Facebook Marketplace – A New Way to Hustle?

Stay-at-home mama’s (and like, everyone else in the world) are always looking for ways to easily list items for sale and bring in a little extra cash. Apps and websites like LetGo, OfferUp, VarageSale, eBay,  and Craigslist are super popular and relatively easy to use. Some apps are more locally driven, some require you to ship items. The point is – these sites/apps have sorta replaced the traditional “garage sale.”

Facebook (the most popular social media site) is taking on these apps with Facebook Marketplace, a new tab on their app that allows users to list items for sale. Over 450 million go to Buy & Sell groups on Facebook every month. Marketplace condenses those groups and doesn’t require users to get approval before joining.

Marketplace’s three main features are “browse & buy” (which allows users to buy items,) “sell your stuff” (which has been streamlined into a quick four-step process,) and “search your surroundings” (which allows users to search for specific items in their area.) Marketplace might feel safer to some users because they are able to check out other users’ profiles (compared to anonymous sites like Craigslist.)

Marketplace is now out on mobile in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand but could roll out globally and out on the web if it proves to be popular.

Please, please keep in mind that whenever you exchange money via the internet there is a chance that your identity might be stolen or you will be scammed. I’m not saying this to scare you, but identity theft is HUGE and it’s something you need to keep an eye on.

One tip that I have for buying/selling online is to not use your “default” debit / credit card for purchases. Have an account that you use for online purchases that does not contain ALL of your money. You should also use a credit card as opposed to a debit card because typically speaking, credit cards are more secure. Find out if your bank/credit union has fraud prevention! My credit union sends me a text if fraud is suspected which is a wonderful feature. Just last week my credit card was stolen and the person spent over $100 on clothes and tried to buy makeup also. The transactions were halted and my bank texted me. Don’t make the same mistake – I used my normal debit card and I used Facebook’s “send money” option. I will stick to using PayPal and SquareUp as I have *never* had any issues with those (even though I know some people who have – although this was years ago.)

Stay safe in that world wide web, friends!

Decorating your Walls … Even in Military Housing!

I just came across a neat company that creates hardware solutions for people who rent or live in military housing – Hangman! The Hangman Systems are carefully engineered to guarantee a safe and sturdy installation while promising to hang it level every time. Hangman’s products range from Hanging Pictures, Hanging Mirrors, Hanging Framed Art, TV/Stereo Mounts and Safety to Garage/Slat Wall and Organization.

The Apartment Hanger line are especially awesome for military folks who just want to hang stuff on the walls, but don’t want to deal with the hassle of repairing large holes when they move out – or dealing with Housing being mad at large holes in the walls!

The 6” Apartment Hanger, 12” Apartment Hanger, 60 Second Hanging Kit, 10’ Poster Tape and Monkey Hook (a fine hook which installs directly into sheet-rock and is perfect for hanging wire) can hang just about anything sold at the Exchange, including art and mirrors, posters and pictures, and whatever decor families have brought along.

Apartment Hangers use tiny nails and foam pads to protect from scuffs and cause minimal wall damage, which can be completely restored by another Hangman product on sale at the Exchange, the Erase-a-hole touch up kit. Erase-a-hole can repair marks made by mirrors, large framed art, posters, small frames, assorted wall décor, including Monkey Hooks.

The Anti-Tip Kit and Apartment Hanger Line will be on sale at the Army – Air Force Exchanges in time for Christmas.

All Hangman products focus on safety, but none more so than the one designed specifically to protect children, the Furniture Anti-Tip Kit and TV Anti-Tip Kit. In the US a child dies every two weeks due to furniture or TV tip overs. Hangman’s easy-to-install steel-constructed Anti Tip Kits can prevent these catastrophes.

Host a WRAP PARTY

There is no other product on the market today like the Ultimate Body Applicator body wrap to help us fight the battle of the bulge, loose skin, and cellulite. Relax, make friends and lose inches! Gather at least 4 people to wrap with you ($25/wrap) and you wrap FREE! Here are great events to add a wrap party…

  • Girls Night “In”
  • Bridal Shower
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Birthday Party
  • Mommy Groups & Workshops

JUNE PROMO: Host a body wrap party and get DOUBLE the rewards! Earn 2 FREE wraps when you host a party in April with 6 guests that wrap in attendance. Time to get ready for the Summer!

Contact me TODAY to get the party started!

Girl’s Night IN with Passion Parties

Are you and your girlfriends looking for something new to do instead of the “typical” home party? Look no further than a sex toy party! One company in particular – Passion Parties – offers the ultimate adult sensual products party in North America. Hosting a party is both free and fun.

How it works is this. An independent representative from the company comes to your house (or wherever you are hosting the party) and sets up a table display. This table display shows off a range of items from the company – they may range from most popular to more “high priced” items. The rep will talk about the items and even allow you to try out some of the “lotions and potions” that are available. The rep will also demo some of the toys that are available for purchase. Don’t expect a “free show” though – just expect to learn how they work and what “spots” they are supposed to hit.

All Passion Party home shows are for ADULTS ONLY – 18+ so be sure to find a sitter (or your significant other) because as per law no children can be present.

Sex toy parties began in the 1970s, and became increasingly popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The marketing practices of sex toy parties have encouraged alternative sexual practices. The popularity of sex toy parties has suggested to be related to self-help and self actualization.

According to research studies conducted by scientists such as Debby Herbenick and Michael Reece of Indiana University, sex toy representatives are often asked for advice on sexual health, and many have a background working in sex education, health, education, or sexuality.  Some romance companies do permit males at their sex toy parties although most of the reps I’ve spoken to would rather have the party “Ladies Only.”

Wanna learn more? Check out 808Diva and book your show today! Natasha’s husband is retired military – which is why I am sharing her awesome business!

Never Be a Damsel in DISTRESS

… be a Damsel in Defense!

Damsel in Defense is about equipping women with the tools to not only keep us safe but to give us the confidence to know we have a way out if we ever feel threatened. We are very excited about our affordable and adorable line of products. Whether you are at home or traveling, running or celebrating downtown with the girls, Damsel in Defense has the products and fact-based education that can and does save lives.

All of our products are non-lethal and covered by warranties. Our hope is that you would never have to use our products, but equipping one Damsel in distress at a time with her Defense is what keeps us moving forward.

How many of the woman you know visit the local cop shops? Exactly.

Host a party and put the gift of safety in front of your friends and loved ones in the comfort of your own home.

And don’t feel bad about pulling that friend from her family for a home party obligation. Husbands and boyfriends are our biggest supporters.

 Want to learn more? Host a party? Contact Me!!

TroopSwap Military Discounts

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Military Discounts are live on TroopSwap! Take note of the badge system where they identify Veteran, Disabled Veteran and Military Spouse Owned businesses. And, since all of the discounts were curated by military spouses, there is a quote from one of the TroopSwap team members in the top right corner that details why that particular business was chosen to feature!

Check out this page for the discounts!