How to Use Instagram and Make it Your Blog's Best Friend

If you read the blogging better series, you know that I am a H-U-G-E advocate of using social media to market your blog. I talk a lot about Facebook and Twitter, but it kind of begs the question: what about Instagram? The truth about Instagram is that it is one of the fastest growing forms of social media, especially where blogging is concerned. It might seem counter-intuitive because you’re using photos instead of direct links, but Instagram is really a great space to grow your audience. If you can take a photo with a phone, you can use Instagram. To help you get started – or to take your account to the next level -- here are a few best practices to follow. At least, follow these if you are looking to grow your audience. ...more
I love love love Instagram! Oh and #hashtags, too! #awesomemore

Blogging Better: Editorial Calendar Secrets

So you’ve heard about this thing called an “editorial calendar.” But if you don’t work in marketing, you might not know what the heck I’m talking about. And no matter what field you work in, figuring out how to create an editorial calendar that you’ll actually use can be a challenge. So what gives?...more

Thankful.

Days like today make me so thankful.This morning, Ricky played while mommy was productive. We went for a bike ride, had lunch on the deck and played in the sandbox. We went to the park and for a long walk with our friends. And now he’s napping – and I can work again....more

Thankful.

Days like today make me so thankful. This morning, Ricky played while mommy was productive. We went for a bike ride, had lunch on the deck and played in the sandbox ....more

Toddler Life: What Goes on in MY House Every Morning

Before I was married with a toddler, there are certain things that I really never pictured myself saying. In fact, if my former self would have heard some of the things that go on in my house just between the hours of 5:30 AM and 7:30 AM, I probably wouldn’t have believed that this would be my life in a few years.Does this happen at your house? Here are some of my faves:...more

Toddler Life: What Goes on in MY House Every Morning

Before I was married with a toddler, there are certain things that I really never pictured myself saying. In fact, if my former self would have heard some of the things that go on in my house just between the hours of 5:30 AM and 7:30 AM, I probably wouldn’t have believed that this would be my life in a few years. Does this happen at your house? ...more

Book Review: Little Elliot, Big City

A couple of weeks ago, Macmillan Kids send little Ricky a fun new book to read: Little Elliot, Big City. I really didn’t know much about it until we got it – and it’s actually really cute! Truth be told, anything with the name “Elliot” really just reminds me of the movie E.T. – actually, it reminds me of my dad doing an impression of E.T. sticking his finger out and saying, “Elliottttttt.” With that being said, I was able to stifle my giggles for five seconds to get past the first page of the book and then stopped thinking about aliens ....more

Losing a Baby Means Losing Part of Your Life – But Also Gaining a Lot More

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Thinking about how losing my sweet baby girl has affected our life. I’ve come to believe – or rather, know – that when you lose a child, you actually lose a lot more than that.Obviously, the biggest and most hurtful piece of what we’ve been through is losing our baby. There’s no getting around that. If May wouldn’t have happened, we would have a week old baby at home right now. But May DID happen, and there’s nothing I can do to change it. We were put on this course of life for a reason....more

Losing a Baby Means Losing Part of Your Life – But Also Gaining a Lot More

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. Thinking about how losing my sweet baby girl has affected our life. I’ve come to believe – or rather, know – that when you lose a child, you actually lose a lot more than that ....more

WAHM: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming A Work-From-Home-Parent

Some of you already know this – but I am a full time work from home mom. I do quite a bit of freelance writing and marketing consulting – and my baby boy gets to actually be home with me two days a week. It’s like the best of both worlds – and I love it....more