script async src="//">, pub-0949974396517105, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

How to Self Publish a Book

I’m a big supporter of women in business. It can be a tough job balancing business, babies, family commitments, and life in general. But it’s so worth being in business for yourself. A favorite quote of mine sums it up perfectly: “Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” – Dale Carnegie. Starting or running any type of business is a lot like motherhood – you work too much, but you’re part of building something special, and that hard work is personal, and pays off in so many ways.

[Read more…]


No Budget to Hire a Nerd? Try! {Updated and Upgraded} #Blogathon2

I’m participating this weekend in the Biannual Blogathon Bash, a semiannual blogging marathon. This summer’s blogathon will take place from June 22 to June 25. If you are signed up for the blogathon, completing mini-challenges {like the challenge I put together, called Anyone can Monetize their Blog: 5 Simple Steps} – give you chances to win prizes, in addition to improving your blogging. Fun, right? This post is for mini-challenge #3: Improve Your Writing. Join us – It’s not too late to get some blog-boosting work in this weekend!

Blogathon Bash: Mini-Challenge #3

After reading the tips on how to Improve Your Writing, for mini-challenge #3, I needed to choose a recent post that I’d written, go back and re-read it, and make corrections. I was a bit embarrassed to see that when I gave this post a second look, that I had quite a few spots where I wanted to change the way that things were written. My usual writing process is to sit down and quickly get my ideas out… I’m so uber duber busy that I don’t always have time to proof read every post. But clearly, I should get more consistent with it! So, drumroll please….. Here’s my updated and revised version of my post. You can see the original post here – No Budget to Hire a Nerd? Try! The main things that I noticed is that I tend to use the same descriptive words too often in the same paragraph, and that sometimes I don’t describe things as clearly as they seem in my head as I write, lol. Let me know what you think of the changes…

No Budget to Hire a Nerd? Try! {Updated and Upgraded}

In the age of Facebook and Twitter, is the good ol’ paper flyer a thing of the past?… If you need to get the word out about an event, you may feel inclined to type up something in Helvetica and head to the photocopier, but we have a better idea…

Smore makes creating web pages simple - no coding needed


Imagine… You (yes, you!) can create a beautiful web page with no coding experience and no design chops. Whether you’re spreading the word about a book club event, a small business, a networking event or a bake sale fundraiser for your local theatre, Smore is a great way to create a compelling online flyer! You can fill it with all the information needed to promote your event, easily share it through social media and email, and even see how many people it’s reaching. Creating a flyer is fun, fast and it looks so professional everyone will think you have a design nerd on staff.

Smore makes pretty web pages… no coding required

I am seriously in love with this site. I’ve been playing around with it all morning, and it is so simple to use – very intuitive. {And if you know me well, you know I’m NOT a techy type. Yes, I run a blog, but what I’m good at is taking pretty pictures, writing stories, and telling jokes. The tech side is much more challenging to me. Which is why I LOVE that my girls at Digitwirl teach me these great tips each week. Subscribe to them – Seriously, they’re so smart.} Anyway – back to talking about this sweet new site: If I can use it, anyone can. And it truly does make it quick and oh-so-easy to create incredibly professional looking pages – no coding needed at all. Learn more:

  • Get Options: Choose Event Invitation, Product to Sell, Personal Flyer for a Person, Flyer for a Business or Shop, Informational Newsletter Style, or just use “other” if nothing really fits. {Coupon or Ad Promotion, and an App are coming soon too.}
  • Get Inspired: Check out the sweet online gallery of cool examples of what you can create with their online templates, to help you think of new ways to create buzz for your event or promotion. All of the templates to share a similar style of template – but they all still have custom feel, using different photos, fonts, colors, and styles. Love it.

I’m definitely going to be using this a lot – and I am SO super grateful to the ladies at Digitwirl for sharing this tool with me. Their video made it SO easy to jump right in and get started.  {For more tech made simple tips, services, and products – browse my board on Pinterest.}

What Ideas do You Have for Fun Ways to Use this Free Service?

Carley from DigitwirlDigitwirl is the weekly web show that offers simple solutions to modern day problems. In 3 minutes, Digitwirl brings busy women the very best time, money, and sanity-saving technology, and then teaches them how to use it, step-by-step. Digitwirl was created by technology lifestyle expert Carley Knobloch, who uses lots of technology to manage her busy life as mom of two and entrepreneur. Become a subscriber to get weekly show alerts and exclusive deals at, or follow Digitwirl on Twitter at @digitwirl.



Weekly Bloggertunities – 2/1

Sponsored Posts, Reviews & Giveaways, Blogging

New Weekly Blogging Opportunities

I’ve had {another!} crazy week around here. My dad had emergency surgery, my dog went to the vet for surgery too, and I’ve had a million out-of-the-house appointments. But like I always say – Better too busy than too slow! I haven’t come across too many specific opps this week, so I’m sharing some great sites, resources, and networks that I use to find fun opportunities and earn my own income. I hope they’re helpful! And as always – If you have a fun event that’s open for sign-ups, or know of a great opp to share, please leave a comment with the info!

If you’re a brand that would like to reach more bloggers, please email Meagan at to have your campaign shared in next weeks post!

Writing Jobs & Sponsored Posts

  • Blogger Link Up: Sign up for an account, to connect with writers and PR reps, find guest posting opps, and more. Blogger Link Up Sign Up.
  • Constant Content: I find a lot of great opps on here. Sign up for the newsletter, and they’ll send you a list of new things to apply for each week. The topics have a huge range, and the pay runs from $20 bucks for a short post, up to $200 for longer articles. Writing Job Sign Up.
  • Sponsored Posts: One of my favorite sites is doing very limited recruiting – Collective Bias is searching for African American bloggers from the Charlotte, NC are. They are also recruiting bloggers in Mexico, specifically Guadalajara and Mexico City. If you fit either of these, email me at, and I can send over your info!
  • Examiner: Get your own column, and get paid to post local content. {See mine – Yakima Frugal Living Examiner}. Get started by applying to be an Examiner today.

Blogger Newsletters

  • Mommy PR: She sends out a great email newsletter with new opps that you don’t want to miss! Visit Mommy PR, and click on the Blogger Connections tab in her navigation bar to sign up.
  • Eli Rose: Great weekly newsletter with tips on blogging and social media. You can also get a free template to build your own Media Kit, or a pitch letter template, by emailing them. Find that info here – Free Blogger Media Kit & PitchTemplates.

Events to Join

  • KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway: 30-35 bloggers can join this big event – should be super popular! Sign up here.
  • Birthday Bash Giveaway: You can join by paying a cash fee, or by having your own giveaway item. Additional links can be purchased too! Find details and sign up here.
  • Netbook Giveaway: Event starts February 15th, and they’ll be giving away a Netbook PC and accessories. Find details and sign up form here.
  • Kindle Fire Giveaway: There are 3 different levels you can join, to get your blog maximum exposure! Sign up here.
  • Extreme Cash Giveaway: This was a big success last time – and February’s event should be awesome too! $1 admin fee, $2 per link you want to add! Learn more and Sign Up Here.

Fun Blogging Linkys

  • Stumble Tumble Tuesday: Each week we link up our favorite posts to Stumble – This can be an amazing way to drive new traffic to your site. Just make sure to write content your readers will love – Don’t write posts just for StumbleUpon. Join the party here!
  • Click, Color, Capture: This is a brand new event – Each week will feature a different color, plus some helpful photography tips. Take a great pic that captures that color, share it in a post, and link it up with us! This week is Red, and you can join the Photography Challenge Here!

My Favorite Affiliates:

  • Social Spark: The longer I’ve worked with them, the better opportunities I have been getting! It takes a little bit for each post to credit to your account – But once it does, and you hit $50 – when you cash out to PayPal it credits there right away! Love that. Social Spark Sign Up.
  • Escalate Media: Another of my favorites. Great support staff, easy to use, quick payouts. Join Escalate Media.
  • Integrate: Love this site! I really love the way that they track offers – I seem to get more accurate results with them. Integrate Sign Up. Already signed up, but having trouble getting started? Read – How To Get Started with

Recent Favorite Resource:

ProBloggers 31 Days to Build a Better Blog: This is the most helpful book I’ve had in a long time! Click here to view more details.

Wrapping it up

I hope that some of these sites, resources, and networks can help YOU grow your blog, reach your goals, and find more success as a blogger! Remember – Feel free to share this post with your own bloggy buddies and networks. And please add your fun event sign ups or other opps in the comments! Thanks for reading – I hope you’re all having a great start to a new month!