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Vote for Me!

I had no pIans to come back over here, but recently I found out that DeDivahDeals was nominated in the North DelaWHERE Happenings 2017 List.

The Happening List is the most popular people’s choice competition in North Delaware.  Over 50,000 voted last year to determine the best and most happening people, places, businesses and events in New Castle County!

So I am asking that you head over and vote for me.  It takes less than 30 seconds and you just need to vote using your email address, if you have multiple email address, please feel free to use all of them!

Thank you and please spread the word.

Thank you, now head over to my new blog DelBlogger



40 Minutes of Fame on MadHouseTV

The Delaware Blogger was on MadHouseTV

40 minutes of fame at MadhouseTV

Most of you know that I host a weekly Podcast, Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger, which is live every Sunday at 6 PM EST on Blog Talk Radio for AAU Teen Talk Radio/TV/Magazine.  The last live broadcast for the year was on Sunday and the topic was Social Media and the Church, it was my 15th Podcast and I must admit that when I first started I was unbelievably nervous.  The shows on the 26th of December and 1st of January will be encore programs so if you missed them, make sure to log on to listen.

The show’s Executive Producers are Roger and Chevrona Johnson and they are also the CEO’s of the Whitney E. Johnson Foundation.  I am very appreciative to both of them for giving me an opportunity to host my own Podcast, but was even more so when offered the opportunity to take the show on the road and host it live on cable at Madhouse TV Studio in Long Island, NY.

MadhouseTV Studios

With everything scheduled for last Thursday, hubby and I drove from Middletown, DE to Long Island, NY which by the way was definitely not an easy trip, but that’s another story for a different day.  However, I was able to drive the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate AWD which I was reviewing for Hyundai via Drive Shop USA so it wasn’t a bad ride.


arriving at the studio in style

Arriving at the studio a little past noon, my guest, Nikki Valentine, owner of N.V.Me Designs and her models were already inside busy preparing for the 2:00 show.  Check out my Instagram page to see pictures of everyone getting ready as well as some great memorabilia inside the studio owned by Tommy Maher, aka The Woodstock Guru on Facebook.

The Delaware Blogger on MadhouseTV

Nikki and I were able to run through our script which we had previously written when she came to “shop my closet” the week before which you can see on my YouTube Channel.  The topic of our segment was “Balling on a Budget – Outfits from the Office to Party Fab” and she and her models did a great job in featuring these outfits. 

Nikki Valentine, owner of NVMeDesigns

The link to the broadcast is below, so check it out and then come back and leave a comment as I am anxious to know how you liked the show. I hope Chevrona liked it as well as I would love to go back for another segment.

The Woodstock Guru

Delaware Blogger on MadhouseTV

This is also going to be the last blog post of the year as I shut down DeDivahDeals and transfer it to DelBlogger and when I come back in the New Year, there will be great reviews and giveaways – so enjoy the holidays and be safe!!!


Don’t forget to leave a comment with your review of the show and let me know if you would like to see me back on Cable TV!  



Had a great time at MadhouseTV Memorabilia at MadhouseTV The Delaware Blogger on Cable TV

  The Delaware Blogger on Cable TV Nikki and I on set Tommy the Woodstock Guru

Stocking Stuffers and Grab Bag Giveaways for Techies From Five Below

Eleven days and counting…have you finished all of your Christmas shopping yet? Or are you like me and haven’t even started! 

If you are finished shopping but still need a few stocking stuffers or Grab Bag Giveaways for an office holiday party, and your money is funny then I suggest you head over to your local Five Below for a few of these great techie tools.


Five Below products


A few weeks ago, at the suggestion of a fellow Social Media Diva, I stopped in at the Five Below on Route 202 and found these items which are perfect for anyone especially the teens, tweens and techies in your life. 

Virtual Reality is hot this year so I picked up an Electronic Necessities VR Mask which can be used for watching movies, playing games and it even comes with a coupon for FREE downloadable apps.

Convert your phone into a VR Cinema instantly

Fits 3.5” – 6” Smartphone Screens  

Features audio ports, suction pad and adjustable head strap

Electronic Necessities VR Mask


Bass Jaxx Skyline Ultra Slim Speaker

High quality acoustic and ultra slim speaker

Requires 3-AAA Batteries

Auxiliary Jack for Smartphones/IPads/IPods

Gifts from Five Below


Bass Jaxx Zeno Portable Stereo Speaker

Glo Blue LED

Built in Auxiliary Jack

Works with iPhone and Android phones

IPads/Tablets/IPods/MP3 Players/Laptop

Bass Jaxx Zeno Portable Stereo Speaker


Youse Dual USB Wall Charger

Foldable Wall Plug

Blue LED Indicator

Universal USB Charger

Five Below Stocking Stuffers


Universal Smartphone Holder

Clip-on-Grip holds the holder firmly on a table

Compatible with most Smartphones up to 3.5” wide

Flexible Gooseneck

Available in Black and Pink

Smartphone Holder


Universal Smartphone Wallet Case

Fits up to Iphone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Faux Suede with tassel and slots for ID and currency and zippered coin pouch

Smartphone Wallet


Electronic Necessities Rechargeable Power Bank

2200 mAh

Micro and USB Port that works with Smartphones, tablets and more

Gadgets and gifts from Five Below


Youse Mini Microphone for Smartphones and Tablets

Records at 12 db louder than the microphones built into Smartphones and tablets

Plug in and use your favorite recording app

Use for Karaoke and more

Mini Microphone for Smartphones


10 Pack Soft Rubber Tip Stylus Pens

Use with all Touch Screens

Rubber Tip Stylus Pens


Spektrum 6’ Smart LED Charging Cable

Sync and Charge Micro USB Cable

Charge from your USB Car or Wall Charger

Micro USB Cable with Smart LED Indicator light

Smart LED Charging Cable


Youse Selfie Stick

Built-in shutter button

12”-39” Telescopic Handle

Connects using a 3.5 mm audio jack

Works with all Smartphones

Selfie Stick


10” Tablet/PC Bag with Shoulder Strap


10” Tablet/PC Bag with Shoulder Strap


I am rebranding my blog, not only changing the name from DeDivahDeals to DelBlogger but also with a new website design effective January 1st. 

To promote and advertise the change as well as to kick off the new year, I will be hosting weekly giveaways, so stay tuned as these items are going to be part of one.


Chime in, which item would you like to get in  your stocking? 

Pictures Pop with a Pixel

Disclosure:  I was provided with a Google Pixel Smartphone from Verizon in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.


How many of you remember when the car phone – aka- mobile phone – aka – cell phone turned into a Smartphone and using it to make actual phones calls has become almost obsolete?


Just text me…snap a selfie…check in on Foursquare…read an email…check Social Media stats…Facebook…Twitter…Instagram…read my blog…Hello Siri GPS navigation… uploading videos…Livestreaming…Snapchatting and of course the constant picture taking of food, friends, and fun!


So when I had the opportunity to review this new Google Pixel Smartphone I decided not to use it as a phone for making calls or for checking into social media or even updating my blog but solely as a camera instead. 

Google Pixel Review by Delaware Blogger

Delaware Blogger Product Review

“Content is King” and “Images are the Queen” so it is vital especially as a blogger to capture attention grabbing, eye popping pictures and I have to admit this Google Pixel exceeded my expectations!  

Delaware Blogger

Fruit under Fluorescent Light

I decided to leave my Nikon Coolpix at home when I headed to the Summit Marina last weekend to capture these amazing pictures overlooking the C&D Canal. 

Delaware Blogger

These photos were in no way touched up nor did I add any filters, I just emailed and uploaded them to my laptop.  With the Google Pixel you can get unlimited storage of all your photos and videos free in Google Photos which is definitely great for leaving your legacy in the cloud!

Delaware Blogger

You may remember last month when hubby and I came here to the Marina for another photo shot and the weather was still warm and gorgeous.  However, this time, I was there alone and it was cold so I didn’t stay long, besides those Turkey Vultures didn’t seem too happy to have me around.

Delaware Blogger

Delaware Blogger


The Google Pixel Smartphone is smaller and lighter than my Samsung Galaxy Note 5, however, the pictures are bigger and brighter.  There are actually two versions of this Android smartphone, the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel XL

Delaware Blogger

I loved that the Google Pixel weighs only 5.04 oz and the 5 inch screen was the perfect size for viewing VR apps without needing my glasses.  I had recently purchased a Virtual Reality Headset so I downloaded a few free VR apps from the Google Play Store.  

The Google Pixel sat nicely in the headset and because it’s lightweight it was great for walking around “taking a tour of NYC” as well as riding a virtual rollercoaster.  The display on this smartphone is bright, sharp and with the vivid colors, watching some of the VR movies was like being in my own private screening room!

Google Pixel in VR Headset

The battery life on the Google Pixel is amazing which is very important especially as a blogger who may need to cover an event lasting hours.  Not having to search for and then stand next to a power outlet was great for capturing these pictures at a Girls Night In event hosted by my friend Roxie in Middletown.

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Other great photo features on the Google Pixel include the ability to just double tap a button to turn on the camera and a double twist to change to selfie mode. Videos can also be shot in 4K resolution and the powerful speakers were perfect for listening to music and watching DIY videos on YouTube.

Delaware Blogger

There are also many other features that the Google Pixel is equipped with and below are just a few of them.  However, if you are looking for an Android Smartphone with awesome visuals then you need to head over to a Verizon store and pick one up!


Oh, and the Bright Light Flashlight is perfect when navigating a parking lot or a college campus at night.  Speaking of college, you know that I had to take a selfie with my son before he headed back to his after Thanksgiving!

Google Pixel Review

Your Thoughts

Would you purchase a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL?

Pier at the Marina in Middletown

Google Pixel Specs


5.0 inches
FHD AMOLED at 441ppi
2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
5.6 x 2.7 x 0.2 ~ 0.3 inches
143.8 x 69.5 x 7.3 ~ 8.5 mm


2,770 mAh battery

Standby time (LTE): up to 19 days

Talk time (3g/WCDMA): up to 26 hours

Internet use time (Wi-Fi): up to 13 hours

Internet use time (LTE): up to 13 hours

Video playback: up to 13 hours

Audio playback (via headset): up to 110 hours

Fast charging: up to 7 hours of use from only 15 minutes of charging

Side View of Google Pixel


Twitter for Small Business

On a recent Podcast, Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger” we discussed Twitter for Small Business because many small business owners still don’t understand why they should be on this social media platform. 

I actually had a client say that Twitter was dying and that it was old fashioned…not sure why he thought this, but I invited him to listen in to the Podcast in hopes of changing his mind. 


Not only do I, but several other social media strategists feel that Twitter is the #1 social network because it is truly social. On Facebook, your are limited to an established circle of friends and family. But everyone is fair game on Twitter.  I can jump in and out of all sorts of conversations with people I’ve never met—I’ve made connections with my best blogging sponsors this way.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a microblogging network of real time posts that are limited to 140 characters or less, however, at one time they wanted to change it to make it unlimited characters and Twitterverse lost it’s mind.  What they did do was change the algorithm so that images do not count as part of the 140 characters.

Twitter’s demographic is geared more towards the younger generations, however, that doesn’t mean that the older generation are not using it as a matter of fact, Twitter is my favorite social media platform. 

Unfortunately, many boomers and seniors are using it in the wrong way and I won’t mention any names. (DT)


You may remember that I once said that, “Twitter are the friends that you wished you had in high school” versus Facebook which are like the friends you did have in high school.

I made that statement because, you can establish relationships and followings with the really cool kids, not to say that the people you connect with on Facebook aren’t cool, they just aren’t the really cool tweeps.  For example, I remember my first celebrity follower was Kimora Lee Simmons, she started following me because I had made a comment about a beautiful family photo that she had posted online. 

I was so over the top excited that little ole me from Middletown, DE was recognized and followed by a real celebrity.  Unfortunately, it was short lived because after I posted one of her purses that I bought from a local discount store she inquired as to where I got it.  I responded but the next thing I knew, the store was no longer carrying them! 

The power of Twitter and network marketing was solidified for me on the day, I guess she didn’t appreciate having knock offs of her bags being sold at discount.

Rugged Wearhouse discount store

You don’t have to be uber famous like Kimora Lee Simmons, Justin Bieber or even Ellen Degeneres to get a decent following and if you’re a small business or brand, Twitter will actually help bring in new customers. It has been proven that 64% of Twitter users are more likely to buy from brands that they follow on Twitter.

Steps to set up a Twitter account:
  • Sign up with your real name, your email address and a password.
  • Choose Your Twitter Name:  Your Twitter name is limited to a maximum of 15 characters.  Although Twitter names are not case-sensitive, Twitter will save the name exactly as you enter it when you create your Twitter profile. So even though you can create your profile with “DelawareBlogger” and be listed as @DelwareBlogger, your Twitter fans will be able to find you by using @delawareblogger.  Avoid names with numbers, uncommon abbreviations and names that are difficult to remember. Keep mobile users in mind and avoid underscores, which require extra steps to type in on mobile phones.
  • You can skip interests and importing address books because you may want to wait and get comfortable before you start advertising your profile.
  • Check your email to confirm your email address that will be sent to the email address that you provided.
  • Upload Your Picture: It’s important to change the default picture to show others that you are a real person and not a spambot and definitely not that ‘egg’ which is the generic profile pic.
  • Fill in your Location – If you are a local business put the town/city, county/state and then country.   Enter your website/blog address, and your bio.  Fill in details about yourself or your company, use keywords wisely as part of your description especially for SEO.
  • Create a background and design your page, usa or which both have templates to make it easier.
  • When you send your first tweet make sure to introduce your brand or business explaining briefly what you aim to give followers through your tweets. Create a mission statement and remember no selling just yet, wait to build an audience/following.

Pavlograd UKRAINE - December 18 2014: Person holding a brand new Apple iPhone 5S with Twitter logo on the screen and twitter page on laptop. Twitter is a social media online service for microblogging and networking communication.

How to get Twitter Followers – What is your mission statement ~ Who is your ideal customer ~ Tell them why they should follow you

When using Twitter for business it’s important to ensure that you are getting followers that are relevant to your topic, so you need to balance out your activities to get those numbers versus activities aimed at just getting mass quantities of followers.  Remember the SNL skit with the Coneheads, they were an alien family that just wanted to get mass quantities of everything.

  • A hashtag, or the pound symbol (#) is a way to connect or search others with the same interests.  Type a hashtag keyword in the search bar to discover content and accounts based on your interests.  For example, on twitter if you type #Podcast,  you will be presented with tweets about Podcasts or anything anyone has ever tweeted about using the hashtag Podcast (#Podcast). And this ladies and gents is what makes it so very easy for you to find and connect with your targeted audience. 

Whether you are looking for stay at home moms, which is hashtag #SAHM, millennials #millennial or a blogger in Delaware #DelawareBlogger, putting the hashtag in front of the word or phrase when searching on Twitter will provide you with an avalanche of people to follow which can increase your audience exponentially once you start following them.

  • Participate in #FollowFriday or any other trending hashtag topics that may be relevant to you, your product or service.  Same with popular events, movies or television shows as most networks are now placing their hashtag at the bottom corners of the screen which is how I find and follow #HAHN and #TWD viewers.
  • Check the trending topics on the left side of the screen, if they are relevant to your niche, join in share, comment and retweet which may get you a number of followers that are interested in the same trending topics.
  • Twitter chats is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag ) for each tweet contributed. A host or moderator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group. Chats typically last an hour.  You can find twitter chats on websites like or where you can also host Twitter Chats and they are great if you are promoting a new product, project or event. 

There are awesome places to connect with others including celebs especially if they are promoting a new project like Oprah and Tyler Perry.  When the OWN network went live followers were chatting up a storm and yes, I have been retweeted by both Oprah and Tyler.  I think my most famous follower now is Dick Gregory


“ Twitter Chats are business networking events – minus the dress code”

Twitter is less focused on “What you are doing” like on Facebook and more about “What’s going on around you in the world”.

What Should I Publish on Twitter?

  • Always share good content that is worth sharing and retweeting, use humor too, remember to tweet more than just your product or service
  • When you share something that someone else wrote, don’t just tell people why it’s great and share the link, also include the Twitter handle of the author. This will get you right on their radar as someone who supports and appreciates their work. That’s the first step to building a relationship.
  • If someone writes about you, @mention them when you share the link. This is especially important if you have a good following that will also retweet and engage with the article.
  • Use Twitter to follow up and respond to others.
  • Join Twitter Chats to get more followers and offer insights.
  • Add photos and images to your tweets.

The key to being successful on Twitter is sharing the right information, whether it’s your own links or other content. 

“Do what you do best then link to the rest!” 

getting your news from twitter

Twitter tips:

  • Use a timesaving tool to schedule your tweets. Free and low-cost tools like Hootsuite allow you to schedule your tweets in advance so that you maintain a consistent flow of content, while saving time. 
  • Make sure you are following your customers.
  • Reward people who retweet you or offer Twitter-only specials.
  • Retweet and thank those who follow and retweet you.
  • Multitask and tweet while commuting to and from work on the bus or train. Tweet while on the bike at the gym, during commercials of your favorite shows; tweet while in the waiting room for the doctor.
  • Tweet inspirational quotes. Quotes tend to see higher engagement on Twitter because people enjoy reading them and sharing with others.
  • Communicate with your followers, answer their questions, respond to their positive/negative feedback and make sure that they can trust the information that you’re providing them.
  • Follow users who follow your followers as they are likely to share similar interests so you may consider following them as well.
  • Follow the accounts recommended by Twitter. In the #Discover section of your dashboard, Twitter recommends “Who to follow” for your account. 
  • Direct Message send a direct message to @abccompany and request for a follow back so that you can connect under the radar or take it offline to help or assist or work with influencers and potential vendors and customers
  • You don’t have to read every tweet on your timeline.
  • Put your twitter handle everywhere including, your website, Your email signature, Your email newsletter, Your business cards, Signs posted in your business, Paperwork you give customers (receipts, invoices, statements, etc.), Menus and product information sheets

  • Respond to everyone who mentions, retweets you, or favorites one of your tweets, they are seeking a connection with you. From a certain perspective, this is a truly humbling event. Someone has valued you and your profile enough that they want to connect.

  • It’s OK to tweet the same thing multiple times

Chime in: Do you have any other Twitter tips for small businesses?