6 Plus Denim Jackets You Need from Target This Fall.

Hey!
I’m forever browsing on Target.com because… it’s Target! Plus, usually, whatever I need, I get it from Target.

Lately, I’ve been planning ahead for the fall and winter months to come. Since I live in Northeast Ohio, you can never be too prepared for the coldest months of the year. If you live in the mid-west and northeastern states, you know exactly what I mean.

I’m currently on the hunt for coats, jackets, jeans, leggings, and everything that can layer to keep this cold body warm. Although I love fall and winter, I’m not built for the winter, I get cold easily. Especially since I rely heavily on public transportation, I can’t be caught outside when the weather decides it wants to shift suddenly.

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Denim jackets are the perfect thing to help layer every casual outfit. From light to dark wash, you can combine looks effortlessly. Every item mentioned here goes up to a size 3X or 4x. Did I mention that every jacket is under $40? Welp, they are!

“For a go-to piece in your everyday wardrobe, reach for the Freeborn Denim Jacket from Universal Thread™. With a medium wash and regular-fit cut, this button-front denim jacket pairs seamlessly with a variety of tops and bottoms whether you’re keeping things casual-cool in a graphic tee, pair of jeans and sneaks or wearing the jacket as a cool-weather layer over a dress. The soft fabric lends breathable comfort for all-day wear through the seasons, making this medium-wash jean jacket a trusty companion in your collection of outerwear.”

“From extra layers on chilly days to casual outerwear any time of the year, the Freeborn Denim Jacket from Universal Thread™ makes a versatile addition to your everyday wardrobe. With a light wash and regular-fit cut, this button-front denim jacket pairs seamlessly with a variety of tops and bottoms — you can keep things casual-cool with a graphic tee, pair of distressed jeans and sneakers, or go for an edgy-sweet look with a floral dress, tights, and ankle boots. The soft fabric lends breathable comfort for all-day wear through the seasons, making this light-wash jean jacket a trusty companion in your collection of outerwear.”

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For everyday errands to a casual date, this denim jacket from Ava & Viv™ is the perfect addition to your wardrobe this fall. The medium wash makes this jacket compatible with your the lightest pieces from your summer wardrobe and the darkest pieces from your winter wardrobe.

Women’s Plus Size Colorblocked Denim Trucker Jacket – Wild Fable Light Wash

Let the light juxtapose the dark with this adorable jacket. Detailed with metal buttons, this long sleeve jacket gives us a casual look while keeping us warm with a full-length zipper.

Women’s Plus Size Acid Wash Cargo Denim Jacket – Wild Fable Medium Wash

The medium acid wash of this jacket from Wild Fable gives some of us a feeling of nostalgia. This is the perfect blend of vintage style with a modern shape.

“Kick up your denim outerwear with a touch of easygoing flair by adding the Essential Solid Denim Jacket from Universal Thread™. With a medium wash and regular fit that’s been cut in a slightly loose silhouette with a below-waist hem and drop shoulders, this button-front denim jacket pairs seamlessly with a variety of tops and bottoms. You can keep things casual-cool with a graphic tee, pair of distressed jeans and sneakers, or go for an edgy-sweet look with a floral dress, tights and ankle boots. The soft fabric lends breathable comfort for all-day wear through the seasons, making this medium-wash jean jacket a trusty companion in your collection of outerwear.”

What’s on your list to add to your fall and winter wardrobe? Let me know in the comments.

Check out my latest posts:
1. 4 Tips to Make Your Online ESL Job Search Easier.

2. 3 Steps to Begin Healing Your Whole Self Instantly!

3. Self-Care Saturday! Self-Care 101.

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4 Tips to Make Your Online ESL Job Search Easier.

Hey!
You’re thinking of becoming an online ESL teacher?
You’ve heard about your best friend’s sister doing it to for extra income. You even saw a fellow homeschooling mom post about being able to pay her rent and homeschooling supplies just by teaching English online.

You want to give it a shot or you teach already and want another company, but your job search leads to hundreds and hundreds of results. Some of those results lead you to the same potentially outdated list of online ESL jobs. Your head is spinning and you’re thinking about going back into retail right before the holidays. I’ve been there, done that, and got a t-shirt!

So I’ll share a few tips with you on how to get started on this job search and make it less frustrating.
Note: I can’t make any promises that finding an online ESL company to work with will be fun, but I will promise that it will become easier.

Related: The Average Time it Takes to Go Through the Qkids Hiring Process & What Will Slow You Down. (Tips and Tricks Included.)

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Organize your online ESL job search with these tips.

  1. Research Online ESL companies sites like Indeed.com, Glassdoor.com, and Facebook. 

    It helps to read reviews from people who STILL work for these companies and take the ones who got fired or quit with a grain of salt. You’ll get more of a detailed and honest review from people who can openly express dissatisfaction with their current employer. Apparently, they figured out how to work around the problems and remain employed.
    You can find Facebook groups with online ESL company reviews.

  2. Search for the CEO and the Age of a Company.

    Lookup a company and find the city they are located in. Type the company’s name and search for their CEO. Find out how long they’ve been in business. There are some online ESL companies that have been around for only 4 years and some that have been around for over 20 years.
    Any ESL company that’s been around for a while most likely pay their teachers and tutors on time and in full.

  3. Try to Talk to Current & Experienced Online Teachers and Tutors.

    As I’ve mentioned before, it helps to hear from people who are still with the company. Whether they like it or not, they have the latest information on the company and we know the pros and cons of a particular company or companies. They even have the latest company news sent to their email.
    Also, we have the ability to help you get in with a particular company of your choice.

  4. Complete This Course for New and Experienced Teachers.
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    As an experienced online ESL teacher and private tutor. I’ve been working hard over the months to create and perfect a course for new and experienced teachers.

    Included in this course are downloads to help you determine your hours, set financial goals, link you to the best sites to search, make your job search much easier, etc. Just head on over to https://thehomepreneurs.teachable.com/ to sign up for the course. Each section has downloadable PDFs for you to print and they are yours to keep.

    Note: The downloads are for personal use only. Do not share with outsiders and do not share within the group unless it’s by me.
    Thank you so much! ❤️

Email me if you have any questions or need help getting hired with an online ESL company.
Talk to you soon!

~Ebony Glass
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The Average Time it Takes to Go Through the Qkids Hiring Process & What Will Slow You Down. (Tips and Tricks Included.)

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I thought I would answer this common question to help you all get an idea of what to expect during the Qkids hiring process.

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If they are interested in hiring you, you should hear back from them within three days to a week. Usually, it’s three days. When you apply, make sure you complete the whole process. That means send everything they’re asking for. They will ask you to send a video (intro and reading a book), computer specs, and availability.
If all is well with that, they will have you do an interview, a mock class, and one to two (sometimes more) demo classes. In some cases, you can schedule your first interview and your mock class within a day of each other. It depends on your availability and the availability of the interviewer/ trainer they’ve assigned to you.
The interviewer/ trainer will pretend to be a 5-year-old student and/ or will pretend to be an older student. Either way, you are to do your best to teach them the same way you would a real child.

Also, keep checking for their email. Make sure you check your spam folder too. One of my recruits found their email in her spam folder.

The entire interview process from start to finish can take about two weeks.

Related Post: 15 Pros and Cons of Working With #Qkids!

If you have to do more than two demo classes, it could be because you are having trouble remembering things that every ESL teacher should do.

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  1. TPR (Total Physical Response).
    You have to use TPR when teaching any language. It helps the student understand what you are saying to them and it helps them to remember it better.
    For example: “What do you like to eat?”
    What… – shrug your shoulders as if to say, “I don’t know.”
    do you… – point to the camera to point to them.
    like… – maybe give a thumbs up or rub your belly and say “yum”.
    to eat? – for this, I use the baby sign language to eat.
    If you do not do this, they will tell you about it.
    I also recommend researching videos on using TPR.

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  2. Encouraging the student to respond in full sentences.
    With the Qkids platform, there are some sections that have only half of the sentence written and the student has to complete it. However, you are to encourage the student to read or complete the sentence fully.
    For example: “I have ballet class every ________ .”
    Don’t just have them say the day of the week or time of the day. Have them say it completely. You can even use TPR and cup your hand to your ear and tap your chin as you say each word. If you fail to do this, they will tell you about it in the feedback and it may come with screenshots of you too.

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  3. You may be going over the allotted class time.
    Each class is typically 30 minutes long and you have about 5 to 7 minutes to enter the next class.
    If you find that you are going over this class time, try to keep each section about 2 to 3 minutes long. If the child(ren) don’t seem to understand or keep mispronouncing the words, just move on. They’ll have more classes to practice with. Also, you can hover your mouse pointer over each slide number and it will tell you the name of what’s next. IF there is a slide to skip, skip the ones that say “free talk” and the one that says “role play”. With lower level students, these two slides will take a long time. You can thank me later.
    If you fail to end class before the next one begins, you will be marked as a no-show.

If you want more tips and tricks to ace the interview and demos fill out the contact form below and I’ll be glad to guide you through it. If you still need to apply, click here and send me a message soon after.

Talk to you soon!

~Ebony Glass

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4 Easy Money Apps and Sites for Bloggers, Freelancers, and Independent Contractors.

As an independent contractor for ESL companies that I work for and as a blogger, I’ve started using the following apps and sites to manage my funds.
I have so many goals for this year, it’s not even funny. I want to buy a home, travel to Thailand, go back to acting classes, get headshots done, and prepare to begin graduate school in 2020. Just thinking about how I’m going to pay and prepare for all of this is so daunting! I’ve been praying for ways to manage what I do earn while preparing for what I want to earn.

So, I found several new apps I’ve been using for a little while now. So, thought I would share them with you all.

 

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1. Qapital:

This app helps me to save money towards my goals and set aside tax money. This app allows you to create any goal and save in multiple ways.

 

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You can do some investing with this app too, but I’m currently using the app below to do that. https://get.qapital.com/9c8z5ZQ0fU

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2.Stash:

This app helps me to invest as little or as much as I want. This app allows you to start a retirement fund, open a debit account, get cash back, open a custodial account for your children and so much more.  It even comes with a tool to see the potential growth of your money.

 

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I currently invest in companies that I use every day. (Netflix, Mastercard, Chipotle, Costco, etc) I use this app to create my rainy day fund. Sign up and get $5.
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3. EveryDollar App & www.EveryDollar.com:

I use this one for budgeting my coins and making sure I can have fun with my money too. It helps me to create any category I need and determine how much is going to be spent. Most categories I’ve turned into Funds. Using Funds allows you to prepare for a future expense such as a downpayment on a home.

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I also us the Fund feature to see unused money roll over to the next months budget.
You can do so much just using the free features of this app. If you want you bank transactions to sync with the app, you can do this for $10.75 a month/ $129 a month billed annually.

4. The Finance Bar:

I signed up for this about a month ago. I am still working through it, but I love the format she uses to help others tackle money problems. I pay $10 a month and I get full membership access to videos, expert advice, bundles (forms to help you get it and keep it together), the forums, and so much more.

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Sign Up Here: www.thefinancebar.com
I hope these apps and sites will be helpful for you and your financial journey.
What apps and sites are you using to manage your funds? Low on funds?
Click here to find out how to make up $20 an hour from home.
Talk to you soon!
~Ebony Glass
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10 From $10: The Ugly and Not So Ugly Plus-Size Christmas Sweaters. (Special Offers Included)

This is your guide to shopping for Christmas sweaters of the Ugly and not so ugly variety. Here you will find deals and steals on holiday sweaters for your budget and your size.
These sweaters, sweatshirts, and sweater dresses will make you stand out at any holiday party.

Keep reading to find deals, coupons, and sales from each brand.

Asos Curve:

Club L plus Christmas sweater with kissing Rudolph – Asos

Brave Soul Plus Christmas tree sweater with pom poms – Asos
Club L plus Christmas fairisle jersey dress – Asos

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Torrid Deals:
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Comment below on which ones are your favorite and if you bought one or two, leave a comment and a photo on my Facebook page showing me which one.

Talk to you later.

~Ebony

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3 Steps to Begin Healing Your Whole Self Instantly!

Everyone talking about self-care but no one really says how we are to take care of ourselves. Learning how to take care of yourself involves learning who you are and what’s really ailing you. You’ll discover that many of your ailments are related to one another.

Before I begin, allow me to say that I am not a medical professional. What I am about to tell you isn’t claiming to cure, prevent, or treat any disease. I am sharing some things that are based on years of personal research.

Where to Start?

Begin with assessing yourself in the three categories of your being.
1. Spiritually.
2. Mentally.
3. Physically.

1. Spiritually:

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Assess what you believe about God and what the word says about Him. Do they line up?
Do you believe that God is really providing for you? (Matthew 6:26)
Do you believe that the Holy Spirit is working on your behalf? (Romans 8:25-28)
Do you believe it when the Lord says He left to go prepare a place for you? (John 14:1-7)
Or
Do you frantically go about your day as if everything is on you?
Do you feel that all ‘good’ you do can earn God’s grace and forgiveness?
Do believe that you can fix all that is wrong in your life and the lives of others?
Are you hypervigilant in trying to prevent any and everything from going wrong?

The answers to those questions will lay the foundation of how you go about your day.

Mini Testimony: I’ve gone most of my life struggling to live in God’s grace and trust in His provision. In result, I would scramble to get into jobs that weren’t for me, scramble to pay the bills, scramble to do other things so that other’s wouldn’t think of me to be lazy, say “yes” when I really meant “no”, and I was often irritable and depressed. I didn’t realize that God wasn’t as hard on me as I and the world was hard on me.

What to do?
Grant yourself some grace = Give yourself space and time to improve.
Pray and ask God to help you see yourself and your life through His eyes. Ask Him to help you endure this temporary hardship and trust Him. Ask Him to keep you from doing something horrible and permanent during this temporary hardship.

Related Post: Self-Care Saturday! Self-Care 101.

2. Mentally:

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“Who do you think you are taking too?!”
A phrase many black mothers and fathers have iterated after we’ve allowed our words to fly too loosely.
However, this applies to us for us. We can be quick to downplay who we are, what we look like, what we’ve accomplished, and worst of all, what God has done for us. We do this to attempt to be or seem humble. In reality, our harsh words can dissolve us from the inside out and discredit what and who deserves credit.

Mini Testimony: I was a pro at downplaying my looks in order to avoid being made fun of about my size. It was my way of  ‘beating someone to the punch’.
I had often assumed that if I wasn’t overweight, they wouldn’t make fun of me. I had often wished I wasn’t fat. I used to call myself “stupid”, “fat and ugly”, “too dark”, etc.
If anything went wrong, I assumed it’s because of what I did or didn’t do. Which is why, I still battle with feeling like I could have prevented all the bullying, sexual harassment, loneliness, and more.

What to do?
Try to catch yourself calling yourself names.
Catch yourself about to turn down a genuine compliment on your smarts, efforts, or looks.
Catch yourself comparing who you are and what you have to others.
Know that you’re worthy of respect, love, honesty, joy, peace, health, and wholeness.
Grant yourself some grace when you do mess up.
Treat yourself like you would a ten-month-old baby learning to stand and walk.

3. Physically:

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Did you know that it is possible to get headaches from normal foods you eat or drink? Did you know that chronic stress can cause hair loss? Did you know that anxiety causes sleeping problems and sleep deprivation can cause an anxiety disorder? (Anxiety & Depression Association of America, www.aada.org)
Most doctors would scoff at those kinds of questions, but they’re not exactly science-fiction. It’s recognizing which auto-immune issues you may have. Auto-Immune is when the body makes the error of attacking itself. Anywhere on your body can become inflamed causing pain, swelling, growths, and other problems.
Some Common Auto-Immune Issues:
Alopecia
Lupus
PCOS
Rheumatoid arthritis
To see a longer list of autoimmune diseases visit the American AutoImmune Diseases Related Diseases Association. (www.aarda.org)

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Mini Testimony: If I consume too much dairy I’ll have back pain, headaches, persistent mucus that will interrupt my sleep and my speech.
If my diet has been really poor, my menstrual periods are extremely painful.
If I get too little sleep, my anxiety and depression will shoot through the roof.
I’ve had an ob/gyn refuse to remove my birth control rod after I told her that I didn’t want it anymore and it caused me to bleed for up to 17 days.  She laughed and wrote me a prescription for another birth control pill.

What to Do?
It’s imperative to know our bodies better than anyone else.
Study and research your pains, moles, patches or rashes, menstrual irregularities or confusion, etc.
Read about the Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) to understand how common foods affect how we feel.
Shop around for healthcare providers that will take your symptoms seriously. The ones who brush off your problems, but are quick to prescribe a pill are the ones you don’t need.
If your health isn’t taken seriously, speak up! Notify the hospital and notify your insurance company so that when you go for a second opinion, the insurance will cover the visit.

This isn’t a perfect formula, but it’s one that will help you assess who you are and help you to be more comfortable in your own skin.

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Heal Thyself

Janomi Hair Oil and Leave-In Review.

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Use promo code: “EBONY” at checkout to get 15% OFF of your purchases until 12/31/2018.

 

Hey there! Welcome to my updated blog, here at Ebony Glass Co.

I have a new review of Janomi Hair products created and owned by a black woman, Adrienne Janomi. She is one I admire and respect. She has worked very hard to create his business and her brand to be what is now. 

She currently sells hair oil, a leave-in conditioner, a styling butter, a detangling comb, and more.

In this review, I will talk about and demonstrate how I achieved the best twistout I’ve ever had using her Citrus Juice leave-in conditioner and the Essential Hair & Scalp Oil.

Watch the Review Here

*This post is unsponsored.*

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Janomi Hair Review: Results After Fluffing the Twistout.

You’ll see during the demo that I continuously split my twists to add volume to my hair. This is a good trick to do if you weren’t blessed with a “high strand out”. 

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The Citrus Juice Leave-In Conditioner:

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This is the best leave-in I’ve ever used. Hands down and no exaggeration. My hair feels so soft and manageable after using this. I’ll never go back to another leave-in.

This oil is best sprayed on damp hair if you are the type with high-porosity hair. Spray this on your ends and work your way up. Doing this will add moisture and help to seal it in. It’s light enough to use on the scalp and light enough to use on locs.

You can also spray it on your scalp to soothe itching and dryness. 

The Essential Hair & Scalp Oil:

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This is one of the first Janomi Hair products that I’ve ever tried. This oil leaves my hair so smooth, soft, and hydrated. When you pair it with the leave-in, you’re doing your hair the biggest favor. 

It’s best to apply this oil after you’ve sprayed the leave-in conditioner. If you are not planning on twisting your hair, it’s best to apply the oil to your scalp and massage in.
If you are going to twist your hair, apply the oil to your scalp after so that you can have better access to your scalp.

To watch the full review, watch the video below.

 

Again, use the promo code “EBONY” to get 15% OFF of your purchases until December 31, 2018. Let me know what you have ordered. Try it and then come back to tell me about it.

Talk to you later!

~Ebony
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15 Pros and Cons of Working With #Qkids! (Updated)

I am on two years (updated) of working for Qkids and I was able to come up and consistently update a pros and cons list of working for this particular ESL company.

Most of us who are trying to work from home are looking for legit, well-paying companies to work for. I am still applying to some and I will post updates and opinions on those companies as time goes on.
Until then, I recommend that you let me help you with your online ESL job search.
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Just head on over to https://thehomepreneurs.teachable.com/ to sign up for the course. Each section has videos and downloadable PDFs for you to print.
The downloads are for personal use only. Thank you!

I’ve mentioned this pros and cons in a previous post, but I wanted to single out the pros and the cons for those who want the nitty-gritty details of why or why not someone should work for Qkids.

Related Post: The Average Time it Takes to Go Through the Qkids Hiring Process & What Will Slow You Down. (Tips and Tricks Included.)

The Pros of Working For Qkids: 

1. They have their own platform and teaching materials.
You don’t have to buy any materials to teach with. Their platform is very easy to use and has the cutest graphics to keep the attention of the children and the teachers.

Most teachers buy props from either Target, Amazon, or even the dollar store. Props are a good way to help the children open up and understand the material just a bit better. These are better to use for the lower levels and the phonics lessons. You can use props for the older students, but most will show how unenthused they are by your puppets and silly hats.

2. The Ability to Move up to Teach Higher Levels.
Does it pay more? No. However, the higher level lessons are less repetitive and you are much less sing-songy, which makes it easier on your throat and vocal cords.
Also, you are more likely to have children who may understand you more and you will understand them better.
The higher level lessons involve themes and characters from American movies, books, and tv shows and some from Chinese literature and media that they would recognize as well. I’ve taught lessons that were from/ based on …

The Wizard of Oz

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Snow White (Yes, I know it’s originally a German fairytale.)

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The Martian (2015 Film)
Notice that the astronaut’s name is “Matt”. Cute!

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3. You Get Paid on Time and in Full. ($16 to $20 per hour)
You have the option of using direct deposit or Paypal (Update: I think they are phasing out Paypal).
You get a base pay of $8 per 30-min class.
You get a $1 bonus for each class attended if you have attended 15+ classes that week.
You get another $1 bonus for your rating from the parents.
During the Summer you have the potential to complete up to 9 classes a day and you can work 7 days a week.


Here’s a fair warning though… try this and you have the potential to burn out!

4. You’ll Be Assigned a Really Helpful and Encouraging Trainer.
Most teachers I know have really awesome trainers that will help you improve and even vouch for you if a parent leaves an unfair rating.
Your trainer will be the one to refer you to teach higher-level classes, as well. And you will have a trainer that you can use gif and emojis with and still be treated as a professional.

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5. If you are a person of color and/or have an accent, Qkids DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE!
I don’t know if I can say that loud enough. I know most of us who were looking at jobs like this wonder if we would even be considered because we are dark skin or even have an accent. There are some companies out there that will purposely exclude people of color or people who look of Asian descent.

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If you know English well and can teach it with enthusiasm, you’re most likely to get hired.

This doesn’t mean that students or their parents won’t have comments about your skin tone and/ or hair. I’ll explain more about how to handle this in another post.

6. It’s Easy to Take Off Work.
If you feel for any reason that you won’t be able to do your classes, you email them and send them a message on WeChat about your upcoming absence. The sooner the better.

It is possible to take months off and still be able to come back. There are mothers who take time off after having a baby. They can still earn referral income and then go back to work. This also applies if you have an injury or illness.

7. No Costly Penalties.
Unlike other ESL online companies, Qkids doesn’t charge you for missing classes. You can lose points that count toward your attendance bonus, but you will not lose hundreds of dollars if you miss a class or a class is canceled for technical difficulties.

8. Incentives!
Since I’ve been with Qkids, I’ve received training bonuses, prizes from their live Christmas party on Facebook.
Twice a year they select experienced teachers to visit China and participate in their Qkids Bootcamp. They will pay for expenses and give them a bonus! I have yet to go, but one day I will.

I almost forgot to mention that if you are or were a Qkids Teacher you can earn referral income for every teacher you refer you can earn an additional $100 per person to complete training and begin teaching.

The Cons of Working for Qkids: (In random order)

1. The early and/ or late hours.
The children are on Beijing Time (BJT) and DO NOT do daylight savings. Depending on the time zone you live in, the classes can be difficult to get up for and/ or stay up for. If you live in Colorado, California, or even Hawaii you may live in the “struggle time zones”.
When I first started I was in the EST zone and now I’m in CST (now back in EST), that hour made a difference during the winter months and it was hard. Possible but hard.

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2. When they take a vacation, so do you!
The Chinese celebrate many festivals and holidays throughout the Fall and Spring. That means that when the offices are closed, THEY ARE CLOSED. The staff at the office don’t play about their vacation.
In addition, when they have a holiday or a festival, the children most likely won’t be available to take a class with you either.

What does that mean for us as teachers?
That means no money is coming in. No classes, no money! That also means that you may have a shorter paycheck.
On the flip side, when classes are available, they are most likely to give them to teachers with seniority. So, if you stick around long enough you’ll be considered more than the newbies.

3. You Need WeChat to Communicate With Your Trainer.
This isn’t that big of a deal. Except recently they started requiring teachers to have someone verify them as a friend on the app. Depending on who you know or don’t know, this can be easier said than done. It helps to follow Qkids on facebook and/ or join another Qkids group (of hired teachers) and have someone verify you there.

4. They Don’t Take Out Taxes.
That means that when and if (some folks don’t) you report your income during tax season or quarterly, your bill to pay will be higher. If you start later in the year, this won’t be so bad.

5. The Pay is Once a Month and After the First of the Month.
I’m hoping they will change this soon. Maybe they could offer the option to get paid bi-weekly for teachers who have been around 6 months to a year or more.
This makes it hard for those of us are a little more dependent on this income, but this makes one budget their money a bit better.

6. You Need A Bachelor’s Degree or Be Currently Enrolled in a Four-Year Program.
This isn’t as big of a problem as you think. Even some coursework completed is allowed for some teachers. If you have experience with children you may still be considered to come aboard.
*Update: It is now required that you obtain a TESOL certificate. You can find an inexpensive course on Groupon. I obtained mine with International Open Academy.
You can click here to read more about the requirements to become a Qkids teacher.

*Minor Cons.
7. Nit-picky parents. They’re the ones with the child who won’t stay put but claim we weren’t encouraging enough. Or they will say that their tech problem was our fault, even though 3 out of 4 students could hear loud and clear.

Bonus and not so minor Con!

8. You can only live in the U.S. or Canada. I don’t know how I could have forgotten this part. You could have been born in the U.S. and have moved or are traveling, but they want the teachers to be based in the U.S. and in Canada.

*There used to be more, but they are always upgrading and improving their software, some of the old cons aren’t there anymore. I’ll update the minor list when I find more.

To read more about Qkids, visit their blog by clicking here.

If you are ready to apply, click here.

If you have any questions, please ask me and I’ll be glad to help every step of the way. Just think of me as your American Trainer.

Qkids really is one of the best companies a person could work for. There is an encouraging community among the teachers that really do want you to do well.
There are several Qkids Teacher communities online that are willing to help you. If you need help picking which one, again I’ll be glad to help.

Message me anytime on Facebook or Twitter. Or fill out the form below. I’ll respond asap.
Until then, follow my blog to stay posted on tips on how to succeed with Qkids and improve as a teacher. And a YouTube Channel is soon to come.

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0% Chill. My Mission To Self-Heal.

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Yo! How’s it going? How’s life?

I wanted to talk to you all about what I’ve been doing to help with my endometriosis symptoms and other problems I’ve been having with my body in general. I really hope that I can help you too!

Over the past few months, I’ve been trying different ways to stay active, to relieve pain, reduce stress, and boost my energy and fertility.
First, I’d like to talk about how I have been able to reduce the hip, pelvis, abdomen, and lumbar pain.

My tank says 0% Chill and that’s exactly how I feel at this point. I’ve been so frustrated with my health, I’ve been stressed about how I could afford to get help, and I believe that I’ve been stressing out about it instead of actually staying calm and learning about what I COULD afford to do about it.

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Paying to see a specialist, hoping that insurance would cover certain specialists and procedures, trying to find affordable insurance, and trying to find doctors and practitioners to take my symptoms seriously are things that take too much money and time. I needed to figure out what I could do TODAY. Right now!

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0% Chill Tank & Peace Yoga Mat

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Things have worked so far:
1. Yoga & Pilates Videos.
I’ve been dealing with hip pain off and on for years since having my son. I DO also have a herniated lumbar disc, along with endo causing me even more pelvic, hip, and back pain. So, I’ve found YouTube videos to help me relieve hip pain, loosen tight muscles, strengthen the surrounding muscles, and improve my body’s response to stress.
These videos have been the most helpful.

I was doing most of these without a yoga mat or any other type of cushion and that was causing pain and discoloration on my knees, making them tender and dark. So, investing in an affordable yoga mat has been extremely helpful!

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Peace Yoga Extra Thick 3mm or 6mm Pilates Exercise Yoga Mat with Printed Design

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Go ahead and give them a try!

Related Post: It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

2. Supplements!
I knew that my body had (and still has) a hormonal imbalance. I’ve done thorough research and carefully considered which supplements and the dosage would be right for me. If you have a practitioner or a naturopath that you can discuss supplements with, I STRONGLY suggest doing that first. For me, I made the personal decision to try taking any of these supplements.
DIM: A supplement that aids in reducing excesses estrogen and Xenoestrogens that can make anyone estrogen dominant. I took this and noticed reduced pain during my cycle.

It is only within this month that I have stopped taking this supplement because the option to try to conceive is now on the table and from my understanding, estrogen is needed for my future pregnancy. I’ll blog more about that soon.

Pure DIM Supplement 250mg Diindolylmethane Plus BioPerine and Dong Quai - Hormone Balance for Women and Men, Hot Flashes Menopause Relief, PCOS, Acne - Estrogen Blocker and Natural Aromatase Inhibitor

*NOTE: For the few weeks of taking these, I had headaches while doing strenuous activities like HIIT cardio and during sex. It went away within 3 weeks. Make sure to drink a lot of water while taking this supplement. That’s the ONLY problem I had with this.

All Natural Progesterone Cream: Taking this supplement, along with taking the dim helped to reduce my heavy flow and shortened my period from six days (5 days bleed/ 1-day spot) to five days (4 days bleed/ 1-day spot).
*NOTE: If you have the same problem I have, you’ll notice within your first or second month of taking these two that you’ll pass really large clots during your period and then they become normal months after. I would have had photos of those clots, but I didn’t want to be gross. But they were huge and at least a quarter-inch thick and two to three inches wide.

3. Therapy & Journaling: In the past, I’ve mentioned my history with mental illness, but I haven’t been to therapy in years. Well, I’ve just started therapy again. At first, I was feeling hopeless about finding a therapist without insurance. Until I got an email from Nicole Walters, because… you know? I’m a #Richfriend. And even though we are both God-girls, we both agree that our pastors and pastor’s wives are not our therapists. In the email, she mentioned this website called Open Path. This site helps you to find an affordable therapist in your area.


I’ve found a therapist in my area that only charges me $50/ session AND she does phone sessions. After one session, I already have homework to do that helps me to conquer fears, address past trauma, and journal my feelings and to label my worries.

Things that I will be attempting soon, but haven’t started.

1. Trying to switch to an AIP Diet: I know that many people have tried this to relieve many autoimmune problems and endo is one of those problems. I struggle with compulsive eating and it’s been extremely hard to control myself with junk food, sweets, and other inflammatory food and drinks. I have found some books about it that I will begin reading very asap!
Please pray for me! That’s all I can ask.

2: Seeing a specialist and a naturopath. I DO need to work with professionals who take my kind of matters seriously and will help me.

Have you ever been on a journey of self-healing? If so, how did it work for you? How is it working for you?
I look forward to hearing from you.

Talk to you later!

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It Was Time For Change. So, I Cut My Hair. My Mission to Self-Heal.

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Hey hey, everyone!
It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?

I needed a break. Like, a break-break. My mind and my life were doing the uttermost and I needed to figure it all out. As you can see I am slowly transitioning the brand from CoilySue86 to Ebony Glass and I’m developing a “main brand” if you will and it will be named Ebony Glass Co. I’ve even created social media pages in preparation for the change.

Instead of shutting the website down, I thought I’d stay open for business during construction. And not just the construction of my brand, but construction on my physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Since I’ve been away, I’ve been trying new ways to stay active, creating t-shirts, stumbled upon a handful of goodies, and even made a sudden change to my hair.

What?! What did I do to my hair?

Oh! Nothing outrageous, but severely imperative and necessary.

Six years and one month after my first big chop, I decided to cut approximately 9 to 10 inches of hair (probably more). I’m right back at TWA status.

You see, I was dealing with a lot of shedding, lack of growth, tangling and breakage from the split ends. My hair seemed to have remained at approximately 13 inches for almost two years. That didn’t seem right.

The cause? Other than being a lazy natural, I was on liver meds, dealing with major stress, and hormonal imbalances. All of those things affected the health of my hair. So, I wanted to start over.

This is one of the steps I took to improve my health this summer. I’ll be writing more about what I’ve been doing this summer.

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Bye bye, hair!

It doesn’t look like much, but that was a lot of hair.

So, I went from having this…

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June 27, 2018

…to having this.

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July 8, 2018

Yep! I had to. At first, I hesitated and thought I could buy one more product or try one more method to save my strands, but no. It was time for an actual cut. I need to follow up with a stylist to even me out, but other than that I’m pretty happy with the results.

I like my hair cut!

Have you been thinking of cutting your hair?

If you are thinking of cutting your own hair allow me to recommend some products that I used to ensure a successful self-haircut. Don’t worry, all will be linked below. If you’re anything like me, you like to shop around. So, I’ll provide more than one retail option for each product.

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Carol’s Daughter Products used during my hair cut.

I recommend first, shampooing and conditioning your hair first.
I used Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Shampoo. It thoroughly cleansed my hair and scalp without leaving it dry and squeaky.
Where to Buy The Shampoo?
Carol’s Daughter Website
Target (Where I Bought Mine)
Amazon (Don’t forget to sign up for Prime in time for Prime Day. July 16th)
Sally Beauty

I then used Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner during the cutting process. Using this helped me to detangle my hair before sectioning and cutting my hair. In addition, it’s imperative that you find a good pair of hair shears before starting. Do NOT use kitchen shears, fabric shears, or regular scissors. Just don’t! You can damage your hair and you won’t get clean cuts without proper shears.

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Conditioner and hair shears.

Where to But The Conditioner?
Trader Joes. The cheaper option.
Amazon (if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s close to home.)

Where to Buy the Shears?
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Amazon
Target

I rinsed the conditioner and then did an ACV rinse for my itchy and flaky scalp. I left that on my scalp for about 5 minutes. It could have been longer, but I didn’t want to wait.

After that, I sprayed Carol’s Daughter Almond Milk Leave-In Conditioner, applied my homemade oil mix, and used Carol’s Daughter’s Sacred Tiare 4-in-1 Combing Cream to comb through and fluff my TWA!

Where to Buy The Leave-In?
Carol’s Daughter Website
Target (Where I Bought Mine)
Amazon
Sally Beauty

Where to Buy The Combing Cream?
Carol’s Daughter Website
Target
Amazon
Sally Beauty (Where I Bought Mine)

I am very much satisfied and I feel lighter. I do plan on growing my hair back, but not at the expense of having healthy hair. I’d rather have health and volume over just having long hair.

Tell me what you think?

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Met Gala 2018 Slayage! The Best Dressed Men & Women.

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I’ve seen everyone who was on the white carpet for the Met Gala this year.

The theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

The slayage was intense and very much accomplished by many. However, there are two that I just can’t get my mind off of. One from the women’s category and one from the men’s, I’ve been waking up thinking about these two looks and the runner-ups!

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#1 for the Women’s Category:

Zendaya      

Y’all!

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Y’all!

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I’m so in love! I can’t get over this modern-day French heroine Joan of Arc look in custom Versace. Who knew that armor could look so chic?! This look says, “I’m strong, I’m beautiful, and I’ll slit you from navel to nose!”

Well done, Zendaya! Well done!

Runners Up:

Cupshe

#1 for the Men’s Category:

Chadwick Boseman      

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Chadwick Boseman Met Gala 2018 (Getty Images)

Sir! Excuse me, Sir!… Heeeey!

I mean, forgive me father, for I want to sin! It’s extra and I love it! Even down to the gold Christian Louboutin shoes. He’s one of the few men who went along with the theme and looked good doing it. He was the only man who looked the best!

Runners Up:      

Please let know which were your favorite from the women and men’s categories.
I’d love to read your comments.

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20 Sexy Plus Denim Jeans, Jeggings, & Shorts Starting From $20. Spring + Summer 2018 (Updated)

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I am forever on a hunt for a great pair of jeans or jeggings that I can wear with just about anything at any time. Jeans have been a staple for millions of Americans for decades. They make it easy to go from being dressed up to dressing down. They’re casual. They’re flexible. They can help us show off our curves or hid them if we want.

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Are you…?

Going to a Summer Concert Series? Denim shorts, tank, sunnies.

Running to Target? Jeggings, t-shirt, slip-on sneakers.

Taking your little one to a play-date or birthday party? Jeans, blouse, wedges.

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Here’s a list of 20 Sexy Spring and Summer jeans, jeggings, and shorts starting at $20. 

Keep scrolling to see a selection of cute tees and tanks, to compliment the jeans, leggings, and shorts. All tops are under $30

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**Prices are subject to change at the discretion of the merchants. Click each photo to check the sites for more details. Some items will be updated if they are out of stock.

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Liquor N Poker Plus Low Rise Raw Edge Denim Short With Visible Pockets

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DenimFlex™ plum wine jegging (Currently $39.00)

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DenimFlex™ plus size pull-on lean jegging in black (Currently $19.50)

Curvy Model White Women's T-Shirt Front
Curvy Model Tee.

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Skinny Short Short – Black Wash (Currently $32.17) Torrid.com

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Junarose Slim Jeans (Currently $36)

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New Look Curve Skinny Jegging $32 Asos.com

FryNinja White Women's T-Shirt Front
Fry Ninja Tee.

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Plus Size Hi Rise Denim Shorts Indigo (Currently $14.49)

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Frayed Skinny Short – Light Wash (Currently $33.67)

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Denim mom short in washed black $45 Asos.com

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High Waist Skinny Jeans In Popular Deep Blue Wash $40 Asos.com

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Plus Size Refuge Destroyed Hi-Rise Cheeky Shorts $20 CharlotteRusse.com

Purple Pineapple Dark Grey Heather Women's Tank Top Front
Grungy Pineapple Flowy Tank

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CHLOE SLOGAN BADGE SKINNY JEANS (Currntly $36.49)

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Everyday Denim Shorts (Currently $29.49) SimplyBe.com

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Cropped Skinny Jean (Currently $44.17) Torrid.com

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LOFT Plus Denim Sailor Shorts in Dark Rinse Wash $59.50 Loft.com

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Curve blue denim lace-up side shorts. $43 Missguided.com

Raw,Organic, & Cold Pressed Melanin! Black Women's Tank Top Front
Raw, Organic, & Cold Pressed Melanin!

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Doodled Short Short – Medium Wash (currently $32.17) Torrid.com

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LOFT PLUS STAR FRAYED SKINNY CROP JEANS IN CLASSIC MID INDIGO WASH (Currently $24.88 Final Sale)

 

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Plus Skinny Crop Jeans (Peach Sorbet Currently $54.99 to $69.50) Loft.com

0% Chill Red Women's Tank Top Front
0% Chill Flowy Tank

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Curve blue high-waisted studded denim shorts. $51 Missguided.com

Let me know what you think of these denim goods and tops. I’ll respond ASAP.

Talk to you later!

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