Rebranding My Blog

Once upon a time I was a blogger, in fact, I might go as far to say that I was a professional blogger, since I lived off the income I made from writing posts and promoting brands. Being a professional blogger was a lot of fun, but also a ton of work. There were many late nights, a few early mornings and lots of caffeine being consumed. Fast forward to the present, and you'll notice I've been lackadaisical about my blog. Part of it was due to the things I never wrote about: fighting to protect my … [Read more...]

Get It Done with Microsoft Office 365

This is a sponsored post on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Working from home, I rarely work normal business hours. Usually I find myself squeezing in a few hours before the kids wake up early in the morning or working late into the night finishing up items that have deadlines the next day. The 9 to 5 has blurred and today people need modern technology to find balance. From the home to the office, and especially on the go, people all around the world are working … [Read more...]

Summer Never Ends in Kissimmee Twitter Party

This is a sponsored post. I am being compensated to host this Twitter party on behalf of Experience Kissimmee. #SummerSequel Just because it's back to school time doesn't mean that summer has to end! Kissimmee is one of those special places where it always feels like summertime! With gorgeous weather year-round and world-famous attractions just minutes away, a trip to Kissimmee can be on everyone's wish list. With more than 47,000 accommodations, from luxury resorts to national hotel chains … [Read more...]

Quality Business Cards from Minted

If you're a blogger, one of the things you must do if you want to be a "professional" is attend a blogging conference. I kick myself daily (I must stop doing this) for thinking that I didn't need a conference and that I could learn everything I needed to know online. What I've come to realize is sure, conferences are about learning (Dan Morris just rocked my world at SoFabCon) but more importantly they are about networking. When I found out I would be attending SoFabCon, the first thing I did … [Read more...]

Make Money With The Beso Rewards Program

Last month I attended the SITS Girls Bloggy Boot Camp, here in Chicago.  Being my first blogging conference, I didn't know what to expect.  I heard Tiffany and Francesca were fabulous presenters (and that Tiffany had a little mic issue but we won't go into that...hehe) and that I would learn a ton of information about monetizing my blog and making this fun "hobby" as my husband likes to call it, a business.  One of the things that stuck out to me was the ability to make money with the Beso … [Read more...]

Day 10 of Being Thankful: It’s Not Called Luck

Day 10: I am thankful for my jobs and the opportunities they provide me. I am beyond fortunate and need to remember this when I'm feeling sorry for myself. It's not called luck, it's hard work and it does pay off! I know a lot of successful business women and men and while others like to think their success is based upon luck, I know better.  It's not luck that got them to where they are today, it's pure hard work and determination.   … [Read more...]

30 Days of Being Thankful – Day 3 Bloggy Boot Camp

Day 3: I am thankful for my one hour friends that made me realize I'm a better blogger than I give myself credit for. As bloggers we make a lot of mistakes.  We start our blogs on Blogger because it's easy and cheap, only to learn that to play where the big kids hangout we need to move to Wordpress.  We think the key to growing our following is by doing giveaway after giveaway instead of creating actual content.  And probably the biggest of them all, we don't invest in ourselves and our blogs, … [Read more...]

The Best Customer Service EVER

In a world where many people use social media to complain about things (me being one of them), I've decided to take the time and tell you about one of the best customer service experiences I have ever had.  Seriously, this ranks up there with the nurses and physicians when I delivered my daughter 3 years ago or when I bought my Acura 8 years ago. I want to give praises to "my" FedEx delivery driver Maria in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  From the very first time I met her, she was so outgoing and … [Read more...]

Do You Have A Blog Safe Zone?

I bet you're wondering what I mean by that question.  If fact, I'm kind of wondering what exactly I mean.   What is a blog safe zone? I should probably rephrase that and say do you feel you can say whatever you want on your blog and by that I mean the down and dirty.  The stuff that happens in your life that isn't all rainbows and unicorns and in fact, is downright ugly and makes you so frustrated you either want to run, scream or just hide? Some people will say you deal with your … [Read more...]

What I Learned In My First Food Photography Class #CBias #Social Fabric

Today marks that last day of our 6 week Food Photography with Sony class.  We had a few hiccups along the way with the platform we were using but technical issues aside, this class rocked!  When I first began blogging, I had hopes of starting a food blog but knew in order to have a successful one, my pictures would need to be better than good, they needed to make you want to eat what you saw on the screen before you even knew what it was.  I'm happy to say with what I learned in my first food … [Read more...]