Privacy Freedome Challenge - Be Invisible Online (And Win an iPad Mini)

February 21, 2015

Have you declared your freedome yet? Today, I want to challenge YOU to declaring your freedome online. Why am I spelling "freedom" that way? It's because it's the new app by F-Secure called the Freedome App. You can download it today and receive a 90-day free trial.

So far since downloading the app, I've seen so many things protected and it's been such a safe feeling. I can't wait for the next time I'm using public Wi-Fi, I will not have to worry about my online security. Best of all, you don't have to worry about removing your existing security software. It runs right along side it.

Here's how you can get Freedome for 90 days free (and I know you'll be convinced to purchase it!). Just follow this link to download it and once installed, use the code:  qsf257.

Best of all, I am SO excited to announce that I get to giveaway an iPad Mini (16 GB Wifi) PLUS one year of Freedome.

Just use the Rafflecopter below and the giveaway ends on 2/27.

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Have you declared your Freedome yet?

I received compensation for my work with F-Secure. All opinions are my own.
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Book Spotlight: ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch (Plus Win an iTunes Gift Card!)

February 17, 2015

I love to talk about books that inspire! Sometimes inspirational and motivational books though tend to be a little...longwinded, complicated, and not simplified to my own life. So when I had the chance to do a book spotlight on ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch and I read over what the book was about and what you can expect in the book, I knew everyone would love to hear about it.

About the Book

Writer, artist and speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so much more. Packed with sage advice, life-changing insights and affirmations to help you soar, ITGIRL4LIFE offers ideas, tools and principles that you can reference and build upon, supporting you in becoming your best. Get ready to fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty and strength.

Whether you want to inspire yourself, or another lady in your life, this is a book that I think you should check out.

About the Author

"I believe in the power, beauty, strength and amazing potential of girls. I believe girls deserve to feel extraordinary. I believe that when girls shine their light, they are unstoppable!"
- ITGIRL4LIFE by Tamara Branch

Tamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ITGIRL4LIFE, kicking off the ITGIRL4LIFE self-esteem movement to empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.

Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.

After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.

Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community.  She's a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.

To find out more about Tamara Branch, visit her website, follow her on Twitter. find out more about Tamara at Goodreads and you can also read her blog.

Last not but not least, here's an excerpt I think you would enjoy:

YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with. IT is that unique special something that is all yours. Nothing and nobody can take IT away from you. IT is not something that you have one day and lose the next. IT is not fleeting. IT is not temporary. IT does not depend on the judgment or approval of others. IT is here to stay. Your job is to tap into IT. Your ITGIRL4LIFE adventure starts NOW. It’s about loving yourself, being authentic, taking charge and making a difference. You will need a great attitude, an open mind, the desire to grow and expand, the courage to create the life you want and the willingness to be your best self.
Are you ready? Your special something and so much more is right this way.

Doesn't that sound inspiring?? I know it does. I'm glad you stopped by because I'm also excited to bring you a $25.00 iTunes Gift Card giveaway. All you have to do is enter via Rafflecopter below.

If you are as excited as I am about this book, make sure you check out where you can purchase it:

ITGIRL4LIFE is available at Amazon.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

Plus, you can discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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How A VPN Can Protect Your Online Activity

February 15, 2015
I remember once when I was a mentor in college, a student told me, "Do you know how easy it is to hack into a computer that's using public Wi-Fi?" It's true too. Take a look at this article written by the Daily Mail showing you exactly how easy it is to hack into public Wi-Fi settings.

Or just check out this video here:

Well, these days I think internet security and protection is becoming more and more of a concern for people. I ran right into that problem over the weekend as I was looking online for a software I wanted to download onto my new tablet (I had used this software before on another computer). Well, I downloaded a link to what I assumed was that software and ended up downloading a virus. I eventually had to completely reinstall my system.

And it isn't just malicious software we have to worry about. With how much of our information is online, you want to take caution against what people see and how they can track you. That's why I was so excited to partner up with F-Secure and tell you about their newest software the Freedome app (compatible with most devices).

I downloaded this software to my tablet and I have been keeping an the program ever since I had it installed. You will not believe the type of malicious websites and [what else did you see it protecting] that it protected me from. Just take a look here:

You can use this software in addition to you're virus protection. It's that added layer protection that you need while you are online. It's privacy in addition to security. You can basically be invisible online and that's SO important for your protection.

First of all, downloading the program is EXTREMELY easy. It's just a few seconds. Next, it starts tracking immediately - you can turn it off and on as easy as you want. It also doesn't interfere with your regular security software.

This is such an important software to add to your devices. And I want to encourage everyone reading this to take a moment to download a 90 day trial and give it a try. You will be extremely impressed with what you find.

Simply follow this link here  and use the code qsf257 for your 90 day free trial.

What steps do you take to protect your identity online?

I received compensation for my posts. My opinions are my own.

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10 Book Titles That Would Make Hilariously Terrible Valentine Candy Hearts

February 12, 2015
I was perusing my GoodReads "to read" list and I spotted a couple of titles that I thought would make hilariously terrible Valentine's Day Candy Hearts. Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to compile the ten best bad candy heart book titles I found (plus one bonus one) in honor of the day. I want to preface this blog post by saying that all of the books I've collected actually have received excellent reviews. So the books themselves aren't bad, just their titles would just make terrible candy hearts.

1) I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

Nothing like bragging about how awesome things are now that you are away from a person to give you the warm and fuzzies inside. This just screams Valentine's Day to me, doesn't it you? 

I actually read this book and it's extremely quirk and funny. However, the title as a candy heart could be pretty fitting for quite a lot of people. Maybe not a Valentine's Day love note, but more of a "hey, just admit it" kind of note.

3) Do You Remember Me Now?

This candy heart would just scream one night stand and you accidentally run into the person later on. Maybe that person turns out to be a coworker, employer, or someone that you are now forced to interact with on a regular basis. A-wk-ward.

This book title as a candy heart kind of screams an affair, doesn't it? If not an affair, it could also mean a bizarre and strange secret that you really hope doesn't get out in public. Or at least not out on Facebook.

I think this candy heart book title explains itself. 

I'm pretty sure there's a ton of people out there that would appreciate this candy heart.

It screams like something humiliating and horrible happened, doesn't it? Nothing like asking someone to forget about it for it to remain blazed in their memory.

Selfishness isn't romantic at all, and this would be such a terribly funny candy heart. You know, just a fresh little reminder, right?

So although this is a serious issue that's being talked about in the book, you have to admit, seeing this on a candy heart would be funny.

Doesn't this sound like a romantic Valentine's Day ahead of you if you got this candy heart?

I know there's so many self-help books that have titles that could make this list and I couldn't help but at least grab one. Nothing like someone telling you you're out of shape and messy to set the mood on Valentine's Day.

What book title would make an excellent terrible Valentine's candy heart? 
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Wintergarden by T.M. Wallace - Twitter Party Announcement! Register Now!

February 7, 2015

I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting a Twitter Party for author T.M. Wallace and her new book Wintergarden. The Twitter Party will be on March 21st at 8 pm EST (5 pm PST) and will last for one hour.

You must participate in order to receive prizes. Find out more about T.M. Wallace's book by visiting the GoodRead page here. It's an incredible tale about good versus evil and the magical world of fairies.

Register using the form below and the person with the most referrals receives a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card! Click to promote the Twitter party (and gain referrals!) by clicking this link:

Tweet: Join me on March 21st at 8pm EST (5pm PST) to celebrate the launch of @TMWallace1 new book #Wintergarden. RSVP here

If you can't bring up the form, simply follow this link to RSVP. I can't wait to see you there!

Disclaimer: I have been compensated to host this Twitter party
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