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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Smead Erasable File Folders and Office Supplies #Review #ShopletReviews

 

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*Stylish Southern Mama received the below mentioned item in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and completely honest.

Smead has developed the most genius organizing system I think I’ve ever witnessed. Erasable file folders? Count me in! I have to have folders to keep my thoughts organized about what I need to do, what’s already been done, posts, books, kids homework, and all that. These are reusable so not only are they eco-friendly but it saves a ton of time and money.

 Smead Erasable Supertab File Folders

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Smead Erasable SuperTab File Folders are amazing. They have a special erasable surface that makes them reusable. I can write directly on the tab with a permanent marker, and edit or erase as needed. The marker can easily be erased with any standard white eraser.

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Being able to erase permanent marker is amazing. It’s very eco-friendly. Instead of tossing old files when you’re done, you can just edit them. I love the fact that it doesn’t leave behind any messy smudges, so it looks brand new. Less file folders tossed in the garbage, and more money for other things! Win-win!

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It’s also different from other folders because there is more writing room. For someone who writes larger naturally, it was a relief. I was tired of writing very small and not being able to see it. I could never just glance over and see what I needed, I had to search. Now I can easily see what I’ve written because I can get away with writing bigger.

The folders are great quality and very sturdy. They aren’t flimsy and can take a lot of scuffing. They aren’t going to tear up easily, so they last longer! 24 come in each pack, so it’s definitely a better bargain!

 

Smead Erasable FasTab Hanging File Folders

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Smead Erasable FasTab Hanging Folders are just like the regular erasable file folders, but these hang inside file boxes or filing cabinets. For me, it’s easier to organize certain stuff in different file boxes. I got some decorated ones (one small, one big, and a magazine holder) for cheap and keep organized like that.

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If I don’t keep everything sorted, I easily become disorganized. Papers, papers, and more papers everywhere. My office seems to get swallowed by papers every once in a while, which is why I bought the file boxes.

You can write straight on the tab and then edit it later. Totally reusable, which I love. I love the bright colors, makes the folders stand out 10x more. Add a little spice to YOUR office supplies, they are amazing.

The quality of the folders are strong and well designed. They are strong and durable, they aren’t cheaply made. You’ll be using them for a VERY long time. They also come with a bigger writing space than other hanging file folders. Being able to edit or erase something completely on a file folder just makes me happy!

No more plastic inserts. I don’t even think I ever even wrote on them most of the time. I’d have to spend a ton of time flipping through each folder to see what it contained. I could never get the paper back into the plastic insert right (or write small enough for that tiny piece of paper). This is a work at home dream! Organizing at it’s best.

 

Smead Organized Up Heavyweight Vertical Folders

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Smead Organized Up Heavyweight Vertical File Folder lets you file and organize your documents in an upright position. The best way to stay organized is to organize your files the way they are printed and read. No more crumpled or lost papers.

These files are absolutely amazing. Built with a super durable, heavyweight that is also water-resistant. These are perfect for taking back and forth to school or work in your backpack or laptop case. You don’t have to worry about your paper slipping out every chance it gets. The fold to these folders are on the bottom, so paper can’t escape at all.

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I love the colors available. I love color and adding it into my office any chance I can get. These vertical folders come in pink, orange, and green (my fav☼). Filing papers and not worrying they are going to fall out is a major plus!

The folders feel more like cardstock than a regular folder, so that’s also a huge plus in my book. The thick, sturdy material of these folders make them so much more durable and last much longer than a traditional folder.

There are tabs present on both sides of the file folders. Whether you want to file them sideways or vertical, you can easily store them that way. No more lost presentations!!

 

Smead Step Index Organizer

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Smead Step Index Organizer has an innovative tiered tab with clear view, so you can see everything at a glance. It is made with high quality, durable embossed poly material that keep it moisture and tear resistant.

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It comes with pre-printed labels as well as blank ones. I needed something to organize my blog by monthly dates, so I know what to write during those months. For instance, Coffee Day is at the end of September. Fall fashion posts and anything pumpkin related can start in late September, early October.

Helps keep me on schedule, and I love the silver color of it. I’ve had plenty of these organizers (not by smead) and they ended up cracking over the year I needed to use it. This one is very durable and can withstand holding 600 pages at a time. I love that.

Shoplet offers a large assortment of office supply products for businesses while keeping the environment in mind.

 

How would these keep you organized?

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-Jessica

 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book Review: Jump Start HTML5; O’Reilly Media

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Jump Start HTML5 is a short book that provides a practical introduction to HTML5. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the predominant language of web pages. Originally developed as a way to describe and share scientific papers, HTML is now used to mark up all sorts of documents and create visual interfaces for browser-based software.

With HTML5, however, HTML has become as much an of API for developing browser-based software as it is a markup language. In this book, we'll talk about the history of HTML and HTML5 and explore its new features.

It covers:

  • HTML5 basics
  • Multimedia
  • Canvas and SVG
  • HTML5 applications
  • HTML5 APIs

HTML5 is required knowledge for every professional web designer and developer. This book will quickly get you up to speed with the fundamentals of HTML5 and give you the confidence to start experimenting on your own.

 

My Review

I have been designing my own blog graphics, backgrounds, and buttons for a long time now. I taught myself with HTML books and reading websites based on website design. It’s not hard if you have the right books to teach you what you’re supposed to be learning. O’Reilly Media produces many of the books that have helped me along the way.

This book is no different. HTML changes up so fast, just like the internet that it’s best to stay on top of stuff. Something you design today could not be relevant in the next month. HTML is always updating, but the basics almost always stay the same.

If you want to learn how to design websites, graphics, or anything that will be places on the internet, you’ll need to learn HTML design. It’s the basic of all website design. I started out with Head First HTML from O’Reilly Media (GREAT read by the way). Same as this book, it is a great place to start for those wanting to learn HTML5 without all the complications.

 

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=Jessica

Fashion Project- Shop for A Cause! #FashionProject

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Do you love to shop online? Always looking for amazing deals? What if I told you that there is a website where you could do both AND donate to charity while doing it? Fashion Project is an absolute inspiration to me. They sell designer clothes just like you’d find at high price stores; Prada, J.Crew, Tory Burch, Coach.. but deeply discounted and 55% of each sale goes to charity.

No matter what you’re looking for, they have it. Boots, handbags, dresses, jewelry, suits, and so much more. There really isn’t anything on the website I wouldn’t consider buying. They have a keen eye on beautifully designed items that people WILL want to wear. I’m not even THAT into dresses but there were several I wanted to scoop up, and did I mention they were under $20. An absolute STEAL!
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This dress is made by American Rag and just calls my attention. I am loving the vibrant colors of the leopard print, and the wrap around ribbon middle. ONLY $19 and it would look amazing with some black stilettos, or even some gladiator sandals. Perfect for date night, a night out with your girlfriends, or even a dinner date with your husbands bosses. Toss a shawl on, and out you go.

What I love most about Fashion Project is that it tells you what cause you’re supporting with each buy right under the item for sell. Buying this dress would contribute money to the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, which I firmly stand behind all the way.

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These 7 for all Mankind jeans are only $25 and supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Inc. I love light washed jeans, I always have. They are usually darker with a light washed out look on the knee up. I am also loving that they are bell-bottom flares. I’ll never really get used to skinny jeans (except with my boots). Love the jeans though and the cause!

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I love the high quality purses and wallets from Coach. They make so many varieties of sizes and colors that it’s hard not to want them ALL. This purse is ONLY $65 and donates $24.75 of the purchase to She’s the First. “She's the First sponsors girls’ education in the developing world with the goal of creating first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders.”

At Fashion Project, their goal is to raise as much money as possible for charity by creating a community where their members can shop for a cause they care about. They also accept gently used clothing so that charities get the money they need. Their members are heroes - every sweater, handbag, or designer shoe donated, starts a movement that impacts the lives of others around the world.

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They have some very cute fall items out right now. Stock up your closet! This website would also be perfect shopping for all those women on your holiday list!! Get to shopping.

What’s your favorite item or charity that they sponsor?

Disclosure-Sponsored Post.. All opinions are honest and my own..



-Jessica

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Giveaway: $150 amazon Gc @Lakota

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Rooted in traditional medicine and made with natural ingredients. It works to relieve your joint, muscle, back, or arthritis pain. Lakota is a great alternative to conventional drugs.

Lakota is a blend of herbal medicine: white willow bark, yucca root and devil’s claw, boswellia and others; combined with modern, natural ingredients such as glucosamine and collagen type II.

Lakota was founded in 2000 by two farmers from British Columbia. By 2005 Lakota was the top selling topical pain reliever in Canada. In 2010 we added an online store.

Try Lakota and share your own story about pain relief (lakotaherbs.com/facebook).

When it comes to pain relief, Get Medicine That Works! Try Lakota to relieve your pain. Thanks to Lakota for sponsoring this $150 Amazon GC Giveaway!

Amazingly Soothing Lakota $150.00 Amazon GC Sweepstakes

 

Good Luck,

Jessica

Giveaway: Frozen Soundtrack (2 winners)

        Frozen - The Songs Soundtrack Giveaway

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Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. See the full track list here.

Prize: Frozen - The Songs Soundtrack CD

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Giveaway: StyleWriter4

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If you do much writing for work, personal business or as a career, you know how important it is to make sure your written word is fluent, grammatically correct and flows well. Even if you have great ideas, sometimes it can be difficult to come up with the right words, but mostly even the best writers need a little help with proofreading from time to time.

 StyleWriter 4 is the perfect addition to your office to help you become the best author you can possibly be! Whether you have years of experience, or you are sitting down for the first time, you can become a better writer instantly with StyleWriter 4. With this great Free Trial Offer, you can start using the world's most powerful editing software immediately! If you aren't sure about whether this is for you or not, check out the great video: Introducing StyleWriter 4!

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Not only will you learn more about the program, but you'll be sure to be convinced about what a great tool it is for you! StyleWriter 4 Is Great For: Back To School Students in High School & College. Great for editing research papers, term papers and creating brilliant essays with easy. Students who download the free trial will also receive the acclaimed guide: “How To Write An A-Grade Essay”! Not only will they have the tool to use, they will have instructions applicable to their school needs. Content Creators & Freelancers.

Not only will you have an extra edge on the competition, you'll find this software helps you focus on your projects more. Being able to make your ideas come to life on paper is so much easier when you are using this amazing software. Job Applicants. Anyone who is currently looking for a new job an benefit from this great software.

Not only would it be wonderful to adjust your current resume, but it will also give you an edge up on those careers where the written word is important for securing your job. You are already use to spell checker showing you basic errors in your writing. Now you can use StyleWriter4 as an intuitive copy-editing software.

It will show you how to edit, redraft, change and overhaul your writing into a style that is competitive with top writers and journalists in your field. Not sure if this is a program that is quality enough for you to invest in? StyleWriter 4 is currently being used by many organizations you will recognize and respect. Current StyleWriter's users include: University and high school students

  • City of Los Angeles (2,000-user licenses)
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Start your journey toward becoming a better, more professional writer with a Free Trial Download of StyleWriter 4! Once you see how wonderful this program is, you can easily upgrade to the edition that works best for your needs!
  • Starter Edition: Popular with students and others on a budget. StyleWriter Starter takes what you have written and show you how to edit it into a plain English document – clear, concise and flowing.
  • Standard Edition: StyleWriter Standards has all the features to improve your writing, including a powerful style checker with advanced editing techniques, style writing graphs and customization.
  • Professional Edition: StyleWriter Pro adds a powerful Editor's List to the Standard Edition. This is the most popular choice for our users, especially academics, lawyers, accountants, engineers, technical writers and journalists.
No matter what your need is when it comes to proofreading, writing and excelling in the written word, StyleWriter 4 is the program you want to add to your computer today. Not only will you know you'll be giving your clients, teachers or simply yourself the best you can, you can do so with pride and know the words were totally yours. Get your Free Trial of StyleWriter 4 today to begin making the most of the writing talent you already posses.

Seven winners will each receive a StyleWriter 4 Starter Edition.

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Giveaway: $250 Winners CHoice Gift Card

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Blog Tip: Figure Out a Link for a Scheduled Post on Blogger

 

In the blogging world, being able to schedule posts is a god send. It allows you to have the freedom of writing whenever and wherever you want. Say you know that you’re going on a vacation in 2 weeks, you could schedule posts for that entire week. They would post while you were away on vacation and your readers will still be happily reading what you write. There won’t be a gap of no posting.

Or say that you have a fixed schedule for writing. You write on your schedule that you have 2-3 hours every couple of days dedicated to just blogging. You could write out all your posts in those couple of hours and still have free days. Genius, right?

Well, what if you have signed up with a company that need their review or giveaway URL? What do you do then? There is a way to figure out a link for a scheduled post, so no worries. You could write it AND give them the pre-determined URL so you are on track for EVERYTHING.

This is also handy if you post other bloggers giveaways. You can go ahead and schedule it even if the giveaway doesn’t start until a week from the time you posted. I tend to forget if I don’t send the link ASAP.

SO- now onto HOW to find out what your link will be.

Step 1.

Go to your blogs homepage URL. Scroll down a bit and click on a post that you recently posted.

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AS you can see the last thing I posted was a review of the Sol Republic Deck Speaker. SO if I click on it, I get the URL of that review.

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If you look closely you can see that the title of my blog post “Sol Republic Deck Bluetooth Speaker” matches the URL. http://sewcraftable.blogspot.com/2014/09/sol-republic-deck-bluetooth-speaker.html That tells you what you need to know.

You’ll need to look at the patterns. For instance, The Blog Post

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becomes the URL>> http://sewraftable.blogspot.com/2014/09/office-organization-with-post-it-review.html

the common denominator will always be your homepage (mine http://sewcraftable.blogspot.com) plus the /year/month that the post is made. The date is always separated by slashes /.

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THEN you’ll start with the first word. See how my URL is highlighted in yellow? Followed by the year/date in red? THEN the blog post title separated by hyphens in blue?

If your post starts with “A” or “The” you will not add those in. It automatically adds the first REAL word, skips A and the every time. For instance, If I was to write a post called “The Sample Post” my URL would be http://sewcraftable.blogspot.com/2014/09/sample-post.html

Get my drift? It isn’t that hard if you’re willing to shoot a little guessing at times. It isn’t that hard once you get the hang of everything!

Did this help you? I’d love for you to share it.

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Until next time,

Jessica

Saturday, September 20, 2014

SoftSoap Brand Sea Kissed Exfoliating Body Wash #Review #Softsoap

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Dreaming of a well-deserved trip to the seaside for the end of the summer? While you plan, you can transform your shower into your very own seaside paradise with the NEW Softsoap brand Sea Kissed exfoliating body wash. The uniquely designed gentle scrub body washes combine mild exfoliation action with rich, creamy lather, and a delightful fragrance that reminds you of the deep blue waters of paradise.

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This year has flown by, September is already almost over. Bringing with it the beautiful colors of Fall and of course cooler weather right along with it. I like the Fall, but I LOVE Summer. I hate being cold and having to wear sweatshirts and hoodies all the time. I want sunshine and warm weather.

At least I can dream about a tropical vacation in my mind while I’m taking a shower. The Soft Soap Sea Kissed Body wash smells absolutely amazing with it’s Blue Lotus Flower fragrance. The floral scent isn’t over the top overwhelming or too strong. Just very light and airy, which I love. Smells like a walk beside the ocean on a path lined with blue lotus. Sea breeze and flowers, heavenly.

The soap is very creamy and rich. It has an amazing lather and doesn’t require a whole lot to do it’s job. The best thing is the tiny moisturizing exfoliation beads that are in the body wash. They gently exfoliate away any dirt and dead skin cells without drying out my skin. All the natural oils remain, with the added nourishment from the body wash. My skin feels so smooth and silky.

It leaves my skin feeling extra clean and leaves behind a nice clean scent. I am in love, I tell you. There aren’t many body washes that exfoliate without stripping the skin and making it dry. I don’t even HAVE to use a lotion or body butter when I use this, that’s how moisturizing it is. Genius AND under $5- you can’t beat that.

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-Jessica