Uprinting.com Postcard Giveaway

I am very excited to be offering a postcard giveaway to one lucky reader! This giveaway is sponsored by Uprinting.com and I will be receiving 100 postcards for hosting this giveaway.

Uprinting.com postcardsUprinting postcards can be used for more than just your average postcard, how about send a thank you note, invitation to an event, or note cards, be creative! I know that my daughter will enjoy using the 100 postcards I receive to mail letters to her relatives that live too far away to see all that often and maybe even write on some thank you notes for her classmates that attended her birthday party.

Prize Package:

Giveaway Prize: 100 Postcards for One Lucky Winner
4×6; Paper: 14pt Cardstock Gloss; Printing: Full color both sides
FREE UPS Ground Shipping in the US (Canadian residents pay shipping and taxes. Offer not available to residents outside of the US and Canada)

Giveaway starts today and ends on October 28, 2009 with winner being notified on October 29th.

**Winner will recieve a coupon code from Uprinting.com directly on November 6th via email.**

Here is how YOU can enter to win:

  1. REQUIRED — Tell me in one comment how you would use your postcards, should you win them?

OPTIONAL — leave one comment for each completed:

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Enjoy Your Weekend Two 12 Seconds Videos

I woke up to 50 degree weather today and must admit it’s a pleasant change and so I decided to get out of the house and enjoy this nice NH Fall Day! So here are a couple of videos for you to watch … hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Enjoy Your Weekend! on 12seconds.tv

3 Year Old Jamming On Barney Guitar on 12seconds.tv

Make it a Happy Day!

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Blog Comments

While working as a virtual assistant many have told me that they heard leaving blog comments is a great way to gain exposure to your site and increase traffic. I would have to say I do agree with this statement, but I only agree with this statement if you are actively reading the blog posts and leaving a genuine comment. For example don’t go over to 100 blogs and simply leave some basic comment like one I get in my SPAM box all the time here … “this is my first time here, you have some great content. I am sure to visit again”. I mean really? That is all you had to say? Obviously that person didn’t read my blog post they left this comment on OR they truly have no interest in returning but want to get their link on my page. The best way to truly increase your sites exposure and gain new loyal traffic is to only leave blog comments on blog posts that you truly have an opinion on or that truly touched you. Basically if you can engage in conversation with the blogger about that blog post, then you should leave a comment, otherwise, move on.

I read a lot of blogs, I happen to be a blogger who is addicted to other blogs. My inbox is filled daily with blog updates to read as I am uncertain how to use an RSS reader.  My to-do this week does involve learning to use the RSS reader (so if you see my unsubscribing from your blog via email, that means I figured out the RSS reader).  My plan is to transfer all of my email subscriptions over to an RSS reader, rather than waking up to an inbox full of blogs to read.

There is such a thing as blog comment karma, basically if someone leaves a comment on your blog you should do at least one of two things (preferably both if you can):

  1. Visit that persons website or blog and read at least one blog post, leaving a comment on your favorite post.
  2. Email reply to that person thanking them for stopping by and for their comment, or respond to a question they asked within their comment.

This will allow the blogger time to come back and see your site while leaving a comment for their favorite blog post. The circle will continue because then you should visit their blog. This is like a circle of blog comment karma :-)

I used to be so super fast at responding to comments and visiting those who I am lucky to have as loyal readers, but sometimes life gets in the way. It’s okay that life gets in the way and for this I propose that you still return the favor by visiting the persons blog within a few days of them leaving the comment.  My plan is to start designating one time every couple of days to go visit the blogs of those who left me a comment. This way I can get to know those who read my blog loyally on a higher level and in turn they may come back to read more here at Happily Blended and get to know me better as a person too!

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New Profile Pic … Yay or Nay?

Recently I changed my Facebook and Twitter profile image, and one of my friends said they missed seeing my smile, well because the new pic is rather dark.  I happen to agree, not sure why sometimes my automatic flash works on my Blackberry Tour and other times it doesn’t. So I played around a bit tonight and came up with the following pictures … you vote on which one you like best and I will upload it as my new profile image on Monday …

Brandy at Happily Blended 1

Brandy at Happily Blended 2

Brandy at Happily Blended 3

Brandy at Happily Blended 4

They are all pretty much the same, but slightly different. Maybe you don’t like any of them, if that’s the case I can always try again next week for some more!

Let me know … which picture would be better than my current Twitter and Facebook profile picture?

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I Love My Flip and Now There’s a New One

I have had a Flip for a long time now and use it as my full time video camera. The Flip I have was sent to me through Newbaby.com a while back as I entered their giveaway to start vlogging (video blogging). Having a video camera that can easily upload video to my computer is important in my bloggy life. Since I love my Flip so much I went to Commission Junction and signed up as an affiliate for the Flip, why not earn a little revenue to promote a product I already know I love, right?

You can imagine my happiness when I received an email the other day telling me about the new product launch from Flip. Here are the details about the Flip video camera new Mino HD:

  • Amazingly sleek, pocket-sized camcorder shoots breathtaking HD video
  • 8GB of on-board memory records up to 120 minutes of video
  • Dimensions: 4” x 2” x 0.6”; weighs 4 oz
  • .Large, bright 2” no-glare display
  • HDMI output to TV
  • Sealed, rechargeable lithium-ion battery (up to 2 hours of battery life)
  • Available in brushed metal, or design your own at TheFlip.com
  • 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) video at 30 fps progressive scan
  • Flat-back panel with touch-sensitive buttons
  • Instant playback, pause, fast forward/rewind, and delete features
  • Pre-loaded FlipShare™ software works on any PC or Mac:
  • Save, organize, and edit videos with ease
  • Share privately via email or Flip Channels™
  • Upload videos directly to Facebook™, MySpace™, and YouTube™
  • Capture HD snapshots from your videos
  • Create custom movies with your own music
  • Personalize your own Flip MinoHDat TheFlip.com (no additional cost)
  • Choose from thousands of professional designs
  • Upload your own image or graphic

So if you have not already taken advantage of this wonderful video camera you really should head on over and shop for your own Flip Mino HD today, can’t afford the Flip Mino HD? They have many other versions at affordable rates on Amazon. The holidays are coming, why not capture those special memories within just a second … no more big camcorders to carry around!

Make it a Happy Day!

Disclosure: The links used above are affiliate links, however, I have used the Flip long before becoming an affiliate and can stand behind this product as a great family addition this holiday season or any time of year!

Flip MINO HD Chrome

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Catching Up On Sleep

I have been running around like crazy working LONG night hours, like up until 2am and trying to make the money my husband was no longer making since leaving his job in August. I am happy to say that on Monday my husband will start training for a new job and it requires a lot of traveling and isn’t as high of a pay grade as we had before, BUT the great news is … it is a job! That’s all that matters right now and with that income in addition to my blog and virtual assistant business, things will start looking up financially towards the end of October. This has me wanting to jump for joy, if I had enough energy I certainly would be!

With the idea of a new job, that means I will be working evening hours or nights after the children go to bed. I will spend the majority of my days with my children so be prepared for comment love returns late at night and occasional tweeting from my blackberry, but overall I will be Mama all day long and bloggy bud, virtual assistant during the night hours!

I am so happy but my body is telling me to just lay down and sleep … sleep until noon if you have to … just catch up on sleep because next week Hubs will be working and that means I get to be Mama full time again!! I am so happy I could sleep cry!

So what’s happening in your world today?

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Setting Achievable Goals

I always have had goals, various things I would like to achieve in my life, however, I never really sat down to create immediate goals. One part of starting a business should be to set forth what you hope to achieve from  having said business, for instance some immediate goals. Lately I have been feeling like I am simply living day to day with no expectations of what tomorrow will bring. I would like to change that. One thing I am going to look into is a visionary board or vision board I think it’s called. My friend Angie Strader has one and she said it has been a fantastic motivation for her!

smart goal setting concept

When setting goals it’s best to use a technique called SMART (see image above). The SMART technique was actually something I learned while taking business courses for my Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (currently taking a break on this degree). I personally believe setting goals are important for life as well as business. Setting goals for yourself will allow you to feel successful and happy when the goals you set forth are achieved. So let’s get started on setting some goals today;

  1. Be Very Specific About Your Goal: Using questions such as WHAT are you going to do, WHY is this important to do at this time in your life? HOW are you going to accomplish this goal?
  2. Be sure your goal is Measurable: Set a specific date or time frame to achieve this goal. If you can’t set a date on it, then you will not gain the satisfaction from achieving said goal. Basically your goal should have a specific time attached to it, another reason to be very specific in goal setting.
  3. Attainable goals work best, meaning do not set forth to lose 30lbs in one week, it will NOT happen and a goal must be Specific, Measurable and something you can achieve within your lifetime so that you are able to feel the success behind said goal. Keeping goals attainable means you will better be able to feel happiness and move forward in a positive direction.
  4. Be realistic in goal setting, this is not be confused with an easy goal, but simply a goal that you have the ability to complete. So if you have a broken leg and been told you can not run anymore, setting a goal to run a 5K within 3 weeks of this broken leg may not be realistic. This is not to say you don’t want to stretch the power of what you can do a bit further to make the goal challenging, simply be certain your goal is do-able.
  5. Be sure that your goal is time-bound, which means you have set a realistic, attainable goal that can be completed within a specifically noted time frame! Thus creating a way for you to feel the happiness and satisfaction that comes from completing said goal!

So in a nutshell, be sure each goal you set is going to be SMART, a SMART goal is a perfect goal!

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