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The weekend is coming to a close and I tried my best to take a "time out" from Cocoa Prints. I was excited to spend time with husband and my son but I found it really hard to not think about my game plan for the upcoming week. I've managed to turn what my husband initally referred to as a "keep her happy" hobby, into a very promising e-business. The thing was, I never in a million years thought that it would go anywhere. So, in a few months and many orders later, I've come to the realization that I'm not just a stay at home mom with a hobby anymore- I'm a real business owner who's discovered a niche, and now I'm on a serious mission to make this work.
To make this work, I knew that I need to put on the brakes and define my business. When people ask me what it is that I sell- what do I say? Who does Cocoa Prints want to be? I need to say what it is that I sell, and say it with complete and total confidence.
I honestly started my business backwards. I knew what I wanted to see as a consumer and a crafter. And the difficultly I had finding the perfect prints just lit a fire in me. But, instead of going by the book and really outlining what it was I wanted to do, I jumped in head first. I had absolultely no idea how or where I would sell products, how much it would cost to just get started, and most importantly - how I was going to market my business. I just knew I was on a mission to bring designs to the market that I could relate to.
After my first of many sleepless nights, I woke up with the energy and curiousity of a 4 year old. I started calling what I considered some of the best multicultural designers (african american, caucasian, & otherwise) on the market asking if I could retail their products. Some "schooled" me, some put me in my place, and some were very encouraging. Either way, after that experience I knew that even though I was entering unfamiliar territory, I was definately on a mission to make my business possible.
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Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.
Examples of abuse include:
Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.
- name-calling or putdowns
- keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
- withholding money
- stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
- actual or threatened physical harm
- sexual assault
The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel."
ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.
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What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess? Make your little girls dream a reality by creating the ultimate princess party especially for her. Here are some ideas that are sure to make her “royal” event memorable.
· Ask guests to wear their fanciest dresses. Be sure to have some extras just in case someone forgets. You can also find some old jewelry or purchase inexpensive costume jewelry for the girls to accessorize with.
· Decorations: Make your child’s party extra special by using the Uzuri Kid Kidz’ Princess Amira party supply pack which includes cups, plates, table cover, treat bags, and napkins all printed with the beautiful Princess Amira.
Fill the party room with pink, purple and white helium balloons attached to matching, curled ribbons. Weight some of the balloons down and allow some of the balloons to float to the ceiling. Decorate doorways with pink or white tulle and white Christmas lights to set the stage for this royal event. Set a chair by itself designated for the princess to sit on when she opens her presents. You can decorate this throne with tulle and ribbon. You can have each guest sit in the chair to have their picture taken as well.
· Craft Activity: Keep the theme of the party flowing by letting the guest make their very own tiara! We found a great idea for a quick and easy tiara. Here is what you’ll need:
o Metallic Gold Poster Board
o Stickers and Gems ( found in local craft stores)
o Double sided tape
o Large Paper Clips
1. Cut out a basic tiara shape for each guest from the poster board. (Parents should do this in advance of the party.)
2. Trim the midsection to create a fancy edge.
3. Adorn the crowns with stickers and plastic gems attached with double-sided tape.
4. To fit each crown, wrap it around the princess’s head and paper-clip the overlapped ends.
· Food: Finger sandwiches and “tea” are the perfect goodies for a princess. Make peanut butter/jelly, cheese, or turkey sandwiches, depending on your guests. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter or kitchen scissors to create star sandwiches. Serve pink punch made from pink soda or lemonade and hand out princess fruit snacks after the kids have eaten.
· Games to Play: Start out by reading the African version of the classic story, Princess and the Pea written by Rachel Isadora. Place four or five pillows on the floor and put a green tennis ball or golf ball underneath one of the pillows. Guests take turns sitting on the pillows and trying to guess which pillow has the pea underneath.
“Pin the Kiss on the Frog” is another fun game your guests will love. Draw a basic frog on a piece of green poster board. Cut the frog out and glue it to a piece of white poster board or pin it right to the wall. Use red or pink craft foam to cut out “lips” and add a piece of rolled tape to the back of each set of lips. Children need to get the lips as close to the frog’s mouth as they can to turn him into a handsome prince!
Hide a large amount of craft jewels in a large container of sand. Let your guests take turns searching for treasured gems to take home as a royal souvenir.
Goodie Bags. Fill your Princess Amira goodie bags with treats such as glitter lip gloss, plastic jewelry, candy necklaces, chocolate gold coins and hair accessories. Small candies can be added as well – remember to think pink, white and purple.
With the Princess Amira party supplies and these exciting party ideas, your little princess will remember her party for years to come!
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Coming from a family that barely had enough money growing up, my parents and my extended family always made sure that my siblings and I knew that we didn't have to struggle through our adulthood. The day, I read about the stocks, something clicked in my mind. From then on, I decided I was going to be a veterinarian/ entrepreneur. I was going to open up a chain of veterinarian hospitals called "Pet Palace". I actually had my plans of where the locations were going to be, and why I wanted it in a particular location." I guess that was my first business plan!
Well, needless to say, I started out as a biology major in college, figured out math was not my thing, and in my sophomore year, decided to become a film major (which I loved) / get in trouble (which I regret).
After graduating and getting married at 19 and having children a year later, I ended up backing out of the entertainment industry. I got my focus back on track and remembered that children's stock guide that my Aunt had sent. By the age of 21, my husband and I decided to buy our first house. The next year we started our business, but not "Pet Palace". We began investing in real estate and started our own LLC. Now we have expanded our company into a Real Estate Investing Consultant Company serving both buyers and sellers. I wonder if the thought of investing would have ever crossed my mind if it hadn't been for the "Children's Stock Guide"...........
So now that you have my story, I have a few questions that maybe a few of you could answer, or even ponder on (although I prefer the feedback if possible).
- What was the one thing that someone said or did for you that without a doubt positively changed or changed the course of your life?
- How did you respond to it initially?
- How long did it take for a positive change to be in effect?
Hello my family, I do hope that all have a relaxing weekend. I saw on the internet that Roots:Next Generation is going on sale today I believe. Some thirty years later, after the airing of Roots and Roots Generation how did those two television series affect your life?
I will share with you that I was raised in Georgia. My family did everything to shield us from the racism that they faced. However, they were not able to shield me from everything.
As a child, I don't remember my parents discussing anything that had to do with Africa.
I do remember my grandmother on my Father's side told me that she was born into slavery and told me how hard times were.
I really want to thank Alex Haley for exposing the honest truth about slavery. Yes, it was painful but at the same time the truth set me free.
Watching both movies made me feel very proud for the Haley family.. My intentions are to try to and find out what country in Africa I may have descended from by taking the saliva test.
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As you may already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are you know of someone who has this disease or who has overcome it. Either way, we have all been touched by it in some way.
This year, 211,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the most common type among women, excluding skin cancer. Another 80,000 women will be diagnosed with a cancer of the reproductive organs. According to the American Cancer Society, one-third of all women will face a diagnosis of cancer in their lifetimes.
That is why as a woman, I feel compelled to do something and I graciously ask for your help and support. As a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, I am partnering with the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation during the month of October to help support the fight against these cancers that affect women.
Between now and October 31st, 15% of all sales of any Mary Kay fragrance you purchase with me will be donated to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. In recognition of your generosity, you will receive a $20 gift certificate from me towards any future Mary Kay products. Please remember, your donation is tax deductible.
Because I am committed to raise as much money as possible to help further the research needed to find a cure, I kindly ask for you to please consider helping. Visit here to learn more about the MKACF or click here to purchase your fragrance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at NuImage@nuimage4u.com
Thank you for your time and have a blessed day!
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