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Citrus Magic Prize Pack Giveaway – Includes $50 in Free Products

Citrus Magic Prize Pack Giveaway – Includes $50 in Free Products

Friends don’t let friends have stinky spaces! Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners, Sprays and Candles will rid your space of any unpleasant odors and leave behind a pleasant scent. It’s like magic! See what I did there? Haha!

The Solid Air Fresheners absorb odors in 350 sq ft areas making them ideal for the car or your RV, laundry rooms, pet areas, closets, bathrooms and even your home office. The sprays are non-aerosol cans and filled with essential citrus oils and fragrance extracts that smell so good. My favorite is the lemon raspberry! The candles are a soy blend that burns for hours leaving a wonderful smell throughout your space as well!

I highly recommend ALL the Citrus Magic products, and it’s not just because I’m a brand ambassador for them. The products actually smell as good as they promise to, and the way they get rid of odors makes me a happy Ashley indeed!

Now, how about that GIVEAWAY? TWO lucky readers will win a prize pack filled with amazing Citrus Magic products valued at more than $50 each. I’m already jealous of whoever wins!

Here’s how to enter to win the Citrus Magic Prize Pack:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. Open to U.S. residents 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (selected by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. This blog is not responsible for product shipment, delivery, or fulfillment. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media sites.

This disclosure is made in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address, and/or Facebook account. Anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

 

Must Haves for Your Dorm Room

So, all the little children are back to school, and now it’s time for the big kids to go back. Yep, I’m talking college students. With that in mind, below are a few must haves for your dorm room.

1. Bedding – mattress covers, bed sheets, blanket or duvet, duvet cover, pillows, and pillow cases. It’s also a good idea to have more than one set on hand.

2. Clothing – because well, streaking is illegal in the United States.

3. Toiletries and person hygiene products – you know the usual suspects like toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, soap, etc…

4. Towels and washcloths.

5. Kitchen appliances – although microwaves and mini fridges are still acceptable in most dorm rooms, confirm what appliances are allowed and which or prohibited.

6. Things to eat with/on/whatever – utensils, plates, cups, bowls, Tupperware, you get the idea….

7. Computer – nuff said

8. Notepad, pens and pencils.

9. Snacks

10. Medication

11. Art – get the 411 on how you’re allowed to hang it before just plowing holes into the walls.

12. Photos of the family/boyfriend/girlfriend/ pets

13. USB cables and backup batteries for electronics

14. Some cleaning supplies like laundry detergent

15. An alarm clock with backup batteries for the inevitable power outage that might make you miss that midterm!

16. Backpack for carrying books

17. Extension cables – trust me, you’re welcome!

18. Surge protector – you never know especially if you live in Florida like me. A power outage could fry your stuffs!

19. Air freshener sprays for those awful times your roommate stinks up the joint. I recommend the Citrus Magic non-aerosol sprays. While you’re at it…grab some Citrus Magic Solid Air Fresheners too – you know, for the odor absorption of those weird meals you and/or your roommate insist are healthy but smell awful.

20. A willingness to learn and make friends

Did I miss anything? If so, leave a comment below and tell me about it!

Have a product, restaurant or place you want me to review? 
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Announcing My Brand Ambassadorship with Citrus Magic

Hi bloggy friends! Today, I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m the newest brand ambassador for Citrus Magic. Yep, they’re the awesome people behind those air fresheners, odor eliminators and candles you have likely seen at the grocery store. I can’t wait to share more about this company with my friends and followers.

There will be some sweet giveaways, Twitter chats and more very soon. I’ll tell you all about it in the coming days. But, for now, I just wanted to tell you guys the news and express my gratitude and excitement to be working with such an amazing group of people. Have a great weekend bloggy friends, and I’ll post more shortly. Xoxo!

PSA! Throw Away That Old Makeup

 

Think about this, even though it may gross you out when you do – how long has your makeup been sitting in your makeup bag or box? If you’re like most women, you probably have no clue.

Well, that makeup might be older than it should be, and it could be time to throw that crap out. How long can you keep your makeup?

  • Mascara only lasts about three months
  • Pencil eyeliner lasts for roughly two years, but liquid/gel eyeliner only lasts three months
  • Lip gloss should really be tossed after about 18 months
  • Lipstick and lip liner is only good about a year
  • Blush, eye shadow and bronzers that are powder can last up to two years, but creamed stuff? That should go after a year
  • Oil-free foundation and concealers – toss after a year

Another way to know it’s time to get rid of your makeup is if you have recently had any kind of infections, if it smells funny or looks different, or if it suddenly feels weird on your skin.

Is it time for you to toss some of your makeup? Not doing so could lead your skin to become irritated, or worse infected. It could also just look cakey or not cover your face very well.

Going forward you may want to add a label to your new makeup to know how old it is. You can add a little piece of painters tape or a sticker to the bottom of your make up containers, and mark with a Sharpie the date you opened them. This can help you determine whether or not it’s time to let it go.

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Mandarin Orange Vodka Wine Cocktail

What’s your favorite mix-ins for wine cocktails? I love sprucing up drinks by mixing yummy stuffs in, don’t you? They often end up tasting even more amazing than they already do.

On a recent rainy day I made an orange vodka Chianti cocktail with @touch.vodka‘s Mandarin Orange Vodka. I mixed 6 Oz of chianti with 3 Oz vodka and a splash of @sprite over ice. So delicious it’s chasing my rainy day blues away!

I’d love to hear what your favorite wine cocktails are!

 

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Could Your Customer Testimonials Be a Blog Post?

One of the things I’m asked all the time is “Where can I get more blogging content for my business blog?” Well, you may already have some blogging content gold in your inbox right now! They’re your customer testimonials!

Are you a travel agent? Perhaps you had a client go on a trip that completely knocked their socks off and they sent you a glowing e-mail about how awesome you and your business are. Why not use that testimonial to share the trip with your potential and current customers? Who knows? It could yield additional bookings for that same experience.

Maybe you’re a hair stylist who made someone’s day because you did their hair just perfectly for their wedding day. That should be featured! Bonus points if you get permission from the client to share the images of how awesome their hair looked!

Pro tip: Always ask permission before sharing images and/or words your clients give you

Another example could be a personal trainer or nutritionist who helped their clients get to their goal weight. These amazing results should be shared to inspire new people to sign with you.

I’m sure you’re starting to see the point I’m trying to make – testimonials as blog content not only show off how awesome you and your business are, they also:

  1. Show people real results that they too can have if they work with you
  2. Give you a way to showcase products and services that people might not even realize you offer
  3. Provide you with content that practically writes itself

How can you get some glowing testimonials?

Ask for them! Every time you work with a client, ask for feedback. Sure, the reviews they give you may not always be awesome, but getting feedback never hurt anyone. You want to make your business better don’t you? Consider any type of feedback a win-win.

– If they love you BOOM instant blog content

–  If they didn’t love you BOOM opportunity to grow and improve

You’re welcome!

Mixing testimonials in with your current blog content calendar can give you a reprieve when you’ve got writer’s block, and it could also inspire additional content topics. And just like that, your business blog got a little better.

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Thirsty Thursdays – Summer Spiked PJ with Touch Vodka

Touch Vodka did send me a few bottles of their vodka for the purposes of review. While the vodka was free, this did not affect my review. All opinions are my own.

Summer is here, and with it, refreshing drinks are all the rage. Today I thought I’d share a yummy one that just tastes like summer in a glass. Perfect for those hot days by the pool! Or, ya know, on the patio after a rough day’s work. This is the Summer Spiked PJ and it’s damn tasty! Enjoy!!

Summer Spiked PJ

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Prep:

Super simple, super refreshing – I’ll have another please! Stay tuned for additional drink recipes with Touch Vodka 🙂

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Bloggy Friends Spotlight – Angel Strunk

Hi guys! I’m so insanely excited because today’s Bloggy Friend Spotlight is on a blogger I’ve never met in real life. Ya know, one of my favorite things about being a blogger is virtually meeting people from all over the world. It’s one of the coolest things about my job – I never know who I’ll interact with, or become friends with.

Now, I have to tell you, I started these Bloggy Friends Spotlights hoping to meet and connect with other bloggers. I know there are sooooooooooooo many blogs out there, and I just get such an amazing kick out of learning what people are up to. Some blogs I’ve read have moved me to tears, some of made me laugh, some have simply taught me something or inspired me… But what’s the one thing they all have in common? They teach me things and entertain me.

Today’s bloggy friend is no different. Angel Strunk is the brains and beauty behind the amazing blog Next Level Blogging. You guys, her blog is pretty frikkin awesome. Each post is crafted to teach you how to take your blog to the…you guessed it…to the next level! Okay…enough already, let’s dive in!

Check out Angel’s deets:

Name: Angel Strunk

Your blog: Next Level Blogging

Can you tell me about your blog? I help bloggers make their blog’s success inevitable by providing tips and resources that will increase followers, post shares, and email subscribers. I also help bloggers find a way to monetize, and teach them the marketing strategies needed to turn their passion for blogging into profit. I am hosting a launch party on April 1st, which is when my blogger community will go live, and members will work cooperatively to promote each other’s posts, collaborate on posts, and exchange guest posts, along with so many other features! Next Level Blogging focuses on the power of generosity, and how success is inevitable when helping each other. I’m also giving away some great prizes 🙂

Do you post on WordPress, Blogger or Something else? WordPress

What’s your niche? Blog Tips & Marketing Strategies

Is your blog making you money? I have not implemented pricing yet, but is currently earning me play money, by way of affiliate links. (side note from Famous Ashley Grant – since doing this questionnaire, Angel’s site does have pricing and services listed on the site, and some pretty sweet courses mentioned too. Check out her site for details on all the awesomeness she offers!)

How did you get started? I have always wanted to run my own business, and had spent over a decade helping other small businesses become successful. “Someday” had been in my vocabulary all of those years, but I never took action, because I thought I would need thousands of dollars to start my own business. I was searching Pinterest for tattoo ideas, and came across a blogger’s income report. After reading that, and several similar posts by other bloggers, I knew I had found my calling, and my path to financial freedom. I was broke, so I scoured the internet for deals on a custom domain and webhosting, and started The Curvy Ginger with less than $2. I signed up with a few affiliate networks, and made over $500 in my first month of blogging. I spent countless hours, and many sleepless nights learning everything I could about blogging and how to promote it, and my sales and marketing experience was finally paying off. It wasn’t long before I knew that I should start helping other bloggers learn how to do the same thing, in February of 2017, Next Level Blogging was born!

What are your must have tools to run your blog?  Laptop, Smartphone, Canva, ConvertKit, and my blogger tribe!!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their blog? Spend a few bucks and get a custom domain and webhosting! That should be step number one.

Where can we find you on social?
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter

If you had it to do over, is there anything you would have done differently? I wish I would have started communicating with other bloggers from the beginning. It has made such a difference in getting my posts and website noticed. So much, in fact, that engaging with other bloggers is going to be one of the core principles of success promoted by Next Level Blogging.

Who do you consider your bloggy mentors? Addi Ganley and Melyssa Griffin

When you have a blogging question, where is the first place you go for the answer?
Facebook groups for bloggers. I belong to several, and there are so many talented bloggers sharing their expertise.

What are your plans for the future of your blog? I plan to make Next Level Blogging my main source of income, and hope to make it a recognized and recommended resource for bloggers, especially those just getting started.

Is there anything you would like to add that you think people should know? I really do want to help bloggers reach their goals and be able to give up their day jobs to become career bloggers! I am one of the nicest people you will ever get to know, and I thrive on lifting people up. I love feedback from bloggers that find my posts useful, so please, send those emails! I’m a sucker for flattery 🙂

How awesome is Angel? I think she’s pretty darn awesome, and I personally just signed up for her email newsletter where she is sending free blogging tips and tools to your inbox!

Now, I want to hear from you! Do you have a blogging tip or strategy you’d like to share that can help us all take things to the next level? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.

Also – Did you miss the last Bloggy Friends Spotlight on Stephanie Fields? If so, I forgive you because you can still check it out HERE!

Don’t forget – I’d love to profile you too, so if you wanna be in on this -fill out the form here!

Stay tuned for our next Bloggy Friends Spotlight! Until next time, may your page views be high, and your blogs be monetized. Big virtual hugs Bloggy Friends 😀

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Red White and Blue Fruity Mocktail

This red, white and blue fruit mocktail is a snap to put together. It’s a layered drink that is made possible by…SCIENCE!

The way this layered drink is created is by pouring the liquid that has the most sugar in it first, then the second most sugar and finally the least amount of sugar at the end. Apparently mine would have appeared more layered so you could distinctly see the red, white and blue layers if I had poured the liquids in over the back of a spoon, but I was thirsty and impatient!

I used a fruit punch, tonic water, and a calorie free blue raspberry punch to create this drink. At least the ice adds in the “white” I suppose. And, it looks patriotic enough for me to happily serve it as a quick drink for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day festivities.

If you wanted to make this drink a cocktail instead of a mocktail, all you would need to do is add liquor to each layer – for example

  1. pour 1/4 cup of fruit punch into a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 tablespoon of vodka. Then, shake what your momma gave ya!
  2. carefully strain and pour the first liquid into a cup filled with ice. I used 8 oz party cups.
  3. pour 1/4 cup of tonic water into a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 tablespoon of vodka. Then, shake it like a salt shaker!
  4. carefully strain and pour the second liquid into the cup. Again, this is probably better to do over the back of a spoon so you get more of a layered effect than I did.
  5. finally pour 1/4 cup of calorie free blue raspberry punch into a cocktail shaker with ice and add 1 tablespoon of vodka. You guessed it, shake it like a Polaroid picture!
  6. again, carefully strain and pour the final liquid on top. I used 8 oz party cups.

Have you ever made layered drinks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Tampa Bay Freebies Will Now Be Posted HERE!

Hi there! So glad you stopped by! After waaaaaaaaaaay too long of a hiatus, we’re back and working on plans to be better than EVER! If you haven’t heard of us before, Tampa Bay Freebies is all about delivering the best ways to eat, drink and be entertained, for FREE! Be it a free Redbox code, an awesome happy hour deal or just a buy one get one free offer that simply can’t be missed, we plan to post it! Know of killer FREEBIE that Tampa Bay needs to know about? Send it HERE with the subject TAMPA BAY FREEBIES, and if we love it too, we’ll post it! Check out our guidelines below the image 🙂

Guidelines for sending freebies:

  • Please include the exact FREE offer in the email in a few sentences explaining how the average Tampanian can get the freebie.
  • If you have an image you want posted with the freebie please attach one that is smaller than 1.0 MB to the email you send our way.