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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PinkMama's Place has MOVED to Wordpress!

I finally did it!!!  

It was an easy transfer and I have the other blog all set up. 


Please go to http://pinkmamasplace.com and follow me there!!!  

There will be no posts on this site! 

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Blog Workshop 2013 Online Conference ROCKED

I was so impressed with The Blog Workshop's Team!  The Speakers were right on it, they had so much info they shared with us.  I learned a lot and will be going through my 30+ notebook notes for the next couple days.


Check Out The Blog Workshops Blog to read more about the conference.


The Agenda and Speakers WERE AMAZING!  Thank you for all your hard work.   DaVinci (THE HOST) really made the conference. She made everyone feel comfortable and part of the community.  The workshop platform was easy to follow and also got to network with other attendees.  We now have a community and that is awesome.

It's hard for me to get away and attend a conference so this worked out perfectly for me.  I was able to attend this conference for being part of the The Blog Workshop Sverve Campaign.  I know I will be attending more conferences through The Blog Workshop because they did such a great job.

What Was Covered:


Blogging: Back To Basics:Da Vinci, Laura Summers, Deborah Anderson, Dan Morris
From Blogger To Bloggerpreneur:Da Vinci, Lindsay Lee, Kelly Whalen, Jeneba Ghatt

Preparing Yourself For Advertising & Pitching To Brands/Advertisers/Sponsors:Ryan Schram, Robert Mooney, Holly Hamann, Da Vinci
Knowing How To Handle Media Requests & Build Relationships With Media: Deborah Anderson, Da Vinci, DeeDee Cocheta

Advertising vs. Affiliate Marketing:Paige Wilcox, Da Vinci, Dan Morris
Other Ways To Monetize Your Blogging Efforts:Rohit Vashisht, Crystal Duncan, Jennifer Beaupre, Da Vinci,

Sponsors/Speakers Sites: Thank YOU!

Please check out the above links- you will find a whole lot of information on these sites. 

There is so much I want to share but I still have to go through all my notes.  However, the highlights for me where Branding, Tax/Lego/FCC, SEO- Oh yes!, Video Blogging- so doing this soon, and AD's on my site.  I know I need to DECLUTTER my blog.  I actually want to redo my whole blog now.  I also need to make a MEDIA KIT too.  With all the info that was given to us I'm going to be busy implementing for weeks!  Please look for more posts about what I learned at this conference in the next couple weeks.

If you are interested in joining The Blog Workshop Community~ http://theblogworkshop.com/membership-options/  There is a forum, groups, and so much more that will help any blogger.  Please join and connect with me~http://theblogworkshop.com/members/pam/


You have to check out The Blog Workshop University:  


Thank you The Blog Workshop for such an incredible information packed online conference that I didn't have to leave my family to attend.

Rollie EggMaster Giveaway- Ends 6/4

Wow, very interesting product and after watching the video- I want one! The kids would eat more eggs I bet this way and all the other items you can make with it! Watch the video, read Beauty Brite's review, and then ENTER TO WIN ONE below.

Welcome to the Rollie EggMaster Giveaway!

Organized by Charisma Media Hosted by Beauty Brite

Have you heard of the Rollie EggMaster? What to know what Beauty Brite thinks of the Rollie EggMaster, check out her review!


 

 With the Rollie EggMaster, you can discover a whole new way to prepare eggs and a variety of tasty snacks in minutes. It offers a unique pantented design and function that gives you the perfect Rollie every time. The Rollie offers efficient, energy-saving, high cooking performance.


 Some benefits include:
• Visual fun - various recipes rise out of the cooking chamber when ready
• New, healthy way for cooking your favorite snacks and meals
• Cool touch housing with non-slip silicone grip
• Unique non-stick coating
• Power and ready indicator lights
The Rollie EggMaster includes: scratch free, padded brush for easy cleaning, a packer for burger roll preparation, wooden skewers, and a 25+ recipe book.

 

 This giveaway starts 5/20 at 12 am and ends 6/4 at 12 am. Open to US Only! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter!


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 Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. PinkMama's Place  is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Please contact stephanie@charismamedianetwork.com with questions or to see your business or blog featured on the next big event!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

4 Week Blogging Course For Free- Offer Ends 5/31

Thank you Blogelina for sharing this info with PinkMama's Place Readers~ Affiliate Post

Sign Up For The Free 4-Week Online Blogging Class! Heads Up: This offer ends May 31st!

Blogelina is once again offering her very popular 4-week blogging class — for FREE! This online class will be held in June 2013.

If you sign up for this free class, here’s what you’ll get: A class manual – packed with 60 pages of information that will help take the overwhelming out of starting your own blog 4 weekly online class sessions where you can ask your questions and get personalized feedback A FREE year of web hosting. Blueprints, step-by-step tutorials, networking with other bloggers - Everything you need to grow your blog.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Client Organization- Starting Up My VA Business

I've been working pretty hard getting a routine down and getting my Virtual Assistant Business up and running.  So I thought I would share some tips/tricks with my readers.

But to be honest getting started is hard and I feel like I'm going in a 100 Different Directions.
When this happens I get frustrated then the stress kicks in and BAM I'm frazzled.  I need to MASTER the stress and not let it rule my life.  Easier said than done but it needs to happen.  I need to find a BALANCE not a BALANCING ACT.  

First thing first~ ORGANIZATION!  

Right!  I'm not the kind of person who can ride on the seat of her pants and just do it.  I need a plan and purpose.  Now my mom is PLANNER- I look at her and all her to do lists but she gets sh*t done so it must work.  
  • Write that To Do List every morning or at night.  Either way works.  I have a list for each client and myself.  I Prioritize my lists,  I put numbers (1-3) by each task example~ 1- Very Important 2- Soon 3- Coming Up.
  • Notebook for each client (including myself)- I write down all info I need for the client here (passwords, logins, and other account info) then I write down a schedule- my day to day tasks.  If I have meeting with them I write down the notes in notebook.  I make sure I go through this notebook every week to make sure I'm on task and don't forgetting anything.  Everything is one place.  
  • My Inbox-  I read my emails every morning and organize it.  I found this was a big problem for me so I deleted about 5000 emails a couple months so I can move forward because having that many emails were stressing me out big time.  I STAR certain emails I want to go back to during the day.  I also set up TASKS I need to do for some emails that require action.  For my clients I have a FOLDER that every correspondence goes in there so it's all in one place (like the notebook)  You don't want to be looking for an email a client sent you 2 months ago- it is in the client folder.  I don't like it going directly to folder (you can do that) but in my inbox so I can put down in my notebook plus take action- don't leave in INBOX.  At the end of the day your inbox should be clean and ready to start back up in the morning.  
  • Calendar- A MUST!!!  I use Google Gmail so this is very easy for me!  I color coordinate every client and other tasks. But I also use a paper calendar for my blog posts/scheduling.  
Okay so that's enough for now.  If you have great ideas/tips to keep your clients organized please leave a comment- I'm always wanting new ways that might make this process easier : )


I Love Getting My Sverve On: For Bloggers

What is SVERVE- it's where Bloggers and Brands Connect. Unleashes your Social Verve! 

At first I was a bit confused but the more I looked at it and got involved I'm loving Sverve.  This platform reminds me of Pinterest but for Bloggers.  You can add blog posts and then others can SHARE and LIKE your tip.



Also this is wonderful place that bloggers and brands can connect with each other.  Brands add CAMPAIGNS and Bloggers apply for the campaigns.  I have done some awesome campaigns that have paid $25-50, received a Workshop Conference for free plus been able to sign up for Affiliate opportunities that have been paying well.

What I like is the NETWORKING with other bloggers.  You can endorse others and vise versa- I love to see when someone endorses me.  Also helps you get more points and the more points you get the better chance the brands will connect with you.

What are you waiting for...Sign Up NOW! 


  • Click HERE to sign up
  • Add 5 Areas of Influence
  • Add Your Own Tips
  • Share Other Bloggers Tips
  • Endorse Other Bloggers
  • Ask to be Endorsed
  • Apply for Campaigns


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Overcoming My Blogging Comfort Zone

I've been stepping out of my comfort zone this past month by reaching out to other bloggers and networking.  My numbers have grown through out all my social media sites.  So it's true you still have to communicate even if its online.  NETWORKING works!

It's hard to be vulnerable and put yourself out there.  I've been applying for blog job offers.  I'm not thinking I don't have enough experience and then not apply.  I'm going for it!   At this point I'm not upset if I don't get any of the positions I'm just happy I put myself out there and applied.

Connecting with others is important to grow any business even a blog.  Reach out by commenting on other blogs, retweeting, liking posts on Facebook, sharing pins on Pinterest and overall just getting involved.  You can't expect your blog to grow if all you do is post.

I joined Facebook groups that are in my niches (moms, reviews, and giveaways) and it has been a blessing.  I've met some awesome bloggers that I'm learning from every day.

Watch out Blogging World~ here comes PinkMama!  2013 is going to be my year I come out of this Blogging shell!







My Son is a Lover NOT a Fighter

That is what he told me yesterday!  Ummm he is 11!  No loving going on dude!

He went to the middle school he will be attending next year to shadow a student there.  There was a incident in 1st period that he felt got way out of hand for no reason but his friend felt he needed to protect him.  I guess some girl flicked Ronnell's shirt because she thought he was talking about her but he wasn't- they were discussing their friend that has same name (sam).  His friend got so upset and starting arguing with other students and then the teacher.  My son appreciated what his friend did but also felt it wasn't necessary.  Created a big mess.

He came home and did tell me about the incident.  He wasn't too concern about it but told me he is a LOVER not a FIGHTER.  Of course I laughed but I knew he meant this was not going be something he gets involved with when he goes to school.  He feels when you give people who are picking on you attention then they win.  If you ignore then they leave you alone because it shows you don't care.  He wishes more kids would be more inclined to not let the the little things bother them and let go of their pride.  He is one smart kid!

I'm hoping we made the right decision but we live in a very urban city and the schools here are rough no matter where you go!  Oh Middle school here we come!

How can you not like this face?


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Blog Workshop: Pre- Conference Social Party 5/16


I am so there- might be COFFEE though, lol! I'm super excited to attend this Blog Workshop.  I know I am going to learn a lot and can't wait to use all that info to GROW my blog.  

If you are attending the The Blog Workshop please let me know so we can connect! 

Check out The Blog Workshop~ http://theblogworkshop.com/

Wordless Wednesday~ My Mother's Day 2013


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Clearance Deals- Target, Macy's, Kohl's, DSW, and Walmart

I love CLEARANCE DEALS and Befrugal.com is one of the best sites I use to get the DEALS!


BeFrugal.com Cash Back

Use these coupons and deal links from BeFrugal to save big during clearance sales:

·         Target clearance: up to 65% off select clearance items, expires soon. Plus get 4% cash back.
·         Macy’s clearance: up to 75% off clearance and closeouts, expires soon. Plus get 3% cash back.
·         Kohl's clearance: 60-80% off during the Gold Star Clearance Event, expires soon. Plus get 4% cash back.
·         DSW clearance: save up to 50% off, expires soon.
·         Walmart clearance: save by shopping clearance items, expires soon. Plus get up to 4% cash back.

Cash back rates can change from day to day. These rates were valid 5/13. Join now for free and earn cash back when you shop!


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Most Deserving Mother Contest~ Win a Year of Free Groovebooks!



FACEBOOK ENTRY:
  • Post on the GROOVEBOOK Facebook Wall to nominate the #1 Mom
  • Tag the person you're nominating and tell us why they deserve the prize
  • You and the #1 Mom could win a yer of Groovebook FREE
TWITTER ENTRY:
  • Write a tweet to nominate the #1 Mom to tell us why they deserve the prize
  • Tag the person you're nominating and tag @groovebookapp
  • You and the #1 Mom could win a yer of Groovebook FREE


Wow- I know who I might nominate!  How about you- who will you nominate leave me a comment and let me know too! 




Little about GROOVE BOOK: 
You get to pick what pictures you upload each month.  I did make a duplicate of a couple pictures but guess what I can tear them out and give them away because all the pictures are printed on glossy photo paper and perforated for easy removal. That means you can share, frame, decorate, scrapbook and more.  How cool is that- very cool in my book! 

Download APP HERE
Enter PINKMAMASGROOVE coupon code to get your FIRST BOOK FREE YES FREE!!!

You will need to enter your credit card because it is a monthly service. However, you are under no obligation to continue past the first album if you don’t want it. For $2.99 a month it's great way to  get pictures developed CHEAP but the QUALITY is not lost. 


Need a little help~ they have a great YouTube video to walk you through the steps

The Blog WorkShop 2013: 15% OFF COUPON CODE

Last Day to Register is May 10th- REGISTER today and get 15% OFF- and can be used with the payment plan also :)  USE CODE: TBWLM15OFF

I am SUPER EXCITED for this ONLINE CONFERENCE!  This will be my first conference and it works for me because it's online and I don't have to worry about childcare or who is going to cover me at work!  Plus all the Topics Rock and I know I'm going to learn a lot!  

Sign up today (May 10th last day) ~ go HERE to see more info and register! 

Topics that are on the agenda:
Also there are some awesome speakers that I can't wait to hear from- check out who will be talking at the conference:



So who is with me~ Sign up TODAY!!!  Click HERE to register!  










Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week Deals~ Befrugal.com


·         Personalization Mall coupon code: 10% off any order, expires 5/30. Plus get 17% cash back.
·         Bath and Body Works coupon code: 20% off any order, expires 5/12. Plus get 4% cash back.
·         Restaurant.com deal: $25 restaurant gift certificates for $10, expires soon. Plus get 15% cash back.
·         1-800-FLOWERS coupon code: 15% off flowers and gifts, expires 6/30. Plus get 11% cash back.

Cash back rates can change from day to day. These rates were valid 5/7. Join now for free and earn cash back when you shop!



Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Stress Levels Are HIGH In Our House

Oh My Gosh- can Friday please come like RIGHT NOW!  My hubby has been gone over 2 weeks but will be returning this Friday.  The kids are done- they are having meltdowns right and left.  I'm trying to keep it together for them but I notice that I'm turning to unhealthy foods and a lot of it!  Eating junk food is my stress reliever- not good Pam!!!


Yesterday, lil mama (9 yrs old) wouldn't even get out of bed to go to school.  She laid in my bed until noon- she cried on and off all morning.  She loves going to school so I knew she wasn't faking it to just stay at home- she was sad.  After she talked to her Grandparents and her Daddy she got in a better mood- thank goodness or else we all would have been in trouble.

Today, lil man (11 yrs old) picked fights with his sister and me- not cool dude! He was so disrespectful in his words and actions, I had to call his daddy to get him to calm down.  He felt so bad for his meltdown but we are all dealing with this last week so emotionally so we hugged it out but he also knows that this won't be tolerated.

We are all dealing with the stress of Dad being gone in our own ways but we all know we are also here for each other.

Our family unit is tight, we spend a lot of time together and we enjoy each other.  So having Dad gone for 3 weeks has put us in a whirlwind and we don't know quite how to handle these emotions.  However, we all need to look at the BIG PICTURE- Dad being gone is not to hurt us but to make our situation better. With this new position and raise we no longer will need to worry if our rent will be paid on time.  We are not going to be rich but we can breathe.

I'm also taking strides to make our family unit stronger and thriving by starting my own Virtual Assistant website.  I've been doing a lot of training and I know what direction I need to go to make this happen.  We are super excited about our future- let's just hope we can get through these next couple days, HEHEHE!

May Referral Contest~ Cree and Scooter Parent Ambassador Program


This month we are giving away a $25 Gift Certificate (your choice) to the Parent Ambassador who referrals the most parents to the program. Please join and start getting others to sign up- we are trying to grow this community to get the word out about CREE AND SCOOTER!  No one is in the lead yet and I'm not included so it's real fair! 


My Review HERE

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Sign Up!

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After parents join Cree and Scooter’s FanCorps online community they can complete tasks that are sent out by Cree and Scooter.

  • Post a picture holding your Cree and Scooter book
  • Like Cree and Scooter on Facebook
  • Follow Cree and Scooter on Twitter
  • Blog About Book/Parent Ambassador Program
  • Social media involvement- retweeting, uploading pictures, sharing posts, etc…
  • Purchasing the book or merchandise
  • Referring people to Cree and Scooter website

  • Cree and Scooter will reward their Parent Ambassador advocates for their efforts and influence. Aside from gaining exclusive access to the community they will earn virtual currency for completing promotional tasks. Credits earned can be redeemed for a variety of rewards, prizes, and content.  

    • Attend official Cree and  Scooter events
    • Getting a Cree and Scooter Book
    • Cree and Scooter merchandise
    • Popular brand merchandise
    • Money gift cards
    • Restaurant gift cards
    • Tickets to concert
    • Spa gift cards
    • Amusement & Attraction passes
    • Family Vacations
    • And lots more

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Galileo Summer Quest 5th-8th Grade Camps- Coupon Code

    Do you live in the Bay Area and are looking for something for your 5th-8th grader to do this summer besides playing video games all day- you need to check out Galileo Summer Quest Program!

    INCUBATOR FOR EMERGING VISIONARIES

    When kids get to around 5th grade, something happens. Suddenly, they’re ready to pick a passion and go deep exploring it. That’s where Galileo goes deep, too.
    Galileo Summer Quest gives burgeoning visionaries the opportunity to take the next step. They continue to leverage our Stanford-innovation process, but in place of weekly themes we introduce weekly majors.

    Inspired by expert instructors – many of them professionals in their fields – campers realize their personal vision in one or more of 14 majors. Each week is an opportunity to try something new, or go deeper in a major they already love.

    Use COUPON CODE: 2013INNOVATE -- $25 off (limit one per camper, Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest) Expires: May 31, 2013.

    Check out Galileo Camp HERE for more info and sign up now before all classes are full! 


    Customize your summer. Combine the week long majors that inspire your kids the most.

    Each week of summer camp is a deep dive during which campers explore and express their own personal vision as part of a community of innovators.  Returning campers can explore something new or dive back into a major they love. Armed with a week’s worth of experience, campers return to familiar majors ready learn more sophisticated concepts and try more ambitious projects.

    Whether the major is new or familiar, the opportunities for innovation are endless. 

    ARTS ACADEMY MAJOR
    • Digital Photography
    • Digital Filmmaking
    • Comic Book Workshop
    • Painter's Studio
    • Fashion Design

    HIGH TECHNOLOGY MAJOR
    • Intro to Video Game Design
    • Video Game Design Advanced
    • Website Design
    • Lego Robotics

    CULINARY ARTS MAJOR
    • Chefology: Simply Savory
    • Chefology: Decadent Desserts

    BUILDERS AND MAKERS MAJOR
    • Go-Kart Builders
    • Go-Karts Extreme
    • Inventor's Workshop"



  • "Galileo has 14 Summer Quest locations in the Bay Area. So it’s more likely than ever that there’s one convenient to you.

    Peninsula Camps
    • Hillsborough: Crystal Springs Uplands School
    • Los Altos: Santa Rita Elementary School
    • Palo Alto: Palo Alto High School
    • San Carlos: Arundel Elementary School
    • Woodside: Woodside School

    East Bay Camps
    • Fremont: Gomes Elementary School
    • Lafayette: Stanley Middle School
    • Oakland: Holy Names High School

    South Bay Camps
    • San Jose Almaden: Los Alamitos Elementary School
    • San Jose Evergreen: James F. Smith Elementary
    • Saratoga: Sacred Heart School
    • Sunnyvale: Resurrection Catholic School

    San Francisco ands Marin Camps
    • San Francisco: Brandeis Hillel Day School
    • Tiburon: Bel Aire School"

    Classes are filling up quickly so sign up here today! 


  • Friday, May 3, 2013

    Save $10 On Harlem Globetrotters Summer Skills Clinic

    Harlem Globetrotter Summer Skills Clinics, the ONLY clinics coached by stars of The Harlem Globetrotters, are coming to the San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco areas the week of June 17, June 24, and July 8.  The 2 hour clinics are every day June 17-22, June 24-29, and July 8-13 with your choice of 3 convenient times and locations for your child to play ball with a Globetrotter star! 


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    Everyone loves The Globetrotters, the stars who always put smiles on kids’ faces. At Globetrotter Summer Skills Clinics, our stars coach kids in limited size groups and bring laughs, encouragement and high fives for everyone! Globetrotters direct, motivate, inspire AND entertain, keeping it inclusive and fun for ALL boys and girls, aged 6-12, of ALL skill and experience levels. Each session is $59 and includes a free ticket voucher to see the Globetrotters live in 2014!  But you can save $10 with promo code USFAMILY! Code is valid through 5/31.


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    Thursday, May 2, 2013

    CardNanny.com: Monthly Budget Manager- 14 Day Free Trial Coupon Code


    With my husband starting a new position, we will have more financial responsibilities coming up in the future (new car, college savings, and retirement) so we will need some help creating a budget.  I came across an online Monthly Budget Manager that fits what we need and it's only $5.95 a month- easy and affordable!


    CardNanny (love the name too) Features:
    • Budget Management:  Keep track of budget by entering your monthly income and bills.  Then you will see exactly how much you're spending each month on particular items.  You can 100% customize your categories.
    • Text/Email Reminders: I would love to get a reminder when the cable bill or the cell phone needs to be paid.  By the way 35% of your FICO score is payment history so setting up these reminders will help you not be late. 
    • Tracks Reward Points: I know I've missed out or totally forgot about some of my credit card rewards so this is wonderful feature. 
    • Manage Goals/To Do Lists//Notes: I need something to keep me on track with my money goals and to have everything on one site is awesome. I loose those to do notes!
    • Store Receipts/Warranties:  Upload receipts so you don't miss those warranty periods.  I always seem to forget about those. 
    • Card Management:  Keep track of spending on what card and their balances. 
    • Credit Card Application Status: Helpful information when applying for new cards
    • Provides Reliable Help/Support: Knowing you have the support of the site that is tracking your money and info is a must! 

    I know several people who would love CardNanny because it would help them be more organized with finances, save time because everything is in one place, and that means more time doing FUN stuff!

    PinkMama's Place Readers get a 14 Day FREE TRIAL by using this coupon code: TryForFree

    Give it a try and let me know how YOU like it!

    Want more info or take a tour please visit CardNanny HERE.

    Also you can LIKE on Facebook and FOLLOW on Twitter.


    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Wordless Wednesday~ Braided Mohawk


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