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Weekend Wind-Down Party # 14 |Bloggers Networking

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-YaY

Welcome to Week 14 of the #WWDParty!

It’s official Spring has finally sprung, look who I caught poking around outside!

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

 

With my son’s graduation right around the corner on the 22nd of May it’s time to get some yard and house work done which will begin in earnest tomorrow.  

Tonight I begin the income taxes and no, I didn’t start them last Friday but now I have hit the deadline wall!

However, before I begin, let’s get this party started by introducing the Featured Bloggers

The Sunny Patch

The Sunny Patch

Dumpster Diving Darling

Dumpster Diving Darling

Bakewell Junction

Bakewell Junction

Happy House and Home

Happy House and Home

Yesterfood

Yesterfood

The Inspired Wren

The Inspired Wren

Thank you all and please feel free to add this button to your blog and check our Pinterest Page as you are also featured there.

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

Please follow these rules in order to be considered as a Featured Blogger

WWDParty Rules

 

 

As one of your hosts, I would like to welcome you all and ask that you not just “link and leave” but to stick around, read a few other blogs and follow one or all of us.

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

 

This Simple Home

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

De Divah Deals

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/LinkedIn/

Instagram

Snippets of Inspiration

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

A Living Sacrifice

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Etsy/LinkedIn

Mustard Seed Mommy

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

Moms Who Save

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you at the #WWDParty!

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2nd Blogoversary | Giveaway Winner

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday

Today we celebrate my 2nd Blogoversary

 

Blogoversary Cupcake

 

Thanks to all my fabulous bloggy friends and followers and Congratulations to the winner of the Avon Collection Giveaway

Valerie Theberge

Blogoversary Giveaway

Congratulations Valerie Theberge

I thank you for your support and encouragement of DeDivahDeals.com, it has been a wonderful time in my life.  I hope we continue this journey and stay together for many more years to come.  

With every comment, like and Blog Nomination a spark is ignited in my spirit and an unexplainable joy fills my soul and for that I will always be grateful!  

Now grab a fork and help me eat this big cupcake!

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Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #9

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

 This month is running wild and flying by way too quickly, there has been a whirlwind of activity in my life and that’s not even including the last snowstorm of the season. (fingers crossed)  All of it has definitely been wonderful and exciting, some I can speak about, others not just yet, but it’s all good news!

  • I lost my 2005 Hyundai Sonata due to engine failure and replaced her with a 2010 Hyundai Accent.
  • New Car Purchased at Carman
  • Hubby completed his retirement paperwork, so on July 1st, he will officially be retired from the State of Delaware – congrats, I’ll give you the “honey-do” list on the 1st of August, a few weeks before our 24th Wedding Anniversary. honey do list
  • The 2014 Goodwill Runway Show was fantastic, I hope you had an opportunity to read the post, if not, click here.  I twisted my ankle a few hours before the event and had to change shoes 3 times, but thankfully, it wasn’t worse and I made it through the night with a smile!
  • Goodwill Runway Show On Tuesday I taught a Blogging 101 Class which is sponsored by The Money School of Delaware and there were some awesome attendees whose participation was great.

teaching at the Bear Library

Tomorrow the temps are expected to reach the upper 50’s, so if you are getting a jump on your Spring Wardrobe don’t forget to enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Midnight Velvet.

Midnight Vevet Review

 

Now, let’s get this party started!  

Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers, please check the #WWDParty Pinterest Page as they are posted there as well.  

Please feel free to place this button onto your blog

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

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simply fresh dinners

For the Love of Decorating

For the Love of Decorating

I'm Perfectly Human

I’m Perfectly Human

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view from the Fridge

True Blue Baking

True Blue Baking

 

Carrie This Home

Carrie This Home

Jordan's Onion

Jordan’s Onion

The rules are the same and we ask that you follow your hosts on at least one Social Media Platform WWDParty Rules

 

Annette (This Simple Home) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest

Antionette (De Divah Deals)  Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Danielle (My Snippets of Inspiration) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Nicole M. (Mendez Manor) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Nicole R. (A Living Sacrifice) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Sarah (Mustard Seed Mommy…ME!) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram

Teresa (Moms Who Save) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram/Website

I look forward to relaxing, reading and commenting on your posts (only if I see a link back to the #WWDParty).  Thanks you for stopping by and sharing, have a fantastical weekend and enjoy the warmer weather if you are in the MidAtlantic area!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #8

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Can you believe this is the last Friday in February?  It’s sad to see time flying but I don’t think any of us will miss the snowy season and with only 21 days until Spring, we can all  “GOODBYE FEBRUARY!”.

As you read this I’m at the Sheraton Hotel participating in this year’s 2014 Goodwill Runway Show.  This is my first time working as a Stylist and am truly over-the-top excited!  Fellow blogger and friend, Whitney Nic James is covering the event so look forward to reading all about it next week.

Goodwill Runway Show tickets poster

 Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers!

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view from the fridge

 

From This Kitchen

From this Kitchen Table

 

frugal friday

Cupcakes & Zombies

crafting + coffee = LOVE

My Paper Craze

Jordan's Onion

Jordan’s Onion

Mums Makes Lists

Mums Makes Lists

Year Round Giving

Year Round Giving

Feel free to add this button to your blog and check our Pinterest page as you will also be featured there.

I WAS FEATURED #WWDPARTY

  Now on to the party!

 The rules remain the same and we ask that you visit at least one other blogger as well as your hosts.

WWDParty Rules

 

HOSTS OF #WWDPARTY

 

 Annette (This Simple Home) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest

Antionette (De Divah Deals)  Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Danielle (My Snippets of Inspiration) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Kay (A Ranch Mom) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter

Nicole M. (Mendez Manor) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Nicole R. (A Living Sacrifice) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Sarah (Mustard Seed Mommy…ME!) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram

Teresa (Moms Who Save) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram/Website

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

 



Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 4

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend and to my friends in the Mid-Atlantic, I hope you have dug out from last week’s Nor’Easter.  We are getting closer and closer to Spring and hopefully we’ll forget all about this winter’s wild and cold weather.  However, if you do want to remember maybe a few of these foods from Chapter 4 ~ Memory Savers will help.

Memory Savers

I don’t worry so much about losing my memory due to aging, but the fact that I have too much information in my head which may can cause more forgetfulness. How many times have you walked into a room only to forget what you went in there for? (raise your hand).

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Exercising the brain and body helps as we get older and blogging is great brain exercise because of the constant reading, learning and creating.   In addition to mental exercises these foods can improve our brain’s performance.

  • Asparagus – Rich is Vitamin B’s
  • Mustard – especially yellow are chock full of curcuminoids
  • Almonds – omega-3 fatty acids
  • Apricots – powerful antioxidant beta carotene
  • Cantaloupe – Vitamin C – add to your morning cereal
  • Apple – “an apple a day” is still true cantelopes blueberries and banana
  • Blueberries – powerful antioxidants – add to your high fiber cereal
  • Boiled Rice – cook the rice and drink the liquid from the pot to restore electrolytes
  • Olive Oil – “miracle” memory booster with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Banana – B6 boost
  • Raisins – tiny fruit with a brain boost, try with peanut butter, sliced banana on a graham cracker as an afternoon snack
  • Seaweed – wrapped around sushi – loaded with vitamin B12 sushi
  • Turnip Greens – chock full of potent antioxidants
  • Spinach  – try adding to your sandwiches instead of lettuce
  • Eggs – rich source of choline
  • egg sandwich with spinach
  • Barley – oatmeal with bananas or blueberries
  • Prunes – like it’s wrinkled cousin the raisin
  • Fish – eating fish once a week keeps your brain young
  • Lentil Soup – try this Crock Pot soup recipe using lentils & turnip greens
  • Cabbage – shredded as in coleslaw or cooked with fish and rice
  • Green Tea – rich in EGCG
  • Java – a morning cup of coffee stimulates the brain 
  • Ricotta Cheese – rich in calcium, try adding to salads and desserts
  • RED WINE – OH SO FINE… but only a glass every now and then…not every night (dang it)

A little red wine

 

All of these food items, with the exception of the wine were ones that my grandmother taught us to eat.  I believe that getting this book from my aunt, her last remaining daughter is her way of reminding me to eat right – thanks Mama (RIP).

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Thankful Thursday – Savvy Social Media Workshop

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday!

Today I begin by saying, “Thank You” to The Money School of Delaware for inviting me to be part of last week’s Savvy Social Media Workshop (#SavvySocialMedia).  As you know, passion is the driving force behind blogging, it is what makes us strive to be the best bloggers we can be.  When you are recognized for doing such it is truly a blessing and for that I am thankful!

thank you money school

I work full time outside of the home but I consider blogging as my “side gig”, one that I am looking to monetize so that it becomes my “side income” one that will take me into my retirement years.  If you read Michelle Singletary’s commentary last week, the topic was “For many, side income gives peace of mind”. (Read it here)

#SaavySocialMedia Workshop

The Social Media Workshop was a perfect example of this as it was geared towards entrepreneurs, non-profits and small business owners.  The main point being how social media plays an important role in the success of a side gig which can ultimately give you peace of mind.

Amy Cherry, News Reporter and Anchor for 1150 WDEL AM spoke to the audience on how to contact and work with the media when requesting coverage for a project or event.  She also provided tips on the best ways to photograph and video these events as well as why it’s important to always be interview-ready when the contact is made.

Stacey Schiller with Amy Cherry

Randi Penfil from Constant Contact used a fantastic PowerPoint presentation to emphasis the importance of a successful email marketing campaign.  Discussing the evolution of initial email writing which once was plain text to today’s glossy Newsletters and pdf files.  She also pointed out the “do’s and don’ts” of email marketing and offered to work with them in getting started.

Randi Penfil, Constant Contact

Carl Immediato, grandson of the owner of Three Little Bakers once a staple in the state of Delaware, grew up believing that one day he too would follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.  Unfortunately when the theatre closed he needed to step out and do something differently and is now an Independent Associate with Talk Fusion.  Carl showed us how using video can make a personal statement which can better brand your business.

Carl Immediato, Talk Fusion

I was the final speaker of the day and my topic was “How To Monetize Your Blog”.  Most of us realize that money can be made blogging other than having a product or service to sell, i.e. Etsy or eBay.  A blog can be monetized with Affiliate Marketing, Banner or PPC/CPA ads,  Sponsored Posts/Reviews, Direct Advertising, Consulting, Speaking Engagements, and/or Teaching.  

Adhering to the 3-P’s, the 3-C’s and ABC as I wrote in a previous post (here), being a successful blogger and making money doing so is quite possible.  It takes passion, patience, perseverance and hard work, but it is definitely doable and has provided many with “a peace of mind”.

DeDivahDeals presenting Monetizing Your Blog

This was yet another great event sponsored by The Money School of Delaware, a non-profit that I am proud to be associated with.

Registration table at the #SaavySocialMedia Workshop Ronni Cohen Welcoming Participants to the Workshop

Quadia Muhammad, Program Director

Saavy Social Media Workshop Participants

Saavy Social Media Enthusiastic Participants

Saavy Social Media Workshop

Lunch at the Saavy Social Media Workshop

Saavy Social Media Workshop

Saavy Social Media Workshop Participants

This week as in every week I am always thankful for my family, friends and my faith. Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Get Sverved Sunday

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday – Have You Been Sverved?

sverve Sverve is a social media site designed to connect influential female bloggers with major corporate brands and new readers.  It’s like “LinkedIn for bloggers.”  Sverve is set up a la Pinterest style which gives you access to other bloggers AND companies that are looking to hire them.

If you’re like me, a mom blogger who is active in social media here are 3 easy breezy steps to take that will gain you more influence and upgrade your status in the blogosphere:

Sign up for Sverve and connect your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts; look around and follow other influential bloggers; then share Sverve with your friends.  Easy as 1 – 2 – 3

How to make money with Sverve:

  • Add up to 5 areas of influence on your profile

  •  Ask your followers to endorse you

  •  Share quality information on the Sverve platform i.e. blog posts and tips

  •  Share frequently

  • Sign up for Campaigns

Your Influence Score is based on the real endorsements that you get as well as the type of content you create. The score increases the more people like, favorite and share your tips.  As you get more endorsements your number starts to rise and the higher your score the more likely you are to be hired if you meet the job requirements.

The best thing about Sverve other than the possibility of being chosen as “Influencer of the Week” , is all the sharing of helpful hints and tips that you get from other wonderful bloggers.

Sverve recently celebrated it’s 1st year and has been rolling out exciting new programs including opportunities to be a published contributor to Parade magazine. Sign up today as to not miss out on this and other wonderful money making opportunities.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Snow Day Slow Cooker Day

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

If you read my post yesterday you know that we were once again hit with a major snowstorm on Tuesday.  It took me over 5 1/2 hours to get home from work and I definitely didn’t want to be in the car anytime soon so I stayed home on Wednesday.  At 10:00 a.m. Governor Markell lifted the Level One State of Emergency but it was highly recommended to stay off the roads so that the snowplow operators could do their jobs with minimal interruption from cars.

So on this day, I am thankful for my family, friends and faith…for getting home safely…for having a warm home to live in…and for scrounging around to find these ingredients to make this easy peasy Crock Pot Meal!

Snow Day Slow Cooker Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 can of Black Beans
  • 1 Package of Smoked Turkey Sausage
  • 1 Package Frozen Peppers and Onions
  • 1 Pack of McCormick Fajita Seasoning
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • Rice and Cornbread

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Spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray for easier cleanup.  Cut Turkey Sausage into bite size pieces and add seasoning to a 1/2 cup of water.

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Put sausage into Crock Pot and pour in Fajita Seasoning mix.

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Add frozen veggies and both cans of beans, which can be drained and rinsed to remove some of the sodium.

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 Stir, cover and cooked on high for 4 hours.

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This Snow Day Slow Cooker dish was served with Jasmine Rice and skillet Cornbread.

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It was a perfect meal for my men after a few hours of shoveling and an all-day of television watching!  I measured the snow on the back deck so I’ll say that we unofficially got 11″ of snow….can’t wait for Spring to arrive!

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The Pool is not looking too inviting these days!

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Snowy Street in Summit Farms (our neighborhood)

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We are truly blessed, and I am thankful to have a warm home during this cold winter season.  I pray for those with less to be safe and removed from harm’s way.

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Okay, it’s your turn – what are you thankful for this week?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down with Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Today there is a twist to the Friday Foodie Feature which I think you will like.  It’s a party – that’s right a P * A * R * T * Y  and you are cordially invited to attend the first Weekend Wind-Down Party!

You can link up now or wait until this evening when you get home from work.  The party is casual so you can kick off your shoes, turn on the Crock Pot, relax and then share… share… share!

Weekend Winddown Link Party (1)

The house rules are simple, you can link any post and it will be featured on 8 different blogs.  We will each choose several features from the link up each week to highlight the following week!   We will also be pinning features to Pinterest as well as social media shout-outs!  So link up, visit others and have fun!

Linky Party Rules

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

This Simple Home @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

DeDivahDeals @ 

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/LinkedIn/Instagram

Snippets of Inspiration @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+

A Ranch Mom @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram

Mendez Manor @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/LinkedIn/Instagram

A Living Sacrifice @

Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Etsy/LinkedIn

Mustard Seed Mommy @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

Moms Who Save @

Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+/Instagram

If you are joining the party, please copy this button and add it to your blog.

Now let the party begin with today’s Friday Foodie Feature

Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

Slow Cooked Spinach Ziti

I had been thinking about making this dish for quite sometime and hubby kept asking if I wanted him to make it (baked) in the oven.  I said, “nope, I want to slow cook it.”  He didn’t think the uncooked noodles wouldn’t get done in the Crock Pot but they did and he loved it.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey/chicken/beef

  • 2 jars of Spaghetti Sauce

  • medium onion – diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic – diced

  • 1 package of frozen spinach

  • 1 box of Rotini Noodles

  • 1 package of Mozzarella and Shredded Parmesan Cheese

  • Ricotta Cheese

Brown ground turkey Brown the ground turkey and dice the onions and garlic.  Remember to turn on stove’s blower while cutting onions for no tears.   Dice onion and garlic cloves

Add the two jars of spaghetti sauce, diced onions and garlic then stir to mix ingredients thoroughly.

add two jars of spaghetti sauce

add diced onions and garlic cloves

spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray

Spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.

begin with layer of meat sauce

Cover the bottom of the Crock Pot with the meat sauce, then begin layering the pasta, spinach, and Ricotta cheese, repeating until you’ve reached the top of the Crock Pot but you can use less if you want.

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add layer of frozen spinach

Add a few dollops of Ricotta Cheese add a few scoops of Ricotta Cheese

Sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese

sprinkle with Mozzarella Cheese Top with Parmesan Cheese

Sprinkle the final layer with Parmesan Cheese, cover and cook on high 4-5 hours or low 8-10 hours, or until pasta noodles are soft.

cover and cook on high for 5 hours

Stir and then sprinkle on more Parmesan Cheese

Stir to thoroughly mix all ingredients and to ensure noodles are soft.  Sprinkle with more Parmesan Cheese, cover and let sit for an additional 5 mins before serving.

We definitely had more than enough for two meals, I even froze half to be used next month.

more than enough for two meals

Invite your family and friends to the first

Weekend Wind-Down Party!

 

 


Thank You and 2013 Blog Award Nominations

Hello Friends and Happy New Year’s Eve!

As we close out the year 2013, I would like to take this time to say, “Thank You” to all my wonderful bloggy friends and followers.

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A Blog is defined as:

  1. “a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.”

Yet it is so much more, a blog becomes part of you, a special part of your life an extension of your personality.  If done in the right spirit it can fill you with added joy and happiness.

Each of you in your own unique way has definitely added more joy and happiness to my life.  When you take the time to read and comment on my posts, write your own uplifting and informational posts – take beautiful photographs and fashionable attire, you open your home and hearts to others…and all of this makes my life brighter.

Thank you D-Anna at Style Salvation, a fashionista diva for nominating me for a “Best Moment” award and thank you Clouds n Cups, jewelry designers extraordinaire for the “Blog of The Year 2013” award nomination!  

 

Best Moment Award

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Thank you all my bloggy friends for everything you have done and for everything that you are! Continue inspiring, delighting and informing others with your blogs.

I am wishing you Peace and Prosperity as we enter another year in our lives.

Be Safe and  Be Happy &

May God Richly Bless You All!

Happy New Year!

happiness and joy

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