Friday, February 28, 2014

Netflix Stream Team

 This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Once in a while something comes through my email inbox that has me doing fist pumps and a happy dance. A few weeks ago that something was an invitation to become part of the Netflix Stream Team!


Last April, when we sold our house we bid cable tv a not so fond adieu. The only certainty with cable was the rising prices. With both of us working some pretty non conventional hours now, we're often not home to sit and watch programs together at their regularly scheduled time. 

I'm looking forward to sitting on the couch with a lovely glass of wine and exploring what Netflix has to offer. 

Just the other day I saw Kate Mara on a talk show discussing House of Cards. Guess what? All the episodes are available on Netflix, just waiting for me to binge watch them! Breaking Bad is another series I've heard great things about and I've already watched 3 episodes.

I've already set up individual profiles for Whynot and myself so that we can each add our favorite shows and get personalized suggestions for shows we may enjoy. 

Over the next year I'll be sharing my experience with all of you right here, so be sure to check back to see what's new and exciting on Netflix.

What about you? Are you a Netflix subscriber? What are some of your favorite shows?

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Things to Know About Buying a Mailing List

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own

Back in the day before computers, during my short stint as a Realtor, I did A LOT of cold calling and bulk mail advertising to generate leads. I chose a neighborhood I wanted to concentrate on marketing myself in and pulled out the big old hard copy of the reverse directory to find addresses and phone numbers of the home owners and manually created a mailing list, with the help of my typewriter.

My oh my how computers have changed lives!

The success of marketing depends heavily on the quality of your mailing list. You definitely need a high quality, low cost, up to date, and accurate list.

Consider a company like ListGiant, with over 15 years of experience in the direct marketing industry. They offer 4 different types of lists; mailing lists, telemarketing lists, email lists and sales leads in 18 different categories. ListGiant has an a experienced staff standing by 24/7 ready to help you with your next marketing campaign.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Toopy and Binoo - Vroom Vroom Zoom

Disclosure: I received Toopy and Binoo products in exchange for a post about the show. 

Toopy and Binoo™ is an animated series that follows the adventures of Toopy, a tall, funny and friendly mouse, and his best friend Binoo, a tiny, clever and lovable white cat. Little ones and their families laugh out loud as the charming and endearing friends explore their colorful, whimsical world. Binoo, always logical and perceptive, is the perfect sidekick for Toopy and his vivid imagination and spontaneous zest for life. Talkative Toopy loves to chat about the duo’s fun adventures. Thoughtful Binoo keeps his lips zipped but gets his point across with playful gestures and actions.

The series inspires preschoolers ages 2 to 6 to expand their creativity while reinforcing positive values such as friendship, good manners, creative thinking, and humor. Funny in an age-appropriate way, Toopy and Binoo teaches children daily skills and encourages them to use their imaginations.

A phenomenal hit TV series in Canada, Toopy and Binoo is now available for the first time ever to US audiences exclusively on the Toopy and Binoo TV YouTube Channel

The Toopy and Binoo TV YouTube channel features more than 100 full, five-minute episodes, each with laughs and stories the whole family will enjoy.

Join Toopy and Binoo for a fun Twitter Party on Thursday, February 20th at 1:00PM hosted by @ResourcefulMom to learn more about the show and win wonderful prizes! Follow #ToopyandBinoo to participate.

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 Disclosure: I received Toopy and Binoo products in exchange for a post about the show. 

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sweet Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift

Valentine's Day is FRIDAY people! If you're still scratching your head about what to buy, how about a lovely bouquet of candy to let someone know just how sweet they are!

What you'll need:

Fun size candy bars (I used 24)
Bamboo skewers
Packing tape
Red Felt
Tissue paper
Tall vase

I already had some of the supplies at home and you might too. Packing tape, DUH! Plenty of that left over. Red tissue paper was also a left over from Christmas. A 90% off purchase from Hobby Lobby! The vase was one I had purchased at the dollar store for, you guessed it, $1. These are plentiful at Goodwill as well. No need to spend a fortune on vases, just sayin.

So all I needed to purchase was the candy $1.78 for 10 pieces at my favorite big box store, a sheet of red felt 33 cents, and the bamboo skewers 97 cents for 100.

Step 1:

Cut hearts out of the felt. No pattern, just free hand. I don't really cook, so my stove top serves well as a craft making surface ;)

Step 2:

Grab a skewer and shove that baby into your heart . . . umm your felt heart. In the bottom and out the top. BTW I got 9 hearts from that one piece of felt.

Step 3:

Poke one skewer into each piece of candy you're going to use. Like this.

Step 4:

Lay some tissue down and start arranging your candy and hearts in the center, diagonally, staggering them so the height varies, just like a floral arrangement. I did this in layers and used the packing tape to wrap the skewers at the bottom so they'd stay put. Once I got the desired look, I wrapped more packing tape around all the layers. Fold in the corners of the tissue to cover that mess of a tape job you just made.

Step 5:

Scrunch up a few sheets of tissue and shove them in the bottom of the vase. Take your bouquet and add it to the vase, rearrange skewers as needed and presto, you have a sweet surprise for your favorite Valentine for about $10!

I think Whynot is gonna love it and I hope he shares the Reese's with me!

Happy Valentine's Day!
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