Tuesday, November 26, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Tips for Holiday Shopping--

The official kick off for holiday shopping isn't until Friday, but we know you want to be prepared.  We have just a few quick tips to help you be ahead of the game and on your toes while doing your year-end shopping.  

1.  Ask Sales Assistants
You never know until you ask.  Often sales associates know the untold story.  They know what the limits are, but keep them secret if left unpushed.  Many retailers have promotions they do not advertise.  How would you know about them if you don't ask?  It's totally worth it.  

2.  Use Shopping Apps
Smartphones put the world at our fingertips.   There is a plethora of apps to help shoppers find the best deals.  You can use your phone to scan barcodes and find the best deals in your area.  Why wouldn't you?

3.  Don't jump on the 1st deal
Sometimes, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other holiday deals are simply too good to be true.  When you see such a great deal, check for feedback from people who've taken advantage--or maybe even been taken advantage of-- before you spend the money.  

4.  Know when it's not the real deal
This is an extension of the tip above.  Amazing deals are just not always what they appear to be.  Sometimes, retailers mark up their prices to then mark them down--making consumers think they've saved.  Also, retailers can attach strings or other restrictions on promotions, making them more or less than what they appear.  Check and check again when it comes to the deals you'd want to jump on the most.  Know how your favorite stores and brands handle sales.  If something seems contrary, it probably is.  You don't want to lose money when a little research would have helped.  

5.  Shop local!
Here are just some of our small business faves.  Share yours in the Comments section and support your local economy.

You might want to make note of some of these legal shopping tips, too!

Happy Shopping!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Ladies

Dress for Success 3rd Annual Women of Power Breakfast--

Ladies, don't forget about this great event!  Dress for Success is a national organization helping women help women.  On December 3, DFS is hosting it's 3rd Annual Women of Power breakfast, and you shouldn't miss it.  

It will not only be the opportunity to meet other magnificent women like you, but to connect and see how you can be of added value to the lives of others.  The food will be good, too!

Check out the details below about the event and powerful speaker.  Get your ticket soon!





To register or for more information, click HERE!

Monday, November 18, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

The Shark Tank Social - Charity Edition!

Don't forget about the Official Anais PR Shark Tank Social - this Friday, November 22, 2013.

Mark your calendar for the next installment of the Shark Tank Social, and grab some gifts for the kiddies in need.



For more details, click here.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

The Shark Tank Social - Charity Edition!

We love charitable causes, and Official Anais PR always has some of the best.  Next week, they're putting on yet another stellar event-- this time not only helping business-types and entrepreneurs network, but benefiting the children, too.

Mark your calendar for the next installment of the Shark Tank Social, and grab some gifts for the kiddies in need.



For more details, click here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 8 Plus-Size Shopping Sites--

Yep, I'm a petite woman, but we have love for ladies in all sizes and shapes.  Today we are sharing the to 8 shopping sites for the plus sized ladies.  Special thanks to Tonisha over at B.M.M.O. Consulting for her contributions to the list!

1.  Blair Chic
This Chicago gem not only has great styles for the ladies with full curves, but also does styling for fashionistas of all sizes.  Thanks to our girl Alysse Dalessandro of Ready to Stare for this one.

2.  Torrid
They have stores in brick and mortar malls, but a great selection online.  Fair-priced fashion for every curvy girl's fashionista needs--what more could be said?!
Thanks to WVLiving for this graphic

3.  Kiyonna.com
Kiyonna has all the body shapers you need to master the look you want.  All great looks need their basics!

4. Macy's
You can make them your stop for any occasion.  All the sizes you need in all the fashions.

5.  Asos
Clothing for all sizes that give you that stand-out look.  They're also reasonably priced.  

6.  Roaman.com
Here, you an get your pick of any denim you could dream of at a great price.  They have deals every week.

7.  OneStopPlus.com
It's truly one stop.  They have items for women and men, big and tall.

8.  Igigi
High end plus-sized clothing for mostly special occasions, but a few wear-to-work items, too.  

We hope these are helpful...especially with the holidays approaching!


Monday, November 11, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

Veterans Day!

Yesterday, we paid hommage to the United States Marine Corps.  Today, we are honoring Veterans of all the armed services-- Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force.  This elite group of people serve and protect our nation at all times, and are priceless to the safety of our homeland.  



Pay respect to the Veterans you know and let them know how appreciated they are.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Honors

Happy Birthday United States Marine Corps!

Brought to us in 1775, the United States Marine Corps celebrates 238 years of excellence.  As America's first line of defense in any battle, long-time protectors of the President, and United States Embassies in all other nations, the USMC has maintained its title as "The Few, The Proud".  According to their hymn, they even guard the streets of heaven.  



Latin for "always faithful," Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883. It guides Marines to remain faithful to the mission at hand, to each other, to the Corps and to country, no matter what.




These distinguished service providers take their pledge and oath to protect our nation more than seriously.  Equipped with the toughest and most scrutinizing training of any armed force, this elite group produces fierce fighters and model citizens.



Hoo-Rah!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Things to Know About Diabetes--

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  We always find it important to discuss diabetes, as it affects million of Americans.  It is  a group of diseases, characterized by high blood glucose levels, resulting from the body's deficiency in producing insulin.



While constantly raising awareness, there are some important things to know about diabetes:

1. Diabetes does not have a cure and needs continued awareness.   

As greater efforts and funding is put into diabetes research, we can get closer to combating its prevalence.  

2.  Diabetes can be from a number of sources. 
Diabetes can based on diet, genetics, access to health care and healthy food, or a combination of the 3.  

3.  There are three types of diabetes:

-Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood. Many patients are diagnosed when they are older than age 20. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed. The exact cause is unknown. Genetics, viruses, and autoimmune problems may play a role.
-Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1. It makes up most of diabetes cases. It usually occurs in adulthood, but young people are increasingly being diagnosed with this disease. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal, often because the body does not respond well to insulin. Many people with Type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, although it is a serious condition. 
*Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to increasing obesity and failure to exercise.
-Gestational diabetes is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans. 

4. Again, diabetes is an everyday condition, impacting people we all know.  

Well-known fighters include Halle Berry, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Patti LaBelle, Drew Carey, Bret Michaels, Nick Jonas, and Larry King.  They don't let it stop them.  No one should.

5.  Awareness and action make diabetes manageable.
Visit your doctor regularly and make sure you are doing the right things to remain healthy.  Eating right, watching your sugar intake, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle--including physical activity, will keep you in control of diabetes--not the other way around.

Take diabetes seriously.  It could be your condition or the condition of someone close to you, but it affects us all.

Here's some helpful resources:
Diabetes Efforts in Your Area
Diabetes Blog 
Diabetes Research Tool 
American Diabetes Association 
Diabetes for Your Life


Monday, November 4, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. For Ladies

Dress for Success 3rd Annual Women of Power Breakfast--

Ladies, this one is just for you.  Dress for Success is a national organization helping women help women.  This coming December, DFS is hosting it's 3rd Annual Women of Power breakfast, and you shouldn't miss it.  

It will not only be the opportunity to meet other magnificent women like you, but to connect and see how you can be of added value to the lives of others.  The food will be good, too!

Check out the details below about the event and powerful speaker.  Get your ticket soon!





To register or for more information, click HERE!

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