Wall Mural, Isn't this a great idea...For that little boy...Put your little boy in front...Find a good artist and have it done.... by tami
tami
tami Wall Mural, Isn't this a great idea...For that little boy...Put your little boy in front...Find a good artist and have it done....
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tutorial: jeweled heart: I really like this idea for a grandmothers/mothers old jewelry that is passed down after they are done with it or have passed away...great way to put it to good use and remember the person they all belonged too!!! by Divonsir Borges
Divonsir Borges
Divonsir Borges tutorial: jeweled heart: I really like this idea for a grandmothers/mothers old jewelry that is passed down after they are done with it or have passed away...great way to put it to good use and remember the person they all belonged too!!!
FINA DEKORASAO
numbered balloons-- hide them around a room or the house and have your child find them. the only stipulation is that they HAVE TO find them in order. so, if they find 1, then 4, they have to put 4 back and keep searching for 2, then 3, THEN go back for 4. great for teaching number identification...i see this as a good ending/culminating activity. by tanisha
tanisha
tanisha numbered balloons-- hide them around a room or the house and have your child find them. the only stipulation is that they HAVE TO find them in order. so, if they find 1, then 4, they have to put 4 back and keep searching for 2, then 3, THEN go back for 4. great for teaching number identification...i see this as a good ending/culminating activity.
Kid Activities
Painted chairs flower pots - I've done this. Purchase chairs that need new seating at yard/garage sales for $2.00, then paint and put your flower put right in the seat area.  GREAT IDEA - when you need to toss the chair due to weather beating it up - you didn't spend a whole lot of money. by maria.t.rogers
maria.t.rogers
maria.t.rogers Painted chairs flower pots - I've done this. Purchase chairs that need new seating at yard/garage sales for $2.00, then paint and put your flower put right in the seat area. GREAT IDEA - when you need to toss the chair due to weather beating it up - you didn't spend a whole lot of money.
Gardening/Landscaping
Get lost in this field where grass grows knee high, where there are endless blue skies, and where yellow daisies blossom. This gorgeous scene featured in our removable and reusable wall mural is a great idea for those that like to go bold when it comes to decorating. Starting at $85 this wall art can be customized to any size of your choice. by tami
tami
tami Get lost in this field where grass grows knee high, where there are endless blue skies, and where yellow daisies blossom. This gorgeous scene featured in our removable and reusable wall mural is a great idea for those that like to go bold when it comes to decorating. Starting at $85 this wall art can be customized to any size of your choice.
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An excellent coach is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget - Quote Saying PERSONALIZED Printable Coach Gift Chalkboard Wall Art by Jalipeno on Etsy. The perfect group coach gift idea for that special coach in your life - Print it, put it in a frame and have the players sign the mat for a gift that's sure to make your coach tear up! Check the shop for more printable retirement gifts / thank you gifts / mentor gifts / goodbye gifts! by myra
myra
myra An excellent coach is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget - Quote Saying PERSONALIZED Printable Coach Gift Chalkboard Wall Art by Jalipeno on Etsy. The perfect group coach gift idea for that special coach in your life - Print it, put it in a frame and have the players sign the mat for a gift that's sure to make your coach tear up! Check the shop for more printable retirement gifts / thank you gifts / mentor gifts / goodbye gifts!
Valentine Ideas Gifts
•❈• Do you have an old door?  Did you find one and are saving it for a project in the future?  Well if you answered yes to either question...maybe a version of this might be the perfect project.  Just take the idea and run with it...put your spin...style and color palette on it and I bet you will have a new treasure! by Grant Avenue Florist
Grant Avenue Florist
Grant Avenue Florist •❈• Do you have an old door? Did you find one and are saving it for a project in the future? Well if you answered yes to either question...maybe a version of this might be the perfect project. Just take the idea and run with it...put your spin...style and color palette on it and I bet you will have a new treasure!
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Desk arrangement all done! This is a great idea for classrooms that have desks. by diann
diann
diann Desk arrangement all done! This is a great idea for classrooms that have desks.
For the Kitchen
A standard garment bag is great for storing rolls of wrapping paper. Instead of keeping that paper in a box where it can be smashed, just put the rolls in a garment bag and hang it in your coat closet or wherever you have room. It takes up little space and will help to protect your paper from damage by wendi
wendi
wendi A standard garment bag is great for storing rolls of wrapping paper. Instead of keeping that paper in a box where it can be smashed, just put the rolls in a garment bag and hang it in your coat closet or wherever you have room. It takes up little space and will help to protect your paper from damage
When I have time...
We all know prepping can be very expensive. It doesn’t have to be. This is a great article showing you how to get started in your long term food storage for under $300. This is a good base that you could put together in a single day that would keep you fed for a long … Continue reading » by irma
irma
irma We all know prepping can be very expensive. It doesn’t have to be. This is a great article showing you how to get started in your long term food storage for under $300. This is a good base that you could put together in a single day that would keep you fed for a long … Continue reading »
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Include your friendly little pets in the wall of fame with this DIY idea: put paint on a plate, place the paw in it then stamp it on white paper, write your pets name with a marker and hang. by joni
joni
joni Include your friendly little pets in the wall of fame with this DIY idea: put paint on a plate, place the paw in it then stamp it on white paper, write your pets name with a marker and hang.
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A cute onsie for a little boy. Boy clothes are hard to find/make and this is a perfect idea! by antoinette
antoinette
antoinette A cute onsie for a little boy. Boy clothes are hard to find/make and this is a perfect idea!
Insides
Mosaic Lizard: These bright lizard pictures look great pinned on the kitchen fridge. And they are so straightforward to produce that with a little preparation toddlers and preschoolers will have no trouble with this activity. A great project for a "Letter L" theme in the classroom - or a quick and easy activity to entertain your little artist. by linda
linda
linda Mosaic Lizard: These bright lizard pictures look great pinned on the kitchen fridge. And they are so straightforward to produce that with a little preparation toddlers and preschoolers will have no trouble with this activity. A great project for a "Letter L" theme in the classroom - or a quick and easy activity to entertain your little artist.
Paper Design
"""I just heard a Great idea for teaching children the difference between saying thoughts and thinking thoughts. First the kids get to squeeze out a travel size tube of toothpaste and make a mess. Then have them try to put the toothpaste back in the tube. They will of course find it impossible to do and it is a great way to illustrate that we can't take back words that are hurtful to others.""" by celia
celia
celia """I just heard a Great idea for teaching children the difference between saying thoughts and thinking thoughts. First the kids get to squeeze out a travel size tube of toothpaste and make a mess. Then have them try to put the toothpaste back in the tube. They will of course find it impossible to do and it is a great way to illustrate that we can't take back words that are hurtful to others."""
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DIY Button brads - cool idea! I have done this and it is a great way to get buttons to stay on your cards, scrapbook pages or crafts. by aimee
aimee
aimee DIY Button brads - cool idea! I have done this and it is a great way to get buttons to stay on your cards, scrapbook pages or crafts.
Reception ideas
GREAT IDEA!  Put a few 20 dollars bills in the album a year and give it to your child as a graduation gift. That way you don't drain your bank account as graduation gets closer, you have already started saving for it since the birth! by Kim Paige
Kim Paige
Kim Paige GREAT IDEA! Put a few 20 dollars bills in the album a year and give it to your child as a graduation gift. That way you don't drain your bank account as graduation gets closer, you have already started saving for it since the birth!
little ones
Asking Questions Chart! I love this brightly colored anchor chart. Great idea to have a board already made. You could put it in the library center with sticky notes and have students do the activity on their own after you have done it as a class. by kim Wallett
kim Wallett
kim Wallett Asking Questions Chart! I love this brightly colored anchor chart. Great idea to have a board already made. You could put it in the library center with sticky notes and have students do the activity on their own after you have done it as a class.
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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? by Joao.Almeida.d.Eca
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Joao.Almeida.d.Eca 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?
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Wrap an aluminum foil box and put muffins in it for gifts ~ OMGosh is this a great idea or what?! by T-Time
T-Time
T-Time Wrap an aluminum foil box and put muffins in it for gifts ~ OMGosh is this a great idea or what?!
Susans Free Comparing Monsters - an Activity for I Need My Monster There are a variety of great language skill building activities that can be done with any book you read in your classroom. On the way to understanding complete story elements and construction students need to be able to describe characters and settings and to compare and contrast two or more of each. I usually begin a discussion of comparing and contrasting by having students use two shirts they can see in the classroom at the time two students; anything they can visually reference and find familiar. We then apply the same skills to comparing the characters in the book. A great book for comparing and contrasting is I Need My Monster by Amanda NollandHoward McWilliam I created this comparison chart for a student of mine. I hope you find it helpful too. Just drag it to your desktop and print. Have fun and Keep on Talking! Find me at Kidz Learn Language by graciela
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graciela Susans Free Comparing Monsters - an Activity for I Need My Monster There are a variety of great language skill building activities that can be done with any book you read in your classroom. On the way to understanding complete story elements and construction students need to be able to describe characters and settings and to compare and contrast two or more of each. I usually begin a discussion of comparing and contrasting by having students use two shirts they can see in the classroom at the time two students; anything they can visually reference and find familiar. We then apply the same skills to comparing the characters in the book. A great book for comparing and contrasting is I Need My Monster by Amanda NollandHoward McWilliam I created this comparison chart for a student of mine. I hope you find it helpful too. Just drag it to your desktop and print. Have fun and Keep on Talking! Find me at Kidz Learn Language
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Holes in your Toms? Give them a makeover! (via Her New Leaf)  I don't have Toms (yet) but I know people that do and this seems like a good idea for helping them last a bit longer. Looks cute, too. It's not sewing, but I didn't know what other category to put this under. by rebecca2
rebecca2
rebecca2 Holes in your Toms? Give them a makeover! (via Her New Leaf) I don't have Toms (yet) but I know people that do and this seems like a good idea for helping them last a bit longer. Looks cute, too. It's not sewing, but I didn't know what other category to put this under.
The Look
Great idea for a stump in the yard. This actually works great. I have done this with Hostas, successfully.... by hallie
hallie
hallie Great idea for a stump in the yard. This actually works great. I have done this with Hostas, successfully....
Things to do
Numbersearches! Choose a number, write it in the middle box. Kids search vertically, horizontally and diagonally to find addends that equal the number. In 2nd grade we use this for numbers 7-20. It's a great "sponge" when you have a few spare minutes! I put a blank copy on my Pinterest page. (Bell work) by KruJent Sies
KruJent Sies
KruJent Sies Numbersearches! Choose a number, write it in the middle box. Kids search vertically, horizontally and diagonally to find addends that equal the number. In 2nd grade we use this for numbers 7-20. It's a great "sponge" when you have a few spare minutes! I put a blank copy on my Pinterest page. (Bell work)
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I haven’t gone to great lengths to source items for the washroom renovation yet. Truthfully I find that process terribly stressful. The washroom is super small, so we are in a conundrum when it comes to finding pieces that will work. When I get back from New York I’ll put some effort into sourcing local items, but in the meantime I have been pinning inspirational pictures to get an idea for what may work and look good in our uber small washroom. Here are some inspirational pictures that I’v... by charmaine
charmaine
charmaine I haven’t gone to great lengths to source items for the washroom renovation yet. Truthfully I find that process terribly stressful. The washroom is super small, so we are in a conundrum when it comes to finding pieces that will work. When I get back from New York I’ll put some effort into sourcing local items, but in the meantime I have been pinning inspirational pictures to get an idea for what may work and look good in our uber small washroom. Here are some inspirational pictures that I’v...
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Road trip food kit, and other tips for traveling with kids. (Well, why leave it just for kids? This is a great idea adults who have long road trips, too. I bet I could find even healthier foods to put in the tackle box.) by veronica.cool.75
veronica.cool.75
veronica.cool.75 Road trip food kit, and other tips for traveling with kids. (Well, why leave it just for kids? This is a great idea adults who have long road trips, too. I bet I could find even healthier foods to put in the tackle box.)
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This is a great recipe for when you just have a little bit of time to prepare dinner. All the prep work can be done while the noodles are boiling - and that includes freshly shredding your own cheese! by deirdre
deirdre
deirdre This is a great recipe for when you just have a little bit of time to prepare dinner. All the prep work can be done while the noodles are boiling - and that includes freshly shredding your own cheese!
EASY ON THE EYES
This isn't a joke. It's all 100% and you all need to have it in your soul or else the good guys are going to lose by shackleford
shackleford
shackleford This isn't a joke. It's all 100% and you all need to have it in your soul or else the good guys are going to lose
Freedom
Many women that I train want results but do not want to put in the work. I have to explain to them that if they want the best results, cross training(weight training & cardio training) is something that has to be done. No matter how much you hate doing cardio it is very important, especially for women. This is a great interval treadmill workout I show women that will definitely give you awesome results in your glutes. by marina
marina
marina Many women that I train want results but do not want to put in the work. I have to explain to them that if they want the best results, cross training(weight training & cardio training) is something that has to be done. No matter how much you hate doing cardio it is very important, especially for women. This is a great interval treadmill workout I show women that will definitely give you awesome results in your glutes.
she's crafty
Great idea for camping on your remote property. High and dry. Set it 3-4 blocks higher and have lots of storage space 'below deck'. Make the platform longer and put up a dining canopy (mosquito netting). Quite inexpensive, 1 day to build & that elevated, pressure treated wood will last for years(!). (This was the photographer's home for 3 1/2 months while white-water rafting in West Virginia.) by allisonn
allisonn
allisonn Great idea for camping on your remote property. High and dry. Set it 3-4 blocks higher and have lots of storage space 'below deck'. Make the platform longer and put up a dining canopy (mosquito netting). Quite inexpensive, 1 day to build & that elevated, pressure treated wood will last for years(!). (This was the photographer's home for 3 1/2 months while white-water rafting in West Virginia.)
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Created a hole in wall and put in shelves. Great idea for small bathrooms. by lacy
lacy
lacy Created a hole in wall and put in shelves. Great idea for small bathrooms.
Home sweet home
LOVE this idea. Wrap a Christmas book and put it under the tree each morning. You then have a Christmas story to read each day (for as many days as you'd like). Also, a list of great Christmas books for little ones. Our elf brought these last Christmas. After read, we passed it on to someone else. - Click image to find more DIY & Crafts Pinterest pins by lois
lois
lois LOVE this idea. Wrap a Christmas book and put it under the tree each morning. You then have a Christmas story to read each day (for as many days as you'd like). Also, a list of great Christmas books for little ones. Our elf brought these last Christmas. After read, we passed it on to someone else. - Click image to find more DIY & Crafts Pinterest pins
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