Save $100 at Digital Media Academy Tech Summer Camps!

 

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Don’t miss out on the summer experience of a lifetime! Digital Media Academy tech summer camps are filling up faster than ever – now SAVE $100 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by May 31, 2016.

At DMA, kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 12-17) learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more!

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Choose from one week DMA Camps, or step it up with two week DMA Academies , all taught by industry experts and tech professionals.

Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

Digital Media Academy also offers STEM camps just for girls, called Made by Girls! Learn from a female role model and tech professional in an environment of creative girls just like you!

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#Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Card – Candlelight Kisses #Giveaway

 

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Candlelight Kisses by Jennifer Youngblood & Sandra Poole

Book #1 In the Almost An Angel Series

A romantic and zany new series by bestselling authors Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole

Gracie Louise Andrews had led a perfectly ordinary, humdrum life–right up until the day she died and became an angel … err … almost an angel. In order to become a real angel, she must prove herself. She’s given the assignment to help couples find lasting love–an overwhelming task, considering her own love life was a complete disaster. Begrudgingly, Gracie accepts her new role and is assigned her first couple: Alex Swanson and Dawson Allen.

Alex, a self-made business owner who has her nose constantly to the grind, regrets losing Dawson, the love of her life. Formerly the Marketing Director of Alex’s company, Dawson has moved out of state and is no longer a part of her life.

Gracie uses her newfound angel powers to orchestrate a wacky plan to bring the couple back together. Things go awry when a handsome, mysterious stranger sweeps Gracie off her feet and threatens to distract her from her mission. Will her zany antics save the day, or will she bumble the whole thing up and forgo any chance of ever becoming an angel?

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Excerpt From Candlelight Kisses

She was floating, drifting without a care in the world. It was the feeling of being caught up in a glorious dream where time and space were irrelevant. “Wow! This is incredible!” Gracie sighed contentedly, not wanting to wake up, but her eyes seemed to have a mind of their own as they popped open. She glanced around, expecting to see the familiar surroundings of her bedroom but then realized with a jolt that her favorite overstuffed chair and other comfy furnishings had been replaced with a metal chair, nondescript walls, and some sort of medical device. There was a solid red line going across the screen, and this annoying beeping kept wailing like an opera singer who’d gotten stuck on the same note. Her mind whirled in confusion as she realized that she was hovering in midair, her back pressed against the ceiling.

Then she noticed that the room was full of people, gathered around a hospital table, frantically working to revive someone—a woman. She looked down, only mildly curious about whom the person could be. She was too busy enjoying being weightless and the carefree feeling that had overtaken her. All of her problems seemed obsolete, and she felt free and unencumbered, a happy balloon sailing in the air. Something about the scene below drew her attention, and she realized that the people scurrying about were doctors and nurses. Their faces were pinched and drawn. She wondered why they were all so sad.

The doctor, a middle-aged man with graying temples shook his head. “We’ve done all we can do.” There was a note of finality in his voice as his hands fell limp to his side. A nurse nodded and began pulling a sheet over the woman’s head. It was only then that Gracie caught a glimpse of the lifeless girl on the table. A soundless scream wrenched from her throat as she recognized the face. It was her!

 

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Jennifer and Sandra—daughter and mother writing duo—have been writing together for many years and have over a dozen published novels, a collection of short stories, and a children’s book (released under the pen name of Periwinkle Blue). They feel it’s a great privilege to be able to collaborate with each other as it adds a depth and spice to their work that neither of them could get independently. For them, writing is a continual journey of discovery. They have so many ideas for books that it’s hard to focus on one at a time.
Both of them have a penchant for chocolate, seafood, and movies.
Jennifer has a B.A. in English and Social Sciences from BYU Hawaii, and Sandra has a Masters in Business Administration. Jennifer and Sandra now live in the Rocky Mountains with their families.

 

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#Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon Gift Card – Convergence #Giveaway

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THE CONVERGENCE by Tenille Berezay

What would you do if you had special gifts? Hiding remarkable physical abilities, seventeen-year-old Desiree Morgan buries herself inside the realities of high school. But when Blake Thomas infiltrates her life, all of Desiree’s secrets begin to unravel. With answers come more questions, and soon she is entangled in a world of secret societies, human experimentation, perilous power-struggles, and ultimate sacrifice. To escape, Desiree can’t be simply extraordinary…she must redefine the impossible.

THE CONVERGENCE is a story of one girl’s search to understand herself and the realization of what makes her truly great.

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Praise for Book

“If you like the action of Divergent, romance of Twilight, and super human powers like X-men, you’ll absolutely love this book.”

“I have read a lot of young adult science fiction/romance and this is right up there with the best of them.”

“I was captured from the beginning by Desiree’s story, but even more so by the handsome and charming Blake.”

 

Excerpt

Following the rescue came the terror. Terror for what I’d done, what I could do. The realization that my abilities extended beyond what I had ever, ever anticipated. I’d been pushing myself, not attempting the impossible. Emotions from that night teem inside of me; so much rage from my date, fright for the injured people, and ultimately dismay for myself. For what I am.
After fruitless searching, I thought I accepted it. Gave up on ever understanding. But I didn’t.
I stare down at my empty yet terrifyingly powerful hands. Clenching them into fists, I spin and sprint away. Again I internalize the useless emotions, the lingering doubt.
Hope. This hope I’ve been given is a dangerous thing

 

tenilleAuthor Tenille Berezay

After living throughout the western U.S., Tenille now claims rural Northern Nevada as her home. If she’s not being consumed by a book—whether her own or another author’s—she’d like to be found horseback riding, backpacking with her high-school sweetheart/husband, or photographing their three beautiful children.

 

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Potty Training Tips with Pampers Easy Ups and a Giveaway! #PampersEasyUps

 

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This post and giveaway were made possible by iConnect and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

While potty training is a wonderful milestone for toddlers and parents, it can also be very stressful! But, fear not! We have some help for you. Spring is the time many families kick-off potty training so they are ready for summer fun and then for the start of preschool. Often, potty training can seem overwhelming and when minor leaks or accidents occur, it can feel like a a disappointment. Luckily, Pampers Easy Ups help makes this journey a little easier by providing better leak protection than the leading competitor.

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We tried everything in the quest for the perfect way to potty train, but, the truth is, there is no perfect way. It’s good to tailor your program to your children and your particular style of parenting. Some tips that worked for us are reading to the kids on the potty to take their mind off focusing too hard on the task at hand as well as putting their books in a basket nearby so they want to stay longer.

We had rewards like their favorite m&m’s, gummy bears, bubbles or stickers as they progressed. Special achievements included a trip to the toy store or an ice cream sundae. We had books specifically about potty training and we limited night time liquids.



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While these all worked to some extent, I really feel that the most successful method is support and encouragement as well as minimizing failures. Make the process fun not stressful. Show your children love and they will get there when it’s time for them.

Training pants support the diaper-to-underwear transition for toddlers and their families as they have a more underwear-like look and feel while still helping to keep messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces no matter where accidents happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight.

Pampers Easy Ups work during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and moms to confidently and completely transition from diapers to underwear.

Pampers Easy Ups Potty Training Tips from L. Jana, MD DrLauraJana-037

1. Promote potty learning. Learning how to use the potty takes plenty of time and patience. It’s more than just training; it is a learning opportunity for toddlers and parents alike that should be enjoyable. After all, mastering this concept of “potty learning” with your little one is a big accomplishment and milestone.

2. Team Spirit. It is important to keep in mind that “teamwork makes the dream work,”especially in the case of potty training. You are not only your child’s biggest fan, you are also their potty training coach. Remember to stay calm in the face of potty accidents and encourage your little one to not worry and try again!

3. Be Prepared. Potty training is an unpredictable adventure that you can best prepare for by ensuring you have all practical supplies on hand. These supplies will help you through any obstacle and can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (to improve access to the toilet) or potty seat to training pants. That’s why I’m happy to partner with Pampers, whose Easy Ups training pants are designed to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with a more underwear-like look and feel that still helps contain accidental messes no matter wherever they happen: at home, on-the-go or overnight.

4. Celebrate every win. As with any learning experience, young children can learn a lot from both their potty successes and their setbacks. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with and clean up any messes, and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s efforts and successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.

5. Watch for signs of readiness. Just about all children give subtle (and some not-so-subtle) signs that they are ready for potty training. These signs of readiness typically include using their words to express themselves, toddling their own way to the bathroom, pulling down their own pants, saying they want to use the “big potty,” and being aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping, characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to go. It is also helpful and increases the likelihood of potty training interest when children start to be bothered by their messy diapers, as that can serve as a good motivation for using the potty instead!

6. Start making connections. There’s a lot that you can do to help your child be well-prepared to successfully use the potty long before he or she actually starts doing it. Making up a fun song or reading engaging children’s books about potty training, such as You and Me Against the Pee! (which I co-authored) can go a long way towards making the idea of potty training a more welcome and eagerly anticipated activity. You can take this familiarity a step further by letting your toddler accompany you into the bathroom when you need to go so that he both becomes familiar with the routine and comfortable with the idea of using the toilet, rather than being afraid of or intimidated by it!

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Join @Pampers on April 28th from 9-10pmEST as they host a Twitter Party with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! Dr. Jana will be sharing her tips to help simplify and improve the potty training experience for little ones and their parents. RSVP here!

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MiMedia Personal Cloud – Spring Clean and Organize Your Digital Life!

I’m on a Spring Cleaning kick! Getting organized and reducing the clutter really has brightened my outlook. However, it’s not just my home that needs sprucing up, but my digital life as well.

If you’re like me, you have photos, videos, music and documents in various places: on your desktop/laptop, your tablet, and your smartphone, on Facebook, Flickr, and more! I don’t like feeling scattered and I long to have everything in one spot.

Remember the olden days of photos everywhere or stuffed into albums to be organized later, albums that would get worn out, dogeared or destroyed? I’m so glad those days are over.

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For the past month, I’ve had the chance to explore MiMedia, a next-generation personal cloud that keeps all my digital memories organized and safe. I have MiMedia on my laptop, my iPad and iPhone where it’s always easy to access and add to.

Photos, videos and music slowly encroach on and take up your device’s memory, but MiMedia can quickly move them for you. MiMedia can be used on iOS and Android and can also upload from your social networks and other sources. With a simple click you can import from Facebook, Dropbox, Goggle+, Flickr, and more.

You can use automatic uploads or choose which items you want to add to MiMedia.

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For me, lately, my motto is “Simplify, whenever possible!” And, holy space, Batman! I’ve now got all the digital room I could wish for.

MiMedia has a clean user-friendly interface, fast uploading speeds and also allows you to share with family and friends privately. You can choose what they see by sending them a link to specific photos/videos. This is great when you want to share vacation photos with the kids’ grandparents or get an opinion from a colleague of what photos to use in an article.

Photos and videos can be marked as Favorites or organized into Collections. You can curate, personalize and rediscover your digital memories and you don’t have to be a tech guru. It’s simple and fun to use!

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Right now, you can get 10 GB free. Take MiMedia for a spin and store up to 2,500 photos,2,000 songs, 125 videos and 10,000 documents. If you want more, you can pay $8 per month ($85 annually) for the 500GB Basic plan which is what I have and it’s perfect for me. A 1TB Plus plan is also available for $10 per month ($100 annually).

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Getting organized and reducing clutter by not having everything scattered all over the place has helped clear my mind, making room for new ideas and inspiration! With MiMedia, I love having more space on my iPad, iPhone and laptop as they run much more efficiently.

Free your mind, organize your oft-cluttered digital life, and let your imagination fill the wide open spaces!

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Try out MiMedia, and include the code THEMOTHERHOOD to receive special promotions and information on contests, as well as exclusive access to try new features through an opt-in program.

Win:

One lucky Strange Daze Indeed reader will win a year long trial of a Basic 500GB MiMedia plan. Just enter via the Giveaway Tools below!

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#Win $50 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash – Gratitude Journals #Giveaway

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Gratitude Journals by MK McClintock

Here are some things to consider. What particular talents have you been blessed with? What special challenges have you faced and overcome? Who has impacted your life in a positive way, no matter how large or small the good deed? How did you feel when someone gave you a helping hand?

When we focus on the positive things in our lives, we are replacing negative energy with positive affirmations. To put it simply, gratitude means being grateful for everything you have and are, every single day.

This journal is a powerful instrument that provides a simple, yet effective foundation for your personal declarations of gratitude and thanksgiving. Discover your voice, your dreams, and the profound moments of your life with daily expressions of appreciation.

100% of all author royalties from the Africa Collection gratitude journals goes to the Africa Heartwood Project. Learn more about them at www.africaheartwoodproject.org.

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MK McclintockAuthor MK McClintock
MK McClintock, an award-winning author and life-long seeker and adventurer, is inspired by the good works of mankind and believes that within every person is a better version of themselves waiting to be discovered. She lives a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains.

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Save $100 on Digital Media Academy Summer Camps!

blue_logo-1Digital Media Academy tech summer camps are filling up faster than ever! Don’t miss out on the summer experience of a lifetime – SAVE $100 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by April 30, 2016.

At DMA, kids (ages 6-12) and teens (ages 12-17) learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more!

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Choose from one week DMA Camps, or step it up with two week DMA Academies , all taught by industry experts and tech professionals.

Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more.

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Digital Media Academy also offers STEM camps just for girls, called Made by Girls! Learn from a female role model and tech professional in an environment of creative girls just like you!

Hurry, save $50 with code CR8TECH16 when you register by April 30!

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See you this summer at Digital Media Academy! #CreateTheNext

Find your summer camp at DigitalMediaAcademy.org! Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org.

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Outback Steakhouse $50 Gift Card Giveaway

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Sponsor: Outback Steakhouse

Prize: $50 Outback Steakhouse Gift Card 

Dates: 4/16-4/30

Open to: US Residents 18+

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One of my favorite places to go with friends and family for a delicious meal.

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New Pampers Coupon Offers for April with #PampersSavings

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This is a sponsored post with iConnect and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

As a parent, I know you worry about things like having enough money for everything you need and how fast your children go through diapers. Pampers wants to help with two ways to save this April and put some money back in your pocket.

First of all, Pampers is offering big savings in this Sunday’s paper (April 10!)

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Get your scissors ready because there will be two high value coupon offers  to help make potty training easier and more affordable. Keep an eye out for an insert from P&G in Sunday’s paper featuring Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants and Pampers UnderJams Absorbent Night Wear.

You can use these coupons at any mass, discount or grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

Second, Pampers is offering a valuable coupon that you can print at home for $2 off 1 pack of Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants.

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How To Use This Coupon:

Just clip the Pampers Easy Ups coupon you will find at: http://www.coupons.com/brands/pampers-coupons/. You will need to open a coupons.com account if you don’t already have one. Then you can print, shop, and save!

Also, keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future!

If you use Pampers, you will know why we love them and why they are such a great choice for your children. If not, this is a great time to try them.

Why Pampers Rock

  • Pampers Easy Ups have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant (Huggies* Pull-Ups* Designs*) and helps little ones stay dry and happy.
  • Pampers Easy Ups* have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant (Huggies* Pull-Ups* Designs*)  and up to 12 hours of leakage protection.
  • Pampers UnderJams are the only night wear leakage protection that feature a NightLock ultra-absorbent core.
  • Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants are sold in sizes 2T-5T. Pampers UnderJams Absorbent Night Wear are sold in sizes S/M and L/XL.

For more information on Pampers diapers and pants, visit http://www.pampers.com and stay connected with them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube .

Because a happy baby means a happy mom!

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Gwen Stefani – This Is What The Truth Feels Like

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You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens – Rumi

Gwen Stefani is most definitely a pop icon. A singer and songwriter since childhood, she has sold close to 30 million records as the front woman for the band, No Doubt, and as a multi-platinum solo artist.

As co-founder and lead vocalist of the ska band, No Doubt, Gwen’s gifted songwriting and moving lyrics included such number one hits as “Don’t Speak”, “Just a Girl”, “Hey Baby”, and “Underneath It All”. While No Doubt was on hiatus, Gwen began a solo career in 2004 with her debut studio album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

Very successful, it was inspired by ’80’s pop and included “What You Waiting For?”,”Rich Girl”, and the number one single “Hollaback Girl” which became the first US digital download to sell over one million copies.

Gwen’s second multi-platinum solo endeavor,The Sweet Escape, was released in 2006 and featured the hit single of the same name.

Her third solo album, This is What the Truth Feels Like was recently released on March 18, 2016.

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In 2000, Rolling Stone magazine named Stefani “The Queen of Confessional Pop.” and I find that a very fitting description for this new album, her most personal work to date.

This new album combines catchy pop melodies with the emotional themes of love and loss that we can all relate to.

It is a truly gifted singer/songwriter who can weave the themes of her life into songs that entertain us while touching our hearts such as “Make Me Like You”, “Misery”, “Truth” and “Used To Love You”.

My two favorites are polar opposites, one about a breakup and the other about newfound love.
“Used To Love You” starts with a quiet sadness and a gorgeous chorus:

Suitcase, band-aids
Pulling back out the driveway
You go, I’ll stay
You can keep all the memories,

but, as it continues, like an anthem of strength and resolve, the choir and music soar as Gwen puts this relationship in the past, stressing  that she “used” to love her ex, and encouraging him to take a look at what he lost.

And, like the proverbial phoenix, rising from the ashes, she finds herself once again, her heart now broken open, open to possibility.

Just when she least expects it, as it so often happens, new love finds her and she celebrates this mysterious, somewhat scary beginning in “Make Me Like You”. It’s light, fun and exhilarating as she takes a leap of faith and love.

Gwen has said that this album is her most intimate and personal.
It’s real.
Honest.
And ultimately, joyful.

Track Listing

1. Misery
2. You’re My Favorite
3. Where Would I Be
4. Make Me Like You
5. Truth
6. Used To Love You
7. Send Me A Picture
8. Red Flag
9. Asking For It
10. Naughty
11. Me Without You
12. Rare

These  four bonus tracks on the album are available exclusively at Target:
13. Rocket Ship
14. Getting Warmer
15. Obsessed
16.Splash

Where to Order:
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The Gwen Stefani site also has limited availability of special bundles.

I participated in this sponsored album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided the album to review but all opinions are my own.