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November 2013 Archive

Just In Time for Holiday Gift Giving! Blogalicious Stationery Gift Set Small Business Saturday Special #ShopSmall

Today is Small Business Saturday! A day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. You can join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business – we know that we will!!  Learn more about Small Business Saturday HERE and HERE.

We thought it would be fun to join in the Small Business movement and offer our very own special deal for the Blogalicious community today.  Remember our fabulous stationery from the Blogalicious store at BlogaliciousFIVE? The amazing Kalyn Johnson at Effie’s Paper designed a line of gorgeous and whimsical notecards, notebook and pencils for us and we couldn’t be more excited about them. [Can you say ‘Olivia Pope Pencils!?’]  Today and tomorrow only we’re selling the items in a spectacularly priced bundle in our online store.

Check it out here:

Blogalicious Small Business Saturday Special

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Take a Moment or two to Breathe: Yoga and the Holiday {Guest Blog Post by Mike Manning}

Among the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and forget the real reason for the season. This month on the Blogalicious Blog, right on time for Thanksgiving, we’re celebrating GRATITUDE.  Mike Manning shares a few tips on how you can incorporate yoga into your holiday routine while giving thanks and practicing gratitude.


Yoga and the Holidays: A Winning Combination


The holidays are upon us, and many of us are finding our schedules affected. As Thanksgiving approaches, keeping up with our yoga practices may be a bit more difficult. With a bit of planning and some preparation, however, it is possible to maintain a yoga schedule and make it through the holidays feeling great. Here are a few tips to consider:

Give Back to Yourself

Thanksgiving is about expressing thankfulness to others. However, you may want to take some time for yourself. Be thankful for your health, and be glad that you’re able to perform yoga. By keeping these realities in perspective, maintaining your yoga routine may be just a bit simpler. Also, take a few moments to be thankful for your hard work and dedication to your health.

Create a Sanctuary

Whether you celebrate the holidays at home or away from home, make preparations to give yourself a yoga sanctuary to continue your practices. Use this space for keeping a yoga journal as well, and make a soothing playlist as well to help you relax. Low lights and candles can go a long way to creating an ultimate sanctuary.

Focus on Personal Gratitude

Make sure you take gratitude seriously when Thanksgiving approaches. Take some time to thank everyone individually for what they’ve done for you over the year. You may also wish to buy meaningful gifts as well to show how grateful you truly are. Yoga is about fostering peace and insight; gratitude is an important element of fostering a healthy mind.

Consider Modifying Your Routine

During the holidays, you may wish to modify your routine slightly. If your find yourself lacking in personal time, modify your yoga routine to include meditation to help center yourself. You may also want to make your routine a bit longer to help give yourself a break from the holidays. Remember that yoga is a great way to reduce stress.

The holidays are a wonderful time to gain some perspective on the year and to catch up with family, but there are stresses involved as well. By taking steps to encourage yourself to maintain your routine, you can ensure that your yoga practice remains strong even if others surround you for days on end.



Mike Manning is a fitness and healthy living enthusiast who tries to see the best in all situations. He loves to hike, do yoga, run, weight lift, travel, camp, cook, and be outside. Traveling the world and seeing nature’s beauty is his hobby and staying healthy through that is essential. He blogs at

Thoughts on Gratitude: “A Mother’s Love Transcends Borders” ~ guest post by @VRFreeney

This month on the Blogalicious blog, right on time for Thanksgiving, we’re celebrating GRATITUDE.  It can take many forms and can be inspired by the smallest of gestures.  One thing is for certain: each story has a powerful message and we’re honored to share yours here.

This Thanksgiving will be the second year in a row I do not spend with my mother. My mother moved overseas to work and we have not been able to visit her yet. Every time we speak with her on the phone, via Facebook or Skype makes me feel even more appreciative of the sacrifices she’s making for my sister, brother, nephews and I. I have always been close to my mother but took it for granted. I didn’t exactly realize how close I was to my mother until she was gone. When I left teaching my mother supported and still supports to this day me being a blogger. She has never questioned once why I decided to blog full time. In fact, she has more faith in me than I have in myself with this endeavor.

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My mother choosing to work overseas is her way to continue to do what she loves but a way for her to financially support her family. She tells me every time we speak that she sacrificed moving half way around the world to give her grandchildren things she wasn’t able to give us. She is away from all of her family and friends yet she inspires and motivates every single one of us in this country to live on purpose. I dedicate this blog post and eternally grateful to my mother for wanting to give her grandchildren more opportunities. And for her many sacrifices to support me as a full time blogger.


VernettanewheadshotVernetta R. Freeney is an award winning blogger and Editor in Chief of She is the former CEO of Women Are Gamechangers LLC. She created Fusion Tour which creates intimate business conversations for women solopreneurs, blogpreneurs and socialpreneurs. She is a chocolate lover, TV scripted drama watcher, film fanatic and the biggest Dallas Mavericks fan. Follow her on Twitter: @VRFreeney




Join Us! Wednesday, Nov. 6th @ 12pm ET (9am PT): Blogalicious Presents #HappyMealBooks Twitter Event


Introducing McDonald’s Happy Meal Books Program

McDonald’s USA is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of a new Happy Meal Books promotion.  From Nov. 1 – Nov. 14, McDonald’s is offering books in print for Happy Meal customers, providing more than 20 million books to families across the U.S. Throughout the two-week Happy Meal Books offer, families will be able to enjoy four original books featuring McDonald’s Happy Meal characters. Each limited-edition book brings nutrition, imagination and play to life in a fun way.Each book also comes with its very own Happy Meal bookmark that kids can personalize.


So, why did McDonald’s decide to put books in Happy Meals?

McDonald’s new Happy Meal Books are the company’s latest action supporting a commitment to champion children’s happiness and well-being by inspiring kids in a fun way to learn about nutrition, engage in active and imaginative play and develop a sense of community

Also starting on Nov. 1, McDonald’s is giving families anytime access to reading with a new interactive digital book each month through the end of 2014. The free interactive e-books is available on McPlay, McDonald’s Happy Meal App, and allows kids to read, discover and explore exciting new worlds.

And In Spanish Too

Spanish language Happy Meal Books will be available upon request in select restaurants across the U.S., while supplies last. In Puerto Rico, Spanish language books will be available in all restaurants.  In addition, Spanish PDF versions of the books will be available on and

A Collaboration with Reading Is Fundamental

McDonald’s has partnered with Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the largest children’s literacy non-profit in the U.S.  Our joint partnership is designed to help children and their families discover the joy of reading through the Happy Meal Books program. As part of the partnership, RIF will distribute 100,000 Happy Meal books to children who do not have easy access to books.

RIF’s mission is to deliver free books and literacy resources to children and families most in need. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and help them reach their full potential. RIF has placed 410 million in the hands of more than 39 million children since it was established in 1966. Learn more online here.


About the Books:

The four limited-edition books include:

  • “The Goat Who Ate Everything” – Tells a story of a goat who has a big appetite and struggles to eat right. But when he does, he feels great and becomes the playful ‘kid’ everyone loves.
  • “Deana’s Big Dreams” – Shares how Deana, the world’s smallest dinosaur, grew tall by eating right.
  • “Ant, Can’t” – Features Ant, a bite-sized bodybuilder who’s big on encouraging physical fitness through exercise and eating right.
  • “Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando” – Follows happy-go-lucky bird Doddi who travels the world. She eats right because this dodo is always on the go-go.

An Invitation + A Special Guest!

The Blogalicious community will be having a conversation about reading and McDonald’s Happy Meal Books program on Wednesday and we’ve love for you to join us.  Our celebrity guest chiming in during the conversation will be actor Mark Consuelos!

@BeBlogalicious presents @McDonalds #HappyMealBooks Twitter Event w. @MarkConsuelos @RIFWeb


Actor and producer, Mark Consuelos is best known for his role on the long-running soap favorite, “All My Children,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Joining the cast in February 1995, Mark played Mateo Santos. He has since continued to collect an extensive list of television credits, such as “American Horror Story: Asylum,” as well as guest appearances on “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The New Normal” and “Guys With Kids.”  Mark resides in New York City with his wife Kelly Ripa and their children, Michael, Lola and Joaquin.

Blogalicious #HappyMealBooks Twitter Event Details


Follow @BeBlogalicious @McDonalds @RIFWeb @MarkConsuelos @MeEncanta


Twitter event to promote the launch of the McDonald’s Happy Meal Books program, which features 4 books that will be included with each Happy Meal, taking place November 1 – November 14, 2013, in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental.


On Twitter! Follow hashtag: #HappyMealBooks.  Feel free to use this chatroom for the conversation:


Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 12pm ET (9am PT)


Seven (7) Happy Meal Books Gift Packs.

Prize packs will contain:

  • Complete Happy Meal Books series (Ant Can’t, The Goat Who Ate Everything, Deanna’s Big Dreams, Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando)
  • RIF Notebook (1)
  • McDonald’s branded notebook (1)
  • RIF Pencils (2)
  • McDonald’s Pen (1)
  • RIF Rubber Wristband (2)
  • Happy Meals box (1)

Giveaway open to U.S. residents age 18 and older.  Visit this page for complete rules.

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