Graduation Invitations | AprilNoelle.com

It’s Not Too Late to Order Your Invitations for Graduation!

This is an advertisement for Basic Invite but all opinions are mine.

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the school year already. Graduation season has arrived! I can’t wait to see all of my loved ones get promoted or graduate this 2018 year!

What is even more exciting is creating the perfect graduation announcement invitation. I love to design my own thing and Basic Invite makes it even easier.

What makes Basic Invite different?

Graduation Invitations | AprilNoelle.comAlmost Unlimited Colors

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes

Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Address Capturing Service

Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows customers to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request their friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in the customer’s account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.

Foil

Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. Customers can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.

Don’t Forget the Thank You Card!

I am pretty good at remembering to send out timely thank you cards and graduations are no exception. Get your thank you graduation card from Basic Invite too so that it can be just as beautiful as the invitation!

 

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51

 

 

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Giving Back to the Community | AprilNoelle.com

5 Ways You and Your Kids Can Give Back to the Community

Volunteering and giving back to the community is very important to me. I am very active with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Women’s Foundation. I believe in teaching my children to volunteer as well. Whenever they can tag along, they do.

Teaching your children about the importance of giving back from an early age can help them grow into compassionate and virtuous adults. Your kids will also likely be more grateful of the things that they have and won’t take their good fortunes for granted when they do charity work. Here are some great ways that you and your children can work together to give back to the community.

Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

Soup kitchens serve meals to homeless people and other low-income individuals during the holidays and sometimes year-round. Some soup kitchens in your area may allow children to volunteer to serve hot meals to other people who are in need. If you have young children, they still may be able to help by handing out plates, napkins and other eating utensils.

 

Join a Trash Cleanup Crew

Churches, businesses and other organizations often organize trash cleanup crews and are always happy to accept new volunteers. You and your children will pick up trash that’s left along freeways, beaches and other public spaces in your community. In addition to making your local area more beautiful, removing trash can prevent certain health and fire hazards. Picking up trash can help wildlife creatures avoid certain dangers as well. The group that you join will probably supply trash bags, gloves and other essential items to pick up trash safely. However, you might also be asked to furnish some of your own items.

Restore Homes

Give back to the community by restoring it. This volunteer opportunity is generally best suited for older kids who are approaching or already in their teenage years. There may be homes in your community that have been ravaged by natural disasters or affected by old age or neglect. Restoring these homes increases housing options for low-income families and helps to combat the problem of homelessness. You can volunteer for an organization like the one managed by notable philanthropist Neill Sullivan Oakland community members have come to respect. Depending on the age of your children, they may or may not be allowed to use power and cutting tools on construction sites.

Plant Trees

Planting new trees around your area can be good for both your family and the planet. New trees can produce cleaner air and help filter out air pollution. More trees in your neighborhood may even help prevent flooding and mudslides. When you volunteer with an organization, you and your kids can lend a hand by planting small saplings that will eventually grow into tall trees. You can also help care for these saplings as they grow so that they survive through their most vulnerable stages.

Care for Animals

Animal shelters always need volunteers to assist with the care of rescued animals. You might find a shelter in your area that happily welcomes children and provides training to be the most helpful. From brushing and feeding cats and dogs to playing with the animals, your children could be assigned a variety of tasks that are both fun and fulfilling. In addition direct care, you and your children can raise funds and donate the proceeds to an animal charity.

Volunteering together with your kids can be highly beneficial for your community and will allow your children to develop new skills. You should have no trouble finding organizations in your area that are always eager to welcome new people .

Do you volunteer or give back to your community? What other options do you suggest?

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Shiftcon 2018 | AprilNoelle.com

A #Shiftcon Conference Has Come but Not Yet Gone

I’ve only been to one blogger conference – Shiftcon – and I’ve been twice. It is the only conference that makes me want to get away from my family.

Why?

Because I know it’s FOR my family.

I may not be able to keep up with the latest and greatest, but Leah (Mamavation) works her ass off to educate the attendees on what matters and to separate junk information from science.

Shiftcon 2018 was different from my last experience. I felt so much more comfortable and confident walking in. Last time, I felt that I would be judged because I was considered “light green”. This year, I knew that being light green was ok and every step I took mattered.

This year, I walked in surrounded by new and old friends – friends that I had met for the first time IRL at the last conference and ones that I had only corresponded with through email.

Applegate

One of the biggest joys of this conference is the food – Applegate feeds us and feeds us well. From snacks to meals, they provide the best of the best natural and organic meats – No GMOs, No Antibiotics, and Humanely Raised! Every time we stepped out into the lobby or expo, we had pepperoni to snack on and it was delicious! I took some home for my kids because… Snack Time. I’m so glad that Applegate is in my local Publix to keep our pantry stocked!

Simply Real Foods

My favorite new brand is Simply Real Foods. Since I do most of my shopping at Costco, I don’t always have the easiest access to real food. Simply Real Foods is a new website that gives you easier access to organic, high-quality and affordable food that you can order online and deliver right to your door.

Beauty Counter

I’m always amazed to see how much crap goes in items that we put in and on our bodies! Beauty Counter gives us great products without all of the fillers. We received their signature No. 3 Balancing Collection as a gift to our rooms. I love it! The facial oil is so light. A little goes a LONG way!

Thank you Leah and team for the Shiftcon 2018 conference and I’m so glad to be a part of it. Check out the rest of the Shiftcon 2018 Sponsors here!

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Enjoying views of Lisbon

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Legacy 2018 | AprilNoelle.com

Building a Legacy in 2018

Every year, I set goals…and goals… and goals.

This year, I had to ask myself a question. The question is the one that you have to ask yourself whenever you begin a new venture, a new business, a new anything really.

If you speak to any business coach, the question is simple: Why?

Why do I have a blog? Why do I set all of these goals?

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My Family

I knew my Why was my family. But that never seemed to be enough. My family was not enough motivation to get me finish a lot of my goals. Why? (Ah, that pesky question pops up again.) Because I do things EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. for my family.

When I quit my job six years ago, I did it for my family. I cook dinner (and god, I hate cooking) for my family. My sleeping is broken and limited so that I can tend to whatever happens in the middle of the night for my family.

Quite frankly, I was all familied out. I didn’t want to do another thing for my family. I already did everything for them.

After being this tired and drained, there weren’t enough baths or manicures in the world could give me the self-care I needed to complete more for them.

My Real Why

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After much deliberation, consideration, and meditation, I realized that my ultimate why wasn’t just my family, it was building something for them. I want to give them something beyond my love and support.

I know, as a mom, my family should be enough. But after spending so much time dedicated to them, I needed something for me. I want to create a legacy and our name to live beyond me. I want to leave a legacy for my children and my children’s children.

My Word for 2018

Legacy.

All of my goals this year are focused on creating this legacy. They are bigger, brighter and completely attainable. I’m going to push myself harder than I have in a long time.

But most of all, I know I can do it.

So here are just a few goals that I have for this year:

  • Write a book (already started!)
  • Get a paid speaking gig
  • Become a political force in real estate
  • Be a kick-ass Realtor
  • Achieve a total body makeover

Those are just a few. What are yours?

I would love you forever if you would help me in building my legacy. I can help anyone in the state of Florida buy or sell a home, but I live in the Southeast Florida area.

Here’s my info:
April Grant, MRP, GBA
REALTOR®
If you’re thinking about selling, get your FREE Home Valuation HERE: http://bit.ly/2BLLoMO
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Phone: 310.849.3708

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The Results: #Olay28Day Challenge

When I first started the #Olay28Day challenge using products from the Olay Luminous line, I didn’t expect much. Honestly, I didn’t expect anything. I have a bathroom full of products that didn’t live up to their promises.

I had my first experience with acne when I was far into my twenties and pregnant with my first child. I have used countless facial treatments to stop bumps, blemishes and new acne, but to no avail.

Since I have looked for so many solutions, I was excited to be a part of the #Olay28Day Challenge.

#Olay28Day Challenge | AprilNoelle.com#Olay28Day Challenge Four Part Treatment

  • Olay Luminous Micellar Water (morning and night),
  • Olay Luminous Miracle Boost Concentrate (morning and night),
  • Olay Luminous Light Hydrating Lotion (morning), and
  • Olay Luminous Overnight Mask (night).

I was hesitant. I normally wash my face in the shower. Not washing it felt weird. It’s very different to feel a rush of water across your face and using soap versus a cotton ball and a bottle.

Then there was the moisturizing part. I don’t moisturize twice a day. I just don’t. That said, I followed the program, day and night.

#Olay28Day Challenge Results

Olay28Day Challenge Post 1 | AprilNoelle.comMy before picture is to the right. See how the bottom part of my face is dark. There’s a shadow of sorts. That shadow is not from the sun, it’s a mix of blemishes that became an overarching shadow on the bottom of my face.

The first change I noticed was how quickly my blemishes started disappearing. The bumps and the acne were diminishing.

The second change I noticed was my skin was becoming more uniform. The dark spots were getting lighter. I was no longer using extra foundation to cover the blemishes.

The third change I noticed was new blemishes disappeared quickly. One such blemish lasted two days, then poof, gone. That was completely new to me.

Olay Luminous Micellar Water

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Then, Hurricane Irma hit us hard, leaving us without power for five days. No power means limited running water. You know what’s great when it’s 90 degrees in the house and you can’t use running water? Olay Luminous Micellar Water. During this time, I realized how clean I was able to get my face with a few pumps of the Micellar Water without running water.

You know what’s also great to clean your face daily? Olay Luminous Micellar Water. I’m going to start calling it Miracle Water. It really does make a difference for your skin’s evenness. I received so many compliments over the last month about how my skin looked clearer and vibrant.

As you can see to the right, I’ve gotten some sun. And normally more sun means that the dark spots get darker. Here, I can still see the shadow, but comparatively to me (and to others), it was not as strong. The daily moisturizers were promising too. Even in our high heat-high humidity climate, I felt like my face could breathe, even after the application of foundation.

I would highly recommend this four step process and am proud to be a part of the #Olay28Day Challenge using the Olay Luminous line.

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This content was sponsored by Olay. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Play a Slideshow on the Amazon Fire TV, Just Ask Alexa (Plus a $500 Giveaway!) #Ad

Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post.

Have you ever had this happen?

“Mom, remember when we went to that place where the water squirted at us?”

“No,” I responded.

“Remember there was a pool and a slide and a little pool and water that squirted up?”

“Oh, yes, that place.”

I searched through pictures on my phone to find that place from last summer. The three of us crowded around my small handheld smartphone, looking at pictures. Then, the fighting ensued.

“I can’t see!”

“Your head’s in the way!”

“Your hair’s in the way!”

“Can you please scoot over?”

Prime Photos

So when I had the opportunity to try out Amazon Fire TV, I was excited. As an Amazon Prime member, I already had Prime Photos which keeps my photos right at my fingertips, across all of my devices. I was able to free up space on my phone when I stored my photos online with the Prime Photos App. Prime Photos includes unlimited photo storage as a  Prime member, and 5 GB digital storage for videos and files for all Amazon.com customers.

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

The Alexa Voice Remote now supports Prime Photos commands on your Amazon Fire TV, just ask Alexa! Amazon customers can view and search for their photos and photo albums with the Alexa Voice Remote and the Prime Photos app on their Amazon Fire TV.  Prime members can also search for people, places, and things, with phrases like, “show photos of flowers,” “show photos of California,” or “show photos of April.”

In Our Home

Now there’s no crowding around a small phone or even our computer, making sure that every person has a good view. Sitting comfortably on the couch, we can play the slideshow of last summer, with the photos of “water squirting up”, and enjoy as a family. We can even include my son and husband! **Smile**. All we have to do is press the microphone button and say, “Show my photos from last summer… Play a slideshow.”

Great Addition to Prime Photos

This is a great addition to what you can already do with Prime Photos on your Amazon Fire TV. Check out more ways to use the Prime Photos Fire TV app, hint: you can even change your screensaver. Prime Photos includes unlimited photo storage as a  Prime member, and 5 GB digital storage for videos and files for all Amazon.com customers. Now, you can relax on your living room couch and flip through your photos and personal videos on the biggest screen in your home using your Alexa Voice Remote.

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