Monday, February 17, 2014

6 Care Packages for Spring

John's been home for eight months now! It feels like his homecoming was both so short a time and so long ago! Crazy, crazy, crazy! For those of you making care packages right now, you know how crazy it also feels to be working on boxes for the Spring when there's still snow on the ground. If you're stuck or need an idea, take some inspiration from the Springtime boxes I made last year. And remember, even though it seems dreary, snowy, and grey, Spring is coming!

(Click on each picture for detailed information about decorating and contents! I've got you covered!)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

4 Free Blogging Resources You Aren't Using (But Should Be!)

I've been blogging for a year and a half-- crazy, right? I finally feel like I have a perspective and that I've learned a lot of helpful information in that time. There are a lot of blogging resources out there, but here are four that I think are really useful, easy to use, and are worth your time! 

Giveaway Promote is a completely free clearinghouse for giveaways. (If you'd like increased exposure, there are other options that cost a little bit of cash. But being listed in their directory is totally free.) Provide some information and your link and reach a larger audience. I list each of my giveaways with Giveaway Promote and always see increased traffic after I do.  (If you love entering giveaways, it's also a great place to find them!) 

If you're a female blogger, you need to follow @FemaleBloggerRT on Twitter. Tag them in a post and they'll retweet it basically instantly to their 2,000 followers. They also choose a Female Blogger of the Week every week. It's a great way to get more eyeballs on your post and to find other fantastic writers and social media mavens! 

Full disclosure: I started the Blogging Collective for bloggers to gain more exposure and expand their audiences. Become a part of the Pinterest board-- pin your work and repin others' (they'll do the same). Think of it as a take-a-penny-leave-a-penny dish for blogging! If you'd like to be part of the board, follow it and email jomygosh [at] gmail [dot] com with your handle! 

4. 20SB
20 Something Bloggers is a forum for-- you guessed it-- 20 something bloggers! Because it's a niche site, it frequently has promotion and sponsored post opportunities that are actually attainable. (Remember my reviews of Little Failures and NatureBox? Both of those opportunities came from 20SB!)

What are your favorite blog resources?

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