Here’s Another Pretty Wedding Cake For Me To Consider

cakeMy husband bakes. But I’ve asked him years ago to stop baking because he’d bake cinnamon rolls, cakes, muffins and then head off to work and I’ll be the one left at home all day with the sweat treats, no wonder I gained 30 pounds after marriage. But I’m working on it and I’ve also been working in my head on the vow renewal ceremony. Look at this cake. Yay! I love it. And I know I said that it was a battle between these two cakes, but now I’m torn yet again. I know it’s little bitty cake, but it’s sooo pretty.

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5 Awesome Ideas For Spring Cleaning Your Closet

SpringCleaningNothing says Summer is coming like Spring Cleaning! Perhaps you’re wondering what to do with all of those old clothes that don’t fit you, hubby or all the stuff that the kids have outgrown. Here are some awesome tips!

1. Drop them off at Goodwill or the Salvation Army. They’ll give you a receipt that you can fill in with a value amount and claim on your taxes. That’s easy and will save you time, give you back valuable space and free you of any other headaches when it comes to winter clutter.

2. If you are a little more adventurous when it comes to your “stuff” you can sort your pieces and the pricier designer pieces you may opt to send to a consignment shop. Reason? You’ll get a higher price for those pieces. They sell the items and you get a percentage of the sale “and” the “stuff” is still out of your space and out of your hair too.

3. Take some of your best pieces and grab a girlfriend and head over to a local swap event. Swap Events are really hot right now. Everyone comes together at these events for the same purpose. You give some of your best things that you don’t want anymore and get some new things to add to your collect.ion While you won’t gain any space with this tip, this is a great way to up your wardrobe potential.

4. There’s also eBay and online sellers like it. You can offer some of your prized items or things that may be more difficult to let go of that may not fit into any of the above categories, auctioning them may be your best bet. Some people enjoy the cash in hand aspect of letting go of stuff, and while the money you get may not soothe the loss, having something to show for it, may help a bit.

5. Donate select items to a homeless shelter or facilities for children. State social service offices can often point you in the right direction when it comes to drop off points. They are always in needs of clothing especial for children in emergency situations. We should all do our part whenever we can and many people prefer this option better than just doing an anonymous dump.

BONUS: You can also gather everything together and have a good old fashioned yard sale. If you go this route you can easily toss some non-clothing items in there as well too.

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Bloggers For Brands Twitter Chat #BloggersForBrands

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On April 24, 2014 at 5pm CT/6pmET I’ll be the guest on Bloggers for Brands Twitter Chat by The Write Chick Agency. I’ll be discussing my newest release The Savvy Mogul’s Manual (that recently hit #7 in Business & Money on Amazon.com) as well as the my appearance on The Today Show and giving advice on blogging. If you’re not already following me on Twitter you can follow me at http://Twitter.com/MissPrincessDom and of course you’ll be able to follow the chat using the hashtag #BloggersForBrands

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Pretty Boxes For the Upcoming Vow Renewal Ceremony

cakeminisWhen I saw these boxes I knew that I wanted to have pink boxes with petit fours at my wedding; little miniature versions of our wedding cake. Love, love, love and I love the fact that today I’ve mentally narrowed it down to Fall but more than likely Spring of next year 2015. Now I just need to settle on a pretty favor that my husband will approve of. Nothing too girly since I’m taking over everything with pink already.

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The Weekly Shoe Giveaway – Nine West Snakeskin Sandals

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I am so happy to reintroduce The Weekly Shoe Giveaway. It will probably we bi-weekly and gradually work its way up to weekly but nevertheless we are BACK! My business the Grow Your Dreams Network is hosting the first shoe giveaway. Here is a little more about what I do. Linda Dominique Grosvenor-Holland assists bloggers, ministries and authors with increasing visibility and understanding social media as well as how to effectively network and create buzz about their products and businesses. She helps position them to create multiple streams of income through her Grow Your Dreams Network. Her own blogging endeavors landed her an appearance on The Today Show to dish about one of her favorite things, “Why Women Love Shoes.” Check out the official website at http://www.GrowYourDreamsNetwork.com.

THIS ITEM IS AVAILABLE IN SIZE 6-11.
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Here’s How to Enter:

  1. Like the Sponsor’s fan page at Facebook.com/BloggersandMogulswithLindaDominiqueGrosvenor
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  3. Follow  us on Instagram @MissPrincessDom
  4. Join the mailing list here. Please Note: You must click the link in the verification email to be “on” the list.
  5. Follow us on Twitter at @MissPrincessDom and Tweet the Giveaway via the link on the post.
  6. Like our fan page at Facebook.com/PrincessDominiqueInc
  7. Leave a comment and let us know that you’ve done it ALL, how happy you’d be if you won these fab shoes. You know we keep it shoe FAB!

Please Note: All Winner WILL be verified prior to prizes being awarded.
A Winner Will Be Chosen Randomly on April 29, 2014
THIS CONTEST IS OPEN WORLDWIDE!

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Statement Necklaces For My Photo Shoot

JCrewCrystalI’m still on board with my fitness routine and I’m almost ready for my photo shoot so that I can finally update all of my websites, photos and social media sites. I got all of my outfits together, today however i wanted to share the cute necklaces I snagged. The first one is the J. Crew crystal necklace that I’ve been stalking online for awhile.

SoExcessive_LiquidMetalNecklaceThis one is the Liquid Metal Necklace that I purchased over a year ago from So Excessive. I love their accessories, from necklaces to cuffs, you will too. | http://www.SoExcessive.com

GreenNecklaceAnd this final one is a pretty green and I’m thrilled about it because it matches a green blouse I’m wearing perfectly. I snagged from a boutique in New Jersey call An Extra Touch. You can like their page on Facebook here.

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Gorgeous Wedding Cake Stand

cakestandAlthough I haven’t posted much about it, I am VERY MUCH still in wedding planning and renewing the vows mode. I don’t know where I discovered this cute yet simple cake stand (probably Pinterest) however, I’d love to have one sized to scale for my wedding cake. it’s so very adorable for a cake stand and it prevents me from having to go with something cardboard. I am totally smitten with this.

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My Chicken Pesto Flatbread Fiasco with Tropical Smoothie Cafe

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My husband and I frequent Tropical Smoothie Cafe weekly. To say weekly is really an understatement because sometimes he hits them up when he’s at work and he’s not in the mood for coffee. When I’m not in the mood for something heavy for dinner I’ll have a flatbread sandwich or a wrap and one of our Saturday morning rituals is to drive and grab a smoothie and the sandwich of our choice and continue out on our weekend adventure. If you don’t believe me just follow me on Instagram. You’ll see me every now and then posting a smoothie. So imagine how surprised I was when I went to my local spot on Fordham Drive in Virginia Beach and upon returning home I was ready to devour the Chicken Pesto Flatbread Sandwich I purchased.

Actually I had become so fond of the flatbreads that I started ordering two. My logic was that I would eat one now and save one for later, which almost never happened. They were so good I’d eat both and end up skipping dinner. But this time after eating the first one I became a little nauseated and I wasn’t sure why because I hadn’t eaten anything all day. All I’d had was lemon squeezed into my bottled water and I had been sipping on that throughout the day. As I started to take a bite into the second flatbread there was a charred, burnt taste in my mouth. I put the flatbread to my nose and even thought it didn’t “look” burnt, it smelled burnt, as if it was cooked a bit too long. My husband wanted to take me back to location, but I wanted to call first because we had just left and there was a wait because the store was very crowded. So I called the number on the receipt and the phone just rang and rang and rang and rang. So I hung up and put the flat bread in the  fridge until the next morning. When I woke up the next morning I immediate tried to locate their corporate office and their corporate Twitter account. I figured that many companies create social media accounts to reach out to customers and assist them. So I sent them the following tweet:

I was typing so fast. I meant to say “yesterday” since I purchased the flatbread on Saturday not Sunday. Beyond just a refund for the flatbreads, I’m currently waiting to hear back from corporate to see how they’ll assist a customer who on average between her and her husband must spend at least $50 or more with their company per month.

Edit: April 7, 2014

I received a Twitter message from corporate after they read my post and that was quickly followed up by an email which said:

Hi Linda,

We heard about your experience with the flatbread, and we want to try and help!

Please reach out here – http://tropicalsmoothie.com/contact-us/ – and complete the form so that your experience will be documented so that we can address it fully.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, and thanks for being an awesome and loyal guest of Tropical Smoothie Café!

Edit: April 7, 2014

I just got a call on my cell from the owner of the location I went to this past Saturday. She was sincere and apologetic, explained what possibly happened and offered my husband and I FREE LUNCH at her location and I appreciate that. I look forward to visiting this particular location again because honestly I love their products and we all make mistakes. I love when businesses use social media to allow their customers to reach out to them, express themselves and clear up issues so that all parties are satisfied.

Sidenote: I talk about this in my forthcoming book The Savvy Mogul’s Manual–Social Media really assisted me in this respect because Tropical Smoothie had an active and “responsive” social media account. Many business have accounts, but when you message them you may not get a timely response until weeks or months later, if at all. Their timely social media response was KEY in resolving this issue.

Edit: April 12, 2024

This afternoon my husband and I went back to the same location to claim the 2 lunches the owner left for us. We were hoping to actually meet the owner face to face but she wasn’t there. The service was courteous and the lunch and smoothie was good–just as it was when we first started frequenting this location. Thank you.

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Facebook and Twitter Social Media Cookies, No, Not That Kind

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Facebook-cookiesI discovered these cute Facebook and Twitter cookies a few years ago. The kind of cookies you eat not the kind that tracks your visit to websites. I had archived them on my blog before I had the fiasco with the horrible hosting services that basically ate years of my posts but I wanted to share the cookies again for you. Aren’t they just cute? Imagine using them as a promotional tool or for a wedding favor. So very adorable, especially for those who are heavy into social media. In case you want the recipe for how to make these delicious sugary cookies, click here. The recipe for the icing can be found here.

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