Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are known to many Americans as the true beginning of the holiday shopping season. According to the latest report released by Adobe, Cyber Monday of 2017 has officially hit a new record as the largest online shopping day in history. Adobe predicts that shoppers contributed to sales of over 6 billion dollars for Cyber Monday. In addition, smartphone-based revenue and mobile web traffic surged with estimates that account for 33.1 percent of retail revenue. With an increase in statistics, shoppers are reshaping previous trends and changing the face of online retail. “Shopping and buying on smartphones are becoming the new norm and can be attributed to continued optimizations in the retail experience on mobile devices and platforms,” said Mickey Mericle, vice president, Marketing, and Customer Insights at Adobe. Consumers are excited about the sales and bargains of Cyber Monday also spending more money.
Additionally, many Americans can easily feel compelled to purchase with the ease of great perks such as free shipping, PayPal and many rewards offered by your favorite retailers. However, the guilt of quick clicking and pop up ads and the excitement of getting the best deal can also cause anxiety and stress upon you navigate through the holiday season.
“Do not tackle all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop,” says Jennifer Melnick Carota, owner and licensed counselor of the Counseling House. “In fact, one of the leading causes of anxiety, particularly when holiday shopping, is taking on too much all at one time,” she continued.
Thankfully, there are ways to enjoy shopping guilt free without the major anxiety of going into debt.
Here are five ways to avoid overspending when holiday shopping:
Establish a Budget
Before you start shopping or adding items to your cart set a budget immediately. It is important to decide what you can afford to spend and focus on your finances. Use websites like www.mint.com to help keep track of your spending in addition to what you amount of money you have left after paying bills.
Set Monetary Guidelines on Gift Giving
It’s very easy to go above your established budget on one item and causes financial duress with one mistake. Before you start shopping, check your finances and decide what number is best for gift giving to family and friends. If you are short on money, be creative and invest in quality time with fun activities such as game night or cooking dinner for family and enjoying a movie night. Christmas isn’t always about gifts, but if you do want to share gifts set guidelines and remain strict. Whether you are looking for a new watch or a marble dining table, you will be able to find a bargain if you look hard enough!
Avoid Using the Plastic Cards
Don’t even think of pushing that card in the chip reader because you will be upset when you see the bill in the mail in January. In fact, set aside cash specifically for the holidays and use it for gifts and miscellaneous expenses. It is much easier on your credit and will not affect your daily living expenses. You will be happy you did in January 2018.
Do Your Research
Everything is not on sale; don’t believe the hype. Retailers are geniuses and prey your emotions. From offering targeted emails to offering multiple coupons you can easily get caught up in spending more money than planned. Google what days are best to shop and always use your list as a guide. Just make sure you stick with it for guidance. We knew we wanted to buy a memory foam mattress and from our research, we saved so much time! Our friends actually wanted to buy a home security camera for elderly people on black friday and because they planned ahead, they found the perfect one!
Avoid Shopping with Emotions
In the holiday season, not everyone is happy and ready to spread cheer. It can be an emotional and stressful time. Teodora Pavkovic, a psychologist, and life coach believes, “we engage in stress spending when we feel unpleasant emotions such as anger, sadness [and] anticipation.”
Nevertheless, no matter if you decide to get online in the evening to shop or hit the physical sales at the mortar and brick stores with guidelines and research you can be a smart shopper and stay on budget.
Who doesn’t love vision boards; Gathering magazines and cutting out articles to glue it to your poster board to decorate your wall! We all have our dream home, favorite vacation destination, and our dream vehicle right staring at us on the wall. So the question is do vision boards work? If you believe in the Law of attraction, whatever you focus you will attract it into your life.
Yes, vision boards are master tools of positive psychology. Think of vision boards as manifestation of goals that you desire. Whether it’s a beautiful outfit, a fitness routine, or your ideal soul mate vision boards reflect what you want.
TRADITIONAL VISION BOARDS
For years, traditional vision boards have consisted of poster boards, thumbtacks, and cut-outs from magazines of specific photos and quotes glued together to create a unique collage representing your goals. Hence, traditional vision boards (inspiration boards) are very popular. In fact, women collect magazines to find specific quotes and photos to create the perfect board. However, many of us post our boards on our bedroom walls and walk right past them. But what if we could ditch the poster boards, magazines, glue, and scissors and create a digital board?
WHY ARE DIGITAL VISION BOARDS IMPORTANT?
Forget the poster boards and magazines; today there is an app to take care all of your visions and ideas. Welcome to the digital vision boards. For the moms who do not have magazine subscriptions, vision board apps work best. There are so many choices including websites like PicMonkey and Pinterest, and apps like DreamCloud. It’s simple to create and use. It takes less time than traditional vision boards and you can download it to your smartphone.
Here are our Top Five Vision Board creation apps.
HAY HOUSE VISION APP – Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life, one of the founders of self-help and law of attraction app provides daily positive affirmations.
VISION BOARD BY ASTROPORT – A paid app with ready-made templates, quotes, and positive affirmations that you can email and upload to social media.
VISION KIT – This app allows you to play around with different templates, adding your personal images, and the integration of social media. It is also very affordable.
DREAMCLOUD – Finally an app that brings life to your dreams and visions. It is well organized in separate categories. You are able to your images to your tasks and able to interpret your goals in great detail. It is available in the app store for $3.99.
BLOOM – A creative app that lets you use your phone’s music and photos to create personalized bloom dream boards that you can download and share with family and friends.
Remember to determine what you want, make a board and place it in your eyesight. Whatever you focus on expands that is how you achieve your goals.
U Magazine is a state-wide lifestyle publication that focuses on the Complete “U”: physical, personal, emotional and professional well-being. We feature stories, and explore topics that impact the health and well-being of the entire State of Georgia. We cover stories all the way up in the Georgia Mountains down to the Wild Adventures near the GA/FL line, and everywhere in between.
We have 4 quarterly issues: February, May, August and November. Each issue is themed, and we also host health and wellness events across the state.
We are looking for a great inside sales representative/ account manager to sell publication and health and wellness related services to businesses across the State of GA
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Operate as the lead point of contact for any and all matters specific to your customers
Build and maintain strong, long-lasting customer relationships
Develop new business with existing clients and/or identify areas of improvement
Negotiate contracts and close agreements to maximize profits
Attend online meetings, sales events and trainings to keep abreast of the latest developments
Present strong demonstrations of full product offering
Conduct sales calls and meetings with decision makers
Administrative tasks will be performed as well
20% administrative duties
Unlimited income potential residual income potential for each account established and managed for the life of the account
Work from home
Broadband internet connection (wired is preferable to wireless)
Note: Our technicians do not troubleshoot Wi-Fi connections.
Laptop or Desktop Computer with sound card & Windows 7 or higher operating system: PC Requirements Note: Will not run on Mac or Chrome operating systems.
USB connected Headset
Hours: 20 hours a week, 4 days a week / Opportunity to move into full-time role after 90 days
Sandy Springs (August 7, 2017)- Mayor Rusty Paul will be recognized with the Dr. Eva Galambos Community Trailblazer Award at this year’s U Sandy Springs’ Most Beautiful of Sandy Springs Party at Heritage Sandy Springs on November 4th. Named for Sandy Springs’ founding Mayor, Dr. Eva Galambos, the 2017 Community Trailblazer Award is presented to a local Sandy Springs leader who is paving the way to improve the lives of the residents of Sandy Springs. The recipient displays servant leadership qualities and is a pillar in the community-all of which embodies the legacy of former Mayor Dr. Eva Galambos. “Mom was a civil servant first and foremost, preferring the light to shine on her beloved city rather than herself,” Michael Galambos, former Mayor Galambos’ son, states when describing his mother’s work and love for the city. He also noted, “She was a huge supporter of [Paul].”
Over 250 attendees are expected at this year’s Most Beautiful of Sandy Springs Party on November 4th, from 7pm-10pm, at Heritage Sandy Springs. Politicians, teachers, policeman, business owners and other leaders will be honored for exemplifying both external and internal beauty and representing the mission and values of U Media Groups.
For more information about the Most Beautiful of Sandy Springs or the Dr. Eva Galambos Community Trailblazer Award, please contact LaKisha C. Brooks at 678-499-1488 or visit www.umediagroups.com.
By: Marcus Johnson, Director Customer Service & Community Relations Phoebe Sumter
Be Young, Be Active, Be Healthy is the theme at this year’s Children’s Health Fair hosted by Phoebe Sumter. Children and their parents are invited to this free event on Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Columns Building at Boone Park, located at 408 Rucker Street in Americus.
“Our Children’s Health Fair is such a fun event and we look forward to hosting it each year. Children are our future and teaching them how to live healthy, active lifestyles is important for their growth and development,” said Brandi Lunneborg, CEO, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.
Free health screenings will be offered for children ages 5 to 17. Screenings include: weight, BMI, blood pressure and blood sugar. It is important to note that children should not eat after midnight the night before for an accurate blood sugar screening. The Rural Georgia Healthy Housing Advisory Group will be on-site to provide soil screening for lead. Those interested need to bring a soil sample in a one-quart Ziploc bag. Free school supplies will be given out while supplies last.
In addition to education booths, there will be music, games, a dance contest and a young chefs cooking contest. A healthy lunch will be provided to children participating.
U Magazine, a state-wide lifestyle publication that focuses on the Complete “U”: physical, personal, emotional and professional well-being. We feature stories, and explore topics that affect the health and well-being of the entire State of Georgia.
We cover stories all the way up in the Georgia Mountains down to the Wild Adventures near the GA/FL line, and everywhere in between.
We have 4 quarterly issues: February, May, August and November. Our next issue is November 2017.
We are looking for talented, qualified writers to join our team.
Contributing writer (How to Articles, Research Shorts, Informative Articles, etc.) 15 writers needed.
You will join a pool of other writers who will write for the publication on an as needed basis. We will send out 25 story prompts (we will provide topics and ideas) for our upcoming issue. The stories will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. No interviewing, but research may be required.
Writing experience not required, but high recommended
Contributing writer (Profiles, Human Interest, Interviews) 2 writers needed
You will pitch the story. You will interview the subject, and write a 500-1,000 word compelling story from interview. This can be a person, event, business, but must be affiliated with health and well-being in the State of Georgia.
We do 10 features per issue. Each writer will be assigned to produce two stories per issue.
Must have journalism, interviewing and experience with writing profiles and covering events.
While most tweens are glued to their electronic devices, this precocious, multi-talented 11 year old is spending her time building her empire as a budding entrepreneur. Upcoming Galloway School student, Ryan Neufeld, founded Pickles ‘n Pudding at the tender age of eight, with the aid of her mother Adina, Sandy Springs native and Riverwood High School graduate, and older sister Talia. Now, Talia has since retired and serves as the company “taster.”
Pickles ‘n Pudding, is afamily owned businessspecializing in sour and semi-sour pickles, and is located in the heart of Sandy Springs. Pickles are made with salt, pepper and a number of other spices.
When asked how Pickles ‘n Pudding derived, Neufeld stated that she was “inspired by [her] mother,” who hosts a local cooking show in the metro Atlanta area. She continued by stating that she decided it would be a great idea to make pickles with her family. After debating about the name, she finally settled on Pickles ‘n Pudding, because, like any eight year old, she loved the way the words pickles and pudding sounded together. Adding the word pudding was not just about the name however–it is also a staple in the business. The company produces an array of puddings including red velvet, banana, cookies and crème, and even gummy bear!
Despite only being a part-time business, Pickles ‘n Pudding was quickly able to turn a profit and Neufeld elected to use those profits to invest in an embroidery machine to accompany her seamstress skills. This allowed her to add pillow and purse making to her portfolio.
As with any busy business woman on the rise, work-life balance can be a challenge. Neufeld successfully juggles her business, academics, activities and family time by simply “do[ing] it.” This is a philosophy she learned from her mother who instilled in her daughters the idea that, “if you dream it, you can do it.” This is the same advice Neufeld would give other young aspiring entrepreneurs.
Neufeld’s talents do not end at sewing and making delicious pickles and pudding. She is also a gifted artist who has a knack for calligraphy and drawing. She recently entered a contest to design a Sandy Springs turtle for Heards Ferry Elementary; she and her best friend won the competition. The design will be unveiled early to mid 2018 outside the school.
In the next five to 10 years, Neufeld hopes to see her business grow internationally, with people across the world crunching on her pickles, wearing her purses and sleeping on her pillows. For now, you can find Pickles ‘n Pudding at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market every other Saturday or you can visit their website at http://www.picklesnpudding.com/.
U Media is searching for a motivated and experienced advertising sales representative to sale digital and print ads for our exciting, new, quarterly publication, U Sandy Springs. U Media is a lifestyle communications agency, compromising of magazines, radio and television, that focuses on the being Complete “U”. We believe the Complete “U” involves 4 pillars of well-being:
1) Physical: To obtain a healthier lifestyle that allows us to handle our regular activities without extra strain or physical stress.
2) Emotional: To understand and maintain mental stability in order to manage expected or unexpected challenges.
3) Personal: To relate, connect and interact with others to create a sense of community and lasting relationships.
4) Professional: To gain self-satisfaction through career opportunities and continuous training and development.
Through publications, discussions, news and stories, U Media strives to improve the lives of others. We also want to encourage and inspire our consumers to engage in progressive dialogue while building their communities.
As a community based publication, the right candidate for our team will live locally in the Sandy Springs area or be familiar with the area. They will also have at least 2 years of advertising sales experience, and will be very organized. The workload can be completed part-time, 20-25 hours a week. We offer competitive pay rates plus a monthly stipend after a 60 day review of your progress.
Responsibilities (include but not limited to):
Building and maintaining relationships with new clients
Meet and exceed monthly sales goals
Daily contact over the phone with prospects to promote advertising space in both print and online