.  It a great study book for people as well.  

The Adventures of Rowdy Rabbit by Pamela M. Marston

The Adventures of Rowdy Rabbit
Overview
Rowdy is a very active young rabbit. Because he is so curious, he can get himself into trouble. He has two sisters who watch his comedic behavior in amazement, whether near their home or visiting an animal at sea or at a farm or a zoo. The rabbit family knows that Rowdy is just being Rowdy, like it or not, but mama and papa are never quite sure what to expect next and realize a need to watch him very closely.

I received a complimentary copy.


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Cleanlogic Exfoliating Essentials Bundle Giveaway

Welcome to the Cleanlogic Exfoliating Essentials Bundle Giveaway!

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Cleanlogic detox Purifying Charcoal Exfoliating Bath Gloves
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IQAir AirVisual Pro World's Smartest Air Quality Monitor Giveaway

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IQAir AirVisual Pro ~ World's Smartest Air Quality Monitor Giveaway!

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Available on Amazon
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Click & Grow Smart Garden 9 Giveaway

Welcome to the Click & Grow Smart Garden 9 Giveaway!

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Click & Grow Smart Garden 9 ($200 RV) & Comes With 3 Mini Tomato plant capsules, 3 Basil plant capsules, and 3 Green Lettuce plant capsules
Available on Amazon

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The Original PeachSkinSheets Happy Holidays Giveaway

Welcome to the Original PeachSkinSheets Happy Holidays Giveaway!

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PeachSkinSheets

The Original PeachSkinSheets® Breathable Sheet Sets include one Fitted Sheet, one Flat Sheet, and two Pillowcases with European Envelope Closures (only 1 pillowcase with Twin Set)
$129.95 ~ $159.95 RV (depends on size chosen)
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Nixplay 10.1" Smart Photo Frame Giveaway

Nixplay 10.1" Smart Photo Frame Giveaway! (1 Winner ~ $180 RV) Ends 12/15  #StayClose

Welcome to the Nixplay 10.1 Inch Smart Photo Frame Giveaway!!

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Nixplay 10.1" Smart Photo Frame

The Next-Generation Smart Frame!

$179.99 RV
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Clearly Filtered Pitcher Giveaway

Clearly Filtered Pitcher Giveaway

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Holiday Teach My Toddler Package Giveaway

 Holiday Teach My Toddler Package Giveaway

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THE GIVEAWAY
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Travel Makeup Bag Giveaway

Travel Make Up Bag Giveaway

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Evolve or Die By Michael Priem, Modern Impact @Modern_Impact

Evolve or Die

Digital Transformation is the Industrial Revolution of Our Age.

By Michael Priem, Modern Impact

Around the globe, across all industries, every organization intent on surviving the next decade of economic disruption is shifting from analog to digital. Any company serious about advancing its brand, capturing its best customers and expanding its future is in the process of integrating digital technologies that will help them reimagine every aspect of their business.


And most of them are failing.


According to a recent McKinsey global survey on Digital Transformation, more than 80% of organizations have undertaken such steps in the past five years, but only 16% of respondents say their efforts have successfully improved performance, while also equipping them to sustain long-term change. Reported success rates in more traditional industries – like Automotive and Pharmaceuticals – are even more dismal (4%-11%).


Why? That 50-page proposal made the idea of insinuating new digital technology into everyday business processes, operations, communications and other systems seem so simple. Why, then, are almost 9 of every 10 organizations who attempt any type of digital transformation dissatisfied with the results?


Because digital transformation isn’t just about technology. It’s about leadership and partnership and stewardship.


It should come as no surprise that one of the most important influences McKinsey identified when it comes to determining the ultimate outcome of any transformation is a team of leaders who not only understand digital tech but also feel a sense of urgency about leveraging it; who can’t wait to start the process and bring the rest of the organization along.


That’s a tall order, becoming that kind of leader. Being someone who’s willing to challenge the status quo, experiment with the unfamiliar and get comfortable with the prospect of failure. But the only time I’ve ever seen any organization enjoy dramatic growth is when they tried something (and hired someone) dramatically different.


Which brings us to an equally important ingredient of transformational leadership: Integrators. According to McKinsey, the leaders most likely to succeed in exacting change are those willing to step back and recruit uniquely qualified partners who’ll help them integrate – and translate – new digital tactics into existing and evolving business strategies.


Given that description, it follows that the best integrators do much more than just provide technical specs or practical explanations of the digital solutions being developed. They also excel at crafting and communicating a “change story” that helps employees and other stakeholders understand where the organization is headed, why it’s transforming itself, and what will happen when it does.


The integrators you choose and the change story they tell are particularly important when it comes to the evolution of your marketing systems. That digital transformation will eventually affect every aspect of your business, from product design to consumer packaging, prospect identification to customer service, email marketing to market analytics.


But building fully integrated digital systems calls for fully defined business strategies; the kind that turn big data into smart data, prospects into customers and industry challenges into marketing victories; the kind of strategies you only get from those who’ve already done it for others you respect and continue to do it every day.


There’s a reason the world’s largest consulting firms are attempting to acquire more sophisticated digital marketing firms (like Modern Impact): Buying is much faster – and cheaper – than learning. Today’s marketing technology and tools can be complex and confusing, so once the general plan has been accepted, these generalists need a team of specialists who can actually make it work; from your technical stack and digital marketing platforms to your data management systems and creative content.


In today’s hyper-connected world, brand equity is now often predicated exclusively on the prospect or customer’s last interaction with your organization – personally or otherwise. So, the object of the digital transformation game is not just increasing efficiency but reducing friction; to produce actionable intelligence that allows you to expedite transactional activity and reserve human interaction for instances when human interpersonal skills are really needed.


Combining smart, connected and emerging technologies to digitally transform your marketing allows you to shift your entire focus toward hyper-personalized experiences that attract, engage, encourage and retain your best customers.


But as I pointed out in another recent editorial, Your Customer is the New CMO, the first step may be building a more sophisticated strategy for harnessing your customer data. Defining protocols and practices that extract meaningful insights about those you already serve allows you to understand and interact with each of them in a new, dynamic way. And changing the lens through which your organization views its entire business can deliver powerful, profound rewards.

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Michael Priem Bio — https://www.modernimpact.com/

A life-long innovator with a talent for leveraging technology, Michael Priem’s aptitude for strategic planning, application development, new business ventures, large-scale project management and corporate development have made him a sought after advisor to dozens of world-class brands – including General Mills, BestBuy, Target, Sears, Williams Sonoma, Harley Davidson, American Express and HP. Prior to launchingModernImpact, Michael’s entrepreneurial career included leadership roles with a global advertising agency that pioneered many digital media principles, a publicly traded global consulting firm and his own boutique corporate advisory firm. He is a sought-after speaker, frequent conference panelist and routinely interviewed by a broad variety of publications including Ad Age, AdWeek and Financial Times.