Monday, January 8, 2018

Like and Subscribe to my girl's YouTube Channel!

My 7 year old wanted a YouTube channel.  For fun, I have helped her with it.  Videos are her ideas....whatever she says is unscripted and all her!  She also doesn't rehearse, etc... She just knows what she wants to say, etc...  I did help her come up with her YouTube Channel Title:
Pretty Things with Belle ...This is her channel title because she loves Pretty Things and finds nearly everything around her to be "Pretty!"   Very positive outlook.  I am her editor/promotor/etc...and whatever else is involved beyond on screen talent.  :-)  Mom is everything else. 

I am trying to get my girl up to 100 subscribers.  (She needs this many subs in order to get a better url than a bunch of numbers and letters.  Not easy to share!)
I am also attempting to share until she gets 10K total collective views across all videos.  At this point in time of this post...she has 4 videos and 280 total views.  She has 13 subscribers.  I am placing all of this information here as I believe it will become interesting as time passes and we can document how long it takes her to get wherever she may be when we check on this post in the future.

Thank you for reading my blog here and for checking out her channel and videos.  Likes, Subscribe (hit the bell), and positive comments only (she is 7, although...I will not read to her anything negative or "ugly." She is just having fun. She loves to entertain and is also a dancer.  Surely videos of dancing will happen as well.  Hey, it's pretty too!).

Thank you again!

What I got for Christmas 2017

Channel URL:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Avon Lady Melanie R - to Buy or Sell Avon: MelanieR

I want to be your Avon Lady!
I love Avon and am very excited to be selling Avon.

Visit my eStore 24/7 and have your orders shipped directly to you!  Not only is it great to have your order shipped right to your door, but orders through my online Avon eStore are shipped within a couple days; whereas, traditional would have to wait until the campaign ends.  Each campaign runs two weeks.  This would have to wait up to 2 weeks to get your order.  A couple days...fantastic!  Become my eCustomer and I will be your eRep!  :-)

My Avon eStore:

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Join my team:
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Avon has wonderful (and vast) products for everyone at affordable prices.  You can either take advantage of the wonderful prices on what you need for your makeup, skincare, and fashion needs or go in business to make money selling what you love as well.  To buy or sell...visit my avon site:

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Have a great day!
Melanie R

Monday, January 16, 2017

Free Online College Level Classes

Thanks to Facebook, I saw someone share a post about some free online courses through a platform called "Alison!"

I couldn't help myself but to check it out! It is very easy to sign up and there are sooo many classes and some offer certificates even.  I saw classes uploaded from "publishers" like:  Harvard, Stanford, UNC, MIT and more!

Check it out!  Maybe there is something there for you!  I always feel like there is always something to learn.

Happy New  Year! 2017!

Monday, February 15, 2016

How to Save Money When Enrolling in Online Courses (sponsored post)

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If you’re looking for online courses for a university or a college, be sure to do a sufficient amount of research on the different schools that you can qualify for. If you’re a student that wants a degree from a specific post secondary institution you can usually sign up for classes through them and then take a certain amount of other classes from another university or college. The credits that you earn from both institutions will be applied to your grade and this can be beneficial if you notice that another school is offering courses for less than your base school. Though you must take note of the total amount of credits that you are allowed to carry over.

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Above all, take the time to apply for general bursaries through your school and any grants that may be offered from federally funded programs. These are specifically designed to give college and university students the ability to get the money that they need for school without having to pay the total amount back as you would with a loan. Make sure that you read through the requirements and qualifications for grants and bursaries as you may not be eligible to apply depending on your total income or the income of your parents.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Trying to connect more

I am going to attempt to do a better job updating this blog in 2016! I am "getting up with the blogging program" by using mobile devices and we shall see! Blogging on the move if you will. :-)

Thank you to my patient followers and those interested in my blog.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Develop a Time Saving Coupon Clipping Strategy (sponsored post)

If you don’t already know that couponing is a great way to save money on your groceries then you have probably been living under a rock for the last fifty or so years. Seriously – If you’ve ever seen Extreme Couponing then you’re aware of just how much you can save with coupons. If you haven’t seen any of the shows then check YouTube, just watching a piece of a single show is enough to understand the degree of savings possible!

There is another factor to consider if you decide you want to feature on the next episode of Extreme Couponing – the TIME it’s going to take to clip and sort your coupons, not to mention the time spent searching for the best deals. And seriously – which everyday working mom has the luxury of time? There is work to be done, kids to be fed and a home to maintain. Unless you can function on approximately one hour of sleep a day – then by all means – go ahead and coupon clip your little heart out!

I need my beauty sleep though so I’ve had to develop a Time Saving Couponing Strategy!

Rule 1: Instead of spending hours trying to match coupons to specials, subscribe to a coupon site for hints and suggestions. You don’t bake bread twice so why do something that someone else already has?

Rule 2: Get organized. DON”T just throw all your coupons into a shoebox. Find a system of organizing them that works for you. I use a binder which has dividers for different stores, then sub dividers for category (health and beauty, tinned items, etc) and every coupon in each category is arranged by expiration date.

Rule 3: Don't clip or print every single coupon you see! There are some amazing deals out there but you don’t have to use them all. If you miss a deal then so be it – there will be others that may be ten times better!

Rule 4: Create a shopping list and get the RIGHT coupons ready before you leave the house. Wandering up and down the aisles checking if you have coupons to match what’s on the shelves and ending up with a trolley full of items you don’t actually need is ridiculous. Plan which stores you’re going to and exactly what you’re going to purchase while you’re there – but have your binder handy in case you stumble across an unexpected bargain!

Extreme Couponing may save you a lot more money but at the end of the day it is better to live your life rather than just survive!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year! 2014

Hi all!

Just wanted to share what I have been up to lately.

As you know from previous posts I was busy with designing jewelry for an online fashion magazine (TFBM Magazine).  It was/is a blast to be a part of a Magazine with my own designs.  Very cool!

Other than the is pretty tame but great at the same time.  I've been taking "time off" so-to-speak from designing and Internet "stuff" in general.  I have been experiencing a bit of "burn out" the past few months.  I do hope and pray to "make a comeback" real soon with my designing. 
So what have I been busy with?  In short: I have two kids (8 year old son and a 3 1/2 year old daughter).  These guys keep me plenty busy in addition to being a full time Elementary Art Teacher and wife.

Best Financial Move of 2013 for us:  Refinancing our home.  It has been a wonderful thing!  It was well needed and a blessing at the same time.  We were starting to drown in bills and then we got the idea to ask our mortgage person if it was time to refinance again...and we asked at the perfect time and what a blessing it was and is.  Thanks to that Refinance...we did have a Christmas and a good one!  Here is the link to our Angel in disguise Kathryn:

We had a great Christmas this year and I hope you all did as well.  Cheers to a New Year 2014!  I feel it will be a great year!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Issue of TFBM is Available!

TFBM is an online fashion magazine. 

The second issue has just been released and I am proud to say a pair of my earrings (MelanieR Jewelry) are on pages 94-95!

Here is the link to this Beautiful Magazine by The Fashion Business Mentor:
The Gorgeous Earrings are my creation for this photo shoot! 
I love the photography by JT Pro Imaging
Magazine by The Fashion Business Mentor's TFBM Magazine
Earrings by MelanieR Jewelry

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Art Conference

Hi all!

I am an Art Teacher by day...not just a saving Jewelry Designer.  :-)

Last weekend I got to enjoy a weekend out with a bunch of Art Teachers from around the state (NC).  I had a great time learning lots of great things to utilize in my classroom as well as in my own Artistic endeavors. 

My favorite workshops I attended (I loved them all but these two were my favs) were:
*I learned about Polymer clay and "Steampunkery" (very cool..can't wait to make/design my own beads and supplies to use in my jewelry; as well as, a lesson for my older students in the Art.)
*I also got a greater grasp of what Zentangle(r) is and where it came from and the process.  Very fun and very "zen."  I can totally use this in lots of cool lesson plans and I will find a way to use some of what I learned into my artistic self as well. 

My favorite NON-workshop activity was simply walking around Downtown Raleigh at First Friday Night where there are TONS of Art Exhibits/Artists/Galleries, and so much more creative happenings.  It is rejuvenating for the Art Teacher and Artist alike.  This "walk" was so inspiring.  When I got home...I picked up a pen and paper and have drawn at least one drawing each day. Something I haven't done for  years.   I DO design/create jewelry and macramé wall hangings but this is a bit different.  So exciting to find my Artsy self again.  Thank you State Art Conference!  I look forward to going back again next year!

On my Own at home

Another attempt on my own at home

two samples that I learned in the Zentangle(r) workshop at the conference. 
These were guided by the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT(r))
Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, October 3, 2013


TFBM Magazine Giveaway!

I am so excited to share a new online Fashion magazine with you, TFBM MAG! This magazine is packed with gorgeous editorials featuring independent designers (kids and adults), industry articles to help designers run a successful business, and shopping guides to encourage people to shop indie! The magazine is fully interactive so you can click away to designers shops and to industry sites!
 Here is the mobile friendly link to check it out! Enjoy and if you want to be involved in the next issue please see the back cover for details.

BONUS For the first issue launch there is also a $500 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!  Plus 2 runners up will win $50 Gift Certificates!
I am proud to say my jewelry (two bracelets and a pair of earrings) is in this issue of TFBM! 
You will find MelanieR Jewelry on Page 80-81!
Best wishes and I hope one of my readers win this HUGE prize!  I could personally buy a whole lot of supplies if I were to win such a thing!  Imagine $500 to spend anywhere on Etsy!!!  Now, go is super easy!