In Blog We Trust: Affiliate Disclosure and Community

I think that affiliate links are a great way for bloggers to do business across social media platforms. Yet, they’re not always disclosed as such, and that’s a problem. Our success depends on the integrity of this community. A blogosphere built on trust and authenticity. ...more
I think the hashtag #ad is a great idea and very simple to add to twitter without taking up too ... more

Ever-So-Simple Bacon Baked Potatoes

[Editor's Note: The first time I read this post, I did a total doubletake. This couldn't possibly be as simple as it sounds, could it? But indeed, it is. With two ingredients (and some salt and pepper) and 45 minutes in the oven, these delicious bacon baked potatoes are ready to serve. I've got to get these on the table soon! --Genie] ...more
The potatoes look amazing.  Did you have to baste them to get them so brown?  I have to try this ... more

Post-Retirement Crime Fears

This week someone broke into my home and stole my laptop. I was upstairs at the time and had stupidly left the back door open. I’ve been careless about this for many years and have been lucky. We’ve only had one robbery in the past 20 years—-someone broke into our garage and stole a power mower....more
Karen you were lucky that you locked the door when you did.  I am nearly 60 and feeling more ... more

Making the Leap - How Do I Get There?

People often say to me - Wow! You made the leap to being your own boss... how did you even know where to start? The answer is - I didn't! In fact I never had any dreams about being my own boss. I was not one of those kids who sold lemonade. I was not the teenager who did small jobs or tried to create a fledgling business. I did not spend my college years drinking from the entrepreneurial cup. So, how did I end up here? ...more
There are so many ways to start your own business that wont involve making a big financial ... more

The Best Homemade Beauty Products for Less

After doing my post on green cleaning, I started thinking about how much money I was saving by not buying commercial cleaning products and how much safer I felt my family was without being exposed to all those chemicals. I started thinking of other ways to cut chemicals and unnatural products out of our lives and decided a great place to start would be some beauty items....more
I will have to try the salt scrub as its so easy to make.  I love the use of coconut oil too and ... more

Pay For Christmas NOW With This One Little Trick

Every holiday season, I watch my friends frantically trying to figure out how they're going to pay for Christmas. They save up chunks of paychecks a few months before, they max out the credit cards, and if they're lucky enough to get a Christmas bonus at work, you can bet it won't be spent on themselves. And then in January, they wail about their enormous credit card bills or how they got a late fee from the electric company when they had to pay the bill a bit late because of, y'know...Christmas. ...more
I think the gift cards are a good idea that I hadn't thought of. I must admit though that I do ... more