Thursday, April 24, 2014

WOW! 65 Tips to boost your Website/Blog

by Diane Estrella

Sometimes simple gets overlooked in the “bigger and better” way of life. It’s easy to overlook the obvious on how to make your blog feel “whole” and get the positive kind of attention we all crave.

Love this article that has 65, count em’, 65 tips to boost your website and web presence for the positive, and give your brand image a boost!

Yes, you need to have a contact me button at the top of your website!

Have the ways to subscribe to your blog in prominent view to make following you easier.

Simple but solid tips. Which one were you lacking? Which are you adding today from the list???


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Modern Wall Graphics Removable Wall Decals Stickers

by Diane Estrella

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Interior of nursery.

Our product is Custom Designer Adhesive Vinyl Laser-cut Wall Decals.

Quick and Easy!  Redecorate your house in a day! No artistic or technical skill required to apply our wall decals stickers. Kids can do it too!

Removable - These adhesive wall decals are as easy to remove as they are to apply, and are guaranteed to not leave residue. * Perfect for apartment dwellers, college dorms and kids rooms.

These adhesive vinyl wall decals can be used on virtually any surface! Our contemporary wall stickers work great on walls, glass, floors,doors, ceilings, furniture, and more!

luxury interior of bed room

High-Style, designer wall graphics will improve the style in every room of your home. Our wall decals can be used in the kitchen, playroom, living room, family room, bedroom, dorm room, even the garage.

Design Your Way! Customize Over 400 graphic Wall Decal Styles! Choose your Size and Color!

Realistic - Wall Slicks wall decals look like paint! Thinness of material and opaque, matte finish allows decals to blend in with any decor and not look “stickery”.

Just Peel and Stick! Wall Slicks surface graphics are quick and easy to apply! Perfect for the Do-It-Yourself enthusiast..

Botanical flower wall decals stickers

No mess, inexpensive alternative to paint techniques, murals, stenciling, and stamping. Anyone can quickly add and remove these exciting wall decals.

Large variety of styles, sizes and colors. You can find the perfect wall graphics to fit your current interest.

Change your decor as often as you want! Removable wall decals are ideal on the walls of your baby’s or child’s room. As the children’s interests change, so can their rooms.

Mix and Match styles sizes and colors for your own unique look. New styles of wall decal stickers are always being designed.

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My Review

Decorative fun for your walls!

I was very excited to have another go at using wall decals to help decorate. I had previously gotten some for my daughter’s room which were small and individual to stick. The decal I picked this time was on the large size for sure. It was approximately 2 1/2 feet tall and wide. It suggested that for larger decals you get someone to help you, but I was able to get it hung on my own. It did take me probably 45 minutes and a lot of sweat later, but I did manage to accomplish the task of getting it up there. Supposedly, wall decals can be moved if you are able to carefully remove them from one wall and place them elsewhere. There is no way I could do that with this size decal. I am not talented or patient enough. This particular decal was able to be used on a wall or the ceiling but I can not imagine how hard it would have been to hang this upside down as well.

Needless to say, I am very happy with where it is now, above my bed, and that is where it shall stay. I am always amazed at the detail that can be made with the laser cutting. It is precise and looks expensive. This site is very nice because you can customize the size, color, add your own wording, etc. These are all great ways to get EXACTLY what you want for the space you need to get it into.

If you do feel brave to hang wall decals, make sure you follow the instructions carefully. There are also how-to videos that you can watch as well to get additional pointers.

wall decal

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

one realm beyond realm walkersBook Description

Cantor D’Ahma waited his whole life for this day. Born with a gift to jump between worlds, the young realm walker is finally ready to leave his elderly mentor and accept his role as protector and defender of the realms.

But mere hours after he steps through his first portal, Cantor discovers that his job will be more dangerous and difficult than he ever imagined. The realms are plagued with crime and cruelty, and even members of the once-noble Realm Walkers Guild can no longer be trusted. To make matters worse, his first assignment – finding a dragon to assist him on his quest—has led him to Bridger, who is clearly inept and won’t leave him alone.

With the help of his new friends Bixby and Dukmee, Cantor must uncover the secrets of the corrupt guild before they become too powerful to be stopped. But his skills aren’t progressing as fast as he would like, and as he finds himself deeper and deeper in the guild’s layers of deceit, Cantor struggles to determine where his true allegiance lies.

You can check out our review here.

The Giveaway

To celebrate the release of One Realm Beyond, the author is giving away a copy of this book to one of my readers. Open to US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced May 4, 2014. Good luck!

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The author provided the book to give away. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Donita K. Paul.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

by Diane Estrella

love comes callingA girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.

That’s all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She’s tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can’t deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she’s not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It’s simple: avoid Griff’s attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call…with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale of love and discovering one’s true desires!

About the Author

Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the D.C. metro area. Learn more at www.sirimitchell.com.

My Review

Can I please give this book six out of five stars….?!!?! Thanks.

This is the fourth Siri Mitchell book I’ve read (see here: The Messenger, A Heart Most Worthy, and Unrivalled) and each one has been unique and noteworthy on its own. Love Comes Calling is by far my favorite. I think the author is immensely talented and from the variety of topics and flair that she gives to each book, it is obvious that she can write just about anything. This book especially spoke to me and has topped my list for best books of 2014. Here’s why:

  • I love that this is written from the first person point of view and its a spunky heroine.
  • I peeked at the back and read in the author’s notes that Ellis has a form of ADHD that is completely original to any story I’ve ever read. She wasn’t just being an “airhead” and had relatable flaws for today’s reader.
  • Could there be a more noble, gentler, love you as you are kind of hero in this story. Dreamy, really.
  • I love that the dialogue and inner monologue is realistic and what Ellis is really saying and thinking.
  • Wonderful life lessons out the wazoo! A definite must-read for my 13 year old daughter.
  • The last two pages brought a tear to my eye. Perfect ending.
  • Lots of quotable moments that hit home for me.

“Why couldn’t I be good at anything? Well… I was good at some things, but why couldn’t I be good at something that was worth being good at!”

Buy it Here

Bethany House sent me the above books for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Bethany House.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Five #Summer Maxi Dresses I’m crushin on!

by Diane Estrella

Summer…. wherefore art thou????

Nothing is more flow-y and freeing than slipping on a Maxi Dress and heading out the door. I love them ridiculously, and nothing says Summer more than the billowing of a maxi skirt on your shaven (or unshaven) legs.  ;)

Web Relief Open Back Maxi Dress

M Missoni Web Relief Open Back Maxi Dress.

The back on this one, is to die for. Seriously!

Young, Fabulous & Broke

Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Bangal‘ Convertible Maxi Dress

The perfect colors to make me think of a Summer sunset. Ahhhhh.

gap maxi dress

Stripe drawstring maxi dress from Gap.

An easy cotton number to throw on and then off you go.

laposhstyle maxi dress

Take Back The Night Colorblock Maxi Dress from La Posh Style.

The Chevron design is still rockin. Bold, and bright, and look at me!

anthropolgie maxi dress

Kolkata Maxi Dress from Anthropolgie

Finally, a touch of elegance for that Summer party you’ve been invited to.


Are you a fan or foe of the Maxi Dress? Which one from the above list is your favorite???


Thursday, April 17, 2014

T-shirts: from the 1800s to present day

by Diane Estrella

The t-shirt is a popular item of clothing in today’s society, it is defined by the ‘T’ shape that is formed with the body and arms. The classic t-shirt is usually seen as a collarless garment with short sleeves, covering the shoulder, and a round neckline. Modern-day versions are often made with cotton fibres and are stitched using a jersey stitch. T-shirts are distinctively soft are commonly constructed on a circular loom, with the body being created using a continuously woven tube. The mass production and manufacture of t-shirts in a modern-day world is now highly automated, including the use of laser or water jet equipment to cut the fabric.

The t-shirt, as we know it, descends from the implementation of a separated (cut) and button-less version of the 19th century undergarment known as the ‘union suit’. Once the union suit was split into two separate pieces of the undergarment set, made up of bottoms and a top designed to be long enough to tuck into the waistband of the bottoms, this original use as an undergarment was adopted by miners, stevedores and the US Navy, with other various industrial workers quickly following suit.

T-shirts saw an impressive boost in popularity after Marlon Brando was seen wearing one in the movie ‘ A Streetcar Named Desire’ – this earned the t-shirt status of a fashionable outerwear garment. In the 1960′s t-shirts were commonly used as a means of self-expression and still are to this day. There are many ways to imprint designs and artwork onto t-shirts ad it is becoming increasingly common for people to be using ‘design your own t-shirt’ shops and online stores to purchase personalised t-shirts.

Despite the increase in popularity of individually personalised printed t-shirts. This practice has been around for commercial and business purposes for quite a while now. Screen printing is probably the most popular method of commercial t-shirt decoration around. Screen printing involves the separation of individual colours within a design which are then applied onto the shirt, using water-based or platisol inks, through mesh screens to limit the areas for the ink to be deposited. Screen printing isn’t the only method of t-shirt design, another method is the transfer method. The transfer method prints the given artwork onto vinyl through the use of specialist printers and then transfers the design from the vinyl and onto the t-shirt.

Embroidery, although not strictly a method of printing, is a traditional form of t-shirt design that uses chain stitches, stitched into the t-shirt directly. Embroidered t-shirts are used to produce high-quality designs, the resulting garment can last for prolonged periods of time without fading or deteriorating. The practical implications for printed-design t-shirts are as good as endless, but there are many uses that are already in practice. Marketing, charity awareness, branding, work and school uniforms, concert and band memorabilia, protests and many more. The t-shirt began it’s life as a simple undergarment, but now plays a large part in the development of our culture and our need for free speech.

George Christo has a passion for Customised t-shirts, work wear embroidery and teamwear – this is his job and his world. You can connect with him on Google+