No-Longer-Empty Nest: Making the Transition

3 essential tips for no longer empty nesters

My husband and I were empty-nesters for about a year. I was used to cooking smaller meals. I was enjoying the freedom to be more spontaneous with scheduling. Now, one of our flock, our youngest, is back for a few months. We have a no-longer-empty nest, and the transition was a bit of a challenge. … Read more

Encouraging Bloggers with the Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award 2019 Nomination The Liebster Award is an internet award given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster, in German, means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Encouraging bloggers is the goal of this award, and I was surprised and honored to have been nominated by Emma at Moving … Read more

Secret Blogger Confessions: Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone!

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I’ve been blogging for about five months now, and I’ve told very few people who know me in person about my blog. I’m not sure why this is, except I just haven’t felt ready to make a big announcement. I’ve read about other bloggers who invite their friends to subscribe or share their blog posts … Read more

Awesome Free Graphic Design Tool for Bloggers

If you spend enough time on Pinterest, you might begin to notice that many pins contain the same cover image. That’s because many bloggers use Canva, a popular free graphic design tool to design their Pinterest graphics, as well as their graphics for other social media platforms. Where else can bloggers go to find high-quality … Read more

Make Tough Days Better by Doing These 3 Things

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You wake up in the morning and you just know it’s going to be a tough day. Maybe it’s your first day back at work after vacation. Maybe you’re not feeling well or you didn’t get much sleep. Here are three simple strategies to make tough days better. Give the Day to God I can’t … Read more

Blogger Encouragement: 5 Easy Boosts to a Blogger’s Day

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With about one billion websites and blogs in the world today (according to a recent article at, it’s extremely tough for a blogger to feel as if anyone is paying attention. If you are a friend of a blogger, have a blogger in your family, or are a blogger yourself, what can you do … Read more

Best Free Screen Recorder Pick

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I really want to improve the quality of the videos I make for YouTube, but I’m not ready to spend a lot of (or any) money. My professional goal for work this year is to create at least five video tutorials for my school staff and students. These tutorials will be used as instructional resources … Read more

Holiday Gift Guide for Forgetful Families

These 8 awesome gift ideas will make the holidays happy for someone on your list. Gifts for foodies, gardeners, TV series binge-watchers, booklovers and those who need to relax are included on this list. Make someone's Christmas special with a selection from this holiday gift guide. #giftguide #giftideas #giftsforbooklovers #giftsforcooks #giftsforgardeners #giftsformom #giftguide2019 #practicalgiftguide #giftguideforher #thebestgiftguide #bestgiftideas #bestgifts #creativegifts #usefulgifts

Whenever someone asks me what I would like to receive as a gift, I have a hard time thinking of ideas on the spur of the moment. I also have a difficult time remembering my gift ideas for others unless I write them down. I decided to make this holiday gift guide as a preemptive … Read more

Blogger Award Nominations Give Encouragement

I have been fortunate enough to have received another blogger award nomination, for which I’m very grateful. Wendy Wallace, of the One Exceptional Life blog, and Traci Heaps, of the New Adventures Ahead blog, both nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you, Wendy and Traci! If you haven’t ever read any of Wendy’s … Read more

Infographic Design Made Easy with Easelly

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When I scroll through Pinterest, my attention is often snagged by posts with infographics. Infographics are useful if you have statistics to report in a blog post, or if you want to present a list in an eye-catching format. As an educator as well as a blogger, I’m always looking for colorful ways to present … Read more

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