Category: Tips and Resources

How to Hide a Pinterest Image in your Blog Post

How to Hide a Pinterest Image in your Blog Post

I get it.  Pinterest images are HUGE. And sometimes they just don’t look that great in your post. Would you rather hide Pinterest images in your blog posts?   Images that are Pinterest-optimized are big and tall and beautiful, but they do take up a lot of visual space in your blog post. This isn’t always a problem, especially when you use these images to break up text and have the blog visually skimmable. I sometimes put my largest image, or one of them if I have several Pinnable images, at the bottom of the post. Like I did with […]

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Nanny Interview Questions, Free Printable Checklist

Nanny Interview Questions, Free Printable Checklist

Preparing for your Nanny Interview Selecting someone to take care of your children is not an easy feat. You’re typically going to be interviewing strangers, so you have to ask the right questions and get a good feeling about the person you choose to hire. There are some categories of questions you should focus on, and these can give you ideas of additional questions to ask. General Background Questions These are the usual starter questions for someone you will interview, so a nanny interview is no different. Ask her about herself, her hobbies and interests. Ask her why she wants […]

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Blogging and Taxes – Free Income and Expenses Workbook

Blogging and Taxes – Free Income and Expenses Workbook

If you earn an income from your blog, you’ll have to claim that on your taxes. (In the US, that means if you earn more than $400 from your blog, you should include it on your taxes.) The best way to keep track of everything relating to blogging taxes is in a spreadsheet. You know me, I’m an Engineer and I love spreadsheets. Formulas and summary tables and visibly displayed data, oh my! So because I’m so awesome, I decided to provide my lovely readers with a Blogging Income and Expenses workbook to use in keeping track of your own blog’s data. General […]

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Earning Income as a Part-Time Blogger

Earning Income as a Part-Time Blogger

I mentioned in my lessons learned during the past year of blogging post that I’ve been working on monetizing this blog and that I wanted to share my experience with my readers. So here I am sharing the different ways I monetize, and I will share my commentary on how successful (or not) I’ve been. I consider myself a hobby blogger, but people seem to hate that term nowadays so let’s go with “part-time” blogger instead. Since I have a full-time career job, this blog (and the book blog) are just my side projects. They started out as a hobby […]

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Tips to Help You Sleep Better

Tips to Help You Sleep Better

Did my lovely readers have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving with your families?  According to an article on The Huffington Post, tech users reported sleeping an extra 27 minutes on Thanksgiving Day. What do you think, did you get to sleep more? This is my second Thanksgiving post baby, and while I can say it was more restful than the first one with a brand new baby, it still was a bit exhausting with the 8-hour round trip drive to my sister-in-law’s. I definitely understand the food coma causing folks to take a nap, or maybe call it an early […]

Posted November 28, 2015 by Julie in Health, Tips and Resources, / 6 Comments
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HTML Tip: How to Create a Custom Style for Text Boxes

HTML Tip: How to Create a Custom Style for Text Boxes

In this post, I will show you two options for controlling the size and colors of a text box on your post. Example 1: Specify Blockquote Style Example 2: Add a Class to a DIV   Example 1: Specify Blockquote Style I like to use the blockquote feature to highlight special text or a writing prompt, and I have styled my blockquote accordingly. The reason I choose to use the blockquote to emphasize specific text, is it already indents and differentiates the text, allowing me to only need to add customization in the colors used. In the screenshot below, the area […]

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Flying With Frozen Breast Milk

Flying With Frozen Breast Milk

I recently had to fly back to California to help with a funeral for my Grandmother, and I chose to go alone, leaving Baby H with Hubby at home. This was my first time being away from the baby, so I had to pump and freeze the 3 days I was gone. I wanted to share some quick tips based on what I learned during that experience. Pumping and Freezing Breast Milk I brought my pump as a carry-on (kind of a guard it with your life and don’t trust the luggage people situation) even though I didn’t actually pump on […]

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5 Tips to fight the Mommy Guilt

5 Tips to fight the Mommy Guilt

Mommy guilt is a topic new Moms get familiar with pretty quickly. There is so much we want to do for our child, think we should be doing, and yet aren’t able to for whatever reason. I think we are being unfair to ourselves for allowing ourselves to feel all this guilt. Tips to fight the Mommy Guilt   Get out of your own head! Most of the guilt is caused by your own brain over-analyzing things and telling you what you should be doing and comparing it to what you’re not. Let your heart lead, and if your heart […]

Posted September 21, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, Tips and Resources, TopPosts, / 151 Comments
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How to create a Pinnable image using Fotor

How to create a Pinnable image using Fotor

Have you heard of Fotor’s graphic design tool. This tool requires flash player. I’ll try to keep this simple, ’cause we know a tutorial on how to make a pinnable image can get very detailed and involved very quickly. Click on “Get Started” on the main graphic design page, and you’ll be able to pick what type of image to create. We know that longer, larger images look best on Pinterest, so we want to pick the “Poster” option. Then you can pick an awesome template from the scrolling options on the left. I picked the one that says Antique […]

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Tips for Buying Maternity Clothes and How to Avoid Common Shopping Mistakes

Tips for Buying Maternity Clothes and How to Avoid Common Shopping Mistakes

While being pregnant is one of the greatest joys in your life, it may not feel like it when you feel like you’re carrying around a beach ball and don’t feel like going anywhere. Here are some maternity shopping tips so you can accentuate your best features and not fall into common maternity shopping mistakes. We all know that looking stylish regularly can be overwhelming at times, but this often seems like a major feat when you’re pregnant. You have this tiny little baby bump that you want to show off when you’re newly pregnant, and then suddenly it expands […]

Posted September 5, 2015 by Julie in Guest Posts, Pregnancy, Sponsored, Tips and Resources, / 2 Comments
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