12 Gifts Under $25 for Your Entrepreneurial BFF

BFF Gifts

This time of year the sound of the delivery truck has me heading for the door faster than a kid running out after the ice cream truck on a hot day... Hi. My name is Tauni. I am addicted to online shopping. I mean, hello. Shopping AT HOME, in my PJS, HOT CHOCOLATE in hand? Amazing. As you can imagine, I've never really embraced the madness that is Black Friday, but I love Cyber Monday. AND, I am going to let you in on a little secret. CyberMonday.com, compiles sales from ALL of the best retailers in one place. Online shopping just got a little better. I know you're probably … [Read more...]

12 Delicious Dessert Alternatives to Thanksgiving Pie

12 Delicious Dessert Alternatives to Thanksgiving Pie. We love our pie, but there are some really yummy looking fall desserts shared in this post!

We're big fans of pie. Big enough that we celebrate "Pie Night" the night BEFORE Thanksgiving...Because, you know, on Thanksgiving you're too full to really enjoy the pie. Having said that, sometimes it's nice to serve an alternative to traditional Thanksgiving Pie. Here are 12 delicious desserts that would make a great alternative to Thanksgiving pie. Alternatives to Thanksgiving Pie Perfect Pumpkin Role via Chef in Training Pumpkin Cheesecake Snickerdoodles via The Recipe Critic Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting via Over Time Cook Chocolate Dipped Pears via Baker's … [Read more...]

How to Increase Facebook Page Likes for Free!

How to Grow Facebook Page for Free. I used this to help increase my page by 30K likes in 2 months!

There are few conversations among bloggers and small business owners more heated than those about Facebook engagement, like generation and reach. Frequent changes to "like" generation, giveaway rules, engagement and the algorithm have chased some entrepreneurs away entirely and few are still focused on an increase Facebook Page likes. Despite all that I have remained and continue to invest in my Facebook page. Facebook is still the biggest social network out there, with 1.55 billion monthly active users as of September 2015 (YouTube comes in second with over one billion monthly active … [Read more...]

Deck the Halls Heidi Swapp Minc Giveaway


Well hello there. Happy Wednesday to you! My friends Becky, Jamie and Nikkala, a.k.a. The Crafting Chicks, are hosting a super-fun Deck the Halls holiday series over on their blog right now. Today I am joining them to help host a great giveaway - you can enter to win a Heidi Swapp Minc! The Chicks have some AMAZING Minc projects over on their site but this harvest print might be my favorite... DIY Foil Harvest Print  Heidi Swapp Minc Giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Four Benefits of Blogging for Good With Hefty

Four benefits of blogging for good. Such good reasons and examples of bloggers who are doing this well.

Why Blog for Good? I am crazy loyal to companies who do good. All things being equal I will always do business with a company that stands for something beyond profits. How about you? Recently I learned that Hefty trash bags support Box Tops for Education. Hefty is the only trash bag that supports Box Tops for Education and when they support, they go big. It's pretty easy to find a box of bags with multiple Box Tops on the packaging! It may not seem like a big deal, but Box Tops add up. Each coupon is worth 10 cents and schools can earn up to $20,000 every year … [Read more...]

30-Minute Star Wars Snuggle Blanket Tutorial

30 minute star wars snuggle blanket finished 4.5

This post contains affiliate links. Just the other day I was ruminating about blogging's place in the world and mentioned that a new blog is created every second of every day...The truth of the matter is that some blogs end as quickly as they begin, BUT for those that stay connected? There is influence. Real influence. Every day bloggers are working to harness their communities and readers to make a measurable impact on people’s lives. The influence rarely come in the form of Oreo stuffed brownies dipped in caramel and lightly salted, but in projects dedicated to social good. You know, … [Read more...]

Can You Still Make a Living Blogging?

Can you still make a living as a blogger in 2016? The answer may surprise you.

A new blog is created every second of every day. Now I am no mathematician, but even with my rudimentary skills I can tell you that's a heck of a lot of sites. At the same time, prominent bloggers like Young House Love and mom blog royalty, Dooce, are are leaving the industry. It's no surprise one of the most common questions I am asked is, can you still make a living blogging?Yes. The short answer is yes. The longer answer resides within the development of three specific areas: branding, work ethic and a diversified income stream. Unique Voice and Strong Personal Brand There will always be … [Read more...]

Don’t Lose Income: Properly Install Amazon’s Affiliate Disclosure Policy

Blogging tip. How to Add an Amazon Affiliate disclosure to your site. If you utilize Amazon and you don't have this statement on your site, your account could get yanked!

Every once in a while an account shutdown occurs that sends ripples throughout the online community. You've probably heard horror stories - a Blogger site is deleted, a Facebook Page disappears, an AdSense account is closed with no warning. The truly scary thing is, these corporations are so large there is often a "zero tolerance" policy in place and gleaning more information about what went wrong can be rough. Recently I've heard several cases where Amazon has revoked access to a blogger's affiliate account, due to a failure to follow Amazon's affiliate disclosure policy. The email … [Read more...]

Make More Money With Amazon’s Affiliate Program

Great tips for bloggers. Several hints on how to optimize your posts to make more money with the Amazon Affiliate Program.

This post contains affiliate links.  The Amazon Associate Program was the very first tool I used to monetize my blog. I am glad I started early. I've had years to populate my site with affiliate links. Some of those links didn't necessarily convert well early on, but as my blog has grown and as older posts have gone viral those older links have really started to pay off. Today I make more money with Amazon's affiliate program than I ever thought I would. It more than supports my insane book buying habit. Amazon's Associate Program was a natural fit for me. I love Amazon and shop … [Read more...]

10 Posts to Add to Your Editorial Calendar Before End of Year

10 posts to add to your editorial calendar before end of year - this post is full of great tips for bloggers looking to fill their site with manageable content at the end of the year!

Being a blogger is hard work...I mean, who else has to face the judgement of neighbors shaking their head over "Funkins" on the porch in August and a Christmas tree deliveries in early October. Seriously. It's rough. Fortunately a blogging break is right around the corner. Wait. What?! You haven't scheduled a blog break in December? Well, the good news is that you can easily build out your editorial calendar and schedule easy-to-assemble posts for the end of the year today. 10 Posts to Add to Your Editorial Calendar Before End of Year Holiday Roundup Posts. Everybody loves a good … [Read more...]