Meaningful Within Your Means (Part 2)

At SunTrust Bank Their Purpose is Lighting the Way to Financial Well Being

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

It’s about depositing hope, instead of checks. And withdrawing stress, instead of cash.

This year thanks to SunTrust Bank we are doing the holidays a bit different than we are use to. Sure our house is decorated as every other year and we are going to have presents under our tree, but we are focusing more on each other and on our family traditions than on how many gifts we got.

Over the years we have forgotten the joy of the holidays and the little things that matter more than the whole hustle and bustle. Instead of doing the holidays the way we remember them as kids my husband and I have focused more on the entertaining, presents and things that only stress us more and leave us not doing the only thing that matters… Enjoying the season with our kids.

This year for the first time we are family of four and we want to make new traditions with our kids. Traditions that they will remember when they grow up and maybe even continue with their families.

We already started by planning our holidays and spreading our budget wisely with help from SunTrust Banks Holiday Budget Plan and their Holiday Planning Guide.

We also started a new tradition of baking delicious desserts every week as a family to make the holiday season feel more sweet. And this also gives us an opportunity to spend time with our kids in an joyful environment that definitely is as sweet as the treats we are making. We take this time to talk, share, enjoy and while making memories for us we also make sweet gifts for our family, friends and neighbors. That way we know that we can make someone else’s day and holiday season more special than it is already.

Another thing we have been enjoying this holiday season is watching holiday movies and drinking homemade hot cocoa. Our 9 year-old daughter has been enjoying this new tradition a lot. She loves holidays and recently she said that “spending time with her parents and little brother is only making the season more perfect and special”.

Although every year we donate, this year we decided to make our daughter do the donating herself. She felt very good while donating her toys and clothing to those in need. I think this new tradition definitely made her feel like she was doing something bigger, better and is one we’ll continue for years to come.

What is next for us? We are going to make homemade gifts for our family, friends and neighbors like hot cocoa mix in a jar, homemade cookies, hand painted picture frames, hand knitted scarf’s… We are also planning a holiday party, but this year we are leaving the stress behind and focusing on enjoying the time with our loved ones.

This year think a little differently. Share with us How are you going to make this holiday season more special for your family? How can you be more meaningful within your means? For more ideas visit #holidaymeans!

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.

To get started visit  holidaymeans.com

Meaningful spending made easy with our holiday planning guide.  Download here

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

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) wrote this sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned company or their PR Representative. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Meaningful Within Your Means (Part 1)

At SunTrust Bank Their Purpose is Lighting the Way to Financial Well Being

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

The things that mean the most to you, are well within your means.

Holidays are a joyful time to enjoy with your loved ones, but we all know that holidays tend to get pricey. We want it all, food, celebrations, presents… It seems that more we spend to make others happy the more we feel down and depressed about our finances once the holidays are over.

That’s why SunTrust Bank is here to help you make this holiday season just a bit different from all the others. In reality any bank can talk to you about just money. That’s why SunTrust Bank is here to talk to you not about money, but a different currency. Like about depositing hope, instead of checks. And withdrawing stress, instead of cash. It’s about indulging in the currency of kindness and giving more than you receipt.

It’s about small things in life that bring us happiness and joy without costing us a ton of money. It’s about spending time with your loved ones and gifting them the time and memories instead of expensive gifts that bring temporary joy and more stress afterwards. It’s about creating memories and new traditions you all can look back at and think as the happiest time of your life.

This year we as a family are going to spend more time together. We are going to put more thought and less money into our gifts. We are going to stress less about that perfect party and focus on us, on things that make us happy like cookies and hot chocolate. We are going to create memories and have something to talk about throughout the years other than how much we have spent on the holiday.

Holidays don’t have to cost a lot to be joyful. It’s the people around you, the food, the thought, the happy moments that stay with all of us much longer than expensive gifts we don’t need, outgrow, or don’t like from the beginning.

That’s why this holiday season we are going to do things differently with help from SunTrust Bank and their Holiday Budget Plan. We are going to make a list of important things we want to do and use our holiday budget wisely. Not everything on our list will cost money and that is perfectly ok. But we are definitely going to start a new tradition this holiday season as we are a family of four this year for the first time!

This year think a little differently. Think how you can be more meaningful within your means and how you can make this holiday the best one yet for your loved ones?!

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well-being. They want to help you reduce holiday stress through tools, advice, and inspiration that encourages you to make your holidays meaningful by spending within your means and focusing on meaningful experiences.

To get started visit  suntrust.com/holiday

Meaningful spending made easy with a budgeting tool to help you make a plan and stay on track with your holiday spending.  Download here.

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

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) wrote this sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned company or their PR Representative. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Hairfinity is an Innovation in Hair Care

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

It’s the end of the summer and we all know what sun, swimming and vacations do to our hair.

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins is a natural vitamin complex that restores those missing nutrients to encourage hair growth and make hair shinier, thicker and longer.

Summer can be hard on your hair. After months of sun, water and dry air you may find yourself unable to recognize it. It may lose that healthy shine and it may appear broken, dry and unable to grow. You may think the answer is in the shampoo and on the outside, but you are mistaking. The best thing you can do for your hair is to fix it from the inside out!

Unlike most hair care products, Hairfinity works from the inside out giving your hair the nutrients it needs to look its healthiest. The exclusive Capilsana complex provides a special sulfur and 18 amino acids that encourage healthy hair growth.

With Hairfinity Hair Vitamins you are able to fix the health of your hair the right way from the inside out and promote faster growing, longer, thicker, stronger hair, with less shed and more vibrant hair overall. Something we all want.

How does Hairfinity work​:

  • Biotin promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness. Increases the elasticity of the hair’s cortex, thus preventing breakage. Helps produce keratin that prevents hair loss.
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) promotes scalp circulation Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – prevents hair loss.
  • Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp.
  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps maintain hair and skin health.
  • Vitamin D helps prevent hair shedding which is critical to a voluminous fuller head of hair.
  • Vitamin B12 is essential to the formation of healthy red blood cells and helps transport oxygen to the scalp and follicles, which is required to sustain hair growth.
  • Vitamin B Complex nourishes and supports a healthy scalp environment and healthy hair growth. Deficiencies in these vitamins can lead to hair thinning, hair loss, graying, and weakening of the hair structure.
  • Silica Due to its ability to maintain collagen, Silica helps maintain the hair’s elasticity and helps keep the hair lustrous.
  • MSM The sulfur provided by MSM is required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.
  • EXCLUSIVE CAPILSANA™ COMPLEX delivers a unique blend of Hydrolyzed Collagen, MSM, and Silica provides 18 Amino Acids, which are the building blocks of the protein that gives hair it’s strength. The exclusive complex also provides sulfur required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are essential to healthy hair growth.

Hairfinity before and after Chelsea Tanner 2 week results of using #hairfinity !!!

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins contain the basic nutrients for overall health. A healthy body is the ideal environment for healthy hair to thrive. This means that a good metabolism, and immune system are also key factors for growing healthy hair fast. They also contain specific nutrients that are essential for faster hair growth.

In a clinical trial, Hairfinity was proven to increase the hair growth rate and reduce the average numbers of hairs shed in a 30 day period.

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins are available online $24.00 (plus shipping) for one month supply!

Share with us: What is your biggest hair problem at the end of the summer?

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

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) wrote this sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned company or their PR Representative. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

My Financial Bucket List

At SunTrust Bank Their Purpose is Lighting the Way to Financial Well Being

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

What would you give up to save money towards scratching off something on your bucket list?

Everyone has a list of things they want to accomplish or do by certain age, year or in their lifetime. Not everything on the list will be crossed over, and for some life gets in the way of accomplishing even the simplest things.

If you asked me ten years ago about my bucket list it would be much different from today’s one. It would be full of travel, shopping, shoes and things revolving around interests of a young professional with good salary and not many responsibilities in life other than taking care of myself and my personal bills. Today with a busy household, husband and two kids many of those things are crossed over or put on delay.

Today my simple bucket list revolves around my family and things we can all enjoy together like vacation, museums, festivals and shopping for things we can all use.

Budgeting monthly bills, activities, school, groceries and any extras while working from home can be tough. While my husband and I earn a decent paycheck each month sometimes even with best of budgeting that bucket list gets pushed further away. And I’ll be first to admit that many extras each month play a big part in it.

But there is a simple solution with SunTrust Bank and their easy budget worksheet that can help us and you save and feel amazing while being able to cross things off that bucket list.

It’s simple really, all you have to do is look at your spending and see where unnecessary money is going. For instance, are you eating our more often than you should? Are you buying shoes, clothing, home accessories that you and your family really don’t need? If so, stop spending money on unnecessary things and save that towards the things on your bucket list. You will be amazed how easy and quickly you can reach the amount needed to use for some of the things you always wanted.

For us, we are going to cut out on too many activities that have us spread thin throughout the year and use that money to cross out the dream family vacation from our bucket list hopefully next summer.

Now is your turn…

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well being. They help you get organized, make a plan, and stay on track so you can get and stay in control of your finances. When you are confident about your money, you can save for your goals and splurge knowingly on what matters most to you.

To get started visit suntrust.com/getorganized.

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


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Safe Babywearing With Boba Baby Carriers

How do You Wear Your Baby?

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

Which carrier is right for you? We know how overwhelming all the options can be for new parents. That’s why we want to talk to you about the right carrier for the best way to wear your baby on the go and around the house!

Boba Carrier

There are many benefits to wearing your baby. For one thing it makes you bond with your little one more each moment. 

When my daughter was a baby I had a hard time finding the right carrier that we both liked. I wanted something that was easy for me to carry her in, something that was safe and something she would feel comfortable in. But back than not many carriers were available and I found most on the market to be very uncomfortable. I also didn’t like that they were front facing which always made me feel like she could fall out, or that most of her body wasn’t properly supported.

Because I couldn’t find a right carrier for us I didn’t wear my daughter which made it all more difficult for us to get daily things finished together. When at home she was in my arms when needed, but that made it hard to do anything else. And when outside we had to carry a heavy stroller at all times.

Now that we are expecting our second child I am looking into products that can make me close to my child, but still allow me to finish the easy day-to-day stuff. Most of my friends have recommended me to look into Boba carriers and wraps. I am really looking forward to trying them out and hope they will be a right solution for us!

I’m also reading a lot about the safety while wearing your baby. And I recently learned many things that I didn’t know before. 

Like 9 Reasons Not to Carry Your Baby Facing Out:

Boba is the only baby carrier company that exclusively sells baby carriers that keep baby facing inward. Boba products give you the opportunity to wear your baby safely and they have perfect products for your individual style. Whether you choose a Boba carrier, wrap or air they all will give you a piece of mind that your baby is safe with you.

Boba Carrier – Description and Features:

The Boba Carrier makes babywearing more convenient, comfortable, and ergonomically correct than ever before. It grows with your child, thanks to an integrated infant insert, detachable foot straps, and 10 other bonus features. Now parents and kids of all shapes and sizes can explore the world – together!

1. Removable sleeping hood

2. Comfortably fits heights 5’0″ – 6’3″

3. Waistband range: 25″ – 58″

4. Additional adjustment for easier fit breastfeeding

5. Removable foot straps

6. Elastic bands neatly roll up straps

7. Shoulder strap holders keep purse in place

8. Easily adjustable chest strap

9. Uniquely designed to “hug” your child

10. Includes Integrated Infant Insert

11. Body of carrier rises 2″-3″ higher than other brands

12. Multiple pockets for on-the-go storage

Boba Wrap – Description and Features:

The Boba Wrap is the perfect wrap style carrier – with its unique fabric blend and the no-guesswork tying, the Boba Wrap is a great choice for beginners and advanced babywearers alike. The simple design of this baby wrap, free of buckles, straps or buttons makes it perfectly comfortable for both you and your baby. By evenly distributing the weight of your child, there is no time limit to how long your baby can stay in the wrap, so you may calm and sooth your baby with your warmth, your voice, your movement and your heart beat as long as you are both content!

If you are interested in a baby carrier designed for newborns and toddlers alike, check out the Boba Carrier. You can also find instructions on how to properly use all of our baby wearing gear.

1. Weight Range: 7-35lbs

2. Hands Free

3. Custom Fit”

4. Durable and Strong

5. Simple No-guess Tying

6. Allows you to Breastfeed Easily

Boba Air – Description and Features:

The BobaAir an ultra lightweight baby carrier that is great for travelers or any parent on the go. It folds up into its own hood pouch to be easily stored in a purse or diaper bag! The BobaAir is intended for children 15-45lbs.

1. 100% Nylon

2. Front and back carry options

3. Sleeping hood and pocket

4. Compact and Self Storing

5. Comfortably fits heights 5’0″-6’3″

6. Waistband range: 27″-55″

7. Body of carrier rises 16″

Follow Suzana Uzelac’s board Safe Babywearing on Pinterest.

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


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IBBY Announces the 2014 Jury and Nominees

IBBY Announces the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury and Nominees

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international distinction given to authors and illustrators of children’s books.  Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children’s literature.

IBBY Announces the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury and Nominees

The 2014 Jury, selected by IBBY’s Executive Committee from nominations made by its national sections, comprises the following ten distinguished members from across the globe.  Jury President María Jesús Gil (Madrid, Spain) will lead the Jury to select the winners of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen awards.

  • Anastasia Arkhipova Illustrator, chair of the board of the Association of Moscow Book Illustrators and Designers, Moscow, Russia.
  • Fanuel Hanan Diaz Editor, author and researcher, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Sabine Fuchs University lecturer in children’s literature, Graz, Austria.
  • Sang-Wook Kim Professor in children’s literature at the Chuncheon National University of Education, Seoul, Korea.
  • Enrique Pérez Díaz Author and publisher, Havana, Cuba.
  • Deborah Soria Book-seller and promoter of children’s literature, Rome, Italy.
  • Susan M. Stan Professor of children’s literature at the Central Michigan University, USA.
  • Sahar Tarhandeh Independent researcher in children’s literature, freelance graphic designer and art director, Tehran, Iran.
  • Erik Titusson Publisher and former Director of the ALMA, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Ayfer Gürdal Ünal Writer, critic, and lecturer at the Bhosphorous University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Former IBBY Vice President Elda Nogueira (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and IBBY Executive Director Liz Page are ex officio Jury members.

The following nominees have been submitted for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Awards by the National Sections of IBBY.  For the 2014 Awards 29 authors and 31 illustrators have been nominated from 34 countries.

  • Argentina: author María Cristina Ramos; illustrator Isol
  • Australia; author Nadia Wheatley; illustrator Ron Brooks
  • Austria: author Renate Welsh; illustrator Linda Wolfsgruber
  • Azerbaijan: author Sevinj Nurugizi
  • Belgium: author Frank Andriat; illustrator Carll Cneut
  • Brazil: author Joel Rufino dos Santos; illustrator Roger Mello
  • Canada: author Kenneth Oppel; illustrator Philippe Béha
  • China: author Hongying Yang; illustrator Liang Xiong
  • Croatia: illustrator Svjetlan Junaković
  • Denmark: author Lene Kaaberbøl; illustrator Charlotte Pardi
  • Estonia: author Aino Pervik
  • Finland: author Kirsi Kunnas; illustrator Pekka Vuori
  • France: author Jean-Claude Mourlevat; illustrator François Place
  • Germany: author Mirjam Pressler; illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Greece: author Sofia Madouvalou; illustrator Daniela Stamatiadi
  • Iran: author Houshang Moradi Kermani
  • Ireland: author Eoin Colfer; illustrator PJ Lynch
  • Italy: author Bianca Pitzorno; illustrator Fabian Negrin
  • Japan: author Nahoko Uehashi; illustrator Ken Katayama
  • Republic of Korea: author Jin-Kyung Kim; illustrator Byoung-Ho Han
  • Latvia: illustrator Reinis Pētersons
  • Netherlands: author Ted van Lieshout; illustrator Marit Törnqvist
  • Norway: author Bjørn Sortland; illustrator Øyvind Torseter
  • Portugal: author António Torrado; illustrator Teresa Lima
  • Russia: author Vladislav Krapivin; illustrator Igor Oleinikov
  • Serbia: author Ljubivoje Ršumović; illustrator Dobrosav Živković
  • Slovakia: author Daniel Hevier; illustrator Peter Uchnár
  • Slovenia: author Polonca Kovač; illustrator Alenka Sottler
  • Spain: illustrator Javier Zabala
  • Sweden: illustrator Eva Lindström
  • Switzerland: illustrator Albertine
  • Turkey: author Serpil Ural; illustrator Saadet Ceylan
  • UK: author Jacqueline Wilson; illustrator John Burningham
  • USA: author Jacqueline Woodson; illustrator Bryan Collier

The Jury President will guide the judging process and preside at the jury meeting 15-16 March 2014.  The shortlist will be disseminated immediately following the Jury meeting and the winners will be announced at the IBBY Press Conference at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on Monday, 24 March 2014.

For more information about IBBY’s programme and current projects please contact the IBBY Secretariat or visit IBBY website!