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Sweet Caden. "It's hard to believe Caden is almost 6 months old. When he was born on August 3rd, 2011, we had no idea that he had critical
We actually had a similar bed for bry when he was little. Great idea for saving space.
Dalmatians I have a 14 year old. He is having a hard time getting up and down now but he is the best dog I every had. I adopted him when he was 2 1/2.
This may seem really dorky & cheesy, but it’s actually worked! After Jeremy and I moved to Chicago, we realized we started slipping into hold habits. We were eating out a lot rather than cooking dinner. We stopped spending time at the gym, and were just being totally lazy! He had a great idea, that we should make a goal chart! It's fun to give each other check marks. It’s almost like a competition! We set a goal to have 80% of the boxes checked. If we do, by Sunday we treat ourselves!
Sky-High Escape - When he had the idea to build a tree house, Peter and Ivey Bahouth immediately contacted friends with building expertise and started planning and gathering materials, such as old windows, doors, and shingles. “We had so many ideas -- we wanted a sitting room, a bedroom. We wanted a tin roof and a roof you could see through,” Peter says. To accommodate their wish list, Peter and Ivey constructed three separate tree houses
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It took me forever to wash his Army shirt he left me when he was deployed...I didn't want the smell of his cologne gone. I slept in that shirt almost every single night with a Teddy bear he got me that had his dog tags around it's neck. <3
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:) "The morning of my wedding i was handed this. Each one had a significant date. 1988 for the year he was born. 1990 for the year i was born. 2010 for the year we met and became a couple. 2012 for the year we got married. This would be a cute idea for an anniversary present, as well!
"Whenever we have play dates, the ball pit is one of the most popular hangouts in the playroom. Seriously the kids LOVE it! We've had this ball pit since Jake was 6 months old and it's still one of his favorite toys. You can easily make your own with an inflatable swimming pool and pit balls (we used 200). "
It's who we are -- which is what I keep telling my husband when he wants me to retire, but I've worked in ICU (at the same hospital) for over 42 years -- hard to walk away!
"This is Joseph. He has no parents. His mom died and his dad abandoned him. He is 6. He lives with his grandmother and 8 children. He had 3 other siblings who didn't make it because of HIV. When I was in Africa, Joseph was by my side every chance he could get. He wore the same clothes almost everyday and ran around on barefeet with a smile." #BestMissionTripPhoto Please vote for this entry in Share Your Best Mission Trip Photo of 2013 & Win!!
Whenever we ask a child to do something and he or she responds with "I'd love to!" then a pom pom goes in the jar. When it's full, we go out for frozen yogurt. We don't do it ALL the time, but it's an investment in a habit that has resulted in sweet responses (even without the yogurt). -April
Zachary was born at 23 weeks 6 days, weighing 1 lb 9 oz and 12 inches long. He had a very long and sickness filled NICU stay, but we were so blessed that he survived, a few times we thought we were going to loose him, and he proved everyone wrong. We are so thankful to the March of Dimes for the research they do, without ti Zach would not be here today.
Rick Genest was born in Montreal Canada and when he was 15 years old he underwent a exploratory surgery to remove a brain tumour. The doctor told him he had a 1 in 3 chance of living through the surgery, needless to say luck was on his side. Rick got his first tattoo at the age of 16 and then moved out of his parents house at the age of 17. At the age of 21 he met Montreal tattoo artist Frank Lewis and there he began his journey to transform him
My husband & I worked together making this potting bench ~ he had only a plan in his head & we put the plan to work! I wanted to wait until I had it all cutesy & finished to show you but I'm so proud of it! I will show it to you again when it's done.
Even after Fred's death, Molly continued to make those sweaters with the "F" on it. When George's son Freddie was old enough, George gave Freddie II all of Fred I's sweaters. It almost killed George to do so but afterwards whenever he saw his son wearing his brother's sweaters he was able to smile like he had when his brother was still alive.
I love the resurgence of Sherlock belief. But it's better this time I think, because we know he lives. It's not like when the stories were first published in the Strand and half of London went into mourning over the death of "the greatest man who ever lived." I think we've come to the point where we realize that Sherlock, in a way, is immortal. Why? Because we believe he is.
Slain Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog "Hawkeye" lies next to his casket during funeral services in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson was one of 30 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on August 6 when their helicopter was shot down during a mission to help fellow troops who had come under fire. 2011
Guys aren't hard to figure out, they seriously say what they mean, and act that way too. It's us girls that are the problems. We try to overthink what they actually meant, and we think we can change people... You can't change people. They change when the time is right, for them. If a guy says he likes you, he means it. If he doesn't like you, he doesn't and stop while you're ahead.
Princess Diana~I remember watching the wedding early in the morning. It's hard to believe she's gone. If any woman had a chance for happiness it was her. Her death broke the hearts of all the women of my generation. I was a senior in high school and we all watched her - a teen herself - marry a prince.
It's just so hard, especially when they take their own life. It hurts so bad, just trying to understand why? Only if he would have given a little more time, he would have recovered...we even offered him help.....just need to answer, why???
drunkenwords: I’m not much of a praying type, but I prayed to you, Cas, every night. I DON’T BELIEVE IN MUCH, BUT I BELIEVE IN YOU Oh God, can we just talk about this a little? Because Dean’s prayers to Cas are everything: They’re faith, born in the heart of a man who’s made every point how much he doesn’t give a crap about God. They’re hope, when Dean turns to look, looks around every time, even when chances are small.
This stunning boy is Mac! I still can't believe he has been in our rescue over 2 months and not adopted yet! He is perfect! Mac is a one year old 10lb Yorkie Shih Tzu mix. He LOVES LOVES LOVES children and everyone he meets. He really loves other dogs too. We would love to find Mac a home with another dog, kids and a yard to play in. To adopt Mac, please fill out an application on our website and email it back to us www.anarchyanimalrescue.org
I love how Molly is busy with her stuff, but then John and Sherlock just come out of nowhere and Sherlock's like 'Molly you're coming with us' and when she says she already has plans he just whips out those crisps, like 'it's all good. We got crisps.'<< UM can we appreciate that Sherlock HAD bags of crisps? He doesn't eat, I doubt he regularly carries chips for Jawn. He KNOWS when Molly goes for lunch, anticipated it. Doesn't care for the solar
Hi everyone and Happy Friday!! Can you believe it's just 4 days til Christmas?! Crazy, right? We got a TON of snow here yesterday- almost 12 inches. We were all very excited for a family snow day, but were a little sad that the wind was blowing so hard we couldn't go out and enjoy it very
Dr. Bethenia Owens, the West Coast's First Female Doctor. Amazing story. Married at 14, she tolerated a worthless husband for 4 years, until in 1858, he “whipped my baby (who was around 24 months old at the time) unmercifully, and struck and choked me.” Then she left him. And became an extremely hard working woman, teaching and dressmaking, sending her son George to Berkley when he was 14. He became a doctor. And then, she did too.
Chow Chow puppy - I had a Chow when I was a toddler. He taught me to walk...I would pull up on him and he would move oh so slowly so I could follow. When I was 5, someone in the neighborhood fed him ground glass and killed him. We never found out who did this to this sweet natured doggie.
We love Zumba so much that after doing Zumba 6 times a week plus Zumba parties almost every weekend, We had too much fun that now my Zumba sister Pam is in Time Out and wearing knee braces, but She had too much fun with Zumba. I really want her to go to the Zumba 2012 Convention in Orlando, Florida to meet sweet Beto in person.
Sonny Sixkiller--an American Indian professional football player, quarterback position, is a Cherokee Nation tribal member. He was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on September 6, 1951. His family moved to Ashland, Oregon, when he was about one year old. Sixkiller received a scholarship to the University of Washington. He became the starting quarterback for the Washington Huskies and held some fifteen school athletic records.
An anthropologist put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the children of an African tribe that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that when one could have had all the fruits for himself they said, "Ubuntu, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?" Ubuntu in the Xhosa culture means "I am because we are."
While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and keep them coming back for more. 1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect with you. 2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and customers. 3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!) Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups. 4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here. Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you started. And on that note... 5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers! 6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity. 7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog. 8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business 9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is 20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes. Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy, photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post. 10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my favorite posts. 11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry. We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for guest posting on theirs. 12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback about it! 13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the blog! Here's my example. 14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback. 15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event. Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments! Your readers will love reading about your experience and the workshop/conference may even share your post, too. 16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry. Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do. Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback! 17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always good to have a reason for people to get excited about your blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring them on the blog! 18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.) 19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them, and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date. 20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know" items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit. 21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer, write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs you use for project management and accounting. People are always on the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with them. 22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to waste. 23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old blog post and make use out of that content again. 24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make some revisions and post it again! 25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on Instagram and Pinterest. 26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who would love to know more about it, too. 27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this" story? Share it on your blog! 28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in your field who are just getting started. 29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!) 30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners. There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something distinctly you! 31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go. 32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to" post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem. 33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next idea... 34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and Young House Love always do this well. 35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what you do? What motivates you? 36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding after I officially launched my design services this past summer to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on your field? Share it on your blog! 37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and Awesome and Clara Conversations. 38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would probably love to see it on your blog. An example? This post by Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes. 39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great insight and information. 40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make before. 41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't accurate? Address them in a blog post! 42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them to vote on which design concepts they liked best. 43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month in Today's Top 3. 44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on organizing their email inbox. 45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received. This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience. 46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience. 47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free advertising for your portfolio. 48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your experience with another professional or a clients' experience with you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. 49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my personality outside of blogging and designing. 50. Create a long list of something specific to your trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point. That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have mentioned?