Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Live Below The Line 2013 - Day 2 - Inspired To #GiveMore to World Food Program USA (@WFPUSA)

I am inspired to Give More to the World Food Program USA (on Twitter: @WFPUSA) with a total donation of $250 to help provide 1,000 meals to school children in the poorest countries. This Day 2 of the Live Below The Line Challenge 2013, gave me a feeling of intense thanks to have my health and strength. I have learned through the years that it's better to give than to receive and in my giving, it will be given back to me. However, in my giving, I do not think about how I will receive my blessing in return because giving should be done with a free heart. In the end, it always works out better that way. I feel that love for others is important for us all to be successful. I am happy to be able to show how much I care and to help so many school children.

In this video, I share why and how much impact my donation will have on these little children. Here's where you can help by donating to the World Food Program USA (donations are tax-deductible): https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/selenab

Live Below The Line 2013 - Day 1 Recap (Video) - Be Grateful

Here's my Day 1 Recap (Video) for April 29th as I begin my 5 days journey to Live Below The Line in 2013

"I had to start out pretty early in the morning and visit one of my senior citizens. Instead of having our regular toast with tea together, I had an oatmeal packet with some raisins. 
I do believe that action is a product of change and teaches me how to be grateful for where I am in life. On Day 1, I had my lentils with onion for lunch and then for dinner, lentils with onion and the rice pudding. I realized how lucky I was and so many others, who didn't have to worry about how much food we ate. However, every time I desire to make a difference, there is always tests, but in those tests I truly realize how much strength I possess, to follow through with the plan. Overall, my first day went well. I kept reminding myself that I was in a challenge and could only eat what I prepared on the $1.50 a day budget, especially when I had to go out to run errands. It was nice to hear that small little voice inside telling me, "You can do this. Your food is at home". :)"

If you're on the Live Below The Line journey, share your experience from Day 1, in a comment. I would love to hear your story. 

Or, if you would like to donate to my cause of choice, World Food Program USA, please do so at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/selenab The donation is tax-deductible.

Thank you,
Selena B. 

Mother's Day #Giveaway! Over $3,000 in Prizes and 23 #Winners. Open to US. Ends: May 12, 2013

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is excited to announce this huge Mother's Day Giveaway! There are so many opportunities to win and the host has been working very hard to get you these amazing brands together, in one place! With 23 brands participating, there will be 23 Winners chosen, one for each prize listed below. There are over $3,000 worth of prizes. How special and cool is that?! 

Giveaway ends May 12th at 11:59pm EST Open to US residents only. Must be ages 18+. Have Fun! Woo Hoo!
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The 23 Prizes

To learn more about each prize, click on their links to get their details...Make sure to enter on the Rafflecopter Entry Form below!

1. 2 nights at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas $600
2. $250 Gift Certificate to Posh Tots $250
3. Timi + Leslie Abby Bag in Ocean Blue $180
4. Sail to Sable Mommy + Me Tunic $206
5. Lane Boots in Bella $420
6. Temptu Flawless Complexion Airbrush Makeup System $225
7. Tieks Ballet Flats $295
8. Hayden Reis Cross Fit I LOVE Squats Tote $68
9. Zulily Aimee Canvas Beach Tote in Jade Green $60
10. Gyft Gift Certificates $50 Zappos, $50 Sephora
11. Skinny Bikini Turquoise Russian Doll Kaftan $248
12. Goods by Grinn gold foil heart pillow $36
13. Olivia + Joy Trixie Bag $78
14. $100 gift certificate to Lending Luxury $100
16. Dogeared I love Mom Pearl Necklace $44
18. Compliment Short Jade Malaysian necklace $42
20. Essence of Vail Soothing Sleep Gift Box $72
22. Jordache leopard skinny jeans $15.44
23. Origami Owl charms from Amy $60
There will be ONE lucky Mommy Guru winner for each item. There are a lot of ways for you to enter and to gain more entries.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

My Meal Preparation (Video) for Live #BelowTheLine 2013

On Sunday, I decided to go ahead and prepare my meals for the start of the Live Below The Line Challenge, which is today, April 29 - May 3, 2013! I decided to have the following menu:

Breakfast - Oatmeal with raisins
Lunch & Dinner - Lentils with onion
Dessert - Rice pudding with raisins
Drink - Water, Water, Water

Today, my day began pretty early so I am glad I took the advice of so many participants who have done this before me and prepared my meals on Sunday. I have shared my meal preparation video below if you would like to know how I prepared my lentils and rice pudding. The recipe mentioned in the video for the rice pudding can be found in the Live Below The Line Cookbook for free download at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/us-guidance/

There is still time to join us on this 5 Day journey at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/us

If you would rather help by donating. I am supporting the World Food Program USA. You can find all of the information on their cause and dontate at: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/selenab

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Live Below The Line 2013 - My Shopping Trip

I hope you're having a great Sunday! It's one day before the Live Below The Line Challenge 2013. I will be living off $1.50 a day of food and drink for 5 days, April 29 - May 3, 2013. Today, I went on my shopping trip and here's my video to share with you.

If you're doing the Live Below The Line Challenge with me, Welcome! Make sure to share with me your experience. If you're not able to do the challenge, please consider donating to my cause of choice, the World Food Program USA. Every $250 raised, which is my goal, helps provide 1,000 school meals to children in the world's poorest countries. Your donation is tax-deductible and you will receive your letter immediately in email for the next tax season. To donate, click the link here: http://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/selenab

Share this with your family and friends. You never know who would like to help this great cause.

What would be on your shopping list if you had $1.50 a day for 5 days?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Stokke Tripp Trapp for #Baby #Giveaway! Open to US. Ends: May 3. 2013

I know it's difficult to see your little ones growing up. Most women I know, wish that they could stay babies, but before you know it, they are just as tall as you. I can only imagine how my niece is going to be five to ten years from now. I can't wait to see it though. With this in mind, Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose has teamed up with Mommy Guru, to bring you this Stokke Tripp Trapp Giveaway! This is a must-have, according to moms! It's been going strong on the market for over 40 years and this unique chair takes your child from baby to adult. Giveaway ends May 3rd at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. Must be ages 18+ to enter. Good luck!

The Tripp Trapp® designer’s inspiration came from watching his own young son, Tor, struggle to find a comfortable position to sit in at their family table. Having grown out of his old-fashioned high-chair, but still far too small to sit on an adult’s chair, Tor was left dangling his legs and struggling to reach the table.


The benefits of the Tripp Trapp:
  • Grows with your child
  • Allows freedom of movement and encourages play and independence, while still making safety and security paramount.
  • Adjusts to the size of your child, ensuring he or she is always at the perfect height to eat, play and interact, with his or her feet properly supported, at whatever age
Height and depth adjustable seat and foot plate
  • Lifts the floor up to the child - gives stability and ability to move.
  • Chair adapts to the child’s body instead of vice versa.
  • Elevates the child up to the correct height at the table.
  • Child is part of dining experience.
  • Promotes parent - child bonding.
  • Child is sitting ergonomically correct.
  • Longevity of product.
Manufactured from cultivated beech
  • Strong, solid and durable.
  • Environmentally friendly/safety.
  • Longevity of product.
No fixed tray
  • Comes closer to the table.
  • Develops hand/eye co-ordination.
  • Socialising.
  • Easy for the child to move.
7-Year Warranty on Wooden Components

  • Registration at www.stokke.com entitles the owner to a 7-year Extended Warranty.
  • Good investment.
  • Security.
  • Good value for money.
  • Proof of quality.


The Prize
One (1) Mommy Guru fan will win a Stokke Tripp Trapp

How To Enter
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Live #BelowTheLine 2013 Meal Plan & Shopping List (Video)


I am just three (3) days away from the Live Below The Line 2013 Challenge, here at Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose, to live off $1.50 a day of food and drink for 5 Days. Today, I decided to look through the Live Below the Line Cookbook for ideas on what I could prepare for next week. I'm a very simple eater as is, but I wanted to make sure that I was following the challenge correctly and had my meal plan together. I have my meal plan and shopping list posted below for you.

In the following video, I show you how to: 

  • Sign up to join the challenge
  • Donate to my chosen cause, the World Food Program USA
  • Download and use the Live Below The Line Cookbook for your meal planning and shopping list.

If you would like to join me in this challenge and bring awareness to extreme poverty and hunger in the world, sign up as a participant and raise funds for a cause at: http://www.livebelowtheline.com/us

If you would like to help me reach my goal of $250 to provide 1,000 meals to children in school in the poorest countries through the World Food Program USA, donate here: http://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/selenab

Share Your Thoughts in the comments below
Could you live off $1.50 a day? 
How would life be different, if this was your daily reality?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Live Below the Line 2013 - Raise Awareness for #Hunger and #Poverty!


Next week, Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose blogger, actress Selena Brown, that's me, will be taking part in the Live Below the Line challenge, and I’d love you to join me!

From April 29th – May 3, 2013, I will be living on just $1.50 a day of food and drink to get a better understanding of the challenges faced by people living in Extreme Poverty, and to raise funds for very important anti-poverty initiatives. Here on my blog, I will be sharing with you my progress from Day 1 - Day 5.

Us-wfpI'm doing Live Below the Line for the World Food Program USA Charity, and think you should too. This charity helps provide school meals for children in the poorest countries all over the world. Every $250 that is raised will help create 1,000 school meals. How fantastic is that!?

Did you know that $1.50 a day is the US equivalent of the International Extreme Poverty Line – it's what 1.4 billion people live below every day.

You can sign up at www.livebelowtheline.com/us.

If you can’t join me in living below the line, please support my efforts for the World Food Program USA at https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/selenab

Thank you so much!

Selena Brown 
Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose

Monday, April 22, 2013

Free #Blogger Opportunity - Have It Your Way Sign Ups Open

Here's a Free Blogger Opportunity  

Sign Ups are Open! 

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose will be promoting this blogger giveaway event and my readers will be able to enter in June 2013. Also, if you are a blogger and enjoy promoting giveaways, then this will be a fantastic event for you and your readers as well.

Every month, Jenn's Blah Blah Blog and Pink Ninja Media has this giveaway event for one lucky winner to choose any prize they would like up to possibly as much as $500.  The bloggers will get one (1) free link in this giveaway -- choose between Pinterest and Twitter.

If you would like to sign up your blog, please read all of the information for this event, in details, at Jenn's Blah Blah blog. 

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Elegant Baby® $50 Gift Card #Giveaway (Open to US) Ends: 04.30.13

Are you looking for the perfect baby gift? If so, then you're in for some great finds at Elegant Baby®! Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose welcomes this company and their product line of baby gifts for you to explore and get to know. Elegant Baby® products have been featured in People, USA Today, Pregnancy & Newborn, and O: The Oprah Magazine as a top affordable gift! Celebrities moms, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, and Gwen Stefani, gives their products to their children, but so does everyday moms all across the country. We are happy to announce this Elegant Baby® $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Giveaway ends April 30th at 11:59pm EST Open to US residents only. Must be ages 18+.


Their collection of baby products has been expanding and evolving into spectacular designs and colors since 1967. 

Products ranging from My First Rubber Ducky to My First Baby Bible, My First Baby Blankie, My First Baby Jeans to the iconic silver spoon, Elegant Baby offers a gift idea for any mom.

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One (1) Mommy Guru fan will win a $50 gift card to Elegant Baby!

How To Enter
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$10 Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway for Two Winners from Traces of Kara #Book Author! Open Worldwide. Ends: 05.12.13, 11:59PM/EST

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose welcomes Melissa Foster and her novel, Traces of Kara! This adventure will definitely keep you on your toes and to top it all off, the author has introduced a $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway for Two Lucky Winners! Read all of the details of this exciting book and make sure to enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter entry form, all provided below. Good Luck!

Kara Knight can't wait to leave her hometown for the promise of nursing school and a fresh start on her future--leaving behind an over protective mother, a broken heart and painful memories. However, twenty-five miles away, the twin she doesn't know exists is determined to be reunited with the sister he cannot forget.

Kara is abducted and thrown into her obsessive captor's delusional world. As the past she thought she knew unravels around her, Kara struggles to make sense of the memories that come creeping back, threatening her sanity and her safety. Meanwhile, Kara's mother races against time to save the daughter she fears she will lose when a long-held secret is revealed. The hours tick away as her captor plays out his plan--to take Kara with him into death at the exact moment of their birth, never to be separated again.

TRACES OF KARA is an action packed, pulse pounding psychological thriller/suspense novel that features a determined killer who slowly loses his grip on reality as his carefully detailed plan starts to fall apart and a heroine determined to move forward with her life who now must reconcile everything she believed to be true about her family with the reality of their tragic past.

From International bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster comes her newest pulse-pounding thriller and Kindle Bestseller (Amazon US & UK) 

Author Melissa Foster's Website    Facebook    Twitter    Goodreads    Pinterest 

About Melissa Foster
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of four International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

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Ending on Sunday 12th May at 11.59pm EST

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Sage Spoonfuls #Homemade #Baby Food Recipe Book and Starter Kit #Giveaway! Open to US. Ends: 04.25.13


As an auntie, I only expect the best for my little niece. My sister does too, that's why she makes sure that she eats healthy foods. These days, many parents are doing the same, by providing their babies, homemade baby food. The nutrition that a child receives from good, fresh, homemade baby foods is simply invaluable. That is why, Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose supports Sage Spoonfuls simple recipes and their 19-Piece starter kit in this baby giveaway! This giveaway ends April 25th at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. Must be ages 18+. Good Luck!

Read About the Founder and her Product

Founder Liza Huber of Sage Spoonfuls provides simple recipes so that you can deliver healthy meals and have happy babies!

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The Prize

One (1) Mommy Guru fan will win a Let's Get Started Kit! 

This 19 piece Let's Get Started Kit includes everything you need to make and store your own fresh, natural homemade baby food with ease! The Sage Spoonfuls immersion blender and food processor allow you to puree up to 2 week’s worth of baby food in just seconds and storing is an easy 1-step process with the Sage Spoonfuls Storage System!

This packages includes:
- "Sage Spoonfuls-Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies" by Liza Huber Winner of the 2012 Mom's Best Literary Gold Award!
- 1 Immersion Blender with 1 Food Processor
- 12 BPA-free 4 oz Storage Jars - Made in the USA!
- 1 Pack of 60 Labels - Made in the USA!
- 2 stackable Storage Trays - Made in the USA!
- 1 Pocket Guide
BPA free and made of non-toxic materials!
Winner of a 2012 Cribsie Award for Best New Arrival! Winner of the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal!

How To Enter
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Doors of the Mind: Inner Mysteries #Review - A Hidden Object #Game

I've always been interested in strategy-type games, jigsaw puzzles, word find games, and now hidden object games. They really get my mental juices racing when I have writer's block or feel stuck in thought. I happened across Big Fish, who is now one of my affiliate sponsors and I can't help but be addicted to these artistically creative games. The first game I tried for free before I bought it, on my IPhone, was Doors of the Mind: Inner Mysteries. I decided to download it on my IPhone because I'm always out and about and if I'm sitting in a waiting room, I have something to stimulate my mind. This game is also available for your PC or Mac. I realized that I could only download a game to my IPhone, if I had a wireless connection. So, I downloaded this game from home and then I could play it anytime I wanted, thereafter, wherever I went.

Doors of the Mind: Inner Mysteries, is a hidden object game, with 5 Levels or 5 Days, as they say. Your job is to help a young boy, along with his hired dream specialist, decipher the nightmares he keep having since the death of his father. 

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose Hidden Object Game Review

There were some really spooky moments as you entered some of the rooms so beware if you decide to keep the sound on, in play. The graphics for each room was very detailed and the colors looked great on my IPhone. You could see how much work and thought was put into this game. As you move through the story, you see your progression and how real it feels as you help the young boy gather clues. The hidden objects were sometimes hidden so well, that I had to take a break to let my eyes rest and come back to play later. Since, I'm not a person to use the strategy guides, unless I am seriously stumped, coming back later helps my eyes to readjust. However, if you like to have a strategy guide close by, this game comes with one and a blog walk-through, info here. On my IPhone I had to make sure to zoom in with my fingers to see some of the hidden objects because they could be under or behind other items in rooms. There were also other short challenges within the game itself that you will have to pass, but I do believe you could pass them if you got stumped, if I remember correctly. However, if you do feel frustrated, take a look at the strategy guide or blog walk-through, for a help. 

As I continued through the young man's story, I unlocked clues as I completed each Day until I found out the reason for his nightmares and the intentions of his father. It will surprise you and keep you wanting more until you solve it. Plus, since I would rather you try the game for yourself, I'll leave the ending for you to discover. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this game and would give it a rating of 4 out of 5 Stars. To download a free trial of this hidden object game, visit Doors of the Mind: Inner Mysteries 

Do you enjoy these types of hidden object games? If so, what's your favorite Big Fish game? 

Disclaimer: Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is an affiliate with Big Fish Games. All content in this review is 100% my own. The new business acquired from this personal review will be paid to this blog in commissions. This game was tried for free and then purchased by Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose and was not given totally for free. All users will have the opportunity to try it for free as well before purchasing the full version with the link provided in review post.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Applecheeks for #Baby #Giveaway! Open to US. Ends: 04.23.13

Applecheeks and their best in the market Cloth Diapers!
How do feel about cloth diapers? Do you use them? If so, you're going to love these.

Giveaway ends April 23rd at 11:59pm EST. Open to US. Ages 18+ and up

New advances in textile technology allows for amazingly trim fitting washable diapers that unstuff by themselves in the wash! Gone are the days of bulky plastic pants and saggy, wet bottoms. Pins and Snappis are a thing of the past. AppleCheeks cloth diapers bring you the ultimate in form and function, combining effective leak control with attractive styling. Imagine a dry bottom that actually looks good! Who knew?

What makes AppleCheeks cloth diapers unique from any already existing product on the market? Firstly, AppleCheeks comes with a three-pronged approach to customer service. Each diaper comes with complete washing instructions, downloadable here, which clearly illustrate the optimal method of care for your AppleCheeks cloth products. As well, you can always speak with a live person through their toll-free number (1-877-8-APPLE-8) and be helped to find solutions to any questions you may have. You can also email them through our contact form and they will respond to your query within 24 hours. And lastly, you can check out their video tutorials, found here which show you how to use your AppleCheeks cloth products 

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The Prize
 One (1) lucky Mommy Guru fan will win a little bundle and a storage sac!

They also have these fabulous storage sacs, shown above, designed to keep odor and moisture in and preserve a controlled environment for your soiled cloth diapers between washes, our Storage Sacs come in two generous sizes. 

How To Enter
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Little-Circus Shoshanna #Swimsuit #Giveaway! Open to US. Ends: 04.22.13

Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose welcomes Little-Circus to the blog to celebrate creativity and fun for the little people in our lives. This giveaway has many special prizes, including toys, clothing, and keepsakes from around the world. These prizes will delight children of all ages. The host has sifted through a number of their products to bring you this amazing giveaway. Giveaway ends April 22nd at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. Must be ages 18+.

Like this adorable French cafe.


Or this speedster pink ride-on!

This interchangeable faces t-shirt.


And this bamboo car.


The Prize
The Adorable Shoshanna SwimsuitOne (1) lucky Mommy Guru fan will win it! It comes in sizes 2t-6 and retails for $70. You can check out their entire collection of unique kids items on their website here!
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How To Enter
To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!   

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Disclaimer: Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose is not responsible for the delivery of this prize. This blog received no compensation for the promotion of this event. No purchase necessary.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

$500 #Spring Into Cash #Giveaway! Open Worldwide. Ends: 04.28.13

Welcome to the $500 Spring Into Cash Giveaway!

We've teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this amazing giveaway. It's always fun to participate in giveaways that will give my readers the chance to win great gifts. As the economy continues to recover, why not help its progression by giving one lucky winner $500 Cash to do some shopping or whatever they would like! There is a lot of things you could do with this cash. To learn more about this giveaway and to enter on the Rafflecopter form, please see the details below. Good Luck to You!

The Prize

One (1) Lucky person will win $500 cash via PayPal.

How To Enter

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win.

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Ends at 11:59pm EST on April 28th, 2013.

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If you are a blogger, entering this giveaway, we'd love for you to join an awesome group giveaway event like this one! Sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Giveaway Promote.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thirty-One Gifts - Organizing Utility #Tote #Giveaway. Open to U.S.

Chic is about elegance, classiness, and fabulousness. That's why Selena Thinking Out Loud With Purpose would like to introduce you to Thirty-One gifts. It's the new, chic, way to organize your life! Their totes are multi-use totes and from the list below, you will have plenty of uses for them. I enjoy having access to a nice tote for visits to the beach, shopping at markets for fruit and just storing extra clothes in my car for last minute auditions. 

Every Thirty-One style was designed with you in mind to make your life a little easier. Whether you’re looking for style, organization, the perfect gift or a little bit of everything, Thirty-One gifts is the place to shop!


From totes or purses you can wear while you’re out and about, thermals to help you transport food and drinks to a party, or organizational items to help you keep your house neat and tidy, Thirty-One has a solution! Consultant Missi Leadman will have you believing in styles that fit you perfectly.


The Prize
An Organizing Utility Tote for one (1) lucky Mommy Guru fan in one of the following choices:
Paparazzi Dot
Floral Celebration
Harvest Floral

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Take advantage of all the deals and new collections from Missi in her Facebook group here.
How To Enter
Please enter on the Rafflecopter entry form provided below. Good Luck!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Little Trendstar Gift Card #Giveaway! Open to U.S. Ends: 04.17.13

When I speak with my younger sister about my soon-to-be 3 year old niece, she always tells me how much she loves to sing and dance. She has no worries in the world of feeling embarrassed or standing out in the crowd among other little kids. She has many fans in school and they give her hugs when she leaves at the end of the day. My sister can't get enough of how happy she is when she's singing and dancing to her favorite children's songs. All I can say is, she is definitely our Little Trendstar! I know that if you are a mom or auntie, like myself, you know what I mean.

Little Trendstar believes that T-shirts and onesies should be as fun and stage-worthy as your little tots one-of-a-kind personality and they capture just that!
Each design has cool graphics and major hipster style drawn from retro icons, music and underground sub-cultures.


Even cooler? They are made of Eco-friendly inks!
Little Trendstar® t-shirts and onesies are also produced with kids in mind! Each t-shirt and onesie is printed with non-toxic, water-based inks that contain no phthalates or PVC!

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If you think their tees look familiar it's because they are seen on the world's trendiest celebrity kids! Gewn Stefani and Tori Spelling's kids are seen rocking these tees all the time!
You can check out all of their hip styles on their website here!

 The Prize
One (1) lucky Mommy Guru fan will win a $25 gift card to Little Trendstar!

Giveaway ends April 17th at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. Must be 18+ year old to enter. 

How to Enter
Please use the Rafflecopter form provided below. Good Luck Everyone!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The #connections we make through social media

I can't get enough of social media. It is the quickest and most exciting way to meet new people. I was struck today by the number of people I have met thus far on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social networking sites. It is so refreshing, each day, to read their new updates

There are talented and gifted people all over this world, busy working on amazing projects. I do believe, genuinely, that we all are connected in some form or fashion. We all have something to share that will ultimately impact an audience. We hold the power to change, transform, or deter mindsets. 

We are the change.

The connections we make through social media is a new form of lifeline. It IS what keeps us going, to know that someone cares about what we have to say by "retweeting", or "sharing" our messages throughout the day. We begin to feel inspired, empowered, and brave enough, to share even more. I can only imagine what the world would be like without these instant forms of communication. 

Look how far we have come since the telegram, traditional letter writing, to now, speaking with people beyond our homelands in live video conferencing and Google Hangouts, just to name a few. We are not only people, but people with huge ideas, tough skin, and ambitions that can grow into a better way of living for all mankind. We are gifted and provided the opportunity, each day, to capture our reasons for living and breathing by sharing those ideas and gaining new knowledge from the connections we make through social media. 

So, why not start using it today!