Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Let's Give Back {#GivingTuesday 2015}

Every day is a good day to give thanks. And every day is a good day to give back. 

If you're a regular reader, you know that I strongly believe in supporting my favorite charities and good causes and doing all that I can to promote social good. It's just what I do. 

November is the month of giving thanks and showing gratitude. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving - this year falling on December 1st - is a day that we now know as #GivingTuesday. It's a day dedicated to giving back, all around the globe - powered by social media, for social good. Charities, businesses, families, students, and communities around the world come together on this day to create as much hype as they can, all in support of one goal - giving back. Check out what we did last year as part of our Giving Tuesday celebration. We shared our UNselfies on instagram, here and here

This year, with me now working full time, I've put blogging a little on the back burner more so than I would like, which means that I didn't have as much time to prepare my Giving Tuesday blog post as I wanted. 

But, I wanted to share it really quickly with you, because it's something I believe in. You can learn more at www.givingtuesday.org, and I encourage you all to give back today, no matter how small. Every little bit always matters. Plus, Paypal is sponsoring the official attempt to break the Guiness Record for Most Money Raised Online in 24 Hours for Charity. You can help break the record, with a teeny, tiny donation via Paypal! And you can make a difference.

Paypal is also offering a special incentive for online donations by making sure 100% of your donation is given to the charity of your choice. Not only that, they're adding 1% to your contribution as well. Learn more about it at www.paypal.com/givecheer and donate today!

What else are we doing for #GivingTuesday this year??? 

Buy anything from our shop justByou & we'll donate $5 from each sale to one of our favorite charities (still undecided as to which one right now). 

You can follow us on instagram to see our Giving Tuesday posts throughout the day. We still love the UNselfie idea, so you might see one of those!

What's your favorite charity? What's one of your favorite ways to give back?

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Fun After the Holiday {Retweet Party}

Hey there...we thought it'd be fun to kick back after a big holiday and have a little Twitter Party for the weekend. Technically speaking a RE-TWEETING PARTY! #RetweetParty

Objectives are two-fold: gain followers, gain reach on Twitter!

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So here are the simple rules:
  • First:  Share one recent TWEET that you want to have retweeted. That URL should be added to the FIRST Inlinkz field. 
  • Retweet at least the 2 before yours, but please go crazy and retweet lots more!
  • Use the hashtag #RetweetParty to help us find yours. (optional)

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  • Next: If you want new FOLLOWERS on Twitter please add your Twitter URL to the second Inlinkz field below. 
  • For those who do this part, please follow everyone on Twitter in the list.
  • Party is open until 11:55pm ET Sunday evening. 
Follow our HOSTS on TWITTER.

Please Tweet Our Party!

Add the URL to one RECENT TWEET here:

Add the URL to your TWITTER PAGE here:

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Be Thankful {Words for my Wednesday}

It's been a long time since I've been able to share a Words for my Wednesday post here on the blog. Too long! 

While sitting down to prepare today's words, I remembered one of my favorites from last year around this time. It's still one of my all-time favorites too. 

Today it's all about gratitude, because that's what Thanksgiving is about - giving thanks, being thankful. I encourage you to be thankful each and every day, because we really do have so much to be grateful for in life.

Here are the Words for my Wednesday...

And I love what Oprah Winfrey says:

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." 

Do you have a favorite quote about gratitude? Share it with me in a blog comment. I love to read your thoughts.
I hope your Wednesday is full of gratitude!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sharing With You {Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop}

This year, and every year, I always have so much to be grateful for in life. 

Through the past few years, things have been difficult, but this year marked an important transition for my family and me...I went back to work. I got a day job. For the first time in 10 years, I now have to go to work (instead of working at home, being at home). And as my family and I all adjust to the dramatic change and try to get used to doing things so incredibly differently, my blogger buddies have had my back. And I'm so very thankful for that!

I wish you ALL a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving 
from all of the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop co-hosts to you and yours!
Alli, Brittany, Carrie, Cathy, CD, Dawn, Diane, Emma, Heidi Jo, Jaimi, Kim, Saira, Sinea and Tammy.
We will be back next week -Tuesday evening Dec 1st 7pm ET- with another great party and the features from our last party.
In the meantime, each of us selected a special post from our own blogs to share with you, with our love.

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See you next week!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Black Friday 2015 at #shopjustByou

It's so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just days away. I'm really not even ready for the holidays yet, and it's already the week of! Where does the time go?

I still have so much to share, and I've been SO behind with my blogging. Thanksgiving Holiday really snuck up on me. Real fast! 

And we all know what follows Thanksgiving, besides a full tummy...BLACK FRIDAY. Yes, we're having a Black Friday SALE at our shop justByou. And you get the official preview here on the blog!

Two of our handmade items will be marked at a special price, giving YOU an awesome 50% off, all day long (while supplies last)!!! 

The cuff bracelet that will be on sale is the completely customizable listing, so you can have your cuff say whatever you want. Personalize it and make it yours, or give it as the perfect gift.

The "Chase Your Dreams" Necklace is the LAST ONE and will be on sale for just $7 on Friday!

PLUS, since you're here on the blog...You get a sneak peek preview, because Small Business Saturday we'll be having special sale prices too! All day on Saturday, you can use coupon code SHOPSMALL2015 and save 20% off your entire purchase ($5 and up). It's only for ONE DAY, so make it count!

We'll be having other deals when Cyber Week begins next Monday too. But for that, you'll have to stay tuned!

Do you know of any great Black Friday and/or Small Biz Saturday deals going on this year? Share it with a blog comment!!!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

A New Look for Google Plus & Thanking YOU at #GrowingCirclesHop

Hello, there! Welcome to another Thursday party, where we share our Google Plus content with Growing Circles Hop.

We do also want to point out that there is a newer, simple and easy-to-navigate style of Google Plus being offered in preview mode...We'll soon be talking more about that, but we'll be taking next week off for Thanksgiving Break. You might want to try out the new view and have a look around, and the option is available to switch back to the "classic G+" if you don't like the new style. A sample of the New Look is below!

You can see that the menu is now located on the left side, the cover photo image size is changed, interests are shown near the top and then the G+ posts below that. We'll get into more detail when we get back from our break! (So, we hope you'll join us in December!)
And for today's party...

This week we are all about giving thanks and showing YOU, our party-goers, how much we appreciate you linking up with us each week. We're showcasing some of our most loyal #GrowingCirclesHop partiers. Our party is on #89 and still always going strong with awesome content and people to follow on Google Plus as we party together. Be sure to stop by our featured partiers this week and be certain they're in your circles!

These are just a sliver of our regular party people! We are so thankful for each and every one of you that join us and share content (and use our party hashtag too!). Don't forget to check out the linky this week for more great people to have in your circles!

Party with us and use our party hashtag
for a chance to be our next
Party Hashtag Feature OR the Wildcard!
We also now do random features now and then, what we like to call our "Wild Card Features," where we randomly select a Google Plus post from any link from the linky, so be sure to link up and share YOUR content.

Remember to link up your G+ profile or a G+ post you've shared publicly,
not your blog URL.

The party stays open until Friday night at midnight, EST! So don't be shy, come and visit on Friday too. Show us your G+ posts. Search our party hashtag in G+ to see awesome content for TWO days instead of just one! 

To make the most of this link party, please follow the rules below.
1. You MUST add your hosts and co-hosts to one of your circles before linking up. 
Cathy  |  Sinea  |  Kim

2. Link up your personal Google+ profile, blog or business G+ pagesOR -- you can link up a specific G+ post of yours - but NOT your blog URL. 
Note: If you want to post both of them, we're cool with that too! The only thing we ask is that you limit your post shares to one per blog/business page. We have no set limit for personal post shares, but please keep it to a reasonable number (preferably not more than 5 posts using our party hashtag).
3. Publicly share a post - (new or old) on G+ and use the party hashtag #GrowingCirclesHop. See note above for limit guidelines.
4. Connect with others by clicking on your #growingcircleshop hashtag, or enter "growingcircleshop" in the search box at the top. Engage with at least 2-3 others by a Share, +1 and/or Comment. 
5. Add new friends to your circles! Be social. It's completely worth it!
6. Help us spread the word about this party so we can try for trending on Google Plus each week! 
Check back on G+ and +1/comment on the party posts with our hashtag #growingcircleshop until Friday night.

Want to co-host? We're looking for awesome bloggers to help us!
If interested, send an email to Kim at 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "G+ Party Co-Host" in the subject line.

LINK UP below!!! You can now link up your G+ profile page -OR- you can link up a specific G+ post that you've already publicly shared using our party hashtag!  

Take a look at the posts for our Google Plus Tips Series here: 

Plus, join us at Wonderful Wednesday this week and share your recipes, DIY crafts, and more!

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