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It is fantastic to have technology that helps you live life better without being a burden and that is what my phone with Unlimited Talk, Text and Data/Web from Walmart Family Mobile does. One of my favorite things about working with #CollectiveBias is that we get to try the best products and services and share our real life experiences with our readers. I am a WAHM, work at home mom with a husband, four children, a dog and a cat. This means I am busy all the time. I need a phone that is a multi-purpose tool and not a one trick pony. Like many of you I pick my phone up first thing in the morning and use it off and on throughtout the day. More »


My phrase for the new year is "something inside" because that is where I find the strength, courage and motivation to act.


It is wonderful to find a word of the year that will motivate you to kick things in gear and do all you need to do to achieve your goals. Throughout the country, there are blogs, newspaper articles and all other kinds of media there posts, articles and stories about the “word of the year.”  These are stories about a word each author or story-teller picks as the word that will influence, guide and motivate her throughout the upcoming year. During the year 2014, I did not pick a word. I enjoyed reading other stories about the word of the year my peers selected. I watched them fail or succeed at living up to those words over the course of the year. I am even looking forward to reading all the year-end recaps about those words and the choices for words for next year.


I am not selecting a word of the year for the new year. Instead, I have embraced a phrase, an idea and even have a theme song to go with it. In the past, I selected a theme song for my business. When I start my work day, I play the song and know it is time to sit at my desk, sip my coffee and work. For the new year, I have selected the phrase, “something inside.” This is the phrase that will guide me over the course of the next year. More »


It is magnificent to take action and Pushing Lovely, a group of my favorite African-American bloggers plus 5 other bloggers motivates me. Pushing Lovely is a group of bloggers I co-founded with Brandi Riley of Mama Knows it All and Arelis Dias of My Pocketful of Thoughts. The group was founded to push women writers, one story at a time. Over the past two plus years, this group of women has helped me grow, develop and thrive as a blogger. They have encouraged me as an entrepreneur. They have been there through my best of times and my worst of times. Through it all, I have felt their love, support, positive energy and pushes. More »

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It is thrilling to know that it is possible to accept compliments with dignity and grace. Recently, over the course of two days I gave four different entrepreneurs compliments about how they were operating their businesses and great ideas they had for business ventures. Each of these women failed to accept the compliment. Instead, to a woman, each downplayed her accomplishment or pointed out ways things could be better. This made me sad. These were wonderful, accomplished, successful women who deserved the compliments I gave them. Each one behaved as if she did not deserve the compliments and kind words.

Here are five reasons failing to accept compliments with dignity and grace is a bad thing: More »

I was provided with compensation in order to review my local California PIzza Kitchen restaurant. All thoughts and opinions here are my own.


It is terrific to find a new something new to enjoy in the neighborhood like I did recently while visiting California Pizza Kitchen.  California Pizza Kitchen first opened its doors in Beverly Hills in 1985 with a special barbeque chicken pizza. Since then, they have expanded to more restaurants in more than 30 states and 11 countries. Recently I traveled to the restaurant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with my family and had an amazing time.  When I walked in the door I received such a warm greeting, I knew things were going to be great. I was introduced to general manager Jean Hippensteel and restaurant manager Kenyatta. They greeted each of us and even laughed at the corny jokes my youngest twin insisted on sharing with them. When we got to our seats, we were introduced to our lovely waitress for the late afternoon, early evening, Renee, who thrilled the youngest twin by letting her know she was a vegetarian.


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