Not done yet! It took nearly an hour to paste the paper strips down! Having too much fun, I guess. Next week we add details and bring it all to life! by graciela
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graciela Not done yet! It took nearly an hour to paste the paper strips down! Having too much fun, I guess. Next week we add details and bring it all to life!
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14 Easy Ways to Bring Your Scenes to Life // Something Delicious. We need easy ways to jazz up a scene, to beef it up a little without having to throw a dragon into the mix (though you could do that, too). If you’re suffering from writer’s block, pick one of these ideas and run with it. Worst case scenario, you and your character will have fun trying, you'll exercise your writing muscles, and you'll be that much closer to your daily word goal. ^_~ by graciela
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graciela 14 Easy Ways to Bring Your Scenes to Life // Something Delicious. We need easy ways to jazz up a scene, to beef it up a little without having to throw a dragon into the mix (though you could do that, too). If you’re suffering from writer’s block, pick one of these ideas and run with it. Worst case scenario, you and your character will have fun trying, you'll exercise your writing muscles, and you'll be that much closer to your daily word goal. ^_~
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Grilled Cheese Pull Apart Rolls  I gotta have these!!  I tried making these from this recipe and it didn't turn out right. It calls for too many rolls in the pan and too much butter. Also took an hour to cook thoroughly. Probably would've been good if sized down a bit. by TamidP
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TamidP Grilled Cheese Pull Apart Rolls I gotta have these!! I tried making these from this recipe and it didn't turn out right. It calls for too many rolls in the pan and too much butter. Also took an hour to cook thoroughly. Probably would've been good if sized down a bit.
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Thermomix.  I like it, coz I am a lazy cook. If someone is a super whiz in the kitchen it might not add much to their life. Mostly it's one dish to wash, chopping board and a knife....all goes in the dishwasher too! dinner just took me 2 minutes to make. by graciela
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graciela Thermomix. I like it, coz I am a lazy cook. If someone is a super whiz in the kitchen it might not add much to their life. Mostly it's one dish to wash, chopping board and a knife....all goes in the dishwasher too! dinner just took me 2 minutes to make.
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Our new family organizational system. Magnetic wipe off boards from Walmart $2 a piece. Used vinyl machine to add names and the words to do and done. Took pictures of the chores we have at our house and added a magnetic to the back. Mail slots and Menu board are from Walmart too. I just added the vinyl wording to them. So nice to have a spot for the kids to put the mail when they bring it in. by siofra
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siofra Our new family organizational system. Magnetic wipe off boards from Walmart $2 a piece. Used vinyl machine to add names and the words to do and done. Took pictures of the chores we have at our house and added a magnetic to the back. Mail slots and Menu board are from Walmart too. I just added the vinyl wording to them. So nice to have a spot for the kids to put the mail when they bring it in.
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Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets and unfulfilled dreams. There's too much uncertainty, cruelty and heartlessness. Take the time to slow the world down. Take the opportunity to smile and let someone know they make a difference. Don't be afraid to tell someone what they mean, what they bring to your life and more importantly, don't hestitate to love selflessly, without limits and believe that everything happens for a reason. Today might not be perfect, tomorrow might be another challenge, but you survived yesterday and gained experience. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, embrace it. Have faith that you've done enough and touched enough people that everything will work out. Nobody said that it would be easy, but through defeat, experience and triumph, you will find out who you are and it will all be worth it. by agnes
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agnes Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets and unfulfilled dreams. There's too much uncertainty, cruelty and heartlessness. Take the time to slow the world down. Take the opportunity to smile and let someone know they make a difference. Don't be afraid to tell someone what they mean, what they bring to your life and more importantly, don't hestitate to love selflessly, without limits and believe that everything happens for a reason. Today might not be perfect, tomorrow might be another challenge, but you survived yesterday and gained experience. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, embrace it. Have faith that you've done enough and touched enough people that everything will work out. Nobody said that it would be easy, but through defeat, experience and triumph, you will find out who you are and it will all be worth it.
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Simple #Vegan Broccoli Soup...stick to very few ingredients: garlic, oregano, chili powder and sunflower oil are heated together, add finely chopped broccoli after a minute, mix for a while, add vegetable broth mixed with water at the end. All together simmer...you'll figure out  when it's done!..and all the details..do not worry too much about the numbers and the exact timing..there isn't much that can go wrong with so few ingredients! by graciela
graciela
graciela Simple #Vegan Broccoli Soup...stick to very few ingredients: garlic, oregano, chili powder and sunflower oil are heated together, add finely chopped broccoli after a minute, mix for a while, add vegetable broth mixed with water at the end. All together simmer...you'll figure out when it's done!..and all the details..do not worry too much about the numbers and the exact timing..there isn't much that can go wrong with so few ingredients!
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Life is too short to worry about stupid things!  Have fun.  Regret nothing, and don't let people bring you down. by Cajunqueen73
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Cajunqueen73 Life is too short to worry about stupid things! Have fun. Regret nothing, and don't let people bring you down.
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T-Shirt quilt
T-Shirt Quilt

Using Clear square pattern, cut 30 t-shirts with rotary trimmer.

Buy Fabric for in between t-shirts
        And fabric for back of quilt
Buy batting for quilt enough for a queen size quilt 

Cut 4 – 4 1/2” x 90 strips (Set 2 strips aside)
Cut 9 – 2 1/2” x 90 strips (Set 4 strips aside)

Take remainder strips and cut into 14” pieces
10 – 4 1/2” x 14”
25 – 2 1/2” x 14”

keep extra pieces to add 4” to bottom of long strips

arrange t-shirt squares on floor 5 across and 5 down
(make sure there aren’t too many of the same color close together)

On the TOP of each t-shirt on the TOP row pin a 4 ½ x14 strip. Do the same on the BOTTOM of all the squares on the BOTTOM row.

Now pin a 2 ½ x 14 strip onto the top of all the other squares. 

It is helpful to pin a small piece of paper to the 1st square of each row  labeling the row.        1       2      3     4        5

Sew the strips onto the squares – be careful not to mix up the rows.

Now pin the rows downward to each other. Then sew.

Next pin a 4 ½ x 98”  strip to the outside row of row 1 and 5.  Then pin a 2 ½ x 98 strip to the other side of #1, 2, 3, & 4. Now you are ready to sew the strips together to the next row.

YOUR TOP IS DONE!

Take the fabric of the bottom and put right side up on the floor. Put the t-shirt top on upside down (Facing the other fabric) place the batting on top. PIN. Sew around all 4 sides leaving about 24” not sewn on the bottom.  Turn right side out. Top stitch around the outside edge of the quilt. You are now ready to tie the quilt or stitch around pictures on the t-shirts!

GOOD JOB! by leta
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leta T-Shirt quilt T-Shirt Quilt Using Clear square pattern, cut 30 t-shirts with rotary trimmer. Buy Fabric for in between t-shirts And fabric for back of quilt Buy batting for quilt enough for a queen size quilt Cut 4 – 4 1/2” x 90 strips (Set 2 strips aside) Cut 9 – 2 1/2” x 90 strips (Set 4 strips aside) Take remainder strips and cut into 14” pieces 10 – 4 1/2” x 14” 25 – 2 1/2” x 14” keep extra pieces to add 4” to bottom of long strips arrange t-shirt squares on floor 5 across and 5 down (make sure there aren’t too many of the same color close together) On the TOP of each t-shirt on the TOP row pin a 4 ½ x14 strip. Do the same on the BOTTOM of all the squares on the BOTTOM row. Now pin a 2 ½ x 14 strip onto the top of all the other squares. It is helpful to pin a small piece of paper to the 1st square of each row labeling the row. 1 2 3 4 5 Sew the strips onto the squares – be careful not to mix up the rows. Now pin the rows downward to each other. Then sew. Next pin a 4 ½ x 98” strip to the outside row of row 1 and 5. Then pin a 2 ½ x 98 strip to the other side of #1, 2, 3, & 4. Now you are ready to sew the strips together to the next row. YOUR TOP IS DONE! Take the fabric of the bottom and put right side up on the floor. Put the t-shirt top on upside down (Facing the other fabric) place the batting on top. PIN. Sew around all 4 sides leaving about 24” not sewn on the bottom. Turn right side out. Top stitch around the outside edge of the quilt. You are now ready to tie the quilt or stitch around pictures on the t-shirts! GOOD JOB!
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Come seek us where our voices sound, We cannot sing above the ground, And while you’re searching ponder this; We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, An hour long you’ll have to look, And to recover what we took, But past an hour, the prospect’s black, Too late it’s gone, it won’t come back. by charmaine
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charmaine Come seek us where our voices sound, We cannot sing above the ground, And while you’re searching ponder this; We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, An hour long you’ll have to look, And to recover what we took, But past an hour, the prospect’s black, Too late it’s gone, it won’t come back.
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Superbowl Football Party Recipes 2_  Well my excitement for football has gone way down this week with the dramatic loss of the Seahawks… BUT… not my taste for football food!  Today I bring you ” Superbowl Football Party Recipes 2 ”  In case you missed it, the first 10 recipes were shared last week HERE.  Now, we have a bunch more to share because we know YOU love football food too! by Sabrina Hubbard
Sabrina Hubbard
Sabrina Hubbard Superbowl Football Party Recipes 2_ Well my excitement for football has gone way down this week with the dramatic loss of the Seahawks… BUT… not my taste for football food! Today I bring you ” Superbowl Football Party Recipes 2 ” In case you missed it, the first 10 recipes were shared last week HERE. Now, we have a bunch more to share because we know YOU love football food too!
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Come seek us where our voices sound, We cannot sing above the ground, And while you’re searching ponder this; We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, An hour long you’ll have to look, And to recover what we took, But past an hour, the prospect’s black, Too late it’s gone, it won’t come back. by charmaine
charmaine
charmaine Come seek us where our voices sound, We cannot sing above the ground, And while you’re searching ponder this; We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, An hour long you’ll have to look, And to recover what we took, But past an hour, the prospect’s black, Too late it’s gone, it won’t come back.
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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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I love making wreaths, it's fun experimenting with different greenery and flowers! We thought it would be fun to add eucalyptus to this one, it not only smells amazing but it dries really nice too! We went to Whole Foods and picked out a few different florals, they always have a great selection. It's festive without having any traditional holiday garland which is a bit fun, it's just simple and pretty. Last year we made a big holiday wreath using only findings from our backyard, so you... by amparo
amparo
amparo I love making wreaths, it's fun experimenting with different greenery and flowers! We thought it would be fun to add eucalyptus to this one, it not only smells amazing but it dries really nice too! We went to Whole Foods and picked out a few different florals, they always have a great selection. It's festive without having any traditional holiday garland which is a bit fun, it's just simple and pretty. Last year we made a big holiday wreath using only findings from our backyard, so you...
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Consider this done for next week! Do an art project with colours and lines, then cut it up and glue back on paper in a new arrangement. by carlene
carlene
carlene Consider this done for next week! Do an art project with colours and lines, then cut it up and glue back on paper in a new arrangement.
Craft Ideas
having too much fun with this site by fifi luis
fifi luis
fifi luis having too much fun with this site
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German Shorthair Pointer puppy. We saw some of these puppies for sale recently and it took everything in me not to bring one home! So sweet <3 by terri
terri
terri German Shorthair Pointer puppy. We saw some of these puppies for sale recently and it took everything in me not to bring one home! So sweet <3
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Rose gold is a must for you if you want to bring some color to your life without it becoming too much. Subtle, cute and romantic it will bring great vibes not only for special occasions but also in your daily life. Try it in different variations and shine bright as a diamond. #rosegold #color inspiration #makeup #naildesigns #jewelery #wedding by graciela
graciela
graciela Rose gold is a must for you if you want to bring some color to your life without it becoming too much. Subtle, cute and romantic it will bring great vibes not only for special occasions but also in your daily life. Try it in different variations and shine bright as a diamond. #rosegold #color inspiration #makeup #naildesigns #jewelery #wedding
Spend
Having a great life takes time, but its not impossible, we just have to work on it!! by lidia
lidia
lidia Having a great life takes time, but its not impossible, we just have to work on it!!
Lovers
This playroom is awesome! I hope we have a space soon do something fun for the kiddos before they're to big to appreciate/enjoy having it. Little ones deserve a place in the house all their own too! by krystal
krystal
krystal This playroom is awesome! I hope we have a space soon do something fun for the kiddos before they're to big to appreciate/enjoy having it. Little ones deserve a place in the house all their own too!
My Own Two Hands
Well Arent We Having Fun NOT!!! by Dollar Store Crafter
Dollar Store Crafter
Dollar Store Crafter Well Arent We Having Fun NOT!!!
Smiles
Why we school at home, there is too much fun to be had to miss out on any by sitting at desks at school most of the week. by Pikssik
Pikssik
Pikssik Why we school at home, there is too much fun to be had to miss out on any by sitting at desks at school most of the week.
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Blogger\Photographer says:   I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here. by rachelle
rachelle
rachelle Blogger\Photographer says: I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here.
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10 Things you need to know today. I don’t know if you went through a life-altering event, a fun-filled week, or if it was mundane and like any other week. I do know that we can’t go back and change the past. Yesterday is done. But we can be present today and make changes that will impact the future. by katheryn
katheryn
katheryn 10 Things you need to know today. I don’t know if you went through a life-altering event, a fun-filled week, or if it was mundane and like any other week. I do know that we can’t go back and change the past. Yesterday is done. But we can be present today and make changes that will impact the future.
Food I Love
Hmm...runwayon a roll of packing/craft/ mailing paper...I KNOW there's a fun activity to be done with this...I'm just not sure what yet... by harriett
harriett
harriett Hmm...runwayon a roll of packing/craft/ mailing paper...I KNOW there's a fun activity to be done with this...I'm just not sure what yet...
Movies
The best knights are when you're having too much fun to take pictures. by lakeisha
lakeisha
lakeisha The best knights are when you're having too much fun to take pictures.
Photography.
[Not done yet] Witness an eclipse. by elvia
elvia
elvia [Not done yet] Witness an eclipse.
Before My Time
Life with dysautonomia is the constant battle between wanting to have fun and not wanting to spend the next week in bed. by sheri
sheri
sheri Life with dysautonomia is the constant battle between wanting to have fun and not wanting to spend the next week in bed.
Dance is good for the soul
Have you gotten your holiday shopping done yet? Don’t worry, me neither. Every time I think I’m done, there’s someone else I need to add to my list. Well, once we both get it together, I’m here to help you with some simple DIY gift wrapping ideas. I love keeping it minimalist and elegant, so all of these ideas use the same brown paper and stuff I had lying around the house (literally). It was so fun creating these different styles, which one is your favorite? […] by dorthy
dorthy
dorthy Have you gotten your holiday shopping done yet? Don’t worry, me neither. Every time I think I’m done, there’s someone else I need to add to my list. Well, once we both get it together, I’m here to help you with some simple DIY gift wrapping ideas. I love keeping it minimalist and elegant, so all of these ideas use the same brown paper and stuff I had lying around the house (literally). It was so fun creating these different styles, which one is your favorite? […]
Gowns
Feeling burned out? Life can get pretty hectic sometimes, and as moms, we are often guilty of burning the candle at both ends in order to get things done. But how much is too much? Don't miss these 20 signs you're pushing yourself too hard--your health and your sanity might just depend on it! by bonita
bonita
bonita Feeling burned out? Life can get pretty hectic sometimes, and as moms, we are often guilty of burning the candle at both ends in order to get things done. But how much is too much? Don't miss these 20 signs you're pushing yourself too hard--your health and your sanity might just depend on it!
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Quick and easy homemade word work activity! Great for Daily Five or literacy centers. Suggested materials: a stencil, magnetic letters, laminated sentence strips and Fountas & Pinnell word cards. It took me about an hour to make 4 sets. :) by irenepo
irenepo
irenepo Quick and easy homemade word work activity! Great for Daily Five or literacy centers. Suggested materials: a stencil, magnetic letters, laminated sentence strips and Fountas & Pinnell word cards. It took me about an hour to make 4 sets. :)
Blackboard