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LIVELY, Katie does Marketing, JNP Coffee

Trent Rollings

LIVELY

I sat on our hotel bed in downtown Washington D.C. It was the perfect morning: sleeping in, take-out coffee from down the street, and bra shopping. Online. From the comfort of the bed. I had been admiring these bras for weeks and found a discount code. Two bras for $55. Minus $10. Free shipping over $40. Two bras for $45 and I'm hoping this works because buying bras online is RISKY. That was six months ago and I knew that if it worked and if they were awesome and comfortable and durable, I'd sing the praises of this company for years. Well, here I am. My song for you is this - comfortable, soft, affordable, AND my all-day bra has a hook that converts the classic strap to a racerback. They sent me this bralette pictured below in exchange for an honest review and I'm glad to do it. Not only that, but now I can share with you a discount code like the one I used! Get your $10 off shopping wearlively.com using the code AMB-christinetinelizabeth at checkout.  C

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Katie Does Marketing 

Instagram has algorithms that change regularly (if you didn't know that Instagram had algorithms, keep reading. You need this.). Comments on your photos and messages from your stories all go into how often your picture shows up on your friends' or clients' feed. These are things I didn't know or understand until I started following Katie on Instagram. She's a marketing consultant who helps businesses (big and small) develop and understand their social media engagement and impact. Personally, I think she's a really cool person and she's one of the only IG stories that I'll turn my volume on for (I'm not even over-exaggerating). While you can hire her to help you up your game online, she also offers free advice and helpful hints through her blog and Instagram! Don't know where to start? Take this quiz on her website to see where you already shine on social media, and she'll send you tips to help you grow in other areas. C

 Photo credit:  Katie Does Marketing

Photo credit: Katie Does Marketing

JNP Coffee

We met Jeanine because we needed to borrow an aroma kit to study for a coffee exam. What we got was not only use of her kit, but she also helped us study the aromas found in coffee and she share parts of her story as a green coffee buyer. Jeanine owns JNP Coffee, a company that produces, promotes, and trades African Speciality Coffee. They work specifically in Jeanine's home country of Burundi, producing an excellent product of coffee and supporting women farmers in those communities. As a part of the International Women's Coffee Alliance, JNP empowers women and their communities. Not only can you learn more on their website, but you can buy JPN's Burundi coffee from Acoustic Java (roasted in Worcester, MA) and have it delivered to your front door!  C

 Photo credit:  JNP Coffee

Photo credit: JNP Coffee

Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.
— Sara Blakely

Turmeric, Reply All, Postable

Trent Rollings

Turmeric

It's cold and flu season and everyone's best practices are going around the internet and occupying many conversations. How do you boost your immune system? On the one hand, I can see my own cold as a reminder to slow down and get the rest I need. On the other hand, I got stuff to do! This year, I'm loving tumeric. One of my favourite feel-better go to drinks is the Golden Latte. It's warm, soothing, and boosts your immune system. I've only tried it with coconut milk, which added to the delicious flavour. If you're not a warm-beverage person (where did you even come from?), many juice stores sell "tumeric shots" which boost your system with a small, cold drink. You can also add the spice into your dishes! Tumeric is the spice that gives curry it's color and I've also added a pinch to homemade granola, which added a delightful zest.  C

 Photo credit:  M  edical News Today

Photo credit: Medical News Today

Reply All

If you've ever asked me for a podcast recommendation, you know about this one. The origin of my love for this podcast goes back to the first few months of our marriage as we road tripped a couple of times back and forth through the Rocky Mountains. We binged. Once caught up, I have spent the past three years eagerly waiting week by week for the next episode, listening on the train in Manila, in Uber rides through the city, and on those nights that I just can't get to sleep. PJ and Alex, the hosts of the show have been my faithful friends (they just don't know it). The stories of the show all revolve, in some way, about the internet and technology. I've learned about how the internet started, how to protect myself from phishing, and about more memes and tweets than I would have known about otherwise. If I were you, I'd start at the beginning. But here are a few of more recent personal favorites: #50 The Cathedral, #98 The Fog of Covfefe, and #102 Long DistanceC

 Photo credit:  CBC.ca

Photo credit: CBC.ca

Postable

I love sending mail. I love getting mail. We're in a season now without a car and getting to the store and then the post office is a bit tricky and just takes more planing. But this week I did a quick search on how to send cards online (I'd heard it was possible but never tried!). That's how I found Postable. I found the perfect card, wrote out my own message and chose the font and when I got to the checkout, I wondered if the price would be more than I was willing to pay. But no! It was $3.50 for the card and an additional 50 cents for postage. It's the same I would have paid for a card at the store. The card are all designed by artists, most of them have a hand-drawn look. I just sent my first one, and if it works I'll use this service more no matter where we live! Sign up and get your first card for $1.00.  C

 Photo by:  pixabay.com

Photo by: pixabay.com

The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.
— Terri Guillemets

YearCompass, Topknot Twirl, Homemade French Fries

Trent Rollings

YearCompass

It can be daunting to think about the past year know how to process all that happened. It can also be a huge task to consider the year ahead and what our goals, dreams, and hopes are for the months to come. We recently heard of this website that gives you a booklet as a guide through your processing. Originally created by a group of friends in Hungary in 2012, this booklet is now translated in 22 languages and available to download for free - to be used either on your computer or printed out and used with a pen. The booklet gives you space to consider the aspects of your year that were the best, the worst, people you need to forgive, and areas where you saw grace boldly. There is space to dream of the year ahead and make concrete goals for what you want to happen. Download one for yourself today, then get yourself on their mailing list (they only send ONE email a year) so you don't miss the one for 2019. (It's never too early, right?)  C

 Photo credit:  YearCompass.com

Photo credit: YearCompass.com

Topknot Twirl

The Christmas season is over, but if you're like me, you're always on the lookout for a good gift to give to the little people in your life. I met Lauren long ago and have followed her story as she and her family lived in Asia and are now back in the States. Lauren is incredibly creative and talented and she makes and sells handmade dolls, which she first made for her own daughters. Her Etsy site explains the options you have to customize a doll: skin color, hair style and color, and clothing pattern. She also makes boy dolls! I love the simplicity and the love that goes into each doll. If you're buying two or more, use the code SIBLINGLOVE to get 10% off the total price. C

 Photo credit:  Topknot Twirl

Photo credit: Topknot Twirl

Homemade French Fries

I have an addiction; it's to French fries. I once heard the best diet plan yet - eat whatever you want, as long as you made it entirely from scratch. It sure would limit the amount of cookies or ice cream one would eat if you had to make it all on your own! I felt daunted by the prospect of making french fries from scratch, but once I did it, I've never turned back. Preheat your oven to 450F and coat a baking tray with cooking spray. Cut up potatoes into strips (I go lengthwise first, right down the middle, and continue from there), fill the baking tray (with one layer of the fries), coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix. Then bake until crispy! (Usually 30-40 minutes, with a quick broil at the end to add to the crisp.)  C

The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.
— Julia Cameron