29 July 2013

The Correct Training Can Prevent Disasters (Guest Post From TrainingPro.Com)

I can remember vividly how back in 2005 the mortgage industry was like the Wild West. Because of the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act during the Clinton years, the mortgage industry became crazy. Now both commercial banks and investment banks could become one entity. Not a good idea. Either way this led to mortgage brokerages sprouting up everywhere. Speaking for myself I was in the San Fernando Valley at the time and along Ventura Boulevard your could throw a rock and hit a small chop shop.

It wasn’t exactly like there was learning mortgage broker industry training, it was every man for himself. It seems like these fly by night shops simply hired young hungry kids, made them into “Account Executives” and cut them loose with a phone and phonebook. And the one thing I can tell you that every one of them could have used Training Pro.

I’m not naive in saying that if some account executives would have had mortgage broker training that this economic disaster could have been completely avoided. But I can say that it definitely would have helped. Well, the training coupled with a book on ethics perhaps. I’m not a regulation guy, but I do think that there should be a section included in the test that potential brokers are forced to pass that deals with more training and more ethical business practice. I guess we never will know what truly could have been avoided with the proper training. Let’s just hope we learned from our mistakes.

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24 July 2013

{Sweepstakes} Influenster Summer Block Party

My Dear Friends,

Influenster is giving away FIVE MEGA VOXBOXES in their Summer Block Party Sweepstakes!  It's super easy to enter. 

You just like them on FB, share the contest with your friends and share the contest on your wall.  Super simple, huh?  I just entered...you should too!  I mean, who doesn't like free stuff?!  Click here to enter the contest!

17 July 2013

{Giveaway} Christmas In July

My Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop hosted by Just Married with Coupons, Sweep Tight and Matter of Cents! Enter to win hundreds of dollars in prizes by hopping from blog to blog! The grand prize sponsor is Maggie Bags. They take recycled material & give it new life by creating eco-friendly & sophisticated handbags! Other sponsors include SodaTabs and JustSweep!

If you're a longtime follower, you may remember we've participated in this great giveaway hop for the past two years.  If you're a new follower --- welcome!  Enjoy the giveaway & good luck everyone!  

We're giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card!  One lucky winner will be able to get whatever they want!  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. 
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Don't forget to check out the other great giveaway participants as well as enter the Grand Prize Giveaway!

16 July 2013

Introducing Yabbly.

My Dear Friends,

I've heard people in conversation say that it would be nice to have an app that helps you make better purchasing decisions.  I agreed it would be incredibly useful but there just wasn't anything out there...until now.

I'd like to introduce you to Yabbly.

Yabbly is this cool online community of wonderful people who help each other make great purchasing decisions everyday.  The Yabbly app was a finalist in SxSW 2013 in the social category!  They are also a a top 3 search result in "product reviews" on the iPhone app store.

Here's the coolest part.  Yabbly is looking for people who are in the know about beauty, fashion, lifestyle, tech and home.  If you feel like you're one of those people, feel free to check them out at Yabbly and download our iPhone app.   You could help the Yabbly community grow & flourish!

The Yabbly philosophy is that the best purchasing decisions are made through dialogue with actual people who have made similar decisions recently. They believe that one of the main frustrations about online shopping today is that averaging a bunch of reviews just doesn't cut it, and you're left buying a product and simply hoping for the best.  That's where Yabbly comes in.  Got a question?  Yabbly guarantees an answer to your question within 24 hours for free!  It's like having an online BFF to help you out!

There are a lot of amazing features that add to the Yabbly experience.  You can create your own "Tens List" of your favorite things you own and love & share it with your followers.  You can also have your subscribers add to the Yabbly experience by helping one another make better purchasing decisions everyday through joining our community.  Don't forget to ask your own product purchasing questions; that way you can get quality responses that will aid in decision making!

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15 July 2013

{Giveaway} Red, White & Blue!

My Dear Friends,

What better way to celebrate the Land of the Free than  with FREE GIVEAWAYS!?  Welcome to the Red, White, and Blue Giveaway Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.  We're celebrating Independence Day with a bang - an event full of giveaways!  Each giveaway is either patriotic, made in the USA, OR color themed!  Be sure to hop around and see the fun, unique prizes at every blog! 

I've got some really fun, patriotic prizes up for grabs!  Three winners will each receive a pair of ArteStile Picasso Tweezers in either red, white or blue (ARV $25/each) and one lucky winner will receive a 2' custom number from Grungy Galz (ARV $50)!

Seriously,  you guys, I am bowled over by these prizes!  ArteStile are the ONLY tweezers I use and Grungy Galz has the more creative and fun online shop around!  It's just too bad I can't win!  I do get to pass the goodies on to you lovely people, however!  All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below to get entered to win!  Good Luck everyone!

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Now that you've entered to win on my blog, be sure to hop around to all the other bloggers offering fun, patriotic giveaways.  If you're a cloth diapering fan, you'll want to check out the color themed giveaway from Thirsties - an USA cloth diaper company! 


Enter the Grand Prize Here!

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11 July 2013

{Review} Rank & Style

My Dear Friends,
I'd like to introduce you to Rank & Style, a new platform that allows you (through web & mobile) to simplify how women shop via unbiased, data-driven  lists of the best beauty & fashion around. Their top ten lists are created utilizing an algorithm that methodically researches and aggregates data (for example: reviews, bestseller lists, editorial recommendations and expert product reviews) from the most popular and relevant department stores, boutiques, fashion blogs and style magazines.  Rank & Style is on a mission to simplify and revolutionize shopping.

Rank & Style can change the way you shop! Imagine countless Top-10 lists of the most amazing shoes, clothes, hair tools, cosmetics, etc. -- right at your fingertips.  Rank & Style does all of this to give you an easier, faster, and more efficient way to shop. 

Let's break it down, shall we?  Each list contains 10 items.  Each item on that list has a picture, a small product description, reasons why that item made the list, the price, and where you can buy it.  You can also Tweet, Like, Pin, or add that item to your favorites right on Rank & Style. 

Sometimes it's difficult to find what you want.  It seems like there's so much thrown at you...friends' opinions, style magazines, user reviews, fashion blogs...that sometimes it's overwhelming.  That's the main reason I enjoy Rank & Style - the simplicity.  Click a list and right there on your screen are carefully curated items that are loved by many.  They even show you what lists have been popular recently and which are trending right now.

Sign-up is simple and easy.  You can either log-in with Facebook or create and account with your email address.  From there it's just deciding which list to look at first!

Connect With Rank & Style
Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - LinkedIn - Blog - YouTube - Pinterest - Vimeo

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09 July 2013

{Review} The PinkPanel

My Dear Friends,

Today I want to talk about a new company that I adore.

If you love beauty, makeup, skin care, and the latest trends and want to share your passion with like-minded women then the PinkPanel is the place for you. Join thousands of women just like you and become a part of the PinkPanel™, the most beautiful and fun consumer panel in the world.

You want to know how it works, right?  Of course you do!  How does the PinkPanel work? Simple...

1. Join our panel and be instantly eligible to enter product giveaways
2. Get free beauty products
3. Give us your feedback and reviews on products before they hit the shelves
4. Get paid
5. Have fun

Bloggers and consumers alike can join the exciting network of beauty-obsessed women.  Every woman on the PinkPanel has the opportunity to lend her valuable voice to the ever-evolving world of beauty. PinkPanelists have the ability to not only test/receive/review everything that beauty has to offer, but are oftentimes compensated for doing so!  Who wouldn't love that?!

PinkPanel is even running a contest right now!  They'll be rewarding three new members with $250 gift cards to Sephora!  All you have to do is join the network of over $20,000 beauty obsessed women!

How do you enter the contest, you may ask?  Well, it's very simple.
1. Head over to our PinkPanel Facebook page: Click Here
2. Click the hot pink “JOIN” icon
3. Tell us a little bit about yourself (don't forget to include which beauty blogger sent you --->I'm Tiffany from Fashion In The Forest)
4. And *BAM*…you have instant eligibility to be one of THREE $250 Sephora gift card winners!

Ohhhh yeah....Did I mention that by joining the PinkPanel you will also be able to receive FREE beauty products, give us your feedback & reviews on products before they hit the shelves, get paid, and have fun!?
Connect With PinkPanel


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05 July 2013

{Review} Shopbevel

My Dear Friends,

Today I want to talk about Shopbevel.  Founded by Courtney McColgan while attending Stanford Graduate School of Business, Shopbevel has has attracted 150,000+ votes, 30,000+ users, and 4,000+ designers --- all from 34 countries since it's launch in March.  That's an incredible achievement!

Shopbevel has been featured on Today Show, InStyle, People, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and others. Shopbevel is venture-backed by Lightbank and Great Oaks (seed investors in Modcloth, Warby Parker, and Bonobos).
Shopbevel works with independent designers to bring to market the best in jewelry design. Designers submit designs to the site, the community votes and Shopbevel manufactures and sells selected winners - paying royalties back to the designers.  At Shopbevel, they believe every jewelry designer should have the opportunity to be discovered and they strive to create a community to make that possible.

Shopbevel works with an international community of jewelry designers from more than 34 countries.  If you're wondering who their designers are, they are creative professionals living all over the globe.  Some have design degrees, and some don't.  We have adults, teenagers, and children all participating on the site.  Some designers have full-time jobs in creative fields, and many are well-known quite apart from their success on Shopbevel. 
Shopbevel.com is THE go-to place for shoppers looking for unique jewelry design and independent jewelry designers that may not have otherwise been able to bring their designs to a larger market.
Another interesting facet of the company is that product that sold on Shopbevel has been voted into production by our community.  Each item begins as a jewelry design submitted to our site by an independent designer, and ends as a piece of a Shopbevel collection manufactured by our production facilities.
I received a pair of gold elephant studs designed by J. Koppel of Berlin to review.  The design is a vintage style while also showing an animalistic nature.  The earrings are finely detailed; you can quite clearly see the lines in the trunk & forehead, the ivory tusks and eyes.  They're made of gold plated metal and are nickel free. The size dimensions are 3/4" across and 3/4" drop.

Shopbevel wants you to have the opportunity to shop their incredible site so they've graciously offered a 25% discount on everything in their store with code BBSTUDS.  The code expires on 7/31/13.  Use this code and shop around; get a taste of what beautiful jewelry that these independent artisans have to offer.  You won't be disappointed.

Connect With Shopbevel
Website - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Pinterest

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04 July 2013

01 July 2013

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