Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sponsor a girl this Christmas: Child Empowerment Camp

Every Christmas, we are filled with thoughts of warmth, happiness and the importance of the gift of giving. This Christmas, how about giving to a young girl who can TRULY benefit from self esteem development and
several other life skills?
Through the Just for girls Christmas camp you can do just that by sponsoring a girl aged 6-10 years for a mere J $5, 750. 

The Just for Girls camp is a 7-day leadership & empowerment programme which runs December 16-24 and provides a safe environment for young girls to discover their strength. The organizers are dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge, confidence and courage they need to consistently make informed life-choices from a place of self-knowledge, self-respect and strength. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Take care of the woman within!! The Girlfriendz Way

Ladies enjoy themselves at a previous staging of Girlfriendz-Ladies night at Acropolis lounge in Kingston, Jamaica

When was the last time you truly did something FOR YOU?! Often as women, mothers, aunts, sisters, , girlfriends, wives, we are so busy nurturing and taking care of everyone else, we forget to tend to the very core of what defines us.

We spend so much time on household chores, work chores, baby care, hubster care, planning, implementing, revising and perfecting and then at the end of the day we slump in a pile, too tired to even think. Well wake on up my darlings!!! This one here is for you!! presenting THE Girlfriendz Expo! Ultimate Girls Night Out  on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, 2013!!

And before you forget just what a power house you are, creator of the Girlfriendz Expo, Shelly Ann Weeks (Dr. Sexy) reminds us why women NEED an expo such as this...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Lifestyle in a box: The Sugarplum box

"Ooh yes", "I love this", "lovely", "smells so good", "Oh gosh I've been wanting this for a bit" "Cant wait to use it"

 Those were some of my many outbursts as I excitedly ripped through the contents of my Sugar Plum Box and my outbursts were warranted as this one little box seemed to be packed with so many goodies for a healthy, hearty and happy lifestyle-hence lifestyle in a box :-)

Just around my birthday on November 11, I received a box from Hair Honey- An online store in Jamaica that sources and sells all things hair and beauty related. The branding on the cover said Sugar Plum Box and immediately brought thoughts of sugar, spice and everything nice. I figured, why not, its my birthday after all :-)

While I wanted to get digging in, I decided to throw some support for this Jamaican entrepreneur and share the contents of my gift pack with you my Jamaican mamacitas via an unboxing video, especially as a small peek revealed several products I just think women will generally love and moreso some locally made products which makes for a very balanced box in my estimation.

But whatever is a Sugar Plum Box?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Parents Month 2013: Here's how you can Celebrate

We know Parenting is a lifelong committment and the greatest reward is having children who have benefitted from having a loving, caring environment with appropriate guidance to help them thrive. yet ever so often, everyone else outside of our parenting bubble pauses long enough to recognize the challenges, triumphs and versatility that comes with parenting :). so hooray mamas (and daddies) we get an entire month dedicated to us-mind you never in isolation as it is always with the aim to make us better parents to our kids.

Indeed Over the years, November has been observed as National Parent Month and as yet another Parenting month rolls in, Jamaica will have several commemorative, participatory and fun activities to celebrate and drive awareness around parenting related issues. There are just way too many to choose from, so keep listening out for these, pick one, two or more than a few and have some fun while enhancing your Parenting skills..So let's go:

1. Jamaica now has a National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC)and through this newly formed entity there will be a series of events at both the school and regional levels under the theme: ‘Transforming Families Through: Communication Awareness Resources and Education’ (CARE).

The series of activities began on Sunday, November 3, with the National Church Service at the Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Andrew. The flag ship event will be a National Parenting Village on November 9 at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St. Andrew.

(See Flier below) and best of all Admission is FREE

For More on the NPSC activities for Parent Month see Jamaicans Urged to Support Parent Month Activities

and a beautiful summary in video ( which sounds very exciting)

2. Heroes for Children Toy Drive: See flier below and get all the details you need via the National Centre for Youth Development's page

Do you know of any Parent Month celebrations/Observations/Awareness initiatives? Be sure to drop us a comment below or email us at and we'll add it to our list.

Happy Parent Month my mamamcitas!!


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Custom on It:Personalizing Products for Small Businesses on a Budget

We're approaching gift season!!! and as the festivity rolls in, there is a cool new way to offer each of your loved ones, clients and customers personalized gifts and yearlong promotional options while supporting your fundraising initiatives- meet the solution Custom On it!!

Custom On It —formerly ST Bands--is a growing company that was founded in late 2007 during a freezing winter in Michigan by co-founders Adam Topping and Paul Serra. While the original idea was for ST Bands was to help musicians and small businesses have a go to company when it came to customizing head and wrist sweatbands; a spontaneous location move to Las Vegas allowed the business to grow more rapidly. In more recent months, and by recent we mean July of 2013, Custom On It has expanded exponentially by offering hundreds of new products that are great for all businesses. High quality custom products are what they strive to provide while keeping consumers happy throughout the entire process. Along with their recent expansion in products provided, Custom On It also now offers an exclusive blog they mindfully name Industry Insider. Industry Insider is a blog aimed to help give businesses the inside scoop, suggestions, tips, and tricks for what products and services may better work for their industry. Custom products are a great way to raise money; be it schools, clubs, or awareness organizations.

 With fundraising you have to come up with the perfect product to both easily show what you are trying to raise funds for as well as a product that is low cost. These products make it easier for schools and children to fundraise. Fundraising with personalized products will stop the age old, and might we mention dangerous, door to door cookie or Christmas paper wrap selling. Fundraisers and organizations can be set up in school and sold to parents, friends, and family easily and conveniently. One product – one price; you can make double even triple the money back with low cost products like silicone wristbands, wrist sweatbands, and many more products. If you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner you know that budgeting is highly important.
One of several customizable products carried by Custom On it

Another customizable product from Custom On It

Your profits will go every which way to ensure that you are covering all your expenses evenly while obviously making a profit. That’s what a business is about after all right? Creating excellent product and services, maintaining great prices, and of course making some profit is always the ideal outcome. Creating brand recognition and trust is important when it comes to building trust for your company.

Personalizing products for your business with your brand name as well as your information and website is said to be one of the more inexpensive, yet effective, forms of marketing.
 Why? Products branded for your business makes it easy to reach out to customers by giving them your information and creating an impression that will hopefully be lasting—and by far better than a plain old business card. What’s the more wonderful part of customizing a product to use as a business card or giveaway for your business? The possibilities for the number of products you can customize are endless—and what’s greater about it is that you can also choose to use more seasonal or business specific custom products. What’s better than being able to use your creativity to choose a great product?

Be sure to check out Custom at it via their website
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