Who doesn’t love a comic? Day 6

Two weeks till One

Today, the exciting series of comic teasers for Leigh Ann Kopans’ book, One, continues on these blogs:

Catherine Scully

Samantha Sessoms

Tara Allen

Nikki Diehm

They’ll all have the same comic, but will probably all have their own commentary on these awesome previews into this fun book! Go check’em out! Then come back every weekday this week and next for the links to the next comic installment. Next Wednesday I’ll be hosting the comic right here on this blog- Woot! And THEN the grand finale will be the next Monday, June 11 (One’s release day!!) with the final installment here on my blog and on all the others linked here over the next couple of weeks!! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m thrilled to be a part of helping to promote this book!

I did receive an e-copy of this book for free, just so there’s full disclosure. Even if I hadn’t, I would have bought it because it’s right up my alley! It’s young adult fiction with some scientific nerdiness, mixed with some X-Men gene mutation, muddled around with some kick-butt superhero stuff. In other words, it’s a good read!

Who doesn’t love a comic? Day 5

      Two weeks till One

Today, the exciting series of comic teasers for Leigh Ann Kopans’ book, One, continues on these blogs:

Megan Whitmer

Helen Boswell

Michelle Smith

 

They’ll all have the same comic, but will probably all have their own commentary on these awesome previews into this fun book! Go check’em out! Then come back every weekday this week and next for the links to the next comic installment. Next Wednesday I’ll be hosting the comic right here on this blog- Woot! And THEN the grand finale will be the next Monday, June 11 (One’s release day!!) with the final installment here on my blog and on all the others linked here over the next couple of weeks!! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m thrilled to be a part of helping to promote this book!

I did receive an e-copy of this book for free, just so there’s full disclosure. Even if I hadn’t, I would have bought it because it’s right up my alley! It’s young adult fiction with some scientific nerdiness, mixed with some X-Men gene mutation, muddled around with some kick-butt superhero stuff. In other words, it’s a good read!

Free Resources for Creative Bloggers

Today I’d like to introduce you to some amazing resources, blogs and people I’ve found over the last several weeks. Each blog or website linked here offers goods or services for sale, but they also offer excellent content and/or hilarious and interesting stories and information. You will be cleverly entertained and maybe even leave with a free printable, download, or, best of all, an amazing new IDEA.

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If You Have a Blog:

First, I’d like to point you in the direction of my sidebar —–>>>>> that way…

Do you see those lovely social media buttons?? Those are FREE from Modernette, which you should definitely check out! It’s a fabulously entertaining blog PLUS Ashley offers great ideas to help you with your blog and/or business. She’s really inspired me to figure this whole blogging thing out!

And theeeennnn (<<<<<—–10 points if you can name the movie I’m quoting there)

Next on the list is Don’t Tell Anyone.  Vaida has many free downloads available and she is running a giveaway right now! But she has more to offer than that… Her blog is basically dessert for your eyes. It’s sweet and beautiful!

If you are Business-Minded:

This next blogger is my bizz-spiration guru. Mayi Carles has an amazing blog, Heartmade. She vlogs, and she offers free creative business related printables and so much good information and inspiration. Her Friday vlogs are a highlight of the online week. I’m almost scared to introduce you to her blog in case you go there and never come back because you got sucked into her awesomeness! But I’m willing to take the chance…

Another amazing creative business blogger is April Bowles Olin of Blacksburg Belle. Her Wednesday Wisdom vlogs are full of good, useful, brilliant ideas on how to make your business work. She does offer some free resources, but like some of the others above, her whole website is actually a resource! She also responded to my email super-quickly and was so sweet and helpful!

If you Crochet:

This week a fellow crocheter on twitter told tale of a free crochet alphabet that will fit on flag banners. This was a BIG DEAL to me, so I thought you might like to check it out too! While you’re at it, you should go on and check out Moogly… She always has links to awesome free patterns (She even included one of mine once!)

Do you have any blogs you go to for amazing inspiration that also have bonus freebies?! Let me know your favorites in the comments, or on twitter! If you think your blog fits in this category, leave me a link! I’d love to check it out!

Who doesn’t love a comic? Day 4

      Two weeks till One

Today, the exciting series of comic teasers for Leigh Ann Kopans’ book, One, continues on these blogs:

Jani Grey

JC Lillis

Rachel Solomon

 

They’ll all have the same comic, but will probably all have their own commentary on these awesome previews into this fun book! Go check’em out! Then come back every weekday this week and next for the links to the next comic installment. Next Wednesday I’ll be hosting the comic right here on this blog- Woot! And THEN the grand finale will be the next Monday, June 11 (One’s release day!!) with the final installment here on my blog and on all the others linked here over the next couple of weeks!! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m thrilled to be a part of helping to promote this book!

I did receive an e-copy of this book for free, just so there’s full disclosure. Even if I hadn’t, I would have bought it because it’s right up my alley! It’s young adult fiction with some scientific nerdiness, mixed with some X-Men gene mutation, muddled around with some kick-butt superhero stuff. In other words, it’s a good read!

Who doesn’t love a comic? Day 3

Two weeks till One

Today, the exciting series of comic teasers for Leigh Ann Kopans’ book, One, continues on these blogs:

J.A. Ward

Elyse G (@brainywordsmith)

Jamie Krakover

They’ll all have the same comic, but will probably all have their own commentary on these awesome previews into this fun book! Go check’em out! Then come back every weekday this week and next for the links to the next comic installment. Wednesday, June 5, I’ll be hosting the comic right here on this blog- Woot! And THEN the grand finale will be the next Monday, June 11 (One’s release day!!) with the final installment here on my blog and on all the others linked here over the next couple of weeks!! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m thrilled to be a part of helping to promote this book!

I did receive an e-copy of this book for free, just so there’s full disclosure. Even if I hadn’t, I would have bought it because it’s right up my alley! It’s young adult fiction with some scientific nerdiness, mixed with some X-Men gene mutation, muddled around with some kick-butt superhero stuff. In other words, it’s a good read!

Who doesn’t love a comic? Day 2

      Two weeks till One

Today, the exciting series of comic teasers for Leigh Ann Kopans’ book, One, continues on these blogs:

Clare Davidson

Jessi Shakarian

Rebecca Mahoney

They’ll all have the same comic, but will probably all have their own commentary on these awesome previews into this fun book! Go check’em out! Then come back every weekday this week and next for the links to the next comic installment. Next Wednesday I’ll be hosting the comic right here on this blog- Woot! And THEN the grand finale will be the next Monday, June 11 (One’s release day!!) with the final installment here on my blog and on all the others linked here over the next couple of weeks!! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m thrilled to be a part of helping to promote this book!

I did receive an e-copy of this book for free, just so there’s full disclosure. Even if I hadn’t, I would have bought it because it’s right up my alley! It’s young adult fiction with some scientific nerdiness, mixed with some X-Men gene mutation, muddled around with some kick-butt superhero stuff. In other words, it’s a good read!

Who doesn’t love a comic?

      Two weeks till One

Today, the first of an exciting series of comic teasers for Leigh Ann Kopans’ book, One, begins on these blogs:

Pen and Muse

Catherine Scully

Amber Maudlin

Kat Ellis

They’ll all have the same comic, but will probably all have their own commentary on these awesome previews into this fun book! Go check’em out! Then come back every weekday this week and next for the links to the next comic installment. Next Wednesday I’ll be hosting the comic right here on this blog- Woot! And THEN the grand finale will be the next Monday, June 11 (One’s release day!!) with the final installment here on my blog and on all the others linked here over the next couple of weeks!! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I’m thrilled to be a part of helping to promote this book!

I did receive an e-copy of this book for free, just so there’s full disclosure. Even if I hadn’t, I would have bought it because it’s right up my alley! It’s young adult fiction with some scientific nerdiness, mixed with some X-Men gene mutation, muddled around with some kick-butt superhero stuff. In other words, it’s a good read!

Getting Ready for a Craft Show– The Sequel

After actually going through the maternity fair  a couple of weeks ago, I’d like to share some more tips that might help you on the day of your event. Looking back, there are a few things that I did right, and a couple of things I could have done better.

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Here are seven tips to help you remember some of the details:

#1 Don’t forget stuff at home. Sounds easy, right? But it’s really, really helpful not to have to make a trip to the store.

#2 Bring someone with you who will calm and support you. And who will also run to the store for candy which you forgot at home. And who will send you the perfect text when you are freaking out. (Yeah, that’s my husband.)

#3 Bring paper. You might need it.

#4 Have a place for people to sign up for something, e.g., a mailing list, a coupon, etc.. It’d be best to have this sign-up sheet ready-to-go before you get there.

#5 Take time to set up your booth and take a picture before people start showing up. Otherwise you might just not have time to take one!

#6 Eat some breakfast! Trust me. It’s a good plan. (says the person who skipped breakfast on the morning of her craft fair…)

#7 Enjoy yourself! Compared to a regular day of crafting and running a business, this will probably be an exciting day full of making connections. Enjoy coming out of your crafty hole and interacting with other humans!

What’s the most exciting thing you did to promote your blog or business lately? Tell me all about it in the comments below, or on twitter!

 

 

 

Five Things

I was tagged by my sweet internet friend, Annika, to participate in this 5 things about me post.  So I think I’ll actually participate in this one! (You should go read her honest and baring 5 things post.. I’ll wait.)

Ok, here goes!  5 things you should know about me…

(#1) I am indecisive about almost everything. I finally had to make a rule for myself about twitter: No re-reading and revising tweets to the point of insanity. If it goes out and is misunderstood, or accidentally offensive it’s just going to have to be ok. Everything else, I take great care in crafting. For example, this is the 3rd blog post draft I have written this week, but this one will be the one you see. The first is long and positively revealing. The second one was written at 1 AM. This one is last-minute (of course) So it has to be acceptable. I also can never decide what to fix for supper. I think this is partly because as much as I love to eat great food, I’d rather not have to cook it.

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(#2) We are planning on sending our kids to public school in the fall and I am terrified. We have been homeschooling up to this point and although it has had its ups and downs, I am truly going to miss my kids next year. I took my youngest for her preschool screening the other day, and I already hate how the school system has to “evaluate” my child by comparing her to a list of abilities she may or may not have. Plus if another child has a skill that mine doesn’t, or my child has a skill that another doesn’t, it brings up a competitive feeling in me that makes me truly uncomfortable.  Who’s to say that one child is “better” than another?? (Although, obviously, my children are the best 😉

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(#3) I believe in Jesus. But hear me out! I don’t believe that entitles me to judge people or think more highly of myself! I believe in the way Jesus lived as a humble servant, always loving, always sticking up for the underdogs and turning tables over at the “religious” self-righteous people of the new testament. (Because He IS entitled to judge, lol) It’s important to me that I don’t leave my faith out of my blog entirely. Although it’s sometimes more comfortable for everyone if we just gloss over the particulars, I need to be honest with myself and others around me about what I actually believe. It’s the most important belief I have, that a relationship with the living God through Jesus is the only way to have eternal life, so why wouldn’t I just share it?! If others don’t agree with me, I won’t ever be less friendly or more pushy. But I am open to discussion about it. It’s kind of what I’m supposed to do as a Christian; to tell others what Christ has done for me–to have meaningful relationships with people and share the goodness and love of Christ with those around me.

Also, if you’re interested in reading my favorite book (maybe EVER) it’s called A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanaukin. It’s about an intelligent, agnostic/atheist couple who fall so completely in love, then convert to Christianity. It’s a heart-breakingly beautiful story… but then, most great true stories will break your heart a little.

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(#4) I absolutely love/hate awkward, confrontational, or extra-serious moments. (Speaking of awkward moments.. Did you all watch the Office Finale?!! It was AMAZING.) Some people love debates. I cringe through them or leave the room when they happen. It’s funny that I love reality tv as much as I do, because I fast forward through half of it, or pause and watch the awkward moments in short segments. It takes me hours to watch a full episode of the Bachelor, but I get stuff done when I have to pause. Oh man, I hope no psychiatrists are reading this… I’m sure this means I need help in some way, lol.  This is really only a problem when I make a joke at an inappropriate time because the tension is too much to handle. And then it’s not a problem for me, just for the person that doesn’t think my joke was funny or well-timed…

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(#5) The best compliment anyone could ever give me is to tell me I’m kind or funny. I hope that’s what my kids will grow up to be. Whatever happens, kind and funny can usually only make a situation better.

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What are the two most important qualities to you? What do you think about debates? Am I completely alone when it comes to being able to decide what’s for supper???

Now it’s your turn! If you have a blog and need a prompt, share 5 things about you! Leave a link in the comments or let me know on twitter!

PS Posts like this seem like they’re going to be easy-peasy, then you start thinking about what people really should know about you… Whew. It’s kind of scary and exhausting to share so much. Maybe I should have just told you 5 things about my kids or cats. Maybe I will next time!