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Demetrius G. Rainer-Advocate/Speaker/Columnist

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Demetrius G. Rainer-Advocate | Speaker | Columnist

Demetrius G. Rainer, JD is a former Federal and State Criminal Defense Attorney that has been on both sides of the aisles in the courtroom, on one side defending citizens that had been charged with a crime and on the other as a defendant fighting for her life.
“Dee” as she is affectionately known, is an outspoken Criminal Justice Reform Advocate that focuses on collateral consequences of conviction and how they are hurdles to successful re-entry for returning citizens. Due to her being impacted by collateral consequences of conviction, Dee became Founder and Executive Director of My Meta Re-Entry Services.

Demetrius G. Rainer
Demetrius G. Rainer

Demetrius G. Rainer mission is to remove barriers for returning citizens, reduce recidivism, increase public safety and spur economic growth, by providing resources, information, wrap around services, advocacy and case management to returning citizens for successful reintegration.
Dee is an Executive Board Member for Scotland County Re-entry Council; 2019 Faces of Women Imprisoned Inaugural Co-short Member; Criminal Justice Reform Columnist for Hustle Mama Magazine; Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of Renew Life Group, LAC an Outpatient Mental Health Center for Adolescents and Adults;

Dee’s life mission is to see that states repeal all collateral consequences of conviction so that “Time Served” really means “Time Served.”

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Demetrius G. Rainer, JD is Wanting to Have the Say So and Last Word…

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oh and…On a Mission to Ensure that the Letter of the Law is to the Letter and that their Words Mean Exactly What They Say

HMAG: What was life growing up like for you?
DGR: Life growing up for me was easy. I have two older siblings, a brother and a half-brother. Both my parents were teenagers when I was born, and I am sure they had their struggles but me and my brother didn’t suffer. My mom spoiled all of us, including my dad. My dad made sure we were well provided for and disciplined us when necessary. My dad’s only requirement was for me and my brothers to go to school, study hard and make good grades. My parents just celebrated 50 years of marriage.

HMAG: When did you realize what you wanted to do with your life?
DGR: I knew early that I wanted to be a lawyer. Maybe by the age of ten. I was drawn to legal shows on TV. I was always opinionated, inquisitive and had to have the last word.
HMAG: Were you a dreamer in your younger years?

DGR: Yes, I was a dreamer when I was growing up. I still am. I dreamed about being Diana Ross!! I Loved Her. I can’t tell you how many times growing up I watched Mahogany and Lady Sing the Blues. I also wanted to marry Billy D. Williams.

HMAG: What did you want most to be from those dreams? Is it what you are doing today?
DGR: As I stated earlier, I knew early that I wanted a career in the legal profession. So, I went to law school and began practicing law. As for my profession now, being the Founder of My Meta Re-Entry Services, (will be up and running soon) and being a Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, I was thrust into this role due to my being adversely affected by the Criminal Justice System. For almost a decade, I was a Federal and State Criminal Defense Lawyer. I also practiced Real Estate Law. However, after making some unwise decisions in my law practice, I was ultimately disbarred and charged with Money Laundering and Mortgage Fraud. I was sentenced to 36 months in prison and ultimately served 1 yr and tens days. I went from a successful up and coming defense and real estate lawyer to a defendant. I thought I would die. However, through this adversity, I had to reinvent myself. I had to think outside the box and do something different.

I became a Criminal Justice Reform Advocate more specifically focusing on Re-Entry services and collateral consequences of convictions because I have been adversely impacted by this system and collateral consequences of my conviction continue to hinder me, long after my release from imprisonment.

HMAG: What makes you do what you do?
DGR: What makes me do what I do, is because of my own personal experience and the experience of others that have been negatively impacted by the criminal justice system.

Don’t BE AFRAID TO REINVENT YOURSELF

HMAG: What do you hope for your legacy?
DGR: As for my legacy, I would like to change the Game in the arena that I am in. I would like to work effectively to change laws in the criminal justice reform arena. I want to be a trailblazer in the game. So, when you hear my name it will be synonymous with changing laws and getting things done in criminal justice reform.

HMAG: If you were able, what would you change about the world we live in?
DGR: If I could change one thing in this Nation, I would like to see this Nation become a Nation of second chances where time served really means time served.

“I would like to be remembered most as a servant. I live to serve others…I serve with a Servant’s Heart. I am guided by God and I ask God daily to guide me and allow me to be a blessing to others.”
Dee Rainer

HMAG: Who were some of your life influences?
DGR: Nelson Mandela. Why: This is a man that was sentenced to life imprisonment ultimately served 27 years in prison in a country that wanted his soul, his spirit, his mind and body, a country that wanted him dead…And within 4 years of his released he became the 1st democratically elected President of that Country!!! That is remarkable. He had an indomitable spirit, the will to press on and persevere. How can’t you admire a person like that?

White Shirts and White Blouses

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White Shirts and White Blouses

White shirts and white blouses are the cornerstone, of my wardrobe. In fact, I believe they should be the cornerstone of everyone’s wardrobe. Just like a White T-Shirt or Black Turtleneck they’re clean and focused, yet have an amazing opportunity for interpretation and diversity.

The White Shirts and White Blouses can display poise, femininity, strength, professionalism and an official stance, in many eyes. It’s a basic beginner piece and finishing touch, all at the same time.

Just like the Little Black Dress, white blouses and white shirts are an essential item in anyone’s wardrobe.  Yet unlike the black dress, it’s appropriate for a picnic, disco, date night, carnival, interview, black tie event and even a funeral. It goes with jeans, a classic pair of pants in ANY COLOR, a skirt and even as an under pinning with vest, jackets, overalls or the right Little Black Dress.

If you haven’t been hip to this idea, I hope you’ll allow me the opportunity to change you mind.

TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN MUCH IS EXPECTED

It’s not all “Happy Go Lucky” with your white blouse. While there will be so many opportunities for you to wear it, there are so many obstacles out to get you.

STAINS:

a good stain fighting pen on hand is always helpful. Try to remain mindful so you don’t need the pen, but mistakes happen, so arm yourself accordingly!

COLOR TRANSFER OR BLEEDING :

Another form of stain, blue jeans, black leather and colored napkins can be out to get your white shirt. I find the best thing to do is just take a zen approach and know it may happen then be prepared to show your top some love afterwards.

CLEANING:

I always find it best to follow the cleaning instructions in any garment, but with white blouses and white shirts, we tend to panic. Spot cleaning is good (for stains) followed by regular cleaning as follow up.

YELLOWING FROM DRY CLEANING:

It’s just the way it is. Your white top will start to yellow, because of age, oxidation and chemical cleaning products, this is unavoidable.  Yellow happens very slowly and sometimes unnoticeable until you’re in a situation with a brand new white shirt; it’s like the tissue test for white teeth! Now you have a decision to make, ignore it (keep) or invest in a new shirt (toss).

NOW THAT YOU KNOW:

Now that we’ve gotten all the details out of the way, I urge you to make good investments, in this product. I’m my opinion, you can’t have too many. You can have so many types, fabrics and styles of white shirts, it’s mind boggling. Take this basic item and prepare to make it anything but basic. Think of different necklaces, pins, scarves you can wear with your white shirts and white blouses and experiment. You can essentially wear a different one everyday and make a statement .

ONE MORE THING: IT HAS TO FIT!

Now, this is a subject I’ve mentioned before, but it bares repeating for this important garment; it must fit well. If the blouse is too tight in the shoulders, squeezes your back, is too tight in the armholes or so oversized you feel swallowed, it’s not right. Make sure your top fits your body well. You should look and feel comfortable remember the fact that white highlights too many imperfections, to explain away.  Make sure it looks good across the bust and back and while oversized can be, fun make sure it looks like it was on purpose with the correct look in your bottom and accessories.

WAYS TO WEAR YOU SHIRT

WEAR IT: tucked in with a pin at the neck or collar
WEAR IT: untucked with a belt, scarf and skirt
WEAR IT: sleeves rolled up unbuttoned with another top underneath such as a lace tank or stripped top and jeans
WEAR IT: tucked with a large statement necklace and finish off with a classic pant or skirt
WEAR IT: completely clean no jewelry and an extravagant bottom, so the top is your support piece(Co-Star of the show)
WEAR IT: tied at the wait with a long flowy satin or sequins skirt.

Imagine these ideas with your basic white blouse/shirt, but then start to think how far you can go with a more elaborate top; one which is pleated, with an unusual neckline, such as a mandarin collar or bow, enormous sleeves or a grand bib detail. You’re white blouse can also be made of linen, lace, chiffon, knit or a mixture of several fabrics and details. You can even start to design your own blouse, by being creative with ties, ribbons, scissors, safety pins and/or trinkets; with these items you can be as basic or ornate as you wish!

It’s YOUR white blouse, make it express your unique style!♥️

Every Day is Different

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Every Day is Different

Sometimes you’re having a wonderful morning; the sun is shinning everything goes easy, your clothes look great and you are out the door with ease. Other days your alarm didn’t go off, your having a hard time getting that hair together and you just can’t figure out WHAT TO WEAR!Every Day is Different and a strong and solid wardrobe with proper options and big enthusiasm can help make this portion easier. Let me offer some help.

STAY READY

I am a VERY firm believer of a healthy wardrobe, meaning some clothes being stuck, in the dry cleaners or any event that pops up at the last minute doesn’t cause a complete melt down.  We recently had articles regarding “The Importance of Basics” and how “Accessories” can increase your wardrobe options. These concepts never go out of style and will keep you from be caught off guard, in any situation. Basic pieces in your wardrobe such as a clean white shirt or a favorite pair of grey pants, which can be paired back to items, in the closet or a great statement necklace can make all the difference in your morning, rain or shine, up easy or a hard time getting out the door.
Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; why wait until that morning to pull it together?  Laying your clothing out the night before make life so much easier!  Organizing your top, bottom, shoes and accessory is a time saver, less stress and lets you focus or more fun ideas. Maybe you can use your extra time to some experiment with hair and makeup.

NEW CLOTHES HYPE

While I love new clothing, I also love having items that can be pulled out of the closet, properly accessorized and go. With this in mind, think of your wardrobe as part of a functional concept meaning, hair, shoes, nails, handbags and even the right attitude can help you get it together.

Make sure you have several accessories ideas for each outfit/dress. Make it your business to have a couple of necklaces, bracelets, shoes and/or hairstyles for one outfit. This process will help you remain prepared, not only does it help you organize it helps you think, in a way that offers the opportunity for future outfits and the best “Put Together” possible.

WE LOVE A SELFIE

We’ve become a society full of picture takers. I can’t speak for others but most of the pictures in my phone will never be published or posted. These are the pictures I use to remember details of places and things; so why can’t you use the same exercise, on your clothing? You can photograph items, on the bed or floor adding in jewelry, belts, shoes or put them on and take pictures. Create your own catalog, which can offer a opportunity to refer to when your feeling “not” as motivated, going on

a business trip, out on a date or attending a wedding, meeting someone you want to impress, trying out a new color/silhouette or need to feel sexy.

PREPARATION IS GOOD

The more effort you can put in upfront the more you create a window of opportunity that can be pulled together quickly and with confidence. How great is it to know exactly how that blouse will look with those pants instead of “Gee, I hope that will look good together.”

Preparing removes doubt, builds confidence and allows for less effort when it’s time to wear the outfit (e.g.-I realized the long black beaded necklace looks better with that top than the short pearls.)

“SHE’’S ALWAYS PULLED TOGETHER”
“Wow, she always looked great.” and “She’s always so pulled together!” is just what everyone can say about YOU, when you display the right intent and focus in your wardrobe. It’s all  in your effort and visual goal.  By utilizing the ideas I’ve mentioned, use social media to offer you inspiration, excitement and realize while everyday is different there is no reason you can’t maintain your same cynosure. You hold the power to make everyday work, for you.

HAPPY OUTFIT!♥️

Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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Too many times, we find ourselves apologizing for things, and for what, half of the times we do not even know. Not just because it seems right, but also our conscious and inner being doesn’t want the stress from arguing to prove a point. Today’s society seemed to have stopped taking accountability for their actions, and instead of owning their faults, they find a guinea pig and a way around being guilty of an activity that they partook in.

I, too, am guilty of the same. My spirit is so big, and my heart is so loving that I also tend to apologize quickly. To a point, I think the reason I apologize is in part because of my upbringing, whether it is something as far as not returning a call, answering a call, and keeping an appointment. One thing everyone knows “I Am A Woman Of My Word!” I do not say it unless I mean it. I do not accuse unless I have facts. I do not make an appointment unless I am sure it fits into my schedule. Yes, I, too, believe in “Fake It Until You Make It,” but I also am a firm believer that if you have nothing in life, you should at least have your word!

I wrote this piece to say to all those quick apologetic people who tend to apologize for being too kind; for being too good-hearted; for being a person guilty of giving the benefit of the doubt – don’t be sorry. Today, I want you to be Unapologetically. You! The beautiful spirit that God created. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same morals and way of thinking, but there is no need to apologize for everything. Yes, pick your battles and act accordingly, but there is no longer a need to apologize for being you.

There is truth in owning your faults and taking accountability for your actions and sometimes apologizing and meeting the other person in the middle, but you should not find yourself apologizing for everything you do. God created each of us differently for a reason. Yes, we can learn from others, and in no shape or form am I suggesting that you should change because of other people’s actions. I am merely saying, “Be You!” If today you choose not to apologize and that person decides that you are wrong for not doing so, although they know in their heart and spirit you are right, let them go. God does not remove people because He knows they are right; He removes them because He knows they are wrong. God knows your heart, and indeed, that is all that matters. Sometimes we have to allow people to lose us to see their wrongdoings. Sometimes we have to walk away to lessen the burden of the load we carry for others. Sometimes we have to be the one who says, “I Am Not Apologizing, Because I Did Nothing Wrong.”

Wedding Photo Vibes

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It’s Here! The Day Most Women Dream Of! Your wedding day is easily one of the most photographed days of your life. Traditionally, most people hire one photographer, because the great photos are usually of the bride. Honestly, if your photographer is good, he or she will know to schedule accordingly, so that you can capture those memorable moments of both the groom and bride. Yes!

 

It is important to catch those moments before the bride, but I think it is equally important to capture those memorable moments with the groom and his guys as well. Your photographer will likely have thousands of candids of the two of you as you tie the knot, cut the cake, and dance the night away. But before you walk down the aisle and hear the first click of the shutter, it’s a good idea to have a consultation with your photographer to ensure that every pose you want to be included will be there—because, after all, you only have one shot at your wedding day. Here are 16 poses you’ll want to photograph for your wedding:

1.   Getting Make-Up Done:   Every moment before “I Do” is essential, and catching you getting glammed up is important too.

2.   Putting On Your Dress:    This is true when the magic begins. If you are lucky enough to have your mother present, this is true when the tears start to flow.

3.   The Men Sharing A Laugh:   As they sit around waiting, reminiscing and joking before they start to get dressed.

4.   Time To Get Suited Up:   All women want to see those special shots of them getting dressed, but they also secretly want to see how their groom looked, so it is also important to get pictures of the guys getting dressed.

5.   Putting Your Veil On All queens wear a crown, so it is fitting to get that right shot of you putting on your veil, as you prepare to go from Miss to Mrs.

6.   Let’s Toast To That:  It is essential to capture the shots of the bride and her ladies having a glass of champagne and saying a prayer, as well as the groom and his men, taking a shot of whiskey and a few puffs from a cigar.

7.   Bridal Portrait:  Time to take some candid moment of the future Mrs.


8.   Wedding Party Photos:   Let’s have some jokes, silly photos, and classic memories with the special people you chose to be a part of your special day.

9.   The First Look:  I am not a fan of the first look unless it is still a hidden moment, where we can capture the picture of both of us standing on opposite sides of the door. Most people like it, because it gives them a moment together, away from the crowd, and a moment to get most emotions out.

10.   The First Walk:   After you have said the I Do’s, he has kissed his bride and the nerves have settled, have the photographer take a picture
of you two from behind…. the new couple taking their first walk.

11.   Best Man/Maid of Honor Toast:   This moment is not just for photos, but it is vital to get this on videotape. If you did not hire a videographer, then hope someone videotapes it. Childhood stories, many jokes, and so much more.

12. The First Dance: This moment is so beautiful, between the shared looks, the smiles, the kiss, and the hold, so much sentiment is shared between the newly married couple. At this moment, no one else is in the room but them, well so it seems when you look at the happy couple.

13. You and Mom:  Mothers hold their babies safe through their life, but these photos show how proud they are of the man and woman their child has become and how happy they are of the person they chose to share their life with.

14. Cutting the Cake:  Make sure the photographer takes a few pictures of the cake before the couple stands beside it; a few with the couple and of course, a few when they feed each other.

15.   Throwing the Bouquet:   From the throwing of the bouquet to the removal and catching of the garter. The inner stripper seems to come out of the groom when it’s his time. 16.   Thank You From Bride & Groom:   As they stand to give their final thank you, and they share a few kisses. No better way to end the day, but with some more candid pictures of the newly married couple.

The Creative Mind

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Creative Mind

We have all heard stories and witnessed the unraveling of creative people living wild, uncontrollable lives of madness, being genius, and yet still selfish with the thoughts that go on inside their heads. The ‘artistic temperament’ has now entered the cultural mainstream. While their work may be admired, creative people are sometimes dismissed as non-recognizable and non-relatable. In some circles, the term “creative” is tinged with contempt. That is far from real. A creative mind is sometimes misunderstood as anti-social and weird, but a person living with a creative mind seems to have the most fun.

The upside to having a creative mind is that you are always entertained because most times, your brain never sleeps and is also active with thoughts and ideas. When you have a creative mind, your wheels are still turning. You never get a rest from the commotion inside of your mind. Unlike most people, who work a nine to five job, you are unable to stop thinking about work once your head hits the pillow at night. You are inspired to create at odd hours. You wake up in the middle of the night with ideas on your mind. You do not get well-needed breaks during holidays and birthdays. You work through celebrations. Even if you have stepped away from your pencil or paintbrush to spend time with your loved ones, your mind is elsewhere. You are never fully present because you are always thinking, always planning. To me, the best part is being visual with conversations. I still have my coworkers dying with laughter, because we could have a chat or a joke, and within seconds, I respond via email with the visual aspect to that conversation and joke. They are always amazed at how I came up with that so quick or so precise. In my head, there is never a dull moment.

Now, the downside to a creative mind is that sometimes you may tend to think deeper into things, analyze more than usual and/or you are never satisfied with a project, until it comes across just right, wherein you give the person reading and/or watching, the feel of being in the shoes of the creative mind. When you have a creative mind, you are never satisfied. You never think you are doing enough. You push yourself towards the brink of exhaustion. You criticize yourself even when you are trying your hardest. You could get a million compliments on your work and will ignore them to dwell on the one negative comment. Yes, the creative mind is always striving for better.

As for me, my creative mind has taken me many places. I can travel the world and never get on a plane. My creativity started me out and has continued with my love of the arts, writing, and dancing. Still, I sometimes tend to think that I missed my calling and probably should have been in marketing, which was what I majored in high school, but had so many jobs, that I diverted away from it. Life teaches us lessons, and although I may not have followed my dreams of being a dancer and marketing, I still have had the opportunity to do so. With regards to dancing, the many years that I took, I can now teach a young woman or man the skills of perfecting the art of dancing and give criticism and compliment from the director’s eye. With marketing, I can entertain those around me with my visual aspects of the conversation, and I have been blessed to land the opportunity to write for this great magazine and contribute monthly to the meat of the meal when preparing the magazine’s content. I also self-teach myself in whatever field or hobby that I take on, and I am proud to say that I use my many skills to help others.

Conclusion

As the excellent quote says, “Pay It Forward.” I truly believe God has not blessed me with so many great stories, opportunities, and skills to keep it to myself. He is using me to teach and to empower, and I welcome every old and new face that I encounter. No complaints here, I love it! To those of you raising children, never stop them from their life interest, allow them to explore. You will be amazed at what their inner creative mind is thinking. Give them that white sheet or blank canvas and will enable them to paint their picture.

Author Barbie Scott

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Author Barbie Scott

A “Hood Romance Author” is how she likes to be described. Hustle Mama Magazine introduces to you, Barbie Scott. A California based writer who is using her God-given talents to the fullest.

Get to Know Barbie Scott

Barbie Scott
Barbie Scott

Growing up in a Trap has been bittersweet for this young author. However, it was a life lesson. Overcoming her suspenseful life in a gang, Barbie Scott has taken a more positive turn. “Barbie Scott, you have been through so much you need to write a book!” Those are the words Barbie normally from people that knew her stories (or better known these days as her truth). In 2016, Barbie was introduced to the ‘Authors Game.’ Adjusting her crown, The Queen began to write a very anticipating book series entitled ‘Trap Girl’ that reflects on her own life. The self-published author has written over 30 novels in such a short time and has over 20 published on Amazon. She has also sold thousands of copies street-wide from the trunk of her car. Her motto is “From Bricks 2 Books,” and she’s blessed to say she has made it this far and has become so passionate about her craft. Now stepping into film, she recently shot a sizzle for “Trap Girl,” in hopes of being picked up as a television series. The book game is no more accessible than the rap game and the TV/movie industry. It starts with a manuscript, but the hard work comes with creativity and drives to make these publishers recognize your skill.

“Street Chic With A Vision!”

HMM:   Tell us a little about your most recent book? What is the title, and what and who inspired you for this story line?

BS:   My most recent book is titled “A Boss Got Me In My Feelings, But A Savage Got My Heart” It’s a story about a girl who’s abandoned by her mother and went from foster home to jail. When she was released, she meets a young guy who takes her in. This guy is cocky, a true savage but lovable. Anyhow! He takes her in and provides for her. He has dreams of becoming a rapper, but he’s so consumed with his mother’s drug addiction he puts his life on hold. After some time, the girl “Lyric” becomes a stylist and lands a gig for a major producer. She sleeps with the producer to get Royal Kane a deal but then regrets it. I don’t want to give up any more of the book, loll. The story is inspired by life experiences as far as how people let fame change them. That’s what happens in this book with money and fame – Royal changes.

HMM:    Are you independently published? Yes? No? If no, please advise who are you published by?
BS: Yes, I am both. Miss Shan publishes me at Shan Presents, and I am also an independent author as well. I believe in the great words by Malcolm X, “By Any Means Necessary!”

HMM:   Where were you born, and where do you currently live?
BS:   I was born in the heart of Los Angeles, California (South Central). I currently live in Los Angeles, California. Although American born, the majority of my family is from Cuba.

HMM:     What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
BS:    Life growing up was rough only because of the violence I had to escape. Other than that, I had a crazy but dope family. My grandmother is a full-blooded Cuban, so we spoke Spanish around my home. Spanish was the first language I learned. My family is very close. At a very young age, I was caught up in a gang, and I was also raised in the Trap. Nothing to be proud of, but I’m proud of my accomplishments. I did not let my past life deter me from becoming a positive role model.

“From Bricks to Books!”

HMM:    How old were you when you knew this was your calling and what you were possibly going to do for the rest of your life?
BS:   When I was in junior high, I always wrote poems. I didn’t expect to become a writer professionally. About the age of 24, I picked up a pen and began writing my first book. Everyone that knew me always encouraged it. So finally, I gave it a shot. At the time I was an avid reader, I knew what would excite readers. When I got to about chapter 7, I tossed it to the side. Years later I picked it back up, only this time I used a laptop. I completed it. I got discouraged due to editing issues, and I almost quit (again). One of my friends checked the hell out of me and said: “You better write something else, but you better not give up!” So, I started writing “Trap Girl,” which is my best and favorite book written. I found another editor, and since then, I have not stopped.

HMM:   Are you involved with any workshops, and as an author, how do you help others accomplish their dreams, and what advice do you have for new upcoming aspired writers?
BS:   I’m not in any workshops or anything, but I do consultations via Facebook or Instagram. I want to tell any writer that’s up and coming never to give up. Make every story you write, whether its fiction or real, as realistic as possible. The goal is to capture your readers and make them feel like they are in the character’s shoes. Another thing, especially for male authors, no matter what, there should always be some love story in your novel. Remember, women are your biggest supporters, and women love a damn good love story. I am speaking as an author, a reader, and, most importantly, a woman.

HMM:      What books have you written? Have any been done as a playwright? BS: I’ve written tons of books, but my favorites are the “Trap Girl” series, there are five parts to the series. I’m also in love with “Me, U & Hennessy” and “Stealing The Plugs Heart.” “Trap Girl” is being pitched for a television series. I’m praying it gets picked up. So far, I only shot a sizzle reel. It’s going to be dropping soon. Another message for authors, “never be afraid to invest in yourself.” I took every dollar I had to my name and shot the sizzle. I spent $12,000.00 for 10 minutes. I don’t worry about the money, because if I put my heart and soul into it (which I normally do), I believe one day it will pay off. “Believe in your craft.”

HMM:     Would you consider yourself a driven person? What makes you a “Powerhouse”? What is the source of your strength?
BS:    The source of my strength is my life; my past life motivates me. The crazy thing is most people do not realize that your past can either make you or break you. I chose to allow my past to drive me to be who I am today and become better tomorrow.

“Turn Your Pain Into Your Greatest Purpose!”

Barbie Scott
Barbie Scott

HMM:    Are you currently working on any new books?
BS:     Of course, my pen does not stop! By 2020, I’ll have about 60 books. Loll. I’m working on a novel now called “A Hot girl Summer” that comes out in September, and I’m releasing “Heartbreak In The Hood” on or about August 10, 2019. HMM: What can we expect from you in the future?
BS:   TV shows and movies on the big screen and Netflix, whatever I can get my hands on, and whoever is willing to give this street-chic a shot.

HMM: How can they purchase a copy of this book?
BS: All my books are available on www.amazon.com, and for paperbacks, visit www.authorbarbiescott.com .

To follow Ms. Scott, see her social contact information below:

Website: authorbarbiescott.com
Twitter: autbarbiescott
Instagram: @authorbarbiescott
Facebook: Author Barbie Scott

Art Prodigy Tyler Gordon

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THE PAINTING PRODIGY WHO IS MAKING A BIG SPASH

PAINTING PRODIGY MAKING A BIG SPLASH – TYLER GORDON, a San Jose, California born, 13-year old young man, who has impressive painting skills and is making a name for himself around town.

In fifth grade, while many of us were running around on playgrounds, Tyler Gordon (“Tyler”) of San Jose, California, had just discovered his endless supply of painting talent. Tyler, who is now 13, paints black, white and gray portraits of celebrities he finds on television, or of people who want a portrait of themselves. He has painted Kevin Durant, Jay-Z, Beyonce, the Beatles, Oprah, and many more famous people. “His paintings are shadows and negative space,” said Nicole Kindle (“Kindle”), his mother.


He has sold dozens of paintings, started a Facebook page to promote his art, and has also appeared on Steve Harvey’s show, “Little Big Shots.” A budding entrepreneur, Tyler also promotes his art on other social media platforms,

June 2019, Tyler was at San Jose’s Juneteenth celebration at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, where he live-painted for several hours, fueled only by a bologna sandwich. He sold more than 40 paintings that day, he said.

Tyler’s living room in San Jose is filled with his painting supplies and the art he has made. He paints many free-art from images from tv or movies, and then there are some he paints while sitting on a stool. Lately, he said he’s been at it for about four hours every day, to fulfill the orders that have come pouring in since he appeared on “Little Big Shots” and at the Juneteenth festival. Despite Tyler’s accomplishments, his mom said that he is still a normal kid who plays outside most of the time, thinks he’s Superman, and always has to finish his homework.

“His school comes first,” Kindle said. “If I see a grade slipping, that’s a priority; the painting will have to wait.” Kindle was the one who encouraged Tyler to start painting, and she instantly recognized his talent. “I’ve never seen anything like that,” Kindle said on Oli Pettigrew’s TV show, “Right This Minute.” “I’ve been painting, and she instantly recognized his talent. “I’ve never seen anything like that,” Kindle said on Oli Pettigrew’s TV show, “Right This Minute.” “I’ve been pushing, trying to get him everything he needs.” Tyler’s accomplishments come despite life-changing hardships. For a while, he was in a wheelchair after breaking his hips, and he is nearly deaf, Kindle said. On Steve Harvey’s show, Tyler got a big surprise when one of his heroes, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, appeared in a video. “Keep inspiring,” Durant told Tyler. And undoubtedly, Tyler will.

Hustle Mama Magazine takes pride in featuring kids of “Our Future” and this month, we feature 13-year old Tyler Gordon. Here is his story.

“I love painting because it keeps me calm and makes me happy!”

HMM: What was life like growing up for you? What kind of family did you grow up in?
TG: Life growing up for me is excellent. My family is very close. I’m growing up in a fun family. When not in school, my family gets together to play games, go to the beach, church, and every Tuesday, my family has a movie night. Another thing I like to do is help feed the less fortunate.

HMM: How do you maintain your integrity in an otherwise very competitive and
scrupulous industry?
TG: I stay true to who I am. My mom taught me always to be humble and treat the janitor with the same respect that you treat the CEO with.

HMM: At such a young age, what makes you a POWERHOUSE? What is the source of your strength?
TG: I paint from my soul, from deep down. I guess you can say that I paint my feelings. I put some of me in every piece I do. My style of painting, as well as my speed, sets me apart from the other artist. When I did my first painting, which unbeknownst to my mom (I had it in me), I shocked her by the fact that I could paint, let alone the fact that I finished it in approximately 20 minutes.

“I love painting because it keeps me calm and makes me happy!”

HMM: Who are some of your earlier influences?
TG: My earliest influence is my mom. She paints good too. She also started painting at a young age. I like her style, it’s like mine, although the truth is I get it from her. I’m also influenced by Floyd Norman, Basquiat, and Bob Ross.

HMM: You have painted many celebrities from Kevin Durant, Jay-Z, Beyonce, the Beatles, Oprah, and many more famous people. Who is someone you would love to paint and sell a portrait to?
TG: I would love to sell a portrait to Former President, Barack Obama.

HMM: What advice would you offer to kids with a “DREAM”?
TG: I would say, “Never stop going after your dream!” I know, first hand, with determination, it will come true. I’m living my dream right now.

To follow Tyler Gordon, see his contact information below:

Facebook: Tyler Gordon Young Artist
Instagram: Official_tylergordon

Adversity – A Gift From God

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Hand holding rope at the hill

AdversityA Gift From God | BY DR. DEE CARROLL

www.DrDeeCarroll.com

While there are many others who exhibited patience while in the midst of adversity, the greatest example of patience in dealing with adversity, is Jesus Christ. He was rejected, spit upon, reviled, cast to the wolves; indeed, as it was said of Him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20). Ultimately, he was nailed to a cross and crucified after suffering for the sins of all the world. Clearly, He suffered more than any of us will ever suffer at an extreme we will never know.

We know all too well our initial reaction when we are pummeled by the worst life has to offer. In contrast, look at the way He patiently dealt with what He was given: “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23). In other words, He knew His Father had not left Him alone. He trusted God with His suffering. And if you exercise patience, you can do the same—because God will never leave you alone either.

As you struggle with adversity—because you will; we all do—never forget God. He is an important part of the sublime arithmetic that allows you to face and transform adversity, to come out of it a better, stronger, more qualified soul. Focus on God, not your adversity. Find God in every part of your adversity because He will be there. In fact, chances are good He will use your adversity to display His glory as you depend on Him and exercise faith in Him.  And never forget that adversity may actually be a gift from God.  Know that every trial, every tribulation, and every other situation in life (including the good ones!) were literally gifts from God. I had always heard He had a sense of humor, but I didn’t really understand what that meant. I sure do now.

Now that you know a little more about adversity and how to handle it, you’ll recognize something you’ve probably always known: that God gives us much good. But I hope you also know that God also gives us the bad and the ugly because they are wake-up calls that bring us closer to Him. And as we draw closer to Him, we realize He can stop the bleeding and very literally protect us from some unseen disaster approaching over the next hill.

When you feel the weight of the world pressing down on your shoulders, when you are facing insurmountable odds, when you are staring tribulation in the face, it’s easy to feel alone. When you spend every shred of time and effort and energy taking care of everyone else—your children, your spouse, your aging parents—without a word of thanks, it’s easy to feel alone. When you work all day at an office and never seem to get anything done, only to go home to a sink full of dirty dishes and a pile of dirty laundry it’s easy to feel alone. When you lose a job, lose a spouse, lose a child, lose a piece of your heart, it’s easy to feel alone.  No, you are not alone. You will never be alone.

Today may be your turn to receive comfort from one who has walked a mile in your moccasins, far down the path ahead of you. Tomorrow it may be your turn to come back from your treacherous journey, stronger and better and more sure, to provide that comfort to someone else.  Know that you will never be alone.

Adversity—this one, the next one, and the one after that—will never be the end. It is the beginning. If you let it, it will make of you a magnificent creature, more than you ever could have accomplished on your own.  Patience is a virtue and exhibiting it during adversity is a gift that will keep on giving.

Looking Good While Traveling

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LOOKING GOOD WHILE TRAVELING
I recently went to a bloggers seminar and listened to so many people talk about the challenge of looking good while traveling. What I’ve learned most is as always, “Preparation is Key”.
Lets discuss how to remain prepared.

USE WHAT YOU KNOW
Traveling is not the best time to breakout your new wears and see how that “new outfit goes over”. Since you’re traveling remember your clothing is new to whomever you’re going to be around as they don’t usually see you, in your day to day outfits. Even if they do see you in your usual garb, the new environment will be change enough. There is no need for you to be head to toe different, as well.

This is the time to focus on something that makes you feel confident yet comfortable. You are already going to be in unfamiliar surroundings, it would be best to have some sense of familiarity and norm.

DON’T OVER PACK
When I say this, I’m talking to myself! I’ve been traveling for over 30 years and still tend to over pack and pay for it, in the end.

If you’re like me, you’re going to shop, on your trip and find something else to wear. You need to remember the space you’ll need, in your luggage to accommodate your new items. Why do you think so many of this suitcases have that extra zip room? Try to be smart, think ahead and remain optimistic that you’ll find something you’ll want to bring back.

WHAT IF YOU FIND NOTHING?
Being smart in how you pack also means being smart in how you dress. Dark pants & skirts are your best options because they show less dirt in case of a mishap and they will work with more options of colorful tops and neutrals. You should be looking to bring more tops than bottoms because they offer versatility and weigh less. Black pants and skirts, dark denim or black jeans and an additional dark colored bottom, then you can go crazy with at least 3-5 colored tops AND a black or navy sweater. Using this formula will allow you to have great “Put Togethers”, for your experience.

OUTSIDE ADVICE
I recently read another article on packing for travel and it suggested a light weight black knit dress, a multi-colored scarf and metallic shoes. These are all items that can be easily dressed up or down, offer preparation for every occasions and shouldn’t take up too much space in your suitcase. Keep it in mind, when traveling these options check all the boxes; Ease, Versatility, Well Dressed and Lightweight.

AVOID WHITE
We had an amazing article on the options of white tops, but travel and white are not the best pair. Unless you’re a Priestess or Running with The Bulls ask yourself if white is your best travel companion. Even if you are a Priestess who’ll be Running with the Bulls, consider the color white as options you might want to purchase, when you get to your destination. Even mishaps in your suitcase, such as lotion spills or color transfer from another garment are devastating when you have a limited back-up plan.

Think of coffee spills, sitting in the wrong spot, ketchup stains, dust/dirt and just living life. Even if you get through the entire day without a spot on your white top or pants, look at the inside neck or hem of the garment. This is not something you can get away with and look pristine for a second day, of your travel.

Instead opt for color and prints, things that can hide a coffee spill or gravy stain. I’m not suggesting you walk around with a stained shirt, on your journey but you can get a stain out in any hotel room sink, restaurant bathroom or Aunt Mamie’s house and it does not have to be totally perfect. Trust me, that white shirt won’t hold up quite as well under the same circumstances.

SHOW RULES APPLY
I’ve attended a few blogger seminars and they talk about taking pictures while they travel. The one thing I’ve heard consistently is that every detail of your outfit should be planned. I always stress this idea so I will only double down for travel. If you really think about it, it makes perfect sense. It helps you plan your space and sometimes, even your activities. Bloggers suggest planning down to the finite details, jewelry, cosmetics, belts and underwear.

I remember “over packing” for a trip to Greece. My idea was to be prepared and make sure I looked “Cute & Sexy” all of the time. While I think I achieved, this idea I know I could have done just as much with less. I packed 2 or 3 dresses for each day when one would have been enough. I packed too many shoes , one of the heaviest items you can pack; when I should have been more practical and stuck to 2 pair. I also had the idea to wear these amazing bracelets with one dress, but when it came time to wear the dress I couldn’t find the bracelets, in my bag. Ironically they were in the bag the whole time, I just packed so many things, that I couldn’t locate them in the suitcase. UGH! I took my clothing more seriously, than my experience! On top of everything else, we had a great deal of trek from city to city with no valet help. My bag was so heavy that when I had to carry it up a very tall flight of steps because the escalator was broken, I thought I was going to have a heart attack!

Okay, okay this isn’t about me or my inability to pack smart but I wanted to share my mishaps and what could go wrong. Don’t be “That Girl” in Greece or any other place for that matter. Ultimately, traveling is meant to grow your experience and soul, not your wardrobe.

HOW TO ORGANIZE
Small bags are very helpful. I find small plastic bags best. Small plastic bags (be it a box of them from the supermarket or sturdy travel options from packing kits) they can be used over and over again, they keep things clean/dry and you can see exactly what’s in them for easy placement.

Use the bags for jewelry and small accessories. You can even use the plastic bags for your underwear, if you choose. You can place the bag in the center of each outfit you’ve decided upon while folding it, in the suitcase.

I know what you’re thinking:
“I had to find time to read this article, how am I supposed to have time for this type of packing?” It’s not as time consuming as you may think and like everything else gets easier every time you do it.

Since you’ve planned ahead, take it a step further and remove your items from the suitcase, upon your arrival and lay them out in your room, so that it’s ready to jump in the day of wear. Even if all you can do lay is it out over a couch, table or chair it’s better than stuck inside the bag.

As I always say, being prepared is always a good idea; in the end it should offer you help for your excursion and not another headache.

HAPPY TRAVEL!♥️

Chantel

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CHANTEL

(THE VOICE)

 

By: Cecile Anthony-Bryan

 

Chantel Cofie, best known as “Chantel,” has already managed to hit an extraordinary level of maturity and complexity with her appealing music at the tender age of 22. This charismatic Australian singer, songwriter, musician, and actress creates beautiful songs that are inspired by the green energy of pop and the soulfulness of R&B.  Her dynamic vocal style is very emotional and direct, echoing the work of artists such as Beyonce’, Usher, or Rihanna, to mention a few. Chantel’s passion for Music started at a very early age. “She could sing before she could even talk,” her dad fondly recalls. 

 

Around the family home, Chantel was introduced to the great soul and R&B classics, always singing Mary J Blige, Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Mario Winans, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye, which prominently impacted her approach to Music. Ever since the early age of 9, Chantel had determined her ultimate dream – using her God-given talent of singing to connect with a global audience and bring joyfulness and happiness to her listeners. 

At the age of 15, Chantel was awarded a scholarship to ‘The McDonald College,’ Australia’s leading academic and performing arts school. There, she further developed her musicianship and performance techniques. In 2016, Chantel flew across the world to perform on the prestigious stage of the Premier Program, held in Orlando, Florida, where she was awarded “Top Vocalist” and “Most Outstanding Performer.” 

 

Chantel had already appeared on Disney Channel Australia and New Zealand the previous year when she performed “The Smart Cookie” on “BF Chefs,” a show about three girls who love to spend time together as best friends while enjoyably cooking quick and healthy snacks. The show was a success, allowing Chantel to expose her work to a whole new audience. 

In late 2017, Chantel entered the first global competition app, MEGASTAR, in which she placed 1st worldwide in the debut round of the app. She concluded, placing 1st in the Fame Points competition, landing herself an invitation to have a mentoring session with Usher in Los Angeles. Usher and Chantel spoke all things Music, and he has inspired her vision further. 

“I overthink, overlove, over feel and overstress…but it’s all in the beauty of being creative!” 

Following the likes of Quincy Jones, John Mayer, Lalah Hathaway, and Charlie Puth, this young rising star has most recently been accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music at Boston, Massachusetts. Find out more and let the music tell you the rest of this wonderful story! 

 

HMM: WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE GROWING UP FOR YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD? 

CC:  Music was ALWAYS a huge part of my childhood. I was always in the school assembly performances, plays, and musicals. I grew up with my brother and later, my two younger sisters from my dad’s side. It’s funny, though; a lot of the time, I feel like I grew up so quickly, and individual factors forced me to mature a lot faster. Looking back, I wish I enjoyed certain childhood moments a little more.

HMM: HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU KNEW THIS WAS YOUR CALLING AND WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO DO FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? 

CC: Great question. It’s not something I physically thought about, like “this is what I want to do from now on,” it was just a given. I was always singing. It’s not something that I knew from a specific age – it’s almost like it was embedded in me from birth.

HMM: WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BE WHAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN AS A PROFESSION TODAY? WHO WERE SOME OF YOUR EARLIEST INFLUENCES? 

CC: What I currently do for work today is not my long-term profession at all. Being an international recording artist, musician, and actress is my ultimate goal. I’m known for my tangents in conversations, so a little side story…After high school, I went straight into university and studied Law then changed to Biomedical Science. By the end of my first year, I burnt out and lost the passion for my subjects. I worked in the aviation industry for different airlines between the university and then I decided to move to London. Shortly after, I started singing on cruise ships around the Pacific Islands, which brought me back to Australia, and now I work here in my hometown…all while recording Music, sending demos, working with incredible producers and performing worldwide. So, I would say my current 9-5 job is to assist by means of living/daily affairs and but my profession?? Oh, that’s Music, baby! It’s a 24/7 commitment & dedication.

“If the love does not feel like 90s R&B, I don’t want it!” 

HMM: HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR INTEGRITY IN AN OTHERWISE VERY COMPETITIVE AND SCRUPULOUS INDUSTRY? 

CC: Keeping God and family values at the forefront of what I do. Also, I try to stay as authentic to myself as possible. It’s so easy to get sidetracked by what others are putting out and what they are subsequently perceived to be. Especially with social media, as a woman, there are lots of external pressures, and you have to block it out and stick to your energy and your grind. Also, being genuinely supportive of other artists in the industry is so important. Yes, it’s a competitive industry, but we need to push each other to strive upwards and be happy for each other’s success.

HMM: HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO MAINTAIN A WORK-LIFE BALANCE? 

CC: It is tough. I have so many aspirations that require full dedication. If it were up to me, I’d do music 25/8, but you also have to work to survive in the meantime. Because of my dedication to Music, I missed a lot of parties, going out with friends and general late nights out socializing – an activity one usually does as a teenager. I chose Music instead, so yes, work-life balance may not have always been perfect, but the feeling I get when singing? You can’t trade that for any party. The music is the party. 

HMM: WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A DRIVEN PERSON? WHAT MAKES YOU A POWERHOUSE? WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRENGTH?

CC: Yes, I am driven by my love for singing, Music, and being all-around creative. The hardships I’ve gone through in life thus far are what have strengthened me as an individual. It’s those moments in life you have to learn from yourself, that no one else can teach you or tell you. 

HMM: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS A “DREAM”? 

CC: If there was no concept of money and you were doing what you classify as your “dream,” would you still be doing it? Would it still fulfill your happiness? Ask yourself these questions, and if your answers are all genuinely yes, you’re on the right track! Make sure you’re perusing your dreams for the right reasons because, in the end, all you’re left with is your legacy…what did you leave behind? Did it have creative, positive impacts in this world? These are the great rewards of dreams, knowing you’ve changed even one person’s life for the better. 

“Verily, with every hardship, there is ease!”

HMM: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR OTHER VENTURES? WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE? 

CC: I would have loved to be signed by a label that truly understands my vision, and I know theirs, so together, we successfully achieve new heights. Original Music is on the way!! Acting is a part of my future as well. I have a profound love for acting. As a kid, I was always in commercials, and I was a lead actress on a Disney Channel series in Australia and New Zealand for four years. Now I want to position myself into film/screen (a/k/the movies you go into the cinema to watch with bags full of popcorn with your friends after watching the trailer a million times because you were waiting for the movie you’re now watching to come out hahaha). 

This Australian beauty loves traveling, seeing the world and soothing the world through Music, so if you are interested in CONTACT INFO:

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/theonechantel

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/theonechantel 

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6t8fmwdwx68puCi2VRrOnw

Organizing as a Professional Organizer

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10 Things I Have Learned About Organizing As A Professional Organizer
1. No client or space is the same. My clients come to me for different reasons, and each of their cases is different. No house is the same, so no space is the same.
2. Clutter attracts clutter. Many of my clients have a space that seems to accumulate stuff and clutter. The reason is that that specific space does not have a particular use, so it just attracts confusion that does not have a home.
3. Lack of time management causes clutter. It is tough to control the amount of clutter when one cannot manage time. Without scheduling time to do tasks, things get out of control, and clutter piles up.
4. The inability to make a decision causes clutter. I have clients who have a tough time making decisions when it comes to what to do with specific items. This causes nothing to be done with the issue, and clutter again accumulates. The same can be said for paper and emails.
5. Shopaholics are usually trying to replace something in their lives. They are missing, and clutter is the result. I have many clients with unopened boxes from Amazon, QVC, and various other stores. Once the items are purchased, the “high” from purchasing is gone, and when it arrives, there is no interest in it.
6. Space gets messier before it gets better during the organizing process. For many clients, the process of organizing is very stressful, and they become very anxious when their items are spread out, and many of them visible for the first time. It gets worse before it gets better is a very true statement in organizing.
7. Frequent purging is the key to maintaining the space and conquering the clutter. The best way to keep all the clutter from coming back is to purge often. Some clients do well with one new item in, one out. This is especially true when it comes to clothes.
8. Having countless containers does not make you organized. A system is needed, and most often, a behavioral change is required to be organized. It takes time and effort to accomplish the organized space.
9. The paper needs to be tackled consistently, or it will get out of hand quite quickly. The trash can, recycle bin, and a shredder should be your friend when it comes to bringing the paper in your home. When you have your mail, try to eliminate what can be tossed or shredded before you bring it in your home.
10. To-do lists will never be accomplished unless they are scheduled. To get that infamous to-do list completely, you will need to put it on your calendar, just like a doctor’s appointment.

Chicken Skinny Noodle Soup

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Egg noodle with red roasted pork and wonton on table.

This chicken noodle soup uses Lipton Soup Secrets. I know that Lipton makes one with bits of chicken, but why use that if you can add your juicy meat and vegetables? I usually use the product called Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth, but if you’d like, you can try the one with extra noodles. These Soup Secrets come in boxes, with two envelopes per box. When you open a container, the noodles look like tiny bits of shredded paper in yellow powder. The noodles will expand, but even when thoroughly cooked, they’ll be thinner than angel hair pasta. That’s why I’m calling it chicken and skinny noodle soup. The following recipe makes enough for two people or one starving one. If desired, you can double up on the recipe, using both of the envelopes in the box.

I love watching this soup come together almost as much as I like eating it. So I’m going to talk about cooking it as if it’s a story. For the short version of the recipe, skip down to the ingredients list and the no-nonsense directions at the bottom.

Cook the chicken: Crush two cloves of garlic. If the celery stalk has any leaves, cut them off. Put the garlic, celery leaves, and a chicken thigh into a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and let bubble away for 20 minutes. If you are lucky, you might be able to see golden drops floating away in the water. What are those things? Fat? Oil? Whatever they are, they look delicious.

Prep the vegetables: This can be done while the chicken is cooking. To dice the celery, cut a single stalk into four pieces lengthwise. That means to cut it in half, then cut those two pieces also in half. Gather the four lengths together and slice through all four at the same time, moving down the stalk and continue slicing until you have diced through it all. Now for the carrot. This is just my crazy way of cutting it into approximately equal pieces. Starting with the narrow end, slice the carrot into coin-shaped pieces until you get halfway through. Cut the remaining carrot in half lengthwise, then continue slicing through, making half-moon shaped pieces. Peel and dice a potato if desired. Adding a potato is optional; they make the soup more filling.

Cook the vegetables: Take the chicken out of the pot and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced celery, carrot, and potato to the pan and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Cook the noodles: Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets to the pot. Break up any clumps. The noodles will swirl around vigorously in the water — Cook for about five minutes.

Finish: While the noodles are cooking, you can shred or cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces. Five minutes after the noodles go in, you can add the petite peas if desired. Though initially frozen, they give a pop of freshness when you later chow down on them. Add the cooked chicken and turn off the heat after it all heats through.

Ingredients

  • One chicken thigh
  • Two garlic cloves, crushed
  • One celery stalk, including the leafy part if possible
  • One carrot, peeled
  • 4 cups of water
  • One envelope Lipton Soup Secrets Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth
  • One potato, peeled and diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup frozen petite peas (optional)

Directions

1. Cut off the top part of the celery. Put the celery leaves, garlic cloves, chicken thigh, and water in a pot. Heat to boiling and let it cook until the chicken is done about 20 minutes.

2. While the chicken is cooking, dice the celery, carrot, and potato if using. Remove the cooked chicken and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced vegetables to the pot and let simmer 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets and let the noodles cook for 5 minutes. In the meantime, dice the chicken. Add the petite peas and diced chicken to the soup, and heat through for just a few minutes.

This chicken noodle soup uses Lipton Soup Secrets. I know that Lipton makes one with bits of chicken, but why use that if you can add your juicy meat and vegetables? I usually use the product called Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth, but if you’d like, you can try the one with extra noodles. These Soup Secrets come in boxes, with two envelopes per box. When you open a container, the noodles look like tiny bits of shredded paper in yellow powder. The noodles will expand, but even when thoroughly cooked, they’ll be thinner than angel hair pasta. That’s why I’m calling it chicken and skinny noodle soup. The following recipe makes enough for two people or one starving one. If desired, you can double up on the recipe, using both of the envelopes in the box.

I love watching this soup come together almost as much as I like eating it. So I’m going to talk about cooking it as if it’s a story. For the short version of the recipe, skip down to the ingredients list and the no-nonsense directions at the bottom.

Cook the chicken: Crush two cloves of garlic. If the celery stalk has any leaves, cut them off. Put the garlic, celery leaves, and a chicken thigh into a pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil and let bubble away for 20 minutes. If you are lucky, you might be able to see golden drops floating away in the water. What are those things? Fat? Oil? Whatever they are, they look delicious.

Prep the vegetables: This can be done while the chicken is cooking. To dice the celery, cut a single stalk into four pieces lengthwise. That means to cut it in half, then cut those two pieces also in half. Gather the four lengths together and slice through all four at the same time, moving down the stalk and continue slicing until you have diced through it all. Now for the carrot. This is just my crazy way of cutting it into approximately equal pieces. Starting with the narrow end, slice the carrot into coin-shaped pieces until you get halfway through. Cut the remaining carrot in half lengthwise, then continue slicing through, making half-moon shaped pieces. Peel and dice a potato if desired. Adding a potato is optional; they make the soup more filling.

Cook the vegetables: Take the chicken out of the pot and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced celery, carrot, and potato to the pan and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Cook the noodles: Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets to the pot. Break up any clumps. The noodles will swirl around vigorously in the water — Cook for about five minutes.

Finish: While the noodles are cooking, you can shred or cut up the chicken into bite-size pieces. Five minutes after the noodles go in, you can add the petite peas if desired. Though initially frozen, they give a pop of freshness when you later chow down on them. Add the cooked chicken and turn off the heat after it all heats through.

Ingredients

  • One chicken thigh
  • Two garlic cloves, crushed
  • One celery stalk, including the leafy part if possible
  • One carrot, peeled
  • 4 cups of water
  • One envelope Lipton Soup Secrets Noodle Soup with Real Chicken Broth
  • One potato, peeled and diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup frozen petite peas (optional)

Directions

1. Cut off the top part of the celery. Put the celery leaves, garlic cloves, chicken thigh, and water in a pot. Heat to boiling and let it cook until the chicken is done about 20 minutes.

2. While the chicken is cooking, dice the celery, carrot, and potato if using. Remove the cooked chicken and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic and celery leaves. Add the diced vegetables to the pot and let simmer 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the envelope of Lipton Soup Secrets and let the noodles cook for 5 minutes. In the meantime, dice the chicken. Add the petite peas and diced chicken to the soup, and heat through for just a few minutes.

How to Prepare For Driving Lessons

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Woman buckling a seat belt in the drivers seat, safety belt, to secure against harmful movement during a collision or a sudden stop

How to Prepare for Driving Lessons

You have booked your first driving lesson. Congratulations. Now, what do you do?

Hopefully, you will have booked your driving lessons with a local driving school that has a good understanding of your area and local test routes. This will help you pass your driving test a lot faster in the future. It is essential to build a good relationship with your driving instructor, as you will be spending a lot of time with them. I do not necessarily mean that you need to start hanging out with them or taking them out for dinner, but try to build up some rapport. It will help you through each lesson and reduce your stress levels in stressful situations.

When you step into a car for the first time as a pupil, your driving instructor will remain in his or her seat. At this stage, you will swap details with one another and start to get an understanding of the car itself. Your driving instructor will go through, step by step, what each control does and take your provisional driving license details. This is to track your progress. During your driving lesson, the driving instructor will take notes while you drive. Do not be alarmed. This is perfectly normal. The reason for this is to track your progress, usually through a progress card of some form.

Unfortunately, you will not be driving through your town center or along the main roads on your first driving lesson. In most cases, you will be taken to a quiet area, close to your home. Most of the time, first driving lessons are completed on industrial estates as the roads are considerably more extensive, and the volume of traffic is a lot smaller.

When you arrive at your driving instructors’ chosen area, they will pull over, and you will swap positions. This is where you can start to get excited.

Once you are in position, you do not simply start driving. There are several health and safety considerations to make first, and you need to be comfortable in the driving seat. Your driving instructor will take you through the cockpit procedure. This procedure is exactly what you will do every time you get into a car. This includes the driver seat position, the rearview mirror, wing mirrors, and seat position. Once this has been completed, your driving lesson will begin.

The first thing you will cover when you start to learn to drive is moving off and how to control the car safely. As part of your lesson, the aim of pulling away is to be able to prepare your vehicle correctly from a parked position and make safe, accurate observations. You will use a routine called P.O.M. This stands for preparation, consideration, and maneuver. When you are moving off for the first time, the chances of you stalling the car are quite high. However, do not be disappointed. This happens in the majority of the primary driving lessons.

The cause of stalling is due to the engine not having enough gas coming through the driver before you raise the clutch. This is something that your driving instructor will go through with you. Over time your clutch control and pulling away will become more controlled and natural.

Love is the Default

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Love Is the Default

It’s been two weeks since the deadliest mass shooting in US history in Orlando, Florida. It’s been six months since the Paris terror attacks and over five years since the Syrian Civil War began.

As the many articles, posts, rants, and video footage have made their way across my screen these last few weeks; I’ve been thinking a lot about Orlando. I’ve been thinking about a recent high-profile rape case in the Bay Area. In my own life, I’ve been thinking about a friend who lost her mom to cancer last week. And I’ve been thinking about my grieving dad, whose best friend-a 13-year-old pug-decided to make his transition a few days ago — deep sigh.

Yes, the human experience comes with an extra-large serving of pain and heartache in one form or another-take your pick from the buffet of war, starvation, violence, or personal loss.

So the other day, when our 14-year-old (98 in human years!) small, good-natured, mostly deaf dog-a rescued Chihuahua Dachshund mix-was attacked by an off-leash dog, four times his size, the suffering of Orlando and the rest of the world came to a screeching stop right on the doorstep of my own experience.

Trauma

The moment was horrific. Without warning, the big dog pounced, sank his teeth deep into Rico’s back and lifted him into the air. I don’t know who screamed louder, Rico or I, as the big dog shook him like he was a floppy stuffed animal toy. Thank God it was over quickly; the dog dropped Rico, and the prominent dog owner came rushing out of the house.

“What happened?” she sounded frantic.

“Your dog attacked my dog,” I spat out as I was trying to reach Rico, who was hobbling around in circles, whimpering.

“Oh my God, I just had a visitor, the door must have been left open, she’s never done anything like this before,” the lady rattled off her excuses.

“Does your dog have all its shots? Rabies shots?” I shot out, ignoring her. I was too busy to look at her. I didn’t want to give her any of my attention. My fingers were separating Rico’s coarse fur, and I could see an oozing puncture wound already.

We were back at home now. Stupid lady. Stupid dog. I must have said that out loud. My eight year old was parroting my fear and anger back at me. My mom self couldn’t even muster up my oft-spoken, “We don’t say that word.” She was stupid! God, I was angry. And I was scared. Rico didn’t look right; he couldn’t sit down, he couldn’t straighten out his hind legs; those deep brown eyes were looking at me for help.

Emotional Bonanza

The next few hours at the emergency pet hospital, and through the days that followed, found me scaling the emotional spectrum of every imaginable feeling within me. The senseless attack and trauma had induced feelings of anger, fear, hate, disbelief, worry, stress, Sadness, betrayal, pain, and Sadness again.

I watched myself need to contact all my close friends to share my pain and anger. I texted them pictures of Rico, unsolicited close-ups of his flank and back where the ER vet shaved him to find multiple bite wounds and two deep puncture wounds. I sent pictures of the drainage tube that was placed in the most profound hurt and a description of Rico lying listlessly with the cone collar around his neck. My friends listened patiently and empathized.

My whole system seemed to be flooded with a swirling bucket of emotions during those first days, and I was aware that I needed to feel them all for Rico. And for myself. Even so, I became aware that it was up to me to stay and linger in any one of those feelings if I chose.

And then a curious thing began to happen.

Love is Always There

As the jumble of feelings were acknowledged and felt, the room was made to focus on the healing of my dog.

I lay down with him, nose to snout, and whispered love poems and encouragements between rounds of pain meds and antibiotics. My little boy did the same. And as we cuddled, caressed, and cared, I found that the bonanza of emotions began to lose their zing. Anger lost its edge. Fear forgot its way. Blame relinquished its hold. And Sadness unfastened its focus.

As the feelings waned and weakened in the face of care and healing, what emerged surprised me, yet did not surprise me. Here she lay beneath all the other emotions, waiting patiently. There was no denying it. She was the one thing left. Love. Yes, Love. Love was the default. And all I wanted to do was Love.

In the face of Love, I was done being angry; I didn’t feel like spending my precious time with blame. My pain was lifting, and I felt my fear gradually leaving.

Thank you, Love, for reminding me that you are always there, even when I can’t see you or feel you. Thank you, Love, for your constant gentle presence even in the face of challenging times.

And so when tragedy strikes next, or personal loss occurs-and it will, as sure as the blue, green planet spins-let, we gently hold the knowledge of this for each other: Love is always there. Somehow Love is still there.

Choosing the Right Winter Vacation Property in Colorado

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Going on vacation in Colorado? Whether you are going to Breckenridge, Colorado, Frisco, Colorado or Copper Mountain, Keystone, Dillon, or Silverthorne, all considered resort towns in Summit County Colorado or Vail Colorado, you need to be aware of the different lodging options you have to choose from. First, find your budget. Knowing your budget will dictate whether you should be looking for an economical motel/hotel or an area that is not specified in the ski town like Breckenridge, Copper, Keystone or Vail but maybe in locations like Dillon, Silverthorne or Frisco. However, Frisco is considered Copper’s ski town. In general the further distance from the ski mountain the less expensive. There are many different types of properties available for your ski vacation, condo’s, townhomes, private homes to elegant homes. One bedroom to 9 additional bedrooms.

A critical consideration is how close you want to be to the slopes and understand how the price is affected Ski in – ski out properties in the visitor’s mind usually means you can walk out your front or back doorstep into your skis and ski to the lift and ski back down to your home. Not necessarily many property management companies define Ski in & out properties as being with-in 100 yards of the ski lift, and sometimes it means crossing a street or skiing back down in steep terrain, so always ask whoever you are renting from how they define ski-in & out. Second, you may select a property that is ski-in but necessitates either walking or some means of transportation back to your home, again always ask. Third, choosing a property that involves public transportation, typically, that is not a problem since all the ski areas provide a shuttle service to and from the ski area, check to see how far you are from the shuttle stop and are their transfers involved.

Ski season is a hectic time of year, so you may want to think about renting a car if you are flying. There are many transportation services available from Denver international that will drive you to and from the airport at a reasonable rate. Arrange in advance. Taking a shuttle service is a safe way to get up the mountains and not have to worry about road conditions, driving in the mountains when the roads are snow-covered can be very tricky why not be safe and let an experienced driver get you and your family to your Colorado ski vacation safe. Parking in ski towns is limited, and the ski areas themselves charge for close-in parking, and the free parking usually means taking a shuttle to the base area.

Booking and choosing your ski vacation can be done through numerous channels, finding a property management company through a Google search. using homeaway.com or checking on Craigslist for individuals renting their property,

Always check out the creditability of the company you are using or the individual and get pictures, don’t be surprised and ask as many questions as you won’t remember it is your vacation and your money.

The Most Expensive Sapphire Gemstones

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The Most Expensive Sapphire Gemstones In The World

Sapphire is the most valuable and profitable blue gemstone. It is a beautiful gemstone because of its fantastic color, hardness, toughness, and gloss. In the gem trade, Sapphire, with no color prefix, alludes to the blue variety of the mineral Corundum. In any case, the term Sapphire encompasses all other jewel varieties and colors of Corundum, too, apart from Ruby, the red variety of Corundum, which has its name since ancient times.
You will regularly hear that the rarest and most costly sapphire is the pink-orange padparadscha from Sri Lanka. Be that as it may, while the padparadscha is exceedingly rare, the most beautiful blue sapphires are the ones that get the high price at auction.
Gemstone prices at auction are always on the up, with various stones achieving amazingly high rates under the sled. Colored stones specifically are drawing in attention with rubies and sapphires setting records. At the same time, precious pink stones are turning out to be always looked for as supplies in Australia’s Argyle mine dwindle. There has been a great deal of enthusiasm for precious blue rocks as of late.
In May 2016, the 14.62carat Oppenheimer Blue diamond stone sold for £40 million, turning into the most expensive sapphire gemstone ever sold at that price. It broke the world record already held by the Blue Moon jewel, which sold for £32 million in November 2015.
The business achievement of outstanding gem can as well be partially be ascribed to auction houses embracing the digital age. At the point when Sotheby’s New York partnered with eBay for its Magnificent Jewels deal in April 2015, it accomplished an in-house record, and most other significant auctioneers now acknowledge virtual offers, giving their base of potential purchasers genuine support. In any case, it’s undoubtedly an exciting time for beautiful gems’ most stupendous stones.
Blue diamond
The Oppenheimer Blue diamond was sold for a world record aggregate of £40 million in May 2016. The emerald stone once had a place with Sir Philip Oppenheimer and sold in 25 minutes to a mysterious private authority.
Recorded below are other sapphire rounds up record-breaker in the previous year.
Ruby
Named after a sonnet of the same name, the Sunrise Ruby was sold at Sotheby in May 2015 for £19.6 million ($30 million). The stone a 25.59-karat Burmese ‘pigeon’s blood’ ruby mounted via Cartier broke the world record, tripling the cost of the past record-holder the Graff Ruby. It as well broke the world auction record for cost per carat of any ruby and turned into the most costly Cartier gem ever auctioned.
Red diamond
The rarest of all colored diamonds precious stone are red jewels, so it’s nothing unexpected that the heart formed 2.09-carat Fancy Red VS2 precious stone by Moussaieff was sold for a fantastic £3.4 million ($5.4 million) in Nov 2014 at Christie’s Hong Kong. This remains part of a record cost for a red diamond and per carat.
Orange diamond
No less than three times bigger than other known stone of its kind, The Orange, a 14.80 karat Fancy Vivid orange diamond, was sold for £23.35 million at Christie’s in Nov 2013. The diamond additionally set the record for an aggregate cost for any orange jewel ever sold in that year.
I hope this article helps?

Mastectomy Bras

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Essential Things You Have To Know When Buying Mastectomy Bras

Mastectomy refers to the surgical removal of one or both a lady’s breast to treat or remove breast cancer. Although there are different types of mastectomy, the result is that a woman won’t have the same appearance as her breasts after the surgery.

Fortunately, ladies don’t have to feel conscious about their chest after a mastectomy. Ladies who lost one or both breasts can be fitted with prostheses about six weeks to two months after surgery. And once they have their prosthesis, they can start choosing the best mastectomy bras to buy.

Mastectomy bras are similar to regular bras; however, they have the extra feature of fabric pockets sewn into each cup inside the bra. This feature allows the breast prosthesis to be fitted inside the pocket and give the impression of a bust. They come in different sizes, styles, or designs. Some come with only one pocket in one cup for women who had only one breast removed.

Types Of Mastectomy Bras

There are different types of mastectomy bras based on the requirements of the wearer. The most common ones are:

Post-surgery mastectomy bra – This type of bra is made of soft fabric and is vast in size. It is designed for ladies to wear after the surgery. This type of bra usually unhooks at the front so that patients will have easy access to the chest area since they may not be able to move their arms properly after the surgery.

Front-closing mastectomy bra – This type of bra will open and close at the front.

Back-closing mastectomy bra – This type of bra has its hooks at the back. Wearers will have to open and close this bra by reaching for the hooks at the end.

Shopping Tips

Below are some tips that can help patients who want to buy a mastectomy bra:

  • If a patient underwent a single mastectomy, it is best, to begin with, a bra that is fitted to the remaining natural breast and band size (the measurement covering the chest or area beneath the breasts). The bra should be snug but not too tight. This is an essential factor to consider because if the band does not fit right, the prosthesis may rise from the pocket and move around.
  • In terms of a double mastectomy, patients can enjoy more flexibility because there is no need to worry about complementing the other existing breast. You can go for a whole new look or revert to the original look of your chest. Either way, make sure you select something that will fit your body frame.
  • If you’re having a hard time finding the bra that best fits you, get help with a professional fitter. A fitter will use a chart that matches prosthetic sizes to natural cup sizes. With the fitter’s guidance, you can select the weight and shape combination that feels right to you.

Mommy Makeover Transformation

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Mommy makeover surgery 

The idea of getting back to the pre-pregnancy body after childbirth is neither alien nor frowned upon as vain and no longer limited to the enviable “good genes.” Aesthetic restorative surgery has now ramified to cater to a generation of women making informed decisions for their health and wellness, thus emerged the concept of combining cosmetic surgery procedures, popularly referred to as the Mommy makeover surgery.

A few frequent changes that are encountered almost universally are:- 

1) Mammary glands: as they gain volume, the overlying skin develops stretch marks, the hallmark of snapped collagen in the skin layers. Post-delivery and breastfeeding the breast size may reduce, but the shape is altered, especially after multiple pregnancies, resulting in a “deflated” or sagging appearance to the breasts.

2) Midsection: A four-tiered muscular apparatus mainly form the abdomen. As the pregnancy advances, the uterus expands and pushes against the abdominal musculature causing the belly bulge and eventually stretch and separate. This change results in the “mommy pooch,” which is a combination of weakened core and pelvic floor muscles, excessive skin under the navel, and the stretch marks all over the lower abdominal region.

3) Skin: shows a somewhat unpredictable response to pregnancy; however, most of the changes observed are usually temporary and only until deliver or a few weeks. Melasma gravid arum or mask of pregnancy is seen as visible facial skin darkening, over the cheeks, forehead, and perioral region. It usually settles after childbirth but may persist in some women and need medical intervention.

Although some women bounce back owing to either prenatal care comprising of strict diet, customized workouts, and intense postpartum discipline or a natural tendency or both, most women struggle. Irrespective, effects, such as stubborn fat deposits, excessive skin and skin laxity, and weakened and overstretched abdominal muscles, can only be treated with surgery.

The mommy makeover cosmetic surgery package 

Mommy makeover is not a medical terminology but rather a colloquial term emphasizing the result the treatment offers. It was initially the conjunction of two procedures, that is “mom job” and “mom tuck.” This ‘package’ procedure focuses primarily on the breasts and the midsection. It is now a more flexible advent, encompassing an area of concern a noticeable change in cost depending upon the area addressed.

The surgery is undertaken after a brief medical history and is usually completed in one or two stages, depending on the areas and the complexity of any given area. Opting for a single sitting, targeting the areas of concern is choice as it is less cumbersome and more economical.

Cosmetic procedures included in a mommy makeover: 

Breast surgery: may comprise a breast lift or breast augmentation with an implant or breast reduction depending on the lady’s requirement. The breast lift and augmentation or reduction are often taken up in the same sitting and restore the size and shape of breasts.

Abdominoplasty: involves liposuction and tightening of separated abdominal muscles, thus strengthening the midsection and narrowing the waist. Depending upon the amount of excess skin and tissue removed, the surgery is classified as a mini or extensive tummy tuck.

Lower abdominal skin with stretch marks is removed as the final correction.

Arm and thigh lifts and Liposuction: Are added at an extra cost to the treatment plan.

Face Rejuvenation: Elective procedures such as Lasers, dermal fillers, and Botox for fine lines and wrinkles are often added to the treatment package on demand.

The 3 C’s of mommy makeover package

1.) Candidate: An ideal candidate should be in good health, following a healthy lifestyle, and should be close to their target weight. Since there is downtime involved, followed by a period of limited activity, the candidate must arrange for help at home.

2.) Concern: It’s best to opt for the surgery when childbearing is complete. The risks involved are the same as that of any surgical procedure, such as discomfort, infection, bleeding, and fluid collection. The incisions made, leave a scar but heal well. It’s advisable to follow up with your surgeon on this concern.

3.) Costs: Since a cosmetic procedure, it’s not covered by insurance, but most practitioners have financing plans available. The cost varies by location and depends upon the fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, and value of the operating room. Medical tourism can help here by offering the most affordable prices without compromising the quality and international medical standard

Motherhood is, by far, one of the most life-changing experiences, and inarguably adds a rewarding dimension to a woman’s life. With the advancement in medical science, it is now possible for a woman to have the best of both worlds.

Getting Your Daughter Ready for Her First Formal

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How To Get Your Daughter Ready For Her First Formal

One of the best parts of coming of age is being able to attend formal events. This is especially true for girls who have spent the majority of their formative years experimenting with makeup and playing with dress-up clothes. Fortunately, there are several things that parents can do to ensure that these critical experiences are non-stop fun. Following is everything you need to know about getting your daughter ready for her first formal event.

Choose Your Child’s Formal Dress Early-On

As with any critical attire, you never want to wait until the last minute to select a dress for formal affairs. Take your little shopping as soon as possible. Be sure to avoid the stores in which all of her peers are likely to be shopping, given that there is nothing worse than showing up to a party in a gown that several other people are wearing. Target little-known fashion boutiques and consider the benefits of shopping online.

Be Mindful Of The Challenges In Working With Online Dress Sellers

There are countless benefits to shopping for formal dresses online. These include:

– The ability to get cutting-edge fashions that other event attendees aren’t likely to be wearing

– The ability to find gowns in colors and sizes that aren’t readily available in your immediate area

– Access to significant online discounts

– Expedited shipping

– Access to an expansive array of coordinating shoes and accessories in some instances

Despite all of these benefits, however, shoppers should also be mindful of the potential drawbacks of using online platforms to shop. These include receiving goods that are lower in quality than you expected, ordering garments in the wrong size, and needing to make exchanges or returns. If you choose to shop online, be mindful of the fact that it may take several weeks to exchange a garment that’s not to your liking, and thus, it’s always best to take care of this ahead of time.

Take The Dress With You When Shopping For Shoes And Accessories

Make sure that dress and shoe colors coordinate by bringing the gown you’ve purchased with you when going shopping for footwear and accessories. Make sure that your child has a cute clutch as well for this event. This should have plenty of room for spending money, her mobile phone, event ticket, and any necessary personal identification. Don’t wait until the last minute to find accessories, either. Shopping for everything early on will give you the full day of the event to focus on nails, hair, and other aspects of styling and grooming.

Invest In A Manicure And Pedicure

Treat your teen to a manicure and pedicure, especially if she has opted to wear an open-toed shoe. You can also invest in a professional facial, mainly if acne is a problem. You may even want to take your child to a reputable hair salon for professional styling. With diligent attention to all of the fine details, you can make sure that she looks and feels her absolute best for this special occasion.

How to Boost Your Kindle eBook Sales

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How To Boost Your Kindle Ebooks Sales
How To Boost Your Kindle Ebooks Sales

How to Boost Your Kindle Ebook Sales

How to Boost Your Kindle Ebook Sale
How to Boost Your Kindle Ebook Sale

Can you boost the sales of your book? Do you feel overwhelmed knowing you are faced with hundreds of competitors in Kindle? Can you possibly increase your sales? The answer is yes. With the right information and determination, you can boost your e-book sales in Kindle.

Earn While Working at Home

For those who wish to earn while working home-based, writing a book, and publishing it on their own is one of the best alternatives available. You can find millions of books in Kindle published by independent writers who seek to create another source of income.
For beginners, this is a challenging market to enter. Imagine hundreds of books under the same niche are being published every day in Kindle, which can push your book away from potential readers.
As a reader, seeing hundreds of books on Amazon is a delight, but for publishers, this is a challenging situation because it will be hard for them to market their writing in a crowded marketplace. If your book is not on the top of the search list, it may never have the chance to be seen by potential readers.
As a publisher, your goal is to get the book noticed by the readers. The first step you can take is to change the categories or add a new group under the text.
For example, go and visit the Kindle website and choose the Home category and click the Pets subcategory. From there, you will see more subcategories related to pets and animal care.

Carefully Selecting The Subcategories

By carefully selecting the subcategories, you are giving your book more exposure. Labeling your book will attract potential readers since they are those people who are specifically looking for something they need.
Instead of thinking about ranking the book in the main category, opt for subcategories as it presents less competition with better exposure.
One important aspect of boosting your sales is to put a reasonable price on the books you publish. Nonetheless, don’t choose for meager amounts; instead, pick an average price range that can attract visitors and buyers.
For an extra boost, enroll in the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, which can attract more attention. However, this may not translate to sales, but it is worth trying and exploring.

KDP Programme

The KDP Select program allows readers who are subscribed to the program to read as many books as they want. For the authors, giving away a book for free can translate to more significant sales. The most author will leave a link that will lead to other books written by you.
Other than Kindle, you can market your books on other e-books platforms to increase sales. You can try Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBookstore.
However, you may have to edit your documents again to cater to their formatting style. If you are under the KDP program, you cannot sell your books on other platforms for 90 days once you participate.
If you are planning to expand your market, it is advisable to start with Kindle first. Avail their KDP Select and once you finish the period, assess your profit and move on to the next platforms online.

Conclusion

Remember, different platforms have different policies and formatting styles, so you will have to familiarize and learn before you publish your works.
Just like any other endeavor, you need hard work, time, and sacrifice to make a mark in the field you are in.

Plus-Sized Fashion Tips

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Plus Size Fashion Tips – No Need To Look Frumpy If You’re Carrying Extra Pounds
As a plus-sized person, you’ve probably had plenty of awkward fashion moments when the clothes you wear don’t flatter you in the least. However, having a fuller figure shouldn’t necessarily make you look unattractive as long as you know how to dress your curves well. Your curves can make you look hot if you know how to dress well.
– Balance your proportions so that your curves look very attractive in relation to each other. This will also help you present a trim silhouette, making you look less bulky. If your hips and bust are large, as they are likely to be, then you should avoid wearing tapering clothes that emphasize your bulkiness. Boot cut trousers or flared skirts will look best.
– Wear clothes that fit you perfectly, avoiding outfits that are both too loose and too tight. Ill-fitting clothes will make you look very dowdy. Many plus-sized people wear large clothes or multiple layers in the mistaken belief that the clothes will hide their bulk. Clothes that skim your curves will look fantastic.
– Spend money on a well-fitting bra that gives your bust ample support and lifts it away from your abdomen. This will make you look not just slimmer but also more attractive.
– Try to choose prints that guide the viewer’s eye vertically and not horizontally. This is especially important if you are a petite plus-sized person. Incidentally, you should also avoid wearing small prints.
– Increasing the length of your legs with the help of high heels will help the viewer’s eye go from top to bottom instead of from side to side.
– Show a bit of skin at the neck to break the monotony of a vast expanse of cloth, which also makes you look large. A vee-shaped neckline that is not plunging will look just right.
– Choose accessories that match your overall size. For instance, tiny bags will not look good on you because they will make you look larger than you are. The same applies to the jewelry that you wear. Chunky necklaces and bracelets will look great. If you wear delicate necklaces, then you should be sure to layer them.
It is crucial to keep in mind that plus sizes come in different categories. While some full-figured women have large busts, others might have wide hips or even a large tummy. Be sure to understand your body shape correctly before you choose the right clothes and accessories that make you look your very best.

Special Underwear for Incontinence

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Special Underwear for Incontinence Problems
Incontinence is such a painful condition to go through. People who have this condition will need to go through the pains and the embarrassment brought about by the state of incontinence. When one is having this, they will not be able to control their urge to pee. And without proper protection, these people will be peeing with their underpants on. This cannot be very pleasant, especially if they are in a public place. Some people would not be able to understand this situation and may take it as a joke. But for those who are going through this condition, they would want to find a solution to their problem.
It is a good thing that there are now lots of products designed for those who are going through this condition. People can buy adult diapers, bed pads, and lots of other products that can help them be somehow eased from the embarrassment brought by the state. Another excellent product for people in this condition is the special underwear that they can make use of, especially when they need to go out of their homes. With this, they can now stroll and roam around without worrying about uncontrollable peeing. This underwear is specialized in absorbing to avoid embarrassments.
It is like wearing underwear with built-in diapers in it. It is disposable, so you do not need to wash it after use. Before, this type of underwear is so bulky that people with incontinence would not want to wear it. But now, there are the designs and styles that look like regular underwear but are absorbent. This can be worn even with your pants on. It is also more comfortable, like wearing ordinary underwear. This is why people who have this condition are more at ease in wearing special underwear like this.
They now have a solution to their peeing and embarrassing problem. They can now freely go out without worrying about getting wet. This is the type of product that people with incontinence need. This will allow them to move and act normal again, even in public places. One needs to choose the right size to purchase. The type of underwear will also depend on the gender of the person who will wear it. Make sure that you buy the right kind so that the person wearing it will feel comfortable and worry-free.
Many unique stores offer these products. You may also buy a few from department stores. There are also different brands to choose from. Make sure that you get the most reliable brand and type around. Some brands would have underwear of varying levels of incontinence. You can choose the best type of underwear for the person who is suffering from the condition. The most crucial part is that the person is comfortable with it.
Aside from stores, one may also purchase them from online shops that help people with different conditions, just like incontinence. These websites do not only sell products but also provide information and assistance to those who are suffering from such conditions. These websites can help in improving the health of these people.

5 Winter Fashion Trends You Should Try This Winter Season

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Winter arrives every year. With it comes a whirlwind of parties, nights out, and several chances to wear more different clothes than we usually do in summer. In short, winter is the perfect time of year to show off and make a style statement. Hence, it is no wonder that there is a winter fashion to look up to and dress up in exotic winter wears to dazzle in social gatherings that are common in this season. There are fashionable winter dress materials and accessories that people of all ages would like to own, wear, and enjoy. If you’re looking to update your style with the latest fashion trends, you can go through the shortlist compiled by us. After reading, pick the one that suits you the most.

1. Vamped-up Lips: Since time immemorial, the red lips have fascinated the guys. However, the proper shade of red color needs to be chosen to suit the boxy color and texture to look appealing in parties and social get-together.

2. Cat-eyes: Although there is a dip in the number of people who like to see the cat eyes, there has been a very recent resurgence in its number. Hence, the cat-eyes are making a comeback in the latest fashion trends. Knowing this trend, the designers are using both eye-liner and eye-shadow methods to create cat-like eyes. With cat-eyes, women and young girls can become the cynosure of everybody’s eyes.

3. Cozy Is Finally In: The current trends point out the usage of cozy sweaters, turtle necks, and quilted coats by the party revelers. You can choose the best combination that best reveals your personality.

4. Large Eyebrows: The pruning of eyebrows has been either considered as relief or annoyance. Those who thought this too painful and uncomfortable, there is good news. The big eyebrows have become steadily popular since some time ago. To make the large eyebrows visually appealing, they have to put into shape. They add shape and depth to the face and help draw attention to eyes in general.

5. Metallics: The threads in silver and gold colors are also trending with clothing when it comes to party season in general. You can drench your eyes in deep bronze or gold or silver to make the visual appeal. These are a few things that can make to get dressed up for the occasion. We need to avoid making bold and shiny makeup as it might not sync with the time.

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