Sunday, June 30, 2013

Save 40 Percent off Kids Clothes Sale Items





Michigan moms!  From time to time I post deals for the busy business mom. Whether it is for yourself, your kids, or your entire family, I will do my best to share what I find or hear with you.  As a busy business mom myself, I always have my eyes and ears out for deals. With that said, here you go!

Fabulous sale alert! Starting today, June 30th through Sunday, July 7th, Tea Collection is offering an additional 40% off sale items with promo code SAVE40. Stock up on comfortable and durable clothes for the new school year or the next family vacation. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of this amazing sale from Tea Collection! Happy Shopping!

Some of the adorable deals available during the sale!

Tea Collection Venda Stripe Twirl Top


Tea Collection Bo-Kaap Twist Strap Dress


 Tea Collection Bay of Plenty Tee

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Interview with Martha McCully: How to Reinvent your Lunch


This past week, I had the awesome opportunity of interviewing former InStyle Magazine Editor and Lifestyle Expert; Martha McCully.  Martha knows what it's like to have a hectic schedule.  She believes finding a balance has a large impact on how people feel and has created some tips to help Americans recognize the importance of taking time to savor the flavors of life.  Martha has found that smaller commitments,like dedicating time for a lunch, is a great first step.

These are the questions that were asked during my phone interview with Martha McCully: 
  • How do we keep lunch from getting boring?
  • What are some options that go beyond soup or a microwave meal?
  • What is your go-to lunch option?
  • Why is taking a real lunch break so important?
  • What tips do you have so that we can take a real lunch break to savor the flavors of life?
Feel free to watch and listen to our interview below with the answers to the above questions!  It was a pleasure doing the interview and learning fun and healthy food options for my family.  I hope Martha's tips benefit you as a busy mom as well.

Martha McCully is a consultant, writer, on-air personality and lifestyle expert focused on helping others achieve a more balanced and happy lifestyle through little improvements throughout the day. Her passion for health and nutrition guides her to educate consumers on how to create a fulfilled and optimal lifestyle. She has been featured in Allure, InStyle and NBC New York and is a regular healthy lifestyle contributor for The Huffington Post.
This interview segment is courtesy of Sargento.




Metro Detroit Giveaway! Mancuso's Florist Birthday Package



I would like to introduce our first Michigan mom business in the "Metro Detroit Giveaway" series; Mancuso's Florist.  They are a business based in St. Clair Shores.

Mancuso's Florist is the place to be for all your party planning needs.  Here is what this Metro Detroit business offers:
  • Birthday Flowers
  • Birthday Gift Ideas
  • Special Occasions: Fourth of July, Anniversary, Get Well Ideas, Sympathy, New Baby, and Birthday.
  • Variety of flowers
  • Green Plants and Flowering Plants
  • Gifts ranging from Fruit Baskets to Spa Gift Baskets
  • Prices ranging from under $50 to over $100
  • Weddings
Mancuso's Florist donated an awesome prize package for one of our Metro Detroit readers.  Here is what is included in the giveaway:

(1) Children's Birthday Party Package (Girl/Boy or Neutral) Customized to Age Includes:
  • (8) Themed Floral Centerpieces
  • (2) Sets of Various Balloons
  • (12) Flower Favors,
  • (25) Themed Invitations 
  • (10) Surprise Gift Cards redeemable at Mancuso's Florist
Estimated Value of $350
Awesome, right? Thanks to Mancuso's Florist to donating this awesome package for the Metro Detroit giveaway.

Please read all of the terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter Giveaway widget before entering the giveaway.
Happy Entering!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Become a Stella & Dot Stylist




Are you a Michigan mom searching for work-from-home opportunities?  There is an awesome business opportunity from Stella & Dot that I would like to share with you.

Now is the perfect time to launch your own business and join Stella & Dot's growing team of Stylists! Stella & Dot creates flexible, work from home business opportunities for entrepreneurial women. Create the success you deserve. And for a limited time, Stylists who sign up between now and June 30th will receive an extra $100 in product credit for a fabulous start to launching their own business!

How does the Stella & Dot business opportunity work? "As a Stylist, you will get to share accessories and offer personal styling experience at Trunk Shows, online, or on-the-go!"
  • How much you get paid is how much you put into your business
  • Earn free accessories
  • Tools and Training to help your business grow
To find out more information visit www.stelladot.com/stylist. Get started today!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Craftsy Fine Art




Craftsy Fine Art
If you are a mom with a craft business, most likely you have heard of Craftsy and all of the amazing classes and events they have to offer.  Just recently, Craftsy added a new category to the mix. Fine Art!  If you always dreamed of taking your art skills up a notch to enhance your craft business, keep reading.  
They offer:
 "World-Class art instructors who teach you professional techniques to elevate your art, regardless of your skill level or preferred media.  From landscape drawing to portraiture, watercolors to acrylics, these classes allow you to learn on your own time, at your convenience from talented instructors." 
Check out the new art classes and from Craftsy:
The online classes cost $59.99 each!

Don't these sound great?  I am no artist, but I do enjoy watercolors.  I think it would be fun to try the Acrylic Landscape Painting.

What class would you choose?

Wordpress Affiliate Program for Business Moms






Are you an fan of Wordpress (WP Engine) for your business and would like to take it up a notch? Sign up for the WP Engine affiliate program and receive a minimum of $150 per referral! How awesome is that?

They offer a great platform with awesome payouts and even special bonus commissions!  What an awesome incentive.  It's definitely a great way to start earning commissions on your website through an awesome affiliate program such as this.  I mean, as a business mom, obviously I am on board this awesome opportunity and I thought I would share it with all of you.

Another awesome incentive of joining this program is that you can even refer other affiliates on your website, social networks, word of mouth, etc., and get paid for their activity as well.

When I first started on the work from home bandwagon trying to figure out ways to earn money from home, I was introduced to affiliate programs, but really had little knowledge about how to execute them properly.  Now that I am made aware, I found out you just make it fun and share ideas with your readers or customers as long as it relates to your blog or website niche.  Being consistent is key!

Have you ever utilized an affiliate program for your business?  Which ones did you find were the best and would you refer others?  Feel free to post in the comment box below!




25 Percent Off Sale at Tea Collection





Michigan business moms, huge savings alert! I'm so excited to share with you that beginning 6/23, Tea Collection (children's clothing) is offering an additional 25% off sale items with promo code 25SAVE. Now's your chance to stock up on comfortable and stylish clothes from Tea! Hurry, don't miss your chance to take advantage of this great sale from Tea Collection because this sale ends on 6/29! The clothes are absolutely adorable. Happy Shopping! 

Sincerely Nuts Jalapeno Pistachios Review



Are you a fan of pistachios?  Sincerely Nuts has some eye catching variations. I recently got to sample Pistachio Jalapeno.  Absolutely delicious!
 
My first concern was if they were going to be extremely spicy due to the Jalapeno pepper sauce laced throughout.  Not bad at all, but this is definitely an opinion as I do like spicy foods with medium intensity. Just a hint of spice really made it enjoyable.  Hubby had to fight me for them as he is a fan of anything extremely spicy, haha!
 
How are they prepared?  Assorted pistachio nuts grown on California farms, spices, sea salt, pepper sauce, and egg white. 
 
 
 
Nuts are an excellent source of protein.  Pistachios also contain Vitamin A and C along with Iron and Calcium.  The Dietary Fiber is up to 12 percent in 1 oz.  Always store pistachios in a dry and cool place to keep them fresh for healthy eating.
 
How much does a bag of Sincerely Nuts Jalapeno Pistachios cost?
  • 1 Pound Bag: $9.99
  • 5 Pound Bag: $47.45
  • 25 Pound Case: $179.99
Sincerely Nuts generally ship within 24 hours of making the order.  They are guarantee fresh!
 
I really enjoyed these pistachios and most likely will buy them again in the future.  I highly recommend them to anyone who loves nuts with an added bite to it such as the Jalapenos.
 
They also sell:
  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Snacks
  • Dried Fruit
and more.  Visit Sincerely Nuts to view all of the yummy snacks available!
 
If you would like for me to review a product here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, please contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for details.
 
 
 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer Styles for Busy Business Moms


Need to update your summer wardrobe? Shop Amazon - Get the Latest Women's Clothing for Summer!



 
There are dresses for any occasion whether it's for business, weddings, etc.  I know that I have a summer full of fun events, yet my dress wardrobe is getting sort of, well.....stale!  As a mom it's easy to let that happen.  I love the dress shop on Amazon.   What kind of summer styles are available?
  • Maxi
  • Printed
  • Fit and Flare
  • Lace
  • Special Occasion
  • Night Out and Cocktail
  • Casual
  • Wear to Work
  • Timeless
  • Contemporary
  • Relaxed
  • Juniors
I love the Maxi style dresses.  They are easy to wear and can hide so much depending on the style, haha!  They are so comfortable yet they can be considered business casual, dressy, etc.  I'm looking at a few of the styles right now trying to make a decision for my cousin's wedding this August!  Hmmm, what to choose......
 
Worried about sizes since you can't try it on?  They just come in either:
  • Extra small
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large
Or in standard number sizes:
  • 2
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 10
  • 14
Prices do vary.  They offer free shipping if you are an Amazon Primer Member!  They offer free returns on all clothing, though restrictions do apply.
 
What is your favorite summer dress style?  Whether you are gearing up for an upcoming business event, trip, etc., there are definitely fun options to choose from!



Paris Easy Pass Tours



Have you ever dreamed of going to Paris, France?  I have always been curious and thought it would be awesome to visit the Eiffel Tower one day.  I am not one for International traveling as I am a major home body, but it's always been in the back of my mind.

Paris Easy Pass Tours is currently having an awesome contest where you can enter to win a trip for two!  Sounds exciting, doesn't it?  Or you can simply just start planning, saving, and booking your tour now.

They offer a variety of skip the line tours:
  • Louvre
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Versailles
  • Orsay
and more!  You can even schedule private tours.  They offer private family tours and corporate and group tours.  Wouldn't this be so much fun to plan a family or group tour?  The more the merrier, right?  Definitely makes a trip more exciting.

Paris Easy Pass Tours offer a 5-Star tour experience.  You can read about their "Unique History" here.

David Mebane is the founder and CEO of Paris Easy Pass Tours.  To learn more about him and his visions for these opportunities, click here to read a letter by David.

Curious about the tours available?  Click here to view all of the beautiful tours.

Ready to enter the contest for a trip for 2 to Paris, France?  Click contest link to get started.

Follow Easy Pass Tours on Facebook
Follow Easy Pass Tours on Twitter
 

And the Winner of the Twiztt Fry Pan by Joan Lunden Giveaway is..........

 
 
Stephanie Ann Hunter
 
 
Congratulations, Stephanie!  Stephanie will be receiving the 8 inch Twiztt Fry Pan by Joan Lunden.  Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway.  There were 580 entries.  Stay tuned for future giveaways. 
 
If you would like to have a giveaway here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, please contact me at lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for more details.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Hawthorne No Fear Books Review

 
Are you a fan of Shakespeare, Chaucer, or Hawthorne, but sometimes would like a simple translation of the classics?  I was just recently introduced to a set of No Fear books by Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Hawthorne (the plays and tales) side-by-side in Plain English!  This isn't normally the type of book review I would do here on the blog.  I usually do resources such as this on my homeschooling blog, but the concept intrigues me and may be of interest to you as well, especially if you have a teen.

 
 
Here are the books I received for this review:
  • No Fear Shakespeare-A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • No Fear Shakespeare-Twelfth Night
  • No Fear Shakespeare- Macbeth
  • No Fear Hawthorn- The Scarlet Letter
  • No Fear Chaucer-The Canterbury Tales
You can still read the tales and plays in "all their brilliance" yet be able to understand the meaning.  The books give you original tales and plays on the left-hand side of the page, but a side-by-side easy to understand translation. The No Fear books also contain a list of characters with descriptions and helpful commentary.
 
I definitely would recommend these English Literature classics to anyone who needs help in understanding the meaning behind the tales and plays.  Great for highschoolers!  I wish these were around when I was studying them, it would have made a lot more sense to me, haha!  I remember my senior year in high school playing Lady Macbeth in our classroom play.  I was pretty proud as I memorized all of the lines, yet didn't really understand what it all meant....haha! English Lit memories, ahhh! lol  I am excited to utilize these with my girls when the time comes.
 
How much do the No Fear books cost?
  • No Fear Shakespeare-Scarlet Letter: Valued at $7.95
  • No Fear Chaucer-The Canterbury Tales: Valued at $9.95
  • No Fear Shakespeare-A Midsummer Night's Dream: Valued at $5.95
  • No Fear Shakespeare-Twelfth Night: Valued at $5.95
  • No Fear Shakespeare-Macbeth: Valued at $9.95
You may be able to purchase the No Fear books for slightly cheaper than stated value.  You will also be able to see a list of other tales and classics such as; Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and more!
 



Have questions about book reviews?  Contact me at:
 Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for details.



And the Winner of the Piano Lessons Giveaway by Positive Accents is.......

 
Myllysia O.
 
 
Congratulations, Myllysia!  Myllysia has won free piano lessons by Positive Accents of Shelby Township for 1 month.  ($60 value).  Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway!  Stay tuned for future giveaways, etc.
 
If you would like for me to review a product and conduct a giveaway here on Michigan Home Mommy Works, please contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com for more details.



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Free Cake Decorating Recipes




Online Cake Decorating Class

Do you just love decorating cakes?  Whether it's for your business or simply as a hobby, Craftsy is offering our readers free cake decorating recipes for you to utilize.

If you have never heard of Craftsy, it is an awesome site that offers online classes in:
  • Cake Decorating
  • Crocheting
  • Food and Cooking
  • Knitting
  • Paper Crafts
  • Jewelry
and much more.  The fees per class are very affordable.  You can sometimes luck out and find mini classes for free as well!  Who loves freebies?

When you sign up for free decorating tips at Craftsy, you will receive tips like:
  • Recipes for Fondant
  • Modeling Chocolate
  • Buttercream
and more!  Sounds fun and exciting doesn't it?  Maybe you are not a cake expert, but love playing around with different recipes and decorating ideas.  This is a great way to expand on your knowledge and impress your family and friends. 

Have a cake business and want to brush up on some of your cake decorating skills?  These decorating tips would be a great way to help you maintain a successful cake decorating business.

I may not be a cake decorating expert like Custom Cakes by Kimi, but I love learning bits and pieces to make my cakes or cupcakes look inviting, at least for my kids, haha!

Have any unique cake decorating tips you would like to share with us?  Feel free to comment below.  I would love to read your ideas.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Clutter Rescue:Just Minutes a Day to Get Organized-Forever/Book Review



 
 
Okay Michigan moms, who here has a clutter free home and loving it?  I think I may have heard a few LOL's, chuckles, and giggles.  Is there such a think as a clutter-free home when you have kids?  Well, I know in my home this is not the case and sometimes it takes days for me to tackle just one area alone.  If you have a system in place that helps keep clutter under control, those of us who are struggling in that area (ME) would love to hear from you.
 
I was recently given the opportunity to review a book by Good Housekeeping titled; Clutter Rescue! Just Minutes a Day to Get Organized-Forever.  If you have just 15 minutes a day, this book will help you find a place for everything and put everything in its place.  I definitely jumped on board this particular book as I have been trying different methods and systems, and no....they aren't working.  They might for a few weeks, but then it's back to the annoying old clutter.
 
There is an abundance of great tips and ideas in Clutter Rescue.  Here is what the book entails:
  • Chapter 1: Kitchens and Pantries
  • Chapter 2: Bedrooms and Kids' Rooms
  • Chapter 3: Bathrooms
  • Chapter 4: Family and Living Rooms
  • Chapter 5: Dining Rooms
  • Chapter 6: Basements and Attics
  • Chapter 7: Garages and Sheds
  • Chapter 8: Foyers, Mudrooms, and Entryways
  • Chapter 9: Home Offices and Work Spaces
  • Chapter 10: Laundry Rooms
My areas of struggles are the kids rooms, basement, dining room, and work spaces.  We do bins etc., with the kids' rooms, but there might need to be a little bit more.  I was thinking of printing out pictures, laminating them,  then Velcro them onto bins, tubs, shelves, so they can see where they belong.
 
The dining room table is a free for all sometimes.  Everybody just drops papers, etc. until it's out of control.  It's also our homeschooling area so as you can imagine it gets pretty hairy.  I have shelves, bins, file folders, etc., but again, I get so busy that sometimes I can't keep up with my own system.  So frustrating. 
 
I am hoping to really implement some or if not all of the tips inside of Clutter Rescue by Good Housekeeping.  I haven't really had a chance to start, but now that summer vacation is in full swing, I can plan out days to target specific areas.  We plan on moving in the future, so this would be a good start on everything as well.
 
You can currently purchase Clutter Rescue for prices between $3.38-$11.96, depending on if you purchase it used or new.
 



 
Have a book you would like reviewed?  Contact me at Lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks .com for more details!
 



Metro Detroit Mommy 5,000 Fan Celebration and Birthday Bash






First I would like to thank the bloggers who are helping to promote this awesome giveaway: 

Mom Among Chaos
http://momamongchaos.blogspot.com


A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker Adventures
http://www.slowcookeradventures.com


Mind on Movies

http://www.mindonmovies.com/
MichiGal

http://michigalmom.com/

Yes/No Films
http://www.yesnofilms.com


Daily Leisure

http://www.dailyleisure.com


Baby Bear

http://www.babybearhugs.com

3 Months Free Mom Sponsor on online Magazine

for Michigan Mommy business owners

Michigan Home Mommy Works


And here are the wonderful prizes: 




$50 cash prize from
Metro Detroit Mommy


Life on Paper Photography by Bri Mason

http://www.lifeonpaperphoto.com/

http://www.facebook.com/LifeOnPaperPhoto

On-Location Family Photography Session
(two adults with kids)
within 25 miles of Canton.
($175)Brithday Bash/5K Fan Prize:


4 headbands from 

Lilly Bee's Shop


http://www.mythirtyone.com/dmanjo/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/592003664161269/

A 31 Keep-It-Caddy and $5.00 gift card ($27.00)


Robin Slawnyk Photography

http://www.robinslawnyk.com/

http://www.facebook.com/robinslawnykphoto

Free Mini Session ($100)

MDM Bowtique

(2) $20 Gift Certificates


$25 Gift Certificate to

James & Olive


Momcat's Signing Academy

http://www.momcats-signing-academy.com/

http://www.facebook.com/momcats.signing.academy

Baby Signing Time Vol. 1 Bundle ($39.95)


Twinkle Fairy Bowtique

4 hair bows and a hanging bow holder ($27)


Sugar Baby Boutique 

Mommy & Me Apron Set $29


Sew Mary Beth

http://sewmarybeth.com/

$25 Gift Certificate


B Posh Events

http://bposheventplanning.com/

Dora Character for 25 minutes


Over the Rainbow Children Clothing & Accessories

$30 gift certificate
Photography by Life on Paper


Baby Boot Camp Farmington Hills

4 class session (Value $45)

http://www.babybootcamp.com/mi-farmingtonhills.aspx


Sadie's Room

Hair Bow Board and a pair of Hair Flowers

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sadiesroom


Kindermusik at Evola Music of Canton

Kindermusik Gift Basket


Tiny Town Play Lounge

1 month Play Pass

http://www.tinytownplaylounge.com/


Playaway

$25 gift certificate

http://playawayonline.com/


Aries Music

http://www.ariesmusicstudio.com/

http://facebook.com/ariesmusicstudio

3 Kidermusik gift baskets
(Free class, instrument, music download card, more!)
($25 each)


AirTime Trampoline & Game Park

$25 gift certificate

http://www.airtimetrampoline.com/


Alison Elle Edible Art

Elle Edible Art is a cottage food business in Lake Orion, MI.
One dozen custom decorated sugar cookies up to $35 value.
Redeem by ordering through Alison Elle Edible Art
(
https://www.facebook.com/AlisonElleEdibleArt).
Please allow minimum 2 week notice.
Available for pick-up or local delivery only.
Offer good through December 2013.


An in home organic tan

Bask - Mobile Organic Spray Tans


Boogie Babies

One day play pass (4 winners)





Chelsie Maurer Photography

One free photo session (Expires Sept 30, 2013)


Dolly Madelynn's

BEAUTIFUL 18 Inch Wedding Gown,
Veil and Bouquette Doll Outfit that will fit American Girl
and similar 18 inch dolls (30.00 Retail)


Cindy's Cookies

http://cindyscookies.storenvy.com/

2 sets of 2 dozen lactation cookies, local orders only ($30)


Slick Sugar

http://www.slicksugar.com/

Belly Banter Stickers (3 winners)

Photo by: Brooke King Photography


Kindermusik of Clinton Township and Macomb Township

Kindermusik Storybook, CD, tambourine, and a free class.


Perfect Nanny Match

3 Hours Free Babysitting **

http://PerfectNannyMatch.com/

After the first 3 hours of babysitting, family must agree to pay babysitter $12/hr. Family may not use this babysitter again, without going through Perfect Nanny Match's procedures.


One hand-stamped, personalized necklace - winner's choice up to $40 value

Little Painted Polka Dots


Jennifer McArthur Photography LLC

2 gift certificates for $50 each off a regular priced session

http://www.jennifermcarthurphotography.com/


It Works, Wrap it up Amie 

It Works!

http://amiekelp.myitworks.com/

FREE wrap ($30)


Little Lady

www.shoplittlelady.com

http://www.shoplittlelady.com/

Flamingo Tutu Dress & Leggings Set
and matching Headband ($49)


Cousins Clothing

Belly Banter Promo Donor


Restyle Child

$20 gift certificate and one bottle of Piggy Paint

http://www.restylechild.com/




pArt of Life Photography

http://www.partoflifephotography.com/

mini session, with 8x10 and 4x5 accordion album ($175)


It Works! Independent Distruibutor

Tracy Got Wraps (It Works!)

https://tracygotwraps.myitworks.com/Home

One Ultimate Body Applicator (Body Wrap) ($35)


Wildtree Cooking with Tammy

http://www.mywildtree.com/tammyw/

$25 in Wildtree Goodies


1 Yoga class and 2 drop in play passes

Nature's Playhouse


Music with Ms. Carissa Knoles

http://www.mscarissarocks.com/

Free Pass to a class of your choice (three winners) $10 value each

Locations all over the Metro Detroit Area
A Slow Cooker Cook Book from:

A Busy Mom's Slow Cooker Adventures




http://akissmeansiloveyou.com/

two signed copies of "A Kiss Means I Love You" ($32)


Please Read These RULES

  • many of the prizes are for local winners, so therefore I will be emailing the winners asking for their top prize choices.  You do not need to be local to Metro Detroit to win.
  • winners will be emailed in batches asking for their top prize picks.  You will have 48 hours to respond to the email or your prize will be forfeited.  
  • winners can and probably will win more than one prize.
  • YOU MUST complete ALL of the mandatory entries to be entered.  If you only do some you are not qualified to win any prizes. The Giveaway Tools app won't even select you as a winner!  
  • If you have one invalid entry, you risk losing all of your entries.  They will be verified to the best of my ability, so be honest!  
  • Yes, there are over 40 mandatory entries, each participant has donated time, money or a prize to be a part of this giveaway.  Please show support by liking each of the pages.  If you don't want to like all the pages, don't enter!  
  • have fun and good luck!

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