Blog Sushi: Disclosing Information

 Image source Sushi Menu = Disclosure.  When you dine on sushi, it’s nice to have a menu that describes what you’ll be ordering.  And when you create a blog post, it’s always good practice to provide information for your readers like material sources, costs, and photo credits. Give specifics about the materials or ingredients that… [read more]

Blog Sushi: Improving Images and Design

 Image source Presentation = Images and Design.  Along with flavor, one of the pleasures of dining on sushi is being able to enjoy the beautiful presentation of your meal.  The way sushi looks is as important as the ingredients that make it.  Likewise, if you are a creative blogger, the visual impact of your post… [read more]

Blog Sushi: Creating Posts with Personality

 Image source Fillings = Flavor.  The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can add to rice to create sushi that’s delicious and eye catching.  It’s the fillings that give flavor to sushi and make each piece a work of art, just like it’s you that that has the potential give your blog… [read more]

Blog Sushi: Structuring and Organizing Blog Posts

 Image source Seaweed = Structure.  The seaweed used to wrap up pretty pieces of sushi is called nori, and the ingredient in a blog post that gives structure to your content is organization.  You may be sharing an idea that will revolutionize the way deer antlers are used for decorating….but if that concept gets lost in translation,… [read more]

Blog Sushi: Better Content

Rice = Content.  Like sushi is formed around a base of rice, content is the start of every blog post.  Whether it’s a recipe or a tutorial, what you are sharing is what the entire post is built around.  Good content is the base of good blog posts, so if a blog is going to… [read more]

Blog Sushi: Better Blogging Series

I’m lucky enough to have made a career out of looking at blogs.  I’ve found a unique niche to fill:  I’m a virtual assistant and social media manager for bloggers.  My clients hire me to help them with some of the sideline tasks of running a blog.  This means I frequently spend time visiting lifestyle,… [read more]

A Window Seat Made from Ikea Stolmen

Here’s a quick update on one of the projects we’ve recently completed in our California Cottage.  It’s something that I’ve always wanted to have–definitely a must on my dream house list–a window seat! Before I tell you all about how we DIYed this window seat using components of the Ikea Stolmen closet system, let me… [read more]

Stories wanted for The Faces of CHD 2014

Do you have a child with a congenital heart defect?  Are you an adult survivor of congenital heart disease?  Please share your story with the Pinterest community at The Faces of CHD Pinterest Awareness board.  Your participation will help to promote awareness of the most common of all birth defects. You don’t need to have… [read more]

How to Participate in The Faces of CHD 2014

This year, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week will be February 7-14, 2014. We had such an enthusiastic response two years ago to the first CHD Awareness Pinterest board. I decided to create an updated board annually each year in time for CHD week. Here’s how you can participate. (Please note that a few of the… [read more]

Furniture Gifts, Reupholstery, and a Giveaway!

Here for the Spruce giveaway?  Scroll down to the end of the post to enter. Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, we bought our first home. We were living in Connecticut at the time, and had scrimped and saved and searched for months before we found this pretty little white cottage perched… [read more]