#HotOffThePress: A Brand New Cookies For A Cause design

Third Design from Bookish Merchandise Line Benefits The Christina Grimmie Foundation

May 24, 2019—-Straight from the start, every new design within this merchandise line will benefit an even bigger cause. Publicist Chelsea DeVries chose a cookie jamming out to the music playing within it’s Beats as the design to benefit the Christina Grimmie Foundation. Music was Christina’s greatest talent and something she used to reach people who were struggling with self-confidence, being different, standing out, and always spreading a message of leading with love.

Whether you are a female drummer, skateboarder, or punk rock enthusiast, socks are a staple of everyone’s wardrobe. And in the winter, they keep your feet warm. Why not rock out with these music loving socks on?! Each pair of these socks donates $5 to the Christina Grimmie so get a pair for you, your girl or guy, your mom, your dad, your uncle, your cousin, your aunt twice removed, turn up the volume on the soundtrack to your life and rock your socks off no matter what day it is. The socks retail at $15.99 (plus 3.99 s&h) and are available in bold and bright colors for all forms of expression.

Also available are active leggings to work out in or perfect for dancing around the house in. leggings These retail at $44.99 and support the services and operation of the Smart Cookie Philes.

Being that it’s close to Memorial Day, that is the universal signal that summer is right around the corner. Beach towels are also available so you can keep it rockin’ while at the beach or the pool. They retail at $30.99 and benefit the services and operation of The Smart Cookie Philes.

All 3 new products are available here Rock Your Socks Off!  

Keep the tune on replay and spread the word!

For all Cookies For A Cause merch, please visit the storefront here.

If interested in partnering with The Smart Cookie Philes on an upcoming design, please email Chelsea at wittywriterpoet26@gmail.com

 

 

#TAMPAPRO 2019: The Smart Cookie Philes takes on the PRO!@spottampa

My favorite weekend of the year is Tampa Pro weekend. For those unfamiliar to me or street skateboarding in general, Tampa Pro is one of the biggest professional skate contests out there, and takes place right here in Tampa at the Skatepark of Tampa.

I became a fan of street skateboarding 15 years ago but the contest celebrated it’s 25th year this year. So naturally all of the OGs of street skateboarding were there (P-Rod, Eric Koston, Sheckler, Greg Lutzka) alongside hella impressive up and comers like Jake Ilardi & Daisuke Ikeda.

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As I arrived, I checked in and got my complimentary wristbands and hit up the shop to purchase a deck ( I will get to this more toward the end).

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As I was paying for the board, the shop employee asked me if I wanted grip tape. I kindly declined as I don’t skate but was honored that he thought I was instantly that talented.

Once I got situated with the rest of my group, we watched as all the pros strolled (ran not walked really) into the park. They quickly tried to sweep in and head straight for the course (They had to get their last minute practice run in before the semi-finals began).

The first pro I spotted was Kelvin Hoefler. He tried to sneak right by but I wished him luck and he greeted me with a quick wave,  a “hello and a thank you.”

The next one spotted was the man, the myth, the legend, the great and powerful Ryan Sheckler. I watched as he came in wearing earbuds and within seconds of walking in had to pose for a plethora of pictures, sign his name on boards and hats, and literally not even get to sneak anywhere without being noticed. I spotted him and his usual group as soon as they walked in (Felipe Gustavo, Torey Pudwill, Sheckler). Naturally, as soon as Ryan saw my family and I he greeted us with pleasant smiles and kindly signed my board and took a picture ( even while another little grom attempted at trying to skip the line to which Ryan replied, “Just a minute dude,”)

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For those that don’t know, my love of skateboarding began with Sheckler. I actually was shown him skating over an electrical box in a two page magazine spread back in 2003-2004, and instantly was impressed. 15 years later, I am always honored to even get a few minutes in the same space as this legend. Without saying much more, I will always respect Sheckler for helping me ( a smart cookie writer) find a forever home within the skateboard community.

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Overall, it was a great time had by all. Free shots, Free beer, and priceless fun!

You can witness just about any pro skater in the flesh only feet from you, and you can even walk up and talk to and take a selfie with any of the guys.

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Thank you to the staff at SPOT who always treat me like a literal VIP. And thank you to every dude that stopped for five seconds to sign my board. Speaking of the board, I am happy to announce that I am currently running a giveaway where one lucky reader of this post will get to win this board

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Signed by living legends and up and comers alike: Ryan Sheckler, Trevor McClung, Greg Lutzka, Jake Illarda, Jamie Foy, Dave Bachinsky, Chris Joslin and Tampa Am Winner Daisuke Ikeda.

To enter, you must answer a trivia question in the comments below with your name and email below.

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A huge thank you to Paul Zitzer for hooking up my family and I ( and shoutout to the will call ticket guy Gabe for giving my mom and I huge props on our matching shirts).

Always a pleasure SPOTTAMPA, see you next year!

#BirthdayBonanza: Happy Smart Cookie Day!

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To celebrate our third year, I am giving away my EXCLUSIVE merch line Cookies For A CAUSE and the only designs being used within the giveaway are the products that benefit various causes that matter to me and are making a difference in the lives of children with the gift of reading and education, and soon to be announced a third cause that is musically inspired but benefits both those affected by gun violence as well as those affected by breast cancer.

t-shirt 1 person wins a T-shirt that benefits Bess The Book Bus.

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One person will win a Tote Bag that benefits Adopt A Classroom.

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One person will win my BRAND NEW PRODUCT before it is launched!

And if you would like to give a gift to The Smart Cookie Philes, you can always donate here or purchase something other than the products mentioned above to benefit the betterment and maintenance of The Smart Cookie Philes.

Thank you for making my third birthday a total success and as always, please feel free to keep espresso-ing yourself however you choose!

So much love,

Chelsea DeVries

Author and Publicist

The Smart Cookie Philes

#BirthdayBonanza: Throwback Thursday!

Remember when people used to go to libraries to read books or shop in bookstores like Books A Million?

Well, I still love visiting physical bookstores as much as I prefer physical books to e-books.

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Today, you have a chance to WIN a $25 gift card to Books A Million!

You can browse real bookshelves and sniff glue until your heart is content.

All you need to do is share the linked Tweet via Twitter.

Don’t have Twitter? No problem.

Come back tomorrow for a Facebook-friendly giveaway!

#BirthdayBonanza: Writer Wednesday

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If you are a writer like me, you go through a lot of coffee.

Well, what better to celebrate three years of espresso yourself with a coffee giveaway!

One winner will get $50 to use at CoffeeOverCardio, a brand of coffee for Boss Babes and Writers Looking For A Muse.

Their newest product is a Smart Start Creamer which helps with mental clarity, awareness, and focus.

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The first time I tried it, I could have sat down and wrote half my novel, to be honest.

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is Follow The Smart Cookie Philes on Twitter, and also feel free to check out Coffee Over Cardio.

If you would like to purchase anything from Coffee Over Cardio, use code WITTYWRITER10 TO SAVE 10% OFF ANYTHING ON THE SITE.

 

Happy 3rd Birthday to The Smart Cookie Philes!

In January 2016, I began this site as a book and music review blog with no idea how big it would grow and GROW it did.

It became a registered domain.

It became a PR firm.

It became a source of inspiration for all creative people to belong to.

It became a hashtag game, a chat, and now it’s own weekly prompt on Twitter.

It became a playlist on Youtube with it’s own videos.

It became a merchandise shop that has given to various causes that people may not be aware of but are inventively helping various sectors within the community such as:

Bess The Book Bus

Adopt A Classroom

And more to be named soon with new product designs.

Most of all, it provides a safe haven for people no matter who to come and feel free to espresso themselves however that may look because life is more fun when you live it on the edge, you color outside the lines, you choose to stand out instead of fit in.

Thanks for keeping this movement going for 3 years.

Come back to the site each day this week for a new giveaway every day. the smart cookie philes presents

The New #ESPRESSOYOURSELF

If you are a reader and a supporter of my Book Blog turned PR firm then you already know the meaning behind #ESPRESSOYOURSELF….

Most people on Twitter know it as a hashtag game that became a chat that is now being condensed (temporarily) to a weekly prompt posted on Monday at midnight, and can be answered throughout the week by any and all within the #bookish, the #writing, or the #reading communities.

The rules are as follows:

  1. The prompt goes live on Monday at 12 a.m. EST.
  2. You must reply to the tweet and use the hashtag to answer the prompt.
  3. You must reply to one -three people in order to keep the conversation going.

I started ESPRESSOYOURSELF as a hashtag game in order to be a sort of reprieve from typical hashtag games I saw on Twitter:

Prompts were posted with fancy graphics and people were answering the question but no one was connecting.

The hosts were even unaware of what was even being tweeted with their hashtag because they didn’t even reply to the tweets.

This prompted the participants to not reply to anyone else, and it was a great reflection of how we as humans use social media:

To disconnect, to brag, to stay in our self-absorbed bubble, to never try to really get to know anyone else.

So stay tuned through March 30 for weekly prompts, and I thank you all for the support of ESPRESSO YOURSELF.

Signed,

The Smart Cookie

#GiftGuide 2018: Gifts For Any Occasion for the Book or Music Lover in your life

One week left to get that special someone in your life the perfect gift. If, like me, they consider themselves a bibliophile or a melophile, they want something of that nature.

I could recommend stationary or bookmarks until I’m blue in the face but book and music lovers want just that. Books or music. Without further ado, let’s dive in to some of my faves I’ve experienced this year that I think would make great gifts.

 

Time to turn it up with these Smart Cookie approved picks:

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YoungBlood by 5SOS

This CD was on repeat for two weeks straight, and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone and everyone. It would make a great stocking stuffer for sure this Christmas.

To read my full review, visit here.

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Let The Trap Say Amen by Lecrae & Zaytoven

Whether you are new to the faith, curious about the faith, or saved and serious, Lecrae’s newest mixtape will have you turning up the volume and dancing in praise and worship.

I even workout to this mixtape often so the tempo is just the right amount of gospel and gangster.

For the full review, please visit here

 

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Voice Notes by Charlie Puth

Whether you aren’t a fan or you are, this album deserves a Grammy nod.

For the full review, please visit here.

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Shawn Mendes by Shawn Mendes

The Canadian cutie started on vine and now his third album reached a whole new level of “fine.” With collabs with Julia Michaels and Ryan Tedder, this album shows a maturity beyond Mendes young years.

For the full review, please visit here.

Moving on to some lit reads I had the pleasure of checking out this year…

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If you love romantic storylines mixed with Christian elements, this is a book you should definitely consider. The best part of this book is that it will still give you all the feels without leaving you feeling like you stepped out of line.

For my full review, please visit here.

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My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

This book took an in-depth yet fictional look at how social media maximizes things that normally would be minimized, and how the big picture is all that you ought to focus on in the end.

For the full review, please visit here.

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“A life of the mind requires denial of all other desires,” or does it? A professor reunites with her college sweetheart in this bookish and swoon-worthy romance.

For full review, please visit here.

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Her poetry will have you falling in love. Themes range from heart break, first love, forever love, etc.

For full review, please visit here.

If you know an author or musician who isn’t sure what to do about getting the word out about their book or album, maybe gift them with one of my service packages.

Indie Spotlight Bundle

Lastly, some bookish people like to sport their love and appreciation for all things books and music, and you can support a bookish or educational cause with every purchase in my official merch shop Cookies For A Cause.

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That about wraps it up! Wishing you a very happy holiday season and may the new year bring new moments where you choose to espresso yourself fully and truly!