Saturday, February 6, 2016

Trolls comes to theaters November 4, 2016

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the FIRST trailer for TROLLS! 
From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. 
Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. 

TROLLS also stars Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches and Kunal Nayaar. 

This irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music comes to theaters November 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Trailersteading by Anna Hess

All the advantages of a tiny house at a fraction of the cost!  
Imagine what you could do with your time if you didn't have to spend $16,000 a year on rent or a mortgage. Old single-wide mobile homes can often be found for free (and installed for a couple of thousand dollars) in rural areas, so trailersteading is akin to dumpster-diving. A trailer allows you to live without debt, to keep your ecological footprint to a minimum with energy bills at or below the national average, and even to blend right in alongside traditional-house dwellers after a few years. 

Trailersteading profiles thirteen mobile-home dwellers who have used trailers as a stepping stone toward achieving their dreams. Some have spent the cash saved to expedite renovations involving extra insulation, pitched roofs, classy interiors, and even basements, while the found money has allowed others to go off the grid. Many also took advantage of a low-cost housing option to pursue their passions, becoming full-time homemakers or homesteaders. 

In addition to the case studies, this book presents easy methods of minimizing the negative sides of trailer life and accentuating the positive. For example, did you know a single-wide is easy to retrofit for passive solar heating? That a simple plant-covered trellis can break up the blockiness of the trailer's external appearance? Learn which parts of installing and upgrading your trailer are easy for a DIYer and which parts should be left to the experts, along with how to cheaply heat and cool a mobile home.

About the Author
Bestselling author Anna Hess dreamed about moving back to the land ever since her parents dragged her off their family farm at the age of eight. She worked as a field biologist and nonprofit organizer before acquiring fifty-eight acres of land and a husband. She then quit her job to homestead full time. Hess admits that real farm life involves a lot more hard work than her childhood memories entailed, but the reality is much more fulfilling, and she loves pigging out on sun-warmed strawberries and experimenting with no-till gardening, mushroom propagation, and chicken pasturing. Visit her at She lives in Dungannon, Virginia.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Enjoying Summer Fun to the Full

Summer enjoyment seems to be an activity that is completely enjoyed by children. However, that does not have to be the situation at all. People of all ages can enjoy summer to the full. In fact, there are helpful tips that can make each summer an unforgettable experience.

New Grilling and Salad Options
Summer food is certainly not to be overlooked when it comes to summer fun. While many families and individuals have favorite foods that they like, such as steaks and hotdogs, it

can be quite helpful to add some new foods to the summer menu. Consider creating a summer salad that begins with fresh lettuce and greens that come from a home garden or neighborhood market. Next, consider grilling some chicken or beef and place it on the greens. Finally, create a new salad dressing or try a new one at a grocery store. Shish kebabs can be a different type of summer cuisine that people look forward to eating. Keep in mind that there are numerous salad options on the Internet that can be made in less than a half hour. When new foods are tried, it can add a new flair to summer. 

New Beach Options

Whether a family lives close to the water or has to travel a distance, summer fun can certainly be had under the hot sun. Playing in the water can become dull and boring over
time. However, consider investing in inexpensive water flotation devices for just a few dollars. There are water toys that are ideal for children, grandchildren or even adults. New beach towels or swimming apparel can inspire people to visit the beach or enjoy the swimming pool. For people who own a pool, do not forget that there are wholesale pool pumps and filters that can ensure that a pool stays clear and in good condition during the summer months. Shovels, pails and sand equipment can provide everyone in the family a fun way to create a castle or a different type of sand creation. 

Whether it is time to create a new water game or have a nice steak with a different kind of seasoning, people can enjoy the summer even better when they try something new. In fact, people tend to remember a specific occasion when they have done something new. It can be a wonderful way to experience summer. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Lives We Lead by Alexandra Egi

Preteens and teens have long faced unique challenges. Mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially, their worlds are changing quickly and often daily. The difference between today’s adolescents and those of past generations is that everything is on display publically now, which only adds to the pressure to be perfect. But underneath the filters and behind the selfies, many young people struggle with some serious issues: unhealthy relationships, family challenges, bullying, body image, and more.
Who better to truly examine these issues than someone who is in the midst of it? At seventeen years old, Alexandra Egi, a high school student, entrepreneur, and writer, witnesses these struggles daily and began to notice, especially in today’s world where perfection is the goal, there’s a certain stigma surrounding the real-life challenges that so many young people face. To lift the curtain and offer a little message of hope to her peers, she penned her entertaining debut novel, The Lives We Lead, which examines the seemingly perfect lives of four teenagers and their individual challenges.
“I hope to give voiceless teens a voice. There is a lot of stigma and exclusion in the teen community and I think it needs to be addressed. It’s time to dive into the issues that others ignore – I hope I can offer a different, and helpful, view.”

Alexandra Egi is seventeen years old and a senior in high school. She is President and Founder of Impact Writers Hub, which is an online writing program that aims to make a difference using words. In addition to her responsibilities as a student and entrepreneur, Egi enjoys art, basketball, music, and spending time with her loving and supportive family. As a writer, Egi has been published twice in Canadian anthologies.The Lives We Lead is her first novel.
Learn more about Egi and her work by visiting, and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
The Lives We Lead can be purchased from and at bookstores upon request.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Grow Your Business with Promotional Tote Bags

An important part of any business is effective advertising. Whether you use traditional print advertising or you implement an advertising campaign using social media, radio spots or other means of reaching your audience, promotional products have long been shown to be an affordable and effective way to brand your company.

Why Choose Promotional Tote Bags?
Just about everyone uses tote bags! That’s definitely an excellent reason to consider using them as promotional materials. Whether the tote bag is used to carry items to school, work, the gym or the beach, it will be a visible reminder of your brand. The more your promotional bag gets used, the more people will see the name of your company, which will help in the branding of your business.

Some promotional items rarely get used, but a tote bag is something that will get used over and over. Of course, each time it’s used, you’ll get more free advertising. That certainly helps ensure you get the most exposure for your advertising dollars. Obviously, when you’re giving something that you expect your customers to use frequently, it’s important to make sure that you choose a quality product, such as those offered by Absolute Tote Bags.

What Benefits Can a Business Expect from Branding?
Whether you’re a restaurant owner, plumber or real estate agent, when consumers need the products or services you offer, you want to make sure that your business is what they think of first. Branding will keep your business in front of prospective consumers, and can provide a very effective way to grow just about any type of business. When you use your logo, business name or slogan on your advertising materials, you help brand your business. The same is true when you choose quality printed tote bags. Click here for an example of the many options you have for promotional tote bags.

Promotional Tote Bags for Small Businesses

One of the important considerations for any small business is how to make the best use of a limited advertising budget. Most business start out with a tight budget and need to make sure that they are able to get the best return on their investment. Promotional products fit this need by providing ongoing advertising for a single investment.

Many business owners have been able to grow their business using promotional materials. The branding offered by promotional tote bags can help increase your brand awareness, leading to the growth of your customer base.