Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Etsy Twitter Shop of the Week - Glitzy Events

Kimberley Williams, of Glitzy Events has one mission: to provide high quality products and personalized service to her clients. Whether working with brides-to-be, or those planning graduation, anniversary or other celebrations, Glitzy Events is a one-stop source for everything from gorgeous, fully customized invitations to products such as unity & memorial candles, place cards, menus, programs, etc.

Born out of Kimberley's frustrations while planning her own wedding, Glitzy Events is happy to design something unique for a customer. "We can take any design in our shop and customize it completely for our clients. If a client loves our work but wants something a little different we will work with them until we can come up with a design that they love. We don’t charge any additional design fees as we feel that this is part of the custom process." Located in New York, the shop currently ships to the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK and is always happy to provide shipping quotes for other International customers.

With a full service website as well as an Etsy location, Kim's always looking for ways to save time and has found Twitter to be very useful in reaching new clients.
"Twitterfeed.com has been an extremely helpful tool. As I list new items they are posted to my twitter account automatically within 30 minutes which then results in immediate views for my products. Using this tool saves me a lot of time and allows my products to be seen by hundreds of people almost instantly. This has helped me to connect with other professionals within and outside of my industry. These connections lead to referrals which lead to sales."

Glitzy Events is offering two specials this week: Become a Fan of their Facebook Page (http://facebook.com/GlitzyEvents), leave a comment on their Wall, and receive 5% off your full
invitation order
Order 2 or more INVITATION samples and get free shipping...refund to be issued via Paypal.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Finding some extra money

If your budget is stretched to the point of breaking, you may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and downright anxious. There are solutions out there that you may not have thought of. Many of these ideas can be done from home, so if you have small children, you don’t have to worry about the extra cost of child care.

- Sell what you don’t need: If you have a lot of stuff laying around the house that you don’t use, you can make some extra money by selling it on eBay. Some items to go through include toys or clothes that the kids have outgrown, kitchen appliances that only get turned on once a year, or books that you’ve already read,

- Direct sales could be an answer: If you like to spend time with friends and can get out of the house once or twice per week (or don’t mind having a bunch of people over at your house), you may want to consider joining a direct sales company. With these type of companies, you pay a fee to join the company as a consultant. The company will send you a starter kit that you can use to start selling their product in exchange for a commission.

- Become a virtual assistant - If you have administrative skills, consider taking on a few hours of work each week as a virtual assistant. If you are just starting out in this field, you can expect to earn around $10 per hour. If you work just 10 hours per week, you can earn an extra $100 per week or $400 per month. Sounds pretty good, huh? These types of jobs can be found through websites such as www.guru.com, as well as on job boards such as www.justonlinejobs.com

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Find Time To Exercise

Did you realize how many benefits exercising has? It can make you feel better about yourself, give you more energy, and help relieve stress.

Finding the time to exercise isn’t always easy, especially if you are a busy mom. Here are some tips to help you find the time:

- Schedule it in: Pencil in some exercising time, just as you would any appointment. If it’s on your schedule, you are more likely to follow through on your exercise plans.

- Get a buddy: Ask a friend to meet you for workouts. It’s a lot harder to skip your workouts when you know that there will be someone at the gym waiting for you.

- Join a 24 hour gym: If your schedule is irregular and you find that gyms are closed during the free time you have to work out, find a gym that is open 24 hours a day. Many chains that offer this service are popping up all over the country. (check out www.anytimefitness.com to see if there is a location in your area)

- Buy some DVDs: Invest in some fitness DVDs and you won’t have to worry about making it out to the gym. Whenever you want to work out, you can simply pop in a DVD.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Finding a Great Bargain

If you are looking for a good bargain, this is a great time of year to find one. Retailers are trying to get rid of any leftover stock, as well as make room for upcoming fall fashiions. This can be the best time of year to buy coats, jeans or any other last season wear.

Before you start shopping, it’s a good idea to know what you are shopping for. Start by going through your child’s closet and drawers and evaluating what they will still be able to wear this year. Then, make a list of what your child actually needs. When you go shopping with a list in hand, you will stay on budget and be less likely to buy impulse items.

At the same time, keep an eye out for each retailer’s weekly sales ads. Each store will likely have a big sale on one or two items, in order to draw shoppers in. It may take a little bit of time to run around to each store in order to buy just the sales items, but it could save you a lot of money.

If you are crafty, you can buy plain items, such as t-shirts and let your kids customize them. Some easy ways to do this are with fabric paints or iron on transfers.

While many people head straight to retail stores, going to consignment shops, yard sales, and sites such as eBay can be more budget friendly. Before buying any used clothing, check for any tears, rips, or stains.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Little ways to save money

f you are looking for some extra ways to save money, look no further. I have some tips you can easily put into action!

• Instead of buying the latest books, magazines, or dvd’s, head to your local library and borrow them for free!

• Save the environment and your budget by carpooling or taking public transportation

• Try consolidating your services in order to get better pricing. For example, if you purchase your internet, home phone, and cable television from the same company, you’ll get a better rate than if you chose to do business with three separate companies.

• Instead of buying new items from a retail store, consider looking through eBay, FuzzB or Bonanzle listings.

• If you currently own a car that you make a monthly payment on, is it possible to sell that car and purchase a car that you own outright? Just think about how much money you would save if you didn’t have a large car payment to make each month.

Got any other tips? Add them to this list by leaving a comment on this post.

Friday, July 3, 2009

July 4th SALE

To celebrate Independence Day weekend I am offering a special Yankee Doodle Dandy sale in all my stores. (I just can't get that song out of my head - maybe this sale will help.)

All orders of $25.00 or more will receive a 10% discount (before shipping).

This sale runs from 00:00 hour to 24:00 hours, July 4, 2009. So long as your gateway receipt reads up to midnight on July 4th, 2009.

Your discount will be refunded to you once your order has been paid for.

Sale applies to my following stores:

http://www.biblio.com/bookstores/maublake.html (on biblio.com use this coupon code at checkout B599284-4th of July)