How to Get Through Valentine's Day on Social Media

Ah, Valentine's Day: The bane of the divorced woman's existence. Or is it? Here's the thing, we build up Valentine's Day and create expectations that simply are not always realistic. Add on a bitter divorce, learning to be single again, and it can ...more

Make Sure Your LinkedIn Profile Shows Who You Are

Your personal brand represents how you market yourself to the world. It's what comes to mind when people you know think of you, and it tells folks you don't know what you represent, offer or are a go-to person for. This post will share some of the ...more

Stopped Your Blog? Here is How to Get it Started Again

I started blogging in 2009 and published steadily for five years. Between 2014 and 2015 I took a year-long hiatus from posting on one particular blog. Now I'm focused on getting that site back on track. One of the reasons I enjoy blogging is its ...more

Technology Brings People Together

Sure, there's a special quality to a face-to-face conversation. No electronic gizmo can replace the intimacy of a hug. You can't dry someone's tears over a cable modem. But there are times when you need to cry without letting the other person know ...more

Don't Stress About Blog Traffic on Days You Don't Post

We all know that the highest traffic to your blog is when you publish a post. Makes sense. Now unless you are a full-time blogger (I'm envious of you) not all of us can post five days a week. So what do you do on the days that you don't blog? How do ...more

Before You Buy That Phone: Keeping Teens Safe Online

It is in the media again. A child murdered by an online predator who lured her/him through a social media account. As a parent of soon to be tweens, this has the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I have been an iPhone customer for 4 years now, and we bought our iPad 2 years ago. So that made me a smartphone owner at the ripe old age of 36 years old. My youngest, at 5 years old, has see the iPhone and iPad for 4 out of 5 years of her life already. She will grow up in a completely different world than me. ...more
Rita Arens I agree some kids personalities would mean a phone or a life on it would be no big ...more

Do You Take Facebook Quizzes? You May Want to Rethink That...

Earlier this week I took a Facebook quiz to find out my IQ. My results were astounding. I scored higher than Nicholas Tesla, somewhere in the range of 170. But... I'm a teacher's kid, and I was frequently tested as a child. I know that my IQ is nowhere near 170. I think the quiz was reporting my seventh grade weight. Now here's the thing. The fact that I took this stupid quiz makes me think my IQ might be half to a third of what Tesla's was. You would guess I would see the irony in this. Taking a Facebook quiz is like filling your car with gas, making sure the oil is full, and offering the keys to the guy who just robbed the bank. Sure, go ahead, take a good look at my personal information. Of course, I'm as smart as Tesla. ...more

6 Tricks to Get You Through the Valentine's Day Deluge on Social Media

Ah, Valentine's Day: The bane of the divorced woman's existence. Or is it? Here's the thing, we build up Valentine's Day and create expectations that simply are not always realistic. Add on a bitter divorce, learning to be single again, and it can feel like you're the last single woman among a world of hopeless romantics. The cinnamon hearts, chocolates, roses in the window all makes us heave a sad sigh. To top it all off, we have social media to add to the Valentine's Day mix. Even if you choose not to celebrate it, it's hard to avoid everyone else's Valentines mush on the internet. Facebook will be awash with romantic status updates. Instagram will be alight with diamond engagement rings. Pinterest is full of Valentine's date night ideas. ...more

9 Shockingly Common Small Business Blogging Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

2016 is in full swing but I still (sadly) see businesses making the same blogging mistakes time and time again.You pour your heart and soul into your business but you're still not seeing any great results.Blogging takes time and commitment. Blogging well is no easy feat. If you're creating content like a mad woman and the traffic or engagement just isn't there, you might be making one of these shockingly common business blogging mistakes. ...more

Before You Buy That Phone: Keeping Teens Safe Online

It is in the media again. A child murdered by an online predator who lured her/him through a social media account. As a parent of soon to be tweens, this has the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I have been an iPhone customer for 4 years now, and we bought our iPad 2 years ago. So that made me a smartphone owner at the ripe old age of 36 years old. My youngest, at 5 years old, has see the iPhone and iPad for 4 out of 5 years of her life already. She will grow up in a completely different world than me. ...more
Rita Arens I agree some kids personalities would mean a phone or a life on it would be no big ...more

Quinoa Millet Flakes Porridge - See more at:

Quinoa Porridge for breakfast was in my To-do list for quite sometime. Since we south indians are used to breakfast like idli , dosa, roti, Milk Porridge has a rare chance in my kitchen I couldn’t withstand the red alert of Quinoa porridge in my To-do list Last week i made a quick purchase of Zealeo Quinoa and Millet Flakes from Amazon app and Finally its here as a post -See more at: http://www.yummyplatter.com/quinoa-millet-flakes-porridge/...more

Blogging Full Circle

Blog post to come ... I am just trying to figure out and learn this  blogher platform. Nor sure where the save draft is and not sure how to delete a post if the post goes live and I actually am not ready to make it live yet ... ...more

Love Books?

Did you know that you can get books for free by signing up to be a blog book reviewer online? I'm am going to test it out and let you know if it's worth your time. First I'm going to start with Bethany House. http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bethanyhouse/bookreviewers/sign-upThe company has some interesting books listed in the 2016 spring catalogue: Live Smart, Spiritual Warfare for Your Family, Out of the Depths, and more.  Look into it and let me know what you're reading.   ...more

Is Elite Blog Academy for You?

Are you a blogger? Have you ever considered taking an on-line blogging course to help you take your blog to the next level? Today I am sharing my experience with Elite Blog Academy, run by Ruth Soukup of the hugely popular blog Living Well Spending Less....more

For All the Valentine’s Day Haters

Many people hate Valentine’s Day... and I’m sure there are plenty of reasons why.Image via Shutterstock Here are some you may have heard: ...more

Who I Admire and Who Inspires Me to Write

One person who not only inspires me in my ambitions but that also I admire is writer Anna Quindlen. I first became acquainted with her writing when I was in high school, working at a bookstore. I picked up a copy of Object Lessons and loved the book and style of writing. It was spare yet elegant and descriptive, and I thought her characterizations and plot development to be great....more
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Feeding Tube Awareness Week

On July 14, 2011, my youngest daughter had a g-tube (gastrostomy tube) placed in her abdomen.  The g-tube was surgically inserted through the abdomen into the stomach to deliver nutrition.  She was 6 months old.  Even then we weren’t strangers to a feeding tube.  Being born extremely premature, she had been fed through various feeding tubes her entire life (OG, OJ, NG).  Lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, cerebral palsy, sensory issues, oral aversions, and silent reflux all aided in her ina...more

Protect your Home when Traveling

When you go traveling, I’m sure you make a point to protect the various things you bring with you—including your laptop, children, even spouse. But what about something you left behind? Your home? Is that being protected too?Before Leaving...more