Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Have you made the LED switch yet?



When they first appeared on the market, LED bulbs were certainly the choice for green households, but they were not really economical for the average person.  I know we were not able to make the switch at that point.  But a lot has changed since then, and technology has made it possible for average families (like ours) to afford LED bulbs.  And we LOVE them here at our house!  

Why do we love them?  Well, these bulbs typically use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting and last around 50 times longer.  So that means we pay less on our energy bills AND we replace the bulbs way less.  There is nothing more annoying than a bulb blowing out, am I right?  I love that we can reduce our carbon footprint while also saving money.  And the light from these bulbs is amazing!  LED bulbs seem to be easier on my eyes than incandescent ones.  I don't get a headache from prolonged reading or crochet/knitting projects when I'm using a LED bulb compared to other types. 

I was recently made aware of a San Diego based company called Hyperikon, Inc.  It is a family owned business that is experiencing an enormous amount of growth right now.  They offer bulb shapes such as PARs, BRs, MR16 spots and floods, T8s, A-shapes, candles, and specialty bulbs - basically any kind of bulb you would ever need for residential, commercial, or industrial use!  Quality, selection, price, and convenience - this company offers it all! 

A Hyperikon best seller is the ENERGY STAR certified BR40.  For ambient lighting, this bulb is the best, providing a 120 degree beam angle.  It also has a non-flickering dimmable range of 100%-10%, which is something I love, because I don't always want full light, especially when there is natural light coming in through windows that doesn't fully illuminate the room.  There are three color temperatures as well, Warm Glow™ (2700K), Soft White Glow™ (3000K), and Daylight Glow™ (4000K).  

So if you have been waiting to make the switch, or if you are looking to replace your LED bulbs, check out this company's products.  You can visit their Amazon Storefront to order, and like their Facebook Page for tips and news about LED lighting.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A fantasy romance to add to the reading list

I love fantasy.  I love romance.  This book is a combination of those two loves.  Raven's Tears is set in the fantasy world of Menelon and surrounds the lives and romance of two characters, Lady Angelique Blakesly and Sir Vincent Sultaire, otherwise known as "Raven".    Part love story, part police procedural, and full of action, adventure, and sensuality, it is the perfect way to leave your world behind for awhile and immerse yourself in a fantasy world.  This story is the first in the series The Raven & the Iris.

The revised and expanded version  of Raven's Tears for Kindle has some cool interactive features that will enhance your enjoyment and immersion into the vast and beautiful fantasy world of Menelon.  This version is $1.99 through the end of August.

And if you enjoy Raven's Tears, you only have to wait a few months for the next book in the series, Dead Man's Trigger, which is coming to Amazon in November.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Content Creation


I get a lot of questions from people about blogging, but the biggest ones are always about content.  The one we are going to focus on today is "where do I get content for my blog?"  There are many answers to the second question, including writing your own content, paying someone to write it for you on a service like Fiverr, creating or paying someone to create graphic content such as infographics or memes, or using private label content.  Another big question about content is about how to write a blog post, but we will deal with that one in another post.

Today, I want to focus on just one of these answers, private label content.  Content creation is challenging and sometimes very time consuming.  If you are running a blog about a specific topic, let's say health issues, then you would need to publish at least a few times a week on this topic.  Researching and content creation takes time, and if you are busy with other assignments, jobs, or responsibilities, you may not have that much time to devote to it.  Enter PLR (private label rights) content.  But what is PLR content?  Well, it's content that you purchase from someone else with the rights to do whatever you want with it - change words, add images or links, compile several pieces into one long piece, or anything else you want to do - and you don't have to credit the original writer. 

Sounds like a great idea, right?  Yes!  But how do you find this wonderful content?  There are quite a few places, but the best I've found is PLRContentShop.com.  You can find PLR content about all kinds of topics here, and they are organized in a very user-friendly way.  Just check the side bar to see what labels look interesting to you and click on them.  You'll find all the posts about that particular subject!  And the amount of content in a single package is pretty amazing.  Check out this content package on eating disorders.  Or this bundle of health and family content.  And these packages don't just include blog posts.  There are packages with articles, posts, tweets, other social media posts, banners, infographics, and anything else you would ever need.

PLRContentShop.com does a great job of curating the best content packages and bringing them to people who need content.  Check out the site and see where you can get your best new content!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Memoirs Made Easy

I've often thought about writing down my life story.  Of course, I still have some living to do, but it's something I've been really thinking about lately.

This looks like an excellent resource to make that happen.  "Memoir Writing Made Easy" is a book by Gail Woodard, with Dudley Court Press.

The book is a great resource for anyone who wants to write down the story of their life, even if they have never written a story before.  The exercises are simple and quick, but very effective.

It takes a step by step approach to writing your own life stories, starting with brainstorming and moving on from there.  There's also a great section on how to organize your stories - I had no idea there were so many different ways to organize memoirs!

This generation is losing something valuable - the time we used to spend talking with each other.  I remember sitting at my grandmother's house on Sunday afternoons after church and listening to her talk about her life as a child and a young woman.  We don't have that anymore, because even when we are visiting with each other, we're distracted by technology and everything else in the world.  Writing down your memoirs is a way to guarantee your story lives on in a Legacy Book that you can pass to your children and grandchildren.

This book is an instant download that costs $27.  Having previewed the book, I have to say I think it's worth it for anyone who wants to write their memoirs, but is unsure how to do it.  This book takes the guesswork out of it and makes it easy, just like the title says!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Quality Product Reviews

When buying online, it's hard to figure out sometimes if what you are looking at is really what you need.  Sure, product descriptions are pretty specific, and some sites have reviews, but a thorough, honest product review is sometimes nowhere to be found.  There are some sites for this, and I've looked at several, but the best one I've found so far has to be Quality Product Reviews.  It is clear that these reviews are written by a person who has tested the products thoroughly and has the writing skills to community clearly and effectively.  Pros and cons are presented, as well as links to buy the product, which is nice and convenient!  You can find reviews on all kinds of products here, including all sorts of electronic equipment, furniture, food items, protein bars and powders, computer equipment, musician's supplies, and more!  I really enjoyed a review on a blender that I was considering.  It gives a detailed description of the reviewer's use of the blender and the pros and cons associated with that type of use.

Each review is rated using a star rating of 1-5 stars, making it easy to tell at a glance which products are excellent and which ones are not.  

I've bookmarked Quality Product Reviews for future use, and I hope you do too!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Shara Porter - Cool AND Girly Purses





If you know me, you know I love purses.  LOVE them.  And I'm always looking for the perfect purse.  The perfect purse is cute, unique, small to carry, but lots of room on the inside, and fun.  Enter this amazing line of handbags and other leather and vegan leather items from Shara Porter.

Her story is unique and fun too.  Inspiration struck in the oddest place - a construction site.  She saw a sign for a construction company with an image of a dump truck.  Normal, right?  But when she got closer, she noticed a small unicorn in the corner of the sign.  Enter the collection in question - beautiful feminine accessories hand printed with objects you maybe wouldn't expect.  My favorites are the ship pictured above, the dinosaurs, and the trees (which comes in winter, summer, and fall versions).  The bag pictured above is The Convertible, and is her most popular item because of its versatility and storage capacity.  She also created a line of hand printed men's accessories that I think are pretty awesome.

The variety of colors and the ability to choose your favorite among 32 different hand printed designs in either black or white will virtually guarantee that your creation will be unique and will reflect you - and isn't that what accessories should do?

Friday, August 07, 2015

Homemade dog food for your furbabies




If you're like us, you're always searching for the very best food to give your dogs.  I like to call Kaylee our "special needs" furbaby because she has so many stomach issues and can't tolerate most dog foods.  We end up having to give her boiled chicken and rice several times a year because her irritable bowel flares up.  (Did you even know that dogs could have that?  I didn't!)

I wish I had known about this sooner, so we could have been using it for Kaylee when she needs something special.  But really, this looks easy enough to do every week.  Check it out - Coco's Canine Cuisine.

The description on their website reads:

Coco’s Canine Cuisine is a healthy mix for homemade dog food. Coco’s is an inexpensive, quick way to make food for your dog at home. We created Coco’s in 1998 based on a family recipe we fed our dogs throughout our childhood. We wanted to create a way busy dog owners can quickly make about a weeks worth of healthy human grade food for the dogs they love.

Sounds pretty cool, right?  But what about making dog food - aren't we too busy for that?  I mean, with work and kids and taking care of said canines, do we really have time to create homemade dog food?  According to Coco's Canine Cuisine, absolutely!  Turns out it only takes about 25 minutes to make a week's worth of food.  You do need to provide some type of meat to mix with the package of Coco's Canine Cuisine food, but that's all you need - a package of the food, a pound of meat, and some water.

There's a lot of mistrust in the dog food industry right now, with people wondering if the food they buy is really everything it claims to be.  There are claims that processed foods can lead to health problems and even death.  Making your own dog food is a good alternative to buying the processed bags of food.  Coco's homemade dog food uses human grade ingredients and is veterinarian approved.  And you can get a free sample if you want to see how your dogs like it.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to be ordering a free sample for our furbabies!