Improve The Performance Of Your Website With OptimizeMySite

Posted by Jessica Keeton at 10/14/2015 12:54:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post
Since starting this blog, I’ve never really given out personal information. Sure there’s a few posts on family recipes with photos of my kids helping, but when it comes to my background, I’ve never given out too much. Right now, I won’t get into what company I work for, but I will share what I do for a living – SEO.

I’ve been involved in Search Engine Optimization for 8 years. Whenever I have to tell someone what I do, they usually have a puzzled look on their face. Let me explain it in the easiest way I know how. When you do a search on Google, let’s say for “birthday cakes in Dallas, Texas,” my job/goal is to get websites to that first page of google. There’s so many different things that go into SEO.

Why have I decided to share what I do now? For a few reasons. I randomly found a program, while doing some searches at work and have completely fallen in love with it and want to share it with everyone. Also, there’s people that feel they couldn’t begin to tackle SEO because there’s too much information to learn and this program can help anyone.

OptimizeMySite is a free website analysis tool that is perfect whether you've got years of SEO experience, or just want to make some improvements on your website. 

How It Works:

Just enter the url for the page you'd like to audit.

Enter the keyword that the page focuses on

Run Your Report (It Doesn't Take Long)

Review Your Report!

Once you receive your report, the fun starts. OptimizeMySite shows you categories where you're excelling and where you need more work. Categories include web page address, page scores, title tag, description tag, heading tags, copy analysis, image analysis, social and mobile analysis, code, page size, page link and domain analysis. Inside each of these categories, you'll find the areas you need to improve. 

OptimizeMySite also gives you your rankings, and shows you how to improve your score with plenty of help, faqs, and more. Whether you're you're experienced in SEO or just looking to increase you're visibility in the search engines for your new website/blog that you've set up, OptimizeMySite is one tool you'll want to use. 

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Wild Kratts Live Buffalo NY: Exclusive Presale Offer

Posted by Jessica Keeton at 3/18/2015 12:00:00 AM 0 comments Links to this post
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As a mom, I try to keep TV-watching to a minimum, but with the coldest winter in history in Buffalo last month, we were forced to stay inside. When my kids do watch TV, I like to make sure they’re getting something out of it, educationally-speaking. A few months ago, I came across the  PBS show Wild Kratts and instantly fell in love. I mean my kids loved it. You'll be amazed at how much your kids retain from Wild Kratts. Weeks later, when you least expect it, your kids will bring up an animal and it's habitat from the show

What Is Wild Kratts?

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Join the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure, while traveling to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment. It’s all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers’ brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love.

Wild Krats Live Presale Ticket Offer

Wild Kratts Live is coming to Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, May 3rd at 3pm! Be one of the first to get your Wild Kratts Live tickets with an Exclusive Presale Offer! Just click on the photo below and get your Wild Kratts Live Tickets before anyone else! Hurry, the Wild Kratts Live Presale Tickets Offer ends Thursday, March 19th at 10PM.

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Whether your kids have seen Wild Kratts or not, as a parent, I cannot recommend seeing Wild Kratts Live more! It's fun, educational, and most importantly, leaves your kids smiling. This show is going to be a blast, and fun for the whole family. 

Remember to hurry because this exclusive offer won't last. Pick up your Wild Kratts Live Buffalo NY Presale Tickets Today!!!

Win A $25 Gift Certificate To The 2015 Bella Kids Spring Consignment Sale

Posted by Jessica Keeton at 3/08/2015 06:54:00 PM 2 comments Links to this post

Looking For Deals? Look To The 2015 Bella Kids Spring Consignment Sale

As a parent, I love finding deals on kids products, whether it's clothing, toys, or household items. As a blogger, I love being able to talk about local businesses who not only work hard, but also better our community. Bella Kids Consignment Events not only offers great deals on anything and everything you could imagine, but also works hard to provide WNY families with the best deals possible, along with giving families the opportunity to make some extra money by selling items they no longer use. Besides that, you'll also find Bella Kids sponsoring fundraising and donation efforts for a designated organization at every single Bella Kids Sale that they have. For the Spring 2015 Bella Kids Consignment Event, Bella Kids is working with March Of Dimes!

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Get Ready for the Bella Kids WNY Consignment Event on March 27-29!

For 3 days only, you'll find new and gently used clothes, clothes and more clothes!!! Plus, strollers, car seats, highchairs, toys books, shoes, baby gear, room decor, and more. I speak from my shopping experience with Bella Kids in the past, that telling you what you'll find just doesn't do Bella Kids justice. Looking to see what a Bella Kids Consignment Event has offered in the past? I highly recommend checking out their Bella Kids Facebook photos. There, you'll see just how big of a selection you'll find. But to truly experience what Bella Kids offers, great deals, great selection and an even greater staff, attending the 2015 Bella Kids Spring Consignment Event on March 27-29 is the way to go.

Friday, March 27: STORE OPENS 9am-8pm
Saturday, March 28: BABY EXPO & KIDS DAY 10am-5pm 
Sunday, March 29: 50% OFF DAY 9am-3pm

Where: 4259 Transit Road,Williamsville
Transitown Plaza (next to Aldi's, behind TJ Maxx)

Friday, March 27: Be one of the first 50 shoppers through the door and receive a goody bag! 

Saturday, March 28: Join Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo & Bella Kids Consignment Events of WNY for the 2015 Buffalo Baby Expo! New, expecting and seasoned parents can discover resources and services available in the community! Plus, bring your kids to see the Easter Bunny from 10am to 11am, a free photo opp from Groovy Chic Production and a Spring craft courtesy of Sweet Charlottes!

Sunday, March 29: 50% OFF DAY! Whether you love waiting until the last minute or just love getting great deals, the last day of the Bella Kids Consignment Event gives you amazing deals, offering 50% off!

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A Side Note About The Owner Of Bella Kids: I couldn't possibly write about a Bella Kids Consignment Event without adding a little something about Bella Kids owner, Kristi Mora. Though we've only had a few conversations, sometimes that's all it takes to realize how special someone truly is. I am extremely honored to be able to work with a woman that so many others can look up to. She has done wonders for our community. Bella Kids is all about helping families and I credit Kristi for working hard to make a difference. The charities she has worked with and supported, the events she puts together and the education she provides families are just the start of what Kristi Mora has achieved. I look forward to working with her and sharing her story along with many more Bella Kids Consignment Events with WNY families for years to come.

Enter To Win A $25 Gift Certificate To Be Used At The Bella Kids Consignment Event on March 27-29

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Will You Be Attending The Bella Kids Consignment Event on March 27-29? Have You Attended A Bella Kids Event In The Past? Let us know what you love most, great deals you've received in the past and what you're most excited about!

Royalton Ravine Park: The Only Way To Celebrate Independence Day

Posted by Jessica Keeton at 7/06/2014 06:11:00 PM 6 comments Links to this post
The first post I ever wrote on my blog was about the amazing fireworks display that the town of Royalton put on at Royalton Ravine Park. Now here we are, a year later, and though I have many posts ready to be published, I can't help but stop and take a moment to share what an amazing job this town does at celebrating Independence Day. 
Royalton Ravine Park has become our go-to destination when it comes to celebrating July 4th. There's more than enough room to accommodate everyone who's looking for non-stop entertainment, and for those who are just looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, well, as you can see above, there's plenty of beautiful scenery to take in while you're waiting. 

Parking is great, and a quick five minute walk from your car, will get you the perfect spot, nestled among prime scenery. The town of Royalton does an amazing job at providing entertainment for every age. I love that you're given two choices for area seating: stay up front where the action is, with food, drinks, live music and more or opt for a quieter area in the back, where you're treated to a pond, kids entertainment, and front row seats to the fireworks. 

From the second we arrived, the kids had a blast, and with so many kids activities, we didn't have to worry about those two words parents fear, "I'm Bored!"

Whether it's new this year or I just didn't notice it last year, the town of Royalton gets five stars for providing a kids movie. It not only kept their attention, but also had perfect timing, ending 20 minutes before the fireworks started. It was just enough time for us to walk back to our seats, get situated, and to get ready for what was to be an amazing show.

Plus, they ran the hilarious kids movie, "The Nut Job," which I knew my kids loved. 

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Just as we were walking back to our seats, we were lucky enough to start seeing all the sky lanterns heading up. We had so much fun sending two lanterns up last year, but were the spectators this year. It's always a beautiful sight to see, as different colored lanterns light up the night sky. 

The time had arrived and as the American Flag was lit up, so was the sky with the start of one of the best firework shows around. Each year, I take pictures and film, because the show is just that good. I try to make a few short videos and wanted to make sure I could show off what an amazing job the town or Royalton did once again. The problem is, trying to time the grand finale of the firework show is not easy when the entire show feels like it's the grand finale. 

I've been celebrating July 4th for close to 30 years and have been to many locations for fireworks, but not one of those can compare to what Royalton does. Impressive? It's more than that. Royalton's 2014 July 4th celebration was by far the best. 

There was one firework that I'm 100% sure was brand new this year. Of course I have no photos or video when my new favorite firework went off, as I was switching from camera to video . As it was shot off, it spiraled, going in circles and was one of the coolest fireworks I've ever seen. I know, it's maybe not the best description, but those are the best words I can use to describe how magnificent this firework was. I'm crossing my fingers they bring it back next year, and much more of it. 

The show went on for what seemed like forever, and that's why I love going to Royalton. Other places, will have you spending hours waiting to see a fireworks show that lasts maybe twenty minutes, but the town of Royalton knows better than to waste your time. When they put on a show, they put their all into it, giving everyone a display of fireworks, that you just won't find anywhere else. 

Royalton Ravine Park is the place to be for family-friendly entertainment, and a beautiful fireworks display that will have you coming back year after year. Though I'd love to keep this amazing place a secret, it's just too good to keep to myself and deserves to be talked about and shared with anyone and everyone who doesn't know about it. 

 A huge Thank You goes out to the Town of Royalton, fire department, law enforcement, volunteers, bands, food vendors and everyone else who helped make this Independence Day a memory we'll never forget. 

Feel free to check out a small taste of what you can expect from the Town of Royalton. Below is a video of the July 4th Fireworks Grand Finale at Royalton Ravine Park in the Town of Royalton!

Did you visit Royalton Ravine Park for July 4th? Tell us how the Town of Royalton made your Independence Day one to remember at Royalton Ravine Park!!!

Southern Belle Gems & Smells Review Pt 1: Scents, Sparkles & Trinkets

Posted by Jessica Keeton at 6/22/2014 09:33:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post

This next small business in our Pay It Forward series was more than a pleasure to work with. To be honest, I've had it done for a while, but with a marriage/honeymoon in the works, I wanted to wait until her store was open again to show off the great products she offers. Dedicated and hard-working are two words that come to my mind first when I think of the owner. In the past few weeks, she's added even more products and even some to help out charities! The first part of her business name, Southern Belle, perfectly describes who you'll find behind this one-of-a-kind candle and wax company. 

Who Owns Southern Belle Gems & Smells?

A while back, while in one of my favorite candle/wax groups on Facebook, I met Sarah and was instantly impressed with how dedicated she was to making her company perfect. From the scents she offers, to the jewelry inside, it’s easy to see why so many people have fallen in love with her company from the second it opened. I was able to see first-hand, just how much hard work was put into everything she made, even down to the smallest details like the colors of the packaging. Not only have I gotten to know Sarah professionally, but personally as well. She’s been a great friend and support,an amazing owner and the face of female empowerment. I’m lucky to have met her and been a part of her rigorous wax testing before her company opened. I’d wish her luck, but from what I’ve seen in the past few months, it looks as if, there’s no luck needed. She’s very talented and that talent shines through in all of her wax and candle products.

What Does Southern Belle Gems & Smells Offer?

Sure, Southern Belle Gems & Smells offers amazing candle and wax products that you'll love, but even more impressive, is the experience you'll have when you order. Sarah takes honesty, integrity, fair play and great customer service very seriously. How do I know? Before her company even opened, Sarah talked about some of the poor experiences she had had with jewelry candle and wax companies and never, ever wanted her customers to have that same experience. When she says her "commitment to excellence and superb quality will make Southern Belle Gems & Smells stand apart from other vendors," she's not kidding. The joy, happiness, and excitement expressed by her fans over her products are a true testament to the hard work Sarah puts in every single day.

Candles & Wax Products

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Southern Belle Gems & Smells makes ordering fun! You get to be apart of customizing your order from choosing the scent and jewelry options to the fun colors offered as seen above. What you end up with, is a quality product that's not only beautiful, but made with hard work and love. Find out what great wax products you have to choose from when you order from Southern Belle Gems & Smells! 

16oz. Candle With Genuine Jewelry

You’ll receive a 16oz. 100% soy candle made-to-order with your choice of scent and wax color, with a piece of genuine sterling silver or better jewelry hidden inside. Each candle you order comes with a decorative mirror plate in a variety of shapes. Choose between rings, earrings or pendants. Your candle will come in an aluminum tin with a window lid. 

“Create Your Own Custom” 16oz. Genuine Jewelry Candle

Create your own jewelry candle and customize everything from the color and scent to the type of embeds you get. You’ll receive a 16oz. 100% soy wax candle with a genuine jewelry surprise inside with a minimum retail value of $100. You can choose one scent or blend up to three scents together. Choose the color of your wax with options like teal, purple, blue, pink, orange, red, yellow or white. Choose your glitter color with options like silver, white, iridescent, peacock, light blue, blue-green, purple, hot pink or green. Choose embeds that include America Flags, seashells, stars, sand dollars, butterflies, hearts, fleur de lis, roses, or card suits: hearts, diamonds, spades or clubs. Plus, choose the name of the person or scent that you’d like to appear on the custom cardstock tag!

Just Candles:  16oz. Soy Candle Without Jewelry

If you’re looking for an affordable candle option without jewelry or just want to experience some of the amazing scents that Southern Belle Gems & Smells offers, this next option is perfect for you. You’ll receive a 16oz. 100% soy wax candle without jewelry. It comes in a tin with a window lid and you can choose your color and scent when you order. 

Just Candles: “Create Your Own Custom” 16oz. Soy Wax Candle Without Jewelry

Want a candle without jewelry, but still want that fun experience? Southern Belle Gems & Smells makes ordering your candle a one-of-a-kind fun experience. Choose up to three scents to blend, choose your wax color with choices that include teal, purple, blue, pink, seafoam and white. Choose your glitter color with choices like silver, white iridescent, peacock, light blue, blue-green, purple, hot pink or green. Choose what type of embeds you’d like with options like American Flags, seashells, stars, sand dollars, butterflies, hearts, roses, Fleur de Lis or card suits: hearts, diamonds, spades or clubs! Plus, you get to customize the cardstock tag! You can add names, scent, or anything you’d like the tag to say. 

16oz. Bag of Warmer/Melter Crystals (with or without genuine jewelry)

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Ready to experience a new way to enjoy your favorite scents? Grab a 16oz. of melter crystals! These warmer crystals don’t just put off a beautiful aroma, they also purify the air. So instead of just covering up odors, the crystals absorb them. Plus, you can order your melter crystals with or without genuine jewelry! Choose between colors including blue, teal, purple, pink or white and a variety of wonderful scents! Warmer Crystals are easy to use and cleanup. *These work best in a 24watt or higher warmer/hot plate.

Soy Wax Clamshells

Stock up on your favorite scents with Southern Belle’s clamshells. Made of 100% soy wax, you’ll receive approximately 3.5oz. of wax in an easy to store, reusable clamshell package!
Choose your color! Choose your scent! Melt Away!

Southern Belle Scent Shots

Looking for the best way to try out new scents? Grab some scent shots! You’ll receive 2oz. of wax that come in a variety of colors and any scent you choose!

Keep It Simple Y’all! Bag of Six Wax Tarts (One Scent)

You’ll receive a beautifully packaged damask bag of six scallop wax tarts, each weighing over 1oz. for a total of over 6oz. You can choose one scent per package and have over 40 scents to choose from. Colors may vary, depending on scent, but include teal, orange, yellow, red, green, blue, pink, and purple.

Single Flower Wax Tart With Genuine Jewelry

flower wax tart with jewelryYou’ll receive approximately 3oz of wax in the shape of a beautiful flower. You choose the scent and the type of jewelry you’d like. Genuine Jewelry to choose from includes rings, pendants or earrings. Southern Belle Gems & Smells generally carries whole sizes in 5 through 9 in rings.

Single Large Flower Wax Tart without Genuine Jewelry

Large Flower Wax Tart

You'll receive approximately 3oz. of wax in the shape of a beautiful flower. Choose from over 40 scents and get ready for a wonderful scented surprise to arrive, just waiting to be melted.

Jewelry Tart and Scent Shot Set 

Jewelry Tart and Scent Shot SetIf you’re looking to try a variety of scents, then this wax set is the way to go. You’ll receive one large flower wax tart with genuine jewelry and four scent shots in your choice of up to four scents. In the mood to be surprised? Just say “Surprise Me” and Sarah will choose some amazing scents for you. Genuine jewelry to choose from includes rings, pendants and earrings with rings coming in sizes 5-9. With approximately 11oz. of wax, this is the perfect way to try out new scents and get a beautiful piece of genuine jewelry. 

Southern Belle Sampler

An All You Can Smell Buffet! Whether you’re new to wax or looking to try some new scents, the Southern Belle Sampler is the best way to sample out some of the most popular scents. You’ll receive (8) 2oz. scent shots in Bite Me (AKA Get Your Shine On), Tan Lines, Red Lipstick (AKA Cocktails & Stilettos), Love Speel, Bora Bora, Seas Salt & Yuzu (AKA Jessie’s Girl), and Camu Camu. That’s a pound of wax!!!

4oz. Bag of Random & Fun-Shaped Wax Tarts

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If you like surprises, you’ll want to grab a 4oz. bag of random and fun-shaped wax tarts! Each time you order, it’s a fun and new surprise. You’ll receive 4oz. of 100% soy wax tarts that come highly scented. Sarah will create a custom bag for you that may come with shapes that include Awareness Ribbons, Flip Flops, American Flags, gemstones, fruit slices, ladybugs, card suits, birthday cakes, strawberries, butterflies, seashells, starfish, sand dollars, hearts, Fleurs de Lis, stars, flowers that include daisies, hibiscus flowers, roses, and many more shapes.

ice packs for soy waxIce Packs For Your Wax

Ever worry about ordering wax in the summer? Now you don’t have to. Southern Belle Gems and Smells has you covered, making sure your wax survives the summer heat with ice packs. Add an ice pack to your order for less than a dollar and Sarah will add extra packing and insulation to your order, so your wax stays cool while in transit!

Charity Candles

As an extremely giving person, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that Sarah created candles that give back. Southern Belle Gems and Smells offers Candles for a Cause: For each candle you buy, a donation will be made to that specific charity. Southern Belle Gems and Smells has chosen three charities that are near and dear to their hearts!

The KARE Foundation – “Barbara’s KARE Candle for Epilepsy”

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Light A Candle For A Cure! You’ll receive a watermelon Taffy scented candle, embedded with an awareness ribbon. This candle comes in the color lavender and includes genuine jewelry. For each candle purchased, a donation will be made to the KARE Foundation, whose mission it is to raise awareness for Epilepsy, support those who suffer from it and help find a cure. Find out more about how you can help in the search for a cure by visiting!

The Wounded Warrior Project – “Fierce Heroes Candle”

wounded warrior projectSupport Our Troops With A Candle! You’ll receive a Fierce (Type – Abercrombie & Fitch) scented candle with an American Glag custom embed on request. This candle comes in the color blue and includes genuine jewelry. For each candle purchased, a donation will be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission it is to help, honor, and empower those who’ve been injured, fighting for our freedom. To learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of wounded service members and their families, visit!

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society – “ Kali’s Retreat MS Warrior Candle”

national multiple sclerosis societyBecome A Wax Warrior! You’ll receive Kali’s Retreat a relaxing spa scented (Sea Salt & Rice Flower + bamboo & Sugar Cane) candle, embedded with an awareness ribbon. This candle comes in the color teal and includes genuine jewelry. For each candle purchased, a donation will be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, whose mission it is to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS and drive research for a cure so we can live in a world free of MS. To learn more about how you can help in the search for a cure, visit

Body Lotions

All-Natural Goat’s Milk Body Butter with Genuine Jewelry

All Natural Goat’s Milk Body Butter with Genuine Jewelry
Get complete moisture and an amazing genuine piece of jewelry with all-natural goat’s milk body butter available in three scents. Choose between Tan Lines, Lemongrass Tangerine, and Debutante Ball. Choose your jewelry with options that include rings, earrings and pendants. Plus, get it on sale to celebrate its launch.

Goat’s Milk Body Butter

goat's milk body butterGet long-lasting moisture, an amazing fragrance and a soft glow with all-natural Goat’s Milk body butter! Get all the moisture you need in a variety of sizes including a 4.5oz. reusable jar or get it in a travel size 2.5oz. reusable jar with your choice of three scents including Tan Lines, Lemongrass Tangerine and Debutante Ball. More scents coming soon. 

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All-Natural Goat’s Milk Lotion

Moisturize your skin for hours. You’ll receive a 4oz. bottle of all-natural Goat’s Milk Lotion, available in three scents including Love Spell (Type), Lavender and Island Kiss. Perfect for the summer, after a long day in the sun. 

Where Can I Find Southern Belle Gems & Smells?

Southern Belle Gems and Smells Website

Southern Belle Gems and Smells website
Order all your favorite wax and candle products from the Southern Belle Gems & Smells website. You'll find a long list of amazing scents, a detailed page of all the products, embeds, color choices for wax and glitter, contact information, charity candles, and access to the Southern Belle Gems & Smells candle and wax shop!

Southern Belle Gems & Smells Facebook Page

Southern Belle Gems and Smells Facebook Page
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Like Southern Belle Gems & Smells on Facebook for all the latest updates! Check out photos of the newest jewelry pieces, enter giveaways for your chance to win amazing candle and wax products, find out about the latest sales and deals going on, get updates from the owner herself and hang out with other fans of Southern Belle Gems & Smells. (Make sure to have your notifications turned on to never miss an update)

Southern Belle Gems & Smells Insiders Facebook Group

Southern Belle Gems and Smells Insiders Facebook Group
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Join the Southern Belle Gems & Smells Insiders Facebook Group to get instant access to giveaways, updates, deals, sales, photos, and so much more. As a member, you'll join other Southern Belle fans in getting the most up-to-date news and be able to share your photos of all your favorite Southern Belle products.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 of our Southern Belle Gems & Smells Review where I'll show you photos, video and more of the amazing wax products I was asked to review.

Have you ever ordered from Southern Belle Gems & Smells? What are your favorite products? What are you looking forward to seeing? Feel free to share your experiences with us!

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