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Updating your home, DIY by The HouseholdHero _ Mandy Carter

Three years ago we decided to sell our home in Alabama along with just about everything in it and move to Florida!  It took us three years to find the city that we wanted to raise our kids in.  But I am happy to say that yesterday we bought our home in Florida! It is an older home that has been remodeled in all the major areas; it just needs a face lift in some rooms. So here is my list of DIY projects that will be posts soon- stay tuned: How to Paint a Striped Wall with multiple colors Frozen Inspired Boys Room Done it a Day Laundry Room Makeover Re-purposing Kids Closets Kids Craft Corner Butterfly Garden Transforming the Lanai Nautical Master Bedroom Which one of these DIY projects are you looking forward to reading about?

What is a hashtag and do you use it correctly?

Hashtags are used everywhere. Almost no one can avoid them.  As a marketer you cannot ignore them.  In fact it’s important to understand what a hashtag is and how to use it strategically. What is a (#)hashtag? Hashtags are clickable links in online posts. When a hashtag is clicked or searched, a feed of all the posts related to that particular hashtag will show up from different users. To make a hashtag, type the number symbol (#) infront of a word or phrase, leaving no spaces.  For example, #globalVCard and #Fintech are hashtags. Why should a marketer use hashtags regularly? If you are not using Social Media as part of your Marketing strategy then you need to start now!  If you are then hopefully you are using hashtags strategically. Hashtags connect your content with people talking about or looking for something on the same topic. They are used on all major social media platforms like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to increase visibility of a post. So no matter what platform works best for your business, hashtags could help you expand your contents reach, increase your brand and campaign awareness, target your audience, improve SEO and help with social monitoring.  Who would not want to … Continue reading

Giving back to the community one sandwich at a time

  Community Giving I enjoy volunteering for local organizations.  It brings a unique sense of purpose to my talents. Not everyone understand the impact that one person can make in the lives of those who are in need. Everyone community has a need that far exceeds the abilities of a single person.  But when corporations make a commitment to giving the impact can be tremendous. Small and large companies across the country take pride in strengthening their communities.  Wal-Mart, GE, Wells Fargo, and Verizon are just a few companies that are making a big difference through corporate giving initiatives.  I am fortunate to be part of a company that values the importance of giving back to the community. Peanut Butter Jelly Time Every other month the employees at the CSI globalVCard headquarters take time out of their day to pack lunch bags for the homeless in Fort Myers, Fl. A different team takes the responsibility each time to purchase all the supplies and food needed to pack 150 lunches to be handed out by ‘Come as you are Ministries’ the next day at a local park.  The bags include a bottle of water, chips, apple and a peanut butter and … Continue reading

5 tips for improving your LinkedIn profile today

tips for a better LinkedIn profile

  5 things you should do today to improve your LinkedIn profile: I must admit that until recently, LinkedIn was a social media platform that I only used for a job search.  I ignored LinkedIn until I was looking for job opportunities.  This is a mistake that I am sure many people make.  The obvious problem with my former approach was that I didn’t spend time building up my connections which would be able to assist me in my job search.  But the greatest mistake I made was treating my profile as a resume. My opinion of LinkedIn has matured over the past year as I learned the value an individual as well as a brand can gain from using this massive social network as it is intended.  I am not going to go into a the benefits that are wrapped into LinkedIn.  Instead I want to focus on how you can consider updating a few simple things on your profile to maximize the potential it provides.  I took screenshots from my LinkedIn profile as examples. 1.  Add a professional head shot to your LinkedIn profile.  The ultimate LinkedIn no-no is having no kind of photo representing yourself.  The second … Continue reading

Change happens. This blog is changing too!

I am sure many of you can relate; putting a certain part of your life on hold to bring precious humans into the world. A large percentage of women choice to walk away from a career path that they so eagerly worked hard to build.  Making a choice like this is never as simple as one assumes or makes it look.   And then when the mommy decides that she wants to go back to where she left off it is an equally hard decision that is followed by doubt and often discouragement.  It can make you wonder if you will ever get back on that road of focus that you voluntarily steered off of. I have been back focused on building my career for about 6 months now.  I have two beautiful, healthy children that get to see me grow as much as I get to see them grow!  I wasrecently presented with an opportunity to develop a new role within the company I joined last Fall.  I am responsible for developing and implementing a social media strategy from the ground up.  This is an exciting time for me in my career. As much as I love making my … Continue reading

10 tips For Stay-At-Home Moms Who Want to Go Back to Work

You already opted in on the most important job in the world I made the decision last Fall to focus on my career again.  With a toddler and a 6 month old at home, this was not a decision that came easy.  So many opinions out there about moms and their choices.  All the one-sided media discussions either talk about moms opting out of careers if they decided to stay home or talk about the choice to work somehow meant that they were giving up time with their children.  These ignorant discussions made it hard to focus on how I really felt.  (you can read more about my transition from staying at home to working in this post) To all the moms reading this, I think it is important for you all to remember that no matter how you choose to spend your days you already opted in on the most important job in the world- being a mommy.  And don’t let anyone make you regret your decision whether you stay at home full-time, part time or work full time.  Every mom knows that being a mommy is a 24 hour a day job regardless of you are.  We all … Continue reading

From stay at home mom to working mom

I took a break from the blog world for a few months.  But. now. I . am. BACK! Over the past few months I have made a few big transitions in my life.  My family moved to South Florida! (Moving with a toddler and an infant is not as simple as that sentence made it sound).  And then I made the big decision to start focusing on my career again.  As a mother of two, this was a hard decision because part of me felt like I was choosing work over my kids.  But after lots of thought and talks with my husband and mom I decided that the decision was also FOR my kids.  I have always taken pride in being a good example of health and fitness for my kids.  So why did I see hard work and determination as a negative and not another great example to show?  I think it is something many moms feel at first when they go back to their career.  It took time for me to realize that it would have some hard moments but in the end it would benefit my children.  But it did require me to take a look … Continue reading

Best All-Inclusive Family Friendly Resorts in Mexico

We enjoy cruises as our family vacation but my husband was curious how an all inclusive resort in Mexico would be with kids. Price wise it is very comparable for the overall resort/food package.  However, since we live in Florida we save alot of money by avoiding the cost of plane tickets.  That was a huge factor in considering if trying a resort next year for our family vacation would be worth it.  Before I announce what we decided, I want to share my research with you. After lots of review reading on Tripadvisor and Yelp, photo searching throughout the internet, and price comparing here are what I found to be the best All Inclusive Family Friendly Resort in Mexico. 6.  Hard Rock Cancun website 4.  Beach Palace  website   kids club is for ages 4-12 4.  Omni Cancun Hotel and Villas   website  kids club is for 5 -12 3. The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa  website  kids program for 4 and up with parents night our programs 2. Great Parnassus  website  Kids club, miniature gold and a waterpark onsite! My #1 Choice for the best All Inclusive Family Friendly Resort in Mexico is Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and … Continue reading

Animals Tracker is the perfect monthly subscription for preschoolers

Box Subscriptions are the new trend This monthly box subscription is one of my favorites because it truly is perfect for preschoolers.  January is a good time to re-evaluate your subscription services and this is a great subscription to start off the new year. My son is three years old and already looks forward to checking the mailbox each afternoon.  He hopes he gets a piece of mail.  But when he gets a box subscription his eyes light up!  When the Animals Tracker arrived he had no idea what to expect, but after an hour of activities with the box he is hooked and wants another one! Animals Trackers is educational and fun The Animals Tracker box came with activities, crafts, toys, and coloring sheets. Connect with Animal Trackers Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  | Pinterest

I found a sweetner made from fruit!

sugar substitutes made from fruit from The Household Hero

Made from Fruit.  Tastes like Sugar.  Zero Calories. I was recently introduced to a new sugar substitute; Monk Fruit In The Raw is a great, zero-calorie alternative to sugar that allows you to enjoy all of your favorite sweet treats.  I have used other In the Raw products, so I was not surprised that I loved the taste of bake goods made using the Monk Fruit sweetner.  Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bags made for easy baking since it measures cup for cup like sugar (some sugar substitutes do not)!  Since the main sweetening ingredient in Monk Fruit In The Raw is simply monk fruit, moms can feel better about using this sugar substitute in all the family treats.   Monk Fruit In The Raw does not contain added table sugar, sugar alcohols (erythritol), or molasses and is naturally vegan, kosher and gluten-free.  So if you are looking for a new sugar substitute or a way to lower calories this holiday season, I highly recommend picking up Monk Fruit In the Raw.  Check out the link below for some coupons. A family of sweetners since 1956 When In The Raw founder, Marvin Eisenstadt, joined his dad’s Brooklyn sugar-packing business … Continue reading