The Perfect on the Go Tablet: The Microsoft Surface Pro (PLUS $500 GIVEAWAY!!!)

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

As most of you know I’m a busy Mom on the run pretty much 24/7. Between my full-time job, my blog, and 3 kids with practices, lessons and meetings – I pretty much don’t stop.

In order to keep up with my work during my busy life I need something portable a ready-to-go tablet that I can take with me and work wherever I may be – whether I’m waiting in the parking lot to pick up the kids from school, at the soccer field, or in the waiting room at the Doctor’s office. That’s why I love the Microsoft Surface Pro.

 

 

The Microsoft Surface Pro is the perfect on-the-go tablet for any of your computer needs. This tablet can literally replace your laptop. I am able to access my personal and work e-mails, as well as download documents and work on projects – all from the waiting room or soccer field.

It’s also a great tablet for kids; I keep my son busy with it as well! Plenty of space to download games and other ways to keep him entertained when I need him to be (like when we are traveling!)

It has an amazing screen with high contrast and low glare (a necessity when you are outdoors), it’s lighter than the previous models before it, and with the multi-position kickstand and a new Type Cover,  the Surface Pro 4 is a powerful laptop that runs all of your software.

The Microsoft Surface Pro would make a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list – and right now you can  save $150 on Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i5 128GB (Exp. 12/24) at the Microsoft Store.

Enter below for your chance to win a $500 Microsoft Store gift card!

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Entry Requirements: US ONLY, 18 years and older, Giveaway runs from 12-9, 2016 to 1-6, 2017 11:59 PM EST. Giveaway will be one $500 Microsoft Store gift card.

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No Pressure Car Shopping at DriveTime Used Cars

This is a sponsored post on behalf of DriveTime. Though I was compensated for my time, all opinions are my own.


Working in the insurance industry I probably directly speak to more people about buying cars than car salesman themselves. Our clients call to check prices on cars they are thinking of purchasing, or ones they already have.

On way too many occasions I’ve had clients who have paid wayy too much for a vehicle with wayy too many miles with wayy too many problems. I’ve had clients call weeks after making a purchase at one of these places, crying and unsure of how they are going to pay for expensive repairs on this vehicle they just paid too much for. They are stuck with a payment they cannot afford; and repairs they are desperate to have done.

That is why I love companies like DriveTime. DriveTime is the nation’s largest dealer that helps people with credit issues purchase a great vehicle. With over 141 dealerships across the country there are always thousands of vehicles in stock to choose from.
Each and every car, truck and SUV are inspected for safety and security to ensure that they provide you with years of reliable transportation. 

DriveTime offers an experience like no other – a sales staff that doesn’t have to force a sale to make a living, or use high-pressure sales tactics. Most dealership staff is college educated, and they are provided with DriveTime’s proprietary financing technology – to help you get the car you need, at a price you can afford.

 

DriveTime’s industry-leading online auto loan application is 100% personalized to you and your credit; including credit score and required down payment – one of the only dealerships providing customers with their exact down payment amount online.

Get approved and search used cars here !

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I Get Knocked Down, I Get Up Again: The Struggle of Trying to Lose Weight

When I originally started this blog my idea was to share my weight loss journey and be an inspiration to those struggling. I could see my ‘before and after’ pictures being used across the internet and me telling everyone, “If I can do it, ANYONE can do it!”

I started out strong, but just like a lot of people life got in the way – and not just little stuff. Sometimes it was life changing things that were happening, and I don’t handle the stress so well. I tend to spiral out of control like a junkie, food being my drug.

Ok not quite like this picture above – but I think you get my drift

I have fluctuated with my weight soo much over the past few years I regularly keep my ‘fat pants’ and my ‘skinny pants’ in the same drawer. They never get stored or given away. A few times I was soo close to my first goal weight I could almost taste it..then something would happen in my life that would cause me to just give up completely. Have you ever had things happen in your life where you just couldn’t concentrate on anything else? It was a constant distraction? Well I’ve had a few of these over the years – and my diet and work out schedule was always the first thing that went out the window!

Well recently something happened that really got me thinking on why I wanted to lose weight in the first place – an old friend of mine, one I went to junior high with – recently passed away.

Now I am only 36 years old; I’ve lost old schoolmates and friends to drugs, suicide, and car accidents – which is horrible and traumatizing as it is, but this is the first friend I’ve ever lost to a health related issue.

It really got me thinking – that could easily be me. 

Though I don’t look overly obese, and though I don’t consider myself a lazy person I spend a good 10 hours a day sitting on a computer.
I haven’t been to the gym in months.
I drink Coke like its going out of style, and I have a junk food drawer at my office.
My Subway lunch has been replaced with McDonald’s and Taco Bell.
Sweets aren’t a treat – but an everyday part of my diet.

It hit me. That could of easily been me; I am not taking care of my body and my healthy like I should. Not only for me, but for my kids! What have I been thinking?! I’m staying conflicted and stressed about things in my life that I cannot control, but selfishly letting the things I could control – get out of control!

So my goal and promise – to you and myself – is to take back control.
I won’t always be perfect; but I am going to do my best to focus my life and this blog back to my original focus. Weight loss – health – fitness. I will always share all the other cool fun stuff that’s going on – and probably some sweet treat recipes – but overall I’m getting back to the basics!

Feel free to follow along with my journey here – or follow me on Pinterest where I will be scouring the web for tips and recipes!

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3 Ways to Make Tech Work for Your Family

Technology is a landscape every family needs to navigate.

No two families approach technology in the same way, but encountering it’s various challenges at some point or another is inevitable.

Whether you and your family are new to the tech game, or are digital natives, you’ve probably already encountered a couple of snares in the road.

Here are three tips to make tech work for you and your family to help pave a smooth path…

tech_time1. Use it to Bond

Technology gets a bad rep for keeping everyone secluded in their separate corners of the home. The reality is, technology doesn’t need to be an ‘individual’ activity.

Use technology to bond with your kids. Play games, have your kids teach you about their favorite apps, and even special ‘phone hacks’ you can use on your own.

  1. Set Clear Communication Rules

Communicating through mobile devices is very different from communicating face-to-face or even over the phone. It’s impossible to read tone, and it can be easy to get carried away.

Depending on the age of your child, consider setting clear rules for communicating to each other via devices. A couple things to consider:

  • Is your child OK with you commenting on their social media content?
  • Are there times when you or your child are not OK with texting? (Eg. school/work hours, when your child is hanging out with friends.)
  • Are you OK with ‘angry texting’?

Set clear boundaries, whether that’s that you can be friends with your kids on social media, but can’t comment on their posts, or that you can send a text or two when your child is with friends to coordinate pickup or check in, but conversations are a no-go. Another key tip is to always avoid arguing via text (and this applies outside of your relationships with your kids as well!). Anytime things get tense, make a call or wait to chat in person.

 

  1. Use OurPact to Manage Habits & Access

OurPact is the holy grail of digital parenting, and it’s insane that not every single parent in the world knows about this app.

What it does: OurPact allows parents to remotely manage their children’s mobile devices at-a-touch or through automated schedules. During block periods, all Internet and apps disappear instantly, and don’t return until you say they can. It’s magic (but the good kind!).

When You Can Use It: OurPact is great for helping your kids develop healthy screen time habits. It’s popular for making sure devices aren’t a distraction at the dinner table, school, or homework time.

Want your child off their device and at the dinner table? All you have to do is open the app and block access for a defined period of time, say one hour, or ‘Until I Say So.’ Don’t want your child staying up past bedtime playing games instead of sleeping? Set an automated schedule for bedtime hours, and during that time your child’s device will automatically block – no effort required on your end.

How to Get Started: Parents sign up for an account at the OurPact website, or from their iOS App and then pair their kids devices to their account. The whole process takes no longer than a couple minutes.

How much does it cost? OurPact is free. Yup, 100% free! Get started here today!

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How to Expand Your Client Base as a Paralegal Working from Home

There has never been as much emphasis on keeping costs low for businesses of all kinds and law firms are no different. If you are a paralegal who prefers to work from home, there are some innovative ways to expand your client base so that you can capture those firms that often need extra help but are reluctant to hire an additional in-house paralegal. These are just a few of the many ways in which you can freelance with an ever-growing base of attorneys.

Target Your Specialty

If you are a paralegal with an online MSL degree, like this one, with a specialization in employment and labor laws, there are several ways to go about targeting your audience. You ‘could’ simply advertise your services to any and all lawyers or you could compile a list of attorneys who specialize in labor laws. It is important to bear in mind that some lawyers will take cases out of their own specialization, especially for clients they have been serving over the years.

If the need for case law is in regards to a suit against an employer, that attorney may need a paralegal well versed in that aspect of the law in order to find the documentation needed in litigation. The point is, make sure it is known that you have experience and a specialized advanced degree in your field. When seeking paralegal services, attorneys will plug in exact keywords and those are what you really want to target.

Create Social Media Profiles

LinkedIn is always a great way to build a following of other paralegals and lawyers because it is considered to be more professional than other social sites. Facebook is good, too, because you can build a following and over time will find that friends of friends of friends find you, helping you to grow your customer base. The one thing to remember about social media is that your posts must be made frequently. Every time you post, a notification will pop up for those following you and so you will stay fresh on followers’ minds.

Join a Paralegal Forum or Members Only Site

In the early days, a forum was called a message board. Since then, forums have become much more advanced. Forums are generally a sort of combination between a social site and a knowledge base because members are able to share information, ask questions of the community and give and get answers to legal questions within their field of expertise. It’s amazing just how many leads you can get from forums in the legal sector.

The one thing to keep in mind is that a paralegal with a specialization such as an online masters in law degree is often much more in demand because an attorney prepping for a case wants focused information, including case law, within the scope of a case they are working on. Being visible in the search engines, social sites and in industry forums, you can expect to grow your client base significantly.

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