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Are you behind on your sleep? Sorry to break it to you, but don’t plan on catching up this weekend.  Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. TONIGHT (on Sunday, March 11)!  Don’t forget to move your clocks forward ONE hour.  I am so looking forward to this new time!

How do you prepare for this new time? Luckily my daughter is off from school on Monday!


Vote for my Yahoo Shine Nomination!

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nic 64x84 custom Vote for my Yahoo Shine Nomination!I am so excited to share with you my nomination for the Yahoo! Women Who Shine contest.

Here she is…..Nicole from MamaNYC.  She’s a wife, mother of one (with one on the way), student, mentor and entrepreneur.

Nicole is an amazing woman!  She began her blog MamaNYC in mid-2010 after a career as an e-Commerce and Internet marketing professional. Operating her own web design & Internet marketing consulting business in 2001 and has worked with small business owners as well as Fortune 500 companies.

This young mom earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2010 and is currently working on her MBA (Marketing) as a full-time graduate student.  Upon graduation, she plans to teach online courses.  She has spent the last five years coaching and mentoring students around the world.

Nicole is co-owner of BloggerPR, a blogger support and media group, which helps e-companies expand into the World Wide Web through social media management, product reviews, and more.

How did she get started?  By designing her first website as an 11-year-old!  The website became quite profitable and she was an overnight success being featured in several publications and magazines as a pre-teen!  Not long after, at the age of 14, she developed WebLogic Consulting where she created graphics and websites, and assisted with online auctions.

I told you she was remarkable and she is definitely a woman who shines.

What is Yahoo! Women Who Shine?   Shine is Yahoo’s site aimed at women with over 1.5 million followers on Facebook.  Women Who Shine is a contest for remarkable women who are making a difference, impacting the community and changing lives each and every day.  Women Who Shine wants to recognize that special woman, the shiniest of all women who shine, with a $10,000 CASH PRIZE!

I know you’ll agree that Nicole is that kind of woman — a woman who shines.  Now head over HERE to vote for Nicole.  I’m sure she can do a lot more shining with $10,000 in her pocketbook.

What are you waiting for?  Go vote HERE.  Thank you!

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Proud to be Latina? You bet I am!

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People…we’re all different.  That’s what makes life so interesting!  Our country is so diverse and unique due to the cultural blend of our nation.

If someone were to say “take a look at this list and pick the background you want to be.”  Would I still choose to be Latina?  Without a doubt!  I’m proud of my heritage!  Not to say it’s been easy.  Have there been obstacles?  Of course.  But don’t we all face some sort of challenge daily?  (Some days just getting out of bed is a challenge.)  It’s how we overcome adversity that makes us who we are.

Believing in myself is important.  Fortunately I am able to live a proud life as a Latina through the guidance of two incredibly amazing and powerful networks:  Latina Mom Bloggers and Proud To Be Latina! Through this organization Latinas are given the encouragement and support they need to be the best “you”.  The site affords Latinas everywhere the opportunity to come together for both personal and professional growth.

It’s not easy for women in general to be successful.  Throw a ethnicity issue in the mix and the challenge increases.  But being successful does take sacrifice, hard work and determination.  Proud To Be Latina provides motivation through two distinguished programs: The EmPower Hour and our Latina Empowerment Conference to help Latinas achieve their dreams and goals.

So won’t you join me in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by being your best “you”?  Get inspired!  You CAN do it if you WANT to do it!  Be proud of YOU…and be a proud Latina, too.


Donate to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

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Oops! Hope it’s not too late for some of you! Today is National Association of Letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Today your mail carrier will pick up any non-perishable foods to be donated to local food pantries.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is done the 2nd Saturday in the month of May. Now it is the nation’s largest single-day food drive!  You still have time to put out your donation!

4 Steps to Save Money in the Home!

P1010219 300x224 4 Steps to Save Money in the Home! In today’s world saving money must go beyond coupons and BOGO promotions. One of the best ways to save money is by cutting back on expenses whenever possible. From lowering the cost of the electricity bill to cutting back on food expenses, here are a few strategies to help you save money in and around the home.

1)  First things’ first, the utility bills are more than likely the number one expense in the average home. Make sure you aren’t wasting money on the electricity bills by checking to make sure your home’s insulation is in good shape. Check your windows for “leaks”, make sure your attic has sufficient insulation and ensure that the ventilation system isn’t clogged or leaking. Turn off TVs and computers that aren’t being used and make sure your appliances aren’t in need of an upgrade or replacement parts like as broken appliances can drain energy.

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2) Secondly, it’s a great idea to take up household chores on your own. Instead hiring someone else, consider mowing your lawn and cleaning the house yourself. There are numerous “handyman” projects around the house that you can do yourself with a little bit of research and a handful of tools. Leaky faucets and clogged drains can usually be fixed at home with just a bit of elbow grease. You’ll save quite a bit of money in the long run with a small investment of your time and energy.

3) Another great way to save money around the house is to recycle as often as possible. Of course, this means going beyond sorting plastic and paper products. Do your very best to recycle “broken” things around the house and you’ll be amazed how much you can save. Have a rip in your jeans? Sew them back up. Stains or rips on your t-shirt? Use it as a rag for cleaning. Have your kids outgrown their clothing? Take them to a consignment shop or donate them for tax credits. Find ways to reuse items that are seemingly useless and get a creative. You’ll be surprised how much the savings add up.

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4) Finally, make sure you’re saving on the food bill. Buy dried beans, grains, and fruits. They last for months and only require a little more work for preparation. Buy up meats when they’re on sale and freeze what you won’t use immediately for storage. Buy seasonal fruits and veggies in the warmer months and opt for frozen mixed greens in the winter. Always make sure to reuse leftovers as often as possible. Grilled chicken for dinner? Why not a chicken salad sandwhich for lunch? Use the money you’ve already invested to help save more in the future.

Remember that a frugal lifestyle is much more than saving money when you spend it, it’s about finding ways to not spend it at all. Follow the instructions above and you can start saving money you thought you had to spend.

Pauline Lynch is a freelance writer based out of Greensboro, NC. She went to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in English and Psychology. She has spent time in the U.K. as well as Spain, the Netherlands, and Ireland. She can be found on a blog post near you.