Vistaprint Promobox Review

The Promobox subscription from Vistaprint is relatively new to me, and it may be an interest to you if you are a small business owner. It may also be a fit if you work for a small non-profit or if you’re involved in a ministry where promotional materials that can get the word out about what you do, your mission, and your events may be helpful.

Check out the unboxing of my first two promoboxes.


As mentioned in the video, I contacted Vistaprint customer service and the designer spent about 45 minutes with me on the phone. He updated my profile to better capture my brand, recreated the banner and two other items that were not in line my organization’s feel, and sent the replacements to me with expedited shipping at no cost. This is typical of my experience with Vistaprint – when a mistake is made, they promptly make it right.

That said, while I still use Vistaprint’s regular services, after a few more shipments, I cancelled my promobox subscription. I liked and found use for only 1 or 2 items per box, and while the items are nice – they are not always needed in my business. At this time the benefits of this promotional item subscription service do not outweigh the cost and clutter that comes from getting items I won’t use. {Post flood, I’m highly commitment to clutter-free living.}

Overall, I think Vistaprint is a great company and the promobox program is promising. It is just not a fit for my organization at this time.  Want to give it a try to see if it can be helpful for you? Go to





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Nettye Johnson at Livingston Parish Book Festival

The Livingston Parish Book Festival is back and Nettye Johnson will be in the Author Alley with “Put Your Faith Where Your Fork Is” and a new release.  

The book festival is Livingston Parish Library’s annual free celebration for all ages. This day has something for everyone. Events include Author Alley, book talks by graphic novelist Kody Chamberlain and local author Charlie Spillers, bounce house, interactive giant bubble making, the maker tent and face painting, virtual reality, 3D printing, kids jamboree, line dancing and more.

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The festival will be held at the Livingston Parish Main Library, November 4, 2017 from 11 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.  For more information go to



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The National Life of a Single Mom Conference

This weekend was well spent at the National Life of a Single Mom’s Conference.

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Yes, I attended a Single Mom’s conference.

I know I’m not a single mom – I’m a married mom.
BTW – Will and I celebrated 19 years on Labor Day – (whoop whoop!) My attendance was not a projection – God willing, I plan to grow good and old with my man (smile.)

Bottom line, I have a heart for ministry to women and when I come across outreach that sees a true need and then applies the Word of God, the heart of God, and the hands of God to address those needs – I’m drawn to it.

Isn’t that really what ministry is – meeting needs?

There are 15 million single mothers in the United States. Single mothers have unique challenges that impact their lives and the lives of their children.

What specific and consistent ministry does your local church provide to this demographic?

The Life of a Single Mom is laser focused on addressing these needs through direct outreach to single mothers, and the provision of training and resources to help churches develop their ministry to single mothers.  They do great godly work.

I found out about The Life of A Single Mom at my Barnes and Noble book event earlier this year. I connected with an amazing young lady in attendance named Nicole. Nicole and I are different; I’m much older, we have different backgrounds and different life situations yet we connected and talked after the event like we knew each other.

Nicole had recently gone through a difficult life change that left her raising her young son alone. Her heart was so open. Nicole was pained, yet it was precious to see how God was healing and helping her. She shared she attended the National Life of A Single Mom Conference last year and went on and on about how it was the genesis for her finding her way back to God and finding a community of women who support each other. I was excited by her excitement about the event and ministry that helped her find her way back to God.

(What a testimony! Imagine if most ministry events had this kind of impact…)

So, a few weeks ago she Facebooked me about the conference. When I saw the classes, I registered – and after researching the organization, I signed up to work as a volunteer. (I wanted to support this work.)
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Check out the class offerings this weekend.

  • Building Wealth – Alton Jamison
  • $5 Dinners – Erin Chase
  • Men Raised by Women – John Dennis
  • Being Healthy – Daurie Adcock
  • Joy-Full Single Parenting – Misty Honnold
  • Living Pure in an Impure World – Dr. Robbie Furdge
  • Be Fearless – Jennifer Finnegan Pool
  • Moving Past Your Past – Amy Ford

They offered classes that were relevant, practical, spiritual, and powerful. Each attendee attended two breakout sessions. I was drawn to the ‘Living Pure in an Impure World’ topic (one we explored with our youth at the GLBC Youth Empowerment Retreat) and “Be Fearless”.

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Anointed!  The teachers shared from the Word, their life walk, and from a clear volume of experience ministering to other women. It was so helpful and encouraging. The conference started and ended with worship and fellowship experiences were included throughout the weekend.  TLSM also offered training for Single Mother Ministry Leaders. Three light meals and childcare with activities my daughter thoroughly enjoyed were also provided, along with opportunities to shop.

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It was a wonderful weekend.  To top it off, at the end of the the second session, Nicole tapped me on the shoulder. It was so good to see her and the joy of the Lord in her eyes!

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I’m so glad I was in this place! The tangible connection and uplift among women, and the heartfelt encouragement to lean into God was filling.

We need the Lord and each other.

If you are a single mom or desire to support single mothers – check out The Life of a Single Mom at

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