Monthly Obsession: Tis the Season of Boot Season!

So this is my first time ever writing about a monthly obsession and I can honestly say that I have more than one.  We all that one thing that we are obsessed over and whether we can’t afford it at the present moment or can’t eat it at the present moment, we have a plan to get what we want! Sounds familiar?

As for me, I’ve been more of the “go-getter” type in anything that I want, whether it’s a new eye shadow palette or a new phone case for my phone (I am actually proud of myself because I just upgraded my phone and I haven’t purchased a whole lot of phone cases) This month or shall I say the last couple of months I have been obsessing over a few things.  The first item is a pair of combat leopard and plaid print boots I ordered online at Rainbow Shops.

One thing about me is that I don’t tend to follow the latest trend or style because I create my own trend and style! My taste is rather unique and I like to go outside the box just a little to see if I can pull it off! When I first saw these boots online in my promotions email, I knew right then and there that I had to have these cute combat boots! You can say that I am a big fan because I have two other pair of combat boots at my house.  A pair of pink waterproof converse and some Candies combat boots from Kohl’s Department Stores.  It just started getting a little cold where I’m at in Virginia, so I will have plenty of opportunities to wear these boots.  I was thinking of wearing them with a solid denim collared shirt and mild accessories.

What do you guys think about that combination? And be honest! lol. I don’t bite! LOL I purchase a lot of my plaid button down shirts from Kohl’s since I’ve been working there for the last eight years and the discounts are great!  With my associate discount and other discounts we can stack on top of that I sometimes be racking up! There are other obsessions that I have, but I want to save that for my next blog post which will be a continuation.  I can’t wait to share with you all what I’ve been obsessing over! Until then take care and don’t forget to hit that follow/submit button to keep updated of all my blog posts.  

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Become a Side Hu$tler: Creative and Unique Ways to Make an Extra Income

It’s always good to make a little extra money every now and then.  Technology has very well expanded where you can make money even in your sleep.  Check out these creative ways that you can make extra money while still being employed at your full-time job.

  1. Voice-Over Work and Script Reading: Do you have that funny and unique voice or does your friend say that you have a nice voice for reading things? Definitely consider doing some work for a local radio station.
  2. Writing Reviews for Money: How many books do you read or when is the last time you went to a new restaurant? You can leave reviews and express your opinion.
  3. Review Music for Cash
  4. Get cash rebates for scanning your receipts.  There is an app called “Ibotta” where supposedly you can make money off receipts that you keep.  Usually I keep a lot of receipts, so now this has me thinking because I can make extra money on the side.
  5. Sell your wardrobe.  I have heard about people making money by selling their clothes and accessories.  Apps such as Thred up and Posh Mark are pretty decent for selling your wardrobe.
  6. Sell Your Photos: If you have a keen eye for photography or taking unique pictures, then you can definitely start selling your photos to small businesses or local magazines.
  7. Become a Dog Walker: If you are a dog lover, then this is the perfect job for you! You can go to sites like Rover.com or Wag!
  8. Sell your skills: Are you a writer? Do you enjoy editing books? Then how about turning your skills into an income?
  9. Sell Plasma
  10. Take surveys and give your opinion.  Try using Inbox Dollars

Now let’s go out here and make some extra money!!!!

 

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Tis’ The Season of Black Friday

It’s that time again where a lot of retail stores world wide and online is gearing up for all types of sales; marking prices at it’s lowest so customers can buy them.  What’s so crazy is that people will actually camp out the night before whether it’s cold or not waiting for doors to open so they can get what they want.  How many of you all will actually do that or have done that? There is nothing in this world that would actually make me wait in line for hours at a time.  I work at a retail store currently and the first year I’ve worked Black Friday, people were lined up.  I’m not even sure what they wanted so bad that they couldn’t wait until the doors actually opened.  

All I can say is that to prepare for the madness is to mentally plan what you are going to stores for and plan out how long you will be in there and what you will need.  Remember lines will be long, so patience is a must.  If you are planning to go out on Black Friday, what do you normally get? Because I work at a retail store, I don’t even bother to shop there after work because I don’t feel like dealing with the crowd nor the line.  For me personally, it’s best that I work on Thanksgiving day (I don’t know why they even open up on that day) so that I can work when it opens and into the early morning.  There is no way under the sun that I will be working that Friday.  I think another reason why people like to be out in the crowd so much is just to see what others are shopping for or because they just want to be in the crowd just to tell people that they went out on Friday.  

 

 

 

 

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Five Things You Can’t Live Without

There are a lot of things that you can’t live without such as money, water, food, your cellphone of course and others.  Tell me your top five things that you can’t live without below in the comments.  For now, I will just list my top five things that I can’t live without and I hope you feel the same way.

  Sweets– I have a serious sweet tooth that desires a lot of sweets such as Little Debbie cakes and some candies.  Now my favorite sweet is the soft chocolate chip cookies.  To be honest, I can eat a whole tray in a day.  I know that it isn’t good to do that, but sometimes I can’t help it thinking about the sweet chocolate taste.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

   Chips: Yeah I know what you are thinking.  Her whole list will be food. LOL But actually it won’t be.  Lately I have been craving Ruffles or Lays original chips.  Just last week I ate about two bags a day and my stomach wasn’t really all that excited.  But now I am trying to cut back on how many bags I eat a day.  Like right now while I’m typing this post, I have a small bag of Doritos next to me on my desk.  That will be my only bag of chips today.  

 

     Money– I don’t care what anyone else says, you can’t live without money! It’s what you pay your bills with, your car note, buy groceries with and etc.  How can you buy a house or rent an apartment without having money? Even though I’m guilty of spending money on things I don’t need, we all still need it. 

    Family– If you have family, then be grateful because some people don’t have family to rely on and to depend on.  I am grateful for my parents, grandparent and close aunts and uncles.  That is something I definitely can’t live without. 

   Clothes and Shoes– ( I know that’s two items but they go hand in hand LOL) I have so many clothes and shoes that I got to have because it’s part of my style.  I don’t want to be naked or barefooted all the time, so clothing and shoes is a must! Don’t you agree readers?

Please email me at theriverzgurlbrand@outlook.com for your top five list of things you can’t live without.  I would love to hear your responses.  Also I will respost them in the next blog post called “My followers and readers Top Five”

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Great Photography Apps for I phone Users

I’ve always been fascinated with taking pictures and editing them; more like me taking ten million selfies and photos of myself! LOL.  A couple of years ago, I saw a frog on the side of my house and back then I had an Android Samsung Galaxy and decided to take a picture of it.  I am very fascinated with taking unique and nature pictures as well as pictures of flowers. 

 

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I am always downloading different photo editing apps to change the filter and effect on them for a more artistic look.  Now that I’ve crossed over to the I phone Apple side for the last two years and with a recent new upgrade, I’m always in portrait mode taking precise pictures.  I discovered this amazing article on top photo editing apps that you should use for photos if you enjoy taking different pictures like myself.  Are you ready for some fun and liven up your photos a little bit more? Then let’s get into these amazing apps!

 

  1. Snapseed– It’s a free app and one of the most popular I Phone editing apps.  It has a different selection of filters to create different moods in your photos.
  2. VSCO– There are 130 plus filters available through classic film.  It’s free to download in the app store with a subscription fee of $19.99 a year.  That’s not really bad if you are only paying an annual fee. It is also known as the best photo filter app for i phone users.
  3. Afterlight 2– It is best for all-purpose photo editing with additional creative options.  The app is only $2.99 and has double exposure for blending images and enhancing or changing the mood.
  4. Enlight– This app is best used for selective control over edits and artistic effects.  It is only $3.99 so let’s get creative with your editing!
  5. Touch Retouch– this app is best used for removing unwanted blemishes and objects from your photos . You can duplicate items using the clone tools.  It is only $1.99
  6. Instagram– A great way to edit your pictures as well if you enjoy sharing and posting pictures.  It offers good editing tools for enhancing images before sharing them with your followers.
  7. Adobe Lightroom CC– It is best for precise fine-tuning of color and exposure with advanced editing tools.  It is free to download with a subscription fee for additional features.
  8. Mextures– Best used for applying textures, grains and light creative edits. Only $2.99
  9. Lens Distortions- Best for enhancing photos with sunlight, len flares, rain, snow or fog. This app is free
  10. Superimpose X– It is great for creating digital unique art by blending and combining images.  It is only $4.99

Source: www.http://www.iphonephotographyschool.com

 

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The Do’s and Don’ts for Online Learning

I used to  think online learning was boring because you aren’t physically in the classroom.  I’m the type of person that likes to be in the actual classroom and look at the teacher while they are teaching.  The first time I took classes online (when I was planning to get my Masters of course) I didn’t really like it because one of my professors didn’t really know how to communicate as far as answering questions I had about one of my assignments.  I was frustrated and wanted to give up.  I actually withdrew from the program and school itself (the program wasn’t what I expected it to be) and decided that it wasn’t for me (the school and program of course)  

When dealing with online learning, you have to remember that there are major differences to consider.  Check out the Do’s and Don’ts for online learning.

 

~Do study in a quiet place– It is very easy to get distracted so make sure you are in a place where you can focus.

~Do make your online program your top priority! If you plan to enroll in a program online or even just taking a class, make sure you are putting the class first so that you won’t fail.  Other activities you normally do may have to be put on the side for temporary if you aren’t able to juggle both.

~Don’t procrastinate!– That’s the worst you can do since you will have major deadlines for your assignments.  Just relax, breathe and stay focused!

~Don’t over study– Take breaks as needed.  Stressing isn’t healthy mentally or physically, so make sure you set a time to take breaks.

~Do have a reliable internet connection– All online learning is done strictly online, so make sure you have somewhere where there is internet such as the library, a friend’s house or a hot spot such as Starbucks or McDonald’s.

~Do make it a habit to get to know your instructors.  Having an open communication with them really helps.  When I was enrolled in my program online, most of my instructors gave out their personal cell numbers, so if we had any questions regarding the syllabus or the assignments, we were able to text or call them.

 

So if you are planning to take classes online, keep these tactics in mind and you will be just fine!

 

Favorite Phone Apps for I Phone

When I got the upgrade to the I phone X Max, I was ecstatic because not only was I getting a bigger phone, but most importantly I wanted the phone for the camera features.  Using portrait mode in the different lighting settings is amazing!  There are also some wonderful apps that I use on the phone as well.

 

Adobe Photoshop Mix– I downloaded this app a week ago and I’m already in love with it because it allows me to take the creativity of photos to the next level.  I am able to use the Adobe tools such as blending and multiplying and adding layers to give the photo a nice little affect.  I’m not sure who else uses this app, but it’s definitely worth it!

 

Video Show– I actually had this on my other iPhone and I truly love this app to death because whenever I do a video for my You Tube page or my IG page promoting my brand, I use that app to edit, add music and trim the video for a more professional and polished look.  I definitely recommend this app if you create a lot of videos.

 

Square Fit: This is another great app to use especially if you post a lot of visual stuff on your social media pages.  Because I am a writer, blogger and a magazine owner, I am constantly screen shooting pictures on my phone and using square fit to resize the picture for a new polished look.  I also add text on it as well such as my brand name.

 

Photo Grid– If you love taking pictures, then this is a must-have app! I’ve had for years now and it hasn’t let me down yet.  I love creating a grid for my pictures especially for birthdays or selfies of myself (haha) If you don’t have this app, try downloading it in your app store for I phone uses and for Android uses, download it on Google Play.

 

Five Ways to Motivate Yourself

Sometimes finding the right motivation can be hard.  For instance, getting up in the morning is one of the hardest for me.  But what get me motivated is knowing that I have new opportunities to look out for everyday.  It’s either get up or don’t go to work (I can’t afford to loose money)  There has to be some great tools you use to motivate yourself.  Here are five ways you can stay motivated!

 

  1. Play Your favorite music on your phone or on the radio.  Music can be great therapy when you feel like you are down in the dumps or you just don’t feel like doing anything.  If you have planned your goals for the rest of the year, then maybe getting through your day would be some quick tunes in your ear.  What is your favorite song that you have on repeat? (I know you have about a few, because I surely do!)
  2. Write down the reason why you started in the first place!  If you have a dream or a goal that you are trying to achieve, then ask yourself what made you start? Was it because you are a single mother with kids and you want them to become better than you or you have a whole lot of people counting on you? Whatever it is, write it down, meditate on it for a few minutes and get to work!
  3. Your haters! Of course they should motivate you because they are the ones who talk down on you and they definitely don’t want to see you prosper in life.  So proving them wrong is great motivation! Don’t give up and give them the benefit of the doubt!
  4. Self-encouragement.  When no one else is rooting for you or encouraging you, then it’s your job to motivate your own self.  Not everyone will do that, so it’s very important that the only person you rely on is yourself.
  5. Last, but not least reward yourself! After all of the hard work that you have put into the day of achieving all of your goals and building networking relationships with other business-minded people, it’s time to relax, pump the brakes and treat yourself to something nice.  After all, you deserve it!

 

Virginia Native Missy Elliott Donates $2500 to her Alma Mater Manor High School

Portsmouth, VA native Missy Elliott, singer, rapper, writer, music producer and dancer stopped by her old stomping ground, Woodrow Wilson High School which was called Manor High School when Elliott was attending there.  A 90’s graduate of the HS took a tour of her old high school where she met students and staff while taking selfies as well.  

 

 

She stopped by the high school just before performing at Something in the Water at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront that kicks off this weekend.  Before she left, Elliott donated $25k to the school in which it has to be used for that particular school only. 

 

 

Sunnyvale Crash Suspect Targeted a Group of Pedestrians

It seems like a lot of people is playing the race card especially for 34-year old Isaiah Peoples who intentionally tried to run a group of 8  pedestrians over in Sunnyvale, California based on the faith he “thought” they were Muslim. All eight victims are hospitalized; youngest victim is 13.

According to  https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/26/us/california-sunnyvale-crash-suspect/index.html   

Peoples has been charged with eight counts of attempted murder trying to kill the pedestrians by driving up to them.  If he is convicted of these charges and is pronounced guilty, he could be serving a life sentence in prison.  Peoples is due back in court on May 16th.

UPDATE

 

There has been an update on one of the victims according to https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Teenager-in-coma-after-brutal-Sunnyvale-crash-13797941.php

The youngest victim who is a seventh grader, 13 at Sunnyvale Middle school is in a coma fighting for her life.  Her conditions are life-threatening.  Part of her skull was removed to stop the pressure and bleeding on the side of her brain.  One of the witnesses, a 72-year old lady saw the car Peoples was driving that drove high speed towards the people with one of the victims, a lady fly up in the air and landed right in front of her car.

Sources (The Chronicle Reports) stated that Peoples was on his way to bible study at the time of the accident.

 

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