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14 Posts that Rocked the Blog in 2014

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Best of 2014: the posts that rocked the blog this year!

I've spent 2 hours attempting to write this opening paragraph. Not because I have anything life-changing to say, but rather I can't seem to find the right balance between sharing what an incredible year it's been and conveying my deepest gratitude to YOU who made it all possible. I mean, do I scream at the top of my lungs "here's the most popular posts on my blog this year!" or shyly say "golly gee, these posts did pretty well I suppose". What I really want to say is "I LOVE MY JOB WITH ALL MY … [Read more...]

Great Gifts for Bloggers {Holiday Gift Guide}

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GREAT tech gifts for bloggers-- take your blog to the next level with these great gift ideas!

This year was a big turning point for me professionally. I've worked hard over the past 5 years to turn a hobby blog into one that generates enough income to make me not feel guilty about working on it. ;-) It's a dream come true to create content, craft, write, cook, travel, photograph, and decorate-- and be able to share it here, as my job! That being said, it is hard work. There's been many sacrifices (I don't think I've sat down to watch tv without a laptop in hand since 2009, and I'm often … [Read more...]

Tips for Amazing Holiday Photos

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Tips for Amazing Holiday Photos

At the risk of breaking into song, it's truly the most wonderful time of the year, isn't it? There are so many natural, candid moments for capturing photos of the ones you love, with plenty of posed photo opps sprinkled in where (most) kids will usually smile-- on Santa's lap, opening gifts, hanging that special ornament on the perfect lighted tree. However since the days are short and the nights are dark, plus there's different types of lighting EVERY.WHERE., holiday photography can get … [Read more...]

Beaches Turks & Caicos: 10 Things to Know Before you Go

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10 things to know before you go to Beaches Turks & Caicos

For the past 15 years, visiting Turks & Caicos (a string of islands located in the Caribbean, about an hour's plane ride away from Miami) has been on my bucket list. For over a decade I've been dreaming about the white sand beaches, stunningly clear aqua ocean, famous reefs, and incredible hospitality. When I was invited to attend the Social Media on the Sand conference in Turks & Caicos mid-October, I simply could not resist. While this trip was not free, my family and I enjoyed a … [Read more...]

Free Printable Password Organizer

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Free Printable Password Organizer: makes keeping passwords safe a cinch! via www.makinglemonadeblog.com #printable #organizing

This Heartbleed virus thing-a-majig is pretty frightening, isn't it?  On a scale of 1 to 10, they're rating it an 11 (YIKES!) so I spent the better part of yesterday working on backing up both my blog and laptop and getting ready to change passwords.  You just don't know how difficult a breach is until you've experienced it... and people everywhere are experiencing it, especially blogs. In order to keep myself organized, I created a printable password organizer to keep track of usernames, … [Read more...]