3 Ways You’re Preventing Your Child From Growing Into a Leader

Written by Salina Jivani

Our dream as parents is to see our children become wildly successful. So what do we do? We prod them, encourage them, hover over them and try to get them to be the very best, most intelligent, perfect, wise little humans they can be. But in the process of making them their best, could it be that you’re doing the worst? Here are three signs that indicate you’re crippling your children rather than helping cultivate them into leaders.

 

You praise them too easily

We’re so eager to encourage our children that sometimes, we just don’t know when enough is…too much. Yes, praise is important—when it’s well deserved. But when your child does simple, ordinary things that aren’t truly praise-worthy, you’re really setting them up for failure by lowering the standards of how much harder or smarter they need to work to elicit a true, well-deserved praise from you. Don’t let praise come too easily, or they’ll expect it just as easily from everyone else or will not work as hard to earn it.

 

You don’t let them take chances

While it’s important to set guidelines for your children (no monkey bars—you’re too young!), let them sometimes venture beyond the boundaries you’ve set to take reasonable risks on their own. They’ll only know what they’re capable of when they spread their wings to try new things…even if you’re not quite sure they’re ready to go without training wheels just yet. Let them try…they might surprise themselves—and you.

 

You save them too quickly

It’s tempting to swoop in like a mother hen and save your child from difficult situations, tough kids, even from eating that French fry that you know is too hot. Because sometimes the most effective lessons come from experiencing our own mistakes and no matter how much it may break your heart to do it, sometimes you just have to let them learn on their own before you go rushing in to embrace them.

 

Leaders are trained young, so make sure you focus early on leadership skills if you want to foster these skills in your child and see them benefit from them much later down the road.

Beyoncé’s New Campaign Partnership Will Bring Clean Water to Africa

Image source: Beyoncé.com

Although Beyoncé recently gave birth to her new twins, she is still hard at work making a difference for the world around her. In a new partnership campaign with the UNICEF( United Nation Children’s Fund) , the music moguls Bey Good Foundation  has started the #BeyGood4BurundiCampaign, which is a new initiate to bring clean water to Burundi. Burundi, which is one of the smallest, poorest nations in Africa, has more than 2 million who people spend more than 30 minutes a day doing something that most Americans take for granted everyday, trying to get clean water for bathing and drinking.

Beyoncé.com stated that with the  help of supporters “nearly half a million people will gain access to safe water, as BEYGOOD4BURUNDI and UNICEF will support building water supply systems for healthcare facilities and schools, and the drilling of boreholes, wells and springs to bring safe water to districts.” This partnership will be a continuation of the efforts her family and company Parkwood Entertainment have been making to have an impact on Burundi.

Ivy McGregor, ‎Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, who traveled to Burundi earlier this year stated,  “In Burundi I saw myself, my sisters and my mother in the strength of the women and young sisters traveling miles to carry water for their families. Today young girls in the ‘Heart of Africa’ are given the gift of hope for a brighter tomorrow through our multi-year partnership with UNICEF and commitment to support safe water access solutions.”

Beyoncé’s new partnership initiative just goes to show that no matter how busy or successful you are in life, you can always make time for the things that are valuable to you the most.

Insanely Affordable International Vacations for Americans

Written by Salina Javini

Vacationing in a new city is thrilling. But it also can wreak havoc on your pocketbook. The expensive tickets, long flights and all the meals in between can leave you feeling pretty certain that by the time you actually do reach your destination, you might just not have enough mula in your pocket enjoy your vacay time. But book these three foreign vacation destinations and both you and your pocketbook are sure to be pleased.

 

Czech Republic

Visit the beautiful city of Prague and snag a one-bedroom apartment for as low as $30 a night. This lovely, small city is filled with great dining and touristing spots, all within walking distance—so you don’t even have to worry about coming out of pocket for transportation. Plus, a lot of their main attractions, such as Old Town and Charles Bridge are absolutely free!

 

India

With the U.S. dollar topping over 60 rupees here currently, you can get by on as little as $25 a day, if you wanted, in cities such as Goa. Cheap transportation, like rickshaws and buses, are all around and can hail you an authentic, traditional, and affordable experience, with rides under $2, depending on distance and city. Even trinkets or souvenirs for your favs can be bought for mere dollars or even pennies on the dollar from roadside vendors or smaller shops.

 

Bulgaria

If you’re looking for a fabulous lesser-known getaway, Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, is your escape to paradise. Get manicures, pedicures, and haircuts combined for under $20, plus enjoy a delicious, filling three-course meal for under $20, too. Visit monuments, bars, and seaside stretches for cheap while relishing your escape from reality.

 

Explore other foreign locations whose currency or affordable rates can work in your favor and alleviate some of the pain for your wallet…and don’t forget to check out ways to save on flights through travel rewards credit cards and travel points!

 

3 Things you Should Never Wear to a Wedding

Written by Salina Jivani

It’s officially wedding season, which means getting dolled up in your favorite jewelry, gorgeous dresses and envied collection of shoes. But while you’re busy glitzing up, make sure don’t lose sight of basic attire etiquette by committing one of these three wedding guest wardrobe faux pas.

 

Don’t wear white…or black

Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but wearing white to a wedding is a definite no-no—that’s the color reserved for the bride and only the bride. Don this color and you’re definitely going to be labeled a notorious attention seeker. At the same time, don’t wear black—the color of sadness and grief (though it might be tempting if the groom happens to be your much missed ex-Romeo). Instead, opt for safe shades in between such as pastels and other solid, vibrant colors.

 

Keep your décolletage decent

If your neckline is so low you risk exposing your goodies or inadvertently stealing the guests’ attention from the bride, reconsider your ensemble. While cleavage is sexy and even welcomed when you’re out on a romantic date with your sig fig, it’s unseemly and frowned upon when you put it on display at a wedding.

 

Avoid uncomfortable shoes

Shoes are a woman’s best friend, but wear an uncomfortable pair to a wedding where you’re itching to party it down or required to walk a lot, and they’ll quickly become your worst enemy. While donning sexy shoes to a wedding isn’t a sin, doing so at the expense of your lovely toes can be a pain in the foot—pun intended.

Still iffy about your attire? To play it safe follow this simple rule: Don’t wear anything that will make you stand out unfavorably against the bride and most certainly don’t compromise your comfort just to look good. Because, yes, beauty is sometimes painful, but weddings are meant to be fun!

5 Toxic Personalities to Avoid Like the Flu

Written by Salina Jivani

You’re walking down the street, trying to find that restaurant you’re supposed to meet your friend at, and you see several people around you. Ever notice how you have a tendency to feel more inclined to approach one person versus another? No, it’s not in your head—people give out different vibes. And some people don’t emit such great ones.

You may notice that your best friend just gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling while your evil aunt from Tennessee really is just plain evil. Here are five personality types you should definitely keep away from to avoid the negativity and feeling of ill will from permeating your life.

The green giant of envy

Jealousy is an intrinsic human trait we all experience every now and again, but overly envious people just don’t seem to catch a break from it. You know this person because they’re constantly eyeing what others have, upset that they can’t flaunt something equivalent or better. And they’re never content with anything they get—no matter how great it may be, because they always spot greener pastures elsewhere in someone else’s backyard. Keeping company with envious people may rub off on you and, eventually, you might find yourself exhibiting some of the same traits as them. So steer clear of such individuals and don’t look back.

The manipulator

We’ve all known someone who’s super nice to us…with the caveat that they need some favor or another in return…just innocently or out of thin air. But you know better than that. Manipulators are very calculated—they know exactly what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. And their list of favors is never ending. The moment you stop acquiescing to their requests, they’ll drop you faster than a dead bug on a fly swatter.

The damsel in distress

A great and true friend is someone who’s there during times of difficulty, but if you find yourself being a great friend a little too often, it might be because your pal is a self-perpetrated victim. These people always want to whine and complain about life’s curveballs, but they never want to do anything to help themselves past them, instead opting to make other people feel sorry at their completely “helpless” situation. Instead of trying to prod them to take action, it’s probably just easier to walk away because once a person is set in his ways…well, you know how that story goes.

The egotist

You’ve probably come across someone who constantly sees everything you do as an opportunity to one up you. Being in company of someone like that is like tiptoeing on eggshells, always having to weigh your thoughts and what you say aloud, wondering how it will be received and possibly rebutted or outdone. People who constantly need to feel superior to others usually have many deep-rooted confidence problems. You don’t want to be the butt of their frustrations or unresolved issues, so it’s better just to avoid their kind of personality altogether.

The moody

Everyone has ups and downs, so we understand that life is more like a roller coaster than a skating rink. However, moody people have no true reason for their sudden shift in temperament other than they simply feel like going from one extreme to the other. In other words, there’s often no rhyme, reason or logic behind their temperament. And people with this kind of personality are dangerous and extremely draining because you don’t know what can set them off and you don’t know how to stop a happy moment from becoming a terrible one. To prevent yourself from feeling exhausted and using too much mental energy on these people, it’s better to just dump them.

Remember that while toxic people do exist, not everyone is toxic. There are plenty of beautiful people out there who have minor flaws (but don’t we all?!) so when possible, try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt instead of automatically trying to shove them into one of the above categories. Otherwise, the world can fast become a boring place.

3 Nifty Uber Features you Didn’t Know About

Written by Salina Jivani

At one point, grabbing a cab or a ride with a random stranger in the middle of the night used to be the making of horror stories. However, today with advents the likes of Uber, all it takes is a split decision and a few clicks and the next thing you know, you’re flying down 85, windows rolled down, jamming to your favorite music with a complete stranger driving you. And you have not a worry in the world about being abducted or dumped on the side of the road in your most expensive heels.

However, while you’re off enjoying the freedom and convenience Uber offers, we bet you didn’t know these three slick tricks about your favorite app.

Split your fare with friends

In this age of electronics, Venmo and plastic, cash is so passé. But the very convenience of technology comes with its own set of drawbacks, such as having to endure the embarrassment of reminding your pal they owe you a few measly bucks for that ride to the hotel you hitched together at his Bachelor party. Enter Uber’s “split my fare” feature! With this function, you can easily and conveniently split the cost of your ride without any embarrassing reminders or the nuance of having to keep track of exactly how much you spent on which fare with which friend. Simply go to your trip information (near the driver’s info) click on the amount that’s due, and press “split fare.” You’ll have to choose the person you want to split with from your contacts. Note, however, that you can only split the fare while a trip is still in progress—you won’t be able to split after it’s over.

Keep track of your ride costs for business trips

Typically, companies require you to maintain receipts and records to validate your spending during a business trip so they can reimburse you. Uber makes this super easy to do by allowing you to create separate ride profiles for business and personal trips. When creating your business profile, simply use your work email and pick how frequently you want Uber to send you travel reports. Then click the house shaped button in the top right of the screen to quickly switch from one profile to the other.

Schedule a pickup in advance

Sometimes, waiting for a ride can be time consuming, say when you’re at the airport and have to be at an important meeting within minutes after you land. Other times, waiting can be outright dangerous, like at nighttime in large cities that have a frighteningly high crime rate. In either case, scheduling an Uber pickup in advance could save you time and prevent risk. To do this, just click on the calendar button to the right of the “Where to?”. Rides can be scheduled up to 30 days out, so schedule away!

While these are three really cool features of Uber, they’re not nearly close to everything this amazing app can boast about. Play around or visit Uber’s official site for more cool tips and ways to maximize your experience.

Free Cell Phone Service from Republic Wireless

Looking to try and new cell phone company? If you are an iPhone lover, are you willing to give it for an Android to have free phone service? If so, then Republic Wireless may just be for you.

The company recently announced that on its website that new customers can now receive 6 months of free service, along with a free SIM card, as long as you meet certain requirements.

According to the Republic Wireless website, you must:

1. First, make sure your existing phone is compatible with our service.

2. Order your FREE SIM kit. Act fast while supplies last.* Discount will be taken at checkout. All you pay for is shipping and taxes.

3. Activate your phone by June 6th, 2017, and pay for your first month of service—then enjoy up to $30 off your bill for the next 6 months.

 

Republic Wireless is a North Carolina based cell phone company that prides itself on  using “WiFi first, with cellular as the backup network. “

Visit their website  to see if your phone qualifies for this promotion.

5 Tips for Planning a Breathtaking Destination Wedding

Written by Salina Jivani

The sun’s blazing, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming. Yep, it’s officially wedding season. And if you’re tying the knot during this breathtaking time of year, it’s understandable that you might be tempted to flee off to a distant (or not so distant) location to soak up the sun and enjoy the bounty of nature around you. And since your wedding is a milestone you’ll forever remember, it only makes sense to do it in a place that will make the moment all the more memorable, beautiful and perfect in your mind and in pictures. But while you’re busy contemplating putting together the best destination wedding ever, be sure to heed some simple tips to make sure your big day’s everything you’re hoping for and more.

Pick a realistic venue

It sounds dreamy and oh so romantic to get married in a centuries-old castle in Scotland or a remote island. But those venues probably aren’t realistic choices when it comes to coordinating vendors—like your caterer. Make sure the place you pick is a practical choice for you, your guests as well as the people you’re counting on and hiring to make your wedding the spectacular affair you’re hoping for. When selecting a venue, think about your decorator, entertainers, photographer/videographer, florist and any other vendors that’ll be contributing to the day’s celebrations.

Add a touch of the local

What’s the point of traveling hundreds or thousands of miles away from home if your venue’s going to look like any other one at…home? Pick up cues from the locale around you. If you’re on a beach, maybe add beach elements, like shells, to your décor. If you’re in the country, consider weaving in some local music into the evening’s song list. If you’re in a foreign land, consider adding a flavor of the local cuisine or incorporating a cultural wedding tradition. Adding a touch of the locale will help enhance your wedding and allow people to enjoy the feeling of being away from home.

Steer clear of busy times

Keep in mind that many places have busy periods or seasons during which special events, activities or celebrations take place—be sure to not book your wedding during these times. Doing so could result in pricier travel for both you and your guests as well as limit the availability of vendors and accommodations.

Figure out your vendors

Perhaps one of the most challenging parts about planning a destination wedding is picking out reputable, affordable vendors. Plan on spending a good amount of time doing research to select vendors who are reliable and whom you can count on. Read reviews and do your homework. Even better, if you have any family or friends who are familiar to the area, ask them for suggestions or recommendations.

Think about your guests

Your wedding is supposed to be all about you…or is it? Often in the midst of excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of the people without whom your special day would be incomplete—the guests! Remember, people who attend your wedding have spent time and money—likely hundreds of miles away from their own homes—just to be there for you during this priceless milestone in your life. Show them you appreciate their presence by considering them as you map out details that will affect them—like accommodations, cuisine, travel dates and, yes, even venue. Do they have religious or personal beliefs that would limit what they’re able to eat? Are there certain allergies you should consider? Is anyone physically handicapped? It’s understood you won’t be able to accommodate everyone in every single aspect of your planning, but rely on common sense to help you focus on significant nuances that could cause severe inconvenience to your guests. After all, a wedding without loved ones is really no wedding at all.

It’s easy to get frazzled in the midst of mindless details and planning as you strive to implement an unforgettable, mesmerizing destination wedding, but remember to steal moments to enjoy all the hard work and effort you’ve put forth into your special day. In other words, while you’re busy making amazing wedding-day memories in your paradise location, make sure you take time to take a break from stress and stop to smell the roses.

5 Mother’s Day Gifts She Secretly Wants


Written by Salina Jivani

If you’re like most people, you shop for gifts all the time thanks to a non-stop stream of invitations to birthday parties, surprise bashes, anniversaries, baby showers, graduations, heck, even divorce parties. And while you may or may not be a great gift giver, one present you most definitely should put a whole lot of heart and love into is the gift you give to a mother—whether it’s yours or your child’s—on Mother’s Day.

And while we realize every woman has her own personality stuffed with likes and dislikes, we’re pretty confident the below choices are near fool proof for women of any taste and style.

A custom throw

What woman doesn’t like to curl up on the couch every now and again to a great movie or her favorite TV show? And what better way to stay snug during those times than with a thoughtful, customized throw? Add a memorable family picture or a meaningful message for a super special Mother’s Day keepsake.

Places to try: Things Remembered and Walmart

Face products

Every woman cherishes youthful-looking, healthy skin and appreciates products that can help her preserve it. Which is why you’re playing on level field if you opt to invest in excellent quality skincare gift sets for Mom. But be mindful that some women are sensitive to certain products or notice that particular brands work best with their skin, so if you’re not sure which line of products Mom favors, try taking a peek around her bathroom or vanity and it’s likely you’ll snag yourself a few clues. You can even try a simple, subtle “Your skin’s looking great; what are you using nowadays?” to spark up a conversation about what she wears or maybe what she’s hoping to buy. Be creative and you’ll be able to wheedle it out and then help her put her best face forward.

Suggested brands: Clinique, Este Lauder, La Prarie, Dior.

Hair products

Like great skin, every woman envies fantastic, beautiful locks. Luckily, the hair care industry is filled to the brim with options for people of all ages and hair types. Visit a local salon or a beauty shop and you’ll likely get an expert’s spiel on exactly what would work for Mom’s hair. But remember to grab a gift receipt—just in case.

Suggested lines: Moroccan Oil, Nioxin (for fine or scanty hair), Kendra (for heat protection)

A great bag

Clutches and handbags are a bit tricky because every woman has different taste. But they’re also one of your safer bets since every Mom carries one. Again with this, some quick sleuthing will likely clue you in to which styles, sizes and shades are a safe bet. If you’ve got some cash to splurge and can afford to add a designer tag to the handbag, count yourself in for some extra brownie points. And if selecting the right clutch or handbag feels like too risky an undertaking, try going for a wallet, instead.

Brands to try: Coach, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade

Gift card

If all else fails, you can always count on the magic of gift cards—but make sure you’re not lame about it! Be thoughtful by placing the voucher in a nice card with a thoughtful, handwritten message or tucking it in with a homemade arrangement of her favorite chocolates or fruits.

Places to try: Kroger has a great variety of gift cards to select from

Remember that while gifts are important and welcomed, nothing overpowers the love and thought with which they’re delivered. Make the day special with breakfast in bed, plenty of love and good behavior and your gift will most certainly be the cherry on top of an already fantastic and memorable day.

How To Instantly Become a Wine Connoisseur

Written by Ariel Wallace

Have you ever watched a movie and became marveled how the actors interact with wine.The color, smell, ambience of wine in a glass. Ever wanted to explore wine a little more, here’s a few short cuts to becoming a overnight Wine Connoisseur.

Develop A Wine Palate: Learn from the best and acquire a favorite wine of your own. Red or White find a wine that best suites your choice of taste. Getting past your wine flavors is the first part. Consider joining a wine tasting group.

Trying an Unfamiliar Wine: Branching away from your comfort zone of wine and going with an Oblique taste. Leaning toward savory instead of a sweet wine. Building a list of different wines is a sure way to pronouncing an A-Z Winery list.

Writers and Wineries: Wineries and Writers go hand in hand. You can find alot of articles from Wine Experts stating they’re opinion on blogs and wine reviews. Try reading a book that sets the mold for your understanding. A great book for starters is “The World Atlas Of Wine”. Which is an informative read to share over a glass of Wine.

Wine Expert: You’ve finally made it to the finish line. You can look at the wine list and pick out a wine in confidence. Pairing wine and food is something that is now natural for you. Congratulations you are now a wine Connoisseur!