3/31/13

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Lana Bandoim is a freelance writer and editor. She has extensive writing experience in print and online publications. 


Her work has been published on multiple websites, and she provides content for a variety of businesses. She is also a social media manager.


Lana is a top 100 contributor for Yahoo! and a page view millionaire. Examples of her work can be found here


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3/17/13

Get Married: New Book Release from Cherise Kelley



Cherise Kelley's latest book, "How I Got Him To Marry Me: 50 True Stories," is now available in e-book form, and the paperback will be available April 1.

I had the chance to get an exclusive excerpt provided by Cherise Kelley and learn more about her book.

"Living together instead of getting married began to be acceptable in the 1960s hippie culture, and by the 1980s many young men no longer saw the point in marriage. I watched the culture change, but I didn't catch on until it was almost too late for me. Before the 1980s, the man was the one who pushed for marriage. By the 1990s, living together instead of being married was almost expected among young people, and now in the 21st century women have a hard time getting married, even if we really want to."


"In writing this book, I asked 50 women who got married after 1990: 
"How did you get him to marry you, and not just live together?"
I got 50 great responses, and as an added bonus, most of them explain how they met their future husbands, too. I'll share my own answer first."
 
"I didn't get married until I was 31. I had been engaged twice before that. The first time I was only 17, so I don't really count that one. The second time I was engaged I was 19, and the year was 1982. Both of these guys begged me to marry them! They were way more into marriage than I was. Silly me, I let them both get away. I thought it would always be this easy to get a groom. Little did I know."



"How I Got Him To Marry Me: 50 True Stories" is now available in e-book form at Barnes and Noble for Nook, Amazon for Kindle and Kobo for the Kobo Reader. The paperback will be available April 1 through Amazon. The e-book should be on iTunes soon.

"He likes it. Now get him to put a ring on it! Learn from these 50 stories of women who have been there! You don't have to interview 50 married women to find out how they managed to get that ring on their finger. The author has done that for you. All 50 were married after 1990, so this is modern information for our changing times. Read and find out how you can get him to marry you and not just live together!"

Please see the end of the e-book to learn how to claim a free paperback copy after you post an honest review. Limited to the first 25 reviewers at Amazon.com, Kobo, Barnes and Noble and iTunes (226 pages in paperback).


"Because this book may be of interest to cultural anthropologists such as Alan Dundes, my folklore professor at UC Berkeley, I'd like to discuss the methodology I used to collect these stories, and two trends I noticed in these 50 women's responses to the question of how they got their men to marry them and not just live together for the rest of their lives. Many of the men in the stories say dismissive things about marriage and make excuses for not committing to their women, such as:
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it,"
and,
"Marriage is just a piece of paper."
Many of the women compare marriage to a fairytale where everyone lives happily ever after.


I understand both sides.
Like many of the reluctant grooms in these stories, I come from a broken home. When I was 9 and my sister was 5, our parents yelled at each other across the house constantly. They never physically hurt each other, but they did do damage. Once, Dad was so angry at Mom that he stormed into our playroom and kicked our toys around, breaking both of our favorite toy figurines: my sister's horse named Hacksaw and my cat named Murina. Right then and there, I promised God and myself that I would never subject my own children to their parents' unjust anger. Less than a year later, my parents were divorced.
Sadly, the way I kept that promise was to never have any children. Too late, I realized that was a mistake, and I regret it to this day.
Like many of the yearning brides in these stories, as a young girl I loved fairy tales, weddings, and fancy dresses. I didn't connect these three things until I collected these stories. In her fantasies, every little girl is a fairytale princess, someone who wears fancy dresses and dances with a charming and attentive prince. Like most brides and grooms, Scott and I danced together at our wedding dressed as Prince Charming and his princess. My parents put aside their differences and danced together there, too. It was like magic."



Links to purchase "How I Got Him To Marry Me: 50 True Stories"

Photo attribution in order from top to bottom: Book cover provided by Cherise Kelley, Koshy KoshyZeusandheraInspirationDC, wwarby, Ygor Oliveira

12/24/12

Last-Minute Gifts for Sports Fans



If you are still struggling to find last-minute gifts for the sports fans on your list, there are many options left. Season tickets and team jerseys are not the only choices that will leave them smiling. The following unique gifts will help you stand out this season.

Here are some tips to make shopping easier:
Last-Minute Gifts for Sports Fans


Photo by thea0211

12/8/12

Unique Trends in Patios and Decks




The popularity of staycations has led to more homeowners embracing unique trends for their outdoor living spaces. Patios and decks have gone through an incredible evolution in recent years as they have been transformed for multiple functions.

Here are some tips for your patios and decks:
Unique Trends in Patios and Decks


Photo by Ayla87

12/2/12

4 Tips for Planning a Perfect Surfing Vacation



Planning a perfect surfing vacation involves several important steps. Before you pack a wetsuit and start dreaming of big waves, it is crucial to have a plan.

Here are some tips for planning a great vacation:
4 Tips for Planning a Perfect Surfing Vacation


Photo by theswedish

11/27/12

Unique Floors for the Home



The floor is sometimes neglected during the design process, but it is an important part of the overall interior style of a home. If you are searching for materials beyond the basic laminate or hardwood options, there are eco-friendly and unique ideas. 

Here are some tips for finding unique floors:
Unique Floors for the Home 



Photo by Krappweis

11/26/12

Gift Ideas to Help Children Stay Active and Use Their Imaginations



During the holiday season, parents often get overwhelmed with a flood of gift ideas from the media and other sources. However, finding gifts that help children stay active and actually use their imaginations is more difficult. The following ideas combine both aspects with products that will appeal to parents and children.

Here are some gift ideas for children:
Gift Ideas to Help Children Stay Active and Use Their Imaginations


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