The Shopping Diaries: Why so many shoes?

You're in the shoe department and you see a pair that screams your name. What do you do? Do you run and hide? Or do you gravitate toward them like you're being pulled in by their imaginary forces? Does your brain start calculating if you can afford them?This is what I deal with every time I see a pair of shoes I want. About 90% of the time I'll end up buying them. But, the minute I come home I'm dreading my husband's favorite shoe catchphrase..."Why do you need so many shoes?"...more

To Advertise or not to Advertise?

Over the past couple of months, I've heard a lot of bloggers make various comments about advertising on their blogs. Some live by it and others...well they despise it. Major corporations advertise all the time. What's the big deal?If you aren't familiar with advertising on your blog, there are many different ways to go about it. There are affiliate programs you can join, you can sell ad space on your blog, brands can sponsor giveaways, or even charge for links in your posts. There are other ways you can advertise, but I'm just going to use these for examples....more

My name is Monique and I'm a Conference Newbie.

I know I shouldn't be nervous. I know it will be fun. I know I will meet a lot of great people. And I know there will be lots of swag. Yet, for some reason, as every day passes...my nerves are getting the best of me. Maybe it's the idea of  walking into the unknown. Or it could be the fact that I haven't been called a "newbie" since the first day I walked into basic training. At least with the military, I watched an introductory video that explained everything from push ups to uniforms. ...more

LOL...thanks for the advice!! :) I can't wait to get there!more