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Friday, December 5, 2008
View this masterpiece by clicking on the icon below. See MarLee Travel on Page 10 and Online Shopping Boutique on Page 13.
If you want to be a part of iSizzle, become a member of iEmporium at http://www.iemporium.ning.com/
No need to get the keys, get in the car, drive to the zillions stores or the malls to get all those gifts on your list. Get the kids off to school, or send the wee ones to play, and lounge in your pjs or not...and take out the credit and debit cards and shop til you drop right at your computer.
And where are you shopping you ask? Well, you will be shopping at the online stores owned by moms who work at home. This week and next week there are many WAHM stores having online shopping parties so you can fill those stockings for the holidays.
Here is a list of the holiday shopping online parties:
When: Fri Dec 5, Wed Dec 10; 7:30pm – 10 pm EST
Featuring: WAHM online stores
When: Dec 3-Dec 6: 11am – 9:30pm EST
Featuring: WAHM online stores; discounts & sales; giveaways;And grand prize winter wonderland basket~ $58.00 value ~shown above
Carole’s Party Central-Christmas Extravanga
When: Fri Dec 5, Mon Dec 8, Fri Dec 12; 4pm – 10pm CST
Where: http://2mysuccess.info/ Click on Carole’s Party Central
Featuring: WAHM online stores; Great vendors with great products; find great deals and specials
When: Tues Dec 9 & Wed Dec 10; 6pm – 9:30pm EST
Featuring: WAHM online stores selling gifts, jewelry, candles, holiday décor & more for your holiday gifts
When: Wed Dec 10 2pm – 4pm CST
Where: http://freehomebusinesspost.ning.com/ and go to Party Room
Featuring: WAHM online stores selling great products- perfect for gifts for the whole family
When: Wed Dec 10; 6pm – 9 pm EST
Where: http://www.diva-within.com/ and go to Chat-box
Featuring: WAHM online stores for your holiday gift shopping
When: Sat Dec 13; 6pm EST
Featuring: Contests & Free Basket Giveaway
by Maddy Cohen
Vacation time is looming on the horizon, and you still haven't found the perfect place to go? Perhaps, when Jupiter aligns with Mars, the Great Idea will hit and you'll frantically make the calls --and pay the price. The family will have its vacation after all.
- But Mom, will you get to escape to a spa for the afternoon just by taking an elevator?
- Dad, will you be able to sprawl out on a chaise and not have to make one decision all day, except what flavor margarita to order?
- Teens, will you disappear for hours and not get any flack when you show up because, after all, you can't have gone far anyway?
- And kids, will you get to watch new-release movies all evening while your folks are out and not need a baby-sitter?
Most of all, you tire of the stress of wondering, "Will this be a great vacation?" When you consider that the cost of an average Boomer family vacation is about $3,000-$6,000 for a week of fun in the sun, it's understandable that no family wants to feel ripped off or emotionally unfulfilled when they get home and have to face the rat race.
In our case, the questions and complaints ended on our first family cruise. We all got to do exactly what we wanted, sometimes together, sometimes not, but no one felt compromised and no fights ensued. Sounds miraculous, doesn't it?
Although Matt, my 11 year old, began cruising with us at the age of two, we had not tried it as a foursome until our nine year old, Ben, joined us on what is becoming the next classic family vacation, the Alaska cruise.
The scenery alone would have been enough, but now that we have experienced the curative powers of cruising, I don't have to hawk the concept to the tough customers in my house. After all, Matt and Ben have walked on a glacier, panned for gold, steamtrained through the Klondike--well, those are tales we'll tell in good time.
I can assure you that unless you suffer from thalassophobia (yes, it's real; fear of the sea), you won't find a vacation experience that offers more to each member of your family.
To those of you who are nature lovers and tend toward soft adventure, I can tell you that seeing bear and eagles close-up in Alaska, swimming with the sting rays in Grand Cayman, and birding in Costa Rica, all possibilities on cruise ships and merely the tip of the, excuse the mention, iceberg, is a fabulous experience, especially when the family does it together, bonding all the way.
As terrific as whitewater rafting or sleeping under the stars are, an entire vacation without a hot bath or air conditioning might make certain family members just a bit touchy. But with cruising, the kids build a context for their lives, Dad gets the video, and Mom doesn't have to cook or pick out a new restaurant for the evening.
Unlike resort vacations, you're not continually sizing up restaurant menus to figure out if you've gone off the deep end of your food budget, or nixing an activity toward the end of the week because you've spent too much overall.
Yes, we've had fun at Club Med and other all-inclusives, but the evening activities and dining on cruise ships are a lot more grown up. It's really nice at day's end to go on a date with your spouse, knowing the kids are being entertained in kids' or teen programs, or safe asleep in the cabin with night patrol checking up on them.
I can dissect every earthbound vacation we've taken and identify the good, bad and ugly, but why bother? There are at least 10 top reasons why family cruising beats a vacation on terra firma. Try a few of these on for size to see if you can picture yourselves in our shoes:
- You don't have to be together all of the time, but you won't have to worry where everyone else is.
- You can be together as much as you want; swim, play bingo, take an excursion, play basketball, see a movie, and you won't have to figure out what else there is to do. There's always something.
- You can eat your meals together but you don't have to eat the same kind of food.
Thanks to buffets and grills, the kids can eat on their own if they're old enough to make decisions.
- Kids have the option of kids' programs instead of dragging around with the old folks.
- Vice versa.
- You don't have to worry about the kids getting lost; in a day or two, they'll know their way around better than you.
- You'll be staying in a beautiful environment without stained carpets or worn bedspreads.
- You can drink and not worry about driving back.
- You can see a show, gamble and go to a party all in one night without having to call the baby-sitter.
After you've made that decision, you'll find the specifics of planning for, shopping for, packing for, and experiencing cruising family-style here in the family and kids' sections of CruiseMates.
Best of all, our community of cruisers enables you to communicate in advance with other families like yours -- and kids like your kids -- who'll be with you on your cruise. Everyone who's on to CruiseMates can get acquainted beforehand and eliminate those first few days of feeling "new." (You've got to check out Kuki's advice on how to hook up in advance --he's The Man on that subject!) Making friends in advance of departure can enhance the experience so much for everyone in the family.
When it's time for the family to decide, "To cruise, or not to cruise?," don't harbor any reservations. Everyone at CruiseMates promises you'll be on those message boards the day after you get back, converting more innocent families to the ways of the waves.
Cruisemates at Cruisemates.com is an unbiased website with resources for everything you want to know about going on a cruise
This offer won't last long, so be sure to email MarLee Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us and contact us for more deals like this at http://www.marleetravel.4mydeals.com/
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Monday, September 29, 2008
As my flight descended over the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea surrounding Montego Bay, I reflected on the warmth of the ocean and the calming waves on the white sandy beach I used to enjoy and it was as if it were welcoming me. After going through the long lines and the formalities of the local immigration my next stop was baggage claim where I discovered my luggage did not arrive with me. The airport personnel were however reassuring and convinced me that the luggage should be on the next flight that night. I have to say they handled the situation very professionally and I did get the luggage to begin a well needed getaway. I couldn’t wait to get a fresh look at the island I last visited some five years ago and to get to the beach for a swim.
It was surprisingly much warmer than I expected and I was glad I heeded my friends’ warning to dress accordingly. Montego Bay had a few surprises for me. The Airport had undergone much improvement and the landscape of the city had changed so much. There were so many new developments and traffic was everywhere. They drive so fast on the narrow streets; I was expecting an accident to happen anytime. I love the hilly countryside in Montego Bay though, and I was lucky to be staying with my friend, who has a lovely view of Montego Bay. The view is breathtaking and the sea breeze exhilarating. Oh!! How I miss home.
Being away from the island for so long, I now crave the fruits and foods I missed. There were mangos, avocados, naseberry, sweetsap,.ginneps, papayas, jelly coconut and breadfruit all available on the trees just waiting to be picked. Oranges and tangerines were out of season but I sure enjoyed the fresh supply of all the others and I had my daily fill. Talk about hospitality and generosity. If you don’t have fruit tress but your neighbour has, you can call it yours too. You will never go hungry here. Every family I visited ensured that I had a taste of the local foods, ackee and salt fish, served with cooked green bananas and fried bammy. Yummy!!! I am also on a vegetarian diet so fresh fish fried or steamed was always on the menu.
Of course I had to visit the resort areas. There are so many new hotels under construction in Negril and Montego Bay. The Riu Hotels seems to be in every town, Montego Bay, Ohio Rios, Lucea and Negril. I visited the one in Negril and was really very impressed with their service and the relaxed atmosphere. What intrigued me though was how huge these new hotels were. They covered many acres of land and I wondered if tourism was doing that well. I guess they are doing something good, coupled with the beauty of the island which sells itself. For more on Hotel Rui, see our separate post on this wonderful hotel.
The Riu Hotels seems to be in every town, Montego Bay, Ohio Rios, Lucea and Negril. I visited the one in Negril and was really very impressed with their service and the relaxed atmosphere. What intrigued me though was how huge these new hotels were. Hotel Riu is a Spanish Hotel chain. The locals are saying that history is repeating itself as the Spaniards are back – (Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1494). The Negril hotel lies along the beautiful seven mile white sand beach approximately 48 miles from Montego Bay. It features 420 deluxe guestrooms and is just minutes away from Negril’s shopping area and nightlife. Yes, it’s all-inclusive and some of the staff is required to speak Spanish. They pride themselves for their hospitality and superior service from the moment you check in. First rate food and drinks are available free to guests around the clock and you can dine at any of the tempting buffets and the a la carte specialty restaurants or enjoy a drink at one of their cozy bars. They offer activities and entertainment for the entire family, among them beach volleyball, table tennis snorkeling, billiards sauna and Jacuzzi, gym, live music, night club and a variety of theme shows. You can also enjoy their on-site spa.
RIU Caprice Wedding Package 2009 includes:
Monday, September 15, 2008
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! iEmporium is having a silent auction on Sept 15 through 20 to benefit Childhood Cancer Research. Bidding starts today, Monday, Sept 14th. Help spread the word and help support this wonderful cause, visit http://www.iemporium.ning.com/
Visit http://theultimateadspot.ning.com/ to participate in the garage sale and help support Make-A-Wish and grant wishes for terminally ill children! The Online Garge Sale will be held on the weekend of September 26-28th!
Beads of Hope® sells exquisite handmade beaded jewelry to increase childhood cancer awareness and donates at least 10% of proceeds to cancer research. Shop at Beads of Hope to support this cause and help a child’s fight with cancer. To shop or find out more about their mission go to http://www.beadsofhope.com/ and visit their blog at http://beadsofhope.blogspot.com/
Thursday, September 4, 2008
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Gotta go clean up that mess now...yeah it's a cliche but really a woman's work is never done.
The Ultimate Secrets Mommy Mall and The Ultimate Ad Spot
These sites were all created with WAHMs and small homed based businesses in mind. As a stay at home mom, Ruby understands the struggle of trying to run a home based business and raise kids. Therefore, she feels the need to help others with her knowledge of launching a successful busy also.
As a WAHM herself , she learned how important direct marketing is for growing your business. Getting your samples and products actually INTO consumers hands is CRUCIAL to growing your customer base and increasing your downline.
Think about your last purchase. Did you just go out and spend $50 on a perfume or cosmetic product just because you seen a commercial? Or did you actually look at the product, read the ingredients, smell the perfume? Most consumers want to know the product before spending a big amount on it. That is where we come in. Secret Samplers allows consumers to sample NAME brand products for a fraction of the price!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This month, One "Lucky Mamma" will receive a pair of our gorgeous "Glam Girl" bling sunglasses! These gorgeous sunglasses are perfectly sized for your Hollywood Glam Girl and boast hundreds of pink, hand-set Swarovski crystals. Oh Baby! You never looked so good.
How Do I Win?Do some window shopping and return here to enter by clicking the "Enter Here" button below and registering. Be sure and leave us a comment about your favorite Saige Nicole's items in the comment section. That's it, no strings attached - not even a baby harness! Oh yeah, please remember to tell a friend or two about us and when you win - drop us a line and let us know how much you love your gift; send us a picture for our BRAG Page too. Good Luck!Information provided by Wendy Navarro, owner of Saige Nicole’s Boutique and proud mom of three.
Sandi Brown, owner of Our Enchanted Children, has filled her store with wonderful hand-crafted items for your precious little one. Visit her website today and see for yourself why others have made her store their favorite place to shop, and while you’re browsing for that perfect item, don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win a great prize. Read on for more details on how to get a chance for an enchanted giveaway….
Our Enchanted Children Giveaway-We're having a terrific giveaway to thank everyone who visits my website and signs up for the drawing between now and September 29th. All you have to do is visit Our Enchanted Children and complete the sign-up form and your name will be entered for a chance to win one of several great prizes, some of which are items especially handmade for this event. Please tell everyone you know to visit the site, browse around and sign up ~ you have as good a chance of winning as the next guy! Thanks again and Good Luck. http://www.ourenchantedchildren.com/
Information provided by Sandi Brown, owner of Our Enchanted Children. Visit her blog at http://www.ourenchantedchildren.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Come on over to The Ultimate Ad Spot www.theultimateadspot.ning.com for this Grand Opening event and let's grab door prizes and have some fun.
When: starting tomorrow Wed-Sat, August 20-23rd from 8am-7pm each day
See you there!
Information by Maureen Daniels
Creator of the Online Shopping Mall “a gathering spot for merchants and shoppers”
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Please click on the following url to see how you can get more traffic going to your business website by using free advertising: http://mycolorfultreasures.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-gain-free-advertising.html
About the Author:
Lisa, owner of My Colorful Treasures, is a WAHM & the very proud owner, creator, & designer of My Colorful Treasures! My Colorful Treasures offers a beautiful selection of custom handcrafted affordable trendy jewelry & hair clippies! Visit My Colorful Treasures at http://www.mycolorfultreasures.com/ and her blog at http://www.mycolorfultreasures.blogspot.com/. You can get FREE SHIPPING & a 10% discount by using coupon code: FIRST10.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Little Ladybug Designs is having a scavenger hunt! Click here to enter http://www.littleladybugdesigns.com/contact.php If you answer all 5 questions right you will be entered to win a FREE DVD PHOTO MONTAGE with 30 photos and one song. Winners will be picked randomly and notified by email after August 31st. You have 5 days to claim your prize before I pick a new winner. Only one entry per person, email, & household. All contest entries will be added to our newsletter list. Good luck and have fun!
- Turn water heater down to the lowest setting.
- Turn your air conditioner up in summer. You want to reduce your bills, but you may have to keep the house from getting too hot to protect your pets and electronics.
- Turn your heat down or off in spring or fall. Be sure to leave the house warm enough in the winter. You may want to reduce your bills, but you may need to keep the house from getting too cold to protect your pets and water pipes.
- Leave shades or drapes as you normally do.
- lug a cheap radio into a timer so you can have some noise in the house during part of the day.
- Lock all doors and windows including basement & garage.
- Luxurious Accommodations
- All Meals in a Variety of Dining Options
- Unlimied Premium Brand Drinks
- Land and Water Sports
- Activities and Entertainment
- Airport Transfers
- No Tipping Allowed
Call or email MarLee Travel to book this Superclubs offer or to inquire about similar offers~908-369-0879 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday, August 1, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
MILAN DESIGN JEWELRY
Lena Gott created Milan Jewelry Design in 2004. What started as a line appropriate for office wear, quickly turned into a bridal favorite. Milan Jewelry now designs jewelry exclusively for special events, including weddings and proms.
Brides and bridesmaids are welcome to browse the entire catalog (see link below) or contact Lena directly for suggestions. Here are a few ideas:
For a formal wedding, she recommends the following pieces:
Serena Necklace and Earrings set
Bella Chandelier Necklace and Earrings set
Grace Necklace and Bracelet set
Larissa Necklace paired with Cecilia Earrings
Melody Necklace and Earrings set
Marianna Necklace and set
Carlie Necklace and Anklet set
Melody Necklace & Earrings
A few designs work equally as well for formal and casual affairs.
Adrianna Necklace and Earrings (best selling set!)
Dot Necklace and Bracelet set
The neat thing about Milan Jewelry is that the pieces are meant to be mixed and matched. The entire bridal party can wear a variety of designs and still coordinate well together.
For example, a bride might prefer the Larissa Necklace for herself because it has the most sparkle and substance, then outfit her bridesmaids in the smaller proportioned Bella Chandelier Necklace and Cecilia Earrings. The flower girl could then wear the coordinating Hannah Bracelet or Callie Earrings and the mother of the bride would look lovely in the Dot Necklace and Bracelet set. The entire bridal party would be appropriately adorned with coordinating, yet not exactly matching pieces. Notice that this example doesn’t include exact matching sets for earrings and necklaces, either. This is because although most necklaces have an exactly matching bracelet or earrings, brides like to mix up the combinations.
Some people prefer larger necklaces with smaller earrings, and some people prefer earring and bracelet sets instead of necklaces. For example, many bridesmaids order the Cecilia Earrings to compliment the Bella Chandelier Necklace instead of the matching Bella Chandelier Earrings. Another unique pairings is the Leilei Bracelet with the Adrianna Necklace.
Bella Chandelier Necklace & Cecilia Earrings
If a bride isn’t sure which pieces work well together, Lena would be happy to make recommendations based on the dresses the bride or bridesmaids will be wearing as well as bridal party preferences. Some wedding parties are outfitted in a dress style that allows for mixed and matched tops and bottoms; now the jewelry can be mixed and matched as well!
To see the entire Milan Design Jewelry collection and take advantage of free shipping and 10% off a purchase of $150 and more, visit: Milan Jewelry Design on SHOP.com.
Customized/personalized jewelry created from fine and sterling silver is my passion. Creating treasured heirlooms with loved ones' names, dates, quotes, quips...anything personal and/or deeply meaningful to an individual or their recipient is why I love what I do - it makes me feel emotionally connected to my pieces. I grew up in an East Indian household and the Indian culture is so vibrant and festive, yet always has an atmosphere of elegance and grace surrounding it. I try and emulate that same emotion in my jewelry.
LIA SOPHIA JEWELRY
Lia Sophia has been around for over 30 years, we're formerly known as Lady Remington. We offer high-quality, designer-inspired fashion jewelry at affordable prices. All our jewelry is backed up by our unbeatable Lifetime Replacement Guarantee! We offer monthly specials, as well as our every day Customer Save Plan: buy 2 at regular price, get the 3rd at 50% off - your most expensive items are 50% off!
Our jewelry is electroplated in either rhodium (a member of the platinum family) or 24-22k gold. Our jewelry is made up of cut crystals, czs, genuine turquoise, mother-of-pearl, fresh water pearls, genuine abalone, and more.
Lia Sophia just made their big screen debut in the Sex and the City Movie! Our jewelry has been in several magazines, including Marieclaire and Cosmopolitan. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Eva Longoria love Lia Sophia. We specialize in doing home parties, however catalog or online parties are available. My average hostess gets about $600 worth of jewelry for only $60.
Even if you choose not to host a party, or do not attend a party, you can always place an order online through my website: www.liasophia.com/cathyt . Through my website you can also view our entire catalog! Our special for July is: Buy 1 at regular price, get 2 at 50% off.
Welcome to Kelly's Mysweetyroom Jewelry Online Store
http://mysweetyroom.etsy.com/ (etsy marketplace)
The most breathtaking thing in the lives of women is jewelry. We guarantee that all Fine & Diamond Jewelry on mysweetyroom.webs.com is of the highest quality, and we provide personal care ensuring each item meets your satisfaction. Mysweetyroom.webs.com Jewelry and gifts design comes from the showcases in Asia and some items are from Greece, Italy and Switzerland, etc. Many are unique and individual. The selections represent a variety of international styles.
Thank you very much for choosing Mysweetyroom Jewelers, your hometown jewelry store on the Internet!
TOTAL DELIGHTS ~ Handcrafted Jewelry
Debbie and Diane are self-taught jewelry artists who together built a totally delightful website of handcrafted jewelry.
The Total Delights website is an online jewelry store filled with all sorts of handcrafted bead jewelry of any type imaginable. Top notch work with quality materials such as lots of Swarovski crystals, semi-precious and precious gemstones and Sterling silver wire and clasps. With jewelry categories such as necklaces, bracelets and pendants, a section for holiday jewelry, teen jewelry and even jewelry to raise awareness.
The website is easy to explore and shop on, photos of every jewelry piece offered, there are plenty of explanations and descriptions of each piece. Most are one of a kind, no cookie cutter designs there. The properties and powers believed to held by different gemstones, are easy to find on each page as well as a special page dedicated to gemstone meanings. A “Sold Gallery” with customer raves and photos of pieces sold in the past. When done shopping and looking around you can visit their blog that has regular updates and their newest creations, plus great info on jewelry, the care of, and hints and tips for picking the right piece. There is also a monthly contest with a beautiful piece of jewelry to be won, simply enter on the contest page.
Please shop around and buy something if it catches your eye… You never know… that beautiful piece of bead jewelry you saw today might be in the “Sold Gallery” tomorrow! See you at The Total Delights website