Social Media Engagement For Dummies Review and Giveaway

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You are on Social Media Outlets all day long, right? You have a huge list of followers, likes and friends so why in the world would you need to read Social Media Engagement for Dummies written by Aliza Sherman and Danielle Elliott Smith? Stick around and read on, because I am going to tell you why.

Social Media Enagement For Dummies

I have spent some time reading and taking in all of the information from the book, Social Media Engagement for Dummies. I spent time marking off areas that I want to access for later assistance and highlighting tips that make sense for me as both a blogger and virtual assistant who provides social media marketing for clients. You see, I think my following online is really great and I do have a pretty decent influence but sometimes I find I lack that engagement portion of social media. I also see others struggle with engagement, this is the key area to social media marketing that can make or break you as a brand.

Aliza and Danielle have really mastered a step by step guide for even the most advanced person to get better at social media engagement. Whether you are a pro or an amateur this book is for you; I personally like the chapter on Pinterest. Pinterest is the main source for my traffic here on site as well as my secondary blog, but even so I think I can gain more traffic from that source if I just knew how to create more engaging boards that have to do with the brand message I am spreading through  my writing. As a company, who may not have blog posts to pin, there are other ways you can document things on Pinterest to gain more engagement and Social Media Engagement for Dummies lays it all out for you, step-by-step no question about it.

Social Media Engagement for Dummies covers all areas of social media that apply to you as a brand and company; whether you are a blogger not selling anything or a business looking to gain more trust with your prospects by utilizing social media this book is a must have! Tips and tricks for creating connections and maximizing connections, utilizing e-mail, forums, blogs and websites, Facebook, Twitter and much much more!

I think this is such a great tool for any brand or blogger that I have agreed to host a giveaway where one person will be randomly selected to win a copy of Social Media Engagement for Dummies.

Enter for your chance to win one copy of Social Media Engagement for Dummies

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on November 28, 2013. Open to USA only. Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Farm Rich Yummies for Sleep Overs @FarmRichSnacks

I am that Mom, the one who seems to have the most sleep overs here at her house. Why? Because I love being that Mom. To me, being around children is a wonderful thing. Sure children test limits and at the fun tween ages they can be hormonal females, but it’s just a great thing to be that safe home where children can come have a sleep over and enjoy being a kid in a safe environment. I have always been that kid type of person, the big kid that also is respected by children. Lights out is 10:30pm these days on sleep overs and 11pm they usually are fast asleep. I have rules, but I also let them have a blast together.

With that being said, I recently had some Farm Rich coupons to try their product and what better night to try them on but a sleep over night, right?

Farm Rich Poppers

We went to the store and got us some Farm Rich Jalapeno Poppers and Mozzarella Sticks for our sleep over evening.  I cooked them up quick in the oven to the perfect temperature and consistency. I provided some dipping sauce and on the table went the food alongside pizza for dinner.

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Even though we had a sleep over event using only two of the many Farm Rich products, I wanted to let you all know of Farm Rich’s new products; Toasted Ravioli, Crispy Dill Pickles and Chilli Cheese. Recently I was at a Mexican Restaurant in town and I tried some fried pickles, boy were they good. I wasn’t able to find the Crispy Dill Pickles at my local store, so maybe next time I can find a store in another town carrying Farm Rich Crispy Pickles to try!

You can find a list of all Farm Rich products by visiting the Farm Rich Products web page.

Be sure to connect with Farm Rich on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up to date with their latest sales, information and products!

Kid Safe Email – Freedom with Parental Watch

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I am all for giving kids freedom, the freedom to make choices on their own but with the parent watching “in the background”. Some things in life are things our children are going to have to learn how to work with properly and one of those things that are vitally important, are email. A kid safe email account with parental controls/access “in the background” is very important to me and that is why I recently tested out a service called!

kids email

Kids Email is really easy to setup, basically you will go the website and click to sign up, they will have you feel out the parental details and then you get to fill out your child’s information. There is an option for more than one child on your one parental account too. The child can be chosen to be a “younger kid” or an “older kid” which means they will get different controls, looks and feels about the email account. I choose “older kid” as my daughter is familiar with email accounts & usage of email.

I love the parental features you can set and restrict things to, and get this, you can ground the child. There is an area where you can click to ground your child from their email which means they will not be able to access email. I love that idea too, not that my daughter is ever really grounded from such things as she is a well behaved child, but I am sure when she starts those teenager years she may have instances when I have to pull out the groundation card from things.

kids email time restrictions

The parental features for really help you to stay on top of when your child is allowed to check email, what type of email they can receive. You can limit what they are allowed to attach to outgoing emails and what is allowed to be attached to incoming emails. Another cool function is that you can have a copy of all outgoing and/or incoming emails be sent to you as well. This means you can heavily monitor your child’s email account without them feeling like you are constantly hounding over their account. I believe this is a great way to build trust between your child and you with them being allowed to have a “big kid” email account but also allows you to teach them at a young age how to properly deal with email.

Connect with on Google +, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up to date with their latest news and reviews!

I started at a young age teaching my children about email and the internet because of my job, I have learned more than most of the average parents I have run into are aware of, so in turn I always try to take time to educate parents as well as child on how dangerous even an email account can be. You do not want your IP address received to a predator for your family or child, not at all. is a great way to encourage independent responsibility while still keeping a solid eye on things.

Now that I have shared details with you about this great kids email account option, I want to take a moment to share a bit about’s First Semi-Annual Young Author Competition. The winner of this competition shall have their book illustrated and published. Click here to learn more.

What do you think, would you use for your child to have a safe email account? Why or why not?

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NOVICA Decor is Going to Bring Beauty to New Living Room

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Today I am sharing with you all a wonderful site called NOVICA, a fair trade artisan website.  NOVICA works with National Geographic to give talented artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market. There are two parts to today’s article because I am not only reviewing a gorgeous piece of art that will hang in my new home but I am sharing the NOVICA Curation site where you can look around and pin to Pinterest the pieces you like most.

I had a look around at all of the beautiful items on the NOVICA website and must admit it was rather difficult to choose just one thing. After over an hour of looking at the site I had decided on a mirror that has song birds around it and this is the most beautiful mirror I have ever laid eyes upon…

 NOVICA Mirror

I am going to be sharing more on this mirror and the details behind the artist once I get settled into my new place because at this time, I wasn’t really able to unpack the mirror for fear of not being able to get it safely packed back tight for the move.

Like I said, NOVICA is a site with many items for you to view and purchase. There  is something about the jewelry on site that grabbed me too. There were the most beautiful Amethyst Dangle Earrings on NOVICA’s website too! Since purple is my favorite color, Amethyst jewelry has always sucked me in by it’s sparkling beauty.


With Summer coming I bet jewelry for all of your parties may be needed and that my friends is why I believe you may enjoy these Silver Pendant Necklaces to go with your outfit on a nice cool Summer evening get together.

In all honesty you can find jewelry, home decor, handbags, accessories and much more over at NOVICA’s website. I suggest you go take a peek yourself at their Garnet Dangle Earrings and remember to Like NOVICA on Facebook as well as follow @novica on Twitter to keep up to date with their latest news & happenings.

What is your favorite piece or item found on NOVICA’s website?

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Outerwear Brand Free Country Review

I was recently offered a free coat from Free Country, simply had to visit their Free Country outerwear brand website and have a look around. I sent them my top three choices in color, size and such from there they would do their best to send one of those options. I received the cutest Women’s Arches Power Down Jacket in pink, but the problem is that I wanted to wear it, as you can see below … who do you think “owns” this jacket now?

Free Country Outerwear

I must not be great at sizing online, this is an XL so it’s slightly big for my daughter but it’s too small to zip up over my chest for me. The comfort, quality and washing method is super easy though. I love that my daughter feels special with this stylish new winter coat! She deserves some spoiling, even if I feel I deserved this jacket too ;-)

Miss Kiara has already gotten this jacket dirty, after all we have cold days with snow then warm days with mud here in NH lately and so she splashed mud up on the coat. Kiara was upset but I reassured her we can wash this coat. I followed the instructions on how to wash this jacket; take off the hood, zip up all zippers and closures then wash in washer. Pretty simple. I hung it dry, even though you can tumble dry low. It came out spectacularly clean again and in great shape still!

About Free Country

Free Country offers a wide range of men, women and kids outerwear options for every style.  You can enjoy free shipping on all orders at this time and they have a wide selection of fleece jackets if you are in the market for a Spring jacket anytime soon.

You can find Free Country on Facebook, Follow Free Country on Pinterest and watch Free Country’s YouTube Channel to keep up to date with their latest news and deals!

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