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UnVirtual School Idea At Provost Academy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Provost Academy. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Online schools have changed a lot over the years. There are many more classes and programs being offered by just about every school. The thing that virtual schools tend to lack is the relationships that are built in a traditional school setting. Especially if you are in high school or middle school, you want your child to have interaction with other students and teachers. In the past, you didn’t have that social interaction online like you would have in a traditional classroom.

Provost Academy wants to help make the virtual school experience much more social. They are an online public school putting the social into virtual learning. At Provost, students are connected with peers, mentors, and opportunities. Provost Academy is accredited, issuing diplomas that are recognized by colleges and the military. They believe that relationships matter as much as academics, learning involves doing, and together is a lot better than alone. They are tossing out the word virtual in their quest to be The UnVirtual Online School.

The teachers, administrators and advisors are very devoted to help everyone at Provost Academy develop a one-to-one relationships. Learning is unique to each students so flexibility is required. At Provost Academy, they believe by working together they can create a distinctive learning experience for each student.

Provost Academy is a great option if you want to make your child’s learning experience more personal by making the learning experience more social. Provost Academy’s online public school is available in South Carolina and serves grades 9-12. High school students have the option to take virtual classes and still be able to socialize with others. 

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Provost Academy connects their students to opportunities. They can explore their interests by doing, to expand their sphere of awareness, and to prepare themselves for the challenges in life. Learning can happen anywhere, and this is a school that wants to expand the definition of “anywhere”! 

Provost Academy is the UnVirtual Online School because it is built on relationships! There is no cost to enroll since they are a public school. Fortunately, the value of a Provost education far exceeds the cost, and they work hard to increase that value each and every day.

There is a lot of things being done at Provost Academy to help students receive the best education, but they want to be better!  That’s where you come in. Share your ideas. What do you think an online school can do to build relationships with and for students?

You can help launch the UnVirtual movement by sharing ideas, thoughts and suggestions on ways in which an online school can be social. Who knows, your idea might just change the future for  a student.

What’s your My UnVirtual School Idea?

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Win A $200 American Express Card & Moisturizer (ARV $500) From Skintrium

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I have an awesome giveaway for you to enter. Skintrium makes Natural Skin Care Products and they are giving away a $200 American Express Card & Moisturizer. Thats a prize valued at $500!

You can have beautiful skin and a nice shopping spree!

It’s easy to enter. Just enter on the form below. (Click here to enter if you are reading this in an RSS feed or an email.)

Contest is open from 8/22 – 9/5/2014. It is open to residents of US and Canada.

Saving You Diner is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Making Connections With Brands on Social Media

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It used to be that if you wanted to get the attention of people, you would buy a billboard or an ad in the newspaper, create something catchy, and hope people would pay attention. Now, however, we have seen the rise of social media. The recent #ALSicebucketchallenge has taken the internet by storm, bringing awareness and dollars to a worthy cause.

Everywhere you go people are on their cell phones. They could be checking email, scheduling an appointment, checking their Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook stream, or just playing a game. Most people spend more time with their cell phone than with anything else, and if you’re like me, you want to interact with people. If that interaction can save you time or money, it’s even better.

Our family uses social media all the time. I find great coupons, new recipes or even tips from companies I love. Many of the bigger brands are using social media like crazy. That’s something we all have seen, but there are plenty of smaller companies who are on social media as well. Dr. Minelle Tendler is an Orthodontist in Boca Raton, and is a good example of someone in the medical field keeping her clients active through social media. Her patient rewards hub is a fun way to engage her clients and keep them thinking of her practice.

Many of the smaller businesses in your community provide a lot more value than you think on social media, offering coupons or special discounts or unique tips. Be sure to check out the Facebook pages of the local businesses or their Twitter and Instagram feeds. You can save a lot of time and money by simply connecting with them on social media.

Another advantage of interacting with brands on social media is that, in many cases, they are quicker to respond. Since I don’t like talking on the phone, I usually send a quick tweet or Facebook message to a company and, within minutes, I have an answer.

Don’t be afraid to connect with brands on social media! You’d be surprised what they are doing to get your attention there.

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

I love a good cake! There is just something really delicious about a pound cake and not just any pound cake a Lemon Pound Cake!  This is one of my favorite recipes. It goes really great with a cup of coffee or tea. Even my kids love this cake. It is super moist and flavorful!

If you are looking to impress someone – make this recipe!

Lemon Pound Cake

  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix
  • 3.7  ounce instant  Lemon pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 ounces sour cream (I think you could also use vanilla yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 350 and grease 2 large loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients until there are no lumps.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the two pans. Bake for about 45-50 minutes. I had to bake the cake in the glass pan for about 5 minutes longer than the cake I made in my metal pan.

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. Melt butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add sugar, milk, and vanilla. Mix together and if necessary slowly add more milk until you get it to a good consistency.
  3. Pour it over the cake and enjoy! This cake actually tastes better when it cool.
This glaze recipe will actually make a little more glaze then you will need – so don’t feel obligated to use it all.

If you want to make it a little more lemony you could add a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to the cake batter.

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5 Reasons To Hire An Interior Designer

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So you have decided to redecorate a room in your home, or maybe even you whole house! Making the decision to change an entire room is a big one, and can be frustrating to try to do yourself. Finding a company that does interior design and the construction build-out like MV Group is important.

Some might think, I don’t need an interior designer, or that you can’t afford one, but in the end not only can an interior designer save you time, they can save you money! With that being said, here are 5 reasons to hire an interior designer:

1)They can help you come up with a vision- Sure, you might know what colors you want, what furniture, but an interior designer can help you come up with a vision for your entire room!

2)They Can save you money! Yes, you read that right, hiring an interior designer can save you money! They know how to avoid costly mistakes, and they also know where the best deals are, it’s what they do everyday!

3)They can help you stay on time, and on budget- Having an interior designer can save you time by getting things planned and done quickly, and they can also help you create a budget and stick to it!

4) They have a trained eye- I know you might think that that leopard skinned rug might look awesome with your purple walls, and maybe it will, but a professional interior designer will help you mold your ideas into something perfect for your family, that you won’t regret later.

5)They can help you maximize your resources- I don’t know about you, but I tend to either over buy or under buy. With the help of an interior designer, they can make sure you have what you need, in the amount you need.

Redecorating a room in your home is an investment of your time and money, so make sure you are prepared to make the room of your dreams possible with the help of a good interior designer

Win The Ultimate Motorsports Experience (ARV $4,230) 3 Winners

Disclosure – this is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

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How would you like to win a fabulous weekend in Miami?  Winn Dixie & Bi-Lo are teaming together with Dale Jr. & Hellmanns to offer the “Ultimate Motorsports Experience” in the “Rev Up Your Engines with Dale!” You and a guest would get to go to Florida for 3 nights and you would receive tickets to the November 15th race and November 16th race to be held in Miami, Florida. The winners will also get 2 round trip airline tickets and $750 travel money for a rental car and other expenses!

Florida is perfect in November!  You can enter once per day! So make sure you add a note to your calendar to remind you each day to enter.

Make sure you enter with the links below from your favorite store:

Prizes:

GRAND PRIZE: (3) Three Grand Winners will receive a trip for two (2) (the Prize Winner and a guest) to the “Ultimate JR Motorsports Experience” in Miami, FL during the weekend of November 14-16, 2014.  (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Grand Prize: $4,230) Trip will consist of:

  • Three (3) nights’ hotel accommodations (one standard room, double occupancy);
  • Two (2) roundtrip tickets, coach class air transport from the major metropolitan airport closest to the Prize Winner’s residence and to the Miami, FL airport;
  • Two Hundred and and Fifty Dollars ($250) in car rental money;
  •  Two (2) tickets to the November 15th race and November 16th race to be held in Miami, FL; and
  • Five Hundred Dollars ($500) in spending cash for travel expenses

Total Prizing: Total ARV of all three (3) Grand Prizes:  $12,690.00. 

Promotion Timing: Begins at 12:00:01 p.m. ET on July 1, 2014 and ends at 12:00:01 p.m. ET on September 1, 2014.

Eligibility: Legal residents of the state of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana or Mississippi who are at least 21 years old as of the date of entry.

Official rules are on the same page as the entry page.

alternaVites – Now Is The Time To Be Healthy!

This information is brought to you by alternaVites. All opinions are my own. #99HealthyDays

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Most people make New Years Resolutions to get healthy, eat right, and lose weight. According to statisticbrain.com, 45% of American make a New Year’s Resolution. Out of all the people that make a resolution, only 8% are actually successful in achieving their resolution.

Instead of waiting to make a New Year’s Resolution, alternaVites and I want to challenge you to make a short term goal. Starting today we want to help you get healthy. We are going to start a 99 day challenge that will end on Thanksgiving Day. Everyday we will share something on Twitter that we hope will inspire you to get healthy and fit and also encourage you!

Follow the hashtag #99HealthyDays on Twitter and @AlternaVites and @Janellcp.  If you have a tip or some inspiration you want to share make sure you use the hashtag #99HealthyDays – we want to see all your great ideas! The more we are invested in each other’s health, the more likely we are to all stick with it and inspire those around us to do the same.

In starting Rich Vitamins and launching the alternaVites brand, their goal has always been to help improve the health and well-being of their customers on both a small and large context. We think #99HappyDays is just an evolutionary step as we continue this mission!

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 It’s easy to get started!

  1. Drink water – replace just 1 carbonated beverage per day with a glass of water. It is better for you and you will not be consuming so many calories per day. I have replaced all my drinks with water and I believe this has really helped me lose weight.
  2. Take the stairs – Skip the elevator and use the stairs. This will help you burn some calories and get your heart pumping.
  3. Take a walk – Even if you take a 30 minute walk a few days a week, this can make a huge improvement in your health. You burn calories and will feel better. When I worked in a large office building I would get 2 – 15 minute breaks during the day. I would take a few laps around the parking lot. It got me moving and made me feel better.
  4. Make substitutions in you favorite recipes – Change out little things to help create healthier meals. Use oil and vinegar based salad dressing instead of cream based recipes.  Fill up your plate with veggies.
  5. Take a Multi-vitamin like alternaVitesThese are great, especially if you don’t like to swallow vitamins and they taste awesome!
  6. Take the furthest parking spot – Get in a few extra steps by skipping the closer parking spots.
  7. Purposely eat 1 more serving of fruit or vegetable per day -  Stick an apple or banana in your bag as a snack. My kids love to eat red peppers that I cut into sticks.
  8. Schedule your annual check up – Many people can go years without seeing a doctor. Call your doctor this week and schedule an exam.
  9. Play with your kids – grab the jump rope, tennis rackets, or a basketball and head outside with your kids. The weather is perfect to enjoy a little outdoor fun!
  10. Get a Fitbit! My husband has been using a Fitbit for a few months. He has lost weight and feels healthier. His goal is 10,000 steps per day. Having a goal really helps you actually make sure you reach your goal. Some nights he will be close to his step count and he will go out to the treadmill and run a little more or run up and down the stairs a few times. Find something to help you keep track of your goals!

I just spent my summer vacation in Florida. I did not exercise nor did I eat healthy. I feel out of shape and I want to make some changes. I am not waiting for January 1, 2015! There are so many little things that you can do to be healthier. My goal over the next 99 days is to eat better and exercise. I am also making the goal to lose 12 pounds. I will keep you posted about my progress and I hope we can encourage each other along the way!

I want to set a good example for my kids and teach them healthy habits! Let’s work together and have #99HealthyDays! Are you with me???

Protecting Your Eyes From Drive Time Glare With HOYA Lenses

Thanks to HOYA Vision  for this great information. All opinions are my own. 

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We only get one set of eyes and we really need to do our best to take care of them. Our eyes take a lot of abuse from screen time to over-exposure in the sun. Getting the proper eyewear is a a great way to take care of your eyes!

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My dad spends over 11 hours on the road each day. When he leaves in the morning it is dark, so he has to adjust to the headlights coming at him. During the day, the sun is so strong in Florida that the glare can make him strain his eyes so much that he ends the day with a headache. Sure he wears sunglasses, but did you know that HOYA makes a lens that cuts back the glare?

HOYA lenses are make especially for protecting your eyes from the insane amount of time we spend in front of our screens, from our smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Our kids are even spending too much time on their portable handheld devices. They can also help reduce the glare from the sun and headlights.

One day my dad and I were talking about how the glare was really bothering him, so I asked my friends at HOYA if they thought their lenses would help. They were happy to send him a certificate to get a pair of lenses to test them out.

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My dad was due for an eye exam, so once he had his new prescription, he brought it to an authorized HOYA Lens distributor to get his new glasses. My dad  was willing to try anything because he is in his truck so much and the glare was really affecting him.

Once he received his new glasses, he could totally tell the difference. He even put on his old glasses and the new glasses to compare the difference. Of course when you are in the sun, you need sunglasses, but even with his old glasses he still had so much glare and was squinting a lot. Now he puts on his HOYA Lenses and his sunglasses and the glare is greatly reduced.

If you spend many hours driving, the sun beating off the pavement into your eyes or bright headlights coming towards you, HOYA Lenses can help reduce the glare. Your eyes are worth it! Find a HOYA Eye Care Provider in your area. (By the way – these lenses are great for adults and kids!)

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Why are HOYA Lenses better?

  • Super HiVision EX3, developed by HOYA, is more scratch resistant than glass!
  • Fingerprints! Grease! Dirt! – They can all be removed in just a few wipes reducing wear and tear on your lenses.
  • Durable Long-Lasting Treatment – Easy-to-clean properties remain intact even after long-term use and repeated wiping.
  • Sports and Hobbies – Protection during rough games or times of deep concentration.
  • Water Slides Right Off – The treatment properties of EX 3 shield lenses from rain, snow and water fountain mishaps.
  • Reduced Eyestrain – Less eye fatigue in artificial lighting and varied light conditions.

If you are due for a new pair for glasses make sure you ask your eye care provider about HOYA Lenses. They will make your eyes happy!

Follow HOYA on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win A $250 Kohls Gift Card (2 Winners)

The summer is over! So it’s time to start your shopping. Could you use $250 to spend on Back to School clothes?? Well I have teamed up with Blogging Mom of 4, PromotionalCodes.com and Kohl’s to bring you this BTS Pinterest Contest!

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2 winners will be chosen. Each will receive a $250 Gift Card to Kohl’s

  • Winner 1: Most followed Pinterest board
  • Winner 2: Selected at random from all submitted Pinterest boards

How to Enter

To enter, you will be creating a board of all of your favorite BTS items from Kohl’s and submitting it in the “linky” below. We would also love for you to follow our hosts and participating bloggers on Pinterest.

1. Follow @PromoCodesSave and @Kohls on Pinterest
2. Follow our participating bloggers
3. Create a Pinterest Board called “A+ BTS Savings” (only one entry board per person)
4. Pin your favorite items for Back-to-School from Kohl’s. These items can vary from your must-have wardrobe to building your ideal dorm room and everything in between.
5. Include #PCandKohlsBTS in each of your pin captions and a short description why you included it
6. Once you’re done, submit your Pin Board url here – Pinterest board submission page.

Giveaway starts 8/18 12:01 am EST. All entries must be entered no later than 8/29/14 at 11:59 pm EST to be eligible to WIN. Contest is open to US only residents. The winning boards will be chosen based on highest follows on created board and a random selectrion from all submitted entries. The winners will be emailed. Winners must reply to confirm within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn. Please make sure to check your emails!

Good Luck and Happy Pinning!

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