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The 2015 Gift Your Empire Gift Guide

After much anticipation, those irresistible Black Friday deals are here! To simplify your Empire Building shopping experience, we’ve compiled a list — the Gift Your Empire gift guide — topped with cool deals and finds from within our community. That’s right, from cosmetics to empire building journals to fitness merchandise, we’ve got you covered!


Fashion, Apparel, Threads

Teyonah Parris Dear Natualista Afros Stilettos tee

Afros & Stilettos shirt from Dear Naturalista — $30

Black Friday through Cyber Monday: Use code: TAKEONE to get 10% off one item. Use code: TAKETWO to get 15% off two or more items. *Only valid for t-shirts and sweatshirts only*

Folks Wanna Pop Off t-shirt from Mommy Powers store — $22.99

Price valid from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

Under the Influence of Good Music hoodie from Shop Music Head — $48

Discount code: Black30 for 30% off.

But God sweatshirt from Ven & Rose — $45

Free Shipping on 2+ items. Discount code: 2GIFTS.

Skin, Beauty, Hair


Lipstick & Lacquers from Liquid Courage Cosmetics — $18-20

Black Friday Code: TGIC; Buy 1, Get 1; Ends 11/29/15. Cyber Monday Code: Couragemonday; 20% off free shipping; Ends 12/1/15.

Sistah Buttah & Brotha Buttah (for men) from The Sistah Chick’s Store — $9.99

Black Friday: Free Shipping For Purchases over $50. 30% off all other merchandise including hair accessories and dolls; Code: BlackFriday. *All Customers who make purchases on Black Friday will have their name entered to win a 6 month supply of Sistah Buttah.

Satin Bonnets for Curly Hair from Flor Bella Boutique — $37.50

Black Friday Code: givethanks. Save 30% on all items.

Natural Skin & Hair Care from Bel Nouvo — Starting at $4.99

Black Friday to Dec. 1 at 11:59 PM. Get 25% off orders $25+ by using promo code: BUYBLACK. Receive $3 shipping on U.S. domestic orders.

Journals, Guides, Courses

The Visionary Journal from Keep Chasing the Stars — $45 sale, regularly priced $55

Sale spans from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

Gamechangers Deluxe Resources Guide from Women Are Game Changers — 50% off!

Black Friday to Tuesday, Dec. 2, guides are 50% off of original $127 price. Use code: wagcspecial.

Brand Your Spreadshirt Shop COURSE from Her Name Is Kim — $19

Sale spans from Black Friday to Cyber Monday

All About Me: Self-Love, Artspiration, Health


Jewelry & Accessories from ENAMOUR — $12

Dream Big Coffee Mugs from One Dream Tees — $15.99

Black Friday through Cyber Monday get 20% off mugs by using code: DREAMBUG.

Colorful Water Bottles from Fun Fit CA — $13.95

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday, get 15% off by using code: THANKS15.

Be Bright Gold Foil Paint (Art) from Shop Shevy’s — $13

Black Friday through Cyber Monday get 20% off all inventory.

Happy Shopping!

Gift Your Empire Gift Guide | Be Blogalicious

Gratitude & Blessings :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Our families, support systems and Blogalicious community inspire us to become better, well-rounded individuals. This week, we’re taking a break from our usual info-filled round ups to recount our blessings and show gratitude with uplifting (and humourous) content.



Gratitude: President Obama Pardons “Honest” & “Abe” Turkeys


Gratitude: 42 Easy Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

You might be eating high on the hog (or bird) right now, but in two days, you’ll be begging for ways to spice up or get rid of those Thanksgiving leftovers. We found 42 easy ways to reconstruct your Turkey Day scraps into turkey pot pie, next day turkey soup or fried stuffing bites with cranberry pesto sauce. Rest your worries and head over to Food Network for these delectable leftover recipes.


10 Inspiring Quotes About Gratitude

“Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

“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.” Oprah Winfrey

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” Buddha

“I truly believe we can either see the connections, celebrate them, and express gratitude for our blessings, or we can see life as a string of coincidences that have no meaning or connection. For me, I’m going to believe in miracles, celebrate life, rejoice in the views of eternity, and hope my choices will create a positive ripple effect in the lives of others. This is my choice.” Mike Ericksen

“Gratitude is more of a compliment to yourself than someone else.” Raheel Farooq

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

“Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” Gertrude Stein

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” Henri Frederic Amiel


Gratitude & Blessings | Be Blogalicious

Friday Fun: Make It A Movie Night

Friday nights are perfect for an awesome movie night. Here are five party ideas that will turn your humble abode into movie night magic and get raving reviews from your guests.

Movie night on the lawn

Cozy up under an oak tree with loved ones and watch your favorite movie on the big screen. Get the deets on this set up at


Poster Board Concession Stand

Your littles ones (and their friends) will love you forever once they see this amazing movie night set up! Invest a few dollars to create a paper back concession stand poster like the one here. Fill your table with your family’s favorite snacks and let them snack in cardboard cars. Here’s how you can do it.



Outside Manor

Whether you’re planning a wedding or not, this outside carnival from The Wedding Carnival is absolutely perfect! Before it’s freezing cold outside, PLAN THIS for movie night and plan it well!


The Wedding Carnival.


Red Carpet, Superstar!

What better way to flatter your guests than with a red carpet and gold stars? shares this feature and 13 other ways to wow your guests for movie night at your house.



Grown-Up Movie Night

When it’s time to put the kids (or dogs) to bed, you deserve to have adult time! Leave it to Buzzfeed to gift us with 23 bomb ideas for a grown-up slumber party. From glitter balloons to cookie mocktails, this list is worth studying and then some.




How do you do movie night? Share your best tips with us!

Perfect Movie Night Ideas | Be Blogalicious

Peace & Black Friday :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Peace & Black Friday



The past two weeks have been filled with devastating news stories about what’s happening around the world. In today’s round up, we’re talking about peace and why more than ever it should be important to us all. Plus, you’ll learn some time sensitive information about how this Black Friday can transform your business as well as how Dove is helping you achieve well deserved self-care.


Black Friday Blueprint

Lamar Tyler is hosting a webinar to teach individuals like yourselves how to sell out this Black Friday. You read that correctly! There’s still time to create and market a product by next week and earn a hefty profit. All you need is the right training, tools and support behind you to do that.

In the Black Friday Blueprint, you’ll learn how to sell more stuff, what to sell and what strategies to use. You’ll also get the replay of the entire training in case you can’t make it.

Lamar was one of our VIP Mastermind Day speakers at #BYOE15 this year and one thing that attendees learned about him is that he knows his stuff! If you want to make a profit in your business this Black Friday, the answer is simple: get this training from the master! Here’s how!


Black Friday Blueprint.


Amazon’s New Bookstore?

Amazon opened it’s first bookstore in Seattle last week and book lovers across the nation collectively squealed! The online retail giant is remarkably bridging the gap between online purchasing and the in-store customer experience. Amazon’s customers and book enthusiasts (in Seattle) may be positively happy with this transition, but such a move is one that can (and will) transform the entire publishing industry.

Chadwick Cannon shares a few significant parts of Amazon Books brick and mortar move.

Pricing. “All prices within the bookstore match’s pricing, which means the consumer gets the touchy-feely “real life” experience of a bookstore, paired with the deep discounts of the dot com marketplace. Many book-buyers would say it’s the best of both worlds.”

Positioning. “For Amazon to intentionally place all books cover out means they’re carrying a smaller and more targeted selection, one that’s rooted in data. It’s a model that other traditional bookstores generally can’t compete with.”

Data. “Amazon’s bookstore only stocks product with four stars and above. Books are sorted by genre, number of stars, and buying behavior (such as “most wished-for books”).”

Read Chadwick’s full write up on his blog.


Chadwick Cannon


National Healthy Skin Month With Dove

Did you know that November is National Healthy Skin Month? Our friend Marie Leggette of The Curvy Fashionista reminded us of that with a fun write up and review about Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash. We appreciate that Dove dedicates their brand to making women and girls feel like they matter in the world. If you’re looking for another way to give yourself much needed self-care, take Marie’s advice and give your skin some love with Dove.

Love Your Curls


Peace to You

With everything happening in the world, we just want to wish you peace, prayer and love.

She Walks in Beautya poem by George Gordon Byron

She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which Heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Peace & Black Friday | Be Blogalicious

Blog Tips: Define Your Goals

Define Your Goals

Hey bloggers, if you haven’t done it in awhile, take some time to (re) define your goals. You’ll thank yourself for it later.


Blogging is cool, but if you don’t know why you’re doing it, you’re already behind. Rule #1 with anything in life, especially blogging, is: you must define your goals (from the beginning). It’s okay if your goals change throughout your journey, but the key to sustainable success is having one to begin with. Knowing your why for maintaining a blog is what will keep you going when you’re ready to divorce your online digs.

Monique Malcolm of Keep Chasing the Stars shares 4 proven steps for achieving your goals. Today, we’re sharing a run down of those steps with you (with motivational snippets), but be sure to head to her blog for all her goodness.

1. Get clear on what you want.

“You can’t chase two outcomes. It leads to slow or no progress. Take some time (like days) to think about what you want.”

2. Determine the work that’s required to get what you want.

“Have you taken the time to come to terms with the work involved to make that happen? Are you aware of the extra hours, capital needed, skills and sacrifices required to pull it off?”

3. Prioritize the actions you must take.

“Your actions need to be in alignment with what you’re trying to achieve. When they aren’t you waste your most precious resource… TIME.”

4. Check-in regularly.

Checking in allows you to:

  • Assess your progress and correct course if needed.
  • Celebrate your wins.
  • Adjust as your vision shifts and unfolds.


So, now that you have this information, how will you define your goals?

Define Your Goals | Be Blogalicious

Happy Veterans Day & More :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Happy Veterans Day & More



This week, we’re thanking our courageous veterans for their service and giving a few more entrepreneurial resources. Get into our weekly round up.


Happy Veterans Day

To our veteran community, we want to personally thank you for sacrificing your lives so that we may continue to live free in America. Thank you for standing for this country during times when you didn’t feel like it, were weak and felt unsupported. Your dedication has not gone unnoticed and again, we thank you and appreciate you with humble minds and hearts. Happy Veterans Day to all of our Blogalicious veterans!

History of Veterans Day

Veterans eat free!


Monetize Your Sign Up Traffic

In case you missed it, Blogalicious and AdQuire are bringing you a FREE webinar to help you grow your user engagement. Learn how to bring great incremental revenue to your site by bringing great brands and advertisers to your audience!

When: This Thursday, as in tomorrow, at 1 PM!

How: Through our bLink Marketing Network. Not a member yet? Join here:

Why: Because you’re leaving money on the table.

See you there!



Instagram has a partner program?

Of course they do and they want you! Here’s what they’re saying:

“Today, we’re excited to announce the addition of Instagram Partners—a set of experts vetted for excellence ready to help businesses grow on Instagram. We created Instagram Partners to make it easier for advertisers of any size to find the best-in-class technology partners they need to get great results on our platform.”

Partner Specialties

Our partners complement Instagram’s marketing tools, simplifying and scaling success for businesses through their propriety tools. We’re starting the program with 40 partners ready to power businesses around the globe in three key areas of expertise on Instagram: 1) ad tech, 2) community management and 3) content marketing.

1. Ad Tech: Advertisers can easily manage ads throughout the planning, buying and optimizing process

2. Community Management: Marketers can better interact and understand the Instagram community

3. Content Marketing: Businesses can quickly create, curate and source content

“Instagram gives brands a powerful platform to drive consumer awareness and action, and to reach new, qualified audiences,” says Laura O’Shaughnessy, co-founder and CEO of Instagram partner SocialCode. “Since becoming an Instagram partner, we’ve helped more than 40% of our client advertisers launch Instagram campaigns driving their objectives.”

For developers interested in building Instagram tools or learning more about the Partner Program and its criteria, review our requirements and developer documentation to learn more.




Emoji Marketing is a thing!

Sprout Social, a social media software company, created an infographic and blog post about emoji marketing and its pretty awesome! It talks about the science of emoji marketing and how your brand can benefit from using them.

Here are a few key points:

1. The attention span of the average adult is no more than a couple of minutes. A study from Microsoft discovered people lose concentration after only eight seconds—that’s one second faster than a goldfish.

2. Today 63% of social media is made up of images. This has opened up a number of creative opportunities for marketers. One of the biggest visual trends to take the marketing world by storm is emoji.

3. 1,620 emojis are supported in iOS 9.1.

Sprout Social came with case studies that show how brands are using emojis, like The White House, Chevrolet, Goldman Sachs and more.


Source: Sprout Social.

Read the full article here. Share your ideas with us, too.


Veterans Day & More | Be Blogalicious

Blog Tips: Be Patient With Yourself

Be Patient With Yourself

Whether you’re a new or veteran blogger, extend yourself grace and be patient with the growth of your blog.



When new bloggers hit the scene, one of the first questions they ask is, “How do I grow a large following?” Enamored with the notion of having a popular blog, they stress over obtaining significant traffic and engagement without exercising the one skill they’ll truly need: patience.

Being patient with yourself in the beginning of your blogging career is paramount for its trajectory. That time is delicate and should be spent finding your voice, building trust from your readers and learning what they want. It is important not to compare your new beginnings to veteran bloggers dominating the game; this sense of inspiration can quickly diminish your confidence and cause you to lose track of why you started your blog.

Jeff Goins of Goins, Writer says that finding your voice is “the key to getting dedicated followers and fans and that it’s the only sustainable way to write. If you’re not being yourself, you’ll eventually burn out.” He then shares 10 amazing steps to finding your writing voice that reiterates this message: Be patient with yourself!

Be patient with yourself and trust your journey. Have faith and confidence in the process it takes to build an authentic and successful blog, no matter how long it takes. You got this!

Be Patient With Yourself | Be Blogalicious

Friday Fun: Emojis That Represent You

Emojis that Represent You


Source: The Real.


With their Love Your Curls campaign, Dove released an emoji keyboard representing every shade of curls! We partnered with Dove on Wednesday for the #LoveYourCurls Twitter party to announce the news and it has since taken off. Now, women with curly hair can take their conversations with to new levels with these curly-haired emojis.



How Can I Get Dove’s Emojis?

To get your new free emojis, open this link from your mobile device. Click here for Apple, and here for Android downloads.


See the reaction of curly-haired women on Twitter!

“Finally curly-haired gals are getting some emoji-love! You go, ! ” — @TheCubicleChick

“For me wearing my is an expression of who I am. I embrace it. gray hair and all. ” — @TheSistahChick

“These emojis have me so excited about life right now!!

“According 2 67% of women + girls agree that emojis let them express what they want 2 say better than words. Do u agree?

“Thank you for allowing me to have an emoji that actually looks like!


Have you downloaded your emojis yet?

Dove & Freedom :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Dove & Freedom


Dove and freedom go hand in hand! This week, we’re translating how they both can improve your quality of life — in fun and possibilities. You’re now tuned into our Weekly Round Up.


…Free Countries?

Well, not exactly, but close enough. The Legatum Institute released its annual global Prosperity Index ranking the most prosperous countries in the world. 26 countries (out of 142) were selected as the “happiest, richest, healthiest, and most crime-free” in the world.

Business Insider wrote about Legatum Institute’s findings.

“The variables are then split into eight subindexes: economy, entrepreneurship and opportunity, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, and social capital.

We don’t know about you, but these findings translate to freedom to us! Some of our favorite freedom bearing countries made the list, like Spain, France, Belguim, Canada and Singapore. Which countries make your Top 5?


Business Insider


Plugins You Need Now

If you are launching a membership website, this is great news since you have more options available. Joe Fylan at Elegant Themes Blog put together a list of some of the best WordPress membership plugins currently available, including Member Press and WooCommerce Memberships. Read the full list here.


Elegant Themes


Blog Post Titles That Work

How much easier would your life be if you had a template filled with blog post titles that work? The Social Media Business Academy compiled 74 of them for you in this lovely blog graphic and wrote about it here. This will undoubtedly cut your blog writing time in half and grant you the freedom to enjoy your days!

Get your [blogging] life!

Social Media Business Academy


Dove #LoveYourCurls

In case you missed it, we’re co-hosting an epic Twitter party with our friends at Dove today at 1 PM est. That means you have ONE HOUR to RSVP to join the conversation + grab a chance to win a prize! Plus, we’re dropping a huge announcement at the party, so being there is a must.

RSVP HERE + get more details!





Dove & Freedom | Be Blogalicious

Join Us! November 4th @ 1PM ET Blogalicious Presents: #LoveYourCurls Twitter Party

Join Blogalicious on Twitter THIS Wednesday at 1pm ET to be part of an ground-breaking and empowering launch with Dove Hair #LoveYourCurls!



Listen. We cannot emphasize this enough. #Naturalistas and #CurlyGirls: You do not want to miss this twitter party. Something *major* is going down and you’d want to be the first to know. What’s a party without prizes, right!? Dove will be giving away three gift cards during the chat. Just make sure you register for the party in advance [RSVP BELOW!] and use #LoveYourCurls during the conversation.


Us curly haired girls are passionate about our tresses. Yet, it’s safe to say a lot of us have a love-hate relationship with our curls! Only recently are we seeing curly hair being embraced or represented in pop culture. But we know that curls rock!!

Love Your Curls

Here’s the Scoop:

Where: On Twitter! Follow @beblogalicious and @Dove and following the conversation using #LoveYourCurls.

When: Wednesday, November 4th at 1pm ET

Prizes: Three gift cards to registered participants. (Giveaway open to U.S. residents age 18 and older.  Visit this page for complete rules.)


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