Why Canva Is an Incredible Tool for Adding Text to Graphics

By now you know one of the best ways to hook a reader is by pairing your amazing content with amazing graphics. One way to create those graphics is by adding text to your images. But how do you do that without expensive software or online membership fees? My go-to solution is Canva....more
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3 Simple Rules for Pairing Fonts Every Blogger Should Know

I have never met a blogger who does not love fonts! I can't tell you how many Facebook posts I've seen that say, "I just realized I have close to 2,000 fonts on my computer! Do you love fonts? How many do you have?" It's great that bloggers love fonts, considering the popularity of memes and an ever-increasing emphasis on the use of large images and beautiful typography. It can be easy to get carried away with too many fonts, though, so let's discuss some simple rules for pairing fonts....more
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6 Blog Design Mistakes You Need to Check If You're Doing

Blogging is, or should be like, having a conversation. There is give and take, and the environment where the conversation is happening should be warm and welcoming. Not loud and distracting. While your blog and website design should reflect who you are and what your blog or business is about, it is important to remember that you are also designing for your potential readers and clients. People you hope to build a relationship with. Here are 6 of the most common blog design mistakes I see around the Web, and the advice I give to my clients who make those mistakes. ...more
melissaperkins Search bar for sure! User experience is VERY important, and I think it is ...more

Instagram Introduces New Creative Tools

It looks like the new Instagram creative tools are going to give Snapseed a run for its money. ...more
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In Like a Lion: Rebirth, Revitalization, Hope

Well, here we are, the first of March, and I am in my annual armpit of winter funk....more
Linda Anselmi Thank you! And for now I say yay to dandelions - and more to come!more

5 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Business for 2014

Get your business (or blog) prepared for 2014 with these five simple steps!...more
poojanegiThat is very true - you never do know when opportunity will be right around the corner! ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

Are you wondering what to get the blogger in your life? Here is my top ten list of practical gifts that any blogger would appreciate. ...more
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4 Tips for Quick and Healthy Weeknight Cooking

In the fall and winter my family thrives on soups, sandwiches and quesadillas. It’s easy, healthy and my kids love them. (As do I!) While I do make a fair amount of Crock-Pot meals, this is really our go-to way to eat dinner on the weeknights. Some of you may think this is boring–and it can be. Following these four tips will get you to preparing a quick and healthy meal every night. Image: Courtesy of Elaine Griffin ...more
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What Can Make People Think You're a Jerk

Every once in a while I fall into a trap of overwork. Have you ever been there? If you are a freelancer, chances are you have. Heck, chances are, if you do more than sit on your butt all day you have. It starts with a fear. Fear of having no clients. Fear of having no money. Fear of having an unhappy family. It is followed by an intense frenzy of too much work. Trying to turn around jobs as fast as possible. Trying to win new clients. Trying to keep a spotless house. Trying to take your kid to every event they want to go to. Lather, rinse, repeat....more
@Darcie Thank you Darcie! When I feel overwhelmed I try do do what you suggest. I let myself ...more

Shedding the Baggage and Owning the Catwalk at BlogHer '13

Image Credit: Jasmine Banks, Just JasmineI have always thought of myself as a fat girl.I was the girl who never had a real boyfriend.Who, in spite of outward appearances, never really had a whole lot of confidence in my looks....more
@Linda Anselmi Thank you so much Linda! The reason I wanted to be in the fashion show was ...more