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6 a.m. Word Vomit 3/6/2018

This morning I was woken up by a bad dream about my dad. I can honestly say I hate the moments that I dream about him because they’re usually very sad. And this particular dream I had this insane vision that he had faked his death for the purposes of running away to another country and marrying another woman.

The crazy thing is, in part of this dream I was riding in a car with one of my grandmothers and she was trying to console me, and I just remember feeling so betrayed. The reality is I do feel betrayed, and regardless of how it played out in the dream, the truth is he did leave us but he didn’t fake his death.

He really is dead. And, I find myself so mad this morning, and yet I know that I can’t continue to blame him for my current situation or anyone else’s.

No matter what he did, or anything he’s ever said or has ever done in the past, the harsh truth is my mom, my sister, and I have all made our own choices.

No matter what I say, think, or do, I really can’t blame my dad anymore for anything that has happened or anything that is to come to be.

Did he influence a lot of things growing up? Yes! But at that same time I always had a choice, and I guess I’m realizing now that I still have so many choices.
One of those choices is whether or not to keep letting my dad destroy me. I must say I am hell-bent on making sure that this does not happen.
I refuse to spend the rest of my life simply waiting to die. As much as I am afraid to do so many things that I want to do, what scares me more is coming to the end of my life only to look back and realize I wasted it.
I’m starting to believe that my life purpose might simply be to show others the power of infusing as much joy as possible into your life. Perhaps that’s what I’m really supposed to be doing – showing people that even though there are a lot of things about life that are really hard, infusing life with joy makes those hard things just a little bit easier.
Yes, I know that one of the things I want to do is teach. I want to help people make their businesses better with blogging. I want to help people learn the things that I learn as I learn them.
I want to learn and then teach things like life hacks, making things easier, how to save more money, how to make more money, how to organize and make habits that help the day-to-day to flow easier and better.
But this morning what was heavy on my heart, the heaviest in fact, it’s just trying to inspire people with everything that is in me to bring as much joy to every moment of their lives as humanly possible.

Word Vomit March 1, 2018

My Line in the F#$%ing Sand – I’m Turning My Finances Around Dammit

Okay, I’ve gone from financially perturbed to financially pissed off.  I’m starting Denise Duffield Thomas’s Money Bootcamp all over again TODAY. I must get my financial $#it together STAT. My apartment complex just served me notice that our rent is going up AGAIN.

When we moved in we were paying $650….11 years later it’s ballooned up to $953 now. I’m so pissed off….and because our credit rating is crappy and we have no down payment money we can’t even look for a new apartment or get a house.

Today, I’m declaring – This is my line in the sand. Somehow. Some way. By March 1, 2019 I’ll have ZERO unleveraged debt AND be house shopping dammit.

Enough is enough. They say that when you’re on a quest for freedom and self-discovery that eventually you come to this point. Where you get so pissed at what has transpired you draw your line in the sand….and receiving this letter from my apartment complex has driven me from eh, I can still manage, to – oh hellllllllllllllllll no. That’s it. I’m done.

And p.s. I’m thinking I’m going to start doing a daily word vomit. I rather like the idea of declaring my wants, desires and my thoughts publicly. This may blow up in my face, but nothing else I’ve done has worked so far, so screw it. Let’s do it! Imma tell my truths!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake! 2017 #FWCon #makeitwithMILK Contest Entry

I’m attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference, and although I’ve always wanted to enter one of their recipe contests, I’ve been chicken every year. This year, that changes! I decided to enter the Make it With Milk Recipe contest!

The rules seemed simple enough – Develop an original recipe which must include at least 1 cup of real milk and at least 1 cup of one other dairy product (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc.) Be creative! It cannot be an adapted recipe.

So, I came up with a yummy drinkable food recipe that in my opinion is PERFECT! Here’s my entry. Let me know what you think in the comments below 😀

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake Featuring Wish Farms Berries!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Yields: 2 Boozy Milkshakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Wish Farm Strawberries (freeze them the night before)
  • 1 cup of REAL milk
  • 1 cup of chocolate ice cream
  • 2-4 oz of vodka depending on how strong you like your drinks
  • Grand Marnier – just a splash as this will be a floater
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a Blender (I used a Ninja) add the 1/2 cup of frozen Wish Farm Strawberries
  2. Cover the berries with the cup of real milk
  3. Add the vodka
  4. Then add the cup of chocolate ice cream.
  5. Blend!
  6. Pour into a glass
  7. Pour a little Grand Marnier on the top of the boozy shake – not too much, just enough to act as a floater like I said
  8. Top with whipped cream, add a straw and slurp it down!

 

Ya’ll, this drink was sooooooooo good, and was so filling I almost didn’t eat my dinner. I loved every single sip of it. I can’t wait for the next excuse (read weekday) to make these yummy boozy milkshakes. I hope you make them and love them too.

To make them mocktails, simply remove the alcohol.

Want to enter this contest too?

You can enter the Food Wine Conference #makeitwithMILK Contest here. And, remember, you need to use at least 1 cup of real milk and at least 1 cup of one other dairy product for your recipe to be valid in the contest.

Interested in attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference?

The Food Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands.

Bloggers gain knowledge and insight to:

– SEO – Search Engine Optimization
– Marketing and promotion on social media channels
– Effective writing
– Publishing a cookbook
– Working with PR agencies
– Food photography

Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

Learn more about the conference right here!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake! 2017 #FWCon #BerryDelish Contest Entry

I’m attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference, and although I’ve always wanted to enter one of their recipe contests, I’ve been chicken every year. This year, that changes! I decided to enter the Wish Farms Berry Delish Recipe contest!

The rules seemed simple enough – Develop an original cocktail/mocktail recipe which must include at least 1/4 cup of fresh Wish Farms berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and/or blackberries).  Be creative! It cannot be an adapted recipe.

So, I came up with a cocktail recipe that in my opinion is PERFECT! Here’s my entry. Let me know what you think in the comments below 😀

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Boozy Milkshake Featuring Wish Farms Berries!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Yields: 2 Boozy Milkshakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Wish Farm Strawberries (freeze them the night before)
  • 1 cup of real milk
  • 1 cup of chocolate ice cream
  • 2-4 oz of vodka depending on how strong you like your drinks
  • Grand Marnier – just a splash as this will be a floater
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

  1. In a Blender (I used a Ninja) add the 1/2 cup of frozen Wish Farm Strawberries
  2. Cover the berries with the cup of real milk
  3. Add the vodka
  4. Then add the cup of chocolate ice cream.
  5. Blend!
  6. Pour into a glass
  7. Pour a little Grand Marnier on the top of the boozy shake – not too much, just enough to act as a floater like I said
  8. Top with whipped cream, add a straw and slurp it down!

Ya’ll, this drink was sooooooooo good. I loved every single sip of it. I can’t wait for the next excuse (read weekday) to make these yummy boozy milkshakes. I hope you make them and love them too.

To make them mocktails, simply remove the alcohol.

Want to enter this contest too?

You can enter the Food Wine Conference #BerryDelish Contest here. And, remember, you need to use at least 1/4 cup of fresh Wish Farm berries for your recipe to be valid in the contest.

Interested in attending the 2017 Food Wine Conference?

The Food Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands.

Bloggers gain knowledge and insight to:

– SEO – Search Engine Optimization
– Marketing and promotion on social media channels
– Effective writing
– Publishing a cookbook
– Working with PR agencies
– Food photography

Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

Learn more about the conference right here!

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Sunday Funday 11/13/16

Yesterday was a fabulous day! First, I got to go to my second Buccaneers game. This is crazy to me because after maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany years of never having an opportunity to go to one, I’ve been to TWO actual games this season alone. In 2014 (I think it was) C1Bank sent me to my first pre-season game, but this season I’ve been to not one, but two real games and it’s just the neatest thing ever. Sure, it stinks that the Bucs have a notorious reputation for choking even when they are ahead, but yesterday we WON! I can’t even explain how amazing the energy was.

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And, I now have my very own Bucs shirt because they gave the crowd free shirts for attending. How cool is that?!? Best part? They gave us two extras because they had so many and we can use those for Christmas gifts! This is what the shirt looks like:

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It was also a fabulous day because my hubby and I went to Chipotle for lunch and had a little bit of unexpected income come our way. Loving the manifest your money game. I told Santa recently that I desire $10,000 a month, so I’m taking this extra income as a nod from the Universe that my big paydays ARE coming down the pike 😀

After the game it was a lazy night of watching a movie and eating a yummy dinner of pasta with meat sauce. Overall it just felt like one of the best Sundays I’ve had in a while. I love happy and fun weekends and look forward to many more of them!!

Sad I Missed the Hottest Heroes Show on 7/11/15

I don’t know about you guys, but right now I’m so upset! Why? Well, because I missed one of my favoritest events EVER! Yep, I missed the Hottest Heroes show at the Ritz last Saturday because I’m the dumbASH that didn’t add the correct date to her frikkin calendar. GRRRRRRRR!!! Luckily, I’m friends with the gal who hosted the shindig and she sent me some sexy photos to go gaga over. mmmmmmmmmmm!

Photo credit for the droolworthy shot above: This hunky piece of yum is Jared Goldman and the lucky chick that took his pic is Taya Fagan. Kudos Taya. He looks just as yummy as Matt Bomer in Magic Mike. #SWOON!

Okay, okay, I know why you are really here…You want to see more of what we both missed. Check out these pics and eat your heart out! (all pics below by that lucky chick Taya!)

Rollie Cabrera

 

Kyle Rowley

 

Niko Valdes

Alright girls, if I’m still living in Tampa, Florida when this awesome event comes around again let’s make a pact to go together! Oh, and the kick ASH sexy bitch that put on this drool worthy affair?
The stunning Lisa (McCorkle) Hast  of Dream Makers Events. Show her some love by visiting her website HERE!

 

Product Review- Trojan Vibrators

#ProductReview #PRFriendly #Trojan #Vibrators

Okay, this post is NOT minor appropriate and for obvious reasons I’m going to try to be brief in my review and focus mainly on the product descriptions. I was given a Trojan Vibrations Vibrating Tri-Phoria Vibrator and a Trojan Vibrations Vibrating Pulse for the purposes of review. For brevity’s sake and to avoid embarrassing the crap out of my mom who reads this blog I’ll stick with these products are great and I would recommend them alongside hdtubemovies.xxx! LOL.

Have a product that you want me to review too? Contact me HERE!

Here’s the product descriptions:

Trojan Vibrations Vibrating Tri-Phoria Vibrator
Perfect for a variety of sensations. Vibrating Tri-Phoria vibrator offers a multitude of options to play with. Its unparalleled combination of pleasure options allows users to customize their stimulation almost endlessly, which is a quailty that’s hard to find in vibrators. TriPhoria vibrator features: 8 settings- 5 speeds + 3 pulse patterns. 3 high quality interchangeable tips. 1 soft silicone domed tip. 1 soft silicone flickering tip. 1 hard stimulator tip. Waterproof, durable and easy to clean. Includes an elegant satin pouch. Battery included. Adult content not included – instead Visit here fuck tube – hdsexvideo.xxx


Trojan Vibrations Vibrating Pulse
Trojan Premium Vibrations. Pulse Intimate Massager puts pleasure right where you want it. It can deliver an intense, focused external stimulation, which may be particularly good for women who enjoy clitoral stimulation. The Trojan Vibrations Vibrating Pulse Intimate Massager has a total of six (6) settings – 3 speeds and 3 pulse patterns for your preferred stimulation. The Pulse has a high quality, soft to touch silicone tip and provides a quiet vibrating experience. It is waterproof, durable and extremely easy to clean. The Pulse comes with a premium latex condom and a pouch to store the product discreetly

This post may contain a link to an affiliate. See my disclosure policy for more information.

Have a product that you want me to review too? Contact me HERE!

I’m PR friendly 😉

Spark & Hustle Speaker Takeaways 2012

These were the AWESOME speakers of Spark & Hustle Tampa (Descriptions pulled from the Spark & Hustle Tampa website. See all about Spark & Hustle HERE)

BRANDING

 
Danny Nardo, co-founder of Nardo’s Natural

The story begins a few years ago when the four Nardo’s brothers
discovered the health benefits of coconut oil for the skin. The brothers
were inspired to formulate a responsible skin care line with
ingredients derived from nature. A few months later, Nardo’s Natural
developed their first moisturizer in their kitchen. The family business
has since introduced a variety of organic products and continues to
grow everyday.

  • Almost threw in the towel when…: “I was offered a job with a
    marketing firm. It was the early stages of our skin care line and I
    juggled the concept between a secured paycheck and a gamble on our
    business start-up.”
  • Daring decision:  “Swim with 15-foot Great White Sharks. Ironic that
    I swam with ‘Sharks’ on ABC’s Shark Tank, but yes, I also swam with
    Great White’s during my travels in South Africa. “

@nardosnatural

ENGAGEMENT MARKETING

Pamela Starr, Reg. Dev. Dir. Constant Contact

Pamela is a business expert with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and new business development.  Prior to joining Constant Contact,
she owned a marketing service that helped professionals secure more
clients and build their repeat and referral business.  Today, she uses
her marketing and business development acumen to help small businesses
in Central Florida maximize the power of relationship marketing.

  • “When the going gets tough, I double down.”
  • Daring decision: “Quitting a corporate job and starting my own business.”
  • Little known fact: “I used to be a ballet dancer.”

@constantcontact

MUSCLE MARKETING

 
Joy Gendusa, founder of PostcardMania

Joy Gendusa is the owner and CEO of direct mail marketing firm, PostcardMania.
Joy began PostcardMania in 1998, with nothing but a phone and a
computer, never taking a dime of investment capital. Joy originally
started PostcardMania as a full-service postcard marketing company
helping clients create turn-key marketing campaigns with graphic design,
printing, mailing list acquisition and mailing services. Since then,
PostcardMania has expanded to offer its clients more services including
website and landing page design and development, email marketing and
full marketing evaluations — all while continuing to educate clients
with free marketing advice.

  • Ever threw in the towel?: “I have ridiculous junk yard dog skills.
    Once I get my teeth into something that’s it. Have I been discouraged?
    Of course, but I really know the value of persistence.
”
  • Little known fact: “I’m a grandma and love it.”

@postcardmania

 
Mollee Bauer, founder of Pregnancy.org
*This speaker was selected by LifetimeMoms.com
  • Ever throw in the towel?: “While I might have come close to throwing
    in the towel on an occasion or two, my mission and passion for what I
    do always brought me back into focus. Like most women, I’ve faced lots
    of interesting challenges. One challenge that was draining emotionally
    was when the online advertising display revenues started to decline in
    2008. The drop in monthly revenue left the business hurting and resulted
    in my having to lay off my staff. However, with perseverance, some
    elbow grease and a positive attitude, I was determined to fix the
    situation. With the help of key friends and business colleagues,
    Pregnancy.org is here today and my staff is back in place.”

@pregnancyorg

HOW TO BE A LOCAL HERO

 
Laurie Baggett, founder of LB&Smith

Laurie is the founder and owner of LB&Smith, a small
business/practice development firm. She first received national
attention for her “It” Factor Job Club as part of the Good Morning
America Job Club Initiative. Forever a Texan at Heart, Laurie channels
her passion and energy into being a catalyst for both businesses and
individuals looking to reach their potential, and beyond. “It’s not
bragging, if it’s true,” is the Lone Star State axiom Laurie proudly
applies to the personal, highly specific work she does both discovering
and promoting the best talent around.
@LaurieBaggett

SALES AND SCALE

 
Andrea Waltz and Richard Fenton, founders of Go for No!

Founded by professional trainers Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz, Courage Crafters
is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations overcome
self-imposed limitations and achieve breakthrough performance. They are
the creators of the highly sought after book and program, Go for No!®

  • “When the going gets tough, we…: “Pout and then dig in our heels and get really focused on the mission.”
  • Daring decision:  “Quit our corporate jobs with basically no safety net or concrete plan.”

@GoforNo

 
Wendy Krepak, creator of the Card Cubby

Tired of losing cards and money, Wendy Krepak created the Card Cubby
out of her need to organize all her gift, loyalty and frequent
buyer cards. Card Cubby was introduced at the Atlanta Gift Show in 2009
and went on to be highlighted by People Magazine, The Today Show and Good Morning America
to name a few. In 2011 sales topped $1 million and the company
continues to grow with new additions to its line of “Save in Style”
products. Card Cubby is currently sold in approximately 1,400 stores in
the U.S and Canada, online and on QVC.

  • Little known fact: “I am not a college graduate.”

@cardcubby

OVERCOMING FEARS AND BUILDING CONFIDENCE

 
Jenn Lee, www.coachjennlee.com

National speaker, small business advisor, media correspondent and life coach, Jenn Lee
isn’t letting anyone or anything stop her from helping Americans shift
their thinking, boldly move forward and bring sanity back into their
everyday lives! Right to the point with a good dose of humor, Jenn’s
authentically honest approach and down to earth tips quickly landed her a
regular spot on Orlando’s FOX Morning show, BLOG talk radio shows and
as an on-line contributor for Working Mother Media.

  • Ever almost throw in the towel?: “Four months after I launched my
    business, my dream job presented itself and was there for the taking. I
    had a difficult choice to make: my business was brand new and I wasn’t
    making a lot of money. I had a choice—to take the easy road and big
    paycheck, or reconfirm my commitment to myself and continue on with my
    business and my dream. I turned down the job offer and have never looked
    back or thought about throwing in the towel since.”
  • Little known fact: “I escaped a two-year physically abusive
    relationship and went into hiding for several months for my safety. I
    credit this part of my life as the ultimate training ground for helping
    others to see the value of their lives and to stop allowing their past
    to dictate their future. “

@coachjennlee

MIND FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS

 
Lindsay Phillips, founder of Lindsay Phillips LLC

Lindsay Phillips is the energetic inspiration and founding force behind SwitchFlops.
Her footwear concept evolved from a high school art project—amazed by
the response, Lindsay began designing functional flops with colorful
straps, each adorned by a unique button. Her idea evolved when she
realized that by using hook-and-loop fasteners she could create one shoe
with many straps–unlimited choices with minimal effort. This simple,
yet brilliant innovation was the birth of SwitchFlops.

  • Almost threw in the towel when…: “We got our first shipment of
    straps for the shoes and all of the buttons were loose. My mom and I had
    to individually re-sew all the adornments on to make them saleable. As
    an entrepreneur you have to learn from your mistakes, laugh, and move
    forward with a smile.”

@switchflops

I have become Addicted to Saving!

Have you heard of Addicted to Saving? It is the latest craze in Tampa and if you are not visiting this page you are losing money!

The website is http://www.addictedtosaving.com/

The coolest part about the website? She is doing a giveaway right now for Universal Studios tickets.

You want in on this? visit here: http://www.addictedtosaving.com/2010/03/04/universal-studios-orlando-ticket-giveaway/

DO IT NOW!!!

 

Full Disclosure Policy for Famous Ashley Grant

So…Apparently as I’m reading people’s blogs I am finding that there is a rule about Full Disclosure. In order to make sure I am not harassed at a later date after I become hugely famous online for being such an amazing blogger-let’s get the Full Disclosure out of the way!

The Following FTC Disclosure holds true for all of my blogs and websites including but not limited to:

The Famous Ashley Grant and Famous Ashley Grant 2.0

Living the Secret

First, My Amazon Associates Disclosure:

Famous Ashley Grant is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for website owners to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com, audible.com, and any other website that may be affiliated with Amazon Service LLC Associates Program. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases, at no additional cost to you.

And now, for the rest of my disclosure – The Full Monty

This blog and the other blogs I’m working on are not primarily financially driven, but I hope that they lead me to becoming a millionaire. How’s that for honesty? I began blogging in 2008 for several reasons- to have a place to write how I feel, to show people where to find my articles and links to photographs I have taken, to voice reactions and opinions (goes back to how I feel), to teach people things and hopefully learn things too and to establish a little more credibility for myself as a journalist.

That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.

First, the obvious: I am a content creator. Essentially I will write and/or take pictures for anyone that will pay me and if they don’t pay me I get some form of compensation whether it be in advertising and promotion, food, products or services.

Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal.

Disclaimers all over the place.

This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules is rules.

To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post including the images was copied from the blog of Tim Ferriss and changes were made to the post where necessary. Per his statement on his blog this post was used with permission “Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.”

Please check out Tim Ferriss and his book The 4-Hour Workweek!