Introducing Our World is Beauty and

11145948_10152635582400964_2067872256_nToday I’ve got a guest post for you from a blogging friend of mine that I’ve known for several years now. Stephen is a world traveler with a variety of interests, many of which are reflected in the information he shares with his followers.

I’d like to introduce two new sites I’ve recently started (my name is Stephen and I’m long-time blogging friend of Cricket’s). The first is Our World is Beauty and focuses on various types of beauty schools: barber schools, makeup artist schools, nail schools, cosmetology schools, and esthetician schools. The other is a Canadian insurance site focusing on cheap car insurance in Ontario, amongst other things.

The first site about beauty schools will eventually expand more and more into beauty products. Our World is Beauty already has pages on essential barber tools, and makeup for sensitive skin. The plan is to work on getting the site more visits from prospective barber students and other types of beauty students, and to help them make an informed decision about school, specifically answering the question “Is it right for me?” Then, if they do decide barber school, etcetera is a good fit, hopefully give them good advice on what they need for school and review different products they might find useful. There are also pages for every state listing available beauty schools in each discipline.

Though not initially interested in the beauty arts I have come to appreciate them more and more as I have delved into writing for the site (and getting content written: thanks Cricket!). The greatest beauty is the one that shines from within, but beauty artists and technicians can definitely make that inner beauty come forth even more! If you want to help out please tweet or share a page from the site. Thanks!

The second site, as I mentioned is about Canadian insurance and more specifically Canadian car/auto insurance. Ontario has had very high insurance rates for many years and Ontarians are in need of good advice on how to reduce their premiums. I think the site is an excellent resource for those trying to save some money on car insurance. There are a number of points of really good advice about inexpensive Ontario auto insurance that apply to car insurance almost anywhere in the world. Though everyone knows that your recent accident history greatly affects your premiums did you know that your marital status figures into your premiums? Married people are safer drivers — maybe it has something to do with keeping yourself safe and healthy for the benefit of your spouse and/or children. Things like the size of your car and the safety rating of your car also have an effect. Even your level of education can raise or lower your insurance rates. Higher educated people generally have better driving records and so pay less for insurance. At any rate please visit and if you find it a good resource, share. Thanks, again!

Hot or Not Has a New App, and They’ve Got a Giveaway, Too!

Hot or NotDo you remember Hot or Not? I first remember hearing about it around 2000 or so, and then other things came around. Well, they never went anywhere, and the site is stronger than ever.

If you haven’t heard of the app before, here’s how it works. Once you sign in, you’re shown random people’s pictures, and you rate them based on whether you think they’re hot, or not.

You can also build up your friends list and meet and chat with new people. You can use Hot or Not on Facebook, but it’s easier on your mobile phone (iPhone or Android – not available for my Windows Phone).Hot or Not app Once you sign up and fill out a little bit of information on your own profile, you’re off and running.

Filling in information about yourself is actually important, because the app can show you other profiles based on common interests. If you’re looking to make new friends, this is a great way to make sure that you aren’t being shown profiles of folks that might be tougher for you to talk to. If you have shared interests, it’s a lot easier to start a conversation.

Since the app ties in with your Facebook account, it’s really easy to find your friends (and their friends) and get to know more people in your circles.

I hadn’t tried the app in years, myself, so it was fun to sit down with it when a friend mentioned it to me a few days ago. Honestly, it was a lot of fun to play with. If you put a lot of stock in what other people think about you, you’ll probably take this a lot more seriously than others. It’s meant to be fun, and a way to break the ice, and it is a great way to do both.

Find friends on Hot or NotRecently the folks at Hot or Not updated their mobile app, and they’re pretty excited about it. Right now you can enter to win a $1000 gift card to the store of your choice. All you need to do is register to win! It’s a super easy entry sweepstakes, and who can turn down $1000? The winner will be announced February 15, 2014, and here’s a tip. You can get extra entries for sharing about the contest with your friends, and you’ll get an additional two entries for each friend that enters the contest through your link.

Make sure you go by and like Hot or Not’s Facebook page, and you can download the app on iTunes or through Google Play.

Have you already been playing around with Hot or Not lately? If so, what did you think of the new app?

Going Green eBook Bundle

It’s no secret around my house that I like going “natural” as much as possible. I still use some “non green” methods and products, but I love going green as much as I can. This week’s bundle has a LOT of information about living green – I’ll be picking it up!
Bundle of the Week #49: Go GreenGoing green can be overwhelming — researching various topics, deciding where to start, figuring out how to actually make the changes — but this bundle was designed to offer you practical resources no matter where you are on your journey. Discover the secrets to making your own cleaning supplies and personal care products (and save money in the process!). Learn to live seasonally. Explore home remedies and the role that detoxing, diet and other physical activities play in your family’s health.

This week only, you’ll get all 5 ebooks for almost 80% off!

And now you can choose between the PDF, Kindle or ePUB versions of the ebooks in each bundle. Select your format at checkout!

Common Sense Health by Laurie Neverman
In Common Sense Health, Laurie walks you through a simple, common-sense approach to taking better care of yourself and your family. Offering a “back to basics” toolbox to help you improve your health, she shows you how to start today without a big investment or complicated format. Walk through these three stages and gain control of your health:

  • Detox: Things you can do to remove toxins from your life. It’s tough to heal when your body is full of garbage.
  • Diet: Healthy eating choices, focusing on nutrient dense food. You are what you eat – make it count!
  • Physical Activities: Go beyond exercise to activities that have been used by holistic practitioners, such as oil pulling and barefoot therapy.

Simple & Natural Green Cleaning Guide by Stacy Karen
The Simple & Natural Green Cleaning Guide offers practical information to get you started on your green cleaning journey. Stacy shares recipes for natural all-purpose cleaners as well as quick and easy cleaning solutions for the most common cleaning tasks, from bathrooms and kitchens to cutting boards and natural air-fresheners. With this ebook, you’ll be able to get started making your own cleaners today!

Mother’s Little Herbal Helper and Home Remedies by Natalie Vickery
Whether you’re just starting out with herbs or merely interested in learning about tried and true herbal and natural remedies for your family, Mother’s Little Herbal Helper and Home Remedies is the book for you. This book includes over 50 home remedies as well as information on prevention, nutrition, plant medicines, making herbal preparations and much more. This is an ebook you’ll reference again and again!

The Homespun Seasonal Living Workbook by Kathie Lapcevic
Living a seasonal lifestyle has been part of the human experience since the beginning of time; however, our modern lives have disconnected many of us from the natural rhythms of earth’s seasons. In the Homespun Seasonal Living Workbook, you’ll find 12 weekly lessons to help you make seasonal living a priority. The lessons can be used and repeated in each and every season to help you achieve your goals and live a seasonal life in your home and with your local community. This workbook is perfect for the novice and experienced alike.

My Buttered Life {Personal Care} by Renee Harris
Discover simple, effective personal care products for the whole family from the experts at MadeOn Hard Lotion. With recipes for facial cream, deodorant, solid perfume, hair butter (plus bonus beard conditioner), and black toothpaste, this is the perfect collection to get you started. In addition to the recipes themselves, you’ll find instructional videos, a guide to customizing your scents with essential oils, tips on buying ingredients as well as a cost analysis and troubleshooting tips!

Get yours today!

Fitness eBook Bundle

This is definitely the time of year to start thinking about fitness again, right? I just started Lisa Whelchel’s Everyday Workout for the Everyday Woman last week, and I’m really enjoying it. (It’s on sale right now for only $9.49, too.) The workout is great, because there’s a lot of room to grow built into the program. And I have gotten way out of shape again. Baby steps.

Here’s some more great ebooks, this time to help you get fit!

Bundle of the Week #48: Get Fit in 2014Make 2014 the year that you finally meet your health & fitness goals with this great collection of digital resources. With tips for healthy eating without the stress, exercise routines for your busy schedule, and more, this bundle will help you get fit in 2014!

This week only, you’ll get all 5 resources for almost 90% off plus special coupon codes on additional products from participating authors.

And now you can choose between PDF or Kindle versions of the ebooks in each bundle. (Other digital products may be included in different formats, as noted in their descriptions.) Select your format at checkout!

Thrive90 Fitness Program, Phase 1 by Dustin Riechmann and Tony DiLorenzo
Thrive90 is a proven step-by-step program that you can do in the comfort of your own home for only 15-30 minutes per day. With this program, you’ll enjoy renewed energy, self-confidence, mental clarity, and a re-energized sex life. Designed to be effective and fun for both men and women, Thrive90 helps you burn fat and add lean muscle no matter how busy your schedule! This is an online video course with exercise videos and downloadable resources to take you through the first phase of the Thrive90 program.

Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way by Jenny Layton
More than a cookbook, Healthy Eating The Happy Gal Way is a guide that tells you what to eat, when to eat it, and how to make it easy. This is not just another fad diet trying to trick your body into losing weight; Jenny utilizes the science of how your body works with food, so it’s safe and effective. You’ll learn how to speed up your metabolism quickly, and you will see and feel rapid results – all while enjoying delicious food. And the best news? It’s easy! With the tips and strategies included in this book, you’ll wonder why healthy eating used to seem so hard.

7-Minute Workout Challenge by Fitness Guide Inc
The 7-minute workout is a research-backed workout program that has become an international hit! Featuring 12 exercises that are performed for 30 seconds each with 10 second rest intervals, this high-intensity training results in higher daily metabolism and is the equivalent of working out for over an hour – for only slightly longer than 7 minutes. The best part? The exercises are simple to perform, do not require any equipment, and therefore, can be done anywhere! No more excuses! This app guides you through the process with an easy-to-use interface that demonstrates the exercises, tracks your results, and makes it fun by allowing you to unlock rewards as you continue working out. This is an iOS app. Customers without a compatible device will receive a coupon toward their next bundle purchase.

Bodyweight Overload by Todd Kuslikis
In Bodyweight Overload, Todd shares the core muscle building and nutritional principles you need to know in order to build muscle without weights. The first section lays out the foundation for the 6-week program with target rep ranges, exercises, super sets, workout structure, etc. The second part offers a no-nonsense approach to nutrition that anyone can follow to achieve crazy muscle definition and shred body fat.

The Sandbag Solution by Ben Hirshberg
The Sandbag Solution is a simple guide that walks you through making your own sandbag and designing the workout routine that fits your personality, level of fitness, and training goals. Discover the secret to fun, effective weight training workouts that can be done easily at home without investing in a home gym!

Get yours today!

Need Help Figuring Out WordPress?

WordPress LogoI’ve been using WordPress for what feels like forever. At least 10 years now, and boy, has it changed a lot.

When I first started blogging on the WordPress platform, there was a good bit of information available, but you still had to pretty much teach yourself the nuts and bolts of it. And aside from screenshots, you pretty much just had to read and follow along.

Now, it’s a little more complicated in some respects, and a lot more people use WordPress. If you’re wanting to switch over, but you’re intimidated, there’s a set of videos that can help.

When you watch these 18 short videos, you can teach yourself how to set up your WordPress site and maintain it quite easily.

Here’s a list of the topics covered:

  • How to install your WordPress site in a matter of minutes
  • How to quickly change your WordPress Theme to make your site look customized
  • How to install Plugins to give your site added functionality
  • How to add and remove Widgets on your site
  • How to create new Posts and Pages to add content to your site
  • How to update your WordPress framework in a matter of seconds
  • How to change your site’s front page to either static content or your most recent posts
  • How to protect your site from spam and keep it safe
  • How to add a custom header image to your site
  • How to back up your site to ensure you never lose it due to hackers or update errors
  • How to add videos and images to your site to make it more interactive

Most are under 10 minutes in length, so you’re not going to spend hours watching videos and having to pause and restart. They’re short, and to the point, which is just what you need if you’re just getting started with WordPress.

WordPress for Rookies is only $27 (just $1.50 per video), and once you order you can download the package and get started immediately.

Your Best Year Yet eBook Bundle

Now that we’re all getting back to our routines, or starting new ones, a little guidance might be in order. The ebook bundle of the week is back, and they’ve started us out with a bundle they’re calling “The Best Year Yet”. This looks like a fantastic bundle that has a TON of information and tools, for a HUGE discount.

Something really nifty is that you can now choose to get your ebooks in Kindle format or PDF, whichever is more convenient for you.

Bundle of the Week #47: The Best Year is back with all new bundles for 2014!

Make this year your best year yet with this collection of ebooks designed to encourage and equip you to live intentionally. With daily prompts to help you get organized and set goals plus encouragement to simplify, unplug and go green, this bundle is the perfect way to kick off the New Year! This week only, get all 5 resources for 75% off.

And now you can choose between PDF or Kindle versions of the ebooks in each bundle. (The PDF version of the planners and worksheets will be included in both sets.) Select your format at checkout!

100 Days of a New Year {2014} by Jennifer Tankersley
The 100 Days of a New Year 2014 eBook will inspire and motivate you daily to set goals in all areas of your life: family, finances, home, community, and more. With a daily dose of inspiration for navigating a new year, Jennifer leads you through 100 days to a more-focused you. As a bonus, you get 75 lists and worksheets from to guide and motivate you to set goals, better manage your health and finances, and clean and organize your home.

The 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner Plus Supplement Pack by Susan Heid
The 2014 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner breaks down household tasks into manageable daily and weekly bite size pieces, utilizing smaller increments of time to keep the tasks from becoming too large and overwhelming. This year’s planner includes the option to digitally customize your pages. Choose between a “blank” version to set the tasks that fit your household or the “suggested tasks” version with pre-filled daily tasks and then customize it further to make it work for you. Plus, you’ll get the supplemental pack with a dozen customizable sheets to help you stay organized!

The Unwired Mom by Sarah Mae
In The Unwired Mom, Sarah Mae shares her story of Internet addiction. But she doesn’t stop there. She also shares encouragement and inspiration to engage in and enjoy your life, practical ideas and strategies to be aware of and control your online time, and ideas to help your children have healthy boundaries with the internet. In addition, you’l find a two-week challenge designed to help you create healthy online habits (includes daily challenges, “engage your life” ideas, and a journaling exercises). If you want to live free in an internet-addicted world, this ebook is for you!

Destination: Simple by Brooke McAlary
Destination: Simple isn’t a decluttering book. It won’t help you organize your pantry or simplify your wardrobe. Instead, this book is about harnessing the power of rituals and rhythms to simplify your daily life. It’s about being intentional with your daily actions and using them to create the life you want – a simpler, happier life. You’ll discover why rhythm is better than routine, how to find peaceful moments in your busiest days, where you can find time to unplug from the digital world, how to empty your mind and sleep better, how to prioritise your daily tasks and avoid feeling overwhelmed, and the power of practicing gratitude.

Accidentally Green by Hilary Kimes Bernstein
Why in the world would one “normal” family decide to go green? And how did they do it? In Accidentally Green, Hilary shares the nitty gritty details about how and why her family began making healthy changes. Divided into six different chapters, this ebook chronicles six distinct phases in Hilary’s green journey with specific details that worked for her family plus questions and resources to help readers examine their own lives. Although Hilary’s journey is rooted in her Christian faith, this ebook offers practical resources for every family.

Get yours today!

Cyber Monday eBook Bundle Deals

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I had plans to work more than I did, but honestly, I just wanted to relax and enjoy my family. So I did. 🙂 Hopefully you were able to do the same.

On Cyber Monday, 12/2, is bringing back both of their Christmas bundles for a special 24-hour flash sale! If you missed them the first time around, now’s your chance to get either — or both! — of these bundles at 75% off.

Some more info about each:

Bundle of the Week #38: Christmas PlanningChristmas is just 23 days away! But don’t worry: this bundle includes everything you need to simplify your plans and get organized early so that you can avoid the stress of the holidays. You’ll find daily planning tips and printables, recipes, handmade gift tutorials and more at almost 75% off!

But hurry because it’s only available for 24 hours, starting Monday, 12/2 at 8 a.m. ET.

This collection includes:

Get yours today!

Bundle of the Week #45: Celebrating ChristmasThis bundle offers a collection of ebooks to help you celebrate a simple Christmas with traditional activities, homemade gifts, healthy recipes and a devotional for the advent season. Save more than 75% as you rediscover and focus on the true meaning of Christmas!

But hurry because it’s only available for 24 hours, starting Monday, 12/2 at 8 a.m. ET.

This collection includes:

Get yours today!

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