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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!


  • 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!

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My 6 Favorite Bloggers for Passover

My 6 Favorite Bloggers for Passover | Hardly A Goddess

If you don’t know this about me, I celebrate Passover, as I am Jewish. My husband and 4 kids are Catholic. We are what you would call maybe “interfaith” but I like to just call us: Flexible and open-minded. We all like what we do, and appreciate and respect one another’s beliefs. That said, you will note that I celebrate many Jewish holidays right along side the Christian ones. That was how I was raised and also sort of how I am doing it myself.  No matter what religion you are I have found 6 great blogging sites that have great recipes, most of which are for Jewish cooking or kosher cooking. During Passover, I like to find recipes that are  Kosher, easy to make and family friendly/adaptable to non-Kosher eaters.

Passover recipes are easy to come by, just like any other recipes, but to find tried and true, real “family” recipes I have found a few go-to sites that make my inter-faith life so much easier. I can adapt recipes during Passover to fit the lifestyle of my family, who don’t all necessarily have to eat this way but I like to. Here are six of my favorites to pull ideas from, during Passover or any time of year that you are looking for Jewish recipes or cooking:

Kosher on a Budget
I love this blog. It loads kind of slowly sometimes, but she is rich in recipes here and has menu plans (Ahhhhhmen!) specifically for the Passover week in addition to all the time. I love her Crockpot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls.

Family Friends Food
This one is all about the food. The Overnight Matza Breakfast Bake looks perfect when you are sick of the same old egg and matza, and craving a little sweet. Since it is a UK blog, some recipes are measured in grams instead of (the U.S.) ounces, cups, etc. I consider this is blogging-find!

The Kosher Baker, AKA Paula Shoyer
Not so much the blog, but the book…I borrowed her New Passover Menu book from my library and can I tell you?… I made Passover Crumb Cake muffins(p.88)…yes, muffins! So good and moist- not crumbly. I am in love. I also made her Chicken Scaloppini with Mushrooms (p.81) and I will be making this make-ahead chicken all year! I love that it is designed to make ahead and reheat. If  you need more of these kind of recipes this is for you- and it was so, so good! I highly recommend her recipes!

Kosher for Passover Muffins | Hardly A Goddess

Never mind my finger here…or the Santa muffin wrappers…I told you we are an “Interfaith” household!

Joy of Kosher
So, this blog makes me feel bad about myself. She is amazing and has tons of awesome recipes for all year round, and also for the Matza-driven masses. Tons of cute Seder ideas for kids and other lovely things here. Worth a peek…or 2 hours!

What Jew Wanna Eat
I just like the name of this blog, so I went here and found tons of great recipes to choose from. A fun tone and superb pictures to lead you where you want to find deliciousness! This Matza Ball Chicken Tortilla Soup has me ready to make this NOW! Great food here.

Overtime Cook
All about good food, easy food, and lots of different food. She is a young and accomplished home-cook that has a great take on making family friendly kind of meals. I like the simple ingredient and kid-friendly Passover ideas that this blog offers.

Soooo that is it! I hope you take a peek at some of these sites (and one book!) since I have spent more than a little time looking at them, my Passover menu has already improved! Next year I think I will try a menu plan to pull lots of these ideas from. Have a Happy Passover!

One Word to Sum Up 2016: Enjoy

Last week I got outside to walk every day. Well…until the stomach bug got me. Then I started up again this week, and I am 2 days into getting outside for a little walk. Not far. Just 30 minutes or so. Sometimes alone, and other times with someone. Walking with someone feels particularly good, since it is undivided attention between you and another person, to have an uninterrupted conversation. No cell phones, television, children, computers. It is very, very nice.

I am enjoying my walking so much, and this slow-down pace, but I feel the urge creep in to plan for a race. And I will. For now, I am concentrating on eating better, and slowly regrouping with my exercising, in order to ENJOY it again. I am a big fan of clichés, and “Life is short” is my mantra lately. Focusing on enjoying.

If you read blogs at all, you may have noticed that it’s a trend this year, to pick one word to drive your goals for the year.  I really like this idea,  but it is troublesome. I have stumbled over this idea in my mind for a few days trying out different words in my mind.

Would I choose:

Consistency? That would be a good one for my daily schedule. Lord, I need more consistency.

Drive? I need a push and to push myself on the daily for sure.

Love? Yes, I should let love be the deciding choice every day, and wtih every aspect of what I do.

But I am not able to choose just ONE word. It is really much harder than I thought.  Perhaps, then it should be:

Decisiveness. Assertiveness. Focus. 

Making up your flippin’ mind!

So I like Enjoy.enjoy2016

Enjoying whatever I am doing, atleast a little bit. So…Maybe I don’t enjoy scrubbing the toilet- but I do enjoy a clean house! Finding the joy in the little things, maybe, will help me focus on the bigger goals this year. There are worse things. Like not-enjoying. Anti-joy. Un-enjoy.

What would you pick for your one word? I am so curious to know what others are choosing! Let me know in the comments on this post.