Feature Friday: Writing an Authentic Sponsored Post

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One of the most difficult things about being a blogger is providing quality content on a consistent basis. The challenge typically isn't in coming up with great ideas, but maintaining quality when writing sponsored posts. Today's guest Alissa is talking about how to maintain the balance by writing a great sponsored brand post. Writing an Authentic Sponsored Post Hi everyone, my name is Alissa and I'm the editor of Rags to Stitches, a lifestyle blog about enjoying life's perfect imperfections. Along with being a blogger I'm also a wife to one amazing man, momma to two littles and I'm … [Read more...]

Feature Friday: Organizing Your Email

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My email in-box is a nightmare. Currently, there are more than 200 messages sitting there. Waiting to be taken care of. Cluttering my life. Weighing me down. When Kate messaged me and told me that she had an email organizing system she'd like to share as part of our blogger advice series I jumped right on it. And Kate should know...She's a blogger, a photographer and an ETSY shop owner. How to Organize Your Email - Kate Eschbach I use my email inbox as my to-do list. That means I have to keep my email inbox clean, current and organized. I like to keep my email between 20 and 40 … [Read more...]

Feature Friday: How to Prepare for a Blog Conference

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  A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we would be starting a new blogger advice column. The series will run every Friday. This week, Vivienne from the V Spot is sharing how you can own your happiness (also called, how to prepare for a blog conference).   I'm really getting excited for SNAP! Conference!  I loved my experience last year, and I am soooo looking forward to it again this year.  I know the organizers are working hard to get ready... they're attending to every detail, both big and small, and trying to plan for every possible contingency to make it a great … [Read more...]

Feature Friday: Blogging tips, tricks and advice

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One of the things that I love most about blogging is that there really are no rules. There's no step-by-step formula, no "one way" to success. Despite all that, there are still best practices and it's important to seek information from those who've "been there." I frequently share blogging tips, tricks and tutorials on SNAP! Many of the tutorials you will find here are based on my experience. Beginning next week, in addition to my regular commentary, you will find blogging advice from a variety of other bloggers each Friday.   You will find that not every post will fit, but … [Read more...]

What’s in My Handbag: A Glimpse Inside

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Happy Friday! I've been sidelined the last couple of weeks and we haven't had our regular What's in My Handbag feature. I am happy to return this with with a blogger I just love - Allison from A Glimpse Inside. I admire Allison tremendously. She is a military wife. Wonder what sort of sacrifice that is? Consider reading her post about her husband's recent homecoming. Especially precious? The photos of her husband meeting their daughter for the first time. Beyond all of that, Allison is a talented blogger. Here are a few projects that I've really enjoyed... 1. Grape Vine Egg … [Read more...]

What’s in My Handbag: Girl Loves Glam

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Today for our What's in My Handbag feature, I am excited to introduce McKenzie from Girl Loves Glam. I love this girl, everything about her, including the fantastic name of her blog! She's so friendly and enthusiastic...She's the type of person who cheers everyone around her. Though McKenzie's style simply cannot be summed up with a few comments and small smattering of tutorials, I thought I would share a few favorite projects... 1. No sew baby owl costume (be sure to check out her Progressive Flo costume as well) 2. DIY Toddler Christmas t-shirt 3. Upcycled hat tutorial  4. … [Read more...]

What’s in My Handbag: Sugar Bee Crafts

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I am excited about today's What's in My Handbag guest Mandy, from Sugar Bee Crafts. One of the things in life I am most grateful for are the many wonderful people I have been able to meet through blogging. Unfortunately, it's rare that I take the time to thank them all properly for their friendship and support. Mandy is a blogger who's been so terribly supportive of SNAP! I can't tell you how meaningful the little things are...I love that Mandy takes the time each week to link up to Show & Tell, leave thoughtful comments and help spread the word about SNAP!  Thank you Mandy! Before we … [Read more...]

What’s in My Handbag: The Stylish Nest

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It's so fun to learn things about bloggers. Take today's What's in My Handbag guest Aimee, from The Stylish Nest. It was kind of fun to learn a while back that we went to the same high school! Aimee's site is full of fun tips, ticks and some projects. Here area few that I thought you might enjoy... 1. Target tea towel bag 2. Succulent planter garden 3. Easter bunny bags 4. Onesie cupcakes 5. Mummy candles  So let's learn a little bit more about Aimee, shall we? What's in My Handbag: The Stylish Nest What's in my handbag? Turns out, not very much! I guess you could … [Read more...]

What’s in My Handbag: Cox’s Corner

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One of my favorite things about blogging is the opportunity I have to meet so many wonderful people - people I may not otherwise have had a chance to get to know. I've really gotten to know today's What's in My Handbag guest, Jess from Cox's Corner, on Facebook and via the posts she's linked up to Show & Tell. What a fun girl! I thought I'd showcase a few of the fun projects she's shared over the last couple of months... 1. I love that she loves all things Disney. Look at this cute Disney dream trip Mickey Stache bank. 2. And the awesome Mickey Mouse ears cake. 3. I don't know … [Read more...]

What’s in My Handbag: Crap I’ve Made

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I've been looking forward to this What's in My Handbag feature for a couple of weeks. I am going to start out by telling you that I absolutely love Char. I also admire her tremendously and I am not lying when I tell you that I wish I could be more like her. Normally I just share a few favorite posts with you, but today I want to share a few other little tidbits... Char is smart. One of the smartest people I have met in my entire life. No lie. It's why she's wicked good at everything she does. Char is uber talented. Even when she tells you her project is crap, it's actually really … [Read more...]