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

Crock Pot Meals Reloaded: Chicken Fajitas

Like many people, I’m totally into crock pot meals now that the cold weather has arrived. It’s so nice to know that at the end of the day, you have a warm, and hopefully healthy meal to settle down to. When I cook in my crock pot, I tend to cook in large batches, using simple and budget-friendly ingredients ....more

Sauce Mornay, Basic Cheese Sauce

One of the first things I ever learned to cook was a béchamel sauce. Make a roux with equal parts unsalted butter and unbleached white flour, add milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Soon after I learned how to make it into a delicious cheese sauce, also called Sauce Mornay ....more

Luscious Acorn Squash Soup

When I was a little girl, my grandmother made the most delicious acorn squash. She would cut them in half and scoop out the seeds. A pat of butter, brown sugar, and salt and pepper filled the holes ....more

Summer 2014 Bucket List

The days are hot. The nights are warm. We’ve already swam in ponds, and roasted things over fires ....more

5 WordPress Plugins to Boost User Functionality

Plugins are a great way to ease in the design of a WordPress website, and they also increase a site's functionality. Some plugins can help our clients when our job is done. While we designers should not render ourselves obsolete, I do feel like it is our responsibility to give clients increased functionality, and the confidence to harness it themselves. The five following plugins do just that....more

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality

Plugins are a great way to ease in the design of a WordPress website, and they also increase a site’s functionality. Some plugins can help our clients when our job is done. While we designers should not render ourselves obsolete, I do feel like it is our responsibility to give clients increased functionality, and the confidence to harness it themselves ....more

7 Questions to Ask a Prospective Design Client

When I am approached about logo and/or web design services, one of the first things I do is send the prospective design client a questionnaire, whether or not I’ve been hired yet. These seven questions help me get to know prospective clients better—which makes my job easier, and allows me to give each client the best design possible. My questionnaire is a mix of design and marketing questions that will encourage potential clients to think not only about what kind of design they want, but also what their overall brand will look like, and how they will compete in their market or niche ....more

7 Questions to Ask a Prospective Design Client

When I am approached about logo and/or web design services, one of the first things I do is send the prospective client a questionnaire, whether or not I've been hired yet. These seven questions help me get to know prospective clients better—which makes my job easier and allows me to give each client the best design possible....more

Grilled Veggie and Bean Summer Salad

Like many people at this time of year, I’m starting to think about what I’m putting in my mouth, and what will hopefully come off of my body. Not just to look good, mind you, but to feel good too. Eating healthy is generally not a problem with me, as I’m in love with salad ....more