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Blogger 101: Best Resources All in One

Genius Bloggers ToolkitMy Blogging Journey

I started this blogging thing after my oldest daughter was born, because it was an assignment for grad-school. Seriously. Blogging wasn’t huge in 2008 so I started it way back then as a private family blog thing that I had to do.  While it didn’t really do anything but act as a place to put information about my kids, it was fun. So I kept it and finally recreated it into H.A.G. in 2012.

I started to use it as less of a personal space and more of a place to put my tips and memory of helpful things: recipes, cloth diapers, kid hacks and other randomness. Oh how things have changed…but slowly. I am not a rabbit. I am very much a turtle, and for other bloggers, you may know what I mean! What I have learned is that I can always learn more! I know. Lame. But it is so true! I learn everything from other bloggers who are doing it full time and better- there are lots of those out there now, and I have a few that I follow and learn from regularly.

So, those of you who get my blog posts directly to their mailboxes, number one, thank you! and number two, I told you that I would follow up on my favorite blogging educational resources which happen to all be found in the Genius Bloggers Toolkit…..They have something for everyone in this bundle.

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These are my faves:

For Monetizing:

My first favorite item in the bundle is Media Kit Smash e-course. This one alone is worth $87. I love Melissa, and have followed her blog, Blog Clarity for a few years- she is a blog-genius and has so much great information on her site, but this course…it’s included in this blogging bundle. Did I mention the bundle is $97. So you get $87 worth right off the bat in my eyes by buying this bundle. It’s a whole course! People pay upwards of hundreds of dollars for courses like this- I digress.

For Content:

Genius Bloggers ToolkitMy second favorite resource is Make Your Old Content New Again: Six Steps to Getting More Traffic, Money and Followers By Updating Your Existing Posts by Katy Widrick (worth $14.99). Katy by the way is a 

For Social:

This one’s big. Because my goal is Pinterest right now, I am obsessed with both Tailwind and Board Booster so this one, How to Optimize and Automate your Pinterest Account using BoardBooster by MaryEllen Bream (worth $27) is an investment that will pay for itself in dividend-followers for sure. And my (and so many others’ favorite Pin-Guru is Kate Ahl and she has an awesome How to Master Tailwind guide.($67.00) But I also love Saira Perl-Twitter Strategy for Bloggers ($44.00) who gave me double my following in a week- great information here!

For Blogging Basics:

I have been blogging for a while but honestly…I have slugged  my way through this. If I could do it all over again, I’d start with this book by master blogger Crystal Paine: Blog Start-Up 101  (usually $37.00). 

For knocking my socks off!:

I didn’t even mention this video package from EBA- live. Yep. Ruth Soukup- my  fave de-cluttering and Living Well, Spending Less blogger whom I just adore(!) is offering up her super successful Elite Blog Academy ACTIVATE conference video package…(this is a $297 value!!!) This is over the top value for me, as I have wanted to go to this conference so badly, but never could- now I can virtually see all the sessions- ahhhmahzzing!

Takeaway:

  • Contents: 28 eBooks, 43 videos & eCourses, 16 printables, workbooks & templates, 1 conference, 1 membership site
  • Bonuses: 10 digital bonuses, $1,193 value

Check out all the resources:books, videos, courses in the bundle, and say “yes!” to building your blog. My investing in your own blogging education with these awesome resources. It’s only on sale Until Monday October 9th!

Order HERE

P.S. I think this is a great bundle with life-changing resources. But what’s really awesome is the 30-day happiness guarantee. Try it out and if you’re not satisfied, just ask for a refund within 30 days.


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HAG Reads, a Book Review: The Chesapeake Bride

I am thrilled to share with you THE CHESAPEAKE BRIDE by Mariah Stewart.

DETAILS:

(From the Publisher) [tThis is] the charming story of a jaded architect who meets the one man who could finally melt her heart—if she’s willing to let him in.

Cassidy Logan has sworn off good-looking adventurers, having just divorced the one she’d married. Now working with her father’s construction company to build ecologically friendly, historically accurate homes on the Chesapeake Bay, she’s designing them for Cannonball Island. Knowing there’s been no new construction on the island in almost one hundred years, Cass is sensitive to the heritage and history of the sparsely populated island, and has come up with plans so perfect she’s determined to buy one for herself to live in. Even the fact that Owen Parker—whom she dismisses as a lightweight and a player— seems to be everywhere she goes isn’t enough to deter her from building her dream house.

Owen is and always has been sinfully handsome and wickedly clever, a magnet for mischief as well as the girls in St. Dennis. He’s also a rolling stone, going and doing whatever appeals to him, from flying a mail plane in Alaska to working on a cattle ranch in Australia and a shrimp boat in Louisiana, to surfing and diving in Costa Rica. When an old friend offers him a job salvaging a sunken ship in the Chesapeake, Owen gladly accepts. Something’s been telling him it’s about time to head home to Cannonball Island, and a job is as good an excuse as any. He’s totally smitten with the pretty architect, but it seems he’s finally met a woman who’s immune to his charms. Sooner or later, Owen will have to face the reason why he always runs, because this time, leaving just might be harder than staying.

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MY TAKE:

Love! It is a good feeling, cozy romance with a contemporary story and vibe to it- Having not read the first 10 books, I was worried that I wouldn’t love this- but it was just great! Yes, cheese sounding here as you don’t get the full context of Stewart’s writing, but it reads really well and fast and fun and not cheese-ball at all actually! It is a light, contemporary romance for the non-romance reader!!

I LOVE THIS REVIEW:

Praise for That Chesapeake Summer, Book 9 in The Chesapeake Diaries:

“[That Chesapeake Summer] deftly uses the tools of the genre to explore issues of identity, truth, and smalltown kinship…Stewart offers a strong statement on the power of love and trust, a fitting theme for this big-hearted small town romance.”

—Publishers Weekly

THE DEETS: The Chesapeake Bride

11th in The Chesapeake Diaries series
Mariah Stewart
Pocket Books
August 29, 2017
ISBN 9781501154355
$7.99

Andddd….You guys…here’s an END OF SUMMER GIVEAWAY (Whoot hooot!) to help get you up to speed at least a little on the series:

I am giving away copy of Driftwood Point, 10th in the Chesapeake Diaries (the one right before the Chesapeake Bride, for via UPS. (U.S. only, please.)

We’re celebrating The Chesapeake Bride and Summer 2017 with one giveaway for Driftwood Point, 10th in The Chesapeake Diaries Series by Mariah Stewart! The last day for entries will be Friday, September 22nd (the official last day of summer!) The winner will receive one copy of Driftwood Point. U.S. only, please.
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And a little side-note:

Look for Gallery Books’ second installment in Mariah Stewart’s all-new trade original women’s fiction series, The Hudson Sisters, from The Last Chance Matinee, following a trio of reluctant sisters as they set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish—and discover themselves in the process. Remember I reviewed it way back when?!

Well, now Book 2, The Sugarhouse Blues, will publish March 2018, so be on the look out, because the first one was a super cute, feel-good book that I want to keep reading!


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Check out what other blogs I linked this article with: What are you reading, Monday?

Ultimate Coffee Chat: August Edition

ultimate coffee

Original photo by Michael Ramey @unsplash

So I have missed a lot. Well, I think that is clear. But I mean, I have missed you all a lot! This summer is flying by huh?!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I haven’t done any back to school yet:

Not buying for or even thinking about. I am sure many of you have gone back to school already or your kids did anyway, but mine go back on the 30th. Whoohoot!  I only know this because I got sort of mom-shamed into not know the date my kids actually go back…but honestly, I rely on other people to tell me dates of where I need to be atleast half of my life. I seem to do a lot of running around in the summer as well as the school year, I guess. It has been so long since I have spent so much time at home and honestly, I have enjoyed the lack of schedule, but am looking forward to the routine that fall brings. Anyone else like this?

cute kids

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am officially an iPhone gal now!

Those who know me, and most of you reading this do (!), know that I have been fighting getting a “real” phone forever. I have had a hand-me-down iPhone5 for a couple of years, and my daughter uses one, but I just didn’t want to be a slave to the phone- I am on the computer and social most days and a lot, so I just wanted my time to be less on the phone as a computer- get it? Three things pushed me to finally get it:

  1. I need it to find my way around this fall traveling all over for travel soccer- last year I got lost a few times and my kid and someone else’s kids (since we help drive) were late. Not good.
  2. My iPhone daughter doesn’t have a plan since she’s so young, but she can text- but not anyone in our house since none of us had iPhones. Just Samsung. Stupid Apple.
  3. I couldn’t get any group messages past three separate emails- my phone couldn’t handle the texts, and wasn’t able to “download” the messages. It literally sort of just blew up.

What I’ll miss:

  1. The unplugging effect. I am the only person I know who could actually not look at any social or email for a week of vacation…because I couldn’t on my phone.
  2. Now I have to see emogis. Ugh. They were just boxes on my old phone. *My friends, words work nicely. I don’t need a picture too. At least not every time. Memes and gifs on the other hand are super fun and will get me in a load of trouble!

iphone upgrade

Wow, I had a lot to say there. Okay then!

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am wondering if I should do another marathon or only do a Half.

It hurts, the marathon. Both the training runs that get super long and also the aftermath. My old-lady body doesn’t love it. I have always said that I am not sure that I am built for marathons and I still think it’s true. I can do it. I know this. So I am super glad that I have done my 2. But I take Advil more now. And it takes a lot of time to do those longer runs, and I am not sure I have that time.

The half-marathon I think may be my sweet spot. I feel great leading up to it, I get good times, I feel good after too. I have running consistently this summer, but I like fall races, so if any of you want to weigh in on this one, please do!

marathon

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I have been working a lot more, writing posts here on the blog:

My focus seems to have shifted a bit more toward food- sometime healthy and sometimes just fun or functional for my 4-kid family. I don’t get a lot of action about my fitness-type posts but I like to re-cap in monthly posts like this one. Travel and food and books seems to be my jam right now. Oh, and randomness. That of course is my overall personality and blogging style, so friends, I am not going away, just shifting a bit! I hope you will continue to read here though, and connect in some way. 

If you missed them, here are some recent posts:

Nightstand: HAG Read for July

books I am reading this summer

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktails

Peach Sorbet

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

Loving Lately: Favorites for Summer

Loving Lately: HAG Favorite Things This Summer


So that about wraps it up! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy August! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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